Measures continue to roll as community quarantine covers entire Luzon Island

Marje Pelayo   •   March 18, 2020   •   2161

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (March 16) announced enhancements on community quarantine which covers the entire Luzon Island.

“It will be an enhanced quarantine, during which the movement of everyone will be significantly limited,” the President said.

“Work in public and private sectors shall be limited to a work-at-home arrangement,” he added.

The enhanced community quarantine, which has taken effect at 12:01 am on Tuesday (March 17) orders strict observation of social distancing measures following the sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under the Enhanced Community Quarantine and the Stringent Social Distancing Measures over the entire Luzon Island, the following shall be strictly implemented:

  • No classes until April 14, 2020
  • No mass gatherings
  • Households under strict home quarantine (only one person may be allowed access to basic necessities)
  • Regulated provisions on food and essential health services
  • Increased military and police presence
  • Suspended mass public transport
  • Restricted land, air and sea travel
    • Inbound passengers who are allowed to enter Luzon (subject to applicable quarantine procedures if coming from countries with existing travel restrictions)
      • International passengers, in transit
      • Filipino citizens including foreign spouse and children
      • Holders of Permanent Resident Visa
      • Diplomats
  • Transport of medical supplies, laboratory specimens related to the COVID-19, and other humanitarian assistance is allowed
  • Open establishments (with assigned skeletal force under strict social distancing one-meter protocol)
    • public markets
    • convenience stores
    • hospitals
    • medical clinics
    • pharmacies and drug stores
    • food preparation and delivery services
    • water-refilling stations
    • manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines
    • banks
    • money transfer services
    • power, energy, water, and telecommunications supplies and facilities
    • Business Process Outsourcing establishments and export-oriented industries; skeletal workforce must be provided with temporary accommodation
  • Media personnel shall be allowed to travel within the quarantine area provided they have PCOO media pass.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have been ordered to coordinate with various agencies and create a program that will provide assistance to affected employees and residents of Luzon.

The President also ordered DSWD to ensure that the delivery of food assistance will be unhampered.

President Duterte warned offenders of facing sanctions as the implementation of such strict measures is crucial to the safety of the Filipino public.

“Obey the police and the military. Do not quarrel with them and do not start ruckus that would amount to a violation because you will be arrested and brought to prison — disobedience of authority then acts of public disturbance,” he said. “You can be arrested. Sumunod lang kayo at wala tayong problema (Just follow the rules and we will have no problem),” he concluded.

The above measures are subject to daily review and study of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) until such time that the risk of coronavirus disease subsides. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Signal nos. 1 and 2 still up in parts of Luzon as Maring nears exit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—  Tropical cyclone wind signals are still raised over parts of Luzon as severe tropical storm “Maring” is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

According to PAGASA, Maring was located 315 km West of Calayan, Cagayan and will continue to move westward over the West Philippine Sea. It has maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

Heavy to intense rains are highly likely over Ilocos Region, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra, and Mountain Province.

Moderate to heavy rains are highly likely over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are likely over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and the rest Central Luzon.

TCWS No. 2  prevails in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • The northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Provinc
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

  • The rest of Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • The northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
  • The northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands

Within the next 36 hours,  Maring is forecast to gradually intensify but is becoming less likely to reach typhoon category prior to making landfall over Hainan Island in China.

The state weather bureau continues to remind the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. AAC

 

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TD Lannie moves towards Camotes Sea; signal no. 1 raised in parts of Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is now over the Canigao Channel and heading towards Camotes Sea, according to the latest bulletin of PAGASA.

The 11:00 a.m. update of the state weather bureau said Lannie  is over the coastal waters of Maasin City, Southern Leyte heading west northwestward at 20 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

From Monday (October 4) until Tuesday, the weather disturbance will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Visayas, MIMAROPA, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, and Dinagat Islands.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over CALABARZON and the rest of Bicol Region and Mindanao.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

Luzon
The southern portion of Masbate (Pio V. Corpuz, Cataingan, Palanas, Dimasalang, Uson, Mobo, Milagros, Mandaon, Esperanza, Placer, Cawayan, Balud), the southern portion of Romblon (Cajidiocan, San Fernando, Magdiwang, Santa Maria, Odiongan, Alcantara, Ferrol, Looc, Santa Fe, San Jose), the southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Roxas, Mansalay, Bulalacao, Bongabong), the southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay), and the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian and Cuyo Islands.
Visayas
Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, the northern and central portions of Negros Oriental (Bais City, Mabinay, City of Bayawan, Basay, City of Tanjay, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, City of Guihulngan, Vallehermoso, Canlaon City), Cebu, and Bohol
Mindanao
Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, the northern portion of Agusan del Norte (Magallanes, Remedios T. Romualdez, City of Cabadbaran, Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Butuan City), and Camiguin

Lannie, according to PAGASA, is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning (October 7). AAC

Duterte to announce new quarantine classifications Monday night — Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce on Monday night new community quarantine classifications that will be implemented in several areas in the country after June 15, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) is set to meet on Monday afternoon to discuss recommendations on the new quarantine restrictions.

The IATF recommendations will then be submitted for the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby areas of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna – collectively tagged as NCR Plus – are under general community quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions until June 15.

Roque said the NCR Plus is not likely to shift to the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) as COVID-19 cases have not gone down to the level before the entry of new coronavirus variants.

On June 13, the Philippines recorded 7,302 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the total tally to 1,315,639.

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