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Gov't to allow religious gatherings at 10% capacity in GCQ areas

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Services besides haircuts will be allowed in salons and barber shops, too, pending official guidelines

CLEANSING. A Worker disinfectS pews at a Catholic church in Quezon City on May 19, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Zonal lockdowns: Is your house, street, or city a critical zone?

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:56 PM

Here's a quick explainer on what could trigger a hard lockdown of your area, or tougher quarantine measures if you are near a critical zone in the fight against the coronavirus

HARD LOCKDOWN. Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila on hard lockdown on June 19, 2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte extends Metro Manila GCQ until June 30

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's decision comes as the National Capital Region remains a battleground in the country's fight against the coronavirus

Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte places Cebu City on lockdown again

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:27 AM

After a spike in coronavirus cases, Cebu City is back to enhanced community quarantine starting June 16, from the more relaxed general community quarantine

BACK ON LOCKDOWN. Mall goers follow social distancing as they enter a mall in Cebu City even as public transportation is still suspended after the province is placed under General Community Quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Cavite eases some restrictions as it prepares to shift to MGCQ

Jun 14, 2020 - 4:29 PM

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla is suspending the number coding scheme to make it easier for people to go to work and quarantine pass holders can now go to malls within the province provided they only stay for an hour and a half

IMUS CATHEDRAL ready for PUBLIC MASS starting June 15. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

The danger before us

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Do we sit back or do something?

IN PHOTOS: ‘My jeepney, our home’

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Without a home and livelihood for nearly 3 months because of the coronavirus lockdown, driver Julius Evangelista and his family live inside his jeepney

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER A DAY. Erlin fans his son sleeping inside the jeepney.

Gov't changes mind: Kids, seniors must stay home even under MGCQ

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Even under the most relaxed form of community quarantine, those 21 and below, the elderly, and pregnant women can only leave their residences to obtain essential goods or to work

Baguio City First day of Modified General Community Quarantine,  Baguio City Mayor Magalong The public is advised to be extra vigilant after Baguio City recorded two confirmed Covid - 19 cases. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Planning to leave your province or the metro under GCQ? What you should know

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:11 AM

Unless you or a member of your immediate family are facing a life-or-death situation, you will likely need ‘travel authority’ from your local police chief

BORDER CHECKPOINT. Police and soldiers inspect motorists at the border between Batangas and Cavite provinces on May 20, 2020. File photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

'Localized lockdowns' to contain coronavirus during GCQ, MGCQ

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:35 PM

It could be a building, a block, or an entire barangay, but if there are two or more coronavirus cases in one place, the authorities will swoop in and lock it down

LOCAL LOCKDOWN. In this file photo, road signs mark Mandaluyong City's total lockdown of Barangays Mauway and Addition Hills on May 12, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We label June 1 as ‘The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City Editions.’ For those returning to work, it’s like getting into a death match.

[EDITORIAL] Bangungot ng Kamaynilaan: Lalong humihirap ang maging mahirap

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Sa gitna ng lumalalang antas ng pamumuhay sa kalunsuran dulot ng congestion at trapiko, at banta pa sa kalusugan dulot ng virus – saan lulugar ang pobreng mahirap?

Baguio mayor seeks reclassification of city's community quarantine

May 28, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong appeals to the government's coronavirus task force to reclassify the city as under modified general community quarantine

RECLASSIFY. This file photo shows Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during a Senate hearing on October 3, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Mayors recommend GCQ for Metro Manila by June 1

May 26, 2020 - 8:23 PM

Metro Manila mayors agree to suggest loosening coronavirus lockdown measures in the National Capital Region with the aim of reviving the economy

Metro Manila skyline. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Lorenzana: Possible to put Metro Manila under GCQ on June 1

May 24, 2020 - 12:20 AM

'Yung mga areas na meron pa ring mga ano, infection baka yun na lang ang ikontrol natin ng konti,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MECQ. Residents of Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, use their bicycles to travel for work and buy essentials as access to public transport is not yet allowed during the MECQ period. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler


LIST: Metro Manila cities lift liquor ban during MECQ

May 20, 2020 - 11:42 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Drinking alcoholic drinks in public places such as restaurants and bars is still prohibited

Consumers fall in line at a store in T. Morato Avenue as the Quezon City LGU lifts the ban on selling liquor as it shifts to MECQ on May 16, 2020. Selling is only allowed from 1 to 5pm. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, MGCQ: Who can go where?

May 19, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Confused by travel restrictions under different levels of community quarantine? Here's your guide to what's allowed and what isn't.

IN TRANSIT. Traffic builds up at a checkpoint along Marcos Highway on Sunday, May 17, 2020, the 2nd day of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In MECQ, Metro Manila residents can't go to home provinces yet

May 17, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Essential workers or authorized persons outside residence are still the only ones allowed to leave and enter Metro Manila, explains Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

CHECKPOINT. In this file photo, motorists crowd a part of EDSA in Quezon City on April 21, 2020, as members of the PNP-HPG check whether drivers and passengers belong to the list of Authorized Persons Outside of Residence. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Disinfectant booths at Manila malls as virus lockdown eased

May 16, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Malls are essential economic engines but are typically crowded, sparking fears that their opening will cause a spike in infections

MALLS REOPEN. People start to visit a partially open shopping mall under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Manila on May 16,2020. Malls are scheduled to reopen some of their stores and services to the public, provided that customers follow safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing face masks. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler


Drug convict son shot dead in Bacolod on 1st day of GCQ

May 16, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Police say Gerald Cuadra was shot to death 7 times by a pair of unidentified suspects

Negros Occidental, Bacolod ease restrictions

May 16, 2020 - 8:00 PM

In Bacolod, there is still a 10 pm-4 am curfew

NEGROS. The city government of Sagay in Negros Occidental distributes 80,000 live chickens to more than 40,000 families in the city as the pandemic impacts poor families. Photos courtesy of Sagay PIO


Permit problems prevent jeeps in Pangasinan from returning right away

May 16, 2020 - 7:27 PM

Jeepney operators must first obtain clearance from every town along its route

JEEPS. A jeepney driver of Trancoville, Baguio City put a donation box inside his jeep, according to Trancoville Punong Barangay William Regacho, its up to the passenger to donate how much they will give. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler


Coronavirus Updates: More Cebu City sitios under lockdown

May 16, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Sitio Upper in the mountain village of Bacayan is the latest addition to the list, even as Cebu City transitions to modified enhanced community quarantine

Home religious services allowed under MECQ

May 16, 2020 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) Priests, imams, rabbis, and other religious ministers may conduct religious services in houses as long as health protocols are observed, says the government

A catholic priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Quezon City celebrates mass via online streaming on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Omnibus guidelines on modified ECQ, modified GCQ

May 16, 2020 - 11:06 AM

The government releases new guidelines governing areas under ECQ, MECQ, GCQ, and MGCQ

Police officers wear PPE suits as they man a checkpoint in the boundary of Rizal Province and Pasig City on April 16, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City MECQ guidelines: Tricycles allowed, quarantine passes required

May 15, 2020 - 7:33 PM

The biggest Metro Manila city releases rules on allowed businesses, transportation, and activities for the period of modified enhanced community quarantine

An almost lifeless Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City hours after the government enforces an Enhanced Community Quarantine on March 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Our lives starting May 16

May 15, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What we know so far about the levels of lockdown across the country

Gov't changes mind, imposes modified GCQ in 8 low-risk regions

May 13, 2020 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says the government task force made the decision after local chief executives in the 8 regions asked them not to lift quarantine measures yet

DILG CHIEF. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local government units may impose strict lockdowns on towns and barangays with the approval of the regional task force on coronavirus. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What's modified ECQ and modified GCQ?

May 12, 2020 - 2:02 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The changes to the country's strictest form of quarantine allows more industries to resume operations while giving local governments the power to declare hard lockdowns in barangays with COVID-19 cases

Police officers order closure of houses in F Martinez St., Brgy. Addition Hills Mandaluyong as the city implements a total lockdown on May 7, 2020, due to rising number of Covid-19 cases. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Early easing of ECQ in Metro could result in 1,700 deaths by June – study

May 09, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Researchers say data show ECQ had 'gains' that must be sustained until mass testing and contact tracing are scaled up

TESTING. Frontline workers go through Covid-19 rapid testing during a community based testing in Sampaloc, Manila on May 8, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler


Types of private construction now allowed under ECQ

May 09, 2020 - 12:17 PM

'Priority' private sector construction works like housing, food production facilities, and energy facilities can now take place even under the strictest form of community quarantine

The P80-million quarantine center thats being constructed as of the moment at Block 27 of the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. The center can house at least 130 patients with only suspected cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) with severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) and those with influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) will be accommodated in the facility. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

[OPINYON] Ngayong may salot at walang piyesta

May 09, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pinagpipiyestahan natin ang buhay ng mga tao at mga pangyayari. Dinudumog, nilalapa, wala halos itinitira. Bihira na ang nagsusuri. Subo na lang nang subo ng inaakalang masarap na impormasyon.

DFA to implement 'new normal process' at consular offices

May 02, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs will implement new rules at its consular offices to protect both the public and its personnel during the coronavirus outbreak

Albay maintains border lockdown under GCQ

May 01, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Albay has 33 coronavirus cases as of April 30

RELIEF OPERATIONS. Albay provincial government workers handle sacks of rice for distribution to communities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Al Francis Bichara

[OPINYON] Sa naiinip

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:59 AM

Huwag mabahala. Sa iyong pagkainip humahanap ka ng kakaibang hamon sa kakayahan mo, di ba? Kaya nga nakalikha ka ng 1,001 recipes ng karne norte, di ba?

PUP orgs call for release of student detained over 'lockdown violation'

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Manila police detain student Rexon Aumentado over a supposedly invalid quarantine pass. Human rights lawyer Erin Tañada calls the detention a form of 'harassment.'

CALL FOR RELEASE. Student bodies in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines call for the release of mechanical engineering student Rexon Aumentado from detention. Screenshots from PUP Office of Student Regent

53 arrested as police bust illegal POGO operation in Parañaque

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Cops arrest 44 Chinese and 9 Filipinos in a house in Parañaque that was being used to run an illegal POGO operation

CUFFED. A police officer secures arrested individuals with electrical cable ties before their transport to the nearest police station.

Police visit Cebu town local over Facebook post about empty supermarket

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:36 AM

The mayor of Cordova says the post of Maria Shanyl Emeliano was 'creating panic'

Cebu City lockdown extended to May 15

Apr 22, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella says there is a need to extend the enhanced community quarantine due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the city

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City officials check motorcyclists passing through a checkpoint. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

TikTok, vitamins, workout: Search topics that have spiked during the PH lockdown

Apr 20, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The things that got Filipinos furiously typing on Google Search


What's happened so far in the world of tech during the coronavirus crisis

Apr 15, 2020 - 10:09 PM

From Zoom’s big missed opportunity to internet networks being put to its limits, we’re listing down the top tech trends we’ve observed during the novel coronavirus crisis


Facebook to reduce video bit rates in the Philippines during the lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:07 PM

This follows similar moves from Netflix, iFlix, and YouTube

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 the Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


[OPINION] Can we beat the coronavirus with ‘discipline’?

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:00 AM

It seems that the quarantine emphasizes disciplining the hardheaded and the unruly more than confining of the virus

15% to 20% data traffic increase in 1st week of quarantine – PLDT

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:11 PM

An increase in calls and text messages is also observed


IN PHOTOS: A Quezon City restaurant becomes a shelter for the homeless

Mar 22, 2020 - 12:08 PM

Closed for the duration of the Luzon-wide lockdown, Popburri turns itself into a temporary home for street-dwellers who have nowhere to go amid the coronavirus outbreak

Popburi, a one-a-half year old cafe owned by Camille Dowling Ibanez, is a shelter for the homeless during the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Nograles: Gov’t to ensure supply of food, essential goods during lockdown

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:33 PM

This comes after an association of meat processors warned of a shortage due to checkpoint issues

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on March 18, 2020 was closed to motorists driving to and from Metro Manila. Only delivery trucks carrying basic goods, vehicles of frontline workers, and emergency vehicles have been allowed through checkpoints. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Vulnerable citizens in the time of enhanced community quarantine

Mar 21, 2020 - 2:38 PM

The enhanced community quarantine is now being implemented Luzon-wide to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus

All photos by Rick Rocamora

Filipinos abroad can return to PH despite Luzon lockdown

Mar 18, 2020 - 2:36 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles says this also applies to the Filipinos' foreign spouses and children, and other permanent residents of the Philippines

TRAVELERS. Passengers crowd the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on March 13, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LOOK: Scenes across Metro Manila as Luzon lockdown begins

Mar 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The capital region pays witness to empty streets, people rushing to get home, and traffic build-up on borders that traverse the Metro and nearby provinces

CHECK. Vehicles continue to pile up at the Quezon City and Rizal Province boundary due to the quarantine control point along Batasan-San Mateo Road midnight, March 17, 2020. Photo by Martin/San Diego/Rappler