Lugaw Is Considered An Essential Good — Palace

Lugaw is considered an essential good, according to Malacañang.

Malacañang on Wednesday clarified that lugaw (rice porridge), or any food item for that matter, is considered an essential good.

Lugaw Is Considered An Essential Good

In a report on ABS-CBN News, Malacañang on Wednesday said that food deliveries were allowed “24/7” even in areas under the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine).

The enhanced community quarantine in NCR+ (Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Laguna) banned non-essential movement in order to curb a surge in coronavirus infections.

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease said that food preparation establishments such as restaurants, commissaries, and eateries, “but limited to take-out and delivery” can operate at full on-site capacity during the enhanced community quarantine.

Clarifying the said directive, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that food deliveries can operate “24/7”. When asked if he meant hours in which food deliveries can operate, he said “Oo” in a phone interview.

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Lugaw, or any food item for that matter, is considered an essential good. Delivery of food items must remain unhampered 24/7. Huwag natin harangin sa checkpoints,” Roque’s office said in a statement.

Roque’s office’s statement came after a food delivery rider was prohibited from delivering “lugaw” to a customer in Bulacan barangay.

Earlier, the interior department encouraged homeowners groups to let food deliveries enter subdivisions as it would allow people to stay home and would reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure during food runs.

NCR and its 4 surrounding provinces were placed under the enhanced community quarantine until April 4, 2021. On Saturday, President Rodrigo Duterte will decide on whether or not to extend the enhanced community quarantine.

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