This April 2, 2020 photo shows a queue of people wearing face masks.
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Manila City families to receive P1,000 cash aid, Isko says
(Philstar.com) - April 6, 2020 - 10:58am

MANILA, Philippines — The City Government of Manila is set to extend P1000 aid to more than 5,000 families in the city as the Luzon-wide enhanced community lockdown.

Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno announced in a Facebook live Sunday night that he signed Ordinance No. 8625, allowing the grant of City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund (CAFAF) 2020.

“Bawat isang pamilya, 568,000 families per total of the listed barangays, tatanggap po kayo—kaysa intayin pa niyo ang pagkain na laging nade-delay dahil sa kulang na suplay—ay bibigyan po kayo ng pamahalaang lungsod ng Maynila na tig-iisang libong piso,” Moreno said.

(Each family, 568,000 families per total of the listed barangays will receive—instead of waiting for food box that is always delayed due to supplies—will be given P1,000 each by the city government of Manila.)

This will be on top of the food box that will be given to the families in the city, Moreno added.

The city mayor said priority will be given to the 544 barangays who are yet to receive food box from the local government.

“House-to-house (ang distribution), wala pong pila. Lahat ng itinala ninyo ay dapat n’yong bigyan isa-isa. Sila ay mag-iisyu ng resibo at acknowledgement receipt,” he explained.

(We will distribute it on a house-to-house basis. There will be no lining up. All that you have noted will be given aid. They will issue acknowledgement receipts.)

The CAFAF, amounting to P591.5 million, will be sourced from the following:

  • Office of the Mayor, Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE)-Expenses – P200,000,000
  • Manila Department of Social Welfare – P124,000,000
  • 20% City Development Fund – P267,500,000

Moreno explained that the city government reached a decision to postpone other government projects to create the fund.

“The amount P1,000 per beneficiary shall be given to the barangay identified beneficiaries as financial assistance to be distributed in the 896 Barangays in the City of Manila to cushion the effect of COVID-19 crisis and to enable the people of Manila to purchase much needed food and supplies for their survival,” the Ordinance read.  — Kristine Joy Patag

COVID-19 ISKO MORENO MANILA NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
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LATEST UPDATE: April 29, 2020 - 7:51pm

Photo shows members of the Philippine National Police deployed in Manila amid COVID-19 threat. The STAR/Edd Gumban

President Rodrigo Duterte on March 16, 2020 declares an enhanced community quarantine over all of mainland Luzon, an expansion of an earlier general community quarantine over the National Capital Region.

The entire National Capital Region—16 cities and a municipality—is under community quarantine from March 15 to April 14, which means the enforcement of social distancing measures like letting fewer people on public transportation, reduced store hours, and the possibiity of curfews.

According to a memorandum issued by the Palace on Saturday, March 14, the quarantine means that "movement of people shall be limited to accessing basic necessities and work; and uniformed personnel and quarantine officers shall be present at border points."

Travel restrictions in and out of the capital will also be implemented.

April 29, 2020 - 7:51pm

Batangas, one of the provinces hardest hit by the novel coronavirus, has reported no new cases of the disease for two consecutive days.

The provincial DOH Office says the number of COVID-19 cases in the province stood at 91 with no new cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

Lipa City has the most cases with 26, followed by Batangas City (21) and Nasugbu (11).

Tanauan City has the fourth most cases with eight, followed by Bauan (5) and Alitagtag (3). Cuenca and Sto. Tomas City had two cases each, while the municipalities of Calaca, Lemery, Lian, Lobo, Mabini, Mataas na Kahoy, Padre Garcia, San Jose, San Juan, San Pascual and Taal had one case each, respectively. — The Filipino Connection

April 29, 2020 - 5:39pm

Quezon City's Task Force Disiplina has been instructed to withdraw its complaint against Michael Rubuia whom city "enforcers" were caught on video beating with sticks over alleged quarantine violations.

The QC government says in the same statement that the enforcers of Task Force Disiplina have been issued show-cause orders for their actions. They may also be put on preventive suspension.

It also says Ruguia will be released to the city's drug rehabilitation center "in view of his positive drug test."

A police report on the April 27 incident did not mention the beating by task force personnel nor that he Ruguia had tested positive for drugs.

More on that incident here: QC to investigate 'local authorities' caught on video beating man lacking face mask

April 28, 2020 - 10:26pm

A 72-year-old Person Deprived of Liberty at the Correctional Institution for Women-Mandaluyong who had tested positive for COVID-19 died on Monday, the Bureau of Corrections says Tuesday.

She was the first confirmed COVID-19 case at the correctional facility and had been hospitalized on April 13 "after experiencing pneumonia symptoms," BuCor says.

"It can be recalled that her admission to the hospital triggered the contact tracing and isolation of those PDL that had contact with her days before she was brought to the hospital," BuCor also says.

Of 130 PDLs tested, 47 have been confirmed to have COVID-19.

A CIW PDL who had been admitted to East Avenue Medical Center on April 13 and who died on April 21 has also been confirmed to have had COVID-19. The results of the test, done on April 14, were only released on Monday.

April 27, 2020 - 2:59pm

Two new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in Lipa City on Monday even as the total recoveries jumped to five out of the 26 confirmed cases so far, the Lipa City government said.

Mayor Eric Africa announced that two male patients, ages 78 and 27 years old, tested positive for the virus, raising the city’s total infections to 26 – the most in Batangas province. The Filipino Connection

April 26, 2020 - 3:10pm

Community farms could be a "short cut" to meeting the country's food needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Caritas Philippines says, citing community farming projects that the Catholic Church in the Philippines is helping.

"The social amelioration program is not efficiently solving our food security problem however we see it as a necessary short-cut solution," Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, national director of Caritas Philippines says

"Thus we at NASSA/Caritas Philippines strongly urge our government, especially the Department of Agriculture to start mobilizing farmers at the community level while we still have time."

The Department of Agriculture has said urban and community farming is among its strategies toward food security during the pandemic.

Bagaforo says "our community farms are helping deliver fresh vegetables to families severely affected by work suspension in Iligan, Bayombong and Camarines Sur, while a local farmers' cooperative supported by the diocese of Libmanan in Camarines Norte and the Gratia Plena program of the Diocese of San Jose in Nueva Ecija are supplying thousands of sacks of commercial and organic rice to Luzon provinces."

Backyard gardening programs in Iloilo, Bukidnon, Quezon, Leyte, the Samar provinces, Capiz, Oriental Mindoro and Zambales have also helped ensure food security for farming families, he says.

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