Workers only need company IDs to get through checkpoints, travel authority unnecessary — DILG

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) — Workers in industries allowed to resume operations amid quarantine need not request travel authority to be allowed past checkpoints, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded on Saturday.

"Kung kayo po ay papasok sa trabaho, all you need to show to the police is just your company ID or kung anong dokumento na nagpapatunay na kayo ay nagttrabaho sa isang industriya na pinapahintulutan ng IATF na mag-operate," DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a Laging Handa virtual press briefing.

[Translation: If you are coming to work, all you need to show to the police is just your company ID or any document proving that you are working in an industry which the IATF (Interagency Task Force) has allowed to operate.]

Such workers will allowed past checkpoints if their company is included in the list of establishments allowed to re-open, added Malaya.

"Hindi po kayo kailangan humingi ng travel authority. Ang mga travel authority ay para po yan sa stranded invididuals," he explained.

[Translation: You don't have to ask for travel authority. Travel authorities are for stranded individuals.]

Millions of employees returned to work on May 17, a day after the modified enhanced community quarantine took effect in Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, Angeles City, and Laguna. Several nonessential sectors have been allowed to operate again in these areas, provided the observation of safety protocols, including one-meter distancing between employees, the wearing of face masks, and temperature checks.

With all parts of the country under community quarantine, checkpoints are stationed nationwide to ensure quarantine rules are observed.