IBP asks: ‘Why restrict movement of unvaxxed persons without law on mandatory vaccination?’

1/23/2022 9:40:00 AM

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The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) took up the cudgels for the country’s unvaccinated persons against policies and local ordinances which restrict their movements “despite lack of law” on mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.

The Nation's Leading Newspaper

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) took up the cudgels for the country’s unvaccinated persons against policies and local ordinances which restrict their movements “despite lack of law” on mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.

Local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR) have started, even before the implementation of the “No Vaccination, No Ride” policy last Jan. 17, enacting ordinances that ban unvaccinated persons from taking public transportations.Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra last Jan. 18 clarified that there is no absolute restriction on the movement of unvaccinated persons.

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hwag na lng i-retrict ang galaw ng mga tao basta may sapat na pananggalang. kung gagawing batas ang compulsary vax ee pno kung ang result nyan matulad sa dengvaxia, sisi kay PRRD? Hello IBP the government just want to protect the unvaccinated from having this👇👇👇 Unga Naman Mga UTO UTO At BUGOK! Na Mga DDS At MARCOS History Revisionist? Mga Dating BALIW! Baliw Ba Kayo? Masamang Pangitain Sa Administrasyong Duterte! Puro Kamalasan Nanyari Sa Mundo! Better To Oust! The Mad Of Asia To Stop The Killings!

CONTROL Why they penalized the unvax when those policies and ordinances are baseless and in confict with RA no.11525 sec. 12. That vaccine is full of lies and they should get a refund coz it is not working.

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Jeffrey Damicog Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) took up the cudgels for the country’s unvaccinated persons against policies and local ordinances which restrict their movements “despite lack of law” on mandatory vaccination against COVID-19.Jonathan Hicap The Taguig City government will establish more vaccination checkpoints in line with the implementation of the policy restricting the movement of unvaccinated individuals.By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital |   Dr.Philippine News Agency BAGUIO CITY – Persons aged 17 and below who are unvaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are prohibited from leaving their homes for 10 days starting Friday.

Local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR) have started, even before the implementation of the “No Vaccination, No Ride” policy last Jan. 17, enacting ordinances that ban unvaccinated persons from taking public transportations. Checking of vaccination cards at a vaccination checkpoint in Taguig (Screenshot from Taguig City government video) People who pass through the checkpoints are being checked about their vaccination status by asking them to present their vaccination cards. Justice Secretary Menardo I. “Of the total 49 deaths, 43 of these or 88 percent are unvaccinated. Guevarra last Jan. He said the strategy is to ask the unvaccinated if they want to get inoculated. 18 clarified that there is no absolute restriction on the movement of unvaccinated persons. It said immuno-compromised workers over 65 years old are advised to avail of work from home arrangements.

“The unvaccinated are not absolutely prohibited from availing themselves of public transport, provided that they have passes to show that they are out to obtain essential goods and services, such as food and medicine; or that they have medical certifications showing that they could not be vaccinated for medical or health reasons,” Guevarra said. If the flagged unvaccinated individuals refuse to get vaccinated, they will be taken to a COVID-19 testing site or to a barangay health center for them to get their medical certificate from the barangay health center or City Health Office. DOH-7 said that in a meeting with hospitals administrators, the hospitals in Cebu had agreed to conduct vaccination in their facilities for patients. In defense of the unvaccinated, the IBP said in a statement: “The IBP understands that vaccination remains the primary scientific way out of this COVID-19 Pandemic. In fact, the IBP strongly supports the vaccination drive of the government. On Jan. “What we cannot understand is why unvaccinated persons are treated in a manner that appears in violation of their Constitutional rights. “Kung ayaw pa rin po magpabakuna, nandiyan na nilalapit na, sinusubo na po sa kanila yung bakuna natin with the help of our hospitals and centers, ewan ko nalang po kung bakit ayaw pa magpabakuna. “There is no law that requires individuals to undergo compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). According to Santos, 14 additional vaccination checkpoints will be established in strategic locations in Taguig.3 percent of the city’s active cases are minors aged 12 and below.

“Existing laws pertaining to pandemics or epidemics of communicable diseases and vaccination such as Republic Act No. 11332, RA 11469, RA 11494 and RA 11525 do not contain any provision that can be used as a legal basis to compel individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If they get infected, they will be infectious,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano in the city government video. I do hope and pray that we can surpass this.” RA 11332 is the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases, while, RA 11469 and RA 11494 are the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act and the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act, respectively. The IBP said even the latest law, RA 11525 or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021, states that: “Provided, further, that the vaccine cards shall not be considered as an additional mandatory and other similar transaction purposes. The Taguig Safe City Task Force adopted the resolution and issued Advisory No.” It pointed out that “the DOTr (Department of Transportation) ‘No Vaccine, No Ride policy’, as well as the LGU ordinances on ‘No Vaccine-Stay Home policy’ are apparently intended to protect public health, but at the same time they restrict an individual’s right to travel or movement. For public hospitals, the utilization rate is at 65 percent, which is lower than in the past week, since many public hospitals have increased its bed allocations for COVID-19 with the current surge.

” It reminded that the 1987 Constitution’s Bill of Rights states that: “Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law. Under the advisory, the Taguig task force said unvaccinated individuals in the city should adhere to the following: – “Remain in their residences at all times except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities; – “Be prohibited in indoor and outdoor/al fresco dining in restaurants and other food establishments and shall likewise be prohibited from leisure or social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, Taguig City Hall, sports and country clubs, and similar facilities; – “Be prohibited in domestic travel via public transportation by land, sea, and air except for the procurement of essential goods and services such as, but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, and energy, work, and medical and dental necessities subject to the production of proof to support and justify such travel; and, – “Be required to undergo a Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) test every two (2) weeks at their personal expense and present a COVID-19 negative result prior to being admitted for work onsite.” It noted that even RA 11332, RA 11469, RA 11494, and RA 11525 “do not contain any provision that will authorize the limitation of an individual’s right to travel or movement simply because that individual is unvaccinated.” While the IBP acknowledged that the DOTr and LGU policies “contain exceptions, such as religious belief, medical conditions, work, and accessing essential services for good” but “these exceptions are not sufficient to address the legal questions that be raised against these policies. 20, Taguig has 460 active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases including 288 new cases out of 56,173 confirmed cases, 55,272 recoveries and 441 deaths. This is why the DOH-7 is urging local government units (LGUs) to open more temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF) to ensure that only moderate to severe cases are being admitted to the hospitals and they don’t get congested.” It urged the national government and the LGUs “to take a second look at these policies in order to uphold the rule of law which the IBP is duty bound to support.” Guevarra had also explained that “common carriers are indeed open to everyone, but under our existing laws operators of common carriers are bound to carry their passengers safely to their destinations, and ‘safely’ means freedom not only from accidental injury but also from transmissible diseases.

” He said the “these measures are time-bound (only while the NCR is under Alert Level 3 or higher and are not meant to be adopted in places with very low vaccination rates. Pharmacies will be identified in the different local government units (LGUs) as vaccination sites to help out in the vaccination efforts.” Guevarra also said: “With respect to the DOTr, its authority emanates directly from the Administrative Code (EO 292) and indirectly from Republic Act No. 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases) as a member of the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases). “Furthermore, considering that these measures are temporary and limited in geographical scope, local ordinances will be sufficient. RELATED STORIES. “The underlying classification is between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, and between them a huge and substantial distinction exists.

“More than three out of four who get hospitalized are unvaccinated, and more than three out of four who die of COVID-19 are unvaccinated.” .