MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – For many Local Government Units (LGUs), imposing a liquor ban has become a default consequence of the rise of confirmed Covid-19 cases in their respective cities and municipalities. Mayors argue that the cultural practice of group drinking sessions and the use of a single drinking glass passed around (tagay), has accounted for some new coronavirus infections. Almost always, these drinking sessions come complete with cholesterol-rich appetizers (pulutan) like sisig, tokwa’t baboy and chicharron bulaklak.
But the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) says the liquor ban has not stopped Filipinos from these drinking sessions and has encouraged enterprising individuals to sell alcoholic drinks at exhorbitant prices via the blackmarket.
So, upon the recommendation of Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, IATF is changing strategy and has ordered the lifting of all liquor bans.
Instead, IATF has imposed a natiomwide ban of pulutan, effective immediately.
MANILA. Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines just made it to the Guinness World Records as the country with the oldest living person — make that persons.
The prestige came after PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales revealed at a Senate hearing that the government’s health insurance agency had 5,000 Filipinos, aged 130, still included in its roster of members.
The latest known oldest living person is Kane Tanaka from Fukuoka, Japan, who is now 117 years old.
Congratulations, Philippines. We grow old as one!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Responding to a public outcry against its new rule requiring a barrier between motorcycle driver and spouse/partner rider, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved a third, no-cost alternative to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Earlier, the IATF required motorcycle drivers to mount a plexiglass barrier to separate them from authorized back riders (limited to spouses or partners living in the same household). It also approved a backpack-type barrier to be worn by the driver.
Many citizens protested the new rule, citing both safety and extra cost to motorcycle owners.
During an emergency meeting held today in Malacañang, the IATF approved a third option that will not cost a single penny to motorcycle owners.
The alternative involves the motocycle rider facing away (opposite direction) from the driver to prevent exposure to possibly-infected respiratory moisture or droplets.
The new rule still requires both driver and ride to wear a face mask. Proof of marriage or cohabitation must also be presentation at checkpoints, or when stopped by law enforcers.
The people have spoken. IATF has listened.