LIST: Who is allowed to leave their homes during the Luzon quarantine?
EDSA, Metro Manila's main throroughfare, is virtually empty amid a 'lockdown' across Luzon as the Philippines grapples with a novel coronavirus outbreak.
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LIST: Who is allowed to leave their homes during the Luzon quarantine?
Franco Luna (Philstar.com) - March 18, 2020 - 4:31pm

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday signed a proclamation hoisting a nationwide state of calamity after declaring enhanced community quarantine the day before. 

This, the proclamation said, was because the virus continued to spread despite government intervention. 

Authorities across all departments have emphasized that the public would be putting themselves at risk every time they exited their homes. 

Here is a running list of citizens who are authorized to leave their residences amid the enhanced community quarantine, according to guidelines from the task force on the government's response to the outbreak.

  1. Health workers, including: 
     
    • Public health workers (all 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; and 
    • Health workers, core staff and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross and the World Health Organization. 
       
  2. Banks, including employees and armored vehicle crew 
  3. Employees of money transfer services 
  4. Employees of groceries and convenience stores
  5. Public markets and their vendors 
  6. Pharmacists and drug store employees
  7. Staff and crew of restaurants and food chains
  8. Funeral service employees and immediate family of the deceased
  9. Emergency responders 
     
    • Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection
    • Members of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils
    • Members of Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams
    • Local government officials 
       
  10. Security services, including members of the:
     
    • Armed Forces of the Philippines 
    • Philippine National Police
    • Metro Manila Development Authority
    • Philippine Coast Guard 
    • Bureau of Jail Management and Penology
    • National Bureau of Investigation
    • Office for Transportation Security
    • Bureau of Customs
    • Bureau of Immigration
    • Philippine Ports Authority
       
  11. Company security officers and security guards 
  12. Force multipliers, such as barangay officials and tanods 
     

If you believe you have come into possible contact with infected patients, you may be directed to the proper office of the Department of Health for advice through the following lines: (632) 8651-7800 local 1149-1150 or (632) 165-364.

You may also opt to call the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine at (02) 8807-2631/ 8807-2632/ 8807-2637.

 

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