Gov’t allows outbound non-essential travels for Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2020   •   656

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Friday (October 16) that the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 finally lifted restrictions on outbound non-essential travels for Filipinos effective October 21.

IATF Resolution 79 stressed, however, that Filipino travelers should have a confirmed roundtrip tickets, proper travel and health insurance for tourist visa holders and a declaration understanding the risk of COVID-19.

They are, likewise, required to submit a negative antigen test result that is valid within 24 hours prior to departure.

Outbound Filipino travelers should also follow the COVID-19 guidelines imposed by the National Task Force for returning overseas Filipinos.

Likewise, interzonal travels from areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) to areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) are also permitted even those previously considered as non-authorised persons outside of residence.

“Pinayagan na po ng ating IATF ang interzonal travel maski po yung mga non-APORs between GCQ and MGCQ areas at pinapayagan po rin ang travel between MGCQ papunta po dun sa madedeklarang mga new normal,” Roque announced.

The Palace official also announced that as part of the further reopening of the economy, business establishments like malls are now allowed to hold sales and marketing events to attract customers and to promote economic activity in the country.

However, strict compliance to the guidelines imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is expected in mall operations.

“Ang mga establishments at mga malls may hold activities para magkaroon ng economic o business activity, it po yung mga sale, [Establishments and malls may hold sales events to promote economic or business activity,]” Roque said.

Pero subject po ito sa [But still it is subject to] DTI guideline in the operation of malls and shopping malls,” Roque concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Gyms, fitness studios to reopen at 30% capacity beginning June 16

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the reopening of gyms, fitness studios, and other indoor non-contact sports venues in the  National Capital Region (NCR) Plus.

In a statement issued on Friday (June 11), the IATF announced that it has released Resolution No. 120 which allows the reopening of fitness studios, gyms, skating rinks, and racket sports courts at 30% capacity beginning June 16.

“Such venues are strongly encouraged to allow their regular members with recurring monthly subscription who opt not to avail of the services, to suspend their memberships for the duration of their limited opening,” the resolution reads.

The said establishments, however, would still need to secure safety seal certification before reopening. Minimum health standards should also be observed which includes wearing of face masks, strict physical distancing, and proper ventilation. AAC

PRC request to hold licensure exams from July to September ‘provisionally approved’ – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has “provisionally” approved the request of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to conduct licensure examinations this year, Malacañang said Friday.

Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said PRC’s request to facilitate licensure examinations from July to September was approved during an IATF meeting on Thursday.

Roque, however, noted that the conduct of PRC licensure examinations is subject to conditions.

These include “PRC’s health and safety protocols and the observance of minimum public health standards, the issuance of the PRC-DOH-PNP guidelines, and the community quarantine classification of the concerned areas.”

According to the PRC website, licensure examinations set to be held in July to September this year include those for nurses, physicians, veterinarians, social workers, landscape architects, professional teachers, among others.

IATF wants to extend int’l travel ban to June 15 — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   May 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force on COVID-19 response has recommended the extension of restrictions on travelers from a list of countries by two more weeks, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) wants to extend the travel ban until June 15 but President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide on the proposal.

“Bagaman, mayroon pong rekomendasyon ang IATF to extend yung existing travel bans until June 15 pero uulitin ko po wala pa pong desisyon ang ating presidente tungkol dito,” Roque said in a press briefing.

The national government earlier barred the entry of travelers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates until May 31 in a bid to prevent the spread of B.1.617 COVID-19 variant first detected in India.

The Philippines, however, still recorded cases of the said variant despite the ban. The country has detected a total of 13 cases of the B.1.617 variant since it confirmed its first two cases on May 11.

Roque also said that President Rodrigo Duterte will announce the new community quarantine classifications in the country for the month of June when he addresses the public on Monday night.

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