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Back to work? Not without a check-in app, immunity passport

BANGKOK — To go anywhere in Singapore these days, Joni Sng needs mobile phone apps and other technologies: a QR code to enter shops,...

Philippine economy may shrink by 3% on lockdown — S&P

The Philippine economy could shrink by 3% this year, the price to pay for having one of the toughest lockdowns in the world, according...

Philippine COVID-19 infections top 34,000

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 1,006 new coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 34,037. The death toll rose to 1,224 after 12...

Despite calls to leave, Duque to stay on in DoH

The Department of Health (DoH) said Secretary Francisco T. Duque III will continue to lead the agency’s efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),...

US government worried about guilty judgment on journalists

THE UNITED STATES government has raised concerns about the conviction of a journalist critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for cyber-libel, saying the case must be resolved in favor of press freedom.

COVID-19 cases top 27,000; 1,108 dead

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 457 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 27,238.

13,000 Filipinos still stranded in Luzon

MORE THAN 13,000 Filipinos remained stranded on the main Philippine island of Luzon, where various levels of lockdowns have been imposed to contain a coronavirus pandemic, according to the government.

Regional Updates (06/17/20)

Peacebuilding org supports registration of online businesses to help entrepreneurs in informal economy, protect consumers INTERNATIONAL Alert Philippines backs the government’s campaign to register online...

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THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has formed two teams to investigate alleged anomalies committed by health officials, including Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, in the government’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

As economy slumps, Philippines lets eateries reopen to recoup job losses

The Philippines is getting back to business after one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns spanning nearly three months, allowing restaurants to reopen this week for dine-in customers in an effort to keep people in work.

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THE Department of Justice will submit to the Office of the President on Wednesday its comment on the anti-terrorism bill, which will become law with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature.

House to probe delays in coronavirus cash aid

HOUSE of Representative leaders led by Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano want to investigate delays in the government’s distribution of cash aid to citizens affected by a coronavirus pandemic.

Cebu City is lone area under strict lockdown

CEBU CITY will be the lone area in the Philippines to be under an enhanced community quarantine starting June 16 as coronavirus infections there continued to surge, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

Regional Updates (06/16/20)

PRIVATE hospitals in Metro Cebu are increasing their bed allocation for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients as severe cases in the highly-urbanized area continue to swell.

Philippine capital to remain under relaxed lockdown

By Gilian M. Cortez, Reporter Manila and nearby cities, where the coronavirus is largely concentrated, will remain under a relaxed lockdown until June 30, President...

Court issues guilty verdict vs journalist critical of Duterte

A PHILIPPINE trial court convicted a journalist critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for cyber-libel, a verdict that could lead to six years in jail and one that critics view as a major setback for democratic rights in the country.

DoH reports 490 new COVID-19 infections

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 490 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 26,420.

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MULTISYS Technologies Corp. needs at least half of the Philippines’ 109 million population to register to StaySafe.ph for the platform be fully effective as a health outbreak mitigation system, company Chief Executive Officer David Almirol Jr. said.

Fewer Filipinos die of COVID-19 as local infections near 26,000

FEWER FILIPINOS infected with the novel coronavirus are dying compared with the rest of the world, an academic health expert said on Sunday.

Senators buck plan to tax online sellers

SENATORS are unlikely to support a plan to tax online sellers while the country is in the middle of a novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a senator.

3,000 more returning workers from abroad negative for COVID-19

ALMOST 3,000 more returning Filipinos from overseas have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

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THE GOVERNMENT may tap labor groups to augment its manpower for assisting returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said on Sunday.

Number of Filipinos going hungry doubles on virus, survey shows

THE number of Filipinos going hungry has doubled in the past six months and more than 90% of its residents are experiencing stress as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released Friday.

China vows to prioritize Philippines for coronavirus vaccine

China has pledged to prioritize the Philippines once it finds a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, Malacanang said in a statement on Friday, citing...

Yasay, ex-regulator who helped oust Estrada dies

Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., the former corporate regulator who helped oust President Joseph Estrada in 2001, has died. He was 73. Mr. Yasay, who was...

COVID-19 infections may reach 40,000 this month — UP team

CORONAVIRUS infections may reach 40,000 by the end of June based on the rate of transmissions, according to a team of researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Rallies banned during lockdown — DoJ chief

STREET protesters risk being penalized under public health laws because rallies are banned during the lockdown meant to contain a coronavirus pandemic, the Justice department said on Thursday.

10 million students enroll online amid COVID-19 pandemic

ABOUT 10 million students have registered for the school year scheduled to start in August, according to the Department of Education.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/11/20)

CORONAVIRUS disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in the Eastern Visayas Region has shot up to 76 as of June 10 from 28 two weeks ago, most of whom are returning locally-stranded residents and overseas workers, and some beneficiaries of the government’s balik probinsya program.

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THE HOUSE committee on agriculture and food will look into the poultry industry’s grievance over the government’s refusal to temporarily stop imports amid oversupply in the market.

Coronavirus cases near 24,000 as local death toll rises steadily

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 740 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 23,732.

Canada donates P41M to help in Philippine fight versus COVID-19

CANADA has donated CA$1.1 million (P41 million) to help the Philippines fight a novel coronavirus pandemic.

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) plans to extend the period of its emergency employment program for informal sector workers who lost their livelihood due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Virus rush to push metro back to strict lockdown

MANILA and nearby cities, where coronavirus cases are mostly concentrated, could revert to a stricter lockdown after June 15 if cases continue to surge, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

South China Sea code of conduct on track

TALKS ON the code of conduct in the South China Sea are “proceeding smoothly and effectively,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said on Tuesday, as the Philippines and China celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.

More battered women, kids reported during lockdown

PHILIPPINE police recorded almost 3,700 cases of violence against women and children under a lockdown in many parts of the country meant to contain a coronavirus pandemic, according to the presidential palace.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/09/20)

THE United States government donated P54.8 million worth of supplies to the Bureau of Fire’s (BFP) Special Response Units, among the agencies conducting decontamination and response activities for the coronavirus outbreak.

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THE poultry sector has opposed the recommendation of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to continue poultry imports amid excess local supply.

Physical classes banned without COVID-19 vaccine, DepEd says

FACE-TO-FACE school classes won’t open until a vaccine for the coronavirus that has sickened more than 22,000 and killed about a thousand in the Philippines is found, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Duterte told to seize China assets for reef damage in waterway

THE Philippines should seize China-owned assets in the country as payment for reef damage caused by its island-building activities in the South China Sea, a former top diplomat said on Monday.

35,000 Filipino sailors to come home amid global health crisis

AS MANY as 35,000 Filipino seafarers are expected to come home after being displaced by a novel coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.

#COVID-19 Regional updates (06/08/20)

Quarantine rules likely to be further eased by June 16 for some areas QUARANTINE rules are likely to be further eased in areas under the...

More migrant workers displaced by COVID-19 crisis return home

MORE THAN 1,300 Filipino workers from overseas came home at the weekend amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened seven million and killed more than 400,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Coronavirus infections near 22,000, says DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 555 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 21,895.

Business chamber seeks faster medical procurement

THE EUROPEAN Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) asked the government to fast-track medical procurement to help pharmaceutical and medical device companies address the coronavirus crisis.