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    Workers, businessmen exempted from Metro Manila 'community quarantine'

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's approved "community quarantine" from March 15 to April 14, 2020 to combat the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Metro Manila sparked conversations and confusions on how it will be implemented and what are the exemptions.
    Workers, businessmen exempted from Metro Manila 'community quarantine'

    Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año in an interview on DZMM Thursday night said that those working in Metro Manila but residing outside WILL BE ALLOWED to travel in and out of Metro Manila, provided they show company identification at the checkpoints.

    Checkpoints will be placed at NCR boundaries.

    "Sa mga nagtatrabaho, kasama dito sa utos na papayagan 'yung mga nagtatrabaho na pumasok, provided lang na meron silang ID, meron silang magpapatunay na ang work nila ay dito sa Manila," Año said.

    Business owners will be allowed as well to go in and out of Metro Manila during the 'lockdown.'

    Año encourage workers for work from home (WFH) setup to prevent possible transmission of coronavirus disease.

    "We encourage that you work from home, and that the private sector have flexible schedules so they can do it so the number of travelers are reduced," Año added.

    During the 30 days "community quarantine", land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be suspended but subject to the daily review of the inter-agency task force.

    As of today, DOH has reported a total of 52 positive cases of COVID-19, including 5 patients who died.

    — The Summit Express

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