Metro Manila and Cebu City have been placed under modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), starting May 16 to May 31.
Under modified Enhanced Quarantine, people working in "essential services" will be allowed to go out.
Selected "manufacturing and processing plants" will resume up to "maximum of 50 percent" of their operations.
"Limited transport services" will also be allowed for those providing essential services and goods.
But, classes in all levels are still suspended.
These protocols mark a slight improvement from Enhanced Community Quarantine, where everyone is required to stay at home "regardless of health, age, and status."
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this announcement during his live press briefing this Tuesday afternoon, May 12.
He also explained that it was the Metro Manila mayors who recommended that all local government units within NCR be placed under the same modified ECQ status from May 16 to May 31.
While the mayors eventually want LGUs placed under GCQ, Roque said that the mayors also insisted that barangays be given the prerogative to place certain areas under lockdown "as needed."
AREAS PLACED UNDER GCQ
Areas considered "moderate risk areas" will be placed under GCQ or General Community Quarantine.
This means "75 percent" of government operations and almost all other industries will be allowed to resume work.
But, industries that involve crowds, amusement, and the youth are still banned from resuming operations.
Limited transport services will be available, but social distancing measures are to be strictly observed.
Students are allowed to undergo "flexible learning," but "face-to-face learning" is still strictly prohibited.
Those placed under GCQ are the following:
CORDILLERA AUTONOMOUS REGION: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Baguio City
REGION 2: Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Santiago City
REGION 3: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Angeles City, and Olangapo City*
REGION 4A*: Quezon, Rizal, Batangas, and Lucena City
VIZAYAS: Bohol, Cebu Province, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City
REGION 9: Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga City, and Isabela City
REGION 11: Davao City*, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental
REGION 3/CARAGA: Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Nilagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Butuan City
The Inter Agency Task Force has also identified low-risk areas that will no longer be placed under quarantine.
Inhabitants of these areas are advised to continue social distancing measures because, fact is, there is still no available vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
REGION 1: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Dagupan City
REGION 4B: Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Palawan, and Puerto Princesa
REGION 5: Albay*, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Sorsogon, Legazpi*, and Naga
REGION 6: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Iloilo City, and Bacolod City
REGION 8: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Southern Leyte, Ormoc City, and Tacloban City
REGION 10: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Cagayan de Oro City
REGION 12: South Cotabato, Northern Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and General Santos City
BANGSAMORO AUTONOMOUS REGION MUSLIM MINDANAO: Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, and Cotabato City.
(Areas with ASTERIKS are required to verify their status based on data to be made available few days before May 16).
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: SOCIAL DISTANCING IS KEY
In an earlier recorded speech, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated the importance of wearing masks in public places.
"Meron tayong mga tawag na new normal.
"For those who will be allowed to go out and work, and for those na hindi pa talaga puwede.
"Remember, itong easing up of the restrictions, hindi 'yan [ibig] sabihin na wala na ang COVID."
He also appealed to people to be mindful of other's safety and well-being.
"Kung wala kang mask, ipasubo mo yung kaharap mo.
"Kung gusto mo mamatay, okay lang. Pero yung kaharap mo, hindi pa niya panahon, mamatay just because you do not want to comply."