Hizzoners want more teens out

Metro Manila mayors are now willing to allow teenagers ages 15 to 17 to go out of their homes, the head of the Metro Manila Council said Monday.

MMC Chair Edwin Olivarez, also mayor of Paranaque, said the MMC had agreed to lower the age of those who would be allowed to go out, noting that the Philippines was the only country to allow the 18-65 age bracket to go out.

He said allowing more teens outside would help stimulate the economy provided that they continued to follow COVID-19 protocols. He noted that it was “contradictory” to have gaming arcades open in malls but not allow teens to go there.

The MMC earlier opposed a government coronavirus task force’s decision to allow those between 15 to 17 years old to go out, citing the continuing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

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