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October

October

October 22: MIAA reduces int’l inbound passenger limit

October 22: MIAA reduces int’l inbound passenger limit

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has reduced its number of allowed inbound travelers from international flights to 2,500 daily. The decrease is caused by the recent directive for the Red Cross to stop Covid-19 testing charged to PhilHealth. Read More

October 22: More public transport vehicles return to NCR roads

October 22: More public transport vehicles return to NCR roads

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed nearly 1,800 more public utility jeepneys and UV Expresses to return to the streets of Metro Manila, servicing 30 transport routes starting October 25. Read More

October 22: Baguio City reopens amid Covid-19 spike

October 22: Baguio City reopens amid Covid-19 spike

Despite a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the area, Baguio City is continuing with its plan to accept tourists from Luzon. Mayor Benjamin Magalong assures the city is taking “aggressive” measures to prevent further spread of the virus. Read More

October 21: Mercato Centrale reopens in BGC

October 21: Mercato Centrale reopens in BGC

Outdoor food market Mercato Centrale has reopened at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre in an effort to help their vendors and partner restaurants recover substantial losses from the Covid-19 pandemic. The market is open daily from 11AM to 9PM. Read More

October 21: Cebu Basilica relaxes entry restrictions

October 21: Cebu Basilica relaxes entry restrictions

The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño in Cebu City has eased its entry restrictions, now allowing devotees aged 15 to 65 inside the Church for services. All churchgoers will still be required to observe minimum health standards. Read More

October 21: Bicol to reopen to local tourists

October 21: Bicol to reopen to local tourists

Tourism sites in Bicol hope to reopen to domestic tourists from other regions, subject to the decision of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and industry stakeholders. Plans on reopening are being ironed out with LGUs, according to Fe Buela of the DOT-Bicol. Read More

October 21: Experts flag high-risk areas

October 21: Experts flag high-risk areas

The OCTA Research Team has tagged several cities as “high-risk areas,” including Makati, Baguio, and Mandaluyong. High-risk areas are tagged based on the number of daily recorded cases, high viral attack rates, and hospital capacity. Read More

October 21: Hotels in GCQ, MGCQ areas to operate at full capacity

October 21: Hotels in GCQ, MGCQ areas to operate at full capacity

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has announced that hotels in areas under GCQ and MGCQ are now allowed to operate at full capacity, subject to compliance with local safety guidelines. The resolution is part of the DOT's efforts to ease domestic movement restrictions, necessary to help boost domestic tourism. Read More

October 20: Ilocos Sur to accept visitors from Luzon Nov. 15

October 20: Ilocos Sur to accept visitors from Luzon Nov. 15

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has announced that tourists from Luzon, including NCR, will be allowed to visit Ilocos Sur starting November 15. The province is the second destination in the Ridge to Reef corridor that has reopened to tourists outside of Northern Luzon. Read More

October 20: Manila City shortens curfew hours

October 20: Manila City shortens curfew hours

Manila City has adopted a change in curfew hours, now 12AM to 4AM. The city government has also said the curfew will be further shortened—12AM to 3AM—starting December 01. Read More

October 19: NCR Mayors suggest GCQ until end of year

October 19: NCR Mayors suggest GCQ until end of year

All 17 mayors in Metro Manila have recommended keeping the region under GCQ status until December 31. The recommendation is subject to the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Read More / Update

October 19: Pasig halts community kitchen operations

October 19: Pasig halts community kitchen operations

Following one of its workers testing positive for Covid-19, the Pasig City government has shut down its community kitchen for the next two weeks. A temporary kitchen, which will continue preparing meals for front-line workers, will be set up at the city’s Livelihood Center. Read More

October 19: Manila Churches to welcome more attendees

October 19: Manila Churches to welcome more attendees

Catholic churches in Manila are inviting more churchgoers to hear Mass, after the city government announced an increase to 30% seating capacity for religious gatherings. Read More

October 19: DFA releases update on international travel restrictions

October 19: DFA releases update on international travel restrictions

Laos and Afghanistan have lifted inbound travel restrictions to Filipino travelers, subject to medical protocols, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Additional countries have also imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations. Read More

October 18: NCR trains increase passenger capacity

October 18: NCR trains increase passenger capacity

In an effort to boost economic recovery efforts and accommodate more commuters on public transport, the PNR, MRT-3 and Lines 1 and 2 of the LRT will take passengers at 30% capacity beginning Monday. Read More  

October 17: Baguio City opens to tourists from Luzon

October 17: Baguio City opens to tourists from Luzon

From October 22, Baguio City will welcome tourists from Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon. There will be a cap of 200 tourists a day, and tourists must stay in DOT-accredited accommodations. Read More  

October 16: Ilagan shifts to ECQ

October 16: Ilagan shifts to ECQ

Following a continued increase of Covid-19 cases in the area, the city government of Ilagan, Isabela has imposed a 14-day ECQ from October 16 to 30. A city-wide Day of Prayer has also been scheduled for October 18. Read More  

OCTOBER 16: DOT to Allow Non-essential Foreign Travel from Oct. 21

OCTOBER 16: DOT to Allow Non-essential Foreign Travel from Oct. 21

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that the ban on non-essential foreign travel will be lifted on Oct. 21. Traveling Filipinos must present round trip tickets as well as travel and health insurance. Returning overseas Filipinos will also be asked to undergo quarantine. Read More

October 16: Movement restrictions in GCQ, MGCQ areas relaxed

October 16: Movement restrictions in GCQ, MGCQ areas relaxed

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has eased restrictions on the movement of persons between areas under GCQ and MGCQ. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has welcomed the new policies, which will help to rebuild the tourism sector. Read More  

October 16: Camiguin launches virtual Lanzones Festival

October 16: Camiguin launches virtual Lanzones Festival

The city government of Camiguin will use online platforms TikTok and vlogging (YouTube) to celebrate its 41st annual Lanzones Festival online. Activities are lined up for a four-day celebration that aims to promote local tourism. Read More / Learn about the Festival

October 16: Travel agencies, tour operators allowed in GCQ areas

October 16: Travel agencies, tour operators allowed in GCQ areas

Travel agencies, tour operators, and other related activities have been allowed to resume operations at limited capacity in GCQ areas, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Read More

October 15: Villages in Catarman shift to ECQ

October 15: Villages in Catarman shift to ECQ

Following a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases in the area, 23 villages in Catarman, Northern Samar have been placed under ECQ from October 15 to 30. The shift suspends all face-to-face classes, restricts office-based work, and strictly implements a stay-at-home policy. Read More

October 14: Batangas given go-ahead for diving

October 14: Batangas given go-ahead for diving

Dive establishments across Batangas Province have been allowed to accept guests for recreational dive tourism, as long as the province remains under GCQ or lower. Those with comorbidity or who are currently pregnant will not be allowed travel, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Read More  

October 14: DOTr implements One Seat Apart rule

October 14: DOTr implements One Seat Apart rule

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the implementation of the “one seat apart” rule to increase public transport carrying capacity. The order, proposed by the economic development cluster, was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte in an effort to aid economic recovery. Read More  

October 13: DOT issues new dive tourism guidelines

October 13: DOT issues new dive tourism guidelines

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released an updated list of health and safety rules for recreational diving as dive shops and resorts in GCQ areas were allowed to resume operations. As of October 08, 222 dive establishments across the country–including those in Mabini, Batangas–have been accredited by the DOT and Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD). Read More / Update

October 13: New Clark Airport terminal to open in January

October 13: New Clark Airport terminal to open in January

The Clark International Airport’s new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) is set to open for public use in January 2021. The new building will allow the airport to accommodate more flights and passengers. Read More

October 13: More jeepneys resume operations in NCR

October 13: More jeepneys resume operations in NCR

Roughly 5,000 more traditional jeepneys have returned to 44 reopened routes in Metro Manila, following seven months of halted operations. A total of over 27,000 PUJs now ply 302 routes in NCR, along with modern jeepneys, public and point-to-point buses, and other public transport vehicles, according to the LTFRB. Read More

October 13: Ilocos Norte reduces curfew hours

October 13: Ilocos Norte reduces curfew hours

In an effort to help affected businesses and encourage economic activity, curfew hours in Ilocos Norte have been reduced to 11PM to 4PM. Read More

October 12: Lapu-Lapu launches travel fair

October 12: Lapu-Lapu launches travel fair

The city government of Lapu-Lapu has launched the Balik Turismo Travel Fair in an effort to help the travel industry bounce back from Covid-19 losses. The program, slated for October 17, hopes to help the local industry’s displaced workers return to work. Read More

October 12: Davao extends curfew hours, liquor ban

October 12: Davao extends curfew hours, liquor ban

The Davao City government has enforced longer curfew hours and reinstated a city-wide liquor ban amid rising Covid-19 cases in the area. The city’s curfew hours are extended to 7PM to 5PM, from October 15 to 31. Read More

October 11: DFA releases update on international travel restrictions

October 11: DFA releases update on international travel restrictions

Inbound and transit restrictions applicable to Filipino travelers in Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, and Ukraine have been updated this week, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Read More

October 09: Dive tourism greenlit in GCQ areas

October 09: Dive tourism greenlit in GCQ areas

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed dive shops and resorts in areas under GCQ and MGCQ to operate and accept tourists for recreational diving. Specific destinations are yet to be released. Read More

October 09: Ilocos Norte to reopen to Luzon tourists

October 09: Ilocos Norte to reopen to Luzon tourists

Ilocos Norte will reopen its borders to tourists from Luzon beginning October 15, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT). A visitor management system for proper contact tracing will be implemented. Read More

October 09: DOT allows staycation in NCR hotels

October 09: DOT allows staycation in NCR hotels

Eight hotels in Metro Manila, including the Grand Hyatt, Nobu Hotel, and Shangri-La at the Fort, have been certified by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to operate for staycations while under GCQ. Read More

October 09: Commercial flights to Negros Oriental still banned

October 09: Commercial flights to Negros Oriental still banned

Negros Oriental continues to ban commercial flights in the province amid the threat of Covid-19. While sweeper flights are allowed to land, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has requested the Civil Aviation Authority to regulate the number. Read More

October 08: Pasig River Ferry partially resumes operations

October 08: Pasig River Ferry partially resumes operations

The Pasig River Ferry System has restarted its transit operations, according to the MMDA. However, only short-distance trips will run until further notice, while the local government continues its cleanup of water hyacinths that have clogged portions of the Pasig River. Read More

October 08: Iloilo wildlife park opens to public

October 08: Iloilo wildlife park opens to public

The Mari-it Wildlife Conservation Park in Lambunao, Iloilo has been opened to the public, but visitors are asked to take extra precaution for the sake of the animals. Hosting a variety of endangered and endemic species, the park has reopened in time for breeding season for many of the animals in the park. Read More

October 08: LRT-2 resumes operations after Santolan fire

October 08: LRT-2 resumes operations after Santolan fire

The LRT-2 line has resumed its regular operations hours after a fire in Santolan Station suspended its trains. The connection between the LRT-2 control center and passenger-accessible lines has been properly repaired, according to spokesperson Hernando Cabrera. Read More

October 08: Ride-hailing motorcycles may resume soon

October 08: Ride-hailing motorcycles may resume soon

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is discussing the possibility of resuming the operations of ride-hailing motorcycles, in order to provide adequate mass transportation as the country continues to reopen. Read More

October 06: Pagudpud readies for reopening

October 06: Pagudpud readies for reopening

Resorts in coastal Pagudpud are preparing to welcome tourists, in compliance with the gradual reopening of Region 1 and Baguio City to visitors through the ridge-to-reef corridor. Read More

October 06: Sagada tightens entry rules

October 06: Sagada tightens entry rules

In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the Mountain Province, the municipality of Sagada has tightened security protocols on the entry of tourists and returning residents. A mandatory 14-day quarantine will now be enforced upon pre-coordinated arrival. Read More

October 05: DFA releases update on travel restrictions affecting Filipinos

October 05: DFA releases update on travel restrictions affecting Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reported that inbound travel restrictions to South Africa have now been lifted, subject to medical protocols. Read More

October 05: Baguio City pilots antigen testing for tourism

October 05: Baguio City pilots antigen testing for tourism

The use of rapid antigen testing has been adopted in Baguio City to determine that visitors are free from Covid-19. The testing method, which is more affordable and delivers faster results, may be used in Boracay and other areas if determined successful by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Read More / Update

October 05: ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy in EDSA suspended

October 05: ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ policy in EDSA suspended

The mandatory use of Beep cards along the EDSA busway has been indefinitely suspended as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Beep operators were unable to reach an agreement on giving cards for free. Passengers may opt to pay fares using a Beep card or cash for the time being. Read More / Update

October 04: Baguio VISITA app registers 1,200 tourists

October 04: Baguio VISITA app registers 1,200 tourists

A total of 1,249 tourists have registered on the Baguio VISITA portal as of Saturday evening, with 107 uploading requirements and filing travel requests. Read More

October 02: DFA suspends consular operations in Tuguegarao

October 02: DFA suspends consular operations in Tuguegarao

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has temporarily suspended its operations in the Consular Office in Tuguegarao from October 05 to 16, in accordance with the city’s reversion to MECQ. Affected applicants are advised to email the Office to reschedule their appointments. Read More

October 01: Tuguegarao reverts to MECQ

October 01: Tuguegarao reverts to MECQ

The city of Tuguegarao will revert to MECQ following a widespread spike in Covid-19 cases. The MECQ will come into effect on October 03 and last for 14 days. A liquor ban and 10PM to 4AM curfew will also be imposed. Read More

October 01: Ilocos Norte opens triage for tourists

October 01: Ilocos Norte opens triage for tourists

The Ilocos Norte government has set up a triage in Pinili Visitor Center for pre-registered tourists from the ridge-to-reef travel corridor. The triage will ensure all passing visitors have been authorized to cross the province’s borders. Read More

October 01: Boracay Island reopens to local tourists

October 01: Boracay Island reopens to local tourists

Boracay Island has reopened to domestic tourists in areas under GCQ and MGCQ, following a “safe and gradual” model of tourism revival amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of 35 tourists came to the island on the first day of reopening. Read More

September

September

September 29: NCR, 5 other areas under GCQ

September 29: NCR, 5 other areas under GCQ

Metro Manila, Batangas, and the cities of Bacolod, Iligan, Iloilo, and Tacloban will be under general community quarantine (GCQ) for the month of October. Meanwhile Lanao del Sur, including Marawi City, will remain under MECQ. Read More

September 29: DOT releases ‘staycation’ guidelines

September 29: DOT releases ‘staycation’ guidelines

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued guidelines for establishments that will offer staycations as part of government efforts to re-start the tourism industry. Persons of all ages, except those with underlying medical conditions, will be allowed overnight staycations in areas under GCQ. Read More

September 29: San Juan sets schedule for cemetery visits

September 29: San Juan sets schedule for cemetery visits

The city government of San Juan is implementing a visitation schedule in public and private cemeteries, columbaries, and memorial parks ahead of the observance of Undas. Residents may begin applying for schedules starting October 01. Read More / Apply for Schedules

September 29: DFA suspends Consular operations in Butuan

September 29: DFA suspends Consular operations in Butuan

The Department of Foreign Affairs is suspending operations in its Consular Office in Butuan on September 30 to give way for disinfection and the implementation of other health and safety protocols. Read More

September 28: DOT receives SafeTravels stamp

September 28: DOT receives SafeTravels stamp

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has received a SafeTravels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), to recognize that its health and hygiene protocols in place are up to global standard and will ensure safe travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

September 28: ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ in EDSA Busway

September 28: ‘No Beep Card, No Ride’ in EDSA Busway

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is implementing a strict ‘no Beep card, no ride’ policy the EDSA Busway beginning October 01 as public utility buses (PUBs) shift to cashless transactions. Read More

September 27: DOT slowly reopening domestic travel

September 27: DOT slowly reopening domestic travel

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is slowly reopening destinations for domestic travel, following strict health and safety protocols. The DOT hopes the gradual revival of the industry will bring back livelihoods to rural areas, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Read More

September 27: DFA suspends consular operations in NCR-East

September 27: DFA suspends consular operations in NCR-East

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has temporarily suspended its operations in the Consular Office in SM Megamall (NCR-East) until September 28, for disinfection and other preventive measures to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Read More

September 26: Provincial bus routes to open in Central Luzon

September 26: Provincial bus routes to open in Central Luzon

Twelve modified provincial bus routes will be opened to service the public in Central Luzon and Calabarzon starting September 30, according to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). Travel passes and early ticket bookings will be required for passengers. Read More / Update

September 25: DOH calls for caution in reopening tourism

September 25: DOH calls for caution in reopening tourism

The Department of Health (DOH) has urged for a cautious approach in reopening the tourism sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to help curb the spread of the virus. Read More

September 25: Bicol tourism sites reopen to domestic travelers

September 25: Bicol tourism sites reopen to domestic travelers

Over a hundred tourism sites in Bicol—including resorts, island destinations, and landmark sites—have reopened following the area’s shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), according to the local Department of Tourism (DOT). Read More

September 25: DILG and NCR mayors to meet on quarantine status

September 25: DILG and NCR mayors to meet on quarantine status

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año will meet with the mayors in Metro Manila to discuss the region’s quarantine status amid the Covid-19 pandemic. As of writing, majority of mayors prefer to keep Metro Manila under GCQ. Read More

September 24: Test before travel policy required for Boracay tourists

September 24: Test before travel policy required for Boracay tourists

Tourists planning to visit Boracay must comply with the “test before travel” policy to prevent the spread of Covid-19. All visitors must present a negative Covid-19 test, and undergo strict quarantine after undergoing the test until the date of travel to the island. Read More

September 24: Iloilo City reverts to MECQ

September 24: Iloilo City reverts to MECQ

Following a spike in Covid-19 cases in the area, Iloilo City has shifted back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from September 25 to October 09. Lanao Del Sur, Bacolod City, and Iligan City are also on MECQ until the end of the month. Read More

September 24: Essential foreign travelers don’t need travel passes from DFA

September 24: Essential foreign travelers don’t need travel passes from DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) no longer requires travel passes to Filipinos leaving the country for “employment, education, medical, humanitarian, and essential business.” Read More

September 16: Emirates, Qatar Airways resume Clark flights

Emirates and Qatar Airways have increased its number of flights as their operations resume in the Clark International Airport (CRK). CRK has welcomed over 30,000 international passengers since resuming commercial flight ops in June. Read More

September 16: Manila launches Restaurant Week 2020

Manila City has launched Manila Restaurant Week in an effort to aid food and beverage businesses in the city while the country gradually reopens the economy. Read More / Access the Website

September 16: Global tourism industry losses at $460B

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has reported a global tourism loss of $460B in the first half of 2020. Travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a 65% drop in international tourist arrivals, with Asia and the Pacific as the hardest-hit region. Read More

September 16: Medical workers call for ECQ in General Santos

Overwhelmed by the continuing increase of Covid-19 cases that have put the area “in critical condition”, the medical community of General Santos has requested the local government to place the city under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Read More

September 16: Ilocos Norte to welcome tourists by October

Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc said that the province will soon reopen its borders to local tourists as the Covid-19 situation continues to improve. The local government hopes to Metro Manila residents by October, following stringent health and safety protocols. Read More

September 16: food tourism festival goes virtual

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has officially opened the Kain Na! Food Tourism Festival 2020, reconfigured as a four-day virtual event. Virtual symposiums will feature local coffee, chocolate, and tea. Read More

September 16: MRT-3 line fields more operational trains

Additional train sets have been approved to operate, increasing the number of trains available for public use to 21. The gradual addition of trains by the MRT-3 aims to increase passenger capacity and decrease wait time, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Read More

September 15: Sipalay City extends tourist ban

The city government of Sipalay, Negros Occidental has extended its ban on tourism-related and non-essential travel until September 30, following Bacolod City’s reversion to MECQ. Read More

September 15: Grab delivery to operate 24/7

Grab Philippines is extending its food and package delivery services to be available 24/7 beginning September 16. Some services, however, will not be available in certain areas following local curfew and liquor ban rules. Read More

September 15: church offers drive-in Mass in Tacloban

The St. Josemaria Escriva Mission Station in Tacloban is allowing churchgoers to physically hear homilies from priests through a drive-in “Park and Attend the Mass” option. Read More

September 14: Manila Cathedral to reopen

The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros will reopen its doors to the public starting September 16. Churchgoers may attend daily Masses on an 80-person limited capacity on first-come, first-serve basis. Read More

September 13: DFA releases update on international travel restrictions

New inbound travel restrictions have been imposted upon Filipinos traveling to Nigeria, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Read More

September 13: Ilocos Norte temporarily closes borders to LSIs

Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) are barred from entering Ilocos Norte until September 18 in an effort to address the riding Covid-19 cases in the area. The six-day closure will be used to decongest quarantine facilities and allow front-line workers to rest. Read More

September 12: IATF approves staycation in GCQ hotels

In an effort to restart tourism activities, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the Department of Tourism (DOT)’s recommendation to encourage ‘staycations’ in hotels in areas under GCQ. The DOT is targeting reopenings by October 01. Read More / Update

September 11: Special permit slots for PUJs opened in Dagupan

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has opened 354 special permit application slots for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) in Dagupan City. This comes after Mayor Marc Brian Lim’s request to allow the operation of more PUJs to meet the city’s transport demands. Read More

September 11: IATF approves increased transport rider capacity

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has recommended to increase ridership in public transportation services by gradually reducing the required physical distance between commuters. Read More / Update

September 11: Cebu cemeteries closed on Undas

Public and private cemeteries in Cebu City will be closed on Undas weekend (October 30 to November 03) in an effort to prevent further spread of Covid-19, according to Mayor Edgardo Labella. The public is urged to visit departed loved ones before or after the closure. Read More

September 10: Travel ban between Cebu, Negros Oriental extended

Following high numbers of Covid-19 cases in both areas, the sea travel ban for locally stranded (LSIs) and other individuals between Cebu and Negros Oriental has been extended to September 23. Read More

September 10: Marikina cemeteries closed on Undas, at 30% capacity

Public and private cemeteries in Marikina will be closed on Undas weekend (October 31 to November 02), according to city Mayor Marcelino Teodoro. Ahead of the holiday, cemeteries will allow visitors at a 30% capacity limit, with passes indicating specific schedules to be issued. Read More

September 10: DOT requires supervision of beach, resort reopenings

In an effort to prevent further spread of Covid-19, beach marshals overseeing health protocol compliance are now required by the Department of Tourism (DOT) for the future reopening of beaches and resorts. Read More

September 08: Manila cemeteries closed on Undas

All public and private cemeteries in Manila will be closed on Undas weekend (October 31 to November 03), according to city Mayor Isko Moreno. This is part of the city’s sustained effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the area. Read More

September 08: W. Visayas, Lanao del Sur, Iligan halt LSI travel

Western Visayas, Lanao del Sur, and Iligan City have suspended the inbound travel of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) following significant spikes in Covid-19 cases. The suspension will be in effect until September 21. Read More

September 08: DFA suspends Consular operations in Bacolod

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is temporarily suspending operations in the Consular Office in Bacolod until September 30, following the city’s return to MECQ. Regular operations will resume on October 01, and affected applicants are encouraged to contact the Office for rescheduling. Read More

September 08: Non-compliance of face mask use penalized in Cebu

The provincial government of Cebu has warned of stricter penalties, including fines and imprisonment, against residents who fail to comply with the mandatory use of face masks in public places and proper mask disposal. Read More

September 07: Two more areas shift to MECQ

Lanao Del Sur and the city of Bacolod have been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from September 08 to 30 following respective spikes in Covid-19 cases in the areas. Read More

September 07: Samal set to resume tourism activities

Samal Island is set to reopen select tourism activities, such as island hopping, scuba diving, and aqua sports, on September 16. The island began a gradual reopening of tourism activities in August. Read More

September 07: More jeepneys allowed in Metro Manila

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed 1,006 public utility jeepneys (PUJs) to return to operation along 10 Metro Manila routes beginning September 09. Read More

September 07: Twin Lakes on localized lockdown

The Balinsasayao Twin Lakes National Park in Negros Oriental has been placed under lockdown after a Covid-positive individual visited the area before receiving her test result. All personnel have tested negative, but the park will remain closed for disinfection as staff complete their mandatory quarantine. Read More

September 07: Manila Cathedral opens for the Nativity of Mary

The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros will open to the public to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Parishioners will be allowed to pray inside the church from 8AM to 11AM, and 1PM to 5PM. Read More

September 06: Siargao opens aerial zipline

The town of San Benito in Siargao Island is set to open a 2.2-km surfing aerial zipline this week amid the continuing threat of Covid-19. The opening signifies the town’s readiness to accept both local and foreign tourists, according to Mayor Gina Sumando Menil. Read More

September 06: DOT Dive Expo to go digital

The second Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) will launch as a digital event in October, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT). Access to all activities of the expo, including panel discussions, a virtual marketplace, and Dive Travel Exchange, will be free of charge for accredited establishments. Read More

September 06: DFA releases update on international travel restrictions

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced changes to the international travel restrictions applicable to Filipinos concerning entry to Malaysia and the use of Qatar Airways services. Read More

September 05: PH preparing to activate local tourism circuits

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is working to gradually restart the local tourism industry, identifying potential tourism circuits such as the Ridge-to-Reef corridor in northern Luzon. Strict health and safety protocols will be observed in each circuit. Read More

September 03: Cotabato imposes No Movement Saturdays

Following continued increase in Covid-19 cases, city government has enforced a No Movement Saturday policy on top of its existing No Movement Sundays. The new policy will stay until further notice, according to public safety officer Rolen Balquin. Read More

September 03: Xiamen Airlines denies entry to Filipinos from third countries

Xiamen Airlines has suspended service to passengers from the Philippines coming to China via third countries. Asiana Airlines has advise that passengers from the Philippines with layovers in Incheon will not be accepted at check-in counters. Read More

September 02: Baguio travel bubble plan may expand across PH

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has expressed its support for Baguio City’s Ridge to Reef Corridor Plan, allowing safe travel between the city and the provinces of La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur. Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has also stated the plan may be replicated across the country if successful. Read More

September 02: San Juan reverts curfew hours, liquor ban

The local government of San Juan has reverted city-wide curfew hours, now 10PM to 5AM, following Metro Manila’s GCQ extension. Mayor Francis Zamora has also reminded residents that though the liquor ban has been lifted, social gatherings and drinking in public places are still prohibited. Read More

September 02: Grab extends ride-hailing to midnight

Transport service provider Grab Philippines has extended operations of its ride-hailing services to midnight in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Pampanga, following the new quarantine classifications in the area. Read More

September 02: Non-residents banned during annual Dauin fiesta

The municipal government of Dauin, Negros Oriental has prohibited the entry of non-residents from September 07 to 11 as the town prepares for and celebrates its annual fiesta. Checkpoints will be established and ID cards will be required for those in transit. Read More

September 02: 21 barangays in Tacloban under lockdown

Mayor Alfred Romualdez has ordered the lockdown of 21 high-risk communities in Tacloban in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. City government said the restrictions will only be lifted once contact tracing is done. Read More

September 02: Northern Luzon “corridor” preparing to reopen tourism sites

Local government units in Baguio City, La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur are preparing to reopen a “tourism corridor” in Northern Luzon on September 21, adhering strictly to guidelines imposed by the DOT and IATF-EID. Read More  

September 01: Davao night market prepares to reopen

The Davao City government is preparing to reopen the Roxas Night Market on September 12. Health and safety measures, including swabbing for all vendors, suppliers, and staff, are being implemented for visitor safety, according to Mayor Sara Z. Duterte. Read More

September 01: Malaysia imposes restrictions on Filipino travelers

Starting September 07, travelers with long-term passes from the Philippines, as well as Indonesia and India, will not be allowed to enter Malaysia. The Malaysian government has cited the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country for the new imposition. Malacañang has said it respects the decision. Read More / Update

September 01: QC, Manila revert curfew schedules

Local governments in Quezon City and Manila have updated their curfew hours following the extension of GCQ in Metro Manila. Both cities’ curfew hours are now from 10PM to 5AM, with exemptions for essential activities. Read More

September 01: Quarantine passes, border control implemented in Bacolod

Following the city’s shift to GCQ, the Bacolod local government will enforce a home quarantine pass system, as well as border checkpoints, from September 03 to 15. Read More / Update

September 01: Local cruise tourism in Tacloban suspended

San Juanico Cruises in Tacloban has suspended cruise operations as the city is once again placed under GCQ. The cruise line, which was fully booked for September, has cancelled all bookings to help curb the spread of Covid-19 and limit non-essential movement in the area. Read More

September 01: Iligan placed under MECQ; NCR remains in GCQ

Iligan City will be the only area in the country placed under MECQ, according to the Malacañang. Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Batangas, and the cities of Tacloban and Bacolod are placed under GCQ until September 30. Read More

August

August 31: Select non-essential businesses to reopen under GCQ

Gyms, internet cafes, drive-in cinemas, personal and pet grooming services, and tutorial centers are once again allowed in GCQ areas, following protocol from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Read More

August 31: Sinulog Festival to push through in 2021

The Sinulog Festival in Cebu is expected to push through in June 2021, according to Mayor Edgardo Labella. The Sinulog Foundation (SFI) has been requested to develop protocols to ensure the safety of both foreign and local spectators. Read More

August 31: Fishport in General Santos to shut down for four days

Portions of the General Santos fishport complex will be closed from September 02 to 05 for disinfection and contact tracing following a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the area. Revenue loss from the temporary closure is expected to reach P300M. Read More / Update

August 30: Additional country lifts border restrictions to Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reports that Niger has lifted both inbound and outbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to medical protocols. Read More

August 29: Seaweed ecotourism in Olango Islands pushed

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is requesting for access to cash from banks and government as part of the Bayanihan 2 stimulus package for tourism recovery. The group is also asking airlines for full flight refunds of at least P141M due to travel agencies. Read More

August 26: Bike lanes near Manila, QC hospitals opened

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has opened bike lane networks along major hospital districts in Manila and Quezon City, intended to service front-line medical workers using bicycles to go to work. Read More

August 25: DFA suspends Consular operations in Tuguegarao

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has temporarily suspended its operations in the Consular Office in Tuguegarao until September 04, following the local government declaring the city as under MECQ. Read More

August 25: DFA suspends Consular operations in Tuguegarao

Following a sharp increase of Covid-19 cases, Tuguegarao has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 26 to September 05. Public transport has also been suspended and a liquor ban reimposed, according to city government. Read More

August 25: Tourism losses can cut global GDP by up to 2.8%

Massive losses in tourism revenue in 2020 could reduce the global GDP by up to 2.8% (expected to fall by $910 billion to $1.2 trillion), according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). In 2019, tourism generated 7% of global trade and employed one in every 10 people globally. Read More / Access the Report

August 25: Pasig implements village coding for mega-market

The Pasig City government has imposed a market coding scheme for barangays to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Under the new scheme, residents will only be allowed to enter the Pasig Mega-Market premises during their barangays’ scheduled days. The market will be closed on Mondays for routine disinfection. Read More 1, 2

August 24: Bacolod suspends in-person Catholic Masses

The Diocese of Bacolod has temporarily suspended scheduled Masses in its parishes to help reduce mass movement in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Parishioners will not be allowed in churches until August 31. Read More

August 24: Samar suspends entry of LSIs

Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, Samar’s provincial government has suspended the entry of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) until September 24. At this time, the local government will focus attention on containing and helping its residents with Covid-19. Read More

August 24: GenSan suspends incoming commercial flights

City Mayor Ronnel Rivera has cancelled all incoming commercial flights to the General Santos airport until further notice, allowing the area’s front-line workers to conduct proper contact tracing following an alleged case of local transmission of Covid-19. Read More

August 24: Toll expressways to require cashless transaction

The Department of Tourism (DOTr) will require contactless, cashless transactions in toll expressways in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) have been requested to develop the new transaction process within three months. Read More

August 24: Sohoton Cave reopening delayed

The reopening of Sotohon Cave Natural Bridge Park in Basey, Samar has been delayed due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the area. Initially scheduled for this month, Mayor Luz Ponferrada said the government has yet to decide when the reopening will push through. Read More

August 23: DFA updates list of international travel restrictions

Brazil, Kiribati, the United Kingdom, Benin, and Chad have lifted inbound travel restrictions to Filipinos, subject to medical protocols, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Other countries have also updated inbound travel protocols. Read More

August 21: Leyte puts 8 areas in localized lockdown

Eight communities were placed under lockdown in Leyte, following the report of positive Covid-19 cases in the area. The lockdown will be lifted following negative test results from contact tracing, according to Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr. Read More

August 21: Leyte puts 8 areas in localized lockdown

Eight communities were placed under lockdown in Leyte, following the report of positive Covid-19 cases in the area. The lockdown will be lifted following negative test results from contact tracing, according to Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr. Read More

August 21: Face shields mandatory in commercial establishments

In an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19, the use of face shields, in addition to masks, will now be required for individuals who visit commercial establishments, according to the Malacañang. Read More

August 20: Bike lane network in NCR ready by August 26

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is working to complete interim bike lanes by August 26, connecting residential and high-volume areas to hospitals in NCR. Read More

August 20: Appointments required for passport services in DFA Consular offices

Individuals who wish to apply for passports are required to make appointments prior to visiting an Office of Consular Affairs, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Only those with appointments will be allowed inside the Offices, upon presentation of a copy of the confirmation. Read More

August 20: 15 EDSA Busway stations completed; 10 operational

A total of 15 stations have now been completed on the EDSA Busway, servicing 284 available buses. Ten stations are fully operational, while five are awating additional barriers, according to the Department of Tourism (DOTr). Read More

August 20: DOT launches e-commerce site for local harvest

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with Cloud Panda PH to launch PH Harvest, an e-commerce site that supports local farmers and small local businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More / Access the Site

August 19: Air Asia drops passenger volume by 99% in Q2

Air Asia Philippines reports a 99% drop in passengers in the second quarter of 2020, due to travel restrictions brought about by Covid-19. Passenger volume from April to June reached only 29,111—a massive decrease from 2.2 million in the same period last year. Read More

August 19: More tourism groups call for direct financial aid

Over 50 local associations have called for the P10-billion budget for tourism aid in the Bayanihan 2 bill be reallocated for direct financial assistance instead of infrastructure development, according to the Tourism Congress of the Philippines. Read More

August 19: Motorcycle barriers not required for same-residence riders

Motorcycle barriers are no longer required for riders who live under the same household in GCQ areas, according to Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. Meanwhile, Davao City will retain the barrier policy as part of its preventive measures against Covid-19, according to Mayor Sara Z. Duterte. Read More / Update

August 18: Grab resumes ride hailing operations in Metro Manila

Transport network company Grab has announced it will resume GrabCar services in Metro Manila beginning August 19, following the area’s transition to GCQ. Regular ride hailing services will be available from 5AM to 10PM, while the company’s car service for frontline medical workers will continue to operate 24/7. Read More

August 18: Holding mass in GCQ areas up to clergy

The Dioceses of Cubao and Manila have both announced that parish priests and churchgoers will be free to decide if they want to open their respective churches to resume physical Eucharistic celebrations. Under GCQ, religious gatherings are allowed at a 10% maximum seating capacity. Read More 1, 2

August 18: Cebu Pacific releases update on flight updates

Following Metro Manila’s transition to GCQ, Cebu Pacific will be resuming domestic and select international flights to and from Manila (NAIA) beginning August 19. All passengers are still reminded to follow health and safety protocols. Read More

August 18: General Santos closes borders to non-essential travel

The City government has closed its borders to non-essential travel in an effort to contain a possible case of Covid-19 local transmission. The temporary lockdown will allow the local government to fast-track contact tracing in the city, as well as prevent further disease transmission, according to Mayor Ronnel Rivera. Read More

August 18: Only authorized, essential travel allowed in GCQ, MGCQ

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that quarantine control points will remain in place in GCQ and MGCQ areas, to ensure that only authorized individuals on essential travel are moving out of their homes. Read More

August 18: Mega Manila shifts back to GCQ

The provinces of NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna will revert to the less restrictive GCQ status from August 18 to 31. This comes after Mega Manila was placed under MECQ for two weeks, at the request of the frontline medical community. Read More

August 17: Philippine Airlines releases update on flight operations

Following Metro Manila’s transition to GCQ, Philippine Airlines will be resuming domestic and international flights to and from Manila (NAIA) beginning August 19. All passengers are still reminded to follow health and safety protocols. Read More

August 17: Hatid Tulong to resume on August 20

Over 700 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in NCR are set to return to their respective provinces with the Hatid Tulong program beginning August 20. A new clustering system will be implemented to avoid crowding within service areas, according to Presidential Management Staff. Read More

August 17: 34 barangays in Baguio under lockdown

The Baguio City government has placed 34 of its 128 barangays on lockdown following a spike in Covid-19 cases. The lockdowns will last for 48 hours to give way to contact tracing and disinfection, according to city Mayor Benjamin Magalong. Read More

August 16: Pasig launches Libreng Sakay website

The Pasig City government has launched a new transport microsite for residents utilizing the city’s Libreng Sakay program. The site contains updated operating hours and bus routes, as well as guidelines on how to use bike lanes and locations of bike parking racks. Read More / Transport Microsite

August 16: DFA releases update on travel bans on Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reports updates from 11 countries regarding inbound travel restrictions applied to Filipino travelers. Read More

August 16: Bacolod City extends liquor ban

City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has extended the city’s liquor ban, which includes the selling and buying of any form of alcoholic beverages, as well as all public drinking and consumption. The new order comes as Bacolod City extends its MGCQ status for the fifth time. Read More

August 15: most Philippine regions placed under MGCQ

As the government works to address economic recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic, most parts of the country are put under the least restrictive Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) status. An update regarding areas currently placed under MECQ will be available on Monday, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Read More

August 15: Tourism in Albay records P500M loss

The tourism industry in Albay has recorded revenue losses of nearly P500 million over the first half of the year, according to the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO). Read More

August 14: Sipalay bans non-essential travelers for 17 days

Sipalay City in Negros Occidental has banned tourism-related and non-essential travel to and from the city in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The ban will be in effect until August 31, according to city Mayor Maria Gina Lizares. Read More

August 14: All NAIA passengers required to wear face shields

In line with the Department of Transportation (DOTr)'s health and safety protocols for public transport, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has required all passengers in NAIA to wear face shields starting August 15. Read More

August 14: Ospital ng Tondo temporarily closes

The Ospital ng Tondo has suspended operations after 32 medical frontline workers tested positive for Covid-19. The hospital will be closed for 10 days, according to mayor Isko Moreno. Read More

August 13: DFA suspends Consular operations in Angeles

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has temporarily suspended its operations in the Consular Office in Angeles, following orders for the Marquee Mall to close for disinfection. Operations will resume when the mall reopens, and affected appointments will be accommodated until September 12. Read More

August 13: Cotabato City reimposes No Movement Sunday

Cotabato City is set to reimpose the No Movement Sunday policy beginning August 16 following a re-emergence of Covid-19 cases in the area. Only drug stores will remain open on Sundays, and only front-line workers will be allowed on the streets. Read More

August 12: Industry leaders call to restore P10B tourism aid

Tourism industry leaders have called on Congress to restore the P10 billion originally allocated for working capital loans, which was reallocated to infrastructure in the House version of the Bayanihan 2 bill. Read More

August 12: Pangasinan increases checkpoints

The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office has added more checkpoints to help monitor the movement of people going in and out of the province, after an undocumented traveler tested positive for Covid-19. Read More

August 12: Buses allowed inter-regional routes in Mindanao

At least five inter-regional routes have been allowed to resume operations in Mindanao, according to the Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC). Inter-regional trips are scheduled every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and passengers will be required face masks and face shields at all times. Read More

August 11: PH records 73% drop in visitor arrivals

Foreign tourist arrivals have dropped 73% year-on-year in the first seven months of 2020. Tourism revenue also dropped 72% in the same period, according to Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. Read More

August 11: Philippine Airlines to require face shields on flights

The use of face shields, in addition to face masks, will be mandatory on Philippine Airlines flights starting August 15 in compliance with the Department of Transportation regulations. Read More

August 10: Longer curfew, more localized lockdowns in Bacolod

Local government has enforced longer curfew hours as the city continues to see increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The new curfew of 8PM to 4AM will be in place until August 22. The city’s three public markets are also set to close on Sundays for disinfection, and the Bacolod City Government Center has been sealed off until at least August 17 following the death of an employee. Read More 1, 2

August 10: Updates on travel bans on Filipinos released by DFA

Five more countries across in Asia and Africa have released updates on travel restrictions affecting Filipinos, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Travelers are still subject to strict medical protocols required by their respective destinations. Read More

August 09: DFA lists exemptions to suspension of visa issuance

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has released a list of exemptions to the temporary suspension of visa issuance to foreign nationals, including foreign spouses and foreign parents of minor Filipino nationals. Read More

August 07: Baguio requires face shields for workers

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has signed an executive order requiring the mandatory use of face shields among workers while in the office and on duty in Baguio City. Read More

August 07: CamSur suspends Peñafrancia image visits

The Archdiocese of Caceres in Camarines Sur has prohibited “Pagsungko ni Ina” activities in its churches to avoid further spread of Covid-19. Pagsungko refers to when the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is brought to different parishes before its feast day in September. Read More

August 07: Leyte’s Cuatro Islas primed as tourist spot

Leyte’s local government is pushing for infrastructure projects to enhance conservation-centered tourism within Cuatro Islas, according the the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) regional office. Read More

August 07: LRT-1 to close Roosevelt Station until December

The Light Rail Transit-1 (LRT-1)’s Roosevelt Station in Quezon City will be closed for three months to make way for construction of the Unified Grand Central Station. The closure is scheduled for September 05 to December 28. Read More

August 06: North Cotabato cancels annual festival

North Cotabato’s annual Kalivungan Festival has been cancelled in order to ensure the health and safety of residents amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Gov. Nancy Catamco. Celebrations for its 106th Founding Anniversary have also been called off. Read More

August 06: Iloilo City suspends air trips and sweeper flights

Iloilo City has closed its borders to trips and sweeper flights for two weeks to allow local government personnel to “rest” amid rapidly rising Covid-19 cases in the city, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. Read More

August 06: Medical professionals call to return traditional PUJs

Healthcare professionals from Second Opinion PH have called the government to allow traditional jeepneys to resume operations amid the community quarantine. The use of open-air PUJs poses less risk of contracting Covid-19 compared to buses and modern jeepneys, according to Dr. Gene Nisperos. Read More

August 05: Palo, Leyte bans visitors during town fiesta

Non-residents of Palo, Leyte are prohibited from visiting the town center during the annual fiesta from August 05 to 07, according to Mayor Ann Petilla. Residents within the town proper are encouraged to celebrate privately in their homes in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Read More

August 05: Iloilo enforces more localized lockdowns

Following an increase of confirmed Covid-19 cases, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has ordered a localized lockdown in five areas, including the terminal market. Read More

August 04: Pasig River Ferry free for essential workers in MECQ

The Pasig River Ferry will provide free services for frontline workers and government employees for the duration of the MECQ in Metro Manila, according to the MMDA. Rides are available at Pinagbuhatan, San Joaquin, Guadalupe, Valenzuela, Lawton, and Escolta stations. Read More

August 04: DOTr requires face shields on public transport

In an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is requiring all passengers to wear face shields in areas where public transportation is allowed, beginning August 15. Read More

August 04: Grab resumes operations in Cebu City, Talisay

Transport Vehicle Network (TVN) Service Grab is resuming its operations in Cebu and Talisay cities following the areas’ respective shifts to GCQ. The company assured it is implementing strict health protocols to ensure riders’ and drivers’ safety. Read More

August 04: Stricter checkpoints imposed in MECQ areas

The police will implement strict measures at checkpoints in the city and municipal boundaries of NCR, Bulacan, Cavita, Laguna, and Rizal as the areas revert back to MECQ, according to Joint Task Force Covid Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. Read More

August 03: Higalaay Festival goes digital

Highlights and activities for this year’s Higalaay Festival in Cagayan de Oro will be broadcast online to prevent residents from leaving their homes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to city Tourism Officer Chedilyn Aissa Dulguime. Read More

August 03: DFA suspends Consular operations in NCR, Region IV-A

In accordance with MECQ guidelines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has suspended operations in Consular Offices in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite Laguna, and Rizal from August 04 to 18. Those with appointments on the affected dates will be accommodated from August 19 to September 30. Read More

August 03: Air Asia updates flight schedules for August

Air Asia has released an updated list of its flight schedules in August, in line with the recently announced MECQ. Domestic flights outside of Metro Manila and select international flights will continue as scheduled, and domestic flights to and from NCR will be available once MECQ has been lifted. Read More

August 03: Philippine Airlines cancels flights to and from Metro Manila

Philippine Airlines has cancelled domestic flights operating to and from Metro Manila from August 04 to 18, in line with the recently announced MECQ. Domestic flights outside of Metro Manila will continue as scheduled. Certain international flights may also be rerouted to land in Cebu or Clark. Read More

August 03: Cebu Pacific cancels domestic flights to and from Metro Manila

Cebu Pacific has cancelled domestic flights operating to and from Metro Manila from August 04 to 18, in line with the recently announced MECQ. Domestic flights outside of Metro Manila and select international operations will continue as scheduled. Read More

August 03: Mass gatherings prohibited in Bataan

Bataan’s provincial Inter-Agency Task Force has banned the holding of mass gatherings, including religious activities, in order to address the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the area. Churches in the province will live stream Holy Masses from August 04 to 16. Read More

August 03: National Task Force Against Covid-19 releases new MECQ guidelines

The National Task Force Against Covid-19 has released updated guidelines for all areas under MECQ. The guidelines include minimum health standards, guidelines for mobility, and operations for essential and non-essential businesses. Read More

August 03: Quarantine passes required in MECQ areas

Quarantine passes will be required for essential travel within areas under MECQ. This is a developing story. Read More

August 03: DOTr suspends public transport under MECQ

The Department of Transportation is suspending the operation of buses, PUJs, taxies, trains (PNR, LRT-1 and 2, MRT-3), and transport network vehicles (TNVs) in areas under MECQ. Tricycles will only be allowed subject to guidelines of local governments. Read More

August 02: NCR, surrounding provinces revert to MECQ

In response to the call of the medical community, President Rodrigo Duterte has reverted Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan to MECQ from August 04 to 18. Updated guidelines from Health Secretary Francisco Duque to follow. Read More

August 02: 40 countries have relaxed travel restrictions to Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs released an updated list of 40 countries that have relaxed inbound travel restrictions to Filipinos, subject to destination-specific travel and safety protocols. Read More

August 01: Archdiocese of Manila voluntarily reverts to ECQ protocol

In support of the medical community, the Archdiocese of Manila has stopped holding public religious services in person from August 03 to 14 in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Read More

August 01: Healthcare workers call for two-week ECQ in Mega Manila

Frontline healthcare workers have requested President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to revert Mega Manila back to ECQ from August 01 to 15, amid rapidly rising cases of Covid-19 in the country. Several medical societies have expressed concern that the healthcare system is too overwhelmed, and requires a “time out” to recalibrate pandemic control strategies. Read More / Watch

August 01: Panglao plans to reopen in Q4

The island of Panglao, Bohol is eyeing reopening its shores to visitors within the fourth quarter of 2020, following the LGU’s implementation of health and safety protocols for tourism destinations. Read More

July

July 31: Oslob re-opens tourism

The Cebu provincial government has re-opened tourism in Oslob, now allowing visitors to go whale shark watching, snorkeling, trekking, diving, and island hopping. Read More

July 31: Pasig River Ferry resumes limited operations

The Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) will partially resume operations on August 03, with passengers still getting free rides. The service will run at half capacity and only operate on certain stations, according to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim. Read More

July 31: Cebu finalizing bike network masterplan

Urban planners in Cebu are finalizing plans for the Tricities Bike Network that will traverse across the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. The project was borne from public calls to create alternative modes of transport during community quarantine. Read More

July 31: Cebu finalizing bike network masterplan

Urban planners in Cebu are finalizing plans for the Tricities Bike Network that will traverse across the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu. The project was borne from public calls to create alternative modes of transport during community quarantine. Read More

July 30: Weak restart pushes airline recovery prediction to 2024

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that the demand for air travel is unlikely to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2024, after figures from June to July showed a “disappointingly and unexpectedly weak” restart. Read More

July 30: Legazpi City reimposes stricter protocols

The Legazpi City Task Force for Covid-19 has reimposed stricter community quarantine protocols to help curb the spread of the virus. The 8PM to 4AM quarantine has been reinstated, drinking in public places has been banned, and leisure activities along Legazpi Blvd will be prohibited, according to city Mayor Noel Rosal. Read More

July 30: UN reports $320B world tourism losses

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported that the global tourism sector has reached $320B (PHP16T) in losses within the first five months of 2020—thrice as much as the global economic crisis of 2009. International tourism numbers have dropped 56% amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Read More

July 30: DOT encourages tourism players to go digital

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is encouraging the travel industry to go digital as the country transitions to a “new normal.” Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, she emphasized the need to adopt e-commerce and contactless transaction. Read More

July 29: DOT asks stakeholders to assist in tourism reopening

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has asked industry stakeholders to assist the department in preparing destinations for an eventual reopening once placed under MGCQ. Despite many provinces relaxing quarantine restrictions, many are still hesitant to reopen to visitors outside of their respective regions. Read More

July 29: MARINA sets new protocol for seafarers, repatriates

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) issued new health and safety protocols for the repatriation of seafarers and change of crew in the country’s domestic and international ports amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The revised protocols are in compliance with existing national health protocols and that of the International Maritime Organization. Read More

July 29: International flight operations from Clark Airport to start in August

Nineteen international flights will be flying out from the Clark International Airport (CRK) as part of the administration’s efforts to repatriate stranded overseas Filipinos. Read More

July 29: More businesses allowed to reopen under GCQ

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the reopening of certain non-essential businesses under GCQ, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Gyms, internet shops, tutorial and review centers, and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to operate, with a 30% maximum capacity limit, beginning August 01. Read More

July 29: Sunday masses suspended in Baguio

Religious services including Sunday masses have been suspended once again in Baguio as the city struggles to contain what may be considered a second wave of Covid-19. Mayor Benjamin Magalong urges local churches to offer Mass services remotely. Read More

July 29: Muntinlupa passes ordinance on face masks

City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi has passed an ordinance that penalizes individuals who fail to wear face masks in public places in Muntinlupa for the duration of the community quarantine. Read More

July 27: Palace encourages local travel once protocols are in place

President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to travel locally once it is safe to do so as a way to help boost the country’s economy. The President also requested government agencies and LGUs to “harmonize” policies on domestic tourism to ensure traveler safety. Read More

July 27: Traditional jeepneys to resume operations in NCR

Close to 2,000 traditional jeepneys will resume operations in Metro Manila on Wednesday as the LTFRB reopens 17 PUJ routes due to the increased demand for public transportation. For safety reasons, each vehicle will be required to only accept half of the maximum capacity of passengers. Read More

July 27: DFA closes main building in Pasay

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has temporarily closed its main building along Roxas Blvd., from July 28 until further notice, as part of its assessment of public health and safety measures against Covid-19. Consular Offices will remain open, following previously-announced operations times. Read More

July 27: Bacolod Old City Hall closed indefinitely

Residents of Bacolod are banned from entering the old City Hall, as the city government conducts fumigation and disinfection as several employees occupying the building recently tested positive for Covid-19. The Bacolod City Government Center was also closed for disinfection on July 22. Read More

July 27: Baguio reimposes liquor ban, tightens control measures

Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced a reimposition of the liquor ban, along with stricter implementation of protocols to control the movement of people within the city. This comes as Baguio faces a “quite alarming” spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, with 20 percent of persons who frequently travel showing a higher rate of infection. Read More  

July 27: Travel between Iloilo, Bacolod suspended again

Travel between Iloilo and Bacolod cities in Western Visayas have again been suspended—only four days after the initial travel ban ended—amid increasing cases of Covid-19 in Bacolod. Both Mayors Jerry Treñas and Evelio Leonardia have agreed to suspend the traffic between their cities. Read More

July 26: Ivory Coast lifts border restrictions to the Philippines

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has confirmed that Côte d'Ivoire has lifted international travel restrictions, including to the Philippines. All arriving and departing passengers will be subject to struct medical and other safety measures. Read More

July 26: Baguio City reestablishes checkpoints

Due to a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered the reestablishment of checkpoints in the city’s 128 barangays. The city is also implementing enhanced risk-based testing, which targets 10 percent of every sector. Read More

July 25: Areas in five Cebu City villages under lockdown

The Cebu City government is implementing localized lockdowns in six areas in five barangays—including Barangay Guadalupe, Labangon, and Mabolo—in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19. The lockdowns will be implemented for three to fourteen days, according to city Mayor Edgardo Labella. Read More

July 24: LSIs wait for Hatid Tulong in Rizal Memorial Stadium

Thousands of Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) have packed into the Rizal Memorial Stadium to wait for government assistance to return to their provinces. The Hatid Tulong Program has received widespread criticism after images from within the stadium show significant lack of organization and physical distancing. Officials have since asked for public understanding regarding the situation. Read More / Update

July 24: IATF approves PH participation in Covid-19 vaccine access

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the country’s participation in the Gavi Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a global initiative designed to ensure rapid, fair, and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for every country in the world. Read More

July 24: Cebu province allows new tourism activities

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has announced that some tourism activities have been allowed to resume in the province, subject to certain protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Among the activities allowed are canyoneering, island hopping, snorkeling and diving, zipline, and parasailing. Read More

July 24: Boracay opens to all tourists from Western Visayas

The Department of Tourism (DOT) announced that Boracay island is now open to all residents of Western Visayas, including travelers below 21 and above 60 years old. DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat noted no Covid-19 cases have been reported on the island. Read More

July 23: Iloilo City puts 20 houses under lockdown

Twenty houses in the Lapuz district of Iloilo city were placed on temporary lockdown after three residents from the village tested positive for Covid-19. The lockdown is set to end on Friday, following testing of residents. Read More

July 23: Bacolod City reopens borders; ferries between Iloilo resume

Ferry trips from Bacolod City to Iloilo have resumed after Mayor Evelio Leonardia reopened its borders to travelers from Iloilo Province and the rest of Panay. Leonardia said both he and Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas have agreed to reopen both borders. Read More

July 23: Subic tourism begins to reopen

Tourism-related firms in the Subic Bay Freeport, including restaurants and retail shops, are beginning to reopen to the public following nearly four months of community quarantine. As the Freeport prepares to welcome more travelers, strict health and safety protocols will continue to be enforced. Read More

July 22: Ban on non-essential international outbound travel reimposed

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has reimposed a suspension on non-essential travel abroad, after previously lifting the travel ban on July 07. The ban was reimposed after only one travel agency agreed to provide the necessary coverage for outbound leisure travel, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. Read More

July 22: DFA suspends Consular Office operations in La Union

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)’s Consular Office in La Union has suspended its operations until July 31 in compliance with San Fernando City’s transition to ECQ. Appointments scheduled during the suspension will be accommodated from August 03 to 21. Read More

July 22: Palace says stricter quarantine in NCR possible

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Metro Manila’s reversion to MECQ after July 31 remains a possibility, as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the region continue to rise. Read More

July 22: Ilocos Norte promotes ‘drive tourism’

The Ilocos Norte Tourism Office (INTO) is promoting a series of pop-up activities in the province’s eco-tourism destinations. Following the success of the Ilocos Cordillera Drive Tour on July 18, the series hopes to help jumpstart local tourism recovery as the province’s tourist destinations reopen. Read More

July 20: local tourism industry players expect to recover by 2021

According to the Philippine Tourism Survey conducted by PwC Philippines, 63% of the country’s tourism players believe their businesses will be back on track by next year. Read More / Access the Report

July 21: DOT launches learning program to revitalize tourism

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is launching the Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2020, an online learning program to provide creative ways to retool and reskill local tourism industry players for the “new normal.” The LES 2020 will be simulcast through Zoom and digitally complemented across the DOT’s official social media accounts. Read More

July 21: Bacolod City closes borders to Panay, Guimaras

In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the closure of city borders to travelers from Panay and Guimaras islands. The closure will be effective from 11:59PM of July 21 until further notice. Read More

July 21: Iloilo City closes borders to Negros Island

Travelers from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, and Negros Oriental have been barred from entering Iloilo City in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. The indefinite closure will be effective from July 22, though the movement of essential goods and cargo will remain unhampered. Read More

July 21: San Fernando, La Union placed under ECQ

The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) has approved the request of La Union Governor Francisco Ortega III to place the city of San Fernando under enhanced community quarantine. The ECQ is effective immediately, until July 31. Meanwhile, Caba town in La Union is also placed under lockdown until July 25. Read More

July 20: Manila opens walk-in Covid-19 testing center

Following the opening of two drive-thru testing centers, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno announced the opening of a walk-in Covid-19 testing center, designed specifically for citizens who do not have private vehicles. The testing facility is located in front of the Ospital ng Sampaloc. Read More

July 20: MMDA: EDSA busway fully operational in two months

The EDSA busway and all 16 of its bus stops will be fully operational by September, according to MMDA spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago. The bus stops will open gradually, and commuters will be allowed to use the stops that have already been completed. Read More

July 20: DFA temporarily closes offices in Paranaque, SM Manila

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has closed its Consular Offices in Aseana, Paranaque City and SM Manila (NCR-West) for site disinfection and other preventive measures against Covid-19. Both offices are scheduled to resume operations on July 22. Read More

July 20: Traditional PUJs to resume operations in Cebu

Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) will be allowed to resume operations in Cebu under MGCQ, according to Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia. All PUJs must secure roadworthiness certification to ensure compliance with standards of public transport, according to the LTFRB-Central Visayas. Read More

July 19: Three territories lift inbound travel restrictions on Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that three additional countries and territories—Macau, Croatia, and Senegal—have lifted their inbound travel restriction on Filipino travelers, subject to medical protocols upon arrival. Read More

July 19: Four Pasig City streets put under localized lockdown

Following a surge of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Brgy. Manggahan, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced that a localized ECQ will be imposed on four streets in the area to help curb the spread of the virus. Read More

July 18: Korean Embassy temporarily shuts down consular office

The Korean Embassy in the Philippines is shutting down its consular office until at least July 22, to give way for disinfection after one of its security personnel tested positive for Covid-19. Resumption of operations will be subject to the Covid-19 test results of the remaining consular personnel.  Read More

July 17: DOT in Eastern Visayas encourages ‘safe bubble concept’

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Eastern Visayas has requested tourist destinations to adopt the ‘safe bubble concept’ when accepting travelers, where a maximum of 10 participants will be allowed to enter a tourist destination at the same time. Strict pre-registration is encouraged to be able to follow the new capacity rules, according to DOT 8 Director Katrina Rosa Tiopes. Read More

July 17: Sto. Niño de Cebu Basilica eyes reopening

The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu has announced plans to reopen after all its personnel have tested negative for Covid-19. Barangay officials have confirmed that all previously-tested personnel who were positive for Covid-19 have now recovered. Read More

July 17: Live audiences prohibited for non-contact sports

As certain non-contact sporting activities are allowed to resume in areas under GCQ and MGCQ, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) reiterates that spectators are still barred from attending practices and competitions. Read More

July 17: South Korea requires negative PCR test certificate from local travelers

Starting July 20, all passengers without a South Korean passport departing Manila, either arriving or transiting at the Incheon International Airport, must present a valid Covid-19 PCR negative test certificate from an accredited hospital designated by the South Korean embassy. Access the List

July 16: Zamboanga city reverts to GCQ

Following a period under MGCQ from July 1 to July 15, the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) announced that Zamboanga city returns to GCQ on July 16, Thursday. Under the new guidelines, only authorized holders of the quarantine pass (QP) will be allowed to go out to access essential goods. Read more

July 16: DOT: MICE allowed to operate at 50% capacity under MGCQ

The Department of Tourism has announced that meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity in areas under MGCQ. According to DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, the new guidelines require MICE organizers to strictly follow health protocols and formulate an emergency preparedness plan to prevent the spread of infection at any MICE event. Read more

July 16: Cebu shifts to MECQ; NCR remains under GCQ

Cebu has shifted to MECQ following a month under strict quarantine, while Metro Manila will remain under GCQ. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque noted that the decision was made despite research-backed recommendations from the University of the Philippines to shift NCR to MECQ. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) had appealed to extend GCQ instead, as it said LGUs were committed to more strict implementation of response protocols. Read More

July 15: Manila launches drive-thru Covid testing facility

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno opened the city’s newest drive-thru testing center for Covid-19. Tests will be done using a newly-acquired serology testing machine, and will take 5 minutes to administer with results coming out within 24 hours. The facility is free and open to residents and non-residents of Manila. A second facility is set to open at the Quirino Grandstand. Read More / Update / Regular Updates

July 15: International travelers drop 95%

The number of international travelers in the country within the last three months has dropped at least 95% from last year, according to Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente. These numbers are not expected to rise in the near future as the Covid-19 crisis continues worldwide. Read More

July 15: Areas in Malabon to undergo 15-day lockdown

Select areas within Malabon will be placed under a 15-day lockdown, beginning July 16, to help prevent the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Malabon city government has released a list of areas to be under lockdown, including parts of Brgy. Tugatong and Brgy. Longos. Access the List

July 15: Puerto Princesa focuses on retrofitting tourism

The Puerto Princesa city government is retrofitting programs for the tourism industry as it gradually opens to more economic activity. Diverse methods to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, including a push for agri-tourism, are being considered. Read More

July 13: Old Caraga Church reopens after restoration

San Salvador del Mundo Parish in Caraga, Davao Oriental reopens to parishioners after two years of closure. The restoration on Mindanao’s oldest Catholic church is said to have reached P20 million in worth. Read More

July 13: MGCQ unlikely for Metro Manila

Despite the growing push for reopening the economy, it is not recommended for NCR to transition to a more relaxed community quarantine following a continued rise in Covid-19 cases in the region, according to the Malacañang. Read More

July 13: Navotas City to undergo two-week lockdown

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco announced that the city will be placed under a 14-day lockdown to help address the rising number of local Covid-19 cases. The lockdown is tentatively scheduled to start on July 15. Read More

July 13: National Task Force implements new rules for motorcycle back-riding

The National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 is implementing new rules for the permission of motorcycle back-riding, including the approval of a “backpack design” barrier between riders and passengers. Motorists are given until July 19 to comply with the new regulations. Read More / Update 1, 2

July 13: Metro Manila eyes local lockdowns amid talk of reopening

Metro Manila may further relax its restrictions and transition into modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), but local governments must be able to swiftly respond to local outbreaks, according to Cabinet Secretary and IATF Co-Chair Karlo Nograles. Read More

July 11: MRT-3 to resume operations at limited capacity

Following Covid-19 testing for all personnel, the MRT-3 line will restart on Monday, July 13, at a limited capacity with 12 trains in operation. Management stressed that a thorough disinfection of MRT-3 facilities was also conducted, and health and safety protocols will continue to be followed. Read More

July 10: IATF adopts new protocol for inbound flight crew

Amid the easing of restrictions in and out of the country, the IATF has adopted guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization for the health and safety of inbound flight crew. Read More

July 09: DFA expects rise in repatriation numbers as NAIA T3 reopens

More Overseas Filipinos affected by the Covid-19 pandemic are expected to return to the Philippines as NAIA resumes international flight operations. As of July 08, the Department of Foreign Affairs has reported the repatriation of over 68,000 Filipinos. Read More

July 08: NAIA confirms 24 cases of Covid-19 among personnel

A total of 24 personnel from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have tested positive for Covid-19, not including personnel from the Bureaus of Customs and Immigration. MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal asserts that additional health and safety protocols will be strictly observed. Read More

July 08: DOTr aims for digitalization

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade says the DOTr will focus on digitalization as the country shifts to the “new normal,” eyeing implementations such as mandatory RFID in tollways, electronic ticketing on maritime transport, and cashless payment on mass transit systems. Online transactions are also being done through the Land Transportation Office website. Read More

July 08: Filipinos urged to follow rules on non-essential travel

President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos who wish to travel out of the country to follow the protocols imposed for non-essential travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The President reminded citizens to remain vigilant, as lifting travel restrictions does not mean the pandemic is over. Read More

JULY 8: NAIA Terminal 3 resumes international flight operations

NAIA Terminal 3 will resume international flight operations for All Nippon Airways (ANA), Air Asia Berhad, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines. International flights from Cebu Pacific, Delta Air, United Airlines, and Qantas Airways remain suspended. Read More

July 07: CAAP releases list of airports cleared for flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has released an updated list of airports with LGU clearance to resume commercial flights. Each airport is subject to different documentary and passenger restrictions given by their respective LGUs. Read More

July 07: Diocese of Pasig to reopen Churches

Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara announced that churches under the Diocese of Pasig will reopen to devotees beginning July 11. In compliance with IATF protocols under GCQ, each church will only accept parishioners at 10% capacity. The Diocese of Cubao has also announced it hopes to reopen this weekend. Read More

July 05: Taguig City appoints ‘exercise safe zones’

The Taguig City government has designated exercise safe zones for residents to engage in fitness activities under strict adherence to health and safety protocols. Monitoring stations, help desks, and bike repair facilities will be set up at each safe zone. Read More

July 05: 31 countries lift inbound border restrictions to Filipinos

Border restrictions on Filipino travelers have been lifted in 31 of 177 countries and territories around the world, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Travelers are still subject to medical protocols on arriving passengers. Read More

July 05: DFA temporarily closes offices in Paranaque, NCR South

The Department of Foreign Affairs will be closing Consular Offices in Aseana, Paranaque City and Alabang Town Center, NCR South for site disinfection and implementation of preventive measures against Covid-19. The Consular Office in NCR South will reopen beginning July 06, while the one in Aseana will remain closed until further notice. Affected applicants will be accommodated once offices resume operations. Read More / Update

July 03: Palawan targets resumption of tourism activities in select towns

Palwan plans to start a “dry run” of reopening leisure activities in El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente as soon as possible, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Dry runs will allow tourists from areas under MGCQ to enter the towns, provided an RT-PCR test and negative Covid-19 test result from any DOH-approved hospital. Read More

July 03: Quiapo Church reopens after two-week quarantine

The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene reopened to churchgoers for the first time since June 19, after a priest who had stayed in the church tested positive for Covid-19. Parochial Vicar Fr. Douglas Badong reiterates that despite reopening, only 10 people are allowed in the church during Mass. Read More

JULY 03: Religious gatherings at 10% capacity allowed in GCQ zones

The Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed mass gatherings for religious purposes to resume in GCQ areas beginning July 10, provided a 10% maximum capacity. Read More

JULY 02: MRT-3 to operate at reduced capacity

The MRT-3 will operate with fewer trains beginning July 06 after a total of 127 of its personnel tested positive for Covid-19. Additional health and safety measures will be taken by MRT-3 personnel on duty. Read More

July 01: Cebu prepares for tourism reopening

As majority of areas in Cebu province transition to MGCQ, Governor Gwen Garcia announced that they will focus on reviving tourism activities, including whale watching, thresher shark watching, and canyoneering. Garcia reiterated that all activities will be subject to strict health protocol. Read More

JULY 01: Manila City barangays to undergo 48-hour lockdown

A total of 31 barangays in Manila City will be placed under hard lockdown from July 04 to 05. Mayor Isko Moreno says the lockdown aims to help contain the spread of Covid-19, and for “purposes of disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment.” Read More

JULY 01: EDSA Busway begins interim operations

Interim operations of the EDSA Busway, which covers bus stops from Monumento to PITX, begins today. The Busway aims to complement ongoing MRT-3 line operations, and help commuters in Metro Manila amid the region-wide quarantine. Read More

JULY 01: Cebu City new Covid-19 hotspot; NCR remains under GCQ

Cebu City will remain under ECQ until at least July 15 due to continued increase in Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, Metro Manila remains under GCQ, following what the Palace called “substantial compliance” to quarantine regulations. Read More

June

JUNE 28: DFA releases update on travel bans and restrictions

The Department of Foreign Affairs has released an updated list of restrictions affecting Filipino travelers. Read More

JUNE 27: OVER 59,000 FILIPINOS REPATRIATED AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

Working with embassies around the world, the Department of Foreign Affairs has repatriated over 59,000 overseas Filipinos in response to Covid-19, since the first repatriation flight from Wuhan in February. Read More

May

MAY 31 :  Point-to-point buses to resume operations in Metro Manila

LTFRB released the list of point-to-point (P2P) buses to resume operations beginning June 01. All buses will run at limited capacity and subject to government-mandated health protocols. Read More

MAY 31 : TAXIS AND TNVS RESUME OPERATIONS IN METRO MANILA

LTFRB announced 23,067 taxi and transport network vehicle (TNV) service units approved to transport passengers beginning June 01. Drivers and/or operators will be required to wear gloves and face masks, regularly disinfect vehicles, set up a transparent divider between driver and passenger, and maintain a logbook for contact tracing. Read More