Category: Kalusugan Muna

Tarlac imposes restrictions on unvaxxed individuals

The Provincial Government of Tarlac announced that it will begin to impose restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated and non-fully vaccinated individuals amid the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the province.

The imposition of the restrictions is through the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Ordinance No. 01-2022 passed on January 12 titled: “An Ordinance Regulating the Mobility of Unvaccinated and Non-Fully Vaccinated Individuals Within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the Province of Tarlac.”

The ordinance, signed by Governor Susan Yap, Vice Governor Carlito “Casada” David and all the thirteen board members of the province, is aimed to protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among the people of Tarlac province.

The ordinance states that all unvaccinated and non-fully vaccinated individuals in the Province of Tarlac shall remain in their residences at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services; prohibited in indoor and outdoor dining in restaurants and other food establishments and shall likewise be prohibited from leisure or social trips; prohibited in domestic travel via public transportation by land, sea, and air except for the procurement of essential goods and services; required to undergo a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction [RT PCR] test every two weeks at their personal expense and present a COVID-19 negative result prior to being admitted for work onsite consistent with the guidelines, rules, and regulations issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force [IATF] and the Department of Labor and Employment;

The restrictions likewise include individuals who reside outside of Tarlac who work and or travel in and out of the province.

Individuals who violated the ordinance shall be charged with the penalties of P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second offense and P3,000 for the third and subsequent offenses.

The ordinance also states that any establishment found to be in violation of this Ordinance shall be charged with P3,000 fine for the first offense; P5,000, suspension of business permit and temporary closure order for the second offense and P5,000, cancellation of business permit and closure order for the third offense.

The regulation is subject to further guidelines or orders of the IATF or the Office of the President.

The ordinance will be in force and shall remain effective while the COVID-19 alert level in the Province of Tarlac is at Alert Level 2 or higher and shall be automatically lifted once Alert Level 1 is declared.

According to the vice governor, the adoption of the said resolution was made primarily “to save lives and livelihood.”

“Unvaccinated individuals are at a higher risk if infected with the virus. The regulation of the mobility of this vulnerable segment of the population is also a better alternative to a total lockdown that affects the entire economy,” Lino said in a statement.

The province-wide enforcement of the restriction focuses on areas with a high possibility of COVID-19 transmission such as public transportation and closed spaces, and areas which have seen increased COVID-19 cases and low vaccination rates.

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated individuals who wish to enter public and private establishments are then required to present proof of vaccination and a valid government ID with their picture and address.

Unvaccinated people are required to stay in their homes at all times under the MMDA resolution, with the exception of buying needed goods and services such as food, water, medical services, public utilities, and work.

They are also forbidden from indoor and outdoor or al fresco dining in restaurants and other food establishments, leisure and social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, sports, country clubs, and similar facilities.

Traveling via public transit — except for the procurement of essential goods and services — is likewise prohibited.

Individual outdoor activity is still, however, permitted for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, age, or comorbidities.

Arvin F. M. Cabalu

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Riza Hontiveros conducts MedCap in Tarlac City

Reelectionist Senator Risa Hontiveros led last January 12, the Healthy Pinas Mobile Health Diagnostic Clinic Medical Mission to give free medical services to Tarlaqueños.

The state-of-the-art mobile clinic which can serve a maximum of 300 indigent patients a day was brought to the Luisita Covered Court and provided free consultation, free Electro Cardiograph [ECG], free blood and urinalysis test, free Doppler Ultrasound and free antigen test.

“Hindi lamang Covid-19 ang kalaban natin sa kalusugan. Nariyan ang cancer, heart disease, diabetis, hypertension, ang mga nagda-dialysis, at iba pa. Kailangan rin silang bigyan ng agarang pansin. Ang mga serbisyo sa Healthy Pinas van ay makakatulong sa pagmo-monitor ng mga common diseases. Ang check up na dati ay hirap silang makuha sa ospital, libre nilang makukuha dito,” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros said the mobile clinic is able to provide high-quality diagnostic services.

The clinic will also offer diagnostic and medical consultation services to be conducted by doctors.

Hontiveros said the project hopes to exemplify “bayanihan on wheels.”

The medical mission was warmly welcomed and thanked by Governor Susan Yap, Tarlac City Mayor Cristy Angeles and the Sangguniang Panlunsod.

“Lubos po tayong nagpapasalamat kay Sen. Risa dahil sa muling pagkakataon ay napili ang ating siyudad sa kanyang medical missions sa siya ring adhikain natin na nais mapagaan ang pagtugon sa pangkalahatang kalusugan lalo na’t nasa ilalim tayo ng banta ng pandemya,” Angeles said.

For her part, Yap said that the medical mission of the senator is a boost to the wellbeing of those who benefitted.

“It is hard to battle Covid-19 and it would be doubly hard if our wellbeing is not given much attention,” Yap said.


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IFSA, Khan group turn-over ambulance, fire truck to PGT

THE International Fire Safety Association [IFSA] and the Khan Group Corporation turned-over an ambulance and a fire truck to the Provincial Government of Tarlac in a simple ceremony held in front of the provincial capitol, October 18.

Governor Susan Yap and Board Member Jude Joseph David who received the donations likewise received for the provincial government a “tuk-tuk” trimotor from KServico South Luzon.

The vehicles will be used in the fire-fighting and Covid-19 responses of the province.

Gov. Yap thanked IFSA, Khan Group and KServico for their donation and said that it will boost the current fleet that the provincial government have.

Present during the turn-over ceremony are IFSA Chairperson Deborah Hwang, Khan Group Executive Officer Kim Chi and Jesus del Rosario, Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation Executive Director Gina Bulanhagui, KServico South Luzon Vice President Lithel Arcenilla, Trimotors Technology Corporation Territorial Sales Manaer Christian Guerrero, KServico Tarlac Supervisor Raolyn Silvano and Bajaj Supervisor-Tarlac Region Renato Gagelonia Jr.

Likewise present are TCLASS Head Maria Lira Reyes, PDRRM Officer Marvin Guiang and Richard Co of the Filipino-Chinese Fire Volunteer Brigade.


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