Locally-stranded individuals, hindi muna makakapasok sa Bulacan habang naka-MECQ – LGU

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2020   •   860

Inanunsyo ngayong Martes ng Bulacan provincial government na hindi muna papayagang makapasok ang mga uuwing locally-stranded individuals (LSI) habang nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ang lalawigan.

Ayon kay Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando, layon ng hakbang na higpitan ang paglabas-masok ng mga tao sa Bulacan at Metro Manila nang mapigilan ang lalo pang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“No LSI muna na manggagaling sa ibang lugar, lahat ng papasok sa main, hindi muna namin tatangapin habang naka-MECQ tayo. Yung papasok ng Maynila talagang hihigpitan namin ang pagbabantay,” ani Fernando.

Bilang bahagi ng hakbanging ito, naglagay na ng checkpoint ang Bulacan Police sa entry at exit points ng lalawigan pati na sa mga daanang papunta at pabalik ng North Luzon Expressway at Metro Manila.

Ayon kay Bulacan Provincial Police director PCol. Lawrence Cajipe, dadaan sa inspeksyon ang mga sasakyan upang matiyak na authorized person outside residence (APOR), medical at iba pang essential workers lang ang bumibiyahe.

“Kung hindi sila APOR, huwag na nilang pilitin palabas. Madedelay lang sila pagmumulan lang ng tensyon, kung di naman medical emergency huwag nang lumabas,” ani Cajipe.

Paalala rin ng mga otoridad, suspendido sa ngayon ang biyahe ng mga pampasaherong bus, jeep at iba pang pampublikong sasakyan.

Epektibo rin ang curfew hours sa lalawigan mula alas-otso ng gabi hanggang ala-singko ng umaga. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Nestor Torres)

MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR extend free rides for vaccinated APORs as NCR reverts to MECQ

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that authorized persons outside residence (APORs) or those known as essential workers may still enjoy free train rides at MRT-3, LRT-2 and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) as the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila is extended until September 15.

However, the managements of MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR remind APORs, that only those vaccinated may avail of the free rides, regardless if it is only their first dose or they are already fully vaccinated.

The schedule of free train rides for vaccinated APORs is as follows:

MRT-3
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

LRT-2
5:00 AM to 7:00 AM
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Philippine National Railways (PNR)
4:00 AM to 6:00 AM
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
7:00 PM onwards

To avail of the free ride, APORs must present their respective vaccination cards and valid IDs to the assigned security personnel at the station as proof.

Other credentials that may be presented include Certificate of Employment (COE); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID; or company ID.

The DOTr reminds the public that only APORs are allowed to use the MRT-3 under MECQ.

Trains are operating at 30% passenger capacity which is equivalent to 124 passengers per train or a total of 372 persons per train set.

Passengers are reminded to observe the strict health protocols inside trains and train stations specifically the ‘7 Commandments’ against COVID-19:

1) Always wear a face mask and face shield;
2) No talking policy is applied at all times;
3) No eating;
4) Maintain proper ventilation in all public transportation;
5) Disinfect regularly;
6) Passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to board;
7) Always observe appropriate physical distancing.

NCR to remain under MECQ; granular lockdown pilot test deferred – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region (NCR) will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) as the pilot test for the proposed granular lockdown has been deferred, Malacañang announced Tuesday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) postponed the pilot implementation of granular lockdowns with alert levels system in the NCR which was supposed to start on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Roque did not state any reason for its deferment.

The government earlier announced that the NCR will shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) from Sept. 8 to 30. During this period, the pilot test for localized lockdowns in the region would also be enforced.

Roque, however, said the guidelines for this system has yet to be approved and released by the IATF.

“Metro Manila’s current risk classification as modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) shall be maintained until September 15, 2021, or until the pilot GCQ with Alert Level System is implemented, whichever comes first,” he said.

With the MECQ maintained over the NCR, Roque said that indoor and al-fresco dine-in services, and personal care services including beauty salons, beauty parlors and nail spas shall remain prohibited.

Religious services, on the other hand, performed through online video recording and transmission shall be allowed.

Meanwhile, immediate family members are allowed to attend necrological services, wakes, inurnment and funerals as long as the deceased died of non-COVID-19 causes.

“However, they need to show satisfactory proof of their relationship with the deceased and have to comply with the minimum public health standards,” Roque said.

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

The move aims to help the country’s economy recover from the impact of the pandemic-induced restrictions by allowing business establishments in areas with low infection rate to resume operations.

Ilocos Norte placed under MECQ until Sept. 30

Robie de Guzman   •   September 7, 2021

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.

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