Sectors Allowed to Operate During the ECQ and GCQ

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, Jr. shares the list of sectors that are allowed and not allowed to operate once the new normal, or the General Community Quarantine commences in some areas, in a press briefing held at the New Executive Building held today, April 28, 2020. This is along with the announcement of areas that will extend Enhanced Community Quarantine status until May 15, 2020, which includes Benguet and Baguio City.

The list is according to the recommendation of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and may be subject to changes once the official GCQ guidelines are released.

Sectors Allowed to Operate in both ECQ and GCQ

The following sectors are allowed to operate in both ECQ and GCQ areas:

Sectors Allowed in ECQ Allowed in GCQ
Agriculture and Fisheries, and its entire value chain, including manufacturing of feeds and fertilizers and pesticides Yes Yes
Manufacturing and Processing Plants and the entire value chain (raw materials, inputs, including packaging)

of Basic Food Products, Essential Products, Medicine and Medical supplies:

–          All Food;
–          Essential and Hygiene Products (Soaps, detergents, shampoo, and conditioners, diapers, feminine hygiene products, tissue, wipes and toilet papers, disinfectants);
–          Medicines and Vitamins;
–          Medical Products, such as PPEs Masks, Gloves, others

Yes Yes


Sectors Allowed in ECQ Allowed in GCQ
Hospitals and Medical Clinics Yes Yes
Dental and EENT Clinics (with strict health standards) Yes Yes
Retail Establishments (Groceries, Supermarkets, Hypermarkets, Convenience Stores, Public Markets, Pharmacies and Drug Stores Yes Yes
Telecommunications companies, internet service providers, cable television providers, including those who perform indirect services such as the technical, sales, and other support personnel, as well as the employees of their third-party contractors doing sales, installation, maintenance and repair works Yes** Yes
Housing Service Activities Yes** Yes
Energy companies, their third-party contractors and service providers, including employes involved in electric transmission and distribution companies, electric power plant and line maintenance, electricity market and retail suppliers, as well as those involved in the exploration, operations, trading and delivery of coal, oil, crude or petroleum and by-products (gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, jet oil, kerosene, lubricants), including refineries and depots or any kind of fuel used to produce electricity Yes** Yes
Employment activities (such as recruitment and placement, for essential activities) Yes** Yes
Construction workers accredited by DPWH to work on facilities identified for purposes of quarantine and isolation, including such facilities for the health sector, emergency works, flood control, and other disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation works Yes** Yes
Electronic Commerce Companies Yes** Yes
Food preparations and Water Refilling Stations Yes Yes
Logistics Service Providers (Cargo handling, Warehousing, Trucking, Freight Forwarding, and Shipping Line) Yes Yes
Delivery Services, whether or not e-commerce platform, in-house or outsourced, transporting only food, water, medicine, pet food, hardware products, or other basic necessities Yes Yes
Banks, Capital Markets, per section 5 of IATF Resolution No. 13 dated March 17, 2020 Yes Yes
Power, Energy, Water, IT and Telecommunications Supplies and Facilities, Waste Disposal Services; Technical Services to above utilities Yes Yes
Electricity, Gas, Steam, and Air Conditioning Supply Yes Yes
Postal and Courier Activities Yes Yes
Water Collection, Treatment and Supply Yes Yes
Waste Collection, Treatment and Disposal Activities; Expect Materials Recovery (Junk Shop) Yes Yes
Sewerage (except emptying of septic tanks) Yes Yes
Veterinary Activities Yes Yes
Repair and Installation of Machinery and Equipment Yes Yes
Repair of Computers and Personal and Household Goods Yes Yes
Services to Buildings and Landscape Activities (except landscape care) Yes Yes
Employment Activities (manpower services for essential activities) Yes** Yes**
Security and Investigation Activities Yes Yes
Programming and Broadcasting Activities Yes Yes
Rental and Leasing Activities (except for entertainment and gathering purposes) Yes Yes
Accommodation only for the following:

  • For areas outside Luzon, guests who have existing booking accommodations for foreigners as of May 1, 2020
  • Guests who have existing long-term bookings; Distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals
  • Repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine protocols
  • Non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine
  • Health care workers and other employees from exempted establishments under the Omnibus Guidelines and applicable Memoranda from the Executive Secretary
Yes** Yes**
Extraction of Crude petroleum and Natural Gas Yes Yes
Gasoline Station Yes Yes
Laundry Shops (including self-service) Yes Yes
Funeral Services Yes Yes

NOTE: ** – newly included in DTI Memorandum Circular No. 20-22


Sectors Allowed in ECQ Allowed in GCQ
Export Companies (with temporary accommodation and shuttle services; Work from Home) Yes Yes
Business Processing Outsourcing Companies (with temporary accommodations and shuttle services; Work from Home) Yes** Yes
Mining and Quarrying Yes Yes

NOTE: ** – newly included in 4/27/2020 IATF meeting

Sectors NOT Allowed to Operate in ECQ but Allowed in GCQ

The following sectors are still NOT allowed to operate in ECQ areas but are allowed to operate in GCQ areas:

Sectors Allowed in ECQ Allowed in GCQ
Other Manufacturing Activities

–          Beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks)
–          Cement and Steel
–          Electrical Machinery
–          Wood products, Furniture
–          Non-metallic products
–          Textiles/ Wearing apparels
–          Tobacco products
–          Paper and Paper products
–          Rubber and Plastic Products
–          Refined petroleum products
–          Other non-metallic mineral products
–          Computer, Electronic, and Optical products
–          Electrical Equipment
–          Machinery and Equipment
–          Motor Vehicles, Trailers, and Semi-Trailers
–          Other Transport Equipment
–          Others

No Yes

Other Services

Sectors Allowed in ECQ Allowed in GCQ
Malls and Commercial Centers (include hardware stores, clothing and accessories, and non-leisure stores) No (only banks, supermarkets, and hardware stores) Yes (limited opening hours)
Other Financial Services such as Money Exchange, Insurance, Reinsurance, and Pension Funding, except Compulsory Social Security No Yes**
Management Consultancy Activities No Yes**
Computer Programming (such as writing, modifying, testing and supporting software, planning and designing computer systems), information service activities (such as data processing and hosting activities) and other related activities No Yes**
Other activities such as photography services; fashion, industrial, graphic, and interior design No Yes**
Other non-leisure wholesale and retail establishments and activities:

  • Wholesale and Retail Trade of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, and Bicycles, including their parts and components
  • Repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles (including vulcanizing shops, battery repair shops, auto repair shops)
  • Hardware stores
  • Bookstores and school and office supplies stores
  • Baby care supplies stores
  • Pet food and pet care supplies
  • IT, communications, and electronic equipment
  • flower, jewelry, novelty, antique, perfume shops
No Yes**
Essential public and private construction projects, such as but not limited to sewerage, water services facilities, and digital works, and health facilities, and priority projects No Yes**
Barbershops, salons, spas, and other personal care industries No Yes (with strict health standards) can change tomorrow
Wholesale and Retail trade and repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles No Yes
Forestry and Logging No Yes
Publishing Activities No Yes
Motion Picture, Video and Television Program Production, Sound Recording, and Music Publishing Activities No Yes
Advertising and Market Research No Yes
Real Estate Activities (For GCQ, include leasing, buying, selling, subdividing, appraising, and development of cemetery and columbarium) (Leasing allowed) Yes**
Office Administrative, Office Support, and Other Business Activities No Yes
Legal and Accounting No Yes
Insurance, Reinsurance, and Pension Funding, except Compulsory Social Security No Yes
Architecture and Engineering Activities; Technical Testing and Analysis No Yes
Scientific and Research Development No Yes
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Activities No Yes
Social Work Activities without accommodation No Yes
Government office – Frontline offices No (skeletal force only) Yes (all government offices)

NOTE: ** – newly included in DTI Memorandum Circular No. 20-22

Sectors NOT Allowed to Operate in both ECQ and GCQ

The following sectors are NOT allowed to operate in ECQ and GCQ areas:

Sectors Allowed in ECQ Allowed in GCQ
Gyms/ Fitness studios and sports facilities No No
Entertainment industries such as but not limited to:

–          Theaters;
–          Cinemas;
–          Large concerts;
–          Festivals;
–          Carnivals;
–          Conventions;
–          Shows;
–          Pubs; and
–          Bars

No No
Business-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to:

–          Trade shows;
–          Conferences;
–          Conventions;
–          Workshops; and
–          Retreats

No No
Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural center art galleries, botanical and zoological gardens No No
Sports-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to:

–          Trainings;
–          Games;
–          Tournaments; and
–          Championships

No No
Politically-related mass gatherings, including but not limited to:

–          Election rallies;
–          Polling centers;
–          Parades; and
–          Speeches/Addresses

No No
Gambling and Betting Activities such as but not limited to:

–          Cockfighting
–          Casinos

No No
Travel Agencies, tour operators, reservation service and related activities No No
Tourist destinations such as but not limited to:
–          Water parks
–          Beaches
–          Resorts (except those used as quarantine facility)
No No
Kids amusement industries such as but not limited to:
–          Toy Stores
–          Playgrounds
–          Playrooms
–          Rides
No No
Any other amusement, leisure, gaming, and tourism establishments that promote mass gathering No No
Activities of Member Organizations No No
Personal Care Services such as:
–          Massage Parlors
–          Sauna bath establishments
–          Facial Care
–          Foot Spa
–          Waxing Salons
No No


Source: PCOO, Department of Trade and Industry

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