Manila waives market stall rent while Luzon is under quarantine due to COVID-19

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2020 04:57 PM

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) secure the border of Mandaluyong and Manila on March 17, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Manila has waived the payment of rent in markets in the capital city until Luzon's enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus has been lifted, the City Council said in a resolution, Thursday.

City Resolution No. 85 grants a "moratorium to all market stallholders within the City of Manila, whether public or privatized, from paying their rents for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease."

This will "help mitigate the impact of the declaration of enhanced community quarantine, which will greatly affect their liquidity," according to the resolution passed on March 19, 2020.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno earlier wrote a letter urging malls and other establishments to suspend the collection of rent in the capital as most shops are expected to lose their income while Luzon is on a lockdown until April 14, 2020.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier forced public transportation, malls, parlors, and other establishments not selling food and medicine to cease operations for a month to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The global pandemic has infected 230 people in the Philippines as of March 20, 2020. Of those patients, 18 died, 8 recovered, while the rest are still battling the virus, which originated from Wuhan, China.

The Philippines is under a state of calamity as the government sought for more funds to support frontline workers manning hospitals and checkpoints, as well as provide aid for marginalized communities.