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April 30, 2020

FINAL LIST: Areas Under ECQ; Businesses Allowed To Operate; Guidelines For ECQ, GCQ Implementation

FINAL LIST: Areas Under ECQ; Businesses Allowed To Operate; Guidelines For ECQ, GCQ Implementation

President Duterte has approved Resolution No. 30 of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management Of Emerging Infectious Disease containing the omnibus guidelines for the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ) that will apply to all regions, provinces, cities, or areas placed under ECQ or GCQ to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The government decided to extend the ECQ in some provinces and cities as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in these areas.

In a virtual press briefing on Thursday, April 30, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the following geographic areas will be placed under ECQ beginning tomorrow, May 1, 12:01 a.m up to May 15, 11:59 p.m.

1. National Capital Region

2. Region III (Central Luzon), except Aurora

3. Region IV-A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon or Calabarzon)

4. Pangasinan

5. Benguet

6. Iloilo province

7. Cebu province

8. Bacolod City

9. Davao City

Omnibus guidelines on the implementation of ECQ

• Any person below 21 years old, those who 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, are required to remain in their residences at all times, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.

The following sectors are allowed to operate under ECQ:

• Manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products, medicine and vitamins, medical supplies, devices and equipment, and essential products such as but not limited to soap and detergents, diapers, feminine hygiene products, toilet papers and wet wipes, and disinfectants;

•  Establishments involved in the production, manufacturing, packaging, processing, and distribution of food may operate at a maximum of 50 percent of their respective workforces, unless the supply level of a basic food product warrants a higher capacity (In this case, the Department of Trade and Industry or DTI is authorized to approve the temporary increase of workforce capacity);

• Manufacturers of medicines, medical supplies, devices and equipment, including but not limited to suppliers of input, packaging, and distribution, will be allowed to operate at full capacity.

• Delivery services, whether in-house or outsourced, transporting food, medicine, or other essential goods;

• Delivery of clothing, accessories, hardware, housewares, school and office supplies, as well as pet food and other veterinary products;

• Capital markets, including but not limited to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippine Stock Exchange, Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corporation, Philippine Securities Settlement Corporation, and Philippine Depository and Trust Corporation;

• Power, energy, water, information technology and telecommunications supplies and facilities, including waste disposal services, as well as property management and building utility services;

• Energy companies, their third-party contractors and service providers, including employees involved in electric transmission and distribution, electric power plant and line maintenance, electricity market and retail suppliers, as well as those involved in the exploration, operations, trading and delivery of coal, oil, crude or petroleum and by-products (gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, jet oil, kerosene, lubricants), including refineries and depots or any kind of fuel used to produce electricity;

• Telecommunications companies, internet service providers, cable television providers, including those who perform indirect services such as the technical, sales, and other support personnel, as well as the employees of their third-party contractors doing sales, installation, maintenance and repair works;

• Airline and aircraft maintenance employees, including pilots and crew, and ship captains and crew;

• Media establishments, at a maximum operational capacity of 50 percent of their total permanent staff complement as registered under the Department of Labor and Employment, inclusive of reporters and other field employees, as accredited by the Presidential Communications Operations Office;

• Construction workers accredited by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to work on facilities identified for purposes of quarantine and isolation, including such facilities for the health sector, emergency works, flood control, and other disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation works;

• Manufacturing companies and suppliers of equipment or products necessary to perform construction works;

• Workers accredited by the Department of Transportation (DoTR) to work on utility relocation works, and specified limited works across 13 railway projects, including replacement works for the Manila Metro Rail Transit system line. Provided, that where applicable, on-site or near-site accommodations and/or point-to-point shuttle services should be arranged;

• Employees of the Philippine Postal Corporation at a capacity necessary to maintain the prompt delivery of services to its clients;

• The Philippine Statistics Authority, at a capacity necessary to conduct data gathering and survey activities related to COVID-19 and the registration and implementation of the national identification (ID) system;

• Funeral and embalming services. Provided, that funeral service operators are directed to provide shuttling services and/or housing accommodations for their personnel and staff;

• Humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations, non-government organizations and United Nations-Humanitarian Country Teams, as well as individuals performing relief operations to augment the government’s response against COVID-19 and other disasters or calamities that may occur (Provided, that they are authorized by the appropriate government agency or local government or LGU);

• Pastors, priests, imams or such other religious ministers whose movement will be related to the conduct of necrological or funeral rites (In this connection, immediate family members of the deceased from causes other than COVID-19 will be allowed to move from their residences to attend the wake or interment of the deceased upon satisfactory proof of their relationship with the latter and social distancing measures);

• Veterinary clinics; and

• Security personnel.

For purposes of the foregoing, transit by permitted persons to and from the above establishments anywhere within the area covered by ECQ will be allowed.

• Repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in compliance with approved quarantine protocols;

• Non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine; and

• Health care workers and other employees from exempted establishments under these omnibus guidelines and applicable Memoranda from the Office of the Executive Secretary.

Provided that in all of the foregoing, hotel operations will be limited to the provision of basic lodging to guests.

• Regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over permitted establishments or persons are likewise tasked to issue official IATF accreditation IDs. Bona fide IDs issued by establishments exempted from the strict home quarantine requirement will likewise be honored by law enforcement agencies.

• The RapidPass system will be complementary to the existing IATF IDs issued by the member-agencies and honored in all quarantine checkpoints. Enrollment for RapidPass IDs will be voluntary and cover only qualified private sector entities or persons. The movement of cargo vehicles shall be unhampered. Cargo vehicles as well as vehicles used by public utility companies, business process outsourcing or BPOs, and export- oriented establishments will not be subject to an ID system.

• The Philippine National Police retains its authority to conduct inspection procedures in checkpoints only for ensuring that protocols on strict home quarantine are observed.

• Government offices and private corporations are encouraged to process payrolls online. However, for those who cannot, payroll managers, and such other employees that may be required to process payrolls and print payrolls will be allowed to travel and operate covering the periods of ECQ.

Other exemptions from the home quarantine requirement through previous IATF resolutions or issuances by the Office of the President will be honored.

Omnibus guidelines on the implementation of GCQ

• Minimum public health standards shall be complied with at all times for the duration of the GCQ.

• The movement of all persons in areas placed under GCQ will be limited to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate hereunder. Provided, that movement for leisure purposes shall not be allowed.

• Any person below 21 years old and below, those who are 60 years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks, and pregnant women, including any person who resides with the aforementioned, are required to remain in their residences at all times, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in permitted industries and offices.

• Work in government offices may be at full operational capacity, or under such alternative work arrangements as agencies may deem proper in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission.

The following sectors are allowed to operate:

Category 1

• Agriculture, fishery, and forestry industries, food manufacturing and food supply chain businesses, including food retail establishments such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and food preparation establishments insofar as take-out and delivery services, food delivery services, health-related establishments, the logistics sector, information technology and telecommunication companies, the media, at full operational capacity;

Category 2

Mining and other manufacturing, export-oriented, and electronic commerce companies, as well as other delivery, repair and maintenance, and housing and office services, at anywhere between 50  percent up to full operational capacity, and without prejudice to work-from-home and other alternative work arrangements; and

Category 3

Financial services, BPOs, legal and accounting, and auditing services, professional, scientific, technical, and other non-leisure services, and other non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments, at a maximum of 50 percent work-on-site arrangement, and without prejudice to work- from-home and other alternative work arrangements. Specific industries under each category are reflected in a separate document issued by the DTI.

• Limited operations in malls and shopping centers will be allowed, except for leisure establishments and services which shall continue to be closed.

•  Establishments and services allowed to operate in malls and shopping centers may only operate at a capacity set by the IATF.

• Those ages below 21 years old, and those 60 years old and above may not enter malls and shopping centers, except when indispensable under the circumstances for obtaining essential goods and services or for work in establishments located therein.

• The DTI may issue guidelines to limit foot traffic in such establishments.

• Essential public and private construction projects, such as but not limited to sewerage, water services facilities, and digital works, and health facilities, and priority projects, will be allowed to operate in accordance with guidelines issued by the DPWH, reflected in a separate issuance.

Category 4

Amusement, gaming, and fitness establishments, as well as those in the kids and the tourism industries, and all Category 4 identified by the DTI may not operate.

No hotels or similar establishments shall be allowed to operate, except those accommodating the following:

a. For areas outside Luzon, guests who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of May 1, 2020;

b. Guests who have existing long-term bookings;

c. Distressed OFWs and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals;

d. Repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine protocols;

e. Non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine; and

f. Healthcare workers and other employees from exempted establishments under these Omnibus Guidelines and applicable memoranda from the Office of the Executive Secretary. Provided that in all of the foregoing, hotel operations shall be limited to the provision of basic lodging to guests.

• Physical classes shall be suspended for the duration of the GCQ. This notwithstanding, higher education institutions or HEIs may hold classes through flexible learning arrangements to finish the academic year 2019 to 2020, and may operate at a limited capacity to receive students’ requirements and prepare and issue credentials to students subject to the guidelines as may be issued by the Commission on Higher Education.

• The prohibition on mass gatherings are also applicable to areas placed under GCQ. Provided, that essential work gatherings and religious activities may continue so long as strict social or physical distancing, defined as the strict maintenance of at least two-meters distance between and among those attending, and the mandatory wearing of face mask, face shield, or other facial protective equipment by attendees, is maintained during the entirety of the event.

• The road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall operate at a reduced capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the DOTr. Provided, that in all public transports, a strict one meter distance between passengers shall be observed and appropriate engineering controls in place.

Omnibus guidelines on interzonal movement

This shall apply to the transit of people and goods from (a) an ECQ area to a GCQ area, and vice versa, and (b) an area not under community quarantine to a GCQ or ECQ area, and vice versa. In the case of transit across localities in the same community quarantine setup, such transits will be treated as movements within a single GCQ or ECQ zone.

• The non-essential entry and exit of people to and from the ECQ zone shall be prohibited, except: (1) health workers, (2) government officials and government frontline personnel, (3) those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, (4) persons transiting to the airport for travel abroad, (5) workers in permitted establishments and persons providing essential goods and services and public utilities, (6) essential skeletal workforce, (7) repatriated OFWs and non-OFWs returning to their residences, and (8) other persons transported through the efforts of the national government upon conduct of the necessary quarantine protocols and in concurrence with the receiving LGUs;

• The movement of all types of cargoes by land, air, or sea within and across areas placed under ECQ or GCQ shall be unhampered. Workers in the logistics sector, such as cargo, trucking, and port operations shall likewise be allowed to transit across areas placed under ECQ or GCQ.  All LGUs are directed to strictly abide by this national policy. Provided, that only a maximum of five personnel may operate cargo and delivery vehicles by land, with or without load.

• LGUs and local health units are enjoined not to issue orders contrary to or inconsistent with said directive, such as, but not limited to, requiring asymptomatic drivers and crew of cargo or service delivery vehicles to undergo mandatory 14-day home quarantine. Strict physical distancing measures must be strictly observed, which may include, if necessary, the putting up of additional safe and humane seats or space in the vehicles. The PNP retains its authority to conduct inspection procedures in checkpoints for the purpose of ensuring that protocols on strict home quarantine are observed.

• Land, air or sea travel by uniformed personnel and government officials and employees for official business, with the corresponding travel authority, especially those transporting medical supplies and laboratory specimens related to COVID-19, and other relief and humanitarian assistance, shall be allowed.

• OFWs, permanent residents of foreign jurisdictions, and stranded foreign nationals may leave for abroad through any of the airports or seaports in areas placed under ECQ or GCQ without any impediment. Provided that this provision shall not be interpreted to allow outbound travel by Filipinos to countries where travel restrictions are in place. Provided, further, that departing passengers may be accompanied by not more than one (1) person when traveling to any international port, who shall be allowed to return to his/her point of origin.

• Repatriated OFWs or returning non-OFWs who have been issued a Department of Health (DOH) or LGU certificate of completion of 14-day facility-based quarantine, or those who may be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine shall be granted unhampered transit across zones en route to their final destination in the Philippines. For this purpose, LGUs are enjoined to allow maritime vessels or aircraft transporting the aforementioned OFWs and non-OFWs to dock or land at their ports of destination.

General provisions of the omnibus guidelines

• LGUs are enjoined to enact the necessary ordinances to enforce curfew for non-workers in jurisdictions placed under GCQ and to penalize, in a fair and humane manner, violations of the restrictions on the movement of people as provided under these omnibus guidelines.

• For residential and commercial rents falling due within the duration of the ECQ or GCQ upon residential lessees and micro-, small, and medium enterprises or MSMEs not permitted to operate during said period, a grace period of 30 days from the last due date, or until such time that the community quarantine is lifted shall be observed, whichever is longer, without incurring interests, penalties, fees, or other charges.

 All persons are mandated to wear face masks, earloop masks, indigenous, reusable, do-it-yourself masks, or face shields, handkerchiefs, or such other protective equipment or any combination thereof, which can effectively lessen the transmission of COVID-19, whenever they go out of their residences, pursuant to existing guidelines issued by the national government. Concerned LGUs are hereby enjoined to issue the necessary executive order or ordinance to that effect, and to provide fair and humane penalties.

• Supermarkets, public and private wet markets, grocery stores, agri- fishery supply stores, veterinary supply stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and other retail establishments engaged in the business of selling essential goods are strongly encouraged to extend their store operations to a maximum 12 hours. LGUs are directed to allow such establishments to operate pursuant to the foregoing. Provided that in the operation of wet markets, LGUs are encouraged to adopt reasonable schemes to ensure compliance with strict social distancing measures, such as, but not limited to, providing for specific daily schedules per sector, barangay, or purok, as the case may be. In no case shall such schemes involve narrowing the hours of operation of the foregoing establishments.

General Provisions of the Omnibus Guidelines

• Acts of discrimination inflicted upon healthcare workers, repatriated OFWs and non-OFWs, COVID-19 cases, whether confirmed, recovered or undergoing treatment, as well as suspect and probable cases, and persons under Monitoring are denounced in the strongest of terms. Acts in furtherance of discrimination, such, but not limited to, coercion, libel, slander, physical injuries and the dishonor of contractual obligations such as contracts of lease or employment, shall be dealt with criminally, civilly, and/or administratively. LGUs are enjoined to issue the necessary executive orders and/or enact ordinances prohibiting and penalizing these discriminatory acts.

Based also on Resolution on No. 30, a special batch of around 200 OFWs  from Milan, Italy shall be subjected to COVID-19 testing upon arrival. Those who test negative shall be exempted from the requirement of facility-based quarantine, and shall be allowed to proceed to their respective destinations and undergo a mandatory fourteen-day home quarantine.

All arriving non-OFWs shall be managed in accordance with the updated algorithm for the triage and management of repatriated OFWs from high-risk or other jurisdictions issued by the DOH and the Bureau of Quarantine.

Beginning May 16, 2020, all decisions to impose, lift, or extend a community quarantine in provinces, highly-urbanized cities and independent component cities  shall rest with the IATF.

This notwithstanding, provincial governors shall be authorized to impose, lift, or extend ECQ in component cities and municipalities upon the concurrence of the relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF.

Local chief executives of cities and municipalities are authorized to impose, lift, or extend, ECQ in barangays, upon the concurrence of the relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF. This is without prejudice to the authority of the IATF to directly impose, lift, or extend ECQ in these areas should circumstances call for it.

No LGU shall declare its own community quarantine, regardless of nomenclature, without observing the foregoing procedure.

 

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