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DILG Secretary Eduardo Año that only travel in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) areas will remain restricted as he highlighted that those in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas cannot just go to places still in lockdown. (Yahoo)

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday revealed that travel will be easier in areas that will shift to the “new normal” on Friday as the government loosened community quarantine guidelines in parts of the country.

In a statement, the DILG chief that only travel in enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) areas will remain restricted as he highlighted that those in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas cannot just go to places still in lockdown.

“If you’re from a GCQ area then you will just visit a relative in an ECQ area, you cannot but GCQ areas are much looser,” said Año. “Travel to ECQ areas, on the other hand, is much difficult.”

The Interior secretary also disclosed that workers who need to cross from area to area under the “new normal” just have to present a proof of employment or company ID to travel.

“In GCQ areas, as long as you bring your company ID or certificate of employment, that would do,” said Año.

The DILG chief noted that travel to and from areas under the enhanced community quarantine is prohibited except for health workers, government officials and frontline personnel, those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons transiting to the airport for travel abroad, workers in permitted establishments, persons providing essential goods, services and public utilities, essential skeletal workforce, repatriated OFW and non-OFW returning to their residences and other persons transported through the efforts of the national government upon conduct of necessary quarantine protocols and in concurrence with the receiving local government units.

Año also said that 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 provided that only a maximum of five personnel may operate cargo and delivery vehicles by land, with or without load.

For land, air or sea travel by uniformed personnel and government officials and employees for official business, it will be allowed with the corresponding travel authority, while OFW, permanent residents of foreign jurisdictions, and stranded foreigners may leave for abroad through any of the airports or seaports.

Departing passengers may be accompanied by only one person traveling to any international port, who shall be allowed to return to his/her point of origin.

For repatriated OFW or returning Filipinos who have been issued with a certificate of completion of the 14-day facility-based quarantine or those who may be required to undergo quarantine, they will be granted unhampered transit across zones en route to their final destination in the Philippines.

Several parts of the Philippines will shift to a new normal on Friday except for Metro Manila and other areas at high risk of a coronavirus outbreak.

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