PH logs 2,673 new infections; 35K contact tracers hired

The Philippines coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases rose to 354,338 on Saturday after the Department of Health reported 2,673 new infections......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 17th, 2020

298 contact tracers to start contact tracing work in Lapu-Lapu

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Two hundred ninety eight (298) of the 300 contact tracers hired by the Department of Interior and Local Government in Lapu-Lapu (DILG-Lapu-Lapu) will start their contact tracing duties today, October 15, 2020. Jonah Pino, DILG Lapu-Lapu officer in charge, said that two of the hired contact tracers were found positive for […] The post 298 contact tracers to start contact tracing work in Lapu-Lapu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

DILG hires 39 contact tracers for Southern Leyte

MAASIN CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Southern Leyte Provincial Office hired some 39 Contact Tracers in response against COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

DILG: 10,136 contact tracers hired, start training

The Department of the Interior and Local Government said Friday it has filled 10,136 out of the 50,000 posts for contract tracers opened following the signing of the Bayanihan 2 law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2020

Continuous hiring to fill up 50,000 slots for contact tracers adopted

CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has adopted a continuous recruitment system until it has hired and trained at least 50,000 contact tracer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Bataan logs 25 new COVID-19 cases

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – A total of 25 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections have been reported in Bataan, increasing its total tally to 799. Citing the latest report of the Provincial Health Office, Governor Albert Garcia said on Friday that of the 25 cases, 23 were from Mariveles, which is home to the province’s freeport area that has placed some multi-national companies under lockdown. Mariveles’ municipal government has ordered the lockdown of some villages. The Balanga City public market has also been under lockdown for disinfection, but will reopen on Sunday morning.  Garcia said among the new cases were a six-year-old boy from Mariveles and six senior citizens. Five were from Mariveles – a 64-year-old, a 72-year-old, and a 64-year-old health worker, all women; and a 60-year-old and a 66-year-old, both men – and a 78-year-old woman from Pilar.  Some 17 other new cases were also from Mariveles and one from this city. Garcia said contact tracing showed that 16 of the 25 cases had close contact with those who earlier tested positive for the virus. The number of those who have recovered, meanwhile, rose to 499 with the recovery of 17 patients – eight came from Abucay, five from Limay, and one each from this city, Orion, Morong, and Mariveles. There remain 284 active cases while the number of deaths stood at 16. Of the 12,835 who have undertaken Covid-19 tests, 11,851 have tested negative for the virus while 185 were still waiting for the results of their tests, the PHO said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Robredo cites gov’t data showing COVID-19 response is not working

Vice President and opposition leader Leni Robredo on Sunday pointed at government data to prove her claim that it’s doing something wrong in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vice-President Leni Robredo (OVP / Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Iyong datos—at ang datos galing sa pamahalaan—iyong datos ang ating basehan kung bakit natin sinasabi na kung ano iyong ginagawa natin ngayon, hindi siya nagwo-work,” she said on her radio show. Robredo reiterated her call on the administration to reassess its policies and improve in areas where lapses have been committed following the request of frontline health workers to revive strict lockdowns in Metro Manila and its adjacent regions. The vice president said the medical community’s appeal for comprehensive strategy against COVID-19 is a valid request that should be seriously considered. “Iyong lahat na punto nila, halimbawa na lang sinasabi nila na ‘iyong ginagawa natin ngayon is not working.’ Iyon din iyong punto ko, eh. Na hindi working iyong ginagawa natin ngayon kasi pataas nga nang pataas iyong bilang,” she said. As of August 1, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,963 additional COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 98,232. “Ito nga 98,000, validated lang dahil iyong for validation pa, kung hindi ako nagkakamali, nasa mga 37,000, 38,000 pa. Ito iyong discrepancy. So kapag dinagdag mo pa iyon, talagang unimaginable na iyong numbers natin,” she said. Robredo also cited the data from tracing czar Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong that showed only four of over 600 local government units have contract tracing capability. For each positive COVID-19 case, only eight persons are being traced on the average instead of the standard of 37, she said.“Iyong ina-announce na so much number of contact tracers, na 52,000 yata—52,000 na iyong na-hire, pero ang sabi ng WHO, dapat ang ideal para sa atin 132,000 iyong ma-hire na contact tracers,” Robredo added.She said the Philippines is now conducting 30,000 tests for coronavirus per day, but she noted it took the government two months to meet its target daily testing capacity in May.The vice president said she was surprised with the “mass recovery adjustment” after the DOH reported a record-high in recoveries of COVID-19 patients at 38,075.Robredo asserted the DOH must inform the public before changing its data system. “Kung magpapalit ng definition, kung magpapalit ng protocols, baka mas maganda na ina-announce iyon sa tao bago makita iyong numero kasi talagang nagulat lahat. Tapos ang pinaka-mahirap, pagkatapos noong one-time-big-time na isang araw, the following day balik sa dati,” she said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Iloilo City eyes more COVID-19 contact tracers

ILOILO CITY—The local government here is eyeing to hire more persons to conduct contact tracing to help in the city’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response efforts. Special Assistant to the Mayor Annabelle Rosario S. Blancaflor (right) and PSTMO Chief Jeck Conlu brief people hired to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing in Iloilo City. (Iloilo City PIO / MANILA BULLETIN)  “We are still lacking [personnel].  That’s why we are encouraging applicants,” said Annabelle Rosario S. Blancaflor, Special Assistant to Mayor Jerry Treñas. This is expected to bolster the manpower of the more than 120 people, who have already been trained by the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) on contact tracing, led by Jeck Conlu. “The objective of training is to hone contact tracing skills on what information is vital. It is not enough that you know the COVID-19 patient, but you have to understand the nature of their movement,” she pointed out. This comes as the city is experiencing a sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 community transmissions.  A barangay in Mandurriao district recorded 10 cases, while another village logged more than five cases over the past week. The hiring of more contact tracers will also be in line with Treñas’ stand that contact tracing must be serious, and that the city should not rely on neighborhood rumor mongers, or the so-called “chismosas”. He dubbed the idea as “out of this world”. Meanwhile, the city government is eying to deploy COVID-19 contract tracers in each of the city’s seven districts......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

Cebu City needs 270 contact tracers

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City needs 270 contact tracers so that each barangay in Cebu City will have one contact tracing team. City Administrator Floro Casas, Jr., said that they already had 5 contact tracers from the city government, and they recently hired 120 contact tracers, who were in training. There are also five-city […] The post Cebu City needs 270 contact tracers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

& rsquo;No jeeps yet, get drivers as contact tracers& rsquo;

Malacañang is not agreeable to use jeepneys to solve the transport shortage during a pandemic, but said their drivers could be hired as COVID-19 tracers......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

Germany virus death toll passes 10,000: health institute

Germany has suffered more than 10,000 Covid-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to official data published Saturday.  People wear face protecting masks on October 22, 2020 downtown Munich, amid the novel coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP) A total of 10,003 deaths have been recorded by the Robert Koch Institute, a federal government agency, with 418,005 infections recorded nationwide. Of those, 14,714 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours — a daily record. Robert Koch Institute president Lothar Wieler said Germany was facing a “very serious” situation and asked the population to adhere to social distancing measures. Germany was spared during the first wave of coronavirus infections that hit Europe in spring but is now suffering a sharp increase in cases along with the rest of the continent. Authorities have tightened measures against the pandemic including the adoption of a public assembly ban. Chancellor Angela Merkel last weekend asked the country to reduce their social contact and stay home as much as possible. “What winter will be, what our Christmas will be, will be decided in the days and weeks to come,” she had warned......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Valenzuela hires 226 contact tracers

This is expected to be of big help to the local Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams in their contact tracing efforts in the barangay level. The post Valenzuela hires 226 contact tracers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

BOI offers stronger tax perks

For manufacturer Manufacturers in the Philippines are allowed to carry over any operating loss from financial year 2020-2021 as tax deduction from gross income over the next five taxable years, according to the Board of Investments (BOI). BOI Managing Head Ceferino Rodolfo said this has been  allowed under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2, which provides P165 billion in economic stimulus package. “A range of new financial measures and incentives are now available to manufacturers in the Philippines, thanks to new legislation recently signed into law,” said Rodolfo, who is also Trade and Industry’s Undersecretary for industry promotions group. The ‘Bayanihan 2 Act’ is aimed at helping the Philippines recover from the economic impact of Covid-19. It was signed into law by President Duterte in September. Elsewhere, he said, many qualified manufacturers will be exempt from business taxes, import duties, and other fees on a range of products.  This includes the production of medical equipment and Covid-19 related items such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as well as the raw materials relevant to the manufacturing of these items.  The same relief measures will also apply to the production of equipment for waste management, including waste segregation, storage, collection, sorting, treatment and disposal services.  The Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) is urging manufacturers and other large businesses to take advantage of these provisions. For more details on doing so, businesses can book an appointment with BOI via their Facebook page and speak to a dedicated specialist. Information is also available on BOI’s Covid-19 resource hub for businesses.  “We know that Covid-19 is still having a significant impact on the operations of manufacturers across the Philippines, and we at BOI are doing all we can to help them,” said Rodolfo as he urged   businesses to visit BOI resource hub website and book an appointment with BOI via its Facebook page.  “Our dedicated specialists can help businesses understand more about how they can take advantage of the incentives and support in the Bayanihan 2 Act”  The Bayanihan 2 stimulus package consists of P140 billion of regular appropriations and an additional standby fund of P25.5 billion. Under the law, P3 billion will be allotted for the procurement of personal protective equipment, face masks, and face shields; P4.5 billion for the construction of temporary medical isolation and quarantine facilities and the expansion of government hospital capacity; and P13.5 billion for emergency employment and compensation of health workers. A total of P4.5 billion will be used to finance isolation facilities, hotel accommodation, food, and transportation of Covid-19 patients; and PHP5 billion for the hiring of contact tracers. Other allocations include P13 billion for the cash-for-work program; P9.5 billion for assistance to public utility drivers and other programs of the transportation department; P6 billion for “individuals in crisis” and other programs of the social welfare department; P4 billion for the tourism industry; and P4 billion for the education department’s implementation of digital learning. Bayanihan 2 is the second installment of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1), which gave Duterte emergency powers to address the Covid-19 crisis in the country. The Bayanihan 1 law, signed by the president on March 25, already expired on June 25, 2020......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Higit 35K katao contact tracer na; recruitment tatapusin sa susunod na linggo —DILG

Manila, Philippines – Umabot na sa 35,345 katao ang natanggap bilang contact tracers sa kabila ng nakatakdang pagtatapos ng recruitment sa susunod na linggo, batay sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Sa panayam sa Laging Handa public briefing, sinabi ni DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya na naipakalat na ng LGUs sa buong bansa […] The post Higit 35K katao contact tracer na; recruitment tatapusin sa susunod na linggo —DILG appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

DILG: Mahigit sa 26,872 contact tracers nadestino na sa LGUs

LUNGSOD CALOOCAN, Okt. 12 (PIA) -- Iniulat ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ngayong araw na higit sa 26,872 contact tracers na ang kanilang tinanggap at ipinadala na sa iba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Over 26,000 contact tracers deployed to LGUs, DILG says

“I am confident that we will be able to meet the schedule of deploying the 50,000 even before the end of the month,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

DILG hires more contact tracers

DILG hires more contact tracers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

DILG Mandaue: We still need 75 more contact tracers

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — The Department of Interior and Local Government of Mandaue City (DILG Mandaue) is still hiring 75 contact tracers. Jing Rodriguez, program manager, said that they received 330 applications and had processed 325 of them. However, Rodriguez said only 225 of those who submitted the applications were qualified. The 225 are considered […] The post DILG Mandaue: We still need 75 more contact tracers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

Philippines logs 18,065 more recoveries, cases now at 322,497

Health officials on the 202nd day of quarantine in the country tallied 3,190 more coronavirus cases and 18,065 patients getting better, bringing the figures to 322,497 infections and 273,079 recoveries. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

DILG Pangasinan hires 805 contact tracers

DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) - With the signing of the "Bayanihan to Recover as One Act" or Bayanihan 2 Law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the government now has the go signal to hire additional.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

DILG eyes 600 contact tracers to augment contact tracing teams in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is looking to add 600 new contact tracers to the contact tracing teams here. DILG Cebu City Officer-in-charge Kenneth Lucero said the addition aims to boost the city’s contact tracing efforts in the hopes of stopping the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 […] The post DILG eyes 600 contact tracers to augment contact tracing teams in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020