DOTr: Passengers With Canceled Flight, Sea Travel to Get Free Accomodations

Passengers whose flight and sea travel were canceled amid the modified enhanced community quarantine will be given free accommodation by the Department of Transportation. Assistant Secretary Goddess Hope Libiran said passengers whose trips were scheduled within 48 hours will receive the assistance. Passengers will only have to present a ticket, travel authority, and medical certificate to receive the assistance from …

Healthworkers: ‘No Life is Worth P1-M’

Many health workers have reached their tipping point, overwhelmed by the workload while trying their best not to contract COVID-19, a specialist said. Dr. Monica Pia Reyes-Montecillo, internal medicine and infectious disease specialist, said, “It has been four months and healthcare workers start to burn out. Many…get sick, and no life is worth one million pesos. We are not superheroes. …

2019 Bar Passers Take Oath Online

The country’s new lawyers for 2020 are not only a batch that would be known as the first to take their oath virtually, but would start their career in the Judiciary amid a pandemic that has brought the world to its knees, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Estela Bernabe said. The SC held a special en banc session on Thursday …

Caloy Yulo Better Off Staying in Japan

Gymnastics ace Caloy Yulo will continue training in Japan all the way to the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in 2021, and is hoping to use the extra year to boost his arsenal. The 19-year-old Yulo has been based mostly in Tokyo since 2015, training under a Japanese coach, in a program initially intended to prime him up for the 2020 Games. …

589 Individuals Stranded at NAIA Get Help

Nearly 600 individuals who were stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport received help from the Pasay City government and the Philippine Army. Mayor Emi Rubiano said that 461 persons who have been staying under the NAIA Expressway were transferred to the Villamor Air Base Elementary School and the Philippine State College of Aeronautics. Individuals who wanted to go home …

DOH Calls for Medical Volunteers for 3 COVID-19 Referral Hospitals

The Department of Health issued a call for volunteer doctors and nurses to support the fight against COVID-19 as government set up three referral hospitals to treat patients.  Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said arrangements were being finalized for three state facilities – the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, the Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, and the …

UP Capable of Supplying 6,000 Test Kits

As many as 6,000 locally developed diagnostic test kits for COVID-19 can be produced in just three weeks, the Philippine Genome Center said. Dr. Raul Destura, Philippine Genome Center deputy executive director who led the UP National Institutes of Health in developing the Sars-CoV-2 PCR detection kits, said he is confident about the accuracy of the testing kits. Sars-CoV-2 is …

Zubiri Tests Positive for COVID-19

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri announced Monday night that he was positive for COVID-19, but he remains asymptomatic. He took the test last Friday while on self-quarantine, and received a call from Health Secretary Francisco Duque on the results. He said his decision to self-quarantine last Wednesday evening after the Senate session was “the best decision I made and …

COVID-19 Diagnosis Tools from South Korea, China Coming

Local hospitals may soon expect to use some 3,500 new testing kits for the novel coronavirus disease, all courtesy of South Korea and China. The COVID-19 kits are awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Saturday. In a media briefing, Duque said the Department of Health hoped to speed up testing for …