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Local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila need to pass ordinances to enforce a curfew in connection with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarified Saturday (March 14).

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the ordinance will be the legal basis for enforcing the curfew.

“The legal basis for the curfew are the ordinances and the mayors agreed to issue these on Monday,” he said in a text message.

Earlier in the day, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jojo Garcia said all 17 mayors of LGUs in the National Capital Region agreed to enforce a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in light of the community quarantine declared by President Rodrigo Duterte over the region.

Garcia claimed the curfew will be in effect starting Sunday until April 14.

He said those covered by the curfew are individuals who want to hang out or roam around. Exempted, however, are workers, individuals needing medical attention, government officials and people buying basic goods.

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