DOTr to make P2P service for accredited healthcare workers, personnel

Progress at last
by Drei Laurel | Mar 18, 2020
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The government is finally ironing out the details of its enhanced quarantine period over Luzon.

Regarding frontline workers unable to make it to hospitals because of the Luzon-wide public transport ban, the InterAgency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases says the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will create a P2P transportation service to cater to them.

Only healthcare workers (both public and private), Philippine Red Cross, and World Health Organization (WHO) personnel will be permitted to use the soon-to-be-created P2P service. They will also need to get accreditation IDs from the IATF, though, an accreditation procedure is still being worked on by authorities.

According to the IATF, a separate transport service will also be set up for the skeletal workforces of the executive branch.

What’s more, the IATF says business process outsourcing (BPO) companies will have 24 hours from the effectivity of these changes to facilitate their respective work-from-home arrangements, and that delivery services transporting food and medicine are allowed to operate during the enhanced quarantine period.

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The IATF has also announced that OFWs, balikbayans, and foreigners are now allowed to leave the country via any port in Luzon anytime during the enhanced quarantine period, provided that Filipinos are not heading to areas where travel restrictions are in place. They must also present proof of international travel within 24 hours, and they may only be accompanied by one person to any international port.

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Officials also said that they are working on coming up with a solution for the slow screening process at government checkpoints.

This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.

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