Christmas parties banned in Metro Manila

( - October 19, 2020 - 10:05pm

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila mayors have agreed to ban Christmas parties in the capital region as a precaution against the coronavirus crisis.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the mayors agreed to allow churches to open at 30% capacity as Christmas season nears.

"Pero bawal po talaga ang Christmas party. Hindi papayagan 'yung Christmas party habang ganito po 'yung ating sitwasyon," Año told Duterte during their meeting Monday night.

"But Christmas parties are really banned. Christmas parties will not be allowed while our situation is like this.)

Año also reported to Duterte that local government units support the reopening of the economy.

He noted that Metro Manila mayors, except Navotas City, have adjusted curfew hours from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Persons aged 18 to 65 years old will also be allowed to go outside in areas under general community quarantine.

In areas under modified general community quarantine, individuals aged 15 to 65 years will be allowed to — go outside of their homes.

Metro Manila mayors earlier recommended extending the GCQ period in the capital region until December.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, also spokesperson of the inter-agency task force on COVID-19, said an emerging consensus among officials is to extend the lockdown in Metro Manila until the end of the year.

"Well, iyan po ang parang nabubuong consensus pero siyempre po hindi ko pupuwedeng pangunahan 'no (That's the emerging consensus but I do not want to preempt it because it is a collegial decision)," Roque said.

As of Monday, the Philippines has a total of 359,169 COVID-19 cases with 42,191 active cases. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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LATEST UPDATE: January 22, 2021 - 12:01pm

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January 22, 2021 - 12:01pm

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, who has been cleared of criminal liability for a quarantine breach last year, was given special treatment by the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Akbayan Youth says in a statement.

The group says the junking of the complaint against Pimentel came as government officials were questioning the supposed special treatment of the University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines for requiring coordination with school authorities for military and police operations in their campuses.

"Nakakahiya (How shameful). What makes the likes of Sen. Koko and Duterte's other minions so special that they are free to abuse their positions and not required to obey our laws? 

"We expected more from our leaders to follow the rules, and even more to implement them fairly," the group says.

January 13, 2021 - 9:38pm

The Quezon City government says it is closely monitoring the case of a resident who trested positive for the new COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom.

City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit says they are doing everything they can to trace and isolate, following the arrival of the patient from Dubai last January 7.

“We have to remain cautious and  vigilant to avert the spread of this new variant. What is important is we take care of the resident, and make sure we don’t sow panic in the community,” Mayor Joy Belmonte says.

January 12, 2021 - 4:27pm

Manila prohibits street parties, stage shows, parades, palarong kalye and other similar activities that will draw crowd in the community in Pandacan and Tondo areas for the nnual Feast Day of Sto. Nino on January 16 to 17.

In Executive Order 2, Mayor Isko Moreno says such activities during fiesta regulation, if not regulated, can be an easy medium of COVID-19 spread and transmission.

Selling of liquor and other alcoholic beverages within Pandacan and Tondo will also be banned on the same dates.

January 11, 2021 - 7:49am

Pasig City has ordered 400,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, Mayor Vico Sotto announces.

He adds, though, that "actual quantity and date of delivery will depend on several factors."

"We'll buy from others too as opportunities arise," he also says.

January 5, 2021 - 3:30pm

The government of Quezon City is finalizing discussions for purchasing an initial batch of 750,000 does of COVID-19 vaccines.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte says the procurement will be through a tripartite agreement between the national government, local government unit and the pharmaceutical company.

"The LGU is not authorized to procure... The pharmaceutical company allocates what it can to LGUs that signify intent, with the national government procuring in behalf of the LGU," Belmonte says. —  The STAR/Janvic Mateo

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