IATF places NCR, Laguna, Bataan under MECQ

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2021   •   527

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday (August 19) approved to place the National Capital Region (NCR) and the province of Laguna under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) beginning August 21 until August 31, 2021.

The IATF, likewise, approved to put the province of Bataan under MECQ beginning August 23 until August 31, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement released Thursday night.

Roque said these latest classifications are without prejudice to the strict implementation of granular lockdowns.

In addition, the IATF also directed local government units of the aforementioned areas to improve their vaccination rates, Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) strategies, and observance and compliance to minimum public health standards.

The statement further said indoor and al-fresco dine-in services, and personal care services including beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas shall not be allowed in the NCR, Laguna and Bataan.

Religious gatherings shall also remain virtual in these areas.

These protocols shall be observed under the inclusive dates these areas are under MECQ.

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

Face shield, maaari pa ring irequire ng employers, mga establisimyento sa ilalim ng Alert Level 1-3 – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nilinaw ng Malakanyang na maaari pa ring i-require ng private establishments at employers ang pagsusuot ng face shield sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng COVID-19 Alert Level 1 hanggang 3.

Batay sa napagkasunduan ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), may karapatan ang mga employer at establisimyento na ipatupad pa rin ang face shield policy kahit pa hindi na ito mandatory.

“Ang napagkasunduan po ng IATF is discretion ng establisyimento,” ang paliwanag ni acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles.

“Ang isang example dyan yung sinasabi pagdating sa construction site, example required ang hard hat. So ganun din po, ganun din yung prinsipyo pagdating sa discretion ng establishments for safety and security ng people in the establishments kasama na yung mga employees kasama na yung mga customers nasa discretion po ng mga establisyimento,” dagdag pa niya.

Ang pahayag ni Nograles ay taliwas sa naunang sinabi ng Palasyo na dapat sumunod ang private establishments sa polisiya ng national government na nag-aalis sa mandatory na paggamit ng face shield sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim ng Alert Level 1 hanggang 3.

Kamakailan ay binawi ang polisiya sa mandatory na paggamit ng face shield sa gitna ng pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Janice Ingente)

DOT welcomes shortened quarantine days for returning Filipinos

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday welcomed the decision of the government’s task force for COVID-19 response to shorten the hotel quarantine period from five days to three days for fully vaccinated overseas Filipinos returning from yellow listed countries.

Malacañang announced earlier in the day that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) fully vaccinated travelers from countries under the yellow list are required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

Upon arrival, they shall undergo a three-day facility-based quarantine with testing on the third day but are enjoined to complete self-monitoring up to the 14th day from arrival.

“This latest development will greatly contribute to the on-going recovery of the tourism sector this holiday season while also providing more time to those who want to return home to be with their loved ones in the Philippines,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement.

The policy, however, states that those without pre-departure testing will be subjected to a facility-based quarantine until the release of the RT-PCR test results taken on the fifth day. With a negative result, the individual will be released for home quarantine until the 10th day.

Unvaccinated travelers shall undergo facility-based quarantine with testing on the seventh day, to be followed by home quarantine up to 14th day upon the release of a negative test result.

The new policy will take effect starting November 22.


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