Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said he expects an increase number in the number of travelers going to the Philippines this month.

Mas matatakot bumiyahe: BI expects further drop in passenger arrivals to PH

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Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente said he expects an increase number in the number of travelers going to the Philippines this month.

Morente pointed this out after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) decided to extend the up to Jan. 31 the ban of foreigners who have been to countries where there are reports of the presence of the variant of the COVID-19 virus.

“We expect further decrease in the number of travelers in the coming weeks due to the reported new variants of Covid-19,” said Morente said in a statement.

“We shall continue implementing existing protocol on arriving Filipinos from the 33 countries,” he added.

The banned countries are United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, The People’s Republic of China, including Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, and Oman.

Morente also reminded international travelers to practice social distancing and hygiene while traveling.

“We are implementing strict social distancing measures in the immigration areas at the airports, to ensure that contact is minimized during travel,” he said.

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed that the government will go “full- throttle” in its mass coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination program to ensure safe return to schools.

Duterte made the statement during the simultaneous inauguration of school buildings at the Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar Integrated School and Virginia Ramirez-Cruz High School in Bulakan, Bulacan.

“I assure you that the government is exerting all efforts to go full-throttle in this Covid-19 vaccination program to ensure the safety of students before the resumption of the face-to face-learning,” the Chief Executive said.

In his speech, Duterte also underscored the need for timely completion of government structures and projects and directed all concerned agencies to ensure the least inconvenience to the public during construction and maintain the highest ethical standards.

“Our investment in education infrastructure affirms our continuing commitment to promote the right of the people to quality and accessible education at all levels,” according to him.

“A good education is a valuable gift we can proudly pass on to succeeding generations of Filipinos. Let us join hands in developing the full potential of your youth as bearers of our nation’s sustainable future,” he concluded.

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