(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 06 August 2021) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL STORM MIRINAE (FORMERLY GORIO) LOCATION: 975 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (26.8°N, 130.2°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 90 KM/H MOVEMENT: EASTWARD AT 15 KM/H TROPICAL STORM LUPIT LOCATION: 580 KM WEST NORTHWEST OF ITBAYAT, BATANES (24.3°N, 117.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 90 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTH NORTHEASTWARD SLOWLY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM NIDA LOCATION: 3045 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (34.6°N, 148.7°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 65 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 80 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTH NORTHEASTWARD AT 20 KM/H TROPICAL DEPRESSION LOCATION: 1,795 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (30.5°N, 136.2°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 45 KM/H NEAR THE CENTER GUSTINESS: UP TO 55 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHWESTWARD AT 20 KM/H Caraga Region will have Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Metro Manila, nine other areas, placed under GCQ in January

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday announced the extension of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila including nine other areas from January 1 to 30.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the MalacaƱan Palace on December 28, 2020. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Areas placed under GCQ were the provinces of Davao del Norte, Batangas, Isabela, Lanao del Sur and the cities of Santiago, Iloilo, Tacloban, Iligan, and Davao.

The rest of the country will be under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

President Duterte noted in a public address, however, that the new quarantine classifications could still change and is subject to appeals by the respective local government units (LGUs).

In announcing the new restrictions, President Duterte encouraged Filipinos to observe health protocols particularly by staying home and frequent washing of hands.

“Dito sa COVID strain na... the rule is kung maaari hindi ka lumabas ng bahay, huwag ka nang lumabas,” the President said.

“So it’s a stay home if it’s really possible. Kung kaya mo lang. It’s for your own good. And then the washing of the hands.”

The new quarantine classifications for January came after reports of a mutated COVID-19 variant emerging in the United Kingdom. A new separate strain of the coronavirus was also reported to have identified by experts in Africa.

In response, the Philippine government extended an existing UK travel ban by another two weeks after its supposed expiration by December 31.

As of Monday, the Philippines has recorded 470,650 coronavirus infections with 438,780 recoveries and 9,124 deaths. (PND)