Laguna to be under ECQ until August 20

UNTV News   •   August 14, 2021   •   403

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has extended the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) of Laguna until August 20, 2021, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

The extension was upon the recommendation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and after consultation with the local government of Laguna.

Laguna was initially placed under ECQ until August 15, 2021 then de-escalated to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) beginning August 16 until August 31, 2021, until this present amendment of reverting to ECQ status.

A statement from the Presidential Communications Operations Office said that the latest ECQ re-classification was made to maximize its effects, slow down the surge of COVID-19 cases, further stop the spread of variants and improve health system capacity to protect more lives in the aforesaid area.

“This is in pursuant with Executive Order 112 giving authority to the IATF to impose, lift, or extend a community quarantine in provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities,” it added.

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PNP-IAS clears 10 cops in death of minor in Laguna drug ops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has cleared 10 policemen of wrongdoing in the anti-drug operation that resulted in the death of a minor in Laguna.

According to PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, the investigation belies allegations that the incident was a case of human rights abuse and extra-judicial killing.

Sa paglabas ng imbestigasyon na ito ng IAS, muling napatunayan na walang katotohanan ang mga paratang na may drug-related operations ang PNP na may bahid ng pang-aabuso gaya ng gustong palabasin ng iba (With the release of the IAS’s investigation, it again proves that there is no truth in the allegations that some  of PNP’s drug-related operations have traces of abuse as what others would like to imply),” he said.

Last June 16, operatives of the Laguna Police Intelligence Unit conducted an anti-illegal drug operation against notorious drug suspect, Antonio Dalit in Biñan City. Dalit and his 16-year-old companion, Jhondy Maglinte Helis engaged police operatives and were killed in a shootout.

Helis’ family claimed that Dalit and the teenager were executed by the PNP operatives. However, based on the IAS investigation, there is no indication that the two suspects were killed in cold blood and no witness surfaced to attest to the alleged execution. Helis’ family also refused to cooperate with the IAS investigation.

Eleazar assured that as chief of the national police, he would remain fair in handling cases involving PNP personnel. AAC

10 areas under MECQ from Sept. 8 to 30

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Ten areas will shift to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) classification from Sept. 8 to 30, Malacañang announced Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the following areas to be placed under MECQ:

  • Apayao
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Lucena City
  • Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Iloilo Province
  • Iloilo City
  • Cagayan de Oro City

Roque, who also serves as IATF spokesperson, said Metro Manila will be downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) from Sept. 8 to 30.

He said that during this period, a pilot testing of the granular lockdown will be implemented. Guidelines for pilot areas may be released on Monday or Tuesday.

Metro Manila was previously placed under MECQ from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7.

Meanwhile, the following areas will shift to GCQ with heightened restrictions:

  • Ilocos Sur
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Cagayan
  • Pangasinan
  • Quezon
  • Batangas
  • Naga City
  • Antique
  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Cebu Province
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Negros Oriental
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Davao City
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao Occidental
  • Butuan City

The following areas will be under GCQ:

  • Baguio City
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • Benguet
  • Dagupan City
  • Santiago City
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Tarlac
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Aklan
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • Cebu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Iligan City
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • North Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Cotabato City
  • Lanao del Sur

The rest of the Philippines will be under MGCQ, Roque said.

Pamamahagi ng ayuda sa NCR tuloy pa rin kahit tapos na ang ECQ period — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pinabulaanan ng Malakanyang ang ulat na ihihinto na ang pamamahagi ng ECQ ayuda sa mga hindi pa napagkakalooban nito sa Metro Manila at iba pang lalawigan matapos ilipat ang mga nasabing lugar sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang distribusyon ng cash assistance, pati na ng family food packs mula sa Department of Social Welfare and Develoopment para sa mga nangangailangan ng karagdagang tulong.

“Habang hindi ninyo pa po natatanggap ang ayuda ninyo maski naibaba na sa MECQ ang classification, tatanggapin ninyo pa rin po ang ayuda na intended sa panahon ng ECQ,” ani Roque

Sa datos ng Department of the Interior and Local Government, 75 percent na ng kabuuang pondong nakalaan sa Metro Manila para sa ECQ ayuda ang naipagkaloob na sa mga nangangailangang residente.

Mayroon namang hanggang August 25 ang mga lokal na pamahalaan upang tapusin ang distribusyon bagaman maaaring magsumite ng request for extension depende sa sitwasyon.

Samantala, umaasa naman ang pamahalaan na huling ECQ na ang ipinatupad sa Metro Manila nitong Agosto.

Mula nang magkaroon ng pandemya, tatlong ulit nang isinailalim sa ECQ ang Metro Manila — una ay noong Marso hanggang Mayo 2020, pangalawa noong Marso hanggang Abril 2021, at Agosto 6 hanggang 20, 2021.

Ayon kay Roque, mahihirapan nang kamtin ng bansa ang economic recovery kung masusundan ng panibagong hard lockdown.

“Let’s just say we are hoping kasi alam ninyo naman kada lockdown natin, we have to adjust again our economic forecast. So far, positive pa rin ang inaasahan nating economic development within the year of 2021 pero another lockdown baka hindi na po natin makamit ang positive growth,” ani Roque.

Sa datos ng OCTA Research Team, bumagal ang hawaan ng COVID-19 sa NCR sa nakalipas na dalawang linggo dahil sa ECQ subalit kinakailangang maipagpatuloy ang mga hakbang na ginagawa kontra covid-19 sa loob ng apat pang linggo upang tuluyang makontrol ang pandemiya sa NCR. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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