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January

January

January 20: DFA suspends Consular operations in Tuguegarao

January 20: DFA suspends Consular operations in Tuguegarao

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has temporarily suspended operations in its Consular Office in Tuguegarao, from January 20 to 29, following the city’s shift to ECQ. Those with affected appointments are requested to contact the office for rescheduling. Read More

January 20: Bicol International Airport nears completion

January 20: Bicol International Airport nears completion

The construction of the Bicol International Airport (BIA), which began in 2008, is nearing completion, according to the Department of Tourism. Once operational, the airport is expected to serve up to 2 million airline passengers annually. Read More

January 20: Tuguegarao under 10-day ECQ

January 20: Tuguegarao under 10-day ECQ

The Tuguegarao local government has placed the city under at least a 10-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status, from January 20 to 29, following a significant spike in Covid-19 cases. The city will follow amended ECQ guidelines established by the national Covid-19 task force. Read More / Read the Guidelines

January 19: Pangasinan bypass road opens

January 19: Pangasinan bypass road opens

The bypass road in Urdaneta, Pangasinan is now open to motorists following its official inauguration. The 7.17-km road is expected to benefit 38,000 motorists daily, according to the regional Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Read More

January 19: Ilocos Norte suspends home quarantine for returning OFWs

January 19: Ilocos Norte suspends home quarantine for returning OFWs

The provincial government of Ilocos Norte has announced that returning OFWs will no longer be allowed to undergo their required quarantine at home, following the recent detection of the new Covid-19 virus strain in the country. Read More

January 19: Cordillera LGUs cancel festivals

January 19: Cordillera LGUs cancel festivals

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, festivities for a number of annual festivals in the Cordillera Administrative Region—including Sagada’s Etag Festival and La Trinidad’s Strawberry Festival—have been cancelled or postponed. Read More

January 19: WHO warns up to 100k weekly virus deaths

January 19: WHO warns up to 100k weekly virus deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the upward trend in Covid-19 cases around the world, particularly in the Americas, western Pacific, and Africa, may lead to a weekly death toll of 100,000 soon. Everyone is urged to follow minimum health and safety protocols. Read More

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

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