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Summary of IATF Resolution No. 52 as of July 6, 2020

As part of the products of weekly meetings, the Philippines IATF released a new Resolution No. 52 on July 6, 2020.

The Resolution puts in writing approvals by the body on the following major topics:

  1. MRT-3 operations in NCR
  2. Department of Agriculture (DA) recommendations on the swine flu G4-H1N1 virus
  3. Entry of Foreign Nationals

Here is a further summary on each major topic.

MRT-3 Operations

Manila Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) operations shall be temporarily suspended for 5 days starting July 7, 2020 or until COVID-19 RT-PCR testing confirms negative a sufficient number of its operational employees.

RT-PCR testing of employees and facility disinfections by the Philippine Coast Guard shall be prioritized.

As a result, bus transportation systems shall be increased.

Swine Flu

Approval of the Department of Agriculture’s recommendations regarding Swine Flu Virus which includes:

  • surveillance mechanisms for swine farms and its workers by an inter-agency organization
  • strict implementation of the Food Safety Act of 2013 (RA No. 10611) by the DOH, DA, and Bureau of Customs.

On Entry of Foreign Nationals

A sub-Technical Working Group on Foreign Nationals was previously established and now renamed to sub-Technical Working Group on Travel.

The Resolution approves the lifting of suspension of non-essential travel by Filipinos. All outbound travel restrictions for Filipinos are lifted but subject to the following conditions:

  • submission of confirmed round-trip tickets for those traveling on tourist visas
  • adequate travel and health insurance to cover rebooking and accommodation expenses if stranded, hospitalized. Amount may be determined by the DOT.
  • entry into the destination country has been allowed and in accordance with their travel and health restrictions
  • a Declaration must be executed that acknowledges the risks involved in traveling, including risk of delay in return trip, and this Declaration should be made available in the airline check-in counters
  • Upon return to the Philippines, must follow the Guidelines of Returning Overseas Filipinos by the National Task Force (NTF)

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