“Ang recommendation sang IATF nga ang syudad ta will be placed under GCQ,” Treñas told members of the media on Monday. He, however, did not disclose the bases of the IATF. Citing the city’s readiness in handling coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, Treñas intends to write a letter of appeal to the IATF. “Nakikita po natin na tumataas ang kaso ng ating mga severe at critical cases at the same time ‘yung mga new cases tumataas din,” he added. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country was at 56,259 on Sunday after the DOH reported 2,124 more infections. The total number includes 1,534 deaths and 16,046 recoveries./PN National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. said the shift was due to the observed spike in new cases as well as in severe and critical cases in areas. Galvez, however, said that the final decision will be discussed in their meeting on Tuesday to recommend quarantine classifications to President Duterte. “Nagkaroon po ng pulong ang ating IATF ng dalawang sunod na araw noong Thursday at Friday at napagkasunduan po doon na may mga area po na magi-escalate [ang protocols],” Galvez said. “We are going to make an appeal nga ipabilin lang kita sa MGCQ,” said Treñas, adding he ordered Atty. GV Cuñada of the City Legal Office to make such move. On Monday, the IATF-EID admitted recommending putting some areas under stricter community quarantine protocols. This city, Iloilo province, Capiz, Negros Occidental, and Bacolod City still remain under MGCQ, “moderate risk.” The task force first extended it beginning June 16 to 30. President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement last July 1 to 15 was the second extension. He is expected to announce the new lockdown measures in various areas in the country on Wednesday. BY IME SORNITO AND ADRIAN STEWART CO No less than Mayor Jerry Treñas floated this possibility yesterday, saying he received information that the national government’s Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recommended to tighten community quarantine in the city. According to the mayor, facilities in the city are already in place for the management of COVID-19. Data from the Department of Health (DOH) as of Sunday showed Iloilo City’s confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases at 80 – 43 were locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers and 37 were local or indigenous cases. ILOILO City – This southern city may likely return to general community quarantine (GCQ) from modified GCQ after July 15. He cited QualiMed Hospital’s Molecular Laboratory at Atria Park in Mandurriao district, which started performing COVID-19 tests last July 10.
The Board of Directors of Kumasi Asante Kotoko will embark on a tour of Sunderland for an exchange programme next month.The October trip which is being organized by the English Premier League side to re-affirm their commitment to the partnership deal that exists between the two clubs.Commercial Director of Sunderland Gary Hutchinson who confirmed the exchange programme for the Kotoko Board of directors to Joy sports believes this will help the current board to learn the full operations of Sunderland and replicate it in the development of Kotoko.“We have invited the Kotoko Board to come and visit us in early October,” said Hutchinson“They are coming to look at our full operations and see how it works and bring the best practices back to Ghana to run Kotoko in various forms.“They will also engage in various discussions which are all geared towards cementing a good partnership between the two parties.”
…as NDIA takes away contractsTrench cleaners in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) complained bitterly to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at the monthly statutory meeting held on Tuesday after losing their contracts with the Region.The RDC facilitated a meeting with the affected trench cleaners to hear their plightSome of the contractors meeting with the RDC on Tuesdayafter their contracts were not renewed. According to some of the cleaners, they had been maintaining the trenches in the Region for as long as 10 years without many problems and suddenly they got instructions from the Drainage and Irrigation Department of the Region to ceased work.Some of the trench cleaners complained that when they first received the contract some of the trenches were in very bad condition and they worked for as low as $6, $7, and $8 dollars per rod. However, one cleaner has told the RDC that now the hard work has been done, the contract has been taken away from them and given to close friends of high officials within the Drainage and Irrigation Department for a lucrative amount of $200 per rod. Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt immediately called on Councillors to vote for an immediate investigation and to put a hold on all new trench cleaning contracts within the Region. As such, with the support of both sides of the RDC, a vote was moved for the investigation to be launched.