THE City Government of Bacolod has extended the use of home quarantine passes (HQPs) from September 19 to 30, 2020.
On September 19, Mayor Evelio Leonardia signed Executive Order (EO) No. 58-C, an order extending the requirements and use of home quarantine passes (HQPs) and the establishment of checkup points.
The order is under EO No. 58, which regulates the movement of people within Bacolod City and the entry/exit of out-of-towners into the city to prevent the local spread of the novel coronavirus.
Leonardia said the City Government will continue to remain in full force and effect for the duration of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Bacolod City.
He added the present MECQ status of Bacolod City warrants the continued implementation of EO No. 58 and its amendments, particularly, on the use of the HQP and the posting of check-up points.
The mayor said the HQP system ensures that members of the vulnerable sectors, like the elderly, comply with strict home quarantine rules.
Each household will be issued an HQP, primarily to one household member who is at least 21 years old and above. The pass can be passed on to a maximum of three other qualified members of the same household, whose names must be written at the back portion of the pass.
The pass can only be used by one person at a time.
HQP holders must also present a valid identification card with picture upon inspection. It cannot be used as a travel pass through other towns and cities outside of Bacolod City.
Any misuse or abuse in the use of the HQP shall be subject to prosecution under applicable laws.
To regulate social distancing and limit the movement of people, an odd-even scheme must be followed. Holders with HQP ending in odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 will be permitted to leave their households on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Those with even numbers – 2, 4, 6, 8, 0 – will be permitted to leave their households on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
No HQP holders will be permitted to leave their households on Sundays, in the same manner that no HQP shall be used on Sundays.
Holders must also observe social distancing at all times, the EO further stated.