MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One of the biggest criticism about the white sanding of Manila Bay has been timing. Many believe that spending a huge amount of money for cosmetic purposes was inappropriate at a time when the country was in a middle of a pandemic that has affected people’s health and livelihood.
The government argued that the rehabilitation of Manila Bay has been in the works, and in the budget, even before Covid-19.
But when the “new” Manila Bay was opened to the public, all of the government’s efforts to promote physical distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus went out the door. Manileños descended upon the bay to get a glimpse and to experience a Boracay moment — all to the detriment of the government’s regulations on minimum health standards.
Today, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) ordered the immediate closure of Manila Bay, vowing to keep it closed until there’s a coronavirus vaccine.
IATF’s move comes as no surprise as most of its policies in fighting Covid-19 have been consistently premised on the mantra “until there’s a vaccine.”
To those who were able to frolic in the white sand of the bay, congratulations. To the rest, see you on the other side of a Covid-19 vaccine!
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One meter is roughly the length from one’s shoulder to the finger tips. So it was easy to calculate the one meter distance that health authorities have been advising people to observe in order to protect themselves from Covid-19.
Now, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, or IATF, has approved a recommendation by the Department of Transportation to reduce the physical distancing health protocol. The distance will now be reduced to 0.75 meters and gradually shorter to 0.50 and 0.30 meters.
Filipinos are worried that the government will eventually require them to always carry a measuring tape in order to accurately calculate the required measurement for physical distancing.
This speculation has resulted in the disappearance of measuring tapes from hardware stores and other retail outlets. Many suspect that enterprising individuals are now hoarding measuring tapes to sell at a much high price just like what happened when the IATF started mandating the use of face shields in public.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is you IATF at work.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the interest of easing quarantine restrictions and slowly but surely moving the country towards the normal, the Inter-Agency Task Force On Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has announced that the physical (social) distancing requirements between people will be reduced from one meter to 0.75m to 0.5m and eventually to 0.3m.
But for every easing down of restrictions, there is a corresponding new rule to make sure the objective is fully achieved.
Effective Monday, all Filipinos using public transportation must carry with them a measuring tape at all times to make sure that they are strictly following the required distance from the person next to them.
This is in addition of course to the required face mask and face shield, plus the helmet and barriers for motorcycle riders.
As the local saying goes, “advanced mag-isip” ang IATF. (The IATF thinks in advance.)