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156 stranded OFWs, residents finally coming home to Lanao del Sur

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers will be quarantined in Marawi City

COMING HOME. Returning Lanao del Sur residents boarded one of the buses that wil take them home to Marawi City, capital of Lanao del Sur. Photo from Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office

Back on track: PH athletics to return under new rules

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:22 PM

The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) has created guidelines it will implement for the potential return of the sport

CAUTIOUS. In events where equipment will be used, particularly relays, athletes will be provided a sanitizing solution by marshals to disinfect their hands. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Overseas Filipinos with coronavirus reach 5,369

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Middle East and Africa have the highest number of Filipinos infected with the virus, but the most deaths are in the Americas

OFWS. Stranded passengers mostly OFWs queque as they wait to buy ticket to go back to their respective provinces at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City on June 4, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Bacoor coastal sitio on lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The lockdown in Sitio Aroma in Barangay Zapote 5, Bacoor City in Cavite will last until June 15

Bacoor coastal sitio on lockdown due to COVID outbreak in the area. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases now at 21,340, death toll nears 1,000

Jun 06, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The Department of Health reports 714 new cases as of 4 pm on Saturday, June 6

CORONAVIRUS. Health workers disinfect the the Novaliches District Hospital along Quirino Highway on May 26, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Quezon City to provide tablets for 176,000 high school students

Jun 06, 2020 - 2:18 PM

A newly-approved local budget for education will also provide internet allowance and gadgets for public school teachers

BACK TO SCHOOL. File photo of elementary students. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Back to swim: How tankers can resume training in quarantine

Jun 06, 2020 - 12:47 PM

'Jump straight into the pool, swim, and leave immediately' is the main protocol for swimming during the pandemic

SOCIAL DISTANCING. The Philippine Swimming Inc puts emphasis on social distancing when training in the pool. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

LOOK: Iloilo governor designs motorcycle with safety divider

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr hopes the Land Transportation Office will consider his design and allow backriding on motorcycles

GOVERNOR'S DESIGN. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr (right) presents the motorcycle design that he has proposed to the Land Transportation Office. Photo from the Iloilo Public Information Office

Violence vs civilians reaching pre-pandemic levels in PH – report

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:24 AM

The military and police are responsible for almost half of the violent incidents, according to international conflict monitoring group ACLED

The family of Corporal Winston Ragos, the retired military man who died in the hands of the police, weeps as the former soldier is given a hero’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Iloilo maps out recovery plan to lift sectors hard-hit by coronavirus pandemic

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Agriculture, tourism, and public transportation are the priority sectors under the recovery plan of Iloilo, which incurred over P10 billion in economic losses when most businesses ceased operations during the coronavirus lockdown

ILOILO CHIEF. Governor Arthur Defensor Jr addresses local officials during a meeting on March 31, 2020. Photo from the Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo Facebook page

Business groups oppose 'highly divisive' anti-terror bill

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:04 PM

During the coronavirus pandemic, what the country needs is 'national unity' and not a bill that 'poses clear and present danger to human rights,' 8 business groups say in a joint statement

JUNK TERROR BILL. In this file photo, militant groups march from Philcoa to the UP Quezon Hall in Quezon City on June 3, 2020, to protest against the passing of House Bill No. 6875, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Peso strengthens, hits P49 to $1 after 3 years

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:30 PM

The Philippine peso is at its strongest in 3 years, but families receiving dollars from abroad may not be happy about the news

Earnings crash: PAL suffers net loss of P9.4 billion in Q1 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Philippine Airlines' passenger revenues fall 21.5%, as travel restrictions hurt the aviation industry

Cebu Governor Garcia takes back EO permitting motorcycle backriding

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:53 PM

No less than President Duterte says exempting only Cebu from the ban on motorcycle backriding is discriminatory

Remullas petition to allow couple backride pass to DOH. - Remulla wrote a letter to DOH Sec. DUQUE to allow wife or husband backride pass going to work at every checkpoint in Cavite during GCQ. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

First COVID-19 death compensation check delivered June 4 – DOH

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:35 PM

DOH says 10 more checks are to be delivered within Metro Manila, two are already sent to Davao, while the rest are already received by the department's regional offices

HEALTH WORKERS. Manila health workers sanitize and take off their (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment after they conduct community rapid testing for COVID-19 at San Andres, Manila on May 1, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

P1.3-trillion economic stimulus vs coronavirus 'not fundable,' says NEDA

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:50 PM

Economic managers say the government can only afford P130 billion for spending programs. Lawmaker Stella Quimbo says that is 'a pitiful response to the biggest economic catastrophe since the World War.'

FUNDING. Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases rise to 20,626

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The Department of Health says that of the 244 new cases, 168 are 'fresh' cases while 76 are 'late' cases

MASS TESTING. Health workers continue COVID-19 swabbing during a mass testing at the SB Plaza in Novaliches in Quezon City on May 22, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After backlash, Duque takes responsibility for health workers' compensation mess

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:37 PM

'While I expressed disappointment towards some members of my team, I acknowledge that this is still my responsibility as SOH,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says in a tweet

COMPENSATION MESS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III takes responsibility over delayed health workers benefits. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cavite churches prepare for resumption of public masses

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista of the Diocese of Imus says all parish priests are putting in place all the necessary precautionary measures in their churches to protect mass-goers once Cavite is under MGCQ

EMPTY PEWS. A few parishioners at the historic St Francis of Assisi Parish Church in General Trias City, Cavite, after the province eased into general community quarantine on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

#CitizensInHealth: How can we help strengthen our public health system?

Jun 05, 2020 - 2:45 PM

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OFWs transiting Metro Manila to be sent home within 5 days

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:44 PM

National Task Force COVID-19 overall head Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the government doesn't want a 'repeat of the previous months' when thousands were stuck in Metro Manila

COMING HOME. Around 100 Overseas Filipino Workers who were repatriated due to Coronavirus pandemic board a ship at the Northport Terminal in Manila on May 27, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House passes P1.5-trillion infra stimulus package to curb unemployment

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:38 PM

Under House Bill No. 6920, the government can tap into the fund for 3 fiscal years upon enactment. If passed this year, the funds will be valid until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.

CONSTRUCTION IN A PANDEMIC. A worker carries mattresses during the construction of the back-up Barangay Isolation Center for coronavirus patients in Cebu City on May 27, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Año says families of some erring barangay officials got cash aid

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:56 AM

DILG files criminal complaints to some 155 barangay officials over alleged cash aid distribution irregularities

CASH AID. DILG files cases against erring barangay officials over cash aid anomalies. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte to axe DOH staff over health workers' compensation but spares Duque

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:52 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells President Duterte during a televised meeting: 'Nakakahiya talaga, Sir. Namatayan na nga, tapos nagpawardi-wardi mga tao ko na parang walang sense of urgency.'

COMPENSATION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte set a new deadline for the release of health worker compensation. Malacanang photo

Ban on motorcycle backriding stays, Duterte tells Cebu's Gwen Garcia

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

'As much as I would like to accommodate Governor Garcia, if I begin to give exception to one, I will open myself to charges of anti-graft law,' Duterte says

BACKRIDING. Passenger rides Angkas in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH unemployment at all-time high with 7.3 million jobless in April 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippines' unemployment rate for April surges to 17.7%, the highest ever on record, as the coronavirus pandemic wipes out jobs

Inflation slows to 2.1% in May 2020

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:07 AM

(UPDATED) Lower transportation costs and food prices cause the downtrend in the Philippines' inflation rate

#DuterteLive: Updates on Philippine community quarantine levels due to the coronavirus

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:02 AM

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Most Filipinos say strict stay-at-home measures 'worth it' – SWS survey

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:22 PM

According to the Social Weather Stations survey, 84% of Filipinos believe that strict lockdown measures imposed due to the pandemic 'are worth it to protect people and limit the spread' of the virus

LOCKDOWN. In this file photo, members of the Manila Police District set up exit and entry control points in Tondo District I during the start of the implementation of a 'hard lockdown' on May 3, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Over 5,300 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:16 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs counts 96 new cases and 2 more deaths, as of Thursday, June 4

LIVING IN A PANDEMIC. People sit at a bar's terrace in Valencia, on May 19, 2020, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus  outbreak. Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP

House OKs bill on coronavirus testing for vulnerable sectors

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:15 PM

The bill includes non-medical frontliners and quarantine pass holders who do not exhibit symptoms among those to be prioritized for testing

RT-PCR TEST FOR CORONAVIRUS. Health workers take the swab of a man atthe Noveleta Medcare Hospital in Cavite on May 16, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Fun Ranch, Jump Yard close permanently after COVID lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:47 PM

The two family attractions announce on their Facebook pages that they'll be shutting down permanently – deposits for reservations will be refunded

Second COVID-19 infection in Itogon another jail officer in Bilibid

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:28 PM

The Itogon mayor says the town's 2 confirmed infections most likely contracted the disease in their workplace, the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa

NOT SO DISINFECTED. File photo of Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag personally disinfecting the New Bilibid Prison on March 19, 2020. Photo from BuCor

Cebu province allows motorcycle backriding while under GCQ

Jun 04, 2020 - 9:13 PM

The executive order of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, however, does not allow motorcycle taxis or habal-habal in the province

Remullas petition to allow couple backride pass to DOH. - Remulla wrote a letter to DOH Sec. DUQUE to allow wife or husband backride pass going to work at every checkpoint in Cavite during GCQ. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill on post-pandemic ‘better normal’

Jun 04, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Violators stand to face possible 1 to 2 months' jail time or a fine ranging from P1,000 up to P50,000

'BETTER NORMAL.' A woman wears a protective mask as she crosses foot bridge, while vehicles queue in traffic along EDSA on June 2, 2020. Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Rappler

Recto: Compensation for virus-hit health workers should be tax-free

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'The taxman should not have a share of the state’s monetary thank you to these heroes,' says Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto

FRONTLINERS. A nurse undergoes swabbing for COVID-19 testing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House approves P1.3-trillion economic stimulus package vs pandemic

Jun 04, 2020 - 6:02 PM

44 of the country's biggest business groups back the ARISE Philippines bill, but progressive lawmakers argue that it would only be a Band-aid solution to unemployment

MARKET DAY. A market vendor in Baguio City sells his products during the COVID-19 crisis on May 19, 2020. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

PH coronavirus cases surpass 20,000

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The government reports 634 more confirmed positive cases on Thursday, June 4, bringing the total to 20,382

An unusual number of rush hour commuters queue and observe physical distancing during the resumption of MRT operations on the first day of the General of Community Quarantine in NCR on June 1, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Business groups press Duterte for 'more substantial' economic plan vs virus

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Over 40 business groups call on the Philippine government to swiftly produce a law for economic recovery

Foreign buying lifts PSEi to 6,500

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Net foreign inflows build up as the Philippine economy slowly reopens after over two months of strict lockdown

How to help jeepney drivers affected by the coronavirus lockdown

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:29 PM

It's still unsure when most jeepney drivers can go back on the road. Here are ways you can help them and the 6 drivers who were arrested while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations.

PISTON 6. Six drivers are arrested on Tuesday, June 2, while holding a protest calling for the resumption of their operations during general community quarantine. Photo from Piston

PH aims to test more asymptomatics, all frontliners – Dizon

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The biggest obstacle to attaining this goal is the lack of test kits, which prevents the country from maximizing the testing capacity of accredited laboratories

Police officers along with other front line workers undergo mass testing at he San Juan Elementary School on May 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte borrows another $500 million from World Bank for coronavirus

Jun 04, 2020 - 3:05 PM

So far, the Duterte administration has borrowed $1.1 billion or around P55 billion from the World Bank for the Philippines' coronavirus response

DOH: Funds for minor programs realigned for COVID-19 response

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:56 PM

'We're only delaying the implementation of the minor programs and soft components of the programs so we could use the funds for COVID-19 response,' says Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 17, 2020. File Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Angry' Duterte orders gov't to ensure virus-hit health workers get compensation

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Agencies have until June 9 to distribute compensation to health workers severely sick with COVID-19 and families of health workers who died from the disease

Health workers observe as another medical personnel conducts a swab test to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on Bayanihan 2 bill

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:18 PM

If passed, the Bayanihan 2 bill would be effective until September 30, unless extended by Congress

PH's youngest COVID-19 survivor baby Kobe dies

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Rosalyn Manjares, baby Kobe's aunt, says the infant had to be rushed back to the hospital in May due to a high fever and constipation

BABY KOBE DIES. File photo of baby Kobe when he was received by his father on April on April 28 at the National Children’s Hospital in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Where did funds from 2019, 2020 budgets for coronavirus response go?

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:38 PM

As of May 27, at least P353.86 billion has been released from available funds in the two national budgets to fund coronavirus-related measures

House panel OKs Bayanihan 2 bill, P162-B standby fund for pandemic response

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The P162-billion standby fund would be used to buy RT-PCR test kits and fund cash-for-work programs, low-interest loans, and cash subsidies to those affected and displaced by the pandemic

LIFE IN A PANDEMIC. Residents of Sampaloc, Manila wanting to enlist in the government's Balik Probinsya Program makes a long line as they wait for their turn for a COVID-19 rapid test at Earnshaw Health Center on June 3, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Tabuk City government in Kalinga allows churches to reopen

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Tabuk City has no confirmed coronavirus cases to date. Churches in the city can hold public masses at 50% seating capacity and mass attendees should observe social distancing and other precautionary measures.

KALINGA CATHEDRAL. The altar of the Saint William's Cathedral in Tabuk, Kalinga. Photo from the Facebook page of Saint William's Cathedral-Tabuk