Duterte most likely to extend nat’l state of calamity — Palace

MANILA, Sept 15 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will “most likely” extend the declaration of national state of calamity in the country due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Monday. In a press briefing, Presidential...

DOH: Saudi national with MERS-CoV symptoms dies

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday announced that a Saudi national who arrived in the country last September 17 and showed symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has died. Health Secretary Janette Garin said in a press...

Palace: Govt remains committed to address MERS-CoV concerns

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday reassured the public the government remains committed to address all health concerns involving the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Department of Health has been...

Minority vows stricter scrutiny of proposed 2016 budget

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The minority bloc at the House of Representatives promised stricter scrutiny of the 2016 budget proposed by Malacanang, noting provisions could be used as the administration’s campaign kitty. “If Malacañang thinks it can get away with a bloated budget...

DOH: Foreigner tests positive for MERS

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health confirmed Monday that a foreigner from the Middle East who recently arrived in the Philippines has tested positive for MERS-Cov. Health Secretary Janette Garin said the 36-year-old foreigner was admitted to the Research Institute...

Most private, govt offices still won’t hire PWDs — lawmaker

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Most offices in the public and the private sectors have continued to shy away from hiring persons with disabilities despite a law requiring that one percent of all positions be reserved for them, a lawmaker said. DIWA party-list Representative Emmeline Y....

Aquino swears in allies in key govt posts

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday swore in some of his political allies to key government posts. Health Secretary Janette Garin, a former Iloilo representative and a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), took her oath of office before Aquino...

‘Sin tax’ cuts cigarette smoking in PHL: tax chief

Manila, Philippines (AFP) – A “sin tax” on cigarettes has sharply cut smoking in the Philippines while also boosting government revenues, the internal revenue chief said Monday. The number of cigarette packs put on store shelves by retailers fell by nearly a third between 2012...

Senate to probe suspicious P2B Philhealth claims

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Senate is set to investigate the alleged anomalous and fraudulent claims by accredited hospitals and clinics to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amounting to P2 billion. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the blue ribbon...

Watchdog urges authorities to ban toxic lead in kitchen utensils

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A toxics watchdog has requested the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to look into the need of banning the use of lead in kitchen utensils in line with the country’s effort to strengthen the food safety regulatory system....