No final decision yet from NCR mayors on minors going to malls, DILG says
Members of the quarantine task force are seen questioning a mall employee as part of their inspection in the wake of the reopening of some malls in areas under general community quarantine.
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No final decision yet from NCR mayors on minors going to malls, DILG says

Franco Luna ( - December 2, 2020 - 6:05pm

MANILA, Philippines — No final decision has been made yet on whether or not minors will be allowed to go to malls this Christmas, the DILG clarified. 

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that Metro Manila's mayors still have not reached a consensus on allowing children to visit malls, adding that since no final decision has been adopted, the old rules requiring minors to stay at home amid the quarantine remain.

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte announced that most areas in the country would spend the holidays under quarantine with general community quarantine extended for the entirety of December. 

“If the Metro Manila mayors are able to come up with a common proposal allowing minors or children in malls and other public places, the final decision will still be with the IATF and ultimately, the president,” he said.

“Let’s wait for the mayors to make the recommendation to the (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases),” he added.

Año said that the National Capital Region's mayors would have to make a recommendation on the matter after two meetings, though they were yet to discuss the matter with the Philippine Pediatric Society as well as other health experts before coming up with a resolution.

The former military general added that it would still be the safer option to limit the number of people going outdoors amid the pandemic.

“As much as possible, we should limit the number of people going out, especially the elderly and minors; but we will listen to the Metro Manila Mayors and the health experts on what their recommendation will be,” he said, though Duterte and the IATF have historically opted in favor of the Metro Manila council's decisions on quarantine protocols in the past.

The Philippines has been under quarantine for 260 days, marking the longest lockdown in the world caused by COVID-19. 

As of the Department of Health's latest case bulletin issued Tuesday afternoon, over 434,000 coronavirus infections have been recorded in the Philippines since the pathogen first emerged in December of last year. 

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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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