Yes, the government did say moving around would be easier under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), and that is mostly true within your province or, if you are in Metro Manila, within the capital region.
But what about leaving your province or Metro Manila – are you allowed? And if so, would you need to present anything to police or soldiers at border checkpoints?
It will depend largely on your reason for traveling.
Here are lists of who qualifies for which kind of travel, according to requirements:
You won’t need a quarantine pass to go to the nearest mall or grocery store for a food-and-supplies run, or if you work in the same city or municipality you live in.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government however reminds everyone that:
You won’t need travel authority – a document clearing you to travel – from your local police station if:
If you’re an APOR, you need to bring your company ID and a certificate of employment while you travel.
In the following instances, you will need travel authority from the local police office. You may obtain travel authority if:
If you are a student, worker, or any person who got stranded in a place, unable to go home, during the imposition of enhanced community quarantine, then you’re a locally stranded individual.
Travel for leisure still isn’t allowed. The police won’t give you travel authority to go on vacation.
Check on the map if your destination is within your province, outside your province, or outside your administrative region.
For example, if you’re in Pangasinan (Region I) and you’re traveling to Tarlac (Region III), you’re actually traversing two regions even if these provinces are next to each other.
Get your travel authority from:
You will need a medical clearance certificate from the city or municipal health office. Once you have it, submit it to the help desk of the appropriate police office.
If and when your request for travel authority is approved, the help desk officer will call or message you to pick up your hard copy at the station. You may choose to have them send you a soft copy through e-mail or messaging apps like Messenger or Viber.
When you’re cleared to travel, remember to put on a face mask and observe health protocols like physical distancing to avoid contracting or transmitting the novel coronavirus.
These guidelines were announced by Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, commander of Joint Task Force COVID-Shield, on Wednesday, June 3. – Rappler.com
JC Gotinga often reports about the West Philippine Sea, the communist insurgency, and terrorism as he covers national defense and security for Rappler. He enjoys telling stories about his hometown, Pasig City. JC has worked with Al Jazeera, CNN Philippines, News5, and CBN Asia.