The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recently added a new exemption for ECQ borders. Persons that need to cross borders for a valid medical reason will now be allowed to to do so. They are now classified as “other APORs” or other Authorized Persons Outside of Residence.
Additionally, those with a family emergency – like the death of an immediate family member, wife giving birth, etc. – will also be classified under the other APORs.
“Kasama sa other APORs ang mga kababayan nating may appointment sa mga doktor at yung mga kababayan nating kailangang umuwi dahil namatayan ng immediate family members, o may manganganak na asawa at iba pang mga kadahilanan na parte ng ating kulturang Pilipino,” said PNP chief, Guillermo Eleazar.
(Included in the other APORs are persons with doctor’s appointment, those who lost an immediate family member or even those with a wife that’s giving birth, as well as other reasons that are part of Filipino culture.)
The PNP chief assured that policemen manning checkpoints will not hinder these other APORs’ travel, including those who will fetch them to and from their destination. “Hindi pipigilan ng ating kapulisan ang pagtawid ng mga may scheduled medical check-up sa ibang siyudad at ng maghahatid sa kanila,” added Gen. Eleazar.
The PNP chief acknowledged that a lot of Filipinos may require crossing town borders to get vaccinated, hence, these instances will also be considered under the new other APORs.
“Pati ang mga naka-schedule magpabakuna sa ibang siyudad ay makatatawid sa mga border dahil alam naman natin na may mga LGUs (Local Government Units) na nagbabakuna ng mga empleyado ng mga kumpanya na located sa kani-kanilang mga lugar. (Even those with scheduled vaccination in other cities will be allowed to cross border checkpoints since we all know that there are some LGUs that inoculate the employees of businesses within their areas).”
Police personnel manning border checkpoints have already been advised to allow persons under the “other APOR” category to cross borders.