COVID-19 Crisis: Guidelines on localized lockdowns in NCR ‘provisionally’ approved by IATF

Are you still disappointed over the extended MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine) in Metro Manila which was the result of the recent flip-flop by the national authorities? You definitely are not alone as Marikina City’s mayor spoke out against the national government for their flip-flop and the Metro Manila mayors plus the MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) issued a resolution urging Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to consider easing the COVID-19 guidelines for fully vaccinated people in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The current MECQ will last until September 15 and we should not be surprised to see changes happening on the 16th as the IATF “provisionally” approved guidelines on the pilot implementation of granular lockdowns in Metro Manila according to an article published by the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Speaking of granular lockdown, take note what happened in a certain locked down residential community in Parañaque City.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Philippine News Agency. Some parts in boldface…

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has “provisionally” approved the guidelines on the pilot implementation of granular lockdowns in Metro Manila, Malacañang announced on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, said the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) policy shift would only impose either the strictest enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or the general community quarantine (GCQ) with four alert levels in Metro Manila.

“Sang-ayon po dito sa policy shift na gagawin natin, dalawa na lang ang quarantine classifications. Ito po ang ECQ na ipapataw ng IATF o ‘di naman kaya ay GCQ (Based on the policy shift that we will carry out, there will only be two quarantine classifications. These are the ECQ that will be imposed by the IATF or the GCQ),” Roque said in a virtual presser.

He said the localized lockdown that would be pilot-tested in Metro Manila has four levels.

The IATF-EID is still ironing out the details on the implementation of alert level 4, the strictest level, Roque said.

Roque said all areas that would be placed under an alert level system should follow the protocols that are consistent with their alert levels and issued by the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.

The classification of pilot areas and their alert levels will also be done weekly, unless otherwise specified, he added.

“Lahat po ng areas ay magpapatupad po ng granular lockdowns, sang-ayon po sa guidelines ng NTF. Ang pagkakaiba po nito, itong lockdowns na ito ay mas strikto (All areas will implement granular lockdowns, based on the guidelines of the NTF. The difference is these lockdowns are stricter),” Roque said.

With the implementation of stricter granular lockdowns, health and allied health professionals are the only ones who will be considered Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), he said, noting that government workers in areas under localized lockdown would not be allowed to go out.

“‘Yun pong mga taong gobyerno ay hindi makakapagtrabaho kapag kayo po ay nasa ilalim ng localized lockdown. Hindi kayo pupuwedeng lumabas (Government workers will not be allowed to go out if their areas are under localized lockdown. They cannot go out),” Roque said.

He, however, assured that local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) would provide assistance to households that might be affected by the implementation of granular lockdowns.

“Magbibigay na po ng ayuda ang lokal na pamahalaan at ang DSWD para po hindi na kinakailangang lumabas ng kahit na sino sa mga lugar na naka-granular lockdown (Local governments and the DSWD will give assistance so residents of areas under granular lockdown would no longer need to leave their homes),” he said.

Roque did not mention when the pilot implementation of localized lockdowns would commence.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about the new guidelines for granular lockdown? Do you believe that the plan of using 4 alert levels for GCQ will cause a lot of confusion? Do you think that the national authorities will be able to finalize and issue the new guidelines before September 15?

How many people do you personally know lost their jobs because of the most recent flip-flop by the IATF resulting the extended MECQ? Do you believe that the IATF, the Metro Manila Council and the MMDA are paying sufficient attention to economic matters like job losses and the affected employees’ loss of income?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Quarantine Passes (QPs) of local residents are NOT required in Muntinlupa City during ECQ

The City Government of Muntinlupa announced that it will not be requiring quarantine passes (QPs) from its residents during the two-week Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila from August 6 – 20, while the local vaccination operations will continue.

Muntinlupa Chief-of-Police PCol Melencio Maddatu Buslig said quarantine passes are not needed during the ECQ and Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) will only need to present a Valid ID. Buslig reiterated that only APORs will be allowed to go out of their residence. He noted that random checkpoints will be installed along the National Road.

PNP Muntinlupa is set to strictly inspect the implementation of health protocols such as wearing of face mask with face shield and guidelines on public transportation. During the ECQ, only 50% of the capacity of jeepneys and buses will be allowed, while one passenger per tricycle and no back ride policy will be implemented.

Meanwhile, members of Muntinlupa City Police Station will mount barricades and cones in the local border quarantine control points located at San Pedro-Tunasan Boundary, Susana Heights Exit, Sucat-Taguig Boundary, and Biazon Road – Alabang Boundary, effective at midnight of August 6.

Further, the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) announced that the vaccination in Muntinlupa will continue regardless of community quarantine classification.

“Magpapatuloy ang vaccination sa Muntinlupa anuman ang klasipikasyon ng community quarantine. Hindi po tayo titigil sa pagbabakuna dahil ito ang depensa natin laban sa Covid-19, ano pa mang variant ito,” MunCoVac posted in its Facebook page.

MunCoVac clarified that city residents with schedule for vaccination will be allowed to go out of their residence during the ECQ. Residents will only need to present the text message from MunCoVac or their vaccination card (scheduled for second dose) to be considered as APOR.

The Muntinlupa City Council passed an ordinance expanding the list of APOR during the ECQ to include persons with confirmed vaccination scheduled from MunCoVac and those who will register in the vaccination center nearest their residence within their respective barangays.

This is in addition to the recognized APOR listed in the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine as of May 20, 2021.  Under the IATF resolution, the list of APOR include: health and emergency frontline services and uniformed personnel, government officials and employees on official travel, duly-authorized humanitarian assistance, persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons going to and from the airport, anyone crossing zones for work in permitted industries, and public utility vehicle operators.

Majority Floor Leader Coun. Raul Corro said the initiative aims to assist in the thrust of the local government to achieve maximum vaccination of the targeted population during the ECQ.

City residents are urged to avail the vaccination service of the local government especially during the ECQ for them to have an added protection against the adverse effects of COVID-19. Muntinlupa City residents may register in the city’s COVID-19 vaccination registration through www.vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac.

As of August 4, there are 326,157 vaccines deployed in Muntinlupa, of which 189,907 are first dose (49.2% of the target) and 140,568 are second dose (36.4% of the target).

The liquor ban will be also reinstated in Muntinlupa during the ECQ as part of the city’s tighter COVID-19 response efforts.

Under City Ordinance No. 2021-216, business establishments that violate the liquor ban will be closed for one week for the first offense and their business permits will be revoked for the second offense.

While persons who are caught selling liquor and other alcoholic beverages will be fined P2,000 for the first offense and P5,000 for the second; and persons who are considered buyers or consumers will be meted P2,500 for the first offense and P5,000 for the second offense.

Curfew hours in Muntinlupa during ECQ will be from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM

As of August 4, Muntinlupa City has 743 active cases, with 14,080 recoveries, 15,213 confirmed cases, 390 reported deaths, 25 suspect cases, and 1,480 probable cases.

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The above information was sourced from the official press release of the Muntinlupa PIO. Some parts were changed for this website.

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Muntinlupa PNP installs border controls ahead ECQ, urges public to avoid non-essential travel

Members of the Muntinlupa City Police Station have installed border controls in strategic areas in the city ahead of the imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine on August 6 and advised the public to avoid non-essential travels.

Muntinlupa Chief-of-Police (COP) PCol. Melencio Maddatu Buslig said that only Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) will be allowed to pass through the checkpoints while un-authorized person outside of residence (UPOR) will be asked to return to their homes.

Border quarantine control points are located at San Pedro-Tunasan Boundary, Susana Heights Exit, Sucat-Taguig Boundary, and Biazon Road – Alabang Boundary.

PCol Buslig noted that police officers inspect minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shield and observance of physical distancing for those passing the checkpoints, especially in public utility vehicles such as jeepneys, buses, and tricycles.

Essential workers residing in the province who work, or pass through, in Muntinlupa City may be allowed to pass the checkpoints provided that they present a Company ID or any document justifying that they are included in the APOR list. The local COP warned the public that starting August 6, the beginning of ECQ in Metro Manila, the local police will implement stricter inspection in border controls.

Earlier, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año directed the JTF COVID Shield to activate Quarantine Control Points along the borders of NCR Plus in Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal in compliance with IATF Resolution No. 130-A.

Año reminded the PNP to allow the free movement of cargo/delivery vehicles, especially those bringing food across all quarantine control points because these are important to the economy.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi urges the public to continue observing health protocols such as frequent hand-washing, wearing of face masks and face shields, and physical distancing, especially with the rising COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.

The mayor encourages city residents to avail the vaccination service of the City Government for them to have an added protection against the adverse effects of COVID-19. Muntinlupa City residents may register in the city’s COVID-19 vaccination registration through www.vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac

The City Government awaits the final guidelines from the IATF on the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila from August 6 to August 20.

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