EOC orders zoning of Carbon Market stalls to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission

CEBU CITY, Philippines — In the event that a vendor would test positive for the coronavirus disease, Cebu City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will no longer have to close the entire Carbon Public Market complex to reduce the risk of transmission. Instead, they will only have to close down the affected zone. This means that […] The post EOC orders zoning of Carbon Market stalls to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 3rd, 2020

DTI grants automatic PS license renewal

The Department of Trade and Industry will automatically renew the Philippine Standard licenses of manufacturers expiring this year to help alleviate the impact and reduce the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 transmission......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2020

Experts urge more gov’t funding for evacuation centers to prevent casualties, COVID-19 spread

Disaster risk reduction experts on Wednesday called on Congress to allocate funding for safe and resilient evacuation centers to better prevent casualties and reduce the spread of coronavirus.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 18th, 2020

Pooled COVID tests to be conducted for jeepney drivers

CEBU CITY, Philippines – After a ‘slight delay’, the Cebu City Government will resume coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests for drivers of traditional jeepneys. And similar to the one conducted on vendors in Carbon Public Market, it will be done through pooled sampling. The city government on Wednesday, November 11, announced that the COVID-19 tests […] The post Pooled COVID tests to be conducted for jeepney drivers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

BFP to inspect Carbon Market stalls for fire hazards

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Cebu City will be inspecting the wirings of all stalls in the Carbon Market for possible fire hazards. This was the result of their initial inspection of the Carbon Market Unit III on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, where the BFP found out that the […] The post BFP to inspect Carbon Market stalls for fire hazards appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

US grants emergency approval to Lilly COVID-19 antibodies

The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted emergency approval to a synthetic antibody treatment against COVID-19 developed by Eli Lilly after the drug was shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and emergency room visits......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

More Carbon vendors to undergo pooled swab testing

CEBU CITY, Philippines — More vendors in Cebu City’s largest wet market will undergo the pooled swab testing initiative, the regional health office here announced. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, spokesperson of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7), said that the pooled testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Carbon Public Market had […] The post More Carbon vendors to undergo pooled swab testing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

591 Carbon Market vendors have undergone swab tests

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Carbon Market vendors have generally been cooperative with the pooled testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) conducted by the city government in the past two days. At least 591 market vendors including stall owners and ambulant vendors have already submitted to the swab testing since September 30, 2020 until […] The post 591 Carbon Market vendors have undergone swab tests appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Comelec eyes limit in physical campaigning in 2022

Not seeing an immediate end to the pandemic, the Commission on Elections is moving to regulate physical campaigning in the May 2022 elections to reduce the risk of voters and candidates contracting COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Protect assets from foreclosure threats

Many businesses have been forced to reduce operations or worse, shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, putting a lot of properties at risk when these are used as securitized collateral......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2020

Local transmission

Nag-abot na so pinaghahandalan nin gabos sa probinsya nin Catanduanes. Igwa na nin casualty si COVID-19, ang patient 649, sarong market vendor, 65 asin residente kan Gogon Sirangan. Mamundo, kaya lang, ini ang realidad na posibleng mangyari kung ang management nin covid cases sa probinsya nin Catanduanes dai matatawanan nin comprehensive aksyon. ********* Mismong kinumpirmar […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2020

EDITORIAL - Transmission risk

With the COVID pandemic still raging, the government is embarking on a house-to-house operation not for contact tracing, but to push ahead with the national census this month. In October, another activity requiring the participation of all households will also be launched the pre-registration for the national identification system......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

In Talibon, Mayor orders regulated entry of non-residents following rise in COVID cases

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – The entry of non-residents in Talibon town in Bohol province will already be regulated following a rise in cases of local transmission of the coronavirus disease in the area. Mayor Janette Garcia wrote mayors of the neighboring towns on Friday, August 28,  to relay its implementation starting on Tuesday, September 1. […] The post In Talibon, Mayor orders regulated entry of non-residents following rise in COVID cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2020


MEMBERS of the Caloocan council led by Vice Mayor Maca Asistio III have passed an ordinance that prohibits spitting in public places as a measure to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the city. The principal author, Councilor Orvince Howard Hernandez, was all praises for his colleagues for the unanimous approval of Ordinance 11-111 entitled: […] The post CALOOCAN COUNCIL OKS ANTI-SPITTING ORDINANCE appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsAug 19th, 2020

Spitting, blowing of nose banned in Caloocan City

    You will be fined at least P1,000 or jailed for at least 10 days if you are caught spitting and blowing your nose in public places in Caloocan City. This came after the city council passed Ordinance No. 11-111 or the anti-spitting ordinance which aims “to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 diseases in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Opportunity to reform market economy

The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic provides a singular opportunity to significantly reform the so-called free market economy that has been embraced by countries of different political shades and persuasions, from socialist China to capitalist America.  Although it cannot be denied that the experiment with market-oriented economic policies by China has resulted in the liberation from dehumanizing poverty of hundreds of millions of people over the last 20  to 30 years, there continues to be scandalous disparity of income and wealth among those who have benefited from these reforms and those who have been left behind.  The massive unemployment that has been caused by the lockdowns of  economies all over the world has worsened the inequity in the distribution of income even in the most developed countries of Europe and elsewhere. The human sufferings that we are witnessing during the worst global economic crisis in 150 year  should bring world leaders to finally come to their senses and listen to what Pope Francis has been saying about   the limitations of the free market economy in respecting the dignity of each human person and in pursuing the common good of society. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis clearly states that “the dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies. At times, however, they seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true and integral development.”  The Holy Father points out that  growth in social justice “requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth.”  it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes especially geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.”  In the publication “This Economy Kills,” authors Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, enumerate the types of leaders who are needed for authentic human development in both developed and emerging markets.  According to them, we need “men and women who look to the future, who are committed to pursue the common  good and whose goal is not just the next election campaign.  It requires men and women who not only look at the spread and stock market indices as indicators of the health of a country but inquire whether the younger generations have a job, a future, and hope; whether children have kindergartens and schools that can educate them by introducing them to reality; whether couples have the opportunity to buy a house; whether there are effective welfare programs available for the elderly; and whether those who still bet on the future by putting children into the world are justly taxed, rather than penalized.  It requires men and women who are engaged in politics and work in institutions without corrupting themselves or letting others corrupt them, even managing perhaps to revive a minimum of esteem (which has never been so in decline) for that ‘highest form of charity’—that is, politics—in as much as it is exclusively committed to the common good and to the real lives of people, with special attention   and dedication to those in difficulty, those left behind, those  who are excluded and should be included.” We have in the above quote a program that should permeate the so-called new normal post-pandemic.  What I have read so far about prognostications concerning the “new normal” are mostly about means, not ends. There is a lot of talk about the digital transformation that all economic sectors shall have undergone as a response to the changes in consumer lifestyle and business practices brought about by COVID-19. It asserted that digitalization will be a universal practice. Online purchases of practically all types of consumer goods and services; modes of payments; delivery of formal education and all types  of skills training; banking practices; religious services; sports events; forms of entertainment; etc.  These transformations, however,  could occur without addressing the fundamental problem of great disparities in the distribution of income and wealth and may even exacerbate the problem of the poor if, for example, their children are further left behind because they lack the resources to participate in online learning.  Although the means are also important, there should be greater emphasis in the transformation of the ends or objectives of the economic system.  Our leaders should ask themselves how to make the structural changes necessary to reduce mass poverty (which has worsened during the many lockdowns made necessary by the pandemic).  In more concrete terms, the economic system should be geared to providing more nutritious food to the poorest of the poor; better quality education and health care to the bottom 20 percent of the population; free health services to those who cannot afford them;  socialized housing for the homeless; and well paying jobs for the unemployed and underemployed. The new normal should give the highest priority to providing the small farmers with what they need to eke out a decent living by providing them with the necessary infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, access to credit and other farm support services that have long been denied the Filipino farmers.  I have always maintained that the first cause of dehumanizing poverty in the Philippines is the long-term neglect of rural and agricultural development.  It is not a coincidence that 75 percent of those who fall below the poverty line are in the rural areas. Many of them are the beneficiaries of agrarian reform who, after being provided with one or two hectares of land, were completely abandoned to their own resources.  They are the landless farm workers, the “kaingeros” (slush-and-burn farmers), and the subsistence fisherfolk. Hopefully, the shortage of food during  the pandemic has made it crystal clear that food security should be on top of our economic objectives.  Food security now and in the future can be made possible only by a significant increase in the productivity with which we use our agricultural resources.  To be continued For comments, my email address is»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Pandemic hammers HSBC profits in H1

HONG KONG (AFP) – HSBC on Monday said profits for the first half of 2020 plunged by 69 percent on year as the banking giant was hammered by the coronavirus pandemic and spiralling China-US tensions. The lender reported post-tax profits of $3.1 billion while pre-tax profit was $4.3 billion, a 64 percent drop on the same period last year. Reported revenue was down nine percent at $26.7 billion. Chief executive Noel Quinn described the first six months of the year as ”some of the most challenging in living memory”. ”Our first-half performance was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, falling interest rates, increased geopolitical risk and heightened levels of market volatility,” he said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, Even by the standards of the current economic maelstrom engulfing global banks, HSBC has had a torrid year. Before the coronavirus crisis it was beset by disappointing profit growth, ground down by US-China trade war uncertainties and Britain’s departure from the European Union. The Asia-focused lender embarked on a huge cost-cutting initiative at the start of the year, including plans to slash some 35,000 jobs as well as trimming fat from less profitable divisions, primarily in the United States and Europe. The coronavirus upended some of that cost-cutting drive with banks hammered by market volatility and the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic. But HSBC has a further headache — geopolitical tensions via its status as a major business conduit between China and the West. HSBC makes 90 percent of its profit in Asia, with China and Hong Kong being the major drivers of growth.  Caught in crossfire As a result it has found itself more vulnerable than most to the crossfire caused by the increasingly bellicose relationship between Beijing and Washington. The bank has tried to stay in Beijing’s good graces. It vocally backed a draconian national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in June to end a year of unrest and pro-democracy protests. The move sparked criticism in Washington and London but analysts saw it as an attempt to protect its access to China, which has a track record of punishing businesses that do not toe Beijing’s line. But that has not shielded it from Beijing’s wrath. Last month the bank was a subject of multiple reports in China’s state-run media claiming that it had helped to provide the evidence that led to the arrest in Canada of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a US arrest warrant. HSBC released a statement on its Chinese Weibo accounts saying it had not ”framed” telecom giant Huawei or ”fabricated evidence” that led to the arrest of Meng. China’s internet censors blocked access to HSBC’s statement within hours of publication, without offering an explanation. Quinn referenced the bank’s growing political vulnerability in Monday’s statement. ”Current tensions between China and the US inevitably create challenging situations for an organization with HSBC’s footprint,” he said. ”However, the need for a bank capable of bridging the economies of East and West is acute, and we are well placed to fulfill this role,” he added. The bank’s Asia operations continued to show ”good resilience”, Quinn said, with profit before tax of $7.4 billion. Earlier this year Quinn put some of the job cuts on hold as the pandemic struck. But in Monday’s statement he vowed to press ahead with the cost-cutting. ”As we seek to accelerate our transformation in the second half of the year, I am mindful of the impact it will have for some of our people, particularly those leaving us,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

House panel eyeing legalization of motorcycle taxis

UP-NIH says use of helmets,  face shields protect riders The chairman of the House Committee on Transportation has given the green light to its technical working group (TWG) to convene and jumpstart the deliberation on the proposed resumption of the operations of motorcycle taxis, and the measures seeking to legalize the operations of the two-wheel vehicles. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) This was the guidance given by Samar 1st District Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento to Navotas lone District Rep. John Reynald Tiangco during his panel’s recent virtual motu proprio probe on land transportation policies concerning the back-riding and motorcycle taxi operations.Tiangco heads the TWG, which was created by the House panel last January to thresh out the issues concerning the motorcycle taxi operations. Sarmiento approved the motion made by Manila 5th District Rep. Cristal Bagatsing for Congress to “spearhead the evaluation of the pilot study of motorcycle taxis”, along with other government agencies sitting at the TWG that earlier conducted pilot  tests on motorcycle taxis. Bagatsing laments that the TWG’s report on pilot testing “is lacking and seems to be rushed.”LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante admitted that the report is “somewhat lacking”, explaining that some activities that were supposed to have been conducted have not been conducted at all because of the pandemic.The LTO official said the TWG focuses on the aspect of “safety evaluation” and not on the economic viability of the motorcycle. The Sarmiento panel called on  Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and National Task Force (NTF) Against coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  to allow ride sharing or motorcycle taxis to operate, provided that the riders and drivers strictly follow heath protocols as sought by Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo.  Castelo said by allowing the operation of the motorcycle taxis, the government will be able to augment its public transport system and respond to the transportation needs of the commuting public.The Sarmiento panel also decided to adopt the motion made by Iloilo City lone District Rep. Julienne “Jam” Baronda calling on the DOTr’s TWG to extend its  pilot tests for motorcycle taxis, which lapsed on March 23.During the hearing, Dr. Vicente “Jun” Belizario of the the University of the Philippines College of Public Health (UP-CPH) said they have been asked by motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas to provide technical support to  develop guidelines promoting health and safety in motorcycle taxi operations during the time of COVID-19 and the new normal. “The guidelines that we have drafted are consistent with policies and protocols coming from international organisations— WHO (World Health Organisation), US Center for Disease Control and Prevention,” he said, citing that they also strongly considered the recommendations made by the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the DOTr.Citing the study published in The Lancet, he said the chance of COVID-19 transmission is reduced if masks or respirators are worn, and the helmets may also function as face shields, thus not only reducing the risk of injuries, but importantly, increasing protection also from possible air droplet transmission. He said while, the use of the so-called barriers or shields provides an additional layer of protection, there should be “additional studies” on the potential role of barriers or the shield in preventing COVID-19 transmission in motorcycle back-riding. Citing the study published in The Lancet, Belizario also stressed that that with poor ventilation, you have increased the risk of respiratory infection, including COVID-19.He said for the control and prevention COVID-19, it is important to impose “diligent use” of a combination of proven measures or layers of protection. There must be heightened awareness among the public, internal and external monitoring by private company and government officials, and collaboration is needed more than ever to promote health and safety in the transport sector, Belizario stressed.During the hearing, George Royeca, Angkas Chief Transport Advocate, noted that they engaged the services of the Total Control, a motorcycle safety firm in the United States for the last 30 years, to design the shield “to make it very light weight and aerodynamic” and ensure its roadworthiness. “The weight of this shield is less than 1 kg so it does not hamper the operations of the motorcycle. Dito po nakalagay (It was indicated here), (the speed was) up to 30 to 40 kph na meron po syang sakay sa likod (and there was a backrider) , she felt almost no wind drag and she was able to manage it well with the driver leaning in to the turns because wala pong metal barrier na nakasagabal (there was no metal barrier) in between them, and then he brought it out to C-5, all the way up to 90 kph and based from his testimony, there was turbulence but not enough be able to throw them off balance, it still maintain the stability,” he said, as he presented the specifications of the Angkas shield, which was approved by the IATF, apart from the prototype of Bohol Governor Arthur Yap.He told the lawmakers that their designed shield “doesn’t break and (is) malleable.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

No total closure of Carbon market amid mass testing — Labella

Cebu City, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella assured businesses, who relied on the Carbon Market for products, that the city’s largest public market would not close down even if the city planned to conduct a mass testing among the vendors. Labella said that the protocol for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive vendors would […] The post No total closure of Carbon market amid mass testing — Labella appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

In-person classes to start January in low-risk areas

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved in-person classes in schools in parts of the country with low risk for new coronavirus transmission, but the Senate’s basic education chief has called for the suspension of the plan to protect students, teachers and parents from COVID-19. Mr. Duterte changed his stand two months after he […] The post In-person classes to start January in low-risk areas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

Duterte OKs limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved limited face-to-face learning in areas deemed low risk in COVID-19 transmission, despite his earlier pronouncement that no physical classes will be done without a vaccine against the coronavirus......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020