The University of Baguio, through its supportive administration, is the first identified mega - site under the Baguio City's Vaccination Action Plan. On Monday, it also hosted the first vaccination simulation program led by the City Health Services Office. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city government's readiness with Vaccination Action Plan and Operation Center and enough manpower in place. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Higher Education Institutions offering medicine and allied health programs may now open limited face-to-face classes according to Commission on Higher Education - CAR Director Danilo Bose (second left). (SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

BFAR-CAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey turned over solar-powered venturi aeration system to the fisherfolks in Barangay Santa Filomena in Calanasan to officials led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa Magna and fisherfolk Loreto Asuncion. BFAR-CAR photos

The Big Kettle is a new come on of the Polig's Berry Farm in Ambassador, Tublay in Benguet. It is one of the tourist attractions opened even during the General Community Quarantine. (photo courtesy of the Polig's Berry Farm)

Pres. Duterte junks nationwide MGCQ before vaccinations

CALOOCAN CITY, Feb. 23 (PIA) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday rejected the recommendation made by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to place the entire Philippines under the lightest quarantine status--modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

 

Presidential photo

Following a full Cabinet meeting, the President decided to put a "higher premium to public health and safety" and continue with the GCQ classification over Metro Manila "unless there is a rollout of vaccines," according to Presidential and IATF Spokesperson Harry Roque.

"The Chief Executive recognizes the importance of reopening the economy and its impact on people's livelihoods. However, the President gives higher premium to public health and safety," Roque said.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gave his directive to the Cabinet that the Philippines would not be placed under modified general community quarantine unless there is a rollout of vaccines,” the offcial stressed.

Roque said the Chief Executive also emphasized his desire for vaccination to start the soonest possible time to ease the community quarantine.

Duterte’s decision is in line with earlier recommendations released by the Octa Research Group, a team of epidemiology experts, warning the government that it would take less than a month for new cases to reach 2,400 daily if the entire country were to shift to MGCQ on March 1, 2021.

This would result to Metro Manila hospitals becoming overwhelmed with an influx of COVID-19 patients just like what happened in August 2020.

Roque emphasized that a shift to MGCQ would now depend on when the government can begin the national COVID-19 immunization rollout through vaccines obtained through the COVAX Facility.

To recall, the IATF echoed an earlier recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority to loosen the quarantine restrictions, especially in Metro Manila, which accounts for 40 percent of the country's economy.

A majority of Metro Manila mayors also shared the sentiments of NEDA's economic managers to loosen lockdown restrictions in March in order to raise further open up the economy.

Under MGCQ, all public and private offices can resume operations at full capacity, with special telework arrangements for senior citizens, pregnant women, and people with comorbidities.

All types of establishments are also allowed, however, certain businesses related to leisure and entertainment, such as cinemas and concerts, are limited to at most half capacity. (PIA NCR)

By Susan G. De Leon

 

Baguio

Benguet

  • La Trinidad dads bat for mental health breaks for students

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 19 (PIA) - - Local officials here see  the need for students mental health breaks  during this COVID-19  pandemic  following reported suicide cases in the municipality  

  • DOH issues license to Benguet Gen. Hospital molecular lab

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb 19(PIA) -- The Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) can now operate its molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing as the  Department of Health   finally issued its license to operate.

  • Successful Valentine’s Day bloodletting in Alapang amid GCQ

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 20 (PIA)--The Philippine Red Cross – Benguet Chapter and Barangay Alapang in this capital town sustained their annual blood donation activity on Valentine’s Day amid general community quarantine status.

  • CCDC grad is Top 7 in Social Worker board exam

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 19(PIA) -- A Cordilleran is among the topnotchers in the recent Social Worker Licensure Examination.

  • PSA seeks public cooperation in nat'l ID system registration

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb.12 (PIA) - - The Philippine Statistics Authority – Benguet seeks the   support and cooperation of the community andbarangay officials for the smooth gathering of relevant  information in line with the government’s   Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)  project which establishes a single national ID system that would ease and simplify government and private transactions.

Mt. Province

  • Bontoc official appeals to 'kailians' to comply with public health standards

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Feb. 8(PIA) -- A municipal councilor in this capital town is appealing to his “kailians”  or townmates to always comply with the minimum public health standards as the municipality reverts back to General Community Quarantine(GCQ)  status starting Monday(February 8). 

  • Sagada extends cultural lockdown until Feb. 11

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, Feb. 4(PIA) -- The cultural lockdown has been extended in this mountain resort due to the continuing and   expected spike in COVID-19 cases.

  • Enhanced contact tracing of COVID UK variant cases' contacts ongoing in Mt. Province

    BONTOC Mountain Province, Jan. 25 (PIA) - - The Department of Health is now doing an intensified contact tracing of  the contacts of the 12 COVID – 19 UK variant cases here as part of the   Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate   strategy against COVID – 19.

  • NTF-BCDA conducts aggressive community testing in Bontoc

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 26(PIA)--Bontoc residents voluntarily submit themselves to  be  swabbed for   RT-PCR testing  in the Aggressive Community Testing (ACT) being conducted by the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 through the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

  • Suspension of work at Mt. Province PLGU offices extended until Jan. 29

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr.  ordered the extension of the suspension of work in the provincial government offices   due to the increasing   COVID-19 cases and the detection of the UK variant of the COVID-19 in this capital town.

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