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Guevarra to look into COA report flagging delay of medicines procurement for BuCor inmates

Philippines Star - 2 hours 41 min ago
“In a congested prison where the risk of getting sick is very high, medicine is next only to food in terms of essentiality. Any delay in its procurement and delivery should immediately be addressed,” DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
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PBA teams now inside Clark 'bubble'

Cebu Sun.Star - 3 hours 38 min ago

All 12 teams of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) are expected to be inside the “bubble” made for them inside the Clark Freeport Zone on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Five teams made the trip to Pampanga on Monday, September 28. These were the Magnolia Hotshots, TnT Tropang Giga, Terra Firma Dyip, Meralco Bolts, and the Phoenix Fuel Masters.

The other seven PBA squads — Barangay Ginebra, Alaska, NLEX, Blackwater, Rain or Shine, NorthPort, and San Miguel will all arrive at the Quest Hotel, where all PBA teams are staying, on Tuesday.

PBA players, coaches and staff all went through swab testing and were requested to stay in their own rooms until the results came out. Negative results will give PBA teams the green light to play in scrimmage games amongst themselves.

The PBA is slated to restart its stalled Philippine Cup on October 11, 2020.

"Thankful sa PBA sa effort na ginagawa nila para matuloy ang liga. We'll just try our best on how to manage the situation inside the bubble," Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero was quoted as saying on the league’s official website. (JNP)

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San Miguel wingman Matt Ganuelas Rosser opts out of PBA bubble

Cebu Sun.Star - 4 hours 27 min ago

The San Miguel Beermen will be playing in the restart of the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) Philippine Cup without wingman Matt Ganuelas-Rosser who opted out of the Clark “bubble,” citing personal reasons.

Ganuelas-Rosser is the second player to make such a decision after NLEX’s veteran off guard Larry Fonacier did the same a few weeks ago. This development also leaves the reigning Philippine Cup champions without another key player especially since they are already without Cebuano stalwart June Mar Fajardo, who is still on the road to recovery following a serious shin injury earlier this year.

Ganuelas-Rosser actually tried to make it back in time for the PBA restart, which kicks off on October 11 but was unable to secure a flight back to the Philippines.

San Miguel is gunning for an unprecedented sixth straight Philippine Cup crown. (JNP)

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COVID-19 test facility completed

Philippines Times - 8 hours 25 min ago

DAVAO CITY- The COVID-19 testing facility, a joint project of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao, Maer Summit Konstrukt and the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte is now complete.

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USAID donates emergency learning kits in DavSur

Philippines Times - 9 hours 25 min ago

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 22 (PIA)- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over more than 14,000 emergency learning kits for learners and teachers to the Davao del Sur towns

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DSWD XI reports abuses in households during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Philippines Times - 9 hours 25 min ago

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD XI) has reported that it has received data from six (6) government agencies reporting abuses that are closely tie

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Cebu City EOC limits customers in groceries, supermarkets

Cebu Sun.Star - 12 hours 33 min ago

THE Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has decided to implement stricter health protocol in grocery stores and supermarkets in Cebu City to limit the number of customers and prevent Covid-19 transmissions.

This, after finding that in the last 14 days, at least 30 Covid-19 patients had gone to grocery stores.

The EOC also plans to prohibit senior citizens and those below 21 years old from entering supermarkets and grocery stores, pursuant to Mayor Edgardo Labella’s executive order stating that these two age groups must observe Labella’s round-the-clock stay-at-home order.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, who heads the Cebu City EOC, said prohibiting the senior citizens and persons age 21 years old and below is up to Labella, who is expected to issue another executive order for this matter.

As mass gathering is considered a superspreader of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019, health experts said social distancing must be observed in places frequented by people.


On Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, Garganera met with 33 grocery store and supermarket operators; they agreed that the stores must only allow customer entry at 50 percent of their maximum capacity.

The EOC found out that the common errand of the 30 Covid-19 patients was buying food supplies in the past two weeks.

Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the EOC, said operators must provide an area and chairs for their customers waiting for their turn to do their grocery.

Private marshals must be deployed in stores; they must make sure that shoppers are properly wearing their masks and face shields and observing social distancing.

Contact tracing forms

Also, the issue on some customers who might provide wrong information on contact tracing forms was addressed during the meeting.

Garganera said security guards must check that the information on the customers’ identification cards match the entry in their contact tracing forms. The persons who do not give correct information must be barred from getting inside the stores.

The EOC discovered in the past weeks that there were individuals who wrote fake details on their contact tracing forms, with some using the names of superheroes.

The other duty of the guards is disinfecting the pens for the next user.

Another requirement for grocery and supermarket operators is the posting outside their stores of the provisions of Republic Act 11332 (the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act) to remind their customers of the need to properly fill out the forms upon their entry.

Keeping record

The EOC also asked operators to encode the details in the contact tracing forms and keep their own record. In case there is a need for contact tracing, it would be easier for both the management and contact tracing teams to locate individuals.

Garganera learned during the meeting that most store operators do not keep records of their customers’ information stated in their contact tracing forms.

The operators and management of stores must be serious in keeping a database of their customers, he said.

Garganera said they also plan to bar senior citizens and persons below 21 years old from entering supermarkets and groceries, as they are the most vulnerable to contract Covid-19.

In the Executive Order (EO) No. 89 of Mayor Edgardo Labella, a 24-hour stay-at-home order is still imposed on all persons 60 years old and above and those below 21 years old.

But the said executive order also exempts senior citizens and individuals aged below 21 years old if they go out of their houses to obtain essential goods and services, and those who are working in industries and offices permitted to operate under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Labella is set to issue a new executive order to settle this matter.

Longer operating hours

Garganera said the EOC may urge Labella to allow longer operating hours if supermarket and grocery operators are compliant with the additional public health protocol.

EO No. 89 states that the maximum operating hours for groceries, convenience stores, markets and drug stores are up to 10 p.m.

Garganera said strict implementation of health and safety protocols is necessary inside grocery stores and supermarkets in anticipation of the Christmas and New Year rush.

Cebu City, all the local government units in Cebu and in other provinces of Central Visayas are under MGCQ from Sept. 1 to 30.

Status quo

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 is confident that the whole Central Visayas will stay under MGCQ come Oct. 1.

MGCQ “refers to the transition phase between GCQ and the new normal, when the following temporary measures are relaxed and become less necessary: limiting movement and transportation, the regulation of operating industries, and the presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine protocols,” according to the July 16, 2020 amended IATF omnibus guidelines.

According to the IATF, new normal refers “to the emerging behaviors, situations, and minimum public health standards that will be institutionalized in common or routine practices and remain even after the pandemic while the disease is not totally eradicated through means such as widespread immunization. These include actions that will become second nature to the general public as well as policies such as bans on large gatherings that will continue to remain in force.”

Flattened cases

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson for Covid-19 updates, said the region has been able to flatten its Covid-19 cases.

As of Sept. 28, the DOH 7 reported Central Visayas had 20,855 total confirmed Covid-19 cases. Of the number, 17,934 had recovered from respiratory illness, leaving only 1,652 active cases.

The region had logged a total of 1,269 mortalities.

Far from new normal

Loreche said the health agency will not recommend to place the region under the new normal setting as yet. Placing Central Visayas in a much relaxed setting, there might be a new surge of Covid-19 cases.

She feared that once the community quarantine will be lifted, the people might go back to what they used to do before the Covid-19 pandemic.

When asked if the region is capable of being placed under the new normal, Loreche said the region is still far from it as there are still new cases of Covid-19 infections in most parts of Central Visayas. (JJL)

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Duterte warns Facebook over pages taken down for 'coordinated inauthentic behavior'

Philippines Star - 13 hours 1 min ago
Last week, Facebook took down over a hundred accounts and pages with links to the Philippine military and police for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
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At Supermarkets, grocery stores: City intensifies health protocols

Cebu Freeman - 13 hours 3 min ago
Cebu City is heightening implementation of health protocols at supermarkets and grocery stores after it was found that 30 of those found positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days had a common history of going to these places.
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Carbon market vendors to undergo pooled testing

Cebu Freeman - 13 hours 3 min ago
The pooled testing will finally kick off tomorrow in Cebu City with the Carbon market vendors as first initial target sector.
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During first 2 days of schedule: Cebu City cemeteries record 1,300 visitors

Cebu Freeman - 13 hours 3 min ago
Around 1,300 people have visited their departed loved ones in Cebu City during the first two days of the allotted schedule by the government to visit the cemeteries in lieu of the traditional observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
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Dizon pushes creation of air quality council

Cebu Freeman - 13 hours 3 min ago
Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon has proposed an ordinance creating the Multi-Sectoral Air Quality Council of the city.
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Escapee killed in Negros shootout

Cebu Freeman - 13 hours 3 min ago
A high-risk inmate who escaped from the Medellin jail last March 2019 was killed in a police operation in Negros Occidental yesterday morning after reportedly resisting arrest.
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Tourist hub to rise on Olango Island

Cebu Freeman - 13 hours 3 min ago
An international tourist hub will soon rise in a seven-hectare lot at Sitios Kalipayan and Malingin in Olango Island.
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PJ: Digital network to decongest jails

Cebu Freeman - 13 hours 3 min ago
Cebu Third District Rep. Pablo John Garcia has filed a bill seeking to decongest the jail facilities in the country by establishing a national monitoring system for Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL).
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Rise in severe, critical cases due to mistagging — DOH

Philippines Star - 13 hours 3 min ago
The increase in patients with severe and critical conditions is “proportional” to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health said yesterday.
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DepEd, agencies told: Ensure quality of blended learning

Philippines Star - 13 hours 3 min ago
After a learning material using what is perceived as “provocative” and “malicious” content went viral on social media, Sen. Bong Go asked education authorities and institutions to ensure quality and appropriateness of learning modules while implementing blended learning techniques amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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Shortage of doctors seen to ease — PRC

Philippines Star - 13 hours 3 min ago
The shortage of medical workers in the country is seen to slightly ease in the coming days with the addition of newly licensed physicians, the Professional Regulation Commission reported.
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DTI wants more sectors, businesses opened

Philippines Star - 13 hours 3 min ago
The Department of Trade and Industry is pushing for the further reopening of the economy through increased operating capacity for businesses in the service sector under general community quarantine
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DepEd to hire LSAs for public school teachers

Philippines Star - 13 hours 3 min ago
The Department of Education is now hiring so-called learning support aides or LSAs to help in the delivery of the basic education-learning continuity program distance learning in public schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic “new normal.”
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