Poe urges employers to ensure workers’ safety, maintain work-from-home scheme in GCQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   May 12, 2020   •   928

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe has called on employers to, as much as possible, maintain the work-from-home scheme even in areas that are under general community quarantine (GCQ) to lessen the transmission of COVID-19 among workers.

“Ang aking apela sa mga kompanya saka yung mga nasa government sector, kung hindi kailangan pumasok ng mga empleyado ninyo at puwedeng magtrabaho sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan, huwag nang papasukin,” Poe said.

The senator made the appeal after holding a virtual Senate hearing Monday on the preparations of the transport sector for the resumption of public transportation operations once the community quarantine is lifted.

She said it seems that the transport sector is not yet 100% ready to resume operations even at a limited capacity under GCQ.

Poe, who chairs the Senate committee on Public Services, noted that based on the hearing, various government agencies have prepared precautionary measures to ensure the safety of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, conductors and passengers.

However, there is still a possibility that a problem will arise in the implementation of these measures.

“Magkakagulo tayo pagdating sa pilahan, sa MRT sa LRT, sa mga bus, sa mga istasyon ng bus dahil kalahati lang o 30% lang ang pwedeng ipuno ng mga sasakyan na ‘yun,” she said.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said during the hearing that around two million commuters are expected to take public transportation once Metro Manila is placed under the GCQ.

Poe said this number could still be reduced if companies in areas under a relaxed quarantine status will still continue to implement work from home scheme.

She also called on telecommunication companies to improve their services to provide reliable internet connections, especially now that more workers are conducting their businesses and jobs from the confines of their homes.

“‘Yung mga pinapangako na pagpapatayo ng cell towers para yung transmission ng cell towers, para ‘yung transmission ng signal mas magaan, mas mabilis, payagan na natin. Gawin na natin para mas madaling magtrabaho mula sa bahay,” she said.

Metro Manila and other places characterized as high-risk areas will be under modified enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting May 16. Other areas with moderate and low-risk from COVID-19 will soon shift to GCQ.

Under a modified ECQ, movement within the zone will be limited to obtaining essential services and work; up to 50% workforce and operation of selected manufacturing and processing plants will be allowed; transportation services will also be limited to essential goods and services; while physical classes in schools will remain suspended. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Robredo pays tribute to Baguio City frontliners

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2021

Presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday (December 6) led the recognition of frontliners in Baguio City who relentlessly give their service to the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am giving tribute to the men and women who fought the pandemic. I am giving tribute to all those who worked behind all the successes that Baguio achieved over the years,” Robredo said.

“Alam ko na kayo ang isa sa mga best performing LGUs in our battle against the pandemic particularly on contact tracing with Mayor Benjamin Magalong in the frontline,” she added.

Robredo said that the main goal of her visit is to thank her supporters in the province who gave her a warm welcome despite the cold weather.

Robredo then visited the Good Shepherd Convent to lead the opening of the Leni-Kiko Headquarters. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent John Paul Alvarado)

Corporate parties sa COVID Alert Level 2 areas limitado lang sa 50% capacity – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaalala ang Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sa publiko na limitado lang sa 50% ng venue capacity ang bilang ng mga pinapayagang lumahok sa corporate gatherings ngayong holiday season.

Ayon kay DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, alinsunod ito sa patakarang ipinatutupad ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases para sa mga lugar na nasa COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

“Kung nasa alert level 2 po ang isang lugar, ang mga ganiyang klaseng christmas parties is 50% capacity of the venue and plus 10% of the venue, if may safety seal ang lugar na iyon,” ani Malaya.

“Aside from the venue capacity ay kailangan pong sumunod sa minimum public health standards. Kailangan pong naka-face mask at may social distancing,” dagdag pa niya.

Nasa Alert Level 2 ang buong Pilipinas dahil sa patuloy na pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19.

Babala ng DILG, maaaring masuspindi ang operasyon ng isang establisimyento na ginawaran ng safety seal kapag lumabag sa patakaran.

“Kung hindi po susunod ang mga establishment na magiging host nitong chistmas parties na ito, pwede pong i-revoke ang safety seal nila o kaya isuspinde ang kanilang business permit for failing to follow IATF rules and regulations,” ani Malaya.

Samantala, inirerekomenda naman ng Department of Health (DOH) na gawin sa outdoor venues ang salu-salo o pagtitipon ngayong holiday season upang maiwasan ang hawaan ng COVID-19.

Ayon sa DOH, mas malaki ang tiyansa’ng magkaroon ng hawaan sa mga kulob na lugar at walang maayos na bentilasyon.

Dapat ring seguruhing may hand sanitizing area sa venue at nasusunod ang protocol sa pagsusuot ng face mask at physical distancing.

Mas mainam ring gawin na lamang online ang selebrasyon upang maiwasan ang direct contact at posibleng exposure sa COVID-19. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

DOH: Philippines now classified at minimal risk for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– The whole of the Philippines is now classified at minimal risk for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said most of the regions in the country have showed decreased average daily attack rate compared with previous weeks.

“Nationally, we remain at minimal risk case classification with a negative two-week growth rate at negative 57% and a low risk average daily attack rate at point 67 cases for every 100,000 individuals,” Vergeire said in a press briefing.

“The National health systems capacity is at low risk. All regions showed decrease in average daily attack rates compared to the previous 3-4 weeks and remained at minimal to low risk case classification,” she added.

Vergeire noted that from the more than 900 average daily cases from November 22 to 29, it declined to an average of 544 per day nationwide.

She said this is lower than the figure recorded in August 2020 and April 2021 when the Philippines reached the peak of cases.

The National Capital Region also remains at low-risk classification with 112 average daily cases recorded from November 29 to December 5.

Death cases also decreased to three during the period of December 1 to 5.

Vergeire said infection rates in most of the regions have been steadily declining compared with previous weeks.

But she urged the public not to be complacent especially during this time when some people gather to celebrate the holiday season.

Vergeire said the public should continue adhering to health protocols as the threat of COVID-19 remains. (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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