MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – We’re approaching seven months since the Philippine government imposed a community quarantine as part of the national strategy to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country. Most likely, some form of quarantine will continue to be imposed for many months more, practically putting to waste a full year in the lives of Filipinos.
But fret no more.
Upon recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order authorizing all Filipino citizens to legally deduct one year from their ages in order to compensate for lost time. For example, a 45-year-old Filipino celebrating a birthday this year will remain 45, instead of 46.
The E.O. orders the Philippine Statistics Office (PSO) to tweak its computerized program so that Filipinos’ birth dates will be advanced one year.
Filipinos welcomed this move by the IATF and the President.
Make sure that your birthday cakes will have one less candle this year!
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.