QC implements liquor ban amid MECQ

Maris Federez   •   August 4, 2020   •   279

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has issued an executive order implementing a liquor ban while Mega Manila is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Executive Order No. 35 or the order banning the sale, distribution, and consumption of liquor during the MECQ period starting August 4, 2020 states that “no persons, entities, or establishments, whether with valid Liquor License and Regulatory Board (“LLRB”) or otherwise, shall be allowed to sell or distribute liquor, wine, beer, or any other alcoholic or intoxicating beverages (collectively, “Alcoholic Beverages”) at any time during the MECQ period from August 4, 2020 to August 18, 2020 (or until the expiration of the MECQ, if MECQ is further extended).”

It also said that drinking alcoholic beverages shall only be allowed within private residences.

The Order warned that violators of the provisions “shall be meted sanctions, including but not limited to, closure, suspension, or revocation of its permit or license.”

Those who will be caught drinking in public will be arrested and shall face criminal charges under applicable laws or ordinances of the city.

The EO added that the Department of Public Order and Safety, BPLD, LLRB, Barangay and other authorized City officials, along with the Quezon City Police District, shall enforce the provisions of this Order. — /mbmf

Davao City to lift liquor ban on September 21

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 14, 2020

The Davao City government is set to lift its liquor ban on September 21 to help business owners and employees in the liquor industry.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte will issue an executive order next week to lift the city’s liquor ban that was imposed in April. Duterte also clarified she is not lifting the liquor ban to accommodate people’s clamor for alcohol.

The Davao mayor also reiterated that beer pubs are still prohibited from operating since it is included in the negative list of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

“We did not lift the liquor ban for you. We lifted the liquor ban for the businesses and for the people who are working in the liquor business,” she said. AAC

Bacolod City, Lanao del Sur placed under MECQ until Sept. 30

Marje Pelayo   •   September 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (September 7) placed Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from September 8 to 30.

Duterte approved the recommendation of National COVID-19 response Chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. following reported increase in number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the said areas.

“We recommended to the IATF for the upgrading of Lanao del Sur as MECQ considering it is contagious to Iligan City and its cases also rising up,” Galvez told the President during Monday’s meeting.

“Based on the recommendation of the NTF, with consultation of Bacolod City, the cases of Bacolod City are much higher than Iligan City which is also MECQ. We will recommend Bacolod City be placed under MECQ as recommended by the IATF,” he added.

Other than Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur, Iligan City is also under MECQ until September 30.

Meanwhile, the President believes that the Philippines has already flattened the curve of COVID-19 infection which he credited to the public’s obedience to health measures imposed by the government.

He, however, advised the public to remain vigilant and always adhere to health protocols to further eliminate COVID-19 transmission.

“Remember that the lessening of contamination wala na masyadong tao nagkaroon ng COVID is not because COVID-19, the germ, is gone,” he said.

“It is there floating around us. Kaya lang ang mga tao sumunod na. Hindi humawak, alcohol kaagad. The mask was one important factor,” he said.

Malacañang places all except 15 areas under MGCQ from Aug. 16 to 30

Maris Federez   •   August 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has announced the new quarantine classification that will be implemented from August 16 to 30, based on Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No.63.

In a virtual press conference on Saturday morning, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that within the said period, the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon, the cities of Iloilo, Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay, and the towns of Minglanilla and Consolacion in Cebu province will be under general community quarantine (GCQ).

The majority of the country, on the other hand, will be placed on the more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

The Palace stressed, however, that localized and granular lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) remains in place in specific barangays, municipalities, cities, and provinces that would warrant it.

 “Maski sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim na ng GCQ at pati sa mga nasa ilalim ng MGCQ, magkakaroon pa rin po tayo ng localized ECQ. So wala po talagang katapusan ang ECQ, dahil ang atin pong ECQ ngayon ay localized or granular lockdown.”

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, in the meantime, remain under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until August 18.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce the community quarantine classification for these areas on August 17.

Roque said that it will be up to the President to decide if he will keep the said areas under MECQ should the medical community request another timeout, especially with the spike of cases on Friday.

“Nasa kamay na po yan ng President. Siya po ang mag-aanunsyo sa Lunes, galing po sa Davao. Mayroon na pong rekomendasyong ibinigay ang IATF pero di po pwede nating pangunahan ang ating President.” —(with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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