NBI forms team to probe PhilHealth mess
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on August 13, 2020, named the members of the newly formed task force that would investigate anomalies hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). In a statement, NBI Officer in Charge Eric Distor said the investigation of the task force would include the audit of PhilHealth’s finances and the… (0 comment)

Russia to supply PH with Covid-19 vaccine for free
The Philippine government said Russia has offered to provide Filipinos with its developed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once available. President Rodrigo Duterte said on August 10, 2020, he is “very happy” that Russia would provide vaccines free of charge and he is willing to be the first person to be injected with the Russian vaccine… (0 comment)

Japan sends Avigan medicine for Covid-19 patients in PH
The Philippine government has received from Tokyo the anti-viral medicine Avigan, a potential treatment against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Japanese embassy in Manila said. The medicine, whose generic name is favipiravir, was turned over to the Department of Health on August 6, 2020, and will be allotted for 100 patients who are part of… (0 comment)

Gov’t allows FSPs full operation for SAP
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the full operation of financial service providers (FSPs) that have been tapped to hasten the distribution of cash subsidies under the government’s social amelioration program (SAP). The IATF-EID approved Resolution 61 on Thursday, adopting the recommendation of the Department of Social… (0 comment)

DSWD distributes P63.2 billion to 9.7 million SAP 2 beneficiaries
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has distributed a total of P63.2 billion to more than 9.7 million family-beneficiaries of the second tranche of the emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). As of August 5, 2020, the subsidy has already been provided to more than 1.3 million Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino… (0 comment)

PH gov’t launches Covid-19 command center to monitor hospital capacity
To maximize the availability of hospital beds reserved for those infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the government launched the One Hospital Command Center (OHCC) located at the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) headquarters gymnasium in Guadalupe, Makati City on August 6, 2020. Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said the OHCC will serve… (0 comment)

SAP 2 payouts to continue in MECQ areas
Family beneficiaries of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) who are living in areas that have been reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will be provided with quarantine passes so they can claim their cash aid at payout centers. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) National Capital Region Director Vicente Tomas made this… (0 comment)

Gov’t assures sufficient food supply during MECQ
The Department of Agriculture (DA) assured the public that food supply is sufficient for the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Mega Manila on April 4-18, 2020. “Base sa ating monitoring and analysis of the food supply situation, mayroon po tayong sapat na pagkain from rice, meron ding vegetables, and fruits, at saka chicken… (0 comment)

‘Hatid Tulong’s’ implements new approach of clustered send-off for LSIs
Instead of grand send-offs for locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who are returning to their home provinces, a clustered send-off will be organized, “Hatid Tulong” program lead convenor Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo said on August 3, 2020. Encabo said the Technical Working Group has worked out this new approach to ensure the… (0 comment)