Here's What Quarantine Passes Look Like in Metro Manila As Shared By Netizens
by Sherry Tadeja, May 19, 2020 10:45pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
The guidelines of the community quarantine mandates everyone to stay at home. In actuality, the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) guidelines don’t require a quarantine pass. But with the need to buy essential goods and medicines, many cities issued Quarantine passes to limit and control the number of people going out to buy essentials.
City of Manila
The capital city has two types of passes: the Quarantine Pass that has a coding system to limit the number of people going outside. And there's the "Frontliner Pass" to identify health workers and exempt them from quarantine curfew restrictions.
As the announcement of the community quarantine took effect, Barangay Philam District 1 posted a sample of their quarantine pass (along with the Barangay's guidelines) before distribution.
Barangay CAA’s quarantine pass is printed in paper and secured with the Barangay's dry seal. However, last April, it made news after it was reported that two residents replicated the passes and sold to other residents.
Arestado ang dalawang suspek sa Barangay CAA sa Las Piñas matapos mahuling nagbebenta ng pekeng quarantine passes.— Darlene Cay (@DarleneCay) April 21, 2020
Pansining iba ang kulay at walang dry seal ang pekeng quarantine pass. @gmanewspic.twitter.com/kdehmwCwKy
Barangay Rizal in Makati grants quarantine passes to their residents’ household heads only.
Barangay Panghulo in Malabon also has a “Frontliner Pasabuy Pass” apart from the regular Quarantine Pass. The Pasabuy Pass allows a person to volunteer to buy for residents to limit people from going outside.
Barangay Plainview’s quarantine pass is secured with logos of the city, Barangay, and its dry seal. The pass also states the curfew, usage, and a reminder the pass isn't valid with a dry seal.
Marikina City doesn’t issue a quarantine pass. According to a Marikina Citizens Group on Facebook, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro mentioned the city doesn’t need one because the residents are disciplined enough.
Gusyo ko yung sinabi ni Mayor Marcelino Teodoro of Marikina City about quarantine pass, "Hindi na kailangan kasi desiplinado naman ang mga taga Marikina".— Vhon G. (@vhonafide) March 23, 2020
China oil Sir @alvinelchico and Mutya @DorisBigornia
Brgy. Bangkulasi has the usual format of a quarantine pass (control number and dry seal) but takes on a more sustainable approach as theirs are printed on a sturdier brown paper.
The colorful pass of Barangay Moonwalk District 2 is based on the Barangay’s official colors. At the bottom, it shows hotline numbers to call for COVID-19 related inquiries.
Barangay 201, Zone 20 has theirs named after household heads as well. The pass can be transferrable to other members of the household as long as they bring valid ID of the household head.
Although the Barangays in Pasig are implementing a quarantine pass, Mayor Vico Sotto strongly opposes the issuance of such passes. According to him, there’s already strict restrictions in the lockdown and the added requirement of the quarantine pass can only make it more difficult for the residents.
The quarantine pass in Barangay Addition Hills has the same format as other quarantine passes control number and is named after the head of the household. It can be transferrable to other members as long as the member can provide valid ID of the head of the household.
Taguig City, on the other hand, issues a “Unified Quarantine Pass” this is to avoid conflict and confusion in checkpoints.
The unified quarantine pass is seen to expedite the delivery of relief assistance to residents and improve monitoring efforts.— UNTV News and Rescue (@UNTVNewsRescue) April 27, 2020
Like Marikina, Valenzuela doesn’t issue a quarantine pass. According to city Mayor Rex Gatchalian, issuing the pass isn’t in ECQ guidelines and can be subjected to abuse.
We do not need a quarantine pass. The exemptions are very clear and provided for naman. It provides for us to be able to go out naman if needed. That quarantine pass is subject to abuse and not in the guidelines. Cguro wag na po tayo mag tanong kung wala naman sa guidelines ng— Rex (@rex_gatchalian) March 20, 2020
Quarantine passes are among the things that are part of the #NewNormal now.