PHILIPPINES

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A group of recruitment agencies in the Philippines on Wednesday called on the Hong Kong government to pattern its quarantine measures for arriving foreign domestic workers (FDWs) after Singapore’s existing protocols in a bid to prevent Covid-19 cases netted at the airport. ...

September 16, 2021
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Philippine Airlines (PAL) passenger flights to Manila will still be available, the country’s flag carrier said, after Hong Kong banned inbound trips from Manila operated by the airline until Sept. 11.

The ban took effect on Aug. 29, after three passengers from PAL flight PR300 on Aug. 27 tested positive for Covid-...

August 31, 2021
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The Philippines’ health department tallied 18,332 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the highest single-daily increase in infections since the pandemic began.

This broke the previous record of 17,321 newly reported Covid-19 infections last Friday, Aug. 20. Monday’s figure vaulted the Philippines’ coronavirus disea...

August 23, 2021
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The Philippine government included Hong Kong in its list of 57 countries and jurisdictions covered by shorter quarantine periods for fully vaccinated travelers upon entry to the Philippines.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who also speaks on behalf of the Philippine government’s inter-agency task force f...

June 30, 2021
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Former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III died in the early hours of Thursday, June 24, his family confirmed. He was 61.

His sister, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, said in a statement before reporters that Aquino had died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. due to renal disease secondary to diabetes.

June 24, 2021
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved an additional ₱5.2 billion to fund the repatriation and Covid-19 quarantine of overseas Filipino workers, Malacañang said Thursday.

This is less than the ₱9.8 billion budget the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration sought in March to cover expenses incurred by re...

May 28, 2021
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The Philippines’ tourism department is set to meet with other local agencies on Wednesday to look into shortening the quarantine period of returning Filipinos who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

In a TV interview on Tuesday, Philippine tourism chief Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said they proposed to the In...

May 26, 2021
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The Philippines introduced new quarantine measures for all international arrivals on Friday in its bid to contain the spread of more infection coronavirus variants.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque bared the amended protocols in a briefing, adding that the regulations will apply regardless of whether a travelle...

May 8, 2021
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Health experts from the Philippine government’s advisory panel advised that returning overseas Filipino workers’ (OFWs) quarantine period may be shortened from 14 days to 10 days.

In a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Dr. Edsel Salvaña of the Philippine health department’s Technical Adviso...

April 22, 2021