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Firm Announcement – Metro Manila remains under GCQ status; Iligan City placed under MECQ

Philippine Shipping Update – Manning Industry

By:  Ruben Del Rosario, President, Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc., 2 September 2020 (Issue 2020/19)


Firm Announcement – Metro Manila remains under GCQ status; Iligan City placed under MECQ 
To our valued colleagues and friends, the Philippine Government has extended the general community quarantine (GCQ) status over Metro Manila until 30 September 2020.  Other places that will also be under a GCQ set-up are the provinces of Bulacan and Batangas and the cities of Tacloban and Bacolod.  
Meanwhile, Iligan City was placed under a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status also until 30 September 2020.
The rest of the Philippines shall be under a less strict modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status.
Government operations, businesses, services, public transportation and movement of people are restricted based on the prevailing quarantine status.  Under an MECQ set-up, only certain industries are allowed to operate either at full or limited capacity.  Public transportation is not allowed and only private vehicles and public shuttles for front liners and workers in industries allowed to work under a MECQ set-up shall be permitted. Government work will also be on a limited capacity.  Under a GCQ set-up, more industries and services are allowed to operate.  However, the movement of all persons shall still be limited to accessing essential goods and services and for work in the offices or industries permitted to operate either at full or limited capacity. Leisure activities are not allowed. Work in government offices may be at full operational capacity, or under such alternative work arrangements as agencies may deem proper in accordance with prevailing rules.  Public transportation will be allowed on a limited capacity.     
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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“Del Rosario & Del Rosario has the strongest shipping practice in the Philippines. They definitely deserves the top ranking.” AsiaLaw Profiles 2018

“We rely on them when there’s a problem. We can trust them. And they can deliver the service required.” The Legal 500 2018

“For almost four decades, DelRosarioLaw has led in the shipping and transport practice in the Philippines by assisting stakeholders in fostering institutional changes to ensure the continued viability of the local shipping and manning sectors. This enduring reputation has made the firm’s opinion in major maritime policies of the country most sought after.” Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

Del Rosario & Del Rosario, a four-decades-old firm, is considered to be among the top shipping and maritime practices in the country. It has also built a formidable reputation in insurance and reinsurance, and has more than 30 lawyers, including 10 partners.” The Philippines Law Firm Awards 2018.




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