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Cebu governor says no projects will be sacrificed for COVID-19 response

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  Despite unplanned expenses for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia assures the public that the Capitol has enough funds to pursue its planned projects for 2020. Garcia assured that none of the programs, particularly the infrastructure projects, that were allocated for in the province’s P12 billion budget for […] The post Cebu governor says no projects will be sacrificed for COVID-19 response appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 16th, 2020

PH gets P3.72-B grant, 500K vaccine doses from China

China on Saturday provided a 500-million renminbi (P3.72-billion) grant to the Philippines to bankroll various livelihood and infrastructure projects, which might also be used to finance the Duterte administration’s COVID-19 response, and promised to donate 500,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the vaccine donation during a 40-minute meeting with […] The post PH gets P3.72-B grant, 500K vaccine doses from China appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

Siquijor to accept first batch of LSI from Cebu on Aug. 23

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The island province of Siquijor will start accepting locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Cebu on August 23, 2020. This was agreed upon on August 19, 2020, when the Siquijor Provincial Task Force (COVID-19) convened to discuss their COVID-19 response after the province recorded its first cases this month. Governor Zaldy Villa […] The post Siquijor to accept first batch of LSI from Cebu on Aug. 23 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2020

Capitol gets P1.2B supplemental budget for COVID response, recovery

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Provincial Board has passed a P1.2-billion supplemental budget intended for the Capitol’s response and recovery projects from the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the subsequent lockdown that resulted to economic downturns globally in the first half of 2020. The PB, in its regular online session on Monday, […] The post Capitol gets P1.2B supplemental budget for COVID response, recovery appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2020

CEGP cries foul over Gwen’s reply to school pub’s statement

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) decried Cebu Provincial Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s response to a school publication’s statement about her deployment of a special unit specifically tasked to trace individuals who post negative criticisms about the government’s measures against the COVID-19. Today’s Carolinian (TC), the official publication of the University of […] The post CEGP cries foul over Gwen’s reply to school pub’s statement appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

EXPLAINER: The whos and hows in the process of Covid vaccine approval

MANILA, Philippines — As our country tries to join other nations in combatting Covid-19 through inoculation programs, news about separate acquisition projects and agreements of the national and local government with vaccine manufacturers might confuse some Filipinos. Others might wonder who are the people or agencies in charge of the whole vaccine trials and procurements.  […] The post EXPLAINER: The whos and hows in the process of Covid vaccine approval appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

BSP ready to lend govt P280B for Covid response

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is ready to lend more money to the government that can be used for its coronavirus pandemic response. In a virtual briefing on Thursday, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno announced that the government can borrow as much as P280 billion more from the central bank. The amount is 10 percent […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

DOH to issue ‘passports’ for the inoculated

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health on Friday said the Philippines would probably provide a COVID-19 “vaccine passport” to Filipinos who had been inoculated against the coronavirus. “We will also have a data registry for all vaccine recipients,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said. According to the health official, a QR, or quick response, […] The post DOH to issue ‘passports’ for the inoculated appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2021

Cebu City braces for new COVID variant, eyes stricter border controls

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Local officials in Cebu City are now bracing for the threats of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 considered to be more infectious than the original. Members of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) gathered for a consultative meeting on Monday, December 28, to discuss initial plans and actions in response to […] The post Cebu City braces for new COVID variant, eyes stricter border controls appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2020

Group demands accounting of Cebu City COVID-19 funds

CEBU CITY, Philippines—A coalition is demanding transparency and accountability for the budget allocated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic response here.  The Freedom Debt Coalition composed of various cause-oriented groups in the city said there is a need to show the public a transparent liquidation of the P3.5 billion funds for the pandemic response since […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2020

City dad questions P2.5 million proposed travel expenses of Labella

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon has questioned the P2.5 million proposed travel expenses for Mayor Edgardo Labella saying the amount can be used to augment the city’s COVID-19 response. The budget is part of the P10.8 billion proposed annual budget for 2021. Dizon said in the budget hearing on December 3, […] The post City dad questions P2.5 million proposed travel expenses of Labella appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2020

Capitol ‘OK’ with Misa de Gallo but will seek Church advice first

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Cebu Provincial Government is inclined to allow Misa de Gallo (dawn Masses) amid threats of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said she would have to consult and discuss how to do about Misa de Gallo with church leaders before making any decisions.  “We have to confer with […] The post Capitol ‘OK’ with Misa de Gallo but will seek Church advice first appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2020

Oxford COVID-19 vaccine safe for older adults—results

A leading COVID-19 vaccine candidate has shown to safely produce a robust immune response in healthy older adults, its British makers said Thursday as it released its phase 2 trial results. The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, produced fewer side effects in people aged 56 and over than in younger people […] The post Oxford COVID-19 vaccine safe for older adults—results appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Govt s COVID-19 response helps business sector

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Nov. 20 - Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Western Visayas governor Ronald So said that some businesses on the brink of closing operation were able to sustain o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

Cebu City recognizes Felicianos’ efforts in COVID-19 pandemic through adoption

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Council recognized the efforts of Retired General Melquiades Feliciano and his wife, Mia Feliciano, for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response last June to August 2020. Feliciano set up the Emergency Operations Center as its chief implementor in June 2020 to curb the rising cases of the COVID-19 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

FDA seeks Duterte OK for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines

MANILA, Philippines — Health authorities are seeking the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to coronavirus vaccines that will be made available in the country. In a televised press briefing Thursday, FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said Duterte has a “positive response” to the […] The post FDA seeks Duterte OK for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

Cebu mulls sending aid to Cagayan

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The economy in the Province of Cebu is barely recovering from the long quarantine brought by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), but Cebuanos are eager to help fellow Filipinos in typhoon struck areas in Luzon. Cebu Provincial Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, that the donation drives set […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsNov 18th, 2020

National gov’t told to level up disaster response capabilities, be more empathic

MANILA, Philippines — Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero on Sunday urged the national government to “step up to the plate” on its disaster response capabilities after Typhoon Ulysses ravaged many parts of Luzon. “Sorry, but the National Government should step up to the plate on disaster response and should show more empathy to the victims of […] The post National gov’t told to level up disaster response capabilities, be more empathic appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

Alaska congressman who ridiculed coronavirus now says he has COVID-19

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska congressman who once ridiculed the seriousness of the novel coronavirus, calling it the “beer virus,” said on Thursday he is now infected with it. The announcement by Representative Don Young comes as the state’s governor on Thursday warned that health-care and public-safety systems were at risk of being overwhelmed by the […] The post Alaska congressman who ridiculed coronavirus now says he has COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

Cam Norte journalists post bail in cases over criticism of pandemic response

Two journalists based in Camarines Norte found themselves in jail for six hours over their criticism of the local government’s COVID-19 response and of alleged corruption, for which the governor accused them of libel......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

Big businesses sacrifice to prop up economy during pandemic

The country’s top corporations have shown that they have been walking the talk even before signing the Covenant for Shared Prosperity wherein they have sacrificed profitability in order to take care of their stakeholders and ensure sustainability.                 SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman Hans T. Sy said that, during this pandemic, “We were the first to announce to continue all the salaries even when we were all down. So these are all sacrificing profits. Why do we do that? …We are all looking into long term. Investment is not only just for the short term basis, it is really for the long term we’re in here.” SM Prime Holdings Inc. Chairman Hans T. Sy (left) and Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.               Ayala Corporation Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala agreed with Sy, noting that most businesses, “in one way or another has suffered a great deal of pain and, in many ways, to preserve the ecosystem, to retain their employees, the people that support them.”              “I have 1001 examples that I’ve seen during this crisis of everybody sacrificing a great deal,” he noted.              Sy and Zobel were keynote speakers during the launching of the Philippine Business Community’s Covenant for Shared Prosperity organized by the Management Association of the Philippines.              “As we struggle with the COVID pandemic, we also need to address the critical longer-term global issue of inequality which has worsened because of the current health crisis. Many businesses have closed, millions have lost jobs and many are going hungry,” said MAP President Francis Lim.              He noted that, “When the crisis is over, we at MAP would like to see a new ‘normal’ in the way we deal with our stakeholders — our employees, customers, product/service/fund providers, the communities we serve (especially the bottom of the pyramid), the environment and our shareholders (both majority and non-controlling shareholders).”             Lim explained that, “The Covenant… is envisioned to be the private sector’s response to the stakeholder theory now enshrined under the Revised Corporation Code.”             Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Emilio Aquino explained that the stakeholder theory is a major shift in focus of businesses which used to be focused only in the interests of its stockholders.             Aquino said that, now, publicly-listed companies “are mandated to report on their economic, environmental and social impacts which further strengthened the Stakeholder Theory. At this point, we have seen a drastic paradigm shift in the way corporations do business and create shareholder value. Profit, while essential in the survival of the corporation, is not anymore the sole focus of corporate ventures.”            “Maybe it had to take a beast like COVID-19 for all of us to understand that we all have to support each other as communities and institutions if we are to rebuild successfully,” said Zobel.            He added that, “Now, more than ever, we have to find ways to expand our traditional definition of who we are responsible for and accountable to – well beyond our shareholders and other providers of capital; well beyond the sole pursuit of profit.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020