DICT provides GovMail advanced features to gov’t offices amidst state of public health emergency

Official government email system GovMail secures continuous communication and collaboration among government offices and stakeholders amid the enhanced community quarantine.

TESDA Bataan makes ‘Iron Man’ face shields for front-liners

The Technical Eduction and Skills Development (TESDA) Bataan Provincial Office decided to manufacture and distribute “Iron Man” face shields for front-liners who are helping in the fight against COVID-19 in the Philippines.

DOH-10 calls for strict control measures vs COVID-19

Dr. Adriano P. Suba-an, Department of Health Regional Director in Region 10, calls for stricter implementation of measures with proper intervention for the enhanced community quarantine to help curb the COVID-19 threat in the region.

Hanay ng PSG, patuloy sa pagsailalim sa self-quarantine

Ipagpapatuloy ng hanay ng Presidential Security Group (PSG) ang kanilang pagsailalim sa self-quarantine mula ngayong araw hanggang April 10 ayon kay PSG Commander Col. Jesus Durante.

PRRD focused on COVID-19 crisis, not his birthday: Go

Now that the country is confronted with the COVID-19 crisis, President Rodrigo Duterte is more focused in devoting his time for the welfare of the country and all Filipinos than in celebrating his birthday, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on March 27.

Palace to RITM: Avoid repeat of erroneous COVID-19 test result

Malacañang on March 27 reminded the Research Institute for Tropical Management (RITM) to be more careful before releasing the results of tests for COVID-19.

LGU to eye gov’t facilities as quarantine areas

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has ordered all local government units (LGUs) to identify government facilities that may be used as quarantine areas for potential carriers of COVID-19.

Gov’t agencies to lead NTF COVID-19’s task groups named

Government agencies that will lead the task groups of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 have been named by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on March 27.

Groups to donate COVID-19 test kits, equipment to PH: Locsin

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced on March 28 that several groups will donate at least 40,000 various medical equipment.

DA 2 assures enough supply of food amid COVID-19

The Department of Agriculture office in Region 2 assures the public that there is enough supply of food amid the COVID-19 threat in the region. DA regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension Robert Busania emphasized that the ‘Kadiwa on Wheels’ program launched by the DA enables their local farmers to sell their products and consumers to buy fresh produce with much cheaper prices.

Duterte to undergo self-quarantine on his birthday

President Rodrigo Duterte will be on self-quarantine on Saturday (March 28), the day he turns 75, due to his exposure anew to public officials who had direct contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

Over 1K NCR workers get cash aid: DOLE

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed Department Order 209-20 or the guidelines on CAMP, a safety net program that offers financial support to affected workers in private establishments that have adopted FWAs or temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LGUs reminded anew of 'crucial role' of quarantine enforcement

Reiterating the guidelines set for the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded anew local government units of their crucial roles in arresting the Coronavirus disease.

13 Filipino students repatriated from COVID-affected countries

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) have safely brought home 13 students from Vietnam, Japan, and the United Kingdom to the Philippines amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

No military control, quarantine extension in Luzon: Nograles

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles countered on March 27 the claims that there will be military control and extension of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

MMDA traffic enforcers na naka-duty sa gitna ng ECQ, tatanggap ng hazard pay

Tiniyak ni Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Danilo Lim na makakatanggap ng hazard pay at iba pang benepisyo ang traffic enforcers na naka-duty sa gitna ng ipinatutupad na enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DOH helps Marikina in creating a COVID-19 testing facility

The Department of Health (DOH) will aid the local government unit of Marikina in creating a facility that is appropriate for COVID-19 testing.

Galvez, itinalaga ni PRRD bilang chief implementer ng nat’l gov’t response vs COVID-19

Itinalaga ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte si Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez, Jr. bilang chief implementer o mamumuno sa pag-implementa ng mga tugon ng pamahalaan kontra COVID-19.

PNP, nagsampa ng kaso sa 4 na nagpakalat ng fake news

Nasampahan na ng kaso ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang apat na suspek na nagpapakalat ng fake news tungkol sa COVID-19.

DFA, ititigil na ang paghahatid sa stranded foreign passengers sa paliparan

Ayon kay Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., sa Marso 28, 2020 na ang huling araw ng humanitarian missions ng ahensya para ihatid sa paliparan ang mga dayuhang turista na na-stranded sa bansa dahil sa enhanced community quarantine.

PRRD, hindi nakasalamuha si Rep. Yap sa Malacañang noong Sabado

Ayon kay Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año , hindi nakasalamuha ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 na si House Committee on Appropriations Chairperson at Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Party-list Representative Eric Go Yap noong nagtungo ito sa Malacañang noong Marso 21, 2020.

Guidelines set for donations amid COVID-19 response

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on March 25 set new guidelines with regard to donations to support the Philippines in its fight against COVID-19.

Gov’t allocates COVID-19 funeral support fund

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will provide a PHP25,000-“funeral support fund” to indigents who suffered from COVID-19, whether confirmed cases or persons under investigation (PUI).

Año goes on self-quarantine

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said he started undergoing self-quarantine after meeting with House Appropriations Committee Chairperson Eric Yap, who tested positive for COVID-19. He said, “Wala akong physical [contact] sa kanya saka naka-mask naman ako all throughout [the meeting]. [Still], mas maganda mag-self-quarantine at mag-work from home (I did not have any physical contact with him and I was wearing a mask all throughout the meeting. Still, it’s better to undergo self-quarantine and work from home).”

DPWH brings surgical masks to 3 major public hospitals dealing with COVID-19

A total of 18,000 pieces of donated surgical masks were turned over to three major public hospitals in Metro Manila, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar said on March 25.

ARTA to agencies: Adopt zero red-tape policy amid Covid-19 crisis

Amid the government’s continuous efforts in fighting COVID-19, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on March 25 urged agencies to adopt a zero red-tape policy.

Navotas LGU, nagbabala sa mga pabayang opisyal sa gitna ng ECQ

Ayon kay Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, kailangan manguna ng mga person in authority, gaya ng opisyal ng barangay, sa pag-aresto sa mga sumusuway sa mga alituntunin ng Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), at kung hindi ito magagawa ay mas mainam na magbitiw na lamang ang mga ito sa pwesto.

NPC warns public against online scams amid CoVID-19

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) warns the public on the rising number of cases of cybercrimes amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

LTFRB: Passenger Accident Insurance Program covers all frontliners who use PUV

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) clarified that the Passenger Accident Insurance Program covers all frontliners who use public utility vehicles (PUV) for transportation.

Mga dumalo sa Special Session ng Kamara, pinayuhan na mag-self quarantine

Matapos magpositibo sa COVID-19 si House Committee on Appropriations Chairperson at Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Party-list Representative Eric Go Yap, na dumalo rin sa ginawang Special Session ng Kongreso noong Marso 23, 2020, inabisuhan na ni House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales ang iba pang naging bahagi ng nasabing pagpupulong na sumailalim na rin sa self-quarantine.

PRRD thanks Congress for ‘special powers’ vs. COVID-19

President Rodrigo Duterte on March 24 thanked the members of both houses of Congress who sponsored and voted for the measure granting the executive department “special powers” to address the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Duterte inks law on special powers to address COVID-19

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that allows the Executive Branch special powers to step up the government’s fight against COVID-19.

PNP forms anti-fake news task force amid COVID-19

To prevent disinformation and proliferation of false narratives amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed the Task Force COVID Kontra Peke that will track fake news peddlers on social media.

Cybersecurity company supports medical institutions amid COVID-19

To help healthcare institutions stay protected from cyberthreats during the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity company Kaspersky has made the licenses of its key corporate products free for six months.

DOT to probe hotels that kicked out stranded foreigners

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on March 24 assured to probe all hotels and inns that reportedly kicked out stranded foreign nationals amid the arising concerns on domestic flights during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

Tauhan ng PNP Chaplain Service na nagpositibo sa COVID-19, gumagaling na

Kinumpirma ni Police Major Duds Santos, COVID-19 point person ng Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital, na bumubuti na ang kalagayan ng isang tauhan ng PNP Chaplain Service sa Camp Crame na nagpositibo sa COVID-19.

DepEd: Policies, actions lean towards welfare of students, staff amid COVID-19 situation

Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said that the recent directives and initiatives of her Department prioritize the provision of assistance to its learners and staff.

LGUs asked to adhere to IATF rules to ensure smooth cargo travel

To guarantee smooth travel of cargoes and other vehicles delivering food and other basic needs, Philippine National Police (PNP) Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar called upon local government units (LGUs) to comply with the uniform rules on home quarantine.

Message to the Nation of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

It has been a week since we called for a Community Quarantine and its enhanced form in Metro Manila and various parts of Luzon. We in government continue to respond to the public’s needs, mobilize resources and oversee developments. We are also addressing the COVID-19 pandemic challenges confronting our nation.

PH receives PCR machine, Covid-19 test kits from Singapore

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. received a total of 3,000 test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and a thermal cycler from the Singaporean government.

Palace assures lawful use of special powers to combat Covid-19

Malacañang assured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte would not abuse the special powers granted to him by Congress to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

PRRD’s ‘additional powers’ to stay within bounds: Go

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on March 23 assured that President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for Congress to grant him additional powers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country will stay within bounds.

Senate passes ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’ vs. COVID-19

Senate Bill No. 1418, titled "Bayanihan to Heal as One Act" was approved on March 24 in the third and final reading.

Volunteerism amid COVID-19 crisis

Amid the suspension of classes, flight cancellations, and border restrictions due to the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat, students from the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) who were stranded in their dormitories found a meaningful opportunity to provide help.

‘No mask, no entry’ not in Luzon-wide quarantine guidelines

Palace said on March 23 that the “no mask, no entry” policy in some supermarkets, pharmacies, and restaurants is not included in the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine guidelines.

2020 budget needs to be ‘adjusted’ to address COVID-19

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on March 23 that the 2020 National Budget should be “adjusted” to better address the COVID-19 outbreak.

PNP 6 exec reminds personnel to take care of their health

Western Visayas Police Regional Director Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan has reminded their personnel in the region to take good care of their health.

DOLE: 111K local workers, OFWs affected due to COVID-19

According to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Job Displacement Monitoring Report released last March 23, 2020, the number of local employees and Overseas Filipino Workers affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine climbed to a total of 111,780. Among the affected business establishments are those belonging to the manufacturing, hotels and restaurants, and tourism-related sectors.

PAGCOR, nagbigay ng bilyong piso sa pamahalaan kontra COVID-19

Nai-release na ng Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) ang 12 bilyong pisong halaga ng cash dividends sa National Treasury bilang ayuda sa pagharap ng pamahalaan sa epekto ng COVID-19 sa ekonomiya ng bansa. Nagbigay rin ang PAGCOR ng 2.5 bilyong pisong donasyon sa gobyerno para labanan ang pagkalat ng nasabing sakit sa bansa.

DILG: Mga preso, mas ligtas sa detention cell sa gitna ng COVID-19

Sa kabila ng kahilingan ng ilang sektor na palayain ang mga first-time and low-risk offenders upang hindi sila mahawaan ng COVID-19, siniguro ni Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año na mas ligtas sa nakakahawang virus ang mga preso o persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) sa loob ng detention cell kumpara sa mga taong nasa labas.

Palace reiterates significance of staying at home amid COVID-19 pandemic

“That is why we need to stay at home and stay put, so that each one of us will not be contaminating one other.”

PRRD grants hazard pay to gov't personnel on duty amid COVID-19 threat

President Rodrigo Duterte approved to grant hazard pay not exceeding P500 per day among government employees reporting physically for work amid the enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Palace to fake news peddlers: Get disinfected

Debunking the reports that there will soon be a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, Malacañang said on March 23 that peddlers of fake news should get themselves disinfected.

Gov’t mulls over expansion of aid for poor amid COVID-19 crisis

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that the government is now working on coming up with additional economic packages for the poor, which may include provision for food and/or cash subsidies for food, normal health care, and other necessities.

PNP warns against proliferation of COVID-19-related fake news

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa warned the purveyors of fake news of charges for spreading false information. He said that the PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group has already initiated a technical investigation to identify the authors of unverified information to make them accountable for their actions, and that he has already tasked the group to monitor social media posts that share unvalidated reports.

Congress tackles Covid-19 emergency measures in special session

The House of Representatives on March 23 convened for a special session to discuss measures declaring a national emergency and granting President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to combat the COVID-19 outbreak amid the rising number of cases in the country.

Palace mourns death of 3 doctors due to COVID-19

Malacañang on March 23 mourned the passing of three doctors who contracted the coronavirus disease while treating infected patients.

Philippine Navy, mahigpit ang pagpapatupad ng quarantine sa karagatan

Mahigpit na ipinatutupad ng Philippine Navy ang Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine sa pamamagitan ng Enhanced Maritime Patrols.

DA sa LGUs: Bilhin na rin ang farm products ng local farmers para sa ‘food packs’

Hinimok ng Department of Agriculture ang local government units (LGUs), na bilhin ang mga produkto ng local farmers.

Palace praises and prays for frontliners amid COVID-19 pandemic

Malacañang on March 23 mourned the passing of three doctors who contracted the coronavirus disease while treating infected patients.

Gov’t virtual portal for Covid-19 safe from hackers: PCOO

With the launch of the government’s virtual portal that serves as one-stop source for the latest information about coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), which contains aggregated news, documents, and videos that the public can find useful as they monitor updates on Covid-19 pandemic in the country, The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) guaranteed it is protected from potential hackers. PCOO said that it is in close coordination with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to secure the website www.covid19.gov.ph from anyone who will attempt to hack the online portal.

DOH: PH tests 1K COVID-19 PUIs a day

Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press conference last March 21, 2020 that the Philippine government is testing an average of 950 to 1,000 persons under investigation (PUIs) daily.

DHSUD issues loan moratorium to payees amid COVID-19

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) issued a moratorium on the collection of monthly loan amortization from the members of its key shelter agencies that include the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, the Social Housing Finance Corporation, and the National Housing Authority.

PRRD: 4th week of March 2020 is ‘National Week of Prayer’

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared on March 21 the fourth week of March 2020 as the “National Week of Prayer” amid the rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

Luzon-wide quarantine to prevent possible recession

Albay Representative Joey Salceda said on March 22 that the Luzon-wide quarantine could spare the Philippine economy from entering into a possible recession.

Singapore to donate 3K Covid-19 test kits

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced on March 22 that Singapore will donate 3,000 test kits for COVID-19, and one polymerase chain reaction machine to the Philippines.

PCOO unveils a one-stop online platform on COVID-19

In line with its intensified efforts to provide timely and accurate information to the public regarding COVID-19, the Presidential Communications Operations Office has launched the digital portal, www.covid19.gov.ph, on March 20, 2020.

DTI clamps down on hoarding, panic-buying

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued strict guidelines to prevent hoarding and panic-buying through Memorandum Circular 20-07.

100K COVID-19 test kits from China arrive in PH

The second batch of donations from the Chinese government arrived in the Philippines on March 21. The donations include a total of 100,000 test kits for COVID-19.

Special pass for media workers available till March 26

The International Press Center (IPC) announced on March 20 that the deadline for the release of the special passes for media workers covering updates on COVID-19 outbreak, and those exempted from the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, has been extended to March 26.

PH economy to recover after COVID-19

Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said on March 18 that the Philippine economy would recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Palace lauds LGU efforts amid enhanced quarantine

In the middle of piling concerns due to the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon, Malacañang commended on March 19 the local government units (LGUs) for taking the initiative to provide for the needs of their constituents.

Price freeze on basic goods set until May 15

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) declared on March 18 that price freeze on basic commodities will be effective until May 15, 2020 in connection to the declaration of a state of calamity in the Philippines for six months.

Duterte on COVID-19 threat: We will overcome

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assured the Filipinos that we can overcome the threat of COVID-19 amid the stringent Luzon-wide quarantine measures being imposed by the authorities.

Barangay chiefs urged anew to strictly enforce Luzon quarantine

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año emphasized on March 18 among barangay officials anew to strictly implement the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Health workers in Metro Manila to get free rides

To alleviate health workers’ concerns regarding public transportation ban during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has provided free rides to several hospitals in Metro Manila starting March 18. It was made possible through the efforts of the Philippine Coast Guard, the Department of Public Works and Highways, and its partners in the private sector San Agustin and HM Transit.

PNP to implement more measures to hasten checkpoint process

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is finding ways to fast track human and vehicle flow during the enhanced community quarantine situation in Luzon to prevent the rampant spread of COVID-19.

DOLE: Employees can’t be forced to work during Luzon-wide quarantine

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reiterated that employees do not have to or cannot be forced to report for work within the duration of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

DOH launches COVID-19 emergency hotlines

The Department of Health (DOH) launched on March 17 hotline numbers 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555 for any questions or assistance regarding coronavirus disease 2019 or for other health concerns. DOH said that the hotlines will be available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, while PLDT and Smart subscribers may call 1555 free of charge.

Workers infected by COVID-19, covered by EC benefits

Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) assured workers of their compensation and benefits if they will be infected by COVID-19.

DOLE provides cash-for-work program amid COVID-19

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on March 18 that underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers will be covered by the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) program.

Ozamiz mayor bats for discipline, self quarantine amid COVID-19

To help the country in alleviating its cases of COVID-19, Ozamis City Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal has urged his constituents to do self-quarantine, implement self-discipline and follow government health advisories on March 17.

Parañaque City placed under state of calamity due to COVID-19

Parañaque City has been declared under state of calamity due to the increasing cases of the COVID-19 in the country on March 17.

Precautionary methods vs COVID-19 intensified in CDO

Precautionary methods against COVID-19 are intensified in Cagayan de Oro City as Mayor Oscar S. Moreno declared temporary closure to all mall operations including cinemas, internet cafes and night markets, bars and all places of entertainment, and a city-wide curfew which started on March 17.

NegOr declares state of calamity due to COVID-19

The provincial government of Negros Oriental is now placed under a state of calamity in response to the threats of COVID-19.

San Jose augments security on entry points and checkpoints

In response to the Presidential Proclamation on the State of Public Health Emergency in view of the threats of COVID-19, the local government of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro further intensified its efforts in securing its entry points and checkpoints to prevent the entry of COVID-19 in the municipality.

DOH-Mimaropa keeps an eye on 16 PUIs in Palawan

The Department of Health (DOH)-Mimaropa is currently attending to the 16 Patients Under Investigation (PUIs) who are either home quarantined or admitted in the various hospitals in Palawan.

DOH: Cagayan Valley still COVID-19-free

Based on the update of the Department of Health on March 17, 2020, Cagayan Valley has not recorded any COVID-19 positive cases.

Cagayan now in a State of Calamity

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba has declared the province of Cagayan under State of Calamity in response to the COVID-19 threat.