A worker shares woes as Cavite returns to stricter lockdown

On August 5, the Philippine government’s pandemic response team put the province of Cavite under MECQ from Aug. 6 to 15. This is part of the supposed efforts of the national government to curb the spread of the dreaded COVID-19, particularly its more transmissible and deadlier Delta variant. The post A worker shares woes as Cavite returns to stricter lockdown appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatAug 8th, 2021

Robredo hits Roque’s gag request to Octa Research Group

The Duterte administration wants the Octa Research Group to stop publicizing their recommendations on the pandemic response because of its intention not to follow them, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “Ang nakikita ko lang na dahilan kung bakit ililihim, hindi susundin iyong datos, iyong pagdedesisyon hindi nakasunod sa datos (The only reason I see why it must be hidden is that they won’t follow the data, they would decide not based on data),” she said during her weekly radio show.According to Robredo, it would be better for experts from the group to make public their research instead of just communicating it to the government in private.“For the benefit of everyone na alam ng tao kung ano iyong mga resulta ng research (the people should know the result of the research),” she asserted.The vice president disagreed with Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque who discouraged the local research group from publicizing their recommendations on placing areas under strict lockdown to avoid confusion.The Octa Research team, composed primarily of faculty members and alumni of the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas, has been regularly issuing reports on the COVID-19 situation nationwide.Roque said the group does not have the same number of experts working with the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).“I wish they would refrain from making these recommendations publicly,” he said.His statement came after the Octa team recommended to implement stricter lockdown measures in Bauan, Batangas; Calbayog, Western Samar; and General Trias, Cavite due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.   These places were not being mentioned by the IATF......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Economic recovery takes ‘one step back’

The Philippine economic recovery is taking a step back to curb the surging coronavirus outbreak and fix the fragile health system waging a “losing battle” against the pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the return of Metro Manila and nearly provinces to a stricter lockdown may take a toll on the drivers of economic rebound in the near-term. But Dominguez said that if the reimposed stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is correctly implemented, it will have a favorable impact on the nation’s long-term economic prospects. “In the short run, the return to MECQ may negatively affect livelihoods, consumer demand and production. However, if the time is used to boost all our medical resources and prevent further spread of the virus, then the MECQ will be positive for the long haul,” Dominguez said. As this is a new virus, Dominguez explained that nations, including the Philippines, continuously learn to adapt to the challenges posed by the new and uncertain environment induced by coronavirus. “The whole world is learning how to dance with this virus: two steps forward and one step back,” Dominguez said.Earlier, the DOF chief pushed for a shift of Metro Manila and Calabarzon—accounting for about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—“as quickly as possible” to the most lenient quarantine status to kickstart the economy. However, President Duterte ordered Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following a surge of COVID-19 cases and the appeal of healthcare workers. The two week shift to MECQ for Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces starting today ceased some businesses and public transport, while work and quarantine passes are also reinforced to restrict non-essential movements. Reverting to MECQ is an unwelcome develop for the economic managers as it could derail hopes for a recovery in the third quarter of the year. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua earlier said the economic impact of the quarantine measures in country was “more severe than expected.”  Days before Metro Maila reverted to MECQ, Dominguez said the local economy had already hit bottom and started to recover from the coronavirus-induced crisis, noting business activities have begun to pick up. The government had gradually eased the tough virus lockdown measures after the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

‘Delta variant poses risk to recovery’

The stricter lockdown measures aimed to slow the spread of the more infectious COVID Delta variant pose serious challenges to the economy and the labor market, a Department of Finance official said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2021

Number of Covid-positive children rises in Cebu

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia on Tuesday signed Executive Order no. 38, reverting 11 local government units in the province to Modified Enhance Community Quarantine classification with heightened restrictions. In a virtual meeting with the mayors and the regional IATF, Garcia said the move to a stricter lockdown measure is due to the increasing Covid-19 cases […] The post Number of Covid-positive children rises in Cebu appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 11th, 2021

Philippines growth forecasts slashed anew amid latest lockdown

Dutch financial giant ING Bank and ANZ Research expect the Philippines to make a slower bounceback from the pandemic-induced recession as stricter lockdown and quarantine measures were reimposed in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

More areas covered by Meralco’s no disconnection policy

Manila Electric Co. has expanded the coverage of its no disconnection policy to Cavite, Rizal and Lucena City, which were placed under stricter community quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Lockdown, sandali

With a stricter lockdown set to begin tomorrow, Bulatlat is reposting our previous reports on how the government cannot rely solely on lockdown to curb the spread of the more transmissible, more deadly Delta Variant of COVID-19. The post Lockdown, sandali appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 5th, 2021

Tomorrow’s ECQ – a bitter, but better pill

The reimposition of a lockdown or the ECQ may not seem entirely good to hear at first. It is a stricter limitation to us......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

As PH reverts to stricter lockdown, workers push for cash aid

Prices of LPG and food continue to soar but government has not assured cash aid for the poor. The post As PH reverts to stricter lockdown, workers push for cash aid appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

Companies buy back their shares

Listed companies are spending billions of pesos to buy back their shares to improve shareholder returns......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

3 provinces escalate from GCQ to MECQ

The provinces of Laguna, Aklan, and Apayao reverted to a stricter lockdown classification due to the rising number of coronavirus infections. Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque announced Sunday that the three provinces, previously placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), were reclassified to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from 1 August, Sunday, until 15 August. Cebu […] The post 3 provinces escalate from GCQ to MECQ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

NEDA: Hard lockdown to cost economy P210 billion

The economy will lose at least P210 billion, further dimming the country’s already dark path to recovery, as the capital returns to the strictest lockdown next week to prevent widespread transmission of the Delta variant and collapsing the health care system......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2021

NCR lockdown announcement sinks PSEi to 2-month low

Local shares sank to their lowest level in over two months on Friday, as investors sold on news that Metro Manila will be back to hard lockdown amid threats posed by the Delta variant......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2021

Advance notice please

Given the fact that President Rodrigo Duterte has already given us a “heads up” on the possibility of imposing stricter quarantine measures in the event of a Delta variant community transmission, may we humbly request all officials involved in the matter to please be kind and considerate enough to give the public advance notice, such as a week or two, in order to prepare for whatever lockdown or restrictions may be imposed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Jericho Rosales reveals US project, shares lockdown life in surfing paradise

Jericho Rosales revealed that he's set to leave for the United States to shoot for a project with a Filipino-American director......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

Consumers, businesses turn gloomy anew on lingering pandemic woes

Consumers and businesses in the country are adopting a less upbeat outlook for the months ahead as the economy remains on lockdown......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2021

Araw ng Maynila Racing Festival returns

The Araw ng Maynila racing festivities return to the Manila Jockey Club in Carmona, Cavite this Thursday, with nine trophy races that will have added cash prizes and trophies to the winning horse owner, and medals to the victorious jockeys and trainers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2021

Duque: NCR Plus shift to MGCQ unlikely

Metro Manila and other areas under general community quarantine may unlikely shift into a more relaxed lockdown status due to the sudden uptick of coronavirus infections in the provinces, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Saturday. Duque said the imposition of modified GCQ in the capital region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal — collectively known […] The post Duque: NCR Plus shift to MGCQ unlikely appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 29th, 2021

DOH: Safeguards in place for implementation of stricter GCQ in NCR Plus

The capital region along with Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal will be under GCQ “with heightened restrictions” starting this weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 14th, 2021

ALI to expand malls in Metro Manila, Cavite

According to its reinvestment plan for its P1.4 billion proceeds from the sale of shares, ALI will fund ongoing and future investments in Trinoma in Quezon City, Glorietta and Greenbelt in Makati and Evio City in Cavite......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021