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Bongbong Marcos recovering after testing positive for COVID-19 — spokesman

Philippines Star - 1 hour 17 min ago
Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. tested positive on COVID-19, but is currently recovering, his spokesperson said.
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COVID-19 cases in Philippines surge to 2,084 with biggest daily rise

Philippines Star - 1 hour 46 min ago
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe rose above 784,000 with over 37,600 deaths.
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DOLE disowns fake list of companies in Metro Manila granted financial assistance

Philippines Star - 2 hours 34 min ago
DOLE-NCR said that it will release an official list of CAMP beneficiaries as soon as possible, appealing for patience and understanding from its constituents for the time being.
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Pioneering pediatric surgeon passes away due to COVID-19

Philippines Star - 3 hours 7 min ago
Dr. Resurreccion passed away on Tuesday morning due to COVID-19, his son and namesake Leandro “Jan” Resurreccion IV wrote on Facebook.
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Cops ordered to keep health workers safe from harm, discrimination

Philippines Star - 3 hours 15 min ago
The police chief said the PNP personnel manning quarantine control checkpoints were instructed to extend assistance to frontliners—which may include escorting them to their assigned hospitals, if need be.
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Pay rules for April 9-11: Triple pay as Araw ng Kagitingan, Maundy Thursday coincide

Philippines Star - 3 hours 20 min ago
Here’s how workers in the Philippines will be compensated during the three-day period.
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ECQ: An Opportune Time for Quality Family Bonding

Philippines Times - 3 hours 59 min ago

"We urge parents to take the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) as an opportunity to bond with their children and create teachable moments together."

This is the message of Father Rusty Agga

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CPA assures all port terminals in Cebu operational

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 1 min ago

DESPITE the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed in Cebu, the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) assured the public that all port terminals in the province remain fully operational to ensure the continued flow of goods.

Leonilo Miole, CPA general manager, said amid the threat posed by Covid-19 and the implementation of ECQ, CPA continues to man its ports to ensure the unhampered movement of cargoes, basic and essential goods and other necessities.

He asked all law enforcement officers to allow the passage of all authorized CPA personnel and port workers in checkpoints and border controls to be able to report to their respective areas of assignment in CPA ports and offices scattered all over the entire province of Cebu.

“We hope that all law enforcement officers assigned at checkpoints or at border control would not prohibit the entry of CPA employees upon presentation of their CPA IDs and/or Certificate of Employment (COE) as these employees perform functions at the port that are essential to ensure the smooth flow of cargoes,” said Miole.

“Our port frontline and skeletal workforce has to be in place in order for the port to be fully operational and to make sure that all preventive measures against Covid-19 are being followed and implemented in seaports,” he added.

Executive Order 5-N and Executive Order 64, issued by the Cebu Provincial Government and Cebu City Government, respectively, provide the mandatory home quarantine for all residents except for those who provide essential services and those with quarantine passes that will be distributed to each household to allow the purchase of food, medicine and other necessities.

Miole also said that CPA has allocated berthing areas for vessels commissioned to transport medical supplies, equipment and health workers to facilitate fast movement and delivery to various healthcare facilities in the province.

CPA also announced that no additional port charges are imposed on the movement of cargoes such as cargo handling, pilotage, terminal, and miscellaneous charges, and urged all port stakeholders to immediately report any violation.

“CPA is fully supportive of the efforts to help combat Covid-19. In fact, aside from closely supervising our port operations, CPA is offering all the support we can provide in close coordination with partner national and local government agencies,” he said.

He said while CPA is in the process of identifying its assets, which may serve as quarantine centers, medical relief and aid distribution locations, or temporary medical facilities, it is already offering its social hall to be utilized as temporary living quarters for the health workers of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center who live far and have no place to stay in the city after owners of boarding houses refuse to accept them.

“We are doing this as our little way of helping our frontliners and our government in this fight against Covid-19,” he added. (WBS/With PR)

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COVID-19 task force TWG checking need to extend, expand Luzon quarantine

Philippines Star - 5 hours 10 min ago
The decision to extend the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is up to a technical working group within the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.
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Espina: All for one cause

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 19 min ago

THE quest for a doctorate takes maximum time and initiative. The choice of a topic or the problem of the study is vital to discover new insights. It may take two years or more in completing the subjects of a course and another two or more years from the doctoral proposal to the dissertation defense. There are extraordinary instances when a full-time student may finish his course earlier.

Congratulations to the new PhD graduates of the University of San Jose-Recoletos Graduate School!

Meanwhile, we commend the efforts of the Academe, the volunteer doctors, nurses, police, Department of Health team, media, the Church, private and government hospitals, among others, for their invaluable services in the fight against Covid-19.

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SM distributes PPEs, medical supplies to over 50 hospitals nationwide

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 24 min ago

THROUGH SM Foundation, SM is donating over P170 million toward the fight against Covid-19, surpassing its initial allocation of P100 million.

This is to ensure that healthcare workers in hospitals nationwide are armored with personal protective equipment (PPEs) -- full protective suits (including for ICU use), face shields, gloves, N95 masks, surgical masks, goggles, and including raincoats as requested by some hospitals as back-up alternatives.

The SM Group also wants to ensure that testing is made more widely available, by supporting and donating the local Manila Healthtek test kits developed by the UP-NIH team (upon DOH approval), providing the testing needs of RITM, and donating FDA-approved PCR kits sourced from Korea.

The company has been providing ICU-grade ventilators to help hospitals manage patients with severe cases.

Among the designated Covid-19 hospitals that received PPE donations as of March 27, 2020 are University of the Philippines PGH, Lung Center of the Philippines, Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, also to include the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), National Kidney and Transplant Institute, San Lazaro Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, National Children’s Hospital, and Rizal Medical Center.

Other hospitals include Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Chinese General Hospital, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay (UERM) Memorial Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, University of Sto. Tomas Hospital, Makati Medical Center, The Medical City, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, and more.

Several shipments of PPEs are also on their way to provincial hospitals nationwide, including Rizal, Pampanga, Bataan, Quezon, Pangasinan, Catanduanes, Cebu, Iloilo, Samar, Tacloban, Surigao del Sur, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Marawi and Zamboanga, among others.

SM has committed to be of service to the Filipino public, its hospitals, and its government, to help contain and overcome the Covid-19 crisis. (PR)

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As hospitals struggle, Duterte says COVID-19 frontliners are 'lucky' to die for country

Philippines Star - 5 hours 38 min ago
At least 12 doctors have died in the Philippines from the new coronavirus, highlighting an unfortunate reality of the evolving health crisis: those on the frontlines face a higher risk of contracting the disease
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NGCP donates P1B for Covid-19 response efforts

Cebu Sun.Star - 5 hours 54 min ago

IN SUPPORT of President Rodrigo Duterte and the National Government’s efforts to combat the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Philippines, grid operator, and transmission service provider NGCP will be donating P1 billion to aid medical frontliners.

In a letter to the President, NGCP declared its support to the ongoing battle against the pandemic with a P 500,000,000 donation in the form of goods and medical equipment and another P500,000,000 for the procurement of other Covid-19 response measures, as may be determined by the Office of the President.

“Through our initial coordination with their Office, we were instructed to donate entirely in the form of medical equipment, with specific items such as video laryngoscopes, ventilators, and total face masks,” stated the company.

The P1 billion donation is over and above earlier NGCP assistance, including a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE), face masks, meals, and other supplies for the frontline workers in the health industry and the Meals on Wheels program conducted to distribute hot meals to indigent members of the community.

NGCP’s technical partner, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), also donated 500,000 face masks through the Philippine Red Cross.

“Our stakeholders, particularly the public, can be assured that NGCP will continue to look for opportunities to support the government in battling this pandemic. We recognize that the only way to defeat this global health threat is through our collective efforts,” stated the company.

NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr. (PR)

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Makati Medical Center says a quarter of its COVID-19 patients recovered

Philippines Star - 6 hours 52 sec ago
"This isn't a seal of death. Just because you have COVID-19 doesn't mean that's your final death sentence," MMC medical director Saturnino Javier said in a radio interview.
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BSP: Inflation at 2-2.8% in March

Cebu Sun.Star - 6 hours 7 min ago

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) estimates March inflation to settle around 2-2.8 percent.

The BSP's Department of Economic Research attributed the downward price pressures to falling global oil prices, stable food prices and the government-ordered price freeze for basic goods amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

In February 2020, the consumer price index slowed to 2.6 percent. (CSL)

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FULL TEXT: Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Philippines Star - 6 hours 57 min ago
Full text of Nation Address of President Rodrigo Duterte on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic delivered on late Monday night.
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Ships, hotels, convention centers to be converted as quarantine sites

Philippines Star - 7 hours 18 min ago
The surge in the number of COVID-19 cases and persons suspected to have infection overwhelm hospitals in the country, with several healthcare facilities in Metro Manila announcing they would no longer accept new cases.
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Sotto: Senate received Duterte COVID-19 efforts report past midnight Tuesday

Philippines Star - 7 hours 30 min ago
Sotto reportedly received the report 12:40 a.m. of Tuesday, past the set day of submission as provided by Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”
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Cebuano oncologist succumbs to Covid-19

Cebu Sun.Star - 8 hours 24 min ago

ONCOLOGIST Dennis Tudtud of Talamban, Cebu City passed away Tuesday, March 31, his son's birthday, and just four days after the death of his wife, pathologist Helen Tudtud, due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The couple's son, Dennis Thomas Tudtud, confirmed this in his Facebook post Tuesday, March 31, 2020, saying he and his sister, Debbie, are "in deep sorrow that God had to take both of them."

"Today is my birthday. It pains me that both my parents are no longer here. I cannot bring them back to life but I can celebrate their lives," he said.

Dr. Helen, 66, died of Covid-19 late Friday evening, March 27, or 11 days after she was admitted to Perpetual Succor Hospital.

"Our Daddy Dennis has joined Mommy Helen. My sister and I are in deep sorrow that God had to take both of them but I take comfort that they are happy together in their journey to paradise," Dennis Thomas said.

He said his father was a selfless man, as "he has always put others before himself."

"As a doctor, he would even pay for the chemotherapy sessions of some of his patients just so their families could spend more years with them. He was generous beyond words could even describe," he said.

He also recalled how his father loved them and Dr. Helen.

"As a father, he gave us everything we needed and wanted. He worked so hard for us. He was happy when he saw us happy. He did everything to put smiles on our faces," he said.

"He adored my mother. He would give the world to Mommy Helen if it was possible. That was how much he loved our Mommy. He loved his grandchildren. He would play with them and shower them with gifts. He’d carry them to their bedrooms when they were asleep just as he carried us when we were children," he added.

Dennis Thomas, whose birthday is Tuesday, March 31, asked for prayers for those who are still fighting against Covid-19.

"Please remember my parents, Doctor Dennis Ramon Momongan Tudtud and Doctor Helen Evangelista Tudtud. Please include them in your prayers as they journey together to heaven. Please also pray for those who are still fighting this battle. My parents may have lost but the Lord won two angels," he added. (WBS)

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BFAR appeals support for fisherfolk

Cebu Sun.Star - 8 hours 31 min ago

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Central Visayas (BFAR 7) has appealed to local chief executives to support fishermen and fish traders who are currently affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.

Allan Poquita, BFAR 7 director said the fishery industry has been crippled by the pandemic following the imposition of travel and movement restrictions.

“Fewer people are allowed to go out of their homes to buy basic necessities and commodities. Some traders could hardly pass through borders because of the enhanced community quarantine. We fully support the measures imposed by the local government units but we are also asking their help to address the plight of our fishery stakeholders,” he said.

Poquita asked local officials to allow fish dealers and traders to have access in going into and out of the fish landing centers in the region. The two known fish landing centers in Cebu province are in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City and Danao City.

BFAR Region 7, for its part, has been issuing food pass to suppliers and truckers to grant them the privilege to get through checkpoints so that there will be unhampered movement of cargoes, fishery inputs, and among other food products.

If possible, Poquita encouraged the local government units, through their Municipal Agriculture Office, to facilitate the transport of fish products from the landing centers to their fish markets to ensure the availability of fish commodities in their area.

Poquita also said local officials may also offer the fish products available in their market as goods to be given to households.

Setting up an accessible mini-fish market would also be a great move to assist marginal fishermen sell their fish catch, he added.

The regional office is seeking help from the local government units after it has heard the sentiments of several fishermen and fish vendors.

During its regular price monitoring activities, many vendors have aired out their concern as fish trade reportedly slows down; there may be sufficient fish supply but only a few dealers or customers get to buy their products.

Since fishes are perishable, some vendors are forced to sell their products at low prices just so they can dispose of them at good quality.

Some buyers from other provinces or towns could not travel or get through borders because of the restricted movement and banned sea trips.

The BFAR-commissioned enumerators also relayed the same concern – the local marginal fishers are also experiencing the same dilemma since fewer people are going out from their homes, or households rely on the goods they have stored.

Poquita said the local government units can always initiate their protocols or policies in a way that both could safeguard the wellbeing of the people and at the same time support the livelihood of local fishers that provide food in people’s table. (WBS with PR)

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