POGOs not allowed to operate during Luzon lockdown: Nograles

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2020 02:54 AM

MANILA - Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) are not allowed to operate during the month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Tuesday night.

"Philippine offshore gaming operators shall not be included in those establishments allowed to operate for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine," Nograles said during a press conference.

Luzon, including the Southwestern Tagalog Region (MIMAROPA), was placed under an enhanced community quarantine starting Tuesday which meant strict home confinement in all households, suspension of transportation lines, regulation of provision for food and essential health services, and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce isolation procedures.

Government is also restricting travel for the duration of the quarantine period until April 12 with the exemption of health workers, and uniformed personnel on official business, especially those transporting medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to the COVID-19, and other humanitarian assistance.

Private establishments providing basic necessities such as those related to food and medicine production shall be allowed to operate or remain open, Nograles said.

Among businesses that are allowed to operate are public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines

Banks, money transfer services, power, energy, water, and telecommunications supplies and facilities shall also remain open.

Business Process Outsourcing establishments or call centers and export-oriented industries shall remain operational but must observed strict “social distancing measure,” and provide temporary accommodation arrangements to their workers within 24 hours. Such firms are also required to maintain a skeletal workforce.