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20 ‘poor’ towns in Cebu to pilot Bagsakan Centers next week

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —Twenty towns belonging to the fourth and fifth class income classifications will be the first to roll out their Bagsakan Centers to retail affordable basic goods for their constituents during the enhanced community quarantine…

Capitol downloads P373.2 M to LGUs for basic needs during ECQ

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines —The Cebu provincial government or the Capitol has already downloaded P373.2 million financial assistance to component local government units (LGUs) which they can use in the relief efforts during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).…

MCIAA assures foreigners due for repatriation follow protocols

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) has assured that all foreigners that arrive in Cebu to board their repatriation flights have followed the proper protocols of the airport amid the coronavirus disease…

Garcia says mayors may issue quarantine passes to seniors

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Despite Cebu Province’s 24-hour curfew for senior citizens and students, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia says town mayors may issue enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) passes to seniors if there is a need to. Garcia said…

VSMMC to start running tests from field samples

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The subnational laboratory of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) will now start running coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests for samples taken from field testing. Dr. Jaime Bernadas, regional director of the Department…

Cebu Province to import Vietnam rice for ECQ relief

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu provincial government plans to import rice supply from Vietnam to use in the relief assistance during the enhanced community quarantine. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the province is looking to resort…

Mandaue City: The police are our ‘partners’

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Mandaue City government reiterated that police officers are their “partners” in the implementation of the protocols for the enhance community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. Lawyer Jamaal James…

Of hopes and dreams before and after the COVID-19 pandemic

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — If not for the coronavirus disease 20019 (COVID-19) threat and the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) that now affects the entire Cebu province, Marl Elvin Valizado is supposed to embark into another milestone in…

Mandaue cannot close borders from Cebu City unless IATF says so

Rosalie Abatayo 04/02/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Unless there will be a “total lockdown,” Mandaue City cannot close its borders to Cebu City. Mandaue City Administrator Jamaal James Calipayan said the city will continue to open its borders for the…

First COVID-19 case in Consolacion ‘imported’; DOH-7 reports 2 ‘recoveries’ in Cebu City

Rosalie Abatayo 04/01/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The first case of coronavirus disease in Consolacion town, in northern Cebu is “imported” Mayor Joannes Alegado told CDN Digital that their first COVID-19 patient, a 54-year-old professional, has just arrived from a…

Gwen to Locsin: ‘I am not making things difficult but coordination is needed’

Rosalie Abatayo 04/01/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — There is no need for Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to “beg” for Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to allow foreigners to set foot in Cebu in order to embark on their repatriation flights…

DFA begs Gwen to let foreigners from other provinces enter Cebu to board repatriation flights

Rosalie Abatayo 04/01/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — To “spare” the country’s tourism industry from a “justified retaliation” in the future, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. is “begging” the provincial government of Cebu to allow foreign nationals to enter the…

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