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ABS-CBN’s reckless WPS news coverage

Don’t these anti-government journalists and woefully misinformed academics realize what a potential war zone is? The post ABS-CBN’s reckless WPS news coverage appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneApr 17th, 2021

EDITORIAL - Red carpet for variants

There was extensive news coverage of the impact of the COVID variants on public health and livelihoods in the countries where they originated......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

PhilHealth revising coverage policies for COVID-19, other cases

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) assured the public that policies in line with the COVID-19 pandemic are being reviewed, after complaints that patients’ stay in emergency rooms and makeshift tents are not being covered. “Be it COVID-19 or not, patients should be afforded with all the financial help as guaranteed by […] The post PhilHealth revising coverage policies for COVID-19, other cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2021

50K more HCWs in CV to be vaccinated

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Central Visayas still needs to vaccinate more than 50,000 healthcare workers as the number qualified to receive free COVID-19 vaccines increased. The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) on Tuesday, March 24, posted an accomplishment rate of 42 percent in its COVID-19 immunization coverage among medical health workers as of […] The post 50K more HCWs in CV to be vaccinated appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

DOH-7 extends measles, polio vaccination period

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) has extended the inoculation schedule to protect children against measles and polio. In an advisory released on March 2, 2021, DOH-7 announced that ‘Chikiting Ligtas’, the country’s program aimed to address low immunization coverage, will continue until Sunday, March 7. “Extended hangtod sa […] The post DOH-7 extends measles, polio vaccination period appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2021

Yet another reckless police investigation

Our country ushered in the year 2021 with the tragic death of 23-year-old flight attendant Christine Dacera right on New Year’s day itself. Dacera’s death has become tremendously heartbreaking, not because of the circumstances that led to her death which remain unclear as of this writing, but because of the reckless police actuations that ensued […] The post Yet another reckless police investigation appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Grand disarray

The Philippines last week became the lone country in the world to mandate the use of face shields, supposedly to help temper the dreaded surge in COVID-19 cases after the Christmas and New Year holidays, when friends and families typically gather to celebrate the season. The wearing of “full coverage” face shields together with face […] The post Grand disarray appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2020

US TV networks stop live coverage of Trump address due to ‘lies’

WASHINGTON–Several US TV networks late Thursday halted live coverage of Donald Trump’s first public appearance since election night after concluding that the president was spreading disinformation. Trump unleashed a flood of incendiary and unsubstantiated claims in a 17-minute address, insisting that Democrats were using “illegal votes” to “steal the election from us.” The president spoke […] The post US TV networks stop live coverage of Trump address due to ‘lies’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2020

Palace: No void in ABS-CBN absence

Malacañang on Monday denied a supposed communication vacuum during the onslaught of typhoon “Rolly” (international name: Goni) due to ABS-CBN shutdown. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said there was no void in media coverage of the world’s strongest storm this year despite the limited options for news outfits following the non-renewal of the broadcast giant’s franchise. […] The post Palace: No void in ABS-CBN absence appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

PLDT, Smart fire up 5G media center

PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. have fired up 5G at the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong City, allowing the network to utilize the technology for live coverage and news gathering......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2020

Behind the Scenes: The Heroes of ABS-CBN Sports

While the general public sees or hears the finished product on-air or online, most do not witness or appreciate those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes at ABS-CBN Sports. There’s an African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took almost exactly that to make ABS-CBN Sports work. As we commemorate National Heroes Day in the country on the final day of ABS-CBN Sports, it is only fitting to acknowledge and thank those behind-the-scenes heroes who have been part of the amazing journey (DISCLAIMER: I may have left out some names, but it is purely unintentional so my apologies). Thank you, first and foremost, to our Chairman Emeritus Gabby Lopez, whose passion and love for sports led to the initiative that is ABS-CBN Sports. Thank you to our former President and CEO, Charo Santos-Concio, our current President and CEO, Carlo Katigbak, a true tennis fan, and our Chairman Mark Lopez, who showed us composure, class and grace as leaders.  Thank you to our beloved COO, Cory Vidanes, who allowed ABS-CBN Sports to reach a broader audience when it aired special events on Channel 2 as well as feature athletes and sports personalities on entertainment programs.   Thank you to the voice of ABS-CBN and former ABS-CBN Sports head, Peter Musngi, for leading the division during its early years. Thank you to Narrowcast head, Antonio “March” Ventosa, as well as his executive assistant, Trina Magallanes, for helping us navigate during the transtition period of ABS-CBN Sports.   Thank you to the captain of our ship, ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head, Dino Laurena, who inspired us to work harder and better to serve our audience.  Thank you to Sir Dino’s gatekeeper, his executive assistant, Donna Seat, who was our bridge whenever we needed to reach out to the boss. Thank you to S+A channel head and production head, Vince Rodriguez, LIGA channel head, Jojo Neri-Estacio and Business Unit Head, Jun Martinez. They were our constant guides who enabled us to provide quality content on broadcast despite immense internal and external pressure.  Thank you to the people who made sure we never went beyond our budget and reached our targets – our Finance team made up of Berg Capiz, Jem Castro and Lorna Gendrano. Thank you to our S+A On-Air team of Rommel Noviza, Janice Rulloda, Princess Basye, Biboy Diga, Mark Marinay, Arnold Saclolo, Borge Raval and Hans Espiritu as well as our Liga Channel team of  Anna Santos, Francis Patawaran, Aprille Signo and Joramie Roque, for ensuring everything airs on time.  Thank you to our Digital Head, Mico Halili, for his innovative and fresh ideas on the digitial space.   Thank you to the men and women who made our broadcast coverage as close to flawless – our Production Manager, Jennifer Jimenez, our directors, which include THE Abet Ramos, Al Neri, Raul de Ocampo and Rommel Pedrealba, and our technical directors made up of Elmond Salvahan, Jhonnald Garcia, Marvin Chavez, Bingbong Pangan, Arnold Bulaong and Joseph Vega. Thank you to the men and women who made sure our partner properties were happy with our coverage, and that everything was in place for each and every game or show we put out there – our Executive and Associate Producers Vic Caridad, Malou Neri, Ada Bayuga, Diana Sayson, Oxy del Rosario, Mae Mañalac, Aries Galot, Apples Dela Vega, Kristina Manzana, Roy Briones, Ledz Cahinhinan, JC Gonzales, Gab Gonzales and Manny Gabutina.  Thank you to those who crafted and produced memorable segments – our segment producers Eva Evangelista, Carlo Grajo, Cha Lucero, Mark Morados, Jeff Sta. Maria, Jet Montebon, Sharon Muli, Alex Brocoy, Mika Barrios, Bill Barrinuevo and Volta delos Santos as well as our video editors Pido Cruz and Fonz Fajatin. Thank you to those who put the right words into play – our writers Monica Magpantay, Paul Loyola, Jigs Guardiano, Adrian Dy, Sheiden Dela Cruz, Ken Natividad, Syjin Reyes and Migs Gomez. Thank you to those who gave the right cues to our anchors, analysts and courtside reporters – our panel director Larry "Care Mo Naman" Deang, our floor directors Miky "Gandara" Mirabueno, Lyanne Ocampo-Tan and Fritz Dizon. Thank you to the people who made sure that the right moments were captured – our Camera Control Unit made up of George Austria, Joel Supremo and Edgar Guarte, our Cameramen Lloyd Villamor, Rovic Pacis, Gerald "Superman" Fermin, Ron Fermin, Ronald Mangcoy, Michael Pico, Emman Andes, Butch Pineda and Mark Nicolas. Thank you to those who made sure we heard the sounds and voices loud and clear – our audio engineers Elias Javier, Ramil Ciruano, Albert Agbay, Jancel Abobo as well as our audiomen Joseph Nicolas and Ameng Atienza. Thank you to the guys who allowed us to get another look at the action – our EVS/Slomo Operators Joejay Abarquez, Raymond Biojon and Dido Batallion and VTR men Christian Abarquez, Kenneth Abarquez and Oliver Sañez. Thank you to the people responsible for making things more visible on our screens –our Electrician/Lighting Directors Alvin Saavedra and Jorge Paraon and our lightman Calvin Liong. Thank you to those who create those cool graphics and effects that catch our attention during games and shows - our Graphic Artists/Operators Jam Memdoza, Denice Ylagan, Erol Corpuz, Sara Concepcion, Jeff Jugueta and Kevin Camero. Thank you to the team who put the little things in order – our set-up assistants Jerald Testor, Ivan Castillo, Ferdie Mangaong, Remus Taniengra, Daniel Dimaculangan, Eduardo Dacumos, Ryan Ancheta, Allan Porsioncula, Laurence Sosa, Illac Alvarez, Benjo Asiatico, Manny Cajayon, Lepoldo Bofill, Victor Taniegra, Caleb Bautista, Jeremiah Mallari and Bennett Cabus. Thank you to the guys who provided the correct statistics and graphics – our panel scorers/GFX feeders Rico Bayuga, Ronaldo Serrano, Arvin Estabillo and Gilbert Serrano. Thank you to those who made our on-cam talents look good – our makeup artists Mylyn Concepcion, Nina Concepcion, Estrella Besabe, Norma Calubaquib and Nizel Reduta and our stylist Lyle Foz. Thank you to those who were always ready to lend a helping hand – our production assistants, Lian Salango, Pau Hiwatig, Helen Trinidad, Riri Gayoma, Jade Asuncion and Lovely Dela Cruz. Thank you for the imagination and artistry of our Creative Communications Management (CCM) team composed of Elirose Borja, Jerome Clavio, Djoanna San Jose, Lara Mae Allardo, Robin Lorete, Cristy Linga, Christopher Eli Sabat, Archimedes Asis (the voice of S+A), Jan Dormyl Espinosa, Aila Onagan and Nyro Mendoza. They say that advertising is the lifeblood of media and that we wouldn’t be able to deliver high-quality content if not for advertisers brought in our by our Sports Sales team, so thank you to our Sports Sales Heads Jojo Garcia, Nicole Moro and Ken Ti, along with our account executives Tin Saw, Annalyn Herrera, Trina Vallarta, Joey Tang, Karlo Miguel, Paul Sembrana, Mike Tan, Ray Del Castillo, and Jason Gaffud. Thank you to those who constantly pitched ideas and presented to clients on our behalf, our Business Development Executive, Tonyo Silva, and our Sports Marketing team made up of Thirdy Aquino, Maui Tang, Jason Roberto, Danica Jose, Lala Cruz and Hanz Trajano. Thank you to the people who looked out for the wellfare and concerns of our division members – our Human Resources squad made up of Arvin Crisol, James Lee, Anika Gregorio and Donna Yabut. Social media has been a game changer and enabled people to relive key moments in sports events, so thank you to our social media team made up of Jon Rodriguez, Alvin Laqui, Danine Cruz, Aia del Mundo, Melvin Rodas, Clev Mayuga, Migs Flores and Lloydie Moreno. We would also like to give special thanks to our former bosses and colleagues who have moved on from this world, Rolly V. Cruz, Danilo A. Bernardo, George G. Padolina, Marco Franco, Gerald Gicana, Rhodora "Dhanda" Panganiban, Vernie Calimlim and Erwin Evangelista.  Lastly, I personally want to thank the website content team made up of sub-section editors Santino Honasan, Mark “Mr. Volleyball” Escarlote, Norman Benjamin Lee Riego (Yes, it has to be his complete name) and Paul Lintag, former sub-section editor Milan Ordonez, former writer Philip Matel, videographers Nigel Velasquez, Rocio Avelino and Steph Toben, photographers Arvin Lim, Richard Esguerra and Joshua Albelda, former NBA Philippines website managing editor Adrian Dy, contributing writers Anton Roxas, Marco Benitez, “Doc Volleyball” AJ Pareja, Migs Bustos, Mikee “Diliman Legend” Reyes and Ceej Tantengco. While our journey in telling these stories with ABS-CBN Sports will abruptly come to a halt, it has been an honor and a pleasure serving the Filipino sports fans worldwide. We may no longer be around as an organization, but the great athletes will keep playing and inspiring and the games will continue. And so, with a sense of immense gratitude, we say: Maraming Salamat Kapamilya! Hanggang sa muli! --- Lorenzo Z. Manguiat has been the Editor-in-Chief of sports.abs-cbn.com since 2014 and Sports News Desk Head since 2015. He started as game writer for ABS-CBN Sports in 2000 and served in various other capacities within ABS-CBN. He is among the thousands of employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020

GMA reporter Chino Gaston naka-recover sa COVID: Sobra na ang pag-iingat…pero nahawa ka pa rin

KAHIT gaano pa katindi ang pag-iingat na ginagawa niya habang nasa coverage, nahawa pa rin ng COVID-19 ang GMA news reporter na si Chino Gaston. Makalipas ang tatlong linggong pananatili sa isang quarantine facility, naka-recover na rin sa coronavirus disease 2019 ang Kapuso journalist. Sa nakaraang episode ng “Frontliners” ng GMA, sinabi ni Chino na […] The post GMA reporter Chino Gaston naka-recover sa COVID: Sobra na ang pag-iingat…pero nahawa ka pa rin appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

Free Wi-Fi coverage in schools to grow six-fold in 2021

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is planning to build free Wi-Fi access points across thousands of public schools to help boost connectivity amid the new coronavirus pandemic. This is part of the government’s goal to invest more in digital infrastructure, which has taken the backseat in the past or left to the […] The post Free Wi-Fi coverage in schools to grow six-fold in 2021 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

Case readied against ambulance driver involved in fatal downtown crash

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A case of reckless imprudence resulting to homicide is being readied against a driver of a Barangay Apas ambulance that figured in a fatal accident with a motorcycle driven by a Cebu South Bus Terminal (CSBT) security guard in a downtown Cebu City Street at past 1 p.m. of Monday, May […] The post Case readied against ambulance driver involved in fatal downtown crash appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 11th, 2020

Pagpapalawak ng nationwide mass testing vs COVID-19 isinusulong ni Sotto

Manila, Philippines – Isinusulong ni Senate President Vicente Sotto III nitong Linggo, Mayo 10, ang pagpapalawig sa mass testing coverage para sa COVID-19 sa oras na asahan ng mga tao ang pagpapagaan sa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) sa ilang piling lugar upang maging general community quarantine (GCQ). Sa isang news release, ipinahayag ni Sotto ang […] The post Pagpapalawak ng nationwide mass testing vs COVID-19 isinusulong ni Sotto appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2020

UP praises brave journalists, pushes for ABS-CBN return

The University of the Philippines gave a reminder that in the continuing COVID-19 crisis, journalists are frontliners too. State U's College of Mass Communication lauded those journalist-frontliners who remain in the field to make sure Filipinos are in the know amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). "During this ECQ, we have witnessed the brave coverage of journalist-frontliners from ABS-CBN," it said in a statement. As such, the Philippines' biggest network is needed now more than ever. And as such, UP "strongly decried" the order last Tuesday of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for ABS-CBN to cease and desist from broadcasting on television and radio. "As we continue to battle this health crisis, we need a free press," its statement read. Last Monday, the media organization's franchise expired as the House of Representatives has yet to tackle the bill for its renewal. A day later, the NTC then backtracked on its earlier commitment to grant provisional authority and as such, ABS-CBN went dark right after TV Patrol. Amid all this, the Kapamilya network has vowed to remain true to its vision and mission. "Sa gitna ng pagsubok na ito, mananatili kaming tapat sa aming sinumpaang tungkulin bilang mga lingkod ng bawat Pilipino," President and CEO Carlo Katigbak said. Sa gitna ng pagsubok na ito, mananatili kaming tapat sa aming sinumpaang tungkulin bilang mga lingkod ng bawat Pilipino. Mensahe ng aming President at CEO na si Carlo Katigbak ang pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan ng bawat Kapamilya. pic.twitter.com/Kow2mRfyPn — ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) May 5, 2020 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2020

Keeping a positive mindset amid the COVID-19 crisis helps overall well-being

Cebu City, Philippines–Since the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, news cycles are dominated by articles relating to the pandemic. While coverage is a necessity during a pandemic, as we need to take this virus seriously, one can’t help but feel overwhelmed with the current situation filled with uncertainty. Even individuals with the […] The post Keeping a positive mindset amid the COVID-19 crisis helps overall well-being appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

Focus on the Forgotten: Sad state of the NCMH

Screengrab from GMA News Online Youtube video.MEDIA COVERAGE of the pandemic has rightly placed medical professionals and all health care workers front and center in the news. The group's vu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Focus on the Forgotten: Sad state of the NCMH

Screengrab from GMA News Online Youtube video.MEDIA COVERAGE of the pandemic has rightly placed medical professionals and all health care workers front and center in the news. The group's vu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

To life!

  Much of the coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic has focused on the number of infected cases and fatalities every day. But, though smaller in number, the stories of recovery by patients are providing an encouraging counterpoint to the grim statistics—especially in the Philippines where hospitals and frontline medical personnel otherwise rendered near-breaking point by […] The post To life! appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2020