“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

Isko Moreno

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has turned over P100,000 in tax credit certificates to owners of hotels, motels, dormitories, and apartments who offered free accommodation for medical frontline staff based in the capital city. Isko Moreno stated that the tax credit is a “token of appreciation” for the services given by hotel owners to health workers who have risked their lives to treat patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the

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

The Asian Development Bank (ADB)

MANILA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted a $500 million loan to expand the Philippines ‘ war chest against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Manila-based multilateral bank said the loan help support the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program to improve family, youth development and update the list of household living in the poverty threshold. The 3,000 households would also receive livelihood packages. The Expanded Social Assistance Project aims

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, signed a law the would establish the country’s first National Academy of Sports. Senator Win Gatchalian, one of the bill’s co-authors and co-sponsor, confirmed the signing of the law that would institutionalize an educational system in aid of the national sustainable sports program. The National Academy of Sports will be offering a full scholarship basis, secondary education to all natural-born Filipino citizens with


MANILA – SAN Miguel Corp., the country’s largest conglomerate, reported a 20% drop in consolidated net income to ₱5.8 billion in the first quarter of the year while operating income also declined by 20 percent to ₱8.6 billion. In a statement released by the company, it registered consolidated revenues of ₱69.0 billion in 1Q of 2020, a 9% dip the same period last year due to the impact brought upon


MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) may be forced to  lay off more employees due to revenue losses in the current imposed travel ban in countries hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. The layoff may depend on how its recovery goes once commercial flights are allowed to resume. According to Philippine Airlines President and COO Gilbert Santa Maria in an ANC interview that revenue losses are nearing $1 billion due


MANILA – The Philippines expects to go to recession the damage wrought by the pandemic and lockdowns associated with it are affecting the nation’s economy. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said in a televised address earlier last month that Covid-19 has hit the economy hard and the estimated GDP (gross domestic product) growth will be 0% to -1%. Asian Development Bank’s outlook for the Philippines is at 2% full-year GDP


Just before the Enhanced Community Quarantine, the Philippines was ranked 57th out of 98 countries in the 2019 ranking of the world’s most polluted countries by IQAir AirVisual. Last year, amounts of tiny particulate matter, referred to as PM2.5, averaged 17.6 micrograms per cubic meter (μg / m3), up from 14.6 μg / m3 in 2018. They surpassed the 10 μg / m3 safety cap set by the World Health


The district of Binondo in Manila is beginning to be cautious in preventing the possible entry of coronavirus especially in the light of the Chinese New Year festivities on January 25. Because many people are expected to be trooping on the streets during the celebration, barangay officials are aware that transmission of the virus is very likely in this area. As a preventive measure, Johnny Sy, chairman of Barangay 297,