DTI welcomes move to shorten curfew hours in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2021   •   435

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez welcomed the decision of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) to shorten the uniform curfew hours being implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic-induced community quarantine.

In a Palace briefing on Monday, Lopez said shorter curfew hours would allow restaurants and other business establishments to operate for longer hours. This would also give workers and businesses additional income.

“Malaking tulong ito kasi yung extension ng opening hours nila will allow additional one or two more turnovers, yun palit ng tao and more customers,” Lopez said.

“Of course, mas malaking kita para sa mga workers sa mga istablisyementong iyon, that means they can close around 10, 10:30 and will still allow greater mobility,” he added.

On Monday, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Benhur Abalos, who is also the concurrent head of the MMC, announced that the 17 Metro Manila mayors have unanimously agreed to adjust the curfew hours in the region in a bid to spur economic activity.

Abalos said the curfew hours will be implemented from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. starting June 15. Previous curfew hours started at 10 p.m.

Metro Manila is under general community quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions until June 15.

Earlier in the day, Inter-Agency Task Force and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that new community quarantine classifications to be implemented in the country after June 15 will be announced on Monday night.

He said there is a possibility that Metro Manila and nearby areas will be placed under the regular GCQ due to lower COVID-19 daily and two-week attack rate and healthcare utilization rate.

Roque, however, noted that the number of COVID-19 cases remains high in the country.

“Most likely, it will be ordinary GCQ, this has been announced also publicly as the recommendation of our implementers, the Metro Manila mayors. Although I don’t want to second-guess, an ordinary GCQ would result in higher percentage capacity particularly for indoor dining and indoor facilities,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

LIST: Areas under MECQ, GCQ until Oct. 31

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the placement of several areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the latest risk-level classifications shall take effect beginning October 16 until October 31.

The following areas have been placed under MECQ:

  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Batanes
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Naga City
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga del Norte

Meanwhile, the following areas are placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions:

  • Abra
  • Baguio City
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Pangasinan
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • City of Santiago
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Quezon
  • Batangas
  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Negros Oriental
  • Bohol
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Butuan City
  • Surigao del Sur

Also approved under GCQ are the following areas:

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Dagupan City
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Tarlac
  • Lucena City
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Marinduque
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo Province
  • Cebu City
  • Cebu Province
  • Mandaue City
  • Siquijor
  • Tacloban City
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Iligan City
  • Davao City
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • North Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Cotabato City
  • Lanao del Sur

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine, Roque said.

Metro Manila mayors shorten curfew hours from midnight to 4 a.m.

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Council (MMC) will implement a shortened curfew beginning October 13, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Curfew hours in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. This is after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a downtrend of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the adjustment on curfew hours was approved unanimously by the 17 Metro Manila local chief executives due to the declining number of COVID-19 cases.

“Everything is going down. The number of COVID-19 cases is declining as well as the reproduction rate, according to DOH data and OCTA Research. In light of the recent developments particularly the steady decrease of active cases, the curfew hours being presently implemented in the NCR under Alert Level 4 has to be adjusted,” he said.

The current curfew hour is from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. following the implementation of a new alert level system. -AAC

Hiling na dagdag-presyo sa ilang holiday food items, pinag-aaralan pa – DTI

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Pinag-aaralan na ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang hiling ng ilang manufacturer na taasan ang presyo ng ilang produkto na kalimitang ginagamit kapag holiday season.

Ayon kay DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo, kabilang sa holiday food items na posibleng tumaas ang presyo ay ang ham, tomato sauce, at cream products.

“Siyempre kasi yung packaging iyan eh. Alam naman natin, tumaas na yung presyo ng tin can dahil global prices yan. So, tumaas ang presyo ng packaging nila and other cost components,” ani Castelo.

Ngunit ayon sa DTI, kailangang isaalang-alang sa pagtataas ng presyo ang kakayahan ng consumer sa pagbili ng mga nabanggit na produkto.

Kaya papakiusapan rin ng kagawaran ang mga manufacturer na gamitin pa rin ang 2019 suggested retail price gaya nang ginawa noong December 2020.

“So, we’ll see if we can keep that. Kung hindi, mag-a-adjust sila siguro ng kaunti. Ang request natin sa manufacturers, to keep the adjustment at the absolute minimum,” ani Castelo.

Tutol naman ang grupong Laban Konsyumer sa hiling na dagdag-presyo dahil bukod sa krisis dulot ng pandemya ay tuluy-tuloy rin ang pagtaas ng presyo ng produktong petrolyo.

“Kung gusto talaga nilang mag-generate ng benta even during the pandemic, ang mabuti status quo na lang muna ang presyo doon sa mga Noche Buena products sa halip na taasan pa,” ang wika ni Atty. Victorio Dimagiba, pinuno ng grupong Laban Konsyumer.

Payo naman ng DTI sa mga mamimili, agahan ang pamimili ng holiday food items habang hindi pa tumataas ang presyo ng mga ito.

 

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