Last March, the number coding scheme was lifted due to the country being put under community quarantine. Truly, this amidst pandemic has affected the daily lives of several people, including transportation. With that in mind, the number coding scheme shall remain lifted, and shall then resume once the mode of public transport normalizes.
With the current state of our country, it is quite obvious that this setup might last longer than expected. Currently, public transport will still continue to be limited even during this General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), this gives the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) the right reasoning to extend this privilege among local motorists.
On the side note, it is worth mentioning that some places in Metro Manila like Makati often have their own number coding schemes for motorists. The number coding scheme will only resume once the community quarantine measures mandated by the government are fully lifted.
Up to now, only Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), including government employees, emergency respondents, healthcare workers, and many more, are therefore allowed to be out on the road, while everyone else should remain confined in the comforts of their home. Do only go out when you are in need to acquire basic goods for you and your family.
Again, despite the extra freedom granted by the government agency, people are still encouraged to stay at home as it is the safest and most effective way to fight the COVID-19 virus. While it may take a while to find a strategic solution for the normalization of our public transport, let’s have the right mind and consciousness on not to use or take advantage of this privilege to go out and squander anywhere we wish to. At the end of the day, it’s best to be cautious and be mindful of all the safety protocols issued by the government.