Manila issues ‘quarantine pass’ for those buying necessities amid COVID-19 crisis

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 04:33 PM

MANILA - Manila is set to issue “quarantine passes” for individuals who need to go out of their homes to buy basic necessities like food and medicine, a city hall official said Wednesday, as Luzon continues to be on an enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Manila Barangay Bureau (MBB) has asked each family to assign one person who will buy basic necessities for the entire household, Manila Public Information Office chief Julius Leonen said in a text message, citing a memo from the said bureau.

“You are hereby required to name one (1) representative per family in your area of jurisdiction that will be provided special authority... for the purpose of buying food and other necessities,” MBB officer in charge Romeo S. Bagay said in the document.

Barangay officials will have to email the list of family representatives to the MBB for consolidation, he said.

The issuance of the special ID comes after the capital city’s Zone 4 was placed on a “lockdown” as residents loitered in the streets despite the national government’s order to stay at home.

President Duterte earlier placed Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine, suspending mall operations and public transport, to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

Health officials earlier said the disease can be transmitted among humans through small droplets from the mouth or nose of an infected person.

As of March 17 noon, the global pandemic has infected 193 individuals in the Philippines. Fourteen died, 7 recovered, while the rest are battling the disease in hospitals.