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July 27, 2020

PSC-GAB-DOH Joint Administrative Order No. 2020-0001: Guidelines on the Conduct of Health - Enhancing Physical Activities and Sports during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This Order aims to provide guidance for the conduct of exercise, sports and other forms of health-enhancing physical activities as well as play-for-pay physical sports activities for the duration of the COVID-19 response...

July 24, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Top industry leaders pledged to BIDA Solusyon
The Department of Health (DOH), with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), hosted its official partners’ launch for the “BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19” campaign on Friday, July 24, with some of the Philippines’ top business leaders and government agencies, signaling a multi-sectoral push to reinforce protective behavior that can lead to economic productivity. During the launch, key industry leaders committed to promote and instill awareness on our individual and collective roles to help battle COVID-19. BIDA Solusyon is a social and behavior change campaign that encourages the practice of four key preventive behaviors: Bawal walang mask, I-sanitize ang kamay at iwas-hawak sa mga bagay, Dumistansya ng isang metro, at Alamin ang totoong impormasyon. Among the industries represented in the launch were transport, ride-sharing, retail, IT, finance, banking, insurance, energy, advertising, and food and beverage...

July 23, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Collective responsibility key to Davao's swift COVID response
Amid the rising cases of COVID-19 infection nationwide, Davao region’s ability to manage and swiftly respond to the pandemic, anchored on its strong public-private partnership, proves very inspiring. This was shared by Dr. Anabelle Yumang, Region XI Regional Director of the Department of Health- Center for Health Development Davao (DOH-CHD) in Thursday's episode of the Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser...

July 21, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: Despite rise in COVID-19 cases, CFR continues to decrease
Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, the country’s case fatality rate (CFR) shows a decreasing trend. Both numbers also indicate that the death rate might be reaching a point of stability.  These findings, presented by epidemiologist Dr. DJ Darwin Bandoy on Monday’s Beat COVID-19 Virtual Presser aired last July 20, present a more encouraging outlook of the Philippines’ fight against COVID-19. “Makikita po natin yung pag-improve. Nung mga nakaraang buwan, ang CFR po ay around 6% at medyo bumababa na po sya sa 2%. Dalawa po yung nakikita nating factors dito—nababawasan yung bilang ng mga pumapanaw at nag-i-increase po yung pag-detect natin,” Bandoy explained. The physician is a member of the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of California, and founder of the Philippine Society of Epidemiology...

July 15, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: SOH clarifies pre-SONA statement on flattening the curve
This is to clarify the statement of Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, on flattening the curve, made during the Pre-SONA Forum. The statement is based on the reported lengthening of the Case Doubling Time (CDT), or the time it takes for the number of cases to double. The CDT is a measure of how quickly an outbreak spreads. Low CDTs mean faster outbreaks, while higher CDTs mean slower outbreaks. Case doubling time is computed using historical data, and should not be used to predict the number of cases after a period of time...

July 14, 2020 5:00 PM

DOH issues Press Release: IATF-EID boosts Taguig’s SMART Program
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) spearheaded by Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III turned over 2,000 PCR test kits, 150 hygiene kits, and 10,000 personal protective equipment to the City Government of Taguig as it expanded its Systematic Mass Approach to Responsible Testing (SMART) Program. Taguig City’s SMART Program provides multiple testing touchpoints such as home testing conducted by a team from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU), testing in accredited facilities and laboratories in the city, and drive-thru testing. The PCR test kits from the national government allow the local government unit to conduct an additional 48,000 tests...