Marawi gov’t issues stricter rules on use of home quarantine passes

Published March 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Bonita L. Ermac

ILIGAN CITY – The city government of Marawi has issued a new set of guidelines regarding the use of home quarantine passes effective Thursday, March 26.

City Mayor Majul Gandamra  (MANILA BULLETIN)
City Mayor Majul Gandamra

Stricter limitations were made for the use of the home quarantine passes after the Association of Barangay Councils of the Islamic City of Marawi noted that holders of the passes merely used these as permission to loiter in the streets.

City Mayor Majul Gandamra said the new guideline will regulate the unnecessary loitering in Marawi, and strengthen the city government’s efforts to contain and prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease.

Under Executive Order (EO) 2020-024, home quarantine passes “may only be validly used during Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, before curfew hours.”

However, a home quarantine pass may be used in case of emergencies such as to seek medical assistance or confinement, buy medicines and access other basic commodities.

Exempted from these regulations would be the city mayor, city councilors, punong barangays, and barangay kagawads.

The EO also directed the closure of all stores such as but not limited to public markets, sari-sari stores, restaurants and karenderyas during Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

In case of extreme necessity, customers may personally at knock these stores so that their needs could be attend.

Pharmacies/drug stores, clinics, and hospitals shall remain open. 

Meanwhile, owners of stores and business establishments are directed not to allow customers to remain on their premises without a legitimate purpose.