DepEd: Over 24 million learners enrolled so far for SY 2020 to 2021

(Eagle News) — Over 24 million students have enrolled for school year 2020 to 2021, the Department of Education said. According to DepEd, the 24,567,456  enrollees from kindergarten to Grade 12, including ALS and non-graded learners with disabilities, were as of Sept. 23. The figure represents 88.46 percent of the enrollees for school year 2019 to 2020, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The department said of the total figure, 22,383,549 learners enrolled in public schools, […]

COVID-19 cases in House of Representatives reach 80

(Eagle News) — COVID-19 cases in the House of Representatives have reached 80. House secretary-general Jose Montales said the 80th case was a staff member of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. The employee last reported for work from Sept. 14 to 18. She got tested after experiencing  headache, colds, body weakness, and the loss of taste and smell. At least two lawmakers from the House have died after testing positive for COVID-19: Rep. Ditas Ramos and […]

DILG to continue to hire contact tracers until 50,000 target reached

(Eagle News) — The Department of the Interior and Local Government will continue to hire contact tracers until it reaches its target of at least 50,000. In a statement, Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the DILG’s provincial and city field offices will continue to accept applications even after the original deadline, which was supposed to be Sept. 23. Malaya said around 10,000 people have already applied for the post in Metro Manila. Some of them, […]

PNP readies raps vs man reportedly using PNP chief’s name to extort money

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Police is preparing criminal charges against a man reportedly using the name of PNP Chief Camilo Cascolan to extort money. In a statement, the PNP said the “cyber con artist,” whom it did not identify, uses a fake Facebook account under the name of the PNP chief for his “elaborate Internet-based scam” that sees him asking for money from policemen in exchange for plum police assignments. The PNP said Cascolan was […]

PNP reports 27 more COVID-19 recoveries

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Police has reported 27 additional COVID-19 recoveries within its ranks. With the addition, the PNP said the number of recoveries rose to 4191 as of Wednesday, 6 p.m. Total COVID-19 cases also climbed to 5531, including the 36 additional cases. Of these, the PNP said 1323 were active. The death toll remains at 17, with no new deaths reported. The police are among the country’s frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as […]

Pres. Duterte tells UN: “all mortals at risk” with nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction

Notes rising geopolitical tensions amid COVID pandemic   (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte warned about the use of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, which he said would put “all mortals at risk.” During his address at the High-Level General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Philippine leader said that such weapons are a concern for mankind, especially if it falls in the […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL reach 294,591 with 2,833 more cases

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 294,000 mark on Wednesday, Sept. 23, after the Department of Health reported  additional 2,833  cases. The DOH said of the total 294,591 cases, 58,127 were active. Of these, 86.5 percent were mild, 9.2 percent asymptomatic, 1.3 percent severe, and 3 percent critical. Of the additional 2833 cases, 2280 or 80 percent, occurred in the last 14 days. Metro Manila still had the biggest chunk of the additional […]

PNP: All policemen on MECQ, ECQ duty entitled to COVID-19 hazard pay

(Eagle News)–All policemen who were on duty during the enhanced community quarantine and modified enhanced community quarantine are entitled to COVID-19 hazard pay. Philippine National Police chief, Police General Camilo Cascolan made the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 23. According to the PNP, this was consistent with the national government’s Administrative Order No. 26 dated March 23 that said all government personnel who physically reported for work during the period of implementation of an enhanced community […]

Malacanang announces cheaper COVID-19 swab tests in 15 sites nationwide

  (Eagle News) — Malacanang annonced that cheaper swab testing can now be availed of in 15 automated PCR testing centers in select hospitals nationwide. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the cheaper swab tests would costs from P1,700 to P2,000 as the machines for COVID-19 PCR tests in these facilities have been donated. The following PCR Testing Centers in Metro Manila include Philippine Children Medical Center, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, Jose B. […]

COVID-19 cases in House of Representatives reach 79

(Eagle News) — COVID-19 cases in the House of Representatives rose to 79 after a new case was reported on Wednesday, Sept. 23. House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales said the new case was an employee from the Protocol and Special Affairs Service. The employee, who developed symptoms after exposure to his mother, a COVID-19 patient, last reported for work on Sept. 10. Earlier, Montales urged House employees to only report for work physically if absolutely […]

DILG: Contact tracers hired by gov’t may start work on Oct. 1

(Eagle News)–Contact tracers hired by the government may begin their work on Oct. 1. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the target period for the start of the work of the target 50,000 new hires coincides with the release of the budget. The deadline for the application is Sept. 23. “Mas marami tayong ilalagay sa lugar na nangangailangan at mayroon pa rin namang maiiwan doon sa low active cases para sigurado din naman na tuloy-tuloy ‘yung […]

PHL acquires brand new G280 aircraft

(Eagle News) — The Philippines has acquired a brand new G280 aircraft as part of the country’s efforts to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the aircraft produced by the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and turned over to the Philippine Government on September 17  in Dallas, Texas, will replace the aging aircraft used by the President and other senior officials of the Philippine government in cases […]