Cebu City limits cemetery visits to fully vaccinated people during Undas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 26, 2021   •   187

Visit to cemeteries in Cebu City during the period of Undas on November 1 and 2 will only be limited to individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an order released by the city government.

In a post on its Facebook page, the city government said the policy is contained in the Directive No. 10-14-01 recently issued by Mayor Michael Rama.

In the order dated October 15, Rama said that only five visitors per grave will be allowed at any given time.

Visitors are also advised to stay at a maximum of one hour inside the cemetery and “must be considerate to those who are still outside and are waiting to be granted entry.”

Rama’s order also stated that bringing of food, eating, and drinking of alcoholic beverages inside the cemetery premises are prohibited.

Any form of gambling and other recreational activities are also prohibited.

A categorized, scheduled, and regulated open house admission regardless of vaccination status will be allowed on Oct. 18 to 31, and from Nov. 3 to 5, the city government said.

The national government earlier ordered the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2 in anticipation of the influx of people amid the continuing threat of COVID-19.

PNP tightens watch over terminals, ports for long weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has further intensified its watch over terminals and ports for the anticipated high number of travelers for the long weekend.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has directed all police commanders to ensure the deployment of sufficient number of personnel to terminals and ports to secure travelers.

“Sa kabila ng pandemya, inaasahan natin na marami sa ating mga kababayan ang uuwi ng probinsiya ngayong Undas upang makasama ang kanilang mga kaanak at mahal sa buhay. Marami sa ating mga kababayan ang tiyak na hahabol ng biyahe ngayong Biyernes hanggang Linggo para makauwi sa kanilang mga probinsiya,” Eleazar said.

“Inatasan ko na ang kapulisan na maging mapagmatyag para tiyaking maayos ang sitwasyon sa mga terminal, mga pantalan at paliparan ngayong marami ang bibiyahe at uuwi sa kani-kanilang probinsiya,” he added.

Eleazar stressed the importance of the observance of health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

He also reminded the public to be ready with the necessary documents for their trips.

“Mainam na maging handa sa mga dokumento na maaaring hingin sa inyong mga destinasyon. Bago tayo bumiyahe, alamin natin ang mga requirements sa lugar na inyong pupuntahan lalo na’t iba-iba ang panuntunan sa mga probinsiya at munisipalidad. Ito ay para makaiwas tayo sa aberya at pagkaabala,” he said.

Meanwhile, Eleazar advised the public not to insist on pushing through with plans to still visit cemeteries, memorial parks or columbaria as these have been ordered closed until November 2.

PH Coast Guard on heightened alert for Undas

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it has placed its operating units on heightened alert for the long weekend in line with the observance of Undas.

In a statement, PCG commandant Vice Admiral Leopoldo Laroya said PCG units will be on heightened alert from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 as port passengers are expected to increase over the weekend to visit their families in the provinces.

Fully vaccinated local tourists are also expected to flock to tourist destinations that are now slowly re-opening, following the reported lower cases of COVID-19 infection in the country.

“Coast Guard Districts conduct 24/7 operations to monitor nautical highways routes, especially in the Visayas where the majority of tourist destinations are now revamping local tourism,” Laroya said.

“I have directed concerned units to ensure maritime security and safety in our western and eastern seaboards, as well as inter-island routes. Our deployable response groups, with the PCG Auxiliary, are all-set for these operations,” he added.

The PCG said western seaboard monitoring includes Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Iloilo, and Zamboanga region.

Eastern seaboard monitoring, on the other hand, covers Manila, Bicol region, Samar, Leyte, and Surigao provinces.

“We have maritime safety inspectors in port terminals, law enforcement teams in strategic locations, maritime patrol teams in critical vicinity waters, and deployable response groups on standby for possible search and rescue missions,” Laroya said.

The PCG also reminded port passengers and local tourists to remain vigilant on the upcoming holiday to avoid untoward incidents.

“For the part of the general public, we encourage everyone to carefully check the existing ordinances of their destination as LGUs have different documentary and testing requirements,” Laroya said.

“Aside from securing their QR code or S-PASS, they also need to prepare their vaccination cards, antigen test, or RT-PCR test. To avoid inconvenience, it is best to consider these reminders beforehand,” he added.

The PCG said it will further intensify operations with the Philippine Ports Authority and the Maritime Industry Authority, specifically in implementing the 50% maximum capacity of passenger vessels to ensure the observance of physical distancing. This is on top of comprehensive vessel safety and security inspections on board.

Its units will also conduct foot patrol in major tourist destinations to continuously remind local tourists to comply with minimum health standards.

“As much as we all want to finally recover from the negative impacts of the global pandemic, we are hoping that the general public will be more patient in complying with stricter measures in ports and tourist destinations for, at the end of the day, these regulations are in place to uphold their health and safety,” Laroya said.

Mga pauwi ng probinsya para sa long weekend, dumarami na – PITX

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Unti-unti nang dumadagsa sa Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) ang mga pauwi ng probinsiya para samantalahin ang long weekend.

Sa PITX naka-himpil ang mga bus na may biyaheng Katimugang Luzon.

Ayon kay Jayson Salvador, ang nangangasiwa sa PITX, mahigit sa 60,000 pasahero ang inaasahang nilang darating sa mga terminal para bumiyahe ngayong weekend.

“Yung pasahero natin during the intense lockdown ay nag-a-average tayo ng 20,000 to 25,000. Ngayon, simula nang nilagay tayo sa Alert Level 3, pumapalo na po tayo sa 50,000 to 55, 000 passengers a day and we anticipate that going towards the long weekend na Undas that it might reach 60,000 to 65,000,” ani Salvador.

Tiniyak naman ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) na nakahanda na ang ahensiya sa inaasahang pagdami ng mga pasahero.

Tinututukan rin nito ang mga malalaking terminal sa Metro Manila upang masegurong maayos ang sitwasyon at naipatutupad ang health protocols laban sa COVID-19.

“Taon-taon naman, may pandemic o wala, mayroon po tayong tinatawag na Oplan Undas. Yung Oplan Undas po, takes about in the context of having to monitor and inspect the units as well as inspect and prepare the terminals—yung mga bus terminals—para sa pagdagsa ng mga pasahero,” ang wika ni LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra.

Samantala, tiniyak naman ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na nagsasagawa na rin ito ng inspeksyon sa PITX upang mapa-alalahanan ang mga driver at kondukto, pati na rin ng mga pasahero na sumunod sa physical distancing, at health protocols upang maiwasan ang hawaan ng COVID-19.

“Ang MMDA, nagbibigay ng mga alcohol test sa mga drivers. Tinitingnan kung mga naakainom o hindi. Kaya I would say na talagang handang handa na tayo maging sa mga sasakyan sa mga pagbyahe sa mga probinsya,” ani MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos.

Payo ng PITX sa mga pasahero, bumili ng ticket 48 oras bago ang petsa ng pag-biyahe upang makaiwas sa pila at abala.

Alamin rin ang requirements ng local government unit sa lugar na pupuntahan upang maihanda ang mga kailangang dokumento at proseso gaya ng pag-secure ng antigen test. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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