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

Don’t be complacent about Covid-19: Palace

“We advise the public not to be complacent and to follow health protocols set by authorities after we received reports of people who trooped to the malls with complete disregard of social/physical distancing measures on the first day of our shift from enhanced community quarantine to modified enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine (GCQ) in Luzon,” Roque said in a statement.… Read More Don’t be complacent about Covid-19: Palace

Religious gatherings allowed in areas under MECQ, GCQ

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the conduct of religious gatherings in areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ). Under the omnibus guidelines on the implementation of community quarantine in the country released on Friday, the last day before the transition,… Read More Religious gatherings allowed in areas under MECQ, GCQ

Former presidential spokesman Roque returns to Palace

By Bitoon A Ranao Malacanang has confirmed on Monday the appointment of Atty. Harry Roque as the Presidential Spokesperson. In a statement on Monday, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo said that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has offered the position of Presidential Spokesperson to Atty. Harry Roque who, in turn, has accepted the same.… Read More Former presidential spokesman Roque returns to Palace

Filipinos urged to go ‘survival’ gardening vs. food shortage in prolonged COVID-19 crisis

By Ali G. Macabalang COTABATO CITY: Different sectors have renewed calls for Filipinos to go “survival gardening” in preparation for possible rice shortage in prolonged lockdowns stemming from the global fight against coronavirus (COVID-19). Advocates of backyard gardening took cue from the recent Presidential pronouncement that the public health crisis stemming from the COVID-19 could… Read More Filipinos urged to go ‘survival’ gardening vs. food shortage in prolonged COVID-19 crisis

Are we not instilled with ‘fear’ on Covid-19 to be controlled?

By MASIDING NOOR YAHYA Death caused by Covid-19 is much, much lesser than those caused by other transferrable diseases. So why the overkilling panic? As of posting, only 17 deaths were reported in the Philippines since the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China last December 2019. Digging a little indepth will make us realize that… Read More Are we not instilled with ‘fear’ on Covid-19 to be controlled?

Luzon island now under ‘community quarantine’ – Palace

By BITOON A RANAO MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the entire island of Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine,” Malacanang said, as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the country. “PRRD just announced an enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters on Monday. Under an enhanced community quarantine, “strict… Read More Luzon island now under ‘community quarantine’ – Palace