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Duque: Public safety relies on everyone's discipline to follow quarantine protocols

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's statement comes after two high-ranking government officials allegedly breached home quarantine protocols

PH HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III fields questions at a press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

RITM chief stays, but senior DOH official coming in to ‘assist’ testing gridlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:46 AM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III still vouches for the technical expertise of RITM director Celia Carlos, but says she needs help in expanding the country's COVID-19 testing capacity

MORE TEST KITS NEEDED. Boxes of novel coronavirus test kits are donated by the Office of the Vice President to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on March 19, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

DOH Secretary Duque tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III remains in self-quarantine

NEGATIVE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the Senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness in facing the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Barangays can turn classrooms into virus isolation rooms if needed – DOH

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:49 AM

Currently, hospitals are prioritizing severe and critical COVID-19 patients for confinement due to lack of facilities and testing kits

CLEANING. The San Juan National High School is being sanitized by the local government of San Juan City in prevention against COVID-19 on March 9, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH designates Jose Rodriguez, building at UP-PGH as coronavirus hospitals

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Health Secretay Francisco Duque III acts on the urgent appeal of medical industry leaders

EXCLUSIVE FOR COVID-19 SOON. The facade of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duque under quarantine after exposure to DOH official with coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 12:23 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who has hypertension and asthma, says he has no symptoms for now and is currently waiting his test results

NOW UNDER QUARANTINE. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll holds a press conference at the Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City January 29, 2020. Photo by Daren Langit/Rappler

PH gov't eyes turning Lung Center into hospital exclusive for coronavirus cases

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:27 PM

But Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the proposal still 'needs further study,' as several patients without COVID-19 are still confined at the Lung Center of the Philippines

COVID-19 HOSPITAL SOON? The facade of the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of lcp.gov.ph

PH coronavirus cases now at 142; 1st Filipino recovers from disease

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The number of fatalities in the Philippines due to the novel coronavirus stays at 12

OUTBREAK SCARE. Pedestrians along Marcos Highway wear face masks due to novel coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines on March 16, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duque thanks health workers: ‘The Filipino people will never forget your heroism’

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:36 PM

The health secretary delivers a heartfelt but somber speech before health workers a little over a month since the Philippines recorded its first COVID-19 case

GRATEFUL TO HEALTH SECTOR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gestures during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on March 7, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH reports 12 new coronavirus cases; total now 64

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:08 PM

All but one of the new coronavirus patients are currently confined in various hospitals in Metro Manila, which will be under quarantine for a month

OUTBREAK SCARE. Health workers disinfect public places in Pasig City to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Pasig City Public Information Office.

Philippines may impose ‘localized lockdown’ under Code Red Sublevel 2

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Until that alert level is reached, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says it's 'not ripe for draconian measures' like imposing a lockdown on the entire Metro Manila

OUTBREAK. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office trains barangay first responders how to use their personal protective gear against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Medical City says it will 'remain open to all patients'

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:55 PM

'The Medical City, ever so proud of its Epidemic Rapid Response Team as well as its entire hospital staff, will remain open to all patients who deserve our care, for as long as our capacity to do so allows it,' says TMC President and CEO Eugenio Jose Ramos

THE MEDICAL CITY. The Medical City's main hospital is in Ortigas Center in Pasig City. Photo from The Medical City's website

Duque: Hospitals refusing suspected coronavirus patients may face sanctions

Mar 11, 2020 - 3:24 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says erring hospitals may lose their license or PhilHealth accreditation

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III talks to reporters in Quezon City on March 11, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duque: 'Problems' in reporting system delayed disclosure of coronavirus cases

Mar 11, 2020 - 1:32 PM

'There was no deliberate intention on the part of the DOH to not disclose important pieces of information as can be legally allowed under the law,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

PH HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Grave deficit' in face masks forcing some private hospitals to use old linen

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the government is willing to give extra supplies to private hospitals, but government health workers are still the top priority

OUT OF STOCK. A large crowd wait for medical supply stores to open in Bambang, Manila on January 31, 2020 to avail of surgical and N-95 masks during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

American coronavirus patient in PH in 'critical' condition – DOH

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says 2 of the 24 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines are in 'critical' condition

OUTBREAK SCARE. Security personnel check on the isolation rooms intended for patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus at the  Manila Infectious Disease Control Center of the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on March 8, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH says still safe to visit hospitals if feeling unwell

Mar 09, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization also says people experiencing respiratory symptoms should just stay home so as not to infect the more vulnerable elderly

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media on February 4, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH confirms 6th coronavirus case in PH

Mar 07, 2020 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' 6th COVID-19 case is the wife of the 62-year-old patient who tested positive on March 5

COVID-19. Members of the muslim community cleans and disinfects the Masjid Mosque at the Greenhills Shopping Center Complex in San Juan City after the San Juan Local government and the Department of Health recommended a temporary closure of the prayer room after an elder man who frequented the mosque was confirmed to have been infected by the covid19 virus on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

62-year-old coronavirus patient in PH 'in a very critical condition' – DOH

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The COVID-19 patient, who was admitted to the hospital due to severe pneumonia, is also known to have hypertension and diabetes

CLEANUP. Health workers disinfect a prayer room in Greenhills, San Juan, on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

3 foreigners from Taiwan, Japan, Australia catch coronavirus after travel from PH

Mar 06, 2020 - 2:28 PM

But the Department of Health and the World Health Organization say the travel history of 2 of the positive cases indicate they may have contracted the coronavirus outside the Philippines

OUTBREAK SCARE. People buy protective masks at a medical supplies store in Manila on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

4 more Philippine laboratories may soon test samples for coronavirus – DOH

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III also says the health department still won't use rapid diagnostic testing kits that have not been accredited by the World Health Organization

MORE LABS EYED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH: P530M 'enough' to combat coronavirus for now but more funds needed

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III declines to comment on the effect of the ongoing power struggle in the House on the DOH request for a P2-billion supplemental budget

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (R) and Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire (L) hold a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WHO: 9 countries, including PH, show coronavirus 'can be contained'

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:56 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Philippines draws inspiration from the WHO citation but will stay vigilant against the novel corinavirus

PROTECTION. Metro Manila commuters wear face masks as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOH stops contact tracing for coronavirus, shifts efforts to 'preparedness'

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says there are 'no indications' that those who came into contact with the 3 Chinese tourists who tested positive for the novel coronavirus got sick

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque (middle) holds a press briefing with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (right) and DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on February 25, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Around 500 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship to come home on February 23

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says even the Filipino crew member of the cruise ship who recovered from the novel coronavirus will still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine in New Clark City

GOING HOME. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after being quarantined due to the novel coronavirus. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Safe' to join public gatherings amid COVID-19 threat, says PH gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Several Cabinet officials including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tell the public that they can join gatherings with large crowds for as long as they observe DOH-recommended precautionary measures against COVID-19

FACE MASKS VS COVID-19. People wearing face mask look for books during the opening ceremony of 'Big Bad Wolf' book sale in Pasay City on February 13, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

7 million senior citizens to benefit from EO setting medicine price cap – DOH

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:45 AM

A majority of the medicines covered by the new EO involve illnesses that often hit the elderly, like diabetes and hypertension

CARE FOR SENIORS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says senior citizens will benefit from the new EO setting the maximum drug retail price. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Celebrating Valentine's Day amid coronavirus scare, according to Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III demonstrates the 'best greeting' on Valentine's Day

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Premature to say coronavirus crisis ‘stabilizing’ – Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:50 PM

The Department of Health has probed 455 patients in the Philippines for possible 2019 novel coronavirus infection as of February 14

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and World Health Organization Rabindra Abeyasinghe confirm the first case of Novel Coronavirus in the country during press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Get your priorities straight,' lawmakers tell Duque amid coronavirus threat

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:24 PM

House members are upset that the DOH chief skipped a House hearing on Metro Manila's response to the novel coronavirus to inspect a quarantine center in Nueva Ecija, as directed by the President

MISPLACED PRIORITIES? DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll skipped the House hearing on the novel coronavirus on February 5, 2020 to inspect a quarantine facility in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque hits DOH bureau for ‘incompetence’ in coronavirus response

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:49 PM

The epidemiology bureau of the Department of Health monitors the spread of infectious diseases, including the emerging 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease

HEALTH SECRETARY. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Even with coronavirus scare, no mainland Chinese travel ban for now – Duque

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:43 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III argues it would be 'very tricky' if the Philippines singles out China from all other countries with confirmed cases of the new disease

NO BAN VS CHINESE YET. DOH Francisco Duque III says the Philippine government is still studying imposing a temporary travel ban against Chinese tourists. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines now has capability to test samples for novel coronavirus – Duque

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:09 PM

The health department will no longer need to send samples to Australia for testing, and will be able to determine 'within 48 hours' whether these are positive for 2019-nCoV

HEALTH SECRETARY. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll at a press conference on the update of the coronavirus at the Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House question hour with health chief Duque on novel coronavirus

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Watch the House's question hour with DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III live on Rappler on Wednesday, January 29

House to hold question hour for Duque over coronavirus threat

Jan 28, 2020 - 4:59 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez says they are giving DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III a 'bigger platform' to allay fears about the new disease

QUESTION HOUR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III briefs the media about the novel coronavirus during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on January 21, 2020. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duque: Still many blindspots in ‘novel coronavirus’

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Duque says being infected with a coronavirus is not 'an automatic death sentence' as there are coronaviruses that cause the common cold

BLINDSPOTS. The DOH is investigating the case of a 5-year-old child who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China for manifesting fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entering the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOH probes suspected case of novel coronavirus in Cebu City

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the suspected case involves a 5-year-old Chinese boy who arrived in Cebu City from Wuhan, China

DOH PRESSER. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (right)with WHO Country Represenattive Dr Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duque orders check on travelers from China following reports of mystery viral pneumonia

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:50 AM

Chinese authorities have confirmed 44 cases of a mystery viral pneumonia, which sparked fears about a resurgence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS

DOH is '1000%' in support of vaping ban

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

'That's the President's policy pronouncement,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on a vaping ban allowing for arrests of vape users, even though an executive order has yet to be issued

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gestures during a press conference at Quezon City on November 9, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOH confirms 4th case of polio in the Philippines

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:31 PM

A test conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases-Japan confirms the country's 4th case

VACCINATION. Children get their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila, on October 14, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duque wants national government control over health services in poor LGUs

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

'There are LGUs that do not prioritize health. [It's the] constituents who suffer,” says Health secretary Francisco Duque III

SELECTIVE RENATIONALIZATION. Renationalizing health care in poor communities could doctor the patchy implementation of certain health programs, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Rappler Talk: Francisco Duque III on the state of health in the Philippines

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Rappler speaks with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III about vaccination, universal health care, and other health issues in the country

DOH reached polio vaccination target – Duque

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'It is really very important to ensure that children will be covered with the proper vaccines so that they are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

POLIO VACCINATION. Residents of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, along with their children joint the National simultaneous polio vaccination on October 14, 2019, to stop the spread of polio in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque wants review of Local Government Code to renationalize healthcare

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'If health is not a priority and there are other priorities like infrastructure, health programs can be compromised,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of the country's current system of devolved healthcare

RENATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants a review of the health provision in the Local Government Code of 1991. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

No conflict of interest? Duque family still doing business with DOH, says Lacson

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says a Duque family-owned company got contracts from the government during Francisco Duque III's stints as health secretary under two presidents

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Senator Panfilo Lacson unveils new evidence alleging Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's tendency to allow his family to get government contracts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: No conflict of interest in family business dealings with gov't

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells the Senate blue ribbon committee that his personal interest in two businesses owned by his family 'did not in any way conflict with the interest of the government'

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives his opening statement at the start of the s=Senate inquiry on alleged anomalies of PhilHealth on August 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Family does business with gov't while Duque is health chief – Lacson

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson urges Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to ‘rid himself’ of conflict of interest and ‘put the interest of the people above everybody else’

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Senator Panfilo Lacson gives a privilege speech on July 29, 2019, hitting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for his family’s business deals with government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Manila, Pasig governments welcome 'Back to Bakuna' immunization program

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Health chief Francisco Duque III assures Manila and Pasig parents that vaccines work

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administers a measles vaccine to a student during the school-based immunization campaign attended by local official led by city Mayor Vico Sotto and Representative Roman Romulo at the Pasig Elementary School on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH declares national dengue alert

Jul 15, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports a total of 106,630 dengue cases from January to June 2019

NATIONAL DENGUE ALERT. The total number of dengue cases in the Philippines stands at 106,630 from January to June 2019.

New law allows minors to get HIV test without parents' consent

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:09 PM

A key provision of the new law allows minors from 15 to 17 years old to undergo HIV testing even without parental consent

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler