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Cabinet secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles during a press briefing on the Luzon community quarantine on March 16.

Cargo movement to and from the entire Luzon island will be unhampered during the enhanced community quarantine, according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles.

The statement follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s order placing the entire Luzon under enhanced community quarantine from March 17 to April 13 to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-10).

Cargoes were also exempt even during the previous community quarantine covering only Metro Manila, which began on March 15 and was supposed to last until April 14, to ensure that supply of goods will continue.

READ: Cargoes exempt from Metro Manila travel ban

Asked if the cargo entry/withdrawal permit (CEWP) being required for truckers entering/exiting Metro Manila to/from Manila ports will be replaced by a different permit, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago told PortCalls in a text message “DOTr will still be crafting the guidelines so let’s wait if the CEWP will be dispensed with or will be retained under the new guidelines.”

READ: PPA orders Manila port operators to issue cargo truck permit

Pending final guidelines from DOTr, Santiago said the CEWP will still be required.

All cargo-handling units in PPA ports will remain operational; there will be a skeletal force for administration, he said.

Bureau of Customs (BOC) will also continue operations, implementing a four-day work scheme (Monday to Thursday, Tuesday to Friday) with longer work hours, according to assistant commissioner and spokesperson Atty. Vincent Philip Maronilla.

Under the enhanced community quarantine, mass public transportation facilities will be suspended and land, air and sea travel will be restricted.

Outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines from any of the international airports in Luzon will be allowed to travel for a period of 72 hours from the effectivity of the enhanced community quarantine.

Inbound international passengers in transit upon effectivity of the enhanced community quarantine will be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing restrictions imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

All inbound Filipino citizens including their foreign spouse and children, if any, holders of permanent visa and/or diplomat visas issued by the Philippine government will be allowed entry, subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions imposed by the IATF. – Roumina Pablo

Screengrab from RTV Malacanang’s online live stream

2 Responses to ““Unhampered” cargo movement promised under enhanced community quarantine”

  1. Sir,

    Is the movement of cargo from our Company warehouse to project site allowed? We plan to transport a padmounted transformer from our warehouse in Cavite to a client in Makati which had an emergency replacement requirement of its exploded transformer.

    Please reply.


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