The ANC Brief: State of calamity


Posted at Mar 18 2020 05:15 AM

President Duterte has put the whole of the Philippines under a state of calamity for six months due to COVID-19. Here are the stories making the headlines on ANC today:

Access to funds
The declaration of a state of calamity will allow local government units to access emergency funds. The government has yet to announce any form of specific economic relief for the public. Meanwhile, the numbers keep rising, with the Department of Health (DOH) recording 45 new cases, bringing the total to 187 cases. Fourteen people have died and six have recovered from the coronavirus.

Causing chaos
President Duterte went out Monday night to inspect quarantine checkpoints after telling the nation to stay home to avoid the coronavirus. These checkpoints around the metropolis have been causing chaos, with private cars backed up kilometers away, motorcycle riders crowding the entry points, harassed personnel manning the checkpoints, and workers and medical front liners walking to their destinations. And judging from images from the checkpoints, we can just forget about social distancing. 

Ban on public transportation
Around 600 public utility vehicles were flagged down for violating the ban on public transportation. Meanwhile, there is no plan to ferry medical front liners. In any case, PNP chief orders arrest of PUV drivers who are picking up passengers despite the suspension of public transport.

More lockdowns
The situation is also looking bleak in the global front with France on lockdown. Canada is also closing borders to non-citizens except Americans. New York state and the San Francisco Bay Area are virtually under lockdown. Worse, economists are warning of a global recession.

Art and honor
Famed art patron Dr. Joven Cuanang commissioner a piece from one of his favorite artist Elmer Borlongan as a tribute to COVID-19 health workers. ANCX checks out the artwork called “Frontliner.”