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Month: January 2021

DFA: Tally of overseas Filipinos hit by COVID-19 unchanged at 13,960
General Interest

DFA: Tally of overseas Filipinos hit by COVID-19 unchanged at 13,960

MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 remained at 13,9606 on Sunday as no new case was recorded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. The DFA reported no new recovery and no new fatality among those infected. The DFA reported 22 new cases on Saturday, with no new recovery and no new deaths across all regions. The number of those currently being treated abroad for the disease is 4,091 as 8,919 of those infected have recovered, while 950 have died. Those undergoing treatment are broken down as follows by region: 775 in the Asia Pacific, 695 in Europe, 2,521 in the Middle East and Africa, and 100 in the Americas. In the Philippines, COVID-19 has so far sickened 525,618 people. The tally includes 10,749 deaths, 487,551 recoveries, and 27,...
China affirms territorial sovereignty, maritime rights over South China Sea Read
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China affirms territorial sovereignty, maritime rights over South China Sea Read

MANILA, Philippines — In response to Washington, the Chinese Embassy in Manila on Saturday said that it “unswervingly upholds” its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in disputed part of the South China Sea. “China’s sovereignty, rights and interests in the South China Sea have been formed in the course of a long history, and are in line with international law and practice,” the Chinese embassy said in a statement.  “China unswervingly upholds its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests,” it added.  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken previously said that Washington rejected Beijing’s maritime claims on the South China Sea beyond what is permitted under international law and stands with Southeast Asian countries resis...
Filipino bishops offer Church facilities as vaccination centers
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Filipino bishops offer Church facilities as vaccination centers

 Filipino prelates are offering Catholic Church facilities as vaccination centers in a bid to help the government in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout set for next month. “The bishops decided to offer, if needed, Church facilities to be vaccination centers or facilities related to vaccination program, especially in difficult areas,” Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines President Romulo Valles said Thursday in a briefing. “We can offer our church facilities to help in this massive and quite complicated and very challenging program of vaccination,” added Valles, who is also the Davao archbishop. The country aims to start its COVID-19 vaccine rollout by next month or in early March. Only jabs that have been approved for emergency use will be included in the COVID-19 immun...
PH ranks 79th among 98 countries in COVID-19 response
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PH ranks 79th among 98 countries in COVID-19 response

The Philippines received a dismal score in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the analysis of an independent think tank. The Lowy Institute on Wednesday said the Philippines placed 79th out of 98, lagging behind most of its Southeast Asian neighbors. The Philippine government's handling of the global health threat received a score of 30.6 out of 100. New Zealand topped the list, closely followed by Asian nations Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand. The pandemic response of New Zealand, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, received an average score of 94.4. Brazil, which is at the bottom of the list, received a score of just 4.3. The United States, meanwhile, is at 94th spot with a score of 17.3. China was not included in the analysis due to lack of data availab...
PAL sets new testing, quarantine protocols
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PAL sets new testing, quarantine protocols

MANILA, Philippines — Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said new protocols would be implemented on testing and quarantine for arriving passengers starting today. In line with the latest resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), PAL will be requiring passengers arriving in the country to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR testing on their sixth day of quarantine at a facility or hotel accredited by tourism and health agencies of the government. The requirements will be strictly implemented upon arrival in any international airport in the country, PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said. The government had earlier decided not to extend the travel restrictions for 36 countries with recorded ...
PRESS RELEASE – 30 January 2021 – BI lifts restrictions to 36 countries, clarifies other restrictions still in place
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PRESS RELEASE – 30 January 2021 – BI lifts restrictions to 36 countries, clarifies other restrictions still in place

MANILA, Philippines—the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that they will be lifting the travel restrictions on the 36 countries with reported cases of the new Covid-19 variants starting Feb 1, following a directive from the Inter-Agency Task Force Against Emerging and infectious Diseases (IATF). However, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente clarified that other travel restrictions remain in place. “We are still limiting the entry of foreign nationals to the country, following the IATF,” said Morente. “Generally speaking, tourists are still not allowed to enter the country,” he added. Current restrictions only allow the entry of accredited foreign diplomats and personnel of accredited international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations, foreign dignitari...