No need for quarantine pass for 'exempted' individuals

WORKERS and personnel of establishments deemed "exempted" from entry restriction do not have to get an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) pass to be able to enter Cebu City. They only have to show their identification cards.

This came after Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella issued a memorandum to the chief of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), Police Colonel Hector Grijaldo, that all exempted individuals and workers of the exempted establishments can now enter even without the ECQ passes.

Labella had already discussed the matter with Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Ahong Chan, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and the Provincial Capitol.

The following individuals coming from Lapu-Lapu City can enter Cebu City but subject to the presentation of IDs: medical service officials; personnel and staff; emergency responders; security service personnel; members of the judiciary; prosecutor’s and lawyers of the Public Attorney’s Office; essential employees of Lapu-Lapu City Government provided that they shall present a certification from the mayor’s office that they are required to report during the period of enhanced community quarantine; funeral services employees and immediate family of the deceased; those working in the exempted establishment as stated under the executive order of Chan; members of the media; emergency rescue vehicle; delivery personnel of cargoes; other person as may be exempted by the mayor.

In the memorandum issued by Labella, the following individuals coming from Mandaue City also only have to present their IDs: farmers, fishermen, agri-business, and other food producers or suppliers; persons involved in medical services such as health workers, Red Cross staff, doctors, clinic personnel, hospital staff, employees and janitors of medical centers and private caregivers; pharmacists and employees of pharmacies; persons involved in funeral services and immediate family of the deceased; emergency responders; law enforcers and authorized security service personnel; bank employees, technical service support crew of banks and armored vehicle crews; money transfer services; groceries and convenience store employees; laundry shop employees; electric power generation, transmission and distribution employees; petroleum tanker drivers; gasoline station attendants; water companies officials and employees; water delivery and refilling stations crew; garbage collectors and sanitation or waste management providers; public market vendors; bakery workers; food chain/restaurant staff and crew; delivery personnel or cargoes -- with or without load; employees working at food and medical manufacturing establishments; forwarders, shipping lines and container yards; logistics/warehouse establishments and employees; telecommunications officials and employees; employees of cable and internet service providers; government skeletal force; judges and skeletal workforce of the regional, metropolitan, city and municipal trial courts; members of the media with valid identification; employees of business process outsourcing and export-oriented businesses; heads of mission or designated foreign mission representatives; hotel employees who have existing long term leases and booking accommodations as of March 25, 2020 or until the final client has checked-out; outbound international passengers and driver; civil aviation related services personnel; construction and related services; mail, courier, freight, and shipping services; services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences; and other businesses later on classified as essential by Cortes.

The same will happen to the following individuals coming from the Cebu Province: provincial governor, vice governor and board members; justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals and Sandiganbayan; ombudsman and deputy ombudsman; congressmen from the Province of Cebu, Cebu City and the lone district of Lapu-Lapu City; judge and skeletal work force of the regional, metropolitan, city and municipal trial courts; regional and provincial directors of different national government agencies; local government officials; members of the diplomatic corps such as consuls and ambassadors; employees of the Provincial Government; employees of the municipalities and component cities of Cebu Province as authorized by the local chief executive (LCE); prosecutors and the skeletal work force of their offices; the skeletal work force of other government agencies; officials and staff of the Department of Health; private and government doctors, nurses and other medical personnel; hospital workers, administrative staff and janitors; members of the Philippine Red Cross, but only for official functions; media personnel accredited by the Provincial Government; members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other security personnel; field personnel of the Visayan Electric; field personnel of the Metro Cebu Water District; field personnel of PLDT, Globe, Smart, Sun and other telecommunication companies; all energy (electricity, fuel and petroleum)-related work force, including those who perform technical services; officials and employees of banks and money transfer establishments; delivery personnel of vehicles carrying cargo and other essential goods with or without load (maximum of two including driver) subject to the observance of strict protocols; persons with a preexisting medical condition that necessitates treatment in a medical facility; persons involved in accidents and medical emergencies and one member of the family or household and a driver may accompany said persons.

Labella issued the memorandum on March 30, 2020. (JJL)


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