MANILA - Quarantine passes are no longer required from the public during the shift of Metro Manila and other areas to general community quarantine beginning June 1, unless some local government units ask for it under certain conditions, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Sunday.
“Hindi na po natin kailangan ng quarantine pass para payagang makalabas sa ating bahay pero hindi po ito ‘unli’ na kahit anong oras ay puwede," DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.
"Patuloy pa rin po ang pagpapatupad ng curfew hours ng ating mga local government units (LGUs) at puwede rin pong i-require ang quarantine pass ng mga LGUs sa piling lugar sa kanilang nasasakupan,” he added.
The agency said some LGUs may require people to present quarantine passes in critical and buffer zones.
It may be required in “high-risk” barangays, known as critical zones and buffer zones, that are being monitored and where contact-tracing activities are being done.
“The general rule is hindi na kailangan ng quarantine pass pero may authority pa rin ang LGU na mag-impose ng lockdown at magrequire ng quarantine pass sa mga barangay or subdivision na sa assessment nila ay high-risk pa rin," Año said.
"Mayors should, therefore, announce thru their official social media accounts or whatever means kung required pa rin ang quarantine pass sa ilang lugar sa kanila,” he said.
The lifting of requirement for quarantine passes, as well as the loosening of restrictions is intended to revive the economy, which was paralyzed during the two-month enhanced community quarantine period, but without compromising health protocols, Año said.
The Philippines started imposing quarantine measures in mid-March, one-and-a-half months since it recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case in a Chinese visitor.
“The country’s economy is hurting badly, many businesses have closed down and our people are finding it difficult to fend for their families having no source of income for the past two months. We need to reopen the economy without setting aside health protocols if we want to survive this pandemic as a people,” Año said.
“Although some restrictions will be relaxed, this does not mean that we can all go out leisurely and go about our day. Alamin pa rin natin kung ang dahilan ba ng inyong paglabas ay essential pa rin at hindi para mamasyal lang,” he added.
Meanwhile, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said going across provinces and other regions across the country will still require travel passes, except if related to work.
The pass can be secured at the nearest Philippine National Police (PNP) station, after a person gets a medical certificate from the Municipal/City Health Office.
“Kung tatawid ng provincial or regional borders, ibang usapan na po iyon at kailangan na ng travel pass d’yan. Nasa public health emergency pa rin tayo and the government still needs to control the movement of people para hindi kumalat ang virus,” Malaya said.
Those crossing provincial and regional borders only need to present their company IDs or document from their employer justifying the reason for the travel.
Malaya said the PNP will also set-up random checkpoints across Metro Manila, and will impose stricter control on regional and provincial borders.
“Huwag po tayong magpabaya at magrelax. Sundin pa rin po natin ang health protocols na palagiang paghuhugas ng kamay, pagsuot ng mask at physical distancing. Ang iniiwasan po natin ay bumalik tayo sa square one at lumobo ulit ang mga kaso ng Covid-19,” Malaya said.