Mandaue police: We continue to follow IATF rules on face masks

Mary Rose Sagarino 06/16/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines —The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) continues to follow the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) regarding face mask policy. Police Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rudolf Oriol,…

Año gives Cebu gov’t until weekend to ‘rectify’ face mask rule

John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ 06/16/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday gave the Cebu provincial government until the weekend to “rectify” its ordinance making the use of face masks outdoors voluntary before resorting to legal remedies. Garcia issued Executive…

PH scraps pre-departure RT-PCR test for fully vaxxed, boostered tourists

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 05/27/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Starting May 30, the Philippine government will no longer require a COVID-19 pre-departure test for incoming passengers who are fully vaccinated and had received at least one booster shot. The Palace announced Friday that the Inter-Agency…

Entire Cebu to remain under Alert Level 2 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/27/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The entire island of Cebu will remain under Alert Level 2 until March 15, Malacañang announced on Sunday, February 27. Palace Spokesperson Karlo Nograles on Sunday said that the Inter-Agency Task Force for…

DILG eyes dialogue with Cebu gov’t on COVID-19 travel protocols

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 02/10/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is eyeing a dialogue with the Cebu provincial government so that the province’s COVID-19 travel protocols will be aligned with the national government’s. DILG Undersecretary…

GAB working to bring back fans in venues 

Dale Rosal 11/26/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) is optimistic that professional sports in the country may soon welcome back its patrons and spectators amidst the continuing downtrend COVID-19. In the monthly press conference of GAB,  chairman…

Rama to IATF: Allow Cebu City to open cemeteries

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/22/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City acting Mayor Michael Rama has written to the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID or IATF) to allow the city to open cemeteries on October…

No more negative RT-PCR results required to enter Lapu-Lapu, says mayor

Futch Anthony Inso 07/06/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- The Lapu-Lapu City Government will no longer require domestic travelers a negative result of the RT-PCR test to enter the city. This was confirmed by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan after the Inter-Agency…

IATF OKs uniform travel protocols; No more mandatory Covid-19 test, quarantine unless…

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 02/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced on Saturday that the government’s Covid-19 task force has approved he uniform travel protocols for all local government units (LGUs), with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for travelers no longer mandatory. Presidential spokesman…

IATF to meet on Dec. 28 to discuss quarantine classifications for January 2021

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 12/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will meet on Monday, Dec. 28 to discuss the quarantine classifications of different areas in the country for the month of January…

Stranded folk from Western Visayas may now go home

09/17/2020

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — Stranded residents from Western Visayas can now go home after the national task force overseeing the government response to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) partially lifted the suspension of travel to the…

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