The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday said barangay officials who will implement the President’s directive to restrict the movement of unvaccinated individuals in their respective barangays will do so within the bounds of the law.
“The President is merely exercising his authority as Chief Executive under the public health emergency. He was very clear in his directive that an arrest will only be a last resort. Pakiusapan muna na pumirmi sa bahay (Appeal for them to stay home). Barangay officials may only arrest the unvaccinated individual who refuses to cooperate and who are leaving the homes for non-essential purposes,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año in a media release.
In a report in PNA, Año advised the public to bring their vaccination cards at all times and show these to barangay officials and police officers as proof of vaccination upon request.