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Duterte to sign P4.5-T national budget next week — spokesman

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will sign the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year on Dec. 28, according to his spokesman.

Telecom companies to give update on improvements on Dec. 8

TELECOMMUNICATION companies are scheduled to present the service improvements they have undertaken during the televised Palace briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque announced.

Gov’t may ease ban on health workers’ deployment — Roque

THE GOVERNMENT is studying a proposal to relax its deployment ban for health workers by allowing those whose contracts were signed as of August to leave the country.

Metro Manila mayors want status quo on quarantine level

MAYORS IN Metro Manila have recommended to extend the quarantine measures that are in effect until end-August while the national task force on the coronavirus response were still meeting as of Monday late afternoon on what will be the lockdown status of the capital starting Sept. 1.

Russia’s coronavirus vaccine won’t arrive until May — palace

THE PHILIPPINES may have to wait for almost a year before getting Russia’s vaccine against the coronavirus, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

Cabinet secretaries deputized to manage COVID-19 response

AN inter-agency task force against the coronavirus has deputized Cabinet officials to oversee the pandemic situation in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Duterte to discuss call to put metro back on strict lockdown

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte was set to meet with Cabinet officials later on Sunday to discuss the appeal of health workers to put Metro Manila back under a strict lockdown as coronavirus infections topped 100,000.

Various levels of lockdowns under review — Palace

AN inter-agency task force made up of Cabinet officials was set to review on Tuesday various levels of coronavirus lockdowns across the country, according to the presidential palace.

Gov’t reimposes ban on leisure travel abroad for insurance lack

THE Philippine government has reimposed a ban on leisure travel overseas after insurance companies rejected coverage for Filipinos seeking to leave the country amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Palace rejects Cha-cha moves amid pandemic

THE presidential palace on Monday rejected a congressional move to change the 1987 Constitution amid a coronavirus pandemic, saying it was no longer a priority.

Gov’t retracts cop-led house-to-house search

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS on Wednesday clarified the supposed plan to conduct house-to-house searches, to be led by the police, for coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms and compel them to move to a quarantine facility.

PHL to pursue ‘peaceful’ assertion of sea sovereignty

THE PHILIPPINE government is looking for “peaceful and diplomatic means” to assert the country’s sovereignty over parts of the disputed South China Sea, the President’s spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Government eases motorcycle rules

THE government has lifted the ban on back riding for private motorcycles, according to the presidential palace.

18 million students opt for virtual classes

MORE THAN 18 million students are expected to start virtual classes next month as the Department of Education adopts blended and distance learning, the presidential palace said on Monday.

Drivers wanted as coronavirus contact tracers, says palace

THE government may hire jobless jeepney drivers as coronavirus contact tracers, the presidential palace said on Wednesday.

Gov’t boosts testing capacity to 32,000

THE government has boosted its coronavirus testing capacity to 32,100 daily, exceeding its goal of 30,000 samples by the end of the month, the presidential palace said on Monday.

Church and work meetings allowed under relaxed rules

THE government will allow religious and work-related gatherings under a relaxed lockdown in some areas of the country, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

PHL to host international law conference

THE PHILIPPINES is set to host the most prestigious international law conference in Asia this year, which is expected to be attended by 400 delegates from the region.

Roque: Bill on fake news unconstitutional

PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Wednesday said he opposes the passage of a bill penalizing government officials who create or spread fake news, saying the proposed measure may be used to target government officials in the opposition.