Are Workers Who Live Outside Metro Manila Exempted From Community Quarantine?

This is an *important* question that came up after the president's speech.
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How will the Metro Manila community quarantine, which starts on March 15, affect workers who live outside the metro? Cabinet members have different answers to one of the questions that came up after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation last night, March 12. 

According to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, workers who live outside Metro Manila will be exempted as long as they provide proof of work. He said this in a radio interview with DZBB last night after the president’s speech, according to Rappler. 

Año said proof of work such as company IDs will allow workers to enter and leave Metro Manila. He said the screening will be done at checkpoints.

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However, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles told radio station DZMM that workers will not be exempted from the rules. He advised companies to create flexible work arrangements with employees, according to Inquirer. 

In another interview, Nograles said Duterte and certain government officials will be exempted from the domestic travel ban. This is according to Bandila anchor Karen Davila.

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Duterte announced the Metro Manila community quarantine as a response to the rising number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. As of the latest count, there are 52 confirmed cases in the Philippines, with majority from Metro Manila. 

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