Yesterday, PNP chief, Guillermo Eleazar, said that hatid-sundo (dropping off and fetching) of Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APORs) by non APORs would be prohibited by the police. The PNP chief added that previous policies were insufficient and were prone to abuse by individuals. In addition, the current Department of Transportation (DOTr) directive to maintain public transport operations should be sufficient for their commute.
However, the public, as well as the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) were not happy.
Today, largely due to public clamor, the PNP has now allowed hatid-sundo of APORs during ECQ (August 6 to 20, 2021). However, there are a couple of requirements that non-APORs need to meet in order to pass checkpoints and fetch their frontliner loved ones.
For non-APORs fetching workforce and medical frontliners to and from work, make sure to bring the following:
1. Certificate of Employment (COE) of the APOR
A. employer’s contact number
B. name of the designated non-APOR driver/ rider
C. the make, model and plate number of the vehicle used for hatid-sundo.
2. A copy of the Business Permit of the APOR’s employer.
Don't try to forge it
Gen. Eleazar issued a stern warning against those planning to forge these documents. He said the police will know if the documents are fake or legit, and those who will falsify will be held accountable. “Through this random counter-checking, we will be able to verify if the documents are fake or legitimate so I am warning our kababayan not to resort to forging these documents or abuse the issuances of these documents because we will make sure that you would be held accountable for that,” said Eleazar.
APORs are basically the workforce allowed by the government to provide the public with essential services, like in the manufacturing of goods, law enforcement/ civil defense, healthcare and transportation. To find out if you’re an APOR, read our story here.