Barangay to deliver quarantine passes in households under MECQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) - Barangay officials are now required to deliver new quarantine passes to households in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine, said the Department of Interior and Local Government.

DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said those who want a new pass no longer need to line up in barangay centers to observe physical distancing.

“Ayaw na natin ng pila, kasi walang social distancing diyan at nagkakaroon ng mass gathering na ipinagbabawal ng IATF (Inter Agency Task Force),” he told CNN Philippines.

[Translation: We don't want to have queues, because there will be no social distancing and it might lead also to a mass gathering which is prohibited by the IATF.]

He added that house-to-house delivery of quarantine passes would make sure the holders are residents of the area.

“Importante mai-deliver sa mismong bahay...kung pipila po tayo, maaring hindi naman talaga sila taga-roon para kumuha ng quarantine pass,” said Densing.

[Translation: It's important that they will be delivered directly to the households...if we will have queues, some might not be residents and still manage to get passes.]

The one quarantine pass, one household rule will apply in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, said Densing, adding that passes are transferable to other household members.

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DILG said earlier that it is up to local chief executives if residents can still use their old quarantine passes or not.