The Philippines has begun restarting its economy. Key industries have resumed operations after two long months. Citizens can now get back to work, although only a select number of industries are allowed to restart operations.
So this begs the question, who are the only ones authorized to enter places that are under ECQ, MECQ, and GCQ?
Recently, Malacanan Palace released a list of individuals allowed to travel to and from areas placed under different levels of Quarantine. These are: health and emergency personnel, government officials, front line personnel, and persons that need to travel for medical/humanitarian reasons
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that individuals can only enter or leave ECQ and MECQ zones as long as they will render work in the above-mentioned fields and capacities. The government also reminded workers that they need to carry their company I.D. and other necessary documents at all times as proof of where they work/live in ECQ or MECQ zones.
Also allowed to travel under any form of community quarantine are persons going to the airport for travel abroad, returning, or repatriated OFWs and other overseas Filipinos returning home. No local tourists will be allowed to travel by air as only OFWs that will work abroad will be allowed to travel. However, medical professionals are still barred from leaving the country under the deployment ban issued by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
"Land-based or sea-based OFWs are allowed to be deployed abroad upon the execution of a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
Movement of all types of cargo by land, air, or sea within and across areas are also allowed and must not be hampered when crossing checkpoints or quarantine control points (QCPs). The government, however, reminded the logistics industry that only a maximum of five workers will be allowed transit across areas where MECQ, ECQ, and GCQ are imposed.
“Hanggang limang tao po ang papayagang mag-operate ng cargo at delivery vehicle following strict social distancing,” added Roque.
[A maximum of five persons are allowed to operate cargo and delivery vehicle following strict social distancing]
With the country still experiencing a continuous rise in COVID-19 infections, the government is reminding everyone that they are only supposed to go out if they need to go to work or buy supplies from groceries, supermarkets, etc. More importantly, all authorized persons outside residences (APOR) must follow social distancing measures, wear face masks in public places at all times, and frequently wash their hands.