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Community Quarantine? Here Are DOLE's Guidelines For Workers Who Need To Go In And Out Of Metro Manila

Here's how you can get to work with the 'community quarantine' in place.
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On March 12, President Rodrigo Duterte announced several measures that will take effect as the Philippines raised Code Red Sub-level 2 amid rising cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19. During the press briefing, he announced that the government would be implementing a "community quarantine" in Metro Manila, which will run from March 15 to April 14.

In light of Metro Manila's community quarantine, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released guidelines for workers and employees who will be coming in from neighboring cities and provinces.

Based on DOLE's Labor Advisory No. 11, employees and residents outside of Metro Manila will need to present proof of employment and identification when stopped at border checkpoints such as:

  • company ID (bearing the company's name and address, as well as the employee's place of residence)
  • certificate of employment

Employees working at healthcare facilities will also be granted entry to Metro Manila.

Workers delivering goods such as food products and raw materials will also be allowed to enter and exit Metro Manila, provided they present a delivery receipt bearing the name and address of the receiving establishment.

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Likewise, self-employed individuals may also move in and out of Metro Manila provided they show proof of their business or economic activity.

Apart from the community quarantine, the government also suspended classes in Metro Manila until April 12, prohibited mass gatherings, and banned domestic land, air, and sea travel to and from NCR until April 14. Mass public transports such as rail stations LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 will continue to operate, enforcing "social distancing."

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the world a pandemicdescribed as the “worldwide spread of a new disease". 

As of March 14, the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed 34 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's total to 98.

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