The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has released an official list of persons authorized to leave their homes during the period of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the whole island of Luzon. 

While the ECQ’s objective is to lessen interaction between people and practice social distancing as precautionary measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, some people based on the nature of their jobs cannot really afford this rule upon them. The problem is, most people do not really understand who are actually authorized to drive out of their homes aside from those who were given quarantine passes. 

To clear out that blur, here’s the full list of all Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) from the MMDA itself: 

  • Bank employees
  • Grocery and convenience store employees
  • Public market vendors
  • Restaurant staff and crew
  • Armored vehicle crew
  • Delivery personnel of cargo (two per vehicle)
  • Money transfer service employees
  • Pharmacists and drug store employees
  • Cable and Internet provider employees
  • Food and medical manufacturing establishment employees
  • Gasoline attendants
  • Coal delivery services
  • Water company key officials and employees
  • Water delivery and refilling station crew
  • Garbage collectors
  • Telecommunications key officials and employees
  • Petroleum tanker drivers
  • Power plant maintenance employees
  • Emergency responders (Bureau of Fire Protection, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Barangay Health Emergency Response Team, LGU officials
  • Philippine National Police personnel
  • Philippine Coast Guard personnel
  • Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel
  • Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel
  • Bureau of Customs personnel
  • Office for Transportation Security personnel
  • MMDA personnel
  • Bureau of Immigration personnel
  • Philippine Ports Authority personnel
  • National Bureau of Investigation personnel
  • Company security officers and security guards
  • LGU health facility personnel
  • Doctors and their drivers
  • Force multipliers (Barangay officials and tanods)
  • All Department of Health officials and staff
  • Philippine Red Cross vehicles and staff bearing logo and IDs
  • World Health Organization country and regional offices core staff
  • Hospital staff and employees (including janitorial services)
  • Medical professionals and other employees
  • Private caregivers
  • Department secretaries, undersecretaries, and assistant secretaries
  • Bureau directors
  • Funeral service employees and immediate family of deceased
  • Ombudsman and deputy ombudsman
  • Governors
  • Senators and congressmen with their CoS
  • Regional, Metropolitan, City and Municipal Trial Court judges and prosecutors
  • Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, and Sandigan Bayan justices
  • Media personalities including Presidential Communications Operations Office and  attached agencies (with ID cards issued by PCOO)


According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, motorists will be apprehended for not following the ECQ guidelines. In case you are not aware, there’s also a limit on the number of passengers allowed for every vehicle. A sedan, for example, can only carry up to four passengers.

Violators will have to face a fine of Php5,000 from the MMDA. Meanwhile, those who will be caught driving out but appears not to fall under the APOR listed above will have to pay a Php1,000 fine for disobedience, in addition to confiscation of license. Bottomline is: stay at home, folks! 

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