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COVID-19 testing coverage for returning OFWs continues – PhilHealth

  The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) announced the continuing coverage of COVID-19 test for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in accordance with IATF Resolution No. 168, s. 2022. In its Circular No. 2022-0022 published on November 15, 2022, PhilHealth emphasizes the coverage of OFWs and clarifies the modification of priority groups for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) […] The post COVID-19 testing coverage for returning OFWs continues – PhilHealth appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 24th, 2022

Duterte not inclined to relax quarantine protocols for OFWs

President Duterte is not inclined to relax the testing and quarantine protocols for returning overseas Filipino workers, saying COVID-19 can be transmitted easily......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

OWWA-Caraga assists more than 6K returning OFWs

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 -- Amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) - Regional Welfare Office Caraga continues to provide assistance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

OWWA-Caraga assists more than 6K returning OFWs

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 -- Amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) - Regional Welfare Office Caraga continues to provide assistance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Our & lsquo;heroes& rsquo; fund

As I write this piece, more than 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are stranded in various quarantine facilities, collateral damage to another example of a failed bureaucracy: the continuing failure of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to pay its P1-billion debt to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for the latter’s COVID-19 testing services......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Let& rsquo;s not turn our back on OFWs

It’s a shame that COVID-19 testing services by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for thousands of repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been stalled due to the delay in the payment by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). The amount has gone over P930 million......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Private labs to conduct swab tests for OFWs

As the Philippine Red Cross is still not providing swab testing services for those who use their Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth cards as payment guarantee, the Department of Health reported yesterday that at least seven private laboratories are set to do the tests for returning overseas Filipino workers and other affected sectors......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

PhilHealth Covid-19 packages, other benefits continue

ILIGAN CITY, Oct. 14 (PIA) - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) continues to provide coverage and regular benefits to its members despite controversies hounding the agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

SM Prime income halved in H1 due to impact of pandemic

SM Prime Holdings Inc., one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, posted a 46 percent drop in consolidated net income to P10.4 billion in the first half of 2020 from P19.3 billion in the same period last year. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, SM Prime said its consolidated revenue for the first six months of 2020 registered a 23 percent decline to P43.7 billion from P57.0 billion in the first six months of 2019. SM Prime said it continues to innovate and strategize to recover from the unprecedented effects of the pandemic brought about by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including continuous support in the operations of tenants as well as assistance to various stakeholders across the country. “The first half of 2020 has been one of the most challenging periods we’ve faced as a company. With the government maintaining the implementation of quarantine protocols in most key areas in the Philippines where our businesses are, SM Prime is committed to sustaining its operations while adhering to the strict safety measures implemented by the government and continue providing convenience to our customers,” said SM Prime President Jeffrey C. Lim. SM Prime’s Philippine malls’ rent income dropped by 44 percent to P13.1 billion in the first half of 2020 from last year’s P23.3 billion on the back of lower mall revenue of P14.4 billion, 49 percent lower from P28.1 billion of the same period last year. This is driven primarily by waived rent and rental discounts granted to tenants since the start of the quarantine measures in March, which amounted to P11 billion as of end of June. SM Prime’s residential business, led by SM Development Corporation (SMDC), recorded P23.7 billion revenue in the first half of 2020, 11 percent higher from P21.4 billion in the same period last year. This accounts for 54 percent of the consolidated revenue of the Company. SMDC generated P42.4 billion reservation sales in the first six months of 2020, amidst the quarantine measures. SM Prime’s commercial properties business’ revenue has grown 16 percent to P2.5 billion in the first half of 2020. Operating income registered at PHP2.2 billion, 22 percent higher than P1.8 billion during the first half of the previous year. The offices business of SM Prime has business process outsourcing (BPO) offices as primary tenants, which were allowed by the Philippine’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to continue its operations throughout the quarantine period. The hotels and convention centers business segment contributed P1 billion to consolidated revenues in the first half of 2020 despite limited operations. Conrad Manila, Park Inn Clark, Park Inn North EDSA and Park Inn Iloilo remained operational to cater to BPO employees and returning overseas Filipino workers/seafarers. The Company’s biggest events center, the Mall of Asia Arena, on the other hand, was converted into Mega Swabbing Facility in partnership with various government agencies to help front- liners as well as returning overseas workers. “The Company is doing its part to help the country to contain the spread of the virus. For our employees and agency workers, we have conducted antibody rapid testing and RT- PCR testing during the start of GCQ in the country to assure the safety and uninterrupted delivery of services to customers and to protect its workforce,”Lim added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Breaking 50 leads to stronger peso

People are perplexed why the Philippine peso is the strongest currency in Asia year-to-date while COVID-19 cases are still rising, OFWs are returning, and foreign selling continues at the PSE......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2020

Covid fails to slow down PBBM; still works while in isolation

MANILA - Despite testing positive for Covid-19, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is doing fine and continues to work in isolation, giving out directives to his cabinet officials in the comfort of his home, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles on Sunday said.Angeles said the President was visite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 10th, 2022

Immigration men at airports ready to serve OFWs 24/7

The Bureau of Immigration said  it  was ready to process thousands of returning overseas Filipinos who are being repatriated from abroad amid the raging  COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2021

With diversion of flights lifted, Cebu continues to implement Swab-Upon-Arrival policy

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The diversion of international flights bound for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has already been lifted as of Sunday, June 13. And Cebu will continue to implement its Swab-Upon-Arrival policy on arriving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs), says Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, spokesperson of the Department of […] The post With diversion of flights lifted, Cebu continues to implement Swab-Upon-Arrival policy appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

Senators back Cebu’s swab-upon-arrival policy for OFWs

At least five senators have thrown their support behind Cebu's policy of testing Filipinos returning from overseas upon arrival, disputing criticism that it runs contrary to guidelines set by the national pandemic task force......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Board member to IATF: Why admin cases weren’t filed against us?

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The legislative body of the Capitol stands by its decision to adopt into a Provincial Ordinance the province’s Swab-Upon-Arrival policy for Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). With this, Cebu 3rd District Board Member, lawyer John Ismael Borgonia, challenged the national government’s COVID-19 task force to question the […] The post Board member to IATF: Why admin cases weren’t filed against us? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2021

Phoenix Petroleum returning to pre-COVID-19 performance

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. expects to hit near pre-COVID-19 numbers starting April as it focuses on high growth businesses while economic activity continues to pick up......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 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

Cebu province repeals mandatory quarantine for Filipino passengers from abroad

  CEBU CITY, Philippines – Repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and returning non-OFWs bound for Cebu province will no longer have to undergo mandatory quarantine unless they are confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.   Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on March 30, 2021 issued Executive Order (EO) No. 17 that sets new guidelines and protocols for […] The post Cebu province repeals mandatory quarantine for Filipino passengers from abroad appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2021

Wider coverage of saliva-based PCR testing pushed

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion is pushing for the greater coverage of saliva-based polymerase chain reaction testing for COVID-19 while the country waits for the arrival of vaccines......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

PhilHealth to settle P265 million due to PRC

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will pay the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) P265 million in dues this week after its COVID-19 swab testing debt ballooned to nearly a billion pesos, a spokesman said Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 7th, 2021

PRC getting samples from returning OFWs for COVID-19 variant

The Philippine Red Cross is collecting samples from returning overseas Filipino workers from countries where the new strain of the coronavirus has spread, as part of efforts to block the entry of the SARS-CoV-2 mutation into the country, Sen. Richard Gordon said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2021