Manila LGU to enforce new restrictions in Blumentritt markets

Robie de Guzman   •   April 14, 2020   •   481

MANILA, Philippines – New restrictions will be enforced in public markets and grocery stores in Blumentritt area to address the influx of consumers amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to combat novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Manila City government said Tuesday.

In an advisory, the local government said that beginning Wednesday, April 15, three entry and exit points will be opened along the following areas in Blumentritt to avoid congestion and observe protocols on physical distancing:

  • Blumentritt corner Rizal Ave
  • Leonor Rivera corner Antipolo
  • Blumentritt corner Aurora Blvd

The Manila LGU also said that city residents will be allowed to go to the Blumentritt area from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m., while non-residents will be permitted in the area from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wholesale buyers, meanwhile, will be allowed entry in Blumentritt from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“These new measures will be enforced by the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau, Department of Public Services, Manila Barangay Bureau and the Manila Markets Administration Office,” the city government said.

The said measures were implemented after consumers flocked to Blumentritt markets following the recent suspension of retail selling in seven Balintawak markets in Quezon City.

Duterte extends ECQ in Cebu City; GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City until July 15, 2020.

The President noted the “stubbornness” of its residents despite strict government protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19. He cited the situation in Talisay City where people tend to ignore social distancing protocols, with some even engaging in drinking sprees and gambling.

Ayaw ninyo maniwala, bakit marami? One of the reasons — even without consulting the Body— because you did not follow rules,” President Duterte said.

“You have the highest. Cebu is now the new hotspot for COVID-19. Bakit? Marami sa inyo ay hindi sumusunod,” he added.

The President expressed concern over the situations in Cebu City which he hopes will improve through the supervision of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the following areas will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until July 15:

  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Benguet
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Leyte
  • Ormoc
  • Southern Leyte
  • Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion Municipalities in Cebu Province

The President commended the response of residents in the said areas to the government-imposed protocols which helped slow down the rate of COVID-19 infection.

You know Manila, maraming tao but because sumunod nila — with few violations thereabout— we here in Manila have a good chance of at least avoiding it,” he said.

To save the economy, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguz recommended to the President the further relaxing of quarantine measures in Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region. 

The rest of the country, meanwhile, will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) specifically those identified as moderate and low risk areas where localized community quarantine and minimum health standards may strictly be observed. MNP (with reports 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)

Cebu City returns to ECQ, Metro Manila remains under GCQ

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday (June 15) placed Cebu City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting Tuesday (June 16).

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the increasing number of new cases and widespread community transmission in the majority of barangays in the city has prompted the decision. 

Likewise, case doubling time of less than seven days in the city has been consistent and its critical care system has been overwhelmed with an increased number of patients surpassing the city’s critical care capacity.

Metro Manila, meanwhile, remains under general community quarantine (GCQ).

Here are the quarantine classifications in specific areas in the country taking effect June 16 until June 30:

Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)

  • Cebu City

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)

  • Talisay City

General Community Quarantine (GCQ)

  • Metro Manila
  • Luzon
    • Cagayan
    • Isabela
    • Nueva Vizcaya
    • Quirino
    • Santiago City
    • Aurora
    • Bataan
    • Bulacan
    • Tarlac
    • Olongapo City
    • Cavite
    • Laguna
    • Batangas
    • Rizal
    • Quezon
    • Occidental Mindoro
  • Visayas
    • Bohol
    • Cebu
    • Negros Oriental
    • Siquijor
    • Mandaue City
    • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Mindanao
    • Davao City
    • Zamboanga City

Meanwhile, the rest of the country remains under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until June 30, Roque concluded.

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