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PRC getting samples from returning OFWs for COVID-19 variant

The Philippine Red Cross is collecting samples from returning overseas Filipino workers from countries where the new strain of the coronavirus has spread, as part of efforts to block the entry of the SARS-CoV-2 mutation into the country, Sen. Richard Gordon said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 3rd, 2021

Phl detects South African COVID-19 variant with 6 new cases

The South African variant of Covid-19 has reached the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Tuesday, as the country detected six cases of the virus mutation. The South African variant, dubbed as B1351, was found in the eighth batch of the 350 samples that were studied by the Philippine Genome Center, the department said […] The post Phl detects South African COVID-19 variant with 6 new cases appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

Philippines detects first cases of COVID-19 variant first seen in South Africa

The Philippine Genome Center detected six cases of B.1.351, or the variant that originated in South Africa when it conducted genome sequencing of samples from people who tested positive for COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

Phl detects 19 new cases of UK Covid-19 variant

The Philippines on Friday reported 19 new cases of the more infectious United Kingdom Covid-19 variant, raising the nationwide tally to 44. Of the 19 new patients infected, three are from Davao Region, two are from Calabarzon, and eight are returning overseas Filipinos. The Department of Health (DOH), through a statement, said it has yet […] The post Phl detects 19 new cases of UK Covid-19 variant appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021

Cebu checks samples over UK variety

The Department of Health (DoH) sent 70 sample specimens from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients in Cebu City to the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) for sequencing to confirm if the B.1.1.7 or UK variant is already infecting individuals in Cebu. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DoH-7 chief pathologist, said the samples were submitted on Saturday night […] The post Cebu checks samples over UK variety appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2021

DOH: Two men from Cebu among 8 new confirmed COVID variant cases

A 54-year-old man, a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) from Talisay City in southern Cebu, and a 35-year-old man from Liloan town in northern Cebu are among the eight new additional cases of the more infectious variant of the new coronavirus, the Department of Health reported on Friday, February 5. The additional eight cases bring the […] The post DOH: Two men from Cebu among 8 new confirmed COVID variant cases appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2021

DOH: COVID-19 variant not seen from samples in latest genome sequencing

The health department on Saturday said it has not detected the new coronavirus variant first seen in the United Kingdom in the latest batch of samples to undergo sequencing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2021

UK Covid-19 variant detected in PH

MANILA, Philippines — The new and more infectious variant of Covid-19 first reported in the United Kingdom has been detected in the Philippines. In a statement Wednesday, the Department of Health (DOH) said the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) reported the detection of the new variant, known as B117, after samples from a Filipino who arrived […] The post UK Covid-19 variant detected in PH appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2021

Results on testing for new COVID variant to be out Wednesday or Thursday — DOH

MANILA, Philippines — Results of the testing on whether or not the new and more infectious COVID-19 virus variant has entered the country may be released this week, the Department of Health said Monday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) has already received samples from passengers who arrived in the […] The post Results on testing for new COVID variant to be out Wednesday or Thursday — DOH appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Lapu gov’t monitoring returning OFWs  

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Nine returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from countries with reported cases of the new variant of the SARs-COV-2 were isolated and are being monitored by the Lapu-Lapu City Government. Grace Carungay, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said that these individuals are already isolated at the city’s isolation facility at Barangay […] The post Lapu gov’t monitoring returning OFWs   appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

COVID holiday blues for returning OFWs

Thousands more of our OFWs are coming home for the upcoming Christmas season while we’re still under COVID restrictions......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2020

OWWA-Caraga assists more than 6K returning OFWs

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 -- Amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) - Regional Welfare Office Caraga continues to provide assistance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

OWWA-Caraga assists more than 6K returning OFWs

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 11 -- Amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) - Regional Welfare Office Caraga continues to provide assistance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Millions more face English virus restrictions as cases spiral

Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, officials said Friday, as reports suggested the government is considering a nationwide lockdown. A digital display shows NHS health advice on the coronavirus in Leeds on October 30, 2020. – West Yorkshire is to be placed under tier three Covid restrictions from November 2, 2020, the strictest level of rules. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising with other households indoors. Pubs and bars not serving “substantial meals” must close, alongside casinos and betting shops, while people have also been told to avoid unnecessary travel. The Department of Health said the measures were needed as infection rates in West Yorkshire were among the highest in the country and rising rapidly. The Times reported Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was considering a return to a national lockdown to battle the surge. Johnson was expected to hold a press conference on Monday to announce new restrictions, which would close everything except “essential shops”, schools and universities, the paper said, quoting a government source. In its weekly study of Covid-19 prevalence, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people with the virus had increased to around one in 100 nationwide. “There has been growth in all age groups over the past two weeks; older teenagers and young adults continue to have the highest current rates while rates appear to be steeply increasing among secondary school children,” it said. The country’s official science advisory panel warned in a report published Friday that the virus was spreading “significantly” faster and that hospitalisations were rising at a higher rate through England than its predicted “worst-case” scenario drawn up in July. The report said that in mid-October, shortly before new local rules were introduced, around four times as many people were catching Covid than anticipated in the July report. That study warned that 85,000 more people could die during the winter wave. West Yorkshire’s imminent restrictions are the latest step in the UK government’s localised response to the surging transmission, which has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. More than 11 million people — about a fifth of England’s population — will be under the tightest measures from next week. Most of the areas in the “very high” category of the government’s three-tier Covid alert system are in northern and central parts of the country. Nottingham became the latest city to enter the highest tier Friday. On Thursday night, young people took to the streets in fancy dress and drank in large groups before a ban on alcohol sales in shops came into force at 2100 GMT. – ‘Targeted’ – The pandemic has hit Britain harder than any other country in Europe, with more than 45,000 people having died within 28 days of testing positive. Case rates are spiralling again after a lull, tracking the situation elsewhere on the continent. England is seeing nearly 52,000 new cases daily, a 47 percent weekly rise, according to the ONS, which conducts its analysis of households with the help of several universities and health bodies, and excludes people in hospitals and care homes.  Britain’s European neighbours and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reimposed partial lockdowns to try to cut infection rates. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday the government would continue its “targeted and focused” strategy of local restrictions in virus hotspots. “The arbitrariness of a blanket approach would be far worse than the effects of trying to be as targeted as possible,” he said. Meanwhile, a new study reported Friday that a Covid-19 variant originating in Spanish farm workers has spread rapidly throughout Europe in recent months and now accounts for most cases in Britain. The variant — called 20A.EU1 — is thought to have been spread from northeastern Spain by people returning from holidays there, according to the study, which is awaiting peer review in a medical journal. There is currently no evidence that the strain spreads faster or impacts illness severity and immunity......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

With no hospital admitting him, Bacolod City councilor’s staff member dies from cardiac arrest

BACOLOD CITY –– A technical staff member of a councilor here died of cardiac arrest in his house on Sunday as hospitals in Bacolod City remained overwhelmed by the rising number of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients. Jesryl Bancaya, 33, who was in-charge of orienting returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), had a fever for nine […] The post With no hospital admitting him, Bacolod City councilor’s staff member dies from cardiac arrest appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2020

Breaking 50 leads to stronger peso

People are perplexed why the Philippine peso is the strongest currency in Asia year-to-date while COVID-19 cases are still rising, OFWs are returning, and foreign selling continues at the PSE......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2020

Most COVID-19 cases linked to returning OFWs

Most COVID-19 cases linked to returning OFWs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Zambo City follows proper health protocols to returning Zamboangueaos

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 28 (PIA) - Through instituted health and travel protocols, the Zamboanga City Task Force COVID-19 assures the safety of returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and locally-st.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 28th, 2020

LGUs can& rsquo;t bar returning OFWs

President Rodrigo Duterte warned local government officials he would order the filing of criminal charges against those who would refuse to accept overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to their respective provinces after being cleared of COVID-19 by the Health Department following a 14-day mandatory quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

Returning Negros OFWs to be tested again for COVID

All overseas Filipino workers returning to Negros Occidental will be tested for coronavirus disease 2019 even though they were declared COVID-free in Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020