IATF Resolution No. 20 series of 2020 modified the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) during May 16-31 covering Metro Manila, Laguna, Cebu City. Under EO112 series of 2020, any “community quarantine” by a local government unit, regardless of nomenclature, ceased to take effect on 12:01 a.m. of May 1. All decisions to impose, lift, or extend a community quarantine in provinces, cities and municipalities will rest with the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Provincial Governors may impose, lift or extend ECQ in component and municipalities upon the concurrence of the relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF-EID. Mayors of Cities and Municipalities are also authorized to impose, lift or extend ECQ in villages, upon the concurrence of the relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF-EID. This is without prejudice to the authority of the IATF to DIRECTLY impose, lift or extend ECQ in these areas, should circumstances call for it. The whole country is under a state of calamity. Congress has granted emergency powers to President Duterte until June 25, 2020 and could extend this period.
Philippine government suspend the importation of all Brazilian poultry meat following the latter’s claim that prices of canned meat products will go up because of such import ban. Local raisers and feed millers also want a total ban of poultry meat imports, not just for the ones coming from Brazil.
The following sectors may operate at full operational capacity under an MECQ: media businesses; the production of cement and steel; business process outsourcing and export-oriented establishments, without need to set up onsite or near-site accommodation arrangements; mining and quarrying; e-commerce companies; postal, courier and delivery services; rental and leasing, other than real estate, such as vehicles and equipment for permitted sectors; employment activities that involve the recruitment and placement for permitted sectors; repair of computers, personal and household goods; and housing services activities.
Metro Manila GCQ extended until June 30, Cebu City placed under ECQ, Talisay City placed under MECQ. The following are under GCQ until June 30: Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Santiago City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo, Tarlac, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Bohol, Cebu province, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Davao City, Zamboagna. The rest of the country remains under MGCQ until June 30.
Manila Mayor Isko Morena is placing 31 Manila barangays on ECQ lockdown starting 12 am Saturday, July 4 until 11:59 pm Sunday, July 5. The barangays to be placed under ECQ are: 20, 41, 51, 56, 66, 96, 97, 101, 106, 116, 118, 120, 128, 129, 163, 173, 180, 185, 215, 275, 310, 343, 380, 649, 724, 766, 775, 811, 836, 846, 847.
GCQ for Metro Manila has been extended to July 15. Cebu City will remain under ECQ. The following provinces are under GCQ: Benguet, Cavite, Rizal, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Leyte, Ormoc, Southern Leyte, Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion. The remainder of the country is under MGCQ.
IATF Resolution No. 52 has lifted the previous IATF Resolution No. 13. The suspension on non-essential travel across the country and abroad is now lifted. All travel restrictions relative to outbound travel of Filipinos pursuant to previous IATF Resolutions are also lifted, but travelers must meet certain conditions to ensure health and safety.
Cebu City has eased to a less restrictive modified ECQ from July 16 to 31. NCR remains under GCQ until July 31. The following are under GCQ: Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal for Region IV-A (Calabarzon); Lapu Lapu City, Mandaue City for Region VII (Central Visayas), Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga City, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Basilan, Talisay, Minglanilla, and Concepcion. The rest of the country remains under MGCQ until July 31.
Metro Manila has been reverted from GCQ back to MECQ from August 4 to 18. Other areas reverted to MECQ include the provinces of Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan. Cebu City downgraded to GCQ. The rest of the county remains under MGCQ.
On August 17, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced placing Metro Manila and its nearby provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting August 19 until August 31. Other areas that were put under GCQ include Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon Province, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City, and the municipalities of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu. Under the government’s guidelines, the extent of restrictions varies from the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), modified ECQ, GCQ, to the most relaxed modified GCQ. Under GCQ, most businesses are allowed to operate and public transportation resume operations at a limited capacity and with observance of health protocols.
At present, many parts of the country are already under MGCQ. Apart from Metro Manila, other areas under GCQ until the end of the month are Bulacan, Batangas and Tacloban City.
Meanwhile, those under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine are Lanao del Sur, Bacolod City and Iligan.
President Duterte is expected to announce the updated quarantine classifications before Oct. 1. The government has agreed to implement quarantine classifications for one month instead of two weeks to ensure continuity in the enforcement of safety protocols.
All HUCs of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the Municipality of Pateros under GCQ. Under GCQ until 15: for Luzon: Baguio City, Pangasinan, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vezcaya, Quirino, Santiago City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueve Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Angeles City, Olongapo City, Cavite, Laguna, Batancas, Rizal, Quezon, Lucena City and Albacy. Visayas: Iloilo City, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City. Mindanao: Zamboanga City, Davao City.
Cross Border Issues:
Modified ECQ: Modified ECQ: Essential industries like health care, pharmacies, veterinary clinics, food manufacturing and supply chains, and groceries can operate at full capacity. But there will be an addition to these allowed industries – certain manufacturing and processing plants, which can operate at only 50% capacity. More commercial establishments can also operate at 50% capacity. There will still be no public transportation. Private shuttles will be allowed but only for essential work and services. Private cars are allowed as long as only two people sit per row. Motorcycles, bicycles, and e-scooters allowed with only one rider.
ECQ and GCQ guidelines for sectors:
CATEGORY I with full operational capacity during ECQ and GCQ: agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food manufacturing and food supply businesses, hospitals, logistics services, power, energy, water, waste collection, sewerage, telecommunications sectors, essential groceries, public markets, and drug stores, delivery services, laundry shops, gasoline stations, construction workers, and media companies.
CATEGORY II sectors with 50% to 100% operations for BOTH ECQ and GCQ: mining and quarrying, electronic commerce, postal and courier services, export-oriented companies, computer and household goods repair, housing service, funeral and embalming services, veterinary clinics, and security and investigation; limited accommodation business.
CATEGORY II sectors with 50% to 100% operations for under GCQ ONLY: manufacturing activities (beverages, cement and steel, textiles, tobacco, paper, rubber and plastic products, computer products, machinery and equipment, and transport equipment and vehicles); public and private construction projects and office administrative and support activities.
CATEGORY III sectors with up to 50% work on site, WFH arrangements for BOTH ECQ and GCQ: Employment activities such as recruitment and placement; BPOs, banks, money transfer services, pawnshops, microfinance institutions, rental and leasing activities, and operation of capital markets.
CATEGORY III sectors with up to 50% work on site, WFH arrangements for GCQ ONLY: malls and commercial centers, financial services, legal and accounting, management consultancy, architecture and engineering, scientific and research development, advertising and market research, and computer programming, publishing and printing, film, music, and television production, photography services, barbershops and salon, and other non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments (hardware stores, bookstores, school and office supplies stores, baby care supplies stores).
The PEZA issued Memorandum Circular No. 2020-0019 (Rev 1) and directed the continued online validation of electronic import permits (eIP) and online endorsement of validated eIP to the Bureau of Customs Manila International Container Port, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and Port of Manila.
Joint Administrative Order No. 1 was released adopting processes for expedited release of refrigerated containers and dry vans during the ECQ.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued Memorandum Circular 02-14 listing down allowed movement of goods and personnel for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies and export enterprises, and their service providers during the ECQ.
The DTI issued Memorandum Circular 20-17 for the extension of expiring Philippine Standard (PS) licenses until July 31. However, extension is still subject to the licensee’s submission of application for renewal. PS licenses are issued for wiring devices, cement, steel, plastic pipes and conduits, sanitary wares, ceramics, etc.
The Philippine Ports Authority issued 8,000 IATF IDs to ensure movement of cargo.
The IATF approved a prototype of a Supply Chain Analysis dashboard application to address bottlenecks in supply, distribution, and movement of goods.