Palace says traditional jeepneys still banned under GCQ

Marje Pelayo   •   June 1, 2020   •   580

MANILA, Philippines — Starting Monday (June 1), several modes of public transportation will be allowed to operate at limited passenger capacity.

However, traditional jeepneys are still banned under general community quarantine (GCQ) despite the reopening of most industries and the return of employees to their workplaces. 

Nonetheless, Malacañang assured that the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 is reviewing matters on the operation of traditional jeepneys taking into consideration the measures on social distancing and other health protocols. 

“Pasensya na po sa ating mga kapatid na namamasada ng mga jeepney, pero pinag-aaralan pa po kung papaano magkakaroon ng social distancing sa ating mga jeepney,” Roque said. 

[We apologize to our jeepney drivers but we are still reviewing how social distancing can be properly observed in jeepneys.]

“Bagaman mayroon na po tayong bahagyang pagbukas o pagpayag sa mga pampublikong transportasyon, ang pangunahing guidelines po diyan ay social distancing,” he added.

[Though we have allowed partial operations of public transportation, the main guideline is social distancing.]

As announced by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the resumption of mass transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be done in phases. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Metro Manila, Baguio City, Davao City to stay under GCQ

Marje Pelayo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila remains under general community quarantine (GCQ) for another month starting March 1, as announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Aside from National Capital Region (NCR), the following areas will also be under GCQ beginning March 1:

  • Baguio City (Luzon)
  • Davao City (Luzon)
  • Batangas (Luzon)
  • Apayao (Luzon)
  • Kalinga (Luzon)
  • Mt. Province  (Luzon)
  • Tacloban City (Visayas)
  • Iligan City (Mindanao)
  • Lanao del Sur (Mindanao)

Meanwhile, the rest of the country will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until the end of March.

IATF allows arcades, cinemas and other businesses to reopen in GCQ areas – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   February 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has allowed the reopening of more businesses in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the reopening and further expansion of the following businesses/industries:

  • Driving schools
  • Traditional cinemas
  • Video and interactive-game arcades
  • Libraries 
  • Archives
  • Museums and cultural centers

The conduct of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, and limited social events at credited establishments of the Department of Tourism have also been allowed.

The IATF approved the new policy during its 99th meeting on Thursday, February 11, as authorities sought to boost the country’s economy battered by the pandemic.

“Also approved is the reopening of limited tourist attractions, such as parks, theme parks, natural sites and historical landmarks,” Roque said.

He stressed that the reopening and further expansion of businesses/industries “shall be subject to the issuance of the implementing guidelines which will provide for the operational capacity, and oversight of the appropriate regulatory agency and the concerned local government units where these businesses/industries are located.”

“These businesses/industries shall comply with the strict observance of minimum public health standards set by the Department of Health,” Roque added.

Metro Manila is under GCQ for the month of February, as well as the Cordillera Administrative Region, Batangas, Tacloban City, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Iligan City.

The rest of the country is under modified GCQ, the loosest quarantine restriction level.

IATF allows 50% seating capacity for religious gatherings in GCQ areas – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   February 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has relaxed the restrictions on mass gatherings for religious activities in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) will allow up to 50 percent seating or venue capacity for religious gatherings in GCQ areas starting February 15.

The IATF approved the new policy during its 99th meeting on Thursday, February 11, Roque added.

At present, the government allows only up to 30% of venue’s capacity for religious gatherings in GCQ areas as part of the measures to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease.

Areas under GCQ include Metro Manila, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Batangas, Tacloban City, Davao City, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Iligan City.

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