On 7 April, the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved the extension of lockdown and home quarantine measure.

MEASURES

  • The enhance community quarantine which originally scheduled to be implemented until 12 April, has been extended until 30 April 2020.
  • The movement of people will continue to be restricted, and will be only allowed to leave their homes for essential trips.
  • However, establishments providing basic necessities and such activities related to food and medicine production will remain open.

IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

  • To ensure the steady flow of food products to the market, the Agriculture Secretary William Dar directed all Department of Agriculture (DA) regional heads to level up actions and strategies that will guarantee smooth transport of produce from farms to markets. The government has been working with the private sector and industry association to ensure on a smooth flow of agri-produce to be delivered to quarantined area, Luzon.
  • On 7 April3 , the DA stated that Philippines DA fully supports joint statement issued by FAO, WHO, WTO for governments to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the movement and trade of food, farm & fishery inputs and basic necessities.
  • Dedicated control points were built on roads for food truck lanes to allow faster deliveries of raw materials and finished products.
  • In addition, port congestion is a challenge due to the shutdown of electronic-to-mobile system (E2M) of Bureau of Customs (BOC). The BOC is doing manual processing of importation data to compensate for delays.