Teachers Ride Boats, Climb Rocky Roads to Deliver Modules to Students

The Department of Education said public school teachers have been hard at work preparing for the opening of school year 2020-2021.This includes printing of learning modules and bringing these to students, DepEd Region 7 director Dr. Salustiano Jimenez said. In Sarangani, Davao Occidental, teachers even rode boats and traversed rocky paths just to reach remote areas and deliver the modules. …

Part of Fuga Island Allotted for PH Navy Base

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority to set aside a portion of Fuga Island in Cagayan province for use as a Philippine Navy base. On August 10, Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo said the President ordered the allocation of 20 hectares on the strategically-located island “for a naval detachment.” Juan Ponce Enrile, former senator and …

Vendors Warned Against Overpricing Face Shields

Vendors in the city of Manila are warned against overpricing face shields, according Levi Facundo, chief of the city’s bureau of permits. The warning was issued after the city government received reports that face shields were being sold at 100 pesos per piece when they should not cost more than 50 pesos per piece. Facundo said the city government will …

DA Sets New SRP on Agriculture Products

A new suggested retail price on basic commodities will be imposed to protect consumers from abnormal price increases while quarantine measures are being implemented. The Department of Agriculture issued an administrative circular changing the SRP of commodities, Noel Reyes, DA spokesman said. Reyes shared, “This is effective immediately. We will be posting this in markets to serve as basis for …

DILG Chases ‘Propagators of Fake News’

There is no truth to the “malicious quote card” circulating in social media claiming that Interior Secretary Eduardo Año advised couples to observe social distancing after having sex to prevent coronavirus transmission, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said. Año said, “We at the DILG are not inclined to make such false and malevolent claims, neither will we …

MMDA: Tricycles Allowed During MECQ

Tricycles are allowed to ply the roads of Metro Manila under modified enhanced community quarantine but only to ferry frontliners and persons out to buy essential goods, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said tricycles are allowed to ferry only one passenger and should have plastic barriers to comply with social distancing guidelines. During …

Back to MECQ: Jeepney Drivers Go Back to Begging

As Metro Manila and neighboring provinces returned to a modified enhanced community quarantine, jeepney driver Ferdie Caligayan returned to scavenging and begging for alms to provide for his family. More difficult than trying to make ends meet, however, was explaining to his children that they might not be going back to school in the upcoming academic year.  Caligayan and his …

Grab to Suspend Some Services Under MECQ

Grab Philippines temporarily suspended its GrabCar services starting August 4 as Metro Manila was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine. The company said it was looking into the possibility of having driver-partners serve as shuttle fleet for medical frontliners, as well as the staff of its corporate and merchant partners. Grab also said it is working with institutional partners to …

PNP Frontliners Also Infected With COVID-19

As police officers are also among the frontliners in government’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, they are always at risk of contracting the disease. A total of 2,191 Philippine National Police personnel have so far contracted COVID-19 with 11 fatalities. Meanwhile, 846 or 39 percent of the patients have recovered while the rest are still undergoing treatment. Also, …