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Here's what you need to know before you plan a trip.
Those looking to travel locally can head out again as popular tourist spots have slowly reopened in order to revive the country's tourism industry even as the pandemic rages on. The Department of Tourism has a detailed list of which
The previous requirement was one meter apart.
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved imposing a "one-seat apart" rule in public transport, as the economy gradually and carefully restarts from seven months and counting of virus quarantine, his spokesman said. Previously, commuters are required to be spaced one meter apart
Reopening on October 14, SM City Taytay disinfects their cinemas.
On September 29, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila and five other areas-Batangas province, the cities of Tacloban, Iloilo, Bacolod, and Iligan-will remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in October. Apart from Lanao del Sur, the rest of the
'No Beep, No Ride' along EDSA Busway has been suspended for now.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said Beep cards should be made free to commuters after commuters were caught off guard with the price of the tap-to-pay cards that is now being used on buses aside from trains.The commuter, however,
Easing physical distancing for commuters may be too early, frontliners say.
The space between commuters in public transport was reduced on September 14, which is "too early," according to a group of medical frontliners who called for a timeout last month.As they hold dialogues with transport authorities, they also advised the public
Something you post might be used against you.
Think twice before posting pictures of your family gatherings on social media, these might be used by the police to "summon" you. The Philippine National Police (PNP) will now search social media for possible violations of quarantine rules, including videos, photos, and
So what does this all mean?
UPDATED (October 27, 2020, 9:00 a.m.): President Rodrigo Duterte keeps Metro Manila under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) until the end of November. The same goes for Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Bacolod City, Iligan City, and Lanao del Sur.Though
Distress calls reflect the five-month quarantine's mental toll.
Anxiety is the top concern of Filipinos who call the government's mental health hotline as the COVID-19 quarantine passed the five-month mark. It's confidential and free so give it a try if you are down with
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A new study looking at male and female immune responses to the new coronavirus may shed new light on why men are more likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, researchers said Wednesday. Since early in the pandemic it has been
Here's a complete breakdown.
The Senate and House of Representatives have come out with the final version of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or Bayanihan 2, which seeks to distribute P140 billion in funds to address the twin health and economic crises borne out
Bulk of COVID-19 cases are of working age, data shows.
More offices will reopen along with public transport on August 19, when Metro Manila and its suburbs shift to GCQ. As the workforce slowly and carefully comes back to life, the World Health Organization raised concern over the fact that majority of
An RT-PCR Test is required once every four weeks or every quarter.
The labor and trade departments have released a list of "priority" workers who need to undergo RT-PCR or swab tests for COVID-19, as Metro Manila and its suburbs return to GCQ with fewer restrictions.Employers are "encouraged to collaborate" with
Yes, you can finally schedule that haircut appointment.
Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal will on Wednesday revert to GCQ, the second lowest quarantine, allowing more shops to reopen after 15 days of tight restrictions.One of the biggest changes when shifting to GCQ from MECQ is the resumption
You'll need to download and fill out forms in advance.
Voter registration will resume on September 1, after a five-month suspension due to coronavirus quarantines. Like many transactions under the new normal, part of the process can be done online.Registration in areas under ECQ or MECQ-such as Metro Manila,
27.3 million Pinoys are jobless as of July 2020.
Each month, more and more people are losing their jobs as a result of the global pandemic. In fact, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that 27.3 million Pinoys are jobless as of July 2020; for comparison, adult joblessness was at
It's a way to slow down the virus even as Metro Manila reopens.
Granular lockdowns in streets or barangays instead of whole cities or regions is the way to go to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Metro Manila if it shifts back to general community quarantine next week as scheduled, a health official
The new normal in the workplace is evolving.
Employees reporting physically for work must wear face shields starting August 15, 2020, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reportr on Wednesday. Face shields will also be required in public transportation on the same day.The additional protection
Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, & Rizal will shift back to MECQ on Aug. 4.
Heeding the call of frontliners for a "timeout," President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back on Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) for a 15-day period: August 4 to 18. ICYDK, MECQ is the second highest
Before you worry about getting one, here's what you need to know.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that COVID-19 can be spread "through direct, indirect (through contaminated objects or surfaces), or close contact with infected people via mouth and nose secretions. These include saliva, respiratory secretions, or secretion droplets." This is why
Being isolated geographically plays a major factor.
It's been four months into the COVID-19 quarantine and urban centers struggle to contain rising infections. However, there are some areas in the Philippines that remain free of the virus, and two of them could be on your bucket