COVID-19 Pandemic Issuances in the Philippines

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The Philippines, and the world, has been heavily hit by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.

At time of original publication of this article, there has been 450,000 cases reported and countless jobs have been lost.

The Philippines has created the "COVID-19 Inter-agency Task Force for the management of emerging infectious diseases", also known as the IATF, in order to manage and recommend policies to mitigate and combat COVID-19.

Likewise, various government agencies have issued their own guidelines in order to adjust policies to lessen the impact of COVID-19 to business in the Philippines.

The pandemic has even moved governments agencies to adopt processing of documents online.

Business have also adapted to the pandemic to move their workforce from an office set-up to a work-from-home (WFH) set-up.

The following is a list of issuances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, note that the list is still incomplete:


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Department of Health

COVID-19 Policies

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

Department Orders

Department OrderRemarks
Department Order No. 214, series of 2020Guidelines on processes and proceedings before the office of the Secretary of Labor and Employment, Bureaus and Regional Offices in areas under Community Quarantine.
Department Order No. 220, series of 2020Guidelines On the Implementation on the DOLE AKAP under RA 11494 otherwise known as the the ”Bayanihan to Recover as One Act"
Department Order No. 224, series of 2021Guidelines on Ventilations for workplaces and Public Transport to Prevent and Control the Spread of COVID-19

Labor Advisory

  • Labor Advisory No. 31-20 regarding Payment Of Deferred Holiday Pay During The National Emergency Arising From The Covid-19 Situation

Department of Trade and Industries

MC No.
On-Site Operational Capacity of Business Establishments, Persons and Activities in Various Community Quarantines23 April 2021

Department of the Interior and Local Government

MC No.
Compliance to IATF Resolution Nos. 98-A and 101 on Uniform Travel Protocols for Government Officials / Personnel and other Travelers, and on the Strict Enforcement of Minimum Health Protocols24 March 2021

Joint Issuance of DTI and DOLE

  • DTI and DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 issued on 1 May 2020.

Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases

The Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases or more commonly known as the "IATF" is responsible for recommending the quarantine classifications in the Philippines.

Omnibus Guidelines issued by IATF

Joint Memorandum Circular of Department of Trade and Industry

Office of the President


  • Proclamation No. 1107, series of 2021 regarding the amendment of Holidays and Special Non-Working Days for 2021

Memorandum Circular

Professional Regulation Commission

Commission on Elections

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