PAGADIAN CITY: Bus passengers traveling to Zamboanga City from various Zamboanga Peninsula provinces are no longer required to undergo quarantine as long as they show a negative RT-PCR or swab for Covid-19 test result. In addition, senior citizens and children will be allowed to commute as long as they have complete requirements. Rafael Derrick Evangelista 3rd, head of the Zamboanga City Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT), said the bus passengers “do not have to undergo quarantine, but they have to inform their barangay (village) leaders where they would reside in Zamboanga City for monitoring purposes.” He added that there will be no straight bus travel to and from Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and other cities outside Region 9. According to Evangelista, no passengers will be picked up or dropped off by buses along the way and passengers can only have their toilet stop in Ipil, Zamboanga del Norte. He said Zamboanga City bound commuters from other Zamboanga Peninsula provinces can ... » Learn More about No more quarantine for R9 bus travelers
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SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go urged Filipinos on Monday to double down on prevention measures following a spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Metro Manila. “Huwag tayo magkumpyansa habang nandirito pa rin ang Covid-19. Ang inyong kooperasyon at pagsunod sa mga patakaran ay makapagliligtas ng buhay ng mga kapwa nating Pilipino (Do not be complacent while Covid-19 is still around. Your cooperation and following the guidelines will save the lives of your fellow Filipinos),” Go, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, said. “Konting tiis na lang po dahil ginagawa ng gobyerno ang lahat para tuloy-tuloy na ang pagbabakuna sa mga Pilipino. Ang ating maayos na vaccine rollout ang tanging susi at solusyon upang tuluyang malampasan ang pandemyang hinaharap natin (A little more patience because the government is doing everything to ensure uninterrupted vaccination. Proper vaccine rollout is the key to overcoming the pandemic),” he added. Despite the arrival ... » Learn More about Go warns vs complacency as Covid cases surges
Pattaya- The following is our popular weekly reader talkback results feature in which we ask our readers a question, usually one that is currently in the news, and then highlight a diverse range of answers roughly a week later. Last week, we asked you the following question: Reader TalkBack: What time should bars and clubs in Pattaya close? This came after many complaints from the local bar and nightlife owners who have been pressuring city, regional, and national leaders to relax closing times for businesses in the Chonburi area, especially tourism and nightlife-dependent Pattaya. We decided to wait to post the responses until today, Wednesday, February 24th, as the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration officially changed the hours this week by moving Pattaya to a lower risk zone. This now allows Pattaya to close nightlife venues at midnight, an improvement from 11:00 P.M. which was fairly strictly enforced since nightlife venues were allowed to re-open on ... » Learn More about Reader talkback results: What time should bars and clubs close in Pattaya?