13 March 2020
Transported Asset Protection Association
The following is information and clarification from the TAPA APAC Philippines Service Centre.
Metro Manila will be placed under "community quarantine" beginning Sunday until April 14 to control the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
When will it be imposed?
Beginning 12:00 a.m. March 15, 2020 up to April 14, according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
What happens during a community quarantine?
During the community quarantine period, travel in and out of Metro Manila will be restricted to control the spread of the disease.
Classes in all levels and work in the executive branch are suspended, and the public is barred from holding mass gatherings. Private companies are encouraged to adopt "work from home" schemes during the community quarantine period.
What travel restrictions are in place and until when?
Land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila is suspended until April 14 but this is still subject to government review.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport will remain open for international flights but passengers must be from and are going to stay in Metro Manila. For those who will go to the provinces, passengers must fly via the Clark International Airport.
Foreigners coming from countries with confirmed local transmission of COVID-19 shall be denied entry to the Philippines, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. Exempted from this rule however are foreign spouses and children of Filipinos, holders of permanent resident visas, and holders of diplomatic visas issued by the Philippine government.
Travel restrictions will be reviewed on a daily basis.
What transportation means are available during the community quarantine period?
Mass public transports, particularly train lines such as the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Metro Rail Transit (MRT), and Philippine National Railways (PNR) shall remain operational throughout the quarantine period provided that these transportation means adopt "social distancing guidelines."
IMPORTANT: All information regarding COVID-19 remains fluid. We will make every attempt to provide you with the most current information.
However, we encourage you to view the latest news here: https://www.tapa-apac.org/coronavirus/