Gapo City mayor issues GCQ guidelines

OLONGAPO CITY — The city government issued guidelines as Olongapo shifts to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) beginning Saturday, May 16.

Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr. said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed local government units to implement their own rules and guidelines for the transition to GCQ.

“As we are still in community quarantine, residents are still required to remain at home to minimize the risk of infection and transmission [of the coronavirus disease],” he stated. 

Under the guidelines set by IATF, persons below 21 years old and 60 years old and above; persons with immunodeficiency, comorbidities, or other health risks; and pregnant women are still prohibited to go outside even if they have secured their quarantine passes.

However, all agencies and instrumentalities of the government; workers or employees of allowed industries; humanitarian assistance personnel; and those who will procure essential goods and services will be the authorized persons outside residence provided that they have their own quarantine pass.

For workers of allowed industries, Paulino said establishments will secure a work pass from their respective barangay which will include information such as name of the employee, position, company name and address, and schedule of work.

“Under the GCQ, more businesses, sectors, and government work will be allowed to resume operations. But strict public health measures will still be enforced, including physical distancing, wearing of face masks in public, mandatory temperature checks, and regular use of disinfectants,” he explained.

In addition, Paulino said food establishments may open provided that it will only operate for take-out or delivery services.

Market schedules for Olongapo City Public Market, West Bajac-Bajac Public Market and James L. Gordon Market & Mall will still be in effect during the GCQ. However, all public markets will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

With regards to public transportation, the local chief executive said they are in the process of securing approval from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board for the routes of public utility jeepneys.