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MDTI-IN-TA-2020-014
Date: 3 AUGUST 2020

PHILIPPINES – UPDATE ON THE IMPLEMENTED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

The Philippines will tighten restrictions in the National Capital Region and surrounding provinces from 0001 Aug. 4 due to a surge in new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. The government will introduce modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) measures, the second-highest in the country’s COVID-19 response, in Metro Manila and Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal provinces through Aug. 18. Domestic flight disruptions at airports, including Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), are highly likely.

The following areas that remains under GCQ through at least Aug. 15 are:
Luzon: Batangas Province
Visayas: Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Talisay cities and Consolacion and Minglanilla municipalities
Mindanao: Zamboanga City

Travel Restrictions:
Authorities continue to ban most foreign nationals from entering the country. However, officials are allowing entry for foreign nationals with long-term visas. Inbound foreign nationals must secure a quarantine facility and a COVID-19 testing provider in advance of arrival. Other visas and applications and visa-free privileges remain suspended. Exemptions for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and dependents are in place. Arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. The central government reimposed a ban on nonessential outbound travel July 23. People who had confirmed their overseas travel booking as of July 20 can still depart, as well as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty.


MDTI-IN-TA-2020-013
Date: 16 JULY 2020

PHILIPPINES – UPDATE ON THE IMPLEMENTED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

Authorities continue to implement varying community quarantine restrictions nationwide through at least July 31 amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on the code alert system, indicating ongoing local virus transmission with greater numbers of cases than the government can address. Residents nationwide need to remain at home at all times, except for essential, emergency or permitted work purposes. At-risk groups, including people below the age of 21 and above the age of 60, cannot work on-site, with limited exceptions.

Cebu City is implementing modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the second-strictest level of controls, through July 31. Under MECQ, residents can leave home to obtain essential supplies or seek emergency care. Key industries, including agriculture, food establishments, and manufacturing of essential products, can work on-site with full manpower. Several sectors, such as real estate and manufacturing of nonessential goods, can operate with half their workforce. Public transport and domestic flights remain suspended, while essential mass gatherings are limited to five people.

Several locations, including Metro Manila, are implementing the less strict general community quarantine (GCQ) through July 31. Specific areas under GCQ include:

Luzon region: Metro Manila and Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal provinces
Visayas region: Southern Leyte province; Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Ormoc, and Talisay cities; and Consolacion and Minglanilla municipalities
Mindanao region: Agusan del Norte and Basilan provinces and Butuan and Zamboanga cities

Authorities further categorized MGCQ areas into two groups, the localities requiring “strict local action” and the “low-risk” locations. Specific “strict local action” localities, which may implement more stringent controls like community quarantine restrictions in localized areas, include:

Luzon region: Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, La Union, Masbate, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Sorsogon, Tarlac, and Zambales provinces and Angeles, Baguio, Dagupan, Lucena, Naga, and Puerto Princesa cities
Visayas region: Aklan, Antique, Biliran, Bohol, Capiz, Cebu, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Samar provinces and Bacolod, Iloilo, and Tacloban cities
Mindanao region: Bukidnon, Cotabato, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Misamis Occidental, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur provinces, and Zamboanga Sibugay and Cagayan de Oro, Davao, General Santos, and Iligan cities

All other localities are enacting the least-strict “low-risk” modified general community quarantine, where residents are still required to remain at home except for essential, work, or emergency purposes.

Travel Restrictions:
All visas, including previously issued documents and visa-free privileges, remain suspended, effectively banning foreigners from entering the Philippines. Exemptions are in place for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens, diplomatic staff and dependents, and visa holders already in the country. Arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. The central government has lifted a ban on nonessential outbound travel. People traveling overseas will be required to comply with protocols, including having travel health insurance that covers rebooking and accommodation expenses and signing a declaration form acknowledging travel risks. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty can continue traveling overseas.

MDTI-IN-TA-2020-012
Date: 2 JUNE 2020

PHILIPPINES – IMPLEMENTS GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

Philippine authorities continue to implement varying restrictions nationwide through at least June 15 to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On May 30, officials revised community quarantine restrictions for several localities, including provinces and cities in the Visayas region. The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on the coronavirus code alert system, indicating ongoing local transmission of the virus with greater numbers of cases than the government can address.

Several locations are implementing the general community quarantine (GCQ) through June 15. In areas enacting GCQ, residents can move within barangays with no COVID-19 cases, for work, essential, and emergency purposes. Most companies can operate with safe distancing protocols in place, though facilities like gyms and entertainment venues remain closed. Public transport can operate with distancing measures in place. Public gatherings are capped at 10 people.

Specific areas under general community quarantine include:
– Luzon region: Metro Manila, Pateros municipality, Albay, Aurora, Bataan, Batanes, Batangas, Bulacan, Cagayan, Cavite, Isabela, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Quirino, Rizal, Tarlac, and Zambales provinces and Angeles, Lucena, Olongapo, and Santiago cities
– Mindanao region: Davao and Zamboanga cities
– Visayas region: Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor provinces and Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue cities

All other localities are enacting the less strict modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) through June 15. Residents in MGCQ areas are no longer subject to stay-at-home orders. Public places, such as eating establishments, gyms, hotels, and hair salons, can operate at 50-percent capacity. Mass gatherings can occur as long as the participant numbers are less than half the venue’s seating capacity. Directives regarding social distancing and other health protocols are still in effect.

No province or city is now implementing the more stringent enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). Provincial and municipal authorities may appeal to the central government to implement stricter or less stringent measures. Officials may also enact more stringent restrictions in localized areas with significant COVID-19 activity.

Travel Restrictions:
All visas, including previously issued documents and visa-free privileges, remain suspended, effectively banning foreigners from entering the Philippines. Exemptions are in place for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens, diplomatic staff and dependents, and visa holders already in the country. Arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. Philippine citizens remain prohibited from leaving the country, with exceptions for Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty.

MDTI-IN-TA-2020-011
Date: 29 MAY 2020

METRO MANILA AND OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY WILL SHIFT TO GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE STARTING JUNE 1

Community quarantine restrictions of varying degrees will remain in place in some parts of the Philippines through at least June 15 as part of the nation’s effort to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nevertheless, measures in most locations will ease from June 1. The country remains under Code Red Sublevel 2 on the coronavirus code alert system, indicating ongoing local transmission of the virus with greater numbers of cases than the government can address.

Cebu City will be under the country’s strictest form of quarantine June 1-15. Termed a “modified enhanced community quarantine,” the measure requires residents to stay in their homes, except to obtain essential supplies, seek emergency care, or to work at establishments that are authorized to be open. Essential businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, healthcare providers, and certain critical industries, can operate at full capacity. Businesses able to function via telecommuting may continue to operate. Several locations will be under the less strict “general community quarantine” June 1-15. In areas under this measure, residents are allowed to move within barangays with no COVID-19 cases, in order to go to work, obtain essential supplies, or seek emergency care . Most companies can operate with safe distancing protocols in place, though facilities like gyms and entertainment venues remain closed. Public transport can operate with distancing measures in place. Public gatherings are capped at 10 people.

Specific areas under general community quarantine include:
* Luzon region: Metro Manila, Pateros municipality, Albay, Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Cagayan, Cavite, Isabela, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Quezon, Quirino, Rizal and Tarlac provinces and Lucena, Angeles, Olongapo, and Santiago cities
* Mindanao region: Davao and Zamboanga cities
*All other localities nationwide will be under the least strict form of quarantine June 1-15
. Termed a “modified general community quarantine,” residents will no longer be subject to stay-at-home orders. Public places, such as eating establishments, gyms, hotels, and hair salons, will operate at 50-percent capacity.

Travel Restrictions:
All visas, including previously issued documents and visa-free privileges, remain suspended, effectively banning foreigners from entering the Philippines . Exemptions are in place for foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens, diplomatic staff and their dependents, and visa holders who are already in the country. Arriving travelers must undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. Philippine citizens remain prohibited from leaving the country, with the exception of Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty .

MDTI-IN-TA-2020-010
Date: 18 MAY 2020

OFFICIALS SUSPENDED EARLIER DECISION TO LIFT MEASURES IN LOW-RISK AREAS FROM 16MAY 2020

Authorities will maintain community quarantine restrictions of varying degrees nationwide to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through May 31 . Officials have suspended an earlier decision to lift measures in low-risk areas from May 16. The central government is maintaining the highest alert level (sublevel 2), amid ongoing local transmission of the virus.

Cebu and Mandaue cities will remain under the enhanced community quarantine through May 31. Residents in these locations have to stay at home, except to obtain essential supplies and for emergencies. Most on-site work remains closed, except for essential services. Public transport, domestic flights, and mass gatherings remain suspended in these areas.

Officials will maintain modified, enhanced community quarantine measures in Bataan, Bulacan, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga provinces, Metro Manila, Pateros municipality, and Angeles City through May 31 . Several industries, such as real estate and manufacturing of non-essential goods, can operate with half their workforce. Other places, such as gyms and entertainment venues, remain closed. Public transport and domestic flights remain suspended in these locations. Officials are limiting mass gatherings to five people.

Travel Restrictions

Philippine Airlines (PR) has suspended all domestic flights to and from Cebu, Clark, and Manila through May 31. Cebu Pacific (5J), Cebgo (DG), and Philippines AirAsia (Z2) have also canceled all domestic flights through May 31. Inbound international flights have resumed nationwide. Officials are restricting incoming international commercial flights at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while international chartered flights can arrive on Mondays and Thursdays.

MDTI-IN-TA-2020-009
Date: 18 MAY 2020

MODIFIED ECQ TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN SEVERAL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AT THROUGH AT LEAST MAY 31

Authorities will maintain community quarantine restrictions in several parts of the country through at least May 31 . However, measures are lifted in low-risk areas to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19 ). High-risk areas, including Metro Manila, Cebu City, and Laguna Province, will implement modified, enhanced community quarantine measures May 16-31. Residents in these locations will have to stay at home, except to obtain essential supplies and for emergencies . Most on-site work remains suspended, except for essential services. Manufacturing plants can also reopen with a maximum of half their workforce. Transport services can operate but are restricted to people going to work and obtaining essential services.

Officials will implement the less strict general community quarantine measures in 38 provinces and 12 cities that are considered moderate-risk May 16-31 . Authorities will limit the movement of residents to going to workplaces or obtaining essential services in these locations.

The affected areas include:

Luzon region: Abra, Apayao, Aurora, Bataan, Batanes, Batangas, Benguet, Bulacan, Cagayan, Cavite, Ifugao, Isabela, Kalinga, Mountain, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Quezon, Quirino, Rizal, Tarlac, and Zambales provinces and Angeles, Baguio, Lucena, Olongapo, and Santiago cities

Mindanao region: Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces and Butuan, Davao, Isabela, and Zamboanga cities

Visayas region: Bohol, Cebu (except Cebu City), Negros Oriental, and Siquijor provinces and Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue cities

Authorities will lift community quarantine restrictions in 41 provinces – more than half of the country – and 11 cities, including Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, General Santos, and Iloilo cities, from May 16. Local officials in these locations may retain or implement other measures, such as compulsory quarantine or entry ban for visitors arriving from Metro Manila.

The central government is maintaining a Code Red Sublevel 2 alert , the highest level, amid ongoing local transmission of the virus.

Inbound international flights have resumed nationwide. Officials have restricted incoming international commercial flights at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while international chartered flights can arrive on Mondays and Thursdays.

Travel Restrictions:
The government continues to suspend all visas, including previously issued documents and visa-free privileges, effectively banning foreigners from entering the country . The restriction exempts foreign spouses and children of Philippine citizens and diplomatic staff and their dependents. The measure also does not affect visa holders who are already in the Philippines. All arriving travelers will undergo a two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities. Authorities continue to prevent Philippine citizens, except for Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and uniformed personnel on official duty, from departing the country.

MDTI-IN-TA-2020-008
Date: 12 MAY 2020

ALL ARRIVING PASSENGERS TO UNDERGO MANDATORY PCR COVID-19 TESTING UPON ARRIVAL


MDTI-IN-TA-2020-007
Date: 11 MAY 2020

INBOUND COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS REMAIN RESTRICTED AT NAIA UNTIL JUNE 10


MDTI-IN-TA-2020-005
Date: 23 APRIL 2020

CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION – STILL COVID-19 FREE AS OF APRIL 22, 2020


MDTI-IN-TA-2020-004
Date: 22 APRIL 2020

SAMPALOC DISTRICT- 48 HOUR LOCK DOWN FROM APRIL 23,2020


MDTI-IN-TA-2020-003
Date: 21 APRIL 2020

ALL ARRIVING OFWs TO UNDERGO A MANDATORY 14DAY FACILITY BASED QUARANTINE


MDTI-IN-TA-2020-001
Date: 16 APRIL 2020

SIQUIJOR REMAINS COVID-19 FREE ACCORDING TO DOH (AS OF APRIL 15, 2020)

Siqujodnons is embracing unity and putting the Bayanihan spirit over politics and personal interest. After a heavy and seemingly heated discussion on April 2 on whether or not the province will give a chance for stranded Siquijodnons to come home to Siquijor, the provincial government and its six municipalities were one in upholding the general welfare of its people and vowed to give assistance to the displaced residents amid the COVID-19 threat and the province’s containment area is being prepared.

“This COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting Siquijor is not exclusive to us. No one has any experience before on how to handle this,” Vice Governor Mei Ling Quezon Brown said while recognizing each municipality and the task force to be doing their best effort to keep Siquijor COVID-19 free.

APRIL 13, 2020 The Provincial COVID-19 Task Force in the Province of Siquijor conducted a meeting presided by our Governor Zaldy S. Villa and Vice Governor Mei Ling Quezon-Brown. It was attended by the members of the said Task Force. Some of its agenda are the following:
– Relief Operations assistance updates
– Recovery and Response preparations
– Updates on the cash assistance to the stranded Siquijodnons and affected persons & vulnerable sectors in our Province. All pertinent documents were complied for its release. As of now, the PSWDO assisted by SKPF Office & Congresssman Villa’s Office helped to contact other stranded locals.
– It was also discussed that the relief operations already started last Saturday and will continue this week. As of Monday, the Task Force together with all the volunteers, already repack around 12,000 relief goods. Repacking of relief goods will be continued as soon as the supplies will arrive in order to come up of 27,000 relief goods for the whole Province.
– The Task Force is already processing all the pertinent documents and other necessary means to establish the Quarantine Area/Facility. The Task Force aims to finish it before April 30, 2020.
– Also discussed other matters to continually fight against COVID-19

As of TODAY, still the PROVINCE OF SIQUIJOR is COVID-FREE.

Source: https://pia.gov.ph/features/articles/1037905
https://www.doh.gov.ph/covid-19/case-tracker

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