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Yes, The PNP Now Allows ‘Hatid-Sundo’ of APORs–Here’s What You Need To Know!

Hatid-sundo is now allowed in Metro Manila.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar sets a new requirement for authorized persons outside residence (APOR) on August 5 as the National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro shift to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) today. (Read: What is the difference between MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ?)

Following the public uproar on a strict rule on hatid-sundo of essential workers during the two-week ECQ, PNP has allowed non-authorized persons outside residence (non-APOR) who would fetch healthcare workers and other worker APORs provided that they must present certain requirements.

The changes in APOR policies were made the day before ECQ, Eleazar previously announced that fetching APOR to and from their workplaces or hatid-sundo is prohibited, stating that it is prone to “abuse” and can be used as an excuse for non-APOR to go out.

What are the requirements for non-APOR?

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The requirements for APOR remain the same which are their IDs or Certificate of Employment (COE). For the non-APOR who would fetch healthcare workers and other worker APORs, they are required to present the following documents: (Read: Travel Guidelines: 3 Things You Need to Know)

  1. Certificate of Employment (COE) of the worker APOR from the employer, indicating the name of the designated non-APOR driver/fetcher, make and plate number of the vehicle to be used, and the contact number of the employer;
  2. Copy of business permit of the employer

Eleazar said these requirements are important during the supervising and conducting of random counter-checking of PNP at the border control points.

Who is allowed to go out?

Photo taken this morning inside an MRT-3 train station (Photo from DOTr Facebook)

Based on the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the persons who are allowed to travel to, from, and within the areas under ECQ are the following: (Read: City of Manila Seeks Volunteers For Its Planned 24/7 Vaccination Sites)

1. Persons traveling to access essential goods and services (such as to buy groceries and medicines, and availing of DFA consular services with confirmed appointments), and for medical or humanitarian reasons, including those leaving their residence to be vaccinated (with proof of schedule);

2. Employees/workers of public and private hospitals, health, emergency, and frontline services, including those working in hospitals, dialysis centers, chemotherapy centers, HMOs/ health insurance providers, as well as disaster risk reduction management officers, public safety officers, and uniformed personnel;

3. Employees/workers of manufacturers of medicines and vitamins, medical supplies, devices, and equipment, including suppliers of input, packaging, and distribution;

4. Employees/workers in 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;

5. Employees/workers of logistics service providers (delivery and courier services; cargo handling; warehousing; trucking; freight forwarding; shipping, port and terminal operators including contractors in port terminals and ancillary services);

6. Employees/workers in essential and priority construction projects, whether public or private, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), including contractors, subcontractors, and consultants of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the construction of the “Build Build Build” flagship infrastructure projects;

A staff member of a restaurant walks past mannequins wearing face masks and face shields displayed inside a restaurant, to simulate seating arrangements when restaurants will once again be allowed to cater to dine-in customers, in a mall in Manila on June 2, 2020, a day after the government eased up quarantine measures aimed at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in the country’s capital. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

7. Employees/workers involved in 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;

8. Employees/workers involved in the manufacturing, distribution, and/or supply of equipment or products necessary to perform construction or maintenance work, such as cement and steel, or spare parts;

9. Employees/workers in 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;

10. Employees/workers in food preparation establishments such as kiosks, commissaries, restaurants, and eateries, but limited to take-out and delivery;

11. Employees/workers in public and private financial service providers involved in the distribution of government grants and amelioration subsidies;

12. Employees/workers in business process outsourcing establishments (BPOs), export-oriented businesses, including mining, and quarrying activities;

13. Public transport providers and public utility vehicle operators, and their workers (i.e. Drivers, Conductors, Terminal Workers);

14.Employees/workers in media establishments and their total permanent staff complement, inclusive of reporters and other field employees;

Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

15.Employees/workers providing dental (emergency cases only), rehabilitation, optometry, and other medical clinics for the treatment of illnesses or injuries;

16. Employees/workers in veterinary clinics;

17. Employees/workers in banks, money transfer services, including pawn shops (only for money transfer functions), microfinance institutions, and credit cooperatives, including their armored vehicle services;

18. Employees/workers in capital markets, including 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;

19. Employees/workers of water utilities including their third-party contractors and service providers, building utility services, janitorial/sanitation services, and facilities, including waste disposal services, and property management services;

20. Employees/workers in energy sector establishments (oil, gas, and power companies) and their third-party contractors and service providers, including electric transmission and distribution, electric power plant and line maintenance, electricity market and retail suppliers, and those involved in the exploration, operations, trading, and delivery of any kind of fuel used to produce power, such as gasoline stations, refineries, liquefied petroleum gas stations, and depots;

21. Employees/workers in telecommunications companies, internet service providers, cable television providers, including those who perform indirect services such as technical, sales, and other support personnel, as well as the employees of their third-party contractors doing sales, installation, maintenance, and repair works;

22. Employees/workers in airline and aircraft maintenance, pilots and crew, including 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;

A priest blesses the body of a probable COVID-19 victim before it is cremated. (Photo from AFP / Yahoo News)

23. Employees/workers in funeral and embalming services;

24. Security personnel licensed by the PNP-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies;

25. Employees/workers of printing establishments authorized by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and those contracted by other government agencies;

26. Employees/workers involved in the repair and maintenance of machinery and equipment, for households and establishments permitted to operate under an ECQ;

27. Employees/workers involved in the repair and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized vehicles, including the sale of spare parts;

28. Employees/workers in the leasing of real and personal properties;

29. Employees/workers in the recruitment and placement sector;

30. 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;

31. Lawyers only when required to provide on-site legal representation necessary to protect rights of persons, whether natural or juridical;

In this July 21, 2020, photo, teachers at Jose dela Peña National High School in Marikina City attend a training session on e-learning in preparation for the coming opening of classes. (Photo from The STAR / Michael Varcas)

32. Employees/workers of all other establishments, only if necessary for the buying and selling of consumer goods or services via the internet in behalf of such establishment;

33. Employees/workers in agencies and instrumentalities of the government required to work on-site, including government officials and employees on official travel;

34.Officials and employees of foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), whenever performing diplomatic functions and subject to the guidelines issued by the DFA;

35. Employees/workers of hotels and accommodation establishments allowed to operate during ECQ under pertinent rules of the Department of Tourism (DOT);

36. Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, or other religious ministers and their assistants conducting religious services through online video recording and transmission, or presiding over necrological services, wakes, inurnment, and funerals;

37. Payroll managers and other employees required for the processing of payroll;

38. Duly authorized humanitarian assistance actors (HAAs), especially those transporting medical supplies and laboratory specimens related to COVID-19, and other relief and humanitarian assistance;

JOURNEY. Around 100 overseas Filipino workers who were repatriated due to the coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020, to go home to their respective provinces in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro after their overdue mandatory quarantine. (Photo by Inoue Jaena / Rappler)

39. Persons going to and from the airport, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) carrying Overseas Employment Certificates;

40.Repatriated OFWs or returning OFs who have been issued a Bureau of Quarantine/DOH quarantine certificate en route to their final destination in the Philippines;

41. Employees/workers of private shuttle services catering to establishments permitted to operate during ECQ.

The ECQ restrictions such as stay-at-home rule, limited operations of businesses and public transport, ban on large gatherings, and curfew hours will be implemented until August 20. For updates and other information, visit the IATF’s official website. (Read: Here Are the Guidelines Set by the IATF for Foreign Entry)

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