Cebu Pacific scheduled flights to continue amid MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   April 12, 2021   •   314

MANILA, Philippines – Budget carrier Cebu Pacific said it will continue to operate scheduled flights amid the declaration of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the NCR Plus area covering Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal from April 12 to 31.

In an advisory, Cebu Pacific said it will continue to serve essential travelers in compliance with the directive of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) which allows only authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) to travel for the time being.

“Cebu Pacific will continue to operate its domestic and international flights as scheduled. However, passengers who wish to postpone their flights and those traveling for non-essential reasons may select their preferred option through the Manage Booking portal on the Cebu Pacific website,” the firm said.

Affected passengers may do so up to two hours before their scheduled time of departure.

Passengers are given the option to rebook (unlimited) or the two-year travel fund option for their affected flight.

For updated advisories, the public is advised to refer to Cebu Pacific’s official website https://www.cebupacificair.com/pages/travel-advisories.

Voter registration in NCR Plus, other MECQ areas remain suspended — Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The voter registration and voter’s certification remain suspended in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus and other areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced.

In an advisory on Sunday, Comelec said the voter registration and the issuance of voter’s certification in the NCR Plus remain suspended from May 1 to 14.

The National Capital Region and nearby provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively called NCR Plus – are under extended MECQ until May 14.

The areas of Santiago City in Isabela, Abra, and Quirino were placed under MECQ until May 31.

Comelec said voter registration and the issuance of voter’s certification will also be suspended in the same period.

“For the duration of the MECQ in NCR Plus and other areas, the Comelec Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) in Intramuros, Manila will be attending exclusively to voter registration applicants with urgent travel needs,” the poll body said.

The poll body further said that voter registration and issuance of voter’s certification in the rest of the country under general community quarantine or modified GCQ will be open from Mondays to Thursdays.

COMELEC said OFOV may be reached via its official social media account, email address, and contact numbers +639050341558 or +639518759882.

P8.4-billion aid distributed to qualified beneficiaries in NCR — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) have now distributed a total of P8.41-billion or 75.28 percent of financial assistance to qualified low-income beneficiaries, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Friday.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año commended the NCR LGUs for the “systematic and orderly” distribution of the assistance to beneficiaries despite the challenges of distribution during a pandemic.

“Given that 75% of the ayuda has been distributed, I am confident that the NCR LGUs will be able to complete the distribution by May 15. In fact, some are now close to finishing the distribution of the financial assistance,” he said.

“They have really been putting up the work at hindi rin naman po ito biro sa gitna nang maraming hamon na ating kinakaharap ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” he added.

Año said that together with the P8.41-billion financial aid distributed in NCR, a grand total of P16.29-billion financial aid has now been given to beneficiaries in the NCR Plus, which includes the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.

He said that from April 6-29, 2021, a total of 8,410,659 actual beneficiaries have received their assistance in the NCR with Caloocan City leading at a 96.31 percent distribution rate amounting to more than P1.29-billion.

As of April 29, 2021, Caloocan City tops the NCR LGUs in the aid distribution followed by Quezon City with 94.96 percent or P2.36-billion; Mandaluyong City with 92.51 percent corresponding to P337-million; and, Navotas City with 90.68 percent or P181-million worth of financial aid.

Meanwhile, the City of Manila (88.39 percent), the Municipality of Pateros (87.69 percent), and the City of San Juan (80.40%) were also among the top LGUs that have distributed the most financial assistance to their constituents and are all beyond the 80% distribution percentage.

LGUs from Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were also able to tally a high distribution percentage of 67.11 percent and are more than halfway through the dissemination of cash aids in their jurisdictions.

Laguna leads with 81.29 percent or P2.2-billion worth of financial assistance distributed as of April 29, 2021 followed by Bulacan with 67.22 percent or P1.99-billion; Rizal with 64.61 percent or P1.69-billion; and, Cavite with 57.82 percent or P1.99-billion, the DILG said.

“With the extended deadline and the proactive stance of our LGUs, most of which have registered high compliance rate in their ayuda distribution, we can see that all financial aid will be distributed before the deadline we set,” Año said.

IATF adds Ifugao under MECQ, Puerto Princesa City under GCQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has added Ifugao Province to areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) level, and Puerto Princesa City under general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the two areas were added after the IATF finalized on Thursday the quarantine classifications following appeals from several local government units.

Roque said the IATF based its decision on the two-week daily attack rate of COVID-19 and hospital care utilization rate in the said areas.

Aside from Ifugao, the areas of Abra, Santiago City, Quirino, National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna were also placed under MECQ until May 14.

Other than Puerto Princesa City, other areas under GCQ until May 31 are Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province in CAR; Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A; Tacloban City in Region 8; Iligan City in Region 10; Davao City in Region 11; and Lanao del Sur in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine for the month of May.

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