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DOH: Expect reported deaths, recoveries to increase as more LGU data come

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Health continues to urge the public to follow health standards, like mask wearing and physical distancing to prevent deaths from returning to the high numbers seen in March

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. Market goers seen at the Pritil Public Market on May 2, 2020, a day before the implementation of the 48 hours Hard Lockdown at District 1 Tondo, Manila. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Alliance of Concerned Teachers hits DepEd as 7 million students still unenrolled

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:05 PM

'One child left behind is one too many, and the government is duty-bound to ensure each and every Filipino’s exercise of all of their constitutionally guaranteed rights,' says the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PRE-PANDEMIC TIMES. Public school students attend flag ceremony during the opening of classes in 2017. File photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Supreme Court hands off in DOJ's stricter drug plea bargain rules

Jul 13, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Dissenting Justice Benjamin Caguioa says the Supreme Court's efforts to declog court dockets of small-time drug cases will be put to waste

DOH clarifies home quarantine allowed, but stresses rules should be followed

Jul 13, 2020 - 12:20 PM

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says while the government is not discouraging home quarantine, patients should transfer to temporary monitoring facilities if they cannot properly isolate themselves at home

TEMPORARY QUARANTINE CENTER. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and DPWH Regional Director Ador Canlas inspect the first mobile quarantine facility at CCP Complex. Photo by DPWH

DOH misses daily COVID-19 update due to ‘significant volume of data’

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:57 AM

The DOH says it is 'seeing an increase in the number of reported cases, recoveries, and deaths in the country' based on its initial findings on the numbers for Sunday, July 12

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

50 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,854

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs reports 17 new deaths on Sunday, July 12, raising the death toll to 611

PANDEMIC. A man wearing a face mask walks in the Central district of Hong Kong on July 9, 2020, as the city experiences new local outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

The dream and life a boy left behind

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Help finds its way to the family of Ricky Benig, 19, whose death spotlighted how students at the fringes of society struggle with the requirements of distance learning

General caption:Romeo Benig, 62, and Maria, 60, of Barangay Fidel Surtida, Sto Domingo town in Albay, work hard but their meager earnings could not get their children internet access and gadgets for their online classes. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

PH to fly back remaining deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia on July 20

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The repatriation of the bodies of overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia is moved by a week

Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

Why are coronavirus cases still increasing in the Philippines?

Jul 10, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The Department of Health continues to stress it is essential that people follow health protocols like wearing a face mask, frequently washing hands, and practicing physical distancing

VIRUS TRHEAT. A woman wears protective mask on a foot bridge while vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA highway in Makati City on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

DOH: COVID-19 labs have backlog of over 12,000 tests as cases rise

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:44 PM

The Department of Health also says limited testing supplies and expanded testing protocol contributed to the backlog

Covid 19 test

DA, BCDA eye PH's first agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The 30-hectare project is targeted to begin construction in 2021

SITE INSPECTION. DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero, and BCDA Vice President Arrey Perez inspect the site of the planned agri-industrial business corridor in New Clark City on July 1, 2020.  Photo from the Facebook page of DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,792

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:23 AM

The death toll nears 600

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Customers adhere to social distancing as they queue to enter a recently reopened Pret-A-Manger in London on May 4, 2020. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

[PODCAST] Ang Department of Health sa gitna ng pandemya

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:31 PM

Ano ang mga kontrobersiyang hinaharap ng Department of Health sa gitna ng coronavirus pandemic?

As COVID-19 numbers rise, DOH taps Alden Richards as 'BIDA champion'

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The Philippines' Health Department launches an information campaign to remind the public of safeguards against coronavirus transmission

74 more Filipinos abroad contract coronavirus; total at 8,762

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:08 PM

The Middle East region continues to report the largest number of Filipinos infected with the coronavirus

CASES RISING. Pedestrians wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, walk along a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 28, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

EXPLAINER: Handa na bang magbukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 ang Pilipinas?

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:41 PM

Tuturuan ang mga estudyante sa pamamagitan ng printed modules, online learning, at mga leksiyon sa TV o radyo. Maraming tutol sa desisyon ng DepEd na ituloy ang school opening.

DOH reminds hospitals: Refer mild COVID-19 cases to treatment centers

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says hospitals should help facilitate transfers of mild coronavirus cases to treatment centers, not just refuse to admit them

MANAGING PATIENTS. Health workers prep test kits before testing suspected COVID-19 patients in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Number of Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,688

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:20 PM

There are no new deaths reported on Tuesday, July 7, keeping the death toll at 577

VIRUS RISK. People walk on the boardwalk  in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 4, 2020. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Automated DSWD subsidy a problem in far-flung areas with no ATMs

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Only 1.3 million out of the targeted 13.5 million poor families have received the second tranche of the cash aid promised to them

STILL DELAYED. Residents line up at a Landbank branch in Quezon City on April 9, 2020 to withdraw their financial assistance from the government. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How complete is DOH's coronavirus dataset?

Jul 07, 2020 - 3:20 PM

(UPDATED) Data points like location and dates help in efforts like contact tracing and data analysis, and serve as a guide for the government's virus responses

LIVE: House hearing on DSWD's emergency subsidy program

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Watch the hearing live on Monday, June 22, at 1 pm

DOH to introduce 'new way' of reporting COVID-19 cases

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:32 AM

'By July 10, we would be introducing our new way of reporting cases where there would be no fresh and late cases anymore,' says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

NEW CASE REPORTING. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No new coronavirus cases, deaths among Filipinos abroad; total stays at 8,679

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:59 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it continues to remain vigilant in monitoring the status of Filipinos abroad

OVERSEAS FILIPINOS. Filipino seafarers check in for their repatriation flight to Manila Photo from the DFA

11 Metro Manila hospitals report COVID-19 ICU beds now full

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The Department of Health orders hospitals to increase the number of beds dedicated to coronavirus patients following the growing number of cases

CASES RISE. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila after it was placed under hard lockdown due to increasing number of COVID19 cases as health workers conduct rapid testing and swab tests to residents on June 19,2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Citing old data, DOH mistakenly identifies emerging COVID-19 hot spots in Metro Manila

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health clarifies hours later that Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire was reading data from June. The cases in 3 of the cities initially identified have since 'significantly declined.'

HOTSPOT. Passengers wait for buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DILG on one-week lockdown after exec gets coronavirus

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:36 PM

DILG employees work from home until July 12

LOCKDOWN. The DILG-Napolcom building in Quezon City. Photo from DILG Facebook page

DILG issues guidelines on handling children who violate quarantine rules

Jul 06, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Authorities are ordered to avoid unnecessary force towards children who violate quarantine rules and ensure their immediate return to their parents or guardians

Save the Children Philippines staff have distributed hygiene kits and child friendly information materials to deprived families in Navotas, Caloocan and Malabon to ensure children and their families know how to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19

As coronavirus cases rise, DOH reiterates: Stay home, follow health protocols

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:18 AM

While the nation tries to adjust to the virus, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stresses it is important the public continues to follow basics like frequent hand washing and wearing a mask

HEALTH PROTOCOLS. Traffic enforcers remind commuters along Commonwealth Avenue, QC to practice physical distancing, during the morning rush hour on Monday, June 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

172 MRT3 personnel test positive for coronavirus

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

Of the MRT3 workers who became infected, 166 are train depot personnel and the remaining 6 are station personnel

UNDER GCQ. In this file photo, the MRT3 conducts a test run on all the trains from North Avenue Station up to Taft Avenue Station, before Metro Manila is placed under a general community quarantine. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,679

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says 50 new coronavirus cases involving overseas Filipinos are recorded on Sunday, July 5

Homebound. Some 300 overseas Filipinos prepare to check-in at Kuwait International Airport, before taking their chartered Kuwait Airways flight to Manila on 01 July 2020. This is the second repatriation flight arranged by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait this week. Kuwait PE Photo

Record 2,434 new coronavirus cases in PH push total above 44,000

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Health also reports 7 more deaths and a record 489 additional recoveries on Sunday, July 5

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Commuters waiting for buses observe physical distancing as they queue along EDSA in Quezon City on July 3, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

'For law and order in troubled times:' Guevarra declines 'last' chance for SC

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:18 PM

'This opportunity comes at a time when my services as Secretary of the Department of Justice are most needed'

SECRETARY OF JUSTICE. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra defends his department's 2020 budget during at a budget hearing in September 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH to stop giving patients lopinavir, ritonavir following experts' advice

Jul 05, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The decision follows the World Health Organization's announcement it was stopping solidarity trials for the antiretroviral drugs after it failed to reduce mortality in COVID-19 patients

Image of pills from Shutterstock

DFA closes coronavirus-hit Aseana consular office

Jul 05, 2020 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Foreign Affairs says its NCR South consular office will be open on July 6 after disinfection procedures were completed

Ex-Wirecard COO was not in PH in June; immigration data faked

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) The immigration officers who encoded Jan Marsalek's supposed flight records have been fired

WIRECARD. Picture taken on September 18, 2018 shows the company logo at the headquarters of the technology and financial services company Wirecard in Aschheim near Munich, southern Germany. Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP

DepEd ramps up online education platform ahead of new school year

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:55 PM

The education department is doubling the capacity of DepEd Commons to accommodate at least 17 million users by August 24

PH coronavirus cases surpass 41,000

Jul 04, 2020 - 5:37 PM

1,494 new cases, the second highest tallied in a single day, send the country's total infections close to breaching 42,000

MASS TESTS. The Land Transportation Office in Quezon City on June 18, 2020, holds a rapid test of all of its employees. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,627

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:33 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says no new deaths are recorded

HALT. In this file photo taken on May 1, 2020 an aircraft grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic is pictured at Manchester Airport in Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

PH misses July 4 target to bring home deceased OFWs from Saudi Arabia

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:07 PM

Without specifying a new date, the Department of Labor and Employment says they will bring home the bodies 'early next week' or the week of July 5

MISSED TARGET. The Philippine government misses its self-imposed deadline to bring home deceased overseas Filipino workers. Photo by DFA-OUMWA

PH coronavirus cases breach 40,000 with record 1,531 new patients

Jul 03, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The Department of Health also reports a record 400 recoveries in a single day, as total confirmed cases reach 40,336, and the death toll rises to 1,280

SAFETY MEASURES. Jeepney drivers and operators place dividers and other physical distancing measures on their passenger jeepneys at a terminal in Bacoor, Cavite on Monday, June 29, despite the uncertainty of them returning to operation as presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that only "roadworthy" passenger jeepneys will be allowed. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LTO to minimize face-to-face transactions, shift to digitalization

Jul 03, 2020 - 12:52 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The agency aims to further strengthen the digitalization efforts of the Department of Transportation in line with minimizing human intervention in various transactions

108 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,614

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:30 PM

An additional country in Africa reports cases involving overseas Filipinos

CORONAVIRUS SPREAD. People wait to be screened during a testing drive for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Bloed Street Mall in Pretoria Central Business District, South Africa, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Philippine coronavirus cases rise to 38,805

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The relatively low rise in new cases is due to a 'temporary' change in the Department of Health's reporting system supposedly intended to improve analysis of coronavirus numbers

RAPID TEST. The Quezon City Government puts up COVID-Rapid test booths at City Hall on , July 1, 2020, for its trace-isolate-treat strategy in combating COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD vows no more anomalies after LGUs removed from cash aid distribution

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista guarantees that since the DSWD will no longer transfer funds to local government units, local officials can no longer meddle with the cash aid

The Social Amelioration Program Monitoring Team composing of employees from the DSWD Field Office Caraga reviews the Social Amelioration Cards (SAC) of the beneficiaries in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

Novartis pays over $700 million to settle U.S. kickbacks case

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Novartis is accused of having hosted tens of thousands of speaker programs and events which the United States Department of Justice says were used to bribe physicians

NOVARTIS. The Novartis facility in Stein, Switzerland, on February 18, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

Expired Bayanihan Law stalls compensation for coronavirus-hit health workers

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the Department of Health is in talks with other agencies for possible alternative funding sources

HIGH RISK. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their personal protective equipment after they conduct community testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. File photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Printed materials, online classes 'most preferred' for distance learning – DepEd

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:35 AM

The Department of Education says the opening of classes on August 24 is pushing through, despite criticism regarding the government’s readiness for implementing distance learning

A school teacher and staff at the Mabini Elementary School in Baguio City prepares emergency kits for students of each grade level and disinfects the premises to ensure protection and prevent transmission of the covid-19 virus. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Palace says DTI or DepEd should issue film production guidelines – not FDCP

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque himself points out that the FDCP has no regulatory powers

Over 8,500 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Over half of the confirmed cases involving Filipinos overseas already recovered, says the Department of Foreign Affairs

VIRUS THREAT. Police officers (L) secure an area as people wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk on a street in Beijing on May 4, 2020. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP