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Monthly Archives: August 2020

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales After a two-year hiatus, Diego Loyzaga decided to return to the limelight and is now a Viva Artists Agency talent. “Definitely, I had lots of realizations when I was on vacation, so to speak,” he says. “For the first time in my life, I put myself first, like I asked myself, ‘How are you at present? Is this really what you want to do? Are these the people you want to be associated with in the business and career path you want to do for the nex...

Due to the extreme fire activity in the region, all Regional Parks are closed until further notice, except some shoreline parks. The Park District is currently experiencing an unprecedented number of wildfires in parks, including Round Valley Regional Preserve, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Overall, 85,...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA – In a press statement released August 17, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) admits that “aggressive” contact-tracing is the key to the success of Metropolitan Cebu and Baguio City in containing COVID-19. DILG Sec. Eduardo Año, who recently confirmed contracting COVID-19 for the second time, said contract-tracing will be a game-changer in the entire country if the Congress will allocate funds for the hiring and deployment o...

By William Casis With a whooping PHP1-billion debt Philhealth owes to the Philippine Red Cross, Chairman and CEO Sen. Richard Gordon warned the PRC would  suspend their COVID-19 testing if the state health insurer does not pay. Gordon, who has been at the forefront of the PRC’s response to COVID-19 pandemic, said the  Red Cross will discontinue to test those whose payments will be charged to PhilHealth until it settles its balances. PRC has a testing capacity ...

By Macon Araneta Describing it as toxic micro-management,  Sen. Risa Hontiveros wants to investigate the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) for assigning Cabinet  secretaries  to various local government units (LGU)  to monitor their COVID-19 response. Hontiveros also cited reports the IATF Cabinet  members, who have been called “Big Brothers,” intervene at the barangay level.  She filed on August 17 Senate...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor The fast fading Philippine tourism industry is now on life support at ICU. Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo Puyat said the Industry was in dire straits after numerous tour operators and travel agencies were forced to close shop following the near total cessation of all tourism-related activities as a result of the government-mandated shut down of hotels, resorts, and restaurants in order to arrest the spread of the Covid-19 pande...

By Daniel Llanto The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its attached agency, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), is pushing for the revival of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) to be included in the country’s energy resources, noting the disruption from oil-producing countries due to the pandemic. The government experts threw their support behind the move to go nuclear after Malacañang gave the go signal. Earlier, President D...

By Daniel Llanto A new strain of coronavirus disease believed to be more infectious than SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19) has been found in the country as gleaned from randomly obtained COVID-19 positive samples. The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) in a health bulletin said the original “D614” variant of the virus was detected in positive samples collected from the Philippine General Hospital in March or during the early stages of the pandemic in the country. I...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor Count the Philippine refinery operations of Royal Dutch Shell PLC among the casualties of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The British-Dutch multinational oil and gas company’s local operations -- known as Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. -- announced last week that it was permanently shutting down its refinery operations in Tabangao, Batangas, downgrading the facility instead to an import terminal. Cesar Romero, CEO of the comp...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA – Data from the Department of Health (DOH) revealed working Filipinos drive the rise of COVID-19 in the country, with those aged 20 to 59 years old or the productive age groups, comprising the bulk of infections recently reported. In an August 14 address to the media, DOH Undersec. Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters the productive age groups account for a majority of the 143,749 COVID-19 cases logged as of August 12. “Sila 'yung lumalabas...

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