MECQ for Lanao del Sur; Metro Manila, other urban areas under GCQ for another month

The country’s confirmed coronavirus cases have reached over 307,000. Of the figure, 252,665 have recovered, while 5,381 have died......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 28th, 2020

Meralco rates lower by P0.0623/kwh in Sept. billing

Consumers of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will benefit from a slight reduction of P0.0623 per kilowatt hour (kwh) in this September billing — summing up five straight months of tariff downtrends for this year. (MANILA BULLETIN) For end-users in the consumption threshold of 200 kilowatt hours (kwh), the average cost savings they will gain in this billing period will be P12, according to the utility firm. The overall rate billed this month is at P8.4288 per kwh versus the previous month’s P8.4911 per kwh. The generation charge, which accounts for the chunk of the cost components being passed on, had been pared by P0.0381 per kwh this month to P4.0860 per kwh from the previous billing cycle’s P4.1241 per kwh. Additionally, the transmission charge was on marginal decline of P0.0112 per kwh and that was mainly attributed to the lower ancillary services (AS) charges of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines; while taxes and other charges incurred a net decrease of P0.0130 per kwh. Meralco emphasized one key factor that triggered rate reduction this September is its continuing move to invoke force majeure (FM) claims with its power suppliers. “This September, the force majeure claim totaled about P463 million, equivalent to customer savings of P0.1710 per kwh in the generation charge,” the utility firm noted. The company explained that if the FM claims had not been there, “the generation charge and the total rate would have increased by P0.13 and P0.14 per kwh, respectively.” Since March this year when Meralco has been persistently invoking FM claims under its power supply deals, the company was already able to generate P2.4 billion worth of savings that it has been passing on as rate reduction to customers via their electric bills. On supply procurement, Meralco indicated that it secured the lion’s share of 54.8-percent from its power supply agreements (PSAs) and that resulted in a decrease of P0.3032 per kwh on its charges. The fraction of supply sourced from its contracted independent power producers (IPPs) had been at 33.6-percent; and this went up by P0.0601 per kwh; while volume procured from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) stood at 11.6-percent and charges had been down by P0.0147 per kwh.The lower settlement prices in the spot market, it was noted, had been due to decrease in Luzon demand — given the re-enforcement of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in some areas last month, primarily in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

NCR, 6 other areas still under GCQ up to Nov. 30

For the fifth time, President Rodrigo Duterte extended the implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila for another month or until November 30, the longest-running lockdown in the world......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Metro Manila, 6 other areas under GCQ in November

  BY GENALYN KABILING     Metro Manila and six other places will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) for the month of November to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, President Duterte announced Tuesday. In a taped address aired on state television, the President explained that community quarantine measure would still be […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Babies have rights

 #ASKGOYO Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal Quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “The tragic death of 3-month-old Baby River highlights the need to do MORE, BETTER, FASTER in the justice sector quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “Baby River was born at the Fabella Medical Center on July 1, 2020.  Her mother, urban poor organizer Reina Mae Nasino, 23 years old, is a detainee at the Manila City Jail Female Dormitory who was arrested on November 5, 2019 at the Tondo office of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.  The police raids that resulted in the arrests of over 60 activists in Metro Manila and Bacolod were by virtue of various warrants issued by the RTC Branch 89 in Quezon City.  Reina Mae and two others were charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, a non-bailable offense. “Despite questions raised against the validity of the raids and arrests as well as petitions for the release of Reina Mae on health and humanitarian grounds or for continued breast-feeding, the frail and underweight Baby River was separated from her mother barely a month after birth. “The case went through RTC Manila Branch 20, the Supreme Court, back to RTC Branch 20, then RTC branch 42 and RTC Branch 37, and the Court of Appeals, until Baby River died on Oct. 12, 2020. “Manila RTC Branch 47 finally allowed Reina Mae furlough – this time to visit her dead daughter.  Despite many fully armed BJMP escorts, police and military personnel monitoring and accompanying Reina Mae, she remained hand-cuffed while at the wake. “The heartbreaking and brief life-story of Baby River compel us to raise these questions: “1. Why can’t our justice system safeguard the needs and rights of an innocent child to breastfeeding and a better chance to survive? “2. Why don’t our jails have adequate facilities to address the needs and rights of children and women detainees duly recognized by domestic and international law? “3. Why does it take so long to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights? “4. Isn’t there double standard when “bigger” detainees are allowed similar or even greater privileges? “5. Can we not have justice with compassion? “Let our concern, dismay, or rage and the tears that we may shed for Baby River Nasino fuel our collective determination and action to improve our justice system.  Let not our innocent children fall under the cracks.  Babies have rights and we have duties to nurture them.  Let our humanity rise above our personal comforts or the privileges of power.” DOMINGO EGON CAYOSA National President & Chairman of the Board of Governors *** We can talk about the law legal processes, and I’m sure many will.  But at the crux of all this should be:“What is it to be human?” Have we sunk so low that we’ve lost our humanity?  Have we forgotten what it is that separates us from animals?  Have we been numb to peoples’ suffering and death? Have we been stripped of our sense of morality and compassion that we have lost our appreciation of what is right and wrong?  People have discussed the trampled rights of the mother of the infant.  But what about the rights of the baby?  Stripping the legalese of the tragedy, we have to ask: What about the basic needs of the baby, as emphasized by the statement of the IBP?  There is no justification to being deprived of the love and care his mother, and the warmth of her embrace. The soothing voice to say she’s going to get better, and she’s loved…  Have we regressed to a point that we’ve been stripped of our empathy? More than the legality of this.  After the furor will have died down, and it surely will, I think we have to ask ourselves, “Where are we now?”  How low have we sunk and how to we get back up and regain some sense of decency? My heart broke when I saw pictures of Reina Mae Nasino covered in PPE, in handcuffs, unable to even hug her dead baby one last time.  I still cannot understand the inhumanity towards not only the mother, but the baby, who had done no one wrong, yet was treated with so much hate, disrespect, contempt, and derision for her to be born in this world, yet stripped and deprived of human love and affection.  I can never hate anyone that much to treat him or her so badly. I think we need to dig deep within ourselves and search our soul.  To find the humanity which has clearly been missing.  We need to find our moral compass, before we all lose our soul and drown in the abyss. Stay Safe.  Pray for Baby River.  Pray for OUR country......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

OFW remittances dropped 4.2 percent in August

Cash remittances from Filipinos working overseas declined by 4.1 percent in August to $2.483 billion from $2.589 billion in the same month last year after the government placed Metro Manila and other areas under the moderate enhanced community quarantine status......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Factory output falls at slower pace in August

Manufacturing output declined at a slower pace in August even with the reimposition of a strict lockdown in Metro Manila and surrounding areas during the month, the Philippine Statistics Authority said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

MGCQ for Metro Manila by end of the month if...

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez is in favor of moving Metro Manila and other areas under general community quarantine to the more relaxed modified GCQ, provided the so-called Seven Commandments of minimum health standards are implemented......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

Stay vigilant vs COVID-19, Robredo urges public

While she is hopeful about the country’s decreasing coronavirus cases, Vice President Leni Robredo said this should not be a reason for Filipinos to be complacent and they must continue to be vigilant against COVID-19. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo, in a Facebook post, said the people must maintain all the necessary precautionary measures and health protocols despite the improving COVID-19 situation. These include wearing face masks and face shields, frequent hand washing, and maintaining physical distancing from each other in public places. “While the numbers give us hope, this is no time to relax or be complacent,” the opposition leader said. ”Let us also pray fervently that all who are sick and those afflicted by the virus will get well soon and that our frontliners will be cloaked in the mantle of protection,” she added. “Kaya natin ‘to (We can do this),” Robredo stressed. The vice president issued a reminder to the public as the country has started to flatten the curve with the low number of COVID-19 cases’ reproduction number. The latest Department of Health (DOH) data showed the reproduction number was below 0.9. Robredo believed the current downward trend is the end result of the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) that was implemented in Metro Manila and nearby provinces last month. “Our medical experts were right to demand for a two-week MECQ. We’re seeing the fruits of that now,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 9th, 2020

COVID-19 cases climb past 224,000 as Metro Manila stays under GCQ

President Rodrigo Duterte kept partial restrictions in the capital region for a month starting Tuesday. Other areas under GCQ include Bulacan, Batangas, Tacloban City in Eastern Visayas and Bacolod City in Western Visayas......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

Palace: Without funds, MECQ can’t be extended

President Duterte is expected to announce on Monday the new quarantine classifications for Metro Manila and other areas, but Malacañang deemed it highly unlikely for the metropolis and nearby provinces to remain under strict lockdown......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Gatchalian backs 2-week extension of MECQ in NCR

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian expressed support to the extension of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila noting that this is the “right balance” between health and economy in the country In an online interview with reporters, Gatchalian explained anew that the reason behind placing Metro Manila and other areas under MECQ is to enable […] The post Gatchalian backs 2-week extension of MECQ in NCR appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Month-long ECQ pushed

Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) on Monday recommended a month-long enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for Metro Manila—one level tougher than the curent two-week modified ECQ (MECQ)---to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

CDO, Lanao Sur frontliners heave sigh of relief as Metro goes MECQ

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – Frontliners here and in Lanao del Sur heave a collective sigh of relief after airline companies suspended all their outgoing flights from Metro Manila following the reimposition of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Bangsamoro Parliament member and Lanao del Sur COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force spokesperson Zia […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Golf courses unplayable under MECQ

Golfers in at least five areas, including the NCR, will miss the fairways for the next two weeks as President Duterte placed Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan back under the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine starting today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

DFA suspends passport services

Passport services of the Department of Foreign Affairs are suspended in Metro Manila and other areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ starting today until Aug. 18, the DFA announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Mass transport suspended, quarantine passes required under MECQ

Mass transport services will be prohibited and quarantine passes required anew in areas reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from general community quarantine, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año reminded Monday. Metro Manila, as well as the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, will shift back to MECQ starting […] The post Mass transport suspended, quarantine passes required under MECQ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

MECQ over Metro Manila, nearby areas seen to prevent at least 50,000 COVID-19 cases

“Now that we’re back to MECQ, we will save more than 50,000 new cases,” UP Professor Ranjit Rye said at a Malacañang press briefing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Quarantine passes required in MECQ areas

As Metro Manila returns to modified enhanced community quarantine for a two-week period starting Tuesday, quarantine passes will again be needed for those who are heading out of their homes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Courts in Metro Manila, ECQ, MECQ areas physically closed until August 14

Court pleadings and submissions may be filed electronically from August 3 to 14......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Golf courses shut down under MECQ

Golfers in at least five areas, including the NCR, stay off the fairways again for the next two weeks as President Duterte placed Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna Rizal and Bulacan back under stricter MCQ starting Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020