IATF approves Comelec’s voting simulation in San Juan City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021   •   273

MANILA, Philippines—The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the voting simulation of Commission on Elections in San Juan City.

The IATF-EID released Resolution No. 144, dated on October 14. Under the said resolution, participants of the voting simulation are exempted from any travel restrictions and shall not be required to show proof of vaccination status and/or be required to undergo COVID-19 testing.

“The IATF recognizes that voting simulation exercises are essential activities and as such, poses no objection to the request of the Commission on Election,” the resolution read.

The simulation, which will be conducted on October 23, aims to determine which policies need to be amended to prevent issues that may occur on election day. AAC

 

 

COMELEC, Palasyo may apela sa publiko kaugnay ng political caravans

Robie de Guzman   •   December 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– Umapela ang Commission on Elections (COMELEC) at Malakanyang sa publiko ng patuloy na pag-iingat sa gitna ng patuloy pa ring banta ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ginawa ng mga otoridad ang panawagan kasunod ng pagdumog ng maraming tao sa political caravan na isinagawa kamakailan ng tandem nina Bongbong Marcos at Sara Duterte sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth, Quezon City.

Batay sa mga lumabas na video at larawan, tila hindi na nasunod ang physical distancing at iba pang health protocols sa nasabing aktibidad.

Maraming motorista rin ang naapektuhan dahil sa pagbigat ng daloy ng trapiko.

Ayon kay COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez, hindi exempted ang mga pulitiko sa istriktong pagsunod sa health protocols upang maiwasan ang muling paglobo ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

“Sakop pa rin sila ng rules na yan. Nagpapaalala ang COMELEC, ‘wag ninyong i-endanger ang inyong mga supporters, because that’s what you are doing. Just so you want your crowds, your photo-ops, you are endangering the lives of the Filipinos who are supporting you,” ani Jimenez.

Payo naman ni acting presidential spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles sa mga pulitiko at partido, makipag-ugnayan muna sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang magkaroon ng crowd control.

“Obviously, yung situation we are still on a public health emergency, we all have to be careful and all of these moves have to be coordinated para hindi naman masyadong magulo, hindi magkakaroon ng untoward incident. There are mechanisms in place pero kailangan lang talagang to follow these mechanisms,” ani Nograles.

Magugunitang nagpaalala na rin ang Department of the Interior and Local Government sa mga pulitiko at party-list na hindi pa pinapayagan sa ngayon ang political rallies.

Maaari lamang silang magsagawa ng special gatherings pero dapat ay may pahintulot ito ng lokal na pamahalaan at nasusunod ang allowed venue operating capacity at public health standards.

Papayagan rin ang political caravans basta’t naipapatupad ang physical distancing at gagawin ito sa limitadong oras.

Una nang humingi ng paumanhin ang kampo ni Bongbong Marcos sa mabigat na trapikong idinulot ng kanilang caravan matapos magpahayag ng pagkadismaya ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Quezon City sa umano’y kawalan ng koordinasyon ng mga organizer ng Marcos-Duterte caravan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

IATF revisits ‘no vaccine, no work’ policy

Maris Federez   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) announced that it is revisiting Resolutions 148-B and 149 on the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of onsite workers.

Department of Health (DOH) Usec. Charade Mercado-Grande, who is in the DOH-IATF Secretariat, said the resolutions mandating the “no vaccine, no work” policy is under review.

“The matter is already under review and discussion po, Mr. Chair,” she said during the House Committee on Labor and Employment hearing on Tuesday.

The House panel had earlier sent a letter to the IATF, urging the body to suspend the resolution that allows business establishments to implement the ‘no vaccine, no work” policy among onsite employees.

Mercado-Grande confirmed that the resolution is still in effect despite calls from members of the House to have it suspended.

Committee chair Rep. Eric Pineda expressed dismay over the seeming disregard of the IATF to their call.

“Wala man lang sagot sa amin, ni ha ni ho. Di sana tumawag man sila o nagparamdam man lang sila. But the way we feel it, especially my committee members, para kaming napapahiya dito. Para kaming hindi binibigyan ng importansya ng mga amo ninyo,” Pineda said.

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Ferdinand Gaite shared the same sentiment.

“Tila hindi binibigyan ng pagpapahalaga itong napakalaki nang implication sa ating mga manggagawa sa kasalukuyan,” he said.

With this, Pineda warned that it will issue a subpoena to the officials of the IATF should the body continue to ignore their panel’s invitation to attend the hearing.

“Kasi we don’t want na umabot sa punto na this committee will now subpoena the members of the IATF just to compel them to attend this hearing,” Pineda said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Comelec faces backlash for denying application of 2 party-list groups

Maris Federez   •   December 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has earned the ire of two party-list groups as the poll body rejected their applications for accreditation for the 2022 national and local elections.

The groups, Nurses United and Guardians, trooped in front of the Comelec office in Manila to question the poll body’s decision to deny their application.

The Comelec, in its ruling, said the group’s representation of its membership is erroneous.

The Nurses United accused the commission of being cold-hearted to the condition of Filipino workers in the health sector.

“Pinatay po nila yong pag-asa ng mga nurses at mga manggagawang pangkalusugan. Pag-asa na magkaroon ng tunay na representante na manggagawang pangkalusugan sa loob ng kongeso. Sapagkat napakarami pong isyu na dapat matugunan sa usapin po ng ating manggagawang pangkalusugan,” said Maristela Abenojar, 1st nominee, NU Partylist.

The group’s motion for reconsideration was also denied by the poll body.

The group asked Comelec to provide them with a copy of the resolution of their denial.

Meanwhile, the group, Guardians, questioned Comelec for denying them the opportunity to make it to the list.

Based on the Comelec ruling, the group failed to prove that the majority of its membership are poor and are senior citizens.

The group pointed out that they have been assisting the government in disaster and relief operations, among others.

“Pinapakita lang namin na nandito kami. Kami yong sinasabi ninyong walang representation,” said Bong Contapay, Guardians Partylist 1st Nominee.

Since they failed in their appeal to the poll body, the group said they will be filing an appeal to the Supreme Court to have their application be reviewed and considered.

Meanwhile, based on Comelec Resolution No. 10735, to date, 152 registered party-list groups have made it to the list to be raffled a designated number come December 10.

On the other hand, 107 applications were denied; while 13 applications still await the final decision of the poll body.

The final list of party-list groups will be released 15 days after all the designation numbers are raffled off. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

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