QC imposes two-week liquor ban starting March 15

Marje Pelayo   •   March 15, 2021   •   541

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government has imposed a liquor ban as an additional measure to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.

Apart from the reimplementation of a two-week liquor ban, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued supplemental guidelines imposing protocols which include the reiteration of public safety hours, strict compliance to health protocols in workplaces, and mandatory use of the Kyusi Pass digital contact tracing app.

The guidelines which will take effect on March 15 to March 31 covers workplaces, public areas, and business establishments.

“The drastic increase of cases is very alarming. We want to stop the transmission as early as now so that we no longer have to implement another nationwide lockdown,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

She also stressed the following measures will be implemented for the duration of two weeks:

– All retail sales of alcoholic beverages are suspended.
– All gyms, spas and internet cafes are closed.
– All barangays may again issue quarantine passes to their residents to limit movement. However, a barangay may not close down any establishment without the approval of the city government.

Returning Overseas Filipinos (OFs) staying in hotels and other accommodation establishments in the city organized by the national government or private entities must report to the Office of the City Administrator for documentation and monitoring, and for guidance on health, security, and logistics protocols. All OFs are required to complete the mandatory quarantine period of at least 14 days regardless of the RT-PCR test result.

All member offices of the city’s law and order cluster, regulatory departments, the barangays, and the QCPD and its police stations shall continue enforcing the protocols contained in these guidelines.

QCitizens may review the full list of guidelines in the Quezon City government website www.quezoncity.gov.ph.

Curfew at liquor ban sa Davao City, pinalawig sa kabila ng pagbaba ng COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   March 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Pinalawig pa ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Davao City ang pagpapatupad ng curfew at liquor ban sa lungsod hanggang sa buwan ng Mayo sa kabila ng pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19.

Sa ilalim ng Executive Order 12A na inilabas nitong Miyerkules, mananatili hanggang Mayo 31 ang liquor ban at curfew upang maiwasan ang inuman at pagtitipon ng mga tao na ilan sa mga mga dahilan ng pagkalat ng COVID-19.

Ayon kay Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, hindi dapat magpabaya ang publiko dahil nananatili pa rin ang banta ng coronavirus.

“We are still waiting for the possible second wave. At kung mangyari ang second wave ibabalik pa rin nating ang liquor ban at curfew. So ipagpapatuloy na lng natin ‘yan sa ngayon para hindi siya makapag-create ng confusion,” ani Duterte.

Sa Marso 31 orihinal na nakatalagang magtapos ang 24/7 liquor ban at ang curfew hours na mula alas-9 ng gabi hanggang alas-4 ng madaling araw.

Hindi naman sakop ng curfew ang mga may trabaho at nag-o-operate ng negosyo, batay sa kautusan.

Sa ngayon ay mayroong 258 na aktibong mga kaso ng COVID-19 sa lungsod. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lucille Lloren)

14 Davao City gov’t workers nabbed for violating liquor ban

Robie de Guzman   •   December 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Fourteen employees of the Davao City hall were apprehended after they were caught drinking alcoholic beverages on Tuesday despite an existing liquor ban.

The city government said the employees of the Davao City Engineering’s Office were caught inside the motor pool compound in Barangay Maa at 3:45 p.m.

Mayor Sara Duterte has issued a stern warning against government workers who disobey the liquor ban in the city, as well as the prohibition on the conduct of holiday parties amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

 “Heads of offices should remind their personnel every day to give honor (by following protocols) to their fellow employees who are hard at work on the Covid-19 frontlines,” Duterte said.

The ban on drinking and selling of liquor and other alcoholic beverages was reimposed in the city on November 2 until December 31 as part of local government’s efforts to control the COVID-19 cases.

Duterte also ordered the city’s human resource management office to “check other penalties aside from liquor ban cases.”

MMDA to reopen two EDSA U-turn slots on Dec. 18

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is opening two U-turn slots in EDSA on Friday (December 18).

During the hearing of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia announced the reopening of the two U-turn slots along EDSA — one in front of the Quezon City Academy and the other near Dario Bridge. 

Garcia said it was in response to the request of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte to reopen EDSA U-turn slots to ease traffic flow in the said areas.

Following the decision, the Quezon City Task Force on Traffic Management has been tasked to manage the stop-and-go scheme in the mentioned U-turn slots to facilitate the smooth flow of vehicles without interrupting the operation of the EDSA Carousel buses.

The QC government noted, however, that only light vehicles may pass through the U-turn slot in front of QC Academy while the U-turn slot near Dario Bridge will be open for emergency and marked government vehicles only.


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