Cebu’s swab-upon-arrival policy gains more support

FIVE senators and a partylist representative have expressed support for Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s swab-upon-arrival policy for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). In a statement, Sen. Joel Villanueva described Cebu’s policy as “a sensible, but science-based” way of screening travelers for coronavirus and “low-cost but highly effective.” “It is a kind […]

MCIA obeys Cebu province

THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City is still implementing Executive Order (EO) 17 in which the swab testing-upon-arrival policy of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is stipulated, as the arrivals of Cebu-bound international flights resumed on Sunday, June 6, 2021. International flights have resumed landing at the MCIA after the national government ended the eight-day […]

Quarantine for vaccinated foreigners eased

The government on Thursday approved the rules cutting the quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated foreign travelers to seven days.  In a statement on Friday, spokesman Herminio L. Roque, Jr. said the relaxed rules apply to people who got vaccinated in the Philippines.  Returning Filipinos who got vaccinated overseas must still undergo a 10-day quarantine at a facility and four days at home.  A person is considered fully vaccinated two or more weeks after completing […]

Malilong: We will remember

MIDDLE of this month, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) temporarily closed its runways to international flight arrivals because the hotels being used as quarantine facilities for arriving passengers were nearing full capacity. Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia announced the shutdown. “We were facing a crisis,” she said. A few days later, the governor requested the Civil Aeronautics […]

Cebu-bound int’l flights to be diverted to Manila

IN AN apparent rebuke of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia over her testing and quarantine policy for overseas Filipino workers and returning overseas Filipinos (ROF), Malacañang ordered that all international flights bound for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) be diverted to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for eight days beginning Saturday, May 29, 2021. Executive Secretary […]

New IATF directive sets swab on Day 7

THE Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) to test travelers entering the country for coronavirus disease only on the seventh day of their arrival. Under IATF Resolution No. 114, RT-PCR testing for Sars-CoV-2 on arriving travelers shall be conducted on […]

‘Quarantine hotel frontliners’ jabbed, as PBB offers free swab tests to OFWs

AROUND a hundred hotel frontliners in quarantine and isolation hotels have been vaccinated against Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) said on Saturday, April 3, 2021. HRRAC president Alfred Reyes told SunStar Cebu that the vaccination started in the last week of March […]

‘No Zoom’ Oscars causes backlash, Hollywood media reports

LOS ANGELES —  The “No Zoom” policy for this year’s Oscars ceremony is proving a headache for multiple nominees who live outside the United States and who are still under pandemic restrictions, according to Hollywood publications. Variety and Deadline Hollywood reported on Wednesday that publicists and some studio executives have complained to the film academy […]

DOH 7 to check isolation facility following death of OFW patient

THE Department of Health (DOH) 7’s Accreditation and Licensing Division will visit the Lapu-Lapu City Government’s isolation facility inside the Hoopsdome in Barangay Gun-ob on Monday, March 22, 2021. A 36-year-old overseas Filipino worker died of a heart attack while he was quarantined there on Friday, March 19. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson, […]