Metro Manila is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20, 2021. With the emergence of the Delta coronavirus variant, the Metro area is buckling up to prevent the widespread of such contagious threats.
According to Secretary Roque, “Hindi po naging madali ang desisyon na ito. Maraming oras ang ginugol para pagdebatehan ang bagay na ito (It is not an easy decision. We have spent so much time to debate on the proposal [to place Metro Manila under ECQ]). Wala pong dahilan para mag panic buying dahil maski ECQ po, bukas naman po ang ating mga groceries.”
According to MMDA chairman, Benhur Abalos Metro Manila’s mayors have agreed to impose a curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting August 6. “When it comes to liquor ban, we are giving the discretion to each [local government unit]. So far, there are LGUs saying they will not implement a liquor ban.”
List of APOR August 2021
APOR means Authorized Person Outside Residence. Only APORs shall be allowed to enter and leave the NCR Plus Area starting August 1, 2021.
Here is the list of APOR for August 2021 ECQ.
- Health and emergency frontline services and uniformed personnel
- Persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons
- Government officials and employees on official travel
- Persons going to and from the airport
- Duly-authorized relief and humanitarian assistance actors
- Anyone crossing zones for work in permitted industries
- Public utility vehicle operators
For the Comprehensive list of persons allowed to travel within, to, and from areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine, also known as Authorized Persons Outside of Residences (APOR). Check the PDF below.
APOR Hatid Sundo is now allowed. Those who will fetch essential workers during ECQ in NCR need to bring the following requirements:
- Certificate of Employment (COE) of worker- APOR with the following details:
- Name of designated non-APOR driver/fetcher
- Make and plate number of vehicle to be used
- Contact number of employer
- Copy of business permit of the employer
ECQ Guidelines August 6 2021
Who should stay at home?
People below 18 years old, those who are 65 years old and above, people with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks like pregnant women must remain in their homes at all times.
They may only leave their homes to obtain essential goods and services, or if they will report for work in industries and offices that are allowed to operate even under ECQ, or for other activities permitted under ECQ.
Are Gatherings allowed? Gatherings are not allowed under ECQ. For home gatherings, not a member of the household is prohibited to attend.
However, exemptions like necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals of people who died of causes other than COVID-19 are allowed to be attended by their immediate family and by religious ministers who will perform religious services.
Also exempted are gatherings essential for the provision of health services, government services, or humanitarian activities authorized by the appropriate government agency or instrumentality.
Many establishments will have to shut down during ECQ, but hospitals, grocery stores, convenience stores, and drug stores will all be operational at full capacity.
The following establishments will also be operating at full capacity:
- Public and private hospitals
- Health, emergency, and frontline services, including those provided by dialysis centers, chemotherapy centers, HMOs, health insurance providers, disaster risk reduction management officers, and public safety officers, and the like
- Manufacturers of medicines and vitamins, medical supplies, devices, and equipment including suppliers of input, packaging, and distribution
- Industries involved in agriculture (crops, fruits, vegetables, livestock, and poultry), forestry, fishery, and such other components of the food value chain and their workers, including farmers and fisherfolks
- Logistics service providers (delivery and courier services; cargo handling; warehousing; trucking; freight forwarding; shipping, port and terminal operators)
- Essential and priority construction projects, whether public or private, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways
- Manufacturing related to food and other essential goods such as but not limited to soap and detergents, diapers, personal hygiene products, toilet paper, and wet wipes, and disinfectants
- Companies that manufacture, distribute, and/or supply equipment or products necessary to perform construction or maintenance works, such as cement and steel, or spare parts
- Essential retail trade and service establishments such as public markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies or drug stores, hardware, office supplies, bicycle shops, laundry shops, and water-refilling stations
- Food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, but limited to take-out and delivery
- Public and private financial service providers involved in the distribution of government grants and amelioration subsidies
- Business process outsourcing establishments, and export-oriented businesses, including mining and quarrying activities
- Public transport providers and operators.
- Media establishments will remain operational at 50% capacity.
The following industries will be operational with a skeleton workforce:
- Dental, rehabilitation, optometry, and other medical clinics for the treatment of illness or injuries as long as there is strict observance of infection prevention and control protocols. Dental procedures shall be limited to emergency cases only and dentists must wear full personal protective equipment. Home service therapy for persons with disabilities are allowed.
- Veterinary clinics
- Banks, money transfer services, including pawnshops only insofar as performing money transfer functions, microfinance institutions, and credit cooperatives, including their armored vehicle services, if any
- Capital markets, including but not limited to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippine Stock Exchange, Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corporation, Philippine Securities Settlement Corporation, and Philippine Depository and Trust Corporation
- Water supply and janitorial/sanitation services and facilities, including waste disposal services, as well as property management and building utility services
- The energy sector (oil, gas, and power companies), their third-party contractors and service providers, including employees involved in electric transmission and distribution, electric power plant and line maintenance, electricity market and retail suppliers, as well as those involved in the exploration, operations, trading and delivery of coal, oil, crude or petroleum and by-products (gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, jet oil, kerosene, lubricants), including gasoline stations, refineries, and depots or any kind of fuel used to produce electricity
- Telecommunications companies, internet service providers, cable television providers, including those who perform indirect services such as the technical, sales, and other support personnel, as well as the employees of their third-party contractors doing sales, installation, maintenance, and repair works
- Airline and aircraft maintenance, pilots and crew, and employees of aviation schools for purposes of the pilot’s recurrent training for flight proficiency and type rating using simulator facilities; and ship captains and crew, including shipyard operations and repair
- Funeral and embalming services
- Security personnel licensed by the PNP – Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies
- Printing establishments authorized by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and other government agencies to print accountable forms and other security documents
- Establishments engaged in repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment, for households and essential permitted establishments
- Establishments engaged in repair and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized vehicles, including the sale of spare parts
- Leasing of real and personal properties
- Employment activities that involve the recruitment and placement for permitted sectors
- Teachers, professors and other staff for purposes of conducting online/offline, and flexible classes, completion of grades, and processing of student credentials, requirements and documents
- Lawyers who will provide legal representation necessary to protect rights of persons as well as legal services for permitted establishments
- All other establishments, to the extent necessary for the buying and selling of consumer goods or services online.
- Government agencies and instrumentalities will also be fully operational, but with a skeleton work-force on-site and the remainder of the workforce under alternative work arrangements.
Public Transportation is operational. But only APORs are allowed to board Public Transport and travel. Refer to the photo below.
When it comes to vaccination, shots will continue to be administered even under ECQ. There will also be financial assistance for those people affected by ECQ in Metro Manila. They will get financial aid of P1,000 per person or up to P4,000 per household.