SSS extends deadline of remittance of February contributions for members in NCR Plus

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021   •   269

MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) has extended the deadline of remittance of member contributions for February 2021.

Instead of the earlier deadline which is March 31, the agency opted to give employers until April 30 to remit the contributions of their employees for the month of February.

The adjustment, however, applies only to regular employees of the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal or areas under NCR Plus.

Said extension is in compliance with Circular number 2021-002 signed by SSS President and CEO Aurora Ignacio in relation to the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified enhanced community quarantine (MGCQ) in NCR Plus.

Thus, employers whose businesses are located in NCR Plus and whose installment proposals have been approved are given until April 30 to deposit their respective post-dated checks bearing the March 2021 due dates.

For household employers, self-employed, voluntary, and non-working spouses, as well as land-based overseas Filipino workers who are members of SSS, should follow the regular remittance schedule stated in Circular Number 2019-012.

For complete information, members may check the SSS official Facebook page

DOH: Pagbabakuna sa NCR Plus areas, isa sa mga dahilan ng pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Unti-unti nang bumababa ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa National Capital Region (NCR) Plus, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Sa isang media briefing, sinabi ni DOH Epidemiology Bureau OIC-Director 3 Dr. Alethea de Guzman na isa sa mga  nakikitang dahilan ng pagbagal ng kaso ay ang patuloy na pagbabakuna kontra COVID-19.

Gayunman, iginiit ng opisyal na kailangan pa ring bantayan ang sitwasyon dahil nananatili pa itong “fragile” o maaari pa ring tumaas sa mga susunod na araw.

“Itong pagbaba ng kaso lalo na sa NCR Plus ay tinatawag naming ‘fragile’, ibig sabihin magkaroon po tayo ng superspreading events. It’s possible po talaga na dadami na naman, magkakarron tayo ng spike of cases,” ani De Guzman.

“The trends can go either way it can go up again or it can really go down,” dagdag pa niya.

Batay aniya sa monitoring ng DOH, may “plateauing” na o pagpatag ng mga kaso sa buong bansa simula ngayong buwan ng Hunyo.

Sa nakalipas na linggo, nasa mahigit 6,000 ang naitatalang average COVID-19 cases sa bansa kada araw habang nasa mahigit 800 sa NCR.

Bagaman hindi ito masyadong gumagalaw, sinabi ni De Guzman na kailangan pa itong mapababa at higit na bantayan ang paggalaw naman ng kaso sa ibang rehiyon.

“Maganda iyong naging performance ng NCR pero patuloy iyong pagbabantay sa kaniya,” ani De Guzman.

“Ito iyong panahon that we are closely monitoring each and every area so that we’ll see kung ano ang trend, kung nag-plateau siya. Higit na babantayan dahil baka bigla siyang mag-uptick or baka unti-unti siyang tumataas,” dagdag pa niya.

Nakakita naman ang DOH ng pagtaas ng kaso sa ilang probinsiya, lalo na sa Visayas at Mindanao.

Sa ngayon, nasa high risk ang classification ng Region 2, CARAGA, at Region 6 dahil sa mahigit 60 hanggang 70 porsiyentong average daily attack rate at hospital care utilization rate.

Upang makatulong sa pagbaba ng kaso sa naturang mga rehiyon, sinabi ni De Guzman na flexible naman ang pagtatalaga ng vaccine supply at maaaring magpasya ang National Vaccination Operations Center kung ilang porsyento sa vaccine supply ng bansa pwedeng ipadala sa isang lugar.

“We will review our high risk areas so that we can see the augmentation we can give. But I guess we need to level off that right now. Padating pa lang ang mga bakuna, so as soon as the vaccines arrive we will be able to augment especially dito sa high critical risk areas natin,” ang sabi ng opisyal.

“The reason why we want to increase allocation in high-risk areas, number one gusto natin, sino ba pina-prioritize sa bakuna? These are the health workers, we want them to be immediately vaccinated, because we don’t want an overwhelmed health system to be further overwhelmed by additional healthcare workers getting sick,” dagdag pa niya.

Muli ring pina-alalahanan ng DOH ang mga lokal na pamahalaan na istriktong ipatupad ang istriktong health protocols, pabilisin ang detection at isolation process upang maagapan ang hawaan ng COVID-19. RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)


Palace sees eased quarantine restriction in NCR Plus

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said quarantine restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus might ease next week.

On Thursday, Roque announced that community quarantine classification in NCR Plus might ease beginning June 15 due to the low attack rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and health care utilization rate. He reported that the hospital care utilization in Metro Manila remains very low or at 53% in ICU beds.

“I would say in fact that based on the figures, Metro Manila Plus might be looking at de-escalation. It might not be to modified general community quarantine [MGCQ] but it could be to ordinary general community quarantine [GCQ] because ang GCQ natin ngayon ay mayroon pang restrictions (because the current GCQ still has restrictions),” he said.

Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will discuss whether to  reopen gyms and fitness centers.

The NCR Plus, which includes Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, is currently under GCQ with restrictions until June 15. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

NCR Plus under GCQ with restrictions until June 15

Maris Federez   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila and neighboring provinces are placed under the general community quarantine (GCQ) with restrictions.

In his pre-recorded Talk to the Nation on Monday (May 31), President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to extend the GCQ in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, also known as the NCR Plus, from June 1 to 15, 2021.

The president said that some restrictions shall still be in place in NCR Plus limiting the capacities of certain industries.

Meanwhile, from June 1 to 30, the following areas are placed under the GCQ status: Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province, and Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino in Region 2; Batangas and Quezon in Region 4-A; Iligan City in Region 10; Davao City in Region 11; and Lanao del Sur and Cotabato City in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

On the other hand, Cagayan Province and the City of Santiago in Isabela in Region 2; Apayao, Benguet, and Ifugao in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Puerto Princesa City in Region 4B; Iloilo City in Region 6; Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte in Region 9; Cagayan de Oro City in Region 10; and Butuan City and Agusan del Sur in Caraga are placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from June 1 to 15.

All other areas shall be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until the end of June.

As in previous announcements on areas under MECQ and GCQ, only essential travel shall be allowed. —/mbmf


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