Government to formulate common ordinance on face masks for LGUs

Marje Pelayo   •   July 10, 2020   •   1481

MANILA, Philippines – The national government is formulating a common ordinance on wearing face masks to be imposed by all local government units (LGU) across the country. 

This was among the issues discussed at a recent meeting between the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Council of Metro Manila Mayors. 

The said ordinance will set guidelines for law enforcers on accosting violators.

Iminumungkahi na po na magkaroon ng common ordinance para magpataw po ng parusa sa mga taong hindi nagsusuot ng masks sa mga pampublikong lugar (There have been proposals for a common ordinance to penalize individuals who refuse to wear a mask in public places) ,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. 

Magkakaroon po iyan ng common ordinance, (There will be a common ordinance),” he assured.

The plan was prompted by an incident where journalist Howie Severino, a COVID-19 survivor, was accosted by authorities after pulling down his mask to take a drink during an early morning bicycle ride in Quezon City. 

The city implements Ordinance No. 2936 which requires the use of face masks or other face-covering when in public places. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

Pagpapatupad ng mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, nakasalalay sa Kongreso – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nakasalalay sa Kongreso ang pagbalangkas ng batas kung gagawing sapilitan sa bansa ang pagpapabakuna kontra COVID-19.

Ito ang naging pahayag ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) matapos sabihin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na payag siyang gawing mandatory ang COVID-19 vaccination sa Pilipinas sa harap ng banta ng bagong COVID-19 variant na Omicron.

Ayon kay acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, wala sa kapangyarihan ng IATF na pilitin ang publiko na tumanggap ng COVID-19 vaccine.

“Kailangan po ng batas, mas magiging… mas magkakaroon ng mandatory enforcement kapag meron pong batas mula sa Congress at mapirmahan ni Pangulong Duterte, so it is up to congress to feel the need kung kinakailangan magkaroon ng batas to make it mandatory,” ani Nograles.

“As far as IATF is concerned, patuloy pa rin po ang ating pagmi-meeting tungkol d’yan at paguusap namin sa proposal na yan,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, iiminungkahi naman ni Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año na higpitan na lamang ang mga polisiya para sa mga hindi pa bakunado upang maengganyo ang mas marami pang Pilipino na magpabakuna.

Aniya, may kapangyarihan naman ang mga alkalde na maglabas ng kautusan o ordinansa para makumbinse ang kanilang mga constituent na magpaturok na ng COVID-19 vaccine.

“Hindi natin ima-mandatory but at least, we’ll make it harder for them to live while there’s a pandemic. It’s because of mutations, kung hindi ma-achieve ang herd immunity,” ani Año. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

COVID-19 Alert Level 1, hindi pa maaaring ideklara sa alinmang panig ng bansa – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Patuloy pang pinag-aaralan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) ang mga panuntunan upang maisailalim sa pinakamababang COVID-19 Alert Level ang isang lugar, ayon sa Malakanyang.

Ayon kay acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, ito ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya hindi pa makakapagdeklara ang pamahalaan ng Alert Level 1 sa alinmang panig ng bansa.

“Yung alert level 1, pina-finalize pa po natin lahat ng parameters na kinakailangan para ma-consider ang isang lugar na qualified mag-alert level 1. So, sa ngayon po, meron pa po kaming tini-tweak at pina-finalize na mga parameters. So, right now hindi tayo handa na mag-declare ng any alert level 1 sa ngayon,” ani Nograles.

Nakasaad sa panuntunan ng IATF sa nationwide implementation COVID-19 Alert Levels System na ang mga lugar na mababa at pababa ang case transmission, total bed utilization at intensive care unit (ICU) usage rate ang maaaring isailalim sa alert level 1.

Sa pinakamababang alert level, full on-site o venue at seating capacity na ang pinahihintulutan sa mga establisyemento at activities pero dapat ay maigting pa rin ang pagpapatupad ng public health standards.

Samantala, kumpyansa naman ang Duterte administration na maabot pa rin ng bansa ang four to five percent target economic growth rate para sa taong 2021.

Ito ay kahit mananatili sa COVID-19 alert level 2 ang Metro Manila at mga kalapit probinsya nito hanggang kalagitnaan ng Disyembre.

“Barring any unforeseen circumstances, kung patuloy itong pagbaba ng kaso, patuloy rin po ang pagbaba rin ng mga ADAR, two-week growth rate, at patuloy pa rin po ang safe reopening ng ating ekonomiya then we are very confident that we will reach our growth targets,” ani Nograles.

Muli namang nanawagan ang Palasyo sa publiko na magpabakuna na at sumunod sa mga panuntunan para sa ligtas na pagbubukas ng ekonomiya. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

MMDA to let IATF decide on restrictions on minors under Alert Level 2

Maris Federez   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that full mobility of minors and seniors remains status quo in the National Capital Region under Alert Level 2.

MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos said the 17 Metro Manila mayors will leave it to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to decide on the restrictions it will set for minors under the region’s current status.

“The IATF is the best position to decide on the mobility restrictions on minors considering that it has the necessary scientific and empirical data as well as the health epidemiological and pediatric experts,” Abalos said.

Concerns on whether minors should be allowed to go to malls surfaced after a two-year-old boy allegedly contracted coronavirus disease three days after going to the mall. —/mbmf

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