DTI prohibits 13 manufacturing activities during ECQ

Published August 7, 2021, 12:10 PM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Other manufacturing activities such as motor vehicles, electrical, and textile/wearing apparels are not allowed in areas under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez (Screengrab from Facebook live)

In an Advisory No. 21-16, series of 2021, the DTI listed the activities that are allowed or banned for on-site operational or venue/seating capacity of business establishments under various community quarantines.

The Advisory listed 13 other manufacturing activities that are not allowed in ECQ areas . The list includes electrical machinery, wood products and furnitures, non-metallic products, textiles/wearing apparels, paper and paper products, rubber and plastic products, coke and refined petroleum products, other non-metallic mineral products, computer-electronic and optical products, electrical equipment, machinery and equipment, motor vehicles-trailers and semi-trailers, and, other transport equipment.

Likewise, the DTI Advisory banned non-essential retail trade and service establishments such as clothing and accessories, flower, jewelry, novelty, antique, perfume shops, toy stores, music stores, art galleries, and firearms and ammunitions trading establishments from operating during the ECQ period.

Those allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity include manufacturing related to food, beverages, and other essential goods such as but not limited to soap and detergents, diapers, personal hygiene products, toilet paper and wet wipes, and disinfectants.

Companies that manufacture, distribute and or supply equipment or products necessary to perform construction or maintenance works, such as cement and steel, or spare parts are also allowed full operating capacity.

In addition, manufacturers of medicines and vitamins, medical suppliers, devices and equipment, including suppliers of input, packaging and distribution can operate 100 percent.

Industries involved in agriculture, forestry, fishery, and such other components of the food value chain and their workers, including farmers and fisher folks are allowed full capacity.

Logistics service providers such as delivery and courier services; cargo handling; warehousing; trucking; freight forwarding; shipping, port and terminal operators can continue operating at full capacity.

Also allowed at full operating capacity are essential and priority construction projects, whether public or private, and small scale construction projects such as those for housing or residential, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Business process outsourcing establishments, and export-oriented businesses, including mining and quarrying activities are allowed at full capacity.

In issuing the advisory, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez enjoined all businesses and establishments to continue and reinforce compliance with minimum public health and safety standards and protocols.