Bulacan transitioning to new normal, under MGCQ until July 15

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CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — Temporary measures such as limited movement and transportation and regulation of operating industries are now relaxed as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte announced that the Province of Bulacan is one of the provinces in the country that is under the Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until July 15, 2020.

The Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines defines MGCQ as the transition phase between General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and New Normal.

Governor Daniel R. Fernando encouraged the Bulakenyos to still stay at home and practice the minimum health protocols if going out cannot be avoided.

“We are at MGCQ but we do not mean that we are free from the risk of COVID. So we still have to remind everyone, we need to take extra precautions to keep ourselves and our families safe from the harm we can get in the event of this virus.,” the governor said.

Under MGCQ, all persons except those below 21 years old and above 60 years old, with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, and pregnant women, are allowed to go outside their residences but only limited to accessing essential goods and services.

Mass gatherings such as but not limited to movie screenings, concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment activities, community assemblies, and non-essential work gatherings are allowed provided that participants shall be limited to 50% of the venue or seating capacity.

Limited face-to-face classes or in-person classes are also allowed, subject to CHED guidelines, thus activities that require gatherings are not allowed.

In addition, indoor and outdoor non-contact sports and other forms of exercise such as but not limited to walking, jogging, running, biking, golf, swimming, tennis, badminton, equestrian, and skateboarding are allowed provided that minimum public health standards are observed.

Also, work in all public and private offices are allowed to resume physical reporting to work at full operating capacity or under alternative work arrangements.

In terms of transportation, limited public and private transportation are allowed to operate.

Furthermore, among the included industries that are allowed to operate at 100% capacity are agriculture, food industry, healthcare, logistics, water, energy, internet, the media, mining and other manufacturing, electronic companies, repair and maintenance, housing and office services, financial services, and BPOs among others.

As for barbershops, salons, personal care establishments, and dine-in services, they are allowed to operate at 50% venue/seating capacity.

Meanwhile, The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has reported that there are 8 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province as of Wednesday, 4 p.m., (July 1) bringing the total number to 402

Dr. Joy Gomez, head of Bulacan Provincial Health Office Public Health (PHO-PH), said 203 of the Covid-19 patients in the province have recovered from the dreaded disease while the number of fatalities remained at 35. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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