No LRT2, MRT3 During MECQ

Following the reimposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and in other areas of the country, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) and Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT2) have both announced the temporary suspension of their operations starting Tuesday, August 4.

On their Twitter accounts, the MRT3 and LRT2 advised commuters on the changes on their operations, adding that services will resume on August 18, or, for MRT-3, until the National Capital Region returns to the general community quarantine (GCQ).

Modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ)

Public transportation, such as trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, and transport network vehicle services (TNVS), are not allowed in the roads during the implementation of MECQ.

Operations of tricycles, on the other hand, are allowed, subject to the guidelines imposed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Frontliners and workers in industries allowed to operate under the MECQ may take private vehicles or shuttle services for their transportation to and from their respective workplaces.

Quarantine checkpoints shall also be installed in MECQ areas and along their borders. This is to ensure that only those authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) will leave their homes while their respective areas are under MECQ.

Philippine National Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said that these checkpoints will prevent individuals from crossing from one municipality to another.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año also said that residents from areas under MECQ will have to use quarantine passes, in case they need to go out to get essential needs such as food and medicines.

However, Año said that they will leave its implementation to the local government units.

On Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal under MECQ, following the request of the medical community for a two-week stricter quarantine measure so they can rest and rethink their strategies in fighting the coronavirus disease.

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