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In a press statement, Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 approved their recommendation to extend the original deadline from July 19 to July 26, to give riders enough time to install either of the two barriers that passed the safety standard—the Bohol prototype and the Angkas design.
“We do not see this as a possible safety concern. They (riders) just need to be careful because even if there are no physical barriers, accidents happen especially when they are riding motorcycles as compared to four-wheel vehicles," DILG spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in Filipino in a Laging Handa public briefing.
In a radio interview, Año said the measure was approved by the National Task Force for Covid-19.
"On the part of the PNP, we will strictly enforce the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) protocols. We appeal to the public, especially to organized groups, to avoid mass gatherings as we celebrate this important day," said PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, in a statement sent to reporters.
In a Laging Handa briefing, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año warned LGUs that rejecting OFWs is a violation of the Bayanihan To Heal as One Act.
Prior to their departure, LSIs should secure a medical clearance certifying that they are neither contact, suspect, probable, or confirmed Covid-19 cases and have completed a 14-day quarantine based on standards set by the Department of Health.
Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) led by Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo filed the charges of violation of City Ordinance No. 12, series of 2020, which imposes mandatory wearing of face masks and physical distancing, and Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act before the Taguig City Prosecutors' Office on Friday.
"There will be no more warning for ECQ violators. Instead, arrest and inquest procedures will be applied to cases of violations of Republic Act 11469. We will implement the strict enhanced community quarantine," PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a virtual presser Tuesday, referring to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
Año said the task force is due to hold discussions on Monday with epidemiologists, scientists, and mathematicians who will be making presentations during the meeting.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the police and the military to help in the distribution of cash aid to indigent and other qualified families.
Año said the government will be able to address the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis in the remaining two weeks if everyone will cooperate and strictly follow the enhanced community quarantine.
PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma said the agency allotted funds for Covid-19 response as early as February as a proactive measure to aid the government in its fight against the pandemic.
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