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Philippine Developments

Hydroxychloroquine can dramatically ease the COVID-19 crisis

Last September 17, 2020, the Concerned Doctors and Citizens in the Philippines (CDC-PH) held a press conference entitled Flatten The Fear. Their goal? To call for the end of all lockdowns and the implementation of a national protocol for early treatment of patients with COVID-like symptoms. [See videos below if you wish to understand the […]

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Uncategorized Collective Actions Philippine Developments

Filipino doctors: Lift all lockdowns and allow our people to begin to rebuild their lives

The following is a unity statement crafted by several concerned doctors and citizens in the Philippines. In it, they tell the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, that there is a solution to the coronavirus. They said, “We now know that the best immediate solution for the Philippines is a dramatically effective, safe, inexpensive, readily available, evidence-based […]

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More Filipinos begin to question the mainstream COVID-19 narrative

More Filipinos are awakening to the many false narratives about the new coronavirus and COVID-19 being peddled by governments and mainstream media. In a recent “excursion” through Facebook, we saw regular citizens posting insights which echo some of the points we have been repeating since we first established this website. We know that many of […]

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Philippine Developments Human

The silent pandemic: rape and domestic violence

In this article published on June 17, 2020 by Vera Files, author Elizabeth Lalorga talks about the increased incidence of rape and domestic violence during the lockdown, when victims were trapped inside homes with their abusers. The article cites the Philippine National Police report which recorded 602 rape cases from March 17 to May 23. Editor’s Note: Being […]

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Economic Philippine Developments

Jollibee to close 255 stores

Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) has announced that it will close 255 stores after suffering from a net loss of 11.96 billion pesos for the first six months of the year. By closing some of its stores, the company hopes to rebuild its business in order to meet the change in consumer behavior brought about by […]

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School and Children Philippine Developments

4 million Filipino learners not going back to school this year

Education undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that at least 4 million learners are not coming back to school this year due to continuing COVID-19 threat. To address this concern, the Department of Education is planning for interventions that will give non-enrollees access to various opportunities for learning.  Editor’s Note: We are now seeing the negative impacts of the […]

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Philippine Developments Economic

Philippines officially in technical recession as economy shrinks by 16.5% in Q2

The Philippine economy is experiencing its greatest contraction in two decades following the extension of lockdowns in the country. The Reuter poll in June projected a 9% decline in economy, but official figures are now much larger, now pegged at 16.5%. Economic planners are now projecting an annual shrinkage of 5.5%. Editor’s Note: For non-economists, such […]

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Representatives from various medical societies now part of the Philippines’ pandemic task force

Following the call medical community’s call for timeout last August 2, 2020, representatives from various medical societies have been included in the technical panel for crafting the “whole of nation approach”. According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the inclusion of medical experts is due to the President listening to their sentiments. The expert panel is […]

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Lessons learned Philippine Developments

Leonor Briones: Learning and education must continue

The following article was penned by the Philippines’ Department of Education (DEPED) Secretary, Leonor Briones. In it, she relates some of the decisions the DEPED had to make during the pandemic.  Briones cites the resumption of classes in many countries for pushing for the start of classes on August 24, 2020. She also explains how […]

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Metro Manila may return to stricter quarantine level if cases hit 85k by end of July

In a press briefing yesterday, July 22, 2020, presidential spokesperson said that the Philippines’ capital may revert back to a stricter quarantine if coronavirus cases reach 85,000 by July 31. Under a stricter quarantine level, businesses can only operate up to 50% and limitations to transport services will continue. Editor’s Note: This is what happens when […]