LGUs ‘retain discretion’ on requirements for vaccinated travelers — IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2021   •   609

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGU) are still allowed to require negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated domestic travelers, including senior citizens, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) clarified on Friday.

The IATF issued the clarification after some LGUs raised concerns over the eased travel restrictions on fully vaccinated individuals by requiring only an authentic vaccination card as stated in the task force’s Resolution No.124-5.

“LGUs retain the discretion in requiring RT-PCR testing or accepting duly issued COVID-19 vaccination cards for allowed interzonal travel,” IATF and presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“These vaccination cards shall be sufficient proof of vaccination,” he added.

Roque, however, stressed that any individual who will present forged and/or falsified vaccination cards shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The Philippines has so far recorded over 1.4 million coronavirus cases.

Since March, the government has administered more than 12.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Swab test sa mga turista, muling ipatutupad sa Boracay Island

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

Muling ipatutupad ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Aklan ang negative RT-PCR testing bilang requirement sa lahat ng mga bibisita sa Boracay Island.

Epektibo ito simula sa araw ng Linggo, Enero 9.

Sakop ng polisiya ang ang lahat ng bisita, bakunado man o hindi kontra COVID-19.

Ang RT-PCR test requirement ay muling ipapatupad sa gitna ng dumarami na namang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Noong nakaraang taon ay inalis ang nasabing requirement para sa mga bisita dahil sa pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19 at pagtaas ng bilang ng mga nababakunahan.

Two NCR mayors test positive for COVID-19

Maris Federez   •   January 3, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Two Metro Manila mayors have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the spike of cases in the region.

Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano tested positive for COVID-19 anew and is now undergoing facility isolation, her chief of staff said Sunday.

Rubiano was feeling “unwell” on Saturday (January 1), exhibiting symptoms such as a sore throat.

She immediately took an RT-PCR test and was found positive for the virus.

Despite her isolation, Rubiano will still conduct online meetings, the Pasay City Public Information Officer said on a Facebook post.

Rubiano first contracted COVID-19 in February 2021.

Meanwhile, Navotas City Mayor Tobias “Toby” Tiangco confirmed that he tested positive for the virulent disease.

On his Twitter post, Tiangco said he is set to undergo a two-week isolation period after he tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

Being immune-compromised due to his asthma, Tiangco said he regularly does the self-antigen test. On Sunday, after yielding positive through antigen test, he underwent RT-PCR test and was confirmed positive of the disease.

Tiangco said he will try to still perform his mandate while on 14-day isolation.

“Bilang COVID patient, sasailalim po ako sa 14-days isolation ngunit  hanggang makakaya, gagampanan ko pa rin po ang tungkulin nating i-monitor at pangunahan ang ating COVID response at iba pang responsibilidad bilang Mayor,” he said.

Tiangco then appealed to the public to observe health and safety protocols and to those who are not yet vaccinated to receive the vaccine.

“Muli, pakiusap ko po sa lahat na maging doble o triple sa pag-iingat, gawin ang health at safety protocols, at magpabakuna o booster,” he said. —/mbmf

Ayuda sa mga biktima ng bagyo, dapat maipamahagi ng LGUs sa loob ng 15 araw — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Labinlimang araw ang ibinibigay na panahon ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sa mga local government unit (LGU) para maipamahagi ang P5,000 na ayuda sa bawat pamilyang labis na naapektuhan ng bagyong Odette.

Ngayong araw inaasahang matatanggap ng LGUs ang pondo para sa emergency assistance.

Ipagkakaloob ang ayuda sa mga low-income family na direktang biktima ng kalamidad. Isang libong piso ang matatanggap kada indibidwal o maximum ng P5,000 kada pamilya.

“Ang panawagan po ng pamahalaan, ipamahagi ang tulong ng pinakamabilis para magamit agad ng ating mga kababayan,” ang wika ni DILG spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

Bagaman ang local government unit ang mangangasiwa sa distribusyon, magkakaloob ng technical assistance ang Department of Social Welfare and Development samantalang imomonitor naman ito ng DILG.

Tutulong naman sa mga lokal na pamahalaan para sa additional manpower ang pwersa ng Philippine National Police at Armed Forces of the Philippines kung kinakailangan.

Samantala, inaatasan naman ang mga kinauukulang lokal na pamahalaan na bumuo ng grievance and appeals committee na tatanggap ng mga reklamo kaugnay ng pamamahagi ng financial assistance. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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