CDC issues guidelines for enhanced community quarantine

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga — The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has issued guidelines for limiting the movement of people here as part of the measures under the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Under the provisions, only employees in specific business enterprises will be allowed to and from the freeport effective on Wednesday.
These include workers in the food sector (groceries, supermarkets, duty-free shops, convenience stores), gasoline stations, clinics and hospitals, drug stores, banks, payment and remittance centers, waste management (garbage collection), utility companies (power, water, telecommunication), and logistics and grounds maintenance (street sweeping, grass cutting).
Under the March 16 Malacañang memorandum issued by the Office of the Executive Secretary, the guidelines were presented to various locator groups in marathon meetings Tuesday held by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and CDC.
Likewise, only workers in the business process outsourcing, and manufacturing, sectors will be allowed entry, with employers required to provide housing inside the Freeport.
“Locators are advised to coordinate with CDC and arrange for entry and housing protocols,” the guidelines stated.
All other business enterprises not included in the allowed list are closed.
The hotels here will be limited to serving current guests with no further bookings, except where locators allowed to operate would opt to utilize the hotels as temporary billeting for their employees.
Restaurants will be allowed to prepare food only for delivery. There can be no sit-downs or dine ins.
The guidelines likewise reiterated the prohibitions under the enhanced community quarantine that include a prohibition on mass gatherings, public utility jeepneys, all construction work, and suspension of classes in schools.
Business processes like permit applications shall be made online or via the internet.
“In a bid to discourage personal appearances for transactions and processing of documents in CDC offices, the state-owned firm is encouraging locators and stakeholders to utilize the online services of CDC and other forms of communication such as telephones, email, and teleconferences,” the guidelines stated.
Earlier, the CDC closed the Clark museum and 4D theater, CDC gym, tennis court, and public parks operated and maintained by the state agency. The same was also ordered for stand-alone gyms, sports, spa, massage and wellness centers, and beauty parlors operated by private companies.
Furthermore, only the Main, Mabalacat and Friendship Gates and the Clark North and Clark South entry and exit points will be open.
The Sapangbato and Don Juico Gates will be closed.
Thermal scanning will be conducted at all entry points.
Company IDs or supporting documents must be presented by employees of enterprises that are allowed to operate.
For delivery vans, drivers are encouraged to bring along alternates if the primary driver registers fever.
While the CDC issues its own guidelines for Clark, it advises the public to monitor additional public advisories posted by all other government agencies like the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) through social media and other platforms.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) inside this Freeport zone will also be closed during the month-long enhanced community quarantine. (PNA)

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