Businessmen and workers outside Metro Manila may still enter during the community lockdown, provided that they will present identity documents to prove the need to work inside the Metro.
This was announced by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año in an interview with DZMM radio Thursday night, March 12.
“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.
(For the workers, the order includes a provision that says workers will be allowed to enter, provided that they have an ID, they have proof that they work in Manila.)
Police and the military will take care of the screening at designation checkpoints.
It happened after the executive branch aired a nationwide announcement and issuance of an executive order that bans land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from the National Capital Region starting March 15 until April 14 and subject for daily review by the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
However, Año encourages private sectors to arrange work-from-home schemes for employees if possible. This is to ensure people traveling to and from offices prevent the possible transmission of the novel coronavirus.
“We encourage that you work from home and that the private sectors have flexible schedules so they can do it (work from home) so the number of travelers are reduced,” Año said.
On Thursday night, President Rodrigo Duterte raised the alert level of COVID-19 to code red sublevel 2. This means social distancing within Metro Manila is imposed, class suspensions extended until the 12th of April, and mass gatherings are prohibited during the said period.