Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año advised people, especially those in Metro Manila and areas under heightened COVID alert levels, to bring their vaccination cards at all times.
This is so they can show it to barangay officials and police officers as proof of vaccination when requested, Año said.
Año also maintained President Duterte’s directive that under heightened COVID alert levels, authorities will still remind unvaccinated people to stay at home, with arrests to be made only as a “last resort.”
“Pakiusapan muna na pumirmi sa bahay. Barangay officials may only arrest the unvaccinated individual who refuse to cooperate and who are leaving the homes for non-essential purposes,” he said.
Meanwhile, the DILG said that seven local governments in Metro Manila have so far approved ordinances restricting the mobility of the unvaccinated in their respective jurisdictions.
The seven are Caloocan City, Quezon City, San Juan City, Valenzuela City, Pateros City, Las Pinas City, and Taguig City.
Under the approved ordinances, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people in areas under Alert Level 3 or higher must remain in their homes except for essential trips.
They will also be banned from indoor and al fresco dining, hotels, country clubs, leisure trips and similar establishments, and public transportation.
Other LGUs in Metro Manila are currently in the process of deliberating their respective ordinances which should pass next week, said Usec. Jonathan Malaya, DILG spokesperson.
He said unvaccinated individuals going to work must also present a negative RT-PCR test result every two weeks otherwise they will not be allowed to leave their homes to go to work.
Ordinances provide for administrative penalties ranging from P500 to P5,000 with imprisonment of seven days to 30 days. Business establishments who violate the ordinance will also be penalized with a fine of P3,000 to P5,000 and suspension or cancellation of business permit at the discretion of the court, Malaya said.