20 guests at a birthday party in Davao City arrested

Police and local government enforcers spotted about 20 guests at a birthday held at an inland resort in Barangay Catalunan Pequeño in Davao City Sunday afternoon.

After the tourist police unit, Baliok Police Station, and Davao City, Tourism Operations Office conducted a random inspection of establishments in the city.

According to police, they caught up with guests who had a social gathering with other children.

Davao City is still under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until the end of the month, where gatherings and are still prohibited.

Police added that the group violated the Department of Trade and Industry memorandum circular number 21-28 series prohibiting social events and DTI advisory 21-16, which prohibits the use of swimming pools.

According to Davao City office head Generose Tecson, the resort was found to have no business permit.

Eight to 9 resorts in Davao City have allegedly violated the rules in the COVID-19 guidelines since July.

The police and the LGU are already preparing to file a case against the guests and the resort owner for violating the Davao city ordinance related to Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.


SSS, GSIS, Pag-IBIG, LTO still limited in operation under Alert Level 4

The limited operation of the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), and Land Transportation Office (LTO) will continue with the existence of Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila.

Starting Thursday, Metro Manila will be subjected to Alert Level 4 by the new alert level system, which will replace community quarantine status.

According to SSS spokesperson Sau Mapalo, face-to-face transactions are still limited in their offices. Still, the agency will review its rules per the new alert level system.

He said the dropbox system continues for those who file claims.

According to Pag-IBIG Spokesperson Kalin Franco Garcia, their offices are still open even after implementing Alert Level 4 in Manila.

He said the branches of Pag-IBIG are open from 9 am to 3 pm.

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