Ilocos Norte placed under MECQ until Sept. 30

Robie de Guzman   •   September 7, 2021   •   230

MANILA, Philippines — Ilocos Norte has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) classification, Malacañang announced Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Ilocos Norte will be under the second strictest lockdown status from Sept. 8 to 30, following the rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the province and most of the towns have been put under localized lockdowns.

The government earlier said that the province will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions.

Ten other areas in the country have also been placed under MECQ until the end of the month; namely, Apayao, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Iloilo, as well as the cities of Lucena, Iloilo, and Cagayan de Oro.

Metro Manila will shift to GCQ during the same period. The pilot testing of granular lockdown will also be implemented in the region starting Sept. 8.

As opposed to region-wide restrictions, granular lockdown seeks to enforce mobility limitations only on specific communities and other areas tagged as COVID-19 hotspots.

Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19 response is still finalizing the guidelines for the granular lockdown.

IATF approves Comelec’s voting simulation in San Juan City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the voting simulation of Commission on Elections in San Juan City.

The IATF-EID released Resolution No. 144, dated on October 14. Under the said resolution, participants of the voting simulation are exempted from any travel restrictions and shall not be required to show proof of vaccination status and/or be required to undergo COVID-19 testing.

“The IATF recognizes that voting simulation exercises are essential activities and as such, poses no objection to the request of the Commission on Election,” the resolution read.

The simulation, which will be conducted on October 23, aims to determine which policies need to be amended to prevent issues that may occur on election day. AAC

 

 

House assures no delay in transmission of approved 2022 GAA to Senate

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HOR) targets to submit to the Senate the approved Php5.045-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2022 on or before October 27.

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said this will give the Senate enough time to examine the government spending plan for next year.

The amendments made in the proposed budget are as follows:

  • 5 billion for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, medical assistance for poor families, and the special risk allowance for healthcare workers;
  • 5 billion for five new C130 planes;
  • Php 504 million allotted for the operation of four state universities in the Bangsamoro region;
  • Additional Php10 billion for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program;
  • Php11 billion for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program and livelihood program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that will be used as an aid to families affected by COVID-19.
  • Php6 billion for service the service contracting program for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers; and
  • Php3 billion for the national broadband program of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT)

Velasco hopes that the bill will be submitted to Malacañang in December for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and signature.  —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Pagpapalawig ng COVID-19 pediatric vaccination naka-depende sa resulta ng phase 1 – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tatlumpung araw ang itatagal ng pilot implementation ng pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 sa Metro Manila.

Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH), phase 1 ng pediatric vaccination ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may co-morbidity at prayoridad sa unang linggo ng implementasyon ang mga batang may medical record na sa participating hospitals, naka-admit man o outpatient.

Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, wala pa silang maibibigay na detalye ukol sa phase 2 ng pediatric vaccination dahil nakasalalay sa result ng unang phase ang desisyon kung palalawigin ito.

“Ito po ang pag-uusapan ano, lahat po ng succeeding phases will be dependent on what happens sa pilot implementation, this Phase 1,” ani Vergeire.

“Titingnan natin lahat ng operational issues and different important aspects na kailangan natin ikonsidera bago po tayo lumipat sa Phase 2. That’s the main reason why we do pilot para makita po natin how we can further improve our processes,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon sa DOH, naka-abang rin sila sa magiging kalalabasan ng unang araw ng pagbabakuna, kasabay ng pagtitiyak na tututukan nilang maigi ang pagbabantay sa mga batang tinurukan ng bakuna.

“We still do not have that data right now. Unang-una wala po tayong national registry for this specific comorbidity of children. Meron ho tayong pailan-ilan in the bases for some of these comorbidities but it is not complete. What we are relying on right now, would be yung mga dadating sa ating mga ospital although meron ng pool of patients ang mga ito, na kanilang mga pasyente na talaga ng kanilang pediatricians doon sa hospitals that we have identified,” ani Vergeire.

“Maybe after one week, we can give you a rundown of how many children were vaccinated based on the number of patients that we have in that specific hospital,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong Biyernes sinimulan ng pamahalaan ang pilot pediatric vaccination saw along piling ospital sa Metro Manila.

Ang mga ito ay ang Philippine Children’s Medical Center,
National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center,
Pasig City General Hospital,
 Fe Del Mundo Medical Center,
 Philippine General Hospital,
 Makati Medical Center at ang St. Luke’s Medical Center sa Taguig. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

 

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