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COVID-19 hospital to rise in Clark, treatment centers to open in...

THE government on Friday said it will set up a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) hospital in New Clark City (NCC) and will continue to convert more facilities in Metro Manila to accommodate COVID-19 patients in partnership with the private sector.

Build, Build, Build to hit targets despite COVID-19

THE government’s aggressive infrastructure program will still meet its target completions for the year despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic temporarily stopping the projects.

Rapid Pass for checkpoints for front liners developed

THE government and the private sector have developed a way to make the checkpoint process of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) easier for front liners. The government teamed up with the non-profit organization Developers Connect Inc. (DevCon) to help create the Rapid Pass system which was launched on Friday afternoon.

Duterte orders police to shoot troublemakers

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday night ordered police to shoot troublemakers amid a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

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LAWMAKERS on Thursday hit the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for summoning Pasig City Mayor Victor Ma. Regis N. Sotto for alleged violation of lockdown rules against tricycle operations.

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PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco B. Belgica said they will not investigate Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo over initiatives in helping respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, contrary to a statement by another PACC commissioner.

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THE ADMINISTRATION’S economic team is in favor of mass testing to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country and minimize the outbreak’s harm to the economy.

Duterte considers floating quarantine hospitals

THE government is looking at using “floating quarantine hospitals” on ships in different parts of the country to house persons under monitoring for the novel coronavirus and help unburden hospitals already at their full capacities, the presidential palace said in a March 30 report to Congress.

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THE ENTIRE fleet of charter airline Lionair, Inc. has been grounded following Sunday night’s crash of one of its medical evacuation (medevac) planes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, killing all eight people onboard.

Gov’t troops to fight back amid COVID-19 cease-fire

THE presidential palace on Sunday said government soldiers would fight back as it accused Maoist rebels of violating their unilateral cease-fire pledge amid a novel coronavirus outbreak.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged supermarkets and pharmacies to adopt measures that will further ease the shopping process as well as improve health protection for senior citizens amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hotels to house OFWs stranded by lockdown

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will provide accommodation to stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

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THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) may now release medical equipment vital in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) without clearance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law on Tuesday Republic Act No. 11469, or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” which gives him emergency powers in managing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

PCSO fund to cover insurance of COVID-19 patients

THE government has ordered the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to hand over more than P400 million to cover the health insurance of COVID-19 patients.

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THE WORLD Health Organization’s (WHO) Philippine representative has called on the private sector to help in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, citing a global shortage problem as the new coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, continues to spread around the world.

Labor dep’t says 100,000 workers got displaced

MORE than 100,000 workers have been temporarily displaced after the entire Luzon island was locked down to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the Labor department.

Economic loss from Luzon lockdown may hit P1.157 trillion

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order to lock down Luzon amid a novel coronavirus outbreak could lead to P1.157 trillion in losses, as economic activity virtually comes to a halt, according to a congressman.

LGUs ordered to abide by national government guidelines for COVID-19

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will file cases against local government officials who don’t strictly abide with the national government’s guidelines to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Job losses could surpass 2008 financial crisis unemployment levels

NEARLY 25 million jobs and $3.4 trillion in income could be lost in the worst-case scenario due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, an estimate which exceeds the job losses resulting from the 2008 subprime-mortgage crisis, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said.

Senate eyes pro-poor measures

THE Senate is considering legislation on food subsidies to aid daily wage earners who have temporarily lost their jobs after President Rodrigo R. Duterte stopped work as part of a Luzon-wide lockdown to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak.

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THE GOVERNMENT has ordered a price freeze on basic goods and commodities until May 15 after President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared a nationwide state of calamity due to the rising cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Financial markets allowed to operate during lockdown

THE government has allowed financial markets to operate with a skeletal workforce during the month-long lockdown of the main island of Luzon.

Philippine capital suspends international flights

AIRPORTS on the main Philippine island of Luzon will close their doors to inbound and outbound international flights starting March 20 as part of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s lockdown order to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak, the Transportation department said on Tuesday.

Duterte locks down Luzon

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday ordered the lockdown of the entire Luzon island to contain a rapid novel coronavirus outbreak, suspending work and public transportation and regulating food and health services, according to his spokesman.

Electronics maker looking for thousands of workers — DoLE

UP to 3,000 jobs are up for grabs in a manufacturing company that has approached the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to announce the mass hiring, the agency said on Sunday.

1,600 cops deployed to enforce metro lockdown

MANILA police deployed 1,600 cops and set up 56 checkpoints in the capital and nearby cities to monitor the movement of people after President Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered a lockdown to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak in the metro.

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OVERSEAS FILIPINO workers (OFWs) in Kuwait and Qatar affected by the temporary flight ban imposed by these two countries will be given assistance by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

Metro placed under curfew; malls to close

By Norman P. Aquino and Gillian M. Cortez A nine-hour curfew starting at 8 p.m. on March 15 will be enforced in Manila, the capital...

PRC cancels March, April board exams

THE PROFESSIONAL board exams scheduled for April and the remainder of March have been cancelled to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Duterte bans domestic travel to and from Metro Manila

President Rodrigo R. Duterte yesterday ordered a one-month halt to land, domestic air and sea travels to and from Metro Manila as part of government efforts to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak that has infected at least 52 people in the Philippines.

Duterte to be tested for novel coronavirus

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will be tested for the novel coronavirus amid rising cases of infection in Metro Manila, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

PHL seen ‘insulated’ from virus fallout

THE PHILIPPINES is still relatively more “insulated” to risks arising from the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) compared with its regional peers, despite a recent spike in the number of local transmission cases, according to S&P Global Ratings.

Retailers call for rationing of rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer

A SUPERMARKET association official said its members need to consider capping individual purchases of rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizers and face masks, in order to stem panic-buying following a rise in domestic cases of coronavirus (Covid-19).

DoH confirms 16 new coronavirus infections

HEALTH authorities on Wednesday reported 16 new cases of novel coronavirus infections, bringing the total in the Philippines to 49.

Senate’s POGO money laundering probe to go ahead on Thursday

THE SENATE Blue Ribbon Committee will go ahead with its investigation into alleged money laundering linked to the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) even as President Rodrigo R. Duterte defended the industry.

POEA suspends new-hire deployments to Lebanon

THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it suspended deployments of newly-hired workers to Lebanon on account of the political and financial crises there.

Local COVID-19 test kits OK’d to speed up diagnosis

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test kits developed by local scientists to help speed up diagnosis amid rising cases in the Philippines.

Government seeks 4-day workweek to contain virus

THE PRESIDENTIAL palace has called on both the public and private sectors to adopt alternative work schedules to help contain a novel coronavirus outbreak.

Gov’t confirms 14 more coronavirus cases

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Monday reported 10 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines — all Filipinos aged 24 to 72 — bringing the total infections to 20.

Palace vows to make PSALM debtors pay

MALACAÑANG will not allow at least P95 billion in debts owed to the government by energy companies to remain uncollected, its spokesman said ahead of this week’s hearing on the matter at the House of Representatives.

Labor dep’t, PMAP sign online seminar agreement

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it signed an agreement with the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) to provide labor information through online seminars.

Duterte to declare emergency after local transfer

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will sign an order today declaring a public health emergency after the Health department confirmed at the weekend the first case of human coronavirus transmission in the country, his spokesman said on Sunday.

Duterte won’t ban billion-peso offshore gambling industry

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte won’t ban offshore gaming companies in the Philippines despite the ills that critics say they bring, because they are a major source of tax revenue, his spokesman said on Sunday.

Filipino linked to money laundering indicted in Pasay City

THE Pasay City Prosecutor is indicting a Filipino who was recently linked to the laundering of millions of pesos in foreign currency. He is being charged for not declaring the amount of money he brought into the country last September.