By Apipa P. Bagumbaran
MARAWI CITY, Mar. 26 (PIA) — The city government of Marawi issued a new guideline regulating the use of home quarantine passes.
This, after the Association of the Barangay Councils of the Islamic City of Marawi, observed that holders of home quarantine pass used it as a license to loiter in streets, stores, and other establishments.
City Mayor Majul Gandamra said the new guideline aims to regulate the unnecessary loitering in Marawi and strengthen the city government’s efforts to contain and prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease.
Under Executive Order (EO) 2020-024, home quarantine passes “may only be validly used during Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, before curfew hours.”
However, a home quarantine pass may be used in case of emergencies such as to seek medical assistance or confinement, buy medicines and access other basic commodities.
Exempted from the usage regulations are the city mayor, city councilors, punong barangays, and barangay kagawads.
The EO also directed the closure of all stores such as but not limited to public markets, sari-sari stores, restaurants and karenderyas during Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
In case of extreme necessity, customers may personally knock these stores to attend to their basic needs.
Pharmacies/drug stores, clinics, and hospitals shall, however, remain open.
Meanwhile, owners of stores and business establishments are directed not to allow customers to remain on their premises without a legitimate purpose.
This new guideline took effect at 12:01 a.m. today, March 26, and will remain enforced until lifted. (APB/PIA ICIC)