Let the children go outdoors

Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnet 04/09/2021

For over a year now, minors—especially young children—have borne the brunt of the Philippines’ draconian quarantine policies. Indeed, since the original “expanded community quarantine” declaration in March 2020, children have been forbidden to go out of their…

A COVID-19 scare

Ambeth R. Ocampo - @inquirerdotnet 04/07/2021

Lockdown extended another week? Nobody seems surprised. Some even think this will last till the end of the month, speculating that Malacañang is merely delaying the inevitable to keep people in the National Capital Region Bubble happy…

SEC extends deadline for GIS submission

Doris C. Bongcac 04/06/2021

MANDUE CITY, Cebu -The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced the extension of the deadline for the submission of the General Information Sheet (GIS) to allow corporations enough time to cope with the implementation of quarantine…

PBA abandons 46th Season opening this month

Denison Rey Dalupang 04/06/2021

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has ruled out an April start to its 46th season, with commissioner Willie Marcial saying that the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) has forced the hand of the league to…

Metro Manila, 4 provinces under ECQ for at least one more week

Leila B. Salaverria, Patricia Denise M. Chiu 04/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday ordered Metro Manila and four nearby provinces to remain under the strictest lockdown for at least another week to contain the surge in COVID-19 cases. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque…

Cebu and Region 7 ‘not candidates’ for ECQ

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/29/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has expressed confidence that the city will remain under the most lenient level of community quarantine this April. “I think of the lesson (we learned before), and I…

A call for normalcy: A year after Cebu City’s ECQ

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 03/28/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — On March 28, 2020, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella closed down the city from non-residents to contain the growing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Then, there were only five cases of the disease…

Putting NCR Plus under ECQ shows Duterte admin’s failure – Bayan Muna

Bong Lozada 03/28/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna minced no words in describing the national government’s decision to put Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, and Rizal under enhanced community quarantine — more than a year after the same measure was…

Looking Back: ECQ and post-ECQ Cebu City

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/28/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – When the Cebu City Government decided for the city, with a population of roughly one million, to be placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) on March 28, 2020, life for many Cebuanos changed.…

Cortes not inclined to put Mandaue under ECQ

Mary Rose Sagarino 02/23/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines – Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said he is not inclined to place the city under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) contrary to the recommendations of some consultants of the Department of Health Central Office…

Different entry policies for Cebu Province, Cebu City

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 02/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Entering Cebu Province as a tourist is now easier with the new Executive Order from the Capitol which reduces the requirements to a valid medical certificate. But going to Cebu City will not…

DOH-7 reiterates stand: No to lockdown, ECQ

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/23/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) reiterated its suggestions that placing entire Cebu island under stricter quarantine status is not appropriate in addressing the continuous rise of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “We don’t…

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