DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday evening, November 30, 2020, said minors are allowed in malls provided that they are accompanied by their parents.
In the weekly briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) situation, Año said each local government unit (LGU) will enact an ordinance to support this.
“Para na rin po sa kapaskuhan ay doon po sa pinag-utos natin na puwede ng gradual expansion ng mga age group para makalabas ang mga minors po basta accompanied ng mga magulang ay papayagang makalabas at makapunta sa mall,” Año said.
“Ito po ay pagtitibayin sa mga ordinansa ng ating mga NCR (National Capital Region) mayors sa lugar po ng GCQ (general community quarantine),” he added.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Vicente Danao, however, expressed apprehension over allowing children to go to the malls.
"'Di pa po allowed yan sa GCQ. We’ll be having a meeting with mall managers na hindi pa rin po i-a-allow ‘yung pagpapasok ng non-Apor (authorized persons outside residence) kasi we’ll be expecting an influx ng mga tao dyan sa mga malls and other places of convergence," he said in a radio interview.
"Para po makaiwas ng threat sa Covid, mas maganda po siguro ‘wag na lang po muna," he added.
Danao said he has ordered the deployment of more policemen to maintain peace and order as well as enforce health protocols in malls and places of convergence during the holiday season.
Duterte announced Monday that the NCR (Metro Manila), Batangas, Lanao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Iligan City and Davao City will be under GCQ from December 1 to 31, 2020.
The rest of the country will be under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the least restrictive form of community quarantine.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) eased stay-at-home restrictions and allowed those who are 15 to 65 years old to step out of their homes.
In November, the IATF allowed those below 15 and over 65 to visit tourist destinations.
Meanwhile, Año reiterated the prohibition on Christmas parties, caroling and other mass gatherings related to the holiday season.
“Wala pong katulad po ng plano na hindi po papayagan ang Christmas party, hindi rin papayagan ang Christmas caroling, wala pong mass gathering. Iyon pong family reunion ay isang considered na mass gathering. Katulad po ng sabi ni Secretary Duque, immediate family na lang sana ang mag-celebrate ng Christmas together. At kailangan po ang minimum health standard ay ipatutupad,” he said. (SunStar Philippines)