Metro Manila areas under granular lockdown climb to 105

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MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported on Thursday that the number of areas in Metro Manila under granular lockdown has risen to 105.

The NCRPO said in its report that seven more areas have been added to the list, which had only 98 areas as of Tuesday.

These regions are located in 58 villages under the five police districts of the NCRPO.

The Eastern Police District topped the list with 42 areas in 17 villages; Quezon City Police District, 27 areas in 19 villages; Manila Police District, 24 areas in 19 villages; Southern Police District, 10 areas in one village and the Northern Police District with two areas in two villages.

To safeguard these areas, 322 cops and 251 force multipliers were deployed.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar asked the public to exercise greater caution when visiting public and recreational facilities in the region, which is currently on Alert Level 3.

From October 16 to 20, the PNP recorded a total of 45,592 violations of minimum health protocols.

Eleazar stated that he has charged the concerned police offices and units to ensure that sufficient police officers are stationed in these places to assist the marshals in maintaining safety standards and crowd control.

He has also urged cops to observe maximum tolerance, especially to those who violate the rules.

Under the more relaxed Alert Level 3, visitors are expected to flock to churches, malls, parks, and other attractions such as the Manila Bay dolomite beach.

Several establishments can function at 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity if all staff are completely vaccinated, under this alert level.

Under Alert Level 3, the government has also authorized cinemas to reopen.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.