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March 14, 2020

UPDATED: Here's What You Can Expect as NCR Goes Into Community Quarantine

UDPATE: Luzon is now placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine. Read what it means here (3/16).

With the COVID-19 outbreak causing the National Capital Region (NCR) to go into Community Quarantine mode, Malacañang as well as other agencies has issued the official guidelines which take effect starting Sunday, March 15 at 12:00 AM to Tuesday, April 14, 12:00 AM.

Here’s what you can expect (Note: the information presented here is out of date. Please read about the Enhanced Community Quarantine here.)
  • The NCR is now under a Community Quarantine. This limits the movement of people to accessing basic necessities and work. Uniformed personnel and quarantine officers will also be present to control the borders.
  • Local government units are encouraged to enact a curfew in their respective cities from 8 PM to 5 AM to limit non-essential movement. Only workers and those involved in essential services are exempted from the curfew. So far the following cities have chosen to implement it:Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, Quezon City.
  • The number coding scheme is suspended indefinitely, including Makati.
  • The MMDA is encouraging business establishments such as shopping malls to close down during the community quarantine lockdown period. However, groceries, pharmacies, banks, and restaurants with home deliveries, and other essential establishments should be allowed to operate.
  • Malls have opted for shortened operating hours during the community quarantine period with most opening at 11 AM and closing at 7 PM. That said, several malls including The Powerplant Mall in Makati, those in the Greenhills Shopping Center, Ayala Malls, and Robinsons Malls opted to close completely except for supermarkets, drug stores, convenience stores, and banks.
  • An enhanced community quarantine can also be implemented if needed. Once in place, it will mean a strict quarantine in all households, transportation is suspended, and the provision of food and other essential health services will be regulated.
  • Classes and all school activities are suspended until April 14, 2020.
  • Mass gatherings are prohibited. This includes movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, and non-essential work-related gatherings. Essential work-related meetings and religious activities may continue for as long as each person has a distance of 1 meter between themselves (social distancing).
  • Land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from the NCR is restricted. All workers whether employed or self-employed are allowed to travel to and from the NCR provided they can submit proof of employment and/or business at the checkpoints.
  • Mass public transportation such as the LRT, MRT, and PNR will continue to operate provided that social distancing is implemented, unless an enhanced community quarantine would be put in place.
  • All departing passengers shall be allowed to transit through the NCR provided that they have a proof of confirmed international travel itinerary scheduled within 12 hours of entry.
  • Private companies are encouraged to implement flexible working arrangements. For those engaged in manufacturing, retail, and services, social distancing must be implemented. 
  • The LTO says that no penalties will be imposed for the late registration of motor vehicles and renewal of driver’s licenses from March 13 to April 12, 2020. The validity of student permits is likewise extended, while temporary operator’s permit which expired on March 13 can be settled within the aforementioned duration without suspension. These are for areas covered by the community quarantine.
For those taking land-based public transportation in the quarantine zone, here are some reminders during the period of community quarantine:
  • Back riding for motorcycles whether public or private, no matter the passenger, is not allowed according to the MMDA. 
  • For taxis (including airport taxis) and TNVS, passenger count should not be more than 4 people including the driver.
  • For UV Express, should not be more than 6 passengers with one seat apart between passengers including the driver.
  • For old Public Utility Jeepneys, passengers should not be more than half its regular capacity and again, passengers must be one seat apart. This is the same for Modern PUVs Class 2 and Class 3. No standing passengers are allowed.
  • For Public Utility Buses, total passenger count should not be more than 25 including driver and conductor. They must be seated one seat apart and there will be no standing passengers allowed.
  • Multiple bookings for a single trip for TNVS (i.e. Grab Share) and motorcycle taxis such as JoyRide and Ankas will be prohibited.
  • For tricycles, only one passenger is allowed.
  • Terminal Operators shall not allow any person to enter terminal premises if they show any symptom of COVID-19 such as fever.
  • Provincial buses and inter-regional trips of UV Express and Jeepneys to and from Metro Manila shall be terminated on the entry points as identified by the Philippine National Police.
  • Point-to-Point (P2P) buses to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark are allowed to operate provided they are subject to Department of Health and PNP protocols and procedures.
  • All PUV drivers and conductors are required to wear masks.
  • For all provincial buses, UV Express, and PUJs coming from North and Central Luzon, trips will terminate at Ciudad de Victoria via Philippine Arena Exchange Southbound Exit. City buses will then ferry these passengers into Metro Manila after they are subjected to health checks.
Separately, these are supposedly the location of the border checkpoints which will be manned by police officers with the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP):

Caloocan City
  • PCP 4  – Quirino Highway corner Malaria Road Boundary of Caloocan and Bulacan
  • PCP 3 – Phase 7C Dela Costa Homes Boundary of Caloocan and Musan Bulacan
  • PCP 3 – Phase 9 Boundary of Evergreen Vill. Barangay Gaya-Gaya SJ Bulacan
  • PCP 3 – Phase 10 Caloocan and Bulacan Bridge
  • PCP 6 – Bankers Village Gate 3 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
  • PCP 6 – Sierra Nova Subdivision 1 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
  • PCP 6 – Sierra Nova Subdivision 2 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
  • PCP 6 – Sierra Nova Subdivision 3 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
  • PCP 6 – Gubat Sa Siudad Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
  • PCP 6 – Shelterville Barangay 171 Boundary of Caloocan and Meycauyan
Malabon City
  • Don Asilio Boulevard Barangay Dampalit Malabon
  • Panghulo Road Malabon
Valenzuela City
  • NLEX (Entrance)
  • MacArthur Highway Malanday Boundary of Valenzuela and Meycauyan (Exit)
  • Punturin Boundary of Libtong Meycauyan (Primary)
  • NLEX Harborlink (Mindanao Avenue Metro Manila exit)
  • Lawang Bato emergency exit to NLEX
  • Viente Reales Skyline exit 10 Meycauyan, Bulacan
  • Viente Reales Tugatog exit to Meycauyan, Bulacan
  • Lingunan Ciudad Grande exit to Meycauyan
  • NLEX Linguhan Exit Going to Valenzuela
  • Lawang Bato NLEX
  • Overpass near Memorial Gardens
  • NLEX Paso de Blas entrance
  • Wawang Pulo Boundary of Obando Bulacan
  • Susana Heights
Las Piñas
  • Daang Hari
  • Zapote Road
  • Roxas Boulevard corner MIA Road
  • Macapagal Boulevard corner Pacific Avenue
  • Roxas Boulevard near footbridge, Barangay Baclaran
  • Airport Road in front of UCPB, Barangay Baclaran
  • Bradco Avenue corner Diokno Avenue, Barangay Tambo
  • NAIA Avenue, near Pascor Drive Barangay, Santo Niño
  • Pacific Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Barangay Don Galo
  • C5 Road corner Kaingin Road
  • Quirino Avenue corner Victor Medina, Barangay San Dionisio
  • C5 Road Boundary of Las Piñas and Parañaque
  • Canaycay Avenue, in front of Caltex, Barangay San Dionisio
  • Sucat Interchange
  • Doña Soledad Avenue, Near Skyway entrance/exit
  • West Service Road corner Marcelo Avenue, Marcelo Green
  • West Service Road in front of Robinson, Barangay Merville
  • PNR Bicutan Interchange
  • Along C5 Road Extension, Manuyo Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Along Padre Diego Cera Avenue, Manuyo Uno, Las Piñas City
  • Zapote Viaduct, Barangay Zapote
  • Along Canaycay Avenue Manuyo Dos
  • Riverdrive, BFRV Barangay Talon Dos
  • Marcos Alvarez Avenue, Talon Singko
Muntinlupa City
  • Tunasan – San Pedro Boundary, Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
  • Tunasan – Cuyab Boundary, Arandia Street, Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
  • In front of Parce Bello, Victoria Homes, Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City
  • Biazon Road corner MCX Road, Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa City
  • SLEX Tollgate exit (westbound), East Service Road, Barangay Alabang Viaduct, Muntinlupa City
  • Sucat-Taguig Boundary, Dr. A Bunyi Street, Barangay Sucat
  • Major J Posadas Avenue, corner West Service Road, Barangay Sucat, Muntinlupa City
  • In front of Total gas station, Don Jesus Boulevard corner West Service Road, Barangay, Cupang, Muntinlupa City
  • Muntinlupa–Las Piñas Boundary, Alabang-Zapote Road, Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa City
  • In front of Police Outpost, along Investment Drive corner Commerce Avenue, Barangay, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Marikina City
  • Makabayan Street corner JP Rizal, Barangay Nangka
  • Pambili Street corner Marcos Highway (U-Turn) Barangay San Roque
  • Armscor Avenue corner Sampaguita Street Fortune (to San Mateo)
  • Delos Santos Avenue, Monterey Hills, Fortune (to San Mateo)
  • Lilac Street corner Olive Street, Concepcion Dos (to Antipolo)
  • Olive Extension, Footbridge, Concepcion Dos (to Antipolo)
  • Sumulong Highway corner Katipunan Access Road, Santo Niño (to Antipolo)
  • Marcos Highway in front of Buenaviahe Building, Barangay San Roque
  • San Miguel PH 3, Barangay Fortune
  • Champaca Street corner Ponteverde Drive, Barangay Concepcion Dos
  • Panorama Street corner Waco Street, Barangay Concepcion Dos
  • Panorama Street corner Ignatius Street, Barangay Concepcion Dos
  • Katipunan Street corner Tangerine Street, Concepcion Dos
  • Chestnut Street corner Gospel Street, Barangay San Roque
  • East Bank Road, Barangay Sta Lucia (to Taytay)
  • Ortigas Avenue Extension, Barangay Santa Lucia (to Antipolo/Taytay)
Pasig City
  • Kaginhawaan Street corner Lexi Avenue, Maggahan
  • Green Park Gate Felix Avenue Dela Paz
  • Greenwood Avenue, Pinagbuhatan
  • Thadeus Street, MRV, Santa Lucia
  • West Bank Road, Barangay Maybunga (to Taytay)
  • Sandoval corner Eusebio Avenue, Barangay Pinagbuhatan (to Taytay)
  • Eusebio Avenue corner C6 Road, Barangay Pinagbuhatan (to Taytay)
  • Tramo Road, Santa Lucia Road, Santa Lucia
This page will be updated with more information as we get them.

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