IATF approves partial lifting of inbound travel restrictions for returning residents of Region VI

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 16, 2020   •   548

Returning residents of Region VI can now return to their hometowns after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the partial lifting restrictions on inbound travel in the region.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Region VI can finally come home.

“Mabuting balita po doon sa mga locally stranded na mga indibidwal galing po sa Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Antique at Iloilo City, na-lift na po ang moratorium sa pag-uuwi ng mga mamamayan na taga-rito. Puwede na po kayo muling umuwi,” he said.

The IATF issued resolution no. 71 lifting the temporary suspension of inbound travel of returning residents.

This was after local government units requested a moratorium on inbound travel of locally stranded individuals in Region IV, Iligan, and Lanao del Sur from September 7 to 21. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Cebu LGU, binawi na ang kautusan para sa uuwing OFWs, ROFs

UNTV News   •   June 23, 2021

CEBU, Philippines — Binawi na ni Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia ang inilabas nitong Executive Order No. 23 noong Lunes, kung saan binalaan ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na kakasuhan kung lalabag sa swab-upon- arrival policy ng lalawigan at ang magpipilit na i-quarantine ang mga uuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

Sa pahayag ng gobernador ng Cebu, ipatutupad na sa probinsya ang itinakdang health protocols ng National Covid-19 Task Force hinggil sa testing at quarantine sa mga OFWs at ROFs.

Ang naturang pagbawi ay bunsod ng naging pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi exempted ang Cebu sa pagpapatupad sa itinakdang guidelines ng national government.

“In-deference to the president, I am announcing right now that the executive order that I issued, EO 23, yesterday reminding all heads of government agencies that the provincial ordinance was in-effect. I am now setting aside in deference to the the president” sinabi ni Gov. Garcia

Tuloy pa rin ang pagpapatupad swab-upon-arrival policy ngunit kailangan ng manatili sa isang quarantine facility ng mga OFWs at ROFs sa loob ng sampung araw.

Samantala, may nakatakdang pagpupulong sa June 28, 2021 si Governor Garcia kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque kasama ang mga technical expert upang pag-usapan ang IATF guidelines. (Ulat mula kay Iris Madelo)

 

No need to wear face shields outdoors, Palace says

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The public no longer needs to wear face shields in outdoor settings except for places with many people like public markets and public transportation, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) only appealed for the mandatory wearing of face shields in indoor places such as malls and other commercial establishments.

“Sa mga nagtatanong kung kailangan pa ba ang face shield, ang malinaw po ganito, hindi na kinakailangan ng face shield sa labas kasi hindi naman inapela ‘yan ng IATF,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Ang inapela lang ng IATF ay ‘yung pagsuot ng face shields sa loob kasama na sa mga malls at iba pang commercial establishments at sa mga pampublikong transportasyon,” he added.

Roque said the policy on the use of face shields will be discussed in the weekly “Talk to the People” address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night.

“Mamayang gabi ay magkakaroon ng Talk to the People address kung saan ang polisiya sa face shield ang isa sa mga pag-uusapan,” he said.

Roque last week said that the IATF has recommended to the president to continue requiring the use of face shields in indoor or enclosed spaces like hospitals, schools, workplaces, commercial establishments (such as but not limited to food establishments, malls, and public markets), public transport and terminals, and places of worship.

The task force made the recommendation after Duterte remarked about the use of face shields only in hospitals during his conversation with some senators.

Pending Duterte’s decision on the matter, the Palace said the face shield policy will remain in effect.

PH increases annual overseas deployment cap of new hire healthcare workers

Robie de Guzman   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has adjusted the annual ceiling on the deployment of newly hired healthcare workers abroad, Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) increased the number of healthcare workers that can be deployed abroad from 5,000 to 6,500.

The new cap in annual overseas deployment of healthcare workers was approved by the IATF in a meeting on Thursday.

The adjusted ceiling covers health workers who perform mission critical skills (MCS) with perfected contracts as of May 31, 2021.

“Healthcare workers under government-to-government labor agreements shall, however, be exempted from this adjusted ceiling,” Roque said in a statement.

The new policy comes after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) suspended the deployment of medical professionals after the 5,000 annual ceiling for new hires was reached on June 1.

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