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Allow Only Fully Vaccinated in Malls, Restaurants, and Others Establishments in NCR After ECQ

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, where the transmission rate has exceeded the average countrywide rate of COVID-19 infections, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said that it is time for both the government and the private sector to consider implementing stronger measures in the National Capital Region (NCR) to effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion

“We are pushing for establishments in NCR, such as malls, restaurants, and others, to allow only fully vaccinated individuals so we can create safer bubbles. For example, dining areas with fully vaccinated restaurant crew serving fully vaccinated dine-in customers. This is of course upon having enough fully vaccinated residents in a certain city in Metro Manila,” Concepcion said.

He cited data from the Philippine General Hospital which found 187 individuals out of the total of 265 COVID-19 patients admitted as of August 15 were unvaccinated. The San Lazaro Hospital, meanwhile, reported that 82 percent of the total severe and critical cases of COVID-19 were also unvaccinated individuals.

“Implementing stronger measures during the ECQ in NCR, even if it is extended, will preserve the benefits of the lockdown. It will prevent us from compromising what we have already achieved so far, and what we can achieve in the future. We’ll finally reap the benefits of our sacrifices,” he said.

Concepcion added that the Philippines must benchmark against similar measures in other countries. In Jakarta, malls reopened at 25 percent capacity, but only to fully vaccinated individuals. Singapore, which has vaccinated 75 percent of its population, is allowing the fully vaccinated to resume activities that require the removal of masks and even gather in groups of no more than five people.

“We have seen in France under President Macron’s leadership that restricting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals is not only effective in preventing the spread of the virus, but also in encouraging people to get vaccinated,” he said.

Concepcion said that limiting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals, especially in Metro Manila, is not impossible given the aggressive inoculation rollouts already in effect during the ECQ.

“It will not be imposed unreasonably. That’s why there is a milestone in terms of the percentage of vaccinated individuals. We are aware that we need to vaccinate more people before we drastically do this. That is why we are aggressively rolling out our vaccination program in the country especially here in NCR even during the current lockdown,” Concepcion said.

“In the end, these measures will also encourage people to do their civic duty and take the vaccines. There may be more variants to come, but we have to realize that vaccination is the only key. The private sector wants to see an end to these lockdowns. A ‘close open’ type of economy is something we cannot afford to have.”

Facts About The l1a visa

For those who need it or who are required to have it, the l1a visa is a very important thing. For those of you who have never heard and would like to more about it, here are some facts about the very important l1a visa.

This type of visa is a non-immigrant visa. It is used for foreign executives or those in a managerial position to be able to move to their offices in the United States unfettered. This visa allows the companies to move their employees in an intracompany fashion. The visas can also be used by companies to bring in workers from foreign countries to establish new offices or branches of that company.

By applying for and receiving this particular type of visa, the employee may legally live in, work, and travel in the United States. Their dependents may also do this as well. In addition to these two benefits, it is also possible for the employee to apply for a class of permanent residency and for the foreign company to establish a State-side office.

To qualify for this Visa, the applicant must have been working at the company for a period of no less than three years prior to the application being filed. They must also be coming to the United States in the position of either a manager or an executive.

The employer must also show that they have the licenses and the physical area in which to build the new business location. These types of visas are very useful and they can be quite the boon to new businesses which want to establish their presence in this country. While they are not impossible to get by any stretch of the imagination, they definitely need to be taken seriously and applied for in the proper manner.

Complete list of Regular Holidays and Special (non-working) Days in the Philippines for 2019

Malacañang on Thursday released the list of regular holidays and special (non-working) days for the year 2019.

The Palace said based on Proclamation No. 555, the following days are the regular holidays and special (non-working) days for 2019:

REGULAR HOLIDAYS:

New Year’s Day – January 1 (Tuesday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Tuesday)
Maundy Thursday – April 18
Good Friday – April 19
Labor Day – May 1 (Wednesday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Wednesday)
National Heroes Day – August 26 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Saturday)
Christmas Day – December 25 (Wednesday)
Rizal Day – December 30 (Monday)

SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) HOLIDAYS:

Chinese New Year – February 5 (Tuesday)
EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Monday)
Black Saturday – April 20
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Wednesday)
All Saints Day – November 1 (Friday)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception – December 8 (Sunday)
Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Tuesday)

Additional special (non-working) days:

November 2 (All Souls Day, Saturday)
December 24 (Christmas Eve, Tuesday)

The Palace said the proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha shall be issued after the appropriate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.

Source: VOVph