TO: All PCCI Members                                                         MEMORANDUM

FROM: Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico, President                    25 March 2020

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ADB's Non-Sovereign Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

DILG's Memo on Strict Enforcement of the Guidelines on the State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines and the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon

Unrestricted Movement of Food Supply During the State of Public Health Emergency

Republic Act 11469 on the Grant of Temporary Special Powers for the President to Manage the COVID-19 Crisis

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ADB’s Non-Sovereign Response to the COVID 19 Pandemic (ANNEX A: ADB Announcement)
 
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is making available USD1.6 billion for “non-sovereign operations”, that is, financial assistance in the form of loans, guarantees, equity investments, technical assistance or other financing arrangements to private entities, specifically MSMEs and large enterprises, domestic or regional, established or operating in an ADB member country that are directly impacted by the pandemic.  Focus areas are healthcare, financial institutions, trade finance program, supply chain finance program, microfinance risk participation and guarantee program and agribusiness and infrastructure.
 
Please see attached ANNEX A for details including the contact persons.

Enforcement of Guidelines on the State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines and the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon (ANNEX B: DILG Memorandum dated March 20, 2020)
 
Reference to PCCI Advisories dated 19 March 2020 on the Guidelines on the Movement of Cargoes and People in the Entire Luzon under DTI MC 20-06, and 20 March 2020 on the Issuance of IATF-approved ID Cards for Skeletal Workforce ---
 
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has enjoined local government units (LGUs) to strictly adhere to the guidelines and advisories issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and other national government agencies in implementing local programs and activities relative to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The LGUs in close coordination with the Philippine National Police are advised not to “overextend its implementation, nor deliberately leave out of its explicit provisions.”

 
Specifically, the guidelines put emphasis on ensuring that movement of goods and services, including health and service personnel, all types of cargoes (food and non-food) to and from the entire Luzon, staff or employees and skeletal workforce of manufacturing of food, essential and hygiene products, retail establishments (groceries, supermarkets, hypermarkets, pharmacies and drug stores), and export and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies (subject to pertinent guidelines), should remain unhampered and un-impeded.

 

Unrestricted Movement of Food Supply During the State of Public Health Emergency (ANNEX C: DILG Advisory dated March 24, 2020)
 
Relative to the above memo, the Department of Agriculture also issued Memorandum Circular No. 09 Ensuring Unhampered Movement of all Cargoes, Agriculture and Fishery Inputs, Food Products and Agribusiness Personnel Nationwide, with emphasis on the following:

 

  • All fishing activities shall continue to ensure sufficient food supply across the country. These activities include but not limited to land preparation, planting, crop maintenance, harvesting, threshing drying, milling, sorting, packaging and trading;

 

  • All farmers and farm workers, fisherfolk and agribusiness personnel shall be exempted from doing home quarantine provided that: 1. One does not exhibit any one of the symptoms of COVID-19, 2. Number of working farmers/fisherfolks/farm personnel is at minimum, and 3. Safety protocols are ensured and social distancing is practiced in the work place.

 

Republic Act 11469 (ANNEX D)
 
Finally, we are sharing with you copy of Republic Act 11469 granting temporary special powers to the President to manage the COVID 19 crisis.  Among the special powers include:
 

  • Providing cash aid of up to P8,000.00 for 18 million low-income families, compensation of P 100,000.00 for health workers severely infected by the virus, and payouts of P1 million for the families of those whose lives were taken by the virus in the line of duty.

 

  • Expediting and streamlining the accreditation of testing kits and facilitating prompt testing of suspected cases.

 

  • Temporarily directing the operations of private medical and health facilities and public transport and other establishments and requiring businesses to prioritize and accept contract services that would help fight COVID-1 “as may be reasonable and necessary” to respond to the pandemic if the public interest requires it.  The management and operation of the enterprises will be retained by the owners of the enterprise, according to the law.

 

  • Ensure that all Local Government Units (LGUs) are acting in line with the rules, regulations and directives issued by the National Government pursuant while allowing them to continue exercising their autonomy in matters undefined by the National Government or are within the parameters it has set and are fully cooperating towards a unified, cohesive and orderly implementation of the national policy to address COVID-19.

                                                             
The law also spells out penalties for various offenses including hoarding, local government officials disobeying national government policies or directives in imposing quarantines and spreading false information about the COVID-19 crisis.
 
The complete salient provisions of the law is in attached ANNEX D.1.
 
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