With workers exempted, Gatchalian wants ‘no vax, no ride’ policy scrapped

MANILA, Philippines — Another senator has joined the call to stop the enforcement of the “no vaccination, no ride” policy in Metro Manila after the government exempted workers from it. “Para hindi na maguluhan at ma-confuse ang mga commuters natin, ihinto na lang ang no vax, no ride policy dahil…

Gov’t eyes incentives for vaccinators in pharmacies

MANILA, Philippines — The government is looking at incentives for COVID-19 vaccinators who will participate in the immunization drive in select pharmacies and clinics. National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon on Tuesday announced that the government will roll out the vaccination drive in pharmacies and clinics…

Pangilinan asks gov’t to scrap ‘no vax, no ride’ rule; Lacson urges further study

MANILA, Philippines— Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Tuesday asked the government to end its “no vaccination, no ride” policy supposedly intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. “Magiging source lang ng paninikil at pang-aabuso. Hindi solusyon sa COVID-19 ang panggigipit at pananakot,” Pangilinan said in a text message as the…

87.44% of HEI personnel, 63.04% of tertiary students vaccinated vs COVID-19 – CHEd

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 87.44 percent of faculty members of higher education institutions (HEIs) and 63.04 percent of tertiary students have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, Chair Prospero de Vera III of the Commission on Higher Education said in the taped weekly “Talk to the People” with President…

NGCP warns of thin power supply in Luzon grid as higher demand likely during dry season

MANILA, Philippines — The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) on Tuesday warned of thin power supply in the Luzon grid during the upcoming dry season due to expected higher demand. The NGCP said the Department of Energy (DOE) has projected total peak demand of 12,387 MegaWatts (MW) for…

When to get boosters after positive COVID test

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday issued a checklist for the public to know when to get a booster shot after testing positive for the new coronavirus. In an advisory, the DOH encouraged fully vaccinated individuals, particularly those who have just recovered from COVID-19, to get…

Ombudsman offices in QC, Davao City to remain closed until Jan. 28

MANILA, Philippines — Ombudsman offices in Quezon City and Davao City will remain closed until Jan. 28 due to the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases. Separate memoranda have been issued by the Office of the Ombudsman for Quezon City and Davao City employees prohibiting entry to their offices “to implement…

DOH to distribute home care kits for ‘vulnerable’ mild COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will soon distribute home care kits for “vulnerable” families and individuals with mild COVID-19 and are undergoing isolation in their homes. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the production of “Kalinga Kits” was made possible through the partnership of the DOH…

PNP personnel to be deployed as ‘mystery passengers,’ too

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will also be deployed as “mystery passengers” to ensure compliance to the “no vaccination, no ride” policy of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on public utility vehicles in Metro Manila, PNP spokesperson Roderick Alba said on Tuesday. “Yes, we will do this…

DOH: 28,471 new COVID-19 cases in PH; active cases now 284,458

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Tuesday 28,471 additional COVID-19 cases—a figure lower than Monday’s 37,070 cases but with fewer tests. With 34,892 recoveries, the total number of active cases slightly went down from over 290,938 on Monday to 284,458 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, 34 more patients…