Authorized persons outside residence (APOR). We're willing to bet this is an acronym you've only recently become familiar with, on account of the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group's (PNP-HPG) newfound zeal for ticketing motorists violating the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).


You may be familiar with it, but do you know what it means? Basically, APORs are people allowed to be out and about during the ECQ. These are healthcare workers, employees of essential services, frontliners, and the like.

It's a pretty straightforward concept to grasp, but one which many people don't seem to understand (or choose to ignore completely). Not sure if you're an APOR or not? Well, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has just released a list that'll settle the matter once and for all:

Authorized persons outside residence

1. Bank employees

2. Armored vehicle crew

3. Money transfer service employees

4. Grocery and convenience store employees

5. Public market vendors

6. Pharmacists and drug store employees

7. Restaurant staff and crew

8. Delivery personnel of cargo (two per vehicle)

9. Food and medical manufacturing establishment employees

10. Telecommunications key officials and employees

11. Cable and Internet provider employees

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12. Water company key officials and employees

13. Water delivery and refilling station crew

14. Power plant maintenance employees

15. Petroleum tanker drivers

16. Gasoline attendants

17. Coal delivery services

18. Garbage collectors

19. 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

20. Philippine National Police personnel

21. Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel

22. Philippine Coast Guard personnel

23. Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel

24. National Bureau of Investigation personnel

25. Office for Transportation Security personnel

26. Bureau of Customs personnel

27. Bureau of Immigration personnel

28. Philippine Ports Authority personnel

29. MMDA personnel

30. Company security officers and security guards

31. Force multipliers (Barangay officials and tanods)

32. All Department of Health officials and staff

33. LGU health facility personnel

34. Philippine Red Cross vehicles and staff bearing logo and IDs


35. World Health Organization country and regional offices core staff

36. Doctors and their drivers

37. Hospital staff and employees (including janitorial services)

38. Medical professionals and other employees

39. Private caregivers

40. Funeral service employees and immediate family of deceased

41. Senators and congressmen with their CoS

42. Department secretaries, undersecretaries, and assistant secretaries

43. Bureau directors

44. Ombudsman and deputy ombudsman

45. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, and Sandigan Bayan justices

46. Regional, Metropolitan, City and Municipal Trial Court judges and prosecutors

47. Governors

48. Media personalities including Presidential Communications Operations Office and attached agencies (with ID cards issued by PCOO)

There you have it. The MMDA's full list of APORs. As of April 17, 2020, the Philippines has a total of 5,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 387 deaths and 487 recoveries. For the latest COVID-19 cases, check out Reportr's COVID-19 case tracker. Stay home and stay safe, ladies.


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