165 Inmates Granted Parole Under Relaxed Guidelines

Over 150 inmates were released on parole since the Department of Justice relaxed guidelines for application during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his latest report to the Congress, President Duterte said that as of June 3, the Board of Pardons and Parole received 984 applications and 165 persons deprived of liberty have been granted parole. There are also 21 PDLs recommended …

Batangas City Named Philippine Winner of WWF Nature One’s Planet City Challenge

The capital city of Batangas province has been named the Philippine winner in the latest edition of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s One Planet City Challenge, joining national winners from 22 other countries around the world.  Joel Palma, executive director of WWF-Philippines, said the city’s comprehensive climate mitigation and adaptation plan, which includes interventions based on city-specific climate vulnerabilities, …

DepEd Introduces Dropbox Enrollment

The Department of Education has added a dropbox mode of enrollment starting June 16 as it pushes to get more learners to sign up for school year 2020-2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The DepEd announced that dropbox enrollment is open to learners and their parents or guardians apart from the ongoing remote enrollment. The department said, “These dropbox/kiosks, which can …

Makati Courts Closed After Fiscal Gets Exposed to Virus

Trial courts in Makati and the city prosecutor’s office have been closed for disinfection after a fiscal was reportedly exposed to a family member infected with COVID-19. In a memorandum issued on Wednesday, Makati Metropolitan Trial Court Executive Judge Jackie Saguisag ordered employees with direct contact with the prosecutor who attended a court hearing last week to undergo self-quarantine for …

4.1M Pinoys Stranded Due To Quarantine

An estimated 4.1 million Filipinos were stranded across the country due to quarantine measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations showed. The mobile survey, conducted from May 4 to 10, showed that 5.4 percent of the 4,010 working-age Filipino respondents were stranded by quarantines. SWS said this translates to an estimated 4.1 …

Church Seeks Volunteers From Youth Sector

The Archdiocese of Manila is in need of younger volunteers for church services as seniors are still prohibited from going outside their homes as part of health protocols of the government to check the spread of COVID-19. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said elderly faithful are not allowed to leave their homes to render voluntary service for their parishes in …

Two Chinese Kidnapping Suspects Killed

Two suspected Chinese kidnappers were killed during a firefight with operatives of the Philippine National Police – Anti-Kidnapping Group in Angeles City, Pampanga. Initial information from the PNP-AKG stated that their operatives, together with police from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, spotted a Hyundai Starex in Forest Park at around 9 a.m. The said vehicle was identified as utilized …

DOH: Don’t Enforce No Mask, No Entry Policy

The Department of Health urged local government units not to enforce a no-mask-no-entry policy in establishments and asked that the medical supply should be left instead to health workers attending to patients who have or are suspected to have COVID-19.  Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH received reports that some LGUs require residents to wear face masks when …

QC Crematorium Rehearses Procedures for COVID-19 Deaths

Employees of a crematorium in Quezon City were taught to wear personal protective equipment in preparation for the management of novel coronavirus disease fatalities. According to a television report, only indigent COVID-19 patients and persons under investigation would be cremated in the city-owned Baesa Crematorium. The extra protective gear was not expected to hamper procedures as the bodies would not …