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MMDA lifts color coding scheme in Metro Manila amidst CoViD-19 pandemic

Since March 7, 2020, the Philippines has seen an exponential rise in the number of CoViD-19 cases. From three confirmed cases in February—all of which were Chinese nationals from Wuhan—to 140 in just a span of two weeks. This prompted the national government to put Metro Manila under community quarantine.

The government has also advised citizens to practice social distancing– including reduced number of passengers for public vehicles–in turn forcing people to use their own vehicles for essential travels like reporting to work and going to the supermarket. With this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has lifted the color coding scheme in all 17 cities and municipalities in the metro, including Makati which has its own coding scheme.


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The lift will cover all forms of vehicles, both public and private, to provide enough means of transportation for commuters and motorists amidst the travel restrictions due to the quarantine.

The color coding scheme is lifted from March 16, Monday, until further notice.


Community Quarantine

Since March 15, 2020, the entire Metro Manila, which has been the epicenter of CoViD-19 cases in the country, has been under community quarantine to hopefully control the virus. All domestic land, water, and air travel to Metro Manila will be regulated, and only those who work in the metro but live in the province will be allowed to enter, as well as those deemed as essential travel such as delivery of medical equipment and transportation of patients to hospitals.

Checkpoints are placed in various entry and exit points of Metro Manila cities, while police and military personnel are present to check motorists’ temperatures and purpose of travel to the city.

You can check where the checkpoints are located here.

The community quarantine will end on April 14, 2020, Tuesday.



Text by Katie Rojas.

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