Taguig issues ECQ guidelines

Published August 5, 2021, 1:14 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Taguig City government has issued guidelines on the activities allowed and the use of quarantine passes for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that will be implemented in Metro Manila from Aug. 6 to 20.

Food pack distributed to families in Taguig City. (Taguig City government)

According to Advisory No. 48 dated Aug. 4 issued by the Taguig Safe City Task Force, “The movement of people for leisure purposes is not allowed during ECQ, and vulnerable individuals such as those under eighteen (18) years old, those above sixty five (65) years old, pregnant women, or those with comorbidities are still at risk of contracting the virus, especially those who have not been vaccinated.”

It said persons who are going out of their homes during ECQ are considered Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) if their purpose is any of the following:

1. Obtaining access to essential goods and services. However, only one (1) member per household may be allowed to go out for this purpose;

2. Going to and returning from work in offices, establishments, or industries allowed to operate during ECQ;

3. Individual outdoor exercise, provided they do so within their barangay or vicinity;

4. Going to their confirmed schedule of vaccination at any of vaccination hubs and centers in the City.

All non-workers who go out of their homes for essential purposes must have the Taguig Unified Quarantine Pass (TUQP). Previously issued quarantine passes are still valid. They are required to present the pass before entering any establishment or when required by authorities at border quarantine control points.

“Only one (1) TUQP shall be issued per household. These can be used by one (1) member of the family or household at a time to acquire essential goods and/or services. Companions are not allowed. Holders of TUQPs shall not be allowed to roam around the City. Loitering is strictly prohibited,” it explained.

Non-worker APORs without passes will be sent home and those who defy the order will be apprehended.

Establishments are required to implement the “No TUQP, No Entry” policy for non-workers. Workers in offices and industries allowed to operate during ECQ must present their company or office ID.

“Individuals on their way to their scheduled vaccination at any vaccination center or hub are exempted from the rules on TUQP and curfew during ECQ,” the task force added. Curfew hours in Metro Manila during ECQ will be from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The city government has also started the distribution of food packs to families in Taguig.