Employed senior citizens who are considered part of essential workforce will now be allowed to go out and work, following the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. presented in a press briefing the Omnibus Guidelines for the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines that will be implemented in areas that will be placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
Included in the omnibus guidelines is a provision that allows senior citizens who form part of the essential workforce of industries or offices that are allowed to operate even in areas under the ECQ, like in the National Capital Region (NCR).
“Sa mga lolo, lola hindi naman po kayo completely kulong. Pwede lang po kayong lumabas para kumuha ng essential goods and services o para magtrabaho sa mga pinapayagang mga industriya,” Roque said.
“Hindi po kayo pinipigilan, basta allowed na yung inyong trabaho pupwede po kayong magtrabaho, mga seniors,” Secretary Roque stressed.
Meanwhile, according to the omnibus guidelines, under ECQ, “mass gatherings, defined as a planned or spontaneous event where the number of people attending the event exceeds 10 persons, shall be prohibited. It includes movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, and non-essential work gatherings.”
Roque also disclosed that humanitarian activities are allowed as long as individuals or groups doing relief operations are authorized by appropriate government agency or local government unit.
These include humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and United Nations-Humanitarian Country Teams, including individuals doing relief operations to augment the government’s response against COVID-19. (OPS)