Taguig LGU adopts MMDA resolution restricting movement of unvaccinated persons

Published January 6, 2022, 12:13 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Taguig City government has adopted a resolution signed by Metro Manila mayors imposing restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated individuals in the National Capital Region under Alert Level 3 or higher.

The Taguig Safe City Task Force issued Advisory No. 62 on Jan. 5 on the implementation of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Resolution 22-01, which was signed by Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano and 16 other Metro Manila mayors on Jan. 3.

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano (right) (Taguig City government)

As of Jan. 4, Taguig has 133 active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases including 54 new cases, up by 47 cases or 54.7 percent from 86 active cases on Jan. 3.

In their resolution, Metro Manila mayors urged local government units (LGUs) in the NCR to enact ordinances to restrict the movements of unvaccinated persons. An ordinance will allow LGUs to impose penalties for violations.

“Pursuant to its mandate in City Ordinance No. 24, Series of 2020, otherwise known as the ‘New Normal Ordinance of Taguig City,’ the City Government of Taguig, thru the Safe City Task Force, hereby adopts the enhanced restrictions of unvaccinated individuals to regulate their mobility in the NCR issued by the Metro Manila Council thru MMDA Resolution 22-01, series of 2022,” said the Taguig task force.

Under the advisory, the Taguig task force said unvaccinated individuals in the city should adhere to the following:

– “Remain in their residences at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities;

– “Be prohibited in indoor and outdoor/al fresco dining in restaurants and other food establishments and shall likewise be prohibited from leisure or social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, Taguig City Hall, sports and country clubs, and similar facilities;

– “Be prohibited in domestic travel via public transportation by land, sea, and air except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel; and,

– “Be required to undergo a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test every two (2) weeks at their personal expense and present a COVID-19 negative result prior to being admitted for work onsite.”

To enforce the new rules, the Taguig City government will “deploy law enforcement units in areas where the risk of transmission of COVID-19 is high or common.”

These areas include restaurants and other eating establishments; “palengke” or wet markets; groceries and supermarkets: malls and shopping centers; places of worship; and other places of convergence such as parks and plazas.

It will also establish checkpoints and heighten presence of law enforcement units in barangays with high infection growth rate based on the latest report of the City Epidemiology Disease and Surveillance Unit (CEDSU).

The city government will also put up checkpoints and heighten the presence of law enforcement units in barangays with low vaccination rate in accordance with the data of the Taguig Vaccination Task Force.

According to the task force, proof of vaccination must be presented. For Taguig residents, they need to show their Taguig Vaccination Card, digital copy of vaccination card, and a copy of their vaccination certificate from https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph.

For those who were vaccinated outside Taguig, they need to present a hard copy of their vaccination card, their vaccination certificate from https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph/ and a valid government-issued ID with picture and address.

“All residents, employees, employers, and owners of business establishments within the City of Taguig are enjoined to comply with all the regulations stated in the abovementioned Resolution,” the task force said.