Press Releases

Metro Manila remains under Alert Level 2

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved on Monday, November 29, 2021 the recommendation to place the National Capital Region under Alert Level 2.


Gov’t levels up four-door strategy vs new COVID-19 variant

With the looming threat posed by the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization (WHO) classified as a Variant of Concern (VOC) as of November 26, 2021, the Philippine government has levelled up its four-door strategy to prevent the entry of the said VOC in the country.


IATF releases new Red List

In addition to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved on Sunday, November 28, 2021, the placing of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy under the Red List effective November 28, 2021 until December 15, 2021.


Statements

On Bloomberg’s COVID-19 November 2021 Resilience Ranking

We acknowledge that the data provided by Bloomberg in its COVID-19 Resilience Ranking may be useful in evaluating our pandemic response. The indicators used by Bloomberg include reopening progress, COVID-19 status, and quality of life. However, we have to consider that the 53 countries in the report have different COVID-19 experiences and strategies. There is little consideration for country-specific COVID-19 context, which in our view is imperative to objectively assess Read More


On the SWS survey on Self-Rated Poverty

We acknowledge the SWS for conducting and publishing its Third Quarter 2021 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, a regular initiative that provides the government with useful indicators it can use to calibrate its programs and policies.


On IATF Resolution 150-D

This is to clarify that the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) temporary suspension of inbound international flights from South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe contained in IATF Resolution 150, supersedes the earlier Green List classification of the three abovementioned countries in IATF Resolution 148-A.


Press Briefings

Press Briefing of Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles

CABSEC NOGRALES: Magandang tanghali po sa ating mga kababayan at sa mga miyembro ng Malacañang Press Corps. Over the weekend, we have been making important announcements due to the recent developments with regard to the new COVID-19 variant which the government has been monitoring closely.Yesterday, Sunday, the Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF was convened and approved several resolutions. Una, inaprubahan ng IATF ang paglagay sa Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Read More


Press Briefing of Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles

SEC. KARLO NOGRALES: Magandang tanghali po sa ating mga kababayan at sa mga miyembro ng Malacañang Press Corps. I’d like to begin by providing some updates from the Inter-Agency Task Force or IATF. Our first update involves the entry of foreign nationals effective 1 December 2021. Fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa required countries under Executive Order No. 408 Series of 1960 as amended shall be allowed to enter the Philippines Read More


Press Briefing of Acting Presidential Spokesperson CabSec Karlo Nograles

CABSEC: Magandang tanghali po sa ating mga kababayan at sa mga miyembro ng Malacañang Press Corps. The President started the week by joining his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People’s Republic of China in a productive discussion at the ASEAN China Special Summit to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Dialogue Relations. Here are some of the highlights: The President acknowledged China’s timely assistance to ASEAN’s COVID-19 Read More


Interviews

Interview with Acting Presidential Spokesperson CabSec Karlo Nograles by Karen Davila (ANC – Hot Copy)

DAVILA: Good morning to you, Secretary Nograles. CABSEC NOGRALES: Magandang umaga sa’yo, Karen. At magandang umaga sa lahat ng nanunood ngayon. Good morning. DAVILA: All right. Magandang umaga, sir. Let’s talk about the new alert levels starting December 1, give us a run-through of it? CABSEC NOGRALES: Well, to put it simply, iyong province of Apayao, iyon na lamang po ang naiiwan sa Alert Level 3. Every province, highly urbanized cities and independent component Read More


Interview with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque by Marichu Villanueva (Kapihan sa Manila Bay with Marichu Villanueva)

VILLANUEVA: Today, we are lucky to have finally as I have said a while ago that we have no less than the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and who needs no further introduction. And by the way, sir, I have also invited the Malacañang Press Corps to join us in our conversation today. So, if you would indulge them also later. But I have prepared a set of questions for you and Read More


Interview with Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque by Erwin Tulfo (PTV – Tutok Erwin Tulfo)

TULFO: Magandang umaga, Secretary Roque, sir. ROQUE: Magandang umaga, Pareng Erwin. At magandang umaga, Pilipinas. TULFO: Yes, sir. Aba eh mukhang good news po ito ay palakpakan, iyon lamang problema natin dito, sigurado magkakatrapik-trapik ang Metro Manila dahil ang mga tao magsisilabasan na dahil Alert Level 3. Ano po ba ang mga pupuwede at hindi puwedeng gawin para malaman ng mga kababayan natin, sir, pati po ako, matandaan ko, Secretary? ROQUE: Substantially po, 30% Read More