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Coding still in effect in NCR under Alert Level 3

Coding still in effect in NCR under Alert Level 3

We are now in the third year of the pandemic. COVID-19 made its presence felt in late 2019, and has spread out into the global crisis it is today. In the Philippines, cases have dropped and surge through the years, and the Omicron variant is threatening the opening of 2022. In fact, Metro Manila mayors have decided bring back Alert Level 3 in the National Capital Region.

While there will be more restrictions in place, it doesn't mean the government will suspend number coding again. In fact, the government is firm on keeping it in place. With congestion in the city reaching pre-pandemic levels, keeping the scheme might be a way to limit the number of people going out of their homes.

That said, the current coding scheme is not like the one before the country went into lockdown. It's still the “modified” version that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) released late last year. The order of the numbers and coding days are still the same.

For reference, these are the number coding days you need to remember:

1, 2 – Monday

3, 4 – Tuesday

5, 6 – Wednesday

7, 8 – Thursday

9, 0 – Friday

The modified part comes in the coding period. Before, motorists were not allowed to travel around large parts of Metro Manila from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Now, the coding period is much shorter, concentrating on the evening rush. From 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, those affected by the scheme are not allowed around parts of Metro Manila. Most provinces are not affected.

However, residents of Makati, along with those who work in that city, have to take note of a different coding scheme. The City of Makati has largely brought back the old coding enforcement, meaning private motorists are not allowed to drive around the city from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

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