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New operational guidelines of Enhanced Quarantine in Luzon

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A tricycle driver is stopped at a checkpoint in Brgy. Pasong Tamo in Quezon City on Tuesday. (Yummie Dingding)

New operational guidelines approved by the Inter Agency Task Force as part of the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire Luzon:

No. 1 – All government agencies in the Executive branch are hereby directed to issue accreditation orders to identify their respective skeletal workforces for critical services operating during the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon. Bonafide IDs issued by the respective agencies shall be sufficient for movement around the contained area until such time that such accreditation orders have been issued by the agency concerned. Skeletal workforces may issue official agency vehicles;

No. 2 – Agencies with jurisdiction over those exempted from strict home quarantine requirements are likewise task to issue official IATF accreditation IDs. The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) shall be tasked to design the official seal and template of the IATF accredited IDs issued by government. The period for the issuance of IATF accreditation IDs shall be 21 March 2020. Bonafide IDs issued by establishments exempted from strict home quarantine requirements shall be honored by law enforcement agencies until 21 March 2020;

No. 3 – The following among others shall be considered health and emergency frontline workers;

A. Public health workers meaning all employees of the Department of Health, DOH hospitals, hospitals of local government units, and provincial, city and rural health units.

B. Private health workers such as but not limited to medical professionals, hospital administrative staff, and aides from private health facilities as well as and their service providers and;

C. Health workers and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross and the World Health Organization.

The Department of Transportation, in cooperation of LGUs, and upon consultation with DOH shall develop a system of point-to-point transport services for all the aforementioned health workers.

No. 4 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been instructed to allow the unimpeded movement of all types of cargoes subject to its authority to conduct inspection procedures in checkpoints for the purpose of ensuring that protocols in strict home quarantine are observed. For this purpose, memorandum circular No. 7 issued on 17 March 2020 by the Department of Agriculture (DA) is hereby adopted;

No. 5 – 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, shall be allowed to operate effective 18 March 2020 subject to the qualification of establishing skeletal work forces in their respective establishments;

No. 6 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is hereby authorized to accredit a skeletal staff for the purpose of facilitating the conduct of the Tulong Panghanap-buhay sa Ating Disadvantage Displaced workers or TUPADD program;

No. 7 – The Overseas Welfare Workers Association shall provide transportation services for returning OFWs for the purpose of ferrying them from international ports to their respective destinations in Luzon;

No. 8. – A separate IATF technical working group composed of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) acting as chair, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Finance (DOF), DOLE and the Office of President, is hereby directed to meet for the purpose of operationalizing the social amiliarization program of the government;

No. 9 – The provisional period of 72 hours granted to media personnel to continue operating in Luzon is hereby extended until 21 March 2020. Thereafter, only those who bear the IATF accreditation ID as issued by the PCOO maybe exempted from the strict home quarantine requirement.

No. 10 – Business Process Outsourcing or BPO establishments and export oriented businesses are hereby granted a period of 24 hours from the issuance of this resolution to facilitate their work from home arrangements;

No. 11 – Delivery services whether in house or outsourced, transporting food, medicine, or other basic necessities shall be allowed to operate during the period of enhance community quarantine.

Press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday night with PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

TRAVEL GUIDELINES

No. 1 – OWS, balikayans and foreign nationals leaving for abroad trough any of the ports in Luzon shall be allowed to leave the Philippines at any time for the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine provided that proof of international travel itineraries scheduled within 24 hours must be presented provided further that non-essential travel by Filipinos from any port of Luzon shall be suspended provided further this provision shall not be interpreted to allow outbound travel by Filipinos to jurisdictions where travel restrictions are in place provided further that departing passengers may only be accompanied by not more than one person when travelling to any international port provided further that OWWA may provide transportation services to OFWS intending to leave for abroad provided finally that all of the foregoing shall be subject to joint guidelines that will be issued by the DFA, DOLE and DOT.

No. 2 – Heads of missions or their designated foreign mission representative including limited foreign mission personnel and staff maybe exempted from the strict home quarantine requirement whenever performing diplomatic functions subject to guidelines to be issued by the DFA provided that protocols on the establishment of skeletal workforces shall be observed.

No. 3 – No hotels, or similar establishments shall be allowed to operate except those accommodating;

A. Guests who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of 17 March 2020.
B. Guests who have existing long-term leases.
C. Employees from exempted establishments under the provisions of the 16 March 2020 memorandum from the Executive Secretary and subsequent modifications and clarifications provided that in sub-paragraphs 3A and 3B, no new booking accommodations shall be permitted provided further that in all the foregoing, hotel operations shall be limited to the provision of basic lounging to guests.

No. 4 – Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) shall not be included among those establishments allowed to operate for the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

C. The MMDA and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) shall be considered ex-oficio members of the IATF.

D. The response clusters of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for COVID-19 at the national, regional and local levels shall be convened. All councils are directed to implement preventive preparatory responsive and early recovery measures in anticipation of the worst case scenario insofar as the COVID-19 health event is concerned. The rehabilitation and recovery cluster of the NDRRMC is likewise directed to develop a resiliency and recovery plan.

And finally, IATF for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Philippines shall establish and operate an emergency operations center at the NDRRMC Operations Center at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

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