DOT clarifies travel guidelines in areas under Alert Level 4

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2021   •   406

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) has clarified that residents in the National Capital Region who are below 18 and over 65 years old shall not be permitted to leave their residences for leisure travel following Alert Level 4 guidelines.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, in a statement, said that travelers will also be subject to reasonable restrictions based on age and comorbidities as may be determined by their respective local government unit (LGU) and the reasonable regulations of their destination’s LGU.

The tourism chief also reminded all tourism-related establishments in the NCR, such as Staycations, indoor visitor or tourist attractions, and indoor venues for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions (MICE) are prohibited under Alert level 4 as per IATF ruling.

The National Capital Region (NCR) will be placed under the Alert Level 4 classification from September 16-30.

Meanwhile, Puyat noted that the high inoculation rate among tourism workers from hotels will make dining in their restaurants safer.

“The good news is that 99 percent of tourism workers employed in hotels across Metro Manila have been vaccinated. All in all, tourism workers in NCR, including those in DOT-accredited restaurants recorded a 94 percent vaccination rate. This is an added assurance, not only to the safety of our guests but our tourism workers as well,” said Puyat.

The official added that under the current guidelines, outdoor or alfresco dine-in will be allowed at 30 percent venue capacity while indoor dine-in will be allowed at 10 percent only for fully-vaccinated individuals.

“Allowing fully vaccinated guests to dine in restaurants located inside DOT-accredited hotels and restaurants will slowly help restart the economy while making sure all our tourism workers and guests are safe,” she said. -AAC

House assures no delay in transmission of approved 2022 GAA to Senate

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HOR) targets to submit to the Senate the approved Php5.045-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2022 on or before October 27.

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said this will give the Senate enough time to examine the government spending plan for next year.

The amendments made in the proposed budget are as follows:

  • 5 billion for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, medical assistance for poor families, and the special risk allowance for healthcare workers;
  • 5 billion for five new C130 planes;
  • Php 504 million allotted for the operation of four state universities in the Bangsamoro region;
  • Additional Php10 billion for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program;
  • Php11 billion for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program and livelihood program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that will be used as an aid to families affected by COVID-19.
  • Php6 billion for service the service contracting program for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers; and
  • Php3 billion for the national broadband program of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT)

Velasco hopes that the bill will be submitted to Malacañang in December for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and signature.  —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Pagpapalawig ng COVID-19 pediatric vaccination naka-depende sa resulta ng phase 1 – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tatlumpung araw ang itatagal ng pilot implementation ng pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 sa Metro Manila.

Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH), phase 1 ng pediatric vaccination ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may co-morbidity at prayoridad sa unang linggo ng implementasyon ang mga batang may medical record na sa participating hospitals, naka-admit man o outpatient.

Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, wala pa silang maibibigay na detalye ukol sa phase 2 ng pediatric vaccination dahil nakasalalay sa result ng unang phase ang desisyon kung palalawigin ito.

“Ito po ang pag-uusapan ano, lahat po ng succeeding phases will be dependent on what happens sa pilot implementation, this Phase 1,” ani Vergeire.

“Titingnan natin lahat ng operational issues and different important aspects na kailangan natin ikonsidera bago po tayo lumipat sa Phase 2. That’s the main reason why we do pilot para makita po natin how we can further improve our processes,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon sa DOH, naka-abang rin sila sa magiging kalalabasan ng unang araw ng pagbabakuna, kasabay ng pagtitiyak na tututukan nilang maigi ang pagbabantay sa mga batang tinurukan ng bakuna.

“We still do not have that data right now. Unang-una wala po tayong national registry for this specific comorbidity of children. Meron ho tayong pailan-ilan in the bases for some of these comorbidities but it is not complete. What we are relying on right now, would be yung mga dadating sa ating mga ospital although meron ng pool of patients ang mga ito, na kanilang mga pasyente na talaga ng kanilang pediatricians doon sa hospitals that we have identified,” ani Vergeire.

“Maybe after one week, we can give you a rundown of how many children were vaccinated based on the number of patients that we have in that specific hospital,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong Biyernes sinimulan ng pamahalaan ang pilot pediatric vaccination saw along piling ospital sa Metro Manila.

Ang mga ito ay ang Philippine Children’s Medical Center,
National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center,
Pasig City General Hospital,
 Fe Del Mundo Medical Center,
 Philippine General Hospital,
 Makati Medical Center at ang St. Luke’s Medical Center sa Taguig. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

 

PH rolls out first phase of COVID-19 vaccination for minors

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 12 to 17 started Friday in eight selected hospitals in the National Capital Region.

Among the selected hospitals is the Pasig City General Hospital (PCGH) where 90 children received the first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

The priority this week will be given to children who are current patients or already have medical records in the said hospital.

According to PCGH administrator Dr. Arlene Samonte, none of the children who were vaccinated experienced immediate adverse reactions.

She added that the hospital had carefully placed the children under pre-screening and assessment before administering the vaccine to them.

“We gave some initial counseling and education, the side effect, of course… para they will know what to expect also,” Samonte said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Janice Ingente)

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