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Ilocos tightens border protocols to prevent entry of Omicron

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan - The Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) remains vigilant against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron sub-variant despite zero cases in the region as of Thursday."We are strengthening border control protocols in c.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJun 16th, 2022

Laoag intensifies border control vs. re-entry of ASF

LAOAG CITY - The city government has intensified its border control to prevent the re-entry of the African swine fever (ASF) here.ASF checkpoints were established in at least five villages around 5 p.m. on Wednesday to monitor all vehicles entering the city.These checkpoints are locat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 21st, 2022

NegOcc strengthens border watch amid continuing ASF threat

BACOLOD CITY -Negros Occidental's provincial government continues to strengthen its border control operations to prevent the entry of live pigs and pork products amid the continuing threat posed by African swine fever (ASF).Having a PHP6-billion hog industry, Negros Occidental is the country.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 7th, 2022

DOH Ilocos ramps up monkeypox monitoring

DAGUPAN CITY - The Department of Health Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) has intensified monitoring and information dissemination of monkeypox to prevent its entry into the region.In an interview on Monday, DOH-CHD-1 director Dr. Paula Paz Sydio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 6th, 2022

BSP tightens protocols on hiring of bank staff

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will impose stricter internal control measures and protocols for the hiring of bank personnel to prevent a repeat of a scandal last year involving the alleged missing funds of Germany’s Wirecard AG......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

DOH-7 to Cebu City: Stricter enforcement of health protocols, not border controls

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is not recommending for Cebu City to implement stricter border controls as a way to prevent another surge of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 spokesperson, said they had been advising officials in the city government to strictly […] The post DOH-7 to Cebu City: Stricter enforcement of health protocols, not border controls appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Halloween fans go online to keep tradition alive

Dressing up as a character different from yourself attracts the Halloween fans to keep the party going online.It takes a group of performers five hours to put on that Halloween look for the online stage.Malls have also taken the Halloween celebration online. Filipinos who celebrate Halloween are not going to let the COVID-19 pandemic take away the fun of something different, one of them dressing up costume parties. (UNSPLASH / MANILA BULLETIN) From the horror theme to the various characters in video games and movies, dressing up as someone so different from yourself has definitely charmed people of all ages and professions. But with the health and safety protocols prohibiting large gatherings, Halloween fans are taking the parties to another address — online! And the creativity to spark the party mood is amazing! John Paolo Mandac, a Human Resource professional who refuses to let go of years of dressing up for Halloween, has made a Maleficent costume out of recyclable materials. He said that “growing up gay and closeted” required him to dress up as he was told. But on Halloween, he has a chance to dress up the way he likes without displeasing anyone. John Paolo Mandac (Photo courtesy of John Paolo Mandac / MANILA BULLETN) “In the gay world, we call [Halloween] ‘Gay Christmas’,” Mandac said. He said there’s no skipping Halloween this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic, because it’s a holiday that “speaks volumes” to him. What Mandac likes the most about Halloween is being able to dress up. He said he has always liked Halloween since he was a kid but started really preparing to dress up for it in 2015. “Most of my childhood, I remember going to SM Megamall with my mom and sister to Trick-or- Treat. That went on for several years,” he said. “My mom would ask us to think of a character we would like to be that evening. And we had to be creative in making our costumes. It became a yearly bonding experience for us three,” he said. From trick-or-treating in malls, Mandac turned to Halloween parties. This year, he joined several virtual Halloween parties, including one prepared by his office colleagues. Mandac said that although the parties are “less grand” and all virtual, those were still Halloween parties. “No brushing elbows with strangers definitely. No physical interaction, no getting drunk, no appreciating a stranger’s costume. Everything is virtual,” he said, adding that he’ll likely throw in a horror movie marathon on Netflix after the online parties. The show must go on A group of gay performers whose busiest time in a nightclub is Halloween, has prepared their “look” for the new online stage. Since clubs have yet to open, Drag Queens Shewarma, Minty Fresh, Odasha — collectively known as Shemod — have taken their Halloween Drag show online. “Pag Halloween nag re-ready talaga kami or may mga naka resereve na kaming looks (We really prepare for Halloween, our ‘look’ has already been planned),” Odasha told Manila Bulletin. “Halloween is one of the most awaited events of the year in the nightclub,” Odasha said in Pilipino. This year, the challenge of performing for a show online requires more effort to create a look, Minty Fresh said. “Umaabot ng five hours yung preparation, kasi naayos kami, then mag seset up pa ng lighting (It takes us about five hours just to prepare, because we need to put on make-up, and then set up the stage and the lighting),” Minty Fresh said. Friendly Halloween party Meanwhile a group of high school friends have prepared to hold their yearly party online. Lace Azores, 25, a medical intern, said that for the first time in the seven years that they have been holding Halloween parties, this time he has prepared a program. “Every year we would have a Halloween party where we dress up, wear costumes, celebrate, and we also have an award ceremony,” Azores said. (Photo courtesy of Lace Azores / MANILA BULLETIN) But since quarantine restrictions prevent a party, they prepared to meet for an online party. “Usually kasi nag uusap usap lang kami pag mag kakasama kami physically. This time, may program akong prinepare, with games and awards, ‘Best in Costume’ ganyan (Usually, we would just talk to each other and share stories with each other during our physical parties. This time, I prepared a program, with games and awards like Best in Costume,” she said. Although they will not be physically together, Azores said that she and her friends will still have fun. The only thing she will miss though will be the dancing. And how will she dress up this year, we asked. Her reply: “As the coronavirus. Kasi ‘yan ang pinaka nakakatakot na nangyari this year (Because it’s the scariest thing that happened this year).” Annual Halloween fest goes online Meanwhile up north, the biggest Halloween bash in Ilocos Norte has also gone virtual. “Semana Ti Ar-Aria” is a week-long festival in Ilocos Norte which highlights the distinct traditions and superstitions of Ilocanos in remembering their departed loved ones. The festival which started in 2010 was started by former governor and now Senator Imee Marcos. The activities will mostly be online. Among them are the +Halloween TikTok Transformation challenge and a blog-making contest called “Kaba-vloghan,” Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte Information Officer II Rhona Ysabel Daoang said Other events are the “Lilia Cuntapay Short Horror Film Festival,” a film festival in honor of the Ilocana actress dubbed the “Queen of Philippine Horror Movies.” Absent this year will be the Zombie Night Run and the ghost parade. Mall activities go online Shopping malls have also brought the Halloween tradition online. Ayala Malls will host a virtual mall show Oct. 31 featuring characters such as Pinkfong and Baby Shark. The mall also made an online challenge where participants have to dress up in a Halloween costume and record themselves doing the Baby Shark Hand Wash Challenge. (Ayala Malls / MANILA BULLETIN) The challenge winner will get a Prepaid WiFi modem. The challenge promo will run until Oct. 31 and the winner will be announced on the mall’s Facebook page on Nov. 6. Events coordinator Katrina Loreto said most malls went for online promotions instead of staging an event. “Before there were many events, every mall had a Halloween event. Now, it’s mostly online promotions,” Loreto told Manila Bulletin......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

UK sets border rules vs. criminals

Britain on Thursday outlined new border rules to prevent the entry of serious criminals from EU countries, once the country is free of the bloc’s rules allowing people to move freely among member states......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Recto appeals for free rapid testing for LSIs

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday appealed for free RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests for locally-stranded individuals before they are sent home. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) The LSIs, he said, should also be treated as VIPs, or “very important passengers” and have them avail of the COVID-19 swab tests before they are transported back to their home provinces. “These ‘VIPs’ are entitled to the same gold standard of testing, more so that they’ve been lodged in a place that will check all the boxes in the list of a possible outbreak spot,” said Recto. Recto was commenting on the thousands of LSIs crammed at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, brushing aside physical distancing protocols while they wait for their turn to be brought home under the government’s “Hatid Tulong” program. “If we have tested for free those who’ve been on strict quarantine because they’re going to listen to a speech, then all the more we should test exposed individuals who are going home to their loved ones,” he said, referring to the RT-PCR tests conducted for lawmakers and attendees of President Duterte’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA). “May karapatan din sa peace of mind ang mga komunidad na naghihintay sa kanilang pagdating (Those who have been waiting for them in their communities also have the right to peace of mind),” he pointed out. Recto said the PCR tests will also help prevent the entry and spread of the novel coronavirus in local government units. “A swab test will ensure that the coronavirus will not be hitchhiking to family reunions. Those positive will be flagged from boarding. And spare understaffed and underfunded LGUs and local hospitals from handling a ‘pasa load’ from the national government,” he said. “Kung ngayon, bawal magtransport ng baboy dahil sa ASF at kailangan may certificate na ligtas ang mga ito, tao pa kaya?” he also noted. While saying that he was also “painfully aware” of the shortage on test kits, he lamented the plight of LSIs who have been stranded for months or have resorted to sleeping on streets. Recto said he will defer to the Interagency Task Force of Emerging Infectious Diseases to study and consider the call. Under the Hatid Tulong program, the LSIs must undergo rapid test for COVID-19  and secure medical clearance and travel authority before being allowed to depart going to their provinces. Reports said at least 20 LSIs in the Rizal Stadium have tested positive for antibodies in the rapid tests......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Talisay Police Tightens Security Measures Amid Pandemic

The Talisay City Police Station tightens security measures and border controls to contain the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 5 simultaneous checkpoint operations are being conducted by the police force to ensure that everybody is following the quarantine protocols to which the said police station has noticed that most are following the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 19th, 2020

Senate imposes stricter protocols after 3 members contract Covid

MANILA - Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday said visitors will not be allowed entry to the Senate premises for three weeks beginning August 15 after three senators tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in just a week."We beg for the indulgence of the public, w.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 10th, 2022

DOH-Ilocos boosts mental health services to help prevent suicides

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan - The Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) is conducting mental health awareness and orientation seminars for employees both in the public and private sectors to prevent suicide cases in the region.Glen Ramos,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 20th, 2022

Ilocos Norte cleans up waterways to prevent flooding

LAOAG CITY - The city government here is declogging its waterways to prevent flooding this rainy season.One of the main clean-up activities involves the use of a backhoe to remove water lilies that impede water flow to the sea.Marcell N. Tabije, local disaster risk reduction, and mana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 16th, 2022

Monkeypox preventable with Covid-19 protocols

MANILA - Although no cases of monkeypox have been detected in the country so far, a disease expert advised continuing Covid-19 health protocols as they may help prevent the virus now spreading across Europe and Africa.Infectious disease expert Dr. Edsel Salvana said Tuesday that wearing mask.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 6th, 2022

Covid-19 daily cases in Ilocos Region down to 2

DAGUPAN CITY - Ilocos Region is averaging just two coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases daily but wearing of mask and physical distancing protocols remain in place.Dr. Veronica de Guzman, Department of Health Center for Health Development Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) team leader, said ther.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 10th, 2022

Comelec tightens rules for party-list nominees

The Commission on Elections has adopted stricter rules on the nomination, withdrawal and substitution of party-list nominees in an apparent bid to prevent another controversy similar to that of Duterte Youth......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2021

South Cotabato tightens border control amid COVID-19 Delta variant threat

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 02 August) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has intensified control measures in its borders in the wake of the threats posed by the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Delta variant. South Cotabato Gov. Reynaldo Tamayo, Jr. directed the move on Monday through Executive Order (EO) No. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Doctors seek tighter border controls on Malaysia and Thailand

A group of physicians on Thursday urged the government to impose stricter  restrictions on travelers from Malaysia and Thailand to prevent the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

TEAM to PUV drivers: No overloading, follow health protocols

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines —  The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) reminding drivers of public utility vehicles to follow health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and not to overload their vehicles to avoid being apprehended by traffic enforcers. Edwin Jumao-as, executive director of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM), most of the […] The post TEAM to PUV drivers: No overloading, follow health protocols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

Customs collects P75 billion from fuel marking in H1

The Bureau of Customs collected P74.72 billion in taxes from the fuel marking program in the first semester, as it intensifies its field testing to prevent the entry of illicit petroleum in the market......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2021

ECQ for 2-4 weeks Feasible?

             The World Health Executive said that the Delta variant is becoming dominant. Hence, the need to prevent the entry of this variant in the country while vaccination from A-1 to A-4 have yet to be completed due to lack of vaccines and reluctance of some Filipinos to get vaccinated for varying reasons.              Surge […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021