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.
PASIG CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Pasig Bureau) – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Covid-19 has shown it means serious business when promulgating minimim standard protocols for citizens and businesses to follow in the effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Among the protocols IATF has asked citizens to be always mindful of are the wearing of face masks, physicial distancing, and washing of hands. It has also advised Filipinos to “stay at home” except for undertaking essentials like buying food and medicine, or unless authorized to be out and about.
Today, IATF ordered the total lockdown of CW Home Depot in Ortigas, Pasig City after police discovered the home furnishings warehouse almost filled to capacity. There was absolutely no more room for physical distancing and many customers weren’t even wearing masks.
The Adobo Chronicles interviewed several of the customers as they were being escorted out of the warehouse store. They couldn’t understand why the Home Depot was cited and closed for violating the health protocols when IATF specifically asked people to stay at home.
The Philippine National Police is also investigating possible similar violations at other CW Home branches across Metro Manila.
Another communications failure by PCOO and the Office of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque…
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19 (IATF) is leaving no stone unturned in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
Today, IATF ordered the confiscation of all Karaoke and videoke machines from all households across the country.
”We all know that karaoke singing is a favorite passtime among Filipinos, more so during this period of community quarantine,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told The Adobo Chronicles.
”But we also know that karaoke singing, including the sharing of microphones, is one of the ways in which respiratory droplets are released and which could potentially spread the virus,” Roque added.
The confiscation of karaoke machines will be temporary and the confiscated units will be returned to the rightful owners as soon as the country reaches the period of new normal.
The IATF move came just days after the LRT management advised commuters to refrain from talking on their phones or to each other while onboard the trains.