OSG, NCR courts closed during MECQ

August 03, 2020

THE Office of the Solicitor General will be physically closed from August 4 to August 18, 2020 as President Duterte on Sunday night placed the National Capital Region and nearby provinces under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) following increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Before MECQ was announced by President Duterte, the Supreme Court also on Sunday came up with a circular announcing that all courts in NCR, and those under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and MECQ, shall be physically closed from August 3 to August 14.

As of this writing, the SC hasn't made changes yet on the schedule of work suspension in courts.

In a statement, the OSG said it will be implementing a work-from-home arrangement for majority of its employees during the MECQ period.

Only a skeleton work force composed of employees from the Financial Management Service (FMS) and the sanitation and disinfection team will physically report in the office, it added.

Parties may email to efile@osg.gov.ph for documents they intend the OSG to receive during the duration of the MECQ. All other documents may be emailed to docket@osg.gov.ph

President Duterte on Sunday placed Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan on MECQ following the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

The MECQ will last from August 4 to 18. Under MECQ trains, buses, jeepneys, taxis, ride-hailing services, tricycles are not allowed to operate. Manufacturing plants and other establishments are allowed to operate only with half their capacity.

Duterte revived the MECQ after healthcare workers’ groups called for a timeout to give exhausted frontline medical personnel a respite.