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Pampanga bars visitors over COVID-19 fears

Alarmed by rising coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases, Pampanga Gov. Dennis Pineda yesterday ordered barangay captains to bar the entry of non-residents in their respective areas......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 1st, 2020

Indianapolis 500 scraps plans for fans over virus fears

Los Angeles---The organisers of the Indy 500 on Tuesday abandoned plans to allow spectators at this year’s race, citing concerns over COVID-19......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated News20 hr. 3 min. ago

DOH reiterates safety protocols as Bulacan reverts to MECQ

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Aug.4 (PIA) -- Department of Health (DOH) reiterated the safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Bulacan reverts to Modified Enhanced Community Quarant.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

P51-B airport railway launched

Project to generate 38,000 jobs The country’s first airport railway express service soon starts construction after the government and proponents signed the P50.8-billion contract packages for PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark) segment of the P777.5-billion North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) virtually over the weekend  (August 1, 2020). The construction is expected to generate 38,000 new local jobs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade led the virtual signing of the contracts, marking the start of civil works for the 53-km extension that will bring passengers from Makati City in Metro Manila to Clark International Airport in Pampanga in just under one  hour. The first signing was for the P32.7-billion Contract Package N-04, which covers the civil engineering and building works  6.3 kilometers of the main line and 1.6 kilometers of the depot’s access line with an underground station serving Clark International Airport. They also signed the P18.1-billion Contract Package N-05, which covers the civil engineering and building works for the Clark Railway Depot.  The depot covers an overall area of approximately 33 hectares.  The contract covers the construction of the Operations Control Center, stabling yard, workshops, training center and other ancillary buildings in Mabalacat, Pampanga. This proves that flagship projects under the government’s BUILD, BUILD, BUILD program continue despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Tugade underscored. The PNR Clark Phase 2 paves the way for the country’s first-ever airport railway express service, he reiterated. “Since the NSCR will feature the country’s first airport express train service allowing travelers to get from Makati to Clark Airport in under one hour, we can consider it as a trail-blazing project, ” the DOTr Secretary  elaborated. “To achieve this, trains will run at 160 kilometers per hour, making it one of the fastest modes of land public transportation.”  The signing of contracts is likewise timely, noted Asian Development Bank (ADB) Southeast Asia Director General Ramesh Subramaniam. “The civil works contracts will help kickstart the economic revival of the Philippines over the next 12 months as the country faces the pandemic ” he pointed out. Under the railway project, we estimate that 24,000 local construction jobs will be directly created during the next three years.  And another at least 14,000 jobs needed for operating the railway system,” according to Subramaniam. The signing of contracts is a major milestone for the Malolos-Clark Railway Project as well as for the Philippine transport sector, he added. Once partially operational by 2022, PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark), a 53-km rail line segment, will connect Malolos, Bulacan to Clark International Airport, will cut down travel time to 30-35 minutes, from the original 1 hour and 30 minutes. The DOTr signed contract Package N-04 was virtually signed with Acciona Construction Philippines, through Director Ruben Eugenio Garcia and Chief Financial Officer Angel Fernandez de la Pradilla, and EEI Corporation, through President and CEO Roberto Jose Castillo. Contract Package N-05 was virtually signed with POSCO Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd., through Executive Vice President Dong Ho Kim and POSCO E&C Vice President Sung Wook Chung......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Kampo ng PNP sa Pampanga ni-lockdown, 18 pulis positibo

Inilagay sa total lockdown noong Sabado ng gabi ang boung Camp Prospero Olivas sa Pampanga matapos maging positibo sa coronavirus (COVID-19) ang 18 police officer at isang civilian employee......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Markets reel from mounting virus woes

US and European equities mostly fell Thursday on mounting evidence from corporations and governments of a coronavirus-induced downturn, mirroring the worst quarterly drop in US growth since records began after World War II. The slide came on the heels of a gloomy Federal Reserve warning over a US spike in COVID-19 infections, adding to fears […] The post Markets reel from mounting virus woes appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 31st, 2020

After 30 years, a farmer now owns three gardens and provides jobs amid crisis, part 2

In part 1, Mary Ann Cogollo, a farmer from Iloilo, shares about how her 30-year gardening story began and evolved. Here, she talks about the hurdles she had to face that molded her for who she is today.   Trials behind the triumphs At the back of her success is an unsteady, challenging voyage that she had to endure. “It’s 30 years in the making and looking back to what I’ve been through and endured, my heart is full,” said Cogollo. Growing up, Camille, her eldest daughter, saw how she fell and risen many times, she says, “I witnessed how she carried the pails from our wells to water her plants, pull the weeds every day, carried potted plants to hide them because of the heavy storms, how she failed and endured everything, how she learned from her experiences, and how she managed to be a farmer, a gardener, and a mother to us.” A throwback photo of Cogollo taken in 1994 with her 5-year old daughter. Before the birth of the gardens, Cogollo had been gardening alone for 10 years. She did the propagation, watering, and application of fertilizers. It was a challenge for this gardener to find suppliers and to travel the plants from the city to their place, but the hardest to deal with is the weather. “Typhoons and extreme summer are two of the most difficult situations to handle as well as dealing with plant diseases and pests. I failed a lot, some of my plants weren’t a success, but I learned from them,” Cogollo added. Blooming profits The price for the plants in the flower farm ranges from P25 to P10,000 and up. On normal days, they get to sell hundreds of plants every month that differ based on the demand. Most of it is purchased by co-gardeners too. Cogollo said that this season has the highest sales so far to the point that they travel some plants to the other garden to fill the demand. When they opened last month, they were able to dispose of 3000 to 5000 pots, which allowed them to generate a minimum of 50k per day from all the gardens. A mother, farmer, and businesswoman As a mother of two, she lets her children participate in farmwork and immerse themselves in nature at a young age. As per Camille, Cogollo taught her how to plant when she was four and let her have her mini garden at home. Their youngest also helps in raising livestock since he was in grade six. “They let us oversee the farm the same way that my lolo did before. She’s taught me how to plant and to marcot, how to fertilize and water correctly, and educated me what plants can grow from cuttings and what plants need to be in full sun or in shade,” Camille added. Despite the crisis, Cogollo added that God still made a way to provide for her family and their farm workers. She finds herself staring at the sky and thanking God for not leaving her family and the families working for them after two months of farm closure. When many people began growing plants to improve lifestyle amid the crisis, her children told her, “Nay your dream is coming true, farming and gardening are taking its shape, gakatabo na nay (it’s finally happening).” Cogollo only hopes for the public to continue appreciating nature and to start growing plants.   Farming has been her life ever since. The life she chose is the same life lived by her parents and grandparents and according to her, to be able to help others while pursuing your passion is a blessing.  Current situation As the government implemented enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to halt the spread of COVID-19, they had to close their gardens for two months. Since they only allow walk-ins and do not offer delivery services, they had no income from the garden. For Cogollo, those two months were the hardest; there were no landscaping projects but they had to give salaries to the employees every weekend. They thought of stopping their daily farm operations, but their musings brought them back to their primary goal, which is to provide the workers’ livelihood. They hired five more people who lost their jobs during those two months and didn’t stop propagating and maintaining the gardens. All smiles on her farm – As per Cogollo, the crisis allowed them to pause and see what they can do better. Living on a farm is an advantage because it’s COVID-free and their staff live nearby so they carry on with their daily work in the gardens and farm. Fortunately, after two months, a sudden increase in demand for plants began. The crisis has become as she calls it, “a ‘plantdemic’ for Ilonggos.” Their gardens re-opened for visitors when Iloilo was placed under GCQ (general community quarantine). From then on, the farm was amplified by different networks through social media and word of mouth. Despite their location, they were shocked that people kept visiting or asking about their gardens’ location. At some point, they were afraid due to the increasing numbers of visitors and of the risks it can entail that might harm their whole community. However, it was all worth it because according to Cogollo, “We know our dream is coming true. Farming/Gardening is taking shape.” They were also supposed to put up a garden café and park last May but due to these circumstances, things didn’t go as planned. In the future, they see the garden as a haven where people can stroll and appreciate and realize the beauty of nature. Photos from Dafalongs Flower Farm. For more information, visit the Dafalongs Flower Farms......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Vice Mayor ng San Fernando, Pampanga positive sa COVID-19

Nagpositibo sa COVID-19 ang vice mayor ng San Fernando, Pampanga, na si Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin. Sa kaniyang post sa Facebook, sinabi ni Lazatin na sumailalim siya sa PCR Test o swab testing at positibo ang resulta. “Kahapon po ay sumailalim ako sa PCR test o swab testing at lumabas po ang resulta ngayon. Ikinalulungkot […] The post Vice Mayor ng San Fernando, Pampanga positive sa COVID-19 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

Almost 22K inmates released to decongest jails nationwide — DILG

MANILA, Philippines — Almost 22,000 detainees were released in a bid to decongest overcrowded prisons nationwide as the threat of COVID-19 pandemic reaches even those behind bars, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Wednesday. In a statement, DILG chief Eduardo Año said 21,858 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) were released from […] The post Almost 22K inmates released to decongest jails nationwide — DILG appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

Pampanga mayor tests positive for COVID-19

The mayor of Candaba town in Pampanga announced yesterday that he tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

BuCor: Data privacy law bars disclosure on PDLs who died of COVID-19

“The silence of prison officials is concerning. What are they hiding? It’s been over a month since we last heard of details regarding infections and deaths inside the country’s prisons, where physical isolation, among other health protocols, is in no way possible,” said Fides Lim, the group’s spokesperson......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020

Davao garden resort turns to farming amid COVID-19 economic blow

One agri-ecotourism resort in Davao City used to provide nature escapes to local and foreign visitors with its world-class hospitality experience offering from dining, accommodation, recreation to wellness activities before the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2020

EDITORIAL - Danger zone

Malacañang stressed yesterday that the critical health care capacity of the country remains “manageable,” as it sought to allay public fears that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated 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

Manila Bay cleanup continues amid COVID-19 pandemic

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 9 (PIA) -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has continued efforts to clean and restore the Central Luzon portion of the Manila Bay amid th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

Sans foreign visitors due to COVID-19, tourism receipts dive in June

The total estimated inbound revenue declined by 66.66% billion during the first six months of the year as the country maintains the COVID-19 travel restrictions, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2020

Kris Aquino, hinahanap-hanap ang buhay probinsya

MALAKI ang naging epekto kay Kris Aquino ng pagtira nila nina Joshua at Bimby sa Puerto Galera nu’ng nagka-ECQ dahil sa covid-19. Bagama’t nakabalik na sila sa kanilang bahay sa Quezon City pero halatang nami-miss ni Kris ang simpleng buhay sa probinsya. Nagdesisyon si Kris na magpunta ng Pampanga with Bimby for a while habang […] The post Kris Aquino, hinahanap-hanap ang buhay probinsya appeared first on Pinoy Parazzi......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinoyparazziRelated NewsJul 5th, 2020

45 more cops test positive for COVID

The Philippine National Police reported yesterday that 45 more policemen have tested positive for COVID-19, raising fears that the infection would eventually thin out the strength of the organization which takes the lead in the enforcement of quarantine rules. Seven-hundred fifty-four policemen have been infcted with COVID, with 677 others classified as possible cases and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

2 comedy bar ni Allan K nagsara na rin dahil sa COVID-19; mga empleyado bibigyan ng ayuda

MASAKIT man sa kanyang kalooban, nagdesisyon na rin ang TV host-comedian na si Allan K na ipasara na ang pag-aari niyang comedy bars. Kinailangan nang magdeklara ng bankruptcy si Allan dahil wala na talagang kinikita ang kanyang Klownz at Zirkoh comedy bars nang dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic. Sa nakalipas na mahigit tatlong buwan simula nang […] The post 2 comedy bar ni Allan K nagsara na rin dahil sa COVID-19; mga empleyado bibigyan ng ayuda appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Celebration

Divided by plexiglass per seat, certain families overcame fears of COVID infection and gingerly returned to dining in yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

COVID patient commits suicide in Pampanga

An 80-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 reportedly committed suicide in a hospital in Barangay Lourdes Sur in this city on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2020