House rep seeks Senate approval of future WHO pandemic policies

Jeannette I. Andrade 01/01/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Rep. Dan Fernandez of Santa Rosa City is seeking Senate approval for any upcoming pandemic policies or regulations, which could result in “medical martial law,” that the World Health Organization (WHO) might impose on…

EG.5 coronavirus strain a ‘variant of interest’— WHO

08/10/2023

The World Health Organization on Wednesday classified the EG.5 coronavirus strain circulating in the United States and China as a “variant of interest” but said it did not seem to pose more of a threat to public…

Cebu groups: Marcos ‘squandered’ his first year in Malacañang

Emmariel Ares 07/21/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. “failed” to address pressing issues on livelihood and the need to improve lives during his first year in Malacañang. This was according to cause-oriented groups in Cebu who gathered…

26th SHAABAA opens on Sunday with 23 teams vying for supremacy

Glendale G. Rosal 07/14/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines—- A total of 23 teams will battle for hardcourt supremacy in the 26th season of the Sacred Heart Ateneo Alumni Basketball Athletic Association (SHAABAA) that will unfold at 1 p.m.on Sunday, July 16, 2023,…

Washington recruits dogs and cats in war on rodents

Agence France Presse 06/19/2023

WASHINGTON — On a hot June night, revelers descend on Washington’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, a nightlife and dining hotspot in the US capital. But they aren’t the only ones profiting from the good weather. Also out in…

Mandaue to shift focus from COVID-19 to El Niño preparations, other problems

Mary Rose Sagarino 05/08/2023

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Following the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 is no longer a  global health emergency, the Mandaue City Government would now shift its focus on post pandemic recovery. Mayor Jonas…

Gwen on WHO declaration ending COVID pandemic: It’s about time

Morexette Marie B. Erram 05/08/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – “It’s about time.” This was Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s comment when the World Health Organization (WHO) no longer considered COVID-19 a global health emergency. On Friday, WHO declared the end of the COVID-19…

No restrictions in Cebu province amid IATF’s Alert Level 2 status

Morexette Marie Erram 04/24/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines – As far as Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is concerned, the province has “moved on” from the COVID-19 pandemic. Garcia on Monday, April 24, assured the public that there will be no restrictions amid…

Gov’t still owes 20,000 healthcare workers P1.94 billion in backpay

Kathleen de Villa 04/23/2023

MANILA, Philippines — About 20,000 healthcare workers who rendered duty in private hospitals during the pandemic have yet to receive their COVID-19 allowances amounting to P1.94 billion. Data from the United Private Hospital Unions of the Philippines (UPHUP) showed…

DOH OKs 2nd booster shot for general adult population

Kathleen de Villa 04/13/2023

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has finally approved the rollout of second booster shots against COVID-19 for the general adult population. DOH officer in charge Maria Rosario Vergeire on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, said…

‘Soft skills’ are essential skills

Anna Cristina Tuazon@inquirerdotnet 04/13/2023

Yesterday’s headline referred to the findings of a recent Commission on Human Rights (CHR) situational report that highlighted the unique challenges of fresh graduates in finding jobs. The report called this batch of graduates the “pandemic generation”…

A good read: ‘The COVID-19 catastrophe’

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo - @inquirerdotnet 03/24/2023

March 2020 was when the government placed the Philippines under near-total lockdown. The COVID-19 virus had landed. But we had no idea what was down the road and how, if there would be a pandemic, it would…

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