Isipin natin ngayon ang karapatan nating mabuhay: PNP on human rights concerns regarding 30-day NCR quarantine

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Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy chief for operations Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar has debunked alleged human rights violations amid the 30-day stringent social distancing and community quarantine being implemented in Metro Manila to address spread of COVID-19.

He said that the directives and guidelines are being implemented for everybody’s right to live.

“Ang isipin natin dito ngayon ang karapatan nating mabuhay,” Lieutenant General Eleazar said in a press briefing earlier today.

He also appealed for cooperation and not to circumvent the directives on social distancing and Metro Manila-wide community quarantine.

According to the Memorandum released by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, by order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte – for further guidelines on the 30-day Stringent Social Distancing Measures and community quarantine crafted by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) – non-essential entry and exit of people to and from Metro Manila are restricted.

Exceptions for restricted entry are: (1) health workers, (2) authorized government officials, (3) those travelling for medical or humanitarian reasons, (4) persons transiting to airports for travel abroad, (5) persons providing basic services and public utilities, and (6) essential skeletal workforce.

Exceptions for restricted exit are: (1) health workers, (2) authorized government officials, (3) those travelling for medical or humanitarian reasons, and (4) those who were granted entry based on the above-mentioned provisions, provided that all persons leaving the contained community must be checked for signs and symptoms (e.g., fever, respiratory symptoms, diarrhea) at exit checkpoints where (1) appropriate certification will be issued by the competent health authority (DOH or Provincial/City/Municipal Health Officer), (2) health authority endorses exiting person to recipient LGU, (3) exiting persons to undertake 14-day home based quarantine, and (4) LGUs are required to monitor implementation of home-based quarantine.