“DOH Sees Potential to Raise Response to the Increasing cases of COVID-19”

The Department of Health (DOH) acknowledged that although reimposing a two-week lockdown on Metro Manila and four neighboring provinces would not be adequate to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, it would help the government buy time to recalibrate and improve its response to the pandemic. Health Under-Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stressed that Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, and Rizal’s 14-day updated enhanced community quarantine would serve only as

Philippines over COVID-19

The chief implementer of the national task force COVID-19 Article. Carlito Galvez Jr. admitted on Thursday that prior to the pandemic, the country could not prepare and invest in its health facilities. Galvez added that there are other variables that came into play which is why the situation of the country should not be contrasted with the COVID-19 response of other countries. They see that they were unable, as a


Invoking public outrage on Monday President Rodrigo Duterte set his sights on the country’s two dominant telecommunications firms and warned them to form or face expropriation by December. Duterte took a shot at the big business once again in his fifth speech to a congressional joint session and said he would take drastic action against PLDT Smart and Globe Telecom if they didn’t boost their services. In a statement released


According to a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS), the findings of which is published on Wednesday, an overwhelming 85% of Filipinos are still worried regarding COVID-19 captures.  The survey did not show a significant shift in Filipinos’ interest, relative to a survey conducted last May by SWS. It was carried out from 3 to 6 July via cell phone interviews with 1,555 respondents, all of whom were adult

Manila to a tighter lockdown

The return of Metro Manila to a tighter lockdown system is possible if the number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 85,000 by July 31, said Malacañang Wednesday. Answering a question of whether the nation’s capital area will possibly revert to a stiffer category of quarantine if cases exceed 85,000 by the end of this month. In a recently published report, the University of the Philippines experts is expecting 85,000 infections and


When the House of Representatives again rejected ABS-CBN‘s demand for a new franchise, Vice President Leni Robredo had some suggestions for Filipinos disappointed by the actions of the legislators: recall their names and keep them responsible. According to the Vice President, the change by the legislators — specifically the 70 who voted to follow a Technical Working Group (TWG) study refusing ABS-CBN its committee-level franchise — would push the public


Philippine General Hospital (PGH) has attained COVID-19 capability in Manila but maintains it is not overloaded. Dr. Jonas del Rosario, the PGH spokesman, said Thursday that there are actually 172 COVID-19 patients at the facility, including 145 reported instances. The others are suspicious vectors of the latest COVID-19-causing coronavirus. He added that their bed condition is full on top of that. They even want to presume they have 172 now


MANILA – Philippine authorities are investigating the killing of four Philippine army intelligence personnel by police in a friendly fire incident in Sulu province, Bangsamoro Region. According to the Military’s regional command, it was confirmed that the police officers shot the army personnel on a private vehicle in the provincial capital of Jolo last Monday. The military intelligence officers were apparently conducting monitoring in the area to Search for Abu


CEBU CITY – As Cebu City now becomes a new hotspot for Covid-19 cases, the health facilities in the city are now near a critical level. Department of Health Spokesperson Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 61 of its 80 barangays reported new cases in the past two weeks and 50-80% of the hospital beds and mechanical ventilators are already being used. Vergeire revealed that the reason why the city was


MANILA – Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that fail to pay their taxes will be prohibited to resume operations, Malacañang said on Thursday. The government will stand by its policy that operators need to settle their unpaid taxes first before being allowed to operate in the country. According to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, The government will be strict on policy implementation ensured that the Duterte administration would not tolerate tax-evading