Manila LGU to issue quarantine passes for ECQ period

Robie de Guzman   •   March 29, 2021   •   438

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila City government announced it will issue quarantine passes to restrict the movement of its constituents during the enforcement of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces for one week.

In a statement on Sunday, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said a memo has been sent, directing all barangay chiefs to issue one quarantine pass per family.

“The memo explains that the holders of the quarantine passes can only go out during their designated schedules,” the Manila PIO said.

“The schedules are determined based on the control numbers of the quarantine passes,” it added.

The said schedules, which follow an odd-even scheme, are the following:

• ODD NUMBERS – Those whose control numbers are odd numbers (1, 3, 7, 9, and so on) can go out on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as on SUNDAY from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• EVEN NUMBERS – Those whose control numbers are even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and so on) can go out on TUESDAY, THURSDAY, and SATURDAY from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as on SUNDAY from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, March 27, the Palace announced that the entire Metro Manila — including Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Saturday, March 27, 2021

The national government on Saturday placed the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, called NCR Plus, under ECQ to address the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

The ECQ is effective from March 29 to April 4.

City of Manila receives 3,000 doses of Sputnik V from DOH

Marje Pelayo   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  A total of 3,000 doses of Russia’s COVID vaccine Sputnik V were received by the city government of Manila on Monday, May 3, led by Mayor ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso and Vice Mayor Dr. Maria Sheilah Lacuna-Pangan.

The vaccines, which were delivered via a Pharmaserv Express cold-chain truck, were immediately placed in the COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility located on the seventh floor of Sta. Ana hospital.

Domagoso said medical frontliners will still be the priority for the upcoming  mass vaccination using Sputnik V vaccines.

“Priority dito sa ating mga medical frontliners. ‘Yung mga nasa A1 category na hindi pa nakapagpabakuna,” he said.

The mayor said that Manila Health Department (MHD) chief Dr. Arnold Pangan will be coordinating with the directors of the city’s six district hospitals to determine how many healthcare workers are going to receive the Sputnik V jab.

These hospitals include the Ospital ng Sampaloc, Sta. Ana Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila, Gat Andres Bonifacio Medical Center, Justice Jose Abad Santos Memorial Medical Hospital, and Ospital ng Tondo.

In the event that there are still Sputnik V vaccines left after those in the A1 category are served, Domagoso said the next in line would be the A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities) categories.

The 3,000 doses of Sputnik V were allocated to the City of Manila by the Department of Health (DOH). The agency received a total of 15,000 doses of Sputnik V on May 1.

P8.4-billion aid distributed to qualified beneficiaries in NCR — DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) have now distributed a total of P8.41-billion or 75.28 percent of financial assistance to qualified low-income beneficiaries, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Friday.

In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año commended the NCR LGUs for the “systematic and orderly” distribution of the assistance to beneficiaries despite the challenges of distribution during a pandemic.

“Given that 75% of the ayuda has been distributed, I am confident that the NCR LGUs will be able to complete the distribution by May 15. In fact, some are now close to finishing the distribution of the financial assistance,” he said.

“They have really been putting up the work at hindi rin naman po ito biro sa gitna nang maraming hamon na ating kinakaharap ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” he added.

Año said that together with the P8.41-billion financial aid distributed in NCR, a grand total of P16.29-billion financial aid has now been given to beneficiaries in the NCR Plus, which includes the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.

He said that from April 6-29, 2021, a total of 8,410,659 actual beneficiaries have received their assistance in the NCR with Caloocan City leading at a 96.31 percent distribution rate amounting to more than P1.29-billion.

As of April 29, 2021, Caloocan City tops the NCR LGUs in the aid distribution followed by Quezon City with 94.96 percent or P2.36-billion; Mandaluyong City with 92.51 percent corresponding to P337-million; and, Navotas City with 90.68 percent or P181-million worth of financial aid.

Meanwhile, the City of Manila (88.39 percent), the Municipality of Pateros (87.69 percent), and the City of San Juan (80.40%) were also among the top LGUs that have distributed the most financial assistance to their constituents and are all beyond the 80% distribution percentage.

LGUs from Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were also able to tally a high distribution percentage of 67.11 percent and are more than halfway through the dissemination of cash aids in their jurisdictions.

Laguna leads with 81.29 percent or P2.2-billion worth of financial assistance distributed as of April 29, 2021 followed by Bulacan with 67.22 percent or P1.99-billion; Rizal with 64.61 percent or P1.69-billion; and, Cavite with 57.82 percent or P1.99-billion, the DILG said.

“With the extended deadline and the proactive stance of our LGUs, most of which have registered high compliance rate in their ayuda distribution, we can see that all financial aid will be distributed before the deadline we set,” Año said.

IATF OKs 10% dine-in capacity; barbershops, parlors at 30% in MECQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Dine-in operations at restaurants will now be allowed at 10 percent capacity, while barbershops and parlors may resume operations at 30 percent in modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) areas, Malacañang announced.

In a statement on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force has approved the recommendation to “allow restaurants, eateries, commissaries, and other food preparation establishments to resume their indoor dine-in services in areas under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) at an initial 10% venue or seating capacity.”

“These food preparation establishments, however, may operate their indoor dine-in services beyond this limitation, provided that they comply with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 (s. 2021) or the Safety Seal Certification Program,” Roque said.

The Palace official also said that the IATF has likewise allowed the resumption of operations of beauty salons, beauty parlors, barbershops, and nail spas at an initial 30% venue or seating capacity in MECQ areas.

“Moreover, these establishments shall only provide services that can accommodate the wearing of face masks at all times by clients and service providers,” he added.

These personal care establishments may operate beyond the 30 percent limitation, provided that they comply with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 (s.2021) or the Safety Seal Certification Program.

“Personal care establishments and services not mentioned above shall not be allowed to operate,” Roque said.

President Rodrigo earlier placed the National Capital Region and the adjacent provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna under extended MECQ until May 14.

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