01 May 2020 – Definitions and guidelines for quarantine formalised

Type of Intervention: Guidance, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence, Executive Office
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Department of Health Secretary (as IATF Chair), Cabinet Secretary (as IATF Co-chair)

Overview: Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines:

– Create a concise definition of terms for community quarantine, COVID-19, and other important terms
– Guidelines for areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)
– Guidelines for areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)
– Guidelines for Interzonal Movement of people and goods
– Other General Provisions
Full details here: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/04apr/2020030-EO-112-RRD.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions, Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Issued in response to Memo of Executive Secretary, Office of the President on issuing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) over Luzon Island beginning March 15, 2020 in adopting, coordinating, and implementing guidelines which the IATF may issue on the COVID-19 situation. Also issued in response to previous IATF recommendations/resolutions since January 28, 2020, upon acknowledgement of presence of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

There were ongoing consultations between IATF and its TWG on management of COVID-19 with scientific and technical experts from the academe, financial/economic, medical, and security sectors, and upon recommendation of heightening the COVID-19 alert level status to Code Red Sublevel 2 on March 14, 2020.