• Melo Acuna

IATF approved increased capacity in religious events

Religious events attendance increased to 30%


MANILA – Following the collective decision of the members of the Metro Manila Council, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has increased church attendance to 30%.


According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the IATF earlier allowed attendance in religious activities to 10% under the General Community Quarantine coupled with heightened restrictions.


Local government units have also been given the discretion to increase the venue capacity of religious gatherings as long as these would not go beyond 30% of the allowable venue capacity.


The IATF, according to the statement shortly before midday today, considered the 9th Meeting of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve of the National Food Authority (NFA) as essential gathering and approved its conduct.


The Task Force also allowed the resumption of relocation activities by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for informal settlers in their projects, with strict adherence to existing laws and ordinances, and subject to safety and health protocols and strict observance of minimum public health standards.


The same Task Force approved the recommendations of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to increase the contact tracing applications of different local government units, including the ones used by Pasig, Mandaluyong, Antipolo, Valenzuela, among others. The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have been director to come up with a policy to ensure all contact tracing applications are interoperable.


The request of the Philippine Swimming Incorporation to hose the 2021 Swimming National Selection Meet under a bubble-type format at the New Clark City Aquatic Center in Capas, Tarlac has been approved. The delegates to the National Selection Meet shall be considered “Authorized Persons Outside of Residence (APOR) and shall be allowed interzonal travel.


Tokyo-bound athletes for the Summer Olympics and the South East Asian Games may begin their bubble-type training and subject to applicable guidelines of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) and the Department of Health. (DOH).


They also approved the Technical Working Group’s recommendation to the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (iNITAG) to prioritize the vaccination of athletes, coaches, delegates and officials bound for Tokyo Summer Olympics and the South East Asian Games.

The frontline employees of the Business Process Outsourcing industry and the frontline employees of the Commission on Elections have been recommended to iNITAG to be made part of the Priority Group A4.


Meanwhile, liquified petroleum gas dealers, retailers and attendants are now part of the approved Priority Group A4.2 for vaccine deployment under the “retail trade operators and frontline workers.”


A Small Working Group was formed to study and formulate protocols for inbound international travel of duly vaccinated individuals to be chaired by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and co-chaired by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). (Melo M. Acuña)



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