CALOOCAN City Mayor Oscar "Oca" Malapitan on Monday insisted that residents use color-coded quarantine passes, claiming it was proven effective in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

The mayor made the statement in reaction to an earlier pronouncement by the Metro Manila Council that quarantine passes would no longer be needed in the metropolis under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

"Unless the policy for the use of quarantine passes in the city is revoked, this will remain in force," Malapitan said.

Metro Manila's quarantine status has been downgraded from ECQ to MECQ effective August 21 until August 31.

During this period, indoor and outdoor dine-in services, personal care services and the conduct of physical religious gatherings, among others, will remain prohibited.

Malapitan said he directed the concerned local officials and departments to make sure the white, orange and green quarantine passes are being used under MECQ.

The city government said orange or green passes may be used by those who need to buy food or medicine. Orange passes, however, may be used only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., and between 5 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Holders of green passes are allowed to leave their houses on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., and between 1:31 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays, while informal workers, such as tricycle drivers and laborers, will be given white quarantine passes that can be used daily, considering the nature of their work while employees of offices, factories and other essential businesses would need only to show their company identification cards.

Reiterating his appeal to his constituents for their cooperation, saying the battle against the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 remains, Malapitan believed the city's color-coded quarantine pass system would help prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

The mayor said his stay-at-home policy for unauthorized persons outside residences would remain in effect as he instructed the city police chief, Col. Samuel Mina, to lead by apprehending those who violate the safety and health standards.