Firm Announcement – Metro Manila, Cebu City and Laguna province placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until 31 May 2020; Modified/General Community Quarantine in low and moderate risk areas

Philippine Shipping Update – Manning Industry

By:  Ruben Del Rosario, President, Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc., 13 May 2020 (Issue 2020/10)


Firm Announcement – Metro Manila, Cebu City and Laguna province placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until 31 May 2020; Modified/General Community Quarantine in low and moderate risk areas
 To our valued colleagues and friends, the Philippine Government has now placed Metro Manila, Cebu City and Laguna province under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting 16 May 2020 until 31 May 2020.  
Regions which have moderate risks are now placed under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) set-up until 31 May 2020.  These regions are: Region II, Region III, Region IV-A (except Laguna province), Cordillera Administrative Region, Region VII (except Cebu City), Region IX, Region XI and Region XIII. 
On the other hand, a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) set-up has now been placed over the following regions:  Region I, Region IV-B, Region V, Region, VI, Region VIII, Region X, Region XII and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
The government will still be continuously evaluating the situation in the various regions/provinces if there is a further need to change or modify the quarantine situation.
A GCQ limits people’s movements to services and work. Services and industries can resume with 75% of the workforce. Public transportation may also resume using safety protocols.  Under a MGCQ, there will be permissive socio-economic activities but safety protocols will still be observed and implemented. Meanwhile, a MECQ still requires strict home quarantine but coupled with the calibrated and limited reopening of selected services and industries and allowing the limited movement in obtaining essential services and work.  Public transportation is still restricted.
All Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) controlled ports shall remain open for cargo operations subject to the requirements of the Bureau of Quarantine and the Department of Health.
Inbound commercial flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila), which was suspended from 3-10 May 2020, are now allowed on certain days with a daily maximum capacity of 400 passengers per day.  Only returning residents, Philippine passport holders, foreign dignitaries and diplomats are allowed to join the inbound commercial flights and they will be subjected to quarantine procedures.  This restriction will be in place until 10 June 2020.  Other international airports in the country will have their own separate restrictions.
Considering the fluidity of the situation, regulations are subject to periodic evaluation and may change.
With the recent pronouncement of the government, we do foresee that various government agencies (NLRC, NCMB, courts) will further adjust their guidelines on the implementation of the MECQ/GCQ and MGCQ.
Alternative work arrangements have been adopted by Del Rosario & Del Rosario as well as Del Rosario Pandiphil.  We shall continue to assist through calls and emails. We again thank everyone for their continued support and understanding during this extraordinary time.




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  • Seafarers Protection Act
  • ORDINANCE No. 28 Series of 2015 Zambales, Philippines
  • NLRC MEMO on 3rd Doctor
  • NLRC Rules of Procedure 2011
  • Standard Terms and Conditions of Del Rosario Law
  • POEA SEC - 2010 Amendments
  • POEA Memorandum Circular No. 10 Series of 2010
  • Governing Board Resolution No. 09 Series of 2010

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