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1 hour ago, SkyMan said:

At the time of the Taiwan ban and subsequent lifting, Taiwan was and still is one of the least infected countries around .  The reasons behind the Taiwan ban were purely political.  

I don't know about the politics or whether it was to appease the mainland or some businessmen - all these are swapang reasons to me. As I remember Taiwan had a significant count during the early stages but its true that they have been able to contain it. Still all it takes is when one infected comes here and starts spreading and our government, for what it is, has to deal with it. Lets hope this bug doesn't start popping up in shantytowns and these really tight residential areas. 

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Here is the current situation in Cebu. My wife arrived in Cebu on Qatar Airways this evening. We used Mactan Airport's website to assemble all the various paperwork needed for arrival, and s

I posted that I would update on whether I was able to fly unvaxxed to Manila to get my connecting flight to New York. As it turns out, the question is now moot for me. I took the swab test 1 day

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I should be arriving at Mactan Sunday 22nd, if I can, I'll post what transpires. I have documentary proof of ownership regarding my home in Argao, and an ACR card. I will volunteer to self home quarantine in Argao. 

5 minutes ago, HeyMike said:

SkyMan, please give an update on your friend arriving tonight. Thanks again

Ditto the above quote, thanks in advance.

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SunStar Cebu

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1848788/Cebu/Local-News/Gwen-Foreign-visitors-must-go-through-mandatory-isolation
 

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Gwen: Foreign visitors must go through ‘mandatory’ isolation

March 17, 2020

FOREIGN nationals arriving in Cebu via international flights will have to undergo mandatory quarantine at a designated facility at their own expense, as provided under Executive Order 5-J issued by Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

At present, there are two hotels in Lapu-Lapu City that have been identified as quarantine facilities for foreigners.

The Capitol also said it is indefinitely postponing the launching of the “Suroy-Suroy Alang sa Sugbo” initially slated for March 20.

The activity was supposed to bring in people from the countryside to urban Cebu to help cushion the effects of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on the tourism sector.

The governor, though, has proposed an alternative way to help the hospitality industry.

Returning Cebuanos and holders of Permanent Resident Visas are required to undergo 14-day home quarantine.

“I intend to talk to the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu because with this closing of our ports and seaports, we see an even more drastic decline in the booking of hotels,” Garcia said.

“This is (just) a quarantine. It doesn’t mean they are sick. We should not attach the same stigma to quarantined persons as to one who is really positive for the coronavirus,” she added.

Garcia also warned heads of public and private schools to abide by the order to suspend classes which started March 16 or risk facing administrative sanctions.

At the Capitol legislative building, the Provincial Board (PB) approved an ordinance adopting the executive orders issued by the governor as additional precautionary and preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease, providing penalties for violations.

The measure was declared “urgent” by the governor.

It was filed by fourth district PB Member Kerrie Keane Shimura, who heads the committee on public health.

In a statement, Cebu Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III asked the public to follow social distancing and to avoid spreading unverified reports, especially on social media.

In Mandaue City, Mayor Jonas Cortes has issued an executive order aligned to the efforts of the Province of Cebu by laying out guidelines in preventing the spread of Covid-19 within his jurisdiction.

A city-wide curfew will also be strictly implemented in Mandaue.

Anyone caught loitering outside their residence from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. shall be asked to present a valid ID and escorted to the nearest precinct or their residences.

Establishments such as restaurants, cafes, food shops, malls, casinos, gaming centers, spas, parlors, barbershops and internet cafes are ordered to close at 8 p.m.

Cortes emphasized the implementation of social distancing. (RTF / KFD)

 

 

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5 minutes ago, liquido said:

Ordering all foreigners to leave the Philippines in 72 hours????????

That's a badly worded article.

IF you want to leave - you have 72 hours - we are not being evicted :)

I think the Rappler article version says it a little bit better.... (intending is correct term).

https://www.rappler.com/business/254795-no-more-international-flights-leaving-luzon-starting-march-20-2020

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13 minutes ago, GBT62 said:

That's a badly worded article.

IF you want to leave - you have 72 hours - we are not being evicted :)

I think the Rappler article version says it a little bit better.... (intending is correct term).

https://www.rappler.com/business/254795-no-more-international-flights-leaving-luzon-starting-march-20-2020

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That's just Luzon but I think we can expect similar orders for the rest of the country soon.

Really, I'm surprised that Int'l flights have continued so far.

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Philippine Airlines cancels all domestic flights

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the cancellation of all of its domestic flights amid the enhanced community quarantine now being enforced by the government on the entire island of Luzon.

“In compliance with the Philippine government’s Enhanced Community Quarantine measure over the Region of Luzon, including Metro Manila, ALL DOMESTIC FLIGHTS of Philippine Airlines are CANCELLED effective immediately until April 12, 2020,” PAL said in a statement posted on its Facebook account.

PAL flights will resume on April 13.

“We continue to operate INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS up to midnight of March 20, 2020. We will announce in due course the status of our international flights from March 20 up to April 12, as we are presently coordinating with government authorities on the relevant implementing details,” PAL added.

It said it will comply with the travel restrictions set by the government during the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The quarantine ends on April 12. 

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/294731/philippine-airlines-cancels-all-domestic-flights#ixzz6GvAFNfrg

 

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I saw this on fb but can't find the same on the ABS-CBN site so could be fake.  I didn't find this on the ABS-CBN website or the the DOTr website. but it seems those websites are rather slow to update.  Those with an interest should investigate further.

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1 hour ago, SkyMan said:

I saw this on fb but can't find the same on the ABS-CBN site so could be fake.  I didn't find this on the ABS-CBN website or the the DOTr website. but it seems those websites are rather slow to update.  Those with an interest should investigate further.

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Looks like this is real.

If you can get a flight.

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26 minutes ago, exploringlife2 said:

I got a reply from the US Embassy regarding getting to an international airport with the Lockdown in place.

ACS InfoManila <[email protected]>

Tue 3/17/2020 9:26 PM

Dear Mr. 

Thank you for your email.  On March 16, 2020, the government of the Philippines announced an enhanced community quarantine for the Luzon area.  Media reports that on March 18, 2020, the government of the Philippines lifted the 72-hour deadline for foreign nationals to depart the Philippines.  According to local authorities, travelers in Luzon will be allowed to travel to the nearest international airport only within 24 hours of their scheduled departure.  All U.S. citizens wishing to depart the Philippines should contact the airlines for assistance. 

As a result of the quarantine, the U.S. Embassy is closed for all non-emergency services.  We continue to closely monitor the situation and will inform U.S. citizens of any updates via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  To receive these updates, please consider enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program here.

You may also consult the U.S. Department of State Health Advisory, “Global Level 3 Health Advisory—Reconsider Travel.”   For further information regarding updates related to COVID-19 in the Philippines, please click here. 

Please continue to monitor the local authorities for more information regarding the quarantine and travel restrictions in the Philippines.

Sincerely,

American Citizen Services Unit

U.S. Embassy in the Philippines

1201 Roxas Boulevard

Manila, Philippines 1000

Phone: +63-2-5301-2000

Fax: +63-2-5301-2017

ph.usembassy.gov

 

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3 year resident of Cebu.  Leases is up May 17, 20. Does anyone have any info on ways to get out of the PH?  Would Staye Dept. evacuations be a possibility?  Im scheduled to leave April 21 Cebu - Manila - SFO via Philippines Airlines;  I am not optomistic that things will be better and would rather take my chances in the US...lol.  I will be looking into possibilities and will post anything I find.  Maybe others in the same boat can as well.

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1 hour ago, Marcde6919 said:

I am not optomistic that things will be better and would rather take my chances in the US

Personally, I'd rather take my chances here in the Philippines. At least they are following the guidelines of what needs to be done to slow/stop this virus. US is way behind the 8 ball.

Good luck to where this leads you. I would not be optimistic on flights yet but maybe things will change when you're due to fly.

And welcome to the Forum 

 

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I had a flight out of here on april 18

decided to try to get out earlier

booked a flight on Emirates  on mar 27   ceb, clark, dubai, copenhagen denmark

ticket price about 735 usd  one way

Got the e-ticket in e-mail at 08:43  at 9:19

got e-mail from Singapore airlines  my flight on apr 18 canceled

 

hope I get out of here at mar 27

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What are these "Guidelines" that the PH government implemented that makes their response superior to the US response?  I guess I really have difficuly rectifying that with my observations of multicabs that are full of passengers traversing the streets in Cebu, not to mention the Hubble drivers continuing to ferry people using the same helmet for each passenger.  I assume we will be exposed at some point,  and God forbid, if you do need serious medical care, then IMHO, I would be more optomistic with the US healthcare system.  They have 4,000 testing kits for 110,000,000 here, so I wouldn't  be too quick to speak of things being better here or there they absolutely have no idea how many active cases they have either here nor in the US, so any ststements as to the effectiveness of either countries response is premature.  Please don't misunderstand, I pray for the wonderful people I know here ‐ daily, but I notice I don't pray for my sons and friends at home as they tell me all is fine other than some people making a run on Charmin.  Maybe Folsom CA is an outlier and there is chaos elsewhere in the US, but I guess that is why I say I would rather be there than here during such a crisis.   I love and respect the people of the Philippines and have spent many years here beginning in 1974.  I am very worried about them and do not have the same faith in their govt as you appear to.  History tells me that resources will be pilfered, the elites will be tested and receive the medical care and there will probably be many casualties because there are so many at risk elders that are not in good health.  I know it is a cynical outlook, but I cannot apologize for being a realist.  My background is fraud investigation and auditing.  Unfortunately, I have seen this scenario too many times in too many places. 

I do apologize for the long winded rant.  I guess I could have said I believe your optomism avout the chances here vs there was misplaced, but I thought I should explain why I believe that.  

Thank you for the welcome and best of luck to you and yours.  

Kindest regards....Marc

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Given that you’re (supposed to be) flying in May, there’s always a chance that things will have improved by then. 
 

I’m not so sure if you had to fly this week. PAL and Cebu Pacific seem to have shut down domestic flights and the passenger ferries also seem to have discontinued service. So although you are technically permitted to travel to the airport in Manila within 24 hours of a flight, I don’t see how you could get there!

Although it might be somewhat stressful, I would suggest waiting until mid-April to see how the community quarantines are working out. Then, if it’s still not feasible to get to Manila, speak to PAL about rescheduling to a PAL international flight from Cebu. You never know, PAL might reach out to you first - especially if they have your email etc. 
 

I can’t upload the pic of Flightradar24 just now, but it’s showing zero domestic stuff. It also showed a PAL flight from Cebu to Japan that departed at 12noon. There are several international flights in and out of Manila and a couple of (probably) tourist repatriation flights headed towards Puerto Princesa.

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