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DSWD backs temporary release of sickly detainees during pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Sunday backed the recommendation to temporarily release of sickly and vulnerable detainees during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. "As the lead social protection agency, the Department of Social Welfare and Development fully supports the ...

DOLE: Even with additional P5B, not all affected workers can get aid
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-12
DOLE earlier said an estimated 1.8 million workers are expected to be affected by the business disruptions caused by Covid-19. Labor Assistant Secretary officer-in-charge Dominique R. Tutay said the P5 billion additional fund is insufficient to provide for all the said workers, especially since P1.5 billion of the budget will be allocated for ...

Lawmakers still seeking clarity on cash aid distribution three weeks after granting Duterte special powers
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- Lawmakers are still seeking clarity on the distribution of cash aid to poor households - three weeks after they granted President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. With the Social Welfare Department only having distributed cash aid to 3.7 million beneficiaries out of ...

COVID-19 survivor says his purpose is to help those still suffering from the disease
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) - After winning the fight against COVID-19, some survivors are paying it forward by helping doctors better treat coronavirus patients. Filipino COVID-19 survivor Ian Ceasar Frias donated his blood, which could potentially help another patient recover from the virus. Frias told CNN Philippines he did not ...

Pope Francis urges solidarity on an Easter of both joy, virus sorrow
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called for solidarity the world over to confront the "epochal challenge" posed by the coronavirus pandemic, as Christians celebrated a solitary Easter Sunday ...

The race to find a coronavirus vaccine, startups to watch, and a real estate meltdown
Business Insider - 2020-04-12
The search to find a vaccine for the coronavirus. Startups that could prosper. A real estate meltdown. Here are top business stories this week.

Love in the time of COVID-19: Couple exchanges vows in Bacolod hospital
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) - The COVID-19 crisis has forced the cancellation of a number of events, but one couple decided it should not stop them from beginning a life together. In a social media post on Sunday, the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center shared the story of one their hospital staff who decided to push through with her ...

First COVID-19 patient in Iloilo discharged from hospital
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- The first recorded COVID-19 patient in Iloilo province has completely recovered and been discharged from the hospital, The Medical City Iloilo confirmed on Sunday. "In time for the celebration of the Easter Sunday, The Medical City Iloilo is also sending home another COVID-19 survivor today," it ...

In Mount Vernon, Paccar develops automated trucks that could revolutionize long-haul industry
Seattle Times - 2020-04-12
SKAGIT COUNTY -- An engineer steered the cab of a freight truck onto a vacant track. The ride was smooth as the tires met a patch of light on the tree-lined road on a sunny day. Then the engineer flipped a switch, and the cab jolted to life as he lifted his hand from the steering wheel and his foot from the gas pedal. The truck was now driving ...

Gig Work Relief, Auto Care, and More Car News This Week
Wired - 2020-04-12
WIRED is usually about solutions, which has been hard in the past few weeks as Covid-19 continued its deadly trek across the world. For a while there, it felt like the biggest questions were: What is going on? And when will it end? This week, the tech and ...

95-year-old COVID-19 patient recovers in Mandaluyong
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- On Easter Sunday, a 95-year-old man from Mandaluyong City recovered from the coronavirus disease, which has proven to be more fatal among the elderly. In a Facebook post by mayor Menchie Abalos, recovered patient Cresencio Junio can be seen leaving the Mandaluyong City Medical Center while holding a ...

Clendaniel: COVID-19 exit strategy presents ethical, logistical challenges
Mercury News - 2020-04-12
Pat yourselves on the back, Bay Area residents. Thanks to the leadership shown by our public health officers and widespread compliance, there is evidence that we are flattening the curve. If true, our hospitals will have a better chance of dealing with a potential surge. Well done. If only the prospects for easing social distancing and ...

OVP drive to help COVID-19 frontliners now raised over P50.9M
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has now raised more than P50.9 million in its campaign to help COVID-19 frontliners. In a Facebook post, Vice President Leni Robredo said the amount is composed of funds from the OVP as well as the donation drive conducted by the Kaya Natin Movement. According to Robredo, the more ...

Deployment ban on health workers to be reviewed
philstar.com - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) might take a second look at the ban on deployment of health workers abroad after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. called it unconstitutional. "A review ...

What will change after COVID-19?
philstar.com - 2020-04-12
It is said that COVID-19 does not thrive in warm weather, but there are greater numbers in countries with cold weather. That tells us a simple lesson. "Man is not the master of nature.

Cleanfuel launches #BeatCovid19 campaign to respond to global health crisis
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-12
At the forefront of saving lives are our medical front liners--composed of doctors, nurses, and various health care workers--who are needed to be shuttled from their workplace and home.

95-year-old man in Mandaluyong City lauded for recovering from COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Applause and loud cheers greeted a 95-year-old man in Mandaluyong City as he leaves the hospital after recovering from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Older persons and those with pre-existing medical conditions tend to be more seriously ill with the disease, according to the World Health Organization, but ...

PH presidential yacht now a quarantine facility
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- The Philippine presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo has officially opened its doors to COVID-19 patients, as the vessel has now been transformed into a "floating quarantine facility". In a press release on Sunday, the Philippine Navy said the newly converted isolation facility is ready to accept ...

Apple, Google COVID-19 Contact Tracing Tech Criticized For Possible Major Privacy Risk
International Business Times - 2020-04-12
Apple and Google are currently working on an app that'll help track COVID-19 positive patients It'll also help determine where the patient has been to help inform other people However, this feature could endanger a smartphone user's privacy in the long run Apple and Google has recently announced that they have teamed up to create a feature that ...

Volunteers help farmers sell mangoes amid COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
A group of volunteers is helping farmers in Nueva Ecija sell their mangoes by connecting them directly to interested buyers in Metro Manila. The group named Peace and Reconciliation Urban Manila ...

DFA: 3 more Filipinos abroad have COVID-19; total now at 654
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday said three more Filipinos abroad have been found infected with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to DFA, the three new cases are from the Middle East/Africa region. It also said there are now 654 overseas Filipinos who have COVID-19, of which 379 are ...

Quezon City to manage unclaimed COVID-19 dead at East Avenue Medical Center
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- The Quezon City government has been tasked to manage unclaimed COVID-19 dead at the East Avenue Medical Center. In a statement, the Health Department said the Quezon City Council will manage unclaimed remains and pay for their cremation if their next of kin do not have money for it. It added that the ...

Palace, Army condemn NPA 'raid' that officials of Eastern Samar town have no knowledge of
philstar.com - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Palace as well as military officials are condemning a supposed New People's Army raid that officials of Balangiga, Eastern Samar have no reports about. A report by state-owned PTV News said that some 30 armed members of the NPA attacked Sitio Bangon, Barangay Guinmayohan in Balangiga, Eastern Samar on November 7 ...

Pasig City, Cavite to conduct mass testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- With the goal of flattening the curve and quelling the spread of the coronavirus disease, the local government of Pasig will conduct mass testing in the city. "Kailangan talaga, 'yung gagawin natin, [mass testing]. Naabutan lang tayo ng Holy Week, eh. 'Yung mga pipirma ng MOA (memorandum of agreement ...

Zamboanga City reports first COVID-19 recovery
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) - Cities in the regions are reporting more COVID-19 recoveries this week. In a social media post on Sunday, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco announced that the city's first COVID-19 patient has tested negative and has been discharged. Zamboanga City recorded its first COVID-19 case on March 24, a 29 ...

Senator Zubiri announces recovery from COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- Senator Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri announced on Sunday that he has recovered from the deadly coronavirus. "Today we celebrate Easter Sunday as the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As a day of thanksgiving I would also like to thank God and our Lord for a second chance in my life by healing ...

Misamis Oriental governor bats for national ID vs. COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- The governor of Misamis Oriental says he is backing the idea of implementing a national ID system at this time so officials can monitor people who may not be receiving aid during the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking at the Laging Handa network briefing on Sunday, Governor Yevgeny "Bambi" Emano said the IDs ...

Philippines Reports Highest Single-Day Death Toll From Coronavirus
New York Times - 2020-04-12
The Philippines recorded 50 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, its highest in a single day, taking the toll to 297.

Robredo bats for higher incentives for health workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- Health workers in the country should be afforded higher incentives if the government is to ban them from working overseas, Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration earlier signed an order temporarily restricting health workers from leaving the country ...

Sell military golf courses to fund COVID-19 stimulus package, says Lagman
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker is proposing the sale of military golf courses to fund the P1-trillion stimulus package to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 crisis. According to Albay 1st ...

Drilon: Selling gov't assets like PAGCOR, PCSO to provide more funds for COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asked economic managers to review state assets that may be sold off immediately to generate funds for the COVID-19 crisis and counter the growing budget deficit because of the pandemic. Among the state assets Drilon mentioned are the Philippine Amusement and ...

Sotto: Pasig City to provide cash aid through Pasig Supplemental SAP
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- Apart from funds sourced through the DSWD Social Amelioration Program, cash assistance for Pasigueños will also be made available through the newly launched Pasig Supplemental SAP, the city mayor announced Sunday. "Ang gagawin po natin dito sa Pasig City--nakita ko po sa ibang LGU[s]; pati po sa ...

2 more COVID-19 suspects die in Quezon; total of deaths now at 16
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
LUCENA CITY -- Two more suspected carriers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), formerly classified as persons under investigation or PUI, have died in Quezon province, bringing the total recorded ...

Architects seek to build low-cost quarantine facilities in response to COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- A group of architects is building inexpensive quarantine facilities to help in the government's fight against COVID-19. Speaking to CNN Philippines Sunday, William Ti Jr., the principal architect of WTA Architecture and Design Studio said, "We're building these emergency facilities to augment the ...

Government not concealing info on COVID-19 deaths, says IATF
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- The government is not ordering hospitals to conceal information on COVID-19 fatalities, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles clarified Sunday. Nograles, spokesperson for The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, denied reports that the Department of Health supposedly ...

Easter Sunday in the time of quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- Easter Sunday is one of the most festive holidays in the Catholic calendar. During this time of the year, people usually flock to churches to hear mass with family. Others participate in activities such as Easter Egg hunts at home or in shopping malls. It's much different this year. With the enhanced ...

Philippines c.bank says 'deeper' policy rate cut needed to cushion virus blow
Nasdaq - 2020-04-12
The Philippines' central bank governor on Sunday said another 200 basis-point cut in the bank's reserve requirement ratio is "forthcoming" and signalled more cuts in its policy interest rate to cushion the economic blow of the novel coronavirus.

Gov't requires public disclosure of information on COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) -- The government now requires public disclosure of personal information of COVID-19 patients to further contain the spread of the virus. Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made the announcement during his media briefing on Sunday.

Cotabato City assures residents of continued relief drives
philstar.com - 2020-04-12
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi on Sunday assured Cotabato City residents that barangays in the city will get up to a fourth wave of relief packs while under quarantine. In a livestream video, the mayor said the city government has facilitated the release of more than 80,000 food packs in continuing relief operations ...

Philippines central bank says 'deeper' rate cut needed to cushion virus blow
NIKKEI - 2020-04-12
MANILA (Reuters) -- The Philippines' central bank governor on Sunday said another 200 basis-point cut in its reserve requirement ratio (RRR) is "forthcoming" and signalled there will be more interest rate cuts to cushion the economic blow of the coronavirus outbreak. The central bank has slashed its policy interest rate by a total of 75 basis ...

Ilocos Norte reports recovery of 2 COVID-19 cases, no new cases in 2 weeks
philstar.com - 2020-04-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Ilocos Norte is seeing significant progress in flattening its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) curve, the provincial government announced Saturday. According to a statement by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, this was the conclusion reached amid the lack of new cases in almost two weeks, along with the ...

COVID-19 infected health workers in Quezon rise to 10
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-12
LUCENA CITY, Philippines - The number of health workers in Quezon province who have been infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) jumped to 10 with the addition of two new cases on Saturday (April 11). In its 5 p.m. report, the Quezon Public Information Office (QPIO) revealed that the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province rose to 23 ...

Mass testing in Metro Manila under way
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The first localized, targeted COVID-19 mass testing began in Valenzuela City on Saturday, with the procedure being administered for free to medical front-liners, returning overseas Filipino workers and residents being monitored for coronavirus symptoms. The family members of two nurses earlier found positive for the ...

DOH revises how virus cases are categorized
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) has modified the classification of people on whether they have been afflicted with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to ensure a more ...

Nurse downed by COVID-19 recovers, donates blood
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Two weeks ago, Roselle Gale Arranz, 32, thought she was going to die. Confined in the hospital for 10 days and requiring an oxygen tank to breathe normally, the nurse knew ...

DFA chief hits deployment ban on PH health workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Saturday said he would fight an order by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) temporarily suspending the deployment of Filipino health care workers abroad, denouncing the move as an "abomination." "Filipino NHS nurses were stopped at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport ...

Physical distancing comes to factories
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
While most people are working from their homes to avoid exposure to coronavirus disease and comply with lockdown orders, workers at manufacturing plants producing essential goods, especially food, do not have the luxury of taking a break. They have to run the factories to avoid disruption in the supply chain. But how is physical distan­cing ...

Barangay officials photocopying aid forms face jail
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development said local government officials who photocopied the bar-coded social amelioration cards (SAC) could face criminal or administrative cases. National Capital Region regional director Vic Tomas said they could be removed from office and even face jail time. "Using SAC forms ...

Now more than ever, have a meaningful Easter
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
Happy Easter! I hope that even if the lockdown was extended up to April 30, your spirit remains hopeful and your faith strong. Today, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the gift of our salvation. In the spirit of Easter, I would like to take this opportunity to honor those who have translated their prayers into acts of charity ...

1,400 Pinoy seafarers from US, Europe repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-11
The Department of Foreign Affairs repatriated on Good Friday from the United States and Europe more than 1,400 Filipino seamen and cruise ship crew members displaced by the coronavirus disease ...

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