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Oil retreats after sharp rally on doubts over price war truce

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Oil gave up some of last week’s rally after a delay to a planned meeting of top producers to discuss output curbs and signs the US won’t join any deal raised doubts over the prospects for an agreement.

Futures dropped around 4 percent in New York after surging by more than a third of their value over the previous two sessions as a production accord started to take shape. However, a virtual gathering of the Opec+ alliance that was originally scheduled for Monday was postponed to Thursday as Saudi Arabia and Russia traded barbs over who was to blame for the collapse in oil prices.

Some progress was made toward an agreement on Sunday, according to diplomats, but the lack of participation from the US—the world’s largest producer—could prove to be a stumbling block. Despite originally calling for the deal, President Donald Trump on Saturday described Opec as a cartel

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Premier infuriated by Trump says Canada aided U.S. amid 9/11

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In this June 8, 2018, file photo from AP, President Donald Trump talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a G-7 Summit welcome ceremony in Charlevoix, Canada.

TORONTO—The premier of a Canadian province that sheltered thousands of stranded American airline passengers after the 9/11 attacks questioned the humanity of US President Donald J. Trump on Sunday after Trump banned the export of N95 protective masks to Canada.

The conservative leader of another province compared it to one family member feasting while letting another one starve. And yet another premier said it reminded him of 1939 and 1940, when Canada was part of the fight against global fascism while the United States sat out the first years.

Canadians across the country expressed hurt and disappointment that their neighbor and longstanding ally is blocking shipments of the masks from the

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‘No exit’ lockdown of Naga village enforced after resident dies of COVID-19

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GUINOBATAN, Albay—“No exit and no contact” policies were put in place at Calauag village in Naga City after authorities reported on Monday (April 6) the death of a resident there of COVID-19.

The lockdown, or extreme enhanced community quarantine, will last until April 17, said Allen Reondanga, city public information officer. He said the end of the lockdown will be on that date “unless a new case is recorded.”

“No one will be allowed to leave the quarantine perimeter unless there are emergencies,” Reondanga said at a press briefing.

He said that “sari-sari” stores will be allowed to open, but both customers and store owners must abide by the no contact policy of the city.

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CDO enforces house-to-house survey to track possible COVID-19 carriers

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MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Cagayan Oro has started conducting a “house-to-house survey” to trace and immediately isolate possible COVID-19 carriers.

Since April 3, the City Health Office (CHO) has so far checked over 3,000 of the city’s 160,000 households. Of the number, they tracked 53 people with flu-like symptoms and respiratory illnesses.

Further investigation will be done to check their respective travel histories or possible contacts with COVID-19 positive persons to determine whether these residents will be declared Persons Under Investigation (PUI) or Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) for the disease.

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Police arrest 32 fake news peddlers

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AUTHORITIES arrested 32 persons allegedly involved in the proliferation of false information about the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group said the 32 arrested suspects were charged for violating Unlawful Use of Means of Publication and Unlawful Utterances under Article 154 of the Revised Penal Code as Amended in relation to Sec 4c4 (Online Libel) and Section 6 of Republic Act No. 10175, or the Anti-Cybercrime Law.

The suspects were from Quezon City, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Caraga.

“The PNP-ACG under PBGen Dennis Agustin will be relentless in taking countermeasures on misinformation and spread of fake reports by conducting cyber patrol operations on social media and other online platforms,” PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said.

“The public is urged to cooperate in taking greater steps to topple the COVID-19 pandemic, including to refrain from sharing and posting false reports that may cause panic and confusion,” he added.

The entire Luzon has been under an enhanced community quarantine, a measure aimed at containing the Covid-19.

Under enhanced community quarantine, public transport systems are suspended, food and health services are regulated, checkpoints are set up to limit the movement of people from one place to another. People are ordered to stay home to stop or prevent the spread of the virus.

Other localities outside Luzon have also imposed lockdown in their areas to stop the virus.

As of Monday afternoon, the Department of Health said there were 3,660 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country with 163 deaths and 73 recoveries.

Within the PNP, 19 personnel have been confirmed to have been infected by the virus. Two had died.

The PNP Health Service recorded a total of 280 PNP personnel who are categorized as patients under investigation (PUI) while a total of 1,332 PNP personnel are now listed as persons under monitoring (PUM). (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)

RedDoorz to offer free lodging to health workers in Manila

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MANILA — RedDoorz, an online hotel management and booking platform, has forged a partnership with the Department of Tourism and the city government of Manila in providing temporary free accommodation to healthcare workers.

Under its “Red Heroes” initiative, RedDoorz aims to provide a place to stay and rest for the front-liners as they attend to the medical needs of Filipinos during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Transportation also becomes a challenge for healthcare workers to come to work as public transportation was suspended amid the enhanced community quarantine.

“Our Red Heroes program across Southeast Asia — in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore — helps us alleviate the heavy pressures placed on national governments by providing free, clean, safe, and comfortable accommodation for those on the front-lines,” 

RedDoorz founder and CEO Amit Saberwal said in a statement Monday.

The budget-hotel chain is opening the doors of its three hotels in Manila located near UST Manila, Quiapo Church, and Quirino LRT station.

These hotels are close to Manila hospitals such as at Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Tondo, Hospital ng Tondo, Justice Abad Santos General Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center and Sta. Ana Hospital.

“Through our partnerships with key sectors, we are positive that we will be able to overcome this challenge if we stand together. We hope more companies with the means to support the initiative will participate during this challenging time,” Saberwal added. (PNA)

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Iloilo City gets P7.1-M donation to boost fight vs Covid-19

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PREP VS COVID. Iloilo City, through Mayor Jerry Trenas, on Monday (April 6, 2020) receives PHP7.1 million worth of donation from Ilonggo businessmen. The donation included 2,700 testing kits and personal protective equipment. (Photo by Arnold Almacen/City Mayor’s Office)

ILOILO CITY – The city government received PHP7.1 million worth of donations from Ilonggo businessmen on Monday.

The donations included 2,700 testing kits and 800 sets of personal protective equipment coming from businessmen Henry Chusuey, Edgar “Injap” Sia, Alfonso Tan, Iloilo Supermart and Que family, and the Jamora brother, said Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas in a press conference Monday.

Treñas earlier said the donations were purchased from South Korea.

He added the donation can surely help the city, which currently has already recorded a local transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“We have a case of local transmission in the city. Our case number 2 who passed away has contact with our case number 4,” Treñas said as he reiterated his appeal to the public to just stay at home.

Iloilo City’s case number two was a 72-year-old from Mandurriao district who traveled to Manila. He died on March 21 before the release of the test results showing his being Covid-19 positive. 

The fourth case was a 59-year-old male from the same district who is still admitted in a hospital. The patient is hypertensive and diabetic.

Treñas also announced that Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) Director Police Col. Eric Dampal and 40 of his troops are considered as persons under monitoring (PUMs) after they were exposed to one police personnel who manifested a fever and was considered as a patient under investigation (PUI).

Meanwhile, the city government is eyeing to maximize the use of the Diamond Jubilee Hall as isolation facilities for up to 100 PUMs.  Currently, 10 PUMs are being accommodated at the Jubilee Hall.

He said the local government will be looking for a space for PUIs.

“We cannot allow the PUIs and the PUMs to stay together,” he said.

As of April 5, based on heat maps of PUIs and PUMs in Iloilo City, 2,192 of its 2,588 PUMs have completed the 14-day quarantine while 300 are being actively monitored. It has 48 PUIs with four positive Covid-19 cases with one death.

Treñas said they are still studying all options whether or not the enhanced community quarantine in Iloilo City will be lifted on April 14.

“We do not want to make a decision which is not based on scientific and medical recommendations,” he said. (PNA)

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Gov’t to do away with ‘red tape, cumbersome rules’ in distribution of Bayanihan cash aid

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Updated April 6, 2020, 7:10 PM

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The government has vowed to remove any cumbersome rules in the distribution of emergency subsidy to low-income families and hold accountable those involved in any anomaly related to it.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (Photo from Karlo Nograles / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the government will not tolerate any red tape and corruption that will delay the implementation of the social amelioration program for poor families affected by the coronavirus quarantine.

The two-month emergency subsidy program, supervised by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is provided for in the recently signed Bayanihan To Heal as One Act that authorizes President Duterte to implement measures to effectively address the public health

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PM Modi, lawmakers agree 30 percent salary cut as India deals with coronavirus

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Published April 6, 2020, 7:03 PM

By Reuters

NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top government figures will take a 30 percent salary cut this year, a government minister said on Monday, as the country tackles the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the economy.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India, November 18, 2019. (REUTERS/Altaf Hussain/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

Modi has imposed a three-week lockdown to halt the spread of the virus, but it has left millions without jobs and many of the more vulnerable sections of society struggling for food and shelter.

The federal cabinet has approved a decree under which Modi, along

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PRRD will not take 2nd COVID-19 test; remains healthy, symptom-free

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Published April 6, 2020, 7:03 PM

By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte will not take another coronavirus test especially since he remains fit and healthy, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President, who has been advised by his doctors to go on home quarantine since last week, has not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus disease.

“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) remains fit and healthy. No need for a 2nd COVID test,” he said in a statement Monday.

He said the President was not exposed to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año prior to March 26 when the latter was exposed to four persons confirmed to be infected with the virus.

“He does not have any symptoms of colds,

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Palo, Leyte cancels ‘Pamalandong’ due to COVID-19

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Published April 6, 2020, 7:02 PM

By Restituto Cayubit

PALO, Leyte – The 46th year reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in this town this coming Good Friday has been cancelled due to the threats posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a report from the office of the mayor said here Monday, April 6.

Palo Mayor Frances Ann B. Petilla told reporters that the 46th year reenactment of the passion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross dubbed “Pamalandong” in the local dialect, which is regularly held every Good Friday has been cancelled.

Petilla said that it will be the first time that the“Pamalandong” will be cancelled.

Petilla noted that the “Pamalandong” was one of the country’s oldest presentation on the passion and death

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Nonlife insurer allots P10 million for dependents of virus fatality

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Nonlife insurance player SGI Philippines General Insurance Co. earmarked a total of P10 million for its financial assistance program to dependents of all deceased nonlife insurance intermediaries duly registered with Insurance Commission and their employees whose annual income is less than P600,000.

The insurance firm said in a statement on Monday they decided to offer a financial assistance of P25,000 to a dependent of a deceased intermediaries provided they meet the conditions.

“With the impact of Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] continuing to ravage across the country and rest of the world, SGI Philippines has taken cognizance of the prevailing circumstances and have extended its deep and sincere empathy to all nonlife insurance intermediaries (whether they work for SGI Philippines or not) in the country by offering some relief to those who are financially more vulnerable in case the Covid- 19 causes loss of life of any non- life insurance intermediary,”

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DFA: 6 more Filipinos abroad die from COVID-19; toll now at 55

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MANILA, Philippines — Six more Filipinos abroad have died due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.

Thus, the number of overseas Filipino fatalities is now at 55, with the six new deaths reported from the American region and Europe, it noted.

“In terms of overall deaths, the Americas recorded a sudden spike with an increasing trend beginning the month of April compared to all the other regions as reported by the (World Health Organization),” DFA said.

“Many of our (overseas Filipinos) are in the North Americas and therefore remain vulnerable to this observed trend,” it added.

Meanwhile, based on the latest …

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LandBank backs LGUs with P10-billion emergency loan during pandemic

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The Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) said it is launching a new lending program to help local government units (LGUs) on the purchase of goods and procurement of services to support their constituents during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The state-owned bank said it is allocating P10 billion in emergency funding for provincial, city and municipal governments.

LandBank President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo was quoted in a statement as saying the move is the bank’s “way of supporting our LGUs deliver immediate health services, food, and basic commodities to their constituents during this crisis.”

“Our LGUs are at the forefront of this adversity, and as our partners in development, we will continue to finance their recovery and rehabilitation needs,”
Borromeo added.

Both client and non-client LGUs of the Bank may avail of the program at a fixed-interest rate of 5 percent per annum, payable up to a maximum

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Go asks coops to help communities in war vs. Covid-19

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Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go

MANILA – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday appealed to the country’s cooperatives to utilize their Community Development Fund (CDF) to help the communities they serve in responding to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) emergency.

“Hinihikayat po natin ang ating mga kooperatiba na gamitin ang kanikanilang community development fund upang mas lalo pang mapalakas at mapalawig ang paglaban natin sa mga banta ng Covid-19 (We are encouraging our cooperatives to utilize their CDF in order to further strengthen and expand our fight against the threats of Covid-19),” Go said in a press statement.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography said the unpredictability and uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation in the country needs a “whole-of-society” approach to combat the public health emergency and mitigate its socio-economic impact.

“Lahat po tayo kailangang tumulong sa ating komunidad. Lahat tayo naghihirap at lahat naman tayo gustong malampasan ang krisis na ito. Gawin natin ang lahat ng ating makakaya para pagserbisyohan ang kapwa nating Pilipino (All of us need to help in our community. We are all suffering and we all wanted to survive this crisis. We have to do everything we can to serve our fellow Filipinos),” Go said.

He said the CDF may be used for projects that will benefit the community during the enhanced community quarantine, such as the provision of food packs and other basic necessities, as well as personal protective equipment for medical front-liners, among others.

Under Article 86 (3) of Republic Act No. 9520 or the “Philippine Cooperative Code of 2008”, cooperatives are mandated “to allocate not less than three percent Cooperative Development Fund from its annual net surplus”.

Go’s appeal is also in line with Memorandum Circular No. 2020-30 issued by the Cooperative Development Authority which encourages cooperatives to utilize their CDF “for projects or activities that will benefit the community where the cooperative operates”.

These projects or activities are those identified and included in the approved Social Development Plan of the cooperatives.

The memo further states that “food packs, vitamins, alcohol, soap and other basic necessities may be distributed to those community members who are in dire need of help but with adherence to safety protocols, and ensuring that the procurement of these goods will not shortchange the members.”

RA 9520 also suggests the use of the cooperatives’ Optional Fund for the benefit of their members and employees.

As provided by law, the Optional Fund shall not exceed seven percent of the cooperatives’ net surplus. The usage of this fund, however, must later on be confirmed by the General Assembly.

If the cooperative chooses not to use its Optional Fund or if the same is not sufficient for the intended aid purpose, “additional fund assistance may be charged to direct expenses”.

Cooperatives are also encouraged to extend emergency or calamity loans at interest-free or minimal rates of interest to their members, enabling them to meet their needs. These loans are subject to the lending policies of the cooperative.

Cooperative-owned vehicles and properties may also be made available for use by members of the cooperative or community, especially during emergency situations in coordination with local government units.

Go said the positive response of the cooperatives and their members to his call will be of great help and would be well-appreciated.

“Ngayon pa lamang po ay nagpapasalamat na ako at ang sambayanang Pilipino sa inyong kontribusyon sa laban nating ito (Me and the Filipino people are already thanking you in advance for your contribution in this fight),” he said.

“Magkaisa po tayo at sama-sama nating talunin ang virus bilang isang nagkakaisang bansa. Ipakita natin na walang imposible kung ang diwa ng bayanihan at pagtutulungan ang mangunguna sa ating mga isip at puso sa paglaban ng Covid-19 sa Pilipinas (Let us unite and fight this virus together as one nation. Let us show that nothing is impossible if the spirit of bayanihan and cooperation is foremost in our hearts and minds in fighting Covid-19 in the Philippines),” Go said. (PNA)

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PICC, Rizal Memorial Coliseum, World Trade Center to open this week as quarantine facilities

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MANILA, Philippines — The Rizal Memorial Coliseum (RMC) in Manila and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and World Trade Center in Pasay City are set to open this week as community quarantine facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said efforts to convert RMC to a quarantine facility are already completed and it is ready to accommodate COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic and with mild symptoms.

Meanwhile, the conversion of the PICC and the World Trade into quarantine centers is still ongoing and is expected to be finished within the week.

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PayMaya developer gets $120M local and international investments

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MANILA, Philippines — One of the country’s leading financial technology platforms raised over P6 billion from local and international investors as the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic bolsters demand for electronic payments.

Voyager Innovations, the technology company behind mobile wallet PayMaya, received fresh funding to the tune of $120 million (P6.1) billion to support its aggressive expansion plans.

The money came from existing shareholders PLDT Inc., China’s Tencent as well as KKR and the International Finance Corp. (IFC), both based in the US.

Demand for services such as PayMaya are going up as millions of Filipinos are confined to their homes to halt the spread of CO…

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Angeles City gov’t readies distribution of more food packs

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Published April 6, 2020, 6:46 PM

By Franco Regala

ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said Monday that he has ordered the preparation of an additional 100,000 food packs to be distributed to indigent Angeleños.

Mayor Carmmelo Lazatin readied an additional 100, 000 food packs to be distributed to families in the city’s 33 barangays. (Photo by Franco Regala)

“The distribution of food packs will be a continuous process,” he said. “Being faced with the community quarantine, we want to provide consistently to our people, making sure no one suffers from hunger.”

According to the city mayor, the distribution will be the third relief operation, following the 70, 705 food packs that were already distributed in 33 barangays in the city.

Lazatin said that while

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P10-M worth of vitamin C supplements distributed to poor elderly citizens

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Published April 6, 2020, 6:46 PM

By Donna Rempillo

ANGELES CITY – The city government here has distributed P10-million worth of vitamin C supplements for this city’s 25,000 senior citizens in 23 barangays.

(Photo by Angeles City CIO | Rodolfo Cabrero of Barangay Sapangbato is teary eyed after he received on April 6, 2020 two bottles of Enervon Vitamin C from the staff of the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs. Mayor Carmelo ‘Pogi’ Lazatin, Jr. ordered the procurement of P10 million worth of vitamin C to be distributed to 25,000 indigent senior citizens in the city’s 33 barangays)

“Vitamin C will help boost the immune system of senior citizens. Most of the high-risk victims of the coronavirus disease are the senior citizens with medical conditions,”

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In Naples, ‘solidarity’ food baskets abound as pandemic bites

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Published April 6, 2020, 6:39 PM

By Agence France-Presse

NAPLES, Italy – Angelo Picone lowers a wicker basket full of food to the ground on a rope, leaning over his rustic balcony, verdant with pot plants.

Solidarity baskets are a godsend for Italy’s growing number of poor during the coronavirus pandemic (AFP Photo/Carlo Hermann/MANILA BULLETIN)

“If you can, put something in. If you can’t, take something out,” Picone, a Naples street artist, merrily hollers to bemused passersby in the alleyway below.

Picone’s simple message is resonating in a country trying to feed a growing number of poor during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 has officially killed nearly 200 in Naples and more than 15,000 across Italy in just over a month.

It has also shattered the Mediterranean

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Duterte OKs P3.34B for Marawi rehab projects

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The Office of the President in March approved P3.34 billion in additional projects aimed at rehabilitating war-torn Marawi City, on top of the money that the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) released for educational materials that month.

But the projects approved for issuance of special allotment release orders (Saros) as well as those covered by actual releases from the DBM during the first three months of 2020 were part of the Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program (MRRRP) funds allocated in the 2019 national budget.

Last year’s MRRRP covered by the annual National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF) will expire by yearend given the…

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With help from celebrities, San Roque protesters post bail

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WITH financial assistance from celebrities, the 21 protesters who were arrested in Quezon City for allegedly inciting a riot over the lack of food aid in violation of quarantine rules were able to post bail Monday, April 6.

Among those who contributed for the P15,000 bail set for each of the 21 detainees were Simone Francesca “Kakie” Pangilinan and her family, Ria Atayde and Enchong Dee, according to a press statement issued by the Save San Roque Alliance.

The 21 detainees were expected to be set free Monday, around six days after they were arrested for staging a rally to protest the alleged failure of the local government to provide relief aid to residents of Sitio San Roque, an urban poor community in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa in Quezon City.

Earlier Monday, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Ronnie Montejo said he dispatched some policemen to the community after receiving information that residents there led by left-leaning urban poor group Kadamay posted protest placards and organized a community kitchen which may be in violation of the social distancing policy.

QCPD Station 2 Commander Reodrigo Soriano said they also received reports that the residents were again planning another mass action.

“This morning, April 6, 2020, the QCPD has dispatched policemen at Sitio San Roque, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa to conduct a dialogue with members of Kadamay led by a certain Estrelita Bagasbas,” Montejo said in a statement.

“The group apparently established a Kadamay Kainang Bayan; however, protest placards were seen posted by the group. After a dialogue with the group of Bagaspas, the QCPD requested them to remove their protest placards which they voluntarily submitted to and reminded them to observe social or physical distancing,” he added.

The San Roque residents led by Bagasbas staged a rally along Edsa on April 1 in violation of the strict quarantine rules to observe social distancing. The protest action and the resulting commotion earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Those who were arrested were slapped with multiple charges.

Aside from the P15,000 bail bond, each of the 21 detainees had to pay a processing fee of P2,500 and submit the following documents: an affidavit of undertaking; waiver; house sketch; barangay certification of residency and clearance; handprints; 9 copies of 2×2 photos; and certificate of detention from Camp Karingal.

“Naka-serve na ang release order sa Karingal at hinihintay na lang natin na maproseso sila for releasing,” said Nano Rafael, representative of the Save San Roque Alliance.

“Mare-release today (April 6) for sure,” he added.

Metro Manila and the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine, which mandates most of the population to stay home until April 14 as a measure to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)

Promptly ‘sort out all kinks’ in cash subsidy program, senators asks Palace

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MANILA, Philippines — As the Luzon-wide quarantine enters its fourth week, senators are pressing the executive department to quickly “sort out all the kinks” surrounding the distribution of cash aid to some 18 million low-income households.

According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, the national government should reconcile the “wide gap” between the executive department’s projection-based list of beneficiaries to the data generated by local government units (LGUs).

“They should reconcile the wide gap between the DOF/DSWD (Department of Finance/Department of Social Welfare and Development) list based merely on projection and the data generated by the LGUs’ community-based surveys, w…

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Shuttered restaurants dish out for Spain’s health workers

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Published April 6, 2020, 6:28 PM

By Agence France-Presse

MADRID – It is midday on Saturday and smoke rises off the grill even though the doors are closed at the Timesburg restaurant in Barcelona.

The chefs are making hamburgers, not to be served at tables but packed up and delivered to doctors, nurses and other health staff on the front line of Spain’s battle against coronavirus.

Despite bars and restaurants being shut across Spain, the Delivery4Heroes initiative is designed to ensure healthcare personnel fighting coronavirus in Barcelona get a steady food supply (AFP Photo/Josep LAGO/MANILA BULLETIN)

“Contributing in any way we can at the moment makes us feel better,” Vanessa, one of the cooks, tells AFPTV as she garnishes the burgers, wraps them up and loads

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Army troopers donate two-day food allowance to needy families in Aurora

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Published April 6, 2020, 6:24 PM

By Franco Regala

BALER, Aurora – The Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion stationed here donated their two-day food allowance to needy families in Barangay Calabuanan in line with its “Enhanced Adopt-A-Barangay Program-Kapwa ko, Sagot ko” program.

Acting Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, who initiated the worthy cause, said the move was in response to government’s call to help mitigate the effects of the ongoing crisis, and in line with the encouragement of Army leadership to adopt families or communities to help them survive the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to him, the Sinagtala troopers “voluntary” contributed to the worthy cause, and collected a total of P48,000, which was used to buy the essential

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Angara fully recovers from Covid-19

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Senator Sonny Angara (File photo)

MANILA – Senator Sonny Angara on Monday announced that he has been finally discharged from the hospital after fully recovering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“After several days in the ER and the Covid wing, my doctors finally sent me home today — negative for the virus and pneumonia free,” Angara said in an Instagram post.

“Big, big thanks to my doctors and nurses for taking care of me and to my family, loved ones, friends for all the prayers, letters and food that you sent,” he added.

The lawmaker, who was confirmed positive for the disease on March 26, said he is “truly grateful” for the gift of life, and even more so now “for those at the front lines who safeguard our lives and protect our society.”

During his stay at the hospital, Angara said he personally saw the heroic sacrifices of front-line medical workers as they fight to win the battle against Covid-19.

“I met nurses and doctors who don’t go home anymore, some even doing double duty in other hospitals. They truly are REAL HEROES,” he said.

“I will be at home with my son when he celebrates his birthday this weekend but many of our health workers will not make it home as a measure of protection for their families,” Angara said. (PNA)

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UP-NIH can produce 8K Covid-19 test kits daily: FDA

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FDA Director Eric Domingo (File photo)

MANILA – The University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) is capable of producing 8,000 test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) daily, Food and Drug Authority (FDA) Director Eric Domingo said Monday.

In a radio interview, Domingo said the UP-NIH has stockpiled 26,000 test kits which have been approved for commercial use by the FDA on April 3.

“Ang maganda nito, kung mayroon na tayong local na manufacturing, mas magiging sustainable at tuluy-tuloy ang supply ng ating kits…’Yun ang kanilang projection, kapag nag-full blast sila aabot sila ng 8,000 per day na ma-produce (The good thing about this is we can be sustainable and have continuous supply of test kits if we have local manufacturing. Their projection, they can produce 8,000 kits per day once they go full blast),” Domingo said.

He added that the locally-made Covid-19 test kit can also provide results in two to three hours and only costs PHP1,250 which is cheaper compared to imported which costs PHP6,000.

Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) said it has received 140,000 donated test kits.

On Sunday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country has eight laboratories that can perform 1,200 tests per day.

“Tinitiyak po natin na pagdating ng April 14, makakapag-test na po tayo, ang target po natin ay walong libo hanggang sampung libong test kada araw (We assure that by April 14, we can already test, and our target is 8,000 to 10,000 tests per day),” Vergeire said during a virtual presser. (PNA)

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Man refuses to leave birthday party amid quarantine, gets arrested

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A man was arrested after refusing to leave a “a large birthday party” in Tennessee, United States despite quarantine measures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police arrived at the event in Memphis after responding to a call about gunshots nearby, as per NBC-affiliate WMC yesterday, April 5.
Authorities immediately asked the crowd to leave, in line with social distancing measures imposed by Tennesse Gov. Bill Lee. Despite the officers’ urging, the guests refused to return to their homes.
Jeremial Lee then became upset and eventually threatened a police officer, as per report. The 28-year-old was later arrested.
Authorities also discovered a gun from his waistband and marijua…

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Jordan is latest Mideast country to use drones in virus response

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Published April 6, 2020, 6:23 PM

By Agence France-Presse

AMMAN – Jordan on Sunday started to deploy drones to fight the coronavirus pandemic, joining a host of Middle East countries using the technology to enforce curfews, deliver public health announcements and even monitor people’s temperatures.

Drones have been used elsewhere in the world to combat the novel coronavirus, such as in India, where the pictured drone was deployed in the city of Chennai (AFP Photo/Arun SANKAR/MANILA BULLETIN)

Jordan has declared five deaths and 323 cases of COVID-19 and says it has arrested at least 1,600 people for violating a nationwide curfew in force since last month.

“The armed forces and security services will ensure the curfew is being respected by using modern technology such as drones

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