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DFA welcomes Chinese donations, medical experts on COVID-19
by Franco Luna - April 5, 2020 - 5:19pm
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III on Sunday morning welcomed a team of medical experts sent by the Chinese government to share best practices amid the fight...
COVID-19 patients rise to 3,246 as government mulls quarantine extension
by Franco Luna - April 5, 2020 - 4:20pm
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday recorded 152 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease, bringing the total number of patients to 3,246.
National Task Force: COVID-19 quarantine may need to be extended as cases rise
by Franco Luna - April 5, 2020 - 4:09pm
“Yes, there is a possibility it may be extended because the threshold has not yet been achieved,” Galvez said an interview with CNN Philippines.
Robredo backs quarantine extension, quicker release of aid
by Franco Luna - April 5, 2020 - 2:18pm
"Para sa'kin, yung transparency and accountability measures, i-enhance pero dapat itiwala sa local government units kasi ang vital dito, may mga kababayan tayo na nangangailangan, na may kakainan sila araw-araw,"...
NGO launches hotline for legal advice, consultation during quarantine
by Franco Luna - April 5, 2020 - 11:41am
IDEALS said that its hotline data analysis showed the most Filipinos are affected particularly by illegal dismissal or suspension by employers, salary and hazard pay issues and lacking support...
Manila city officials donate salary to PGH efforts against COVID-19
by Franco Luna - April 5, 2020 - 9:40am
According to Moreno, a total of P4.7 million worth of salaries would be turned over to PGH.
PNP opens quarantine center as seven cops test positive for novel coronavirus
by Franco Luna - April 1, 2020 - 1:15pm
Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said that the Kiangan Billeting Center (KBC) opened 43 rooms where cops placed under quarantine would be given food, accommodations, and other services free of c...
58% of Filipinos unable to buy essential items amid COVID-19 outbreak — survey
by Franco Luna - April 1, 2020 - 8:00am
“It’s especially concerning that Filipinos have been unable to buy fresh food and hand sanitizer, both of which are crucial to keeping healthy.”
Fil-Am cager Remy Martin declares for NBA Draft
by Franco Luna - March 31, 2020 - 8:43pm
"I have now decided to take another step into making my dream a reality."
Women with Disabilities Day passes with women, PWDs still facing hurdles in access and mobility
by Franco Luna - March 31, 2020 - 6:15pm
"People with mobility impairment find it hard to get aid from their local barangay as they do not have access to transportation."
Calls mount for Duterte's report on emergency powers, COVID-19 efforts
by Franco Luna - March 30, 2020 - 11:57pm
"RA 11469 is effective but no report was submitted this Monday. What is the plan with the P275 billion? It's our right to know," Elago said in a mix of English and Filipino. 
China sending medical team, supplies to help Philippines against COVID-19 — Philippine envoy
by Franco Luna - March 30, 2020 - 2:24pm
"They are underway to go to the Philippines shortly and there is continuous airlift of medical supplies from China."
Celtics' Marcus Smart recovers from coronavirus
by Franco Luna - March 30, 2020 - 11:50am
Marcus Smart of the NBA's Boston Celtics has been cleared of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the Massachusetts Department of Health.
Anger at P500/day allowance for medical volunteers about more than money, advocates say
by Franco Luna - March 29, 2020 - 6:31pm
"Will the norm not change, especially in dire conditions like these?"
DOH records 343 new COVID-19 cases as more are tested
by Franco Luna - March 29, 2020 - 5:05pm
“More samples are being tested now so we can expect that there will be an increase in the number of new cases in the coming days,” Health Undersecretary Rosette Vergeire said in an online media briefing...
DOH sets aside inaccurate donated test kits, assures public only quality tests are used
by Franco Luna - March 29, 2020 - 10:10am
"The first test kits sent to us by China, that showed only 40-percent accuracy, we did not use because the accuracy rate is low. That's why we only stored them away."
Transparency needed in COVID-19 fight, not penalties for 'false info', groups say
by Franco Luna - March 25, 2020 - 9:18pm
"This is a president with the propensity to lie, a government that actively engages in and is dependent on disinformation and deception," their statement read. 
Commuter group hopes for limited PUV operations instead of transport ban
by Franco Luna - March 25, 2020 - 8:01pm
"People need to go to the market to buy food, to the pharmacies to buy medicine, and to the hospital to get operated on. How can the pregnant get to the hospital to give birth and the elderly get dialysis  if...
Duterte's expanded powers under Bayanihan Act defined but possibly indefinite
by Franco Luna - March 25, 2020 - 7:39pm
Although these powers are the president's to wield temporarily, there exists the stark possibility that this may be extended.
Buy only registered rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer, watchdog says
by Franco Luna - March 25, 2020 - 11:59am
"Using these unverified products, the safety and efficacy of which is questionable, may give consumers a false sense of security in the time of coronavirus," he added.
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