THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Sunday warned Private Express and/or Messengerial Delivery Service (PEMEDES) operators who violate the government’s guidelines on handling and delivering basic goods and necessities amid the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

The DICT said it received several complaints regarding the actions and protocols of some PEMEDES operators.

“The DICT advises all PEMEDES operators to strictly comply with the guidelines and directives… [if they want to] continue their operations for the delivery of basic goods and necessities amidst the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine,” the department said.

The department said social distancing of couriers or messengers is mandatory and should be strictly observed.

It said operators are also obliged to ensure that their staff is equipped with precautionary and protective equipment like face masks, gloves, and alcohol, among others.

“Violation or non-compliance will be sanctioned with the appropriate penalties which may include the suspension or revocation of the Government Authority granted to the PEMEDES Operators, after due process,” it added.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday last week announced a month-long “enhanced community quarantine.”

Under the rules, the movement of people would be limited to accessing basic goods and work, while police and quarantine officers will be present at border points.

The Department of Trade and Industry earlier said supermarkets, drugstores and banks would remain open, while cargo vehicles transporting basic goods would be allowed to cross the checkpoints unhampered. — Arjay L. Balinbin