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  • Metro Manila Council meets to discuss Sinovac vaccine distribution

    Metro Manila Council meets to discuss Sinovac vaccine distribution

    The Metro Manila Council met on Saturday night to discuss the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines manufactured by Sinovac that are set to arrive on Sunday. According to Bam Alegre's report on "24 Oras News Alert," the Metro Manila mayors...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 10:15PM
  • DOH: Relaxed restrictions, LGU response possible factors for recent surge in COVID-19 cases

    DOH: Relaxed restrictions, LGU response possible factors for recent surge in COVID-19 cases

    The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said the easing of quarantine restrictions and the relaxed response of local government units (LGUs) might have contributed to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country. "Nakikita natin na may iba't...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 2:21PM
  • Uniform travel protocols for all LGUs concerning, OCTA Research says

    Uniform travel protocols for all LGUs concerning, OCTA Research says

    The OCTA Research group on Saturday said the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to approve the uniform travel protocols for local government units is "concerning," as some areas...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 1:52PM
  • 30 couples exchange vows during Taguig City's socially-distanced mass wedding

    30 couples exchange vows during Taguig City's socially-distanced mass wedding

    Thirty couples officially tied the knot on Friday during Taguig City's socially distanced mass wedding. In a Facebook post on Friday, the local government unit shared numerous photos of couples who said their "I do's" during the "Kasalang Bayan"...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 12:01PM
  • No mandatory testing, quarantine: IATF eases cross-border travel, unifies protocols

    No mandatory testing, quarantine: IATF eases cross-border travel, unifies protocols

    MANILA - The Inter-Agency Task Force leading government's COVID-19 response approved on Friday unified travel protocols for all local government units, easing cross-border trips amid still varying quarantine levels in the country nearly a year into...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 27 February 2021, 11:41AM
  • IATF OKs uniform travel protocols for all LGUs; no more RT-PCR test unless specified

    IATF OKs uniform travel protocols for all LGUs; no more RT-PCR test unless specified

    Malacanang announced on Saturday the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the uniform travel protocols for local government units. Under the said protocols, travelers need not undergo...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 27 February 2021, 10:12AM
  • Streamlining LGU travel policies to boost domestic tourism, says DOT

    Streamlining LGU travel policies to boost domestic tourism, says DOT

    The Department of Tourism is supporting the Department of the Interior and Local Government's plan to streamline travel requirements, protocols, and procedures by local government units as this will encourage more Filipinos to go to tourist places....

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 26 February 2021, 2:59PM
  • Close to P2B of P62.3B loan fund released by Landbank to LGUs for COVID-19 recovery

    Close to P2B of P62.3B loan fund released by Landbank to LGUs for COVID-19 recovery

    The Land Bank of the Philippines has approved a total of P62.32 billion in loans to help 194 local government units (LGUs) recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Landbank said the loans approved for LGUs are under its RISE-UP LGUs or...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 25 February 2021, 5:16PM
  • Landbank extends P62.32B in loans to help LGUs recover from pandemic

    Landbank extends P62.32B in loans to help LGUs recover from pandemic

    The state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) has extended P62.32 billion in loans for projects aimed at local government units' (LGUs) recovery from the health and socioeconomic crises inflicted by COVID-19. In a statement on Wednesday,...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 25 February 2021, 5:28AM
  • Mandaluyong LGU makes 20% down payment for 150,000 Sinovac COVID-19 doses

    Mandaluyong LGU makes 20% down payment for 150,000 Sinovac COVID-19 doses

    The local government unit of Mandaluyong City has made a 20% down payment to AstraZeneca for the 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine it has ordered, the city public information office said on Tuesday. In a Facebook post, Mandaluyong City PIO said the...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 24 February 2021, 2:54PM
  • Senate OKs bill expediting vaccine purchase, creating indemnity fund

    Senate OKs bill expediting vaccine purchase, creating indemnity fund

    MANILA, Philippines - The Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to expedite procurement of Covid-19 vaccines and to establish a national indemnity fund. Voting 22-0, the chamber passed Senate Bill No. 2057 or the...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 23 February 2021, 4:07PM
  • Solon to file reso seeking probe on LGU complaints vs. DITO

    Solon to file reso seeking probe on LGU complaints vs. DITO

    Laguna Representative Dan Fernandez is set to file a resolution seeking the conduct of a House probe on the complaints of local government units against DITO Telecommunity Corporation. "Yes, para malaman natin ano 'yung complaints ng mga LGU,"...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 22 February 2021, 5:49PM
  • Aklan execs oppose creation of Boracay Island Dev’t Authority

    Aklan execs oppose creation of Boracay Island Dev’t Authority

    ILOILO CITY - Aklan officials are opposing the latest version of a bill that seeks to create a body that will govern Boracay Island instead of being under the sole jurisdiction of local government units. Officials led by Aklan Gov. Florencio...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 22 February 2021, 1:25PM
  • Entire PH 'ready' to shift to MGCQ – Duque

    Entire PH 'ready' to shift to MGCQ – Duque

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines is "ready" should it transition to the least stringent modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Monday. In a televised briefing, Duque said local government...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 22 February 2021, 12:06PM
  • DOH: Ensure LGUs' capacity to handle COVID-19 threat before MGCQ order

    DOH: Ensure LGUs' capacity to handle COVID-19 threat before MGCQ order

    Local government units (LGUs) should be capable of handling the threat of transmission of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 if the proposal to place the entire country under modified community quarantine (MGCQ) will push through, the Department...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 22 February 2021, 10:55AM
  • Sans income from cinemas, LGUs urged to tax streaming sites

    Sans income from cinemas, LGUs urged to tax streaming sites

    With potential revenues from movies and concerts basically gone, local government units (LGUs) may want to look into taxing alternative sources, such as online streaming sites, according to the state-run National Tax Research Center (NTRC). While...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 22 February 2021, 4:13AM
  • Initial P179K aid sent to LGUs affected by Auring -- DSWD

    Initial P179K aid sent to LGUs affected by Auring -- DSWD

    MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has assured residents of areas affected by Tropical Storm Auring that an initial P179,000 in aid has been sent. The DSWD said in a statement on Sunday afternoon that the...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 21 February 2021, 7:38PM
  • OCTA team sees upward trend in NCR COVID-19 cases amid gov’t call for shift to MGCQ

    OCTA team sees upward trend in NCR COVID-19 cases amid gov’t call for shift to MGCQ

    The OCTA Research Team on Sunday said the level trend in Metro Manila has changed to an upward trend as some local government units in the capital region registered an increase in new COVID-19 cases. In its February 21 report, the research team said...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 21 February 2021, 5:10PM
  • PH under MGCQ will harmonize 'fragmented' travel rules — DILG

    PH under MGCQ will harmonize 'fragmented' travel rules — DILG

    MANILA, Philippines - Placing the entire Philippines under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) by March will harmonize the "fragmented" travel rules being imposed by local government units (LGUs) across the country, the Department of the...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 20 February 2021, 5:15PM
  • LGUs should step up response if PH shifts to country-wide MGCQ--Vergeire

    LGUs should step up response if PH shifts to country-wide MGCQ--Vergeire

    MANILA - Local government units should step up COVID-19 response measures in case national government decides to further relax country-wide quarantine protocols, a health official said Saturday In a public press briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria...

    ABS-CBN NewsABS-CBN News • 20 February 2021, 4:13PM
  • DILG: Placing entire country under MGCQ will harmonize LGU travel rules

    DILG: Placing entire country under MGCQ will harmonize LGU travel rules

    Putting the entire country under the most relaxed COVID-19 quarantine status starting March would result in the needed harmonization of local government units' travel policies, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government said...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 20 February 2021, 12:53PM
  • NDRRMC urges public to brace for ‘stormy weekend’ due to Auring

    NDRRMC urges public to brace for ‘stormy weekend’ due to Auring

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Friday advised the public to brace for the impact of tropical storm Auring. In a statement, the NDRRMC urged residents of flood and landslides-prone areas in MIMAROPA, the...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 19 February 2021, 7:50PM
  • DTI suggests starting at 20% cinema capacity for LGUs wary of reopening

    DTI suggests starting at 20% cinema capacity for LGUs wary of reopening

    MANILA, Philippines - Local government units (LGUs) wary of reopening cinemas may begin allowing just 20 percent capacity of its operations to help more Filipinos return to their livelihoods, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez suggested Friday. "In...

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 19 February 2021, 12:27PM
  • Duterte cannot wait to get COVID-19 vaccine, Roque says

    Duterte cannot wait to get COVID-19 vaccine, Roque says

    President Rodrigo Duterte cannot wait to get vaccinated against COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday. Roque made the announcement a day after the President certified the bill allowing local government units to make advance...

    GMA News OnlineGMA News Online • 19 February 2021, 10:59AM
  • Bill prohibits LGUs from buying vaccines

    Bill prohibits LGUs from buying vaccines

    Lawmakers at the House of Representatives have removed from the bill of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco the power to allow local government units (LGUs) to directly procure COVID-19 vaccines from manufacturers. Under the amended version of House Bill No....

    Inquirer.netInquirer.net • 19 February 2021, 5:44AM
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