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...

Aquino hails women’s contribution to economy, public sector

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Count President Benigno Aquino III as among the men who are in awe of Filipino women’s strength and capabilities. During the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC’s) Women and the Economy fora in Manila on Thursday, Aquino hailed women leaders in government...

DOH: Ebola strain found in PHL monkeys not harmful to humans

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Health Secretary Janette Garin on Thursday sought to allay public fear caused by the reported Ebola Reston Virus strain found in some monkeys in the country, saying the strain does not have any harmful effects on humans. At a press briefing, Garin said the...

Roxas warns public vs ways of ‘trapos’

CEBU CITY (Mabuhay) – Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Monday issued a warning against  “traditional politicians” who are wooing voters in campaigns but will “take advantage” of the people once they get elected. “Siga sila at maaari silang magpatuloy ng pananamantala...

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...

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...

DOH: No toxic substance found in milk tea sample

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday that it did not find any toxic substance in the milk tea that killed two persons in Manila last Thursday, according to the preliminary findings of the tests it conducted. “Preliminary results were negative for...

Aquino meets with families of PNP-SAF 44, checks status of assistance being given

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday evening met anew with the families of the 44 troopers of the police’s Special Action Force (SAF) killed last month in an encounter with Moro rebels, to fulfill the government’s commitment to provide them assistance....

House panel waits for DOF comment on firecracker tax

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A proposal to regulate the use of firecrackers by imposing a 20-percent excise tax on their sale remains stuck at the House Ways and Means committee, with the Department of Finance (DOF) yet to submit its position paper on the measure. “We are awaiting the DOF...

No permanent replacement yet for Ona, Garin remains acting DOH chief

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin will continue to run the Department of Health following President Benigno Aquino III’s acceptance of Secretary Enrique Ona’s resignation, a Malacañang spokesman said Saturday morning. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda...