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All your GCQ commuting and mobilizing questions answered.
Transport services will resume operations once the majority of the country shifts to general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1. To prepare for the return of commuters, the Department of Transportation released guidelines for the different transport systems.You would by now that COVID-19 ...
 
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He is now a frontliner in Australia.
Millions of medical health workers are risking their lives every day because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but Filipino nurse Suharto Jundam, however, wouldn't have it any other way.Suharto, or "Jao" to his friends, was the seventh placer in the 2015 nursing board exams.Despite ...
 
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Life goes on.
No one knew how life-altering the COVID-19 pandemic was in the beginning of the year, and college seniors are just a handful of people whose lives were very much impacted by the coronavirus.On spending what would have been the last sem of her ...
 
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Where can you actually go now?
It looks like life is easing back to almost-normal. The president Rodrigo Duterte announced yesterday, May 28, that Metro Manila will shift to a GCQ, or general community quarantine, come June 1. Top Story: How the CIA Used the Aswang to Win a War in ...
 
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Time for that trip abroad?
Staying at home for two months straight is quite the experience. You might be looking for a change of scenery, but it might take a while before you step on foreign soil again.TOP STORY: These High Schools Have Some Pretty Famous AlumniThe quarantine ...
 
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Cash payments are not allowed.
Grab is gearing up to restart its ride-hailing operations that were suspended over two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. One of its new policies is that Grab drivers are allowed to cancel rides if he or she finds that the ...
 
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There appears to be a lag in the reporting of cases by the DOH.
The Department of Health (DOH) has yet to report 7,119 positive cases of COVID-19, according to a study conducted by the University of the Philippines. The study collected data from 36 testing centers around the country."We recommend that the national government continue ...
 
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Let your taste buds do the traveling.
You may be cooped up in your house, but you can still travel through the world via your taste buds. These restaurants and food purveyors will be the perfect cure to keep the travel bug away.TOP STORY: Amazing Philippine Architecture You Need to SeeWhen ...
 
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And sometimes we can't even do 8,000
A research brief from scientists of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), which focused on the National Captial Region (NCR), says that "the NCR would need a testing capacity of 15,000 tests per day and 1,800 contact tracers working in call centers scattered throughout the region to control ...
 
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Some hotels have already laid off employees.
It seems no industry or business is spared from the wrath of COVID-19.Around 75,000 staff and workers in the hotel and accommodation industry could lose their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Philippine Hotel Owners Association Inc. (PHOAI).This projection is based ...
 
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'Gubat' is a restaurant hidden in foliage within the U.P. campus.
One of the pains brought about by the global pandemic is the displacement of workers and loss of income. Thankfully, there are restaurants like Gubat where you can enjoy a meal and help the displaced working class at the same time.Gubat is ...
 
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A car accessories company, whose shop has been closed by the quarantine, has converted its production to making aerosol boxes that provide additional protection for frontliners.
“During the lockdown period, we don’t have work, our shop is closed,” says Gen Belanio, an entrepreneur based in Marikina who owns a car accessories business, Gen Concept. “I thought, 'How can I help our frontliners?'”Belanio's shop manufactures customized car stereos and other ...
 
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He reads books about environmental sustainability to them. 
Billionaire Andrew Tan, chairman of Alliance Global, is making sure to spend quality time with his family during the coronavirus pandemic.In this contributed photo, the 67-year-old can be seen with three of his grandchildren—kids of his son Kendrick Tan, who is executive ...
 
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Report it straight away.
Instances of child abuse saw an increase during the COVID-19 lockdown in the Philippines, with poverty-ridden families resorting to peddling minors to pedophiles online just to get cash for food and other necessities. In a previous report from the Associated Press, Internet Protocol ...
 
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It's time to jumpstart the economy.
After variations of the enhanced community quarantine in the last three months, Metro Manila mayors are in agreement to shift to the slightly more lenient General Community Quarantine by June 1.According to Inquirer.net, the mayors have "unanimously" approved the recommendation though each still ...
 
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He's been serving meals and donating rice to vulnerable communities.
From crafting masks and other personal protective equipment to donating cash to fundraisers, there are many stories of ordinary citizens pitching in and helping others where they can during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of generosity and selflessness ...
 
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Senator Gordon was heavily criticized on Twitter for his replies to anchor Connie Sison.
Senator Dick Gordon appears to have lost his patience during a phone interview with GMA morning program Unang Hirit. The chairman of the Philippine Red Cross was talking to anchor Connie Sison about the mass testing efforts performed by the organization for ...
 
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The IATF has two exceptions to the rule.
In areas under quarantine, all mass gatherings are currently prohibited.But two “essential” exceptions have just been announced by the government: gatherings that provide government services, and gatherings for authorized humanitarian activities.In the omnibus guidelines for community quarantine published in the Official Gazette on May 15, the ...
 
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The DILG said there is a lot of "fake news" going around re: travel requirements.
Forced to quarantine in a city that isn't your place of residence?According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), you can finally go home as long as you have a medical certificate issued by the health office of a ...
 
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The country has allocated a budget of $12.5 billion to revive its tourism sector.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake the entire world, travel has been mandatorily put on pause. But as countries slowly reopen their cities and hold on to the hope of recovering, Japan is making a move in an effort to breathe new life ...
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