Passes still needed in areas under quarantine, curfews still in effect — DILG

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) told the public to hold on to their passes, even if their areas are now under general community quarantine (GCQ).

"Yun pong ating quarantine pass ay kailangan pa rin ho 'yan sa lahat ng mga lugar na nasa quarantine," DILG spokesperon Jonathan Malaya announced at a nationally televised briefing on Wednesday.

[Translation: The quarantine pass is still needed in all areas under quarantine.]

Regardless of an area's quarantine status, Malaya said people's movement will still be limited and there will be modified measures when it comes to checkpoints.

"Tuloy-tuloy pa rin po yung ating quarantine pass system, yun lang ang papadaanin po ng ating kapulisan sa ating mga checkpoints ay yung may mga essential na gagawin, for example bibili ng pagkain o gamot. Or kaya, dun naman sa GCQ, yung mga papasok sa trabaho," he said.

[Translation: The quarantine pass system will continue to be in effect, and only those who have essential tasks like buying food or medicine will be allowed by the police to pass at checkpoints, and for those areas under GCQ, those who will be going to work.]

Malaya also stressed that curfews will still be in place.

Joint Task Force (JTF) Covid Shield Commander PLGen Guillermo Eleazar said those who are part of the workforce will be able to cross borders, but individuals who will be availing of basic goods and services are advised to purchase them within their respective areas.

READ: Implementation of GCQ will be a 'challenge' — Eleazar

Eleazar also said checkpoints will remain visible to make sure people are following minimum health requirements as well as to maintain peace and order.

READ: COVID-19 task force backtracks, places low-risk areas under modified GCQ

Malaya also addressed the issue of parents whose children are studying in Metro Manila and want to know if would be possible to pick them up and bring them home to the province, especially in areas under GCQ.

While saying he understood the sentiments of the parents, Malaya said the current situation does not allow it.

"Kahit po gusto namin ay hindi pa po nila [puwedeng] personal na sunduin dahil meron nga po tayong stay-at-home policy," he said.

[Translation: Even if we wanted to, they still cannot do that because we have a stay-at-home order.]

He said the new "Hatid Estudyante" program tapped government agencies to assist stranded students in Metro Manila and transport them return safely to their home provinces.

Complimenting this program, Eleazar said was a push to help locally-stranded people to go back home.

"Inaalam na po ng pulisya kung sino sila," he said. "Ang kailangan lang po ay sertipikasyon galing sa lugar kung saan sila nag-i-stay ngayon, may health certificate na hindi sila infected at saka po nag-quarantine na, and at the same time ay certificate din na ina-accept siya ng pupuntahan niya."

[Translation: The police are identifying them. All that's needed is a certification from where they are staying, a health certificate proving they are not infected and have gone through quarantine, and at the same time a certificate proving they are allowed at their destination.]

Those certifications could be given to the police through the task unit, and which will then be sent to the regional director who can issue travel authority.

READ: Some LGUs appeal for stricter community quarantine