Sample Certification Contents for Non-APOR Fetcher / Driver of an APOR Employee for the ECQ CheckpointAtty Elvin
On July 29, 2021 the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) issued Resolution No. 130-A, Series of 2021 placing the NCR under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for the period August 6-20, 2021.
Below is a brief discussion of the background of the power behind the promulgation of rules and regulations in response to COVID-19 situation.
Section 15 Article II of the 1987 Constitution states that the State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them. WHEREAS, Section 2 (b) of Executive Order No. 168 (s.2014) mandates the IATF to prevent and/or minimize the entry of suspected or confirmed patients with emerging infectious diseases into the country.
On September 16, 2020, the President issued Proclamation No. 1021 (s.2020) extending the period of the State of Calamity throughout the Philippines until
September 21, 2021. The Department of Health (DOH), the University of the
Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) biosurveillance have detected B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), and P.1 (Gamma) variants of SARS-CoV-2 in the Philippines. The DOH, UP-PGH, and UP-NIH have likewise confirmed the presence of the B.1.617 (Delta) variant that was first detected in India.
There was a need for continued implementation of proactive measures and restrictions must be put in place to slow down the surge in COVID-19 cases, stop further spread of variants, buy time for the health system to cope, and to protect more lives.
In placing the NCR under ECQ, only APORs are allowed to go outside of the residence and in the interzonal or intrazonal areas. Thus, APOR workers may cross borders of cities and even provinces where the work requires them to do so.
However, there are APORs who do not know how to driver. Thus, they employ drivers to take them to and from place of work. The Philippine National Police (PNP) initially disallowed these drivers to drive around.
But after reconsideration, allowed the non-APOR drivers / fetchers of APORs (a.k.a. “hatid-sundo”) to cross interzonal and intrazonal borders provided they comply with the following requirements:
- Certificate of Employment (COE) of the Worker-APOR from the Employer, indicating the name of the designated non-APOR driver/fetcher of the worker-APOR, the make and plate number of the vehicle to be used, and the contact number of the employer; and
- Copy of Business Permit of the Employer
The above requirements though assumes that the APOR hired the non-APOR driver / fetcher.
How about those non-APOR drivers or fetchers of APORs who are not the employees of the latter? This happens when the said drivers / fetchers are just relatives of the APOR who are not employees of the company which employed the APOR.
Below is the suggested Certification content. Disclaimer, this is just an idea, providing approximate compliance to the possible requirement considering the situation and does not guarantee that it will pass all the border checkpoints:
- Name of Employer of an APOR,
- Name of the Non-APOR driver / fetcher
- Name Employee to be driven / fetched
- Citation of applicable rules (e.g. IATF Omnibus Guidelines, DTI, etc.)
- Purpose for which it was issued
- Name and signature of the authorized person issuing the Certification
It bears noting that the PNP requires the presentation of the Business Permit of the issuing company or establishment.