Bagong listahan ng mga maaaring lumabas ng bahay sa ilalim ng MECQ, ilalabas ng PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2020   •   4779

MANILA, Philippines – Maglalabas ng bagong listahan ng authorized persons outside residence (APOR) ang Philippine National Police (PNP) para sa mga lugar na isasailalim sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) simula sa May 16.

Sa panayam sa programang Get it Straight with Daniel Razon ngayong Miyerkules, sinabi ni Joint Task Force Coronavirus (JTF CV) Shield commander Police Lieutenant Guillermo Eleazar na kailangang i-update ang listahan ng APOR dahil papayagan na ang limitadong operasyon ng ilang opisina at negosyo sa ilalim ng MECQ.

“There are two categories ng mga authorized na pwede lumabas base on the permitted establishments. Una, the work force nitong mga establisyimento na permitted (to operate), at pangalawa, ito pong mag-aavail ng mga good and services,” ani Eleazar.

Noong Martes, inanunsyo ng pamahalaan na mula sa extended enhanced community quarantine ay lilipat na sa MECQ ang Metro Manila, Laguna at Cebu City pagkatapos ng May 15. Tatagal ito hanggang sa May 31.

Ang ibang lugar naman na itinuturing na may moderate- at low-risk sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ay isasailalim na sa general community quarantine (GCQ) at modified (GCQ).

Sa ilalim ng MECQ, kalahati ng kabuuang workforce ng mga kumpanya ay papayagan nang magbalik-operasyon, papayagan rin ang limitadong transportasyon ng essential goods at services habang mananatili namang bawal ang pagkakaroon ng physical classes sa mga paaralan.

Magiging bahagi na rin ng tinatawag na “new normal” ang palagiang pagsusuot ng face mask, pagdi-disinfect at physical distancing.

Aminado si Eleazar na malaking hamon ang kakaharapin ng pulisya sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan at seguridad lalo’t madaragdagan na ang mga taong maaaring lumabas ng kanilang mga bahay sa susunod na linggo.

Kaugnay nito, mas paiigtingin ng pulisya ang pagbabantay sa quarantine controlled points pati na ang pagpapatrolya upang matiyak na sumusunod pa rin ang publiko sa ipinatutupad na health protocols kontra COVID-19.

Paalala ni Eleazar sa mga empleyadong papasok na sa trabaho na dalhin ang kanilang Identification card at iba pang mga dokumento para makadaan sa checkpoint.

Habang ang mga taong lalabas para sa essential goods at services naman ay mahigpit na sasalain.

Babantayan rin ng pulisya ang mga establisimyento, gaya ng malls, upang masegurong walang pupunta roon para lamang tumambay.

Sinabi rin ni Eleazar na tuloy ang pagpapatupad ng curfew pati na rin ang pagbabantay sa mga lumalabag sa quarantine protocols. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

MECQ in Lanao del Sur, GCQ in Metro Manila, five other areas starting October 1

Marje Pelayo   •   September 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Starting Thursday (October 1), new quarantine classifications will take effect across the country and will remain for a duration of one month, as announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in his late night public address Monday (September 28).

The President approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force to place under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) areas in the province of Lanao del Sur including Marawi City from October 1 to 31. 

Meanwhile, six areas in the country will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) after the end of September.

These include Metro Manila, Batangas, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City and Iloilo City.

The rest of the country will be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The President said he is pleased with how the local governments are responding to the crisis brought about by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He reiterated the national government’s readiness to respond and continue its services especially in the face of a pandemic despite the criticisms.

Mga kababayan ko, wag kayong masyadong maniwala diyan sa mga atake-atake (My countrymen, don’t listen to the attacks too much). It would just muddle up your mind,” he said.

Nandito kami (We are here). Our purpose is to serve and to work, if we cannot serve, and if we cannot work, then we might as well get out of the government as ask somebody else to take over,” the president concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Iloilo City placed under MECQ from Sept. 25 until Oct. 9

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Iloilo City has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective September 25 until October 9 due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque the new measure is based on the issued Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 74 which also requires facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.

However, the resolution exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities as confirmed by the local health officer.

Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

On Tuesday (September 22), 33 employees of the Iloilo City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the three-day temporary closure of the establishment beginning Wednesday (September 23) as declared by Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order No. 215-A.

Prior to that, 13 barangays in the city were placed under total lockdown due to the increase in community transmission of COVID-19.

Police units join pursuit against Maguindanao bombers

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2020

Map of Maguindanao

MANILA, Philippines — Police special fighters backed by light armor units have joined the pursuit operations against the suspects behind a roadside bombing in Maguindanao on Friday night (September 18).

According to a statement sent by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the media on Saturday, the bombing resulted in the death of a Marine personnel and the wounding of four other military men.

The report said that personnel of the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office, the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, the 404th Special Action Company, and the Light Armor Unit of the PNP-SAF were first to respond to the scene of explosion at 7:50 PM on Friday along the provincial road near the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Shariff Aguak.

Police post-blast investigators have likewise sifted through the debris around the seat of explosion of the suspected improvised explosive device (IED).

The report also said that PNP Chief, PGen. Camilo Pancratrius P Cascolan, was informed of the incident thru the PNP Command Center.

Cascolan then immediately alerted newly-installed PRO-BAR Regional Director, PBGen. Samuel Rodriguez to mobilize maneuver units for tactical operations against the suspects.

The personnel of the Philippine Marines on board a troop carrier were reportedly coming from a military operation against BIFF elements in Barangay Salman when the bombing happened.

They were immediately rushed to the nearby IPHO by the responding PNP personnel. — /mbmf

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