Local government officials in Metro Manila are barred from traveling abroad for the next 30 days while the National Capital Region is under a community quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Interior and Local Government said.
This is “to ensure that they are hands-on in fighting COVID in their respective localities,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.
Aside from the travel ban, Año also announced that the second round of road clearing operations has been suspended — all in order for local government units to remain focused on combating the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The road clearing operations started last July 2019, after the President ordered DILG to penalize local governments that would not help in reducing traffic and opening congested roads.
Año said that 40,000 police officers are deployed to various Metro Manila checkpoints in to assist the LGUs.