Lacson bares vaccine kickback attempt

Credit to Author: Bernadette E. Tamayo| Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:25:57 +0000

SEN. Panfilo Lacson said the Senate hearing on the government’s mass immunization program against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) had exposed an attempt by some people to pocket $350 million or P16.8 billion in public funds in the form of kickbacks. “At the center of the firestorm that had almost consumed the two-day-long hearings and […]

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Govt to classify ‘new normal’ areas

Credit to Author: Keith Calayag| Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2021 16:21:04 +0000

The government is laying out plans to classify areas with no new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases as “new normal” zones. In a press briefing on Monday, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) was preparing guidelines for Covid-free areas. He made the announcement […]

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Covid death toll hits 2M worldwide

Credit to Author: Agence France-Presse| Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2021 16:15:22 +0000

MEXICO CITY: The global death toll from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) topped 2 million on Friday (Saturday in Manila), crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in others, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a […]

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400K devotees keep faith as surge threatens

Credit to Author: John Eric Mendoza| Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2021 16:15:54 +0000

DEVOTEES of the Black Nazarene who joined in the feast day celebration on Saturday should “minimize interaction,” especially with the vulnerable members of their household, and “actively monitor” themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), health experts said. Dr. Edsel Salvana of the Department of Health’s (DoH) technical advisory group posted on Facebook […]

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PH on the lookout for 3 Covid strains

Credit to Author: John Eric Mendoza| Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2021 16:20:35 +0000

THE Department of Health (DoH) is monitoring three new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variants that could threaten the country. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Friday the strains are the ones found in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Malaysia. “The three variants are already being monitored as it (the virus) reflects signature mutations […]

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Expect Covid surge in mid-January – DoH

Credit to Author: John Eric Mendoza| Date: Mon, 04 Jan 2021 16:19:20 +0000

THE Department of Health (DoH) “expects” a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in mid-January. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire attributed the increase to the return to normal operations of testing laboratories. Some laboratories were closed and fewer patients went to laboratories to get swabbed during the Christmas holidays, resulting in a drop in […]

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DBM assures proper use of P838-B Covid budget

Credit to Author: Philippines News Agency| Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2021 16:24:37 +0000

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) assured the public that the government would use the P838 billion allotted for its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic properly. “Maliwanag po ang instruction at direktiba ng Pangulo: siguraduhin na ‘yung pera ay mapunta sa tamang pagkakagastusan (The President’s instruction and directive are clear: ensure […]

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PSEi slightly up on virus worries

Credit to Author: Faye Almazan| Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2020 16:46:16 +0000

The main index barely stayed in the 7,200 territory on Tuesday as worries rose over the new strain of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), which launched lockdowns anew abroad. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) lost 0.31 percent or 22.50 points to 7,202.39, while the wider All Shares declined by 0.84 percent or 36.20 […]

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DoE: Funds for LGUs’ Covid response hit P4.15B

Credit to Author: Eireene Jairee Gomez| Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2020 17:54:53 +0000

The Department of Energy (DoE) has so far remitted P4.15 billion to local government units (LGUs) to support their response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a statement on Friday, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the amount was taken from the Energy Regulations 1-94 (ER 1-94) funds and utilized for feeding programs; the […]

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World Bank okays $900-M loans for PH

Credit to Author: Anna Leah E. Gonzales| Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2020 16:26:28 +0000

The World Bank on Thursday approved two loans to support the Philippines’ efforts to recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, improve competitiveness, and build resilience against shocks and natural disasters. In a statement, the Washington-based multilateral lender said one of the loans, the $600-million Promoting Competitiveness and Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters Development […]

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