WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Philippines remains at low risk for COVID-19, enough for the government to lift the mandatory mask policy in both outdoor and indoor settings, require full return to in-person classes, and to further ease travel restrictions for people entering the country.
How is the Marcos administration addressing the health and economic crisis? What are the key developments on the global front that also impact Filipinos?
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Malacañang approves further easing of Philippine travel requirements
Malacañang has approved the recommendation by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to further ease travel restrictions for people entering the Philippines.
Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, via orders from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., issued a memorandum on Friday, October 28, approving the IATF resolution released on October 4.
More details here.
WATCH: With masks now optional, students still choose to wear them
Gilbert Inocencio, principal of a public school in Pasig City, says they still encourage students to wear them as an added layer of protection against COVID-19 and other diseases.
Rappler’s Bonz Magsambol files this report.
DepEd allows optional wearing of face masks in classrooms
The Department of Education (DepEd) will make the wearing of face masks inside classrooms optional, its spokesman said on Tuesday, November 1.
This comes after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., through Executive Order No. 7, scrapped the mask-wearing policy in place since 2020.
Read the full story here.