PH has only 2K available virus testing kits – RITM

first_img The Qatari government said in a statement that the travel ban is the first step that comes in line with its effort to take all necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19. MANILA – Senators expressed theirconcern over the limited number of available coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) testing kits in the country. According to POEA, around 3,000 overseas Filipino workerswill be affected by Qatar and Kuwait’s travel suspension. Aside from the Philippines, Qatar have also imposed travel ban on Doha-bound passengers from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand. POEA head Bernard Olalia said this during Monday’s Senate economic affairs hearing on the impact risk assessment of COVID-19, which was caused by the virus called SARS-CoV-2 – as named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. (With a report from GMA News/PN) The Department of Health (DOH) on Sundayconfirmed four new COVID-19 patients on Sunday, bringing the total in thecountry to 10. “As we speak today, our stock on hand isgood for 2,000 tests,” Dr. Rosanna Ditangco from the Research Institute onTropical Medicine testified during a Senate inquiry. The Department of Health currently has 2,000 testing kits and is expecting to receive 4,500 more from the World Health Organization. GMA NEWS “There’s an incoming 4,500 extractionkits po from WHO. That would be goodfor 2,000 individuals,”  Dr. Alethea De Guzman said. Meanwhile, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) two countries imposed a temporary entry ban on travelers from 14 countries, including the Philippines, in light of the virus outbreak. Ditangco added that the institute wasrequesting for an additional P43 million in funding for “various needs,”including the procurement of COVID-19 testing kits. The Kuwait government, meanwhile, have also imposed the temporary travel ban on the entry of Filipinos there, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Another Department of Health officialmeanwhile said that more equipment was arriving through the World HealthOrganization (WHO).last_img read more


More virus restrictions around the world placed

first_imgFrance ordered the closing of just abouteverything the rest of the world loves about it — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre,the cafes and restaurants — as governments took increasingly desperate measuresto put more space between people and contain the virus. South Korean army soldiers wearing protective suits move to spray disinfectant in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday, March 15, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. KIM HYUN-TAE/YONHAP VIA AP President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., which days ago barred travelers from most of Europe, will extend the ban to Britain and Ireland. And more cities in the U.S. put in place curbs on gatherings of more than a few hundred people, with one New Jersey city even announcing an overnight curfew. BARCELONA – Authorities around the worldturned to increasingly drastic measures to try to slow the spread of the newcoronavirus Sunday, with lockdowns, curfews and travel restrictions spreading. Soldiers and police sealed the denselypopulated Philippine capital from most domestic travelers in one of SoutheastAsia’s most drastic containment moves. The move mirrored a lockdown Spainannounced just hours earlier for its 46 million citizens. In China, where the virus was firstdetected in December, those arriving on overseas flights were routed to aconverted exhibition center for initial checks before being shuttled off totheir homes or other quarantine locations. It was clear, however, the way thecenter of gravity in the crisis has shifted westward toward Europe and NorthAmerica. The virus has infected more than 150,000 people worldwide and killedover 5,600. (AP)last_img read more


LGUs seek extension to SAP cash distribution

first_imgAs this was being written, distribution was ongoing in the LGUs of Calinog, Carles, Concepcion, Dingle, Dueñas, Dumangas, Estancia, Janiuay, Lambunao, Lemery, Leon, Miag-ao, Oton, Pavia, Pototan, San Rafael, Sta. Barbara, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Zarraga, and Passi City. A total of P1,863,738,000 SAP fund was downloaded to the 43 LGUs for the government’s cash assistance to 310,623 qualified family beneficiaries under “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.” (PIA-6/PN) The information was already relayed to concerned LGUs in the province, according to Sumagaysay. Iloilo province has 43 LGUs – 42 municipalities and the component city of Passi. Sumagaysay said on May 1 they were informed by the DILG regional office that the distribution had been extended until May 7 for LGUs in the National Capital Region, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Cavite, Cebu City and Davao City. Over 200 beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program in Barangay Timawa 2, Iloilo City gather at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand on April 28, 2020 to receive their cash assistance of P6,000 each. LGUs outside these areas were given a four-day extension. However, according to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Iloilo provincial director Teodora Sumagaysay, some local chief executives wrote to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año while others to Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista requesting for an extension, mostly due to the challenges in the validation process. Sumagaysay urged the remaining LGUs to fast track the distribution of the financial assistance  to beneficiaries who need the cash aid during these challenging times brought about by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and “they could also start their liquidation and preparation for the second tranche.” ILOILO – Local government units (LGUs) were originally expected to distribute completely the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash assistance by April 30. As of May 2, all qualified families affected by the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in 22 LGUs in this province already received their cash assistance of P6,000 each.last_img read more


‘Shabu’ worth P56K seized in buy-bust

first_imgResidents Michael Canlas, 36, and Peter Paul Sarno, 37, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Sixteen sachets of suspected shabu weighing about seven grams valued at around P56,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 2. The suspects were detained in the lockup cell of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img Sarno and Canlas were nabbed after they sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P200 around 11:45 p.m. on June 11, it added.last_img read more


Bacolod acquires equipment for COVID referral hospital

first_imgBACOLOD City – The city government here has acquired various types of medical equipment for the operation of the Bacolod City Respiratory Referral Center (BCRRC), a temporary coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) facility. Under the agreement, the BQMH will dedicate its 34-room south wing to become the referral center. The Sangguniang Panlungsod earlier passed a resolution ratifying the deed of usufruct between the city government and the BQMH for the use of the above equipment at the BCRRC. The contract – signed by Leonardia and hospital president Dr. Lucho Giovanni Giron – stated the equipment will remain owned by this city and shall be made available for the free use of the hospital. “This is truly a blessing for our people, coming at a time when more people are testing positive for the virus,” Mayor Evelio Leonardia said.Bacolod Queen of Mercy Hospital (BQMH) is the one hosting BCRRC.The following are the purchased medical equipment that will be used in the BCRRC:* 17 hospital beds* 10 hand-held thermal scanners* 10 units of adult pediatric blood pressure (BP) apparatus* two units of BP apparatus* two wheel chairs* a mobile X-ray machine* an electrocardiogram machine* a defibrillator* a video laryngoscope* an autoclave“We are truly grateful to Dr. Evangeline Johnson and the rest of the board and management of the BQMH for this partnership with the city,” Leonardia said. For the duration of the arrangement, this city will also provide consumable supplies such as personal protective equipment and testing kits. The hospital will provide the medical, nursing, utility and administrative staff for the BCRRC while the city government will deploy 10 registered nurses to work the third shift every 14 days. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more


Officials defend Drilon vs SONA attack

first_imgCong. Lorenz Defensor (3rd District, Iloilo) said the President should have focused solely on the government’s plans and responses to pressing matters such as the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Duterte started his SONA by accusing Drilon of defending oligarchs, and specifically the Lopezes who own the closed ABS-CBN television network. “Dapat hindi niya ‘yan sinabi sa SONA, dapat sa iba na lang,” Cadiao told Panay News. In closing his SONA on July 27, Duterte again lambasted Drilon. He accused the senator of having a hand in the water concession agreement entered by the government with Manila Water. “I aired my support for the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN because undeniably the network complements other stations in providing timely and accurate reportage even in the farthest locality unreachable to others, even to the government,” he added. The SONA is delivered by the President of the Philippines every year. In it, the Chief Executive reports on the state of the country, unveils the government’s agenda for the coming year, and may also propose to Congress certain legislative measures. For democracy to thrive, according to Drilon, “We need free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear.” “Kung may mali si Senator Drilon pag-usapan nila sa ibang forum,” said Cadiao who described the senator as “our kasimanwa, he is our neighbor.” The governor, however, said the President may just have been carried away by his emotions. Drilon said he was defending press freedom and not the Lopezes. “Unahon na lang naton ang gusto mabatian sang tawo sa subong pareho sang COVID response, economic stimulus, employment creation,” said Defensor. “Siguro mali ang forum,” said Antique’s Gov. Rhodora Cadiao.center_img The SONA is a constitutional obligation required by Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution. ILOILO City – President Rodrigo Duterte should not have used his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to attack Ilonggo Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon, according to some officials in Panay Island. “It is something that is imbued with public interest, No. 1 because of the role of the media. How do I tell the people to follow this executive order kon wala ninyo kami gina-interview? No. 2, it involves a lot of workers and it’s a big investment,” said the governor. “Kon ako lang ‘ya, mas maayo kon nahatag ang franchise,” said Defensor. Drilon also denied having anything to do with the water concession agreement entered by the government with Manila Water. “The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect,” he stressed. “Siguro napikon sia. Well, he is just human. Pero sige lang, pagbigyan natin. Pero mali ‘yon,” said Cadiao. For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo shared Drilon’s concern over ABS-CBN’s franchise. He found it strange that the President singled out Drilon when the Ilonggo senator was not the only one in the Senate to have opposed the denial of a franchise to ABS-CBN. “I had nothing to do with that contract – not even a period or a comma. I have not seen a copy of that contract. It was signed by the government during the time of President (Fidel) Ramos. I think I was already in the Senate when that was signed. I had nothing to do whatsoever with that contract. I had no participation,” he stressed./PNlast_img read more


Boys Soccer Sectional Pairings Released

first_imgIndiana High School Boys and Girls Soccer Tournaments Set for 20th Year.A field of 299 boys teams, a record for the 20th consecutive year, and 258 girls teams are entered as pairings for the 20th Annual IHSAA Soccer State Tournaments were announced this morning by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.Boys sectional action at 64 sites – 32 in each class – will be played Monday, Oct. 7 through Saturday, Oct. 12. Sixteen regional sites – eight in each class – will host two rounds each on Thursday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 19. Semi-states will be played at four sites on Saturday, Oct. 26 in a two-round format with the survivors squaring off in the state championship matches on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Indianapolis.SectionalsDates: Oct. 7, 9, 11, 12, 2013.Admission: $6 per session or $9 all sessions.Class 2ASectional 26 at Madison.Monday  (10-7):  East Central vs. Madison.    6 PMWednesday  (10-9):  Batesville vs. South Dearborn.    5 PM.Jennings County vs. Winner of Game 1.   Following.Saturday  (10-12):  Championship.  Noon.Sectional 25 at Richmond.Game 1:  Richmond vs. Connersville.Game 2:  Rushville vs. Franklin County.Game 3: New Castle vs. Winner of Game 1.Championship: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3.Class ASectional 56 at Waldron.Game 1:  Greensburg vs. Oldenburg Academy.Game 2:  Hauser vs. Waldron.Championship: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2.Sectional 57 at Jac-Cen-Del.Game 1:  Milan vs. Lawrenceburg.Game 2:  South Ripley vs. Jac-Cen-Del.Championship: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2.Sectional 58 at Switzerland County.Game 1:  Austin vs. Switzerland County.Game 2:  Shawe Memorial vs. Southwestern (Hanover).Game 3:  Rising Sun vs. Winner of Game 1.Championship: Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3.Courtesy of The IHSAA and Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.last_img read more


Kroger, Union Hoping To Beat Saturday Deadline

first_imgKroger and the supermarket’s union workforce are meeting this week as a labor contract is set to expire on Saturday, Nov. 9.They’re trying to beat the deadline to reach a new labor deal for the 12-thousand employees at 80 tri-state stores.Negotiations have been ongoing since late September, and both sides extended talks by a month which originally expired on Oct. 5.Officials say contract agreements have been complicated by health care benefits and their costs.last_img