IATF approves ELCAC’s ‘Bike for Peace and Justice’ in GCQ, MGCQ areas

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2021   •   272

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the request of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) to conduct a bicycle event.

Presidential and concurrent IATF-MEID Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a press statement released on Friday, said the event dubbed as “Bike for Peace and Justice” will be held nationwide.

“This, however, shall be held only in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine and General Community Quarantine,” Roque said.

The cycling event will be held on July 17 to commemorate the passing of 21-year old football player Kieth Absalon and his cousin, Nolven, 40.

Keith and Nolven were cycling with a group when an anti-personnel mine (APM) exploded by the roadside in Masbate City on June 6.

The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) took responsibility for the death of the Absalon cousins. —/mbmf

WHO vaccine trial staff, participants allowed to leave homes – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Participants in the Solidarity Trial for COVID-19 vaccines led by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be allowed to leave their homes as they are now considered as healthcare workers, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the new policy include researchers, workers, members, and affiliate staff of the Solidarity Trial Vaccines Team.

“Pinayagan silang mag-interzonal at intrazonal movement regardless of community quarantine classifications and impositions of granular lockdowns,” Roque said during a televised briefing.

The trial’s target participants and eligible patients who reside in areas under granular lockdowns will also be allowed to leave their residences “strictly for purposes necessary for the clinical trial.”

However, they are not allowed to leave the area under granular lockdown, he added.

Roque said the policy was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force during its meeting on Thursday.

COVID-19 vaccination bago ang pilot run ng in-person classes, hindi pa mauumpisahan

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi pa magagawa sa ngayon ang pagbabakuna sa mga bata laban sa sakit na COVID-19, ayon sa Malakanyang.

Ginawa ng palasyo ang pahayag kasunod ng panukala ng ilang eksperto na mabakunahan muna kontra COVID-19 ang mga estudyante bago ang pilot run ng limited face-to-face classes.

“Hindi pa po natin mababakunahan ang mga kabataan kasi ‘di pa po tayo nagsisimula. Ito naman po ay limited naman po na pilot involving only 100 public schools, tsaka 20 private schools at sa mga lugar na mababa naman po talaga ang kaso, sa mga MGCQ areas,” ani Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Sa panayam sa UNTV Get It Straight with Daniel Razon nitong Biyernes, sinabi ni Dr. Rontgene Solante na dapat mabakunahan muna ang mga estudyante na magiging kabahagi sa dry run ng face-to-face classes dahil sa nagpapatuloy pa ring banta ng COVID-19.

Si Solante ay isang infectious disease expert at miyembro ng vaccine expert panel ng Department of Science and Technology.

“Mas maganda pa rin na mayroong bakuna ang bata at the same time, maganda rin ang environment in terms of the risk of transmission, doble ang magiging proteksyon niyan at less ang epekto ng transmission sa mga bata na they can also develop severe infection if they have comorbidities,” ani Solante.

Una nang inanunsiyo ng Department of Education na gagawin lamang ang limited in-person learning sa mga lugar na mababa ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Pili lang din ang mga paaralang maaaring lumahok sa programa at kailangang pasado ang mga pasilidad nito para sa kaligtasan ng mga bata at gurong kasama sa pilot run.

Kailangan ding may consent ng mga magulang ang paglahok ng kanilang mga anak sa dry run ng physical classes.

Samantala, sinabi rin ni Roque na wala pang desisyon si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa panukala ng National Task Force against COVID-10 na umpisahan sa kalagitnaan ng Oktubre ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17.

Aniya, kailangan pang talakayin ang nasabing panukala sa mga pagpupulong ng Inter-Agency Task Force.

IATF amends guidelines in NCR alert level 4 restrictions

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (AITF-MEID) has amended the guidelines for the implementation of the Alert Level 4 in the National Capital Region (NCR), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the revised guidelines will take effect on October 1 should the pilot implementation of the alert level system be extended next month.

The new strategy is being imposed in virus hotspots in the NCR until September 30.

The amendments recently approved by the IATF include allowing individual outdoor exercises within general area of residence for persons not required to remain in their respective homes.

Authorities earlier allowed outdoor exercises for residents regardless of health and vaccination status, but they shall only be limited to moving within their village or barangay.

Gatherings for necrological services, wakes, inurnment, funerals for those who died of causes other than COVID-19 and for the cremains of COVID-19 deceased shall be allowed.

Attendance to these services, however, will only be limited to immediate family members, the IATF said.

All contact sports, whether indoor or outdoor, will remain prohibited. Those being conducted under a “bubble-type” setup are exempted.

Personal care establishments and home services are still not allowed. These services include aesthetic and cosmetic services or procedures, make up services, spas, reflexology, wellness, and holistic services and other similar procedures.

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