CRISIS ACTION PLAN formed vs. Covid-19 Delta variant

Gov’t boosts response, contingency operations

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a mask passes by a coronavirus disease mobile testing van, as cases of the infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to rise, in Washington Square Park in New York City, U.S., July 22, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

 August 7, 2021

MANILA – The National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) have activated a crisis action plan to effectively contain and mitigate the highly transmissible Covid-19 strains, such as the Delta variant, as… Read More

DUTERTE eyes closing country’s borders amid threat from Delta variant


After the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that there is now local transmission of the deadly Delta variant, President Rodrigo Duterte is looking at the possibility of closing the country’s borders .

With the looming threat of the highly-contagious Covid-19 variant, Duterte said that he would convene the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and medical experts on Saturday in Malacañang to discuss the move seen as aiming to shut out more carriers of the variant from entering the country.

On Friday, the Philippines imposed travel restrictions in Thailand and Malaysia over the threat of the Delta variant.

Prior to the new policy, foreign travelers from Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates were barred from entering the Philippines.

Davao City under MECQ beginning June 5

 Davao City will revert to the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine beginning June 5, Malacañang announced Friday.

The city will be under MECQ until June 20 after the government’s pandemic task force approved its request to place it under a stricter quarantine regime due to a surge in cases that overwhelmed the Southern Philippines Medical Center and quarantine facilities.

Meanwhile, the government’s pandemic task force also approved the request of General Santos City to place it under the laxer general community quarantine from June 5 until June 30.

Davao City under MECQ; GenSan reverts to GCQ starting June 5

 June 4, 2021, 1:12 pm

MANILA – Davao City will be placed under a more restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), while General Santos City will be put under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting Saturday (June 5), Malacañang announced on Friday.This developed after the Inter-Agency Task… Read More


Wants nat’l IATF to place city under MECQ

 June 3, 2021

DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has requested the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Wednesday to place this city under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status from June 5 to 30, 2021 due to the surge of coronavirus… Read More

DE LIMA ON DUTERTE’S LATEST BLAST: Have pity on the people, their loved ones are dying

“Mr. President, have pity on the people. Their loved ones are dying and I’m still your problem?”

Detained former Senator Leila de Lima dished out this plea, in a tweet directed at President Rodrigo Duterte written in Filipino on Monday night, as the President said the opposition senator could have helped turn the country into a narco-state.

De Lima has been detained on drug charges since February 2017 at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

Duterte lashed at De Lima, in a pre-recorded video message for his TALK TO THE NATION address, during the meeting on Monday with the Inter- Agency Task Force (IATF) on Covid-19 which was to discuss developments in the government’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

In oneof the tweets in a series of messages she fired off, De Lima said Duterte should focus on his job, instead of attacking his political opponents.

“Just work Duterte. If you just focused on working we would not have come to this. Just stop yakking,” she said.

She also blamed the President as responsible for the entry of COVID-19 into the country.

“And don’t be a liar. We all know that it was you who did not want to ban the mainland Chinese from entering the country when the virus was spreading because you’re their lapdog,” she said.

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HONTIVEROS wants overhaul of Inter-Agency Task Force vs. Covid-19

Hontiveros: IATF is a “system-wide failure”, whose leaders and members should be replaced with public health experts “who actually know how to handle a public health emergency

Roque: Retired military officers are the best people to lead the government’s Covid-19 response and vaccination rollout because of their expertise in logistics

MEETING WITH IATF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members prior to his talk to the people at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on March 22, 2021. Malacañang on Tuesday (March 23) said retired military officers are the best people to lead the government’s Covid-19 response and vaccination rollout because of their expertise in logistics. (Presidential photo by King Rodriguez)

PALACE: Ex-generals best people to lead Covid response, Palace insists

 March 23, 2021

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday insisted that retired military officers are the best people to lead the government’s Covid-19 response and vaccination rollout because of their expertise in logistics.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after opposition senators… Read More


GALVEZ: We ensure the public that your government is aggressively negotiating and working to stabilize the delivery of vaccines

HOPE IN A DOSE. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a vial of CoronaVac upon welcoming the arrival of the vaccines on February 28, 2021.  The government is working aggressively to ensure that the country gets a stable supply of vaccines starting April or May. (Presidential Photo)

Gov’t relentless to achieve ‘steady supply’ of vaccines

 March 17, 2021

MANILA – The government is working aggressively to ensure that the country gets a stable supply of vaccines starting April or May to stamp out the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and achieve sustainable health security, National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine… Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Covid-19 vaccination starts this month

The government has approved the plan for mass vaccination against the coronavirus, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said over the weekend as the inoculation is expected to begin this month.

A healthcare worker poses with a vial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine at the Pentland Medical Practice, in Currie, Scotland on January 7, 2021. (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE / POOL / AFP)

In a memorandum dated Jan. 26 but made public only on Saturday, the government’s task force laid out its plans and directions for government and private stakeholders in carrying out the efficient rollout of vaccines once the jabs arrive.

All NTF agencies, regional and local task forces and vaccination centers have been ordered to implement the memorandum. Local governments were also asked to establish vaccination operation centers or VOCs “as soon as possible.”

“The implementing units such as government hospitals (both private and public), private clinics, government agencies, rural health units shall forward all concerns and reports to the City/Municipal Health Offices. The City/Municipal Health Offices, in turn, are required to report all concerns and updates to the VOC,” the vaccination plan read.


Children’s safety is President’s primary concern

 January 26, 2021, 3:59 pm

MANILA – Children’s safety amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is President Rodrigo Duterte’s top priority, Malacañang said on Tuesday after the Chief Executive rejected the move to allow minors as young as 10 years old to go out of their homes.Duterte was… Read More


The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has created a technical working group or TWG to focus on monitoring and understanding the new variant of COVID-19.

The new strain which originated from the United Kingdom is SARS-CoV-2 also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The creation of the  Technical Working Group, ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte,  “to monitor and identify the occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 variants in the country, ” was approved yesterday by the IATF through Resolution No. 92, signed by IATF chairman Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and IATF co-chairman Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles.

Duterte ordered creation of the TWG as he expressed concern over the possible entry of the UK variant of Covid-19 into the country.