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DOT requires hotels a Certificate of Authority in resume of operations under MGCQ
The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) on Tuesday underscored the need for all accommodation establishments (AEs) to secure a DOT Certificate of Authority to Operate prior to the resumption of operations under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

In a joint statement, the two noted that application for such certification is free.

"DOT–accredited AEs need only to submit to the DOT Regional Office with jurisdiction over their area the Letter of Intent to Operate, while Non-DOT-accredited AEs will need to apply for accreditation to ensure compliance with requirements," the statement reads.

AEs that resume operations without the DOT accreditation and the DOT Certificate of Authority may be subject to the relevant penalties under applicable laws, rules and regulations.
TCP President Jojo Clemente said the partnership between DOT and private sector stakeholders is key to paving a steady, safe and productive restart of tourism across the country.

Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, for her part, said tourism stakeholders should coordinate with their respective local government units in assessing the actual readiness of their areas.

Moreover, the DOT enjoined stakeholders to defer to the strict guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in connection with the reopening of businesses shifting from one community quarantine level to another.


DOT requires hotels a Certificate of Authority upon resume of operations under MGCQ

Domestic air travel allowed in areas under GCQ with LGU approval
Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said Tuesday that domestic commercial operations in areas covered by the general community quarantine (GCQ) are now allowed to resume.

Domestic air travel allowed in areas under GCQ with LGU approval

Pasig City mayor Vico Sotto
Pasig Health Aides will not provide P2,000 financial assistance as they will receive a COVID-19 Hazard Pay of P500 per day.

In a Facebook post, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto happily reported it to his followers.

As such, PHAs can receive a bonus of up to P11,000.

“Sa mga Pasig Health Aide (#PHA)… wala po kayong financial assistance na 2K……………dahil meron kayong COVID-19 HAZARD PAY  500/DAY MULA MARCH 17 TO MAY 31. Ibig sabihin, kung 22 days kayong pumasok, may bonus kayong 11K. Yung iba sa inyo makakatanggap ng halos 30K!!” said by the Pasig City mayor.
An ordinance was passed in Pasig City where they could deduct the maximum amount for hazard pay to health workers pursuant to Administrative order no. 26 by President Duterte.

“Maraming salamat po sa serbisyo niyo para sa kaligtasan at kalusugan ng mga Pasigueño!!!” Mayor Vico to his contituents.


Pasig to give 'bonus' to city's health aides

Taguig to become a 'Bike City'
As public transport remains limited due to community quarantine measures amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, workers and residents of Taguig City on Wednesday welcomed the local government's move to promote biking as an alternative means of transportation. 

In time for the World Bicycle Day on Wednesday, Taguig City launched a comprehensive plan to emphasize the role of biking as an essential mode of transportation for both residents and workers.
The Taguig City government set up bike lanes along Cayetano Boulevard and Bayani Road, and renovated the protected bike lane along C6 Road, all for a three-day demo showcasing that biking is doable in Taguig.

The program would also test the volume of bikers "who can use the routes for essential travels during the general community quarantine for the purpose of establishing an integrated bike path within the city”

Taguig to become a 'Bike City'
To get things going, Taguig created an Active Transport Office dedicated to studying the ways Taguig could champion biking to citizens and become a bike-friendly city.

This was made possible through the “Bike-Friendly Taguig Ordinance,” which was signed on June 1. This is part of the city’s push for biking as an important step in a bigger agenda to champion healthy and sustainable living.

Among others, the ordinance also outlines the rights and obligations of cyclists, and the city’s various commitments to ensure biking is safe and rewarding for citizens.
This will ensure the new culture is fostered where it was born. Taguig City will procure bikes and helmets which may be borrowed by employees to travel between work and home.

It will also hone partnerships with the business sector, which is expected to play a central role in increasing bike-friendly spots across the city. 

The Active Transport Office will contact malls and other establishments to provide bike racks for employees and customers, even to create programs to incentivize or subsidize those who would like to switch to biking as their method of transportation between work and home.

Even law enforcers will begin using bikes. A bike patrol team will also be deputized to move around in bikes to ensure health and safety protocols are maintained in high foot traffic areas across Taguig. They are equipped with first-aid kits and tools for simple bike repairs, just in case their assistance is needed. 
The City Health Office and barangay health centers will also launch bike-lending programs similar to that for City Hall employees, which will enhance the mobility of our healthcare workers.

To raise awareness of the cycling movement, “Education Hour” will air special classes on bicycles. The online classes premiering on “I Love Taguig” will introduce viewers to key facts about biking, proper etiquette, health benefits and more.

Taguig to become a 'Bike City'
“We treat people who embrace active mobility, such as cyclists and pedestrians, as first-class citizens. We are preparing the infrastructure, the incentives, and other measures to make transport in the city safe, inclusive, and sustainable,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier urged all local government units to establish bicycle lanes along local roads to support those who would bike to their work destination due to the reduced capacity of public transportation under the general community quarantine.

Source: I Love Taguig

Taguig to become a 'Bike City'

The western section consisting of two lanes in the southbound direction of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) was closed to traffic starting May 28, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday.

Parts of SLEX Soutbound lanes closed to traffic

PH hits 15,000 COVID-19 cases
Covid-19 cases in PH rise to 15,049; recoveries now 3,506.

PH hits 15,000 COVID-19 cases

Zomato Philippines shaves for a good cause.

Zomato Philippines is shaving against hunger

Here's a report today, May 15, 2020 of Taguig LGU regarding COVID-19 case updates.

Taguig recorded 337 COVID-19 at the end of ECQ

Travel will be easier in areas that will shift to the "new normal" on Friday as the government loosened community quarantine guidelines in parts of the country.

Who can travel in enhanced, general quarantine areas?

Amid the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang on Wednesday released fresh guidelines for the implementation of quarantine protocols nationwide.

ECQ vs GCQ Guidelines

Boracay Island Beach in the Philippines
Trips to tourist destinations such as beaches, resorts and water parks are still prohibited under three types of community quarantines (CQs) being implemented by the government.

IATF: Beach trips still prohibited during community quarantine

Imagine, the day never ends and you don’t know when to sleep, when to wake up.

World's Five Countries That Rarely Gets Sunlight

Here is the list of Tropical Cyclone names for 2020 as released by PAGASA.

PAGASA: List Of Tropical Cyclone Names For 2020

ABS-CBN ordered to stop broadcast after franchise expires
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday issued a cease and desist order (CDO) against broadcast network ABS-CBN after the expiration of its legislative franchise on Monday.

ABS-CBN ordered to stop broadcast after franchise expires

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved revisions to the list of areas that will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 15, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

What is General Community Quarantine?

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved revisions to the list of areas that will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 15, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

List of regions and provinces will continue the ECQ until May 15

The Taguig government on Saturday opened its own quarantine facility as the city continued its proactive approach in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019.

Taguig launches its own quarantine facility

1 billion of which is allocated to aid families that are not included to DSWD list for SAP.

Taguig approves 2B budget for COVID-19 crisis assistance

Photographers Rush to Capture This Impossible View of the Himalayas Not Seen Since WWII

The Himalayas are seen from parts of India after 75 years

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Started on Thursday, the market schedule will be strictly implemented in the Muntinlupa Public Market.

Muntinlupenos fall in line for Public Market

President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to April 30 to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Tuesday.

PH extends Luzon-wide quarantine to April 30

Manila to give 3-month financial aid to its senior citizens
As part of the Manila City Government's Social Amelioration project, the city's registered senior citizens will now receive their three-month allowance from January to March.

Manila to give 3-month financial aid to its senior citizens

The Philippines now has the most number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, overtaking Malaysia for the unwanted top spot in the region.

Philippines tops COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia

Taguig COVID-19 cases now at 116
Taguig City has 4 new confirmed cases, raising the total to 116.

Taguig COVID-19 cases now at 116

Duterte donates his one-month salary for COVID-19 aid
President Rodrigo Duterte has opted to donate his one-month salary to raise the national government’s emergency funds allocated to curtail the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the country, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Duterte donates his one-month salary for COVID-19 aid

The Manila City government will be granting P1,000 cash assistance each to more than 500,000 families amid the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced on Sunday, April 5.

Manila grants P1,000 cash aid each for 568,000 families

Taguig City reported 5 new cases confirmed today.

Taguig top 100 COVID-19 cases

Department of Health (DOH) reported Sunday eight new deaths from COVID-19 and 152 new cases of the viral disease.

PH tallied 152 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

The number of coronavirus deaths worldwide totaled 63,437 on Saturday, with Europe accounting for over 45,000, or two-thirds of the total.

COVID-19 deaths hit 60,000 globally

Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso announced on Saturday (April 4, 2020) that he, the City Vice Mayor, Majority Floor Leader and the City Councilors will give their salary for the month of April to Philippine General Hospital or PGH.

Yorme Isko and Manila City Council donate their full-month salary

Naging emosyonal si Manila Mayor Francisco “Yorme Isko Moreno” Domagoso sa kanyang isang public address kamakailan laban sa mga mambabatas na hindi mahagilap sa panahon ng krisis sa kalusugan dala ng coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19).

Yorme Isko hinamon ang mga senador na 'missing in action' ngayong krisis sa COVID-19