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DOH: Frontliners to get regular COVID-19 tests

DOH: Frontliners to get regular COVID-19 tests.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepApr 14th, 2021

Presidential Spokesman Roque tests positive for COVID-19

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Monday confirmed he tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a virtual briefing, Roque added that he received his test at 11:29 a.m. minutes before he goes on air for his regular news conference. “Magandang tanghali, talagang tumataas ang mga aktibong kaso ng COVID, may report na 4,899 na […] The post Presidential Spokesman Roque tests positive for COVID-19 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 15th, 2021

BI to provide free Covid-19 RT-PCR tests for employees with possible symptoms

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced that they will be providing free Covid-19 RT-PCR tests for employees exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms. (PIA / MANILA BULLETIN) “Being frontliners, BI personnel are one of the most at risk as we are in close contact with numerous people every day in the performance of our duties. This effort is to ensure the health and safety of everyone,” he said. BI Deputy Commissioner Aldwin Alegre, who chairs the BI Covid Task Force, said that the swab testing will be conducted through the help of partner agencies. Alegre said they have received allocation for swab kits from the Philippine Coast Guard and Manila City Hall, adding “we are very thankful for their support, and this will go a long way in our fight against Covid.” He said top priority will be given to symptomatic employees, as well as those who came in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 patients. Testing for BI employees will be conducted at the Palacio de Maynila, Manila Health Office, and Palacio del Gobernador in Intramuros......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Being a poor kid taught me empathy

Mayor Isko Moreno BATANG MAYNILA In a recent interview, I was asked by a reporter if I am amenable to the idea of placing the beggars under arrest.  These are the homeless people who end up in the streets begging for alms due to lack of income. Flatly, I rejected the idea. It is just not my cup of tea. Having been in that rock-bottom situation before, I cannot say that being poor is a sin or a fault in any way.  It is the kind of situation in which no one would ever, ever  want to be. I do not question the wisdom of national authorities who broached the idea of having the beggars arrested, for fear that they may be spreading COVID-19, since they do not observe any safety protocols particularly wearing of face masks. Maybe those from the national government have a different perspective about this issue but to me, sending the homeless people to jail is another thing, not only because I was also homeless at one point in my life but as I’ve said, it just isn’t my cup of tea. I would rather get these homeless people off the streets and care for them in our very own facilities designated for the purpose. In fact, for almost eight months now, we in the city government of Manila, through our social welfare department headed by Re Fugoso, had been taking care of hundreds upon hundreds of homeless people who ended up living in the streets and begging for alms, due to the pandemic. Since the quarantine and lockdowns began in March, we gathered these homeless, unwanted individuals and have been taking care of them since. We have three facilities for them. Modesty aside, we do not only feed these streetdwellers three square meals a day. We also provide them with clothes, toiletries, various forms of entertainment — like regular movie showing and zumba sessions— and even extras, since most donations of clothes and food that that land in our office from time to time are automatically sent to them. We also ensure their health and safety, by making them undergo regular medical tests. Our medical teams go to them and conduct the checking. While their life in our city-run facilities may not be luxurious, it is comfortable enough and definitely, a lot better than living in the streets. In fact, I suspect that a lot of homeless troop to Manila probably upon learning that the city provides the basic needs of those gathered. Those who would want to go to their native hometowns are being assisted by social welfare chief Re Fugoso herself, as in fact, 200 such families have already been sent to their respective provinces about a week ago. Back to the issue and let me be clear. There is no question that we in the city government are all for instilling discipline among everyone in the city, including the homeless. No exception. However, I firmly believe that when you are at the helm of governance, you have to strike a balance between putting discipline and certainty in place on one hand, and then compassion and humanity on the other. Addressing the poor is never easy. Actions need to be taken but there is a need to learn to stretch your patience to the maximum. I remember clearly what former President Ramon Magsaysay once said: “Those who have less in life should have more in law.” This creed of one of the greatest Presidents who ever lived, is what endeared him to the masses and had been my guiding rule since I entered politics. Simply put, this means that the  ordinary citizens or those in the lower rung of society, specially the poor, should get the necessary attention from government which they need more than those who are well off. Maybe having grown up knowing precisely what poverty means and actually feels like, also instilled in me the value of empathy. *** Gaya ng paulit-ulit  kong sinasabi, kailangan ko ang tulong ninyong lahat. Walang magmamalasakit sa Maynila kundi tayo ding mga Batang Maynila. Manila, God first! *** For updates on latest developments in the city of Manila, please visit my Facebook account — “Isko Moreno Domagoso”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

RT-PCR tests for workers now required

In a bid to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in workplaces, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Sunday announced that workers in the hospitality and tourism sectors, manufacturing companies, including frontline and economic priority employees, will now be required to undergo regular reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR tests. […] The post RT-PCR tests for workers now required appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Jovelyn Gonzaga: A soldier s heart

National team star Jovelyn Gonzaga continues to fulfill her duty as a soldier serving the locally stranded individuals (LSI) inside the Philippine Army camp in Taguig. Since the start of the lockdown, Gonzaga as well as other volleyball players and coaches, who are also enlisted military personnel, heeded the call in the war against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in different fronts as frontliners. The opposite hitter of the Army Lady Troopers in the Premier Volleyball League and Cignal in the Philippine Superliga has been on duty in Fort Bonifacio since the start of the community quarantine four months ago. Gonzaga in a lengthy but heartwarming post on her Instagram account shared her experience and realizations while on her tour of duty. “With this pandemic crippling our nation. I once again feel the importance and value of what we do as soldiers serving the country,” she wrote. “We are tasked to take care of the LSIs. And the inspiration I am getting every day on duty from our displaced countrymen despite of all the challenges surrounding their conditions is really remarkable.”         View this post on Instagram                   1/2 PROUD ARMY.. I remember the days when I was just starting my playing career. I was hesitant and full of doubt until I find my niche and understand my deeper why? Why am I doing these things? And where is passion coming from. All my life since I started playing volleyball, I always make it a point that my resiliency is always in check. Though there were some instances that I intend to give up? However, the desire in me to do better withstand all these challenges. That same resiliency and passion is what keeps me going until now. As a professional volleyball player and as a soldier. Serving the country is in my DNA, while playing for the country and as a soldier serving my countryman. With this pandemic crippling our nation. I once again feel the importance and value of what we do as a soldier in serving the country. We are tasked to take care of the LSI’s. And the inspiration I am getting every day on duty from out our displaced countrymen despite of all the challenges surrounding their conditions is really remarkable. And instead of me writing about them? I would rather write something from me and the lessons I’ve learned meeting them first hand. And this is my story. My regular day is training, duty and training. Sometimes go out for other stuff but most often times it’s me being a soldier and an athlete altogether. When we were call to duty in taking care of the LSI’s? Mixed emotions hit me. There’s excitement, pity and I would say fear of the unknown as we took on our new tour of duty within our territory. As we received our first batch of LSI’s. You can see in their eyes the struggles they’ve been through. However, you can also sense the sigh of relief from their actions that things will be better compared to their previous conditions. You can feel in the air the longingness of our LSI’s to go home and be with their families. Regardless of their uncertainties with regards to the acceptance of their home provinces on returning LSI’s. We all know that not all provinces are welcoming their LSI’s due to the danger of spreading Covid-19 in their respective places. @yourphilippinearmy To be continued..... A post shared by Jovelyn Gonzaga (@bionic_ilongga) on Jul 12, 2020 at 6:34pm PDT The Ilongga spiker said that she can also relate to the plight of the LSIs holed up in the camp while waiting for clearance to get back to their homes. “I remember when I was just new here in Manila. I am always looking forward to that opportunity that I can go home and visit my family. I know the struggle of being far from your family. But then again, I think, my condition is far away better than their current situation,” Gonzaga posted. Gonzaga continued by saying that the resiliency and the spark of hope in the eyes of the LSIs serves as her inspiration.            View this post on Instagram                   2/2 PROUD ARMY Longing to go home is somewhat I can personally relate. I remember when I was just new here in Manila. I am always looking forward to that opportunity that I can go home and visit my family. I know the struggle of being far from your family. But then again, I think, my condition is far away better than their current situation. This is where I draw my inspirations. These LSI’s desire to come home notwithstanding all the hassles and challenges are very admirable. This is where you will feel the value of having a family to come home to. The strong family ties we Filipinos have will always be the reason and the foundation of each and every LSI’s I met and will be meeting in the next coming days. The Filipino bayanihan spirit is very evident since no one is too selfish not to share what they have to help others. The resiliency I have and the toughness these LSI’s are showing is what made us Filipinos invincible amidst any circumstances. This experience I am in right now will always be my driving force in serving my country more. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas. Mabuhay tayong mga Filipino. @yourphilippinearmy Collab w/ @iamjlac ♥? A post shared by Jovelyn Gonzaga (@bionic_ilongga) on Jul 12, 2020 at 6:38pm PDT With positive cases still on the rise, LSIs in different holding facilities could be looking at an extended time away from their families. But rest assured that military personnel like Gonzaga will always be there to serve......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2020

PSC personnel, national athletes test negative for COVID-19

All 200 Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) personnel including some national athletes and coaches tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19). The PSC announced the good news following the release of the swab-test results on Wednesday. “We are thankful to the Lord that the PSC community is free from COVID-19. We hope and pray it stays that way,” said PSC Overall-in-Charge Ramon Fernandez who also underwent Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or swab testing. The PSC conducted RT-PCR tests for PSC staff, along with some members of the national team numbering 112 persons at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila and 88 at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City.  The test was conducted in three batches. “We are proud to say that both PSC complexes, which is under a high-risk area since we have venues housing COVID-19 patients, can be declared COVID-19 free. We conducted the test to give the confidence back to the regular workforce, occupants, athletes, and coaches who frequently go to PhilSports and RMSC.” said Dr. Randolph Molo, Head of PSC Medical Scientific Athletes Services (PSC-MSAS) Unit. “We opted for the RT-PCR/swab test over any form of rapid testing since this test is more reliable and reflective on one's COVID-19 status. As of Wednesday, July 8, we can declare that all of the 200 persons who underwent testing are all clear/negative from the Coronavirus. This should help restore the confidence and ease the fears of our staff as we continue to keep PSC COVID-19 free.” added Dr. Molo. After RT-PCR testing, the PSC has also put in place additional security measures by requiring all staff working on-site to submit a Health Declaration Form which was made accessible by QR code or the PSC website. This is screened by the MSAS unit which will grant them a gate pass via SMS once they get cleared. The sports agency hopes this practice will help them keep PSC premises COVID-19 free. The PSC is also strictly implementing health security protocols advised by the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in all of its facilities......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19

The COVID-19 test results are out for all three PBA teams under San Miguel Corp. The flagship Beermen, Barangay Ginebra, and the Magnolia Hotshots all tested negative. SMC had all its players and team officials tested for COVID-19 last week, with the results officially coming out Monday. "Kinakabahan papunta ng hospital and kinakabahan [during COVID-19 test] kasi first time ko lang ma-test," Magnolia's Mark Barroca said. Aside from all three of its PBA teams, SMC big boss Ramon Ang likewise sponsored the COVID-19 tests of PBA employees. All 41 of the league's regular employees were tested at the San Miguel headquarters last week. The PBA has since opened office operations, albeit on a limited capacity, this week as Metro Manila has been downgraded to a general community quarantine.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020

PBA: MVP teams to undergo COVID-19 tests as well

Following San Miguel, Ginebra, and Magnolia, all three PBA teams under the MVP group will also now undergo COVID-19 tests. Players, coaches, and officials from the flagship TNT KaTropa, Meralco, and NLEX will take the test in order to ensure safety from the coronavirus as the PBA hopes for an eventual return this year following an extended absence. The Bolts were reportedly first to have their COVID-19 tests, taking the procedure Monday during the first day of the general community quarantine in Metro Manila. Up next later this week are the Road Warriors followed by the KaTropa next week. Rivals from the SMC group were already tested for COVID-19 last week, and their results came out negative. [Related: PBA: Beermen, Gin Kings, and Hotshots test negative for COVID-19] Also taking the COVID-19 test but pending official results are all 41 regular PBA employees including Commissioner Willie Marcial.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020

PBA comes through with initial batch of PPE donations

As promised, the PBA has sent Personal Protective Equipments to a number of hospitals to support the medical frontliners in their fight against COVID-19. The league has donated sets of PPEs, face masks, gloves, and other equipment to Pasig, Antipolo, and Binan in Laguna, all regular hosts to PBA games. [Related: PBA to donate much-needed PPEs to COVID-19 frontliners] After a special online meeting by the PBA Board, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial announced that the league is pledging P1 million worth of PPEs to help support our frontliners. The set of PPEs for Pasig Children’s Hospital, Pasig City General Hospital, and the Rizal Medical Center were picked up from the PBA office by Pasig City Vice Mayor Iyo Bernardo. Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Ynares and predecessor Casimero ‘Jun’ Ynares III, as well as Binan City Congresswoman Len Alonte and Vice Mayor Angelo Alonte are also in coordination with the league for their respective donations. After the initial batch of PPEs, more donations should come in the coming days which will be to the benefit of Talisay, Batangas and in Pasay City under Mayor Imelda Calixto.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Frontliners, isasailalim na sa COVID-19 tests

Manila, Philippines – Sasailalim na rin sa testing ang mga front-liners lalo na’t sila ay may risk upang mahawa ng COVID-19 kasunod ng pagpapatupad ng Kagawaran ng expanded testing capacity, ayon kay Usec Maria Rosario Vergeire.   Ani Vergeire, katulong ng kagawaran ang mga local government units at mga cerrified laboratories at testing centers.   […] The post Frontliners, isasailalim na sa COVID-19 tests appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

NAVFORCEN ships, helicopter render crucial assistance in fight vs COVID-19

CEBU CITY, Philippines — For faster delivery of medical supplies to the frontliners as well as tests related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Naval Forces Central (NAVFORCEN), has deployed their ships and a helicopter to make sure that no time is wasted during this health emergency. The recent trip of their ship delivered boxes […] The post NAVFORCEN ships, helicopter render crucial assistance in fight vs COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

12 Davao Region frontliners test positive for COVID-19

DAVAO CITY, April 13 (PIA) - After confirmatory tests, the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) has reported a total of 12 frontliners who have tested positive for COVID-19 where 2 are still.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

12 Davao Region frontliners test positive for COVID-19

DAVAO CITY, April 13 (PIA) - After confirmatory tests, the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) has reported a total of 12 frontliners who have tested positive for COVID-19 where 2 are still.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

PBA to donate much-needed PPEs to COVID-19 frontliners

The Philippine Basketball Association is keeping its fight going against COVID-19. Following a special online meeting by the PBA Board, the league will be donating Personal Protective Equipments to the frontliners battling the coronavirus. "The board has decided to donate P1 million worth of PPEs," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said. "I was tasked to be the point man. Ako ang maghahanap ng gagawa ng PPEs, at i-do-donate namin ito doon sa mas mga nangangailangan," the Commissioner added. Aside from reinforcing our frontliners, the PBA will also continue its support to all its employees, regular and game-day personnel alike. "The Board is also concerned with the welfare of the fans, the employees and the players," Commissioner Marcial said. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

Frontliners with symptoms to get COVID-19 tests

Frontliners with symptoms to get COVID-19 tests.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

Manny Pacquiao issues statement on self-quarantine mandate

Eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has issued a statement regarding the village-issued mandate for himself and his family to undergo self-quarantine after interacting with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Viral photos of Pacquiao and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III surfaced after it was reported that Pimentel had tested postive for the highly-contagious virus that is spreading all over the world.  As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered persons under monitoring, and were instructed to undergo self-quarantine by their village of residence.  In response, Pacquiao said that he has been in self-quarantine even days before the letter was issued.  "Mga kababayan, nais ko pong linawin na bago ko pa man natanggap ang sulat mula kay Barangay Captain Rosanna Hwang, nakapagdesisyon na po akong mag-home quarantine," Pacquiao said in an official statement. "Pagkatapos po ng Special Session sa Senado noong Lunes, March 23, ay hindi na po ako lumabas ng aming bahay." Pacquiao also expressed disappointment that he would not be able to turn over the 57,600 COVID-19 test kits donated by Chinese businessman Jack Ma through the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.  "Excited pa naman sana ako sa turn-over ng 57,600 Test Kits mula sa aking kaibigan na si Jack Ma para sa Manny Pacquiao Foundation ngunit minabuti kong manatili sa bahay."  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao urges Pinoys to stay strong and pray amid COVID-19 pandemic) Pacquiao also stated that because he has come into contact with a number of colleagues who have tested positive for COVID-19, he understands that he is considered a Person Under Monitoring.  "Nalulungkot po ako na may mga kasamahan ako sa Senado na positibo sa Covid-19. Dahil nakasalamuha ko sila, alam ko na ako ay considered as Person Under Monitoring o PUM." "Huwag po kayong mag-alala. May natanggap po akong Rapid Testing Kits mula sa aking mga kaibigan sa South Korea. Gamit ang rapid test kit na approved sa Korea, ako po ay nag-negatibo. Hindi pa approved ng FDA dito pero yon po ang ginagamit sa Korea," Pacquiao added.  The Filipino boxing legend also said that while he has been invited to be tested at the RITM, he did not feel the need to do so, as he is asymptomatic. Should that change, Pacquiao said that he is more than willing to undergo the necessary testing.  "Matagal na po akong hinihikayat na magpa-test sa RITM ngunit nais ko pong ipaalam na wala po akong nararamdaman na anumang sintomas. Ibang usapan na po kung meron akong kakaibang nararamdaman sa aking katawan. Once I experience symptoms, I am willing to undergo the swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. Naniniwala po kasi ako na marami tayong Persons Under Investigation o PUI na dapat unahin pagdating sa testing." Pacquiao maintains that even under self-quarantine, he will continue to find ways to work and help in the fight against COVID-19.  "Kahit naka-home quarantine, patuloy po akong maghahanap ng paraan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa ating mga magigiting na frontliners. Marami pa pong test kits at medical supplies na darating na magagamit ng ating mga health workers sa buong bansa. Magkakaroon din po ng allocation ang DOH Regional Centers sa Visayas at Mindanao." "Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na makipagtulungan sa ating pamahalaan. Gawin po natin ang nararapat. Patuloy din po tayong magdasal at manalig sa Panginoon. Sa kanya po tayo humugot ng lakas at pag-asa. Malalampasan natin itong pagsubok, mga kababayan. Tiwala lang," Pacquiao concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

GSIS employee tests positive for COVID-19 

President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) on Monday said one of their regular female employees tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. She had traveled to Japan and started manifesting symptoms on 7 March and admitted at the San Juan de Dios Hospital on 11 March where tests […] The post GSIS employee tests positive for COVID-19  appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020

More seniors get vaccinated in Mandaue City

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — Another 320 senior citizens here received their first dose of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine as the city government resumed this Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the vaccination for its elderly residents. Subangdaku Barangay Captain Ernie Manatad, chairman of the city’s COVID-19 vaccine board said 320 seniors and 10 medical frontliners were vaccinated today. […] The post More seniors get vaccinated in Mandaue City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

Duterte honors frontliners at Mactan anniversary

President Duterte honored COVID-19 frontliners who are risking their lives to keep the nation safe during the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan, calling them “worthy heirs” of the legacy of Philippine hero Lapulapu......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021

US to ramp up support for Covid-hit India

The United States will "immediately" make supplies of vaccine-production material, as well as therapeutics, tests, ventilators and protective equipment available to India as the South Asian giant faces a Covid-19 surge, the White House said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 26th, 2021