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Negros Or. suspends classes for 3 days due to nCoV

first_imgBACOLOD City – Classes in all publicschools in Negros Oriental has been suspended for three days due to the threatof the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD). Education Secretary Leonor Briones,however, “discouraged” schools from suspending classes over fearsthat students may contract the novel coronavirus in learning facilities. The DOH has yet to recommendsuspending graduation ceremonies either, Health Sec. Francisco Duque III said. As of Tuesday afternoon, healthofficials in the Philippines are monitoring at least 105 suspected carriers ofthe disease. The Philippines has banned travel to and from China earlier thisweek, after it registered the first novel coronavirus-related death outsideChina. (With ABS-CBN News/PN) Students who are already overseasbefore the ban are advised “to stay put” for the meantime and“comply” with health protocols once they return to the Philippines,she said. The Department of Health recommendedthe decision to avoid suspending classes amid the virus outbreak, Briones toldsenators during a Senate inquiry. The communicable virus, whichoriginated from Wuhan, China, has killed some nearly 400 people and infectedabout 20,000 others worldwide. Gov. Roel Degamo issued an executiveorder on Tueday, enforcing cancellation of classes for all preschool,elementary, high school and tertiary levels in all public schools in theprovince of Negros Oriental are suspended from Feb. 5 to 7.“This is a precautionary measure to contain and mitigate the spread of thedreaded disease, the novel coronavirus, that has claimed hundreds of lives inChina and has created havoc in various parts of the country,” Degamo said.The first confirmed case in the country involves a 38-year-old female fromWuhan, China who has been confined and isolated in San Lazaro Hospital inManila. Her boyfriend, a 44-year-old Chinese national, was the country’s firstfatality.The couple traveled from China to Hong Kong, then to Cebu and Dumaguete andthen to Manila last January. Authorities are now tracing those who may havecome in contact with the couple while they were in Cebu and DumagueteCity.  “We have discouraged them from suspendingclasses because it will not prevent our learners from going to crowded places,”Briones said.last_img read more

LOCKDOWN EXIT PLAN: Gradual relaxing of quarantine rules mulled

first_img* percentage ofthe LGU to maintain mass testing (institutional and financial factor) The followingfactors may be considered by decision-makers in the phased reopening of certainactivities, according to the professors: A publicawareness campaign is important because it can be used to inform the community aboutthe features of the exit plan and draw their attention to it, it stressed. For targeted masstesting: “It is important that people are aware of the steps to assure theirsafe return to work. The public should be reminded that the city government hasstarted using rapid test kits to examine those suspected of having contractedthe disease. Once they get positive results, the patients will be isolated andwill undergo confirmatory test.” * contribution ofthe sector/industry in the delivery of services for general welfare and safety(general welfare and safety factor) * review theborder control “(There should bea) public awareness campaign…to make the city population aware of the exit planof the city government. The campaign can make use of radio, television and the socialmedia,” according to the professors. For constructionsites: “While the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, the legislation andregulation used to govern the Philippines workplaces are not. Employees havethe duty to keep workers and worksites safe and free of hazards. All measurestaken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should be done in compliance withrequirements under the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) DepartmentOrder No. 13-2017 (Occupational Safety and Health Standard) which enumeratedthe guidelines for occupational safety and health in the construction industry,and associated regulations and public health directions issued by the Departmentof Health. For malls,supermarkets, restaurants, and retail stores: * guidelines forpriorities should be set “Gina-obra ta ‘ni because we want to open by May 1,” stressed Treñas. * extend the banon opening of schools and places of worship The schedule ofreopened activities and the conduct of mandatory activities (ex. curfew andrestriction of certain items or activities) may be modified, lifted, lengthened,shortened, or put in place again, depending on the results of the earliermentioned factors,” according to the professors. Treñas created anad-hoc committee to formulate and prescribe policies for the gradual lifting ofthe enhanced community quarantine. He forwarded to the committee the UPVprofessors’ proposed lockdown exit strategy. * 1st – work * otherconsiderations * continuerequiring business establishments to implement safety measures such as adoptingalternative working arrangements to ensure social distancing; having post-COVID-19hotlines within establishments; ensure strict social distancing (one meterapart); practice constant disinfection; use of thermal scanners * allow casualdining at restaurants but with restrictions * 3rd – leisure activities * 4th – travel The professorsalso proposed an order of prioritization for the city’s gradual reopening: Here are some of theproposed guidelines for the resumption of work activities: For localgovernment units: * 2nd – school activities * issuances fromthe national government and sector/industry specific entities (legal factor) * continue theholding of weddings and funerals but with restrictionscenter_img * capacity of theLGU to regulate and monitor strict physical distancing measures and contacttracing (institutional factor) The members are Engr. Jinny Hermano, city treasurer; Atty. GV Eutiquio Cunada ofthe City Legal Office; Norman Tabud of the Business Permits and LicensingOffice; Jeck Conlu of the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office;Dr. Anabelle Tang of the City Health Office; Councilor Allan Zaldivar,chairperson, Iloilo City Council committee on gamily; Councilor Lady JulieGrace Baronda, chairperson, Iloilo City Council committee on disaster riskreduction; Nelson Uygongco, consultant for security; Robert Uy, representative,multisectoral group; Jobert Herrera, representative of urban poor; EngineerTerence Uygongco, representative of Iloilo Business Club; FrancisGentoral, representative of the Iloilo Economic Development Foundation; Atty.Joebert Peñaflorida, representative of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce andIndustry; Ramon Cua Locsin and Walter Uy, representatives from the Federationof Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Panay; Vicente Tang, representativeof the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo; Councilor Irene Ong,president, Liga ng Barangay; and Police Colonel Eric Dampal, city policedirector./PN ILOILO City – Thecity government hopes to start gradually easing its quarantine measures by May1. Mayor Jerry Treñas welcomed the inputs of professors from the University ofthe Philippines Visayas (UPV). “This situation is new to us all. We have noexperience in this regard so we need all the help we can get from the experts,”he said. * continue the curfew Mayor Jerry Treñas. ILOILO CITY GOVERNMENT * encouragerestaurants to tie up with third party food service deliveries to help practicephysical distancing * allow malls toopen provided they abide by certain restrictions The UPV lockdownexit plan was prepared by professors Maria Elisa Baliao, Rhodella Ibabao, HannyJohn Mediodia, Cristabel Parcon, Juhn Cris Espia, and Vicente Balinas. For publictransportation, here are some of the proposed guidelines: “Ang akon lang ginapangayo kooperasyon because we have to open already. Naluoy ako sa mga pumoluyo ta nga waaytrabaho,” said Treñas. “Iloilo Cityshould consider prepping for a phased reopening, and scaling back of the localgovernment unit’s (LGU) support for the economy. The phased reopening is astrategy that will protect the people from the (corona)virus while allowinglife to progressively return to normal, albeit a “new normal.”  * review thecomposition and function of the border security * supermarkets,groceries and convenience stores must follow standardized procedures on physicaldistancing * low percentageof recovered COVID-19 patients positive again from the disease (health factor) * regulate thenumber of public utility jeepneys (PUJ) that could operate daily On April 18, Treñasissued Executive Order No. 65 forming an ad-hoc committee to formulate andprescribe policies for the gradual lifting of the enhanced community quarantinein Iloilo City. * percentage ofrecovery is higher than death among confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19(health factor) The mayor saidthere would still be restrictions on public transport, school classes andreligious gatherings, among others while quarantine rules and regulations arelifted in stages or phases. * jeepneys,taxis, tricycles, pedicabs should abide by certain restrictions He, however,made it clear that “even if we reopen on May 1, ang ini nga problema ari pa ‘ni upod sa aton. So we have to doeverything nga masiguro ta gid ngasafe ang mga Ilonggos.” The mayorurged residents to religiously follow quarantine policies such as the 8 p.m. to5 a.m. curfew and staying at home. * socialacceptability of proposed action from various sectors (social factor) AD-HOC COMMITTEE The committee isled by the Iloilo City COVID-19 focal person Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna as chairpersonand Special Assistant to the Mayor Anabelle Rosario Blancaflor as vice chairperson.last_img read more

Snow Days

first_imgAs you know, we have had a lot of snow days already this year.  Previously, we knew what happened to the school days–they had to be made up.  This year may be an exception because of bitter cold.  However, my concern is from the coaches standpoint.  How do I get in my practices?  When I was the head coach, this was much more simple to control.  The principal simply said “if you can practice without causing undue danger to the athletes, go ahead.”  This meant that except during the blizzard we normally got our practices in.  Some times we had to do it minus a player or two because of where they lived.  Today it is not that simple.  First of all, the school corporation is liable for anything that happens during a school scheduled activity.  This means that they could be involved in a law suit if a student was involved in a wreck on the way to practice.  Who knows what might happen if someone were to get hurt on their way to or from practice today.  Lawsuits were rare in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, but now they are common.  The school system might even be sued if a son/daughter doesn’t make an athletic team, so who knows what might happen from an accident or injury.  This means that most of the schools in our area have had as few athletic practices as they have had school days.  This puts a lot of pressure on coaches whose jobs depend on wins and losses.  Until the present climate changes, no one can afford to take a chance.last_img read more

Mirza Basić in the Second Round of ATP Challenger in San Marino

first_imgB&H tennis player Mirza Basić is qualified for the second round of the ATP Challenger tournament in San Marino, which has a value of 64.000 euros. The 22 year old from Sarajevo in the first round won against Stefano Travaglija from Italy with the results 7:6 (7/4), 4:6, 6:3. For the placement in the quarterfinals, Basić will play against French player, Guillaum Rufin.At the tournament in San Marino will perform even Aldin Šetkić, who in the first round plays with the Italian Alessijo Di Mauro.(Source:Fena)last_img read more

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