Outsourcing Firms Told to Prepare Flexible Work Schemes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

An outsourcing business group has advised companies to implement flexible work arrangements amid the COVID-19 outbreak. On Saturday, the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines said it was working with government to help prevent further transmission of the disease and ensure the safety of the outsourcing workforce. There are over 900,000 business process outsourcing employees working in …

San Miguel Can Make Six Months Worth of Food With Existing Inventory

On worries about the supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis, San Miguel Corporation head honcho Ramon Ang said that the company can produce as much as half a year’s supply of food products with its existing inventory of raw materials. Ang reassured the public that its production facilities will run around the clock so that grocery shelves will …

Face Masks, PPEs Stored at Customs Warehouse

There are tons of personal protective equipment stored at the Bureau of Customs’ warehouse that medical personnel can use, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. claimed. In a tweet late Sunday, Locsin said the Philippine General Hospital can take the PPEs in the warehouse since it is a government hospital. Former health undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa said that PGH’s supplier of …

Gov’t Assures There Are Sufficient Funds for COVID-19 Kits

The Philippine government on Sunday said it has sufficient funds for the production of COVID-19 test kits contrary to misinformation circulating online. In a joint statement, Malacañang and the Department of Science and Technology urged the public to “be wary of false narratives” on social media which creates “apprehension and panic.” The Philippines has received 500 COVID-19 test kits from …

‘Internal Checkpoints’ for Curfew During Lockdown

Jojo Garcia, general manager of the Metro Manila Development Authority, said that in order to “limit the virus, we need to limit the movement of people.” Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said there would be “exemptions” on who would be covered by the curfew, which would largely be based on whether a person was involved in an “essential” or a “nonessential” …

LGUs Want Quarantine for Arrivals from NCR

Some local governments have required a 14-day self-quarantine for people from Metro Manila, fearing a mass exodus to their provinces of residents escaping the 30-day community quarantine that started Sunday in the National Capital Region to contain cases of COVID-19. Tarlac province Governor Susan Yap on Saturday asked residents now in Metro Manila to submit to a 14-day self-quarantine when …

‘No Touch’ Policy on Duterte Amid COVID-19 Scare

The Presidential Security Group will implement a “no-touch” policy on President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure his safety amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines. PSG commander Colonel Jesus Durante said that the “no-touch” policy was among the preventive measures that the PSG tackled during an emergency meeting Sunday. Personalities who are expected to get near the President during meetings and …

List: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in the Philippines

Four more COVID-19 patients were added to the six earlier reported cases, the Department of Health says in a statement on Sunday. The samples of the new cases were tested on March 7 and resulted in positive findings the day after. The seventh case is a 38-year-old Taiwanese male who has no history of travel outside the country but made …

PH to Bring Home Fired Filipino Workers in Hong Kong

The Philippine government will arrange the return of Overseas Filipino Workers who were fired in Hong Kong due to fears of COVID-19 spread. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said this in a tweet on Tuesday even as he registered displeasure over Hong Kong employers’ termination of Filipino domestic staff there. A Hong Kong newspaper reported that domestic workers are …