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May 24, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DTI, DOH remind public on malling guidelines; mall operators share safety initiatives
With the easing of quarantine restrictions in different parts of the country and reports of shoppers flocking to malls the previous week, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) today strongly reminded the public and mall operators in the country to strictly implement the official guidelines on mall operations. Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, in a special media forum on Sunday, stressed the importance of maintaining the minimum health standards particularly in public spaces such as malls and department stores under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ)...

May 21, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: PH still on 1st wave of sustained community transmission
In today’s Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser , Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho, the Director of the Health Promotion and Communication Service (HPCS) of the Department of Health (DOH) clarified that the Philippines is still on its first major wave of sustained community transmission in the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Ho represented the Department today as DOH officials attended the House of Representatives Committee on Health’s briefing on the current COVID-19 situation. “Kung matatandaan ninyo po - local community transmission happened nung nagsimula tayong mag-report ng cases sa mga kababayan nating na walang exposure sa mga positive cases o kaya’y walang travel history,” said Dir. Ho...

May 21, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DTI, DOLE: Testing not required for workers to return to work
In yesterday's media forum hosted by the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded employers that COVID-19 testing is not a requisite before workers can return to work, following the Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 issued on April 30, 2020...

May 21, 2020 12:00 NN

DOH issues Press Release: Experts weigh in on testing: an overview of the process and causes of backlog
With 244,800 tests conducted to date, the Department of Health (DOH) in its May 18 Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser went point by point in discussing the complexities of COVID-19 testing, the wide range of factors affecting its speed and  accuracy, as well as the health and safety of the healthcare workers facilitating the testing process. Health Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire was joined by ThinkWell’s Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Maria Eufemia Yap and the Executive Director of the University of the Philippines Manila - National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-Dela Paz, who detailed the entire testing process— from specimen collection to data validation and analysis...

May 21, 2020 12:00 NN

DOH issues Press Release: Testing not required for workers to return to work - DOH
With the easing of community quarantine, employers are encouraged to follow the Department Memorandum No. 2020-0220 on Interim Guidelines on Return to Work, the Department of Health (DOH) reiterates that it is not an official requirement for employees to get tested prior to working. According to the DOH, employers are not officially required to get their employees tested for COVID-19, and neither is it expected that employers require their employees to get tested. The Department mandates the screening and monitoring of employees to promptly address those showing symptoms...

May 18, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: DOH to deputize med grads to assist in nat’l COVID-19 response
Consistent with the provisions of Republic Act (R.A.) 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” and R.A. 2382 or the “Medical Act of 1959,” the Department of Health (DOH) issued the Department Memorandum No. 2020-0169 last Saturday, which allows medical graduates to engage in limited practice of medicine as deputized physicians, without need of any certificate of registration from the Professional Regulation Commission...

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