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PRO-8 calls on LGUs to exempt APORs from quarantine, testing

TACLOBAN CITY – PBGen. Ronaldo De Jesus, Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) Regional Director, is reiterating that Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) and all types of cargoes by land, air, or sea are exempt from undergoing mandatory quarantine and testing.

He said that this is based on the provisions of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, as adopted under E.O. No. 12, series 2020, stating that APORs and cargoes shall be allowed to transit across areas placed under any form of quarantine provided that minimum health standard shall be strictly observed and documentary requirements are complied with.

The said advisory has been made due to some reports received by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) that some Local Chief Executives (LCEs) have issued executive orders (EO) that are contrary or inconsistent with the national directive.

PBGen. De Jesus also reminded all PNP personnel manning the Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) to retain the conduct of inspection procedures, and ensure that the movement of cargoes is unhampered. 

“While we understand that LGUs are resolved to preempt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, it is of equal importance to recognize the role of our uniformed personnel and other sectors rendering frontline services. Everyone’s cooperation and support in these trying times is necessary for a safe and peaceful community,” RD De Jesus emphasized. He added that APORs and other persons similarly authorized should not be subjected to discrimination and stringent restrictions, as they are only exercising their legal mandates. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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