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Isko, Vico mamimigay ng gadget sa estudyante at guro para sa darating na pasukan


Upang matulungan ang mga mag-aaral sa pinaplanong online o blended learning ng Department of Education (DepEd) sa pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24, ay magbibigay ng libreng tablet at laptop ang lokal na pamahalaan ng Maynila at Pasig sa bawat estudyante at guro.


Ayon kay Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko" Moreno Domagoso, Biyernes (Hunyo 5), maglalaan ang lungsod ng P994 milyon upang makapamahagi ng 110,000 na tablet sa mga mag-aaral mula kinder hanggang Grade 12 ng mga pampublikong paaralan habang 11,000 laptops naman ang para sa mga 10,300 public school teacher ng siyudad.

Dagdag pa ng alkalde, may kasamang sim at 10 gigabite data ang mga tablet para sa mag-aaral at wifi naman na buwan-buwan bibilhan ng load ng siyudad para sa mga guro.

Sa kabilang banda, may programa rin si Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto na layong makapabigay ng tablet sa 140,000 estudyante at laptop para sa mga guro na nasa kanyang nasasakupang lugar.

Noong Mayo 27, una ng sinabi ni Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo na maglalaan ang kanilang lokal na pamahaalan ng P1 bilyon upang maisatupad ang proyekto. Nakikipag-ugnayan na rin si Sotto sa lahat ng barangay ng Pasig upang makapagpakabit ng libreng internet connection.
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Taiwan offers reward up to NT$20,000 to those who can tip-off foreigners with expired visa


As the three-month amnesty program approaches its end, the Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said on Thursday (June 4), that it will be giving a maximum reward of NT$20,000 (US$670) to those who can tip-off about foreigners who have overstayed their visas.


The MOI said, a reward ranging from NT$2,000 to NT$20,000 awaits to anyone who can provide information on those visa-overstayers. A seperate NT$1,000 reward will also be granted to those who will report illegal cross-border marriage matchmaking ads. However, it has been clarified that there will be no prize money for reporting illegal international matchmaking.

The Newtalk detailed, that if an informant reports three or fewer foreigners with an expired visa, the MOI will grant NT$2,000 prize for each overstayer. The reward can increased to NT$5,000 per person if the informant can expose four to six.

On the other hand, an arrest of seven to nine overstayers will rise the reward to NT$10,000. And if 10 or more foreigners have been captured with the help of the informant, a maximum reward of NT$20,000 per person will be given.

The program was introduced by the National Immigration Agency (NIA) to encourage foreigners in the country with expired visa to turn themselves in until June 30. If the overstayers surrendered themselves, their fine will be reduced to NT$2,000 and will not be placed under detention or face an entry ban.
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10,000 aplikante sa Balik Probinsya program inaasahan sa pagbubukas ng manual registration


Sa pagbubukas  ng manual registration para sa  “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program (BP2)”  sa mga baranggay, inaasahang aabot sa 10,000 aplikante ng programa ang dadagsa sa mga darating na linggo, sabi ng isang opisyal, Huwebes (Hunyo 4).


Ayon kay National Housing Authority general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., na executive director din ng BP2, ang mga darating na manual applications ay dadagdag sa 79,000 bilang ng mga aplikante online.

Dagdag ni Escalada, mayroon ng mga registration form sa mga barangay hall kung kaya maaari ng simulan ng mga opisyal  ng baranggay sa capital region ang manual application ng mga hindi makapag-apply online.

“There are two ways for the applicant to enroll in the program. In observance of the physical distancing, it is advisable if everyone will apply online but they can also enroll manually,” sambit ni Escalada sa isang Laging Handa briefing.

Noong Mayo 20, nasa 100 benepisyaryo na agad ang naiuwi sa Leyte sa tulong ng BP2 na nilagdaan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Mayo 6 upang bawasan ang populasyon sa mga matataong siyudad at magbigay ng bagong oportunidad sa mga probinsya ng bansa.
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Taiwan in danger if independence agenda continues says Harvard Professor


Taiwan's firm fight for independence may push Beijing's military to violently attack the nation island, according to a political guru from Harvard University on Saturday (May 30).


Political science professor Graham Allison said in an interview with Voice of America, Taiwan is highly at risk and may lose its current sovereignty if it will take advantage of the situation and continue its pursue of independence agenda.

Allison noted that Beijing's introduction of the new security law shows the emptiness of its "one country, two systems" proposal and indicates that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has renounced its promise to respect Hong Kong's autonomy. As a result, he said the Taiwanese authorities would naturally adopt stronger measures to escape the CCP's control and protect the country's democracy.

The U.S. would be forced to join the battle once Beijing's troops cross the Taiwan Strait, resulting to a catastrophic global warfare according to Allison.

Allison stressed out that  the reason why Taiwan is not being attacked by Beijing  is because of the CCP's uncertainty regarding the global community's response. He added that how international leaders react to Beijing's tightening grip on Hong Kong would give a glimpse of Taiwan's future, reported Liberty Times.
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Walang kurapsyon sa second wave ng SAP: Palasyo


Makakaasa ang taong bayan na ang P100-billion budget para sa ikalawang implementasyon ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) ay hindi maibubulsa ng mga kurap na opisyal at tanging mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo lamang ang tatanggap, ayon sa Malacañang, Miyerkules (Hunyo 3).


Si Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque mismo ang nagbigay ng kasiguraduhan na nasa mabuting kamay ang pondo para sa SAP. Nanghingi rin ito sa mga mamamanyan ng kaunting pang-unawa sa delay na distribusyon ng ayuda mula sa programa.

“We’re also plugging the holes for corruption because when there’s no more intervention by local government units, then we reduce the possibility of corruption. So please, we ask for (the) people’s patience,” sabi ni Roque sa isang panayam.

Dagdag pa ni Roque, segundo lamang ang aabutin ng 17 milyong benepisyaryong pamilya upang makuha ang cash aid sa oras na masimulan na ang automated distribution ng second wave ng SAP.

"The DSWD is now making the transfer electronically. I know there’s a bit of a delay in doing this. But if they actually implemented electronically, it will just take a matter of minutes to distribute the next P100 billion...It will happen, mostly electronically and when it does, it will be finished in a matter of seconds,” saad niya.

Noong nakaraan ay una ng inanunsyo ni Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista, na pulis at militar na ang mangunguna sa pamamahagi ng second tranche ng emergency subsidy sa halip na mga local government unit (LGU).
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Lagundi, tawa-tawa pinag-aaralan na bilang gamot sa COVID-19


Bukod sa virgin coconut oil ay pinag-aaralan na rin ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST) ang mga halamang gamot na lagundi at tawa-tawa sa pag-asang makatuklas ng gamot para sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


Ayon kay DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña sa isang panayam, Huwebes (Hunyo 4), sasailalim sa in vitro trials sa isang laboratoryo sa Singapore ang dalawang halamang gamot. Doon ay isasama ang active components ng mga halaman sa virus upang malaman kung magkakaroon ba ng mainam na reaksyon.

"Dalawa 'yung nakalinya na rin, ganoon din ang pagdadaanang proseso [tulad ng VCO]. Kaya lang ito, imbes na sabay ang pagpapa-in vitro trial sa Singapore, uunahin kasi hindi na kami magki-clinical trials kung hindi maganda ang resulta sa laboratoryo," sabi ni Dela Peña.

"Ang tinutukoy ko ay lagundi at tawa-tawa... kasi pareho ring may antiviral properties 'yan kaya nga approved na gamot ang lagundi sa ubo at approved na health supplements ang tawa-tawa sa dengue," dagdag pa niya.

Ayon kay dela Peña, marami pang pag-aaral ang isinasagawa ngayon at maraming din Pilipinong scientists sa ibang bansa ang nagbabalak umuwi ng Pilipinas upang tumulong sa paghahanap ng gamot para sa COVID-19.
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Taiwan to loosen COVID-19 restrictions on public transport


As proposed by the Ministry of Transportation, wearing of mask on trains will no longer mandatory beginning on June 7 in response to the slowing down coronavirus pandemic in Taiwan, reports said Wednesday (June 3).


According to the Liberty Times, the easing of rules will be implemented to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) trains and to high-speed rail trains only if social distancing will be maintained. The report added, the relaxation will not apply to Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system of the nation.

Report said, passengers will still have their temperature checked and will be asked to wear a mask at  the entrance of the train stations. Additionally, the sale of food, drinks and other products while on board will also resume from June 7.

Standing-room tickets will be made available on weekends for a maximum of 120 passengers per train in some categories of TRA trains, according to Liberty Times.

June 7 has been chosen as the date to loosen some restrictions, because it comes at the close of four consecutive infectiousness periods of 14 days each.
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Mayor Isko, hinihikayat ang mga magulang na i-enroll ang mga anak sa kabila ng COVID-19 pandemic


Sa kabila ng pangambang dulot ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, hinikayat ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso, Miyerkules (Hunyo 3), ang mga magulang na gamitin ang oportunidad upang i-enroll ang kanilang mga anak para sa pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24.


"Sa mga magulang hinihikayat ko kayo, enrollment is ongoing from June 1 to 30, tuloy tuloy po 'yan 'wag n'yo sayangin yung opportunity. Yung inyong pangamba ay amin naman pong dinidinig," sabi ni Isko sa isang virtual briefing kasama ang mga Presidente at administrators ng iba't-ibang unibersidad sa Manila.

Ayon kay Isko, handa silang pakinggan ang mga hinaing ng mga magulang dahil bilang isang ama ay nauunawaan niya ang takot ng nakararami kung sakaling magkaroon ng face-to-face classes ang mga mag-aaral.

"We informed them of the situation of Covid-19 in the city, our plans, what we have done and achieved as a city government and at the same time para mapakinggan din natin kung meron man silang mga hinaing or issues na pwedeng madinig ng kanilang siyudad," saad niya.

Dagdag pa ni Isko, nakahanap na ng pondo ang lungsod upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga estudyante at siguraduhin ang magandang kalidad ng edukasyon sa kabila ng kinakaharap na krisis ng bansa.
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Tubig sa Calamba nagpositibo sa poliovirus, residente nangamba


Kinumpirma ng City Health Office ng Calamba, Laguna, Miyerkules (Hunyo 3), na nagpositibo sa poliovirus type 3 ang tubig sa Ligasong creek, base sa isinagawang buwanang pagsusuri ng lungsod sa daluyan ng tubig.


Dahil dito, hindi naiwasang makaramdam ng takot at pangamba ang mga residenteng naninirahan malapit sa ligasong kung kaya sari-sari ang naging komento ng mga ito sa social media.

"Naku delikado pala sa amin 'yan. Saan kaya nanggaling ang tubig na nirarasyon ng Calamba Water District (CWD) sa mga residente ng Calamba?" bulalas ng isang facebook user nang makita ang isang post patungkol sa balita.

"Please provide water test sample of NAWASA for assurance. Thanks!" panawagan  naman ng isa pang residente sa facebook page ng Calamba City Health Office.

Naglabas naman ng pahayag ang CWD at nilinaw na hindi kontaminado ng poliovirus at malinis at ligtas inumin ang kanilang inirarasyong tubig sa lugar. Hinikayat naman ng Sangguniang Barangay ng Bucal ang mga residente na iwasan muna ang paglusong o pagpunta sa Ligasong creek at pakuluan ang tubig na galing sa nawasa bago inumin. 

Ang poliovirus type 3 ay isa sa mga uri ng poliovirus. Hanggang ngayon ay wala pang natutuklasang gamot para rito ngunit maaaring maiwasan sa tulong ng mga polio vaccine, ayon sa World Health Organization (WHO).
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11 winners won NT$11-million on Taiwan's receipt lottery


The Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Tuesday (June 2) announced that 11 individuals won the NT$10 million (US$334,156) top prize  in the March-April 2020 uniform invoice lottery.


Among the 11 top prize winners, 10 have spent less than NT$100 including a consumer who spent only NT$15 on a bottle of tea at a convenience store in New Taipei, one who paid only NT$23 in cash at Pxmart store in Changhua and one who bought NT$35 chocolate bar at a convenience store in Taipei's Wenshan District.

Meanwhile, 16 more people became instant millionaires after winning the NT$2 million grand-prize March-April uniform invoice lottery.

The winning number for the NT$10 million special prize in the March-April uniform invoice lottery is 91911374, while the winning number for the NT$2 million grand prize is 08501338.

According to the Ministry, the winners can claim their prize from June 6 to Sept. 7, 2020.
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DSWD: Maaaring simulan na ngayong linggong ito ang 2nd tranche ng SAP


Inanunsyo ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na maaaring simulan na ng ahensya ngayong linggo ang second wave ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP).


Ayon kay DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, mayroon ng guidelines kung saan-saang lugar isasagawa ang ikalawang implementasyon ng SAP at kung sino-sino ang makikinabang  sa emergency subsidy.

"Ninanais ng DSWD na ipahatid ang second tranche ng SAP sa lalong madaling panahon dahil batid ng ahensya ang pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan na apektado ng krisis. Ninanais natin na masimulan ang pamamahagi ng ayuda sa linggong ito," sabi ni Bautista  sa isang virtual press briefing.

Muli niyang ipinaalala na kailangan magsumite ng liquidation report ng mga local government unit (LGU) patungkol sa unang tranche ng SAP sa lalong madaling panahon upang masimulan ng DSWD ang beripikasyon sa mga benepisyaryo.

Dagdag pa ni Bautista, ang mga tatanggap ng ayuda mula sa SAP ay ang mga lugar sa Metro Manila, Central Luzon maliban na lamang sa Aurora, CALABARZON, Benguet, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao, Albay at Zamboanga base sa rekomendasyon ng Inter-Agency Task Force.
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505 kurap na government officials, iniimbestigahan na ng pulisya kaugnay ng SAP


Umabot na sa bilang na 505  pribadong indibidwal at local government officials ang kasalukuyang sumasailalim ngayon sa mas pinaigting na imbestigasyon ng mga pulis kaugnay ng kurapsyong naganap sa distribusyon ng ayuda mula sa Social Amelioration Program (SAP).


Mula Abril 1 hanggang Hunyo 1, humigit 380 na ang bilang ng mga reklamong natanggap ng pulisya patungkol sa mga indibidwal na gumagawa ng anomalya sa SAP, base sa datos ng Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Ayon kay CIDG deputy director Brig. Gen. Rhoderick Armamento, kabilang sa listahan ng mga iniimbestigahang opisyal ang 104 barangay captains, 70 barangay councilors, 35 treasurers at 23 health workers.

Noong Mayo 20, 134 kurap na barangay officials na ang kinasuhan ng Prosecutor's Office of the Department of Justice (DOJ), ayon sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Una na ng nagbabala ang DILG sa mga opisyal na gumagawa ng anomalya sa SAP na hindi nila matatakasan ang karampatang parusa na ipapataw sa kanila dahilsa panlolokong ginawa nila sa taong bayan.
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Taiwan's HTC announced more layoffs to its employees to implement cost reduction


Taiwan's struggling smartphone maker HTC Corp. announced Monday that it will "strategically adjust" its human resources and continue optimizing its organizational structure to reduce operational costs, but did not disclose the exact number of employees to be laid off.


This is the second time HTC has confirmed market rumors of employee layoffs since Dec. 16 last year when it announced that it was aiming to reform its operations to ensure better development of its Vive virtual reality (VR) and smartphone businesses.

HTC posted a net loss after a tax per share of NT$2.05 (US$0.068) in the first quarter of this year, the smallest loss in nearly seven quarters, but its gross margin rose to 26.2 percent, representing the ninth consecutive quarterly growth since the fourth quarter of 2017.

The company said it will continue optimizing its workflow, cost control and technological innovations to transform business operations for the better.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a market opportunity for VR, as lockdowns in many places have kept people indoors, which has created an increase in demand for virtual events, HTC said, adding that it is working with VR content developers to build VR apps for HTC Vive to meet the sudden shift to remote working through online meetings and remote device access. (By CNA)
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Wala ng ayuda (3rd wave) para sa mga nasa GCQ, MGCQ area: Malacañang


Wala ng matatanggap na ayuda mula sa Social Amelioration Program (SAP) ang mga pamilyang nakatira sa mga lugar na nasa ilalim na ng general community quarantine (GCQ) at modified GCQ (MGCQ), paglilinaw ng Malacañang, Sabado (Mayo 30).


"Siyempre po, itong buwan ng Hunyo, dahil lahat po tayo ay nasa GCQ (at MGCQ) na, wala pong ayuda," sabi ni Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque sa Laging Handa program.

Para naman sa mga pamilyang nasa high-risk or critical area sa mga GCQ o MGCQ zone, ayon kay Roque, ay maghahanap ng paraan ang gobyerno upang kahit papaano ay mabigyan sila ng ayuda.

"Siyempre po, hahanapan ng paraan para mabigyan pa rin ng ayuda", saad niya.

Ang SAP ay layong makapagbigay ng P5,000-P8,000 tulong pinansyal sa mga kwalipikadong benepisyaryo sa loob ng dalawang buwan. Una ng naipamahagi ang ayuda para sa unang buwan habang hinihintay naman matapos ang beripikasyon sa mga bagong benepisyaryo bago simulan ang ikalawang distribusyon ng sabsidiya.
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Pinoy Taiwan Jobs: Nuvoton now hiring Production Operator Repair & Maintenance


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Location: Hsinchu, Taiwan
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Salary: NT$23,800 + OT


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We also lead the industry with extremely high fidelity solutions for speech recording/playback and full range audio applications that serve consumer, automotive, white goods and other markets.

*This site is not a recruitment agency nor agent, to apply please visit above mentioned recruitment agency.
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Taiwan to offer higher internet speed with its world's cheapest 5G plan


Taiwan will soon introduce the cheapest 5G unlimited data plan in the world sometime during the second half of the year 2020, according to Taiwanese communications service providers.


The providers said, the 5G unlimited service may cost around NT$1,399 (US$47) every month, a way higher compared to the NT$599 (US$20) and NT$699 4G plans.

 However, the providers emphasized that Taiwan would spearhead the 5G competition as it will offer the cheapest 5G rate plans for unlimited data worldwide.

The only thing that the providers worry is the possibility that people may be hesitant to avail a more expensive 5G plan as they already have one of the cheapest 4G service in the world offered by Taiwan.

Meanwhile, analysis from Digital Research showed that four major U.S. telecoms are also planning to provide 5G plans from US$60 to US$90. Japan will also offer the same plan priced at US$80 while US$ 65 for Korea.

The Taiwanese service providers said that the 5G network will guarantee a faster internet and will allow subscribers to experience real-world games streaming that combines elements of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), CNA reported.
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Philippines unites with Taiwan's clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccine


The Philippines has decided to participate in clinical trials by Taiwanese and Chinese institutions aimed at developing vaccines against COVID-19, according to a resolution issued Saturday by the Philippine government's coronavirus response team.


The Philippine Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the recommendations of its government's Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on the participation of Filipinos in the clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine candidates, according to the resolution.

The institutions with which the Philippines will cooperate include Taiwan's Adimmune Corp. and Academia Sinica, as well as the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health under the Chinese Academy of Science and the China National Pharmaceutical Group's Wuhan and Beijing institutes of biological products, the resolution says.

The DOST will also establish a technical working group to coordinate with the Philippine Department of Health, its Food and Drug Administration (FDA), its Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss matters related to the trials.

The cooperating organizations will be provided with the WHO requirements for COVID-19 vaccine target product profiles, the pre-qualification process for WHO approval and the Philippine FDA updated guidelines on clinical trials.

The task force also directed the FDA to help with the issuance of a permit for conducting clinical trials in the country, according to the resolution.

It supported DOST's plan to establish a Virology Science and Technology Institute in New Clark City and to reactivate the Pharmaceutical Development Unit at the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute, to be renamed the Tuklas Center for Pharmaceutical Development. (By CNA / Photo CNA)

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'Very fierce' second wave of COVID-19 to come in colder months: Taiwanese expert


An infectious disease specialist from Taiwan warned the public last April, that a "very fierce" second wave of coronavirus transmission may take place during the colder weather when most of the people are vulnerable of the respiratory infections.


According to Dr. Mei-Shang Ho, president of the Taiwan Health Corporation, the southern hemisphere of the globe is presently experiencing the peak of the pandemic while it is slowing down in the northern hemisphere because of the warmer temperature.

"But the second wave will come. How soon? It's hard for me to say. Definitely in the fall or winter, one would experience a very fierce second wave," Ho told ANC.

She added that "the virus probably doesn’t go away," even though only few cases  may be reported during the summer.

"It might silently transmit among mild, asymptomatic cases in such a way that where it might seed in the community is unknown," she said.

Ho also shared that come next year, a COVID-19 vaccine  may be available with reasonable amount for use as researchers around the globe render massive efforts and resources for a vaccine to be developed.
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Fabunan drug, hindi pa aprubado bilang gamot sa COVID-19: Palasyo


Nilinaw ng Malacañang noong Sabado (Mayo 30), na hindi pa inaprubahan ang Fabunan anti-viral injection sa Pilipinas bilang gamot sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


Matapos ang viral posts sa social media na nagsasabing epektibong gamot ang Fabunan para sa COVID-19, iginiit ni Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque na hindi pa rehistrado ang anti-viral drug upang gamiting panlaban sa naturang sakit.

"Hindi pa po approved ang Fabunan [bilang rehistradong produkto na maaaring ipang-gamot sa COVID-19]" saad ni Roque sa Laging Handa program.

Dagdag pa ni Roque, nararapat na maintindihan ng publiko na bago pahintulutan ang paggamit ng isang gamot ay kinakailangan na rehistrado muna ito sa Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Una ng naglabas ang FDA ng cease and desist order laban sa unregistered anti-viral drug. Nagbabala na rin ang ahensya noon pang Abril 8, na wala pang lisensyadong gamot o bakuna para sa COVID-19.
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Face-to-face learning maaaring ipatupad sa malalayong probinsya ng Pilipinas


Nananatiling bukas ang posibilidad sa pagpapatupad ng face-to-face learning sa mga isolated area o malalayong lugar sa bansa dahil sa mas ligtas ang mga ito mula sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), ayon sa Department of Education (DepEd), Lunes (Hunyo 1).


"In far-flung areas, most likely the environment will be safe so the blended approach which has a face-to-face component would most likely be happening in very remote areas where nobody actually has been in touch with a possible COVID-19 carrier,” sabi ni DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio sa isang panayam.

Dagdag ni San Antonio, kung walang magaganap na face-to-face classes, maaaring personal na bisitahin ng mga guro  ang mga mag-aaral at gabayan sila sa mga self-learning modules na ipamamahagi ng DepEd.

Ayon pa sa kanya, dapat na maglabas pa ang DepEd ng alternative learning modes na hindi pa nasusubukan bago pa man ang COVID-19 pandemic. Hindi man ito maging mabisa kumpara sa tradisyonal na pagtuturo, ang mahalaga ay patuloy ang oportunidad sa mga mag-aaral upang matuto.

Una ng inanunsyo ng DepEd na sa Agosto 24 na ang muling pagbubukas ng klase, ngunit giit ni Secretary Leonor Briones, wala munang face-to-face classes hanggat hindi tiyak ang kaligtasan ng lahat.
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Several convenience stores in Taiwan to start selling face masks starting June 2


A total of 20,000 boxes, each containing 50 surgical masks, will be on sale at FamilyMart convenience stores starting Tuesday, Taiwan FamilyMart Co., Ltd. said Sunday.


A 50-mask box will cost NT$249 (US$8.22) for those with FamilyMart membership and NT$299 for everyone else, with no limits placed on how many boxes a customer can buy, the company said.

Convenience store chain Hi-Life said it would also start selling masks from Tuesday, although details regarding price and quantity have yet to be announced.

Supermarket chain Carrefour said it would start selling packs of five and seven masks from Monday, with customers limited to one pack each.

The 18,000 packs of masks were previously imported stock, Carrefour said.

Cosmetics chain Poya told CNA that it has 1 million domestically produced masks to sell at its stores, with sales possibly starting as early as June 4.

The masks will be sold in boxes of 50 as well as in small quantities, and both adult masks and children's masks will be available at NT$5-7 each, said Poya International Co., Ltd.

There will be no limits on the amount of masks a customer can purchase, Poya said.


Other retailers, including COSMED, Simple Mart, A.mart and Uni-President (which operates 7-ELEVEN in Taiwan) all said they are either waiting to see consumer demand or at different stages of the ordering process with domestic manufacturers. (By CNA)
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OFWs returning to PH provinces may undergo 'home quarantine' as agreed by LGUs


Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to their respective cities will no longer stay in a quarantine facility as the local government units (LGUs) agreed to implement home isolation, said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).


According to DILG secretary Eduardo Año in a televised meeting with Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, OFWs can go home directly on their families as long as they have completed their 14-day quarantine at a government-assigned facility upon their arrival and have tested negative after their swab test.

“All of our LGUs are already accepting OFWs as per your instruction. At first, they had doubts because they are uncertain if these OFWs can infect others, so we had an agreement with all LGUs, mayors, governors that all of them will be accepted but they will impose an additional home quarantine,” said Año.

However, Año said that OFWs can opt to stay in a quarantine facility in their barangay if too many family members are living on their homes.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the DILG and the Department of Health to send home around 24,000 OFWs to their provinces within a week after complaints have been raised from OFWs being stuck in the quarantine facility.
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Taiwan approves anti-viral drug 'Remdesivir' as medication against COVID-19


Drug remdesivir, has been approved by the Taiwan health authorities as a treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as it showed promising result in early testing, said the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), Saturday (May 30).


On Friday (May 29), a panel of experts have gathered and have found the need of Taiwan for remdesivir and  approved the use of the drug to treat COVID-19 patients in the island, said Wu Shou-mei, Director-General of Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at a daily press briefing.

Wu said, as a preparation for a second wave of infection, Taiwan now is planning to order doses for 1,000 patients, with the order expected to arrive late July.

The director added that the panel experts have discussed that remdesivir can be approved under Taiwan's Article 48-2 of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act which states that the drug can be manufactured or imported as a "special case."

Remdesivir has a treatment period that can last for not longer than 10 days, with different dosages for people of different weights, Wu said. He added that once the drug is available for use, suppliers are required to implement risk management plan to assure patient safety.
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Mga Pilipino umaasa sa magandang buhay hatid ng Balik Probinsya program


Marami ang umaasa na magbubukas ng mas magandang oportunidad ang Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program (BP2) sa mga tumatamasa ng hirap sa siyudad at nagnanais na umuwi sa kaniya-kaniyang  lugar sa bansa.


Tulad na lamang ng 40 taong gulang at isang construction worker na si Fernando Castiller na determinadong makabalik sa kanyang probinsya sa Palo, Leyte sa pag-asang mabibigyan siya ng programa ng magandang pagkakataon upang muling makapagsimula ng pamumuhay.

"Malaki inaasahan ko sa program kasi dito mabibigyan kami ng pagkakataong magkaroon ng sariling pagkakakitaan 'pag nasa probinsya na tapos, at least kasama pa 'yung pamilya," lahad ni Fernando na kasalukuyang naninirahan sa Quezon City.

Tulad ni Fernando, magandang buhay din ang inaasahan ng 17 taong gulang na si Diana Mae Rose Manabik na taga Las Piñas. Ayon sa kanya, mahirap ang pamumuhay sa Maynila lalo na  para sa kanyang mga magulang na kumakayod bilang street vendors sa lungsod.

"Madalas po kasing nanonood ng balita si mama, tapos nalaman niya po na may ganung programa ang gobyerno," kwento ng dalaga na Grade 11 na ngayon.

Ang BP2 ay programang inaprubahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kasagsagan ng coronavirus pandemic upang bawasan ang populasyon sa mga matataong siyudad at magbigay ng bagong oportunidad kahit pa sa mga malalayong lugar ng bansa.
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PH flag carrier PAL resumes Taipei-Manila route flight starting June 16


Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume international and domestic flights starting Monday, June 1 as the country relaxes its enhanced community quarantine.


PAL announced in an advisory that it was set to "resume operating scheduled flights on selected international and domestic routes."

Below is the schedule Manila-Taipei flights:

MANILA – TAIPEI – MANILA
PR 890/891 – Every Mon / Fri 
(Effective June 16)

Flights operations have been mostly suspended for over two months as the country barred travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, crippling the aviation and tourism industries.
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Pay your own COVID-19 test now available to anyone in Taiwan


The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced on Friday (May 29), Taiwan now has an adequate testing capacity making it possible to anyone to avail self-pay test for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 


The CECC said, people who want to get tested for the disease may obtain self-pay test every three months with varying cost depending on the hospital.

Last May 23, the self-pay COVID-19 test was only offered to Taiwanese citizens, foreign nationals, and their family members who wish to travel abroad.

 But prior to May 23, only Taiwanese citizens making emergency visits to countries in Southeast Asia, China or Macau were  allowed to avail the test.

Websites of some hospitals offering self-pay test show that the cost per test ranges from NT$4,000 (US$133) to NT$13,155.
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Adultery in Taiwan no longer a criminal offense


Constitutional Court Chief Justice Hsu Tzong-li declared on Friday (May 29), adultery in Taiwan will no longer count as a criminal offense as it was believed to be harmless to social welfare by the court. 


Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Lin Hui-huang said, Hsu and the Constitutional court have found that the laws that punish adultery violate the privacy of individuals and their right to make their own decisions.

Fifteen (15) Grand Justices have heard arguments in the case and scrutinized the provisions in the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure that eventually led to a court's decision, Interpretation No. 791.

In Interpretation No. 791, the court invalidated the laws that punish adultery as a criminal offense, effective from the release of the interpretation on Friday.

According to Lin, the Grand Justices believed that adultery as a criminal offense played a limited role in maintaining marriage relations or the system of marriage. It could also give a negative impact between married people.
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Wala ng susunod pang ayuda dahil nasa GCQ na ang Pilipinas ngayong Hunyo —Roque


Ayon kay Palace spokesperson Harry Roque, Wala nang ayudang matatanggap ngayong Hunyo dahil nasa General Community Quarantine (GCQ) na ang Pilipinas.



Ayon sa kalihim, bagamat niluluwagan na ang quarantine protocols sa bansa, maaari pa ring ilagay sa enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ang mga barangay, zona, at subdivision  kung kinakailangan, base sa IATF resolution. 

Sa ilalim ng GCQ ay maaari ng magbalik trabaho ang iilan dahil muli ng bubuksan ang ibang industriya at establisyemento gaya ng mga restaurant, hardware store, at salon. Papayagan na rin ang muling pag-andar ng transportasyon gaya ng mga jeep, bus, at taxi. 

Samantala, tuloy pa rin naman ang pamamahagi ng second tranche ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) pero tanging ang mga lugar na nananatili sa ECQ at modified ECQ noong Mayo ang makakatanggap ng cash aid mula sa programa.
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1,225 patients in US die due to coronavirus in 24 hours, Johns Hopkins' data shows


According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States recorded 1,225 coronavirus deaths on Friday (May 29), bringing its total to 102,798 since the coronavirus outbreak began.


The country has officially logged 1,745,606 total cases of the disease, way higher than any other nation as shown by the Baltimore-based university’s tracker.

The latest numbers came as President Donald Trump said he was severing US ties with the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing it of not doing enough to curb the initial spread of the novel coronavirus and being too lenient with China, the origin of the outbreak.

Meanwhile, states and communities across the US continued phased reopenings. Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday, the New York city, the worst-hit by the coronavirus, is “on track” to start reopening by June 8.
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Nagsugal at nag-inom gamit ang ayuda, kasama pa rin sa 2nd wave ng SAP


Nilinaw ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) noong Huwebes (Mayo 28), na bagamat ipinangsugal at ipinangbisyo ng ilang benepisyaryo ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) ang natanggap nilang ayuda, kasama pa rin sila sa listahan ng ikalawang distribusyon ng emergency subsidy.


Ayon kay DSWD secretary Rolando Bautista, hindi dapat madamay ang buong pamilya na nangangailangan ngayong may krisis sa pagkakamali na nagawa ng isang miyembro nito.

"Nakakalungkot po na may mga ganyang gawain, pero ang pagkakamali po ng isang miyembro ng pamilya ay hindi po dapat makaapekto sa ibang miyembro ng pamilya na nangangailangan," sabi ni Bautista sa isang virtual presser.

Paliwanag din ni Bautista, ang mga benepisyaryo ng Conditional Cash Transfer program na nakatanggap din ng SAP subsidy ngunit ginamit ang ayuda sa bisyo at iba pang ilegal na gawain ay sasailalim sa isang sesyon kasama ang mga case management officer.

Pakiusap nya sa mga tatanggap ng ayuda, huwag na sanang gamitin sa masama ang makukuhang tulong pinansyal at sa halip ay ilaan na lamang sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng pamilya gaya ng pagkain at gamot.
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Taiwan keeps border control, still bans entry of foreign nationals


Despite easing of social distancing guidelines in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said on Wednesday (May 27), that the border control measures imposed in the country to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will remain in place.


The announcement was made after Taiwan marked its 45th day of no new local transmission of  COVID-19. Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said, the threat of contracting the disease domestically is low that is why the country cannot relax its border control.

The minister believed that Taiwan may be safe from the virus but the rest of the countries around the world are not.

With this, foreign entries are still on ban except for those who have residence permits and some categories of businesspeople, Chen said.

 However, mandatory 14-day home isolation for all arriving travelers, even Taiwanese citizens, and two-week quarantine at a government facility for those with COVID-19 symptoms will remain in the country.
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Quarantine pass, hindi na kailangan sa mga GCQ area simula June 1


Inanunsyo ng Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Huwebes (Mayo 28), na hindi na kailangan ang quarantine passes sa tuwing lalabas ang mga nasa lugar na nasa ilalim ng general community quarantine (GCQ) simula Hunyo 1.


"If an LGU (local government unit) is now under GCQ, no need for barangay quarantine passes because hindi na lockdown," ayon kay DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya sa isang text message.

Dagdag ni Malaya, bagama't niluluwagan na ng gobyerno ang quarantine protocols ng bansa, maaari pa ring mag-utos ang mga LGU ng localized lockdown kung kinakailangan.

Kung magba-byahe naman, sinabi ni Malaya na kailangan pa ring magpakita ng travel pass mula sa Philippine National Police (PNP).

"Moving from one province to another, and one region to another, kailangan pa rin ng travel authority from PNP," saad niya.
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Pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 at enrollment sa June 1, pinayagan na ng Palasyo


Tuloy ang pagbubukas ng klase sa Agosto 24 ayon sa Malacañang, Miyerkules (Mayo 27), sa kabila ng pangamba ng nakararami na maaaring maisakripisyo ang kaligtasan ng mga bata lalo pa at wala pang bakuna para sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


"Ang sigurado po, tuloy ang pag-aaral ng mga kabataan. Ang isyu na lang, ano ang sitwasyon pagdating ng Agosto 24: ito ba ay sapat na para tayo ay mag-face-to-face [classes] o blended," sabi ni Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

Una ng sinabi ni Roque na pahihintulutan lamang ang face-to-face classes sa mga lugar na wala na sa ilalim ng community quarantine sa pagsisimula ng klase.

Samantala, ang mga nasa community quarantine pa rin bago pa man magsimula ang pagbubukas ng klase ngayong taon ay sasailalim sa "blended learning" na kung saan gagamit ng internet, radyo, at telebisyon sa pag-aaral ang mga estudyante.

Dagdag pa ni Roque, tuloy ang enrollment sa Lunes (June 1) na maaaring gawin online o sa pamamagitan ng pisikal na pagpunta sa mga paaralan.
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