Nograles: No need to hoard food, other essentials

CABINET Secretary Karlo Nograles on Friday, March 13, assured that there will be no disruption in the supply chain as transport of basic goods and prime commodities between Metro Manila and the provinces will remain unimpeded during the 30-day community quarantine.

Nograles made the assurance in a press conference at the Malacañang Friday as the clock ticked closer to the implementation of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020.

No land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from the metro will be allowed from March 15 to April 14.

“We would like to stress that the transport of goods to Metro Manila from the provinces and vice versa will remain subject to guidelines. This means that residents of NCR should not worry about the supplies of produce, foods and other goods in our markets, groceries and retailers.

“Kaya po.. h’wag po tayong mag-hoard ng pagkain at iba pang kagamitan. ‘Di po tayo mauubusan,” he added

(Let’s not hoard food and other things. We will not run out of supplies.)

Concerns over Metro Manila workers living outside the region but are required to be physically present in their workplaces will be addressed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Friday afternoon, Nograles said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año on Thursday evening assured that the workers and those with official business in Metro Manila would be allowed to come and go as long as they present identification.

International flights to and from Metro Manila are still allowed subject to restrictions that are currently in place.

“If you are a Filipino citizen and you are coming from abroad, you will be allowed to come home subject to strict quarantine guidelines. On the other hand, foreign nationals who want to fly home from Metro Manila to their respective countries will be allowed to do so,” he said.

He said, however, that “very strict and stringent travel restrictions will be imposed upon those traveling from countries with localized Covid-19 transmissions”.

“Anyone flying in from abroad via NAIA will remain in Metro Manila until the domestic travel ban is lifted, and again that begins on March 15. If the ultimate destination is in the provinces we suggest that you fly in via Clark, Cebu, and other airports not under quarantine, then (you) can proceed to your ultimate destination in the province,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night approved the recommendation of the task force to enforce a community quarantine and raise the alert over Covid-19 to Code Red sub-level2.

Conditions under a community quarantine are, however, subject to daily review by the task force and may be lifted earlier than April 14. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)