Articles with the tag "COVID-19" (55)

At a Senate hearing last year, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported that enrollment from kindergarten to senior high school for school year 2020-2021 was estimated at 23 million or 83 percent of the 27.7 million enrolled previously. When Senator Nancy Binay asked DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan if this meant there would be millions more out-of-school youth, the answer was, “Yes, Madam Senator.”
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Published on 19/04/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Communities, Education, Health
Tags: children, COVID-19
Philippine health authorities suspended on Thursday the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for people below 60 years of age to investigate reports of blood clots coming from overseas. The temporary suspension came after the European Medicines Agency recommended to include blood clots as a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Food and Drug Administration chief Rolando Enrique Domingo said in a statement, adding that there were no reports of such adverse side effects in the country.
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Published on 12/04/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Health, Legal, Politics
Tags: COVID-19, vaccine
KJ Catequista suffers panic attacks whenever she receives text messages on her mobile phone from teachers of what could well be simple reminders to parents about their children’s missed deadlines. Often, it takes hours for Catequista, a mother of three, to finally open the group chat app with other parents, nervously scrolling down the names of students and silently praying that those of her children are not listed among those lagging behind.
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Published on 12/04/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Education, Health, People
Tags: children, COVID-19
Andrix Serrano studies alone inside a Manila slum shack he shares with his street-sweeper grandmother. Like many in his fourth-grade class, he has no internet for his shuttered school’s online lessons. A year after the coronavirus pandemic sent the Philippines into a months-long lockdown, classrooms across the country remain empty and children are still stuck at home.
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Published on 16/03/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Education, Legal, Politics
Tags: children, COVID-19, Duterte, School, students
The country does not need to go into full-scale lockdown even amid the surge of COVID-19 cases as this could be addressed in other ways, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday. For the month of March, it is uncalled for,” he said during a Palace briefing when asked whether the country should revert to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) which shuts down all industries except essential sectors such as food and medicine.
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Published on 13/03/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Health, News and Events, Politics
Tags: COVID-19, Duterte, Health
What were the top killer diseases? There was no update for the years 2019 and 2020 but in the year before that, the PSA reported that heart diseases, cancer and cerebrovascular diseases alone accounted for more than a third of those who died in 2018.

Based on our estimate, COVID-19 might explain only about 1.5 percent of total mortalities. Therefore, what is the big deal about the coronavirus? What is the urgency of getting effective, safe and available vaccines?
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Published on 11/03/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Health, Opinion, People
Tags: COVID-19, family
Citizens who have been battered economically with the lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic badly need P10,000 worth of financial aid, Bayan Muna said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said the government should not wait for Filipinos to suffer more before handing out monetary grants, especially with 4.5 million of them jobless in 2020, as recorded by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
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Published on 11/03/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Health, Politics, Society
Tags: COVID-19, poverty
Nearly a year since the lockdown has been imposed, a women’s research center said the number of economically-insecure Filipino women has climbed by 3.5 million, following the loss of jobs, absence of due social protection, and the continuing neoliberal policies that have long been detrimental to the poor even before the pandemic.
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Published on 02/03/2021 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Business, News and Events, People, Society
Tags: COVID-19, poverty, women
The COVID-19 pandemic will make 2.7 million more Filipinos poor this year on top of a record slide in the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) or economic output in what could be the worst outturn post-war, the World Bank said Tuesday.
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Published on 10/12/2020 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Health, People, Society
Tags: ASEAN, COVID-19, government, infrastructure, poverty, quarantine, vaccine
The Department of Tourism wants to work with the Philippine General Hospital to cut costs of COVID-19 swab testing for local tourists, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said on Wednesday. The secretary said that although the hospital already provides RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests at a cheap rate of ₱1,800, she hopes to get a 50% discount for tourists since they are required to undergo testing before their trips.
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Published on 03/12/2020 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Communities, Health, Travel
Tags: COVID-19, Tourism
At the beginning of August, 2020, we wrote in this column the imperative to think and act outside the vax. If other nations’ authorities managed to mitigate the pandemic’s ruthless consequences on their people’s lives and livelihood, keep recession relatively mild and prevent joblessness from leading to suicide without vaccines, it is difficult why the Philippines has failed to do it.
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Published on 03/12/2020 by Puerto Parrot
Categories: Health, Opinion
Tags: COVID-19, government, Health, vaccine