Metro Manila remains under MECQ until September 7

UNTV News   •   August 28, 2021   •   431

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region will remain under the second strictest quarantine level until September 7, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) “retained the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status of the National Capital Region.”

He added that NCR, Bataan and Laguna “shall have added restrictions on dining, personal care services and religious activities.”

Aside from Metro Manila, the following areas will also be placed under MECQ:

  1. Apayao
  2. Ilocos Norte
  3. Bulacan
  4. Bataan
  5. Cavite
  6. Lucena City
  7. Rizal
  8. Laguna
  9. Aklan
  10. Iloilo Province
  11. Iloilo City
  12. Lapu-Lapu City
  13. Cebu City
  14. Mandaue City
  15. Cagayan de Oro City

The following areas will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions:

  1. Ilocos Sur
  2. Cagayan
  3. Quezon
  4. Batangas
  5. Naga City
  6. Antique
  7. Bacolod City
  8. Capiz
  9. Cebu Province
  10. Negros Oriental
  11. Zamboanga del Sur
  12. Misamis Oriental
  13. Davao City
  14. Davao del Norte
  15. Davao Occidental
  16. Davao de Oro
  17. Butuan City

The following areas will be placed under General Community Quarantine:

  1. Baguio City
  2. Santiago City
  3. Quirino
  4. Isabela
  5. Nueva Vizcaya
  6. Puerto Princesa
  7. Guimaras
  8. Negros Occidental
  9. Zamboanga Sibugay
  10. Zamboanga City
  11. Zamboanga del Norte
  12. Davao Oriental
  13. Davao del Sur
  14. General Santos City
  15. Sultan Kudarat
  16. Sarangani
  17. North Cotabato
  18. South Cotabato
  19. Agusan del Norte
  20. Agusan del Sur
  21. Surigao del Norte
  22. Surigao del Sur
  23. Dinagat Islands
  24. Cotabato City

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

“This latest community quarantine classification shall take effect beginning September 1 until September 7, 2021, pending a change in community quarantine guidelines,” Roque said.

 

 

 

Mga bata, bawal pa ring gumala maliban kung outdoor exercise – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang Malakanyang sa publiko na bawal pa ring gumala ang mga menor de edad sa gitna ng pagluluwag ng COVID-19 alert level sa Metro Manila.

Nasa Alert Level 3 ang Metro Manila hanggang sa katapusan ng Oktubre ngunit giit ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, bawal pa ring lumabas ng bahay para mamasyal ang mga menor de edad dahil hindi pa sila bakunado laban sa COVID-19.

Aniya, maaari lamang lumabas ang mga bata kung ito ay para sa pangunahing pangangailangan at outdoor exercise.

“Para sa menor edad, bawal pa rin po ang gala ng mga kabataan except po for outdoor exercises, individual outdoor exercises,” ani Roque.

Sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3, mas maraming establisimiyento ang pinapayagang mag-operate sa limitadong kapasidad.

Ayon naman kay Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson Benhur Abalos, napagkasunduan ng mga alkalde sa Metro Manila na payagan ang pagbiyahe ng mga bata pero dapat ay kasama ang kanilang mga magulang o guardian, alinsunod sa panuntunan ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Dapat rin ay may kinalaman sa basic necessities ang lakad at dapat ay nakasunod sa public health protocols.

“Ang pagbiyahe sa interzonal sa kalakhang Maynila ay pinapayagan at pwedeng lagyan ng rasonableng restrictions ng mga local government unit,” ani Abalos.

“Ang kondisyon po na napagkasunduan ng mga alkalde, ay ang mga menor de edad ay pwedeng bumiyahe provided kasama sila ng kanilang mga magulang or ng isang adult na guardian, maski hindi po bakunado,” dagdag pa niya.

Maaari ding pumunta sa mga mall ang mga bata kasama ang kanilang mga magulang o guardian kung magpapa-check up o kaya ay mag-a-avail ng mga pangunahing serbisyo o pangangailangan.

Quezon City allows minors to visit Quezon Memorial Circle

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

Minors aged 17 and below are now allowed to go to Quezon Memorial Circle, the Quezon City government said.

In an advisory, the city government said that minors will now be allowed to take a stroll in the park provided that they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.

It, however, said that the park will only accommodate up to 30 percent of its capacity.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier said that the intrazonal and interzonal travel of minors is now allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults.

The easing of travel restrictions for minors follows the government’s move to place Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.

Under Alert Level 3, more establishments have been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

PH to raise daily vaccination target to 1.5 million doses

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is eyeing to raise its daily vaccination target to 1.5 million jabs amid the arrival of more COVID-19 vaccine doses.

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte in a taped public briefing aired late Tuesday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the continuous delivery of vaccine supplies in the country will allow the government to shift its focus to inoculating as much of the willing general population.

Galvez, who is also the National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer, said that for the first half of October alone, 20 million vaccine doses have already been delivered under government and private sector procurements, as well as donations.

The World Health Organization-led COVAX facility delivered 7.3 million doses for this month, which is one of its biggest vaccine donations to the Philippines to date, he added.

Galvez also reported that apart from the COVAX facility, the United States also donated 6.4 million Pfizer jabs while Germany gave 884, 800 AstraZeneca doses.

Both the US and Germany have committed to donate more in the coming months, he added.

At this rate, the vaccine czar said that achieving 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses delivery before end-October is “on track” and that vaccine supply shortage “is no longer an issue” with more than 38 million doses are safely stored in cold chain storage warehouses.

With the abundance of vaccine supply, Galvez said the government can now shift its attention to recalibrating its vaccine deployment strategy to inoculate the general population, including children, before the year ends.

The national government is aiming to vaccinate at least 50 million individuals this year.

As of Monday, a total of 24,498,753 have been fully vaccinated or 31.76 percent of the total vaccination target.

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