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Priests frown on bill allowing online weddings

Jovic Yee 07/06/2020

It’s one thing to hear Masses online, but it’s quite another to wed couples virtually. While the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has forced everyone to adopt new norms of living and working, Balanga Bishop Ruperto…

DOF to ban online sale of ‘sin’ products

Ben O. de Vera 07/06/2020

MANILA, Philippines — While cigarettes and liquor are enjoying brisk sales online in the time of pandemic and are delivered to the comforts of home of buyers, who may include minors, the Department of Finance (DOF) wants…

Increased public contact causing surge in virus cases – DOH

Tina G. Santos 07/06/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — Increased contact among the population as a result of the relaxation of quarantine measures is causing a surge in new coronavirus cases in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Sunday.…

BI officers sacked for ’fictitiously’ encoding Wirecard COO’s entry to PH

Katrina Hallare 07/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Some Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers were removed from their posts as they were found to have “fictitiously” encoded that the former chief operating officer (COO) of German payments processing firm Wirecard AG entered…

Operation of Misamis Oriental provincial gov’t halted as court orders stop to public spending

Jigger J. Jerusalem 07/04/2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY——The operation of the Misamis Oriental provincial government was at a standstill starting June 29 after a local court restrained officials from executing its P3.5 billion annual budget for 2020. Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny…

IATF relaxes restriction on religious activities in GCQ areas

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 07/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Religious activities in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) will be allowed starting July 10, although venues will only be allowed to accommodate 10 percent of its capacity,  Malacañang said Friday. Religious gatherings in…

Gov’t ready to sell assets to purchase COVID-19 vaccine, once available — Roque

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 07/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The government is ready to dispose some of its assets to fund the purchase coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines once it becomes available in the market, Malacañang said Friday. “Basta po meron nang gamot…

DepEd, CHED asked to ‘initiate academic freeze’ until virus mass testing is conducted

Katrina Hallare 07/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A youth group on Thursday, July 2, 2020, called on the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to introduce an “academic freeze” until mass testing for the coronavirus is carried…

Another Army team misses Abu targets after agents’ killing

Jeannette I. Andrade, Julie S. Alipala 07/03/2020

An Army unit awaiting a signal to swoop down on an Abu Sayyaf bomb maker and two suspected female bombers instead received word that four of their comrades had been gunned down in Jolo, Sulu, a military…

Weak contact tracing, psychological stigma among challenges faced by Cebu City — Galvez 

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 07/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — While Cebu City is now “improving,” the chief implementer of the government’s COVID-19 efforts said several challenges were observed as to why the city became a COVID-19 hotspot. “Nakikita po natin nag-i-improve ang Cebu because of…

Remdesivir shows ‘positive effects’ on COVID-19 patients but not conclusive

Daphne Galvez - Inquirer.net 07/02/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — The antiviral drug remdesivir which is being eyed as a treatment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has so far shown “positive effects” on some patients taking it. However, such findings are not…

CHEd: Med schools may admit this year students who did not take NMAT

Darryl John Esguerra 07/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) announced Wednesday, July 1, 2020, that it would allow medical schools to admit this coming school year students who did not take the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT).…

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