Graduation ceremonies to be prohobited

MANILA, Philippines – To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd) must postpone this month’s scheduled graduation to schools.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian should suspend high school graduation and moving up activities at junior high school and in daycare centers.

An estimated 3 million senior high school students are expected to graduate this year.

Gatchalian explained that upon graduation, parents who are abroad will be home and will be concerned about the health of the students, teachers and all the school personnel attending the event.

The DepEd should follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation for conducting public gatherings such as graduation rites as there is already local transmission in the country.

Golf course in Mandaluyong closed when guests were ‘positive’ on COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 10:37 am) – A premier golf club in Mandaluyong City has been closed to the public since Wednesday after one of their guests was positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to several media reports, a foreign visitor to the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club has contracted the disease after returning to Singapore.

The club sent a letter Tuesday to its members saying it would be temporarily closed “until further notice.”

The golf course in the Philstar.com interview also confirmed the closure, but declined to provide further details.

Mandaluyong City government has also confirmed the closure of the golf club for disinfection.

In the letter, Wack Wack president Lawrence Tan said “this is an opportunity to disinfect and clean up the area, and to make sure the club is safe for all of us,” Inquirer.net reported this morning.

Up to 33 people are contributing to the fatal COVID-19 in the Philippines, according to a recent Department of Health report. There is only one death in the Philippines to this day.

Reported to be stable in the 21st to 24th COVID-19 patients, 25th and 26th patients showed no (asymptomatic) symptoms while still pursuing the 27th-33th status. .

Many of the patients are currently confined to hospitals in the cities of Taguig, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Makati, Manila, Caloocan, Quezon City, and New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

The DOH, on the other hand, ensures that “contact tracing” is still ongoing for all cases.

They are still partnering with the Philippine National Police to determine the immediate and ongoing cases.

Rosario Vergeire, assistant secretary of the DOH’s public health services team, initially suggested that 14-day self-isolation and home quarantine be subjected to “mild symptoms,” especially in those with bad cases and out of the country recently.

Some common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, cold and fever.

“Those who exhibit severe and critical symptoms should immediately be taken to our health facilities,” he said in English.

San Juan, La Union Gets A Recommendation

Here’s something fun, and a break from our regular news. One of my favorite places in The Philippines, San Juan, La Union, has been recommended as a “top digital nomad destination” here:

Best Digital Nomad Destinations In 2020, As Rated By 49 Digital Nomads

Lovely to see that, as I’ve always said it’s a wonderful region of this country. Low cost of living? Yep. Fast reliable internet? Yes. And friendly people? Definitely. Though there are some caveats I should mention. In the section there it says you can get accommodation for as low as $150/month, but that’s a bit of a pipe dream. You should spend at least $300.

For those of you coming to The Philippines after COVID-19 is over, check out San Juan.

It was also nice to see that Puerto Princesa City and Palawan were also mentioned in this article 🙂

“Students do not enter malls” – Palace

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday appealed to the owners of malls and movie theaters in Metro Manila not to include students.

The Palace announced this after President Rodrigo Duterte suspended classes in Metro Manila until March 14 as a measure by the government to protect young people with Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, mall owners should also help the government and not involve the students.

He said this would be the contribution of the owners of the establishments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Panelo said students should stay indoors and if village officials find them on the streets they will be evacuated.

Panelo admitted that students could not be dragged away to their homes without students.

So he said the class was suspended so that students could stay in their homes.

Panelo said police and the barangay also have a basis for interfering with the youths because the country is in a “state of national emergency”.

As a result, the DILG has directed the PNP, Metro Manila mayors and all barangay officials to ensure that no children are seen in public and public areas, such as malls, movie theaters, markets and more.

According to Año, the visually impaired children will be sent home immediately to do the assignments, given to them by their teachers, in accordance with the Department of Education (DepEd) order.

After all, the purpose of the class suspension is to ignore the kids’ safety and protection against COVID-19 if their parents allow them to leave the house as well.

Large cracks in roads around the Taal volcano

MANILA, Philippines – New cracks have found several roads in Batangas amid a potentially dangerous eruption of the Taal volcano.

It was reported yesterday at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) that cracks or cuts that reached nearly 3 kilometers in length were found in Barangay Sinisian East, Long Lagoon, Dayapan, Palanas, Sangalang, and Poblacion in the town of Lemery; Barangay Pansipit in Agoncillo; Poblacion 1, Poblacion 2, Poblacion 3, and Poblacion 5 in Talisay; and Poblacion in San Nicolas.

The crater then branches and penetrates many homes. Up to 20 homes were destroyed due to cracks.

There are also cracks in the road connecting Agoncillo to Laurel, Batangas.

Large cracks mean that there is still activity occurring beneath the Taal volcano, such as the gradual increase of magma from the underground, according to Ma. Antonia Bornas, chief of the volcano monitoring division of the Phivolcs.

Bornas said the fissures seen in the Taal volcano were similar to 1911 resulting in ‘explosive eruption’.

“These fissures or fractures, this also occurred during the 1911 volcanic eruption before being programmed for climactic or explosive eruption,” Bornas said at a press conference yesterday.

“These are the ones that we have been observing as the massive quake, along with fissures or new fissures, suggests that there is actually some magma going up in Taal,” he said.

Yesterday the Taal’s ashes and lava fountains slowed down slightly but the public did not have to be complacent.

The total number of earthquakes in Taal Volcano has reached 335 since Sunday afternoon, Bornas said.