Saudi Arabia extends lockdown until further notice

Marje Pelayo   •   March 30, 2020   •   1947

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advises Filipino travelers that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has extended its original 16-day lockdown period until further notice .

The lockdown which covers both government offices and private companies across KSA is part of the Kingdom’s measures to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Likewise, the Saudi government also extended the suspension of international and domestic flights, except for inbound Saudi citizens and health and medical workers.

Entering and leaving the three cities Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh, as well as moving to and from the 13 regions of the Kingdom including bus, taxi and train activities remain prohibited.

In light of this announcement, the DFA advises all overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to check with their employer or agency for impending trips to Saudi Arabia and adjust their travel plans accordingly.

LGUs, inatasang magpatupad ng granular lockdown sa gitna ng tumataas na COVID-19 cases

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Inatasan ng Malakanyang ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na agad magpatupad ng maigting na granular lockdowns kapag may nakitang biglaang pagtaas ng COVID-19 cases sa kani-kanilang mga nasasakupan.

Ayon kay acting Presidential spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, hindi na dapat hintayin ng local government units (LGU) na lumala pa ang sitwasyon sa gitna ng tumataas na namang kaso ng coronavirus infections sa bansa.

“We reiterate that we can’t be complacent and we cannot take anything for granted because the threat posed by the omicron variant is real,” ani Nograles.

“’Pag tumama na po sa metric at nakikita na po ninyo na may mga surges o pagtaas ng bilang ng COVID cases in your localities, immediately impose localized or granular lockdown sa mga area, mga barangay, purok, street lockdowns, house lockdowns, residential lockdowns kung kinakailangan,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngayong Biyernes, Disyembre 31, umabot sa 2,961 bagong COVID-19 cases habang nasa 481 ang gumaling at 132 ang nasawi.

Na-doble rin uli ang positivity rate o antas ng mga nagpopositibo sa virus na ngayon ay nasa 10.3% na. Mas mataas ito kumpara sa 5% na benchmark ng World Health Organization.

Una nang nagbabala ng independent research group na OCTA na posibleng tumaas pa ang kaso sa bansa sa mga susunod na araw na maaaring simula ng panibagong surge ng COVID-19 sa bansa.

Ayon kay Nograles, hindi magdadalawang-isip ang pamahalaan na muling ibalik sa COVID-19 Alert Level 3 ang alinmang bahagi ng bansa upang mapigilan ang muling pagtaas ng kaso.

“Nothing will prevent the IATF from imposing an alert level 3 ‘pag kinakailangan bagaman sabihin nating we announce from January 1-15 is alert level 2 for all, but if we see na kailangang i-elevate sa alert level 3 ang isang province, ilang provinces o isang HUCC, we will do it, kahit na di pa siya nag-January 15,” ani Nograles.

Muli namang umapela ang Malakanyang sa publiko na gawin din ang kanilang bahagi sa pagkontrol sa pandemya sa pamamagitan ng pagsunod sa health protocols para sa kaligtasan ng lahat. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

4 religious facilities in QC under lockdown due to high COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 22, 2021

The Quezon City local government has placed four religious facilities under lockdown due to high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Based on the report of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) there is a recent outbreak in Christ the King Mission Seminary, where almost half of its population has been infected. Out of the 59 individuals in the seminary, 25 tested positive for the virus.

As of September 18, eleven of these positive cases have recovered, 13 remain active, and one has succumbed to COVID-19.

QCESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz reported that the seminary’s Villa Cristo Rey and Fininman Building have bee placed under Special Concern Lockdown (SCL) since September 18.

The temporary closure of Christ the King Mission Seminary brings the total number of religious facilities in the city under lockdown to four. The other three are  Stella Maris Convent (since September 10); Religious of the Virgin Mary (since September 14) and Convent of the Holy Spirit which has been under lockdown since September 15.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has started creating a set of guidelines on ventilation for buildings and workplaces to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. AAC

Navotas LGU places Barangays Tanza 1 and 2 under lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Mayor Toby Tiangco of Navotas City announced placing Barangays Tanza 1 and 2 under lockdown due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 infection in the said areas.

In his Facebook post, the city mayor noted an increase in infection rate after 25 percent who underwent the latest mass testing turned out positive for COVID-19.

“Bagaman may ECQ na sa August 6, kinailangan nating maglockdown para mahinto ang mabilis na hawaan,” Tiangco said.

The Mayor reminds all residents of concerned barangays to remain indoors and submit to swab testing.

“Sinumang magpositibo ay dadalhin agad sa community isolation facility. Bibigyan din ng relief packs ang mga pamilyang apektado,” he said.

Meanwhile, essential workers in areas under lockdown will be allowed to go out until August 5 provided that they have not been in close contact with a positive case.

They will be required to present a valid company ID, certificate of employment, or a business or permit from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Tiangco stressed that once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) takes effect on August 6, only those considered as Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR)  by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) will be allowed.

While under lockdown and ECQ, residents in Barangay Tanza 1 will be allowed access to the market during Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays while residents of Barangay Tanza 2 are allowed every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

On August 6, ECQ policies will be imposed, Tiangco said.

“Hindi po natin gusto ang lockdown; mahirap ito para sa ating lahat. Ngunit kailangan po ito para sa ikabubuti ng bawat isa,” he added. “Hinihingi po namin ang iyong lubos na suporta at kooperasyon. Pakikiisa ang tatapos sa pandemya.”

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