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Fixed COVID test price sought

P2,000 fixed price for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) swab test at all testing centers. Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo yesterday said the need to bring down the price of the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or swab test will encourage people showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or even those who are not to […] The post Fixed COVID test price sought appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneSep 27th, 2020

Support for study on saliva for COVID-19 detection sought

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion is eyeing support for a study on the use of saliva specimens for COVID-19 test......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News26 min. ago

DOH wants price cap on swab tests

The Department of Health wants a ceiling on the prices of real time-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR swab confirmatory test for COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

Tax breaks for Filipino makers of PPEs sought

Sen. Francis Pangilinan yesterday filed a bill seeking to grant tax exemptions as incentives to local companies manufacturing surgical masks, personal protective equipment, test kits, ventilators and other medical products during and after the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2020

Drilon welcomes PhilHealth test kits’ lower prices

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon yesterday welcomed the decision of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to reduce the price of its COVID-19 test package by 50 percent, but insisted that the agency should peg the price lower......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

Palace quizzes PhilHealth on & lsquo;pricey& rsquo; test kits; P8-billion loss bared

President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed alarm over the high price that the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) pays to hospitals and testing centers for COVID-19 testing, a Palace spokesman said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

PCR-based test sought for OFWs

The League of Provinces of the Philippines is pushing for stringent testing protocols for returning overseas Filipino workers after some OFWs tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 upon their arrival in their provinces......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

COVID test sought for medical frontliners

Nurses and other medical frontliners who are considered as persons under investigation should be tested for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, Sen. Bong Go said on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

NBA: Raptors say all of travel party tested negative

Associated Press The Toronto Raptors say all members of their travel party — players, coaches, staff — have tested negative for the coronavirus, with one result still pending. The Raptors were tested in Toronto on Wednesday night, two nights after they played the Utah Jazz. A pair of Jazz players, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, have tested positive for COVID-19. Gobert and Mitchell both played in that game against Toronto. The Raptors said they’ll continue to be vigilant even after the test results came back negative. The team says “those asked to self-isolate by Toronto Public Health will continue to do so. We will all practice social distancing and good hand hygiene, and — most importantly — carefully monitor our health.” Toronto officials also have sought ongoing guidance from Canadian health officials and infectious disease experts......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

Hall of Justice under lockdown after 10 staff test positive for Covid-19

The Davao City Hall of Justice will be closed temporarily until October 30 after ten court employees tested positive for Covid-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Rice farmers seek bigger financial aid

The one-time financial assistance that the Senate directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide to rice farmers amid the declining prices of palay would not be enough, a group of rice farmers said. (MB file, Keith Bacongco) Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said rice farmers have lost an average of P10,000 per hectare in the ongoing cropping season due to severely depressed palay prices.   This was his response to the joint resolution recently passed by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which ordered the DA to appropriate some P3 billion in tariffs from rice imports through the 2021 national budget for cash aid to rice farmers. Under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which allowed unlimited rice importation in the Philippines, tariff collections in excess of P10 billion per year can be used for additional support to farmers, including cash transfers. FFF, however, noted that the proposed appropriation would only provide P5,000 per farmer if distributed to some 600,000 farmers tilling one hectare or less.   If the actual number of qualified farmers is raised to 1.1 million, the subsidy would only amount to about P2,700 per farmer. Either proposal will be unfair to equally affected rice farmers tilling larger areas, the farmers’ group said.   Instead, Montemayor said the government could keep palay prices stable by temporarily imposing safeguard duties or additional tariffs on imported rice. “The government allowed unlimited rice imports, resulting in low palay prices.  Now, it will spend P3 billion to partially offset farmers’ losses. If it had instead imposed additional duties on imports, palay prices would not have dropped too much, there would have been no need for cash aid to farmers, and the government might have even earned extra revenues from the safeguard duties,” said Montemayor. Under the Section 10 of RTL or Republic Act (RA) 11203, in order to protect the Philippine rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations, a special safeguard duty on rice shall be imposed in accordance with Safeguard Measures Act.   R.A. 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act, on the other hand, allows additional safeguard duties on top of regular tariffs in case an import surge is shown to be harmful to local farmers.   “Safeguard duties will not be inflationary as claimed by the DA, because they will be applied only when there is already a proven oversupply in the market.  They can be removed once the situation stabilizes,” said Montemayor. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is not keen on slapping additional tariff on rice imports, and has repeatedly appealed for public understanding about the “short-term” effects of RTL to palay prices. However, he promised to look for other solutions to the plea of the farmers like asking the National Food Authority (NFA), which buys palay at P19 per kilogram (/kg) to boost the government’s buffer stock, to intensify its palay procurement.   Instead of cash aid, the FFF proposed that existing funds from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and extra tariff collections be re-focused to address current problems of farmers.   It noted that half of farmers receiving free seeds under the RCEF had already been using certified seeds in the past, and that many were seeking other types of support that were not available under RCEF.   Numerous farmers have also questioned the DA’s promotion of seed varieties like NSIC Rc222, which is of poor quality and are being shunned by traders. “Also, the P5 billion annual fund for mechanization is not moving well, and it might be more practical at this time to preserve job opportunities for farm laborers instead of displacing them with machines,” Montemayor said.   “Moreover, the P1 billion budget for extension and training could be realigned, considering that farmers cannot attend training activities due to COVID-related restrictions. The P1 billion for credit could be better used for interest rate subsidies or loan guarantee programs, instead of direct loans which will benefit only 20,000 farmers,” he added......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Laos, Afghanistan lift inbound restrictions for Pinoys travellers

Two countries in Asia and the Pacific – Laos and Afghanistan – have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to flight availability and medical protocols amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a report on Monday.  (ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On the other hand, Malaysia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong have imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations for those who are exempt from entry restrictions. Mongolia’s borders, meanwhile, remain open but inbound travelers in the country are now required to present negative COVID-19 test results and must have all applicable documents to support their visa status. In Tokyo, the Japanese government has gradually opened up inbound entry for students, dependents, and technical interns but still prohibit entry of short-stay travelers, including tourists.  Back here at home, beginning October 21, Filipinos may resume their overseas plans after Malacañang announced the lifting of restrictions for non-essential outbound travelers, including tourists.  Outbound Filipino tourists may be allowed to leave the country after submitting confirmed roundtrip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance. With the still evolving changes in travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the DFA advises Filipino travelers to always check ahead of their travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.  .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

All 3x3 players test negative for Covid-19

All 33 players who will see action in the first staging of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 League have tested negative for Covid-19......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

36 Bilibid PDLs found with COVID-19 following rapid tests

Thirty-six persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa have tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after undergoing rapid tests, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) disclosed on Friday, Oct. 16. The BuCor assured in a statement that the 36 PDLs have been brought to the COVID-19 isolation facility called Site Harry at the NBP. Aside from this, the 36 PDLs underwent confirmatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests to determine if they indeed have COVID-19. “If results of the confirmatory test is released, those who are positive for the Covid 19 virus will remain at Site Harry until recovery,” the BuCor said. “The rest who test negative go back to their cells,” it added. The BuCor noted that said RT-PCR tests were conducted by the BuCor Medical Team and supervised by the Department of Health (DOH). The 36 PDLs were among 200 inmates at the NBP’s Maximum Security Compound who underwent COVID-19 rapid tests last Oct. 13. “BuCor’s continuous conduct of rapid test and swab test (RT-PCR) among its PDL is proven to be effective as can be seen in the Bureau’s present covid tally showing low infection rate, low number of active cases and high recovery rate,” the bureau said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

The delay is suspicious

Right from the start when hospitals and laboratories made Covid-19 testing available, I kept pushing for the Department of Health and Secretary Francisco Duque III to implement a price ceiling or price control on the cost of RT-PCR testing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2020

Latest COVID-19 watch: 136 doctors die of COVID-19 in Indonesia: data

A medical worker takes rapid test sample from a woman amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 13, 2020. (Photo by Bima/Xinhua)-136 doctors die of COVID.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Filipino Rotaractors raise funds for COVID-19 test kits

The Pilipinas Rotaract Convention 2021 Organizing Committee in partnership with the Pilipinas Rotaract Multi-District Information Organization, conducted a fundraising campaign entitled Project #SAMPU Sama-Sama sa Mas Pinatibay na Ugnayan Laban sa COVID-19 from April 14-27, 2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

COVID-19 task force: New saliva test under review

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the new saliva test for coronavirus being offered by suppliers of the Philippine Red Cross, National Task Force against COVID-19 spokesman Resituto Padilla said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Roche: High-volume rapid test out by yearend

Zurich, Switzerland—Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche said Tuesday it would produce a new antigen test for Covid-19, allowing high-volume and rapid testing for the deadly disease, by the end of the year......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Singapore requires travelers from PH to present negative COVID-19 test

MANILA, Philippines — After 11 more Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 in Singapore, travelers coming from the Philippines will be required to present a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test before they can be allowed entry to Singapore starting Oct. 19, 2020, according to the Philippine consul general there. Consul General Adrian Candolada said 11 of the […] The post Singapore requires travelers from PH to present negative COVID-19 test appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Beep card and Internet woes

On the Beep card fiasco I spoke out recently on the chaos caused by the mandatory use of the “Beep card” for consumers riding the public buses under the “no-card no-ride”policy. It was as if the riding consumers were being required to purchase a Beep card at “gunpoint” or forget about riding the bus. This chaotic scenario could have been avoided had the regulators done its work mindfully by first consulting with the stakeholders (“who”), drafting the new policy (“what”) and once agreed upon, by ensuring wide dissemination of the changes – the Implementing Guidelines. Where did “complete staff work” go? Or are the consumers just being given an example of doublespeak?  What happened this week was consumers were confronted with the “no- card no-ride”signs on the buses and were required to pay for a ride plus the cost of the card, something they did not need to do before. For those who did pay the extra cost, they then had to find out that the policy was “suspended,” although no refunds were being offered.There was also the spectacle of the agency head announcing that the cards were free, contradicting the policy his agency had just announced and implemented. The card providers then said they were not about to waive their right to be paid. In another statement, a regulator functionary reasoned that it had nothing to do with the fine print on the contract for the cards since they were only responsible for “policy.” This violates the consumer’s right to be informed. The agency should have studied the sector most affected by the shift to cashless transaction – the consumer who must rely on public transportation because he has no alternative and  the same consumer who must make every peso count and who cannot afford any extra expense. This consumer deserves earnest and timely information from government on why he has to pay an additional amount and how it will benefit him, and for the consumers who did pay the additional cost of the card, they should enjoy a swift refund.  The lesson that we consumers learned in the Beep card fiasco is always to be aware and conscious of our consumer rights and to speak up when these rights are threatened or belittled. We should always be vigilant consumers about our rights lest we find these rights trodden again. On Internet speed Like every other consumers, I have problems with Internet speed. I pay my bills and fees  on time ,  however,  I  believe I should only pay for the speed that I receive  and I did not think I was getting what I paid for under my plan. Therefore, I conducted my own speed test and sought redress  from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). I was able to get a refund and am paying now for the plan that is nearest to the speed I am getting. Consumers should exercise their right to seek redress for bad Internet speed.  Consumers should be reimbursed for speed that is not delivered. In this time of the pandemic, profiteering should not be tolerated in any form. I call upon the NTC to take the lead by issuing implementing guidelines on refund for both prepaid and postpaid plans. Consumers should also ask for faster response on consumer complaints. The complaints of Messrs.   Foronda and Platon posted in the Laban Konsyumer emails should be resolved faster. Hopefully, the reported 1,171 new cell tower permits should alleviate consumer woes in the near future. In the meantime however, if you are not getting value for the service you paid for, your option is to downgrade your plan to correspond to the speed you are getting and claim a refund of excess fees paid. You can submit your complaint online at www.ntc.gov.ph. Atty. Vic Dimagiba is President of Laban Konsyumer Inc. Email: labankonsyumer@gmail.com.....»»

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