Consular services remain suspended in NCR Plus during extended ECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   April 5, 2021   •   409


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced the temporary suspension of Consular services in DFA offices in the National Capital Region and in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna.

This, after the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was extended in the said ‘NCR Plus’ areas from Monday (April 5) to Sunday (April 11).

Specifically, the affected DFA offices include the Office of Consular Affairs in Aseana, Parañaque City, Consular offices in Antipolo, Dasmariñas, Malolos, and San Pablo City.

Passport and authentication applicants of these Consular Offices affected by the ECQ declaration from March 29 to April 9 will be accommodated beginning from the week after ECQ is lifted.

Emails will be sent to concerned passport and authentication applicants with their new appointment schedule.
Affected applicants are advised to refer to the email and the agency’s public advisory on the accommodation schedule that will be followed in the link –

“We again advise that schedules may still be subject to change if current ECQ restrictions continue or when local governments and mall partners which host these COs implement restrictions on access,” the DFA said in its advisory.

The DFA shall update its advisory should there be further changes.

These updates may be viewed at DFA’s official website

Hiling na isailalim sa ECQ ang 3 lugar sa Bicol, pinag-aaralan na – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2021

Pumalo sa 2,349 ang bilang ng bagong kaso ng COVID-19 sa Bicol Region sa huling dalawang linggo batay sa ulat ng Department of Health (DOH).

Batay sa tala ng DOH mula Hunyo 15, nangunguna sa may pinakamaraming kaso sa rehiyon ang mga lalawigan ng Albay (696), Camarines Sur (584), Sorsogon (341), Naga City (297), at Masbate (223).

Sa kasalukuyan, tanging ang Naga City ang nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) hanggang June 30, 2021.

Samantalang ang malaking bahagi ng Bicol Region ay nasa ilalim ng modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), ang pinakamaluwag na quarantine restriction.

Bunsod nito, hiniling ng Bicol Region medical groups sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) na mapasailalim sa pinakamahigpit na community quarantine ang mga lalawigan ng Albay, Camarines Sur, at Sorsogon pati na ang mga lungsod ng Legazpi, Naga, at Sorsogon.

Anila, nakababahala ang pagtaas ng kaso na iniuugnay sa local transmission bunsod ng maluwag na pagpapatupad ng minimum health standards, hindi pagsunod ng local officials sa Inter-Agency Task Force regulations, mabagal, inaccessible at di sapat na testing at poor contact tracing efforts at iba.

Ayon naman kay DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, pinag-aaralan na ng DILG ang apela ng mga medical frontliner.

“For Bicol, its under study. We are meeting with DOH this afternoon to hear their recommendations,” ani Malaya. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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16 barangays in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur placed under ECQ beginning June 9

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2021

The local government of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur will place 16 barangays under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) beginning June 9.

Sta. Maria Mayor Brigido Camarillo Jr. issued Executive Order No. 15, placing several areas under ECQ from June 9-22 due to the increasing cases of COVID-19. All other barangays are placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

“Due to sudden significant increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases lately in 16 barangays of the municipality, there is a need to impose heightened quarantine classification and more stringent protocols, thus the said 16 barangays shall be reclassified and placed under ECQ,” he said.

The following areas are placed under ECQ: Zone 2 in Brgy. Baliw Daya; Sitio Manugak in Brgy. Butir; Zone 2 in Brgy. Cabaroan; Zones 2, 3, 6 and 7 in Brgy. Danuman West; Zone 2 in Brgy. Dunglayan; Sitio Las-ud South in Brgy. Laslasong Norte; Castro Compound in Brgy. Laslasong Sur; Sitios Daya 2 and Guimod in Brgy. Lubong; Zone 5 in Brgy. Maynganay Sur; Zone 2 in Brgy. Nagtupacan; Zones 1, 2 and 4 in Brgy. Poblacion Norte; Zones 1, 2 and 7 (Sitio Bagong Barrio) in Brgy. Poblacion Sur; Zones 1, 3 and 5 in Brgy. Silag; Sitio Karot in Brgy. Suso; Zone 4 in Brgy. Tangaoan; and Zones 2 and 4 in Brgy. Tinaan.

Camarillo said farmers, fishermen, and farm workers in ECQ areas may be allowed to go out of their residence only for farm-related activities. All other individuals, except authorized persons outside residence (APOR) and those needing medical and dental assistance and services, are barred from going out of residence. AAC


Duterte to announce new quarantine status for May on April 28 — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce this week the community quarantine classifications for the month of May, Malacañang said Monday.

“Baka po si presidente na ang mag-anunsyo dahil ang talk to the people po ay sa Wednesday,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss its recommendations that will be submitted to the president for approval.

The National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively tagged as NCR Plus – are under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until April 30. Other areas in the country have also been placed under MECQ and general community quarantine.

Roque assured that the IATF and health experts will study the data on the COVID-19 situation in the country and carefully consider the daily attack rate, two-week attack rate, and health care utilization.

“Mayroon tayong mga assessment na dapat gawin, at itong mga assessment na ito ay kinakailangang magbigay ng kasagutan ang mga lokal na pamahalaan para maseguro namang hindi rin masayang yung ating halos isang buwang lockdown,” he said.

The task force will also revisit strategies, including the implementation of minimum health protocols, and if these are strictly enforced by local government units to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said he is in favor of extending the MECQ in the NCR Plus for another week or two as the country’s health systems capacity has yet to significantly improve amid the continuing threat of COVID-19. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)


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