Philhealth says it is still reconciling records on P20-B unpaid reimbursements to hospitals

Assures hospitals that Philhealth has the funds to pay claims   (Eagle News) — Philhealth confirmed on Monday, Aug. 9, that it still has around P20 billion in unpaid reimbursements to private and public hospitals and that it is still reconciling its records on this amount. The Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) has earlier said that Philhealth’s unpaid reimbursements to private and public hospitals has reached P20 billion.  Philhealth will have a dialogue tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. […]

Hidilyn Diaz confident that PHL athletes can double medal haul in 2024 Paris Olympics

Vows to continue to represent PHL in sports events as long as she could     (Eagle News) – Filipino Olympic gold medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is confident that the Philippines would get more medals at the Paris 2024 Olympics because more Filipino athletes would be inspired to strive more and enter the world competition. Diaz, who had won the country’s first Olympic gold medal, said that she is confident in the ability of the […]

NTF adviser recommends “localized lockdown” amid Delta variant transmission

  (Eagle News) – The special adviser of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 strongly recommended the use of “localized” or granular lockdowns that target small areas where there are clustering of COVID-19 cases. Dr. Ted Herbosa said that using “localized lockdowns” is very important as COVID-19 cases rise again in the country. On Tuesday, July 27, the Philippines has in fact again recorded a high number of cases at more than 7,000 cases. […]

WATCH: Interview with Astro del Castillo: assessment on Dutertenomics

  Financial analyst Astro Del Castillo gives his analysis of the so-called “Dutertenomics” in this interview during the Eagle News Service program “Balitalakayan” on July 26, 2021 aired on NET25. He gives a positive review of the economic policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, saying that there were many reform measures beneficial to the health and socio-economic reform of the country that were passed under his government.  The massive infrastructure campaign under the “Build, Build, Build” […]

High COVID transmission observed in NCR as reproduction number rises to 1.21 — OCTA Research

DOH also confirms local transmission of Delta variant in PHL as more local Delta cases detected   (Eagle News) –  The reproduction number of COVID-19 in Metro Manila has increased to 1.21 which means there is now a high COVID-19 transmission in the Philippine capital,  according to the OCTA Research. Dr. Guido David, OCTA Research Fellow, in an interview with the Eagle News Service program “Balitalakayan”  said the increase in the reproduction number in Metro […]

DILG to release memorandum intensifying restrictions on mass gatherings in LGUs amid Delta variant fears

  (Eagle News) – The Deparment of Interior and Local Government is set to issue a memorandum that would give additional instructions to all local government units (LGUs) nationwide amid the entry of the highly aggressive Delta variant in the country. DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said all barangays, municipalities, cities would be instructed to intensify efforts in preventing mass gatherings as these are potential super-spreader events that could lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases. […]

WATCH: Interview with Marikina Mayor Teodoro on importance of contact tracing, granular lockdowns amid Delta variant entry

(Eagle News) — Balitalakayan interviews Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro who explains the importance of intensified contact tracing, granular lockdowns and vaccination of the population amid the entry of the highly infectious and dangerous Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. Mayor Teodoro also notes the importance of intensified biosurveillance in local governments, where clustering of cases are monitored and the samples submitted to the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) which would analyze and detect the presence […]

WATCH: Interview with pediatrician Dr. Richard Mata, on Delta variant as a “game changer” for COVID among kids

  (Eagle News) — Balitalakayan interviews pediatrician Dr. Richard Tesoro Mata who explained how the highly infectious Delta variant could become a “game changer” regarding COVID infection among children. Dr. Mata, who is also an online health information advocate, said that while children’s immune system is healthier and there is less likelihood for serious COVID-19 cases among kids, they can still serve as virus carriers. As carriers, children can be more asymptomatic, or have mild […]

OCTA Research supports continuation of GCQ in Metro Manila

  (Eagle News) – The OCTA Research group supports the continuation of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with still some restrictions in Metro Manila. Dr. Guido David, OCTA Research fellow, explained in an interview with Eagle News Service’s “Balitalakayan” on Thursday, July 15, said that it is important to continue GCQ with some restrictions since the Philippine capital is still classified as a “moderate risk” area. I think we can still have GCQ with some […]

WATCH: Interview with DENR Usec. Antiporda on alleged dumping of human waste in the West PHL Sea

  Balitalakayan interviews Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda on the alleged dumping of human waste in the West Philippine Sea by China. Antiporda said the DENR will investigate the issue, and has already coordinated with the Department of National Defense. He said that they are yet to validate the matter, and pointed some inconsistencies regarding the report. Watch the full interview by clicking the video above, or clicking this link: Interview with Usec. Benny Antiporda, DENR, […]

WATCH: Interview with Filipino Nurses United on proposal to remove licensure exams for nurses

  (Eagle News) — Balitalakayan interviews the Secretary-General Filipino Nurses United (FNU), Ms. Jocelyn Andamo, who said that removing professional board or licensure exams for nurses at this time was not a good idea. Andamo also expressed concern on the suggestion of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to do away with board exams, including for the health profession, saying this could even be dangerous since the nursing and medical professions deal with lives. The quality […]

LGUs concerned on relaxing travel curbs; RT-PCR tests needed even for the fully vaccinated – Velasco

  (Eagle News) – Local governments in various provinces have expressed their apprehension on possible increase in COVID-19 cases if fully vaccinated individuals would be allowed to travel within the country without requiring them to undergo first COVID-19 testing. This was relayed by Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr., who also serves as the national president of the League of Provinces of the Philippines and national chairman of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines. […]