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Palace says Metro Manila nearly reverted to modified ECQ

Metro Manila, which accounts for about half of the country's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, nearly reverted to a stricter quarantine scenario, Malacañang revealed Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 17th, 2020

MM under MGCQ: A remote possibility

The Palace said Thursday that a shift into modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is a “remote possibility” for now, even if it touted that Metro Manila’s critical care capacity will “tremendously improve” in the coming days. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said it is likely to downgrade the capital region’s lockdown status into a more relaxed […] The post MM under MGCQ: A remote possibility appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

MECQ extension highly unlikely, says Palace

Malacañang yesterday hinted at the possibility of returning Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces to general community quarantine status after the modified enhanced community quarantine lapses on Aug. 18......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

UnionBank, Lazada launch virtual credit card team-up

As Metro Manila and nearby areas were reverted back to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine, Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines has partnered with Lazada Philippines and Mastercard to launch the country’s first e-commerce credit card......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

DA: Food supply enough

The government yesterday advised Filipinos not to resort to panic-buying as the food supply is enough for the entire country even as Metro Manila is reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine for two weeks......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Manila adopts skeletal workforce

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday ordered offices and departments of the city hall to adopt alternative work arrangements as Metro Manila reverted to the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ beginning today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Economic recovery takes ‘one step back’

The Philippine economic recovery is taking a step back to curb the surging coronavirus outbreak and fix the fragile health system waging a “losing battle” against the pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the return of Metro Manila and nearly provinces to a stricter lockdown may take a toll on the drivers of economic rebound in the near-term. But Dominguez said that if the reimposed stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is correctly implemented, it will have a favorable impact on the nation’s long-term economic prospects. “In the short run, the return to MECQ may negatively affect livelihoods, consumer demand and production. However, if the time is used to boost all our medical resources and prevent further spread of the virus, then the MECQ will be positive for the long haul,” Dominguez said. As this is a new virus, Dominguez explained that nations, including the Philippines, continuously learn to adapt to the challenges posed by the new and uncertain environment induced by coronavirus. “The whole world is learning how to dance with this virus: two steps forward and one step back,” Dominguez said.Earlier, the DOF chief pushed for a shift of Metro Manila and Calabarzon—accounting for about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—“as quickly as possible” to the most lenient quarantine status to kickstart the economy. However, President Duterte ordered Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following a surge of COVID-19 cases and the appeal of healthcare workers. The two week shift to MECQ for Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces starting today ceased some businesses and public transport, while work and quarantine passes are also reinforced to restrict non-essential movements. Reverting to MECQ is an unwelcome develop for the economic managers as it could derail hopes for a recovery in the third quarter of the year. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua earlier said the economic impact of the quarantine measures in country was “more severe than expected.”  Days before Metro Maila reverted to MECQ, Dominguez said the local economy had already hit bottom and started to recover from the coronavirus-induced crisis, noting business activities have begun to pick up. The government had gradually eased the tough virus lockdown measures after the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Mass transport suspended, quarantine passes required under MECQ

Mass transport services will be prohibited and quarantine passes required anew in areas reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from general community quarantine, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año reminded Monday. Metro Manila, as well as the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, will shift back to MECQ starting […] The post Mass transport suspended, quarantine passes required under MECQ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

DILG: NCR ECQ proposal to be discussed in meeting

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday assured that calls for Metro Manila to be reverted back to the stricter enhanced community quarantine will be tackled during the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting on Aug. 3. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya issued the clarification after some medical workers requested that the National Capital Region (NCR) be under the more restricted quarantine rules due to the surging coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On Aug. 1, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dr. Jose Santiago in an online press conference headed by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) noted that the health workers are overwhelmed by the upsurge of COVID-19 cases they are handling. He relayed that the concerned health workers had urged the government to give them at least two weeks of “breathing space by shifting Mega Manila back to a strict lockdown.’’ “We’re waging a losing battle against COVID-19 and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” the letter read by Santiago said. With President Duterte on the brink of placing Metro Manila under the modified general communits quarantine (MGCQ) in middle of July, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and the other Cabinet members convinced the President that the move is not feasible citing the need to open businesses to reinvigorate the economy. Año insisted that the way to curb the spread of the disease starts in every individual who should follow the minimum health standards of wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and practicing proper hygiene. He emphasized that no country can claim they have won their fight against COVID-19 since there is no available vaccine for the virus yet. But on the bright note, Duterte in a meeting on Friday said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the country this December. Año noted that the country has to live with the virus momentarily until the vaccine is found. He added that the local government units (LGUs) have the power to impose localized lockdowns on parts of the barangays, streets, and buildings which they have identified as high-risk areas......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Fate of quarantine in Duterte’s hands

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Thursday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte will declare on 15 June whether the general community quarantine (GCQ) currently enforced in Metro Manila will be further downgraded to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) or will revert back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). In a statement, the Palace official also advised […] The post Fate of quarantine in Duterte’s hands appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 11th, 2020

Palace says return to stricter modified ECQ is possible

Quarantine measures in Metro Manila may be tightened anew if the number of persons infected with coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 increase, Malacañang said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

UPDATE: Metro Manila, 2 other areas under ‘modified’ ECQ until May 31

UPDATE: Metro Manila, 2 other areas under ‘modified’ ECQ until May 31 PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte kept Metro Manila, and two other areas under “modified” enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) while placing the rest of the country under general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang announced on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte approved the recommendation of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Ending the year in quarantine: How COVID-19 curbs in the Philippines evolved

Metro Manila and some parts of the country will end the year under coronavirus-related curbs put in place in June and that have since been modified during the world's longest lockdown......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2020

Palace says local governments to issue ordinances on allowing minors to go out

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Metro Manila mayors are expected to come up with a policy that would ease the age-based restriction on movement......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2020

Real estate sector bucked pandemic downturn

In February this year, the Philippine government prohibited inward and outward airline flights, and on March 15 President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the lockdown of Metro Manila and a number of immediately surrounding provinces. Under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), land transportation was severely curtailed, movement without quarantine passes was prohibited and only business establishments producing essential goods and services were allowed to operate, but on a reduced-capacity basis. In July the lockdown status of Metro Manila and its immediate provincial neighbors was lightened to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) and subsequently to the even lighter general community quarantine (GCQ)......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

NDRRMC says typhoon response adequate

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday that it has not been negligent in issuing timely and adequate warnings and advisories related to the strength of typhoon “Ulysses” even if many residents in Metro Manila and nearby provinces seemed to be caught by surprise with the sudden flooding in their areas. (MANILA BULLETIN) Requests from people asking to be rescued from the roof or second floors of their houses, specifically in Marikina City, Pasig City, and Rizal, due to the overflow of the Marikina River have flooded social media and the NDRRMC Operations Center, according to Assistant Secretary Casiano Monilla, Office of Civil Defense deputy director for operations. “Patuloy ang paglilikas natin but since yesterday or even the other day, inililikas na ang ating mga kababayan especially doon sa traditionally naaapektuhan ng bagyo. We were not caught flat-footed dito sa event na ito. Kung minsan lang kasi, kapag nag-ikot ang local officials ay hindi kaagad sumusunod ang mga kababayan. Mas nagrerely tayo kung ano ang ating nararamdaman, kung ano ang prevailing na situation na nararamdaman other than the advise na binibigay ng PAGASA,” he said in a virtual media forum. (We are still conducting rescue operations but since [Wednesday] or even [Tuesday], we have already conducted pre-emptive evacuation of our countrymen especially in areas that are traditionally affected by typhoons. We were not caught flat-footed by this event. Sometimes, the residents don’t listen to local officials even if they are already warned. They usually rely on what they are feeling or the prevailing situation rather than the advise given by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration)The NDRRMC has yet to provide data on the extent of damage of  Ulysses and how many people were affected. But NDRRMC chairman and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a separate interview, said the damage has been “huge.” “[There was] huge damage. [There were] totally flooded villages and low-lying areas were flooded,” Lorenzana said when asked to describe the extent of Ulysses’ effects. Lorenzana said he has briefed President Duterte about the deployment of troops to save some residents in Marikina who were asking to be rescued due to the overflow of the Marikina River. “I just came from the Palace. I briefed him what our troops are doing in Marikina to save people from their rooftops,” he said. Social media users were quick to point out the similarity in the devastation of Ulysses to typhoon “Ondoy” in 2009 which inundated a vast portion of Metro Manila after hours of intense rains. Ondoy left 747 people dead and billions of damages in agriculture and infrasture. In Marikina, Mayor Marcelino Teordoro said Ulysses brought the water level of Marikina River to 22 meters as of 11 a.m. Thursday, which was higher than the 21.5-meter level reached during typhoon Ondoy. Monilla said local government units (LGUs) have the responsibility to conduct search and rescue operations on their affected residents but he noted that the NDRRMC is behind the LGUs to augment their capabilities. “Ondoy really served as a lesson especially sa area ng Marikina at Pasig sa NCR. Nagkaroon na sila even the early warning signals. Sa amin naman, ang pagdirect ng operations ay aming nirerely sa LGUs at kami lang ay tumutulong sa local governments in harnessing the response units para madagdagan ang units na nagre-rescue sa ating mga kababayan (Ondoy really served as a lesson especially in Marikina and Pasig in the National Capital Region. They established early warning signals. On our part, the direction of [rescue] operations rely on the local government units and we just help them in harnessing the response units which will rescue our countrymen),” he said.  “Because highly populated ang lugar it could be a challenge relocating them. Ang Provident [Village] nga which serves as a lesson in Ondoy ay affected din sa ngayon. Highly urbanized kasi ang Metro Manila that’s why it’s really a challenge paano i-relocate ang mga tao na laging affected ng ganito,” he added. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC has also tapped the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and several private companies to deploy their manpower and assets for search and rescue operations. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, AFP chief, said the Joint Task Force NCR has been leading the rescue efforts in Metro Manila. They were aigmented by two disaster response units from the 7th Civil Relations Group, 101stSearch and Rescue volunteers, and private group REACT PH. Another search and rescue unit from Bantay Bayan volunteers were deployed in areas on Tullahan River and Caloocan City to conduct search and rescue operations. The Joint Task Force Bicolandia, Northern Luzon Command (NolCom), and Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) also deployed thousands of soldiers to coordinate the search and rescue operations in Bicol region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), Calabarzon (Region 4A), and Mimaropa (Region 4B). Monilla said they have received reports that major dams in Luzon have been releasing excess water which may inundate Central Luzon and parts of Metro Manila. “Ang Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, at Wawa dams nagpapakawala ng tubig dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng tubig dulot ng ulan na hatid ni Ulysses so baka abutin pa hanggang mamayang hapon o gabi (Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, and Wawa dams were releasing water because of the continuous rain brought about by Ulysses so the [flooding] may persist until afternoon or evening),” he said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Palace: Sinas not cleared of charges despite PNP chief appointment

Charges against Metro Manila's top cop for quarantine violation will continue even as he ascends to lead the country's police force, Palace has said, despite officials' remarks in the past that the blunder should be put to rest......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2020

Let China hire own workers for projects – Palace

China should have the flexibility to hire personnel for the projects it is financing, Malacañang said yesterday, after some senators questioned the high percentage of Chinese workers involved in the construction of some bridges in Metro Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Metro Manila mayors recommend extended GCQ in NCR until end of 2020

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) the extension of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of the year. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA is composed of 17 mayors in the NCR.  “All our mayors agreed to recommend to the IATF to extend GCQ until December 31. It is easy to adjust gradually while under GCQ,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia  disclosed during a virtual press conference Monday, October 19.  “Mas mahirap na i-Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ na 100 percent tsaka mo babawasan, magkakaroon ng resistance iyan, mahirap i-control. Unlike GCQ tayo tapos gradually tayo nag-a-adjust ng mga capacity. This is the better move para tumakbo ang ekonomiya natin (It is hard to place NCR 100 percent under MGCQ.  Then if  you decrease the quarantine level, there will be resistance.  That’s hard to control. Unlike when we are still under GCQ and we gradually adjust the capacity. This move is better to help our economy),” Garcia explained. NCR is currently under GCQ until the end of October. The MMC also suggested that curfew in Metro Manila be shortened from the current 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Garcia said this is also the recommendation of the economic team in order to boost the economy which was badly affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “This is for our economy, for our establishments to earn more. More people are expected to dine at restaurants due to the change in the curfew hours,” he said. “All the mayors agreed to this. Of course, health protocols must be strictly observed at such establishments,” Garcia added. The mayors likewise agreed to allow persons aged 18 to 65 outside their homes.. “Our mayors pointed out that individuals aged 18 are the ones who are allowed to work, therefore, they are not out of their houses for leisure. Those below the said age are more prone to go out their houses just for leisure,” Garcia explained. Garcia said there is still nothing definite about the traditional “Simbang Gabi.” “There are recommendations to adjust the curfew during the start of ‘Simbang Gabi’ to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. But, this is not yet final. It is too early to talk about this. We will release a guideline by the end of November,” he said. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Metro Manila may be downgraded to MGCQ – Palace

Metro Manila may be downgraded to the most lenient quarantine level next month if its residents observe health and safety protocols designed to contain COVID-19, Malacañang said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

MGCQ seen in Metro Manila, if COVID-19 downtrend prevails – Palace

Metro Manila may soon be placed under more relaxed quarantine status if the daily attack and fatality rates of COVID-19 continue to go down, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020