Health workers need no DOH accreditation amid enhanced community quarantine —Palace

Marje Pelayo   •   March 24, 2020   •   570

MANILA, Philippines – Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles clarified that health workers are not required to apply for accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH).

Nograles said health workers may present their professional license cards issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and an ID card issued by their employer.

These ID cards are enough for them to be exempted from the strict protocols imposed under the enhanced community quarantine due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Napaka-importante po ng tungkulin at trabaho ng ating mga health workers,” the Spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) said.

“Our health workers, you are our real-life heroes. We thank you for your sacrifice and your service to the nation. Alam ko po kung gaano kahirap ang trabaho po ninyo at ang tungkulin ninyo kaya hindi namin kayo pahihirapan dito sa accreditation IDs,” he added.

Nograles assured that the government has provided free transport service for health workers affected by the suspension of mass transport during the course of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Manila, Muntinlupa cut curfew hours

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

The cities of Manila and Muntinlupa on Tuesday (June 16) announced they will shorten their curfew hours.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso adjusted the city’s curfew hours from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am as the restrictions for business operations eases. The previous schedule was set from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, Muntinlupa City will impose a new curfew schedule which will be from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi approved City Ordinance 2020-102 which will also impose penalties to curfew violators.

The ordinance also states that Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR) and those whose work involves delivery of essential goods and services are exempted in the curfew.

First-time violators will have a penalty of P500 while penalty will increase to P1,000 for succeeding offenses. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

150 locally stranded individuals in Metro Manila to be sent home to their provinces

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 15, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will bring 150 locally stranded individuals (LSI) in Metro Manila to their hometowns in Davao and General Santos City on June 15.

Namraiga Nasir is one of the 200 LSIs staying in temporary shelters near Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Namraiga also said she even stayed along the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway so she is very grateful to be able to return home.

“Sa tinagal-tagal po ng araw, nakatira pa po kami sa may tulay, so ngayon po ito na po iyong chance na makakauwi na rin po kami (For the longest — we even stayed under the bridge — we now have a chance to go home),” she said.

According to the PCG, 150 LSIs boarded the BRP Gabriela Silang en route to Davao and General Santos City.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) calls on the LSIs to coordinate with their respective barangays for the department to manage how they can assist in their repatriation.

“Para makita natin kung paano natin ima-manage ang pagpapauwi sa kanila. Huwag kayong mag-atubili na lumapit sa inyong mga barangay dahil ito po ang kanilang direktiba upang makuha natin iyong eksaktong bilang, (For us to see how we can manage their repatriation. Don’t hesitate to coordinate with your barangays because this has been their directive so that we can determine the exact numbers),” according to DOTr Asec. Eymard Eje. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

IATF considers possible 2nd wave of COVID-19 if quarantine restrictions are relaxed

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 is carefully considering the statistics of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and the critical capacity both in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

Data shows COVID-19 cases in both metropolises remain high despite government-imposed quarantine measures.

The IATF will use this information to craft its recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte on whether or not to further downgrade restrictions from general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. 

According to Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the national government is taking into consideration a possible second wave of infection should it relax quarantine restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Makikita natin na talagang Manila as the epicenter ay medyo mabilis pa ang pagkalat ng sakit, (We noticed a rapid spread of [COVID-19] in Metro Manila being the epicenter),” noted Roque.

Ang inaasahan po natin na sa lahat ng parte ng bansa ay either pupunta na sa MGCQ o papunta na sa new normal. Pero dito sa Metro Manila, masusing pag-aaral po ng datos ang inaasahan natin (We were expecting that all areas in the country would be shifting to MGCQ or toward the new normal. But here in Metro Manila, we are expecting a thorough analysis of the data)” he added.

Roque stressed the importance of the public’s strict compliance with health protocols such as social distancing, wearing of face masks and maintaining good health.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez also made a similar appeal to business owners who were allowed to reopen. 

Importante po kasi sa pagbabalik ay iyong pagsunod dito sa health protocol, (During resumption of businesses, practice of this health protocol is very important),” he noted.

As long as masunod ito, sigurado pong malilimitahan iyong mga transmission na ating inaalala (As long as these protocols are observed, the transmissions that we fear will be controlled),” he added.

Roque said President Duterte is expected to meet with the IATF on Monday (June 15), where the government is expected to decide on the quarantine measures in place. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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