Firm Announcement – GCQ extended over Metro Manila; Cebu City remains under ECQ

Philippine Shipping Update – Manning Industry

By:  Ruben Del Rosario, President, Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc., 1 July 2020 (Issue 2020/14)


Firm Announcement – GCQ extended over Metro Manila; Cebu City remains under ECQ
To our valued colleagues and friends, the Philippine Government has extended the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) status over Metro Manila until 15 July 2020.  Other places that will also be under a GCQ set-up are the provinces of Benguet, Cavite, Rizal, Leyte and Southern Leyte.  Also under GCQ status are the municipalities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Talisay, Consolacion and Minglanilla in the province of Cebu and Ormoc in the province of Leyte
Meanwhile, Cebu City remains to be under the most stringent Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) status until 15 July 2020.
In the meantime, the following have been placed under a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) with strict local action status: provinces of Abra, Ifugao, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, La Union,  Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga (including Angeles City), Batangas, Laguna, Quezon (including Lucena City), Palawan (including Puerto Princesa City), Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur (including Naga City), Capiz, Iloilo (including Iloilo City), Negros Occidental (including Bacolod City), Negros Oriental, Cebu (except Talisay, Minglanilla, and Consolacion), Bohol, Tacloban City in Leyte, Western Samar, Zamboanga del Sur (including Zamboanga City), Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental (including Cagayan de Oro), Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur (including Davao City), Davao de Oro, Cotabato, South Cotabato, Agusan del Norte (including Butuan City), Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao
The rest of the Philippines will be under a low-risk MGCQ status.
The government is continuously evaluating the situation in the various regions/provinces if there is a further need to change or modify the quarantine situation.
Government operations, businesses, services, public transportation and movement of people are restricted based on the prevailing quarantine status with ECQ being the most stringent and low-risk MGCQ as least stringent.
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 international commercial flights for passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila) are allowed on a limited capacity.  As of this writing, only returning Filipino citizens including their spouse and children with permanent resident status, foreign dignitaries and diplomats are allowed to join the inbound commercial flights and they will be subjected to quarantine procedures.  Other international airports are being geared for re-opening to inbound international flights subject to regulations.  
Domestic flights have partially resumed but heavily restricted by regulations imposed by local government units.
Considering the fluidity of the situation, regulations are subject to periodic evaluation and may change.
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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