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Tahong vendor returns P15 million manager's check

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:01 PM

An Imus city councilor is set to sponsor a resolution that will honor the kindness of Marlon Tanael

Marlon Tanael hands over to the Imus City Treasurer's Office the P15 million manager's check he found in a bag left beside his stall. From Marlon Tanael Facebook account

Pasig City offers loans to help unemployed residents

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Residents seeking jobs or planning to start small businesses may avail of loans from the city government at no interest if they pay within two years, says Mayor Vico Sotto

PASIG MAYOR. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto visits one of the city's quarantine facilities, Rizal High School. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

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

In Pasig, fighting corruption yields COVID-19 cash aid for the people

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto began his term by cleaning up the local government’s procurement process and auditing its assets. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the city had money to help every household, and then some.

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto delivers his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020, marking the first year of his term. Photo from Sotto's Facebook page

Lapu-Lapu City enlists citizens to be 'Responsible Warrior-Texters' to fight virus

Jul 10, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The citizen/texter must report those without a face mask, wandering senior citizens, those without quarantine passes, and other related violations

RECOVERIES: Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan congratulates the 26 new fully recovered patients who will be coming home from the isolation facility. Photo from Junard “Ahong” Chan official Facebook page

WATCH LIVE: Manchester City vs Newcastle pregame show

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the live pregame show between Manchester City and Newcastle

RETURN. John Stones is set to make his first appearance in the starting lineup after nursing an ankle problem. Photo from John Stones' Instagram

Mandaue City traffic enforcers get body cameras

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:42 PM

This is meant to achieve 'higher rates of citizen compliance during encounters and fewer complaints lodged against law enforcement,' says the city government

BODY CAMERAS: The Mandaue City government purchases dust, water, and shock-proof body-worn cameras to be used by its traffic enforcers during operations. Photo from Mandaue City PIO official Facebook page

Red Cross opens molecular lab in Batangas City

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The COVID-19 testing facility of the Philippine Red Cross in Batangas City is the biggest in the Calabarzon

The Philippine Red Cross opened today its molecular laboratory in Batangas City after having been certified as an accredited COVID-19 testing center by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Photo by Philippine Red Cross

Howie Severino detained for lowering face mask to drink water

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Journalist Howie Severino says he was brought to the Amoranto Stadium, where he saw 'hundreds of people' required to attend a seminar on the coronavirus

DETAINED. Howie Severino during the Democracy Forum at the Ateneo Law School in Makati on February 12, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Tacloban City to launch COVID-19 contact tracing app

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:43 PM

City Administrator Aldrin Quebec says the Tacloban COVID-19 SCAN System will not only help the city government, but also commercial establishments in identifying people who are potentially exposed to the new virus

CONTACT TRACING APP. Tacloban City will launch its COVID-19 SCAN system on July 16, 2020. Screenshot from Tacloban City Information Office Facebook page

‘Common sense’ and speed shield Marikina City from the coronavirus

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Marikina, a city of 450,000 residents, has one of the fastest reduction rates in cases. Mayor Marcy Teodoro says the city government simply did what public health experts advised: test, contain, and treat with speed.

A MAYOR'S FORESIGHT. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro stands outside the city's testing laboratory for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the Marikina City Government

50 Chinese arrested over illegal POGO operations in Makati condo

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Hua Xin company operates without permits from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Makati city government

Mandaue City COVID-19 frontliners to get P200 daily hazard pay

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Mandaue City has 717 active coronavirus cases, 319 recoveries, and 25 deaths

MANDAUE CITY Mayor Jonas Cortes signs the ordinance that will give P200 daily hazard pay to all Mandaue City workers who physically report for work during the pandemic. Photo from Mandaue CIty PIO

Lapu-Lapu City sets up coffins in checkpoints to warn the public

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Mayor Junard 'Ahong' Chan says he is dead serious in driving home the message to his constituents in Lapu-Lapu City that COVID-19 kills

FUNERAL. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard 'Ahong' Chan attends a 'funeral' as part of campaign to show public the dire consequences of violating quarantine guidelines. Photo from Lapu-Lapu City PIO official Facebook page

4 rescued after light plane crash-lands near Zamboanga City shore

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:29 PM

The training aircraft bound for Dumaguete City carried two flight instructors, a student co-pilot, and a mechanic. All of them are unharmed, says the Philippine Coast Guard.

RESCUE. The Philippine Coast Guard District in Southwestern Mindanao rescued 4 passengers of a Piper PA-34 Seneca private plane in Zamboanga City on July 7, 2020. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

Suspects in slay of soldier, 3 others surrender in Basilan

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The suspects – all barangay peacekeepers – surrender to the 4th Special Forces Battalion through the assistance of a village chief

SUSPECT. A suspect in the killing of a soldier, CAFGU members, and a civilian surrender with several others to the military on July 6, 2020. Photo courtesy of 4th Special Forces

Cebu City Health Department stops posting coronavirus updates on Facebook page

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'This was recommended by the IATF to avoid confusion with the public as we are still harmonizing data with other health departments,' the Cebu City Health Department says

TESTING. Coronavirus testing in conducted in  a Cebu City barangay. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Mandaue City gov't provides mortuary freezer for residents who die of coronavirus

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:02 PM

The city public information office says the mortuary freezer van can accommodate 40 bodies and will be installed at the Mandaue City Hospital this week

FOR LOVED ONES. The Mandaue City government purchased a mortuary freezer where remains of deceased coronavirus patients can be stored while waiting to be cremated. From the Mandaue City government Facebook page

Coronavirus cases in Mandaue City breach 1,000

Jul 06, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The city records 1,036 confirmed COVID-19 cases while still in general community quarantine

FREE SERVICE. The Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) provides free decontamination service to the city's residents. Photo from Mandaue City Facebook Page

Cebu City confirms over 1,000 coronavirus cases in a week

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Cebu City has the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country and is still under enhanced community quarantine

HOT SPOT. Cebu City’s confirmed coronavirus infections continue to surge since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it placed on lockdown. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Thunder 2020 playoff preview: Defying the odds

Jul 05, 2020 - 8:03 PM

Proving all predictions wrong, Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder plan to pull off more surprises in the playoffs

TRUE LEADER. Chris Paul (center) brings his winning ways to Oklahoma City. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cebu City promises P10,000 monthly incentive to private health workers

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:54 PM

The Cebu City Council will also hear two resolutions which would give P15,000 financial aid to nurses in the coronavirus ward, and financial aid to infected patients

INCENTIVES. Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Videoke sessions, birthday parties lead to rise in COVID-19 cases in QC

Jul 04, 2020 - 2:23 PM

New coronavirus cases are traced to drinking sessions, boodle fights, wakes, and even basketball and volleyball games

Members of the Quezon City Police District officers stand guard at the main entrance of Insurance St. in Barangay Sangandaan, Quezon City on Thursday, June 25, 2020, as residents undergo rapid-testing after the village is placed under a 14-day Special Concern Lockdown after recording 21 active cases of COVID-19. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Kalinga town 'welcomes home' hero who was among soldiers slain in Sulu

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Major Marvin Indammog, the commanding officer of the Army soldiers killed by policemen in Jolo, Sulu, is honored as a 'full-blooded Igorot warrior'

Hundreds of relatives and neighbors of Major Marvin Indammog welcomed their slain hero before noon this Friday. Photo courtesy of Tabuk PIO

Leroy Sane targets Champions League glory after Bayern Munich signing

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:50 PM

German winger Leroy Sane completes his move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich

BACK HOME. Leroy Sane (right) returns to his home country after winning two Premier League titles with Manchester City. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Cebu City lockdown: Local journalist questioned by ‘imported’ cops

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:12 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Journalists are among workers allowed to go out and perform their duty as long as they present their press IDs

LOCKDOWN. Cebu City police enforce checkpoint in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Vico Sotto says he refused P2 million offered as grease money

Jul 03, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The Pasig mayor announces savings worth P414.7 million after cleansing the city government’s bidding process for project contracts

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020. Photo from Sotto's Facebook

Man City gatecrashes Liverpool's champions party with 4-0 rout

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:47 AM

It’s a chastening night for the Premier League champions as Liverpool absorbs a thorough thrashing from Manchester City

FULL CONTROL. Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (left) scores the opening goal OFF a penalty kick versus Liverpool. Photo by Dave Thompson/AFP

WATCH LIVE: Liverpool vs Manchester City pregame show

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the live pregame show between Premier League champion Liverpool and Manchester City

BLOCKBUSTER. Liverpool tests its mettle as the newly-crowned Premier League champion against No. 2 seed Manchester City. Photo by  Phil Noble/Pool/AFP

17 Lapu-Lapu City hospital workers test positive for coronavirus

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Policemen, who man the checkpoints, are also among the 71 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Lapu-Lapu City in Central Visayas

Arrested in 2019 crackdown, jailed activist gives birth in a pandemic

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Ina Nasino, 23, pleads with the court to let her stay with her baby, either at the hospital or at a prison nursery, until at least the child is 6 months old

NEWBORN. Activist Ina Nasino, 23, gives birth to a baby girl at the Dr Fabella Memorial Hospital on July 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kapatid

17 Mandaue City police test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:28 PM

Mandaue City is still under general community quarantine

Cimatu orders DOH-7, Cebu City to reconcile coronavirus data

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:41 PM

'When all the data is aligned, there is no conflict,' Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of COVID-19 response in Cebu City says

SECRETARY CIMATU. DENR Chief Roy Cimatu orders local health agencies to reconcile their conflict data. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Walkie, no talkie: Japan city launches pedestrian smartphone ban

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Using smartphones while walking is banned. Please operate your smartphones after you stop walking,' a recorded female voice cautions travelers to Yamato City

MOBILE PHONE BAN. People walk past banners installed by the city hall to inform pedestrians about the ban on using a mobile phone while walking, at a train station in Yamato, Kanagawa prefecture on July 1, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/ AFP

How Iloilo City became ‘Wakanda’ of the Philippines

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Iloilo City’s successful coronavirus response was not devised in a day. Neither can it be credited to only one person.

MORE TESTS. Treñas holds a box of newly-procured rapid test kits in his office. Photo from Iloilo City government

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte extends Cebu City lockdown until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:19 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the continuing rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Cebu City

ENFORCERS. A military tank patrols a Cebu City street during enhanced community quarantine in June 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH says deployment of more doctors to Cebu City voluntary for now

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health acknowledges the issues raised with its initial plan to deploy rural health physicians from other areas to Cebu City

FRONT LINE. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

69 Cebu City Hall employees test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Cebu City now has 5,494 cases after confirming 353 new infections. The Cebu Provincial Capitol is also closed from July 1 to 3 after 12 employees test positive.

CEBU CITY HALL At least69 employees of Cebu City Hall test positive. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

'Our last farewell': Baguio's Forest House closes down

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:16 PM

'Unfortunately, an era comes to an end,' the beloved Baguio restaurant writes on Facebook as it announces its closure after 19 years in business

Korean, girlfriend arrested for human trafficking in Zambales

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:08 PM

Law enforcers are also looking at complaints that the couple may also have victimized over 200 people from Capiz

Abby Binay shuts down Skye Bar for violating quarantine protocols

Jun 30, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Makati City government spokesperson Michael Camiña also says charges have been filed against the arrested bar goers

BUSTED. Over a hundred people are arrested in a rooftop bar in Makati for gathering under quarantine. Photo from Makati police

DOH-Western Visayas suspends deployment of doctors to Cebu City

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Deployment will be temporarily held in abeyance until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders,' says DOH-Western Visayas Director Marlyn Convocar

FRONTLINER. A healthcare worker at the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory. Photo from Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory Facebook page

Cebu City distributes new quarantine passes

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Exempted workers are allowed to travel with their certificate of employment and company ID. No quarantine pass holders will be allowed out on Sundays.

QUARANTINE PASS. New quarantine pass is issued by Cebu City government. Photo courtesy of NTF COVID-19

Coca-Cola "Honesty Cart for a Cause" highlights model Baguio citizens

Jun 29, 2020 - 2:48 PM

The Honesty Cart program in Baguio resulted in an overcollection, showcasing the integrity that their citizens are known for

MODEL CITIZENS. Janeth Martin (far right) and Territory Sales Manager Karl Dirige of Coca-Cola Baguio Sales Office, along with a couple of members of the Wilkins Special Action Force (SAF) install an Honesty Cart. Martin established the Wilkins SAF to help provide income for displaced workers in the city.

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Over 100 arrested in Makati bar, including celebrity KC Montero

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:31 AM

Montero claims that he and his wife were only there to have a meal, and that they did not know that bars were not yet allowed to operate

More than 100 alleged party-goers, including actor/host KC Montero, were invited to the Makati City Police Station for questioning after they were apprehended for violating the ban on mass gatherings and proper social distancing at an alleged party in a high-rise restaurant and bar in Makati City on Sunday night, June 28. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Legazpi City prepares a table for the quarantined

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:00 AM

‘The local government should be felt. ’Pag nag-lockdown ka, ’tapos pinabayaan mo ang mga tao, ’wag ka na,’ says Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal

CITY LIGHTS. Legazpi City during one of Mayon Volcano's recent eruptions. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DOH sends more doctors to Cebu City, but rural physicians hit 'lack of consultation'

Jun 28, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Some physicians from the Doctors to the Barrios program say the Department of Health did not consult them about their redeployment to Cebu City, adding that this would jeopardize health in far-flung areas

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Valenzuela City’s pandemic response: ‘Everything has to happen now’

Jun 28, 2020 - 11:25 AM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian says, ‘If we can do it ourselves, do it on our own, it’s the most helpful thing we can do for the national government’

LEADING. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian speaks with construction frontliners who are building the city’s testing laboratory. Photo from Valenzuela City’s Facebook