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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

‘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

Sagada council declines shooting permit of Joyce Bernal, Piolo Pascual for Duterte's SONA

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:03 PM

The council cites the municipal’s strict quarantine ordinance as their main reason for disallowing Bernal and Pascual's team to shoot

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

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

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

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

In the fight vs COVID-19, these women mayors didn't take chances

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Mayors Trina Firmalo-Fabic of Odiongan, Romblon, and Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco, Albay, consult their constituents and get creative in their response to the health crisis

Vietnam warns of economic calamity at ASEAN summit

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The immediate focus for the 10-member bloc is the crippling cost of the coronavirus, which has ravaged the economies of tourism and export-reliant countries such as Thailand and Vietnam

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held online due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Hanoi on June 26, 2020. LUONG THAI LINH / POOL / AFP

Indonesia jails ISIS-linked couple who tried to assassinate minister

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:51 PM

A Jakarta court hands a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, and 9 years to his wife Fitria Diana, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year

CONVICTED. Judges attend the trial, conducted over video conference due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, of a couple with extremist links who in 2019 stabbed Indonesian chief security minister Wiranto during a visit to Java island's Pandeglang regency, in a courtroom in Jakarta on June 25, 2020. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Democracy under threat during pandemic, global leaders warn

Jun 25, 2020 - 3:24 PM

'Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it,' says the open letter signed by political and civil society leaders, Nobel laureates and rights groups

Madeleine Albright, actor Richard Gere and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Shirin Ebadi, Lech Walesa and Jose Ramos-Horta

Bayanihan Musikahan shifts gears to give livelihood to urban poor communities

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:38 AM

Through the Mask4AllPH project of Bayanihan Musikahan, communities are empowered to establish and manage their own production hubs of face masks to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for their residents

Photos courtesy of PINASAMA Sewers Group from Commonwealth, QC

[ANALYSIS] Balancing education risks during this pandemic

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:46 AM

The pandemic has made distance learning a necessary tool. But it cannot serve as the exclusive approach to education while we wait for a vaccine.

COVID-19 task force adviser says he was eased out over critical tweet

Jun 17, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque supposedly 'did not like' Dr Tony Leachon's social media criticisms about the government's coronavirus response

Hospital officials Hian Kua (2nd R), Mario Juco (R) and Anthony Leachon (L) watch as a medical worker demonstrates the best way to put on protective gear inside the holding area for patients suspected of being infected with a deadly SARS-life virus which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, at the Manila Doctors Hospital compound in Manila on January 31, 2020. The Philippines reported its first case of the virus on January 30, a 38-year-old woman who arrived from Wuhan and is no longer showing symptoms. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

Pandemic shuts Earth's eyes on the skies

Jun 12, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Scientists are unable to take advantage of the pristine skies over Chile's Atacama desert since late March, when its array of world-renowned observatories were shuttered

Alma Radio Observatory in the Desert of Atacama, Chile

Bong Go's Balik Probinsya trips suspended

Jun 11, 2020 - 3:10 PM

The senator's pet project hits a roadblock as the government decides to prioritize the return of stranded OFWs, students, tourists, and workers

IN PHOTOS: ‘My jeepney, our home’

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Without a home and livelihood for nearly 3 months because of the coronavirus lockdown, driver Julius Evangelista and his family live inside his jeepney

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER A DAY. Erlin fans his son sleeping inside the jeepney.

[ANALYSIS] Pandemic and the new authoritarianism

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Far-right nationalism and authoritarianism ride on economic and social exclusion to stoke anger and heighten fear – political currencies for their electoral victories

Tesda eyeing 'gulayan sa barangay' in Camalig as agri school site for Bicolanos

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Residents of Barangay Salugan in Camalig, Albay, can get free vegetables in the 'gulayan'

FREE VEGGIES. Farm worker checks out eggplants at "Gulayan sa Barangay" owned by the family of village chairwoman Shiela Dino in Barangay Salugan, Camalig town. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Singapore otters' lockdown antics spark backlash

May 30, 2020 - 4:13 PM

There are estimated to be about 90 otters in Singapore, making up 10 families, and appearances at popular tourist sites around the city-state's downtown waterfront have transformed them into local celebrities

THE OTTERS. This photograph taken on May 29, 2020 shows people taking pictures of a bevy of smooth-coated otters along a canal in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

News Corp to stop printing more than 100 Australian papers

May 28, 2020 - 2:23 PM

News Corp Australia says the permanent changes had been brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which had impacted the sustainability of local publishing

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2018: Retiree sitting on a bench reading a newspaper.

Chinese in Canada a target of increased hate during pandemic

May 27, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Vancouver police are investigating 29 anti-Asian incidents over the past two months, 7 times more than the same period last year

A man walks past Vancouver's Chinese Cultural Centre, which was targeted with vandalism during the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting police to erect mobile surveillance cameras, on May 21, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia. From spitting and violent attacks, to verbal assaults and vandalism of Chinese cultural sites, Chinese residents of Canada's third largest city -- who make up 26 percent of its population, according to the last census in 2016 -- say they feel increasingly unsafe and unwelcome. David P. BALL / AFP

Hong Kong high school students go back to class

May 27, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Hundreds of secondary schools open their doors for senior students, the first classes in the state sector since late January

Workers walk on a footbridge outside the Legislative Council after passing a check point (back) manned by riot police in Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, ahead of a debate over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP

China must 'coexist' with a democratic Taiwan, says Tsai

May 20, 2020 - 12:49 PM

In her speech during a deliberately stripped-down inauguration, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says, her country and China 'have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term '

This handout picture taken and released on May 20, 2020 by the Taiwan Presidential office shows Tsai Ing-wen (background C) being sworn in for her second term as Taiwan's President during her inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Voters handed Tsai a second term with a landslide win in January, a vocal rebuke of Beijing's ongoing campaign to isolate the island.  Handout / Taiwan Presidential Office / AFP

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U.P. experts say 'open data' is part of fight vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 5:06 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team, a group of some 200 professors, researchers, alumni, and students, says data sharing 'must be used to generate knowledge'

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

ECQ alone won't curb coronavirus, PH needs mass testing – UP expert

May 12, 2020 - 6:45 AM

'Mass testing, isolation, and contact tracing – this is where we should invest,' says Professor Jomar Rabajante of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team

European Central Bank ready to reload as 'unprecedented' slump hits

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:00 PM

'The euro area is facing an economic contraction of a magnitude and speed that are unprecedented in peacetime,' says European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 12, 2020,, the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB, R) on the banks of the river Main and the banking district (in background) are pictured in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. - The European Central Bank could reiterate on April 30, 2020 its power to do more still to cushion the eurozone economy from the impact of the novel coronavirus, analysts said, while maintaining pressure on governments to agree a joint response. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / AFP)

Herd of dugongs sighted off the coast of Thai island

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Drone images released by the National Marine Park Operation Center show the dugongs sunning themselves beneath clear turquoise waters off the coast of southern Libong island

This aerial view handout from Thailand's National Marine Park Operation Center in Trang taken and released on April 22, 2020 shows dugongs swimming in Joohoy cape at Libong island in Trang province in southern Thailand. Drone images released by the National Marine Parks center showed a herd of dugongs sunning themselves on April 22 beneath clear turqouise waters off the coast of Libong island in southern Thailand. Handout / THAILAND'S NATIONAL MARINE PARK OPERATION CENTER, TRANG / AFP

Lockdown lessened rate of coronavirus infections in PH – U.P. experts

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:01 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team says that the country's health care system should be prepared for an 'expected surge' in coronavirus cases once the Luzon-wide lockdown is lifted

RESPONSE. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorize patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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To stop coronavirus spread, suspend classes till December 2020 – U.P. experts

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the President has yet to decide on the suspension of classes

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School wear face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic: How do we 'heal as one?'

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:27 PM

The first thing we need to do is to go back and review well-established workflows for disaster risk reduction and management: prevent, prepare, respond, recover

The other pandemic: World urged to learn TB lessons

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:50 PM

While tuberculosis was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization back in 1993, it remains the world's number one infectious killer

World underestimated pandemic, says economist who saw it coming

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Economist Ian Goldin says countries must cooperate to find a way out of the coronavirus crisis. But he asks, 'Is the world capable of developing a coordinated action plan?'

Workers in protective suits wait for people to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) as they arrive by car at the State's First Drive Through COVID-19 Mobile Testing Center at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, New York March 13, 2020. - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on March 13, 2020 opened the state’s first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center in New Rochelle. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Cebu province reports first coronavirus case

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The patient, who is from Mandaue City, is recovering, says the regional health director

CHECKPOINT. Members of the Cebu City Health Workers along with the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) conducts temperature check as motorists line up in Jones Ave. cebu City is under Community quarantine to stop the spread of the Corona virus disease. (FILE PHOTO BY  GELO LITONJUA/Rappler)

Rappler Talk: The exponential growth of a pandemic

Mar 18, 2020 - 6:25 PM

Tomas Pueyo, the author of the Medium article 'Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now,' talks about the lessons he learned from data and what nations should do next

Novel coronavirus: What makes an outbreak a pandemic?

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:14 PM

The World Health Organization says they have never seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus

A Palestinian health team in protective gear disinfects bedrooms at Beit Jala Hospital, on March 11, 2020, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem which is under lockdown due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. (Photo by Musa Al SHAER / AFP)

Italy shuts all stores except pharmacies and food shops

Mar 12, 2020 - 11:18 AM

'As soon as the emergency has passed, we will organize a free carbonara day for doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers,' a closing note by a restaurant says

CLOSED. A man wearing a protective mask walks past a restaurant in Codogno, southeast of Milan, on March 11, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Pandemic: What does it mean and does it matter?

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:45 AM

WHO Chief Tedros hints that designating the outbreak a pandemic prematurely might do more harm than good

PANDEMIC. Netflix's latest documentary series Pandemic discusses the world's capability of surviving fast-moving viruses. Screenshot from trailer

After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan

May 21, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility PEF covers outbreaks of several classes of infectious diseases most at risk for epidemics

EMERGENCY INSURANCE. President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim (R) chats with OECD General Secretary Angel Gurria (2nd R) prior to the G7 Symposium entitled "Future of the Global Economy" in the hot spring town in Sendai on May 20, 2016. Photo by Kazuhuri Nogi/ AFP

WHO: World is better prepared for next flu pandemic

Feb 28, 2015 - 1:53 PM

An influenza pandemic is the most global of infectious disease events currently known It is in every country’s best interests to prepare for this threat

World must prepare for 'war' vs global pandemic – Bill Gates

Jan 28, 2015 - 11:03 AM

Bill Gates says the risk of a worldwide pandemic meant it was reckless not to act now

ADVOCATE. US billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is pictured at an interview with Agence France-Presse in Berlin on January 27, 2015. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

World 'dangerously unprepared' for pandemics – World Bank chief

Jan 28, 2015 - 7:21 AM

WB President Jim Yong Kim: We need to prepare for future pandemics that could become far more deadly and infectious than what we have seen so far with Ebola

People look on as a woman reacts after her husband is suspected of dying from the Ebola virus, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on October 4, 2014. Pascal Guyot/AFP

Philippines, Indonesia among countries at risk of H7N9 flu

Jun 18, 2014 - 11:38 AM

H7N9 which has already claimed about a hundred lives is more difficult to detect than H5N1 because it can be asymptomatic in birds

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. A Filipino vendor lays out chicken parts for sale at her stall at a public market in Quezon City in this April 2013 file photo. The Philippines has implemented a ban on poultry and related products from China as a precaution against the entry of the H7N9 strain of avian flu. Photo by Rolex dela Pena/EPA

Online pictures of dead birds spur China flu openness

Apr 16, 2013 - 1:34 PM

China has won international praise for its transparency on the H7N9 strain which has killed 14 people so far

BIRD FLU. An elderly woman looks at a cokerel in Beijing on April 4,2013. A man in the Chinese province of Zhejiang has died of the H7N9 strain of bird flu, state media said on March 3, bringing the total deaths attributed to the virus to three since the first human cases. Photo by AFP

One in five were infected by pandemic flu

Jan 25, 2013 - 10:09 PM

A study confirms warnings that so called swine flu was highly contagious and estimates that the flu s lethality as previously reported was low

VACCINE. A nurse inoculates a man with the flu vaccine. Photo from AFP