Mayor Lucilo Bayron on Saturday issued a new set of guidelines on the issuance of quarantine passes under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ), highlighting that most working individuals no longer need to secure quarantine passes from their barangays.

“There is no need to issue Home Quarantine Pass to persons who by law, rules or guidelines set by the National Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) are allowed to report for work or be outside their residence during GCQ,” Bayron stated in the new order dated May 2, 2020.

Bayron said in the memo that APORs (allowed persons outside their residences) are no longer required to present quarantine passes in checkpoints.

“Under the new normal provision, the presentation of the following is enough: driver’s license; employment or company ID; or any valid identification card with picture bearing personal information such as name, age, gender, and date of birth,” Bayron said in the order.

Bayron issued the order as residents crowded barangay halls in parts of the city trying to secure the new special passes. This was after the city government previously announced that old quarantine passes issued during the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) period will no longer be valid starting Sunday, May 3.

The national IATF earlier took note of the common situation that had arisen in many areas of the country that had been downgraded to GCQ.

“Wala namang nabanggit na kailangan ang Quarantine Pass or Worker pass kapag under sa GCQ,” Roque said.

Bayron clarified further that those who require a quarantine pass are the following:

  • those aged 18-20 and working in establishments, business offices and industries permitted to open under GCQ;
  • those aged 60 yrs and above and are working either as executive or otherwise;
  • those who are under reasonable circumstances must be issued a quarantine pass

Bayron, in a press briefing Thursday, told the village chiefs that the policies may be changed from time to time as instructions from the national government come in.

“Ang nakikita lang natin ay ‘yong mga binalita sa media, ‘yong nakikita natin sa social media, ‘yong mga pinapadala sa atin ng mga kakampi at kaibigan nating mga organisasyon at asosasyon. So itong ating pag-uusap ngayon ay binabase lang natin kung anong napupulot natin at nakakalap natin. Maaaring kung anuman ang maanunsiyo ngayon, maaring bukas magbabago dahil merong bagong announcements ang pamahalaang nasyonal,” Bayron said.

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