Food delivery allowed 24/7 during ECQ
By J. Jala | 08:42 PM March 31, 2021
Lugaw (rice porridge) and or any food products are considered essential goods and their delivery should remain unhampered, Malacañang said Wednesday.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque clarified that “lugaw” or porridge is an essential good and that food delivery services are allowed to operate beyond curfew hours during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) at NCR Plus bubble.
“A video, which has been circulating online, has come to our attention. Lugaw, or any food item for that matter, is considered an essential good. Delivery of food items must remain unhampered 24/7,” Roque said in a statement.
Roque also appealed to ECQ enforcers to not prohibit food delivery riders at checkpoints.
Under ECQ which is in force until April 4, food delivery services are considered essential and are not restricted by the curfew.
On Wednesday, a viral video showed that a GrabFood rider was told off by checkpoint authorities when he attempted to deliver lugaw or rice porridge to a customer beyond curfew hours in Barangay Muzon, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
He was told that the food item is not considered among the essential goods. The officer added that people can “live without it” for a day.
The personnel in the checkpoint also read that food deliveries are allowed but insisted that a rice porridge is not considered an essential good.
Netizens were angered over the video which showed the Grab Food rider being accosted by barangay officials.