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The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) urged all private express and/or messengerial delivery service (PEMEDES) operators to collaborate with commercial establishments simplifying the delivery of food, water, medicine and other basic necessities in this present the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

This is to address the supply concerns of families while also following according to the national government and the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) directives in minimizing mobility and stick to social distancing protocols amid the pandemic.

The directive also aligns with the issued Department Order (DO) 004, stating PEMEDES operations as “a critical service amid the Luzon-wide quarantine,” the DICT said.

“By facilitating the movement of goods, especially essential ones like food, through PEMEDES operators, we aim to dissuade people from physically congregating at groceries, drugstores, and markets just to acquire supplies. The President has been firm in his direction to do whatever it takes to keep person-to-person infection from happening, and we believe that our delivery service providers could play an important role in fulfilling this order,” said DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II in a statement last Monday.

Through its Postal Regulation Division (PRD), DICT said that PEMEDES Operators presently partnering up with commercial establishments must give their status reports to the PRD via email at inquiry.pemedes@dict.gov.ph.

The ECQ imposed over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and other “high-risk” spots in the Philippines has been extended up to May 15, while the rest are following the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) standards.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Philippines are now totaling 7,777 with 932 recoveries and 511 deaths.

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