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Manila deploys 400 COVID-19 safety marshals

By: - Reporter / @NikkaINQ
/ 04:04 AM August 05, 2020

FINAL BRIEFING Some 400 COVID-19 safety marshals receive instructions from City Hall officials before their deployment on Tuesday.—MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

MANILA, Philippines — As Metro Manila reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Manila City government deployed 400 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety marshals to help police and barangay officials enforce public health standards.

The COVID-19 safety marshals — deputized civilian personnel of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau — would be in charge of calling out people who fail to follow quarantine protocols, including the wearing of face masks and maintaining physical distancing.

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However, the new marshals were instructed before their deployment on Tuesday to observe maximum tolerance when dealing with violators.

“We will help our uniformed personnel in the [Philippine National Police] and the [Manila Police District]. We will augment [the marshals] … to keep peace and order in the city,” Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said.

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Manila will be enforcing an odd/even scheme for quarantine pass holders until the end of the MECQ period on Aug. 18.

Odd/even scheme

Those whose quarantine passes end in odd numbers are allowed to go out of their houses and run essential errands between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. For those with quarantine passes that end in even numbers, they can leave their residences from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and between 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Those working in private companies should bring office-issued identification cards to facilitate their travel.

Domagoso, meanwhile, clarified that drivers of tricycles, e-tricycles and pedicabs could keep on plying their routes during MECQ as long as they carry only one passenger who, like them, should also be wearing a face mask.

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