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Resort owners told to observe safety standards

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Manila, June 3 — Resort owners and other tourism stakeholders in Antique on Wednesday were reminded to strictly observe health and safety standards as the industry reopens in the province.

“Safe physical distancing, continuous sanitation, and disinfecting should be observed by owners of the tourism facilities in the province,” Antique Provincial Tourism Office (APTO) head, Juan Carlos Perlas, said in an interview.

To ensure safe physical distancing, they are also instructed to only accommodate 50 percent of their guest capacity, he said.

“We would have to start from the bottom with new rules, but we are optimistic for Antique has always been different from usual places, laid back and without the large crowd,” he said.

He said protocols amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis really affected the tourism industry in the province.

Based on the data provided by the APTO, some 210 tourism facilities temporarily closed since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Antique last March 16.

But Perlas is optimistic the beautiful beaches and other tourist spots of Antique will bounce back as these are not yet that crowded, which could be one of the preferences of visitors.

Meanwhile, Flord Nickson Calawag, who owns the Calawag Mountain Resort in Barangay Tono, Tibiao, in a separate interview, said that they were forced to let go half of their staff because of the lockdown.

“We used to have 50 staff but we had to downsize our workforce due to Covid-19,” Calawag said.

He said their resort reopened only last June 1 when the province entered the modified general community quarantine following the issuance of Executive Order 65 of Governor Rhodora Cadiao.

“With the reopening of the resort, we are practicing safe physical distancing even no physical contact with our guests,” he said.

He said that guests are required to wash their hands upon arrival and those who are coughing or with fever will not be allowed inside the resort.

Calawag added that they adhere to Memorandum Circular Number 2020-002 of the Department of Tourism (DOT) that details health and safety guidelines on the operations of accommodation establishments under the new normal.

The reopening of the Calawag Mountain Resort’s fish spa, rubber tubing, and other adventure activities have started luring tourists.

“We hope our domestic tourists would be more encouraged to visit and promote the local destinations,” he said.

Since Antique is now part of the One Panay Community Quarantine starting June 1, residents of Panay Island would be enticed to visit the Calawag Mountain Resort and other destinations in the province, Calawag added.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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PBA awaits IATF nod on return to practice

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Manila, June 4 — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is set to submit a list of guidelines regarding how teams can practice again during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said this following the board’s first physical meeting Wednesday at its office in Quezon City. He said that Commissioner Willie Marcial may submit the protocols to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as early as Thursday.

“There are some people who offered to help us to follow this up with the IATF,” Vargas added.

The proposed guidelines are said to be stricter than the rules provided by FIBA regarding the resumption of training.

Marcial said that only six people, four players, one trainer, and another staff member, will be allowed to practice at a certain time.

Once their time is up, they must quickly leave the practice facility to make way for the next batch of players and staff members.

“It’s a process; dahan-dahan lang (we’re taking it slowly),” said PBA board vice chairman Bobby Rosales.

The practice hall should also be disinfected before and after training.

Vargas and Rosales added that players who have not yet been tested for Covid-19 are not allowed to join the practice.

“Testing is a must. Hindi puwedeng bumalik kung walang testing (They cannot return if there is no testing),” Vargas said.

Players from the San Miguel Corporation-owned clubs have already tested negative for Covid-19, while testing will also be done to the players of the MVP Group-owned teams by next week.

Once approved, teams can return to practice by the end of June provided that all the players are free from the virus.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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House panel okays extension of Duterte’s special powers

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Manila, June 4 — The House of Representatives Committee of the Whole on Wednesday night approved a measure to extend President Rodrigo Duterte’s special powers under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law for another three months or up to September 30.

The lower House constituted itself into a Committee of the Whole to approve a substitute bill consolidating House Bills 6811, 6868, 6952, and House Resolution 910.

The special powers granted to the President to combat the Covid-19 health emergency is only valid for three months, unless extended by Congress. The law was signed on March 24, 2020.

Another provision specified in the proposed measure is a PHP162-billion standby fund to support response measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

This standby fund includes PHP12 billion for the procurement of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and extraction kits; PHP18 billion for the implementation of the cash-for-work program; PHP5 billion for the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation Program; PHP21 billion for the unemployment or involuntary separation assistance for displaced workers; and PHP50 billion for the infusion of capital to government financial institutions.

Also included in the funding are various forms of financial assistance for affected sectors: PHP21 billion for the agricultural sector; PHP21 billion for the transportation industry; PHP10 billion for the tourism industry; and PHP4 billion for the education sector.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
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Warm, humid weather in Luzon, Visayas on Thursday

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Manila, June 4 — Warm and humid weather, with chances of thunderstorms especially in the afternoon or evening will be experienced over Luzon and Visayas on Thursday, a weather specialist said.

Samuel Duran of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Mindanao, on the other hand, will experience fair weather with chances of thunderstorms.

This weather condition is caused by the easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao, he said.

Light to moderate winds with slight to moderate seas will prevail over the whole country.

Duran said the low-pressure area (LPA) that PAGASA has been monitoring has a low chance of becoming a typhoon.

The LPA, last spotted 510 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes or 595 kilometers east northeast of Calayan, Cagayan, may dissipate in the next hours, he said.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
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