By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
The local government of Caloocan City is considering to lift the window hours scheme for residents going to the markets following the order made by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“Kung sinuggest ni Secretary [Eduardo] Año, susunod tayo,” Mayor Oca Malapitan said on March 26, Thursday.
Recently, Caloocan City has imposed a 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. window hours scheme in its markets, as part of the measures the city is taking against COVID-19.
Malapitan said that he would convene his barangay officials and the local police on Thursday afternoon to discuss what alternative they might apply.
“Papalitan namin bukas kung hindi maganda ‘yung 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (If this 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. scheme doesn’t work, we’ll change it by tomorrow),” he added.
Malapitan explained that they initially came up with this idea to avoid crowds in public places “at any given time.”
“Nakikita natin na hindi nasusunod ‘yung mga social distance eh. Ngayon kung hindi rin masusunod na kagaya nyan, kung mas malala, ibabalik natin [yung normal] (We saw that social distancing wasn’t being followed. Now, if this window scheme won’t also be followed and the situation worsens, then we’ll go back to what was normal),” Malapitan added.