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Posted at Sep 24 2020 09:18 AM MANILA - Metro Manila mayors will meet by Sunday to discuss their recommendation on the lockdown status of the capital region as the general community quarantine (GCQ) is set to end on Sep. 30, their representative said Thursday. "Isa pong magiging (basehan) dito 'yung ...
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Published September 23, 2020 10:06pm A jeepney driver in Baguio City has gone viral for giving away free sayote to his passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Darlene Cay's report on "24 Oras," Ren-Ren Jazarino, 29, has chosen to share his harvest with others instead of selling them for extra ...
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Posted at Sep 23 2020 09:28 PM MANILA - Former Archbishop of Manila and now prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has been cleared of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a report from CBCP News on Wednesday, Fr. Gregory Gaston, rector of ...
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Published September 23, 2020 10:31pm The Department of Education (DepEd) said it will conduct summative and performance tasks instead of holding periodical examinations this school year to prevent “distance cheating.” Aside from these tasks, Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio said teachers could also do occasional conversations with the students. “It could ...
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Posted at Sep 24 2020 11:29 AM MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to use its P10-billion unused funds for the second tranche of the social amelioration program for livelihood assistance grant. “Meron tayong request sa Department of Buget and Management na i-repurpose o gamitin sa ...
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Published Sep 23, 2020 9:43:35 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23)— President Rodrigo Duterte has called on the United Nations to implement bold reforms to effectively address present-day challenges, including those brought about by the current COVID-19 crisis. In his first appearance before the UN General Assembly on Wednesday ...
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Published September 23, 2020, 11:12 AM An infectious disease expert rejected calls to lift the quarantine restrictions in the country, saying doing so will be “dangerous.” “Lowering the lockdown or lifting the lockdown may be too early at this point because we’re not zero cases, we’re still having cases, and ...
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Posted at Sep 23 2020 08:16 AM | Updated as of Sep 23 2020 11:20 AM Public confidence and readiness should determine whether or not the government should ease the coronavirus lockdown of Metro Manila, an alliance of health workers and a business group said Wednesday. The public transport system ...
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Published September 23, 2020, 8:32 AM The Philippines ranked 66th out of 91 countries in terms of suppressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a study done by The Lancet, an international medical journal, showed. The Philippine ranked 66th, with a “moderate” transmission for its effective reproduction rates of 1.2 last month ...
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Published September 22, 2020, 8:14 PM To help younger students in many parts of the country understand television-based instructions better, the Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to dub the episodes in its DepEd TV into various major dialects. DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua, in an Aide Memoire dated Sept. 18, ...
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Published Sep 21, 2020 4:15:27 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — Areas with no transmission of COVID-19 might be placed under the less stricter "new normal" classification by October, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday. "[A]ko mismo ang nagmungkahi at nag-agree naman ang IATF na there will ...
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Posted at Sep 22 2020 09:44 AM | Updated as of Sep 22 2020 09:52 AM MANILA - A group of doctors and businessmen are recommending for preventive healthcare and the gradual lifting of COVID-19 lockdowns in the country, one of its members said Tuesday. The Concerned Doctors and Citizens ...
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Published September 21, 2020 11:14pm GENEVA, Switzerland - A total of 156 countries have joined the global COVAX scheme intended to ensure fair distribution of supplies of future vaccines against COVID-19, an alliance led by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The list includes 64 wealthier, self-financing countries, ...
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Published September 22, 2020 12:07am The purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by the Philippine government may only begin in the second quarter of 2021 as foreign manufacturers continue development and trials to ensure their safety and efficacy, the Department of Health (DOH) said. “We need to ensure that all of ...
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Posted at Sep 22 2020 09:22 AM The Philippines needs volunteers to locate and quarantine those who had close contact with coronavirus patients, an official leading the effort said Tuesday. Ideally, a 4-person team with a health worker and a police investigator or intelligence agent should look into the interactions of ...
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Published September 20, 2020, 7:34 PM Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday batted for the “periodic assessment” of the country’s state of calamity status due to the coronavirus pandemic. Robredo, a leader of the opposition, could not help but wonder why President Duterte extended the national state of calamity until ...
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Posted at Sep 21 2020 11:32 AM MANILA - A former health secretary said Monday he supports the lifting of lockdowns and urged government to launch health promotion campaigns in the community level to prevent COVID-19 transmission. Sleeping for 8 hours, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise, and eating ...
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Published September 18, 2020 8:47pm A public school in San Manuel, Tarlac is giving away school supplies in exchange for bottle caps ahead of the opening of classes this year. According to Ian Cruz's report on "24 Oras," Colubot Elementary School is planning to recycle the bottle caps to create ...
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Posted at Sep 21 2020 11:58 AM | Updated as of Sep 21 2020 12:00 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Monday said it is asking the Office of the President to regulate the price of COVID-19 tests, especially swab tests. “Nakapagsubmit na kami sa Office of the ...
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Published September 21, 2020, 10:36 AM To strengthen the implementation of its Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) amid the COVID-19 situation in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) reinforces a crisis-resilient strategy in education which aims to encourage independent student learning. The DepEd has collaborated with the Central Visayan ...
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Posted at Sep 18 2020 05:21 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2020 06:26 PM MANILA (UPDATE)— The Philippines will remain under a state of calamity for one more year as it continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Rodrigo Duterte extended the period of ...
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Published September 18, 2020 11:26pm The Peace Kamp, the Bangketa Eskwela Foundation, and other non-government organizations have been collecting funds since early September to buy 150 tablets for the Aeta community in Porac, Pampanga. According to Nico Waje’s report on “Stand for Truth,” the objective of the groups is to ...
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Published Sep 19, 2020 1:02:52 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) - The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) approved on Friday the conduct of pilot studies on the use of antigen tests for border screening. Under the IATF-MEID Resolution No. 72, the pilot ...
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Published September 19, 2020 4:07am GENEVA, Switzerland - The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) weekly death toll of around 50,000 lives is unacceptably high, the World Health Organization said Friday as the one million fatalities landmark approaches. The WHO said that although global death and infection rates from the new coronavirus were ...
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Published Sep 19, 2020 6:27:49 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) — It's final: The Philippine government is terminating the controversial policy that reduced the physical distance between commuters following President Rodrigo Duterte's decision, Malacañang said on Saturday. “Ang desisyon po ng Presidente, mananatili ang one-meter distancing sa pampublikong ...
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Published September 17, 2020, 6:07 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded parents and guardians that they do not have to take on the role of their children’s teachers as the education shifts into distance learning this school year. DepEd issued this reminder as many parents and guardians raised concern ...
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Published September 17, 2020 10:06pm A woman has launched a feeding program for frontliners and those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to JP Soriano’s report on “24 Oras” Thursday, Anne Mari Macasinag started the “Silog for a Cause” campaign after learning about taxi drivers who had lost their ...
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Published September 17, 2020 10:47pm GENEVA, Switzerland - One in seven cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) is a health worker and in some countries that figure rises to one in three, the agency said on Thursday. The WHO called for frontline medical workers ...
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Posted at Sep 18 2020 07:03 AM | Updated as of Sep 18 2020 07:41 AM LONDON -- More than half of patients and staff who had COVID-19 at an Irish hospital suffered persistent fatigue in the aftermath of the initial disease, according to a new study Friday highlighting the ...
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Posted at Sep 18 2020 08:49 AM | Updated as of Sep 18 2020 08:54 AM MANILA — The transport department said Friday it was already letting more public vehicles back on the road, even before medical experts asked them do so and refrain from cutting coronavirus distancing rules. “Iyong ...
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Posted at Sep 16 2020 04:28 PM | Updated as of Sep 16 2020 04:32 PM The need for social distancing and mask wearing will continue next year, leading World Health Organisation scientist predictsNegotiations ongoing for US and China to participate in the WHO’s global alliance of equitable vaccine distribution ...
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Published September 16, 2020 9:13pm A couple have been giving away bicycles to help people in need amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Mariz Umali's report on "24 Oras," Roy and Roann Maceda set up the Facebook page "BeSeekLeta For EveryJuan" to gather donations from Good Samaritans. The husband and ...
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September 17, 2020 - 11:32 AM MANILA — From across the Philippines, they gathered to pray by Zoom. They were praying to be allowed to leave: To be allowed to take up nursing jobs in countries where the coronavirus is killing thousands in hospitals and care homes. In recent months, ...
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Posted at Sep 17 2020 10:12 AM | Updated as of Sep 17 2020 10:27 AM MANILA — A group of medical experts on Thursday backed the easing of physical distancing rules in public vehicles and proposed “7 commandments” to keep passengers safe from the pandemic. Former Health Secretary Manuel ...
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Posted at Sep 17 2020 09:58 AM | Updated as of Sep 17 2020 10:06 AM MANILA - The Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry is looking to produce 20 million face masks in 2 months, which President Rodrigo Duterte wants to distribute for free to the country’s poorest of ...
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Posted at Sep 15 2020 02:22 PM MANILA — The Philippines' coronavirus testing policy is its "biggest strength," Malacañang said Tuesday, going as far as to say that it is the best in Asia even as quarantine restrictions remained and cases continued to rise. The country's pandemic response deserves a ...
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Posted at Sep 15 2020 07:52 PM MANILA — Contractual employees under the Department of Health have not been receiving their salaries since they were hired to do contact tracing amid the COVID-19 pandemic 3 to 4 months ago. Some have contracts set to expire this month but have not ...
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September 15, 2020 - 3:14pm MANILA, Philippines — Over half of Filipinos believe that the worst of the COVID-19 crisis has yet to come, a national poll released Tuesday found. The survey, conducted by the Social Weather Stations from July 3 to July 6, found that 57% of respondents are ...
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Published September 15, 2020 9:28pm A 62-year-old man recently went viral for working as a delivery biker and wearing a catheter due to his prostate cancer. According to Bernadette Reyes’ report on “24 Oras” Tuesday, Charlie Asis worked as a biker for Pasabuy, a delivery service, after he had to ...
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Published September 15, 2020, 7:26 PM After a significant decline in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country, experts who are studying the outbreak in the Philippines noted an increase in the number of confirmed cases over the past week. In its latest monitoring report released on ...
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September 15, 2020 - 9:57am MANILA, Philippines — Two Cabinet secretaries warned that easing physical distancing controls in public transport will lead to an increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the country. In a briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte and other Cabinet members, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año called ...
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Posted at Sep 15 2020 04:05 AM VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is being "constantly monitored" for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday, after the 83-year old pontiff met with a cardinal who later tested positive. Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, 63, had a private audience ...
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September 15, 2020 - 11:37am MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines suffered the largest downward revision in outlook this year from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which now see the economy plunging to a deeper contraction than most of its Southeast Asian peers due to the pandemic. The Manila-based lender now ...
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Published September 15, 2020, 9:44 AM The reduced physical distancing in public transportation could lead to 686 additional coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases daily, the Department of Health (DOH) said. This was underscored by DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III as he cited a study from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) ...
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Published September 14, 2020, 6:59 PM To allay the fears of parents and students on learning delivery modalities this upcoming school year, Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday reiterated that there are various options that they can choose from. “I think we have to repeat that online is not blended ...
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Posted at Sep 14 2020 11:30 AM MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte should consider appointing a data analyst czar, his pandemic task force’s former adviser said Monday, after scores of coronavirus recoveries that the health department reported later turned out to be deaths.  Errors in data reporting will “further erode the ...
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Posted at Sep 14 2020 11:46 AM | Updated as of Sep 14 2020 12:01 PM MANILA — Metro Manila mayors agreed to close all cemeteries in the region during the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day due to the coronavirus pandemic, their representative said Monday. The mayors and 8 ...
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September 14, 2020 - 11:05am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health called on the public to be “extra vigilant” as the government eased physical distancing rules in public vehicles, a move feared to result in surge in coronavirus cases. Physical distancing in public vehicles was reduced to 0.75 meters ...
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Published Sep 14, 2020 11:14:49 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — The rule allowing the use of rapid antigen testing for domestic air travel will be reviewed by the Inter-Agency Task Force following a recommendation from the World Health Organization, a health official said on Monday. Health Spokesperson ...
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Published Sep 14, 2020 10:58:12 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14)— Easing the physical distancing measures in public transport may only contribute to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, a group of physicians warned on Monday. Dr. Mario Panaligan, president of Philippine College of Physicians, told CNN ...
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Published September 12, 2020, 10:29 AM The government’s pandemic task force has approved the standardization of reporting and accountabilities for the management of COVID-19 cases in the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) information system. Based on Resolution No. 70 of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious ...
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Published September 12, 2020, 10:49 AM Compared to wealthier nations, the Philippines is “not bad” in handling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to an official from the Philippine Genome Center, University of the Philippines. “We should stop shooting ourselves. We are not bad versus South America, Europe, US, Canada,” ...
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Posted at Sep 11 2020 08:16 PM Treatment czar says better not to allow home quarantines Former health secretary Manuel Dayrit on Friday said a ban on home quarantine could backfire in the government's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "I agree that could have unintended effects. You have ...
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Published Sep 11, 2020 11:40:24 PM Malabon City (CNN Philippines, September 11) - The head of the Philippines' tertiary education commission believes there may no longer be summer breaks or weekends off for students as colleges and universities adjust their academic calendars due to the pandemic. Commission on Higher Education ...
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Published Sep 11, 2020 11:04:45 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has tested positive for COVID-19 upon his arrival in Manila on Thursday, the Vatican News confirmed. According to the report of the Vatican’s news arm, Tagle was examined yesterday but he did not ...
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September 11, 2020 - 7:48am PARIS, France — The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on March 11 that the outbreak of Covid-19 had become a pandemic. Six months on the virus has cost the lives of over 900,000 people. Back in March the death toll stood at 4,200 from 120,000 ...
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Published September 10, 2020, 7:47 PM Vice President Leni Robredo’s office on Thursday launched an online platform to help Filipinos who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dubbed as “bayanihanapbuhay,” Robredo said in a Facebook post that this platform would be a means to assist those who need ...
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Published September 11, 2020, 11:31 AM In a bid to enhance the screening of people with the coronavirus disease, the government task force handling the pandemic response has ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to allow the use of antigen testing for domestic travelers. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the ...
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Published September 11, 2020 9:06am The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the proposal to increase ridership in mass transport vehicles by reducing the physical distance among commuters. In a statement issued Friday, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said there is a need to "safely optimize the ...
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September 10, 2020 - 8:15am MANILA, Philippines (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism) — The coastal towns of Dolores and Sulat in Eastern Samar constantly battle with the impact of extreme weather events such as storm surges, flash floods and typhoons. Early this year, the leaders of the two towns were ...
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Published September 9, 2020 11:14pm Several residents in Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila use a piso WiFi vending machine to attend online classes as the country transitions to blended learning amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. According to Emil Sumangil’s report on “24 Oras” on Wednesday, one of the residents ...
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Published Sep 9, 2020 3:55:52 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — Over 700 private schools offering basic education are not operating this school year, according to the Department of Education. DepEd data as of 1 p.m. of Wednesday showed that 748 out of 14,435 private educational institutions, which ...
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Posted at Sep 09 2020 09:33 PM MANILA - Two out of five adult Filipinos, or around 40 percent, are expecting the economy to worsen in the next 12 months as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers in the country, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey also ...
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Posted at Sep 09 2020 02:36 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2020 05:29 PM MANILA (UPDATE) - The number of private schools suspending operations in the upcoming academic year has risen to over 700, affecting thousands of students and teachers, the Department of Education said Wednesday. According to ...
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Published September 9, 2020 5:18pm Schools may accept late enrollees until November, Education Undersecretary Jess Mateo has said. “Tatanggapin sila hanggang November, ‘yung mga late enrollees,” Mateo said in a press conference on Wednesday. Secretary Leonor Briones said that schools may accept late enrollees provided that the learner would meet ...
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Posted at Sep 09 2020 05:00 PM A health worker demonstrates the “Robonurse” inside the Lakeshore Hotel Mega-Quarantine Facility in Taguig City on Wednesday. To minimize hazards for health workers, the robots are designed to carry medicine and other supplies to COVID-19 patients while nurses look on through a monitor ...
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Posted at Sep 09 2020 04:28 PM MANILA — The Philippines is mulling the closure of cemeteries on All Souls' Day in a bid to prevent crowding as the coronavirus pandemic persists. COVID-19 policy chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Wednesday he would recommend the temporary closure of cemeteries ...
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Published Sep 8, 2020 11:25:12 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 8)— The government is eyeing a strict implementation of the proposed “no home quarantine” protocol for COVID-19 patients, a top official said Tuesday. Speaking to CNN Philippines, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the move— which has yet to be ...
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Posted at Sep 09 2020 09:57 AM MANILA - The Department of Health on Wednesday advised the public to remain vigilant and to continue practicing minimum health standards as the country has yet to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve. President Rodrigo Duterte's earlier announcement that the country has flattened the ...
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Published September 9, 2020, 10:39 AM The Department of Health said the country is already “slowly” decongesting hospitals. In an interview with ANC, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the critical care utilization in the National Capital Region has gone down to 67 percent from a high of 80 percent ...
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Published September 8, 2020, 5:49 PM The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Tuesday announced the adoption of new guidelines for “proper clinical assessment” that will serve as the basis for quarantine, isolation, testing, discharge, travel and return-to-work decisions during the period of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Called Interim ...
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Posted at Sep 09 2020 10:40 AM MANILA — The Department of Health on Wednesday said it will be up to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19 to decide on whether deployment ban exemptions will be given to health workers with contracts signed as of August 31. “Pinagusapan 'yan sa ...
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Posted at Sep 09 2020 12:43 AM | Updated as of Sep 09 2020 04:08 AM MANILA - A public health expert said Tuesday he doesn't expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be available in the Philippines until the second quarter of 2021, urging the public to take coronavirus precautions more seriously. Dr. Jaime ...
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Published September 9, 2020, 11:39 AM Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday said an additional 50,000 contact tracers will be employed in the coming days to beef up the 238,000 that were already hired as the country continues its fight against the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) ...
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Published September 8, 2020 11:52pm WASHINGTON — The CEOs of nine companies developing vaccines against COVID-19 on Tuesday pledged to "uphold the integrity of the scientific process" amid concern Donald Trump will pressure regulators to approve a vaccine ahead of the presidential election in November. "We, the undersigned biopharmaceutical companies, want to ...
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Published September 7, 2020 8:55am; Updated September 7, 2020 3:32pm The implementation of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) during the first two weeks of August was a "big factor" in the flattening of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila and nearby Calabarzon area, a UP expert said Monday. “Meron talagang koneksyon doon 'yung ...
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Posted at Sep 07 2020 03:01 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Monday said the Philippines was headed in the right direction but it remained cautious when asked if the country was already flattening the epidemic curve. “Kailangan natin intindihin pag nagsabi tayo ng flattening the curve. Kasi iniiwasan ...
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Published September 7, 2020 4:26pm Chief implementer of the government's response against COVID-19 pandemic Secretary Carlito Galvez on Monday said the Philippines now has a total of 117 COVID-19 laboratories. "As of September 5, mayroon na po tayong 117 accredited COVID-19 testing laboratories sa buong bansa kumpara noong Pebrero na iisang ...
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Published September 7, 2020 3:28pm Instead of having a big traditional party, a debutant decided to give away meals to displaced jeepney operators as a way to celebrate her 18th birthday. Maye Gutierrez, the mother of the birthday celebrant Stephanie, posted some of the photos from the event which took place ...
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Posted at Sep 07 2020 11:26 AM MANILA - Evidence of quarantine violations found on social media must be obtained legally, the National Privacy Commission said Monday. The Joint Task Force COVID Shield earlier ordered all police commanders to monitor social media for violations of quarantine protocols, which include drinking sessions ...
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Posted at Sep 07 2020 11:43 AM MANILA - Public officials must set an example in following COVID-19 health protocols, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Monday as police eyes monitoring social media for possible violations. The police may only enforce virus measures in public places and arrests ...
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Published September 7, 2020 10:14am Bacolod City in Negros Occidental province should be placed under stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) due to rising COVID-19 cases there, a member of the UP-OCTA Research Team said Monday. Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, Dr. Ranjit Rye said health facilities in the ...
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Published September 7, 2020, 1:45 PM The public will be required to wear face shields as a precaution against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) whenever they go to the supermarkets, public markets, shopping malls, and government venues, Malacañang announced on Monday. The mandatory use of face shields in these places has been ...
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Published September 6, 2020 11:44pm The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported that 422 more health workers contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) over the past week, raising the total to 7,354 as of September 5. In its daily COVID-19 report, the DOH said total recoveries among health workers climbed ...
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Posted at Sep 07 2020 01:13 PM MANILA — If the Department of Education had the same amount used to fund the dumping of artificial white sand in Manila Bay, it would have purchased gadgets and print modules in preparation for the upcoming school year's distance learning. "Kung, halimbawa, may P389 ...
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Published September 7, 2020 1:16pm The clustering of COVID-19 cases in the country are mainly found in communities and other settings such as modes of transportation and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire said the country has 1,742 instances of clustering of cases, of ...
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Published September 7, 2020 2:31pm India overtook Brazil on Monday as the country with the second highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, even as key metro train lines re-opened as part of efforts to boost the South Asian nation's battered economy. India has emerged in recent weeks as the new global ...
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Posted at Sep 07 2020 02:15 PM MANILA — The Department of Education said Monday it has been training parents so they could guide their children in their studies at home in the coming school year. "Kapag ang mga magulang, 'pag inimbita natin ay nagpupunta naman o nagiging bahagi sa ating ...
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Posted at Sep 06 2020 04:49 PM | Updated as of Sep 06 2020 05:11 PM MANILA - Metro Manila and nearby Calabarzon are starting to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve, a member of an interdisciplinary research group from the University of the Philippines (UP) said Sunday. The virus reproduction ...
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Published September 6, 2020 8:32pm VATICAN CITY, Holy See — Speaking ill of other people and spreading gossip is worse than COVID-19 and Satan is the worst offender of all, Pope Francis said Sunday. When people see someone making a mistake, "the first thing we usually do is go and ...
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Published September 6, 2020, 9:09 PM The government pandemic task force is planning to invite certain hospitals, laboratories and disease reporting units (DRUs) to a meeting to get their explanation behind the incomplete case reporting system that hampers contract tracing efforts. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said they sent a “strongly ...
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Published Sep 6, 2020 8:08:40 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — For the first time, the nationwide earthquake drill will be held online amid the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking to CNN Philippines on Sunday, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson Mark Timbal said the simultaneous earthquake drill ...
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Published September 6, 2020, 7:54 PM Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday assured the hiring of an additional 50,000 contact tracers as soon as the President signs the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act 2. He noted that the additional contact tracers will be ...
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07:53 PM September 06, 2020 BAMBAN, TARLAC–A computer store in Manila on Saturday donated 49 defective laptops to a programmer in Tarlac City who has been repairing laptops and computers without charges. According to Mark Anthony Perez, 22, the staff of the computer store Gigahertz went to their home for ...
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Published September 6, 2020, 3:48 PM More than 185,000 overseas Filipino workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic have so far been sent home by the government to their provinces. The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said 185,750 OFWs have been sent home to their provinces as of Sept. 6 ...
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Published September 6, 2020, 5:34 PM To help students and teachers who do not have access to gadgets needed for blended learning, the Jose Abad Santos Police Station 7 launched the Computer on Wheels in Tondo. The converted air conditioned container van is located at Jose Abad Santos corner Tecson ...
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Posted at Sep 06 2020 04:30 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 climbed to 10,117 on Sunday, with 1 new additional case recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Only 3,075, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 6,284 of those ...
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Published September 6, 2020, 5:11 PM The Department of Health (DOH) said that home quarantine is still allowed for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients provided that guidelines are strictly followed. “We did not change our protocol, we still allow home quarantine provided that people who will do the quarantine can ...
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Published September 6, 2020, 4:50 PM A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on current developments on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in the Philippines has been released by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). As the chairman of the Sub-Technical Working Group on Vaccine Development, the DOST led the ...
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Published Sep 6, 2020 12:34:30 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6)— The Philippines has flattened the curve of COVID-19 cases, a group of researchers said, but warned the public against complacency amid the pandemic fight. Speaking to CNN Philippines on Sunday, University of the Philippines professor and OCTA Research ...
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Published Sep 6, 2020 3:52:08 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — Two more employees of the House of Representatives have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to 67 the total cases in the legislative chamber. Secretary General Jose Luis Montales said on Sunday one employee from the House's Finance ...
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Posted at Sep 06 2020 02:28 PM WUHAN - China is recasting Wuhan as a heroic coronavirus victim and trying to throw doubt on the pandemic's origin story as it aims to seize the narrative at a time of growing global distrust of Beijing. The PR blitz plays out daily ...
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Published September 5, 2020 10:25pm The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) still wants more data on a study claiming that Russia's COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V was effective in creating antibodies with no serious effects. In the study, Russian researchers found that the vaccine was "safe, well tolerated, and does ...
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Posted at Sep 05 2020 09:18 PM The Office of Vice-President Leni Robredo plans to distribute up to 100,000 reusable cloth masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. She also tapped unemployed residents of Laguna, Antipolo, Rizal and Bulacan to help in the production, part of her #MasKampante program ...
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05:24 AM September 06, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — They end up on our sidewalks and in our waterways, those blue-and-white medical masks that used to be on someone’s face. They clog our rivers and drift out to sea where fish and other creatures could mistake them for food or they ...
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Published September 6, 2020 1:09pm Caloocan City will use quarantine wristbands starting on Monday to monitor the close contacts of COVID-19 patients, according to a report of Mav Gonzalers on 24 Oras Weekend on Saturday. Sikini Labastilla, head of Caloocan COVID-19 Command Center, said some close contacts are not following ...
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September 6, 2020 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — National Task Force on COVID chairman Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana bared that the government is looking to flatten or taper off the coronavirus transmission curve by the end of the month to shift major cities to the most lenient community quarantine level ...
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Posted at Sep 06 2020 02:28 PM A barangay security officer dusts off old lanterns in front of the San Sebastian Church in Manila City on Sunday. The lanterns will be installed along the streets of Barangay 390, Zone 40 as part of the 2020 Christmas celebration. SOURCE: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/multimedia/photo/09/06/20/preparing-for-christmas-amid-covid-19-quarantine ...
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September 6, 2020 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — With online classes likely to increase students’ feelings of isolation due to lack of face-to-face interaction, the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday there are measures which can be taken to prevent this. According to DOH, while online classes or digital education ...
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Posted at Sep 05 2020 08:46 PM Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said he has already consulted with the National Privacy Commission regarding the safety of data to be collected by the government's contact-tracing StaySafe app. "I was talking to the head of the National Privacy Commision. Wala ...
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Sep 05 2020 Disclaimer: Whatever is written here is based on information released by the Department of Health at the time of publication. Whatever changes the DoH makes in their data later on…well that’s a different story in itself and as they say in their disclaimer: “the total cases reported ...
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Published Sep 5, 2020 3:06:10 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — The National Task Force Against COVID-19 counts on an additional ₱5 billion fund under the proposed Bayanihan to Recover As One Act to discourage asymptomatic patients from home quarantine. The money will be used to send patients ...
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Posted at Sep 05 2020 06:51 PM MANILA - The Pasay City government will be using Quick Response (QR) code technology for COVID-19 contact-tracing, Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said Saturday. During a meeting with members of the national government’s Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team, Calixto-Rubiano said she would push ...
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Published September 5, 2020 8:45pm The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases within the Philippine National Police (PNP) rose to 4,403 on Saturday after the agency reported 73 new infections. Fifty-six more police officers have also recovered from the illness, bringing the total to 3,057, while the death toll ...
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Published September 5, 2020, 5:53 PM Even transferees and late enrollees of public schools in Pasig City will receive learning devices. “Kahit po ‘yung mga transferee, gagawan natin ng paraan para magkaroon din po sila ng tablet (We will find a way so that even transferees will have a tablet ...
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Posted at Sep 05 2020 05:16 PM The Joint Task Force COVID Shield has ordered all police commanders to monitor social media for violations of quarantine protocols, the group said in a statement Saturday. These include drinking sessions and other forms of celebrations posted by netizens through their social media ...
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Published September 5, 2020, 7:00 PM As the country’s educational system transitions to distance learning this school year (SY) 2020-2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) enjoined all its regional offices (ROs) and schools division offices (SDOs) to ensure that the necessary support and assistance are given to the students. Due ...
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Published September 5, 2020, 7:34 PM A transport group leader called on the government to open more routes to keep drivers from begging as well as to serve more passengers returning to their work as the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) remains in place in Metro Manila. Liga ng Transportasyon at ...
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Posted at Sep 05 2020 05:42 PM MANILA - The number of overseas Filipinos sick with COVID-19 reached 10,116, with 3 new cases reported Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Coronavirus deaths among Filipinos abroad also climbed to 758, with 1 new fatality from the Middle East and ...
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Published September 5, 2020 4:46pm A huge portion of the Department of Health’s (DOH) budget allocated under the Bayanihan to Recover as Once Act or Bayanihan 2 will be used for the deployment of healthcare professionals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Laging Handa Public briefing on Saturday, ...
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Published September 5, 2020, 4:06 PM The National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) may further ease to the less restrictive Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) by October if the pandemic situation further improves, an official of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 said Saturday. NTF Against COVID-19 chairperson ...
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Posted at Sep 05 2020 03:41 PM India has become the world's third country to pass 4 million coronavirus infections, setting a new record daily surge in cases on Saturday as the crisis shows no sign of peaking. The 86,432 new cases took India to 4,023,179 infections, third behind the ...
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Published Sep 5, 2020 12:06:15 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — A private school group is opposing calls for an ‘academic freeze’ or suspension of classes in the wake of the health crisis, warning it may lead to learning loss. “Hindi po ito praktikal at lalo pong dadami ...
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Published September 5, 2020 12:46pm A Department of Health official said Saturday that the Philippine clinical management and treatment modalities for COVID-19 have greatly improved overtime, pushing case mortality rate from 5 down to 1.6 percent lately. But DOH Undersecretary and COVID-19 treatment czar Leopoldo "Bong" Vega, MD, pointed out ...
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Published September 5, 2020, 11:16 AM The needs of teachers need to be addressed as they go back to work during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said in celebration of National Teachers Month from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5. “The challenges faced by ...
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Published September 5, 2020 2:22pm A coalition of teachers on Saturday urged the government to expedite the hiring of displaced private school teachers amid expected exodus of students from private schools to public schools due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 pandemic. At a virtual forum, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) ...
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Posted at Sep 05 2020 09:59 AM | Updated as of Sep 05 2020 10:07 AM MANILA - The government’s Hatid Tulong program will set by next week the next wave of send-offs for individuals seeking to go home to their home provinces but have been stranded in Metro Manila ...
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Published Sep 5, 2020 12:40:58 AM (CNN) - The World Health Organization said it is clear: COVID-19 deaths are likely undercounted at this time. “What we do know very, very clearly, is that there has been more mortality during this period then the numbers from COVID-19 alone tell us," Dr ...
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September 5, 2020 - 10:30am GENEVA, Switzerland — The World Health Organization insisted Friday it would never endorse a vaccine that has not proven safe and effective, amid concerns over the rush to develop a jab for COVID-19. Across the globe, governments are hoping to deploy a vaccine as soon ...
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Published September 4, 2020 9:25pm A father tried to barter his electronic keyboard in exchange for one sack of rice just so his family would have something to eat. According to Chino Gaston's report on "24 Oras," Milbert Pajarillo has been playing the instrument for years and even performs in ...
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Published September 4, 2020 10:59pm A photo of an exhausted medical frontliner who took a quick rest inside a booth after conducting swab tests at a quarantine facility in Roxas City has gone viral on social media. According to Oscar Oida’s report on “24 Oras,” Ranier Funa, the uploader and ...
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Posted at Sep 04 2020 07:35 PM MANILA - August was the worst month yet in the Philippines’ fight to contain COVID-19. More than 128,000 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in August, more than the total number of cases from January to July combined. It was within the same month that ...
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Published September 4, 2020 8:23pm VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic had "toppled the shaky pillars" of a world economic model built on the idolatry of money and domination by the rich and powerful. In a message to participants of the annual European House-Ambrosetti Workshop, ...
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Published September 4, 2020 3:56pm Malacañang on Friday called for a safe reopening of the tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “The President’s marching order is to gradually reopen the economy, including the tourism sector, with the assurance that health and safety measures are in place,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said ...
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Posted at Sep 04 2020 03:42 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2020 03:47 PM MANILA — The Department of Health said it was meeting with COVID-19 vaccine developers on Friday to discuss the possibility of holding clinical trials in the country. “We have a meeting with Pfizer at 1 o’clock this ...
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Published September 4, 2020 8:06pm TOKYO - Japan's government on Friday said it would bear the cost of providing coronavirus vaccines to the populace, as it aims for a comprehensive inoculation against the pandemic. The government also said it planned to establish funds to compensate for possible side effects from vaccines ...
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Published September 4, 2020, 6:00 PM The Department of Health is targeting the start of the clinical trials for the Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan on COVID-19 patients this month. DoH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they are just finalizing the necessary documents to conduct the trial, which was supposed to ...
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Published September 4, 2020 3:44pm The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) on Friday said they are against an academic freeze this school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, Education Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships and Project ...
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Posted at Sep 04 2020 04:15 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Friday said Filipinos should not believe a circulating message claiming that a new strain of the COVID-19 virus is making younger adults sick. “There is no new strain of the virus here in the Philippines. It is ...
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Published September 4, 2020 5:34pm GENEVA - A World Health Organization spokeswoman said on Friday it does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on their effectiveness and safety. "We are not expecting to see widespread vaccination until the middle ...
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Published September 4, 2020 6:19pm The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday announced that 55 more Filipinos abroad recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total to 6,275. According to the DFA, the number of confirmed cases also rose to 10,113 with 18 new infections. Also, two previously ...
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Published September 4, 2020, 2:58 PM by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki Several private schools have started their online classes and it seems like students are having a tough time coping with the new set up and vented their frustrations on Twitter with the hashtag #AcademicFreeze. Calls for an academic freeze are ...
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Published September 4, 2020 5:18amBy VISHWADHA CHANDER, Reuters Contact tracing apps can sharply reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus even when only a few people use them, a study published on Thursday by researchers at Google and Oxford University showed. An app used by 15% of the population together ...
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Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 04 2020 03:14 PM MANILA — Filipinos will have to wait several more months to find out if virgin coconut oil and the anti-flu drug Avigan are indeed effective against COVID-19, the Department of Health said on Friday. “Ang virgin coconut oil mayroon siyang ...
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Published September 4, 2020, 2:24 PM by Merlina Hernando-Malipot A month before the opening of classes on Oct. 5, the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR) continues to roll out various initiatives this September to further prepare public schools in Metro Manila. DepEd-NCR Director Malcolm Garma reported that 14 out of ...
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Published September 3, 2020, 9:16 PM by Genalyn Kabiling Provincial buses still cannot resume operations in Metro Manila, which has stayed under general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of the month, Malacañang said Thursday. Cockfighting likewise remained prohibited in areas under GCQ and modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), according to ...
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By CNN Philippines Staff Published Sep 4, 2020 1:00:56 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4) — Philippine officials are meeting with two COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers on Friday, Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed. She said the Office of the President, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Foreign Affairs Chief ...
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Eugenia Logiuratto, Agence France-Presse Posted at Sep 04 2020 08:51 AM RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil topped four million COVID-19 cases on Thursday as health ministry officials said infections were beginning to slow in the world's second worst-hit country. Since the first case came to light on February 26, the South ...
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SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 / 6:24 AM / UPDATED 10 HOURS AGO MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - More health workers have died from the coronavirus in Mexico than any other country on the planet, Amnesty International said on Thursday, highlighting the high toll the pandemic was taking on frontline medical staff around ...
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Published September 3, 2020 9:11pm Medical staff of hospitals are temporarily acting as parents to children who are confirmed and suspected of being infected with the COVID-19 as their parents are not allowed inside the hospital, according to Saleema Refran’s report on “24 Oras.” A resident of the COVID-19 ward at ...
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Published September 3, 2020 10:32pm A delivery rider, who, at the same time is a third year communication arts student, continues to attend his online classes in between orders. According to Ivan Mayrina’s report on “24 Oras,” 21-year-old Ax Valerio went viral on Wednesday after photos of him attending his online ...
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Published September 4, 2020 7:59am The Department of Health (DOH) has allowed private laboratories to collect specimen from the homes of suspected COVID-19 cases but with certain conditions. "Ito hong home collection ng specimen, it has to be coming from a licensed laboratory also, so parang extension nila ito, puwede silang ...
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Published September 4, 2020 1:47pmUpdated September 4, 2020 3:29pm A Department of Health official said Friday the DOH is still observing the decreasing number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the Philippines, pointing out that a reliable analysis would only be possible if the trend goes on for a week. "When we ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 05:44 PM From Endcov.PH MANILA — A University of the Philippines (UP) group estimates that COVID-19 cases in the country may reach over half a million by the end of the year. Using the Department of Health’s August 31 data, the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 07:09 PM PARIS - Asia has registered more than 100,000 deaths linked to the new coronavirus since it first emerged in December, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on Thursday. A total of 100,667 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus in ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 05:57 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2020 05:59 PM MANILA — The Department of Education has set the number of hours that students could spend using devices as learning goes online during the coronavirus pandemic. Kindergarten pupils can spend a maximum of one ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 07:52 PM The coastal towns of Dolores and Sulat in Eastern Samar constantly battle with the impact of extreme weather events such as storm surges, flash floods and typhoons. Early this year, the leaders of the 2 towns were set to conduct training for emergency ...
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Published September 3, 2020, 5:01 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday that it will release an adjusted school calendar for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 after moving the school opening from Aug. 24 to Oct. 5. “We will release (an) adjusted school calendar soon,” DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and ...
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05:50 AM September 03, 2020 WASHINGTON — People wearing plastic face shields or masks fitted with a valve can spray invisible droplets over a very wide area when they sneeze or cough, making the devices ineffective at preventing the spread of coronavirus when used on their own, a simulation model ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 07:00 PM MANILA - Russia will start producing 2 vaccines for protection against COVID-19 by October 2020, officials of the Russian embassy in the Philippines said Thursday. Appearing in a virtual conference before the House Committee on People Participation, Vladimir Mongush, commercial adviser to the ...
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September 3, 2020 - 4:48pm MANILA, Philippines — About 700,000 Filipino migrant workers will likely lose their jobs this year amid massive global layoffs triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the labor department said Thursday. The health crisis already destroyed the jobs of 500,000 overseas Filipino workers as of end-August, and ...
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Published September 3, 2020, 4:47 PM The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) vowed Thursday (Sept. 3) to complete the second tranche distribution of the emergency cash subsidy under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) within this month. DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje assured the public that the ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 04:54 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 climbed to 10,097 on Thursday, with 1 new additional case recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Only 3,120, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 6,220 of those ...
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Published September 3, 2020, 3:45 PM Malacañang has asked the public to continue following minimum health protocols against COVID-19 after the unemployment rate dropped in the country amid the pandemic. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the unemployment rate in the country ...
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Published September 3, 2020, 3:18 PM Malacañang suggested elevating public hospital nurses’ compensation to a higher salary grade and urged private hospitals to increase their salaries so that Filipino nurses will not have to go abroad and work. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after a recent study conducted by ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 03:23 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2020 04:57 PM MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines respects Malaysia's decision to bar the entry of Filipinos, Malacañang said Thursday, as Manila leads the tally of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia. Barring Filipinos from entering Malaysia is a "sovereign decision," ...
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Published September 3, 2020, 3:52 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) has cited various efforts supporting the implementation of distance learning this coming school year. DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain del Pascua noted that the DepEd “has also taken steps to help support distance learning” — including online learning. “While 67 ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 05:57 AM WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has urged US states to get ready to distribute a potential Covid-19 vaccine by November 1, in the latest sign of the accelerating race to deliver a vaccine by year's end. "CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications ...
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Published Sep 3, 2020 3:25:30 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — The Philippines is set to build its own virology research institute in preparation for the next possible pandemic. Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon on Thursday said the proposal of the Department of ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 02:41 PM Heidi Estorque, 40, a former OFW, struggles to survive with her month-old baby as they spend their fourth day outside the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, Thursday. Estorque, who used to reside with her cousin in Cavite, travelled to Manila in June ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 11:36 AM MANILA - The country's print media is "struggling" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced newspapers to downsize and migrate online, the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) said Thursday. At least 12 community newspapers have "closed shop" and shifted to online, according to PPI executive ...
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05:52 AM September 03, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is at the bottom of the pit in Southeast Asia when it comes to compensating nurses and medical technologists — some of the most crucial front-line workers in the global war on the coronavirus pandemic. This is based on new ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 11:18 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2020 11:25 AM MANILA — The Philippines has to “keep up” with the rest of the world in regulating new technologies to test for the novel coronavirus, an official said Thursday. New COVID-19 screening methods are “coming in at a ...
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Posted at Sep 03 2020 09:52 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2020 09:56 AM MANILA — The Philippines on Thursday is launching a coronavirus-contact tracing app that aims to lure back the public to business establishments and rescue the economy from recession, an official said. The Stay Safe app is free ...
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Published Sep 3, 2020 9:15:00 AM; Updated Sep 3, 2020 12:16:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3) — Some 4.6 million Filipinos were out of work in July, ​slipping from an all-time high as lockdown rules were gradually eased, the Philippine Statistics Authority said Thursday. The PSA reported a ...
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September 2, 2020 - 7:15pm MANILA, Philippines — Money borrowed to fund the Philippines' costly coronavirus programs continued to bloat the country's debt load past the P9-trillion mark in July, the Bureau of the Treasury reported on Wednesday. Despite the economy reopening, the government continued to turn to debt to ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 07:57 PM Pope Francis blesses attendees as he arrives at the San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican to hold a limited public audience on Tuesday. On Sept. 2, 2020, Pope Francis is resuming limited public weekly audiences, six months after the head of the Catholic ...
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Published September 2, 2020, 3:21 PM More than 8,000 private schools have yet to inform the Department of Education (DepEd) if they will operate this coming school year (SY) 2020 -2021. Data from DepEd as of Aug. 17 showed that of the 14, 435 private schools which operated nationwide in ...
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Published September 2, 2020, 3:59 PM Former Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro urged parents and teachers gearing up for a very challenging school year ahead to always “prioritize” the well-being of their children and students. “These are very difficult times, I’m sure you know that our lives have already been ...
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Published September 2, 2020 3:49pm About 180,000 Filipinos lost their jobs in the country due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment said. According to a report on “24 Oras News Alert” on Wednesday, DOLE’s job placement monitoring stated that workers lost their jobs ...
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Published September 2, 2020 5:54pm Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that the public scored only 50 percent when it came to compliance with the minimum health standards against COVID-19. Citing a report from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Malay noted that ...
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September 2, 2020 - 5:11pm MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila regional office of the Department of Education last Wednesday released a new set of health protocols for teachers and school personnel amid the pandemic. "In lieu of the policies created by the [COVID-19 task force] to protect the health ...
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Published Sep 2, 2020 3:40:55 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 2) — The Department of Health issued a warning on Wednesday on the health risks and sanctions for the improper disposal of used COVID-19 test kits. Residents in Sampaloc, Manila City were worried on Tuesday night after dozens of ...
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Published Sep 2, 2020 5:55:43 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 2) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is looking into putting a suggested retail price on gadgets that will most likely be used by students. In an interview with CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon on Wednesday, Trade Undersecretary ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 04:38 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 climbed to 10,096 on Wednesday, with 10 new additional cases recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Only 3,162, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 6,177 of those ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 01:38 PM WASHINGTON - Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried. His job is to ensure that future vaccines against COVID-19 will be shared on an equitable basis around the world, but the United States, Europe and other ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 01:04 PM PARIS - Millions of mask-wearing European children returned to school on Tuesday with governments determined to get pupils back in class despite still-rising coronavirus infections which surged over four million across the continent for the first time. Schools reopened in Russia, Ukraine, Belgium ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 12:28 PM As some schools begin in-person classes, data compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics from the summer show that cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus in children and teenagers, while comparatively low, have increased at a faster rate than among the general ...
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Published September 2, 2020, 11:19 AM The national government’s enforcement arm for implementation of quarantine rules prefers community service and payment of fines as penalties for the violators of curfew and minimum health safety standard protocols. Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, commander of the Joint Task Force COVID Shield, ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 11:56 AM MANILA — The Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 response (IATF) is discussing the possible resumption of provincial bus operations in Metro Manila, an official said Wednesday as relaxed community quarantine protocols were retained in the capital region. Transport groups have appealed to the ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 02:01 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Wednesday said the planned COVID-19 vaccine trials in Cavite will have to undergo a review by the Food and Drug Administration and an ethics board before they could begin. “Nung Sabado I read the article at ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 12:38 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2020 02:03 PM MANILA - Struggling to make ends meet, Lorraine Imperio swapped a pair of Nike slip-on shoes for a whole dressed chicken on an online bartering site, one of dozens that have sprouted up during ...
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Published September 2, 2020, 2:42 PM The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Thursday renewed its appeal to the public to properly discard and label hazardous healthcare wastes, following reports that used rapid test kits had been scattered along a street in Sampaloc, Manila on Tuesday evening. “Let ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 12:46 PM | Updated as of Sep 02 2020 12:48 PM MANILA — The country’s clinical trials for the drug Avigan, which has shown promising effects on COVID-19 patients, have yet to start due to processing delays. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said participating hospitals ...
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Published September 2, 2020 1:19pm; Updated September 2, 2020 2:30pm Contact tracing should be done even if the COVID-19 test result of a probable or suspect COVID-19 patient is yet to be released, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said. Vergeire issued the reminder during a press briefing on Wednesday as ...
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how the Earth can recover “if we allow it to rest” and must spur people to adopt simpler lifestyles to help a planet “groaning” under the constant demand for economic growth, Pope Francis said Tuesday. In his latest urgent appeal to ...
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Posted at Sep 02 2020 01:59 PM MANILA — The Philippines' coronavirus curve will follow a "wrong trend" if it does not flatten next week, a member of an interdisciplinary research group from the University of the Philippines (UP) said Monday. COVID-19’s reproduction rate — or the number of people ...
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Published September 1, 2020, 7:09 PM GENEVA — Nine out of 10 countries surveyed in a recent report experienced disruptions in their health services during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Publishing its first survey on the impact of the outbreak on health systems ...
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Posted at Sep 01 2020 04:17 PM MANILA-- Imposing a month-long quarantine system will allow local government units to pursue "stability" in terms of COVID-19 policies on the ground, Malacañang said Tuesday. The Philippines for the first time adopted a month-long community quarantine classification for September as it veers away ...
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Published September 1, 2020 6:01pm Except for the cities of Muntinlupa and Navotas, the local governments in Metro Manila will begin on Tuesday the implementation of a seven-hour curfew as the region remains under general community quarantine (GCQ). In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the curfew will ...
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Published September 1, 2020 7:25pm One day after announcing a P100,000 reward for barangays with zero COVID-19 cases from September 1 to October 31, 2020, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Wednesday vowed accurate reporting of cases in the city. Moreno explained that it is not the barangay officials who report ...
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Published September 1, 2020, 12:10 PM Tens of thousands of girls across Asia are being forced into marriage by desperate families plunged into poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic, as campaigners warn years of progress tackling the practice is being undone. Child marriage has long been common in traditional communities ...
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Published September 1, 2020, 5:11 PM Students in face masks returned to class Tuesday in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, as the city opened schools and kindergartens for the first time in seven months. Nearly 1.4 million students resumed classes at some 2,800 ...
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Posted at Sep 01 2020 02:26 PM A man fills up a form at the Commission on Elections office in Arroceros, Manila City on Tuesday. The COMELEC resumed voters’ registration for the 2022 elections on Sept. 1, 2020 in areas under general community quarantine after setting health safety guidelines like ...
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Posted at Sep 01 2020 03:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2020 03:27 PM MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that some 33,000 children of overseas Filipino workers who are in college would get a one-time P30,000 cash assistance. In a taped speech, Duterte said government has ...
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Published September 1, 2020, 4:34 PM With less than two million enrollees, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the low enrollment in private schools for this school year remains a challenge for the entire education sector. Based on the national enrollment data of the Department of Education (DepEd) as of ...
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Posted at Sep 01 2020 07:11 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 climbed to 10,086 on Tuesday, with 16 new additional cases recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Only 3,157, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 6,174 of those ...
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SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 / 12:53 AM GENEVA (Reuters) - The emergency authorisation of COVID-19 vaccines requires a “great deal of seriousness and reflection”, the World Health Organization said on Monday after the United States announced it was considering fast-tracking candidate drugs. Although every country had the right to approve drugs ...
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Published September 1, 2020, 3:06 PM The Joint Task Force COVID Shield expressed Tuesday its readiness to recommend to the National Task Force Against COVID-19 the resumption of all motorcycle-hailing services. This move is aimed at easing the burden of the commuting public. The task force emphasized that the riders ...
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Posted at Sep 01 2020 09:46 AM MANILA - A former health secretary warned Tuesday local governments are failing to isolate COVID-19 patients immediately, saying some "90 percent" of those who contract the disease in Metro Manila are not "immediately brought to isolation." "If we identified already the positive and ...
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Published September 1, 2020, 3:00 PM As it prepares for a new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Secretary Leonor Briones admitted that the mental resilience of students and teaching personnel is a big challenge to the Department of Education (DepEd). Briones, during a televised meeting with President Duterte ...
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Published September 1, 2020 1:48am GENEVA, Switzerland - The World Health Organization (WHO) called on countries to persevere with restrictions to tackle coronavirus disease (COVID-19), director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, saying opening up without control of the virus would be a "recipe for disaster". Tedros recognised that ...
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Published September 1, 2020, 2:03 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday announced that there are almost 24 million enrollees currently enrolled in both public and private schools nationwide. As of September 1, the total number of enrollees for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 has reached 23, 987, 944 nationwide ...
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Posted at Sep 01 2020 12:39 PM MANILA — The Department of Education started Tuesday delivering learning materials to public schools students, who would be studying from their homes in the coming academic year as in-person classes are prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Malcolm Garma, director of the DepEd's ...
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Published August 31, 2020 10:48pm Contact tracers nationwide are already getting exhausted in light of the health crisis as they are getting overwhelmed with the increase in the number of daily cases in the country, according to Cedric Castillo’s report on “24 Oras” on Monday. This was the statement issued ...
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Posted at Sep 01 2020 02:26 PM Enumerators from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) wear personal protective equipment while doing an interview with a resident in Herbosa, Tondo, Manila City on Tuesday. The PSA launched the 2020 Census of Population and Housing on Sept. 1 and targets to release the ...
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September 1, 2020 - 12:51pm MANILA, Philippines — Curfews will be strictly enforced by police commanders in their respective localities from here on out, regardless of the area's quarantine status, the quarantine enforcement arm of the coronavirus task force said Tuesday. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, the Joint Task ...
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Published Sep 1, 2020 12:37:31 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 1) — Religious gatherings in Metro Manila are allowed to accommodate 10 percent of the venue's seating capacity, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday. He said this was among the agreement of 17 Metro Manila mayors. The general ...
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Published Aug 31, 2020 11:06:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31) — President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Monday that Metro Manila will retain its general community quarantine status, while Iligan City will tighten its lockdown restrictions from Sept. 1 to 30. Duterte said the country’s capital will remain under ...
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Posted at Aug 31 2020 04:04 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2020 07:31 PM MANILA (UPDATE) — Seven months since confirming its first case, and as recently projected by researchers from the University of the Philippines, the country's cumulative total of coronavirus infections breached the 220,000-mark on Monday, ...
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Posted at Aug 31 2020 05:51 PM MANILA — As schools across the country continued to conduct dry runs of the implementation of distance learning, educators have identified several challenges with the new way of delivering lessons to students at home. Among them are the distances that teachers have to ...
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Posted at Aug 31 2020 07:51 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Monday said it is looking into reports of conflicting COVID-19 results in Pampanga as reported by the governor. “We received the information. I think that was Saturday. And we immediately coordinated with the regional office. Tinitingnan ...
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Published August 31, 2020 6:14pm The more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) should be imposed over Bacolod City, Iligan City, and Iloilo City to arrest the surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections there, experts said Monday. The University of the Philippines (UP)-OCTA Research team observed a rise in ...
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Published August 31, 2020, 4:51 PM The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) in commemoration of National Heroes’ Day called on the administration to “enable the safe re-opening of schools and delivery of accessible quality education to the youth—the heirs and future of our nation.” ACT said in a statement that ...
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Published August 31, 2020 12:14pm; Updated August 31, 2020 12:44pm The Department of Health is eyeing five hospitals for the Phase 3 of the clinical trials of anti-COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China-based Sinovac Biotech, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire said that these five proposed sites are the ...
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August 31, 2020 - 4:47pm MANILA, Philippines — The Interior Department urged local governments on Monday to construct active transport infrastructure, such as protected biking lanes and walking paths, to provide alternative modes of transportation amid the lack of options for commuters during the pandemic. Local goverments were also told ...
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Published Aug 31, 2020 4:45:04 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31)— The Health Department on Monday cautioned against the use of the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine for COVID-19, saying there’s still no sufficient evidence that the product— used to combat tuberculosis disease— can help offer protection from the coronavirus ...
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Published August 31, 2020, 7:18 PM The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) spearheaded a new national campaign that calls on Filipinos to hold on to their faith amid the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, acting president of the CBCP and also bishop of ...
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Published August 31, 2020, 5:47 PM There were no new COVID-19 fatalities among Filipinos abroad with only one new confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) case and 3 new recoveries recorded in two countries in Asia and the Pacific, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported on Monday, as the Philippines observed ...
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As of 31 August 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 3,446 new confirmed cases, 38 new deaths and 165 new recoveries. This brings the total to 220,819 confirmed cases, 3,558 deaths and 157,562 recoveries ...
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Posted at Aug 31 2020 04:46 PM MANILA — The Department of Education said Monday it would strengthen teaching health literacy in the coming school year following an order from President Rodrigo Duterte, who saw the need to reinforce the subject during the COVID-19 pandemic. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said ...
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Published August 31, 2020 3:48pm The Department of Education (DepEd) will continue its feeding program for 1.7 millions student-beneficiaries amid the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a press conference on Monday, DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said the feeding program will be customized depending on the public health situation of ...
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(Philstar.com) - August 31, 2020 - 12:17pm MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Monday called on government to buy more locally-made personal protective equipment (PPEs) to help protect medical frontliners and help boost local businesses. She made the call amid what she said is massive government importation of PPEs ...
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Published August 31, 2020 10:41am Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said strict community quarantine measures being implemented in light of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be maintained. Vergeire pointed out that having strict quarantine measures is not the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, noting that the ...
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Published Aug 31, 2020 1:39:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31) — The country's COVID-19 task force has proposed that President Rodrigo Duterte extend the duration of a community quarantine status from two weeks to one month, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said on Monday. "Ang pinakabenefit nito, of course, ...
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Published August 31, 2020 11:55am The Department of Health (DOH) is investigating two incidents of individuals in Pampanga who got conflicting COVID-19 results from state-run and privately-owned laboratories, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. At an online briefing, Vergeire said that the DOH already received a report from the ...
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Published Aug 31, 2020 2:06:28 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31)— Researchers and experts would still need to complete further studies in order to conclude the real origin of the coronavirus infection in the country, the Department of Health said on Monday. Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said that while ...
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Published August 31, 2020, 2:50 PM The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded the public Monday that wearing face masks and face shields in commercial establishments and public transport is mandatory in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya emphasized that the Inter-Agency Task Force ...
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Posted at Aug 31 2020 12:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2020 12:22 PM MANILA-- Gyms and personal grooming centers will be allowed to resume operations on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the country's trade chief said Monday as new community quarantine classifications are set to take effect. Review, testing, ...
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Posted at Aug 31 2020 11:22 AM The 17 mayors of Metro Manila do not recommend the easing of its pandemic lockdown and will instead implement shorter curfew hours, their representative said Monday. None of the local chief executives recommend moving the region under a modified general community quarantine during ...
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Posted at Aug 31 2020 11:57 AM MANILA - The government is looking at imposing month-long community quarantine classifications, a Cabinet official said Monday, as President Rodrigo Duterte is set to announce fresh virus restrictions. The inter-agency task force on COVID-19 pandemic response is already discussing imposing community quarantines for ...
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Published Aug 31, 2020 9:17:50 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31)— Frontliners battling the COVID-19 pandemic were given the spotlight during Monday’s celebration of National Heroes’ Day— as they were honored as “modern-day heroes” of the country amid the health crisis. In his message, President Rodrigo Duterte praised the ...
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Aug 30 2020 [Disclaimer: Whatever is written here is based on information released by the Department of Health (DoH) at the time of publication. Whatever changes DoH makes in their data later on…well that’s a different story in itself and as they say in their disclaimer: “the total cases reported ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 5:11 PM The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said it has temporarily diverted Emergency Hotline 911 (E911) calls to local call centers because two of the call agents tested positive for COVID-19. DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that “all our Emergency Telecommunicators (ETC), including the ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 5:42 PM The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Sunday (August 30)  that its second tranche distribution of emergency cash subsidy has covered more than 13.6 million beneficiaries.  DSWD Undersecretary Rene Glen Paje said the SAP 2 beneficiaries have received P81.3 billion worth of emergency ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 6:16 PM It is safe to ease the community quarantine restrictions to allow more economic activities as long as the COVID-19 safety protocols are followed and the number of deaths remains at a manageable level. National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. stated ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 6:44 PM The proposed creation of Virology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) will be a boon for the country, because it will cut the country’s dependence from other countries as far as the development and production of vaccines is concerned, Zambales  2nd District Rep. Cheryl Deloso Montalla ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 7:21 PM A public health advocate urged Filipinos to stay cautious because the battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is still not over despite “flattening the curve” projection by medical experts. In an interview over DZBB on Saturday, former adviser of the National Task Force (NTF) against ...
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Published August 30, 2020 6:16pm NEW DELHI, India — India on Sunday set a new virus record when it reported 78,761 new infections in 24 hours, according to health ministry figures, passing the United States for the world's highest single-day rise. India, home to 1.3 billion people, is already the ...
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Posted at Aug 30 2020 05:16 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted the COVID-19 climbed to 10,069 on Sunday, with 2 new additional cases recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Only 3,190, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 6,124 of those infected ...
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Posted at Aug 30 2020 05:05 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2020 05:24 PM NEW DELHI, India - Global coronavirus infections soared past 25 million on Sunday, as countries around the world further tightened restrictions to try to stop the rampaging pandemic. A million additional cases have been detected globally roughly ...
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Published August 30, 2020 12:38am When online classes began on August 10, a hill in Virac, Catanduanes became the temporary classroom of several students amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. According to Mai Bermudez’s Saturday report on “24 Oras Weekend,” students of the Catanduanes State University brave a bumpy and steep ...
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03:36 PM August 30, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Senator Nancy Binay on Sunday slammed the Department of Health (DOH) for its pronouncement that it is too early to conclude that COVID-9-infected Chinese tourists, who visited the country this year, helped spread the virus. “Seryoso?! So, ‘di pala sa turistang Chinese ...
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Published August 30, 2020 8:58am; Updated August 30, 2020 9:21am The local government unit of Baguio City said it will ease restrictions imposed amid the COVID-19 threat starting Monday, August 31. Mall schedules will be suspended beginning Monday. This means residents need not present mall and market passes to enter private commercial ...
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Posted at Aug 29 2020 11:56 PM MANILA--The number of overseas Filipinos who have returned home due to the COVID-19 pandemic reached 153,124, with 8,329 additional citizens repatriated this week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday. Of this number, 57,595 are sea-based while 95,529 are land-based. The DFA said ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 11:59 AM A neuropsychiatrist has reminded the public of the importance of their biopsychosocial well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. The biopsychosocial framework has three components — biological, psychological, and socio-environmental — said Dr. Alejandro Diaz, a neuropsychiatrist at the UST Hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center. “Lahat ...
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Published August 29, 2020, 5:11 PM To ensure the safety of both teachers and students, the Department of Education (DepEd) said its regional offices (ROs) and school division offices (SDOs) have contextualized the mode of delivery of the Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) to be used this upcoming school year. In order to ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 12:58 PM San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said Sunday general community quarantine (GCQ) should remain in Metro Manila. “For me as mayor of San Juan, my recommendation to the Metro Manila Council is that we stay at GCQ,” Zamora told reporters during the commemoration of the ...
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Posted at Aug 30 2020 12:34 PM MANILA — A worker at the House of Representatives tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to 60 the total number of employees at the lower chamber hit by the respiratory illness, House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales said Sunday. The new case, a male congressional staffer, ...
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August 30, 2020 - 10:35am MANILA, Philippines — As the government continues to enforce the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors, it should also regulate single-use and non-medical disposable masks flooding the market amid the coronavirus pandemic, a chemical safety watchdog said Sunday. In a letter addressed to the Food and ...
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Published August 30, 2020, 10:57 AM Sen. Grace Poe has urged the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to intensify its contact tracing efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19, reminding the agency it will have a P5-billion fresh funding under the ratified Bayanihan to Recover as One Act. Poe, ...
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Posted at Aug 29 2020 11:30 PM MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday warned the public against unauthorized disclosure of coronavirus patients' names, with violators facing jail time and a fine of up to P2 million. The health ministry made the warning after it received reports that a ...
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Published August 29, 2020, 4:09 PM Amid the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) is being urged to reach out to both students and teachers through guidance counselors of various schools. The Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PGCA), the main association of all guidance counselors ...
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Published August 29, 2020, 11:45 AM The Quezon City government will distribute 176,000 Samsung Galaxy tablet computers to incoming Junior and Senior High School students in public schools to help them cope with the challenges of distance learning when classes open in October. Mayor Joy Belmonte in a statement late ...
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August 29, 2020 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Fewer coronavirus disease patients are now admitted in hospitals following the imposition of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the two-week “timeout” for healthcare workers (HCWs) in Metro Manila resulted ...
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Published August 29, 2020 10:02am; Updated August 29, 2020 10:10am Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) will discourage the shift of Metro Manila to the most lenient form of community quarantine as more study and observation are needed to ensure that relaxing the lockdown won’t result in a ...
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Posted at Aug 29 2020 01:25 PM MANILA - The government has started rolling out the distribution of locally-made washable masks to indigents, an official from the country's health department said, as the COVID-19 threat remains. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said they seek to distribute 13 million masks to ...
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Published August 29, 2020 12:37pm The conduct of clinical trials in the Philippines for Sputnik V vaccine might fall under the "independent trials" category, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said on Saturday. "Kung sakaling magta-trials sa Pilipinas ang Sputnik, ito po ay malamang under ...
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Published August 29, 2020, 3:08 PM As part of its preparations for the opening of classes in public schools on Oct. 5, the Department of Education (DepEd) assured that dry-runs and simulations for blended/ distance learning are ongoing nationwide. “Most of the school divisions offices of respective regions have already ...
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Published August 29, 2020 1:41pm Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed the country’s frail healthcare system. “COVID-19 pandemic is an eye-opener sa kahinaan ng sistemang pangkalusugan ng Pilipinas,” Duque said during the the ceremonial launching of “Mask Para sa Masa” initiative ...
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Posted at Aug 29 2020 08:46 AM MANILA - The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the distribution of tertiary education subsidies (TES) and reimbursements for tuition and miscellaneous fees, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) admitted in Friday’s hearing of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education. CHED assured ...
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Posted at Aug 29 2020 02:57 PM MANILA - The cost and time it will take to get results using saliva samples for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests and regular swab tests may be similar, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) chief said Saturday. This, as the Research Institute ...
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Posted at Aug 29 2020 02:10 PM MANILA - Clinical trials for the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms may take 2 months before researchers reach a conclusion, the country's science chief said Saturday. Science Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña said the clinical trial in ...
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Published Aug 29, 2020 11:52:36 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — The Food and Drug Administration approved clinical trials for herbal medicine ‘lagundi’ as a supplement coronavirus treatment, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña announced Saturday. De la Peña said in a briefing that participants will be ...
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Posted at Aug 28 2020 06:53 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Friday said it still hasn’t seen enough evidence that points to long-term effects of COVID-19 on patients with severe symptoms. “We still do not have evidence. Madaming articles na lumalabas both internationally na nagpakita talaga na ...
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Published August 28, 2020, 7:43 PM The policies of the Department of Health (DOH) on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are based on scientific evidence, an official of the DOH said on Friday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire urged personalities in the country to help the DOH in spreading the right ...
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Published August 28, 2020, 8:58 AM The WHO said Thursday it was setting up a committee to consider changing the rules on declaring an international health emergency, following criticism of its Covid-19 pandemic response. The World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) over the new ...
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Posted at Aug 28 2020 08:31 PM MANILA — The Department of Health on Friday said the country was already testing asymptomatic contacts of COVID-19 patients but it depends on the availability of resources. This came up as the United States said that those without symptoms "do not necessarily need ...
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Published Aug 28, 2020 7:22:39 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — The Department of Agriculture said it is targeting to give assistance to 800,000 farmers through the ₱24-billion budget for the sector under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or the Bayanihan 2. Agriculture chief William Dar ...
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Published August 28, 2020, 5:07 PM The Rizal provincial government aims to test all vendors in 14 localities in its bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province. The Rapid test schedule is as follows: · August 31- San Mateo Public Market · September 2- ...
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Published August 28, 2020 6:36pm Google Philippines has just released an online dictionary with COVID-19-related terms in Filipino and Cebuano. According to the technology company, the site “Isang Gabay sa mga Salitang Kaugnay ng COVID-19” features over 115 commonly used COVID-19-related words and phrases translated in both Filipino and Cebuano.  ...
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Posted at Aug 28 2020 05:43 PM TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday Japan would aim to secure COVID-19 vaccinations for all citizens by the first half of 2021. Abe announced at a government meeting a set of measures against the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 respiratory ...
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Published August 28, 2020 6:57pm Twenty-one more Filipinos abroad have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total tally to 10,062, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The DFA also announced that total recoveries rose to 6,095 after 15 more patients recovered from the illness ...
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Published Aug 28, 2020 3:28:50 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — The country's vaccine research panel is studying Russia's report on its coronavirus vaccine "Sputnik V" to determine if it's safe to test out on Filipinos. The executive director of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for ...
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Published August 28, 2020, 3:30 PM The United States on Friday handed over to the Philippine government 100 new state-of-the-art ventilators and associated supplies to help the country in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the US embassy in Manila said the donation is the realization of ...
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Posted at Aug 28 2020 02:52 PM MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday called on local government units to have “protected bicycle lanes” after a nurse who was cycling to work was killed in a hit-and-run accident. “Mr. [Renz] Perez’s untimely death only serves to amplify the ...
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10:18 AM August 28, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday logged 82 additional coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, bringing the total number of cases in the national police organization to 3,751. Of the 82 new cases of COVID-19, the PNP Public Information Office said 30 ...
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Posted at Aug 28 2020 11:59 AM MANILA - Local governments "do not coordinate well" in tracing those who had close contact with coronavirus patients -- an effort that should be led by the national government, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said Friday. For instance, about 90 percent of Cavite's 4,004 COVID-19 ...
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Published August 28, 2020, 3:00 PM The total number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases among healthcare workers has reached 6,735, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. Of the said figure, 6,070 or 90 per cent have already recovered while 625 are active cases or still getting treatment. The DOH noted ...
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Published August 28, 2020 6:10am GENEVA, Switzerland - People exposed to someone diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  should be tested whether they show symptoms or not, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday, after US health authorities said they were not needed. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
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Posted at Aug 28 2020 10:55 AM | Updated as of Aug 28 2020 11:20 AM MANILA - Some private schools are having "survival issues" due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with parents losing jobs and overseas workers returning home, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) said Friday ...
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Published August 28, 2020, 12:50 PM In line with intensified efforts to screen people with COVID-19, the government is targeting to test 3.3 million people by next month. According to President Duterte, the government aims to test around two to three percent of the country’s population estimated to be around 110 ...
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Published August 28, 2020 10:36am The number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the Philippines has stabilized but there has been no significant reduction just yet, an infectious disease specialist said Friday. Dr. Rontgene Solante of San Lazaro Hospital made the observation with the country recording 205,581 COVID-19 cases, as of Thursday, ...
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Published August 28, 2020, 1:32 PM Due to the ongoing public health crisis, students are mostly confined in their houses, without seeing their peers. A mental health expert believes this more than enough reason for students to get anxious. To help them process the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
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Published Aug 28, 2020 2:12:38 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — Residents who returned to Negros Occidental contributed to the sudden increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the province, the Department of Health said on Friday. Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH confirmed the ...
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Published Aug 27, 2020 4:21:43 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 27) — Filipino researchers have found three possible main sources of coronavirus infection in the country. In a paper published in the medRxiv preprint website on Tuesday, the Philippine Genome Center said the following groups could probably be the ...
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Posted at Aug 27 2020 08:01 PM MANILA — Getting tested for COVID-19 can be quite uncomfortable, especially with the insertion of a 6-inch swab into your nose and throat. Now, scientists are looking at the use of saliva samples instead to reduce discomfort and exposure between patients and health ...
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Published Aug 27, 2020 7:43:46 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 27) — People still need a travel authority when travelling outside of their provinces or regions for non-work-related trips, Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has clarified. This is the remaining restriction on travel under ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 4:56 PM Government agencies have been directed to return a portion of their 2020 budget to the National Treasury to boost funds for the coronavirus response, Malacanang said Thursday. The belt-tightening order was issued by President Duterte who recently publicly admitted the government’s resources to fight ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 5:16 PM The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Thursday said it is willing to help companies comply with the existing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) protocols in the workplace. “Our priority is to help and support companies in being able to comply because we know there ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 6:02 PM The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday said that P81,091,287,150 was already distributed through manual and digital payouts based on the second tranche of the social amelioration program (SAP) update as of August 26. In a virtual press briefing, DSWD Secretary ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 4:35 PM The local government of Quezon City has launched a telemedicine system in a bid to allow coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients seek consultation from doctors without seeing them in person. Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement on Thursday that the QC COVID Telemed program, ...
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Posted at Aug 27 2020 05:10 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted the COVID-19 climbed to 10,041 on Thursday, with 6 new additional cases recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Only 3,219, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 6,080 of those ...
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Published August 27, 2020 11:04am There is not enough data to support the conclusion that the three Chinese tourists who visited the Philippines early this year were not responsible for the spread of COVID-19 in the country, according to the Department of Health (DOH). At an online forum on Wednesday, DOH ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 4:17 PM A federation of teachers on Thursday criticized the administration of President Duterte – especially the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) – for denying the P65-billion supplemental budget request of the Department of Education (DepEd) for its Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP). The ...
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Published August 26, 2020, 10:56 AM A bikers’ community pitched in for a sapatero’s (shoe repairman) brand new bike after one of its members spotted him with a makeshift bike made of scrap metal. “Napadaan sa kanila [yung ka-member namin], tapos pinicturan nya. Tapos naisip ko na bigyan sya ng ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 3:13 PM The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday Metro Manila needs more than 10,000 additional contact tracers with the surging coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the area. “Sa Metro Manila, may 13 million na tao (In Metro Manila there ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 2:44 PM The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reiterated today that senior citizens are allowed to go to public places under essential circumstances. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that under the provisions of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of ...
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Posted at Aug 27 2020 11:57 AM | Updated as of Aug 27 2020 12:10 PM MANILA - The number of additional contact tracers should be based on the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in a particular area, one of the country's pandemic czars said Thursday. Baguio City Mayor ...
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Published August 27, 2020 2:35pm Commission on Higher Education chairperson Prospero de Vera on Thursday said that at least 731 higher education institutions are opening this August through online and blended learning in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a Palace briefing, CHED's De Vera said that only 20 ...
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Published Aug 27, 2020 7:19:14 AM (CNN) — Obesity increases the risk of contracting the coronavirus, of landing in the hospital and intensive care unit, and the risk of death from Covid-19, according to a new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The researchers ...
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Posted at Aug 27 2020 11:25 AM UNITED NATIONS, United States -- During the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study released Wednesday. In all, an estimated 463 million children lack the ...
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August 27, 2020 - 9:48am MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration said Thursday that 78 of its employees have contracted the novel coronavirus, as the government office implements more preventive measures to deter the spread of COVID-19. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that 29 of the ...
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Published August 27, 2020, 2:04 PM The saliva-based coronavirus testing will be a “game-changer” for faster detection of the illness at lower cost once it is arrives to the country, according Project Ark medical director Dr. Minguita Padilla. Padilla said Project Ark, a private sector campaign for COVID testing, is ...
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Posted at Aug 27 2020 01:59 PM MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said Thursday 28 state unviersities and colleges have been used as quarantine facilities as classes remain prohibited in campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since June, SUCs have offered their campuses for local governments to ...
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Published Aug 26, 2020 8:45:38 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26) — UP researchers said COVID-19 infections in the country may reach 375,000 by the end of September, while the virus's reproductive rate is seen to further decline. During a hearing conducted by the House of Representatives' committee on ...
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Published August 26, 2020, 7:30 PM A seven out of 10. That’s the score Contact Tracing czar and Baguio City Mayor, Benjie Magalong gave contact tracing efforts in Metro Manila even as local government units (LGUs) continue to grapple with the spread of the novel coronavirus. “Doon naman po sa ...
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Published Aug 26, 2020 3:58:25 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26) — The Philippines may finally flatten the coronavirus infection curve next month, but this trend must be sustained for “several months” to manage the pandemic, a member of the research team that monitors and evaluates COVID-19 trends in ...
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Published August 26, 2020 5:26pm It takes an average of six days before some individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 take the test due to fear of job loss and lack of money, an alliance of health professionals said. “Iyong iba po, sinasabi nila, may sinat lang, pagod lang, pinagwawalang bahala ...
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Posted at Aug 26 2020 04:47 PM MANILA — The Philippines has not yet approved any clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines, the country's health department said Wednesday. “As of this week, wala pa tayong naaprubahan na clinical trial for any vaccine for COVID-19 dito sa ating country,” Health Undersecretary Maria ...
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Posted at Aug 26 2020 04:47 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2020 07:25 PM MANILA — The local government of Manila on Wednesday turned over thousands of laptops, tablets, and pocket WiFi devices to the city's school division office as the education system shifts to distance learning in ...
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August 26, 2020 - 5:48pm MANILA, Philippines — A teachers' group on Wednesday slammed the Department of Education for making what it called a misleading claim about the preparedness of schools for the online modality of distance learning. The Alliance of Concerned teachers was referring to an education official's claim ...
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Published Aug 26, 2020 6:10:35 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26) — A joint resolution requesting the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to place the entire Eastern Visayas under a stricter community quarantine has been approved. The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) and the Regional Task Force on COVID-19 jointly ...
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Posted at Aug 26 2020 06:59 PM MANILA — There have been 6,628 health care workers in the Philippines infected with COVID-19, according to Department of Health data as of August 24, Monday. This is 493 cases higher than the week before, according to the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group ...
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Published August 26, 2020 5:50pm The number of Filipinos overseas who have contracted COVID-19 rose to 10,035 on Wednesday after the Department of Foreign Affairs reported seven new cases. Total recoveries also increased to 6,076 after 47 more Filipinos defeated the illness, while the death roll remained at 742. The ...
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Published August 26, 2020, 4:32 PM About eight months into the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the country’s number of confirmed infections reached more than 200,000 on Wednesday, August 26. The Department of Health (DOH) said that the Philippines’ caseload was pushed to 202,361 after 5,277 more people were confirmed to ...
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Posted at Aug 26 2020 02:42 PM MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday called for the lifting of a deployment ban on nurses who want to work abroad during the coronavirus pandemic. Locsin said many of his agency's personnel share the view of President Rodrigo Duterte ...
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August 26, 2020 - 9:09am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health advised the public, especially recovered coronavirus patients, to stay alert and continue practicing necessary precautions to avoid contracting the respiratory illness. The DOH issued this advisory Tuesday night after researchers in Hong Kong identified what they said was ...
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Published Aug 26, 2020 2:43:13 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26) — The National Center for Mental Health’s hotline saw an alarming spike of calls in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a monthly average of 53 suicide-related concerns. Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire on Wednesday said a ...
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Posted at Aug 26 2020 09:15 AM MANILA - The Catholic Church is ready to aid individuals in distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said Wednesday as government sought help in counseling Filipinos. The public may call the office of their parish to communicate ...
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Posted at Aug 26 2020 07:08 AM JOHANNESBURG - Africa's coronavirus outbreak may have passed its peak, the World Health Organization (WHO) continental chief said Tuesday, warning against complacency to avoid a second wave. WHO Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti told a conference of African health ministers that numbers of ...
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Published August 26, 2020, 12:11 PM The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recently approved several recommendations made by the Sub-Technical Working Group (TWG) on Vaccine Trials as chaired by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), upon consultation with the Philippines Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB), the ...
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Posted at Aug 26 2020 10:45 AM | Updated as of Aug 26 2020 10:46 AM MANILA - The Department of Education said Wednesday it was eyeing to fund the hiring of displaced teachers as tutors through the Bayanihan 2, government's second coronavirus response measure. Under the measure, some P300 ...
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Published August 26, 2020, 12:15 PM BACOLOD CITY – A 92-year-old woman, considered the oldest survivors of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Negros Occidental, is bringing hope and courage to everyone amid the struggle to fight the pandemic. And Antonina Gargoles of Barangay Saraet, Himamaylan City, conquered the disease without expert ...
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Published August 26, 2020, 2:41 PM With some sectors insisting the requirement of wearing face shields as “anti-poor,” Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año reiterated wearing face shields is not mandatory and are required only when riding public transport. He pointed out the local government units ...
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Published August 26, 2020 1:37pm Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) on Wednesday urged the public and the government to sustain efforts while the COVID-19 cases are on the downward trend to achieve a "healthy Christmas." In a public briefing, Dr. Guido David of UP-OCTA Research Team pointed ...
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Published August 26, 2020 2:10pm The Department of Health (DOH) has utilized 86% or P44 billion of its P51 billion budget for the country’s COVID-19 response, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday. Vergeire said the DOH’s was given P51 billion to address the pandemic, of which 89% or P45.72 ...
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Published August 25, 2020 4:35pm GENEVA - The COVID-19 pandemic is still expanding, but the rise in cases and deaths has slowed globally, except for southeast Asia and the eastern Mediterranean regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. In its latest epidemiological update, issued on Monday night, it said that ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 4:55 PM The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) will expand its research on the new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after it was found in samples in Quezon City earlier this month. Dr. Cynthia Saloma, PGC executive director, said in an interview ...
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Posted at Aug 25 2020 07:45 PM MANILA--The Department of Health (DOH) is pushing hard to vaccinate tens of thousands of children against polio despite the coronavirus pandemic, which slowed down the government's immunization program during the early months of the community lockdowns. As of June this year, the DOH ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 5:22 PM A federation of teachers on Tuesday slammed the Department of Education (DepEd) anew for “failing” to institute health and safety mechanisms for its personnel with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the education sector. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines alleged that ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 6:10 PM More than 23.6 million students have so far enrolled for School Year (SY) 2020-2021, according to the data released by the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday. DepEd national enrollment data as of Aug. 25 showed that the total number of enrollees for the ...
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Published Aug 25, 2020 5:28:07 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority is set to launch its contact tracing course in September that will prioritize regions with high number of COVID-19 cases. TESDA deputy director general Lina Sarmiento told CNN Philippines Newsroom ...
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Posted at Aug 25 2020 06:21 PM | Updated as of Aug 25 2020 06:40 PM MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education on Tuesday urged colleges and universities to have a wider benchmark on student admission as higher education institutions refrain from conducting in-person entrance exams due to the ...
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Published August 25, 2020 5:00pm The raw talent and hard work of an elderly man who sells artwork on the sidewalk has captured the hearts of thousands of netizens. YouScooper Inna Oamil said she spotted Roberto Diaz along Cuasay Road in Taguig City on Sunday and was immediately captivated by ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 6:38 PM Former private school teacher turned to selling bread after losing job due to COVID-19 pandemic. In a now viral post, uploader Karlo Ternora recalled his conversation with Eloisa Gicar, 65, who approached him to offer her goods while he was refueling on Holy Spirit ...
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Posted at Aug 25 2020 05:27 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted the COVID-19 climbed to 10,028 on Tuesday, with 25 new additional cases recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Only 3,257, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 6,029 of those ...
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Published August 25, 2020 9:23am; Updated August 25, 2020 10:40am President Rodrigo Duterte has assured the public that the billions of pesos the government is spending to address the COVID-19 pandemic will be accounted for. “Huwag kayo mag-alala, lahat ng nagastos rito sa fight against COVID-19 ay maa-account. I will hold myself ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 2:35 PM Senate leaders welcomed on Tuesday President Duterte’s assurance about the billions of funds that the administration is spending to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Duterte, in his taped public address aired Tuesday morning, said he will hold himself responsible for all the COVID-19 funds being ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 3:51 PM Explaining the huge number of COVID- 19 recoveries in the country, National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said about 91.5 percent of the total active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases here are either asymptomatic or simply exhibit mild symptoms. Galvez told ...
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Published August 25, 2020 10:09am Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday said she cannot tell if the COVID-19 curve in the country will flatten in September as projected by some experts from the University of the Philippines. Interviewed on GMA Network’s Unang Hirit, Vergeire said the Department of Health (DOH) ...
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August 25, 2020 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Ahead of the opening of classes and faced with limitations of resources due to the pandemic, Filipino teachers have resorted to creative ways to teach Philippine language and literature through distance learning. As the country commemorates the Buwan ng Wika this August, ...
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Published August 25, 2020 9:18am The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said there are no more backlogs in the issuance of results of COVID-19 tests in the country. Interviewed on GMA Network’s Unang Hirit, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH also reminded laboratories to send the copy of ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 3:32 PM The Department of Education (DepEd) announced 93 percent of public schools nationwide have already received over 1 million devices and gadgets for use by students and teachers this upcoming school year. DepEd Director for Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Abram Abanil, in a recent ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 11:57 AM The Department of Education (DepEd) said teachers from private schools who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will be among priorities when it starts hiring para-teachers or tutors for blending/distance learning. Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in a virtual press briefing on Aug. 24, said the ...
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Published August 25, 2020, 1:06 PM Despite the lower number of enrollees under its Alternative Learning System (ALS) this upcoming school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) assured it will continue to offer the same to the country’s out-of-school youth and adults. DepEd Undersecretary for ALS G.H. Ambat noted national enrollment ...
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Published August 25, 2020 12:40pm Malacañang has asked healthcare workers to apply for positions under the government’s emergency hiring program amid the COVID-19 crisis despite calls to allow them to seek better opportunities abroad. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque suggested to health workers to first gain clinical experience in the Philippines after ...
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Published Aug 25, 2020 10:52:42 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte told Cabinet officials to account for fund releases for COVID-19 response programs under their respective agencies. "Upon my oath of office, 'wag kayong mag-alala. Lahat ng pera na nagastos dito sa away ng COVID ...
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Franco Luna (Philstar.com) - August 24, 2020 - 7:25pm MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo urged the Duterte administration on Monday to ramp up government spending to help cushion the coronavirus pandemic's impact on Filipinos, who are still under the world's longest quarantine. She also called for assistance to businesses ...
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Published August 24, 2020 9:30pmBy DONA MAGSINO, GMA News The Philippines needs to open more public medical schools to produce more doctors within a decade, several senators said on Monday as they tackled a bill seeking to provide medical scholarship to Filipinos. Senator Joel Villanueva, sponsoring Senate Bill No. 1520 ...
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Published August 24, 2020, 7:30 PM by Minka Klaudia Tiangco A P151 million-budget was allocated by the Manila city government for the hazard pay of its employees who physically reported to work during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ...
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Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News Posted at Aug 24 2020 03:46 PM MANILA-- The Philippines has tested more than 2 million Filipinos since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Department of Health said Monday. Some 2,158,196 Filipinos were already tested for the rapidly spreading respiratory illness, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said ...
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Posted at Aug 24 2020 03:56 PM MANILA - The Department of Education said Monday it would retain a numeric grading system in the coming school year, when most students would be learning from their homes as in-person classes remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Even as we want ...
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Posted at Aug 24 2020 06:36 PM MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Monday 440 private schools would be temporarily ceasing operations in the coming academic year due to lack of enrollees. Of the 14,435 private schools in the country, 440 have so far said they will not ...
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Posted at Aug 24 2020 08:07 AM | Updated as of Aug 24 2020 06:25 PM MANILA — Filipinos by the end of the month or next month might see a flattening of the coronavirus curve, which means a decrease in new cases of the disease that has spurred months of lockdown, a ...
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Posted at Aug 24 2020 12:37 PM MANILA -- The Department of Health said Monday it was studying a test for the novel coronavirus that examines saliva instead of nasal and blood samples. Japan in June approved the use of a polymerase chain reaction coronavirus (PCR) test using saliva, which is ...
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Posted at Aug 24 2020 10:46 AM | Updated as of Aug 24 2020 02:14 PM MANILA (UPDATE) - The Department of Education said Monday it has recorded 823 confirmed COVID-19 cases among its personnel and learners as the country continued to grapple with the respiratory illness, which has prompted changes in the ...
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Published August 24, 2020, 12:17 PM A federation of teachers trooped to the Department of Education (DepEd) in Pasig City Monday to urge the agency to ensure that preparations will be in place ahead of the scheduled school opening on Oct. 5. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines presented the ...
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Published August 24, 2020, 12:42 PM Critics on Monday have expressed grave concern over the proposal of a Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) official to imprison individuals caught without face masks in public. On Friday, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño, peeved by the growing number of quarantine ...
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August 24, 2020 - 12:40pm MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health said safeguards such as safety surveillance and pilot implementations will still be in place after it recommended doing away with the final stage in the clinical trials for potential coronavirus vaccines. Lawmakers inserted a waiver in the proposed ...
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Published Aug 24, 2020 11:59:22 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24)— The sudden push and calls for a “revolutionary government” could only serve as a distraction for officials as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said. Speaking to CNN ...
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Published Aug 24, 2020 2:30:18 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 24) — The Department of Health warned that persons who were identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 patient may face sanctions if they refuse to be tested or isolated. Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday reiterated that ...
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Published August 24, 2020 1:36pm; Updated August 24, 2020 1:43pm Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified on Monday that COVID-19 served as a trigger for the  expeditious implementation of the Universal Healthcare Program, after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III drew flak for calling the pandemic a “blessing in disguise.” Vergeire made the ...
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Posted at Aug 24 2020 02:06 PM Vaccine available by mid 2021 in ‘best case scenario’  MANILA -- Filipinos' participation in clinical trials does not guarantee that they will be the first to get the potential vaccines against the novel coronavirus, an official said Monday. Authorities on Sunday received preliminary data ...
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Posted at Aug 24 2020 02:33 PM The Department of Health said Monday it had cleared its backlog in the validation of its of coronavirus cases. "We do not have any validation backlog anymore because within 24 hours of the data being submitted to us, we immediately validate and we are ...
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Published Aug 24, 2020 6:02:19 AM (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the use of convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 on Sunday, saying the "known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product." The FDA ...
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Published Aug 23, 2020 7:44:05 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 23) — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) plans to put up over 5,000 new WiFi spots in the country in the next four months to boost internet connectivity. DICT deputy spokesperson Adrian Echaus said Sunday that ...
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Published August 23, 2020, 8:55 AM Baguio contact tracer shares how it is to be COVID-19 positive BAGUIO CITY – At the back of their minds, Mischelle Ramos-Junio and her colleagues at the Baguio City Contract Tracing Team (CTT) knew that any one of them could become afflicted with the ...
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Published August 23, 2020, 8:17 AM How 5 fresh grads are dealing with pandemic’s effect on their careers Emails apologizing for a freeze hiring policy have been reaching the inboxes of many graduates of 2020. The future that once held so much promise had nosedived as the government-imposed lockdowns, forcing companies to ...
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 05:19 PM August 23, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government on Sunday urged the Department of Health to review its case reporting system, as lack of information in the database hampers its contact tracing efforts on coronavirus disease patients. Mayor Joy Belmonte made this call after a COVID-19 ...
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Published August 23, 2020 5:37pm The Quezon City government is urging barangay officials to establish quarantine facilities in their area to help arrest the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a memorandum dated August 21, Mayor Joy Belmonte said barangay-based quarantine facilities will “enable immediate isolation of asymptomatic or ...
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05:30 AM August 23, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — Tech entrepreneur Jorge “Jojy” Azurin was among those who fell severely ill with COVID-19 in the initial surge of cases in the country in March. He spent eight days in the emergency room where he was intubated before he was transferred to ...
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Published August 23, 2020, 8:28 PM Over 13.2 million low-income families have received their second tranche of emergency cash subsidies under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Sunday (August 23). The DSWD reported around 13,285,248 beneficiaries got their cash aid, amounting ...
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05:10 AM August 23, 2020 GENEVA — Corrupt practices around medical safety gear for COVID-19 health workers is tantamount to “murder,” World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday as he warned that it may take at least two years until the world sees the pandemic’s end ...
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Posted at Aug 23 2020 06:03 PM MANILA - It is important to be open about one's condition and inform everyone as soon as your coronavirus test results come out, two government officials who recovered from COVID-19 said Sunday. Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran and Build, Build, Build committee chairperson Anna ...
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Published August 23, 2020 6:24pm The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday announced one new case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 26 new recoveries among overseas Filipinos. This brings the total to 9,984 COVID-19 cases with 5,953 recoveries and 733 deaths. The Middle East/Africa region still has the highest ...
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By: Villamor Visaya Jr. - Correspondent / @VillVisayaJrINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 06:26 PM August 22, 2020 TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – Ten people in this city have contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after being exposed this week to a non-uniformed employee of the Tuguegarao police. Two of them confirmed they have ...
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By: Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQINQUIRER.net / 07:34 PM August 22, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The government has sought assistance from churches and religious leaders to provide guidance for their members suffering from mental health issues as the number of suicide cases increase during the threat of the coronavirus ...
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Agence France-Presse / 05:02 PM August 22, 2020 The World Health Organization said Friday it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years — faster than it took for the Spanish flu. “We hope to finish this pandemic before less than two years,” Tedros ...
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Published August 22, 2020 5:37pm The House of Representatives on Saturday reported a new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total tally of cases in the agency to 51. House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales said that the employee was from the Bills and Index Service who reported for work from ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 5:55 PM by Agence France-Presse A German university launched Saturday a series of pop concerts under coronavirus conditions, hoping the mass experiment with 4,000 people can determine whether large events can safely resume. Well-known singer Tim Bendzko agreed to give three separate performances over the course of ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 6:10 PM by Merlina Hernando-Malipot Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday, August 22, commended various groups and individuals who continue to help their fellowmen as the country continues to grapple with COVID-19. Robredo, in her personal Facebook page, gave credit to the efforts of two groups who ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 6:25 PM by Chito Chavez The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday pointed out the improved contact tracing results in Metro Manila citing the significant increase of 1:15 in Manila. But, DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya noted that the local government units (LGUs) ...
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Posted at Aug 22 2020 02:22 PM MANILA - Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Saturday decried Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for calling the coronavirus pandemic a "blessing in disguise," saying alleged anomalies in the health care system has affected how the country is faring in the face of the crisis ...
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Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News Posted at Aug 22 2020 01:03 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2020 01:47 PM MANILA (UPDATE) - Around 36 percent of working-age Filipinos are expecting their quality of life to worsen in the next 12 months as the COVID-19 pandemic lingered in the country, according to a ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 12:32 PM by Dhel Nazario Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) trials as a therapeutic for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mild cases might be conducted in Valenzuela City, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DoST). DoST held a meeting Friday with Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian to discuss areas ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 12:34 PM by Joseph Pedrajas Several quarantine facilities are set to open in Quezon City in the coming weeks as the local government intensifies its campaign against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by isolating suspected and confirmed patients in the city. Two new city-funded isolation facilities — HOPE ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 1:48 PM by Agence France-Presse South Korea has announced it will ramp up coronavirus restrictions across the country starting Sunday to try and control a growing outbreak. The move came as South Korea — which had largely brought its earlier outbreak under control — reported 332 cases ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 2:38 PM by Merlina Hernando-Malipot While it has yet to receive a final version of the bill, the Department of Education (DepEd) already welcomed the ratification of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill or Bayanihan 2, which allots P4 billion to the DepEd’s digital and alternative ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 3:30 PM by Merlina Hernando-Malipot A federation of teachers on Saturday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to drop the old and “stringent” metrics and develop a more flexible assessment system as the country draws closer to school opening on Oct. 5. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 3:01 PM by Alexandria Dennise San Juan The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) continues to assist 19 state universities and colleges (SUCs) who are collaborating with its local government units to maintain quarantine centers in their facilities. In April, CHED formed a Public Health Experts Group (PHEG) ...
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Published August 22, 2020, 2:26 PM DAVAO CITY – The utilization level of beds in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wards in Davao Region has nearly reached the “danger zone,” according to the Department of Health (DOH)-Davao. Dr. Cleo Fe Tabada, head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of DOH-Davao, said that ...
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Published Aug 21, 2020 7:39:14 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) — Stricter quarantine measures have contained COVID-19 infections among healthcare workers in hospitals, according to data. At a University of the Philippines town hall forum on Friday, Philippine General Hospital director Gerardo Legaspi said the hospital has seen ...
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Published August 21, 2020, 6:04 PM Thirty-six percent of adult Filipinos expect their quality of life to worsen in the next 12 months, the latest surveys showed. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) said on Friday, Aug. 21, that this was revealed by the National Mobile Phone Survey conducted from July 3 ...
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Posted at Aug 21 2020 06:51 PM | Updated as of Aug 21 2020 09:38 PM MANILA (UPDATED) - Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday sought to rally medical workers behind the government's COVID-19 response, saying the country was staring at a protracted "war" as cases continued the pile up. Duque appeared before doctors ...
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Published August 21, 2020 7:41pm The transmission of COVID-19 in Metro Manila has decreased due to the implementation of the modified enhanced community quarantine, University of the Philippines mathematics professor Guido David said Friday. "We are happy to say that the pandemic trend has actually decreased the past two weeks. So, ...
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Published August 21, 2020 8:22pm LONDON - Russia's plan to roll-out its "Sputnik-V" COVID-19 vaccine even before full trials show how well it works is prompting concern among virus experts, who warn a partially effective shot may encourage the novel coronavirus to mutate. Viruses, including the pandemic SARS-CoV-2, are known for ...
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Published Aug 21, 2020 5:42:30 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted that he chose not to correct President Rodrigo Duterte’s unscientific remarks despite the harmful effects they may cause to the public. Duque told the University of the Philippines town hall webinar ...
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Published Aug 21, 2020 7:30:51 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) — A senior citizens advocate said there are elderly people who complain about not being allowed to go to work during this pandemic. Elderly advocate Atty. Romulo Macalintal told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon that one of the challenges ...
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Published August 21, 2020, 5:34 PM Kean Arcilla Ramos, an 18-year-old from Bgy. Tunasan, Muntinlupa, has gone viral on social media because of his unique way of selling desserts – on rollerblades!  An incoming Grade 12 student at Muntinlupa National High School-Main, Kean is helping his family in this time of ...
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Published August 21, 2020, 4:37 PM Recognizing how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the mental health of students and teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct nationwide psychosocial support sessions and other related activities for them a week prior to the Oct. 5 school opening. Education Secretary Leonor Briones explained the effort ...
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Published August 21, 2020, 5:42 PM The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) called all Filipinos abroad Friday to “cooperate and work” with their host countries and local health authorities for their safety and protection and that of their families and communities as it recorded two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 ...
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Posted at Aug 21 2020 11:43 AM MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipinos on Friday to mirror the courage of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. as the country marks the martyred senator's death anniversary while battling the coronavirus pandemic. Duterte called on the nation to be "heroes" by showing discipline while ...
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Posted at Aug 21 2020 08:18 AM MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday urged the public to emulate martyred Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. who believed in "a better future for Filipinos" as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Aquino, who was assassinated 37 years ago to this ...
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Posted at Aug 21 2020 03:42 PM MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) announced Friday it was letting go of the final phase of clinical trials for COVID-19 drugs and vaccines to "accelerate our national response to the pandemic." The decision was made after deliberations by the DOH, Health Technology ...
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Published August 21, 2020 3:54pm Heath Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday said they will look into the study conducted by the Ateneo de Manila University-Department of Economics stating that around 3 million COVID-19 cases were unreported in the country from April to June. Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, Duque said ...
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Posted at Aug 21 2020 12:42 AM | Updated as of Aug 21 2020 01:00 AM MANILA - Metro Manila has logged more than 100,000 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) since the illness started to spread in the country this year. This, after the Philippines recorded 4,339 more COVID-19 cases on ...
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Published August 21, 2020, 2:34 PM ILOILO CITY—The Department of Health (DOH 6) here has warned that the bed capacity of public hospitals catering to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Western Visayas has reached critical level. DOH 6 Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Jessie Glen Alonasbe said wards for moderate and severe COVID-19 ...
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Published August 21, 2020 2:17pm Local government units (LGUs) should allow entry to returning residents in their respective jurisdictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.  “In-adopt ng IATF ‘yung national na polisiya na lahat ng local na pamahalaan, lahat ng governors, city and municipal mayors at punong ...
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Published August 21, 2020, 2:35 PM As the world races to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday (Aug. 21) has yet to receive any application for clinical trials in the Philippines, said FDA-Center for Drug Regulation and Research director Dr. Jesusa ...
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Published August 21, 2020 2:22pm Health workers will be among those who will be prioritized to join the clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination president Dr. Liza Gonzales said Friday. "'Doon po sa mga vaccine trials, ang mga uunahin po ay yung mga at-risk. So sino po ito? ...
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August 21, 2020 - 3:11pm MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers are moving to allow the government to immediately purchase coronavirus vaccines even if they are yet to undergo final clinical trials in a bid to fast-track procurement once the cure to the dreaded disease is available. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon ...
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Published Aug 21, 2020 12:44:12 PM The government has made the wearing of face shields mandatory not just in public transport and in the workplace, but also in enclosed establishments like malls. “Dapat sinusuot na rin ang face shields sa mga nakasaradong commercial establishments, gaya po ng mga malls,” Presidential ...
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Published August 21, 2020 3:39pm The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the House of Representatives increased to 50 on Friday after another congressional staffer tested positive for the illness. According to House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales, the patient reported for work on August 17 and August 18. The ...
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Published August 20, 2020, 4:42 PM The government is still studying if the wearing of face shields will be mandatory in all places as protection against the coronavirus, Malacañang said Thursday. According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the proposed compulsory use of face shield even in public places is being discussed ...
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August 20, 2020 - 5:52pm MANILA, Philippines — Health workers with overseas employment contracts as of March 8 may now leave the country for work, Malacañang said Thursday. "The [COVID-19 task force] this afternoon decided that health professionals with papers, meaning [Oversees Employment Certificate] issued by the [Philippine Overseas Employment ...
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Published August 20, 2020 9:26pm Public utility vehicles may refuse to transport senior citizens and passengers below 21 years of age in a general community quarantine, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in Mark Salazar’s report on “24 Oras.” “It is the policy of the IATF. They can politely refuse ...
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Published Aug 20, 2020 8:00:02 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 20) — The lack of tuberculosis services, which have taken a backseat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, would result in as many as 28,300 deaths in the country if left unresolved, the World Health Organization in the Philippines said ...
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August 20, 2020 - 7:06pm MANILA, Philippines — A nurse waiting for her shuttle ride to work helped a barangay rescue team by assisting to deliver the baby of a homeless woman on the street of Osmeña Avenue in Makati City. Wearing her white nurse uniform, Lorrainne Pingol released the ...
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Posted at Aug 20 2020 06:55 PM MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday it does not recommend the use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 in local government units (LGUs) for supposedly yielding inaccurate results. In a virtual forum organized by the Union of Local Authorities of the ...
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Published August 20, 2020 6:32pm The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said it has identified 27 more clusters of coronavirus infection, bringing the total to 1,302 as of August 18. Seventeen of the newest clusters came from Region 4A, four came from Region 3, three came from Region 7, while ...
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Published August 20, 2020 8:18pm A couple set up a mobile kitchen to serve hot meals to frontliners and residents of far-flung areas amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to Jamie Santos' report on "24 Oras," freelance photographer Alex Baluyot and his wife Precious previously organized the initiative during ...
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Posted at Aug 20 2020 04:49 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 9,973 on Thursday as 14 additional cases were reported, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Only 3,371, however, are currently being treated for the disease as 5,869 ...
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Published August 20, 2020 2:59pm The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday disputed a study made by the Ateneo de Manila University that claimed around 2.8 million COVID-19 cases in the country have gone unreported, saying the research failed to consider differences in health systems among countries. Health Undersecretary Maria ...
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Published August 20, 2020 3:52pm Malacañang on Thursday appealed for understanding after the government reimposed the 10-person limit on religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ). In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque called for online religious services amid movement restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. “Napatunayan ...
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Published August 20, 2020 3:50pm The Philippines’ COVID-19 task force will meet on Thursday to discuss if there can be exemptions from the overseas deployment ban on health workers, Malacañang said. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) will tackle the ...
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August 20, 2020 - 2:24pm MANILA, Philippines — The interior department's "BIDA ang May Disiplina" campaign with the health department is not about enforcement, but rather about community volunteerism against the coronavirus pandemic, the department said Thursday. On Saturday, the Department of Interior and Local Government unveiled the program as ...
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Published August 20, 2020 12:35am DAKAR, Senegal - Healthcare workers fighting coronavirus in dozens of countries are facing violence from fearful communities who have attacked doctors and burned down clinics, aid agencies said on Tuesday. In Colombia, ambulances were blocked from entering a town to screen for COVID-19 cases, said ...
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Published August 20, 2020 12:17pm The Department of Education assured the public that it will provide psycho-social support to teachers and school personnel with the continuation of the learning program troubled by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement on Thursday, Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones acknowledged that the tasks for the incoming ...
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August 19, 2020 - 6:31pm MANILA, Philippines — Almost half of Filipinos who have died of novel coronavirus had not been admitted to a hospital, a lawmaker said, citing data from the Department of Health. Sen. Joel Villanueva pressed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on this during a Senate hearing ...
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Published August 20, 2020 2:20pm Filipino tech experts have created games and applications aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. A report by “Unang Balita” featured two mobile applications designed to help medical frontliners and make contact tracing more accessible. It also featured a new computer game that aims to ...
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August 20, 2020 - 2:41pm MANILA, Philippines — A teachers' group on Wednesday night urged Congress to include the education sector as one of the top priorities for a government-initiated stimulus bill. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers made this request in a letter addressed to Rep. Luis Villafuerte Jr. (Camarines ...
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Posted at Aug 19 2020 02:17 PM MANILA - Gatherings will be limited to 10 people while the use of quarantine passes will depend on the decision of local governments, Malacañang said Wednesday as Metro Manila and nearby urban hubs eased back to the general community quarantine (GCQ). Areas under localized ...
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Published Aug 19, 2020 6:19:20 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — The government was able to “maximize” the time during which Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces went under strict movement restrictions that enabled authorities to recalibrate infection control strategies, the Department of Health said Wednesday. Health spokesperson ...
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August 19, 2020 - 6:01pm MANILA, Philippines — Nearly three million Filipinos or 2.6% of the country’s population may have contracted coronavirus disease during the second quarter, a preliminary copy of a study from the Ateneo De Manila University suggested. A working paper authored by Jan Fredrick Cruz and released ...
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Published Aug 19, 2020 12:26:42 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 19) — A vaccine against coronavirus may be available to Filipinos by the second quarter of 2021, an official from the Department of Science and Technology said on Wednesday. “If we are talking about the availability en masse, we ...
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Published August 19, 2020 6:36pm Rich countries should not hoard a coronavirus vaccine and should only give pandemic-related bailouts to companies committed to protecting the environment, helping the most needy and the 'common good', Pope Francis said on Wednesday. "It would be sad if the rich are given priority for the ...
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Published August 19, 2020 4:23pm The United States government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday launched a P1.9 billion project that will support the education, employment, and livelihood needs of at least 180,000 out-of-school youth in the Philippines. In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Manila ...
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Published August 19, 2020 5:06pm The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is proposing that individuals caught not wearing their face masks should be imprisoned for 30 days as the National Capital Region returned to a general community quarantine. In an interview on Dobol B sa News TV, DILG Undersecretary ...
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Published August 19, 2020, 5:46 PM Five months into the community quarantine, concerns are mounting for urban poor communities across Metro Manila as they don’t have enough support to cope during the coronavirus pandemic. They claimed their already difficult lives have worsened with no means to support themselves in this time ...
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Published August 19, 2020 6:27pm The number of Filipinos abroad who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reached almost 10,000 on Wednesday after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 26 new infections, bringing the total to 9,959. The DFA also announced that total recoveries rose to 5,868 ...
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Posted at Aug 19 2020 05:14 PM MANILA - The Philippines started its 9-month clinical trials for Avigan on Monday to study the efficacy of the Japanese anti-flu drug against the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the clinical trials would initially include 4 hospitals ...
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Posted at Aug 17 2020 02:10 PM | Updated as of Aug 17 2020 02:40 PM MANILA - Metro Manila mayors have recommended easing virus restrictions in the capital region, Malacañang said Monday, a day before the modified enhanced community quarantine expires. The local chief executives in the capital were unanimous in calling ...
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 August 17, 2020 - 6:20pm MANILA, Philippines — Over 1,245 coronavirus clusters had been identified in the country, more than 80% of which were in communities, the Department of Health said Monday. Latest data from the DOH showed that 1,054 or around 85% of the clusters were found in communities, ...
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 August 17, 2020 - 7:00pm MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is in "perpetual isolation" as a precautionary measure against the pandemic, Malacañang said Monday, as some officials isolate themselves after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año tested positive for the coronavirus. Roque said the 75-year-old president's health is "fine" because the ...
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Published August 17, 2020 7:42pm BEIJING, China - Thousands of partygoers packed out a water park over the weekend in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, keen to party as the city edges back to normal life. The popular Wuhan Maya Beach Water ...
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Posted at Aug 17 2020 04:27 PM MANILA - The Philippines eyes increasing its coronavirus testing capacity by five times, Malacañang said Monday, as the government turns to pooled testing. The government is eyeing pooled testing starting with groups of five, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said. "On top of ...
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Published Aug 17, 2020 2:26:43 PM; Updated Aug 17, 2020 5:32:00 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17) — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there's more reason to be happy than shocked that a recent poll showed 45.5 percent or about 27.3 million were jobless in July. "Ako po ay ...
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Published August 17, 2020, 4:44 PM Public personalities were urged Monday to help the country overcome the national health crisis by being responsible with their statements over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), saying this is not a “joking matter.” Lawyer Larry Gadon went viral over the weekend for stating that he does ...
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Published Aug 17, 2020 6:19:58 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17) - The Pasig City government has approved an ordinance which waives all regulatory fees for private schools until face-to-face classes resume. City Ordinance 32, Series of 2020 provides that all regulatory fees owed by private educational institutions – ...
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Published August 17, 2020, 5:45 PM The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is seeking to serve the remaining 1.3 million beneficiaries or less than 10 percent of the 14.1 million targeted beneficiaries for the second tranche distribution of emergency cash  subsidies under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).  Based ...
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Published August 17, 2020 7:39pm SEOUL, South Korea — Thousands of members of a Protestant church linked to a coronavirus cluster in Seoul have been asked to quarantine, South Korean authorities said Monday, as they accused the group's firebrand conservative leader—who has reportedly tested positive—of obstruction. The country's "trace, test and treat" approach ...
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Posted at Aug 17 2020 08:06 PM MANILA-- Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro called for data sharing among local government units (LGUs) to improve the ground strategy against the transmission of the coronavirus. Teodoro made the call on Monday as he noted that some individuals who test positive for COVID-19 in ...
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August 16, 2020 - 8:14pm MANILA, Philippines — The government has promised a smooth opening of classes on October 5, noting that the stricter quarantine measures in Metro Manila and nearby areas had prodded President Rodrigo Duterte to move the start of the school year. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said ...
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Published August 16, 2020, 4:40 PM Following the postponement of the opening of classes to Oct. 5, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers partylist Rep. France Castro urged Sunday the Department of Education (DepEd) to take advantage of the 50-day respite to assess the situation per region and consider allowing traditional ...
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Published Aug 16, 2020 7:36:50 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16) — The Department of Labor and Employment said over 600,000 overseas Filipino workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are requesting assistance from the government. In a statement on Sunday, DOLE said data from Philippine Overseas Labor Offices and ...
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Published August 16, 2020 8:08pm Adult joblessness in the Philippines rose to a record-high of 45.5% in July with half of the unemployed saying they lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, a recent poll of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. According to the results of the SWS National Mobile ...
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06:05 PM August 16, 2020 A doctor in India suffering from COVID-19 kept a patient as a priority, even if he himself was under medical care. When a 71-year-old patient in need of intubation was brought to the hospital last Sunday, Aug. 9, Dr. Sanket Mehta, 37, gave his oxygen ...
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Published August 16, 2020, 7:24 PM A day before its target date to complete the manual and digital payouts of the second tranche of emergency cash subsidies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that it has served over 12.51 million family-beneficiaries. The DSWD said it has distributed P74.5 ...
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Published August 16, 2020, 11:17 AM BARAS, Rizal – Kids here are now getting used to the town-wide 10 o’clock and 3 o’clock habit, not for doing other things, but to read books and other reading materials. When the clock strikes 10 in the morning and three in the afternoon, ...
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Published August 16, 2020 6:09pm Cebu City mayor Edgar Labella on Saturday signed Executive Order No. 88, detailing COVID-19 health measures ahead of the implementation of general community quarantine status in the city on Sunday. Based on the EO 88 that Labella posted on Facebook, stay-at-home order is maintained. Only movement ...
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Published August 16, 2020 5:28pm The House of Representatives recorded its 44th case of COVID-19 after another employee tested positive for the disease. House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales, in a Sunday statement, said that the new COVID-19 case in the House was an employee from the Plenary Support Service. She ...
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Posted at Aug 16 2020 05:55 PM MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 9,896 on Sunday as three additional cases were reported, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Only 3,329 however, are currently being treated for the disease as 5,842 ...
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Published Aug 16, 2020 2:03:31 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16) — Local government units do not need "big brothers" that will look over their shoulders as they respond to the pandemic, a member of the House of Representatives said on Sunday. In a statement, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice ...
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August 16, 2020 - 9:30am Part 2 of a two-part feature. MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is worried that large amounts of waste coming from hospitals handling coronavirus patients, if not managed soundly, might end up in seas and rivers. This has not happened yet ...
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Published August 16, 2020 8:16am Teachers are possibly facing stress in preparation for the blended learning approach this coming school year amid the pandemic, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said on Sunday. Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, Umali acknowledged the burden of teachers as they prepare ...
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Posted at Aug 16 2020 11:27 AM | Updated as of Aug 16 2020 12:21 PM MANILA - Medical workers and other frontliners are prioritized when government obtains a COVID-19 vaccine, a former health Secretary said Sunday. These will include doctors, nurses, hospital workers, social workers, and policemen, among others, ...
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Published August 16, 2020, 12:28 PM Ahead of the school opening on Oct. 5, Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday formally launched the instructional videos for teachers, parents, and students to help them in the transition towards distance learning. Robredo launched her latest initiative on education, dubbed “Bayanihan E-skwela,” that ...
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Published August 16, 2020, 3:36 PM The Pasig City Transport has launched its own microsite to provide people access to information related to transport services and projects of the local government. “To help you find the latest announcements and other transport-related information such as biking, free shuttle service around the ...
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August 16, 2020 - 10:13am MANILA, Philippines — Local government units have been encouraged to organize "Disiplina Brigades" as part of the government's "BIDA ang may Disiplina” campaign, the Department of Interior and Local Government said. The DILG again pushes the narrative — disputed by survey data — that the ...
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August 16, 2020 - 12:43pm MANILA, Philippines — Forced off the road by coronavirus lockdowns, jeepney driver Daniel Flores now plies the streets of Manila on foot begging for money to feed his hungry family. The 23-year-old has not picked up a passenger since March when public transport was halted ...
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Published August 16, 2020, 1:23 PM The government is determined to iron out concerns related to school preparations to ensure the smooth opening of basic education classes by October, a Malacañang official said over the weekend. The class opening earlier set for Aug. 24 has been moved by President Duterte ...
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Published August 16, 2020, 2:34 PM The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) maintained Sunday that aggressive contact tracing is a game changer against COVID-19 in the country. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año cited that “aggressive contact tracing is the key to the success of the COVID-19 response in ...
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Published Aug 16, 2020 11:38:31 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16) — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called on the Department of Education to make the most out of the six-week-long postponement of classes to respond to the needs of teachers. In her weekly radio show, Robredo said ...
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Published Aug 16, 2020 11:26:53 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16)— Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday confirmed he again tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Año said he began experiencing flu-like symptoms— including sore throat and body aches— on August 13, prompting him to go on self-quarantine ...
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Published August 15, 2020, 6:26 PM Is the Philippines winning or losing the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)? Department of Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire yesterday said we are not yet at the stage that we can have an answer to that question, but assured that the government can take ...
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Posted at Aug 15 2020 02:36 PM Data show Region 7 is beating COVID-19, while Region IV-A is making strides in the right direction. The National Capital Region isn’t as fortunate. In fact, it is now worse than ever. MANILA -- Another quarantine decision looms large for President Rodrigo Duterte, ...
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Published Aug 15, 2020 7:35:14 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — The country's total number of COVID-19 cases could hit 200,000 or more by the end of the month, which is 20,000 more than the previous projection, despite a slower trend during the stricter quarantine period, a research ...
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Published August 15, 2020, 5:43 PM Medical frontliners who have been denied their hazard pay despite service rendered call on government to see to it that medical institutions comply with the law granting benefits to health workers. Three months after she was assigned at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine ...
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05:24 PM August 15, 2020 SEOUL, South Korea— Thousands of anti-government protesters, armed with umbrellas and raincoats, marched through the soggy streets of South Korea’s capital Saturday, ignoring official pleas to stay home amid a surge in coronavirus infections. Municipal officials in Seoul had sought to forbid the slew of ...
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Published Aug 15, 2020 5:47:56 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) — It’s settled. Private schools can conduct distance learning classes ahead of the October 5 start date required for public institutions, the Department of Education clarified on Saturday. The DepEd said in a statement it had to confer ...
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Published August 15, 2020, 4:35 PM Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that school opening preparations as well as other related activities will continue even if the scheduled school opening on Aug. 24 was postponed and was moved to Oct. 5. Briones said that the teachers and students will continue the ...
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Posted at Aug 15 2020 05:47 PM The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that at least 150 of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. "Nakakalungkot nga po at marami na rin tayong mga kawani na naapektuhan ng COVID-19. Bagamat patuloy pa rin ang isinasagawa nating pagbigay ng ...
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Published August 15, 2020, 3:59 PM School heads from various regions nationwide are lamenting the late release of funds from the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office and the depletion of school funds for the mass production of self-learning modules (SLMs) which are needed for blended and distance learning this ...
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Published August 15, 2020 6:17pm The number of Filipinos abroad who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increased to 9,893 on Saturday after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 15 new infections. Nineteen more patients have also recovered from the illness, bringing the total to 5,842 ...
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Posted at Aug 15 2020 09:20 AM | Updated as of Aug 15 2020 09:37 AM MANILA (UPDATE) - Except for Metro Manila and surrounding provinces, most parts of the Philippines will remain under relaxed community quarantine levels until the end of the month even as the number of COVID-19 infections in the ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 10:15 PM MANILA—A majority of Metro Manila mayors prefer to keep the capital region under stricter lockdown until the end of August, hoping to see strong indications if the measure was slowing down COVID-19 infections, ABS-CBN News learned. The preference was made known in an informal ...
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August 15, 2020 - 10:02am MANILA, Philippines — SafePass, a COVID-19 incident mitigation and management solution, on Friday relaunched a free version of the system that makes it accessible to all Filipino establishments nationwide. SafePass, developed by digital transformation leader Amihan Global Strategies and inclusion tech venture builder Talino Venture ...
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Posted at Aug 15 2020 12:51 AM MANILA - Colleges and universities are not required to further revise and delay their academic school year opening, a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) official said Friday, after the Department of Education (DepEd) announced that the opening of classes will be moved to Oct ...
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Published August 15, 2020, 2:51 PM All international and domestic passengers are required to wear face shields aside from face masks starting Saturday, Aug. 15. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) had earlier issued a directive addressed to all public transportation, including the aviation, railway, road, and maritime sectors, mandating face shields ...
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Published August 14, 2020 9:31pm A group of friends gathered aid for an 80-year-old vendor in Tondo, Manila after seeing him sell ice drop amid the community quarantine. According to Nico Waje's report on "24 Oras," Jam Costales and her friends Steph and Angel already knew Tatay Mario Santos since their ...
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Published August 15, 2020 12:12am The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippine National Police (PNP) increased to 2,798 on Friday with 41 new infections. Fifteen more personnel have also recovered from the illness, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,841, while the death toll remained at ...
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Posted at Aug 15 2020 11:00 AM | Updated as of Aug 15 2020 11:18 AM MANILA - A public health expert on Saturday called for a 2-week extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, warning that relaxing the lockdown could further increase COVID-19 cases in the ...
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Published August 15, 2020 2:21pm The Joint Task Force COVID Shield has sought assistance from transport leaders for the strict implementation of quarantine rules in their areas of responsibility, following reports that some tricycle drivers are still not wearing face masks, and not ensuring passengers' physical distancing. In a statement, JTF ...
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Published August 15, 2020 12:27pm The government has enough budget to fund the printing of learning modules to be used by students for School Year 2020-2021, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Saturday. Roque, in a virtual press briefing, was asked to comment on reports that some public schools in the provinces ...
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Posted at Aug 15 2020 12:54 AM MANILA - Officials of private schools were surprised after the Department of Education (DepEd) announced Friday that the opening of classes has been moved to Oct. 5 from Aug. 24, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) in a ...
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August 15, 2020 - 10:20am MANILA, Philippines — Since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic began in the Philippines, San Lazaro Hospital in Manila City—one of the government hospitals at the forefront of the country’s battle against the severe respiratory illness—has been generating an average of 10,000 kilograms of infectious medical ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 04:57 PM MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration will employ a “whole-of-society program” to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Malacañang said Friday, expressing concern about the grim view of most Filipinos on their quality of life. Dubbed Recharge PH, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 04:24 PM MANILA - Malacañang defended Friday assigning Cabinet officials to oversee the coronavirus response in urban hubs and provinces with high virus figures, saying it was meant to "harmonize" the government's strategy. The government's Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on pandemic response approved on Wednesday assigning ...
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Published August 14, 2020, 5:53 PM Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Friday  that private schools that have opened their respective school years may continue holding classes even if the Aug.24 school opening has been moved to Oct.5. Briones, in a virtual press briefing, explained that the decision of President Duterte to ...
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August 14, 2020 - 7:17pm MANILA, Philippines — With tighter lockdowns in main economic hubs set to be lifted soon, the Duterte administration is counting on the private sector to ensure workplace safety as employees prepare to return to work, including shouldering the cost of testing for staff. "Employers are ...
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August 14, 2020 - 3:39pm MANILA, Philippines — People who go to work make up the majority of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines, the Department of Health said Friday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the data showed that productive age groups—people aged 20 to 59—comprise the bulk of ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 04:27 PM MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is reviewing the proposal to establish a virology research institute in the Philippines, Malacañang said Friday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the country. The proposed Virology Science and Technology Institute is designed to "strengthen local vaccine development ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 07:39 PM Health workers distribute free medicine to residents living in an area placed under stricter lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Caloocan on Friday. The capital and outlying provinces is still under lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases. SOURCE: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/multimedia/photo/08/14/20/health-workers-distribute-free-medicine-in-caloocan ...
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Published August 14, 2020 5:40pm Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro on Friday urged the Department of Education to use the postponement of the school year opening to implement safety guidelines for teachers, non-teaching personnel, students and their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Castro called ...
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Published August 14, 2020 4:05pm; Updated August 14, 2020 4:42pm While other people have become certified plantitos and plantitas amid the pandemic, urban gardening remains a challenge for many due to the scarcity of suitable land in cities. But a retired teacher found a way to grow crops despite the lack of ...
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Published August 14, 2020, 7:37 PM The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday reported five new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and two new recoveries among Filipinos in the Asia-Pacific and Europe. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos to 9,878 as of August 14, 2020.  No new ...
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Published Aug 14, 2020 1:50:25 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) — Basic education classes will resume on October 5 as President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a six-week-long postponement amid the coronavirus crisis. Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in a surprise online press conference on Friday, announced that the ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 09:02 AM The academic curriculum for school year 2020-2021 will be leaner compared to previous years, the Department of Education said Friday, as the educational system adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic. This curriculum will only have 5,000 competencies or 40 percent of about 14,000 competencies in ...
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 August 14, 2020 - 12:57pm MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is reaching out to 16 pharmaceutical companies in other countries that are developing vaccines for coronavirus disease, the Department of Health said Friday. In a media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country is not only talking to ...
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Published Aug 14, 2020 10:46:19 AM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) – Further delaying the opening of classes for public schools may be a bad idea, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Friday. "'Yung mga concerns namin is some private schools have already started classes. My kids have already started ...
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Published August 14, 2020 2:00pm; Updated August 14, 2020 2:06pm Over 113,000 Filipinos aged 20 to 59 years — considered productive age by the government — have been infected with COVID-19, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Friday. “Ito pong 20 to 59 years old, ito po ang productive age group, sila ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 07:42 AM President Rodrigo Duterte’s aides will act as “bridges” between national government agencies and local officials in Metro Manila and other areas under the second strictest lockdown level to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Friday. The government's pandemic task force on ...
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Published August 14, 2020 12:45pm Metro Manila residents could expect intensified localized lockdowns if ever the region moves to a general community quarantine (GCQ), according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Friday. "If we go [back to] GCQ, we'll have to be very strict doon sa ating localized lockdowns. We have ...
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Published August 13, 2020, 5:12 PM Pasig City is ramping up its coronavirus testing efforts by providing its residents with free coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing, using an antibody test that is “more effective” than rapid testing. In a Facebook Live netcast on Wednesday (Aug. 12), Mayor Vico Sotto announced that ...
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Published August 14, 2020, 3:16 PM The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials of at least three barangays in Manila have donated laptop or tablet tables and activity books to the residents of their barangays as the country gears up for blended and distance learning, a new learning set-up reliant on technology, amid ...
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August 14, 2020 - 7:46am GENEVA, Switzerland — The WHO on Thursday urged countries to invest billions of dollars in searching for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments — calling it a snip compared to the vast economic cost of the coronavirus crisis. The World Health Organization insisted it was a smarter ...
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Published Aug 13, 2020 6:37:33 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — Some companies will be required to have isolation centers and protocol officers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, the Department of Trade and Industry announced Thursday. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said these are the ...
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Posted at Aug 14 2020 01:17 AM MANILA - Most Filipinos believe their quality of life worsened in the last 12 months, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Thursday. Some 79 percent of adult Filipinos said their quality of life got worse, the poll found. They were classified ...
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Published August 12, 2020, 7:46 PM Malacañang said that half of all public school classrooms in the National Capital Region (NCR) will be used as temporary quarantine facilities as the government establishes more facilities amid the increase of COVID-19 cases in the country. In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said ...
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Published August 12, 2020 3:55pm Experts from the University of the Philippines on Wednesday suggested that the modified enhanced community quarantine status in the National Capital Region be extended for another two weeks to curb the further spread of COVID-19. Interviewed on Dobol B sa News TV, Professor Ranjit Rye of ...
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Published August 12, 2020, 5:20 PM Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said employees will also be required to wear face shields in workplaces beginning August 15. In a text message, he said this is “to prevent transmission (of COVID-19) in workplaces.” Bello did not say where the order was ...
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August 12, 2020 - 4:25pm MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Francis Tolentino on Wednesday urged the Department of Education to push back the reopening of classes to a later date in light of several concerns raised by teachers and other stakeholders. "Forcing schools to open this August will only defeat the ...
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Posted at Aug 12 2020 02:31 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2020 06:48 PM MANILA — The Department of Education said Wednesday it expects 4 million out-of-school youth in the coming academic year, which will see schools shift from the traditional classroom instruction to distance learning because of the continuing COVID-19 ...
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Published August 12, 2020 6:38pm The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug, now being used in China to treat COVID-19, for Philippine use to treat lung toxins, fever and other related symptoms. FDA Director General Eric Domingo, however, said that the Lian Hua Qing Weng has yet to ...
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August 12, 2020 - 6:27pm MANILA, Philippines — The United States health chief on Wednesday emphasized the importance of providing transparent data in the effort to find a a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19. "This is not a race to be first," US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex ...
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Published August 12, 2020 3:49pm The government will still subject the Russia-made vaccine against COVID-19 to regulatory procedures before clearing it for clinical trials even amid President Rodrigo Duterte's apparent interest in participating in it, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. “Just like any product, any other new technology katulad ...
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Posted at Aug 12 2020 08:55 PM MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's top officials will oversee the coronavirus response in Metro Manila and other areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine. The government's pandemic task force on Wednesday approved giving Cabinet secretaries corresponding city and provincial assignments to "provide stronger ...
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Published August 12, 2020, 5:07 PM With schools implementing alternative learning delivery modalities this school year wherein classes and other school-related activities will be coursed through various platforms using the Internet, the Department of Education (DepEd) partnered with Globe to help ensure children’s online safety.  DepEd together with Globe created a program to educate teachers and parents on ...
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As of 12 August 2020, 04:00 pm, the Department of Health reports 4,444 new confirmed cases, 93 new deaths and 636 new recoveries. This brings the total to 143,749 confirmed cases, 2,404 deaths and 68,997 recoveries ...
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Posted at Aug 11 2020 02:00 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2020 02:03 PM MANILA - It is "highly unlikely" for Metro Manila to remain under modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ beyond Aug. 18, Malacañang said Tuesday as it admitted coping with depleting resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic ...
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Published August 11, 2020, 7:39 PM The government is not sleeping on the job in terms of addressing the coronavirus emergency, Malacañang said Tuesday in the wake of surging cases of infections. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque admitted that the government may not be as successful as other nations but it is ...
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Published August 11, 2020, 7:37 PM President Duterte is ready to risk his life to ensure the health of Filipinos after volunteering to take a coronavirus vaccine shot from Russia, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the President wanted the nation “not to lose hope” as the coronavirus vaccine ...
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Posted at Aug 11 2020 03:03 PM MANILA - The Philippines is ready to work with Russia on clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, Malacañang said Tuesday after Moscow offered to supply Manila with doses of the drug. Calling Russia a "friend," President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he was ...
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Published Aug 11, 2020 4:19:03 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) – With no face-to-face classes anytime soon, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Department of Education is allowing the use of public schools as quarantine facilities for a longer period of time. "Dahil nga ang target natin ay ...
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Published Aug 11, 2020 7:31:01 PM Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — The preparedness of college and university faculty members for flexible learning is the biggest challenge seen by the head of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as the school year start amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Ang pinakamalaking ...
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