Cebu Pig Ban

Cebu and Iloilo have expanded their ban on live swine, pork and pork products to the entire Mindanao area amid threats of African Swine Fever. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed an order last Tuesday imposing a 90-day ban on pork, boar semen, and other pork-related products from all regions of Mindanao. “Despite the strict measures taken by the provincial government …

Baguio Events Postponed

Baguio City has moved the grand parade of the Panagbenga Flower Festival to late March, even as other Cordillera towns scrapped their own festivals over concerns with the coronavirus. Mayor Benjie Magalong said that they moved the dates because March would be warmer – in a disputed notion that the coronavirus will have a harder time thriving in the heat …

Bring Home China OFWs

President Rodrigo Duterte has assured Filipinos who remained in locked-down areas in China plagued with COVID-19, that the government is ready to bring them home. In a video message made public Thursday, Duterte also said that the government is prepared for any eventuality that may rise from the coronavirus outbreak. Thirty Filipinos were repatriated from Hubei on February 9. They …

NAIA Passes TSA

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has received a passing mark from the US Department of Homeland Security after previously flagging security deficiencies in Manila’s premier gateway. A 2018 DHS advisory directed airlines flying to the Philippines to alert their passengers on the deficiency of security measures at NAIA after finding the airport “did not maintain and carry out security consistent …

VFA Terminated

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has signed the Philippines’ notice of termination of its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. “On the order of the President through Executive Secretary Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin signed today the notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, which will be delivered to the …

NAIA Passes TSA

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has received a passing mark from the US Department of Homeland Security after previously flagging security deficiencies in Manila’s premier gateway. A 2018 DHS advisory directed airlines flying to the Philippines to alert their passengers on the deficiency of security measures at NAIA after finding the airport “did not maintain and carry out security consistent …

Taiwan Travel Ban

Visitors from Taiwan and Filipinos heading there are covered by an expanded travel ban amid the risk posed by the novel coronavirus, the Bureau of Immigration said last February 10. In a statement released late Monday night, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the bureau has confirmed with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra that tourists from Taiwan are banned from entering the …

VFA Terminated

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has signed the Philippines’ notice of termination of its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. “On the order of the President through Executive Secretary Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin signed today the notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, which will be delivered to the …