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DILG, DOH move to strengthen local health response teams

On Monday’s regular DOH media forum, Oct. 5, 2020, health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire emphasized the role of BHERTs, reiterating the statement of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III that they are the country’s first line of defense in the communities.

GSIS rolls out new loan facility for members

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) stated on its press statement that the GSIS MPL offers low interest, enhanced loan consolidation features, longer payment terms and one-time waiver of surcharges on all due and demandable GSIS loan accounts of its members, except housing and policy loan.

DILG decries Facebook purge of inauthentic accounts, pages

"These pages were private accounts and must enjoy the guarantee of free speech on major issues of social concern under the Philippine Constitution and Philippine laws," DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a press statement.

PLDT-Smart secures some 661 permits to build new towers

Alfredo Panlilio, Smart president and CEO and PLDT chief revenue officer, said in a statement sent to Palawan News on Friday that the ramped-up nationwide tower rollout is part of PLDT-Smart’s sustained capital expenditures on their networks, investing P260 billion from 2015 to 2019.

GSIS reopens COVID-19 emergency loan program ’til Dec 27

Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) president and general manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said that the reopening of the emergency loan aims to help the state pension fund’s active members, old-age and disability pensioners affected by the current pandemic.

Wifi helps COVID-19 survivor fight loneliness in isolation

Thanks to modern technology and a stable Wi-Fi connection, they have the means to communicate with their loved ones amid these trying times.

Duterte ‘appeals’ to telcos to improve services

In a televised address on Monday night, Duterte said students will have to rely heavily on the use of the internet when classes resume in October as schools adopt a blended mode of learning for the academic year 2020-2021 due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Beerhouses, bars still banned even in areas under MGCQ

He ordered all police units in the country to strictly implement the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) against illegal operations of beerhouses and bars to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Pag-IBIG offers special loan restructuring, grants grace period

Housing czar Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, said granting member borrowers with a 60-day grace period on their loan payments is part of the agency's interventions under Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).

No reason to postpone 2022 polls: groups

Caritos said other countries have managed to hold their elections this year despite the pandemic.

Gov’t to continue accepting contact tracer applicants: DILG

“What’s important to us is to fill up the slots and recruit the most number of contact tracers as provided in the Bayanihan 2 law so those who meet the deadline will immediately be processed but we will continue to accept applications until we have met our targets,” DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

Rep. Arroyo urges COMELEC to postpone 2022 polls

During the House panel deliberations on the poll body’s proposed budget for 2021, Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo warned of the increased risk of transmission of coronavirus infections with the holding of a national-level election in a pandemic environment.