Cotabato strengthens ASF-control measures with new provincial quarantine center

COTABATO is strengthening its control measures against the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) with the opening of its Provincial Veterinary Quarantine Services Center.   The facility, located along the main highway in Old Bulatukan, Makilala, has disinfection equipment and foot baths. All vehicles are required to undergo inspection, including passengers and cargo.    “Hope that we […]

Singapore extends quarantine-free entry as Asia shifts to ‘living’ with COVID

SINGAPORE — Singapore said on Thursday it will lift quarantine requirements for all vaccinated travelers from next month, joining a string of countries in Asia moving more firmly toward a “living with the virus” approach. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the financial hub will also drop requirements to wear masks outdoors and allow larger […]

DOT supports move to shorten isolation period of fully vaccinated travelers

THE Department of Tourism is rallying behind the move to shorten the quarantine period of fully vaccinated travelers saying such initiative is crucial in the eventual resumption of international travel. “The DOT stands squarely behind the call of President Duterte to shorten the quarantine period for fully vaccinated travelers. This is a crucial step towards […]

Tuburan town eases restrictions

MAYOR Danilo Diamante of Municipality of Tuburan has lifted Executive Order No. 13 that contains additional health and safety protocols, and that was implemented from Aug. 21 to 31. Tuburan is under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions. Some of the restrictions included religious activities. In Tuburan, 30 to 50 percent of church capacity […]

OWWA seeks P7-B for OFW quarantine

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has asked for P7.5 billion more from the Budget department to sustain the quarantine needs of Filipino workers overseas.  “Signals from National Government and the Department of Budget and Management are positive,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac told an online news briefing on Friday.  He said the agency’s remaining budget is good until Sept. 16. and 520,000 migrant workers have been given their food, […]

Cebu Provincial Board to IATF: ‘Consider budget for ROFs’

THE Cebu Provincial Board approved on Monday, July 5, 2021, the resolution reminding the national body that deals with the Covid-19 pandemic in the country about President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise that the National Government would shoulder the quarantine expenses of the returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). Provincial Board (PB) Member John Ismael Borgonia authored the resolution, […]

No PCR-test requirement for travel by vaxxed pax

INDIVIDUALS fully vaccinated against Covid-19 may now undertake domestic travel without having to present the negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results currently required by some receiving local government units (LGU). The new guidelines were approved Friday, but officials in Cebu say they will still have to meet with stakeholders this week to discuss […]

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 […]