PH extends ban on travelers from India to May 31; adds Oman, UAE in travel restrictions

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021   •   493

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has extended its existing ban on travelers from India until May 31 to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant first detected in the South Asian nation, Malacañang said.

In a statement on Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said passengers coming from India are still not allowed to enter the Philippines until 2359H of May 31, 2021.

The Philippines also extended its travel ban for passengers coming from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka in the same period.

Roque also announced the expansion of the country’s travel restrictions to include travelers coming from Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or those with travel history to these countries within the last 14 days preceding arrival.

The entry ban on travelers from Oman and the UAE will take effect on May 15 until May 31.

Roque said the ban was recommended by the Department of Health and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Passengers who are already in transit from the said countries or have been to the same areas within 14 days and arrived in the Philippines before May 15 will be allowed entry.

They will, however, be required to undergo stricter quarantine and testing protocols, notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result.

“The Department of Transportation should ensure that airlines are directed not to allow the boarding of passengers who are prohibited from entering the country pursuant to travel restrictions imposed by the Office of the President and IATF resolutions except if they are part of the repatriation efforts of the national government,” Roque said.

Australia donates more oxygen concentrators to PH for COVID-19 patients

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received another batch of oxygen concentrators from the Australian government as part of its continuing support to the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.

In a statement, the NTF said the 100 oxygen concentrators arrived in Manila on Thursday.

The first batch of oxygen concentrators were delivered last August 28.

“Australia is increasing its commitment to the Philippines in terms of COVID-19 support, and we’re increasing our commitment by further [to] P433 million to make a grand total of P1.8 billion that Australia is donating to the Philippines,” Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson said during a press conference following the turn-over.

The NTF said the first batch of the medical equipment was distributed to 27 hospitals across the country.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, the donation is vital to the country’s clinical management of the country’s severe and critical COVID cases.

“This will go a long way in improving the quality of care that we provide our patients in the several hospitals that have been benefited by these pieces of equipment,” Duque added.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. thanked Australia for its compassion and generosity to the Filipino people.

“This life-saving oxygen concentrator will go a long way and a lot of people will be saved, thousands of them because of these concentrators,” Galvez said.

Aside from its donation of medical equipment and contribution to the COVAX facility, Australia, in partnership with UNICEF, will also provide over 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines.

The said vaccine donations are expected to arrive in the country by the fourth quarter of this year.

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.

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