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Checkpoints back in MECQ

Checkpoints back in MECQ areas

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will set-up checkpoints anew in the borders of cities and towns under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, commander of the Joint Task [...]

August 3, 2020 News
domestic flights in MECQ

No domestic flights in MECQ areas, DOTr official says

Domestic flights are not allowed in areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine, while international flights will remain limited, a transportation official said on Monday. Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Libiran responded to online queries hours after Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, [...]

August 3, 2020 News
cell site permits

Duterte to telcos: Identify, report officials, delaying cell site permits

President Rodrigo Duterte urged telecommunication companies to report to his Cabinet members those involved in delaying the processing of cell site permits. “Alam mo ‘you can ask [Senator] Bong [Go], or [Finance Secretary] Sonny Dominguez or the generals, kay [Interior] [...]

August 1, 2020 News
Manila GCQ

Manila GCQ till year-end for better business planning, Duterte adviser urges

Metro Manila would remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) and 12 other areas until Aug. 15, amid the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Friday. Quarantine restrictions The government also announced that it [...]

August 1, 2020 News
Covid-19 vaccine

Covid-19 vaccine needed before recovery road map – Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte said he needed a COVID-19 vaccine against the coronavirus that caused the global pandemic before he could lay down the roadmap for the country’s recovery from the national health crisis. He was reacting to criticisms that he [...]

August 1, 2020 News
Metro Manila, Cebu City

Metro Manila, Cebu City under GCQ says Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila will remain under the general community quarantine (GCQ) until August 15, 2020, even as the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to surge nationwide. Meanwhile, Cebu City’s lockdown status will [...]

July 31, 2020 News
TikTok

TikTok is being reviewed by US national security panel CFIUS

TikTok, the hugely popular, Chinese-owned short-video platform, is undergoing a national security review by US federal regulators, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed on Wednesday. Amid calls from American lawmakers for greater scrutiny of TikTok over fears that user data could [...]

July 30, 2020 News
bird flu virus spotted in Pampanga

Thousands of egg-laying chickens slaughtered after bird flu virus spotted in Pampanga

Nearly 40,000 chickens were culled by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) in an egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga after detecting AH5N6, a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza better known as the bird flu virus. In its statement yesterday, the [...]

July 30, 2020 News
PHP4.5 million-worth of meth found inside chocolate

PHP4.5 million-worth of meth found inside chocolate wafer tin cans at NAIA

As much as PHP4.5 million-worth (US$91,647) of methamphetamine was discovered in Pasay City’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport by the Bureau of Customs, whose officers found the drugs hidden inside chocolate wafer tin cans. The seizure occurred on Wednesday last week during an [...]

July 30, 2020 News
Filipino frontliners

Health Department mulls giving incentives to Filipino frontliners amid growing displeasure

Medical workers could possibly receive additional incentives, the Department of Health (DOH) said today, as more frontliners complain about their lack of benefits amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. Earlier this week, workers at the Lung [...]

July 30, 2020 News

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