Executive Order No. 0151-2021
November 10, 2021
Executive Order No. 0151-2021
IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES ON MODIFIED GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE (MGCQ) IN THE PROVINCE OF PANGASINAN FROM NOVEMBER 1-30, 2021
WHEREAS, Section 15, Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution and Section 16 of Republic Act No. 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 provide that Local Government Units within their territorial jurisdiction shall promote health and safety of the people;
WHEREAS, due to the nationwide spread of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Philippines is declared to be under State of Public Health Emergency and State of Calamity by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte;
WHEREAS, under Executive Order No. 112, series of 2020 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, decisions to impose, lift or extend a community quarantine in provinces, HUCs, and ICCs shall rest with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID);
WHEREAS, through E.O. No. 112, s. 2020, the Omnibus Guidelines for the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines (Omnibus Guidelines) issued and periodically updated by the IATF-EID is adopted for the implementation of health and quarantine protocols for different quarantine classifications in the Philippines;
WHEREAS, the Covid-19 infection rate in Pangasinan has been on a downward trend as of date, such that the 7-daily average Covid-19 cases from October 21-27, 2021 has gone down to 99 new cases per day as compared to almost 400 new cases per day in September 2021, and there number of active cases has decreased from 4,844 cases on September 12, 2021 to 1,120 cases as of October 27, 2021;
WHEREAS, the Covid-19 bed occupancy rate in public and private hospitals are no longer operating beyond their maximum capacities, and to date, only 5 component LGUs are categorized as Critical Zones;
WHEREAS, due to the subsiding Covid-19 situation in Pangasinan and the appeal made by the Pangasinan IATF dated October 22, 2021, the national IATF-EID reverted the Province of Pangasinan under Modified General Community Quarantine pursuant to Resolution No. 146-A (s.2021);
WHEREAS, the relaxation of the quarantine classification renders necessary the promulgation of community quarantine guidelines consistent with the up-to-date Omnibus Guidelines and issuances of the IATF-EID and other relevant government agencies;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, AMADO I. ESPINO III, Governor of the Province of Pangasinan, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the following:
SECTION 1. STAY-AT-HOME REQUIREMENTS.
A. As a general rule, persons below fifteen (15) years old, those who are over sixty-five (65) years of age, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women shall continue to remain in their residences, except for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work in industries and offices or such other activities permitted under this Order, the Omnibus Guidelines, and latest DTI issuances.
B. Children who are five (5) years old and above may be allowed to go to outdoor areas provided that the child is supervised by adult/s and is in observance of minimum public health standards. Component LGUs may increase the above age restriction of children depending on the Covid-19 situation in their respective jurisdictions. Outdoor areas are those that allow free air movement from all directions and may be covered by a roof, supported by posts, and not surrounded by walls. (IATF Resolution No. 125, series of 2021)
C. The province-wide curfew shall be from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM. Violators of the curfew shall be subject to prosecution under existing local ordinances.
SECTION 2. MINIMUM PUBLIC HEALTH STANDARDS.
A. Every person is required to wear face mask at all times, especially when going outside of their residence, at the workplace, when entering government buildings and while in public places. Violators will be penalized pursuant to Provincial Ordinance No. 235-2020, as amended by Provincial Ordinance No. 238-2020 and Provincial Ordinance No. 240-2020, or the applicable local ordinance.
B. Drivers of public utilities, public commuters, employees of the government and private offices, and persons entering commercial establishments such as but not limited to supermarkets, markets, banks, retail stores, and restaurants are required to wear face shields. Violators thereof shall be subject to penalties under Provincial Ordinance No. 242-2020 or the applicable local ordinance.
C. Physical distancing of at least one (1) meter must be observed.
D. All persons are enjoined to practice proper hygiene, including frequent washing of hands for at least twenty (20) seconds.
E. In workplaces, eating in communal areas are extremely discouraged. It is best to eat in individual work areas, with observance of proper waste disposal.
SECTION 3. GATHERINGS. Public gatherings continue to be discouraged. However, they may be allowed up to fifty percent (50%) of the seating or venue capacity, provided that participants shall strictly observe the minimum public health standards. The establishments or venues where the gatherings will take place shall strictly comply with ventilation standards as provided above and under relevant issuances of the DOLE.
SECTION 4. TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS.
A. Essential travels or travels by Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs) as designated by the IATF-EID or the PNP, coming from any zones, shall continue to be allowed in the Province of Pangasinan. Such APORs shall include but not be limited to frontline services, government personnel, emergency medical cases, public transportation, and movement of cargo.
i. APORs from the government shall be required to present a valid or government-issued ID, a travel order or itinerary, and to pass symptom-screening;
ii. Other APORs may present their employment certificates, travel order, hospital referrals, and other proof of authority to travel.
B. Non-APORs and tourists coming from areas under the following quarantine classifications shall not be allowed into the borders of Pangasinan:
i. Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ);
ii. Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ):
iii. Granular lockdown;
iv. Alert Level 5;
v. Alert Level 4 for persons below eighteen (18) years of age and those belonging to the vulnerable population, namely, those who are over sixty-five (65) years of age, those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities, and other health risks, and pregnant women.
C. A Covid-19 vaccination card shall serve as sufficient alternative to any testing required by the destination LGU. Provided, that the traveler shall undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival at the destination LGU.
D. All persons, except APORs travelling to Pangasinan, must secure their corresponding permits from the S-PASS Travel Management System at https://s-pass.ph.
i. The S-PASS permits shall be presented at the border checkpoints.
ii. For expediency of travel, the Province of Pangasinan shall be reclassified as Unrestricted. Provided, that component LGUs shall have the discretion to maintain its Restricted status. Provided further, that component LGUs declared to be of higher status than GCQ shall be immediately deemed Restricted.
iii. Submission of pertinent documents in the S-PASS website are only required in areas that are Restricted.
E. Any person who is using or is attempting to use a forged, fake, fraudulent vaccination card and S-PASS permit, or who submitted fraudulent requirements in the S-PASS shall be denied entry to Pangasinan without prejudice to prosecution under existing laws or ordinances.
SECTION 5. TOURIST TRAVEL AND ATTRACTIONS.
B. Outdoor and indoor tourist attractions, including museums, galleries, cultural shows, and exhibits, shall be allowed to operate up to seventy-five percent (75%) venue capacity with strict adherence to minimum public health standards.
C. On-site capacity of accommodation establishments and their ancillary establishments shall be subject to DOT Admin. Order No. 2021-004.
SECTION 6. OPERATIONAL CAPACITIES OF ESTABLISHMENTS.
A. The following establishments are allowed to operate in their corresponding capacities under DTI Memorandum Circular No. 21-28:
i. Language, dance, acting, voice schools – 50%;
ii. Indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, and galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits – 75%;
iii. Outdoor tourist attractions – 75%;
iv. Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions events in eligible venue establishments – 75%;
v. Cinemas – 50%;
vi. Amusement parks or theme parks – 75%;
vii. Recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys and similar venues – 50%.
B. The following establishments are not allowed to operate under DTI Memorandum Circular No. 21-28:
i. Traditional cockfighting and operation of cockpits, except for the purpose of conducting e-sabong licensed and regulated by the PAGCOR and the IATF-EID;
ii. Entertainment venues with live performances such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, and theaters;
iii. Kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom and kiddie rides.
SECTION 7. SEPARABILITY CLAUSE. Should any provision of this Order be declared by a court of competent authority as invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining provisions not adversely affected thereby shall remain in full force and effect.
SECTION 8. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE. This Order shall take effect immediately until or unless subsequently amended/revoked/revised. All orders, rules, regulations, promulgations, circulars, and/or issuances by the IATF and/or concerned national government offices/agencies are hereby adopted. All previous issuances of the undersigned and/or by component LGUs, which are not in contravention of the IATF Resolutions and/or its member agencies shall be made applicable in a suppletory manner.
Done this 29th day of October 2021, in Lingayen, Pangasinan.