Local officials appealed GCQ status, DILG says
Commuters at the MRT North Avenue station ride a bus after the MRT-3 line stopped its operations due to a cluster of coronavirus cases among its employees.
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Local officials appealed GCQ status, DILG says
(Philstar.com) - October 28, 2020 - 3:46pm

MANILA, Philippines — Not all local officials were in favor of the extension of general community quarantine, with some appealing the quarantine status of their respective localities, the spokesperson of the interior department disclosed Wednesday. 

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced that Metro Manila's GCQ would be extended until the end of November, along with those of Batangas province, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Iligan City, and Lanao del Sur. 

Metro Manila, the country’s economic center accounting for a third of the nation's GDP, has been under GCQ since the second week of August, and it has been 225 days since the initial enhanced community quarantine was hoisted in mid-March—the longest quarantine in the world.

"There are appeals but I cannot release them until the [Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases] can process them...that is our process," interior undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in mixed Filipino and English at the Laging Handa press briefing on Wednesday afternoon. He did not offer any other details. 

"We will make the necessary announcements when the [Technical Working Group] has a decision and the IATF has already decided it," he also said. 

Ahead of the chief executive's decision on Tuesday, the DILG also disclosed that Metro Manila's mayors generally wanted the GCQ to stay. 

Last week, Malacañang disclosed that there is an emerging consensus among officials to extend the GCQ in the Metro straight until December in a bid to further resuscitate the country's pandemic-stricken economy.

Retired military general Eduardo Año, secretary of the DILG, has said that Metro Manila's mayors were looking at further easing business and travel restrictions. On Sunday, local governments were also "enjoined" to ease curfew schedules in their localities in a joint advisory signed by the interior, labor, and trade departments. 

Surveys from the Social Weather Stations at the beginning of the month found that adult joblessness had declined to 39.5% percent of the adult labor force.

"The majority wants to make it permanent because they have seen the goodness of the result. It has considerably lowered the number of people infected with the microbe," Duterte said when he made his announcement later that night.

"The way I see it, this is for your benefit too...Look, we are not here to make your life miserable or sad. We are here to make your life comfortable, and to make you happy," he added.

As of the health department's latest case bulletin Tuesday afternoon, the national caseload stands at 373,144.

Franco Luna

COMMUNITY QUARANTINE COVID-19 DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DILG GCQ GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
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LATEST UPDATE: November 23, 2020 - 11:07pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

November 23, 2020 - 11:07pm

The Department of Health warns of a possible surge in COVID-19 cases during the upcoming holidays.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the agency will form a contingency plan for this possible surge.

The DOH will emphasize to the public the need to observe minimum health standards during the holiday season to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

November 22, 2020 - 4:07pm

Another mass recovery of 10,957 coronavirus survivors along with 1,968 additional infections were reported by the health department Sunday, bringing the national caseload to 418,818. 

The numbers bring the tally to 386,486 total recoveries, good for a 92% recovery rate in the Philippines. 

In its latest case bulletin issued Sunday afternoon, the Department of Health also recorded 43 more casualties linked to the coronavirus, bringing the pathogen's death toll in the country to 8,123.  — Philstar.com/Franco Luna

November 20, 2020 - 10:52am

President Rodrigo Duterte has put Davao City under General Community Quarantine, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says.

The city will be under GCQ until November 30.

Metro Manila has been under GCQ since June.

November 18, 2020 - 8:48pm

With experts from OCTA Research Team labeling Baguio City as one of the COVID-19 “hotspots” of serious concerns, the Department of Tourism says it fully supports all the efforts of the LGU as it implements measures to ensure health and safety of the local visitors. 

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the DOT recognizes the able leadership of Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong. 

"Baguio remains a premier destination especially for our domestic travelers and the Department will exert all efforts to ensure the slow but sure recovery of the industry and help bring livelihood back," Puyat says. — Rosette Adel

November 18, 2020 - 4:38pm

The Philippines' COVID-19 tally soars to 412,097 following the report of 1,383 additional cases on Wednesday.

The total number of recoveries also grows to 374,666 with 143 new recoveries while the national death toll now stands at 7,957 with 95 new fatalities recorded.

With these latest figures, total active cases in the country now amount to 29,474.

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