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January

January

January 18: Eastern Samar highway cleared for vehicles

January 18: Eastern Samar highway cleared for vehicles

The portion of the main road in Taft, Eastern Samar has been cleared following a rain-induced landslide last week. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reopened the road to motorists, but will impose a 6PM to 6AM closure for safety reasons. Read More

January 18: Covid-19 cases spike in Cebu City

January 18: Covid-19 cases spike in Cebu City

The Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has promised aggressive contact tracing and extraction efforts amid a double-digit spike in daily Covid-19 cases in the city. The local government has also tapped military personnel to help enforce the 11PM curfew. Read More 1, 2

January 18: IATF approves transition to “new normal”

January 18: IATF approves transition to “new normal”

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved “in principle” the proposal to transition areas in the country with zero Covid-19 transmission cases to a “new normal” classification by February. The IATF is currently developing guidelines under the new status. Read More

January 18: Mt Province suspends work amid Covid-19 spike

January 18: Mt Province suspends work amid Covid-19 spike

The provincial government of the Mountain Province has suspended work from January 18 to 22 amid a significant spike that saw the area’s Covid-19 cases double within a week. Government and public services will maintain a skeletal workforce. Read More

January 16: Baguio postpones Panagbenga Festival

January 16: Baguio postpones Panagbenga Festival

Amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the city government and the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. (BFFFI) have decided to postpone its annual Panagbenga flower festival for 2021. Toned-down festivities may still occur within the year, subject to health and safety restrictions. Read More

January 16: Cebu City to deploy more modern jeepneys

January 16: Cebu City to deploy more modern jeepneys

As part of the provincial government’s public transport modernization program, at least 30 new modern PUJs are set to ply roads in Cebu City, according to the regional Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Read More

January 15: PH extends travel ban until end January

January 15: PH extends travel ban until end January

Upon the IATF’s recommendation, the national government has extended its imposed international travel ban to over 30 countries with confirmed cases of the new Covid-19 virus strain until January 31. Travel restrictions have also been imposed on Hungary and the United Arab Emirates. Read More 1, 2

January 15: Eastern Samar road clearing operations continue

January 15: Eastern Samar road clearing operations continue

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have resumed clearing work along the main road of Eastern Samar following rain-induced flooding and landslides in the region earlier this week. For safety, the road remains closed to all motorists. Read More

January 15: IATF intensifies contact tracing efforts

January 15: IATF intensifies contact tracing efforts

Following detection of the new UK Covid-19 variant in the Philippines, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has ordered third-generation contacts of people with the new variant to be included in contact tracing. Read More

January 14: PAL diverts Saudi Arabia flights to Clark

January 14: PAL diverts Saudi Arabia flights to Clark

Due to limited quarantine testing facilities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Philippine Airlines has diverted flights from Saudi Arabia to Clark International Airport from January 14 to 16. Affected flights include those from Riyadh, Dammam, Doha, and Dubai. Read More

January 13: MRT-3 opens sign-ups for contact tracing app

January 13: MRT-3 opens sign-ups for contact tracing app

Passengers of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) can now sign up for the train service’s contact tracing app, which replaces the manual forms and log sheets currently being used in all MRT stations. Read More

January 12: Flooding hits Samar provinces

January 12: Flooding hits Samar provinces

Thousands of residents in three Samar provinces have been displaced due to widespread flooding. Landslides have also rendered select roads and bridges impassable, according to a report from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Read More

January 11: Gov’t eyes inoculating Filipinos by February

January 11: Gov’t eyes inoculating Filipinos by February

The initial vaccination of priority sectors might be pursued by the third or fourth week of February, according to National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. The first batch of vaccines is expected to arrive by February 20. Read More

January 09: Over 14k Black Nazarene devotees visit Quiapo

January 09: Over 14k Black Nazarene devotees visit Quiapo

Despite being urged to stay at home, over 14 thousand devotees have visited Quiapo Church and its surrounding areas for the Feast of the Black Nazarene, according to the NCR Police Office (NCRPO). The gathering has drawn mixed reactions from the public, who cite the need to be extra cautious amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More 1, 2

January 06: Manila closes roads despite cancelled Traslacion

January 06: Manila closes roads despite cancelled Traslacion

Despite cancelling the Traslacion (parade), the Manila city government has announced it will implement road closures from January 08 to 09 in observance of the Feast of the Black Nazarene. The city’s Public Information Office (PIO) continues to encourage devotees to stay at home. Read More

January 04: MRT-3 increases train capacity

January 04: MRT-3 increases train capacity

The mainline of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has increased its train capacity and can now run 22 trains simultaneously. The additional trains aim to decrease wait time and increase the line’s daily passenger capacity. Read More

January 04: NCR LGUs allocate vaccine funds

January 04: NCR LGUs allocate vaccine funds

More local governments are working to procure Covid-19 vaccines for its residents, including Caloocan, Makati, Pasig, San Juan, and Valenzuela. Relevant details for each city will be announced by the respective LGUs. Read More 1, 2

January 04: Churches to keep 30% capacity limit

January 04: Churches to keep 30% capacity limit

In anticipation of the Feast of the Black Nazarene later this month, the national government has reiterated that Churches in Metro Manila must continue to impose a 30% venue capacity limit following GCQ guidelines. Additional quarantine restrictions also apply. Read More

January 02: Manila requires swab tests for returning residents

January 02: Manila requires swab tests for returning residents

Manileños who spent their holidays outside the city are required to undergo a Covid-19 swab test before being allowed to return home, according to the Manila Health Department. Testing and quarantine facilities have been assigned per district. Read More

January 01: Manila launches Covid-19 vaccine pre-registration

January 01: Manila launches Covid-19 vaccine pre-registration

The city government of Manila has launched a pre-registration website for residents who want to receive Covid-19 vaccines this year. Mayor Isko Moreno has stressed that medical/health frontliners and senior citizens will be given priority. Read More / Visit the Website

January 01: PH imposes US travel restrictions

January 01: PH imposes US travel restrictions

Beginning January 03, the Philippines is imposing travel restrictions on all flights and foreign nationals coming from the United States, in view of rising cases of the new Covid-19 variant in the US. Read More 1, 2

January 01: Isabela, Iloilo City reclassified to MGCQ

January 01: Isabela, Iloilo City reclassified to MGCQ

Quarantine status in Isabela province and Iloilo City has been downgraded to MGCQ for the month of January, according to the Malacañang. Read More

December

December

December 31: Returning Filipinos from 20 nations required quarantine

December 31: Returning Filipinos from 20 nations required quarantine

Filipinos who are arriving from 20 countries where the new Covid-19 strain has been recorded are now required a 14-day facility-based quarantine and negative RT-PCR result. Read More

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