Logistics service providers are now specifically included in the list of enterprises allowed to operate under the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, and whose skeletal workforce may pass through checkpoints.
Department of Trade and Industry memo circular 20-08, dated March 20, said logistics service providers include cargo-handling operators, warehousing, and trucking, freight forwarders, and shipping lines.
Other enterprises allowed to operate during the quarantine period are:
- Manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products, essential food products, medicines and medical supplies
- Retail establishments (groceries, supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, public markets, pharmacies and drug stores)
- Hospitals and medical clinics
- Food preparation and water refilling stations
- Delivery services whether in-house or outsourced transporting only food, water, and other basic necessities
- Banks and capital markets
- Power, energy, water and telecommunications supplies and facilities, waste disposal services
- Export firms and business process outsourcing companies
MC No. 20-08 amends certain sections of MC 20-06.
MC 20-06, which supplements the Memorandum of the Executive Secretary dated March 16 that placed the entire Luzon region under enhanced community quarantine from March 17 to April 13.
Other sections of MC 20-06 have been retained in MC 20-08, such as the unhampered movement of all types of cargoes (food and non-food) within, to, and from Luzon.
If cargoes are subjected to random inspection (with cargo before delivery or empties after delivery), their movement “shall not be delayed, upon presentation of the cargo manifest or delivery receipt indicating the destination, nature, and quantity of the loaded goods/cargoes.”
The skeletal workforce of covered enterprises and establishments must present the following at checkpoints:
• Valid company identification card
• Proof of residence
• Certificate of employment
An official IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) ID will also be issued by DTI.
A copy of MC 20-08 should be presented to the Philippine National Police and local government units at control/checkpoints for implementation.