COA uncovers questionable claims in distribution of DOLE’s pandemic ayuda in Pampanga

State auditors flag thousands of names with dubious details submitted by beneficiaries of the 2021 Tupad Program for workers who were severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic The 2021 report of the Commission of Audit on the province of Pampanga questioned the distribution of a P91.18 million pandemic mitigation cash, which it said was riddled … Read more

[OPINION] Lessons on Universal Health Care that I learned from the pandemic

‘We need to go back to the basics of public health’ The following is a speech delivered by Dr. John Q. Wong at the Department of Health’s “Looking Back, Marching Forward” event on April 29 at the Conrad Hotel, Pasay City. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts. Greetings to Secretary … Read more

Dagupan brings back Bangus Festival after 2-year pandemic break

The festival returns to its original site in the heart of the city, where more than 1,000 barbecue grills await more than 12,000 bangus heads DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – This city’s famous Bangus Festival will be back from April 18 until the end of the month after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Read more

Pandemic jet deals in spotlight as Airbus axes Russia delivery

The setback sheds new light on workarounds used by Airbus under prevailing accounting rules to support deliveries during the pandemic, as well as the scramble to hit targets at the close of each year, industry sources say PARIS, France – In the final hours of 2021, Airbus officially delivered two A350s to Russia’s Aeroflot, helping … Read more

For this unique pandemic batch of lawyers, the honor is to the parents

MANILA, Philippines – This is a unique batch of new lawyers, Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen made that very clear, saying at the outset that the record-high 72.28% should not be seen as if they this batch an easy time, having undergone lockdown and distressing postponements. “Do not be concerned about those who say that … Read more

US, European stocks suffer worst quarter since pandemic

The stock market gloom on Thursday, March 31, is emblematic of how tough the month has been for equities NEW YORK, USA – Global stocks dropped on Thursday, March 31, with US shares sinking over 1.5%, as concerns about a recession and the Russian-Ukrainian war spurred selling, while oil prices plunged over $6 as Washington … Read more

[ANALYSIS] Assessing the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines at Alert Level 1

As I had anticipated three months ago, the passing of the Omicron variant has given the Philippines a period of respite from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike many of our neighbors in East Asia, our daily case numbers, both in the NCR and nationwide, are low and the risk of transmission is also very low. This … Read more

Presidential bets start looking long term to address pandemic

MANILA, Philippines – Three debates into the 2022 election season, presidential candidates have moved up to draw up the outlines of a pandemic response that viewed the health crisis as a long-term problem. For most bets, its solutions require vaccination rates higher than current government targets, bigger investments in local research, and more dedicated funds … Read more

‘The Batman’ scores $128 million, second-biggest pandemic debut

Robert Pattinson’s superhero blockbuster is the second pandemic-era movie to cross the $100 million mark in one weekend LOS ANGELES, USA – Robert Pattinson’s pitch-black superhero adventure The Batman collected a mighty $128.5 million in its box office debut, marking the best opening weekend of 2022 by a landslide. But what is more impressive: it’s … Read more

Moderna plots vaccines against 15 pathogens with future pandemic potential

Moderna chief executive Stephane Bancel says the 15 viruses are known threats that have not been addressed by many large drugmakers Moderna Inc said on Monday, March 7, it plans to develop and begin testing vaccines targeting 15 of the world’s most worrisome pathogens by 2025 and will permanently wave its COVID-19 vaccine patents for … Read more