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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.

“If you don’t have time, you won’t die” – Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte believes a person will not die if he does not have time.

In his address to the 2020 General Assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LPM), the President spoke about the issue of COVID-19 and how wealthy nations are working to develop a vaccine.

The President said the death was a “destiny” of the people and that it had nothing to do with shaking hands to prevent the virus from spreading.

In fact, even if a million people are citizens if it is not a person’s time, it will not die.

“But if you haven’t reached the vaccine that is really your destiny. You can’t take that handshake-handshake anymore. Even if you go for five million handshakes there, ‘if you don’t have time, you don’t really have time. That’s it, ”the President said.

The President also believes that a COVID-19 vaccine is available.

He also believes that what is happening in the world today where many die is part of the “cleansing.”

It shares what he experienced when he was in elementary school when many died from the Bubonic plague.

President Duterte first challenged the Presidential Security Group’s protocol that prohibits citizens from holding or holding hands to ensure that they are not infected by a virus.

Joey Sarte Salceda comments on Memo Circular 2020-036

MANILA, Philippines – Rep. Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda says that the ‘Memo Circular’ of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is “rich, oppressive to the poor.”

In the House Resolution 748 he presented to the House Transportation Committee, Salceda requested that the DILG retract its Memo Circular 2020-036 which he considered “unfair and inadequate to any standard of reasoning, logically based on data, ‘socio- economic justice ‘and’ local autonomy. ‘”

According to Salceda, tricycles pay ‘road users tax’ worth P1.2 billion annually, ‘excise tax’ and VAT on gasoline which also reaches P52 billion annually which forms part of the Department of Budget’s large budget. Public Works and Highways (DPWH) worth nearly P650 billion.

In a report by the World Health Organization and Land Transportation Office in 2017, Salceda noted that riding a tricycle is safer than any other vehicle.

“Of the 7,023,529 registered tricycles and motorcycles, 5,970 died in accidents equal to 0.085%, but of the registered 3,994,326 other vehicles, 11,264 were reported in accidents equal to 0.282%,” he said.