OFWs getting ‘VIP treatment’ from gov’t: Palace

MANILA: Returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are receiving special treatment from the government to ensure their protection amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said on Saturday. The statement was issued to dispute the claim of labor group Migrante International that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is neglecting the repatriated OFWs allegedly “dumped like garbage … Continue reading OFWs getting ‘VIP treatment’ from gov’t: Palace

POLOs repatriate 296 more OFWs

MANILA: The Department of Labor and Employment, through its Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs) assisted in the repatriation of 296 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to the country on May 29. Quoting POLO reports, Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano said on Saturday of the 296 repatriated OFWs, 54 were from Asia, 210 from the Middle East and … Continue reading POLOs repatriate 296 more OFWs

Palace bares updated list of areas under GCQ

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque  MANILA: Malacañang on Saturday released an updated roster of areas that will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) from June 1 to 15. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Pangasinan; Region 2 (Cagayan Valley); Region 3 (Central Luzon); Region 4-A (Calabarzon); National Capital Region (NCR), including Pateros; Region 7 (Central Visayas); … Continue reading Palace bares updated list of areas under GCQ

Duterte flies back to Davao anew

President Rodrigo Duterte MANILA: For the second time since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) grappled the country, President Rodrigo Duterte flew home to Davao City to be with his family this weekend, Malacañang said on Saturday. Duterte was in his official residence in Davao City since Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. “Kahapon po umalis … Continue reading Duterte flies back to Davao anew

SMC to buy excess milk to keep farmers afloat

(SMC logo taken from its website}  MANILA: San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is set to buy fresh carabao’s milk from farmer-cooperatives struggling to cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, to be donated to poor communities and food banks in and around Metro Manila. As Covid-19 continues to disrupt supply chains, the smaller carabao-based dairy … Continue reading SMC to buy excess milk to keep farmers afloat

DND chief hails Congress for approving new measure vs. terrorism

MANILA: Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday lauded two committees of the House of Representatives for approving a measure that will boost the law against terrorism and effectively repealing Human Security Act of 2007. "The DND welcomes the approval by the House Committees on Public Order and Safety, and National Defense … Continue reading DND chief hails Congress for approving new measure vs. terrorism

Don’t require all workers to physically report, govt offices told

MANILA: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Friday discouraged government agencies from requiring all employees to physically report for work once their areas shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1. During the Laging Handa virtual briefing, CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada noted that GCQ and modified GCQ (MGCQ) do not equate to a "full" … Continue reading Don’t require all workers to physically report, govt offices told

Robinson is new 9th Infantry Division head

By Priam Nepomuceno NEW 9ID HEAD. Philippine Army commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay (right), leads the change-of-command ceremony of the 9th Infantry Division in Camarines Sur on Wednesday (May 27, 2020). Brig. Gen. Henry Robinson Jr. (left) assumed as the new head of the 9th Infantry Division, replacing Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad (center) who mandatorily retired … Continue reading Robinson is new 9th Infantry Division head

2 Navy ships in India resume voyage to PH

By Priam Nepomuceno (Photo courtesy of Naval Public Affairs Office) MANILA: The Naval Task Force (NTF) 82, which consists of the landing dock, BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), and the newly-repaired offshore patrol vessel, BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16), have finally resumed their voyage home from the Port of Cochin, India on Wednesday. Philippine Navy (PN) … Continue reading 2 Navy ships in India resume voyage to PH

Private firms to shoulder cost of employees’ Covid-19 tests

The government had no program to conduct large-scale testing and that it would now be more difficult to purchase rapid antibody test kits from China." - Harry Roque MANILA: Malacañang is leaving it to private firms to conduct coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing for their employees. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after Labor … Continue reading Private firms to shoulder cost of employees’ Covid-19 tests