Here’s some good news for those that need to travel for medical reasons during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that people traveling across strict border control points set up in Metro Manila and nearby provinces for medical or health reasons will be allowed to pass without issue. Furthermore, they will be classified as APORs or authorized persons outside residence. 

The announcement comes from the Chief PNP, General Guillermo Eleazar, who said that persons traveling for health and other medical-related reasons along with those who are travelling for family emergencies can be classified as APORs and will be allowed to pass through border controls. He adds that those requiring emergency treatment will always be allowed, especially if the condition cannot be treated within the locality.

Kasama sa other APORs ang mga kababayan nating may appointment sa mga doktor at yung mga kababayan nating kailangang umuwi dahil namatayan ng immediate family members, o may manganganak na asawa at iba pang mga kadahilanan na parte ng ating kulturang Pilipino. Hindi pipigilan ng ating kapulisan ang pagtawid ng mga may scheduled medical check-up sa ibang siyudad at ng maghahatid sa kanila,” said Eleazar.

(Those that have an appointment with doctors, and those that need to go home because of the death of immediate family members, wife giving birth, or other reasons part of our Filipino culture are considered APORs. The PNP won’t stop those with a scheduled medical checkup in other locations and those accompanying them.)

Before the announcement, APORs are generally classified into two main groups. The first is the Worker-APOR, who are allowed to go out and cross borders for being an employee of businesses and industries permitted under ECQ. The other is the Customer-APOR who are allowed to go out and avail of the goods and services of the businesses and permitted industries but are prohibited to cross borders.

Still, it’s best to stay home if you can because given the cases, a hospital is the one place you might not want to be at right now.