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Fully-vaccinated seniors in GCQ, MGCQ areas allowed to leave homes

The government’s pandemic task force has allowed fully-vaccinated senior citizens in areas under general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine to leave their homes......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 11th, 2021

Are seniors spreaders? Binay: Yes; Villar: No

Insisting that elders can spark "superspreader events" of COVID-19, Sen. Nancy Binay on Tuesday countered the hardline stance of Sen. Cynthia Villar that "seniors" should be allowed to go outside their homes once fully vaccinated......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

IATF relaxes age restrictions in MGCQ areas

The Palace announced Friday the easing of age restrictions in areas under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), where people aged 10 to 65 years will be allowed to leave their homes starting Feb. 1......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2021

Mobility still limited for senior citizens – DOH

The Department of Health yesterday reminded fully vaccinated senior citizens in general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine areas that while they are allowed to go outside of their residences starting June 16, mobility is still limited......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

Palace rejects easing of restrictions on seniors

Malacañang is against the proposal to allow fully vaccinated senior citizens to go out of their homes so they can contribute to economic recovery......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 2021

Senator seeks more modules for students affected by typhoon

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to produce more distance learning modules to help students who were affected by typhoon “Ulysses” cope with their studies despite the difficulty. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Though the situation maybe complicated for some students, Gatchalian said it is imperative for the government to strive to provide for the needs of these students who were forced to leave their homes abruptly as their homes were inundated during the typhoon. “’Yung mga pamilyang lumikas ay naiwan at hindi napo nadala ‘yung mga modules na ito. Malaking problema po para sa pamilya dahil itong modules na ito ay naka disenyo para makapag-aral po ng sarili ang mga bata (Many families who were forced to evacuate were unable to bring these modules. It’s going to be a big problem for the families since these modules are designed to enable these students to study by themselves),” said Gatchalian in a “Laging Handa” public briefing. “Kaya nakikita ko dito, una, magbigay ulit tayo ng mas maraming modules pa at mag imprinta at siguraduhin na tuloy-tuloy ang pagdi-distribute ng mga modules na ito sa mga estudyante (That’s why I believe, first, we should print and distribute more modules, and make sure that we will consistently be distributing these materials to the students),” said the senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture. Gatchalian also reiterated the need for local government units (LGUs) to study the feasibility of allowing face-to-face learning in “purok” workshops especially in areas where there are no reports of COVID-19 transmission. He said allowing limited face-to-face learning while practicing social distancing may help students cope with their studies. “Eto, mga maliliit na workshops sa mga purok-purok at pupunta ang mga guro dun para magturo sa limitadong bilang ng mga estudyante (Teachers would be allowed to go in these small workshops in a certain locality to teach a limited number of students),” he said. “Napakahirap po sa isang bata na turuan kung walang modules at ‘yung ibang mga magulang natin, inaatupag din ‘yung kanilang kaligtasan (it’s difficult to teach a student without any modules, while some parents are concerned over their safety),” he said. “Kaya mas mahalaga po na magkaroon muna ng interaskyon sa pagitan n gating mga estudyante at sa ating mga guro (That’s why it’s more important for our students and teachers to have interaction),” the lawmaker said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Always About the People

“Solid!” That was the only reaction, or lack thereof, that I could muster after that first breakaway slam of Kiefer Ravena’s UAAP collegiate basketball career over the outstretched arms of UST’s foreign center, Karim Abdul. Moments before, you could see Kiefer was going to go hard, as it was a one-on-one breakaway and he had the speed advantage over Abdul, who was hot on his heels. Little did I know that he was going to go for that highlight that would announce his entry into college basketball. That reaction, that loss for words, can pretty much sum up my past 10 years of covering college basketball for ABS-CBN Sports.  They first asked me to write about my most memorable UAAP game coverage; but I must confess, I was never really good at remembering exact details of games, unlike some of my fellow sportscasters, or even coaches I know, who remember almost detail for detail, or play by play. My memories come in highlights, or sometimes even just flashes of good or memorable plays.  I remember a 6’8”, 18-year old Ben Mbala, whom we first saw a glimpse of while Anton Roxas and I were covering the CESAFI league in the hot and humid Cebu Coliseum, sometime around 2012. He was playing for the Southwestern University Cobras, wasn’t as built and polished as when he was with DLSU, but you could already see the raw talent and athleticism. Fast forward a few years, I remember well how he took the UAAP by storm, with his monster dunks, and how he piloted La Salle to a championship while winning league MVP in Season 79.  I remember the heralded rookie season of Kiefer Ravena in the men’s division, after a storied juniors career. Kiefer won Rookie of the Year honors and helped lead Ateneo to two more titles to round up their 5-peat, before it was Jeron Teng’s turn to lead the Green Archers to a championship over his elder brother Jeric and the UST Growling Tigers.  I remember Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and his back-to-back MVP seasons. He was arguably the most complete college player during that time. It was painful to see his team fall short especially during his second MVP year. The Bulldogs made history the year after though, with Alfred Aroga, Troy Rosario, and Gelo Alolino now at the helm, winning the school’s first ever championship after more than forty years. I would argue that the past decade saw some of the brightest UAAP college basketball stars, both local and foreign, take to the hard court. It would almost be unfair to start naming them because I’ll surely end up leaving some names worthy enough to be mentioned. But we all remember Greg Slaughter, Ryan Buenafe, RR Garcia, Terence Romeo, Mac Belo, RR Pogoy, Roi Sumang, Charles Mamie, Alex Nuyles, Jericho Cruz, Papi Sarr, Jeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Aljun Melecio, Kiefer and Thirdy, Bobby Ray, Alfred Aroga, Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abul, Jeric Teng, Ange Kuoame, Matt and Mike Nieto, Paul Desiderio, Juan GDL, and the list goes on and on… all of them making their mark in the UAAP the past ten years. Aside from the highlights, there were the more mundane, behind-the-scenes memories, especially covering out-of-town games when we used to do the CESAFI and the PCCL. That was basketball coverage at its purest. There was a time we traveled to Lanao Del Sur to cover the Mindanao regional selection of the PCCL. Lanao was about another two to three hour drive from Cagayan de Oro along a dark highway with trees and mountains all around; and where there was only one mall in the entire town. Or when we traveled by van to La Union to cover the north regional selection of the PCCL… or even staying a whole week at the Cebu Grand Hotel, for the VisMin regional selection. Coverages then were bare bones: no real-time stats or live graphics, and I would even sometimes have to tally the points and rebounds of each player in-game on my notebook just so that I’d have some semblance of stats to mention on the coverage. Still, those games were so much fun because the players, getting their first shot at national TV coverage, would leave everything out on the floor.  In a year or so, both the UAAP and the NCAA will announce their respective new homes, and new broadcast teams will have the privilege of covering the best collegiate basketball players in the country. That’s how the ball bounces. I’m a firm believer that in life there are seasons, and a perfect time for everything. I’m just thankful for the opportunities thrown my way. If you were to ask me why the coverage of the UAAP helped build the league into what it is today, my answer would be simple: it was always about the people. At the end of the day, what makes the UAAP and its coverage great are the stories of the people that play, coach, officiate, cover, and run the games. It’s not really about the championships or the awards, but rather the challenges, hardships, and journeys of each of the individuals that brought them there.  And it is also about the directors, producers, cameramen, reporters and make-up artists that make sure that the audience sees what is supposed to be seen – the winning basket, a fan’s priceless reaction, the agony in defeat, and the glory of victory. It’s what Boom Gonzalez or Mico Halili would always say, that our job as anchors and analysts is to tell the people watching at home the story of what is happening in the game in the best way possible.  I just want to tip my hat to all the people that allowed us to do our jobs the best way possible. From our directors, producers, cameramen, floor directors, fellow panelists, courtside reporters, league officials, statisticians, make-up artists, and all those people behind the scenes whom we worked with, know that we were able to give our best because of you; and the UAAP coverage will not be what it is if not for all of your hard work and dedication.  It was, is, and will always be about the people. Marco Benitez was the team captain for the Ateneo Blue Eagles when they won the UAAP Season 65 men's seniors basketball title in 2002. Marco eventually covered collegiate basketball as analyst for ABS-CBN Sports starting in 2010. He is presently the President of the Philippine Women's University (PWU)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

Colonial spectators in bushes and temporary tents off course

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Max Butcher and his buddies felt as if they had front-row seats at Colonial, even in the bushes with no spectators allowed on the course. The group of five recent graduates from nearby TCU stood in a small gap between a row of shrubbery and a chain-link fence Saturday. They had a view of the fourth and fifth holes during the third round of the PGA Tour's first tournament in three months. “This is as good as it gets right now, and I can’t complain,” said Butcher, who has been in that spot multiple days this week. They had to push through gaps in the bushes to get to there but Jack Kurz, who stood next to Butcher, said the close-up view made it “almost better than getting a ticket." There were no tickets for anyone, not even for Colonial members. The PGA Tour isn't allowing spectators the first month back after the long hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of those members did have obstructed views from one of three temporary viewing areas set up in the yards of homes on the edge of the course. One was along the main road that leads to the clubhouse, and two others were near the 15th and 16th holes. One member watching Saturday from a raised tent across Colonial Parkway with partial views of parts of the second, third and fourth holes, called it “bittersweet.” The member, who didn’t want to give his name, wasn’t happy to be on the outside looking in, but was glad the tournament was being played three weeks after it was originally scheduled. He said others with him felt the same way. Held since 1946, Colonial is the longest-running PGA Tour event at the same venue. Cheers from a temporary grandstand erected in a backyard near the 16th tee box could be heard at the far end of the golf course. Nearby in another yard was another raised tent dubbed “Mockingbird Deck” — after the street name. When Corey Conners hit an approach to about 5 feet at No. 15 in the second round, he got quite a reaction from those outside spectators who could see it. “Yeah, it was pretty cool,” Conners said. “I know we’re used to getting applause and whatnot, and cheers when we hit good shots. So yeah, that felt nice. It was definitely different because that’s not happening really anywhere else on the golf course. So it put a smile on my face for sure." Jordan Spieth noticed people peeking through the fence by the No. 1 green and behind the second tee, where some rode up on their bikes. The Dallas native who attended the Colonial at times growing up was asked if he would ever try to sneak on a course. “I wouldn’t try and sneak on. I don’t think that’s going to go well for you,” Spieth said. “But certainly try and get a view." One man did get through the fence in a corner near those bushes beyond the fourth green Friday and watched some golf before he was forced to leave. Everyone stayed outside the fence there Saturday, with Butcher and his buddies among about a dozen spectators watching the holes that are part of Colonial's “Horrible Horseshoe” — including that long par-3 fourth hole and the difficult No. 5 hole that runs parallel to the Trinity River. The TCU grads were directly behind the fifth tee box, only a few feet from the players. “They definitely give us a reaction, they definitely are willing to talk to us and they like having us here even though you can’t have fans on the course right now," said Butcher, who had a ball tossed to him Friday from Sebatian Munoz, the No. 9 player in the world. Chris Zelda, standing in the shade not far from that group, has lived in Fort Worth for 33 years and has been going to the Colonial that whole time. He missed only one day in his unusual viewing spot this week, and planned to be there again Sunday to watch all the groups go by before going home to watch the rest on television. “Under the circumstances, I’m not disappointed at all. I think the way that this whole thing has been handled has been great,” he said. “I’m just glad these guys came, and I think they were ready to come and I think there’s people who were ready to come out and see it.” Including the guy who brought his six-foot ladder to get a view during the first round. “I saw him get his ladder out, I thought he was going to go do some work on the condos down there or something,” Zelda said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2020

IATF eases rules on fully vaccinated seniors

IATF eases rules on fully vaccinated seniors.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Cops reminded: Closely monitor reopening tourist sites, leisure areas

“Although we understand that our compatriots are eager to leave their homes, we just want to warn that we may take longer in this situation if we violate the IATF guidelines and do not comply with the minimum health safety protocols," the police chief said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Minors, elderly allowed to leave homes for national ID registration

Minors aged 15 to 17 will be allowed to go out of their houses, but only to register for the Philippine Identification System, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2021

Cebu City apprehensive about reopening cinemas for now

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City is apprehensive about reopening the cinemas even if the Interagency Task Force (IATF) has already allowed so for areas under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). Councilor Philip Zafra, who has been tasked to coordinate with the cinemas to study their reopening, said that the city’s moviehouses have already […] The post Cebu City apprehensive about reopening cinemas for now appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2021

Duterte revokes IATF decision allowing minors in MGCQ areas to go out

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday took back his coronavirus task force's pronouncement allowing more children to step out of their homes which groups and even local chief executives have opposed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 25th, 2021

Children in MGCQ areas can only go out if accompanied by parents — IATF

Cabinet Secretary and IATF co-chairperson Karlo Nograles clarified that children cannot go out of their homes without the supervision of their parents. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 24th, 2021

IATF further relaxes age restrictions in MGCQ areas

To boost economic activity, children as young as 10 will be allowed to go out of their houses in areas under modified general community quarantine starting Feb. 1, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2021

Businesses under MGCQ sites allowed to open at full capacity

The Department of Trade and Industry issued a memorandum circular allowing several business establishments in areas under modified general community quarantine status to operate at 100-percent capacity this month......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Full-capacity hotels subject to health rules

Hotels are now allowed to operate at full capacity in areas declared under modified community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ), the Department of Tourism announced Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

DOT: Hotels allowed to operate at full capacity in GCQ, MGCQ areas

MANILA, Philippines — Hotels in general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ areas are now allowed to operate at their full capacity, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday. In a statement, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted that “the decision to open at 100% operational capacity will be subject to the hotel management’s decision and […] The post DOT: Hotels allowed to operate at full capacity in GCQ, MGCQ areas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020

Metro Manila mayors recommend extended GCQ in NCR until end of 2020

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) the extension of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of the year. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA is composed of 17 mayors in the NCR.  “All our mayors agreed to recommend to the IATF to extend GCQ until December 31. It is easy to adjust gradually while under GCQ,” Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia  disclosed during a virtual press conference Monday, October 19.  “Mas mahirap na i-Modified General Community Quarantine or MGCQ na 100 percent tsaka mo babawasan, magkakaroon ng resistance iyan, mahirap i-control. Unlike GCQ tayo tapos gradually tayo nag-a-adjust ng mga capacity. This is the better move para tumakbo ang ekonomiya natin (It is hard to place NCR 100 percent under MGCQ.  Then if  you decrease the quarantine level, there will be resistance.  That’s hard to control. Unlike when we are still under GCQ and we gradually adjust the capacity. This move is better to help our economy),” Garcia explained. NCR is currently under GCQ until the end of October. The MMC also suggested that curfew in Metro Manila be shortened from the current 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. Garcia said this is also the recommendation of the economic team in order to boost the economy which was badly affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “This is for our economy, for our establishments to earn more. More people are expected to dine at restaurants due to the change in the curfew hours,” he said. “All the mayors agreed to this. Of course, health protocols must be strictly observed at such establishments,” Garcia added. The mayors likewise agreed to allow persons aged 18 to 65 outside their homes.. “Our mayors pointed out that individuals aged 18 are the ones who are allowed to work, therefore, they are not out of their houses for leisure. Those below the said age are more prone to go out their houses just for leisure,” Garcia explained. Garcia said there is still nothing definite about the traditional “Simbang Gabi.” “There are recommendations to adjust the curfew during the start of ‘Simbang Gabi’ to 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. But, this is not yet final. It is too early to talk about this. We will release a guideline by the end of November,” he said. .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Minors, seniors still not allowed in Basilica

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The national government may have already permitted minors and senior citizens to go outside of their homes but they will not be allowed entry at the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño in Cebu City just yet. The Augustinian friars, who are running one of the oldest and most prominent churches in […] The post Minors, seniors still not allowed in Basilica appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Cabinet approves gradual expansion of persons allowed to go out

The government on Tuesday announced that it will let more people go out despite the pandemic still ongoing as it eases the age group restriction allowed to leave their homes, saying the move would unlikely add to the country's more than 344,000 coronavirus cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020