The acceptance and distribution of donations of infant formula, powdered milk and other breast milk substitutes, commercial baby food, feeding bottles, artificial nipples, and teats are strictly prohibited because it undermines exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of a newborn.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the IATF is discussing the guidelines which he will be announcing once these have been finalized.
During the "Laging Handa" public briefing, dela Peña said clinical trials will soon be executed to see the effectiveness of VCO in Covid-19 patients' recovery.
"For individuals, they should make this already part of their life. For the private sector, we want them to really think about the way they can operate in minimizing the risk. And for the government, we want them to think to bring back other important regular services," WHO Western Pacific Regional Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai said in a virtual press briefing.
"There will be no more warning for ECQ violators. Instead, arrest and inquest procedures will be applied to cases of violations of Republic Act 11469. We will implement the strict enhanced community quarantine," PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a virtual presser Tuesday, referring to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
Año said the task force is due to hold discussions on Monday with epidemiologists, scientists, and mathematicians who will be making presentations during the meeting.
As anxiety and frustration mount, widespread testing for COVID-19 has, almost overnight, become the common call of online political commentary, a bellwether of how well (or not) a government is dealing with the crisis.
DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the program, dubbed DOT Online Training, is done via Zoom video-conferencing and offers the stakeholders an option to use their time productively during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), which has been extended to April 30.
Duterte, in his second address this week, said that he would order the military and police personnel in imposing tighter measures pointing out that those who violate quarantine guidelines cannot expect help from the government.
Morales, however, admitted that PhilHealth is facing a shortfall in the insurance collection from its members.
Cabinet Secretary and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) spokesperson Karlo Nograles said Duterte approved the subsidy program during a meeting with members of the IATF late Monday night.
The rapid test kits have already received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States.