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Google data showing Filipinos are staying at home

In this article by Ian Nicholas Cigaral for Philippine Star, he reports the data on the mobility of Filipinos during the community quarantine in the Philippines. Using mobility data collected by Google and Apple (this is collected from phones that had their location services turned on), Cigaral discovered that majority of Filipinos have opted to stay […]

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Vaccine Philippine Developments

Philippines to conduct human trials for China-developed COVID-19 vaccine

The Philippines will soon be joining either Phase Two or Phase Three of the clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech. According to Science and Technology secretary Fortunato Dela Pena, the trials will likely begin September 2020. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has recently approved the country’s participation in at least five […]

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Truth to Action Address to policy makers Philippine Developments

Open Advisory to the IATF and Media Editors: UP Projections Flawed, Ignore It and Remove Lockdown

Yesterday, Independence Day, the front page of The Manila Times newspaper headlined a study from the University of the Philippines. It said: “Covid transmission significant – experts. 40,000 cases seen in June”. The “experts” advised not to lift the lockdown. For many, this news headline was the last thing they wanted to see. Instead of […]

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Is it really that deadly? Petitions Philippine Developments

Statement on the Education Situation of Children and Adolescents

4 June 2020 – Many countries around the world closed schools due to the current SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic. This was a logical response in the early days of the epidemic when there was a lack of data and many unknown variables concerning Covid-19. After the ensuing months of data collection and scientific evidence and analysis […]

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DepEd postpones face-to-face classes until COVID-19 vaccine is available

In response to the June 5 taped address of Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, education secretary Leonor Briones released a statement today, June 8, 2020, confirming the postponement of face-to-face classes until a vaccine is available.  Preparations for blended learning are currently underway and classes are still scheduled to start on August 24, 2020. As of […]

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Philippine Developments Economic Human Societal

3.9 million Filipino workers might lose jobs

In this article for The Manila Times, author William Depasupil says that 78% of businesses affected by COVID-19 will remain closed for months, hence leading to the loss of some 3.9 million jobs. The figure included both local and overseas Filipino workers.  Editor’s Note: Will the Philippines have the capacity to ensure that basic needs of the […]

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Cebu Governor: COVID-19 not as deadly as projected

In this article published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer last May 22, 2020, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia cites local data to support her statement that COVID-19 is not as deadly as feared. Garcia says that 80% of those who contracted the SARS-COV-2 remaiin asymptomatic, and death rate due to COVID-19 is minimal at less than […]

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Philippine Developments Societal

NEDA: Societal impacts of lockdown in RP

This article by Jake Maderazo for the Philippine Inquirer offers to us a rundown of some issues surrounding the COVID-19 response of the Philippines. Most notable in his short essay, however, is the result of the survey conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) conducted last month as a way of assessing the […]

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Can the Philippines’ health care system cope up with a COVID-19 surge?

This April 20, 2020 report published by the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team, offers an assessment of the extent of risk that we will face when lockdowns across provinces in the Philippines are lifted. It states that a majority (81%) of Filipinos infected with the new coronavirus experience little to no complications of COVID-19, while […]

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Crucial COVID-19 data tallied two months late

In this article for ANC, infectious diseases and clinical pharmacology expert Dr. Benjamin Co breaks down the COVID-19 data being reported by the Department of Health to the public. According to Dr. Co, the case fatality in the Philippines is now at 6.74 (compared to 6.73 world average and 2.44 ASEAN average). Dr. Co says that […]