Sen. Villanueva, manufacturers to appeal against the total firecracker ban

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 23, 2020   •   895

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Joel Villanueva and other firecracker manufacturers are appealing against President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to totally ban firecrackers in the country.

The senator said the industry has become a part of the country’s culture and suggested fixing the industry instead of totally banning it.

“Aapila tayo sa Pangulo, maipaliwanag nating husto, kung saan tayo nanggagaling. Importante talaga ang maayos na regulation, (We will appeal to the President and carefully explain our side. What’s important is to fix the regulation),” he said.

Fireworks manufacturer Joven Ong said the ban would also affect manufacturing companies that are producing quality fireworks.

“Kami nakikiusap na huwag naman sana lahat ng industry dahil meron naman gumagawa ng kalidad na pailaw, na hindi naman nakakadulot ng pinsala walang nasasaktan (We are appealing not to ban the whole industry because there are those who are manufacturing quality [fireworks] which are not dangerous),” he said. AAC (with reports from Nestor Torres)

Sen. Joel Villanueva says he contracted COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva on Friday disclosed that he tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, Villanueva said his RT-PCR test result came out positive on Thursday night. He took the test after experiencing fever and headache on Wednesday.

The senator said he is currently in isolation and he already informed his close contacts about his condition.

“Inabisuhan ko na po ang lahat ng aking nakasalamuha noong mga nagdaang araw tungkol sa aking kalagayan, at kasalukuyan po tayong naka-isolate,” he said.

Villanueva expressed confidence that he will be able to immediately recover as he is fully vaccinated against the disease.

“Dahil bakunado at boosted po tayo, at sa tulong ng panalangin sa Diyos, malaki po ang tiwala ko na malalampasan natin itong balakid na magpatuloy ang trabaho natin sa Senado,” he said.

“Patuloy po tayong mag-ingat! Pagpalain po tayong lahat ng ating Panginoong Diyos,” he added.

PNP to require travelers to present COVID vaccination card in NCR, Bulacan border checkpoints

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded the public to always bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards especially when traveling towards Bulacan and Metro Manila areas.

In a statement, the PNP said motorists and commuters may be asked to present their vaccination cards at the border control points.

This is in compliance with the directive of local government units of Bulacan and Metro Manila cities for police personnel to check inbound travelers for proof of vaccination.

“Those without vaccination cards will be barred from entering and will be asked to go back,” PNP chief Police General Dionardo Carlos said.

The policy comes after Metro Manila mayors approved a resolution restricting the movement of unvaccinated persons within the region.

The first day of implementation of this policy in Bulacan had caused traffic congestion, but the PNP believes that this is only a direct result of the strict inspection measures to curb the possible spread of the coronavirus.

“The PNP is fully aware that movement must not be hampered, but non-essential travel can be controlled. Just stay at home at this time when you have nothing important to do outside,” Carlos emphasized with hopes that this can alleviate the problem on traffic jams.

The PNP assured it will continue to assess the situation amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.

“If needed, more police personnel can be deployed to checkpoints with a heavy volume of vehicles,” Carlos said.

 

Bulacan, Cavite at Rizal, isasailalim na rin sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 simula Enero 5

Robie de Guzman   •   January 4, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Isasailalim na sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 ang mga lalawigan ng Bulacan, Cavite, at Rizal simula sa Miyerkules, Enero 5 hanggang Enero 15.

Ayon sa Malakanyang, inaprubahan ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) ang rekomendasyon ng sub-technical working group on data analytics sa gitna na rin ng mabilis na namang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19.

Ang hakbang ay kasunod na rin ng paglalagay sa alert level 3 sa kalapit na rehiyon ng Metro Manila bunsod ng lumulubong coronavirus infections.

Sa ilalim ng Alert Level 3, pinapayagan ang paggalaw ng mga tao subalit maaaring magpatupad ng makatwirang restrictions ang mga lokal na pamahalaan.

Ang mga indibiduwal na may edad 18 at pababa, at mga nasa vulnerable population gaya ng senior citizens at immunocompromised persons, ay papahintulutang maka-access sa pangunahing pangangailangan, serbisyo at trabaho.

Papayagan rin ang individual outdoor exercises anuman ang vaccination status.

Ipinatutupad ang maximum 30% on-site venue o seating capacity para sa fully vaccinated, at 50% outdoor capacity naman sa mga pinapayagang establisyemento at aktibidad.

Ipinagbabawal naman ang mga business establishment at activities na itinuturing na high-risk sa hawaan ng COVID-19 tulad ng face-to-face classes sa basic education liban na ang mga aprubado ng IATF, contact sports, funfairs o perya, kid amusement industries, venues na may live performers at audiences, casinos, horse racing, cockfighting, at mga pagtitipon sa mga bahay ng mga indibidwal na hindi magkakasama sa magkaparehong household.

Ngayong araw, nakatakdang magpulong ang IATF upang pag-usapan kung may mga panuntunan bang dapat na baguhin sa COVID-19 alert level 3 lalo na’t mataas ang vaccination rate sa Metro Manila at ilan pang probinsya. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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