Non-APOR drivers now allowed to fetch essential workers, but certification needed - PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — Drivers of essential workers will now be allowed on the road during the enhanced community quarantine period, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Thursday.

Eleazar told CNN Philippines' The Source that drivers may pick up or drop off workers who are considered authorized persons outside of their residence.

However, workers must present the certificate of employment from their employers, as well as a business permit proving that they are part of the permitted industries allowed to operate during the strictest lockdown.

Employers must also provide an "extra certification" stating the identity, vehicle, and contact number of the workers' designated driver.

"Dahil ito ay bukas na at ayaw natin ng mga red tape pa at kukuha pa sa mga police station ng driver pass. Minabuti natin na yung mismong employer nila ang magbibigay ng certification," Eleazar said.

[Translation: Because this will already start tomorrow, we don't want any more red tape such as going to the police station to secure a driver pass. We want the employer to be the one to process the certification.]

Eleazar said all three requirements can be "templated" by the employer, particularly by the human resources department, into one document that can be easily shown to authorities.

He noted that while they heard the appeal of netizens, they also want to ensure that such "win-win solution" will not be prone to abuse, especially if a worker attempts to "certify" all the members of his or her household to go out.

Employers are encouraged to assign to duty employees who can drive themselves to their offices and allow those who cannot to just work from home.

The two-week ECQ will start in Metro Manila on Aug. 6.