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Covid-19 impacts sports time line

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By Tim Dahlberg / The Associated Press THE unthinkable, at least for sports fans, already has happened. The games, as we know them, are shut down. We’ll never know if San Diego State was a Final Four contender or if Tiger Woods would have defended his green jacket at the Masters. There was no opening […]

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Sepak takraw athletes man frontlines

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FEARLESS during the 30th Southeast Asian Games where they clinched a breakthrough two gold medals, the country’s sepak takraw athletes have brought their act in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. “They have to do their part,” Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association President Karen Tanchanco-Caballero told BusinessMirror on Monday. “But we check on them occasionally […]

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/sepak-takraw-athletes-man-frontlines/

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Bach: Stay strong and active

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INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach encouraged people to stay active, strong and healthy during the coronavirus crisis before celebrating Tokyo 2020 as a festival of resilience and solidarity. Bach made the call in a message published ahead of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on Tuesday. Due to the coronavirus […]

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Intramuros Administration extends rent holiday to lessees due to ECQ

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THE Intramuros Administration (IA) has foregone some P2 million in revenue due to a rent holiday it extended to lessees in the walled city, since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was announced on March 13. Malacañang imposed the ECQ in Metro Manila, later covering the entire Luzon island, to contain the spread of the Corona […]

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/intramuros-administration-extends-rent-holiday-to-lessees-due-to-ecq/

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Why putting people first makes economic sense

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Published April 7, 2020, 12:08 AM

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By JOHN TRIA

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Last week, a few quarters loudly wondered on social media whether small businesses would get the same relief and assistance as the 18 million poor families and the displaced workers, which it claimed would get most of the P200 billion in funds under the “Bayanihan We Heal as One” law.

First off, the truth is that contrary to those posts, government financial institutions such as the Small Business Corporation, the Development Bank of the Philippines, and the Land Bank of the Philippines have just announced various financing programs for MSMEs to help them recover their losses and sustain their respective businesses. Readers can call their offices or visit their websites to apply for these programs,

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Grocery workers are key during the virus. And they’re afraid

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Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as the items fly off the shelves.

They disinfect keypads, freezer handles and checkout counters as hundreds of people weave around them, sometimes standing too close for comfort amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some work for hours behind clear plastic barriers installed at checkout counters, bulwarks against sudden sneezes or coughs that can propel germs.

They aren’t doctors or nurses, yet they have been praised for their dedication by Pope Francis, former U.S. President Barack Obama and countless people on social media, as infections and death counts rise.

From South Africa to Italy to the U.S., grocery workers — many in low-wage jobs — are manning the frontlines amid worldwide lockdowns, their work deemed essential to keep food and critical goods flowing. Some fear falling sick or bringing the virus home to vulnerable loved ones, and frustration is mounting

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/grocery-workers-are-key-during-the-virus-and-theyre-afraid/

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Duterte orders Finance secretary to source more funds for gov’t’s COVID-19 response

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Updated April 7, 2020, 1:09 AM

By Genalyn Kabiling

As the government mulls over an extension of the Luzon-wide quarantine until the end of April, President Duterte has ordered Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to find additional funds to boost the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic even if he has to steal or borrow money.

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In his public address Monday night, the President admitted the government’s P270 billion allocation will not be sufficient to bankroll the subsidy program for the “poorest of the poor” and other COVID-19 responses amid the coronavirus threat.

Duterte has expressed his inclination to extend the lockdown in Luzon until April 30 as the number of the country’s cases of coronavirus disease continue to soar. The

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China crisis

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President Duterte has already thanked China twice in two public addresses on the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the government has received more than 100,000 test kits from China. The Chinese government has also sent a team of 12 medical experts to share their knowledge in handling Covid-19 cases with Filipino medical professionals. They brought with them 5,000 PPEs, 300,000 surgical masks, 30,000 medical N95 masks, 5,000 medical protective face shields, and 30 noninvasive ventilators from the Chinese government.

As China extends help to other countries, some world leaders remind us that Covid-19 emerged from China and that Chinese authorities suppressed initial information. Various reports said the first clinical evidence of a deadly SARS-like new virus emerged in Wuhan as early as November, but Chinese authorities failed to warn the public about it.

When a Chinese doctor, Li Wenliang, attempted to warn others about the virus, he was harassed, reprimanded and

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/china-crisis-2/

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When will things return to normal?

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While I agree that we are suffering from two crises, the Covid-19’s very contagious influenza infection and the hype and to some extend the overreactions manifested largely in overly bureaucratic restrictions, I am sick and tired of the negative news being thrown at me continuously.

I am also watching with deep concern that governments take nationalistic approaches that risk disrupting an international system that has become increasingly interconnected in recent decades, and which was successful until Trump arrived.

My brain is rebelling and only willing to look at the more positive news that is available also but is overwhelmed by negatives. It’s unfortunate that politicians around the world are not listening to experts and seasoned virologists, whose strategies are widely different from the strategies applied by over-eager politicians.

Aren’t you wondering: When will things return to normal?

The answer is simple, if not exactly satisfying: when enough of the

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/when-will-things-return-to-normal/

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Assessment unplugged: Solving the BIR audit conundrum

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Part Two

Following the signing of “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” (Republic Act 11469), coupled with the World Health Organization declarations and Presidential Proclamations combatting the Covid-19 pandemic, effectively prohibiting the BIR from making and serving assessment notices, came next the suspension of the running of the Statute of Limitations to assess under the Tax Code. It is for a period starting on March 16, 2020 until the lifting of the state of national emergency and for 60 days thereafter. Still, understanding better the tax assessments would always be handy once the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) commences to assess.

Previously, we discussed the assessment procedure from the issuance of the electronic Letter of Authority (eLA) up to the Preliminary Assessment Notice (PAN) stage with some key questions to initially test the assessment’s validity. Now, we will tackle the rest of the process with additional
pointers to guide you.

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/assessment-unplugged-solving-the-bir-audit-conundrum-2/

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Investors commit to expand Voyager war chest by $120 million

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The existing investors in Filipino financial technology (fintech) player Voyager Innovations Inc. agreed to shore up its war chest with a fresh commitment of $120 million in investments.

Current investors PLDT, KKR, IFC, IFC Emerging Asia Fund, and Tencent will all pitch in to raise the amount, but a company officer could not readily confirm if the total will be shared equally.

Voyager Founder Orlando B. Vea said the new fresh funding will be used to support the “rapid growth” of PayMaya, the company’s mobile digital wallet.

This fundraising activity is also precedent of the plan, as previously announced by PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, to get future investors in PayMaya.

“This funding boosts PayMaya’s ability to reach more Filipinos, especially as access to digital financial services becomes even more important,” Vea said.

Voyager President Shailesh Baidwan said the funding will enable the company to “better support” its thrust for

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/investors-commit-to-expand-voyager-war-chest-by-120-million/

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Softening the economic blow of the pandemic

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Politics aside, we should commend the current leadership for its swift and decisive action to mitigate the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the lives of ordinary Filipinos. It should be pointed out that the Philippines is one of the countries to come up with an economic and social package to reverse the spread of the virus and mitigate its savage effects on our country’s economy and its hapless people. We should equally give credit to both the Executive and Legislative branches of our government for putting their act together to approve the financial stimulus package dubbed the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” (Republic Act 11469).

A major piece of legislation with far-reaching impact and magnitude, the measure was approved in both Houses of Congress in record time. This will soften the economic blow of the pandemic that has disrupted our economy, broke down the country’s supply chain, halted

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/softening-the-economic-blow-of-the-pandemic/

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POEA bans deployment of health-care workers

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To help ensure the country will have sufficient medical workers during the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has temporarily stopped the deployment abroad of some categories of Filipino health-care workers.

In its Resolution 9-2020, the POEA Governing Board (GB) said it has included 14 occupations in mission critical skills (MCS).

MCS are skills which are deemed absolute and necessary for the industry; takes a long time to produce; and cannot be easily replaced.

The new resolution covers the following occupations: medical doctor/physician; nurses; microbiologist; medical technologists; clinical analysts; respiratory therapists; pharmacists; laboratory technician; radiologic technician; nursing assistant/aid; operator of medical equipment; supervisor of health services and personal care; repairman of medical-hospital equipment.

“The deployment of health-care workers included in the list above hereby temporarily suspended until the national state of emergency [NSE] is lifted and until Covid-19 related travel restrictions are lifted at the destination countries,”

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/poea-bans-deployment-of-health-care-workers/

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Patience, patriotism and ‘Bayanihan’ spirit

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There is no doubt the Philippines will survive this dreaded Covid-19 pandemic. The people’s patience, the Bayanihan spirit of the Filipinos, and our patriotism will carry us through these extraordinary times.

The Covid-19 numbers we hear and see everyday on radio and television are really depressing, but the discipline shown by every Filipino in coping with the lockdown, from the barangay to the provincial levels, gives us hope that all’s well that ends well.

The sight of our frontliners—doctors, nurses, medical staff, vendors, utility people and security guards, as well as grocery and drug store staff—tirelessly doing their job to serve the public is lifting our spirit.

Filipinos in an unprecedented gesture and on several occasions are expressing their gratitude to healthcare workers with simultaneous applause ringing throughout the Philippines—from villages, buildings, streets, hospitals to social media. Our unheralded health-care workers that include laboratory technicians and even the janitorial

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/patience-patriotism-and-bayanihan-spirit/

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DA rolls out P3-billion cash aid program to farmers

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File photo shows farmers harvesting rice in La Union.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday said it will extend P3 billion worth of cash assistance to 600,000 rice farmers as part of government’s intervention program to help them cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The DA said the cash subsidy program dubbed as the Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) is part of its initiatives to assist small rice farmers, who are planting 1 hectare, or less, in 24 provinces not covered by the Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) program.

The P3-billion FSRF fund is earmarked under the 2020 General Appropriations Act, the DA added. “Our rice farmers will receive it as a direct cash transfer that they can use to buy either farm inputs, food for their families, or anything they need,” Agriculture Secretary William D.

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/07/da-rolls-out-p3-billion-cash-aid-program-to-farmers/

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Character noticed

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Circulating around social media and in some opinion columns is the quote “Adversity [or Crisis] does not build character, it reveals it.” That comes from the pen of American author James Lane Allen, who, until two months ago, was completely forgotten in the dustbin of literary history.

Allen was a best-selling author at the turn of the 20th century. Even back then his “Adversity” quote was so popular that he also wrote, “Circumstances do not determine a man, they reveal him.”

Not wanting to encroach on a best-selling author—and knowing no one will ever quote my writings 100 years from now—allow me to offer my own “quote.” “Adversity [or Crisis] does not build or reveal character. It just makes other people notice it.”

By that I mean that sensible and silly ideas both come out during times of  sunshine and storm. Maybe it just becomes more obvious that a

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Davao City probes cockfight derby operation

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DAVAO CITY — The City Mayor’s Office said it has conducted an inquiry into the three-day derby that occurred on early last month at the New Matina Gallera here.

The probe came after the series of deaths of individuals suspected to have 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) who had attended the derby.

Dr. Cleofe Tabada, medical officer of Department of Health in Davao Region-Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit ((DOH 11-RESU), bared that of the 11 deaths recorded in the region, six were connected to the cockfight event.

As far as contact tracing is concerned, Tabada said in a presser on Monday that a total of 427 individuals present at the New Matina Gallera have been identified.

Of the 427, the following number of attendees per province are 139 from Davao City, 19 – Davao del Norte; 127 – Davao del Sur; 5 – Davao de Oro; 1 – Davao Occidental; 90 – Davao Oriental; and 46 individuals from other regions.

“As to the secondary contact tracing, we have also identified more than a thousand already,” Tabada said.

In a radio interview on Monday, Mayor Sara Duterte clarified that based on the documents and the timeline covering the community quarantine, no law has been violated in the conduct of the event.

“I asked the concerned office and let them explained their part and we found out that there was no law violated since they have the complete papers,” she said.

However, she added that on March 3 and 8, the Division Chief of the Business Permit and Licensing Division (BPLD) could have stopped the conduct of the derby and further prevented the situation from escalating–but did not vigorously act on it.

“It was a judgment call that was never made. This person already tendered resignation effective Saturday (April 4). This serves as a reminder for all officials in the city government to always put forward the general welfare of the residents of the city,” she said.

Timeline of events

–On February 4, 2020, the Sangguniang Panlungsod Council issued a Resolution to approve the request for the conduct of a derby.

–On February 7, DOH Secretary Francis Duque III issued an advisory urging the public to avoid attending, participating in, and organizing events that draw a huge number of attendees.

The DOH also recommended the “cancellation of such planned big events or mass gatherings until further advice”.

–On February 10, Duterte canceled all major activities lined-up for the 83rd Araw ng Dabaw celebration in adherence to the memo issued by DOH and as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“I would like to clarify that the derby is not an official Araw ng Davao event. It is a private event,” Duterte said.

–On March 3, 2020, the BPLD issued the permit after all the required documents were duly submitted and complied with.

–On March 8, 2020, Guidelines No. 3 on Covid -19 was issued. It did not prohibit the conduct of private events, however, it clearly set the direction of postponing such events.

–On March 12, 2020, Duterte said she instructed the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to shut down all “galleras” upon learning about the ongoing derby. (PNA)

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Diocesan Covid-19 TF in Dumaguete distributes food packs

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DISPLACED SECTOR. The Diocesan Task Force on Covid-19 of the Diocese of Dumaguete has started distributing food packs to the vulnerable sectors displaced by the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine in Negros Oriental. The beneficiaries include porters at the pier, ambulant vendors, and massage therapists. (Photo courtesy of Msgr. Julius Heruela)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The Covid-19 Task Force of the Diocese of Dumaguete has started distributing food packs to the vulnerable and most affected sectors of the community, especially those who were economically displaced as a result of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Negros Oriental amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Msgr. Julius Perpetuo Heruela, the spokesperson of the Diocesan COVID-19 Task Force, said Monday that they have also identified three houses ready for accommodation for the front-liners, especially medical personnel, who may not be able to travel to and from their homes outside of Dumaguete during the ECQ period from April 3 to 18. 

However, no one has so far availed of this service as hospital personnel prefer to go home as there are not too many patients now in the hospitals, he said.

Since the creation of the task force by Bishop Julito Cortes last March 31st, the church-based groups have already distributed food packs to different affected sectors in the diocese, he said.

The Lingkod ng Panginoon distributed 143 packs to the Kristohanong Katilingban informal settlers in Barangay Looc here while the Focolare Movement
Dumaguete Local Community gave a total of 620 food packages to the following sectors – porters at the city pier, ambulant vendors such as those selling tempura, peanuts, and “balut”, massage therapists, parking attendants, Muslim association of vendors, and night market vendors.

Couples for Christ took charge of the Dumaguete Foot Reflex and Body Massage group with 28 members, Dumaguete Masseurs Association, 38 members; Massage Foot Reflex Therapy Association, 52 members; Dumaguete City Alternative Healing Ministry Association, 74 members; Dumaguete Zone Therapy Association, 32 members; Thanner Massage Therapist Association, 38 members; Dumaguete Masahe Therapist Association, 30 members; Dumaguete Association of Miracle Therapists, 28 members; and Shatern Masahe Therapist Association with 37 members.

Meanwhile, the Bukas Loob sa Diyos Covenant Community here, together with Fr. Christian Benjamin, also distributed 200 food packs for pedicab and “habal-habal” drivers, as well as drivers delivering sand and gravel.

Heruela said that even before the imposition of the ECQ, the diocese here has already been quietly distributing aid to these sectors.

For parishes that initiated the solicitation and distribution of relief goods, the task force has created guidelines on how these should be carried out, asking the Basic Ecclesial Communities to help them identify which sectors truly need assistance while encouraging parishioners to share their blessings “bayanihan style”, he said.

Meanwhile, the diocese has announced that wake for the dead will only be for two to three days and that only the immediate family should attend the funeral, Heruela said.

He said because there are now many organizations taking active participation in handing out assistance to the affected sectors, the diocese is reserving its resources for a worst-case scenario as “wise preparation is needed”. (PNA)

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North Cotabato reports 1st Covid-19 positive case

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The Department of Health report on North Cotabato’s first confirmed 2019 coronavirus disease case.

COTABATO CITY – Health and local officials on Monday confirmed North Cotabato’s first 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) positive patient who has travel history to a cockfighting event in Davao City.

Immediately thereafter, North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has ordered the intensification of contact tracing of persons who came in close contact with a 46-year-old male now confined in North Cotabato isolation facility in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City.

Catamco said provincial and municipal health officials are currently tracing people he had mingled with since returning home from a cockfighting event in Davao City.

“We also air this appeal for those who talked with or having a close conversation with the victim so our health front-liners can assist them,” Catamco said in a statement.

Dr. Philbert Malaluan, provincial board member and spokesperson of North Cotabato’s inter-agency task force on Covid-19, said the governor’s appeal was specifically addressed to the patient’s neighbors and other residents so they can undergo quarantine under close monitoring by health officials.

Several attendees to the cockfighting derby in Matina Gallera in Davao City on March 6-13 have died while a few others have been confirmed to have acquired the virus. (PNA)

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DOH denies death of Covid-19 patient in Tacloban

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ISOLATION AREA. The old Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center building in Tacloban City designated as a quarantine area for suspected carriers of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with severe symptoms. The Department of Health has denied reports circulating online that a 51-year-old man from this city died due to Covid-19. (PNA file photo)

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Health has denied reports circulating online that a 51-year-old man from this city died after catching the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). 

In a statement issued Sunday night, the DOH regional office here said there was no truth to the report that a patient under investigation (PUI) succumbed to the viral disease on April 1. 

The health department is waiting for the test result of swab samples taken from the PUI that was sent to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City. 

“There is no truth behind the claim. In fact, the referral hospital Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center issued an advisory on April 2 that the final diagnosis of the PUI was an acute respiratory failure from community-acquired pneumonia,” the DOH Region 8 said in a statement. 

John Paul Roca, DOH regional information officer, said in a text message on Monday that they expect to receive the patient’s test result from Cebu City either today or Tuesday. The health department sent the fourth batch of samples for confirmatory testing on April 3. 

“We are still waiting for the results. There is no result of the said samples sent. Therefore, this patient is not yet confirmed of Covid-19,” Roca added. 

The patient, according to DOH, was identified as PUI since he had a history of travel in the past 14 days to places with local transmission of Covid-19. He also experienced respiratory symptoms such as cough and fever.

The health department has reiterated its call to the public to stop spreading fake news related to the health crisis as this can cause panic. The Philippine National Police vowed to file charges against the source of this fake news. 

As of Sunday, the Eastern Visayas region had two confirmed cases of Covid-19 with one of them already recovered. Meanwhile, there are 394 PUIs, 15 of them admitted to hospitals and 379 undergoing home isolation. (PNA)

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6 evacuation centers turned into quarantine hubs in C. Luzon

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TEMPORARY COVID-19 FACILITY. One of the six evacuation centers constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon that are being readied for use as temporary holding facilities for Covid-19 patients. These facilities are located in Talavera in Nueva Ecija, Dingalan in Aurora, Mexico and Lubao in Pampanga, and Castillejos and Botolan in Zambales. (Photo courtesy of DPWH-Region 3)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Six evacuation centers constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon are now being readied as temporary facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients.

DPWH-Region 3 Director Roseller Tolentino said on Monday that the evacuation centers located in Talavera, Nueva Ecija and Dingalan, Aurora will be utilized as quarantine/isolation facilities for the health monitoring and treatment of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and patients under investigation (PUIs). 

Tolentino said upon the instruction of DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, they coordinated with the Department of Health (DOH) and the concerned local government units (LGUs) for the operation of converted evacuation centers as temporary medical facilities for Covid-19 patients.

He said the facilities in Nueva Ecija and Aurora can accommodate 17 and 50 patients, respectively.

“Four other evacuation centers are available and ready for use in Central Luzon with two units each in the provinces of Pampanga and Zambales,” he said in a statement.

Earlier, Tolentino said the DOH as well as the concerned LGUs approved the use of evacuation centers in Barangay San Roque, Mexico and Barangay Santa Catalina, Lubao in Pampanga.

Tolentino said the two centers in Pampanga have passed the inspections conducted on April 1 by the DOH and Office of Civil Defense.

The evacuation centers in Zambales are located in the towns of Castillejos and Botolan.

Meanwhile, Tolentino said the DPWH team is ready to extend assistance in the conversion into a “mega” quarantine facility several properties of Iglesia Ni Cristo including the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, which is considered as the largest multi-purpose indoor arena with a floor area of 99,000 square meters. (PNA)

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RMSC quarantine area ready to house Covid-19 patients

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QUARANTINE AREA. Photo shows a quarantine area for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients inside the Ninoy Aquino Stadium of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate. The sports venue has been converted into a 120-bed quarantine facility. (Photo courtesy of NTF against Covid-19)

MANILA – The Ninoy Aquino Stadium (NAS) inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate is ready to serve as quarantine area for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) asymptomatic and symptomatic patients beginning Wednesday.

In his briefer on Monday, National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementor, Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. said the government has converted NAS into a 120-bed quarantine area to isolate and treat Covid-19 patients.

“The facility is equipped with Wi-Fi and was turned into a comfortable 120-bed quarantine area,” said Galvez, also Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

Galvez along with Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III visited the RMSC quarantine area for monitoring on Monday.

He said the government and the private sectors pooled their resources to build comfortable recovery shelters for the patients.

National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez, Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco III visit the Ninoy Aquino Stadium quarantine facility. (Photo courtesy of NTF against Covid-19)

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President Vince Dizon said the quarantine site was turned over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police medical corps on Monday.

The military medical corps, composed of three doctors, five to 10 nurses, and 20 staff, will manage facility in compliance with the DOH policies.

Galvez also announced that both the quarantine areas of the Philippine International Convention Center and World Trade Center in Pasay City will be open this week.

He said PICC and World Trade Center quarantine areas can house 294 and 502 patients, respectively.

“We fast-tracked the completion of these facilities in order to decongest our hospitals and to protect our front-liners,” Galvez said.

Aside from comfortable rooms and access to internet, Galvez said the patients and medical workers will also be provided with meals.

Duque, for his part, said only asymptomatic and with mild symptoms patients will be housed at the three facilities.

“This protocol may change depending on the number of patients under investigation and persons under monitoring. If a patient’s condition worsens, he or she will be rushed immediately to a hospital for proper management and treatment,” Duque added.

The conversion of the three quarantine facilities is a collaboration between government and private sector, composed of the DOH, Department of Public Works and Highways, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the BCDA.

Mass testing

Galvez said the government is shifting its focus on gradual mass testing starting in the National Capital Region to identify and isolate all possible Covid-19 carriers.

“We now have 89,938 testing kits and we will start with the testing here in the NCR, the epicenter. [Followed by] regions 4, 3, Davao, and Zamboanga peninsula,” he said.

A DOH data shows a total of 20,092 persons were tested for the Covid-19 with 20 percent or 3,616 of them have been tested positive.

Galvez said over 13,000 patients under investigation (PUI) will be tested in the coming days. (With reports from Ma. Teresa Montemayor/PNA)

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Masungi Georeserve warns of forest fires in Antipolo, Tanay

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Published April 6, 2020, 11:53 PM

By Patrick Garcia

The Masungi Georeserve announced Monday that it has recorded numerous forest fires that have ravaged the unprotected mountain areas in Antipolo and Tanay, Rizal.

(Photo from Masungi Georeserve Facebook)

“Last night, our team recorded forest fires around the Antipolo and Tanay areas,” they wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

“The call for vigilance for our forests extends not only to threats of quarrying and illegal logging, but also of forest fires as we enter the dry season.”

The Georeserve said the fires were most probably caused by humans either intentionally (for kaingin or charcoal production) or unintentionally (through negligence or carelessness).

“Many times, burned forests and degraded lands pave the way for land grabbing, conversion, and unsustainable

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Davao City division chief resigns over cockfighting Covid-19 fallout

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DAVAO CITY – A city hall division chief here resigned over the fallout in the holding of a multimillion cockfighting event early last month, which has emerged as the epicenter of a Covid-19 outbreak that may have reached other regions.

The resignation came after more infected persons were traced to the holding of the cockfighting event at the New Matina Gallera.

The Department of Health here said eight persons have since died of Covid-19 and traced their contracting of the disease from their attendance in the cockfighting event.

Marissa M. Torentera, chief of the Davao City Business Permit and Licensing Division, tendered her resignation on Saturday and Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio accepted on Monday. “I talked to her on the consequence of her failure to stop the event”.

While Duterte said no law has been violated, starting from the issuance on February 4 of a City Council resolution approving of the

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/04/06/davao-city-division-chief-resigns-over-cockfighting-covid-19-fallout/

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Duterte ‘agrees’ with Remulla’s appeal to include middle class in emergency aid

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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he agreed with Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla’s claim that middle-class families would also need the government’s emergency subsidy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to Duterte, Remulla described the pandemic as ” a time of crisis for everyone” and “not just the poorest of the poor, but also those who have built much but not enough.”

“They are often overlooked. They pay the most taxes. They keep our economy alive. They are mostly law-abiding citizens. They need a break,” he said.

In his public address, Duterte called Remulla’s appeal “valid,” but he noted that the government’s P270-billion budget for …

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Gov’t eyes extending lockdown to April 30

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Updated April 7, 2020, 1:10 AM

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte said the government was inclined to extend the Luzon-wide partial lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 30 as the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Duterte made the statement in his late-night public address Monday, six days before the ECQ ends on Easter Sunday.

In his hour-long address, Duterte told the public that the ECQ may be extended until the end of the month.

“If you really want to know, we have discussed it actually even before this, we are inclined to extend the lockdown up to April 30. Tingnan natin after that (We’ll see after that),” he said.

“In the meantime, mag double-time kami sa

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Rizal Memorial Sports Complex ready to accept COVID-19 patients this week

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Manila City Hall volunteers disinfect the facility of the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila, which will be used as a quarantine facility for COVID 19 patients. (Photo by ROY DOMINGO)

The government is set to start isolating people with mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) this week at the Rizal Memorial Complex in Manila.

In an online press briefing, the chief implementer of the government’s national policy on Covid-19, Carlito Galvez, announced the completion of Rizal as a fully operational quarantine facility with a 120-bed capacity. 

He said it will be manned by three to five doctors and 50 nurses from the medical service command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Galvez said medical workers stationed in the facility will have 7-day cycle shifts. 

He said the World Trade Center, which will serve as a

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Manila COVID-19 cases reaches 221

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Published April 6, 2020, 11:10 PM

By Minka Klaudia Tiangco

The city of Manila breached the 200-mark in number of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases after posting 65 new cases—its highest daily increase yet—on Monday evening.

(MANILA PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE/ MANILA BULLETIN)

There are now 221 cases in Manila, making it the second city in Metro Manila with the largest number of cases, second only to Quezon City with 336, as of writing.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso also announced that there are now 30 deaths and 17 recovered patients in the city. A total of 428 persons under investigation (PUIs) were also reported.

The local chief executive reiterated his call for residents to cooperate with the government and observe the issued guidelines to curb the

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