Boracay now ready for foreign tourists, says Aklan governor

MANILA, Feb 25 (Mabuhay) — World-famous Boracay Island resort is now ready to open its doors to foreign tourists, according to Governor Florencio Miraflores of Aklan. Miraflores said that all tourist facilities in the resort are ready to accept and accommodate foreign...

IATF EXPANDS LIST OF FOREIGNERS ALLOWED TO ENTER PH

MANILA, Feb 5 (Mabuhay) — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has expanded the list of foreigners who can enter the Philippines amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Foreigners who have visas issued as...

ACCURACY OF SALIVA RT-PCR TEST AWAITING RITM REVIEW, DOH SAYS

MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) — The accuracy of the use of saliva as specimen for RT-PCR test for COVID-19 will still be reviewed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the Department of Health said Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the...

NEGATIVE SWAB TEST STILL REQUIRED TO VISIT BORACAY

MANILA, Feb 3 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday reminded tourists that Boracay Island in Aklan still requires a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result before entry. The reminder came after reports circulated on...

MGCQ for entire Philippines ‘doable’ in Feb or March: trade chief

MANILA, Jan 30 (Mabuhay) — A target for the Philippines to shift to the least stringent quarantine level in the first quarter of the year remains “doable,” the trade department said on Friday despite local cases of the new, more contagious COVID-19 variant. The...

NCR, Davao City stay under GCQ until end Feb

MANILA, Jan 29 (Mabuhay)  -– Metro Manila and Davao City will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until the end of February, Malacañang announced on Friday. “President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, retained the general community quarantine...

Philippines sets conditions for entry of foreigners, effective February 1

MANILA, Jan 29 (Mabuhay) — Foreigners allowed entry in the Philippines need to comply with some guidelines beginning February 1, Malacañang said Friday. In a statement, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said arriving foreigners should have valid and existing visas at...

Saliva COVID-19 test can be used for travel — PH Red Cross

MANILA, Jan 26 (Mabuhay) –The cheaper and non-invasive saliva COVID-19 test can be used by those taking a trip abroad, those taking the Bar exams and even students before they return to classrooms, the Philippine Red Cross said Tuesday. The non-government organization on...

DOH allows use of saliva specimen for COVID-19 test in Red Cross labs

MANILA, Jan 25 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health has approved the use of saliva as an alternative specimen in COVID-19 tests in Philippine Red Cross laboratories, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said. In a public briefing, Vergeire said the DOH allowed the...

Philippines detects UK variant in 16 more COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Jan 23 (Mabuhay) — Philippine authorities  has detected the UK variant of the COVID-19 virus in 16 more cases in the country. There are now 17 seventeen cases of COVID-19 who have the UK variant in the Philippines after the first who arrived from the United...