QC suspends classes on July 23 for Duterte’s SONA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 20, 2018   •   4026

SONA file photo. PCOO.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Quezon City government declares class suspension on all levels in both public and private on Monday, July 23.

In a message on Twitter on Thursday evening (July 19), the QC Public Affairs office said Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered the suspension to give way to the scheduled State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. – UNTV News and Rescue

Duterte urges Congress to expedite creation of agency concerning OFWs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 28, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to expedite the creation of a new agency that will cater to the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“So I proposed in the coming months, and I hope to come up with a Department of Overseas Workers,” he said.

Duterte said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has so much burden to focus on OFWs.

The President also said the new agency will address the persistent woes encountered by OFWs. There is also a proposal to create another agency for seafarers.

“So iyan ang ano ko sa mga kababayan ko na naghihirap sa labas, (So that is what I can provide for our fellowmen abroad) that there will be a more thorough review in policies for your protection and that somebody should look after you,” he said.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in 2019 filed Senate Bill 202, or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019 in support of President Duterte’s advocacy. AAC

Duterte to announce quarantine classifications for November tonight

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte will announce the new quarantine classifications for November on Monday (October 26) evening, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

“We will proceed with our meeting with him via Zoom at inaasahan pa rin pong magre-report ang ilang miyembro ng Gabinete lalong lalo na dito sa quarantine classifications (and we expect several Cabinet members will also present their report especially for the quarantine classifications),” he said during a press briefing.

Roque also confirmed the technical working group of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) already has a recommendation regarding the quarantine classifications.

The Palace official also confirmed that the President already assigned a vaccine czar two months ago. This was after the proposal of Senate President Pro Tempore Ralp Recto in order to prepare for the needed storage facility and the system for vaccine distribution.

“Two months ago, I recalled si Presidente may tinalagang vaccine czar kaya lang po, iyong naitalagang vaccine czar is hesitant when I asked him if I could remind the public that he has been designated as a vaccine czar kasi baka hindi na raw po maalala ni President. So we would like to wait for the Pesident to make an announcement anew (I recalled, two months ago, the President already assigned a vaccine czar. However, the assigned vaccine czar was hesitant when I asked him if I could remind the public that he has been designated. He said the President may have forgotten already so we would like to wait for the President to make the announcement anew),” Roque said. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Quezon City eases curfew regulations, allows market operations on 24-hour basis

Marje Pelayo   •   October 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Quezon City has relaxed curfew regulations upon the release of a memorandum signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte on October 20.

According to the new ruling, public safety hours shall be from 12:00 AM to  4:00 AM

The general public is advised to stay at home during these hours except those who are still out because of work or on the way home from work and those dealing with emergencies or for the purposes of air or sea travel. 

Meanwhile, essential activities such as but not limited to market operations (market bagsakan), food take-out delivery, pharmacies, hospitals, convenience stores, and delivery of goods may operate on a 24-hour basis.

The city government now allows persons aged 18 to 65 to leave home provided they have any of the following:

  • Company ID
  • Government-issued ID
  • School ID
  • Authorized Person Outside Residence (APOR) ID
  • Barangay ID or barangay certification

Persons younger than 18 or older than 65 may leave home only for indispensable reasons. 

Also, quarantine passes shall no longer be required, provided that previously issued quarantine passes shall continue to be honored as an alternative to the above-mentioned IDs.

If a certain barangay intends to impose stricter curfew, it may request to do so to the authorities of the Quezon City government. MNP / Evangelyn Alvarez

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