COVID-19 Crisis: The high cost of ECQ on the Philippine economy

You must be wondering how much of a price did the nation pay as a result of the 2-week ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) ordered on NCR Plus (National Capital Region plus the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal).

The answer? P180 billion in terms of economic losses according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) accounting for 1% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) article of April 15, 2021. Some parts in bold…

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has estimated that the country lost 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) during the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in National Capital Region (NCR) and four nearby provinces.

During the Laging Handa public briefing Thursday, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the economic loss due to the half-a-month ECQ in NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal (NCR Plus) is equivalent to PHP180 billion.

Earlier, Lopez said around 1.5 million Filipinos had no jobs during the ECQ in NCR Plus, and only 500,000 jobs were brought back when the quarantine classification for areas was downgraded to a less strict modified ECQ (MECQ).

“We want to see lower Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases and lower utilization rate of (Covid-19 beds) before we ease the status to GCQ (general community quarantine),” he said in Filipino.

The DTI chief also downplayed speculation that the reopening of economic activities and business establishments became the ‘super spreader’ of Covid-19.

To manage the rate of infection of the coronavirus, Lopez said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will not allow high-risk and non-essential activities and gatherings.

He added the government must slow down the daily Covid-19 cases while increasing the health care capacity to relax community quarantine status in the NCR Plus.

Clearly, the 2-week ECQ period on NCR Plus was damaging not only to the businesses and people of the affected region but on the Philippine economy as well. What we cannot see yet is exactly how many more people – specifically those who lost jobs in NCR Plus because of ECQ – fell into poverty. Take note that the more people fall into poverty, the more costly it becomes for the local government units (LGUs) and the nation government to provide support to them using taxpayers’ money.

As it has been a week since NCR Plus shifted to MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine), we will find out soon how much the region and the national economy recovered from the high cost of ECQ.

If you do the math, a single week of ECQ on NCR Plus costs P90 billion. Can you just imagine the dramatic cost to the nation had ECQ went on for a full year of 52 weeks? Do not forget that all the unemployed bad need jobs and income.

Right now, the national government and varied forms of governing units are still struggling to balance themselves between economics and public health during this COVID-19 (China virus) pandemic that has lasted over a year now. No matter how you do your business, how you make your important transactions, follow the health protocols to avoid getting infected with the China virus.

By the way, whenever possible, support the business joints in your local community whenever you need to buy or consume something. By the way, never let the Political Left fool you with their propaganda related to economy and the pandemic.

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Business Permit Renewal processing in Muntinlupa City to last until January 29, 2021

The annual Business Permits Renewal process in Muntinlupa City commenced in a bigger venue with strict health measures in place to comply with IATF safety protocols.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi assures business locators in the city that health protocols are strictly observed in the 2021 Muntinlupa Business Permit Renewal Hub located at the Center Court of Muntinlupa Sports Center, Brgy. Tunasan.

Fresnedi inspected the venue with Local Economic Investment Promotions Officer Gary Llamas, City Administrator and Business Permits Licensing Officer Allan Cachuela, and other local officials during the opening of the renewal event last January 4.

Strict health standards and distancing protocols are implemented which include sterilization and disinfection of submitted documents using UV box, body temperature check, installation of alcohol sprays, and monitoring of ‘sneeze guards.’.

The public is advised to wear face mask with face shield and bring their own ballpen for their safety and convenience.

Business taxpayers are also instructed to download the StaySafe app on their mobile device to scan the QR Code at the entrance of the Renewal Hub for contact tracing purposes. The City Government partnered with Staysafe.PH through City Ordinance No. 2020-181 to implement a “No QR Code, No Entry Policy” in all establishments for mandatory contact tracing starting January 2021.

Further, senior citizens will not be allowed entry into the Renewal Hub, unless they are business owners renewing their permits in compliance with IATF guidelines. A One-Stop Shop arrangement in the Business Permit Renewal Hub has been installed in the venue for the convenience of taxpayers.

Business taxpayers can pay using Debit Cards in the Renewal Hub. Mobile ATMs and a Closed-Circuit Television System are also installed across the venue. Free shuttle service is provided for clients going to the venue with pick-up points located at Muntinlupa City Hall Quadrangle in Putatan.

The 2021 Business Permit Renewal will run from January 2 to 29, 2021 and BPLO Muntinlupa will serve clients from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Currently, there are 15,144 registered business in the city. Earlier, BPLO Muntinlupa also encouraged business taxpayers to renew their business permits online through the Business E-payment SysTem (BEST).

Muntinlupa BEST is an online platform that will allow locators in Muntinlupa City to accomplish business permit applications and transactions through any internet-enabled device.

Top Ten “Early Bird” Taxpayers in the 2021 Muntinlupa Business Permit Renewal receive cerficates of recognition and grocery packages from the City Government. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (5th from left) and City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela (left) greeted early taxpayers and extended his gratitude to the business owners for renewing their businesses in the city last January 4. The business renewal event will run until January 29 at Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Tunasan. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Taxpayers can access the online platform via www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph and accomplish transactions including application for New Business Permit, Renewal of Business Permit, Application Status Inquiry, Billing and Payment, and Payment History.

Mayor Fresnedi thanked the business owners for their punctuality in paying their dues and renewing their businesses in the city despite challenges brought about by the pandemic. The local exec also encouraged other locators to skip “rush days” of registration nearing the deadline.

He vowed to assist local entrepreneurs in the city through various social and economic programs and services for their recovery.

The list of requirements is posted in the city’s website www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph. For inquiries, you may call BPLO Muntinlupa at 8317-9964 or email at bplo.muntinlupa@yahoo.com.

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Muntinlupa launches the BEST (Business E-payment System), online business registration as e-governance innovations amid the pandemic

The City Government of Muntinlupa formally introduced a contactless and cashless processing of business applications and payments through the launching of BEST (Business E-payment System), an e-governance innovation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a bid to address the challenges of the pandemic to face-to-face transactions, the City Government, through its partner banks Development Bank of the Philippines and Landbank of the Philippines, formally launched the Business E-payment System (AKA Muntinlupa BEST) yesterday.

The counters where business applicants and taxpayers can do their transactions. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi says the City Government developed the project to adapt to the “new normal” of public service which requires an open government approach and use of digital platforms.

Fresnedi added that through the e-governance initiative, the risk of COVID-19 transmission will also be prevented due to reduced contact of clients and government employees who will process their applications.

Muntinlupa BEST is an online payment alternative that will allow locators in Muntinlupa City to accomplish business permit applications and transactions through any internet-enabled device. Taxpayers can access the online platform via www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph and accomplish transactions including application for New Business Permit, Renewal of Business Permit, Application Status Inquiry, Billing and Payment, and Payment History.

Upon assessment and verification of payment, the Muntinlupa Business Permits and Licensing Office shall endorse an advanced e-copy of the requested permit to the client via email.  The total processing time is shortened to around 30 minutes for applications with complete set of requirements.

Clients can schedule the pick-up of original documents or arrange delivery via courier service. The platform also serves as online portal for transactions processed by the Treasury Office which include application and submission of requirements, acquisition of assessment billing, Order of Payment and e-Payment for the convenience of taxpayers.

Payments can be processed through Bancnet and PESONet partner banks or over-the-counter via ECPAY, Bayad Express and 7-Eleven outlets. Taxpayers can now conveniently pay their taxes at their own time and within the safety of their homes.

Safety protocols and high-tech equipment are on place to ensure a safe environment for everyone. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Muntinlupa BEST is facilitated by the city’s BPLO, the Mayor’s Office, the Management Information Systems Office, and the City Treasurer’s Office, Muntinlupa City is a frontrunner in business innovations which include the Single Window Transaction – Muntinlupa Business One Stop Shop. It is an innovative single-interface business registration process consisting of three simple steps with one and the same staff from start to end of the transaction for as fast as fifteen minutes.

Muntinlupa’s initiative in government efficiency has been recognized by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as one of the best practices in the country.

SWiT-MBOSS qualified as a finalist in the 4th International Best Practice Competition (IBPC) organized by the Asian Productivity Organization. Muntinlupa City shared runner up standing with Texas Instruments (Philippines) and City of El Paso, Texas (USA), while tied as the competition’s champions were Al Jazeera International Catering LLC (UAE) and Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (UAE).

Further, Muntinlupa City has been adjudged as one of the winners of the Digital Cities Philippines Awards for Best Practices in eGovernance for Local Government Units. In 2018, Muntinlupa bagged the 2nd place in the Best in eGOV Government Inter-operability (G2G) category for its Budget Management and Monitoring System (BMMS) besting 65 entries from 36 LGUs in the country.

Muntinlupa City is the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Most Business-Friendly LGU in 2017 and 2018.

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Latest City Government of Muntinlupa details sourced from their official media release. Some parts were edited for this website.

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Muntinlupa Assessor’s Office releases new schedule of operations, advices taxpayers to transact online

Due to the influx in the number of clients transacting business with Muntinlupa City Assessor’s Office and to ensure strict enforcement of physical distancing, a new schedule for document requests shall be implemented starting Tuesday (December 1, 2020).

MCAO released a new schedule of daily operations in the city’s website in a bid to limit the number of taxpayers transacting in Muntinlupa City Hall in adherence to IATF health protocols.

The processing of Certified True Copy of Tax Declaration and Certificate of No Improvement and other certifications will only be accommodated during Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Documents requested will also be released during the same schedule.

Further, Assessment Transactions are scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Depending on the property subject of assessment, the turnaround time for the release of documents is 1 to 2 weeks. While the schedule for the processing of Order of Payment will remain on a daily basis with daily issuance within 10 minutes.

The public is encouraged to accomplish forms online thru Assessor’s Online Application Form (bit.ly/2zEQ6jb) or Real Property Tax Order of Payment Online Request (bit.ly/2ZdqTGM).

The City Assessor’s Office will accept walk-in requests only during the indicated days per transaction. Online requests shall be received daily but subject to the indicated release days.

For more information, you may visit www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph or reach MCAO at 8862-5111 or 8862-6450. The City Assessor’s Office is located at G/F Main Building, Muntinlupa City Hall, National Road, Putatan, Muntinlupa City.

Recently, the City Government of Muntinlupa waived penalties and surcharges incurred for the non-payment of business taxes from 2nd to 4th quarter of 2020 through City Ordinance 2020-150 in a bid to help the private sector to recover from losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, all business taxes due for the said period shall however be subject to the penalties and interest prescribed by Muntinlupa Revenue Code if not paid on or before December 29, 2020. Muntinlupa City Business Permits and Licensing Office advised business taxpayers in the city to settle all outstanding balances on or before the deadline to avoid incurring penalties.

As of November 26, Muntinlupa City has 4,891 confirmed cases with 4,675 recoveries, 58 active cases, 158 reported deaths, 34 suspect cases, and 293 probable cases.

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Muntinlupa City extends tax relief anew, penalties for late payment waived until December 29, 2020

The City Government of Muntinlupa announced yesterday its move to relax the collection of penalties for late payment of business taxes from the second quarter until the remainder of the year in a bid to help the private sector to recover from losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed City Ordinance 2020-150 waiving penalties and surcharges incurred for the non-payment of business taxes from 2nd to 4th quarter of 2020 as assistance to the business sector.

Fresnedi said as the effects of COVID-19 pandemic further intensify the hurdles being faced by the private sector, the City Government of Muntinlupa as a partner to business sector will extend its assistance by providing for tax reliefs.

However, all business taxes due for the said period shall however be subject to the penalties and interest prescribed by Muntinlupa Revenue Code if not paid on or before December 29, 2020. Muntinlupa City Business Permits and Licensing Office advised business taxpayers in the city to settle all outstanding balances on or before the deadline to avoid incurring penalties.

Earlier this year, Muntinlupa City has imposed several extension of deadlines for the payment of taxes and fees amid the community quarantine in Metro Manila.

In May, Muntinlupa City Council adapted the Department of Finance (DOF) Department Circular (DC) No. 002-2020 through City Ordinance 2020-095 for the uniform adoption and implementation on the extension of deadlines for the payment of local taxes, fees, and charges imposed by local government units from March 25 to June 25, 2020.

Read the details closely. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

The City Government of Muntinlupa has also passed ordinances in March providing a two-month payment extension on Real Property Tax payments and other payables to the City Government for the 1st Quarter, including payment for business taxes and fees for the 2nd Quarter, without penalties, surcharge, and interest. Penalties and surcharges incurred for the non-payment of 2nd and 3rd quarter business taxes were also waived through City Ordinance 2020-146.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Muntinlupa recognized the City Government’s implementation of the Local Economic Continuity Plan which outlines programs and activities for business adaptation in the time of the pandemic and future programs for economic recovery.

PCCI-Muntinlupa president Elvie Sanchez-Quiazon conferred the Sterling Growth Catalyst Award to Mayor Fresnedi in recognition of his leadership in addressing the health crisis while still boosting the sustainability of local economy last July. Quiazon said the local chamber lauds the mayor’s “transformational and adaptable leadership, commitment and eminent public service to boost the development and sustainability of the Muntinlupa City in challenging times.”

As of November 25, Muntinlupa City has 4,867 confirmed cases with 4,666 recoveries, 43 active cases, 158 reported deaths, 43 suspect cases, and 234 probable cases.

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Muntinlupa City Government extends tax relief anew until November 20, looks for courier service providers

The City Government of Muntinlupa approved a business tax amnesty for the late payment of business taxes due for the second and third quarters amid the economic disruption due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed City Ordinance 2020-146 this past Wednesday effectively waiving penalties and surcharges incurred for the non-payment of 2nd and 3rd quarter business taxes for the year 2020 as assistance to members of the private sector.

Under the local ordinance, the waiver of penalties and surcharges shall have a prospective application and will not pertain to business taxes already settled. All business taxes due for the said period shall however be subject to the penalties and interest prescribed by Muntinlupa Revenue Code if not paid on or before November 20, 2020.

Muntinlupa City Business Permits and Licensing Office advised business taxpayers in the city to settle all outstanding balances on or before the deadline to avoid incurring penalties.

Further, the City Government of Muntinlupa is looking for courier service providers to aid in the distribution of business permit certificates to business locators in the city.

Interested parties may submit their proposals to Muntinlupa City Business Permits and Licensing Office thru their email at bplo.muntinlupa@yahoo.com until 5:00 PM on November 18.

Muntinlupa City has imposed several extension of deadlines of payment of taxes and fees amid the community quarantine in Metro Manila.

In May, Muntinlupa City Council adapted the Department of Finance (DOF) Department Circular (DC) No. 002-2020 through City Ordinance 2020-095 for the uniform adoption and implementation on the extension of deadlines for the payment of local taxes, fees, and charges imposed by local government units from March 25 to June 25, 2020.

The City Government of Muntinlupa has also passed ordinances in March providing a two-month payment extension on Real Property Tax payments and other payables to the City Government for the 1st Quarter, including payment for business taxes and fees for the 2nd Quarter, without penalties, surcharge, and interest.

As of November 4, Muntinlupa City has 4,700 confirmed cases with 4,502 recoveries, 45 active cases, 153 reported deaths, 67 suspect cases, and 282 probable cases.

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COVID-19 Crisis: DOH, WHO praise Muntinlupa City’s response, strategies vs COVID-19

COVID-19 Crisis: DOH, WHO praise Muntinlupa City’s response, strategies vs COVID-19

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Department of Health and World Health Organization execs led by DOH Regional Director Dr. Corazon Flores visited Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for a courtesy visit on Thursday and cited the local exec’s leadership and response to the pandemic. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

Posting the highest recovery rate of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) praised Muntinlupa City’s strategies in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the communities.

DOH and WHO delegates led by DOH Regional Director Dr. Corazon Flores visited Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi for a courtesy visit recently to commend the local exec’s leadership and response to the pandemic.

Flores cited the City Government’s efforts in contact tracing, strong coordination with public and private hospitals for management of COVID-19 patients, weekly meetings with barangay leaders, and active barangay health emergency response system.

She also lauded the city’s swabbing process with a drive-thru feature, installation up of a testing lab and construction of additional isolation rooms in Ospital ng Muntinlupa.

Also attending the meeting were DOH Asst. Regional Director Dr. Paz Corrales, DOH Epidemiologist Dr. Manuel Mapue, WHO technical officers Dr. Juhani Capeding and Dr. Rodel Nodora, and Muntinlupa City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao.

DOH and WHO execs also visited the 108-bed quarantine facility at the Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal As One Center’ in Alabang. The mega quarantine facility was formally turned over to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) last May 13.

Muntinlupa City recorded the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in Metro Manila at 68.93% as of May 24. Further, COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down with a doubling time of nine days.

Doubling time refers to the number of days for local coronavirus cases to double in number. The standard rate of transmission should be at 7-30 days to be considered decelerating.

The City Government continues to conduct targeted mass testing for city residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. PCR Testing administered to residents is for free. As of May 23, the local health office has tested 2,300 residents and frontliners. Confirmed patients are immediately referred to quarantine facilities while close contacts and their families are isolated.

The City Government implements a holistic approach in treating COVID-19 patients and suspect individuals by providing psychosocial, spiritual, and support care on top of medical assistance. Recovered patients are continuously monitored by CHO and are given vitamins and other supplies.

Fresnedi said the City Government will implement more stringent quarantine measures and will not be complacent with the high recovery rate among Muntinlupa’s COVID-19 cases. The local exec reminded city residents that they should continue to observe physical distancing and wear masks when going out of their homes.

Muntinlupa City has 211 confirmed cases with 145 recoveries, 34 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 42 suspect cases, and 228 probable cases as of May 28.


This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website. 

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COVID-19 Crisis: Filinvest City Foundation donates over two thousand rapid test kits to Muntinlupa City Government

COVID-19 Crisis: Filinvest City Foundation donates over two thousand rapid test kits to Muntinlupa City Government

Recently the Filinvest City Foundation emphasized its generosity and care by donating two thousand and ten (2,010) of rapid test kits to the City Government of Muntinlupa. The donation was meant to augment the city’s mass testing efforts.

The donation was formally done on May 22 at the office of Mayor Jaime Fresnedi who expressed his gratitude to the foundation which was represented by its general manager Arch Lui Lava. Also present during the receiving of the rapid test kits were City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao, City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela, and Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer Gary Llamas.

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Filinvest Corporate City Foundation has donated 2,010 rapid test kits to the local government of Muntinlupa to augment its targeted mass testing efforts. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (2nd from right) expressed his thanks to FCC Foundation as the local exec received the donation last May 22, together with City Health Officer Dra. Teresa Tuliao, City Administrator Engr. Allan Cachuela, and Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer Gary Llamas. (photo contributed by Muntinlupa PIO)

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A few of the many rapid test kits. (photo contributed by Muntinlupa PIO)

As of May 26, Muntinlupa City has 211 confirmed cases with 145 recoveries, 34 active cases, 32 reported deaths, 29 suspect cases, and 186 probable cases.


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COVID-19 Crisis: 4,174 tricycles in Muntinlupa City now allowed to operate amid MECQ

COVID-19 Crisis: 4,174 tricycles in Muntinlupa City now allowed to operate amid MECQ

Over four thousand tricycles in Muntinlupa City have been allowed to operate and transport authorized passengers provided that they follow sanitary measures amid the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Traffic Management Bureau chief Danidon Nolasco stated that the resumption of tricycle operations in the city starting May 25 aims to help at least 4,174 tricycle drivers who have renewed their permits.

Nolasco said tricycle drivers can only transport frontliners, workers of industries allowed to operate during MECQ, and heads of households buying essential goods to limit people’s movement.

An odd-even scheme will be implemented and tricycles can only operate from 5:00 AM – 12:00 MN.  MTMB has already distributed 2,761 official stickers and quarantine passes to tricycle drivers from 26 TODA.

The local traffic chief reminded tricycle drivers that the prohibition in entering highways and national road is still in effect, except for emergency health cases. Further, cross-over trips are not allowed, except for Rizal St. (Poblacion) and Bautista (Bayanan).

Only one passenger per tricycle will be allowed with an exemption for emergency cases. Due to limited passenger load, each trip will be considered a “special trip” and will amount not exceeding P25.00.

A transparent plastic sheet barrier shall be installed in tricycles to avoid physical contact. Tricycles are to be disinfected at least twice a day and must have alcohol-based sanitizers. Drivers and passengers must wear face masks at all times.

Mandatory temperature check will be conducted and disinfecting facility with soap and water, or sanitizers, will be made available in local terminals.

Tricycle drivers found in violation of the guidelines will be penalized with P1,000 for first offense, P2,000 for second offense, and revocation of permit for third offense.

Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has approved Executive Order No. 15 s.2020 allowing the resumption of tricycle operations in the city during MECQ.

The resumption of tricycle operations in Muntinlupa is in accordance with the recommendation of Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau and Omnibus Public Transportation Guidelines as approved by the Department of Transportation.

As of May 25, Muntinlupa City has 207 confirmed cases with 144 recoveries, 32 active cases, 31 reported deaths, 36 suspect cases, and 192 probable cases.


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COVID-19 Crisis: Tricycles to resume operation in Muntinlupa starting Monday amid MECQ as conditions apply

COVID-19 Crisis: Tricycles to resume operation in Muntinlupa starting Monday amid MECQ as conditions apply

Starting Monday (May 25) tricycles in Muntinlupa City will be allowed to transport authorized passengers provided that they follow sanitary measures amid the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved Executive Order No. 15 s.2020 allowing the resumption of tricycle operations in the city during MECQ.

The resumption of tricycle operations in Muntinlupa is in accordance with the recommendation of Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau and Omnibus Public Transportation Guidelines as approved by the Department of Transportation.

Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODA) will implement an odd-even scheme where all members with Tricycle Regulatory Unit (TRU) numbers ending in an odd digit will be allowed to operate on M-W-F schedule, while those with TRU numbers ending in an even digit will be allowed on T-Th-S schedule.

TODA members are not allowed on Sundays and may only operate from 5:00 AM – 12:00 MN.

Tricycle drivers must install transparent plastic sheet separating the passenger cab and driver to avoid physical contact. Tricycles are to be disinfected at least twice a day and must have alcohol-based sanitizers.

One passenger per tricycle will be strictly followed with an exemption on emergency cases. Due to limited passenger load, each trip will be considered a “special trip” and will amount not exceeding P25.00.

Passengers allowed to board on tricycles include essential workers, frontliners, workers of allowed industries, and heads of households buying essential goods provided that they present quarantine pass and valid ID.

A mandatory temperature check will be conducted in terminals. Disinfecting facility with soap and water, or sanitizers, must also be made available. Tricycle drivers and passengers are mandated to wear face masks at all times.

MTMB-TRU will conduct random inspections to validate the compliance of TODAs. Tricycle drivers found in violation of the guidelines will be penalized.

Muntinlupa City recorded the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in Metro Manila at 56.85% as of May 16. Further, COVID-19 transmission in the city is slowing down with a doubling time of eight days.

Fresnedi said the City Government will implement more stringent quarantine measures and will not be complacent amid MECQ and with the high recovery rate among Muntinlupa’s COVID-19 cases.  The local exec reminded city residents that they should continue to observe physical distancing and wear masks when going out of their homes.

Muntinlupa City has 205 confirmed cases with 127 recoveries, 48 active cases, 30 reported deaths, 21 suspect cases, and 195 probable cases as of May 21.


This is an official Press Release issued by the City Government of Muntinlupa. Some parts were edited for this website. 

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