The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a new strain of virus first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019.

COVID-19 is known to target a person’s respiratory system. Infected patients may exhibit symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and in some cases, muscle pain and sore throat. Some patients may also be asymptomatic.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic due to the exponential increase of the number of cases in more than 100 countries.

On March 16, 2020. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed the entire Philippines under a State of Calamity amid the threats posed by COVID-19.

Laging Handa PH is the government’s crisis communications center. An initiative of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Laging Handa PH delivers real-time updates on disasters, calamities, and other emergencies in the country. This serves as an integrator of all information related to the country’s current emergencies, and an aggregator of the citizen’s concerns, for the government’s immediate attention.

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Davao City ‘model’ in COVID-19 response: PCOO chief

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar hailed Davao City as a “model” for other local governments in COVID-19 response. He praised Davao City Sara Duterte for her “proactive approaches” in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Davao City and mitigating the impacts of the pandemic to Dabawenyos.
July 10, 2020

President Duterte warns risk of non-essential travel after lifting suspension

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte advised the public to follow the health and safety guidelines for non-essential travel following its suspension lifting by the authorities.
July 10, 2020

DTI helps MSMEs bounceback by providing online seminars

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides online seminars or webinars to help micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) bounce back to business.
July 10, 2020

Davao City monitors businesses on health protocol compliance

To control the spread of the COVID-19 infection, the City Government continues to monitor all business establishments which are allowed to operate under the modified general community quarantine to make sure that the health protocols are followed.
July 10, 2020

DOST-MIRDC produces 200k face shields for donation to medical frontliners nationwide

To support health care workers and frontliners in various sectors who are continually battling COVID-19 in the country, the Department of Science and Technology – Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) targets to produce 200,000 pieces of face shields.
July 10, 2020

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