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April 29, 2020

LIST: Sectors To Be Allowed To Operate Under GCQ Based On DTI Recommendations

LIST: Sectors To Be Allowed To Operate Under GCQ Based On DTI Recommendations

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved Resolution No. 29 on Monday, April 27 containing additional guidelines for the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that has been extended in some areas and the general community quarantine (GCQ) imposed over areas with low to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 risks.

Malacanang – through presidential spokesman Harry Roque – also announced that nine provinces that are under ECQ will be downgraded to GCQ after April 30. Based on data, these are Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Albay, and Catanduanes in Luzon; Antique, Aklan, and Capiz in the Visayas; and Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro in Mindanao.

Based on IATF Resolution No. 29, Metro Manila, Central Luzon except Aurora province, Calabarzon region, Pangasinan, Benguet including Baguio City, Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao will remain under ECQ until May 15.

Under ECQ, stringent quarantine measures will be implemented including the suspension of transportation system. Only essential businesses and services are allowed to operate. Quarantine measures will be relaxed once an area is placed under GCQ beginning May 1. Public transport will be allowed but in reduced capacity under GCQ and select establishments will be allowed to reopen subject to minimum health standards.

The Department of Trade and Industry has also made a recommendation on sectors that can resume operations in areas with relaxed quarantine restrictions.

The sectors allowed in areas under GCQ but not in places that remain under ECQ are: manufacturing activities namely beverages, cement and steel, electrical machinery, wood products, furniture, non-metallic products, textiles or wearing apparels, tobacco products, paper and paper products, rubber and plastic products, Coke and refined petroleum products, other non-metallic mineral products, computer, electronic and optical products, electrical equipment, machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers, and other transport equipment; malls and commercial centers including hardware stores, clothing and accessories and non leisure stores; barbershops, salon, spas and other personal care industries; wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; construction and 'Build, Build, Build;' forestry and logging; publishing activities; motion picture, video and television program production; sound recording and music publishing; and advertising and market research; real estate activities; office administrative, office support, and other business activities, legal and accounting, insurance, reinsurance and pension funding except compulsory social security, architecture and engineering activities, technical testing and analysis, scientific and research development, other professional, scientific and technical activities, social work activities without accommodation, government and frontline offices.

"(The recommendation is) subject to final approval. We expect the final approval (on April 29)...But (Trade Secretary Ramon) Lopez is confident, more or less there will be no objections. If there are any, maybe one or two items only," Roque said.

Some sectors are still not allowed to operate even during GCQ. These are gym or fitness studios and sports facilities; entertainment-related mass gatherings including theaters, large concerts, festivals, conventions, shows, pubs and bars; business-related mass gatherings like trade shows, conferences, workshops and rentals, politically-related mass gatherings like election rallies, polling centers, parades, and speeches; sports-related mass gatherings like trainings, games, tournaments and championships; libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities; gambling and betting activities; travel agency, tour operator, reservation service and related activities, and activities of membership organizations.

Also prohibited is the holding of religious ceremonies including masses, Roque said.

Sectors that have been operating even after the imposition of the Luzon-wide are agriculture, industry, services like hospitals, dental clinics, retail establishments, food preparations and water refilling stations, logistics service providers, delivery services, banks and capital markets, utilities, postal and courier activities, sewerage, veterinary activities, repair and installation of machinery, repair of computers and household goods and services to buildings,  security and investigation activities, employment activities, programming and broadcasting activities, rental and leasing, gasoline stations, laundry shops and funeral services, and export.

Under Resolution No. 29, the Department of Tourism was authorized to undertake the necessary measures to charter and fund sweeper flights for stranded domestic tourists from other regions to the National Capital Region.

Beginning May 4, 2020, higher education institutions were allowed to operate with a skeleton workforce in areas not under ECQ, but only for the purposes of finishing the academic year 2019 to 2020, to issue credentials to students, and to prepare for flexible learning arrangements for the next academic year.

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