Children with special needs allowed to leave house for therapy— Duque

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — Children with special needs are allowed to go out of their houses for clinical therapy during quarantine, the health chief said.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said those with special needs are exempted from quarantine protocols that prohibit children and senior citizens from leaving the house.

Duque made the statement in response to the query of Rep. Kristine Alexie Tutor (3rd District, Bohol) during the House health committee hearing on Thursday.

“That falls squarely within the exemption," he said. "Susulat lang po kayo for exemption sa center for health development.”

[Translation: That falls squarely within the exemption. You will just write for exemption to the center for health development]

Duque added that this omnibus guidelines by his department has already been forwarded to local government units, including those in the provinces.

“The guidelines have already been cascaded,” Duque assured the lawmakers.

According to the rules of the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF), children (0-20 years old), the elderly (60 years old above), and people with high-risk health issues, are not allowed to go out of their homes under the general community quarantine.

Health experts said they are most vulnerable in contracting the coronavirus disease.