Cebu, Mandaue and Zamboanga cities placed under GCQ starting June 1

Marje Pelayo   •   June 1, 2020   •   710

MANILA, Philippines — Aside from Metro Manila, several areas have also been placed also under general community quarantine (GCQ) for 15 days starting Monday (June 1).

Based on the latest announcement by Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, these areas include the entire Region VII or Central Visayas particularly Cebu City and Mandaue City as well as Zamboanga City in Mindanao. 

The decision to place these areas under GCQ came after their local governments appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 for a reclassification of quarantine status. 

These areas are in addition to the previously announced regions and localities which will be under GCQ starting June 1, namely the National Capital Region, Pangasinan, Regions II, III, IV-A and Davao City.

Meanwhile, all other areas not mentioned will be placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) starting next month. 

Therefore, starting Monday (June 1), two community quarantine measures will be implemented — the general community quarantine (GCQ) where most industries and economic sectors will be allowed to operate; and the modified general community quarantine (NGCQ) which is the last phase towards the transition to the ‘new normal.’ MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

NCR remains under GCQ with heightened restrictions until August 15

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) until August 15, 2021.

The approval was based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) given the current COVID-19 situation in the country.

“Ginusto man niyo o hindi kailangan  itong ganitong patakaran for you to survive; para mabuhay kayo. As shown with what is happening in other countries, there is really a pandemic in the true sense of the word in Indonesia, India and Thailand,” the President said during the televised meeting on Wednesday (July 28).

The following quarantine classifications take effect in the following areas:

Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 7)
Iloilo City
Cagayan de Oro
Gingoog City

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 15)
Ilocos Norte
Bataan
Lapu-Lapu City
Mandaue City

General Community Quarantine  with heightened restrictions (August 1- August 15)
National Capital Region
Ilocos Sur
Cagayan
Bulacan
Laguna
Lucena city
Cavite
Rizal
Naga City
Antique
Aklan
Bacolod City
Capiz
Negros oriental
Zamboanga del sur
Misamis Oriental
Davao City
Davao del Norte
Davao de Oro
Davao Occidental
Butuan City

General Community Quarantine  (August 1 – August 31)
Baguio City
Apayao
City of Santiago, Isabela
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino
Quezon
Batangas
Puerto princesa
Guimaras
Negors occidental
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay
City of Zamboanga
Davao Oriental
Davao Del Sur
General Santos City
Sultan Kudarat
Sarangani
North cotabato
South cotabato
Caraga
Agusan del norte
Surigao del norte
Agusan del sur
Dinagat islands
Surigao del sur
BARMM
Cotabato

Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)
The rest of the country

DOTr inaugurates PH’s longest bike lane network in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has inaugurated the Philippines’ longest bike lane network in Metro Manila on Tuesday (July 27).

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor said the bike lane can accommodate 1,250 cyclists per hour for every meter of road space.

The Metro Manila Bike Lane Network has an overall length of 313 kilometers and cuts through 12 cities: Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Taguig.

“With the completion of bike lanes, cyclists are provided with safe spaces on the road as they pedal to work and to other places,” according to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade in his message delivered by Pastor.

May lugar na para sa ating mga siklista dito sa ating pangunahing kalsada. Malaking hakbang po ito nang sa ganoon ay mabago natin ang nakagawiang sistema at maitanim natin ang kultura, disiplina at kaayusan sa ating kalsada (There are now areas for our cycliss on major roads. This is a huge step for us so that we can change the old system and instill culture, discipline, and order on our roads),” Pastor said.

Meanwhile, the transport official also shared that other parts of Metro Manila will also have their own bike lanes soon.

Pastor said there will be a South National Capital Region (NCR) which was procured by the Department of Public Works and Highways together with DOTr, which will be  Las Piñas, Muntinlupa at Parañaque. AAC

PNP asks for public cooperation as enforcement of longer curfew hours in Metro Manila begins

Robie de Guzman   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar called on the public to cooperate with authorities in the implementation of longer curfew hours in Metro Manila.

Starting July 25, the curfew hours in Metro Manila have been reverted to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. from the previous 12 midnight to 4 a.m.,

“Hindi na bago ang pagkakaroon ng mas mahabang curfew hours sa Metro Manila kaya inaasahan natin ang pagsunod ng ating mga kababayan sa patakarang ito,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Sa ating mga kapulisan, inaasahan ko ang maayos na pagpapaliwanag at pakikitungo sa mga lalabag sa itinakdang curfew hours, at inaasahan ko din ang pagrespeto ng ating mga kababayan sa patakarang ito at pati na rin sa mga taong nagpapatupad nito,” he added.

Eleazar expressed hope that the policy would no longer result in apprehensions and other unnecessary confrontations between the violators and people enforcing the rule, including policemen and village officials

“Kung isasaisip natin ang kaligtasan natin at ng ating pamilya, naniniwala ako na hindi na tayo aabot sa sitahan at arestuhan pa sa pagpapatupad ng curfew hours sa Metro Manila o saan mang lugar na ipinapatupad ito,” the PNP chief said.

Metro Manila mayors earlier agreed to lengthen the curfew hours following the confirmation of local transmission of Delta variant in the country.

The enforcement of longer curfew hours is aimed at limiting the movement of the public.

The Philippines has so far confirmed 119 cases of Delta COVID-19 variant.

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