NTF on alleged ‘no vaccine, no quarantine pass’ policy during ECQ: No such rule

Robie de Guzman   •   August 6, 2021   •   385

 

MANILA, Philippines – The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 on Friday denied claims that authorities will not issue quarantine passes to residents in Metro Manila if they have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Wala pong ganyan,” NTF deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said during a televised public briefing when asked to clarify about the matter following an incident in Quezon City where local authorities allegedly refused to issue passes to some residents over their vaccination status.

 “Tatawagan natin ang Quezon City, hindi po pupuwede yan… Ang rules natin sa ECQ ay patas whether ikaw ay bakunado o hindi,” he added.

Metro Manila has been placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20 in a bid to arrest the further transmission of the highly contagious variants of COVID-19.

Under this protocol, only essential trips and services are allowed, and those who are non-authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) will be asked to present some documents for them to pass quarantine checkpoints.

“Ang gusto natin sa ECQ, kung hindi kinakailangang lumabas ng bahay ay huwag lalabas ng bahay pero yung mga kailangan lumabas para gawin ang mga essential na activity tulad ng pagbili ng pagkain at gamot, pagtatrabaho sa essential industries, whether bakuna o hindi, ay makakalabas,” Dizon said.

“Kailangan lang po nila mag-ingat, magsuot ng mask, ng face shield kapag kailangan nilang lumabas,” he added.

He also urged the public to verify with authorities first any information they receive or read on social media.

“Nananawagan po kami sa ating mga kababayan na dapat hindi po sila naniniwala sa mga fake news na nilalabas ng mga hindi mabubuting tao na ang gusto lang mangyari ay magkagulo at hindi maging epektibo ang ginagawang pagbabakuna ng gobyerno,” he said.

“Para naman sa iba nating mga kababayan na ang objective lamang ay manggulo, wag naman po sana dahil hirap na hirap po an gating mga kababayan ngayon, ang bansa dito sa threat ng Delta variant. Sana naman huwag nilang gagawin,” he added.

Dizon made the appeal after thousands of people lined up outside vaccination sites in parts of the NCR on Thursday after receiving false information that unvaccinated persons would no longer be allowed to go out and would not get government assistance.

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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