PH eyeing travel ban on Indonesia amid surge in Delta COVID-19 variant — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   July 12, 2021   •   162

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has recommended the inclusion of Indonesia in the existing list of countries with travel restrictions to the Philippines.

IATF and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the proposal has been submitted for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval.

The move seeks to prevent the entry to the country of more cases of highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant

“Ang makukumpirma ko lang po, mayroon na pong recommendation ang IATF at inaantay lang po natin ang desisyon ng ating president,” he said during a Palace virtual briefing.

The recommendation comes after Indonesia reported an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, which has led to a severe shortage of oxygen supplies to treat critical patients.

The Philippines is implementing a ban on the entry of travelers from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates until July 15.

The travel ban excludes Filipinos who are being repatriated by the government and private sector.

Roque assured that the government continues to implement tight border controls to prevent the entry of the Delta variant.

Meanwhile, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government is now coordinating with agencies to help provide oxygen supplies to Indonesia.

“Kinausap din po natin sila kung sino ang may extra capacity na pwedeng magsupply sa Indonesia, so far po nakakuha kami ng dalawang possible suppliers. So yun po ang pwedeng maitulong natin,” he said.

Other countries such as Singapore and the United States have also reached out to Indonesia to address its oxygen shortage. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

House assures no delay in transmission of approved 2022 GAA to Senate

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HOR) targets to submit to the Senate the approved Php5.045-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2022 on or before October 27.

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said this will give the Senate enough time to examine the government spending plan for next year.

The amendments made in the proposed budget are as follows:

  • 5 billion for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, medical assistance for poor families, and the special risk allowance for healthcare workers;
  • 5 billion for five new C130 planes;
  • Php 504 million allotted for the operation of four state universities in the Bangsamoro region;
  • Additional Php10 billion for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program;
  • Php11 billion for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program and livelihood program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that will be used as an aid to families affected by COVID-19.
  • Php6 billion for service the service contracting program for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers; and
  • Php3 billion for the national broadband program of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT)

Velasco hopes that the bill will be submitted to Malacañang in December for President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and signature.  —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

PH updates list of ‘green’ countries

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government on Friday released an updated list of countries classified under green, yellow, and red, Malacañang said.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that from October 16 to 31, passengers from Romania will be barred from entering the Philippines after it was placed under the “red” list or classified as high risk for COVID-19.

The “green” list, which is classified as low-risk based on COVID-19 incidence rate, includes the following countries:

  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chad
  • China (Mainland)
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Eritrea
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Gibraltar
  • Hong Kong
  • Kiribati
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Poland
  • Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Samoa
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sint Eustatius
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sudan
  • Syria,
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

All other countries/jurisdictions/territories not mentioned are classified as yellow list, which is classified as moderate risk for COVID-19.

The IATF said that foreign travelers from “green” countries who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination are only required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.

“Upon arrival, no facility-based quarantine will be further required but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day,” the task force added.

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated Filipinos from green countries may choose between the following options:

  • Facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken in the quarantine facility upon arrival
  • No facility-based quarantine after getting a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin but the passenger is enjoined to self-monitor for any symptoms until the 14th day.

For unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified, and those vaccinated but failed to comply with the test-before-travel requirements, Roque said they shall undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day.

In the case of foreign nationals, they shall be required to secure hotel reservations for at least 6 days, he added.

“In the case of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated minor children traveling with their fully vaccinated parent/s or guardians, they shall be required to observe the quarantine protocols corresponding to their vaccination status,” Roque said.

“A parent/guardian shall accompany the child in the quarantine facility for the full term of the latter’s facility-based quarantine period,” he added.

On the other hand, travelers from “yellow” countries will have to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 5th day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 10th day.

Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their pre-booked accommodation of at least 6 days.

For unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be independently verified by Philippine authorities as valid and authentic coming from the “yellow” list, they shall undergo a facility-based quarantine until the release of a negative RT-PCR test taken on the 7th day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their 14th day.

Foreign nationals shall be required to secure their pre-booked accommodation of at least 8 days.

Under IATF guidelines, inbound international travel of all persons, regardless of vaccination status, coming from or who have been to “red” list within the last 14 days prior to arrival to the Philippines shall not be allowed.

“Only Filipinos returning to the country via government-initiated repatriation, non-government-initiated repatriation, and Bayanihan Flights may be allowed entry, subject to testing and quarantine protocols,” Roque said.

These protocols include the following:

  • All arriving passengers shall undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The first 10 days shall be observed in a quarantine facility, with remainder to be completed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination.
  • RT-PCR testing shall be conducted on the 7th day. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving passenger shall complete the facility-based quarantine period of 10 days.
  • The Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) shall ensure strict symptom monitoring while in the facility quarantine for 10 days.
  • All passengers merely transiting through a “red” list shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to said country/jurisdiction/territory if they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry by its immigration authorities.
  • Upon arrival in the Philippines, passengers covered by the preceding paragraph shall comply with the existing and testing protocols.

To validate their vaccination status, overseas Filipino workers and their spouse, parent/s, and / or children traveling in the Philippines or abroad, non-OFWs vaccinated in the country or abroad, and foreigners vaccinated in the Philippines can present either of the following:

  • VaxCertPH digital vaccination certificate
  • BOQ/World Health Organization (WHO)-issued International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICV)
  • The national/state digital certificate of the foreign government where they were vaccinated, which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF

In the case of foreigners vaccinated abroad, they can present WHO-issued ICV, or the national/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal agreement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF, Roque said.

 

Pagpapalawig ng COVID-19 pediatric vaccination naka-depende sa resulta ng phase 1 – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tatlumpung araw ang itatagal ng pilot implementation ng pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19 sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 sa Metro Manila.

Ayon sa Department of Health (DOH), phase 1 ng pediatric vaccination ang pagbabakuna sa mga batang may co-morbidity at prayoridad sa unang linggo ng implementasyon ang mga batang may medical record na sa participating hospitals, naka-admit man o outpatient.

Ayon kay DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, wala pa silang maibibigay na detalye ukol sa phase 2 ng pediatric vaccination dahil nakasalalay sa result ng unang phase ang desisyon kung palalawigin ito.

“Ito po ang pag-uusapan ano, lahat po ng succeeding phases will be dependent on what happens sa pilot implementation, this Phase 1,” ani Vergeire.

“Titingnan natin lahat ng operational issues and different important aspects na kailangan natin ikonsidera bago po tayo lumipat sa Phase 2. That’s the main reason why we do pilot para makita po natin how we can further improve our processes,” dagdag pa niya.

Ayon sa DOH, naka-abang rin sila sa magiging kalalabasan ng unang araw ng pagbabakuna, kasabay ng pagtitiyak na tututukan nilang maigi ang pagbabantay sa mga batang tinurukan ng bakuna.

“We still do not have that data right now. Unang-una wala po tayong national registry for this specific comorbidity of children. Meron ho tayong pailan-ilan in the bases for some of these comorbidities but it is not complete. What we are relying on right now, would be yung mga dadating sa ating mga ospital although meron ng pool of patients ang mga ito, na kanilang mga pasyente na talaga ng kanilang pediatricians doon sa hospitals that we have identified,” ani Vergeire.

“Maybe after one week, we can give you a rundown of how many children were vaccinated based on the number of patients that we have in that specific hospital,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong Biyernes sinimulan ng pamahalaan ang pilot pediatric vaccination saw along piling ospital sa Metro Manila.

Ang mga ito ay ang Philippine Children’s Medical Center,
National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center,
Pasig City General Hospital,
 Fe Del Mundo Medical Center,
 Philippine General Hospital,
 Makati Medical Center at ang St. Luke’s Medical Center sa Taguig. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

 

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