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As of July 21, 2021


Additional Measures to Address the Rising Cases of COVID-19 in the Country

The Subject Area is the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

Additional measures are in place from March 22, 2021, to April 4, 2021.

Please refer to the link below:
Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated March 21, 2021
FAQs from the Department of Health


Vaccination Plan

Frontline health workers, senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel are the priority groups to be vaccinated.
With the initial limited supply, frontline health workers and uniformed personnel are prioritized since they have higher risk of exposure while on duty and to allow them to continue fulfilling their duties in both the public and private sectors. Vulnerable groups such as the elderly and the indigent population, are prioritized guided by the principle of equity.

Please refer to the link below:
Philippine National Deployment and COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
Department of Health’s Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Vaccine Policies


Minimum Public Health Standards

Please refer to the link below (DOH):
Omnibus Interim Guidelines on Prevention, Detection, Isolation, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Strategies for COVID-19
Supplemental Guidance on the Use of Rapid Antigen Test Kits

Mass gatherings remain prohibited in areas under Enhanced, Modified Enhanced, and General Community Quarantine. However, gatherings that are essential for the provision of government services or authorized humanitarian activities while adhering to the prescribed minimum health standards are allowed. In areas under Modified General Community Quarantine, mass gatherings such as but not limited to, movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, religious services, and work conferences shall be allowed provided that participants shall be limited to fifty percent (50%) of the seating or venue capacity.

Religious gatherings in areas under MECQ are limited to not more than five (5) persons until otherwise modified through subsequent issuances of the IATF, while in areas under GCQ, it is allowed up to fifty percent (50%) of the sitting or venue capacity.

The conduct of workshops, trainings, seminars, congresses, conferences, conventions, board meetings, colloquia, conclaves, symposia, and consumer trade shows, in restaurants, in general, restaurants attached to hotels, ballrooms and function halls within hotels, venues within hotel premises, and mall atria are allowed up to thirty percent (30%) of the venue capacity.

Please refer to the link below (IATF):
Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines
IATF Resolution No. 87, Series of 2020, December 4, 2020

The various settings where face face shields should be worn, including the persons and instances when face shields may be temporarily removed, are outlined in a Joint Memorandum Circular of the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Sports Commission, and the Games and Amusement Board.

Please refer to the link below:
DOH-DTI-DOLE-DILG-DOTr-DPWH-PSC-GAB Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-0001


Testing and Quarantine

Please see:
List of licensed COVID-19 Testing Laboratories

Please see:
List of facilities suited for mandatory and stringent quarantine


Community Quarantine Classification

Please refer to the link below (DOH):
Community quarantine classification of provinces, high urbanized cities and independent component cities from March 01-31, 2021


New Variant FAQs/Updates

Please refer to the link below (DOH):
Sustained biosurveillance detects 8 additional B.1.1.7 cases in the country
Intensified biosurveillance detects 16 additional B.1.1.7 variant cases in PH
8 EK332 co-passengers, 5 close contacts of the UK variant  index case test positive for COVID-19
PH Genomic biosurveillance detects SARS-COV-2 UK variant


Travel and Tourism

The IATF, through its Resolution No. 103, has approved the following for inbound international travel:

a. All Filipino citizens whether returning Overseas Filipino or Overseas Filipino Worker shall be allowed to return to the Philippines;

b. Effective 0001H March 22, 2021 to 2359H April 21, 2021, the entry of foreign nationals shall be temporarily suspended, except for the following:

    i.    Diplomats and members of international organizations, and their dependents provided they hold a valid 9(e) visa or 47(a)(2) visa, as the case may be, at the time of entry;
    ii.    Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation duly endorsed by Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of UMWA and OWWA provided they have a valid visa at the time of entry;
    iii.    Foreign seafarers under the “Green Lanes” program for crew change provided that they hold a 9(c) crew list visa at the time of entry;
    iv.    Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens travelling with them provided they have valid visas at the time of entry; and
   v.    Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorized representative, provided the foreign nationals have valid visas at the time of entry.
   vi.    The foregoing is without prejudice to immigration laws, rules, and regulations such that the Commissioner of Immigration shall have the exclusive prerogative to decide on waiver or recall of exclusion orders for all foreign nationals authorized entry under relevant IATF resolutions, subject to regular reporting to the IATF Secretariat at the end of each calendar month.

The entry of all of the foregoing shall still be subject to such daily limit of incoming passengers as may be imposed by the Department of Transportation.

Pursuant to the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, as amended, outbound travel, regardless of purpose, may be allowed subject to compliance with the following requirements:

1. For those travelling on tourist or short-term/ visitor visas, submission of confirmed round-trip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance to cover travel disruptions and hospitalization in case of COVID-19 infections during their allowable period of stay abroad;

2. Execution of a Bureau of Immigration Declaration acknowledging the risks involved in travelling, including risk of delay in their return trip, to be provided at the check-in counters by the airlines;

3. Whenever required by the country of destination or the airline, a negative COVID-19 test taken in accordance with the health and safety protocols of such destination country or airline; and

4. Upon return, they shall follow the Guidelines of the National Task Force (NTF) for Returning Overseas Filipinos.

Please refer to the links below:
IATF-MEID Resolution No. 100, Series of 2021, February 19, 2021
Revised guidelines as per IATF-MEID Resolution No. 103, Series of 2021, March 18, 2021

Please see the link below for details on domestic tourist destinations that have re-opened and are compliant with the IATF-mandated health and safety protocols. This website is maintained and regularly updated by the Department of Tourism.

Please refer to the link below (DOT Microsite):
Have a Safe Trip, Pinas!

The IATF Omnibus Guidelines, as amended, provides that movement of authorized persons outside their residences (APOR) within and across areas placed under any form of community quarantine shall be permitted. For interzonal and intrazonal travel of non-APORs between areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine, the same shall be subject to reasonable regulations imposed by the local government unit concerned, if any, and which should be submitted to the DILG, or in the case of Boracay Island, subject to those imposed by the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF).

Please refer to the link below(IATF):
Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, as of Jan. 21, 2021

The IATF has likewise approved the uniform travel protocols for land, air, and sea of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, crafted in close coordination with the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, League of the Provinces of the Philippines, League of Municipalities of the Philippines, and the League of Cities of the Philippines.

Please refer to the link below(IATF):
IATF Resolution No. 101 issued on February 26, 2021.


Please refer to:
Quarantine And Testing Protocols for Individuals Arriving in the Philippines (English)
Quarantine at Testing Protocols para sa Mga Indibidwal na Darating sa Pilipinas (Tagalog)

For the latest updates kindly visit the page of the Bureau of Immigation:
Bureau of Immigration Advisory


Transportation

1. SECTION [2] GUIDELINES FOR AREAS PLACED UNDER ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
Public transportation shall be suspended. This notwithstanding, commissioned shuttle services for employees of permitted offices or establishments, as well as point-to-point transport services provided by the government shall be allowed to operate, giving priority to healthcare workers.

2. SECTION [3] GUIDELINES FOR AREAS PLACED UNDER MODIFIED ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
Public transportation shall be suspended. This notwithstanding, commissioned shuttle services for employees of permitted offices or establishments, as well as point-to-point transport services provided by the government shall be allowed to operate, giving priority to healthcare workers.

3. SECTION [4] GUIDELINES FOR AREAS UNDER GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
The road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall be allowed to operate at such capacity and protocols in accordance with guidelines issued by the DOTr.

4. SECTION [5] GUIDELINES FOR AREAS PLACED UNDER MODIFIED GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
The road, rail, maritime, and aviation sectors of public transportation shall be allowed to operate at such capacity and protocols in accordance with guidelines issued by the DOTr.

Please refer to the link below (IATF):
Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines

Please refer to the link below:
DOTR-DOH Joint Statement on the mandatory use  of face mask inside vehicles
Memorandum Circular No. 2020-2185: Guidelines in the enforcement of regulations issued by the Department of Transportation relative to the operation of land transportation in the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) Areas (LTO)
Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines (IATF)


Learning Continuity Plan

Face-to-face classes at all levels remain to be suspended. However, the President has approved the limited face-to-face classes for higher education institutions offering medical and allied health programs.

Please refer to the link below:
CHED and DOH Joint Memorandum Circular Guidelines on the gradual reopening of campuses of Higher Education Institutions for limited face-to-face classes during the COVID-19 pandemic
Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines

The approval of the request of the Professional Regulation Commission to conduct and administer the licensure examinations for professionals scheduled for January to March 2021, with the observance of the strict health protocols as approved by the Department of Health. Agencies are directed to render full assistance for the safe and successful conduct of the examinations.

Please refer to the link below:
IATF Resolution No. 95, Series of 2021,  January 21, 2021
Professional Regulation Commission Memorandum Order No. 68 Updated Standard Guidelines  on the Strict Health Protocols to be observed in the conduct of Licensure Examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic


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