GSIS opens P20-B educational loan program for members’ kin
In response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte for credit support to education in light of the economic effects of the pandemic, state pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) opened on October 26, 2020, a PHP20-billion study-now, pay-later loan program for the college education of its members’ kin. “We will allow GSIS members… (0 comment)

Gov’t provides free airport swab testing for OFWs
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on October 26, 2020, reminded returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that swab testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at the country’s airports is free of charge. “We want to emphasize that the swab test being conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard at the airport is free. The specimen being… (0 comment)

Marawi’s most affected area open  for returning residents — gov’t
Residents are not prohibited to enter Marawi City’s most affected area (MAA), provided that they comply with the government’s rebuilding permit and repair requirements, said Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairman and housing czar Secretary Eduardo del Rosario on October 23, 2020. “Actually, as early as July 2019, we have opened already the most affected… (0 comment)

Gov’t offers 1-day application for postal ID amid pandemic
The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is offering a one-day rush application for postal identification (ID) cards amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Residents in nearby selected Metro Manila Post Offices can avail of the service, said Assistant Post Master General and PHLPost officer-in-charge for Marketing and Management Support Services Maximo Sta. Maria III. “[This… (0 comment)

Religious gatherings up to 30% capacity allowed in GCQ areas
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) to fill up venues up to 30 percent of their seating capacity, Malacañang said on October 23, 2020. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the easing of seating capacity restrictions on religious gatherings… (0 comment)

40 stranded Pinoys repatriated from Indonesia
A total of 40 stranded Filipinos were brought home from North Sulawesi, Indonesia, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). In a press release issued on October 22, 2020, the DFA said the repatriation was made possible through the efforts of the Philippine Consulate General in Manado, in coordination with the Philippine embassy in… (0 comment)

Marawi’s permanent shelters set for completion next year
The construction of permanent houses for internally displaced individuals (IDPs) will be completed by March 2021, Mayor Majul Gandamra said on October 19, 2020. Site development has been plagued by multiple claims and other ownership issues, although Gamdamra assured that the problems hounding the construction of permanent houses have already been resolved. “The landowners are… (0 comment)

Clark Airport’s new terminal building to open in January
The new passenger terminal building (PTB) of Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga is now finished, with only interior fittings left to be installed before its doors open to the public in January next year. In a Facebook post on October 14, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the airport expansion project for the… (0 comment)

DepEd prepares for limited face-to-face classes
The Department of Education (DepEd) said on October 12, 2020, it is preparing for the limited face-to-face classes in areas with no reported coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. “At the moment, there are no face-to-face classes but the DepEd is really preparing for it,” DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said in a television interview. Admitting that… (0 comment)