PSA survey teams, BPO personnel exempted from home quarantine

SURVEYORS from the Philippine Statistics Authority tasked to gather data related to the impact of COVID-19 in the country have been added to the list of people exempted from the Enhanced Community Quarantine rules being implemented by the Joint Task Force COVID Shield, the head of the unit said yesterday.

Philippine National Police Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the PSA survey teams have been tasked to obtain all the essential information necessary in the government’s effort to cushion the adverse impact of the virus.

He added that the same exemption was also given to the people who were also tapped by the government to conduct registration and implementation of the National Identification (I.D.) System.

“This was already coordinated with the Philippine National Police and our Chief PNP, General Archie Francisco Gamboa has already instructed local police commanders to ensure the unhindered travel of these teams and also to extend assistance to them if necessary,” Eleazar said.

According to the official, “the swift and safe movement of these teams are necessary to get accurate information on the ground that would be used by the national government in effectively responding to the needs of our kababayan especially those who were severely affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine.”

Eleazar said they have already included PSA surveyors in the list of people allowed to go out and travel, or the Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR).

The updated list has already been forwarded to local police commanders who are supervising the Quarantine Control Points where non-cargo vehicles are being checked.

Aside from the PSA teams and those deployed on the ground for the National ID System,  Eleazar said they also included Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) personnel setting up work-from-home arrangements in the APOR list provided they are being shuttled by their respective companies including their Support Service Provider Crew.

The Support Service Provider Crew of the Export-Oriented Business Personnel, including those inside the Economic Zones, are also exempted while being shuttled by their respective companies.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases or IATF-MEID has been regularly updating the APOR based on the continuous discussions with the stakeholders. Matters relating to the movement of people and cargoes that would be agreed upon would be forwarded to the JTF COVID Shield for implementation, Eleazar said.