Bulacan trial courts resume physical operations as province switches to GCQ

Published October 18, 2021, 12:51 PM

by Freddie Velez

Regional Trial Courts (RTCs) and Municipal Trial Courts (MTCs) in the province of Bulacan resumed physical operations on Monday, Oct. 18.

Bulacan Provincial Capitol Building (Freddie Velez / File photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

The resumption of the trial courts’ operations in the province was confirmed in a memorandum from the office of Executive Judge Olivia V. Escubio-Samar dated Oct. 17.

This came after the province of Bulacan switched to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) effective Oct. 18 until Oct. 31 due to continued decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases.

Governor Daniel Fernando announced that under the GCQ classification, persons below 18 and above 65, pregnant women, and people with comorbidities cannot leave their residences except for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work in permitted industries.

He said outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise, and the provision of health government and humanitarian services are allowed.

Meeting, incentive conference, and exhibition (MICE) events in eligible venue establishments are allowed up to 50% venue capacity, and the social events therein are allowed up to 30% venue capacity.

Public transportation is allowed to operate at such capacity in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of Transportation.

All establishments, persons, or activities not permitted to operate and work during Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) will be allowed to operate anywhere between 50% to 100% on-site capacity.

Not allowed to operate are entertainment venues with live performances such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters, and cinemas; billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, playrooms, and kiddie rides.

Others not allowed to operate are casinos, cockfighting and cockpits, and other gaming establishments except as may be authorized by the IATF or the Office of the President for the purpose of raising revenue for the government.