Israel donates laptops, printers to DepEd

The Israel government, through its aid agency MASHAV, on Thursday donated learning equipment to the Department of Education (DepEd) to support distance education amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

6.2K new Covid-19 cases; PH total now 153K: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,216 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Friday, with the country’s total now reaching 153,660.

PH imposes temporary ban on chicken imports from Brazil

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has imposed a temporary ban on the import of poultry meat from Brazil as a precautionary measure after the detection of SARS-COV-2, the causative agent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), in chicken wings imported from the country.

DOLE, DTI ink joint memo on Covid-19 prevention in workplaces

Private sector employers are instructed to provide shuttle service to their workers who, in turn, are required to wear face masks and face shields and prohibited from talking while inside the company’s vehicle.

Palace views creation of virology institute as ‘long-term’ plan

The proposed establishment of a virology institute following the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak is seen as one of the “long-term” plans to improve the local vaccine development in the country, Malacañang said on Friday.

PH deployment ban on nurses abroad stays: DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday warned the public against the supposed deployment of nurses abroad.

DOJ chief says drug raps vs. de Lima non-bailable

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said the drug charges against detained Senator Leila de Lima are non-bailable.

Local PPE makers ask for more gov’t support

The Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) and the Confederation of Philippine Manufacturers of PPE (CPMP) have appealed to the government to provide more support to local manufacturers of medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) through the Bayanihan 2.

Bello rejects smoking ban in fight vs. Covid-19

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has opposed the plan to ban smoking to control the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid 19) in the country.

School opening moved to Oct. 5

With just 10 days before the scheduled opening of schools, President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to move the start of classes for the incoming school year to October 5.

QC court junks petition vs. LTFRB’s GCQ guidelines

A Quezon City court has dismissed a petition for injunction that would restrain the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) from implementing its guidelines on the resumption of limited public transportation in Metro Manila during a general community quarantine (GCQ), the agency said on Thursday.

Duterte to announce new quarantine status in PH on Aug. 17

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce the new classifications of community quarantine in the country on August 17, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Palace to ensure release of health workers’ hazard pay

Malacañang on Thursday vowed to prevent delays in the release of hazard pay and other benefits of medical front-liners following reports that a nurse from Cainta, Rizal died of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) without receiving such.

Phase 3 clinical trials of Russian vaccine in PH set Oct

Malacañang on Thursday laid down the timeline on the Philippines’ participation on clinical trials of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine developed by Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

Go recommends October school opening

enator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday recommended to the government to further postpone the opening of the school year on August 24.

Aftershocks possible from magnitude 5.4 Batanes quake

Aftershocks are expected from the magnitude 5.4 quake that hit Batanes on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

Go assures free face masks to poor, vulnerable sectors

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Wednesday assured that the poor and other vulnerable sectors of society would be given free face masks by the government as it begins enforcing a stricter mask-wearing policy to combat the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

LRT-1 workers undergo ‘risk-based’ testing for Covid-19

Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the operator of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), on Wednesday said it has adopted a limited approach to testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among its workers, noting that only those suspected of having the disease or those exposed are prioritized for testing.

CA upholds conviction of PDL selling drugs in Batangas jail

The Court of Appeals (CA) denied an appeal filed by a man convicted by a Batangas court of selling drugs while already in jail on a separate robbery charge.

Roger Casugay named Fair Play awardee by global body

The Comité International du Fair-Play (CIFP) named Filipino surfer Roger Casugay as the recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin Act of Fair Play Award for his courageous act during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games last year.