Civil, Property, Family Laws

Business Operations Allowed Under ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ

Further Updated as of 06 April 2021

The Executive Secretary released the Memorandum dated 27 March 2021 approving the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force to place the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, and the highly urbanized cities of the National Capital Region and the municipality of Pateros under Enhanced Community Quarantine until 04 April 2021 in order to slow down the surge in COVID-19 cases. During the press briefing on 03 April 2021, the Palace spokesman Harry Roque announced the further extension of the ECQ in said areas until 11 April 2021.

Pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 107-A dated 29 March 2021, the following are the quarantine classifications for April 2021.










(March 29 – April 11, 2021)

Quirino Province (April 1 – 15)

Santiago City (April 1 – 30)

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Baguio City, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mt. Province

Region 1: Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya

Region 4-A: Batangas

Region 8: Tacloban City

Region 10: Iligan City

Region 11: Davao City

BARMM: Lanao del Sur

(April 1- 30, 2021)


Region 1: Ilocos Norte*, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Dagupan City*

Region 2: Batanes

Region 3: Aurora*, Bataan*, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija*, Pampanga*, Tarlac*, Zambales*, Angeles City*, Olongapo City*

Region 4– A: Quezon*, Lucena City*

Region 4-B: Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro*, Oriental Mindoro*, Romblon, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City*

Region 5: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Naga City.


Region 6: Aklan, Antique, Bacolod*, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo*, Iloilo City*, Negros Occidental

Region7: Bohol*, Cebu*, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Cebu City*, Lapu-Lapu City*, Mandaue City*

Region 8: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Southern Leyte, Ormoc City*


Region 9: Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay

Region 10: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental*, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro City*

Region 11: Davao de Oro*, Davao del Norte*, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental

Region 12: North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, General Santos City

Region 13 (Caraga): Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Butuan City*

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM): Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato City.

*Areas requiring special attention by LGU, Regional IATF and the National Task Force

(April 1 – 30, 2021)

NCR was initially placed under GCQ from 01 June to 15 June 2020, reverted to MECQ status on 03 August until 18 August 2020, and once again placed to GCQ on 19 August 2020 and has been under GCQ since then. With the imposition of ECQ in NCR and nearby provinces (NCR Plus), the IATF Omnibus Guidelines was further amended to update enumeration of industries and business permitted to operate under the different community quarantine levels.

Entry of Balikbayans and Foreign Nationals

Per IATF Resolution No. 105 dated 25 March 2021, the following may be allowed entry privileges to the Philippines:

  1. All Filipino citizens shall be allowed to return to the Philippines;
  2. Effective 0001H 22 March 2021 to 2359H 21 April 2021, the entry of foreign nationals shall be temporarily suspended, except for the following:
    1. Diplomats and members of international organizations, and their dependents provided they hold a valid 9(e) visa or 47(a)(2) visa, as the case may be, at the time of entry;
    2. Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriation duly endorsed by Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration provided they have a valid visa at the time of entry;
    3. Foreign seafarers under the “Green Lanes” program for crew change provided that they hold a 9(c) crew list visa at the time of entry;
    4. Foreign parent/s, spouses and children of Filipino citizens travelling with them provided they have valid visas at the time of entry; and
    5. Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorized representative, provided the foreign nationals have valid visas at the time of entry.

The entry of the foregoing shall be subject to the daily limit of incoming passengers as may be imposed by the DOTr.

Interzonal and Intrazonal Movement of authorized persons outside their residence (APOR)

IATF Revised Omnibus Guidelines dated 15 October 2020 provide that the following authorized persons are allowed outside their residence within and across areas placed under any form of community:

  1. health and emergency frontline services personnel;
  2. government officials and government frontline personnel;
  3. duly-authorized humanitarian assistance actors;
  4. persons traveling for medical or humanitarian reasons;
  5. persons going to the airport for travel abroad;
  6. anyone crossing zones for work or business permitted in the zone of destination and going back home.

The following shall also be considered as APOR:

  1. returning or repatriated OFWs and other Overseas Filipinos (OFs) returning to their places of residence;
  2. other persons transported through the efforts of national government, subject to necessary quarantine protocols and concurrence of receiving LGUs.
  3. IATF IDs issued by the regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over permitted establishments or persons,
  4. Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID for lawyers who will provide legal representation necessary to protect rights of persons under custodial investigation, to bail, and to counsel during inquest proceedings (Note: Under the Omnibus Guidelines with Amendments as of 03 April 2021, lawyers who will provide legal representation necessary to protect rights of persons and legal services for permitted establishments shall be allowed to work on-site skeleton workforce during ECQ),
  5. bona fide IDs issued by establishments allowed under ECQ, and,
  6. if required by the LGU, local IDs for availing of essential goods and services.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) shall be authorized to update the list of APORs. Authorized shuttle services are allowed to travel within and across areas under any form of community quarantine with priority to persons giving health and emergency frontline services.

For persons not authorized outside of residence, the interzonal and intrazonal movement between places under GCQ and MGCQ for any purpose shall be permitted subject to the reasonable regulations imposed by the LGU concerned, if any, and which should be submitted to the DILG or Boracay IATF (for Boracay Island) (per IATF Reso. No. 79). For interzonal movement of non-APOR between areas under MGCQ and New Normal for any purpose shall be permitted subject to reasonable regulations as may be imposed by the LGU concerned, if any, and which should be submitted to the DILG (per IATF Reso. No. 79).

Per IATF Resolution No. 106-B, law enforcement agencies in areas under ECQ shall recognize any of the following IDs:

No other IDs or passes specifically exempting persons from community quarantine shall be required of workers of permitted establishments and/or offices without prejudice to requiring the presentation of other documents establishing the nature of their work.

Uniform Travel Protocols for land, air and sea

IATF Resolution No. 101 dated 26 February 2021 provides uniform travel protocol for land, air and sea.

  1. On Minimum public health standards - Clinical and exposure assessment shall be strictly implemented in all ports of entry and exit to ensure that only asymptomatic, non-close contact individuals are allowed to travel or enter the local LGU of destination. Health assessment of passengers, supervised by medical doctors, shall be mandatory upon entry in the port/terminal and exit at point of destination.
  2. On Testing and Quarantine - Testing shall not be mandatory for traveler except if the LGU of destination will require testing as a requirement prior to travel, and such shall be limited to RT-PCR. No traveler shall be required to undergo quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms upon arrival at the LGU of destination.
  3. On Documentary Requirements - Travel Authority issued by Joint Task Force COVID Shield and health certificates shall no longer be required.
  4. On Information and Communication Technology Solutions - System shall be utilized as the primary contact tracing system. Traze App for airports, and such other existing contact tracing applications must be integrated with the System.
  5. On Ports/Terminals - For NCR, all buses bound for provinces shall be required to use the Integrated Terminal Exchange as the central hub for transportation. No bus company or public transport shall be allowed use of their private terminals. At their option, LGUs may provide transportation for all travelers who are transiting from one LGU to another in cases of arrivals at air and seaports to their end-point destinations.

Authority of DTI to recategorize industries

The lists of sectors and industries per category in the Omnibus Guidelines are illustrative. The DTI is authorized to recategorize industries and update guidelines to implement gradual increase of operational and venue capacity including operating hours, without diminution of the current capacities and hours previously allowed. The latest DTI Memorandum Circular prescribing the recategorization of certain activities from Category IV to Category III is DTI Memorandum Circular No. 21-08 dated 28 February 2021.

Authority to impose higher age limits for age-based restrictions

Per IATF Resolution No. 103, LGUs shall retain the authority to impose higher age limits for age-based restrictions for minors depending on the COVID-19 situation in their respective jurisdictions.

Authority to impose uniform curfew hours

Per IATF Resolution No. 106-B, LGUs may impose uniform curfew hours, subject to the guidelines issued by the DILG. Workers, cargo vehicles, public transportation and operating hours of permitted establishments shall not be restricted by such curfew.

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