COVID-19 Red list: PH bars entry of travelers from Bermuda

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2021   •   578

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has updated its list of countries, jurisdictions, and territories that belong to the red, yellow, and green list, Malacañang said Friday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) revised the list to place the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda on red list.

Roque said Bermuda is the only country on the red list, while there are 49 countries on the green list.

Countries on the green list are the following:

  • American Samoa
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • China (mainland)
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Hungary, Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands)
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Taiwan
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Cook Islands
  • Eritrea
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

All other countries/jurisdictions/territories not listed above are on the yellow list.

Territories under the red list are considered as “high-risk,” the yellow list is composed of destinations classified as “moderate risk” while the green areas are those considered “low-risk” for COVID-19 based on disease incidence rate.

The updated list will take effect from Oct. 1 to 15.

Davao City lifts curfew hours, 24-hour liquor ban

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021

After almost a year, the government of Davao City lifted the curfew in all public places and the 24-hour ban on liquor amid declining cases of COVID-19 in the city.

In an executive order, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the 24-hour ban on selling of alcoholic beverages has been eased and would take effect from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Duterte-Carpio, however, said that serving of liquor for consumption in bars, restaurants, sari-sari stores, palengke (wet market), videoke, and other business establishments, and drinking liquor in all public places are still prohibited.

The modified liquor ban will be effective from October 26, 2021 to January 1, 2022.

Aside from easing ban on the sale of liquors, the city government also lifted the 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew in public places, also starting on October 26 to allow more mobility for residents and visitors in the city.

Mass gatherings, however, will remain limited. The city government also reminded the public to continue adhering to health protocols and to observe proper ventilation when in a closed space.

Duterte-Carpio said the local government intends to gradually reopen the city amid decreasing infections and increasing vaccination rate.

PRC allows deployment of dentists as vaccinators

Maris Federez   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has greenlit the deployment of dentists as vaccinators to ensure the faster rollout of government efforts against COVID-19.

This was announced by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Ben Hur Abalos during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the Nation public address aired Monday night.

However, Abalos said this needs an emergency order from the Department of Health (DOH).

“Sumulat na po ang Professional Regulatory Commission, papayagan na daw po nila ang mga dentista na maging vaccinators kung mayroon daw emergency order na galing sa DOH. Yan ang kailangan. ‘Di na kailangan i-amend ang batas at napakaraming manpower na maibibigay po ito,” Abalos said.

The MMDA chief added that Metro Manila mayors have expressed willingness to help the vaccination drive in the provinces, especially now that the NCR has already reached the desirable number of COVID-19 vaccinees.

“Tutulong po kami sa sinasabi ni po Sec. Vince [Dizon], Sec. Charlie [Galvez], at Sec. [Eduardo] Año ang mga Metro Manila mayors sa pagbabakuna po sa mga kapitbahay po naming,” Abalos said. —/mbmf

Duterte wants LGU officials to convince constituents to get vaccinated

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged local government officials to ramp up their respective COVID-19 vaccination programs.

“I urge LGUs to come up with the most systematic and efficient way of finding out who among your constituents have not yet vaccinated. Please do everything to convince them to get vaccinated,” he said during his weekly public address.

Duterte reported that as of October 24, the country has administered 55.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, where around 30 million were given as first doses and 25 million as second doses.

He added that the national government aims to fully vaccinate 50 million citizens by the end of the year.

“We also need to ramp up vaccination rate in various LGUs in order to reach our target of inoculating 50 million fully-vaccinated individuals by the end of the year,” Duterte said.

The president added that vaccine supply allocated for far-flung provinces must not expire and should preserve its integrity.

” Yung mga bakuna na sana umabot na doon sa pinakamalayong lugar and the provincial, city, and
municipal health officials will take over. Ang concern ko lang naman is that they would be able to preserve the integrity of the vaccines. That is very important. Ibig sabihin na hindi expired, walang sira, hindi ma-contaminate and all,” he said. AAC

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