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DOH, DILG lead community quarantine implementation in NCR

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The Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will oversee the imposed community quarantine in all local government units (LGUs) and the implemented quarantine-related directives in Metro Manila.

“LGUs shall abide by the directives of the Department of Health (DOH) and the DILG in the imposition of general and enhanced community quarantine in their respective jurisdictions,” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea stated in the signed joint memorandum.

According to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, general community quarantine means limited access to basic necessities and work.

While enhanced community quarantine is defined as strict home quarantine implemented in households, regulated provision for food and health service, and suspended transportation.

“Qualifications in implementing the general community quarantine includes restricting the non-essential entry of people to the contained area especially people who are high risk of being infected and non-essential exit of people out of the contained area,” the task force said.

Exceptions would be provided for health worker, authorized government officials, traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons, persons transiting to airport for travel abroad, persons providing basic services and public utilities, and essential skeletal workforces.

“All persons leaving the contained community must be checked for COVID-19 signs and symptoms at exit checkpoint,” the task force added.

Persons who will be travelling out of Metro Manila are needed to provide appropriate certification issued by competent health authorities, health authority endorses exiting persons to recipient LGUs, and must undertake 14-day home based quarantine.

Presence of uniformed personnel and quarantine officers will be enforced at border points.

“Travelers from Metro Manila who are outside the region showing no symptoms of COVID-19 will be identified as persons under monitoring while travelers with fever or respiratory symptoms will be considered as persons under investigation,” DOH Assistant Secretary Rosario Vergeire said.

The local government are required to monitor implementation of home-based quarantine.

The DOH and DILG may impose enhanced community quarantine in a specific area if the situation calls for it. Meanwhile, the local government upon the declaration of state of calamity can access their quick response fund for the imposed community quarantine. (PIA-NCR)

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