MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it is in favor of relaxing the quarantine classification in Metro Manila from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).
According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Vicente Danao Jr., this is to ease the load of police officers who have been monitoring quarantine controlled points for almost one year.
“It could be a very very welcome development for all of us at least. Siguro nakikita ng taas na nako-kontrol na natin ang virus. Hopefully, as long as hindi po natin maba-violate ang basic health protocols (Maybe the higher-ups are seeing we are controlling the virus. Hopefully, as long as we do not violate the basic health protocols),” he said.
Aside from this, easing the quarantine classification can also help them in focusing more on their anti-illegal drugs, anti-criminality, and anti-terrorism campaign.
Meanwhile, Danao also reiterated that the public should still follow the minimum health and safety protocols.
“Let us be responsible enough to really, follow the basic like wearing a facemask, face shield, social distancing,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Over 26,000 workers have lost their jobs during the two-week implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), according to the latest data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Specifically, there were about 26,114 displaced workers in DOLE’s Job Displacement Monitoring Report from a total of 1,567 establishments within the areas covered by the NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal) set by the government.
Of the said number of establishments, 1,389 reduced their workforce while 169 declared permanent closure.
The most number of displaced workers were recorded in Metro Manila where 778 establishments reduced their manpower and 69 declared permanent closure.
This resulted in the displacement of 15,246 workers in Metro Manila alone.
Region VIA (3,322); Region III (5,151); Region VII (3,638), and Region V (2,274) are among the regions with the highest number of displaced workers in the past two weeks.
The ECQ was imposed in NCR Plus initially from March 27 to April 4 but has been extended until April 11.
MANILA, Philippines—The Manila Water on Monday (April 12) announced that the water service interruption in several barangays in Metro Manila will be extended.
The extension of service interruption is due to difficult conditions on the site of Manila Water’s damaged mainline at EDSA/Boni Ave. northbound.
Affected barangays will have no water service from 5:00 in the afternoon of Monday until 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday (April 13) as the company completes its permanent repair of the breakage.
The 600-mm mainline was damaged on Sunday evening (April 11), which resulted in a water service interruption to more than 30 barangays in Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan, and Quezon City.
The breakage, the Manila Water reported, was caused by AWIN Technology, a third-party contractor doing CCTV network installation.
MANDALUYONG CITY (16): Highway Hills Barangka Ilaya Barangka Itaas Malamig Addition Hills Greenhills Wack-Wack East Greenhills Mauway Barangka Drive Barangka Ibaba Pleasant Hills Plainview Hulo Hagdang Bato Itaas Hagdang Bato Libis San Jose
SAN JUAN CITY (12): Addition Hills Corazon de Jesus West Crame Pasadena Onse Halo-Halo (St. Joseph) Maytunas Santa Lucia St. Joseph Isabelita Little Baguio Valencia
QUEZON CITY (6): Kaunlaran San Martin de Porres Bagong Lipunan ng Crame Pinagkaisahan Horseshoe Immaculate Concepcion
PASIG CITY (1): Oranbo
“Customers in these areas are encouraged to store just enough water for their needs within the water interruption schedule. This will also help avoid crowding around water tankers,” the Manila Water said in an advisory.
“While we apologize for the inconvenience these have caused thousands of our customers, we are working non-stop to restore water service as soon as possible,” Manila Water’s Group Head for Corporate Strategic Affairs Jeric Sevilla said. -AAC
MANILA, Philippines—Voter registration and certification in the NCR Plus and other provinces under modified enhanced community (MECQ), and other areas that will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or MECQ by their respective local governments will remain suspended from April 12 to 30, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
As announced by Malacañang, areas under MECQ include the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal in the NCR Plus; Santiago City, Isabela and Quirino in Region 2; and Abra in the Cordillera Autonomous Region.
Meanwhile, for other areas in the country under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), registration will open from Mondays to Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and voter certification will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. AAC
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