Quarantine Passes Are Back for MECQ; Here's What You Need to Know

The DILG has left it to LGUs to implement.

(SPOT.ph) It's official: Quarantine passes will be required once again as Metro Manila shifts back to a modified ECQ from August 4 to 18, as clarified by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in a Teleradyo interview on August 3. This means that only one member of the family or household will be allowed to go out to get essentials such as groceries and medicines during this time.

"Kailangan mga necessity lang, mga essentials, 'yong purpose ng paglabas at ibabalik din 'yong mga quarantine passes," noted the secretary. "We leave it to the [local government units] kung paano nila i-implement," he added. 

"Hindi na kinakailangan ng bagong decision dito ng [Inter-Agency Task Force]," noted Palace spokesperson Harry Roque on Teleradyo when asked whether the Inter-Agency Task Force will be issuing a new resolution on quarantine passes.

Aside from the so-called "quarantine tributes" tasked with getting the household needs, only the "authorized persons outside residence"  will be allowed out and about on official business, noted Año.

Checkpoints will also return under the MECQ, said Año. Mass transportation is halted once again—including trains, buses, taxis, and the like—but private vehicles and motorcycles with single riders will be allowed, he noted. He pushed for shuttle services as provided by the companies allowed to operate under MECQ to keep employees safe. 

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora has already clarified that barangay captains will be in charge of issuing quarantine passes for residents. "We should remember that during the time of ECQ and MECQ, for one family, only one member will be allowed to get food or medicines," the mayor told CNN Philippines. In the meantime, we'll keep a lookout for guidelines from other Metro Manila cities.

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