DOH cites Davao City’s isolation of Covid-19 patients

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has acknowledged Davao City government’s move to assign only one hospital to cater to patients suspected of and infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as one of its best practice. DOH Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega, in a press briefing on July 9, said one of the main drivers of …

Gov’t discourages home-based quarantine: Nograles

MANILA – The national government is now discouraging home-based quarantine for those who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to minimize the risk of transmission within households, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Sunday. Nograles, also co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said the government will instead …

7 more coronavirus cases recorded in SoCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – South Cotabato province recorded on Saturday seven more confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the highest in one day for the area. Arjohn Gangoso, health education and promotion officer of the Department of Health (DOH)-Region 12, said in a situation report released on Saturday night that the new Covid-19 patients were all …

Another Sarangani court orders arrest of Kapa execs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Another court in Sarangani province has ordered the arrest of Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. founder Pastor Joel Apolinario and his top associates for syndicated estafa. Lawyer Regner Peneza, head of the National Bureau of Investigation-Sarangani district office, said the agency received July 10 the warrant of arrest issued by the Regional …

No regular face-to-face classes in August: CHED

MANILA – There will be no regular in-person classes in the opening of the semester this coming August, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Prospero de Vera III clarified on Saturday. “CHED wants to make it very clear that higher education institutions (HEIs) will open the semester in August using flexible learning mode. There are no …

Ex-GenSan dad, 74 others nabbed over land dispute in Tboli

GENERAL SANTOS CITY–A person was wounded while 75 others–including a former city councilor here–were arrested after violence erupted Sunday morning in a disputed ancestral land in the outskirts of Tboli town, South Cotabato province. Maj. Irish Hezron Parangan, chief of Tboli municipal police station, said on Monday that a group of land claimants allegedly harassed …

PNP, AFP to revisit operational protocols after Sulu shooting

MANILA – Ranking police and military officials on Monday met to tackle proposal to form a board of inquiry that will revisit the operational procedures to prevent a repeat of the shooting incident that killed four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, said that PNP Internal Affairs Service Inspector …

Duterte may deliver SONA in Congress physically or virtually

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte could either physically deliver his fifth state of the nation address (SONA) at the usual venue or do it virtually, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there were only two options for Duterte to deliver his SONA on July 27 amid the prevailing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) health crisis. …