Walang failure of elections at wala pang major problem sa eleksyon — Brillantes

admin   •   May 13, 2013   •   2063

Si COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. sa presscon sa PICC (UNTV News)

Si COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. sa press con sa PICC (UNTV News)

PASAY, Philippines — OK ang mga PCOS machine, walang major problem at walang failure of elections. Ito ang general assessment ni COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes sa kanyang kauna-unahang press briefing sa PICC.

Bagamat mayroong reported glitches, sinabi ni Chairman Brillantes na wala pa ito sa one percent ng mahigit 78,000 PCOS machine.

Sa ngayon, anya nasa mahigit 100 pa lang ang na-report na nagkaproblemang makina at kahit umabot pa anya ito sa 200 ay mababa pa rin ito kumpara sa 400 reported problem ng PCOS machine noong 2010.

Ibinigay nitong halimbawa ang maayos na pagboto ni Pangulong Aquino.

Anya, tila napapalaki ang report sa media kaugnay sa PCOS machine subalit ang importante ay nagtutuloy ang eleksyon.

Kinumpirma rin nito na pinayagan nila ang pagputol o paggupit ng kaunti sa mga balota sa Bukidnon dahil ito ay oversized. Naging epketibo naman anya ang pagpasok ng mga ito sa makina.

Naging isyu naman ang mis-delivered ballots sa isang presinto sa Compostela Valley at Baguio City.

Sinabi ni Brillantes na posibleng nagkamali sa labeling ng ballot packaging kung kaya nagkapalit ang mga balota.

Iginiit nito na hindi matatawag na failure of election dahil tiyak pa ring may mananalong mayor sa lugar sapagkat isang presinto lamang ang walang nakaboto.

Hindi na naman magpapatawag ng special elections sa partikular na presinto sapagkat hindi makakaapekto sa resulta ng lokal na halalan.

Iginiit ni Chairman Brillantes na wala pa silang nakikitang dahilan upang ipatawag ang extention ng oras at wala rin syang balak irekomenda ito.

Base sa kanyang sinabi, ‘it seems normal ang voters turn out.’ (PONG MERCADO, UNTV News)

DOT prepares for soft reopening of tourism in Baguio City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is planning to reopen several tourist destinations in Baguio City. 

According to DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the initial plan is to allow 200 tourists a day under strict health protocols once tourism resumes in Baguio City.

“Marami na nagbukas [establishments] slowly. Awa ng Dios, walang nagka-COVID,” Puyat said during the budget hearing on Thursday (September 17.)

To further prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission, the DOT is strengthening contact-less services in hotels and other tourism establishments through online bookings and transactions.

Also, RT-PCR testing units will be placed in major tourist destinations for added protection.

Secretary Puyat said that under modified general community quarantine, tourist destinations and establishments are allowed to accommodate patrons at 50 percent capacity, but it would still depend on the approval of the local government.

Puyat also said that a big chunk of the DOT’s P8.5 billion proposed budget for 2021 will be allocated to promoting local tourism.

She noted that 4.8 million tourism industry workers have been affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The gradual reopening of tourist destinations in some parts of the country is a welcome relief to stakeholders of the industry.

Puyat said, about 50 percent of business owners who applied for reopening have already been given authority to operate.

Based on a survey conducted by DOT, about 77 percent of local tourists are willing to travel domestically even in the absence of a vaccine.

Also according to the 2020 Philippine Travel Survey Report, beach hopping, road trips and staycations are among the top activities travelers would like to do once restrictions are lifted. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Baguio City, nasa 2nd wave ng infection; pagpapatupad ng checkpoint at lockdown, mas hihigpitan – Magalong

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2020

Magpapatupad ng mas mahigpit na checkpoint at border control ang Baguio City government kasunod ng pagtaas ng kaso ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sa lungsod, ayon kay Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Naniniwala si Magalong na nasa ikalawang bugso na ng COVID-19 infections ang lungsod kasunod ng mga ulat ng panibagong kaso.

Aniya, lumobo ang kaso matapos dumagsa ang mga tao sa mga mall, palengke at iba pang pampublikong lugar sa siyudad at pag-uwi ng maraming locally-stranded individuals kasunod ng pagluluwag sa antas ng quarantine.

“We’re now experiencing the second wave yah were now on the second wave nag-flatten na tayo eh,” ani Magalong.

Upang mapigilan ang muling pagdami ng COVID-19 infections sa lungsod, sinabi ng alkalde na ilalagay sa lockdown ang buong lungsod tuwing araw ng linggo.

Mas hihigpitan rin ang pagbabantay sa mga checkpoint upang masegurong nasusunod ang ipinaiiral na health protocols.

Inatasan na rin ni Magalong ang mga ospital sa lungsod na maghanda sa posibleng muling pagdami ng mga pasyenteng magpapa-konsulta.

“This is a result of opening up the economy so we just have to innovate, continue innovation, very aggressive sa contact tracing and then sa testing,” sabi ng alkalde na nagsisilbi rin bilang national contact tracing czar sa gitna ng pandemiya.

“I issued an executive order requiring barangay officials be more vigilant, and the encourage flu-like symptoms to report to the barangay so that they can be PCR-tested,” dagdag pa niya.

Noong Hulyo 27, pumalo na sa 98 ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa lungsod; dalawa sa mga ito ang nasawi, 51 ang gumaling habang nasa 45 naman ang kasalukuyan pang naka-confine sa medical facilities. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Grace Doctolero)

Baguio, Cebu City mayors appeal for reclassification of cities’ quarantine status

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2020

The mayors of Baguio City and Cebu City have appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to reclassify their respective cities’ community quarantine status.

“Considering that Baguio is relatively successful in implementing COVID-19 response and management measures within our borders, we are inclined to seek a reconsideration of our classification before the IATF Screening and Validation Committee,” according to the appeal of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

Magalong has appealed to the IATF-MEID to place Baguio City under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) instead of General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

The IATF-MEID, under IATF Resolution No. 40, recommended that Baguio City be placed under GCQ until June 15.

Magalong noted that Baguio City was able to successfully control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through their mass testing, and implementation of health and safety protocols.

Baguio City has recorded 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 29 of them have already recovered.

“With the steps we have already taken, the innovations we seek to accomplish, and the disciplined character of the Cordilleran people, you are assured that the City of Baguio will be exemplary in the implementation of MGCQ regulations,” the appeal reads.

Meanwhile, Cebu Mayor Edgar Labella also filed an appeal to place the city under GCQ instead of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). The IATF-MEID recommended for Cebu City to be placed under MECQ.

“Our case fatality rate remains at 1% while our recovery rate is already at 22% and we are seeing a downtrend on our COVID19 cases. I really hope that IATF will grant our request,” Labella said.

“It is but a logical step for the city government to transition into General Community Quarantine but with the corollary discretion to place under segmental and sequential lockdown critical areas,” according to Labella’s appeal.

The IATF-MEID has given local government officials to submit their appeal until Friday (May 28).AAC

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