LIST: Bank schedules for the holidays

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2019   •   3051

MANILA, Philippines – Several branches of some banks in the country will remain open to serve clients during the holiday season.

In separate advisories, the schedules of some banks are the following:

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

  • Some branches are open on December 21 and December 28
  • Select branches of BPI and BPI Family Savings Bank will extend banking hours on weekdays from December 9, 2019 to January 3, 2020

BDO Unibank

  • Select branches will be open on Dec. 24, 30 and 31
  • ATMs and electronic banking will be available

Visit the following links to see the complete banking schedule of BDO for the following dates: December 24, December 30, and December 31.

The PSBANK, meanwhile, advised its clients that all its branches will be closed on December 24, 25, 30 and 31, and on January 1, 2020.

However, it assured that all its ATMs, mobile and online banking facilities will be available for use during the holidays.

PNP says 17 incidents of illegal firearm discharge recorded during the holidays

Robie de Guzman   •   January 3, 2022

At least 17 cases of illegal firearm discharge were recorded during the holidays, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement, Police General Dionardo Carlos said the PNP is building-up cases against arrested gun holders who were involved in the said incidents.

Carlos also said the PNP is also investigating four alleged stray bullet incidents in Ilocos Region, CALABARZON, Northern Mindanao, and the Cordillera Administrative Region on December 31.

He said local PNP units of forensic and technical support from National Support Units are assisting in the investigation.

Despite this, Carlos noted a significant drop in the current number of stray bullet incidents during the holidays compared with the previous years.

“No stray-bullet deaths were reported during the entire holiday season until 6:00 a.m. today,” the PNP chief said.

Carlos noted that the celebration of the holidays was “generally peaceful.”

“Overall, the situation remains generally peaceful throughout the country with no major untoward incidents that marred the traditional festive Christmas and New Year revelry,” he said.

Carlos also commended local PNP units backed by LGU force multipliers for the strict enforcement of local Executive Orders on firecracker prohibition that significantly resulted to lower firecracker-related injuries this year.

Parties ngayong holiday season, gawin online o sa open areas – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Hinimok ng Department of Health (DOH) ang publiko na gawing ligtas ang pagdiriwang ng holiday season sa pamamagitan ng pagsasagawa ng party o pagtitipon online o kaya ay sa labas ng bahay.

Ayon sa DOH, mas mataas ang tiyansa ng hawaan ng virus kung magtitipon ang mga tao sa lugar na kulob at walang maayos na bentilasyon.

Kung may bisitang kamag-anak o mga kaibigan, mas makakabuting outdoor activities ang gawin.

Kung hindi naman kaya ang outdoor celebration ay maaari pa rin namang sa loob ng bahay basta’t nakabukas ang bintana, pintuan at bentilador upang maging maayos ang air flow o daloy ng hangin.

Payo rin ni Dr. Dominic Maddumba, ang OIC-Division chief ng DOH Campaign Strategy Management Division Health Promotion Bureau, dapat ring maglagay ng hand sanitizing station sa lugar kung saan gagawiun ang salu-salo.

“Ngayon pong kapaskuhan ay sulitin an po natin iyong malamig na simoy ng hangin at papasukin natin upang maproteksyonan din tayo at maiwasan ang pagkahawa sa COVID-19,” ani Maddumba.

“Kung naka-aircon, mas mainam na may hepa filters para sa dagdag na proteksyon para sa inyong kasama, kaibigan at kapamilya,” dagdag pa niya.

Paalalahan rin ang lahat ng dadalo na isuot ng maayos ang kanilang face mask at panatilihin ang pagkakaroon ng physical distancing.

Upang makaiwas naman sa posibilidad na mahawa ng COVID-19, sinabi ng DOH na mas mainam pa ring online na lang gawin ang selebrasyon habang may pandemya para na rin sa kaligtasan ng pamilya. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

Publiko, hinimok na ikonsidera ang safety sa holiday plans

Robie de Guzman   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Umapela ang Malakanyang sa publiko na ikonsidera ang pagdaraos ng ligtas na holiday season sa gitna ng banta ng bagong COVID-19 variant na Omicron.

Ginawa ng Palasyo ang panawagan sa gitna ng holiday fever sa bansa.

Bahagi na ng tradisyon ng pamilyang Pilipino ang magsama-sama tuwing may okasyon at ngayong nalalapit na holiday season, marami na ang nagpaplano ng reunion sa mga mahal sa buhay at kaibigang matagal na rin nilang hindi nakakasama ng personal dahil sa pandemya.

Ngunit sa kinakaharap pa ring banta sa kalusugan, hinimok ni acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles ang publiko na mag-ingat at mahigpit pa ring sundin ang ipinatutupad na health protocols.

“’Wag po tayong magpakampante lalo na mayroon tayong variant of concern, ang Omicron. Sabi nga ng DOH, hindi ito tanong kung makakapasok ba siya sa bansa, it is really a matter of time. During the holiday season, with restrictions easing, we know many of you plan to see loved ones and friends, so we appeal to everyone to please, please, please remain vigilant,” ani Nograles.

“I would go for safety first, safety muna. Safety first for everyone, kaya napakaimportante po yung pagpapabakuna natin ngayon, let’s take advantage of this 3-day vaccination days na magpabakuna na po tayo,” dagdag pa niya.

Ang Omicron variant ay unang natuklasan sa South Africa noon lamang nakalipas na linggo at ngayo’y napaulat na rin sa iba’t ibang bansa.

Upang mapigilan ang pagpasok nito sa Pilipinas, agad nagpatupad ng mahigpit na border control measures ang pamahalaan at ipinagbawal ang pagpasok sa bansa ng mga pasaherong galing sa 14 lugar na may natukoy na local cases ng bagong coronavirus variant.

Activated na rin ang four-door policy ng pamahalaan tulad ng travel restrictions, testing, at quarantine protocols sa international arrivals. Pinaigting na rin ang granular lockdowns at COVID-19 response ng mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Pagtitiyak ng Malakanyang, agarang magpapatupad ng pagbabago sa mga polisiya ang pamahalaan kung kinaikailangan, kabilang na ang mas mahigpit na quarantine measures dahil sa banta ng Omicron variant. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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