MMDA: Number Coding Scheme in Metro Manila Suspended Until Further Notice

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the Modified Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or “Number Coding Scheme” for Metro Manila will take effect on 8 June 2020 (the full text of MMDA Regulation No. 2020-001 is reproduced below). Update (7 June 2020): Number Coding Scheme suspended until further notice, per the MMDA.

MMDA Advisory re Number Coding Scheme Suspended in Metro Manila


Prior to the suspension of the Number Coding Scheme (surprisingly called “color coding scheme” by some), the MMDA announced that the Modified Number Coding Scheme will take efrec ton 8 June 2020. As previously noted, there appears to be confusion in the interpretation of the guidelines. This is surprising because the MMDA Regulation is fairly short (in contrast, see the transportation guidelines for Cebu City). The modified traffic scheme for Metro Manila (based on MMDA Regulation No. 2020-001) is basically the old Number Coding Scheme, with the following EXCEPTIONS:

  • (a) Owner-driven or self-driven private motor vehicles of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, even if the driver is the only occupant of the vehicle;
  • (b) All private motor vehicles, provided that: (i) there are two or more occupants including the driver; (ii) physical distancing, which refers to the required one-meter distance between passengers, is strictly observed; and (iii) all occupants must wear face mask.

In other words, for (a) and (b) above, a vehicle may be used even on a “coding” day in the National Capital Region (NCR). For any other day (not the car’s “coding” day), the driver can be alone in the vehicle.

Note that “doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel” in (a) are among the Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR). If the intention of the Metro Manila mayors is to include all APORs in (a), they could have easily done so, but they did not.




WHEREAS, in conjunction with Executive Order No. 112 dated 30 April 2020 the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF MEID) issued its “Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines” wherein public transportation shall be suspended, among others;

WHEREAS, pursuant to IATF MEID Resolution No. 37 Series of 2020 dated 15 May 2020, the National Capital Region was placed under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) until 31 May 2020;

WHEREAS, due to the lack of public transportation and in order to provide meaningful assistance to all frontline and essential workers, there is a need to modify the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), commonly known as the “Number Coding Scheme”, such that private motor vehicles may be exempted from the UVVRP subject to specified conditions;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Metro Manila Council hereby resolves that:

1. Private motor vehicles shall be exempted from the UVVRP provided that: a) There are two or more passengers including the driver; b) Social or physical distancing is strictly observed, i.e., seated at least one (1) meter apart from each other; and c) All passengers shall wear face masks.

2. Owner-driven or self-driven private motor vehicles of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel shall be exempted from the UVVRP.

3. All other previous Regulations, Resolutions, Ordinances, rules and regulations of the Metro Manila Council which may be inconsistent with or contrary to the foregoing are hereby revoked, amended, or modified accordingly. 

4. This Regulation shall be effective immediately after its publication in two (2) newspapers of general circulation and filing with the Office of the National Administrative Register, U.P. Law Center.

APPROVED AND ADOPTED on this 26th day of May 2020 via video conference.

P&L Law

6 thoughts on “MMDA: Number Coding Scheme in Metro Manila Suspended Until Further Notice

  1. AvatarjAMES

    This MMDA policy shows incompetence. The problem is public transportation and what are they doing about it? Tagal na ng lockdown pero hindi sila nag-iisip ng alternatives. Worse, they are creating more problems. If you’re coding, you need someone else to ride in the car. You will bring someone along when there is no need for that person to go out in the first place. Basta lang ma-exempt sa coding. Lalo dadami ang nasa labas na hindi naman dapat kailangang nasa labas. If you ask a stranger to ride with you, di ba ang intensyon ay bawasan ang pakikipag interact sa ibang mga tao? Ang labo.

  2. AvatarDanie

    clarification please.
    if a family car pools, and that family has three persons (APOR) on board initially from home, one was dropped off in Makati CBD, the other is dropped off in Ortigas CBD, what happens to the one driving and works in QC CBD. that person will have the same concern in the afternoon, he leaves his work in QC to pick up his co-passengers in Ortigas and Makati.

    what will that driver/person show to the MMDA that there are three APOR passengers but working in three different CBD’s which is common among families especially if they are from the south.

  3. AvatarDranreb p.

    Masyado naman minamadali sana implement na itong color coding pag 100% n yung public adays mahirap ung magdakay sa hinde mo kakilala..ang risky nman nun…sino n nman gago ang nagpatupad ito.

  4. AvatarRomeo M. Vasquez

    Sana po paalala sa mga kinauukulan na kapag ang pandemic ay wala na totaly sa buong pililinas ay saka lang ipatupad ang coding para naman hinde nahihirapan yun mga tao kung paano iiwas at mag-iingat sa virus na kumakalat. Kasi mahirap talagang mag commute pag di mo alam kung sino ang carier ng virus!!! So please lang po dapat isip muna ang kapakanan ng mga kababayan natin!


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