The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has resumed processing clearances in Mega Manila after being under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) for two weeks.
“In view of the declaration by the President reverting the National Capital Region (NCR) and Provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan to General Community Quarantine, we would like to advise our dear clients that the clearance operation in these areas will resume on August 19, 2020,” read the NBI’s announcement.
NBI clearance is a certificate issued by the NBI to a person which shows the person has no derogatory or pending criminal record.
The bureau earlier suspended the processing of clearances in Mega Manila after President Duterte placed it under MECQ from Aug. 4 to 18 in response to appeals made by the medical community for a time out due to increasing number of cases of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Last Monday, Aug. 17, Duterte announced that Mega Manila will revert back to general community quarantine (GCQ) on Wednesday.
Duterte expressed unwillingness to extend the strict lockdown in the five areas, saying people needed to work to revive the economy.
In going back to GCQ, the President reminded the public to follow health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The NBI initially suspended processing NBI clearances last March 18 following the government’s decision to impose quarantine measures.
It resumed clearance processing on April 30 in areas that were placed under GCQ.
Clearance processing in Metro Manila resumed on June 1 when it was placed under GCQ.