PCOO Sec. Andanar Mulls Creation Of ‘Safe House’ For Media Amid Virus Scare

PCOO Sec. Andanar Mulls Creation Of ‘Safe House’ For Media Amid Virus Scare

Spotlight

In COVID-Free Town, Learning Goes On Under The Trees, In Open Spaces

The town of Paglat, which hasn’t had a single case of COVID-19 since the pandemic, is among the few places in the Philippines where learners cope with school work through in-person tutorials.

Add To Cart: Synergeia Launches Online Store In Aid Of Parents

As part of their efforts to help boost income of parents amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Synergeia Foundation has launched an online store where parents can sell anything.

Filipino PR Executive Wins People Of The Year 2020 In Beijing

PAGEONE Group CEO Ron F. Jabal was recognized as People of the Year 2020 in the Golden Flag Awards — one of most prominent PR awards in China!

Children Still Survive In Makeshift Homes And Miss Out On Learning After Typhoon Rolly

"Our house was destroyed because we are poor," said nine-year-old Maria who was among the thousands of children left homeless when Super Typhoon Rolly made landfall in Albay.

Every state department should establish a safe house for media practitioners who are covering the latest developments on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak in the country, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said.

During the live broadcast of “Cabinet Report” radio program, Andanar said safe houses for media would give them protection from Covid-19.

“Every department should provide a safe house for reporters so that at least we know that, number one, they’re safe from Covid-19; and number two, they can continue covering the departments, say for example, the Department of Health or the Department of the Interior and Local Government,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared a public health emergency nationwide following the rise in the number of people infected with Covid-19.

As of Saturday, the country has 111 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Duterte also placed the entire Metro Manila under “general” community quarantine to limit the people’s movement since most of Covid-19 patients are from the region.

Andanar acknowledged that media practitioners have a “crucial role” to raise public awareness of Covid-19.

“If we do not allow them to move around, if there is no movement protocol, then that would be a big problem for everybody,” he said.

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, World Health Organization Representative to the Philippines, backed the proposal to create safe houses for media workers.

Abeyasinghe said the plan was a “new reality” of how to facilitate access to media covering the Covid-19 outbreak.

“I think that’s a very good suggestion because in this way, you minimize the opportunities for possibly being infected,” he said. “The social distancing that that is being advocated as part of the community quarantine. We need to ensure that’s followed if we really want to break this outbreak and stop the transmission of the virus.” (PNA)

Photo Credit: facebook.com/pcoogov

PRRD OKs Emergency Use Authorization For Covid-19 Drugs, Vaccines

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for drugs and vaccines against COVID-19.

Agusan Norte Provincial Workers To Get Early Gifts

The provincial government of Agusan del Norte is set to release within the week sacks of rice to all its employees at the provincial capitol as their early gifts for the Yuletide season.

DTI Provides Livelihood Aid To Fireworks Enterprises In Bulacan

At least 36 residents involved in the pyrotechnics/fireworks industry received some PHP10,000 worth of livelihood package as part of DTI's livelihood assistance program.

Anonymous Customer Involves GrabFood Rider In An Act Of Goodwill

Kudos to you ma'am/sir sa pag-aabot ng tulong sa mga nangangaailangan!

Leyte Seeks Month-Long Ban For Returning Residents

According to Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, the temporary suspension is based on the request of mayors to ban the acceptance of returning residents from Dec. 1 to 31.

Gatchalian Amends DOE Budget To Cushion Effects Of High Energy Costs

Sen. Win Gatchalian proposed an additional P46 million for next year to fund studies on new technologies that will maximize indigenous resources.

Grab Leads Wide Celebration And Appreciation For Filipino Drivers And Delivery Riders

To show appreciation for all modern-day heroes, Grab brought together the Filipino community in celebration of the Araw ng Tagapaghatid last November 29, 2020.

Gatchalian Mulls Law On Providing Laptop, Connectivity For Every Public School Learner

Senator Win Gatchalian eyes introducing legislation that will give every public school learner a laptop and access to the internet.

DFA Says Over 277K Overseas Filipinos Repatriated So Far

The Department of Foreign Affairs has so far repatriated some 277,320 distressed overseas Filipinos since the coronavirus pandemic struck.

1,000 Peace-Loving As HWPL Celebrates The 2020 National Children’s Month

Around 1,000 participants from different sectors joined the webinar "Peace: Best Protection for Children's Rights” in celebration of the 2020 National Children’s Month.