Senate: 2-Week ECQ Extension ‘Reasonable, Justified’

Senate: 2-Week ECQ Extension ‘Reasonable, Justified’


Celebrate The Holidays With MMFF 2020, Globe, And Upstream

Globe and its partners also encourages moviegoers to fight online privacy.

More Than 124k Drivers, Operators Join Transport Cooperatives

A total 124,443 drivers and franchise owners and operators have joined accredited transport cooperatives ready for franchise consolidation.

Globe Recreates The Way You Learn With Special Promos

Globe introduces special Go promos for students and the GoTOK series to make quality learning and self-improvement accessible for everyone online and in real life!

Roma Point Bridge Construction In Full Swing With Republic Cement Support

Expected to be the longest bridge in Calabarzon, the Roma Point Bridge, also known as the Alabat Bridge, will be 1.7 kilometers long upon completion and will connect Alabat Island to mainland Quezon province.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) by two weeks is “reasonable” and justified, senators said.

The Philippine government earlier announced that the month-long ECQ, which was originally intended until April 12, would be extended to April 30 to curb the further spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“April 30 extension seems to be reasonable considering the fact that DOH (Department of Health) has no clear projection yet of how things are evolving. Better safe than sorry,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said in a statement.

“The extension is to solve the health concerns on the spread of the virus,” he said.

Other senators agreed with Sotto’s view.

Senator Sonny Angara, who has just recently recovered from the virus, said the two-week quarantine extension is “justified.”

“Testing can catch up, we can gauge the public health situation. Basic needs must be delivered,” he said in a separate statement.

Senator Francis Tolentino said President Duterte’s decision was based on empirical data and augurs well with the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law, which he said is valid for two months.

“We have to support the extension of the ECQ for the general welfare of society. But hand in hand with the health measures, we should now prepare for an immediate economic recovery program as a pillar of societal resuscitation,” he said.

Minority Senator Risa Hontiveros also expressed her support to the quarantine extension.

“I am for the extension of the ECQ. Dahil sa April 14 pa lang magsisimula ang mass testing, dapat tuloy-tuloy ang ECQ kung gusto nating maging epektibo ito (Since mass testing will only start on April 14, the ECQ should be continued if we want it to be effective),” she said in a statement.

Hontiveros said lifting or modifying the ECQ should only be done if mass testing has already been done.

“Kailangan din na may sapat na proteksyon ang mga health workers at front-liners, at na-capacitate ang mga LGUs, mga barangay at mga tahanan (We should also assure that our health workers and front-liners have adequate protection, and LGUs, villages and individual homes have been capacitated),” Hontiveros said. (PNA)

Charo Leads Inspiring Conversations In New FYE Show ‘Dear Charo’

A celebrity who birthed a now famous meme is set to guest on the first episode of "Dear Charo". Can you guess who she is?

Inbound Commercial Flights To GenSan Airport Resume This Week

Inbound commercial flights to the city international airport will finally resume this week after a nearly two-month suspension due to the spike in cases in COVID-19.

N. Samar Readies Over 14K Food Packs For Villages Under ECQ

Northern Samar prepares food packs for families affected by enhanced community quarantine in Catarman.

‘AHHH!’: Shopee’s Newest Ambassador Finally Revealed

Napatili ka rin ba sa revelation na ito?

Duterte Assures Gov’t Will ‘Look For Money’ To Settle Red Cross Debt

“We’ll look for the money. Hindi naman marami but ang priority natin dito is really medical treatment, medical attention. Babayaran to in a short while, do not worry.”

IATF Notes Bacolod’s Decreasing COVID-19 Cases

“We can say that the cases are going down. Also, the mortalities have lowered. This is an indication that what the EOC is doing is really having good, positive results,” said Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF)-Visayas chief implementer Maj. Gen. Melquiades Feliciano.

Psychologist Links COVID-19 ‘Fake News’ To Anxiety, Depression

People exposed to "fake news" online during the COVID-19 pandemic are found to have experienced anxiety and depression, a result of a phenomenon called "information traps”, a researcher based in Iligan City said.

Surviving WWII Veterans In E. Visayas To Get Cash Aid

The provincial government of Leyte will extend cash assistance to living World War II veterans in Eastern Visayas as simple gratitude for their service 76 years ago.

Cops Told To Consult With LGUs On Travel Protocols

The Joint Task Force Covid Shield orders all police commanders to coordinate with their respective LGUs regarding travel protocols as the country gradually reopens the economy.