Drivers get P857-M SAP aid: DSWD

Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista on Friday clarified that his department did not overlook the drivers’ sector in providing aid under the government’s social amelioration program (SAP) amid the health crisis.

Palace pleased with SC ruling in favor of Mary Jane Veloso

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision affirming its earlier ruling to allow jailed overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Mary Jane Veloso to testify against her illegal recruiters.

China ‘willing to consider’ hiring Pinoy caregivers: envoy

The Chinese government is “willing to consider” opening employment for Filipino English-speaking caregivers in mainland China, Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta. Romana disclosed on Friday.

DENR seizes over 4K board feet of illegal lumber

More than 4,000 board feet of premium hardwood lumber worth some PHP250,000 were seized Thursday by the joint anti-illegal logging operatives of the regional and provincial offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Pampanga and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Angeles City.

Most parts of PH remain under MGCQ

As the government plans to allow the reopening of more industries for the country’s economic recovery, President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to place most parts of the country under the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Ongoing virtual classes in private schools will resume: Palace

Virtual classes of private schools which have already started prior to the postponement of school opening will have to continue, Malacañang said on Friday.

Japan releases ¥50-B JICA loan to PH

he Philippines on Friday received JPY50 billion (USD469 million) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Covid-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan (CCRESL) to immediately help the country deal with the pandemic.

Dry run to continue amid postponed school opening: Briones

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Friday the dry run for classes under the “new normal” would continue amid the postponement of school opening to October 5.

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.

18 new infections recorded in Bataan

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Eighteen new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), including three children and four teenagers, were reported in this province, raising the total number of infections to 541.

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.

Baguio logs single day highest of 25 Covid-19 cases

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio has logged its biggest single-day confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Thursday.

Lapu-Lapu City ready to shift to modified GCQ

Lapu-Lapu City is now ready to transition from the current general community quarantine (GCQ) to modified GCQ, Mayor Junard Chan on Friday said.

Cotabato mayor appeals to ‘close contact’ of Covid-19 patients

Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has appealed to persons who had close contact with two health front-liners of the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center here, who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), to report to health authorities.

Army seizes containers of ammonium nitrate in Agusan Sur

The Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion seized several containers of ammonium nitrate, a bomb-making material, believed to be owned by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote area in the Agusan del Sur town of speranza.