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Question from Email: My helper is going back to work for me in Quezon City together with his wife, son, and brother. They will come from Pangasinan and will all live with me. I live alone, and I am a senior citizen. If there is no public bus, can I send my driver to pick them up? What are IATF requirements for this?

Answer: (May 23, 2020)

Based on guidelines for locally stranded individuals like domestic workers expressing intent to return to their place of residence or work, you must secure a travel authority or certification from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations.

To get travel authority, your helper and his or her family must first get from the local health office of Pangasinan a medical certificate clearing them of the new coronavirus. The Quezon City government must also provide a certification accepting them. Both these documents are needed by the concerned police officers to issue a travel authority, which includes the date of travel, point of origin and destination, and name of driver and vehicle that will be used in the transport.

According to Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, if the areas involved are within a province, the certification could be issued by the provincial commander. If the areas involve two provinces within a region, the certification could be secured from the police regional director and if the areas involve two regions, the certification will come from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations.

For further information, you may contact the (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Question from Email: We’re from Quezon City and we’d like to bring our kids aged 5 and 2 to Quezon province so their grandparents can look after them. My husband and I will go back to work when MECQ is lifted and no one will look after the kids. Our househelper decided to go home. We plan to travel as soon as we’re allowed via private car. What are the documents we need to apply for? And where do we apply?

Answer: (May 22, 2020)

ou must follow the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to be able to bring your children to your hometown in Quezon province. You need to get a travel authority or certification from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations. To do this, you must first secure from the local government health office where you currently reside a medical certificate clearing you and your children of the coronavirus. Local officials of your hometown must also provide a certification that they are accepting your return. Both these documents are needed by the concerned police officers to issue a travel authority, which includes the date of travel, point of origin and destination, and name of driver and vehicles that will be used in the transport. According to Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, if the areas involved are within a province, the certification could be issued by the provincial commander. If the areas involve two provinces within a region, the certification could be secured from the police regional director and if the areas involve two regions, the certification will come from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations. For further information, you may contact the (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted and  https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Email: I’m from San Pedro Laguna and my company is located in BGC. They have started to operate under the new MECQ implementation and has only allowed less than the 50% work force. I am a part of that skeleton team that required to report to the office twice a week. I have my own ride to work. What happens if I’m still on the road headed home and pass curfew hours (5 am to 3 pm in San Pedro Laguna) because of check points or traffic? Will I be apprehended or do I show them my certificate of employment and company ID?

Answer: (May 22, 2020)

You will be exempted from the curfew in San Pedro, Laguna since the industry you are working for is allowed to operate. The omnibus guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) enjoin local government units to enforce curfew only for non-workers. You may present your company ID and certificate of employment to checkpoints if you do not have IATF ID or RapidPass.

Source: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/05may/20200515-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf

Question from Email: Will I be allowed to go from QC (while under mecq) to Pasig to pick up my belongings from a place of residence wherein the rent contract has been terminated?

Answer: (May 22, 2020)

For areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the omnibus guidelines released by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on May 15 limit the movement of people to buying essential goods availing of essential services, and going to work in permitted offices or establishments. Since both Quezon City and Pasig City are still under MECQ, movement for the purpose of getting your belongings will not be allowed.

Question from Email: Taga Tarlac po ako pero nandito ako ngayon sa Pampanga kasama ang anak ko dahil naabutan po kami ng lockdown. Pwede na po ba kaming magbyahe paTarlac na may sariling sasakyan?Ano po ang mga kailangan na requirements para makabyahe kami at yung driver namin?

Answer: (May 21, 2020)

Dahil ang Pampanga ay nasa ilalim din ng modified enhanced community quarantine habang ang Tarlac naman ay nasa general community quarantine, maaaring merong mga strict restrictions sa pagbibiyahe ang ipatupad sa dalawang lalawigan. Ang mga indibidwal na nais bumalik sa kanilang mga bayan ay kailangan munang kumuha ng medical certificate sa sa lokal na pamahalaan kung saan sila na-stranded, na magpapatunay na sumailalim sila sa tamang quarantine procedure, ayon sa Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID-19 Shield, ang enforcement arm ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Bukod sa medical certificate, kailangan magbigay ang mga local officials ng kani-kanilang bayan ng sertipaksyon na pinapayagan nila ang pagbabalik ng kanilang mga residente sa kani-kanilang mga bahay. Ang mga dokumentong ito ang kakailanganin ng mga police commanders para makapag-isyu sila ng travel authority na magdedetalye kung kailang ang biyahe, kung saan manggagaling at magtutungo, pangalan ng diver at behikulo na gagamitin. Kung ang lugar na panggagalingan at pupuntahan ay nasa isang rehiyon lang, ang sertipikasyon ay maaaring makuha sa police regional director, at kung dalawang rehiyon naman, ang sertipikasyon ay manggagaling sa Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations. K ailangan din ipatupad ang social distancing habang nasa loob ng sasakyan. Para sa iba pang impormasyon, maaring kumontak sa (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Email: Na-stranded po ang mama ko sa bicol. mahigit na siyang 2 buwan doon. 71 years old na si mama. ano po ang kailangan naming gawin para masundo sya sa bicol? may sarili po kaming sasakyan.

Answer: (May 21, 2020)

Para makakuha ng exemption sa ipinatutupad na mahigpit na home quarantine para sa senior citizens, para makapagbiyahe, maaaring kumuha muna ang inyong ina ng medical certificate mula sa local government health office kung saan siya na-stranded na magpapatunay na sumailalim siya sa quarantine at wala siyang coronavirus disease. Base ito sa guidelines na inisyu ng Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID-19 Shield, ang enforcement arm Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Bukod sa medical certificate, kailangang magbigay din ng sertipikasyon ang mga lokal na opisyal sa inyong bayan na uuwian na kayo ay pinapayagan na makabalik ang inyong ina sa inyong lugar. Gagamitin ang mga dokumentong iyon ng mga cncerned police commanders para mabigyan siya ng travel authority na siyang magdedetalye kung kailan ang biyahe, kung saan manggagaling at magpupunta, pangalan ng driver at behikulong gagamitin. Kung ang lugar na panggagalingan at pupuntahan ay nasa isang rehiyon lang, ang sertipikasyon ay maaaring makuha sa police regional director, at kung dalawang rehiyon naman, ang sertipikasyon ay manggagaling sa Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations. K ailangan din ipatupad ang social distancing habang nasa loob ng sasakyan. Para makakuha ng travel authority, maaring makipag-ugnayan ang inyong ina sa barangay, o mayor o gobernador kung saan siya na-stranded. Noong Marso, inatasan ni Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano ang mga mayor at iba pang pinuno ng LGU base sa DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 na kailangan silang mag-provide ng sasakyan sa mga na-stranded na indibidwal sa kanilang mga lugar, partikular na sila na nangangailangang madala sa ospital. Para sa dagdag na impormasyo, maaring kumontak sa (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline). 

Sources: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543 and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted

Question from Email: Nasa North Cotabato kami ng boyfriend ko. Ang flight namin is May 17 2020 from Davao to Clark. Anu-anong mga documents ang kakailanganin namin para maka byahe kami? Residente po ako ng Bacolor Pampanga. Makakapasok din po ba ang boyfriend ko sa Bacolor kahit wala pa siyang ID doon?

Answer: (May 21, 2020)

Kinansela na ng mga major airlines sa bansa ang kanilang mga domestic flights hanggang Mayo 31, 2020, habang patuloy na nilalabanan ng gobyerno ang pananalasa ng coronavirus disease sa bansa. Nangangahulugan na ang inyong flight ay kanselado na at hindi muna kayo makababalik sa inyong tahanan sa Bacolor, Pampanga.

Source: https://business.inquirer.net/297223/major-ph-airlines-suspend-flights-anew-till-may-31/

Question from Email: ako po ay may business na meat shop. kailangan pa po ba ng helpers ko na magsecure ng travel pass individually o sapat na po ung business permit ko?

Answer: (May 21, 2020)

Kailangan po ng company ID na nagpapatunay na ang may hawak nito ay empleyado ninyo. Kikilanin po ito sa mga checkpoint kung sakali mang hindi makakuha ang inyong empleyado ng Rapid Pass QR code o ID na inisyu ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)-COVID-19. Maaring bigyan din ang inyong empleyado ng kopya ng inyong business’ registration o permit na nagpapatunay na ang inyong tindahan ay sakop ng sektor na pinapayagang mag-operate sa ilalim ng community quarantine. Kailangan din makipag-ugnayan ang inyong mga empleyado sa kani-kanilang barangay na magiisyu ng quarantine passes.

Source: https://www.dti.gov.ph/advisories/advisory-updates-on-iatf-ids/

Question from Email: I have a flight going to Coron via PAL (Carrier) – Mla – Busuanga on June 1, 2020. Will there be an age restriction on travellers, because we are travelling with a 15 y.o.?

Answer: (May 20, 2020)

t’s still too early to say if the government will allow domestic flights to resume after the end of the modified enhanced community quarantine on May 31, 2020. Currently, all major airlines operating at the Ninoy Aquino have suspended their flights as Metro Manila is under MECQ. Palawan, meanwhile, is under the general community quarantine until May 31 too. And under GCQ, flights are allowed only for the movement of goods. Under the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, MECQ and GCQ limit the movement of people to accessing essential goods and services, and for work in permitted offices or establishments. Should the government order that Metro Manila be placed under GCQ after May 31 and Palawan is placed under the modified GCQ, you and your family may have a hard time to leave the metropolis for another province since only essential travel is allowed. Please wait for developments or get in touch with your airline for information on your flight.

Sources: https://business.inquirer.net/297223/major-ph-airlines-suspend-flights-anew-till-may-31/ and https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/05may/20200515-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf

Question from Email: Hello. I’m 17 and my aunt/guardian is 61 and I have a passport appointment on May 19 in Megamall, Mandaluyong. We are also residents in Mandaluyong. We’re currently stranded in Nueva Ecija since March 15. We want to be able to make the appointment, since we’re Japanese residents and we would like to travel back to Japan. Would we be able to travel back to Metro Manila, through a private vehicle? We will have a driver who needs to go back to NE.

Answer: (May 20, 2020)

According to the May 15 Omnibus Guidelines in the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, permanent residents may leave for abroad and may be accompanied by not more than one person when traveling to any international port to return to your point of origin. Since you are still in the process of preparing your travel documents and not yet travelling to the airport, you may have to clarify if your passports and passport appointment notice are enough documents to be presented at the checkpoints. You may also ask for exemptions for travel as both you and your aunt (you are under 21 years old; your aunt is a senior citizen) are not allowed to go out of your residence under the community quarantine guidelines. The ones in charge of travel authority questions, according to the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield) commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, are the chiefs of police, city, and provincial directors and regional directors who serve as the local commanders of the JTF CV Shield, an implementing arm of the IATF. For further information, you may contact the (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Sources: http://www.covid19.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Omnibus-Guidelines-v2-SOH_signed.pdf and http://www.covid19.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Omnibus-Guidelines-v2-SOH_signed.pdf

Question from Email: Both me and my spouse are employed under an essential industry, but have no one to look after our three-year old child. I am considering relocating temporarily to my in-laws’ city so they can help look after our child. While we have IDs, there will be an issue at the checkpoint with a child in tow and our relocation is technically against the whole idea of a quarantine. 1.) Can our case be considered a humanitarian reason? Are there clear definitions or does the checkpoint officer exercise judgment? 2.) Are there citations in government issuances that I can quote when I explain at the border? 3.) Are there higher offices we can go to for help on this? We tried to approach the officials at barangay level but we were told that no clearances or travel permits will be issued and we can just try our luck at the checkpoint.

Answer: (May 20, 2020)

The barangay officials are right in saying that they can not issue travel pass as their community quarantine pass can only be used to buy grocery and other basic needs within the barangay and not to cross border checkpoints. They may also be right that you will be taking a chance that your child will be allowed to pass checkpoints as government pronouncements can be cited for or against it. On one hand, even under Expanded Community Quarantine, humanitarian reasons are exemptions to the strict home quarantine. In your case, you can cite the long jurisprudence on maternal preference rule which says that no child under seven years old shall be separated from the mother unless otherwise ordered by a court. This is considering the welfare and well-being of the child. The same concern, however, has been cited as reason for the stated guideline of strict home quarantine for any person below 21 years old to protect them from COVID19 infection. Hence, you may need to get travel exemption and authority for your child to travel. This authority shall include the date of travel, point of origin and destination, and name of driver and vehicles that will be used in the transport. According to The Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield) commander, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, the chiefs of police, city, and provincial directors and regional directors serve as the local commanders of the JTF CV Shield. Your first move may be to get in touch with the chief of police of Paranaque City. Since you will not be just be passing through but relocating to Las Pinas from Paranaque, you may also ask if a special travel authority (other than your work IDs) will be needed. There are LGUs requiring the observance of necessary quarantine protocols and their concurrence before receiving returning OFWs and residents to their area. Since you hope to relocate to be able to work better (your reason is work-related), you may be granted a temporarily permitted entry (Sec. 7:3 to 5 of the May 15 Omnibus Guideliness on the Implementation of Community Quarantines in the Philippines). This is just for information in case you are asked to go through the procedures required of returning OFWs or returning stranded residents, you are to first secure from the local government health office where you are (Paranaque) a medical certificate clearing you, your wife and child of the coronavirus. Local officials of the place where you will go (Las Pinas) must also provide a certification that they are accepting your return. Both these documents are needed by the concerned police officers to issue a travel authority. For further information, you may contact the (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Sources: http://www.covid19.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Omnibus-Guidelines-v2-SOH_signed.pdf; https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Email: Since Taguig will be in Modified ECQ and Bulacan is under GCQ, can someone from Bulacan go to Taguig through NLEX?

Answer: (May 20, 2020)

Both Bulacan and Taguig City are under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). And as such, movement to and fro these areas are prohibited. Under MECQ, only essential travel is allowed. So you still cannot enter Metro Manila.

Source: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/05may/20200515-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf

Question from Email: I’m 6 months pregnant and working from home since march in a boarding house in Taguig. I’d like to go back to my hometown in Batangas and continue my work from home from there because that is where i’ll be giving birth. What requirements do i need to present on the checkpoint? i only have a DTI issued document for bpo employee. Will the doc suffice sa checkpoint or do I need to secure travel pass or medical certificate?

Answer: (May 19, 2020)

You may be allowed to pass through checkpoints when you travel to Batangas for a prenatal checkup. Transit of people to and from an area under general community quarantine is allowed if you are going to a hospital as long as you bring identification card, proof of residence and a certificate proving you have a scheduled medical appointment, which you will present at checkpoints. But since you are also returning to your hometown to settle there, you may follow the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for stranded persons seeking to go home. You need to get a travel authority or certification from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations. To do this, you must first secure from the local government health office where you are stranded a medical certificate clearing you of the coronavirus. Local officials of your hometown must also provide a certification that they are accepting your return. Both these documents are needed by the concerned police officers to issue a travel authority, which includes the date of travel, point of origin and destination, and name of driver and vehicles that will be used in the transport. According to Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, if the areas involved are within the same province, the certification could be issued by the provincial commander. If the areas involve two provinces within a region, the certification could be secured from the police regional director. If the areas involve two regions, the certification will come from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations.

For further information, you may contact the (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Email: My Father has his own business in Caloocan and needs to report for his business. His nature of business is roof repair. He needs to travel from Cavite to Caloocan. Can he go to his work? If yes, what are the documents needed for him to get through the checkpoints?

Answer: (May 19, 2020)

Yes, your father may report to work since housing service activities are allowed, regardless of restriction level. According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, workers in industries permitted to operate in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), would be allowed to cross borders, or travel from a GCQ area to a modified ECQ area. Since your father plans to travel from Cavite (a GCQ area) to Caloocan City (an MECQ area), he may be allowed to pass through checkpoints provided that he has a company ID, business permit, other documents that show proof of his business, as well as IDs that show place of residence, according to Roque.

Sources: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/05may/20200429-Omnibus-Guidelines-on-the-Implementation-of-Community-Quarantine-in-the-Philippines.pdf  and https://pcoo.gov.ph/OPS-content/press-briefing-of-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque-17/

Question from Email: Is it possible for us to move from Manila to Makati during MECQ? Me and my siblings (1adult, 2 minors) are staying at our aunt’s place in Manila City. We were informed that on May 16, we need to move out. We have another relative in Makati who can take us in.

Answer: (May 19, 2020)

There are no provisions regarding your situation in the guidelines for intrazonal movement, or movement between areas under the same quarantine classification. But you may cite your planned movement to another house due to lack of funds as a humanitarian reason. You may ask for assistance from the barangay or local government you are currently in so you may be given a pass or a certification, which will allow you to pass through checkpoints between cities. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) also came up with guidelines for “locally stranded individuals” that may be applicable to you and your siblings since you will be moving to another residence. You and your siblings must first secure a medical certificate from the local health office, and then get a certification from the Makati LGU (where you will be transferring) as proof that you are welcome to move to Makati. Both documents shall then be processed by concerned police commanders for the issuance of travel authority which includes the date of travel, point of origin and destination, and name of driver and vehicles that will be used in the transport. For further information, you may contact the (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline) or email at [email protected]

Sources: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/05may/20200515-omnibus-guidelines-on-the-implementation-of-community-quarantine-in-the-philippines.pdf and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Email: Maari ko na bang masundo ang aking mga anak kung manggagaling ako dito sa ilocos sur pauwi ng pampanga for humanitarian reason? Residente po ako ng angeles city pero lilipat na kami dito sa ilocos sur. Nauna lang po ako.

Answer: (May 19, 2020)

Hindi po kayo papayagan na makapagbiyahe kasama ang inyong mga anak patungong Ilocos Sur ng walang permiso. Sundin ang guidelines na itinakda ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases para sa mga na-stranded. Ang mga indibidwal na nais bumalik sa kanilang mga bayan ay kailangan munang kumuha ng permiso o medical certificate mula sa kanilang local government health office kung saan sila na-stranded na nagpapatunay na wala kayong coronavirus. Kailangan din magbigay ang lokal na pamahalaan ng sertipikasyon na ito ay pumapayag na tanggapin ang mga bumabalik na residente sa kanilang lugar.

Kailangan ang mga dokumentong ito na makita ng mga pulis sa checkpoint. Kailangan ang detalye ng mga sumusunod: date kung kelan ang biyahe, kung saan magmumula at saan pupunta, pangalan ng driver at behikulo na gagamitin. Ayon kay Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, kung ang mga lugar ay nasa p[robinsiya, kailangan ng sertipikasyon na inisyu ng provincial commander. Kung ang mga lugar ay sasakupin ng dalawang probinsiya sa isang rehiyon, maaaring makuha ang sertipikasyon mula police regional director at kung dalawang rehiyon naman ang sasakupin ng pagbiyahe, kailangan ang sertipikasyon mula sa Director PNP Directorate for Operations. Para sa dagdag na impormasyon, tumawag sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag sa (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Pwede rin kontkain ang inyong lokal na pamahalaan kung saan ang inyong mga anak ay na-stranded para sila ay maihatid sa inyong tamahan sa Ilocos Sur. Base sa DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 na inisyu ni Interior Secretary Secretary Eduardo Ano, ang mga punong barangay, mayor at gobernador at iba pang opisyal ng lokal na pamahalaan ay kailangan magbigay ng masasakyan para sa mga stranded na indibidwal.

Sources: https://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/issuances/memo_circulars/dilg-memocircular-2020322_28333f20aa.pdf; https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Facebook: Nandito po ako sa Pasig ngayon for work pero nag-announce ang company namin ng floating status at no work, no pay. Gusto ko na pong umuwi nalang sa Pangasinan. Ano po bang travel requirements ang kailangan ko at saan kukunin?

Answer: (May 19, 2020)

Kailangan pong sundin ang guidelines na itinakda ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases para sa mga stranded na gustong makauwi sa kani-kanilang bahay. Kailangan munan makakuha ng travel authority o sertipikasyon mula sa Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations.

Para magawa ito, kailangan munang kumuha ng sertipikasyon mula sa local government health office kung saan na-stranded ang isang indibidwal na nagpapatunay na wala siyang coronavirus. Kailangan mabigyan din kayo ng mga lokal na opisyal ng Pangasinan ng sertipikasyon na kayo ay pinapayagan nilang bumalik. Kailangan ang mga dokumentong ito ng pulis bago kayo mabigyan ng travel authority na nagdedetalye kung kailan ang biyahe, kung saan magmumula at tutungo, pangalan ng driver at behikulong ginagamit.

Ayon kay Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, kung ang mga lugar ay nasa p[robinsiya, kailangan ng sertipikasyon na inisyu ng provincial commander. Kung ang mga lugar ay sasakupin ng dalawang probinsiya sa isang rehiyon, maaaring makuha ang sertipikasyon mula police regional director at kung dalawang rehiyon naman ang sasakupin ng pagbiyahe, kailangan ang sertipikasyon mula sa Director PNP Directorate for Operations. Para sa dagdag na impormasyon, tumawag sa karagdagang impormasyon, tumawag sa (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted and
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Facebook: Paano po kami makakapasok kung walang available na public transpo? Wala rin kaming sarili sasakyan?

Answer: (May 15, 2020)

Sa ilalim ng bagong guidelines na inisyu ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases nito Mayo 13, hindi pa rin pinapayagan ang ang lahat ng uri ng public transportation gaya sa ilalim ng ECQ. Hinihikayat ng pamahalaan na ang mga pribadong kompanya na pinayagang muling makapagtrabaho ang magbigay ng masasakyan sa kani-kanilang mga empleyado na susundo at maghahatid sa kanilang bahay at trabaho.
Ang mga pribadong sasakyan, kabilang na ang mga shuttle bus ng mga kompanya ay papayagang bumiyahe sa MECQ na hindi na nangangailangan ng special permit mula sa Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) kung dati nang ginagamit ang mga ito sa negosyo. Gayunman, ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, kung nais ng mga kompanya na mag-rent ng mga shuttle para sa kanilang mga empleyado, kailangang humingi sila ng permit sa LTFRB.
Maaring bigyan ng exemption ang mga tricycle, pero depende pa rin sa guidelines na magmumula sa Department of Interior and Local Government at sa lokal na pamahalaan na may sakop sa isang kompanya.
Posibleng ang mga public shuttle na dating ginagamit para ibiyahe ang mga health workers at iba pang mga frontliners ay maaring gamitin sa MECQ. Ang mga personal vehicle ay papayagang bumiyahe ngunit hanggang dalawang tao lang ang maaring isakay sa kada hilera ng sasakyan. Maaring bumiyahe ang bisikleta, motorsiklo, e-scooter sa MECQ, pero hindi pwedeng mag-angkas.

Sources: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102770; https://pcoo.gov.ph/OPS-content/press-briefing-of-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque-15/ and
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qnl9iC_jSuj63K7NjCt_9GzDV0jzV_o2/view

Question from Email: I am a doctor in Bicol and I was supposed to start a job at a private clinic in Manila last April. I am planning to travel by land. My husband, who is also a doctor, will be driving from Manila to Bicol to pick up me and my daughter and back to Manila again. What are the possible ways to secure a travel pass for us?

Answer: (May 15, 2020)

Doctors like you and your husband are among the authorized persons outside of residence so you may be allowed to pass through checkpoints if your reason for traveling is to get to work. You may present your IATF identification card or RapidPass to checkpoints. But since you will be traveling with your daughter to move to Manila, you may want to follow the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for stranded persons who want to go home. You may need to get a travel authority or certification from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations. According to the guidelines, individuals who seek to go back to their hometowns should first secure from the local government health office where they are stranded a medical certificate clearing them of the coronavirus and stating that they underwent the necessary quarantine procedures. Local officials of their hometowns must also provide a certification that they are accepting the returning individuals. Both these documents are needed by the concerned police officers to issue a travel authority, which includes the date of travel, point of origin and destination, and name of driver and vehicles that will be used in the transport. According to Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, if the areas involved are within a province, the certification could be issued by the provincial commander. If the areas involve two provinces within a region, the certification could be secured from the police regional director and if the areas involve two regions, the certification will come from the Director of the PNP Directorate for Operations. For further information, you may contact the (JTF) COVID-19 Shield at 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline).

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1273099/covid-19-task-force-warns-against-unnecessary-travel-if-ecq-is-lifted and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1102543

Question from Email: Pwede na po ba kami makauwi via land travel from Isabela to Davao City? We work for Electric cooperatives. 8 po kaming na lockdown dito. Kasalukuyang nandito kami sa Ilagan, Isabela and nakapagtapos na po kami ng 2weeks quarantine. Since meron na pong pinauwi na mga stranded sa luzon to davao, hoping din po kami na baka pwede mag land travel with a convoy na 2 sasakyan. What will be our requirements para makapag travel?

Answer: (May 14, 2020)

Nasa general community quarantine na kapwa ang Isabela at Davao, na may bagong guidelines na sinusunod hinggil sa paggalaw ng mga tao. Sa ilalim ng GCQ guidelines “bagamat pinapayagan ang paggalaw, limitado lang rin ito sa pagkuha at pagdeliber ng mga essential o higit na kailangang produkto at serbisyo; at ang pagtatrabaho ng mga empleyado o manggagawa na binigyang permiso.”
At dahil ikaw at ang iyong mga kasamahan ay nagtatrabaho sa electric cooperatives, opo, maaari na kayong magbiyahe, ayon mismo kay Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque sa panayam dito nitong Miyerkules, Mayo 13, 2020. Ang electric cooperative ay isa mga importanteng industriya na pinapayagan nang mag-operate sa ilalim ng GCQ. Kailangan lang dalhin palagi ang ID na nagpapatunay na kayo ay mangagawa ng nasabing kooperatiba kung kayo ay magbibiyahe.

Source: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/04apr/2020030-EO-112-RRD.pdf

Question from Facebook: My dad is a pastor (religious minister) and we live in Manila. He was called to hold ministerial work in hospitals. Will he be allowed to cross the checkpoints? What documents should he show? He will be travelling from Manila to Malolos, Bulacan.

Answer: (May 14, 2020)

Pastors, priests, imams and other religious ministers, specifically those whose movement is related to necrological or funeral rites, are identified as “essential workers” in areas under the enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine. Your father’s ministerial work in a hospital in another province can be categorized as traveling for medical and humanitarian reasons, which is allowed under section 4 of the omnibus guidelines on the implementation of community quarantine issued on April 29. He should be allowed at checkpoints and just be ready with identification and documents to prove his work.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1267357/list-who-are-allowed-to-travel-to-and-from-gcq-and-ecq-areas and https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/05may/20200429-Omnibus-Guidelines-on-the-Implementation-of-Community-Quarantine-in-the-Philippines.pdf

Question from Email: My grandmother died on the 1st week of the March lockdown. My mother, along with my tito and titas, were able to travel from Laguna to Batangas via travel pass & private vehicle from our barangay captain. After the burial, they weren’t able to travel back to Laguna due to stricter measures. This coming May 16, Batangas will be on GCQ while Laguna will be on modified ECQ. Will they be allowed to travel back to Laguna? They are all Laguna residents with valid IDs.

Answer: (May 13, 2020)

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told the Inquirer on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, that a person from a general quarantine area (GCQ) can go to a modified enhanced quarantine area (MECQ) only “for work or indispensible purpose.” Since your relatives are residents of Laguna and were just stranded in Batangas due to the lockdown, they can return to their home province.

Question from Email: If we are in a GCQ area (Rizal) and would want to go to an MCQ area (Quezon City) in May 16 onwards to check our condominium unit and get school related things, will we be allowed to transit? How many people can go? What are the documents needed for us to pass? We have IDs for the address in Q. C. but we don’t have IDs with the Rizal address because we are only renting.

Answer: (May 13, 2020)

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told the Inquirer on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, that a person from a general quarantine area (GCQ) can go to a modified enhanced quarantine area (MECQ) only “for work or indispensible purpose.” So you cannot go to Quezon City since the purpose is only to check your condo unit.

Question from Email: I am 18 years old, currently in San Pablo, Laguna. Titira na ako sa Ilocos Sur this year dahil magmomove out na. Pwede na ba magtravel during GCQ from San Pablo to Ilocos Sur?

Answer: (May 8, 2020)

Ayon sa pinaiiral na guideline ng Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, pinapayagan lamang ang pagbiyahe sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng general community quarantine (GCQ) kung bibili ng mga pangunahing pangangailangan at serbisyo at sila na magbibiyahe para pumasok sa trabaho na una nang binigyang permiso. Magbantay sa mga balita kung ang enhanced community quarantine ay palalawigin pa sa Laguna matapos ang Mayo 15 at kung ilalagay na ito sa ilalim ng GCQ. Para sa karagdagang kaalaman hinggil sa pagbiyahe sa ilalim ng GCQ, magtungo lamang dito

Soruce: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/04apr/2020030-EO-112-RRD.pdf

Question from Email: I am in my mid 80s and live alone in my condo in Taguig. I was supposed to have my complete blood tests, 2D Echo, X-ray, regular doctor’s checkup before the lockdown. I was not able to perform the tests, because I was locked down in Batangas with relatives. Now if ECQ will be lifted on May 15, what documents do I need to travel? I will be driving my car from Batangas to Taguig. However, on my way home to Taguig I have to pick up a friend in Binan to go with me to Taguig to help and assist me. What will be the documents my friend needs to carry?

Answer: (May 5, 2020)

Under ECQ and GCQ areas, seniors are allowed to leave their homes only if it concerns food and medical needs. The latest guidelines of the Inter-agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allow for interzonal movement, that is, it allows the transit of people in your case from an ECQ to a GCQ area, and vice versa. But it is still too early to say if the statuses of Metro Manila and Batangas, both under ECQ now, will be changed after the ECQ ends on May 15 and thus, answer your question regarding documents you need to be able to travel to two areas. Still, at a news conference today, May 5, 2020, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said he helped a friend secure an IATF identification card from the latter’s local government so that he could travel for medical reasons. So you may try to ask the Batangas government if an IATF ID can be used so you can go to Manila.

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/PresSpokespersonPH/videos/1373668479577952/ and https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/04apr/2020030-EO-112-RRD.pdf

Question from Email: What are the necessary requirements ko po to present sa mga checkpoints para makadaan to pick up my friend na seafarer na patapos na ang quarantine? He is docked in Manila Bay and I’ll be coming from Pampanga. Then ihahatid ko siya sa Pangasinan. I’m a frontliner din.

Answer: (May 4, 2020)

As a frontliner you only need to present your identification card at border checkpoints. The Inter-Agency Task Force in its Resolution No. 18 has strongly enjoined LGUs to allow the unhampered transit of OFWs who have been issued DOH or LGUs certificate of completion of 14-day facility-based quarantine or those who may be required by the DOH or LGUs to undergo a mandatory 14-day home. It is advised that your seafarer friend brings his certificate of quarantine completion along with the medical clearance, proof of travel from abroad and his identification card to be presented at checkpoints. Since your friend is not a frontliner, you may be issued a ticket for having him as a passenger unless he has the documents with him. Along with this, you may need a copy of his proof of travel from abroad just in case you meet strict personnel at a checkpoint.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/Inquirerlibre/posts/10159029648252574

Question from Email: I live in Trinidad, Bohol. I am a Senior Citizen. My Barangay Captain issued a Quarantine Pass for medical and farming industry travel. He also issued a Certificate that I am a livestock and market garden farmer and need to be exempt from travel restrictions in the active operation of my farming. These Senior Citizens activities and exemptions are covered by EO 16A issued by the Governor of Bohol. Yesterday I was refused entry to Ubay, Bohol, my nearest town, at a checkpoint. I was traveling to an Agrivet store for feed for my hogs and broiler chickens and for fertilizer for my market garden. The official refused to acknowledge my Quarantine pass and refused to read the Certificate from my Barangay Captain. He refused to listen when I attempted to tell him about the above exemptions in EO 16A. He also said that Senior Citizens over the age of 60 were under travel restrictions when the actual age in EO 16A is 65. What is my best course of action?

Answer: (May 4, 2020)

Bohol issued Executive Order 16-A exempting from home quarantine those who are 65 years old and above as well as those aged 18 years and below who are actively engaged in farming or fishing. Another order, Executive Order No. 28 amended and added to the previous EO that all senior citizens aged 65 years old and above shall be allowed to go out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

As you are below the age of 65 and engaged in farming, you should have not been denied entry. You may message the provincial government of Bohol to take action in explaining better the guidelines written in the executive orders: facebook.com/provincialgovtBOHOL/.

Also, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), both part of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) have set in their guidelines that movement and production of food and agri-fishery products should not be hampered and that farmers, farm workers, fisherfolks and agribusiness personnel shall be exempted from strict restrictions.

For permits, checkpoints and food transport and distribution concerns, DA COVID-19 Hotlines may be contacted: 0933-667-1701, 0933-428-9300, 0926-133-7106, 0915-517-8015, 0932-431-4265, 0917-596-2648, 0923-263-2521, and 0917-843-4851. You may also contact the DTI hotlines for assistance at the checkpoints through the DTI COVID Rapid Response Team 0926-612-6728 or DTI Command Center 0956-091-6570.

The DILG also warns it will go after officials who are taking advantage of the enhanced community quarantine and not following the set guidelines by the IATF-MEID. For any complaints against local officials on the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine and police officers blocking frontliners at checkpoints, you may contact the Department of Interior and Local Government Emergency Operations Center hotlines: 09274226300, 09617721668 and 028763455 local 881.

Sources:
https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1040716
https://bohol.gov.ph/2020/04/e-o-no-28-placing-the-province-of-bohol-under-general-community-quarantine-to-address-the-continued-threats-of-covid-19/
http://www.da.gov.ph/da-simplifies-rules-to-ensure-delivery-of-food-agri-products-and-inputs/
https://twitter.com/dtiphilippines/status/1245161210791641089
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1247470/dilg-tells-covid-19-frontliners-report-cops-who-block-you-at-checkpoints

Question from Email: Pwede na bang pumasok sa work o payagan sa checkpoints and mga empleyado ng manufacturing company para sa construction ng Pipes & PPR items simula May 4? May bagong guidelines kasi regarding “manufacturing companies & supplier of equipments products to perform construction works.” Sa Valenzuela ang opisina namin at magpoprovide ng shuttle service ang company sa amin. Marami pong lugar sa NCR and dadaanan ng service namin para magsundo. Ano po ang mga kailangan namin ipakita sa checkpoints?

Buntis din po ako at hindi capable ang company namin na magprovide ng WFH setup. Sapat na po ba ang medical certificate galing sa OB-Gyne ko para makapasok ulit since No Work No Pay kami?

Answer: (May 2, 2020)

The manufacturing company where you work is allowed to operate and employees may pass through checkpoints. You may bring your company ID to be presented at checkpoints. According to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, manufacturing companies and suppliers of equipment or products necessary to perform construction work are among those allowed to operate with a skeleton workforce during the enhanced community quarantine. Your company must also comply with strict health protocols under the workplace rules set by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry. This includes disinfection of facilities every two hours and the wearing of face masks provided by the employer.

High-risk workers like pregnant women are encouraged to work from home. But in your case, you may talk with your company for a favorable arrangement, citing the medical certificate issued by your OB-gyne. Should you decide to go to work, you will still be allowed to pass through checkpoints.

Sources: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/04apr/2020030-EO-112-RRD.pdf and
https://www.dole.gov.ph/news/workplace-rules-set-to-cut-spread-of-covid-19/

Question from Email: I was in Manila for medical procedures when the ECQ started. I have now booked a Manila-Tacloban flight for May 30, 2020. What are the requirements needed so I can return to my province Leyte? I am a physically fit senior citizen.

Answer: (April 28, 2020)

Please keep posted for updates if the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon would end before your May 20 flight or if there would be another ECQ extension. An option for you is to reach out to the local government unit (LGU) in Manila because LGUs are tasked to provide transportation for those who want to leave the city where they got stranded during the ECQ. The DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 issued by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año states that punong barangays, municipal mayors along with city mayors, provincial governors and other LGU officials should provide transport to stranded persons and that “the LGU may coordinate with other LGUs for the transport of said persons.”

Source: https://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/issuances/memo_circulars/dilg-memocircular-2020322_28333f20aa.pdf

Question from Email: May narinig kami sa TV na pwedeng magbigay ng clearance yung IATF-EID para makadaan sa checkpoints. Paano po kami kukuha ng clearance na yan? We have been stranded in Aklan since March 17. We asked the LGU for help as you suggested but they told us to wait as we may be stranded along the way. May dala kaming sasakyan para ayaw kaming pasakayin sa RORO without a permit.

Answer: (April 28, 2020)

Tanging ang mga otorisado lamang na tao ang maaring lumabas ng tahanan ang maaring makadaan sa mga checkpoint, at ang mga ito ay ang mga sumusunod: health workers, miyembro ng security forces, emergency responders, media, delivery personnel at mga empleyeado ng mga establisimyento na naghahanda o gumagawa ng mga pangunahing produkto o serbisyo gaya ng public market, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, funeral homes, logistics, utilities and banks.
Noong Abril 7, inihinto ang IATF ang pag-iisyu ng IATF IDs at pinalitan ito ng RapidPass, isang app-based system na ginagamitang ng QR code technology na gagamitin para makadaan sa mga checkpoints. Para sa direksyon kung paano makakapag-apply ng RapidPass, magtungo sa website na ito: RapidPass | DICT.

Gayunman, nilinaw ni Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles na hindi mandatory ang pagkakaroon ng RapidPass at kikilalanin pa rin ng mga otoridad ang company IDs or IATF IDs. Maaari kayong mag-report ng inyong mga concern o hinaing tungkol sa checkpoints sa 09266126728 (COVID Rapid Response Team or 09560916570 (DTI Command Center).

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1259403/pnp-to-go-after-private-motorists-violating-ecq#ixzz6Ko1VQ0d7;
https://twitter.com/pnppio/status/1252828754717466628/photo/4 and
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1098793

Question from Email: Will there be a special flight for my friend who’s already 7mos pregnant who has a scheduled flight on April 25, 2020 but was cancelled due to Covid 19? What can she do about it? Where can she get help?

Answer: (April 28, 2020)

Based on the April 13, 2020 joint advisory of the Embassy of the Philippines and the Philippine Consulate General in Abu Dhabi, you can go to the embassy or consulate so they will know your situation. That is, if you don’t have an employer, relative or friend who can help you to return home. They said they will ask for funds from the government so they can buy you a plane ticket. Once the fund is there, they will fix your flight back home. They asked Filipinos for a little patience to fix flights given the restriction.

Source: https://abudhabipe.dfa.gov.ph/images/Announce2020/ADVISORY_13_Apr_2020_-_final.png

Question from Email: Nakatira po ako sa QC. Makakadaan po ba ako sa NLEX para pumunta sa warehouse at i-receive ang cargo namin galing sa pier? Naka private vehicle po ako. ECQ pass at photocopies ng DTI at COA po ang meron ako.

Answer: (April 27, 2020)

Opo. Ang mga empleyado ng logistics o warehouse establishment o sila na mga nagtatrabaho sa mga nagmamanufacture ng mga importanteng pangangailangan gaya ng pagkain, gamot, hygiene products, gamit pang medical, pagkain ng mga alagang hayop ay kabilang sa listahan ng mga taong pinapayagan na maaaring lumabas ng kanilang bahay sa gitna ng enhanced community quarantine. Lagi lamang ihanda ang inyong ID, katibayan na kayo ay empleyado ng isang kompanya, ECQ pass.

Question from Email: If I have to go to NAIA airport but I don’t have a private vehicle and a driver, is there some accredited public vehicle that I can hire? If so, can you give me some info regarding this. I am in Metro Manila.

Answer: (April 25, 2020)

Unfortunately, at this time, the airport yellow taxis are available for arriving passengers only. You may consider getting in touch with a neighbor or relative who has a private vehicle that can bring you to the airport. Also, take note that when going to the airport, you must bring your documents showing proof of international travel with departure scheduled within 24 hours from leaving the residence or accommodation. Only one person can accompany departing passengers to any international airport so as to maintain social distancing.

Question from Email: My father, who is a senior citizen, is currently in Siase, Sulu and the entire island is on quarantine. He’s been stuck on the island for about a week or so. He tried 3 times to leave but the coast guard won’t allow him even though he needs medical attention. What should we do?

Answer: (April 22, 2020)

You may reach out to the Department of Health or the barangay chairman, the mayor or the governor of Sulu citing medical reasons as part of the exemptions from the travel ban according to the national policy. You may get exemption to travel for medical reasons from the Department of Health. Based on IATF Joint Resolutions Nos. 11 and 12 on March 13, the Department of Health is “authorized to grant exemptions based on humanitarian considerations in favor of outbound travelers traveling to jurisdictions when travel restrictions are in place.” You may contact DOH at (02) 894-COVID (02-894-26843) or 1555 / 86517800 local 1149/1150. On the other hand, DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 issued by Interior Secretary Eduardo to punong barangays, municipal mayors along with city mayors, provincial governors and other LGU officials under the Luzon expanded community quarantine may also apply to Sulu officials who are implementing a lockdown. The secretary said that LGU heads should provide transport to stranded persons and that “the LGU may coordinate with other LGUs for the transport of said persons.” For any complaints against local officials on the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine against COVID-19, you can contact the Department of Interior and Local Government Emergency Operations Center hotlines at 02-8876-3454 local 8806/8810 or 02-8925-0343.

Source: https://www.dilg.gov.ph/issuances/mc/Suppletory-LGU-Guidelines-on-the-Implementation-of-Enhanced-Community-Quarantine-in-Luzon-and-State-of-Public-Health-Emergency-in-other-parts-of-the-Country-due-to-the-COVID-19-Threat/3184

Question from Viber: I am from QC and I need to go to our office in Makati to prepare the payroll and other benefits for our employees. Since I do not have my own transportation, I am thinking of borrowing the taxi vehicle of my neighbor. Is this allowed?

Answer: (April 22, 2020)

Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac had previously told the Inquirer that those behind payroll of workers need not travel to their office to make the payments as they were not authorized to travel under the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Banac had said that the workers can be paid through the local padala services.

Question from Email: I currently live in Malate, Manila with my family. Is it possible for us to travel by private vehicle to our home residence in Cavite? We have IDs bearing our address in Imus, Cavite. We have no travel history outside of Manila and have no known exposure to positive cases. We have been in quarantine for two weeks straight and have shown no symptoms whatsoever. We are just very worried at the condition of our house and pets

Answer: (April 22, 2020)

Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac told the Inquirer that the stranded overseas Filipino workers cannot cross to Cavite to look after their pets there. Banac said that they are not among those listed as  Authorized Persons Outside Residence which is now being implemented due to the enhanced Luzon community quarantine. 

Question from Email: My boss is going to our office to get some checks to deposit. In a checkpoint at Balintawak, the officer said that a company ID is not enough to pass through the checkpoint and that they need a permit to travel. Where we can apply or who can issue a permit to travel? Add’l info: We are engaged in trading of materials and supplies for metal industry.

Answer: (April 21, 2020)

Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac told the Inquirer the employer should get a permit to travel or an ID from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). But memorandum circular no. 20-16 issued on April 13, 2020 by the DTI also stated that the “movement of workers of companies engaged in (manufacturing activities)” will be allowed “subject to presentation of company identification and certificate of employment.” So maybe the sender can clarify this through the DTI Command Center at 09560916570.

Question from Email: My uncle died due to heart attack in QC and has been cremated. Can I bring his urn from MM to La Union? What documents should I bring?

Answer: (April 21, 2020)

Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac told the Inquirer that the sender cannot travel outside Metro Manila to La Union so she could bring the urn of her deceased uncle. Banac said her case is not included under the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, in enforcing the enhanced community quarantine which has been extended until April 30. The quarantine limits the movement of people and the sender is not authorized to travel under the guidelines.

Question from Email: I am from Rizal, which is under total lockdown. I want to donate food for the people on checkpoints and other frontliners. Are private cars giving out donations such as food allowed to cross checkpoints? If yes, what needs to be presented in order to be allowed to go?

Answer: (April 21, 2020)

The IATF said the delivery of food and medicine along with other essential items must be unhampered. But based on the list of Authorized Person Outside of Residence as of April 17 released by the IATF-JTFCV Shield, the ones allowed past checkpoints are those delivering cargoes, those employed in the food industry and those working in markets. You may have to ask if delivering food to be donated to the checkpoints or frontliners can be an exemption. The Joint Task Force COVID Shield Hotline Numbers are: 0917-538-2495 (Globe), 0998-849-0013 (SMART) and (02)87253176 (Landline). You may want to simplify your life and donate food to those manning the nearby checkpoints and working in the hospitals in Rizal.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1248318/pnp-to-lgus-dont-block-delivery-of-basic-goods-at-checkpoints; https://www.facebook.com/pnp.pio/?__tn__=%2Cd%3C-R&eid=ARDaka4-CDVU9aKmuw7XjKpmaPAh4qtxs-GEemD8U_twjXa3kROZ_bY_7oAkQPVR-VM2Ay2nm-7eayj0 and https://www.facebook.com/pnp.pio/photos/a.656275274413732/3784099424964619/?type=3&theater

Question from Viber: Can RapidPass be shared by several people or is it only for the use of the person it was issued to? Is RapidPass applicable to provincial areas like Cebu?

Answer: (April 21, 2020)

RapidPass cannot be shared by several people. Each QR code given to a user is unique and tied to the user information and valid ID. The QR code can only be used by the approved person or vehicle registered in the system. The system will be available in all 56 checkpoints in Metro Manila only.

Sources: https://dctx.ph/rapidpass-faqs/ and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1098793

Question from Email: Pwede ko po bang sunduin ang anak ko (13 yrs old) na nasa Batangas at ipapatsek up sa Laguna? Taga Laguna po ako. Yung kasama niya po kasi sa bahay sa Batangas na lolo’t lola ay parehong senior. Hindi po siya masasamahan sa clinic.

Answer: (April 21, 2020)

Maaari po kayong magbiyahe mula Batangas patungong Laguna para madala ang inyong anak sa doktor para maipacheck up. Isa ang medical reason sa mga exemption na tinutukoy sa guidelines ng  enhanced community quarantine na ipinatutupad simula Marso 16. Gayunman, maaring may istriktong border control na isinasagawa kaya mas makabubuting makipag-ugnayan sa Department of Health. Ayon sa IATF Joint Resolutions Nos. 11 and 12, ang DOH ang “otorisadong magbigay ng exemption sa mga biyahero na kailangang tumawid sa mga hurisdiksyon kung may ipinatutupad na travel restrictions”.  Maaaring tumawag sa DOH sa mga numero GC ito (02) 894-COVID (02-894-26843) or 1555 / 86517800 local 1149/1150;

Question from Email: I am self-employed and currently live here in Quezon city. I have a ricefield in Penaranda, Nueva Ecija which is due for harvest probably between the period of April 21-26 depending sa bilis ng paghinog ng palay. Am I allowed to travel from QC to NE to supervise the harvest and sell my crops? Can my parents accompany me since they also have a mango venture which is due for harvest? Should I just bring the TCT of my land in NE and my ID as proof that I own a land there?

Answer: (April 20, 2020)

Yes, you and your parents can travel from Quezon City to Nueva Ecija to supervise the harvesting of rice and mangoes and sell them. To ensure sufficient food supply, all farming and fishing activities shall continue during the period of ECQ. These activities include but are not limited to land preparation, planting crop, maintenance, harvesting, threshing, drying, milling, sorting, packaging and trading. According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar in his Memorandum Circular Department 09 Series 2020, all farmers and farmworkers, fisherfolk and agribusiness personnel shall be exempted from doing home quarantine provided that 1) one does not show any of the symptoms of COVID-19 2) the number of working farmers/fisherfolk/farm personnel is at the minimum and 3) safety protocols are ensured and social distancing are practised in the workplace. The Department of Agriculture has created Task Force Helpline (Gateway no. 09175053380) to provide assistance to concerns regarding food lane permits, checkpoint, food transport and distribution. For more details, you may go to http://www.da.gov.ph/infographics/task-force-food-helpline/, http://www.covid19.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/mc09_s2020.pdf

Question from Email: I have a pest control business. A hospital has contacted us to service a location, so that they can operate a testing lab there. There is currently a termite infestation there, so it needs to be serviced before they can operate. I am not sure if our business falls under essential, but in this case maybe it does. Due to lack of public transportation, I will have to travel from Makati, to fetch my employees in QC, to then service in Cavite. Would I be allowed to do this in regards to quarantine / border restrictions?

Answer: (April 20, 2020)

Your pest control business are among those exempted as it falls under the “disinfectant” products and services that are exempted and are allowed to operate during quarantine, as outlined in the IATF Resolution No. 14. On April 6, the IATF announced that IATF IDs issued to exempted workers and vehicles would be replaced by Rapid Pass, an app-based system that uses QR code technology. But the government assured that basic company IDs would suffice and would be honored at checkpoints.

Sources: https://ptvnews.ph/salient-points-of-iatf-resolution-no-14-as-delivered-by-cabinet-secretary-karlo-nograles/ and https://www.dti.gov.ph/advisories/advisory-updates-on-iatf-ids/

Question from Email: I read an article from another news site that says immediate family members can attend the wake of their deceased member; however, it does not put premise on immediate family members arriving from other places. My uncle’s wake is in Cagayan Valley but his family will be coming from Cavite and Manila. Will they be allowed to travel?

Answer: (April 20, 2020)

During the ECQ, wakes are prohibited because it is a form of mass gathering . However, it is allowed as long as it is limited only to the immediate family of the deceased as well as the priests and ministers, according to Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac. But visitors must still observe social distancing, proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette at all times. Mourners may travel via a private vehicle, but must strictly observe social distancing (or one seat apart) and they have to check with local and health authorities regarding passes and requirements at checkpoints they will have to pass. The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group has been designated in charge to inspect and supervise dedicated patrol points along key provincial and national roads. The HPG hotline is 0926-225474.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1246454/pnp-wakes-in-luzon-limited-to-immediate-kin-during-quarantine-period and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1253327/hpg-to-put-up-checkpoints-in-provinces-for-swift-movement-of-cargo-basic-goods

Question from Email: Is it possbile to walk? Gusto ko lang po sanang malaman kung ano po ang mga kailangang i-present sa check point para makapaglakad pauwi sa aming probinsya ngayong panahon ng ECQ? Please help me po gusto ko na po makauwi sa bahay namin.

Answer: (April 20, 2020)

You may try to reach out to the barangay or local government where you are staying as they are tasked to provide you with transportation for those who want to leave the city where they got stranded. The DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 issued by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año states that punong barangays, municipal mayors along with city mayors, provincial governors and other LGU officials should provide transport to stranded persons and that “the LGU may coordinate with other LGUs for the transport of said persons.”

Source: https://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/issuances/memo_circulars/dilg-memocircular-2020322_28333f20aa.pdf

Question from Email: Will I be allowed to transport medical supplies to be delivered from Pasig, Manila to Pampanga? These are to be handed over to a group of private individuals who will then arrange the donations to Pampanga Public Hospitals. I will be using my personal car to transport the goods and am worried that I might not be able to return in my home in Pasig. What requirements should I bring along with me? Is having my IDs as proof of Pasig residence enough?

Answer: (April 18, 2020)

The IATF has reiterated the policy that all cargo ( to include food, nonfood, medicine and essential goods) must flow freely and umhampered during the ECQ. with or without load. If stopped at checkpoints, the following may be asked: Identification card, proof of residence and delivery receipt for the goods to be transported to and from the quarantine area. A signed delivery receipt may be needed to be presented at checkpoints on the way back. The Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP – HPG) has been tapped to inspect and supervise dedicated control points (DCPs) along key provincial roads to ensure the unhampered shipment of basic goods and cargo during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. The HPG also launched a hotline – 0926-2255474- for complaints pertaining to cargo deliveries.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1253327/hpg-to-put-up-checkpoints-in-provinces-for-swift-movement-of-cargo-basic-goods and https://ptvnews.ph/salient-points-of-iatf-resolution-no-14-as-delivered-by-cabinet-secretary-karlo-nograles/

Question from Email: We need to replenish schizophrenia medications that can only be bought at the pharmacy inside the NCMH. We are from Batangas. Can we travel by a private car to buy medicines only at NCMH?

Answer: (April 18, 2020)

Yes, you can. Medical purposes are among the exemptions from the “strict home quarantine’ when the community quarantine was imposed in the entire Luzon. But with border controls in place, it may save you time by going to the nearest punong barangay, municipal or city mayor for help in going to the NCMH. They have been tasked through DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 issued by Interior Secretary Secretary Eduardo Ano to facilitate the travel and even provide transportation for those needing to go to hospitals or clinics. You may need to present the prescription etc and your identification card in checkpoint.

Source: https://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/issuances/memo_circulars/dilg-memocircular-2020322_28333f20aa.pdf

Question from Email: I live in Pasay City and need to travel to Batangas because I need to send medical supplies to Mindoro. The ambulance from Mindoro will transport the medical supplies. What documents do I need to show?

Answer: (April 18, 2020)

The IATF has again and again stated that the delivery of medicine along with food and essential items during the ECQ is allowed and should unhampered. An option, however, is to just send the medicines and medical supplies via a logistics provider (LBC, 2Go, etc). Most logistics companies are still operating as they are among the industries exempted during the enhanced community quarantine. You may check the websites or social media pages of the logistics provider for more information.LBC, for one, has pick up services. You may check at https://www.lbcexpress.com/pick-up.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1246653/iatf-lays-down-new-requirements-exemptions-to-luzon-wide-lockdown

Question from Email: My son is a doctor in Makati, where he stays in a dorm. Since he has no time to attend to his personal needs like laundry and groceries, me and my husband attend to his needs by bringing him supplies, taking his laundry and washing them in our home in QC. The rules are stricter now, but are there any considerations for traveling to secure the personal needs of a frontliner?

Answer: (April 16, 2020)

Doctors and their drivers are among those exempted from the mandatory home isolation based on a comprehensive list of exemptions issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Thus, a driver for your son may be designated to deliver his laundry, supplies and grocery needs. But there is a need to have a certification from your son and the designated driver’s identification card just in case the driver is on the road without your son.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1244515/list-persons-authorized-to-go-out-during-luzon-lockdown#ixzz6JHkU8EfA

Question from Email: I am an OFW based in HK and arrived in Cebu last March 21st. I have followed the protocol and spent my 14-day mandatory quarantine, and got my medical certification on April 6th. Negros Oriental is still on lockdown and there are no available public transportation, I’ve been stuck in Cebu City. I saw some statement by the IATF, that OFWs who finished their mandatory quarantine with medical certificates should be allowed to go home. But I’m not sure what the protocols are with regards to passing through other cities and municipalities. Will they let me go through checkpoints, and will they let me on the barge to get across to Negros? Is there a government agency that I need to get in touch with and get permit to travel?

Answer: (April 16, 2020)

You should be allowed to pass through checkpoints and go home given that you have finished the 14-day quarantine. You must bring the certificate of clearance from the local health office as proof that you have completed your quarantine. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, spokesperson of the inter-agency task force on the coronavirus said that local governments should allow the unhampered transit of OFWs that have been issued clearance or those who may be required by the DOH or LGUs to undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine. You may contact the DILG Emergency Operations Center hotlines 02-8876-3454 local 8806/8810 or 02-8925-0343 for complaints or concerns against local officials in the implementation of ECQ.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1254540/iatf-on-ofws

Question from Email: Ako po ay taga-Brgy Masagana Proj4 Quezon City. Ang Aking ina ay nakatira sa San Jose Occidental Mindoro. Siya po ay may Chronic kidney failure at nangangailangan ng tuloy-tuloy na peritoneal dialysis upang mabuhay. Nakabili po kami ng kanyang mga gamot at supplies ngunit hindi namin alam kung paano maipapadala (20 Medium Boxes / around 10Kg per box) dahil sa COVID Lockdown. Mula sa Quezon City, papunta Batangas Port, sasakay ng Barko papunta Calapan o Abra tapos didiretso ng San Jose Occidental Mindoro.

Answer: (April 16, 2020)

An option is to just send the medicines and medical supplies of your mother via a logistics provider (LBC, 2Go, etc). Most logistics companies are still operating as they are among the industries exempted during the enhanced community quarantine. You may check the websites or social media pages of the logistics provider for more information.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1246653/iatf-lays-down-new-requirements-exemptions-to-luzon-wide-lockdown

Question from Email: Are we allowed to pass through checkpoints if our beloved animals, dogs, cats, etc. need emergency veterinary care?

Answer: (April 16, 2020)

Yes, you are allowed to pass through checkpoints as some veterinary clinics are open amid the extended enhanced community quarantine. You may be asked to show proof of appointment and identification at checkpoints. The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) issued a memorandum on March 20 allowing licensed veterinarians to continue operating and be accorded passage at checkpoints. BAI also started issuing conduct passes to veterinarians. For consultations, some veterinarians are offering free online consultation on the Facebook group “Pet First Aid.”

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1249144/vets-offer-free-consultation-online-for-worried-pet-owners and https://web.facebook.com/bai.gov.ph/photos/a.177152925809676/1334131480111809/?type=3&theater

Question from Email: My OFW brother-in-law will be arriving in Manila from Singapore. My father-in-law will pick him up via private car from Quezon province. He already has a clearance document from the LGU of Pagbilao in case that it will be required. As there is a curfew implemented and checkpoints along the way, will they be exempted? Considering they will have to encounter random towns in Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon Province along Maharlika Hi-way.

Answer: (April 16, 2020)

Private vehicles are allowed to fetch OFWs provided there’s proof of the OFW’s flight itinerary, and/or certificate of completion of quarantine or requirement to take quarantine, and proof of residence. The Bureau of Quarantine stationed at the airport will check all arriving Filipinos from abroad and decide if they must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a facility or at home, according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. If asked to do home quarantine, it is only after the 14-day isolation that they should receive a clearance from the local health office. Please note that only one person may be allowed to pick them up to observe proper social distancing.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243868/dotr-on-private-vehicles-in-airports#ixzz6I8pn9SK7 and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1254540/iatf-on-ofws

Question from Email: I’m 22 years old from Cavite and currently working in Quezon City. Pwede po ba ako umuwi sa Cavite ngayon kahit lockdown? I can’t live by myself anymore. Kahit maglakad po ako pauwi samin. I really need my family right now.

Answer: (April 16, 2020)

You may try to reach out to the barangay or local government where you are staying as they are tasked to provide you with transportation from Quezon City to Cavite. The DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 issued by Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano states that punong barangays, municipal mayors along with city mayors, provincial governors and other LGU officials should provide transport to stranded persons and that “the LGU may coordinate with other LGUs for the transport of said persons.”

Source: https://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/issuances/memo_circulars/dilg-memocircular-2020322_28333f20aa.pdf

Question from Email: I’m arriving from US. What kind of public transportations are available at the Manila International airport for incoming arrivals? Thank you. PAL is scheduled to gly out of San Francisco on May 3. Would really appreciate the response before then. Please advise. Passengers ate hiking to Cavite. They don’t have any private vehicle.

Answer: (April 15, 2020)

During the extended enhanced community quarantine to last till April 30, airport taxis have been allowed by the Manila International Airport Authority to transport passengers to and from NAIA, but only within Metro Manila. Other means of public transportation were suspended due the enhanced community quarantine for Luzon. Relatives may also use a private vehicle to fetch arriving Filipinos at the airport but they should also show proof. Only one companion is allowed per passenger, according to the Department of Transportation. As of today, we don’t know yet if this will still be the regulation by May. Please keep posted.

Source: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1097326 and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243868/dotr-on-private-vehicles-in-airports

Question from Email: The wake of my mother is in Marulas, Valenzuela. One my brothers lived with her in her house, I am from Cavite, and another brother is from Bulacan. Will it be possible for me and my other brother to go to the wake and interment? What can we present as proof so that we can pass through checkpoints?

Answer: (April 14, 2020)

Holding of wakes is restricted during the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Only the immediate family of the deceased, priests or other ministers are allowed in wakes, according to the Philippine National Police. You may bring proof that deceased is your immediate relative.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1246454/pnp-wakes-in-luzon-limited-to-immediate-kin-during-quarantine-period

Question from Email: I am a former Filipino citizen, trying to enter the Philippines from the United States during the lockdown. Both of my parents are Filipino citizens. My mother recently passed away and my father is in the hospital. I am needed there to handle family matters and arrangements. How can I get this travel exception? I emailed the Philippine Consulate here and they said that a death certificate and old passport can be shown. Are these sufficient?

Answer: (April 14, 2020)

You may continue to coordinate with the nearest Philippine Consulate if there are more requirements to get your travel documents (visa). You may be allowed entry. Although there has been a ban on foreigners to enter the country, exceptions are foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens. Also included in the exemptions from the strict home lockdown in Luzon are humanitarian purposes like the death of your mother. Just be prepared to undergo mandatory home quarantine and social distancing upon arrival in Manila airport.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1245312/ph-barring-foreigners-dfa-says-no-exceptions and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1255035/luzon-wide-quarantine-extended-until-april-31

Question from Email: My partner is arriving in manila from US, since private cars are allowed to transport and fetch passengers from the airport, Am I allowed to pick up even though I am not his family and were not yet legally married? We can provide his proof of travel and identification card to be presented at checkpoints. Is he allowed to stay in my condominium in Taguig while taking 14 days quarantine even if he can’t provide an ID addressing on this Place? Is the Barangay Community Pass enough to allow him to stay?

Answer: (April 13, 2020)

The first question to answer is whether your partner will be allowed to travel from the United States to Manila. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced on Twitter last March 20 that all foreigners—with “no exceptions”—would be barred from entering the country, the same day the ban was to take effect. He said he had ordered the cancellation of all visas already issued to foreigners. All previously issued visas are also deemed cancelled and holders of visas issued by embassies and consulates, such as tourists, will not be allowed entry into the country starting March 22. Exempted from the suspension are foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals, as well as holders of visas previously issued to accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1245312/ph-barring-foreigners-dfa-says-no-exceptions#ixzz6JTcP1nFG and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1097255

Question from Email: My mother died today, April 12, not covid related death, she’s in Indang, Cavite. We are residing in Paranaque, Manila. We have one quarantine pass with my husband’s name. Is it possible for us, a family of 4, to travel from Paranaque to Cavite in one car?

Answer: (April 13, 2020)

Yes, you are allowed to travel and hold a wake. But mourners and visitors in wakes are limited only to the immediate family of the deceased as well as the priests and ministers, according to Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac. Visitors must still observe social distancing, proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette at all times. You may travel via a private vehicle, but must strictly observe social distancing (or one seat apart).

Source:https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1246454/pnp-wakes-in-luzon-limited-to-immediate-kin-during-quarantine-period

Question from Email: I have been assigned by my company (engaged in frozen food wholesale and distribution) to be a coordinator in Quezon province for all orders and deliveries. I reside in Pasig now. What are the requirements for travel given that Quezon province is in total lockdown?

Answer: (April 13, 2020)

Employees of companies engaged in providing basic necessities like food are exempted from the Enhanced Community Quarantine. According to initial releases by the IATF, an identification card from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as well as proof of employment and assignment to the province should be provided to employees who will be traveling.

Source: IATF Resolution No. 14, https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1097416

Question from Email: My sister is a doctor and nowadays she would prefer to stay in my house close to her work but our village guard never allowed her. He said this is the Village President’s instruction. What are the guidelines please?

Answer: (April 12, 2020)

Doctors are among those exempted from the mandatory home isolation based on a comprehensive list of exemptions issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). This makes your sister, being a doctor, an APOR (a person authorized outside of residence), and she is not required to present a quarantine pass issued by LGUs, only her identification card in checkpoints. LGUs, in this regard, are enjoined to align their lockdown regulations on this national directive. Is your village a barangay? If your village president is not your barangay chair, your sister may question her/his authority or she may charge him/her for discrimination which is to be penalized according to the IATF.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1244515/list-persons-authorized-to-go-out-during-luzon-lockdown#ixzz6JHkU8EfA  and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1253775/iatf-to-lgus-issue-ordinances-vs-attacks-on-frontliners-covid-19-patients

Question from Viber: Eight months pregnant po ako at dito ako nagsastay ngayon sa Quezon City since I am working in Ortigas. My permanent address po is Batangas at doon ko po plano manganak. Hindi po ako masundo ng partner ko dahil sa lockdown. Is there any way po ba para payagan ako makauwi ng Batangas?

Answer: (April 12, 2020)

Among the exemptions from the “strict home quarantine’ being implemented when the community quarantine was imposed in the entire Luzon are for “medical purposes”. You should go to the nearest punong barangay or get in touch with office of the mayor of Quezon City (The Covid hotlines are 8927-8827 (direct line) and Hotline 122). . Based on DILG memorandum circular no. 2020-062 issued by Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano, punong barangays, city mayors along with provincial governors and other LGU officials should provide transportation for those needing to go to hospitals or clinics and in your case, where you are to give birth.

Source: https://www.dilg.gov.ph/PDF_File/issuances/memo_circulars/dilg-memocircular-2020322_28333f20aa.pdf

Question from Email: Can people go to another city within metro Manila to buy essentials (groceries, pharmacy) Or are we limited to our city of residence?

Answer: (April 8, 2020)

The idea of quarantine passes issued by barangay officials is for them to be used by one person per household to buy essential goods within the area of residence. According to National Capital Region Police office chief Major Gen. Debold Sinas, quarantine passes shall only be used exclusively within the barangay. “The quarantine pass is only for one specific area, it does not have the same passage outside border control points,” Sinas said two weeks ago. “If you have a quarantine pass and you plan to cross checkpoints and you are not among those authorized to go out, you will not be allowed beyond the checkpoints,”  he also said.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1249392/ncrpo-barangay-quarantine-pass-not-a-national-policy-not-honored-at-checkpoints/

Question from Email: I am an Indian national from Bulacan, and our grocery can be bought only from UN Avenue, Paco. Can I go to Manila to get my groceries? What are the parameters to follow?

Answer: (April 8, 2020)

Unfortunately, you do not fall under those exempted to travel during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, which has been extended until April 30. Since your reason for traveling has to do with purchasing essential goods, only one per household could go outside to make such purchases and the barangay quarantine pass is limited for use exclusively in your area of residence. Thus, you’re unlikely to be able to get through checkpoints going to Metro Manila from Bulacan.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1249392/ncrpo-barangay-quarantine-pass-not-a-national-policy-not-honored-at-checkpoints

Question from Email: The caregiver of my invalid mother has been living with us in Makati since the ECQ began. She now wishes to go home to San Mateo. 1. Will she be allowed to leave Makati? 2. Can our driver bring her to San Mateo and return to Makati? If not, what is the closest point he can drop her off and return to Makati without penalty or sanction?

Answer: (April 7, 2020)

Under the government’s Luzon enhanced community quarantine, no one can travel outside Metro Manila except for those exempted from the travel lockdown such as health personnel and employees doing essential work like those from manufacturing companies and the media. A caregiver who wants to return home outside Metro Manila, in her case -she wants to return home in San Mateo, Rizal – cannot just leave because she is not exempted from the travel lockdown.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/12343775/luzon-community-quarantine-its-not-just-wider-in-coverage/

Question from Email: My client in Australia has a remote office in Pampanga which I was asked to visit before the lockdown was implemented nationwide. My length of stay will soon be due here in the place I’m currently staying and I need to deliver cash to support my family in Manila, they don’t have any accounts where I can transfer the cash. How can I go home?

Answer: (April 7, 2020)

You will not be allowed to travel from Pampanga to Manila because your reason is not among the exemptions from the travel ban. Among those exempted are frontline health workers, authorized government officials and those who need to attend to medical and humanitarian matters. You may try other means to send cash as some money transferring services are still open during the enhanced community quarantine.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243036/luzon-island-now-under-enhanced-community-quarantine-palace#ixzz6HVFFr4Rl

Question from Email: Are couriers allowed to deliver personal packages or is it only essential items like food delivery? I live in Batangas City and the courier office is in Lipa. Can I just travel there and pick up my package?

Answer: (April 7, 2020)

Among the private entities exempted from the quarantine are those engaged in logistic services (cargo handling, warehousing, trucking, freight forwarding, and shipping lines) as stated in Resolution No. 14 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease. You may contact your courier and arrange for the delivery of your personal packages. This may be more possible than for you yourself travelling from Batangas City to Lipa City. Under the enhanced community quarantine, “strict home quarantine” is being implemented in all households. Only one person per household will be allowed to leave to purchase necessities during lockdown.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243217/duterte-on-luzon-wide-enhanced-community-quarantine-this-is-not-martial-law-covid19phsafeathome-total-lockdown-covid19-mmlockdown and https://ptvnews.ph/salient-points-of-iatf-resolution-no-14-as-delivered-by-cabinet-secretary-karlo-nograles/

Question from Email: What are the guidelines for transporting a non Covid-related cadaver from Manila to Albay. Is it allowed to be transported at all and be buried in its hometown?

Answer: (April 6, 2020)

The guidelines for the cremation of the remains of the deceased within 12 hours are for those who died from COVID-19. There are no specific guidelines for those who died from non-Covid causes. This means that the usual requirements for death certificate, transporting of cadaver, burial permit etc. shall apply. But the general guidelines for enhanced community quarantine must be observed like you practice proper hand hygiene, practice social distancing during the wake and the funeral (stay more than 1 meter or 3 feet away and when traveling (one-seat apart). You have to check with local and health authorities regarding passes and requirements at checkpoints you will have to pass. The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group has been designated tn charge to inspect and supervise dedicated patrol points along key provincial roads. The HPG hotline is 0926-225474.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1246454/pnp-wakes-in-luzon-limited-to-immediate-kin-during-quarantine-period and  https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1253327/hpg-to-put-up-checkpoints-in-provinces-for-swift-movement-of-cargo-basic-goods

Question from Email: Ano pong kailangang ipakita sa checkpoint para sa mga bumabang Clark airport at magpaprivate car para makauwing Antipolo?

Answer: (April 4, 2020)

Private vehicles are allowed to transport and fetch passengers from the airport provided that they have proof of the passenger’s flight itinerary and only one person is allowed to pick up the passenger to observe proper social/physical distancing, according to the Department of Transportation. In addition to proof of travel, have your identification cards ready.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243868/dotr-on-private-vehicles-in-airports#ixzz6I8pn9SK7

Question from Email: My sister who lives in Pila, Laguna is scheduled to have her chemotherapy tomorrow. I am from Marikina and I will pick her up in Laguna and bring her to UP-PGh for her chemo. What documents do I need to show the checkpoints when I pick her up in Laguna?

Answer: (April 3, 2020)

Among the exemptions mentioned when the community quarantine was imposed in the entire Luzon on March 16 are medical reasons and humanitarian reasons. There has been no guidelines on required documents but you may present your identification card and proof of your sister’s medical condition and scheduled chemoteraphy session like a copy of your sister’s Blue Book or medical record which often includes her treatment or procedures she had and the schedule of chemoteraphy sessions at the PGH.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243036/luzon-island-now-under-enhanced-community-quarantine-palace#ixzz6HVFFr4Rl and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1242084/ph-quarantine-guidelines-among-the-strictest-in-asia#ixzz6IWyd7xbQ

Question from Viber: I am a Filipino-American citizen living in the Philippines with dual citizenship. My SSS benefits is being sent to BPI by direct deposit from SSS Department in Maryland every month. How can I withdraw it now for my meds and basic necessities if I am not allowed to leave my home being a senior citizen? Authorizing someone to withdraw is not allowed by BPI. My 72 year old wife and I, a 75-year old, are the only ones living in our Philippine home. All our kids and grandkids are living in US. Can I drive and go to BPI and withdraw my money during the ECQ. Thousands like me is being in this situation not addressed by the government yet.

Answer: (April 2, 2020)

If senior citizens live alone, they must be allowed to leave their house to be able to buy their basic needs. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año appealed to local government units last March 26 to give quarantine passes to senior citizens who live alone. You may ask your local government to allow you to leave the house to withdraw money and buy your medicine and basic needs.

Source:  https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1248697/senior-citizens-living-alone-should-also-get-quarantine-pass-says-ano

Question from Email: Good afternoon. Naka schedule po kami ng pag lipat ng bahay ngayong April 5 mula sa nirerentahan namin dito sa Quezon City. Possible po ba na makapag lipat nahay kami from QC to Marikina City during Enhanced Community Quarantine?

Answer: (April 2, 2020)

You will not be allowed to travel from Quezon City to Marikina because your reason is not among the exemptions from the travel ban. Among those allowed to travel under the enhanced community quarantine for Luzon are health workers, authorized government officials, those traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons providing basic services or work in public utilities, and those who are part of the essential skeleton workforce.

Sources:  https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1242084/ph-quarantine-guidelines-among-the-strictest-in-asia#ixzz6IEkZKbdH https://drive.google.com/file/d/19jqywSI10jdXi-Ey2TQ7LEatTzdFAIwY/view

Question from Viber: My sister is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19. Problem is she is living alone with her 8 yr old son and his new nanny in a different city away from us. Will the border patrol allow one from our family to travel to her side of the city to help her recovery during isolation, and/or care for her son, or God forbid, in a worst-case scenario that she will need medical help? What are the requirements?

Answer: (April 2, 2020)

Among the mentioned exemptions from the enhanced community quarantine imposed in the entire Luzon on March 16 are humanitarian reasons. You may try to ask your local government for an exemption to go to your sister’s house and care for her son, citing humanitarian reasons. If your sister had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, she must undergo self-quarantine and someone else has to take care of her son.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243036/luzon-island-now-under-enhanced-community-quarantine-palace#ixzz6HVFFr4Rl and http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/docs/COVHomeQuarantine.pdf

Question from Email: My wife and I are from Batangas and have a scheduled flight to Canada on April 23 as a student and worker, respectively. Now that Canada has exempted qualified foreign students and workers from the border closure, will we be allowed to pass thru ALL checkpoints, pass by Sucat to pick-up our luggages until we reach the airport and depart for Canada? Which airport terminal/s are still open for international flights?

Answer: (March 31, 2020)

Yes, you and your wife can pass through all checkpoints provided that you show proof of travel. You and your wife should also be transported only by a single person via a private vehicle. The driver should have a copy of your travel documents so he has something to show to authorities on his way home. The Manila International Airport Authority has decided to use only the NAIA Terminal 1 during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine until April 13. But by your scheduled flight to Canada on April 23, normal flight operations would have resumed already, unless the government decides to extend the enhanced community quarantine.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243868/dotr-on-private-vehicles-in-airports#ixzz6I8pn9SK7

Question from Viber: Are there any guidelines if ever we would need to go to my ob-gyne’s clinic for a pre-natal checkup? What documents would we need to show to checkpoints?

Answer: (March 31, 2020)

Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano previously said those seeking medical help in health facilities will be exempted from the lockdown. As now being done, ID cards should be brought and shown in checkpoints.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1241250/ano-media-those-seeking-help-to-be-exempted-from-metro-lockdown/

Question from Email: Paano po makakakuha ng travel pass para sa mga checkpoints? From Masbate po kami. Salesman po ng Nestle products ang asawa ko.

Answer: (March 30, 2020)

In an executive order issued by the province of Masbate, traveling residents should have certification from village officials stating the purpose of the travel. If transporting essentials (food or non-food), passage of personnel of business establishments permitted to operate during the Enhanced Community Quarantine is allowed, subject to the presentation of proof of employment, and residence. Holders of bona fide IDs issued by exempted establishments or offices shall continue to be honored by law enforcement agencies.

Sources: IATF Reso No. 14 and https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243069/masbate-follows-lead-of-others-goes-on-community-quarantine#ixzz6I9EmqyMH

Question from Facebook: Can I visit my business in Laguna if I have quarantine pass? I’m currently staying in Manila.

Answer: (March 30, 2020)

You can if your business is among those exempted from the Luzon-wide lockdown. According to the March 22 guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), among the exempted are employees of manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products, essential products, medicine, and medical supplies; employees of retail establishments like groceries, supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, public markets, pharmacies, and drug stores; logistics service providers such as cargo handling, warehousing, trucking, freight forwarding, and shipping lines; hospitals and medical clinics; food preparations and water refilling stations; delivery services whether in-house or outsourced transporting only food, water, medicine or other basic necessities; banks and capital markets, power, energy, water, IT and telecommunications supplies and facilities, waste disposal services; export and BPO companies; airline and aircraft maintenance employees, including pilot and crew, and ship captain and crew.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1246653/iatf-lays-down-new-requirements-exemptions-to-luzon-wide-lockdown#ixzz6I9XPV64y

Question from Email: Ask ko lang po, kung pwede ako sunduin ng kapatid ko via private vehicle sa NAIA and going back to bicol kaagad? Ano po kaya requirements sa mga checkpoints?

Answer: (March 30, 2020)

According to the Department of Transportation, private vehicles are allowed to transport and fetch passengers from the airport provided that they have proof of the passenger’s flight itinerary and only one person is allowed to pick up the passenger to observe proper social distancing. For the guidelines in Bicol checkpoints, PNP-Bicol said they require the passengers to present a valid identification card and travel documents and undergo thermal scanning to check whether they have symptoms of flu, colds, and cough.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243868/dotr-on-private-vehicles-in-airports#ixzz6I8pn9SK7 and https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1096917

Question from Email: Can Nurses pass through checkpoint? I was not allowed at the Canlubang checkpoint to pass thru despite showing my PRC and while on uniform, but they are allowing AFP, PNP, and ambulance to pass.

Answer: (March 28, 2020)

Nurses should be allowed to pass through checkpoints as frontline health workers are among those exempted from the enhanced community quarantine. Report to the DILG Emergency Operations Center through hotlines 09274226300, 09617721668 and 028763455 local 881 police officers who are blocking health personnel at checkpoints.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1247470/dilg-tells-covid-19-frontliners-report-cops-who-block-you-at-checkpoints

Question from Facebook: Pwede po bang magtravel kami ng Misis ko from Calamba City to San Pablo City sa kadahilanang siya po ay buntis at ang kanyang OB ay nasa San Pablo?

Answer: (March 28, 2020)

Yes, you may travel to San Pablo City for a prenatal checkup. You have to bring an identification card, proof of residence and a certificate proving you have a scheduled medical appointment which you will present to checkpoints on the way to the hospital. While you are allowed to leave the house for emergency and medical reasons, you still have to observe social distancing.

Sources: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243036/luzon-island-now-under-enhanced-community-quarantine-palace and https://pcoo.gov.ph/press-briefing/laging-handa-public-briefing-hosted-by-pcoo-secretary-martin-andanar-undersecretary-rocky-ignacio-with-cabinet-secretary-karlo-alexei-nograles-department-of-agriculture-secretary-william-dar-depa/

Question from Facebook: Paano po ang mga kailangan ng hospital treatment tulad ng dialysis? Makakapasok ba sila sa Metro Manila?

Answer: (March 25, 2020)

As early as two weeks ago, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said the government will allow those seeking medical help in Metro Manila health facilities to be exempted from the lockdown. But so far there is no specific provision yet on this in the guidelines released by the government so far for the Luzon enhanced community quarantine.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1241250/ano-media-those-seeking-medical-help-to-be-exempted-from-metro-lockdown/

Question from Email: Hi, My son is among the 750 students stranded at UPLB, Laguna. We want to get our son. We are residents of Makati. What can we do as we have no travel pass? Can somebody help us facilitate the transport of the kids from UPLB to their homes?

Answer: (March 25, 2020)

The UPLB Office of Student Affairs has posted on their Facebook page an application form for all UPLB students who want to go home. The student needs to present either a barangay certificate that they are a resident of that barangay or certificate or any proof of residence. Those who missed the Mar 23 deadline will still be accommodated in later departures. Your son can fill out their form so that they can assist him: https://bit.ly/oplan-hatid. You can also contact their facebook page for faster communication: https://www.facebook.com/uplbosa

Source: https://www.facebook.com/uplbosa/photos/a.554529367930368/2754842544565695/?type=3&theater

Question from Email: What are the documents needed to pass checkpoints if traveling from Antipolo City (where I own a restaurant) to Trece Martires (where I live)? I have a DTI certificate with Mayor’s permit showing my residential and business address.

Answer: (March 25, 2020)

Under the guidelines of the Enhanced Community Quarantine for Luzon, food chain or restaurant personnel are among those allowed to go out. However, you cannot go home to Trece Martires City because transit is only allowed around the area of the operating establishment or restaurant. No ‘non-essential’ travel is allowed because the intention of the quarantine is to restrict movement of people and keep them in their homes.

Sources: http://pnp.gov.ph/images/Module/3192020.pdf and https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/03mar/20200316-MEMORANDUM-FROM-ES-RRD.pdf

Question from Email: Will I be allowed to go to our office near Philcoa to get documents so that I can work from home? I’m coming from Fairview.

Answer: (March 21, 2020)

Under the enhanced community quarantine “strict home quarantine’ is being implemented in all households. The exempted government employees are those doing essential frontline work or who are part of the skeletal force. If you are not, chances are you will not be allowed to pass a checkpoint. Among the documents you will be asked to present are ID, proof of residence, certification of employment, certification /authorization from authorized government agencies.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243036/luzon-island-now-under-enhanced-community-quarantine-palace#ixzz6HIBTmGNG

Question from FB Live: How can a North Luzon employee working in the skeletal force of a food manufacturing company go home to Manila? And how can he go back for work?

Answer: (March 19, 2020)

Your company allowed to open during the month-long expanded quarantine? Since public transport is prohibited, employers are asked to provide shuttle service for their workers. The Department of Transportation will provide permits or stickers to be placed on the vehicles to indicate that they are bringing essential workers. Malacanang has also announced that army trucks and private buses will ferry essential workers to their workplaces.

Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1243993/luzon-quarantine-essential-workers-to-get-free-rides

Question from FB Live: With regards to checkpoints, travelers can go to the airport, but how about the drivers after they drop off the travelers? They are afraid getting stuck and quarantined sa Manila.

Answer: (March 19, 2020)

Under the enhanced community quarantine, land travel is suspended. Only private establishments providing necessities are exempted from the travel ban. Overseas Filipino workers and foreigners may leave the Philippines anytime as long as they show proof of international travel with departure scheduled within 24 hours from leaving the residence or accommodation. Only one person can accompany departing passengers to any international airport. For the drivers, they need to show photocopy of airline tickets and itinerary as proof that they have dropped off a traveller. Upon entry to the airport, they can explain to the police assigned that they are there just to drop off a traveller. They can also take note on the name of the police assigned for reference and confirmation just in case there are any problems upon exit.”

Question from FB Live: I’m working in a BPO and gusto kong umuwi sa province ng Batangas to be with my family. Are private vehicles allowed to go outside Manila?

Answer: (March 19, 2020)

Under the operational guidelines of the Enhanced Community Quarantine for Luzon, BPOs must provide lodgings or adopt work-from-home arrangements for their employees. You cannot go home to Batangas even by private vehicle because you do not fall under those exempted from the travel ban. No ‘non-essential’ travel is allowed because the intention of the quarantine is to restrict movement of people and keep them in their homes.

Link: http://pnp.gov.ph/images/Module/3192020.pdf

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