NCR Malls release operating hours amid GCQ with heightened and additional restrictions

Maris Federez   •   August 2, 2021   •   636

 

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila malls have released separate advisories regarding their respective operating hours while the capital region is placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened and additional restrictions from July 31 to August 5, following IATF Resolution No. 130-A.

Robinsons Malls management said that from July 31 to August 5 all their malls remain open except its entertainment and amusement centers and cafes. Restaurants will be open for take-out and delivery services.

The advisory added that subject to LGU guidelines, shoppers ages 18 to 65 years old and fully vaccinated senior citizens will be allowed inside the mall.

It added that those below 18 years old and above 65 years old, who are not yet fully vaccinated, will be allowed entry to access essential goods and services including medical appointments.

Meanwhile, SM Supermalls announced that “pursuant to the latest government directive placing NCR under GCQ with heightened restrictions from July 31 to August 5, our restaurants will offer take-out and delivery services, and all retail and services stores are open to serve you daily.”

The mall also urged the public to follow minimum safety protocols at all times.

Ayala Malls, on the other hand, has released its own advisory “following the latest guidelines set by the IATF for a stricter quarantine measure in NCR from July 31 to August 20, 2021.”
The mall management also encouraged the public to continue practicing and following safety protocols.

IATF places Bulacan, Apayao, Capiz under GCQ beginning October 18

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Quarantine restrictions in the provinces of Bulacan, Apayao, and Capiz have been downgraded, Malacañang announced Sunday.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the recommendation to place the said provinces under general community quarantine (GCQ) from October 18 to October 31, ” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Bulacan and Apayao were initially placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) while Capiz was previously under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

Under GCQ, any person below 18 years old, above 65 years old, including those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women, shall be required to remain in their residences at all times, except for obtaining essential goods and services, or for work in industries and offices.

Entertainment and recreational venues, casinos, and outdoor sports are sill not permitted to operate during GCQ. Face-to-face or in-person classes for basic education shall be suspended. AAC

PhilID may now be used in mall transactions — PSA

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has announced that the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card may now be accepted at SM malls in its business center services such as foreign currency exchange, remittance services, and credit card transactions.

The PSA said this is part of the agency’s partnership with the mall management in its Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) program.

SM Supermalls also enjoined its retail partner affiliates and tenants to accept the card as sufficient proof of identity.

The PSA said this honors the previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and SM Prime Holdings to bring PhilSys closer to the mall-going public.

“The action of SM Groups to accept the PhilID as a valid ID for a financial service they offer is a big leap for PhilSys, as this will achieve our goal of providing easier, safer, and more secure access to services to the public. As we continue to work in solidarity with SM Prime Holdings, we at the PSA, commit to giving Filipinos more convenient access to private and public transactions”, said National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Dennis S. Mapa.

“The PhilID will boost the efficiency of transacting inside our Mall and retail partners when availing of services and products. Since June 2021, individuals who exchange foreign banknotes through any SM Store branch nationwide have the option to present their PhilID as a single valid identifying document during the transaction”, said SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan.

Currently, SM Supermalls is offering PhilSys Step 2 registration in select branches as part of the MOU. Step 1 Registration must be filled out and completed at the official PhilSys web portal and booking a schedule at the available locations.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is running a pilot set for the use of PhilID in its programs including Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programs (4Ps) and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

The PSA added that the agency is set to launch a mobile version of the PhilID as an alternative to the physical PhilID card in order to further encourage the use of the PhilSys in digital transactions.

Through this, the PSA said, PhilSys takes a step further into its goal of transitioning the country into a digital economy by providing Filipinos with a formal identification system that can be verified both online and offline.

LIST: Areas under MECQ, GCQ until Oct. 31

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the placement of several areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the latest risk-level classifications shall take effect beginning October 16 until October 31.

The following areas have been placed under MECQ:

  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Batanes
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • Naga City
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga del Norte

Meanwhile, the following areas are placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions:

  • Abra
  • Baguio City
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Pangasinan
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • City of Santiago
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Quezon
  • Batangas
  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Negros Oriental
  • Bohol
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao Occidental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Butuan City
  • Surigao del Sur

Also approved under GCQ are the following areas:

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Dagupan City
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Tarlac
  • Lucena City
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Marinduque
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo Province
  • Cebu City
  • Cebu Province
  • Mandaue City
  • Siquijor
  • Tacloban City
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Iligan City
  • Davao City
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao del Sur
  • General Santos City
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Sarangani
  • North Cotabato
  • South Cotabato
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Cotabato City
  • Lanao del Sur

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine, Roque said.

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