IATF OKs dietary supplementation program for babies, nutritionally at-risk pregnant women

Robie de Guzman   •   October 2, 2020   •   479

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the release and distribution of cash assistance and food packs for children under two years old, and pregnant women who are lacking proper nutrition, Malacañang said Friday.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the release and distribution of cash or food assistance is under the dietary supplementation program which will cover children aged 6 to 23 months, and “nutritionally at-risk” pregnant women.

Roque said the program forms part of improving the health care of the citizens and a means to eliminating hunger which has been aggravated by the pandemic.

The Palace official, however, did not provide other details about the program.

The coronavirus disease pandemic has prompted the imposition of varying community quarantine restrictions in the country since March and left millions unemployed.

The country’s economy also plunged into recession due to the closure of many sectors amid the public health crisis. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Phl administers close to 7M anti-COVID vaccine doses

Maris Federez   •   June 16, 2021

The Philippines has already administered close to seven million doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines, according to the  Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of  Emerging  Infectious Diseases (IATF) on Wednesday, June 16.

The IATF said that as of 6 pm on June 13, a total of 6,948,549 doses have already been administered.

Of this, 5,068,855 are 1st doses, and 1,879,694 are 2nd doses. This covers almost 2 million people that have been given full protection of the anti-COVID-19 vaccines.

The government is urging those who belong to priority groups A1 to A4 “to register, get vaccinated, and complete the required number of doses as scheduled.”

Vaccinated individuals are also urged to continue practicing the minimum public health standards as they may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people.

DTI welcomes move to shorten curfew hours in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2021

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)

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

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