3 more Filipinos evacuated from conflict-torn Afghanistan — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2021   •   455

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed the latest repatriation of three overseas Filipinos from conflict-stricken Afghanistan.

In an advisory on Thursday (September 17), the DFA said there are still 20 Filipinos remaining in Afghanistan, two of them expressed their intention to be repatriated while 18 others opted to stay for work reasons.

As of September 17, a total of 191 Filipinos left Afghanistan after the Taliban militants took over the land-locked Asian country’s government.

“The Philippine Embassy in Islamabad [in Pakistan] continues to monitor the status of Filipinos in Afghanistan and stands ready to assist them at any time,” the DFA said.

Any Filipino in distress can contact the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan whose contact details below:
Whatsapp/Viber: +923335244762
Messenger/Facebook: Islamabad PE Atn or OFW Help
Email: isbpeatn@gmail.com

The DFA stressed that Alert Level 4 remains for Afghanistan where mandatory repatriation is in effect.

Catanduanes placed under Alert Level 4; seven other areas under Alert Level 3

UNTV News   •   November 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The province of Catanduanes will be under the second highest alert level starting November 17, Malacañang announced Saturday.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force approved on Saturday, November 13, 2021, placing Catanduanes under Alert Level 4 effective November 17, 2021 until November 30, 2021,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Alert Level 3 will be imposed over Baguio City and Siquijor effective November 15, 2021 until November 30, 2021.

Also placed under Alert Level 3 are Batanes, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya and the City of Isabela and Zamboanga City from November 17 – 30, Roque said.

The official added that Alert Level 2 will be imposed over the following areas effective immediately until November 30:

Ilocos Sur
La Union
Ilocos Norte
Southern Leyte
Western Samar
Eastern Samar
Northern Samar
Ormoc City
South Cotabato
North Cotabato
General Santos City
Sultan Kudarat

The following will be under Alert Level 2, from Nov. 15 – 30:

Metro Manila
Nueva Ecija
Angeles City
Lucena City
Bacolod City
Iloilo City
Negros Occidental
Iloilo Province
Negros Oriental
Lapu-Lapu City
Cebu City
Mandaue City
Cebu Province
Cagayan de Oro City
Misamis Occidental
Lanao del Norte
Misamis Oriental
Iligan City
Davao del Norte
Davao de Oro
Davao Occidental
Davao City
Davao del Sur
Davao Oriental

Likewise, these areas will be under Alert Level 2, effective Nov. 17-30 :

Santiago City
Naga City
Camarines Sur
Camarines Norte
Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay
Zamboanga del Sur


Work from home setup for CSC employees in NCR extended until Oct. 15

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced the extension of the work from home (WFH) arrangement for its employees in the National Capital Region (NCR) in line with the pilot implementation of the Alert Levels System for COVID-19 response.

The CSC said the work from home setup, which covers employees at its central office, CSC NCR Office, and CSC Regional Office IV headquarters, will be extended until Oct. 15.

“The WFH arrangement shall also continue to subsist in other CSC offices under ECQ or MECQ for the duration of their quarantine classification,” the agency said in an advisory.

It advised its clients requesting for the services of the CSC Integrated Records Management Office (IRMO) and Office for Legal Affairs (OLA) to continue transacting business online through the Online Registration, Appointment and Scheduling System (ORAS) at https://services.csc.gov.ph.

“Clients who are scheduled to be at the CSC Central Office to pick-up their requested documents on the said period are instructed to wait for further advisory on the rescheduling of the pick-up of requested documents,” it said.

“Further, documents or printed communications, including mail deliveries from couriers and postal services, shall still be received through a dropbox placed at the CSC Main Entrance,” it added.

The CSC said that a security guard on duty shall facilitate the recording of all documents submitted through the dropbox and ensure the safety of said documents.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 4 until Oct. 15.

NCR business owners hope for lower alert level in October

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A group of business owners on Tuesday expressed hope that the COVID-19 alert level in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be lowered in the last three months of the year in order for them to recoup their losses amid the pandemic.

Resto PH president Eric Teng said shifting to a more relaxed alert level will help business owners as this will allow them more dine-in capacity.

“We’re just asking to move the country slowly, responsibly to the next stage which is alert level 3.  At alert level 3, for example, in our industry, our dining capacity will just go from 10 percent to 30 percent. That’s not significantly a big jump. But for us, it allows us to hire more people because wala namang ayudang nakakarating sa mga empleyado namin at sa pamilya nila eh,” Teng said.

Metro Manila is currently under alert level 4 in line with the alert levels system being piloted in the capital region.

Under level 4, restaurants are allowed to have dine-in customers at 10 percent capacity while level 3 allows up to 30 percent dine-in capacity.

Teng said that not all restaurants were able to operate under level 4, as some do not have outdoor dining space.

But they hope for a better alert level starting next month to help business owners makeup for some of their losses this year.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion also voiced the same opinion, saying lowering Metro Manila’s alert level in the fourth quarter will be beneficial for business.

With a vaccination rate projected to hit 80 percent by October, Concepcion said a loosening of quarantine restrictions is warranted.

“Tataas dito yung consumer spending dahil sa Christmas, at palagay ko, election spending. So, importante na ang quarter na ito sana ay ipalagay na ang quarantine ibaba sa level 3,” he said at a Palace briefing.

Concepcion also pushed for an improvement in the provisions for fully vaccinated individuals under alert levels 2 & 3.

“Kasi importante dito yung capacity, dapat itaas para mas maganda ang benta nila at tatlong buwan lang sa itong quarter. Importante dito na mabawi nila yung mga lugi nila para mabayaran yung 13th month pay sa mga empleyado pagpasok dito ng Christmas,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang said Concepcion’s proposals will be tackled in the next meeting of the government’s task force on COVID-19 response.


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