Food & Beverage Impact: Monitoring Update – Philippines (8 MAY 2020)
May 18, 2020 | MEASURES, PHILIPPINES
The Omnibus Guidelines for the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines was released and applied to areas under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
- On 30 April, the Executive Order No.112 on the Imposing of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in high-risk geographical areas of Philippines and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the rest of Philippines from 1 to 15 May, was released.
- The Omnibus Guidelines for the Implementation of Community Quarantine defines protocols for ECQ and GCQ, including restrictions on public movement, sectors which are allowed or disallowed to operate, and interzonal movement between ECQ area and GCQ area.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- Under ECQ, industries and workers involved in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and other components of the food value chain, are allowed to operate at full operational capacity. Private establishments and workers involved in food supply chain businesses, including supermarkets, grocery stores, food preparation establishments (only available for take-out and delivery services) are allowed to operate too. However, for establishments involved in the production, manufacturing, packaging, processing and distribution of basic food products are only allowed to operate at a maximum of 50% workforces. If the supply level of a basic food product requires higher capacity, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will authorise the approval for temporary increase of workforce capacity.
- Under GCQ, for Category I (Industries), including businesses and employees involved in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food manufacturing and food supply chain businesses (supermarkets, grocery stores, food preparation establishments (only available for take-out and delivery services), food delivery services are allowed to operate at full operational capacity.