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)

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)

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)

‘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)

Heeding front-liners’ call: Duterte reverts NCR, other areas to MECQ
President Rodrigo Duterte has reverted Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from Aug. 4 to 18, 2020, as coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the country exceeded 100,000. In a late-night public address on August 2, 2020, Duterte approved the recommendation of his Cabinet to return to a more stringent quarantine status in response… (0 comment)

Baguio eyes reopening Loakan Airport in 2020
The city government is mulling the reopening of the Loakan Airport, which ceased commercial operations in the 1990s, through a public-private partnership (PPP). In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he would meet with officials of the Department of Transportation on July 31, 2020, to discuss the proposal to… (0 comment)

LTO extends registration validity for vehicles affected by community quarantine
In consideration of the present situation brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has moved to further extend the validity of registration for motor vehicles. To recall, the LTO has previously issued an order to implement non-collection of penalties for late registration of motor vehicles and renewal of… (0 comment)

PH Army facilities accommodate 4.4K LSIs
The Philippine Army (PA) has accommodated and assisted more than 4,400 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) in its facilities. Philippine Army chief, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, said as of July 23, 2020, a total of 4,496 LSIs have been accommodated at the Philippine Army Wellness Center (PAWC) located at its headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.… (0 comment)

Gov’t repatriates over 96K OFWs during Covid-19 crisis
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the government has facilitated the repatriation of more than 96,000 distressed overseas Filipinos since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic broke out. “Since the outbreak of the Covid-19, the DFA has been working day in, day out to assist our overseas Filipinos following the instruction of President Duterte… (0 comment)