Baguio amends community quarantine decree to adopt Luzon ECQ

STRAWBERRIES-- One of Baguio's tourist come-ons is peddled in the market at its lowest price as tourist and locals avoid crowds in fear of acquiring the Covid-19. ** photo by rosa moresto

BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Benjamin Magalong March 17 amended Executive Order No. 65 series of 2020 (declaring the city under citywide community quarantine) to adopt the guidelines set in the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status ordered by President Duterte over Luzon.
The Luzon ECQ issued March 16 was pursuant to a Memorandum issued by the Office of the Executive Secretary with other guidelines set under Resolutions No. 11 and 12 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases.
Under the mayor’s new Executive Order No. 67 series of 2020, movements of all persons in the City of Baguio will be restricted to their respective homes with the following exceptions:
*to access basic and essential necessities, food provisions and urgent medical needs only; to work in emergency front services, border control and other critical services to be done by as much as possible only one person from the household;
*persons working in emergency frontline services, border control and other critical services;
*those in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Naval Reserve Command and Army Reserve Command as they may be called to assist;
* Personnel deployed by the City Mayor’s Office and other persons as may be authorized;
*Persons who have secured Clearance Certificates from the City Mayor’s Office; and
*Persons working in the following establishments: those providing basic necessities such as activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, hardware stores, laundry services, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, banks, money transfer services, power, energy, water and telecommunication supplies and facilities and business process outsourcing establishments.
Only these business establishments will be allowed to operate on regular hours while those not in the list will not be allowed to operate at all.
Checkpoints will be maintained and persons coming to the city must still pass through temperature screening and submit Health Declaration Forms.
The coding scheme is lifted for vehicles used by medical personnel and those in health services.
Mass transport is suspended but some public utility vehicles may be tapped to serve commuters for emergency purposes and when exigency of service and necessity of the circumstances require to be coordinated with the barangay officials.
Curfew is 24 hours and applies to everyone so people should stay indoors at all times except to access basic goods and medical necessities. The curfew for 9pm to 5am is for persons working in the establishments providing basic necessities such as activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, hardware stores, laundry services, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, banks, money transfer services, power, energy, water and telecommunication.
Other features of the order are:
*There will be heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures;
*Mass gatherings are prohibited;
*As a rule, a work from home arrangement in the Executive Branch shall be implemented. Insofar as the City Government of Baguio, those departments performing critical and essential functions shall provide for a skeletal workforce. All other departments shall utilize an on-call or work from home arrangement.
*The suspension of classes in all levels for public and private schools and other institutions of learning, as stated in Executive Order No. 60, Series of 2020, is extended until 14 April 2020, and shall resume on 15 April 2020 or until assessment by the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force. Technical-Vocational Institutions, ESL schools, review centers, and tutorial centers shall also be covered hereby. School officials and administrators are encouraged to formulate alternative methods of learning for their students;
*Mass public transport is suspended, however, certain operators of public utility vehicles may be tapped to serve commuters when the exigency of service and necessity of circumstances require, as may be determined by the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force;
*Cargo and supply deliveries of medical supplies, basic goods, and grocery items to and from the city shall not be hindered, subject to the observance of strict sanitation methods and practices.
Those persons who refuse to abide by the rules and guidelines of the Enhanced Community Quarantine may be apprehended, and held liable for violation of the provisions of Republic Act No. 11332, otherwise, known as the “Law on Reporting Communicable Diseases”, Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, among other applicable laws;
Establishments allowed to operate should ensure the adoption of a strict skeletal workforce to support operations as well as strict social distancing measures and health protocols.
Business Process Outsourcing establishments and export-oriented industries shall remain operational subject to the condition that strict social distancing measures are observed, their respective personnel are provided appropriate temporary accommodations by 18 March 2020 and that a skeletal work force shall be implemented. These establishments may in the meantime, provide shuttle services for their employees.
Media personnel shall be allowed to travel within the quarantine area, provided that, within seventy-two hours from effectivity of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, media personnel intending to travel within the quarantine area shall secure a Clearance Certificate from the City Mayor’s Office. **Aileen P. Refuerzo

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