DepEd drops masking, just as Covid hits nearly 4,000 school-age children

MORE than two months since School Year 2022-2023 opened and saw the return of face-to-face (F2F) classes, almost 4,000 school-aged children have been hit by coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH) Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. The news comes after the Department of Education (DepEd) issued an order Wednesday allowing the voluntary […]

Philippines scraps pre-departure virus testing for travelers

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has approved a pandemic task force recommendation to ease quarantine rules for foreigners and Filipinos entering the country, as it seeks to boost tourism recovery.  Fully vaccinated inbound travelers, whether Filipinos of foreigners, will no longer undergo pre-departure testing for the coronavirus, according to a government memo. Unvaccinated or partially […]

LGUs told: Follow updated mask policy

DEPARTMENT of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. enjoined all local government units (LGUs) on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, to “move in one accord” in terms of implementing the country’s updated face mask policy amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.“With the signing of EO (executive order) No. 3, we hope that […]

Espinoza: Subject to abuse?

It seems to me that everyone is delighted with the executive order (EO) of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. that allows voluntary wearing of face masks in outdoor settings despite the rising number of Covid-19 infections in some parts of the country. Under EO 3, which is effective immediately, the wearing of face masks is […]

Marcos makes mask wearing outdoors voluntary; Rama eyes ‘united one Cebu Island Policy’

PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. issued on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, an executive order (EO) allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks in outdoor settings across the country amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.Under EO 3, which is “effective immediately,” wearing of masks is no longer mandatory in “open spaces and non-crowded outdoor areas with […]