Gov’t clarifies: Health workers exempted from ID accreditation for lockdown immunity

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2020 01:07 PM | Updated as of Mar 23 2020 01:08 PM

A nurse shows the basic hospital at an nCoV holding area on February 05, 2020 at the Ospital ng Paranaque. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Health workers need only to present their licenses for medical practice or their company IDs to pass through quarantine checkpoints, a government official clarified Monday after reports that some frontliners faced difficulties in going to work because of lack of government-issued IDs.

Health frontliners no longer have to secure special passes from the government inter-agency task-force on COVID-19 (IATF) to be able to pass through quarantine checkpoints for the month-long lockdown in Luzon, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.

“Wala na pong accreditation pass, additional ID or kung ano-ano pang passes or ID ang kailangan para sa ating healthcare workers,” Nograles, also the spokesperson of the IATF, said in a televised briefing.

(Healthcare workers don’t have to secure accreditation passes, additional IDs.)

“Sapat na po ang inyong PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) license o ID sa inyong ospital o healthcare facility,” he said.

(Their PRC license or company ID is enough)

The government placed Luzon under lockdown until April 12 to control the spread of COVID-19 which has infected a total of 380 people in the country, and claimed the lives of 25 others as of Sunday.

Under the government’s guidelines on the lockdown, the following are considered as health workers

- Employees of the Department of Health, DOH Hospitals, Hospitals of Local Government Units, and Provincial, City, and Rural Health Units);

- Private health workers, such as but not limited to medical professionals, hospital administrative staff and aides from private health facilities, as well as their service providers

- Health workers and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross and the World Health Organization.