PH bars travelers from nine countries under ‘red list’

UNTV News   •   September 11, 2021   •   208

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Friday, September 10, the imposition of travel restrictions on 9 countries that fall under the “red list” in an effort to curb the surge of COVID-19 cases, said Palace spokesman Harry Roque in a statement.

These countries include Azerbaijan, Guadeloupe, Guam, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Saint Lucia, and Switzerland.

Roque said, all passengers coming from or who have been to the said “red list” countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, shall be prohibited from entering the country effective September 12, 2021, 12:00 noon until September 18, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (Manila time).

He said the restrictions exempt returning Filipinos who are flying back via government-initiated or non-government repatriation programs and special commercial flights allowed under existing IATF resolutions.

Roque further said that all passengers who have been to the red-listed countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines and arriving before September 12 at 12:00 noon (Manila time), shall be allowed to enter the country.

“They, however, shall be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, where the first 10 days shall be at a quarantine facility and the remaining days under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination,” the Palace official said.

Roque added that RT-PCR testing shall be conducted on the 7th day with the day of arrival as Day 1.

” Arriving passengers shall complete a 10-day facility-based quarantine, notwithstanding a negative test result.” he said.

In the case of Filipino or foreign passengers who merely transited through any of the abovementioned countries, Roque said they shall not be considered as having come or having been to the said country, provided they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry by immigration authorities.

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.

Philippines, Malaysia to boost bilateral ties amid easing pandemic situation – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is looking to bolster its ties with Malaysia amid improving COVID-19 situation in Southeast Asia, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the DFA said that the department’s Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Neal Imperial met with Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Norman bin Muhammad last Oct. 18.

Among the things discussed by the two officials were initiatives seeking to revitalize the two nations’ relations across all areas amid easing coronavirus pandemic situation, it added.

“The two officials exchanged views and proposals on how to further boost bilateral trade and investment, address the COVID-19 pandemic, and roll out post-pandemic recovery initiatives, including the careful reopening of borders to gradually revitalize business and two-way tourism,” the DFA said.

The department said that both parties have also discussed counterterrorism cooperation, the promotion of moderate Islam in predominantly Muslim areas, as well as Malaysia’s support for the development of Mindanao.

The two officials also agreed to continue working together to further enhance Philippines-Malaysia bilateral ties, and explore the possibility of reconvening high-level bilateral meetings early next year.

Despite the effects of the pandemic, Malaysia remains one of the Philippines’ top trading partners and investment sources.

During their meeting, Imperial also conveyed the congratulations of the Philippine Government to Malaysia’s newly elected government, the DFA said.

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