Two-week ECQ resulted in over 26,000 displaced workers — DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   April 13, 2021   •   233

MANILA, Philippines – Over 26,000 workers have lost their jobs during the two-week implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), according to the latest data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Specifically, there were about 26,114 displaced workers in DOLE’s Job Displacement Monitoring Report from a total of 1,567 establishments within the areas covered by the NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal) set by the government.

Of the said number of establishments, 1,389 reduced their workforce while 169 declared permanent closure.

The most number of displaced workers were recorded in Metro Manila where 778 establishments reduced their manpower and 69 declared permanent closure.

This resulted in the displacement of 15,246 workers in Metro Manila alone.

Region VIA (3,322); Region III (5,151); Region VII (3,638), and Region V (2,274) are among the regions with the highest number of displaced workers in the past two weeks.

The ECQ was imposed in NCR Plus initially from March 27 to April 4 but has been extended until April 11.

P8.4-billion aid distributed to qualified beneficiaries in NCR — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) have now distributed a total of P8.41-billion or 75.28 percent of financial assistance to qualified low-income beneficiaries, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Friday.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año commended the NCR LGUs for the “systematic and orderly” distribution of the assistance to beneficiaries despite the challenges of distribution during a pandemic.

“Given that 75% of the ayuda has been distributed, I am confident that the NCR LGUs will be able to complete the distribution by May 15. In fact, some are now close to finishing the distribution of the financial assistance,” he said.

“They have really been putting up the work at hindi rin naman po ito biro sa gitna nang maraming hamon na ating kinakaharap ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” he added.

Año said that together with the P8.41-billion financial aid distributed in NCR, a grand total of P16.29-billion financial aid has now been given to beneficiaries in the NCR Plus, which includes the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.

He said that from April 6-29, 2021, a total of 8,410,659 actual beneficiaries have received their assistance in the NCR with Caloocan City leading at a 96.31 percent distribution rate amounting to more than P1.29-billion.

As of April 29, 2021, Caloocan City tops the NCR LGUs in the aid distribution followed by Quezon City with 94.96 percent or P2.36-billion; Mandaluyong City with 92.51 percent corresponding to P337-million; and, Navotas City with 90.68 percent or P181-million worth of financial aid.

Meanwhile, the City of Manila (88.39 percent), the Municipality of Pateros (87.69 percent), and the City of San Juan (80.40%) were also among the top LGUs that have distributed the most financial assistance to their constituents and are all beyond the 80% distribution percentage.

LGUs from Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were also able to tally a high distribution percentage of 67.11 percent and are more than halfway through the dissemination of cash aids in their jurisdictions.

Laguna leads with 81.29 percent or P2.2-billion worth of financial assistance distributed as of April 29, 2021 followed by Bulacan with 67.22 percent or P1.99-billion; Rizal with 64.61 percent or P1.69-billion; and, Cavite with 57.82 percent or P1.99-billion, the DILG said.

“With the extended deadline and the proactive stance of our LGUs, most of which have registered high compliance rate in their ayuda distribution, we can see that all financial aid will be distributed before the deadline we set,” Año said.

IATF OKs 10% dine-in capacity; barbershops, parlors at 30% in MECQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Dine-in operations at restaurants will now be allowed at 10 percent capacity, while barbershops and parlors may resume operations at 30 percent in modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) areas, Malacañang announced.

In a statement on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force has approved the recommendation to “allow restaurants, eateries, commissaries, and other food preparation establishments to resume their indoor dine-in services in areas under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) at an initial 10% venue or seating capacity.”

“These food preparation establishments, however, may operate their indoor dine-in services beyond this limitation, provided that they comply with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 (s. 2021) or the Safety Seal Certification Program,” Roque said.

The Palace official also said that the IATF has likewise allowed the resumption of operations of beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas at an initial 30% venue or seating capacity in MECQ areas.

“Moreover, these establishments shall only provide services that can accommodate the wearing of face masks at all times by clients and service providers,” he added.

These personal care establishments may operate beyond the 30 percent limitation, provided that they comply with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 (s.2021) or the Safety Seal Certification Program.

“Personal care establishments and services not mentioned above shall not be allowed to operate,” Roque said.

President Rodrigo earlier placed the National Capital Region and the adjacent provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna under extended MECQ until May 14.

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“Superspreader events” dapat iwasan kung isasailalim sa flexible MECQ ang NCR — OCTA

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Naniniwala ang OCTA Research Group na tagumpay ang pagpapatupad ng mas istriktong community quarantine para mapabagal ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa NCR Plus.

Sa kanilang pag-aaral, bumaba na sa 3,500 mula sa peak na 5,500 ang kasagsagan ng COVID-19 case surge sa Metro Manila.

Nasa 0.85 na lang din ang Reproduction number mula sa dating higit sa 2.

Ngunit ayon sa grupo, mas mainam pa ring iwasan ang mga tinatawag na “superspreader events” at high risk activities sakaling buksan na ang iba pang sektor ng industriya at magpatupad ng flexible modified enhanced community quarantine sa Metro Manila.

Kailangan ring mapababa pa sa 2,000 kada araw ang kaso upang maibsan sitwasyon sa punuan pang mga ospital.

“If it’s over 3,000 cases, mapupuno pa rin po ang mga ospital natin kya akung mas matagal ang ating healing period, yung exit strategy po sa MECQ, maybe one or at most two weeks, makikita natin na talagang bababa po ang daily number of cases natin, bababa po ang reproduction number natin at yung hospitals po luluwag talaga,” ang pahayag ni Prof. Ranjit Rye ng OCTA Research.

Babala rin ng grupo, hindi maaaring agad na luwagan sa general community quarantine ang NCR Plus dahil sa posibilidad na ma-reverse ang kasalukuyang trend ng COVID-19 cases.

Maaari ding magaya ang Pilipinas sa sitwasyon sa India na ngayon ay nakararanas ng oxygen crisis dahil sa tindi ng COVID-19 surge.

Ngayong gabi inaasahang ihahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang ipatutupad na community quarantine classification sa bansa para sa buwan ng Mayo. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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