"Our goal is to achieve zero COVID infection for two months in our villages. And I believe you can do it," Mayor Moreno said in handing the $2,000 to each of the village chairmen. "That's why we want to honour you for your achievement."
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more than 12 million people, and five densely populated provinces will revert to stricter quarantine restrictions for two weeks starting from Tuesday.
The Manila region, which accounts for 40% of the country’s economic output and is home to at least 12 million people, remains the epicentre for the outbreak in the Philippines, which has the second-highest case load in Southeast Asia.
Metropolitan Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas has threatened to arrest people who don't comply with the restrictions. Thousands of police will be deployed and checkpoints will be set up in entryways to metropolitan Manila, he said.
At least 200,000 people live in coastal areas or flimsy homes in the province near where the storm, called Typhoon Vongfong, made landfall with fierce winds and heavy rain.
Two Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates are spearheading four community strategies to help resolve the disconnect between the approximately over 12 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) worldwide and their legislators as well as policy- makers back home.
"If you miss that shot, you might not eat," says Ted Lerner, a US-born journalist who has made a life in the Philippines, summing up the pressure they play under.
After the initial announcement of a 12-hour shutdown, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) resumed flight operations. NAIA management announced on Tuesday that a number of recovery flights have started flying from this airport.
Rhea Bullos won gold in 400 metre, 800 metre and 1,500 metre competitions during the Iloilo Schools Sports Council Meet.
Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter, “Today, we saw humanity and tolerance unfold through the Emirates Red Crescent's campaign that brought our citizens together with Filipino residents to provide aid to families affected by the Taal volcano in the Philippines. Humanity defines our society.”