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Stranded tourists bring home pleasant memories from Batanes amid pandemic

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The Vayang Rolling Hills typifies the landscape of Batanes

The Department of Tourism (DOT) said on Monday that at least 12 domestic tourists have returned home after staying in the Batanes islands for almost two weeks due to the travel restrictions prompted by the March 17 imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in connection with the coronavirus or Covid-19 crisis.

Immediately addressing the difficult situation of the visitors who were scheduled to depart the country’s northernmost islands on March 18 for Clark International Airport, the DOT-Regional Office 2 (DOT-RO 2) in joint efforts with the Batanes provincial government arranged their board and lodging, free-of-charge.

The local tourists welcomed their “extended vacation” in the breathtaking Batanes islands, called the “Home of the Winds”and known for its mesmerizing rolling hills scenery. They left March 31 for their voyage to Catbangen

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‘Extended home stay may trigger surge in domestic violence, abuse on children’

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Children play inside an abandoned warehouse that doubles as their house in Tondo, Manila, February 16, 2010. (file photo)

SEN. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, citing concerns over a “surge in domestic violence,” pressed authorities on Monday to closely monitor and strictly enforce the law against violence on women and children.

“As countries under Covid-19 lockdowns see a surge in domestic violence, the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children must ensure that the implementation of Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, remains in full force,” Gatchalian said.

The senator recalled that prior to the spike in the cases of Covid-19 in the country, the Center for Women’s Resources in early March reported that violence against women continue to be among the issues that haunt women and children.

In a

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Duterte reports on ‘far-reaching’ measures to address COVID-19 crisis

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Published April 6, 2020, 10:43 PM

By Genalyn Kabiling

The government has taken “concrete, far-reaching” measures to address the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate its impact on the people, President Duterte said in his second weekly report to Congress.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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The 22-page report the President submitted to the joint congressional oversight committee included details on government assistance to affected sectors including poor households, workers and farmers, and improvement in health facilities and resources, among others.

Under the Bayanihan law, the President is required to submit a weekly report to Congress about the specific implementations of the Bayanihan law that granted him powers to effectively deal with the coronavirus emergency.

“Two weeks after the enactment of Republic Act No. 11469

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Local officials of Maluso, Basilan to donate their April salary to COVID-19 mitigation programs

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Updated April 6, 2020, 10:43 PM

By Hanah Tabios

The local officials of a fishing community in Basilan province will donate their April net salary as a gesture of support to the national government’s efforts to halt the spread of the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The local government unit of Maluso town in Basilan Province unanimously approved a motion asking the Sangguniang Bayan to donate their 100% net salary for the month of April to the Municipal Task Force COVID-19 to show solidarity to the national government’s initiative. (Photo by Maluso Mayor Hanie Bud)

In a resolution approved by Maluso town mayor Hanie Bud, vice mayor Al-Mashor Yasin, along with all municipal councilors, openly expressed their intent to join other national and local leaders to help

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Mining company secures mineral ore export permit despite lockdown

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has granted the application of a mining company to export chromite ore concentrate to China, a move described by anti-mining groups as “defiant” of existing general community quarantine put in place by local officials over the province of Leyte.

The Mineral Ore Export Permit was granted by the MGB Region 8 to Chromiteking Inc. allowing it to haul and transport around 7,000 wet metric tons of ores valued at P61.23 million from Homonhon Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, to any main point in China.

The ore was sold to Lee-Mah Trade Limited, for which the Philippine government will earn P2.45 million in excise tax, sccording to the Mineral Ore Export Permit issued by Leo Van V.  Juguan, regional director of the MGB Region 8 on March 31, 2020.

Jaybee Garganera national coordinator of the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) said the permit was granted on

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Gov’t secures facilities, resources for health workers, frontliners

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Updated April 6, 2020, 10:36 PM

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte told Congress that the government has secured more facilities and other resources for health workers and other frontliners to support them as they fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

In his weekly report to Congress, Duterte recognized that it was critical to ensure that resources were mobilized to strengthen health facilities caring for COVID-19 related cases.

“All possible support must be extended to our health workers who are risking their health and lives on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

By the numbers

In his report, Duterte said there were 55 COVID-referral hospitals in the country as of April 2. In Metro Manila, three COVID-19

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Duterte seeks more funds for COVID-19 response as P270B ‘not enough’

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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte asked Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III on Monday evening to look for more sources of funds, saying that the P270-billion budget the government had set aside for COVID-19 response was “not enough.”

In a televised address, he noted that P100 billion for one month or P 270 billion for two months was not enough.

“I’m calling on Secretary of Finance to generate [more],” Duterte said in a televised public address.

“Magnakaw ka, maghiram ka. Wala akong pakialam. Produce mo ‘yung pera,” he added.

[Steal it, borrow it. I don’t care. Produce the money.]

The P270 billion budget for the novel coronavirus response efforts …

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Lawyer files violation of Covid-19 quarantine rules against Pimentel

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Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that it would formally start its preliminary probe against Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III for alleged violation of the infection and home quarantine protocols on the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra made the announcement after learning that lawyer Rico Quicho filed before the DOJ a letter-complaint seeking Pimentel’s prosecution for violating the Luzon-wide enhanced community lockdown and breaching quarantine rules being imposed by the Department of Health (DOH) on those persons under investigation (PUI) for Covid-19.

The complaint stemmed following Pimentel’s admission that he breached quarantine rules and health protocols when he accompanied his expectant wife to the Makati Medical Center late last month when he should have been under quarantine for suspected infection.

“I hope the DOJ will swiftly act and pursue legal actions against

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Galvez: 13,025 PUIs set for COVID-19 testing

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Published April 6, 2020, 10:05 PM

By Martin Sadongdong

With more available resources, at least 13,025 persons under investigation (PUIs) will be tested for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the national government shifts its focus on tracing the virus-carriers.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

In a virtual briefing on Monday night, National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer and Presidential Peace adviser Carlito Galvez, Jr. said there are 89,938 available test kits, which are more than enough to conduct tests on thousands of PUIs.

“We will make sure that in the next few days, we will focus more on testing so we can immediately detect and isolate all possible carriers. ‘Yan

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Gov’t to release livelihood assistance grant on or before April 14

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MANILA, Philippines — The government will release funds under the Livelihood Assistance Grant (LAG) on or before April 14 which may be used by beneficiaries as capital to start up a new small business to help tide them over the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his second weekly report on the additional powers Congress granted him to address the health crisis, said the Sustainable Livelihood Program-National Program Management Office is now crafting the guidelines for the release of the LAG.

“The Sustainable Livelihood Program-National Program Management Office os currently crafting supplemental guidelines for the release of the Livelihood Assistance G…

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Kenya cordons off capital, virus-hit cities for 21 days

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Published April 6, 2020, 10:00 PM

By Agence France-Presse

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday imposed a three-week ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus “infected areas”, including the capital Nairobi, ahead of the usually busy Easter weekend.

Kenyatta stopped short of a full lockdown within these areas, but warned “we must be ready to go even further if necessary” in a televised address to the nation.

He ordered “cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of” Nairobi, and the coastal towns of Kilifi and Kwale and the country’s second largest city of Mombasa for 21 days, starting from Monday at 7pm (1600 GMT).

“The movement of food supplies and other cargo will continue as normal during the declared

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Financial aid to LGUs to be released soon by DBM

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MANILA, Philippines— A financial assistance for local government units’ (LGUs) measures in combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will soon be released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

This was according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s second weekly report to Congress as mandated by the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act.

“The DBM is about to release the ‘Bayanihan Grant to Cities and Municipalities’ which is funding assistance to cities and municipalities for their COVID-10 measures and relief efforts,” the report released to the press Monday read.

The report stated that the funding assistance will be equivalent to one month of LG…

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City mayors seek DSWD clarification on subsidy guidelines

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CLARIFICATION. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, is asking the Department of Social Welfare and Development to issue an official statement on the guidelines for the release of government financial assistance amid the Covid-19 crisis. The LCP is “deeply concerned of the growing perception through the media that there is enough budget to cover all lower-income households”, he said in a letter addressed to Secretary Rolando Bautista dated April 4, 2020. (PNA Bacolod file photo)

BACOLOD CITY — The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has sought clarification from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on the guidelines for the release of government financial assistance amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.

“We are respectfully requesting (for) a clear statement from DSWD that the Emergency Subsidy Program is not for everyone but only for the beneficiaries qualified under the DSWD guidelines,” Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, national president of LCP, said in his April 4 letter addressed to Secretary Rolando Bautista.

Through the DSWD, the national government is providing a subsidy of PHP5,000 to P8,000 each for eligible families affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in various areas nationwide.

Leonardia said the league is “deeply concerned of the growing perception through the media that there is enough budget to cover all lower-income households”.

“With so much unfounded and even malicious speculations circulating on allegations of corruption and many other issues that may have created inordinate expectations and speculations among our people, we believe and humbly request that the DSWD release an official statement,” he added.

Specifically, Leonardia said the city mayors are requesting that the DSWD clarify that not everyone will receive the subsidy but only those qualified under its guidelines and that the assistance will be distributed by DSWD to the qualified beneficiaries in coordination, and with the support of the local government units (LGUs) and the barangays.

Leonardia said on Sunday that he sent the letter-request to Bautista after his fellow city mayors informed him that the misconception and false expectations have been causing confusion among their constituents and barangay officials.

He added that in Bacolod, village chiefs have also been reporting to him about the complaints of some residents, who believe “everyone is qualified” to receive the financial assistance.

Some 18 million low-income households across the country expected to receive the subsidy.

Beneficiaries from the National Capital Region will receive the highest amount at PHP8,000, while those in Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions will receive PHP6,500. Other regions will receive around PHP5,000 to PHP6,000.

The cash subsidy schedule is based on the upper limit of the daily minimum wage in each region.

With a funding of PHP200 billion, the emergency subsidy is provided under Section 4C of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”. (PNA)

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11 Covid-19 patients recover in Central Visayas

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RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENTS. Department of Health (DOH-7) Regional Director Jaime Bernadas (left) answers queries from Cebu media in a press conference last March 24, 2020. Bernadas said on Sunday (April 5, 2020) that the number of patients from Central Visayas who have recovered from Covid-19 rose to 11 after four individuals were tested negative. (PNA file photo by John Rey Saavedra)

CEBU CITY – A total of 11 patients who had tested positive of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Central Visayas have recovered, the Department of Health (DOH-7) reported on Sunday.

All of the recovered patients will be discharged from the hospital without paying anything as the national government foots the bill for their confinement, Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH-7 regional director, reiterated.

Four new recoveries were recorded over the weekend as shown by the test results of 233 specimens at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (VSMMC SNL).

Bernadas, however said that two patients died due to Covid-19 in Cebu, bringing the death toll in the region to eight. There is also one additional confirmed case, bringing the total count of Covid-19 positive patients to 35, as of Sunday.

On Sunday, VSMMC SNL tested 84 specimens with 83 negative and one positive results.

Of the 65 tests conducted on Saturday, 63 results were negative while the other two, also negative, were from previously confirmed Covid-19 cases.

All 85 test results last Friday were negative.

“Two confirmed cases are intubated but are currently stable. The rest of the confirmed cases who are still admitted are medically stable as of their latest health bulletin,” Bernadas said earlier.

A Covid-19 patient, according to him, could be discharged once the person’s repeat test turns out negative and no more symptom of the disease is exhibited.

“Once the repeat test is negative, patient is no longer capable of infecting another person. Some patients have already been discharged after testing negative and no longer have signs and symptoms. However, the others are still admitted due to some underlying medical conditions and are ably managed by their doctors,” he said.

Cebu City remains to have the highest number of cases at 22, followed by Lapu-Lapu City at three cases and Mandaue City at two cases.

“Among the component provinces, Negros Oriental has the most number at four cases, followed by Cebu Province at three,” Bernadas said.

Bohol has sustained its record of zero local transmission, as the single positive case remains to be the 60-year-old Chinese woman who visited the province in January. She recovered from the disease.

Bernadas said Siquijor remains free of Covid-19. (PNA)

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Over 12K private workers in C. Luzon to get cash aid from DOLE

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AID TO PRIVATE WORKERS. A total of 12,615 workers from the private sector in Central Luzon will receive P5,000 financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. This is under the DOLE’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP). (Photo courtesy of DOLE Region 3)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — A total of 12,615 private workers in Central Luzon will receive PHP5,000 financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as part of the agency’s efforts to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The financial benefit is under the DOLE’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

DOLE Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said on Monday that some PHP63.075 million has been disbursed as of April 3, covering some 664 private establishments in the region.

Under Department Order No. 209, s. 2020, private companies that have implemented flexible work arrangements (FWA) or temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic may apply under the CAMP.

Upon DOLE’s approval, Campita said each of the private establishments’ employees will receive a one-time financial support of PHP5,000 to be transferred directly to the employee’s payroll account or through money remittance centers.

“The worker-beneficiaries of the 664 private establishments are advised to wait for a text message/notice from Lhuillier as to when and how they can claim the financial support under CAMP,” she said in a statement.

Out of the total 664 approved establishments, 236 companies which cover 4,340 affected workers are from Pampanga, while 124 establishments with 3,624 workers are from Bulacan.

Eighty-nine firms with 1,296 workers are from Tarlac; 84 with 1,304 workers from Zambales; 60 with 1,059 workers from Bataan; 37 establishments with 596 workers from Nueva Ecija and 34 companies with 396 workers from Aurora.

“We are continuously processing applications and would give you updates as soon as they are available,” Campita said.

Last March 27, the DOLE initially allotted PHP2.195 million for the PHP5,000 financial assistance to 439 affected workers from 71 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Central Luzon. (PNA)

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2 Covid-19 patients die in Lucena

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LUCENA CITY — Two of the 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Quezon province have died, according to information released by the Provincial Information Office on Monday.

The two mortalities are a 55-year-old male from Candelaria town, with history of travel to Laguna; and a 79-year-old male from Unisan town who had traveled to Lucena.

The remaining Covid-19 patients in Quezon are from Lucena City – six; Tayabas City – two; Sariaya – two; and Sampaloc – one.

Meanwhile, the public market here was again opened to the public after eight days of closure to give way to disinfection measures by the city government.

The city police is strictly implementing the mandatory wearing of face masks by residents whenever they go out to buy food and medicines. (PNA)

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Monitoring of cops with Covid-19 continuous: PNP

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PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa. (File photo)

MANILA – The Philippine National Police on Monday assured continuous monitoring of police officers who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa said the number of Covid-19 cases in the police force has reached 19, with two deaths and two cases of recovery.

The latest Covid-19 cases in the PNP are a 31-year-old female from Laguna, a 41-year-old male from Cavite, and a 45-year-old female from Batangas.

As of Monday, the PNP Health Service recorded a total of 280 PNP personnel who are categorized as Patients Under Investigation (PUIs) including 63 Police Commissioned Officers (PCO), 204 Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCO), and 13 Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP).

Moreover, a total of 1,332 PNP personnel are now listed as Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs), composed of 300 PCO, 978 PNCO, and 54 NUP.

On its first week of operation as quarantine area, the Kiangan Billeting Center has already admitted 39 PNP personnel listed as PUIs undergoing self-quarantine, which consists of 11 PCO, 18 PNCO, 4 NUP, and 6 civilians.

Meanwhile, Gamboa said the enhanced community quarantine will continue to be in effect as the country commemorates the Holy Week this year.

“Even as many are safely nestled in the comforts of their homes in quarantine, let us find time to reflect and pray for the victory of mankind over this deadly pandemic,” he said in a statement.

He also asked the families of PNP personnel for greater understanding of their sworn duty as he urged them to continue praying for the safety of the police front-liners enforcing quarantine measures.

“We pray that the reason of life shall always prevail over the want for wealth and power in these trying times and that the Filipino nation shall continue to endure the sacrifices that we had to take to defeat this contagion. We beseech the loving grace of the Almighty to give our front-liners the courage and strength to overcome this long-drawn battle against an unseen enemy,” Gamboa said. (PNA)

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1st Covid-19 death recorded in Bicol as 4 patients recover

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Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH-Bicol  regional director and Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases chairman. (PNA file photo) 

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Health (DOH)-Bicol said four new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients in the region have recovered and tested negative of the viral illness. However, one patient has died.

Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH-Bicol regional director, in an interview on Monday said the mortality is a 65-year-old male from Naga City.

He also said the DOH Covid-19 tracker showed that of the remaining 11 Covid-19 cases in the region, seven are still awaiting test results and in stable condition.

“The confirmed Covid cases include eight cases in Albay and three cases in Camarines Sur,” he said.

DOH data indicate that there are 112 patients under investigation (PUIs) in Bicol, of whom 86 have tested negative while the rest are either still awaiting test results or have not been tested yet.

Albay has the highest number of PUIs with 53, followed by Camarines Sur-30; Sorsogon-11; Camarines Norte-8; Catanduanes-6; and Masbate-4.

Vera reiterated his call to various health authorities and local officials to step up their fight against Covid-19 by strictly implementing the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) policy.

On the possibility of declaring certain areas in Bicol under extreme enhanced community quarantine, Vera said it would depend on the epidemiological criteria determined on the basis of the rising number of cases. “It needs a thorough analysis by medical experts,” he said, adding that cases in the region have not reached that level yet.

He said to prevent the number of cases from rising, local government units have to further intensify the ECQ enforcement. (PNA)

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Number of suspect Covid-19 cases in NegOr drops

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DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of suspected cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Negros Oriental has seen a slight drop in recent days, according to authorities here.

At a press conference Monday morning by the Inter-agency Task Force on Covid-19, Governor Roel Degamo said he is happy to see the numbers dropping and hopes that this will continue in the coming days.

“The drop in the graph is a good indication that the people of Negros Oriental are very cooperative,” he said.

“Let us continue to do that. Just stay at home,” he added.

Degamo placed the province of Negros Oriental under a state of calamity and enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting April 3.

With the ECQ, everyone was told to stay home except for certain sectors, such as medical and health workers and food and utility service providers.

In the press conference, Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, said she believed the drop in numbers could be attributed to the closure of borders since the ECQ started.

As of Sunday afternoon, she said records showed that 6,267 asymptomatic people have “graduated” from home quarantine, while 5,591 others are still considered as persons under monitoring or PUMs and being monitored at their respective homes.

For those with mild Influenza-Like Illness (ILI), the province recorded 262 on Saturday but the numbers dropped to 244 the following day, with nine classified as Moderate Acute Severe Respiratory Infection (MARI) from the previous 10 and six Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) which remained at a “plateau”, Estacion said.

The ILI-Mild, MARI and SARI cases are considered as patients under investigation (PUIs), she said.

Estacion is hoping the drop in the cases of suspected Covid-19 will continue in the coming days as she also reiterated the appeal of the governor for everyone to stay home, unless necessary for urgent or emergency reasons. (PNA)

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4Ps beneficiaries in C. Visayas get emergency subsidy

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SOCIAL AMELIORATION. A staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas supervises the withdrawal of the emergency cash subsidy by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in the City of Carcar, Cebu on Saturday (April 4, 2020). Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, on Monday (April 6, 2020) said all the beneficiaries of 4Ps in Cebu and neighboring provinces in Central Visayas have already received a total of PHP6,000-worth of social amelioration assistance from the national government to help them recover from the effect of the Covid-19 crisis. (Photo courtesy of DSWD-7)

CEBU CITY – All beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Central Visayas have received their emergency cash subsidy in line with the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) threat, a ranking government official said on Monday.

Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, the spokesperson of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), said in a virtual presser with Visayas and Mindanao media that 4Ps beneficiaries from Cebu and neighboring provinces in the region were included in the release of the SAP benefits on April 4.

“The (Department of Social Welfare and Development) has already credited to the bank accounts of all 4Ps beneficiaries in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. They received the assistance through their cash cards,” Malaya said.

Under the SAP Bayanihan Fund: Tulong Laban sa Covid-19, beneficiaries of the 4Ps program get PHP3,650 to PHP6,650 per month for two months (April and May), depending on the prescribed emergency subsidy per region determined from the particular region’s minimum wage levels.

The emergency cash subsidy will serve as a top-up amount added to their regular cash grants and rice allowance.

Justin Caesar Anthony Batocabe, director of DSWD-National Household Targeting Office (NHTO), said those who received emergency cash subsidy under the 4Ps program are no longer qualified to cross-apply for other benefits from other agencies.

Rebecca Geamala, DSWD-Central Visayas regional director, also told the Philippine News Agency in an interview that all the 300,000 4Ps beneficiaries in Region 7 have already received their respective PHP6,000 subsidy.

Last week, every 4Ps family-beneficiary received PHP1,350 food subsistence in the form of rice allowance.

“So yung ni-release lately ay yun po ang remaining cash subsidy for every family dito sa Region 7 (So, the one that has been released lately is the remaining PHP4,650 cash subsidy for every family here in Region 7),” Geamala said.

Each family beneficiary received a total of PHP6,000 emergency assistance from the national government, she added.

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act 11469) identified 18 million Filipino families or 90 million individuals who can receive PHP 5,000 up to PHP8,000 subsidy for two months.

The beneficiaries, the law states, should come from the poor sector, informal sector, those with income due to quarantine measures, and those who belong to the vulnerable or disadvantage sectors.  (PNA)

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Task force vests DAR with power to give quarantine passes to farmers

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The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will soon grant farmers quarantine pass that will allow them to bring their produce to areas affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

On April 4, 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) granted the DAR the authority to issue quarantine pass to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

To recall, President Duterte declared a State of Public Health Emergency and placed the entire Luzon island under ECQ on March 16.  The strict implementation of the monthlong ECQ prevents farmers and fishermen from bringing their produce to vegetable and fish landings, hence, limiting the food supply, especially in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The request for authorization was initiated by DAR Secretary John Castriciones to ensure the delivery of food and other agricultural products to markets, especially those located in critical areas where people cannot buy food because of the ECQ.

The DAR

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Gov’t says 2 social media accounts taken down due to ‘questionable posts’

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MANILA, Philippines — At least two social media accounts have been taken down since the government launched a crackdown against disinformation on the COVID-19 epidemic as provided under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

Based on President Rodrigo Duterte’s second weekly report to Congress, the two social media accounts have been taken down due to “questionable posts.”

The second weekly report was submitted to Congress on Monday night. Legislators passed the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which gave Duterte additional powers, including the reallocation of government funds, in order to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. But the law required Duterte to submit a progr…

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Testing times for India in race to head off coronavirus epidemic

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Published April 6, 2020, 9:48 PM

By Reuters

NEW DELHI – India, like a lot of countries plunged into crisis by the pandemic, is struggling to ramp up testing for the coronavirus, but in few places would the odds of containing the disease appear so bleak should domestic transmission start to multiply.

A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the interior of a passenger train after it was converted into an isolation facility amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, April 6, 2020. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/MANILA BULLETIN)

Officials hope to be testing 20,000 people daily by the end of the week, four times the current rate.

Since India’s first case was confirmed on Jan. 30, they have only

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Valenzuela to provide free food and accommodation for health workers from Obando

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Published April 6, 2020, 9:42 PM

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

The local government of Valenzuela City will provide free food and accommodation to health workers from Obando, Bulacan, who are working in the city, after their mayor advised them to refrain from returning home as they “might put the health of [their] family and the whole of Obando in danger.”

(Photo from Valenzuela LGU)

Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian on Monday said that they welcome the healthcare providers of the province and they can temporarily stay in the city’s facility “for them to be taken care of.”

“There is a charging station and a grab-and-go counter where meals will be served round the clock. There is a mobile shower if they want to take a bath before

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Venezuela elderly feel ‘sentenced to euthanasia’ under coronavirus quarantine

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Published April 6, 2020, 9:39 PM

By Reuters

CARACAS – Venezuelan retirees Carlos Blanco, 81, and Olga Rodriguez, 78, have for more than a year been unable to purchase the diabetes medication they need, as the country’s hyperinflation has left their monthly pensions insufficient to buy even a loaf of bread.

Maria Araque, 90, stands at her kitchen during the nationwide quarantine due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Caracas, Venezuela March 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/FILE PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

Already at high risk in the coronavirus pandemic because of their age, the couple’s untreated Type 2 diabetes leaves them at greater risk of any type of infection, as well as complications including blurred vision or diabetic comas.

They are now confined to their home, living off

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PH now has 10 labs for coronavirus testing

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines now has 10 laboratories that can conduct testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said that as laboratories that are in full implementation for COVID-19 testing as of 2 p.m. April 6 are the following:

-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City (900 tests a day)

-Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Baguio City (150 tests a day)

-San Lazaro Hospital in Manila City (60 to 100 tests a day)

-Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City (240 tests a day)

-Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City (100 tests a day)

-UP National Institutes of Heal…

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Mormon church to open first temple in mainland China

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Published April 6, 2020, 9:29 PM

By Reuters

The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church, plans to open its first temple in mainland China at a time when Beijing has been clamping down steadily on religious freedoms.

A flag flies at half mask outside the world headquarters of the Mormon Church for Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon church) in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., January 3, 2018. (REUTERS/George Frey/FILE PHOTO/MANILA BULLETIN)

The temple in the eastern Chinese city of Shanghai will help fill a gap left by renovation work since last July at the church’s temple in Hong Kong, Russell M. Nelson, president of the church, announced on

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