BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN / CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO
The two provinces of Negros Island, as well as highly urbanized Bacolod City, have been downgraded to Alert Level 2 by Malacañang as recommended by the Inter Agency Task Force, starting February 16 to 28.
Records of the Provincial Incident Management Team show that COVID-19 active cases in Negros Occidental dropped to 2,039 yesterday from its peak of 3,445 on Feb. 1.
Interzonal and intrazonal travel shall be allowed in areas under Alert Level 2, subject to reasonable restrictions by the local government units (LGUs). Based on the IATF guidelines, dine-in services of food preparation establishments may operate at a maximum of 50 percent indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and for those below 18 years old, even if unvaccinated.
The National Capital Region remains under Alert Level 2 status while seven other areas will be placed under Alert Level 3.
The IATF-TF placed the following areas under Alert Level 3 from February 16 to 28, 2022: Iloilo City, Iloilo Province and Guimaras in Region VI; Zamboanga City in Region IX; Davao de Oro and Davao Occidental in Region XI; and South Cotabato in Region XII.
Under Alert Level 3, establishments or activities shall be allowed to operate or be undertaken at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity, provided that all workers of the establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Other areas in the country placed under Alert Level 2 from February 16 to 28, 2022 in Luzon are Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region;
Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan in Region I;
Batanes, City of Santiago, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino in Region II;
Bulacan, Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales in Region III;
Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Lucena City and Quezon Province in Region IV-A;
Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon in Region IV-B;
Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Naga City and Sorsogon in Region V.
In the Visayas, also under Alert Level 2 from February 16 to February 28, 2022 are Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Capiz and Negros Occidental in Region VI;
Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor in Region VII; and
Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran and Southern Leyte in Region VIII.
In Mindanao, the following areas are likewise under Alert Level 2 from February 16 until the end of February 2022:
City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay in Region IX;
Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental in Region X;
Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental in Region XI;
General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat in Region XII;
Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City and Dinagat Islands in Region XIII (CARAGA); and
Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato City and Lanao del Sur in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
PEDIATRIC JABS LAUNCHED
Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz, who represented Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson in the launching of pediatric vaccination at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, yesterday said he is hopeful that normal activities such as sports, schooling, and other social activities will return soon as the province begins inoculating children aged five to 11 years old against COVID-19.
Diaz said the province is now on its way to achieving population protection, following the start of children’s inoculation, as they are the only vulnerable sector left that are unvaccinated.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said that they are targeting to vaccinate 363,249 children with ages five to 11.
Tumimbang and Provincial Consultant Alfredo Benitez, who also attended the activity at TLJPH, explained that Pfizer vaccines being administered to children have been reformulated.
Tumimbang disclosed that Pfizer vaccines for adult cannot be used for minors.
The vaccines for minors were directly delivered to TLJPH, Diaz also said.*