CebuDoc Group frontliners receive Sinovac vaccine

CebuDoc Group has started its vaccination program against COVID-19 on its healthcare workers Tuesday, March 9, 2021, with a Ceremonial Vaccination held at CebuDoc Group Vaccination Center located at the Medical Arts Building 1, Parking Area. Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, President and Chairman of the Board, receives the first dose of CoronaVac (Sinovac) vaccine…

NBI charges Philhealth 7, Chong Hua Hospital officials over anomalous COVID-19 claim

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 filed on Monday criminal charges against 8 officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) Central Visayas and 3 employees of Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu City over an alleged anomalous COVID-19 benefits claim. NBI 7 Director Rennan Augustus Oliva said the charges were related to a claim…

Google data show Metro Cebu residents slowly returning to work, going to beaches, parks

Metro Cebu residents continue to slowly return to their workplaces. They have also been heading to beaches, parks, and plazas, according to mobility data tracked by Google. But overall, data Google gathered from Metro Cebu phone users of Google Maps showed that visits to places outside the home were still way below the baseline in…

PLDT Group, PLDT-Smart Foundation respond to call for help of Cebu’s frontliners

In support of Cebu’s fight against COVID-19, PLDT Inc., PLDT-Smart Foundation and Tulong Kapatid, in coordination with ZTE Corp. and Leads Agricultural Corp., donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face masks, disinfecting kits, and carboys of ethyl alcohol. Tulong Kapatid is the social responsibility consortium of the companies led by Manuel V. Pangilinan. The group and…

Google Philippines launches site for COVID-19 terminologies in Filipino, Cebuano

True to its mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, Google Philippines is marking Buwan ng Wika with the launch of Isang Gabay sa mga Salitang Kaugnay ng COVID-19. The initiative recognizes the significant role of local languages in creating an understanding among Filipinos regarding the most commonly used…

Technology enables disaster resilience in communities

The new normal posed by COVID-19 has fast-tracked the adoption by local government units and organizations of technology-based programs to keep people informed and help students resume their studies despite the pandemic. Nagiel Banacia, Officer-in-Charge of the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, has been at the front and center of the ongoing health…

Cebu business leaders ask government: revert Cebu City to GCQ

Business leader in Cebu released today a manifesto supporting the call by Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella for the city to revert to General Community Quarantine (GCQ). The leaders of various business groups said the decision to place Cebu City under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was based on flawed data. It was also done “without…

Extend enhanced quarantine in Cebu City to prevent resurgence of cases: UP researchers

As Metro Cebu prepares to reopen for business by June 1, a group of researchers based at the University of the Philippines recommended that the enhanced quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City be extended to prevent a resurgence of cases. The COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is expected to decide this week whether to extend the…

Location data show how Pinoys stayed home, avoided public places during ECQ

Visits to public places such as groceries, pharmacies, retail outlets, transit areas, and workplaces plunged as a community quarantine was put in place in the Philippines in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, phone location data show. Stays at home dramatically increased in the same time period, according to information made available by…

Cebu business leaders ask for more funds, equitable distribution to help workers

The leaders of the different business chambers in Cebu today asked government to add funds to its assistance program for workers and make its distribution equitable. “Our productive sector deserves better treatment from the very government to whom they have regularly remitted their taxes,” said a joint statement signed by the business leaders. The signatories…

Viruses are harmful: Here’s one way to protect yourself

Staying healthy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is just as important as following such public health measures as social distancing and frequent handwashing. Good nutrition, exercise, and a nutraceutical like Pro-IG colostrum that makes use of the tested benefits of bovine colostrum against viral and bacterial infections are crucial in keeping the immune system in…

Confirmed COVID-19 positive cases: an interactive map

More cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected in areas throughout the country. Cebu City is among the areas with an increasing number of confirmed cases. These infections are clustered in the city jail and communities like Barrio Luz, Barangay Suba, and Mambaling. Below is an interactive map of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cebu. It…

Smart extends communications support for AFP, PGH frontliners

As part of its continuous support for COVID-19 frontliners, PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) extended communications assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). To provide for their connectivity needs during the enhanced community quarantine, Smart is donating free Smart and TNT SIMs and load cards…