February 3, 2023

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has asked local government units in Luzon to implement strict home quarantine.
“We appeal to the public to please stay at home. By simply doing this, we are helping our frontliners and the government to fight the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease-2019). Strict home quarantine shall be enforced by our LGUs in all households within their jurisdiction,” said DILG-Cordillera Director Marlo Iringan.
As Enhanced Community Quarantine is being implemented throughout Luzon, many are confused on the issuance of quarantine passes.
Iringan said that it is up to the barangay officials to create a system on how to distribute these passes, provided that they observe social or physical distancing.
“Movement must be regulated through the issuance of gate passes to designated individuals per household. Such movement shall only be limited to purchasing basic necessities and provision for foods and essential health services,” Iringan added.
Meanwhile, in a memorandum issued by the Department of Agriculture, the unhampered delivery of basic commodities is again highlighted.
The DILG reiterated that the provisions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases stated that the movement of food and essential goods will not be restricted.
“The Philippine National Police has designated cargo lanes in checkpoints to expedite the entry of basic needs suppliers. Using a food pass for free, priority for entry to cargo lanes will be given to truckers,” Iringan said.
It was also emphasized that all farming and fishing activities will continue to ensure sufficient food supply across the country. – DILG release