Duterte orders gov't agencies to issue rules adjusting deadlines due to COVID-19

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2020 05:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. File

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all government offices to issue guidelines on adjustments of different processes and obligations due to the coronavirus crisis.

All government agencies were directed to provide rules on processes within their offices to adhere to community quarantine policies.

According to Duterte's Administrative Order No. 30, which was signed on Tuesday but made public only Wednesday, government offices should provide guidelines on the following:

  •  Interruption of reglementary periods for the start of actions and claims, filing of pleadings, appearances, motions, notices, and all other papers, and the rendition of judgments, resolutions, and orders for the duration of the community quarantine
  •  Cancellation of proceedings and rescheduling thereof after the lifting of community quarantine
  •  Acceptable justifications for the failure of litigants or their counsel, as well as claimants to comply with reglementary periods or to appear at legal proceedings, if they are coming from jurisdictions where quarantine protocols restrict their movement
  •  Suspension of deadlines for the payment of monetary obligations and/or submission of documents for the duration of community quarantine
  •  Movement of timelines for the grant of any benefit and/or allow its release to individuals during community quarantine

The order covers all heads of departments, agencies, and offices of the government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, and local government units.

Government offices have been instructed to maintain a skeletal workforce while Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine.

President Duterte is set to rule on the fate of the quarantine, which is scheduled to end on April 30, on Thursday.

Read the full Administrative Order here: