Caloocan crowded resort
People are seen swimming in a pool at Gubat Sa Ciudad Resort in Caloocan City on May 9, 2021 despite the implementation of MECQ in the NCR+ bubble.
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Caloocan closes resort for operating against gov't protocols

(Philstar.com) - May 9, 2021 - 6:04pm

MANILA, Philippines — Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan on Sunday shut down resort in the city for operating despite quarantine protocols in the capital region disallowing it.

Photos this afternoon went viral on social media showing a number of Filipinos swimming at the Gubat sa Ciudad Resort in Barangay Bagumbong. 

The STAR, quoting Malapitan, reported that the resort's business license will be revoked following the incident.



Per guidelines by the coronavirus task force, the said establishments are only allowed to resume work in areas under general community quarantine and Modified GCQ.

Metro Manila, as part of the 'NCR Plus' bubble, remains in Modified ECQ until May 14. It was returned to a stricter lockdown in end-March amid a record-high surge in additional infections.

On Sunday, the Philippines tallied 7,174 additional coronavirus cases. The overall count stood at 1,101,990.

Government agencies as well as the resort have also yet to issue a comment on the incident in Caloocan. — Christian Deiparine with reports from Marc Jayson Cayabyab/The STAR

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June 16, 2021 - 12:25pm

Quezon City may terminate its contract with Zuellig Pharma Corp. over "technical difficulties" on its eZConsult service that have prevented residents from signing up for COVID-19 vaccination slots.

"We have issued an ultimatum to Zuellig so they can improve their system quickly and provide all the deliverables. If not, we have no other choice but to find another company that can do the job quickly and efficiently," QC Mayor Joy Belmonte says in a press statement.

The eZConsult system bogged down in June 10, 2021, the QC government said, "causing the city government’s inability to provide vaccines to its constituents in a quick and timely manner."

It said the city may also seek damages from the company over the inconvenience that the technical difficulties caused.

June 14, 2021 - 11:46am

The curfew in the National Capital Region will be adjusted to from midnight to 4 a.m., Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Benhur Abalos announces.

The new curfew hours — shorter than the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew imposed in May — will take effect on June 15.

May 26, 2021 - 2:41pm

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued a show-cause order for Majority Floor Leader Franz Pumaren to explain alleged violations of health protocols at a food distribution event on Tuesday afternoon.

"The move is consistent with the city government’s policy of going after violators of established health and safety protocols as well as to hold them accountable for their actions, regardless of status or position," the mayor's office says.

In a press briefing, Pumaren says the food distribution in Barangay Old Balara was assisted by purok leaders to act as marshalls and ensure that health protocols were followed.

Aside from the volunteers, personnel from the Philippine National Police and the city's Task Force Disiplina were also at the event to manage the crowd, which Pumaren says reached around 5,000 to 6,000 people.

He says the line was orderly until rain disrupted the activity and acknowledges that people rushed back to get in line when the rain stopped.

"The Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit has been instructed to conduct Covid 19 testing among participants of the activity," the mayor also says.

May 26, 2021 - 8:37am

Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos says he may ask National Capital Region mayors to consider loosening some restrictions like curfews and capacities. 

Mayors are meeting on Wednesday night, he says on the ABS-CBN News Channel.

May 17, 2021 - 5:47pm

A total of 295 tourism workers in Intramuros, Manila will receive almost P1.5 million cash assistance from the government.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the government approved the allotment under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which includes direct cash assistance to workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The beneficiaries include 138 carinderia and ambulant vendors, 87 security personnel, 20 DOT-accredited pedicab drivers, 20 janitorial services workers and 30 calesa workers. Each of them will receive a one-time cash assistance of P5,000.

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