Details of Metro Manila ‘community quarantine’ effective March 15

Marje Pelayo   •   March 13, 2020   •   2176

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (March 12) addressed the entire nation in relation to the current health emergency due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The President, after meeting with the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in Malacañang, placed the entire Metro Manila under “community quarantine” as it is where most cases of COVID-19 are detected.

“Community quarantine is hereby imposed in the entirety of Metro Manila,” the President said reading the task force’s resolution.

The President also raised the Code Red alert to Sublevel 2.

Following the announcement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement reiterated the details of the 30-day Stringent Social Distancing Measures in the National Capital Region (NCR) which will begin at 12:00 midnight of March 15.

  • Land, domestic air, and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila shall be suspended beginning March 15, 2020 at 12 midnight until April 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
  • Class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila is extended until April 12, 2020. Students are expected to remain at home for the said duration.
  • Mass gatherings are prohibited if the number of people attending will strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event.
  • Community quarantine is imposed in the entire Metro Manila.
  • Local government units outside the National Capital Region are advised to abide by the following guidelines in imposing community quarantines in their respective jurisdictions:
    • A barangay-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two (2) positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different households in the same barangay;
    • A municipality/city-wide quarantine is advised when there at least two (2) positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different barangays in the same municipality/city;
    • A province-wide quarantine is advised when there are at least two (2) positive COVID-19 cases belonging to different municipalities, component cities or independent component cities in the same province; and
    • LGUs, which have imposed community quarantine in their respective jurisdictions, upon the declaration of a State of Calamity, shall be allowed to access their Quick Response Fund.
  • All manufacturing, retail and service establishments shall remain in operation provided that strict social distancing measures are observed.
  • Mass public transports shall continue in operation, following guidelines by the Department of Transportation intended to ensure social distancing.
  • All travelers from countries with localized COVID-19 transmissions are not allowed to enter the Philippines, except for Filipino citizens including 1) their foreign spouse and children, if any; 2) holders of permanent resident visa; and 3) holders of diplomatic visas issued by the Philippine Government.

“To be clear, and to allay the fears and apprehension of the public, the government is essentially calling for a stricter implementation of preventive measures in order to slow down and put a halt to the further spread of COVID-19,” Panelo said.

In addition to this, Panelo clarified there is no lockdown in Metro Manila.

“While a total and absolute lockdown is considered by some as a valid preventive measure, current circumstances do not warrant such an extreme course of action,” he said.

Pagluluwag ng community quarantine, depende sa resulta ng pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   February 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Inaasahang unti-unti nang bababa ang bilang ng magkakaroon ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) oras na magsimula ang vaccine roll out ng pamahalaan.

Subalit ayon sa Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 (IATF), hindi agad luluwagan ang community quarantine sa bansa at lalong hindi pa dapat mag-relax sa health quarantine protocols.

“Kung magkaroon po ng massive rollout ng vaccination, bababa po ang bilang ng mai-infect, bababa ang cases of infection so ganun pa rin ang titingnan natin. Iyon pa rin ang magiging basis, ang effect of the vaccination rollout,” pahayag ni Cabinet Secretary at Co-Chair ng IATF vs COVID-19 Sec. Karlo Nograles.

“Inaasahan ng mga bansa sa buong mundo, pag nag-rollout na po tayo ng vaccine, unti-unting bumababa nang bumababa ang kaso kasi nagkakaroon ng tinatawag na herd immunity within communities,” dagdag niya.

Ayon pa kay Nograles, pag-aaralan pa rin muna ng pamahalaan ang sitwasyon pagtapos ang vaccine rollout.

Kung positibo ang resulta ng mass inoculation, saka lamang iko-konsidera ng pamahalaan na luwagan ang mga umiiral na community quarantine measures.

“Ito ang inaasahan nating effect ng vaccination rollout – ang pag-flatten na ng curve,” paliwanag ni Nograles.

“Sa pag-flatten na ng curve, dito na po natin makikita na magshi-shift na iyong ibang localities from (general community quarantine) to (modified general community quarantine) at from (modified general community quarantine) to new normal,” dagdag nito.

Ayon sa Duterte administration, mananatili ang pagpapatupad ng minimum health standards sa bansa tulad ng paghuhugas ng kamay, pagsusuot ng face mask at social distancing kahit may COVID-19 vaccines na sa bansa.

Target ng pamahalaang mabakunahan ang 100 percent ng adult population sa bansa ngayong 2021. MNP (sa ulat ni Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to announce new community quarantine status on August 17 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to address the nation on August 17, Monday, to announce fresh community quarantine restrictions to be implemented in the country, Malacañang said Thursday.

The two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna will lapse on August 18.

“Inaasahan po natin na magmemensahe sa taumbayan muli ang ating Presidente sa Aug. 17 kung saan iaanunsyo din niya ‘yung bagong classifications,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque earlier said it is unlikely that the MECQ will be extended because the country’s economy can no longer afford to undergo strict lockdown.

He said recommendations for all other provinces and cities for quarantine classifications have already been submitted for the president’s approval.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has recorded 147,526 confirmed coronavirus infections, of which 74,713 are active.

The number of reported recoveries also rose to 70,387 while the death toll is at 2,426. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

IATF to allow partial opening of gyms, internet cafes, aesthetic services starting August 1

Robie de Guzman   •   July 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the partial opening of more business establishments in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified (GCQ) starting August 1, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Wednesday.

According to IATF Resolution No. 59, establishments in GCQ areas that are offering aesthetic services, gyms, fitness centers and sports facilities, internet cafes, personal grooming, pet grooming, testing and tutorial centers as well as review centers and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to operate up to 30 percent of capacity.

The DTI, however, clarified that gyms with contact sports such as karate and boxing are not covered by the measure.

In areas under MGCQ, limited operations will be allowed for establishments offering full body massage, live events, entertainment industries, libraries, archives, museums and cultural centers, and tourist destinations, as well as driving, and dance/acting/voice schools.

The DTI said these businesses will be allowed to partially operate as long as mandatory health protocols, such as physical distancing and sanitation, are followed.

Meanwhile, Malacañang reiterated on Wednesday that President Rodrigo Duterte will make announcements this week about the new community quarantine classification that will be implemented in August.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the president is set to meet with the IATF on Thursday to discuss its recommendations.

Roque also said that aside from the new community quarantine restrictions, the public should also await the “major changes” that will be implemented in the government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Palace official earlier said that these changes, which will include massive testing, “invigorated” tracing, and creation of more quarantine facilities, will focus more on the policies to contain the public health crisis. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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