The Presidential Security Group will be implementing a “no-touch” policy on President Rodrigo Duterte and the first family to prevent them from contracting the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
PSG commander Jesus Durante said the no-touch policy will be among the precautionary measures in place to minimize Duterte’s exposure to the disease.
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Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructed the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Manila International Airport Authority to defer the payment of take-off, landing, and parking fees of local airlines to cushion the impact of COVID-19 in the airline industry.
Manila airport general manager Eddie Monreal said the volume of passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport went down by 30 percent in February because of COVID-19.
There was a total of 476,000 passengers decline in arrivals and departures, and mostly international.
Cebu Pac pay cut
Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest carrier, said Monday its senior management took pay cuts to avoid layoffs, as the coronavirus outbreak has sapped demand for air travel worldwide, according to Charo Logarta-Lagamon, Cebu Pac spokeswoman.
The popular Panagbenga flower festival in Baguio City has been canceled this year amid the coronavirus fears, Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced Monday. All operations of the night market will also be suspended effective Tuesday, March 10, for the next 14 days, the mayor said.
Qatar travel ban
The Qatar government on Monday imposed a temporary entry ban on travelers from 14 countries, including the Philippines, as COVID-19 continued to spread worldwide.
The Philippine Embassy in Doha advised Filipinos to take note of the ban which takes effect beginning March 9.
All Doha-bound passengers who traveled to the following countries in the last 14 days are covered: the Philippines, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Thailand.
The Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday confirmed that the Cook Islands have temporarily banned travelers from the Philippines as a result of COVID-19.
POGOs’ health report
The Parañaque City government has ordered Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and integrated resort operators to submit reports at the city health office amid reports of the increasing number of people infected with the COVID-19 in the country.
This developed shortly after MayorEdwin Olivarez convened the city’s Task Force COVID-19 to address public concerns on the Code Red alert status issued by the Health department as a response to the outbreak.
No live studio audience
Daily noontime show Eat Bulaga has “temporarily suspended” the admission of a live studio audience due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The management of the GMA Network show joined the list of other daily shows around the globe to run without a live audience. In a statement posted on its official Instagram account, Eat Bulaga stated that it wanted to help prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of its talent, staff, crew, and member of its audience.
On a positive note, the show promised to continue delivering smiles to the homes of its avid viewers.
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