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Para ‘di maglakwatsa! Toby Tiangco: 24-hour curfew for minors stays

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Navotas mayor Toby Tiangco will not lift the ban on letting minors go outdoors despite the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to allow persons aged 15-65 to leave their homes.

Tiangco said the 24-hour curfew for minors encourages them to focus on their studies and remain safe.

“Allowing those between 15 to 18 years old to go out is absurd. It defeats the purpose of distance learning and will further distract them from their studies. We cannot afford to be wishy-washy with our rules. Lives are at stake,” he said.

City Ordinance No. 2020-33 requires residents below 18 years old to stay home all the time while Navotas is under community quarantine or in any form of lockdown required by the national or local government.

“We are still under general community quarantine. As long as a quarantine is in place, we will continue to uphold our 24-hour curfew to keep young Navoteños safe from COVID-19,” he said.

Tiangco said the government needs to continue strict enforcement of rules to maximize the gains it has achieved in the fight against COVID-19.

“Our curve is flattening. We want to make sure that this is sustained, that when we loosen up our policies, everyone will remain safe and we will not have to go back to stricter measures. We need to be slow but sure,” he said.