New curfew hours for Metro Manila to start May 1

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 28) — All 17 mayors of the National Capital Region have agreed on new curfew hours for their respective cities and municipality effective May 1.

The Metro Manila Development Authority made the announcement on its Facebook page on Wednesday,

"Metro Manila mayors, through Resolution 21-09 Series of 2021, have unanimously agreed to adjust curfew hours starting May 1. New unified curfew hours will be from 10 pm to 4 am," the announcement said.

The resolution was approved on April 27.

Meanwhile, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the Metro Manila Council would defer to the decision of the President when it comes to the new quarantine status for next month.

"The MMC just recommends to the IATF," he said. "Hence, it is within the purview of President Rodrigo Duterte to decide on the next NCR status."

On Tuesday, mayors recommended a "flexible modified enhanced community quarantine" over their cities, a middle ground where border control will remain, health protocols are strict, and some businesses will be allowed to operate, like those in construction and personal hygiene services.

In the statement, Abalos revealed this option was proposed by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

"Hybrid MECQ is intended to allay the fear of health workers for a possible surge again," Abalos said. "That's why we want to do it gradually. By opening some businesses, we are also addressing the dilemma and hunger of those who lost their jobs."

Abalos also said mayors did not want to waste the gains of the previous ECQ and MECQ and hope to sustain these by "continued unified efforts."

The mayors' suggestions were forwarded to the Inter-Agency Task Force for pandemic response, which will make an official recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte.

The President is expected to announce a decision on the next quarantine status during his public address on Wednesday.