Philippines under state of calamity due to coronavirus

Press Release coming from ( PCOO – Presidential Communications Operations Office )

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has placed the entire Philippines under state of calamity for six months in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which at present, has infected less than 200 people.


Sa hinaharap nating krisis sa pampublikong kalusugan, mas umiigting ang pangangailangan natin ng mga research-based health solutions para sa lahat.

Ang DOST-PCHRD ay patuloy sa paghahanap ng solusyon, kaya’t apat na research projects para sa pagsugpo ng COVID-19 ang aming pinondohan. (Para sa iba pang impormasyon tungkol sa projects, basahin:

Sa aming ika-38 na taon, ang DOST-PCHRD ay nangangako na patuloy na magseserbisyo to make Filipino lives better through health research. Maraming salamat po sa inyong walang sawang pagsuporta!

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DOST-PCHRD supports four projects to combat COVID-19

Recognizing the risks posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 towards public health, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) supports the research and development of technologies and projects that will aid in the monitoring and management of the said infection:

1. GenAmplifyTM CoronaVirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) rRT-PCR Detection Kit – Developed by Dr. Raul Destura and his team from the University of the Philippines National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), the diagnostic kit aims to detect the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with high specificity and efficiency through a one-step multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) platform. The locally-developed kit is projected to cost ₱1,320 per test, which is significantly cheaper than its foreign counterparts at ₱8,500 per test. The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a Certificate of Exemption for the said technology which provided the go signal for field testing. Manila HealthTek Inc., the first spin-off company from the University of the Philippines, will mass produce and distribute the kits to aid in the early diagnosis of COVID-19.

2. Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance Using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER) for Early Detection of Diseases – In partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and DOST-PCHRD, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) developed the FASSSTER application for visualizing spread of diseases, using data from the Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (PIDSR) system, Electronic Medical Records, and SMS-based reports of primary care facilities. At present, it is used to create predictive models and visualize possible scenarios of outbreaks of Dengue, Typhoid Fever, and Measles, at specified time periods. The research team will enhance the system for use in COVID-19 surveillance and response, as it will help support planning and decision-making of the DOH, LGUs, and healthcare facilities.

3. Clinical Characteristics and Transmission Patterns of COVID-19 in Confirmed Cases and their Contacts in the Philippines – The study, which will be implemented by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), aims to determine the transmission patterns of COVID-19 to help prevent its further spread and support the DOH in crafting policies for the containment and prevention of COVID-19.

4. In-vitro Study on the Efficacy of Lauric Acid and its Derivatives against SARS-CoV-2 – In partnership with ADMU and the Duke-National University of Singapore (Duke-NUS), the project aims to test whether certain coconut oil components can diminish or prevent the infectivity of SARS-CoV2, the causative virus of COVID-19. The project will focus first on the determination of the anti-viral properties of the compounds and results will be used for further studies.

Despite its relatively low mortality rate compared to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), to date COVID-19 has affected more than 100,000 people globally, including the Philippines. This led to the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to categorize the infection as a pandemic – which can be controlled with proper measures, as reiterated by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom.

Beauty & Wellness Products: Rising Industry

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Statistics stated that there are more women than men and in what’s happening right now, where confidence sometimes linked to the outer beauty, beauty products became in demand.

According to a leading international magazine, the beauty industry is not thriving for years but there are exceptions, like the mass beauty markets, those locally manufactured with lower cost compares to imported brands but overall the business of beauty continues to defy gravity. Some pointed out that half the growth in beauty is online (half in stores still) and that’s why online sellers for years are earning and some who are lucky, became multi-millionaires.

Talk of the town nowadays are the award-winning CEOs of Skin Magical, Icosmetica, LipoSlim PH and Frontrow Philippines, the local brands captured the heart of the Filipinos locally and globally for also being the face of their brands. It’s all about testimonials these days and being the face of one’s brands with their endorsers in tow is more effective to show that these leaders cares, believes and are using their own products.

Grace Bondad Nicolas, Raymond RS Francisco, Ghie Pangilinan and Sam Verzosa

Frontrow Philippines with only 9 products and existing for 10 years already is the number 1 Multi-level marketing company in Asia with Sam Verzosa as the CEO and Raymond “RS” Francisco as President. The two award winning leaders are making sure that the celebrity soaps with 3 variants will makes your skin fresh and glowing just like their endorser, Miss Universe Catriona Grey. They just successfully launch the biggest concert and thanksgiving at the Philippine Arena with more than 50,000 attendees.

Icosmetica Skin Care Enterprise with Joyce Ruelos as the Founder is making sure she’s not only promoting her products but also the distributors who are making a difference in her company with exemplary sales, two of them will be featured in the leading motivational show on TV with Karen Davila’s “My Puhunan” to inspire other online sellers. The premium rejuvenating set for only Php 280 is thriving in sales with the campaign of having glass skin by just using it for two weeks.

Jesseroy Ruelos, Joyce Ruelos and Grace Bondad Nicolas

LipoSlim PH promotes the 3 drink variants; Coffee, Milk Tea and Ice Tea for skin whitening, slimming and healthier body since the products are sugar free for the on the go professionals. It’s in powder form so that you can bring it everywhere. CEO Jesseroy Ruelos started to do radio hopping to share the benefits of the products with more and more sellers nationwide.

Skin Magical Founder and COO Ghie Pangilinan supports her 70 Franchisee by visiting them in their respective areas with a “Learn and Earn” activity inviting all the distributors, sellers, and new target clients in one venue to motivate more and discuss the products plus explain the earning possibilities. Skin Magical which is existing for 7 years already has more than 100 products with popular actress Dimples Romana and online influencer Madam Kilay as endorsers.

Joyce Ruelos and Ghie Pangilinan 

These beautypreneurs are young and wealthy helping the Filipino people to become more confident at the same time earning and teaching all to become entrepreneurs also to support their family and to have a passive income. Entrepreneurship is boiling over in the beauty industry. These brands are supported by the physical retail beauty stores and an online channel with more than 20,000 sellers nationwide and beyond. 


Mayor ISKO MORENO threaded an impoverished area in Manila while growing up.  As the elected City Mayor of Manila, more popularly known to Filipinos as Yorme, he never wavered amidst adversities hurled at him for taking several steps in making a better version of the city he fondly calls his home and crowning glory.  Bold and fearless, Yorme puts his heart and mind in anything he does – “Believe in yourself! You’ve got nothing to lose.”

Yorme recently signed Ordinance 8607 declaring the permanence of Arroceros Forest Park dubbed as the “Last lung of the City”, home to 61 tree varieties and 8,000 ornamental plants. The new ordinance forbids the cutting of trees and dumping of waste within the park. Part of his plan is to allocate P1 million solely for its preservation and maintenance away from urbanization and all these efforts stem from his greater plan to make Manila a “Green City”.

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ZOOMANITY GROUP joins the country in fighting NCOV-19

We are all facing right now a “Pandemic,” but as strong as we are Filipinos, we can win this battle. Individuals and Businesses should now join hands in fighting this war against this virus “on-the-spotlight”, COVID -19 or Novel Coronavirus.
Amid growing concerns stemming from the easy spread and payload of this virus, the management of Zoomanity Group, YUP Group, and UnliCity Group is ensuring safety of their customers and staff by taking precautionary measures in all their theme parks, museums, and restaurants.

The management has implemented a strict and frequent cleansing of the vicinity and premises. Thermal scanners and rubbing alcohol were provided for all the guests coming and leaving the area, while facemasks and gloves were given to the staff. Zoomanity Group requires its employees and front liners to fill out a Health Monitoring Form to check their health status before duty. In addition to this, they are also given a series of trainings and seminars about hygiene and safety.

This is a moment of truth for our company, our country, and for humanity, that is why we are encouraging everyone to do their social responsibility. In the end, our success in combating this scourge will become solely dependent on each of our individual and collective action.

“Safety is paramount” quotes Robert L. Yupangco, CEO of Zoomanity Group, currently in the process of forming a task force called the VIRUZ KILLER which offer fumigation services using the ZOOPER SANITIZER, an advanced surface sanitizer formulated to kill the toughest viruses namely African Swine, Novel Coronavirus, and many more, giving protection for a longer period of time without the use of nasty chemicals.

Zoomanity Group consists of 5 local theme parks namely Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, ZOORI in Tagaytay, Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite, Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol, while UnliCity Group consists of more than five branches nationwide.

For inquiries you may contact us at 899-9824 or 0917-8351111 or visit our website at
Important Facts About COVID-19 virus: (from the WHO website)

According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
COVID-19 virus is not air-borne. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
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Press Release / 14 March 2020 

The Department of Health reported 34 new COVID-19 cases (PH65-PH98), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 98. The details of these new cases are currently being validated by our teams and will be provided to the public as soon as the information is available and verified by the Department. In addition, we are also verifying reports of additional cases. “Now it is our turn to do our part in mitigating the spread of the disease.

The DOH earnestly asks for everyone’s cooperation. Our frontline health workers and medical personnel are risking their safety to respond to the needs of the public, all we ask is for you to do your part: practice preventive measures, go on strict home quarantine if you are experiencing mild symptoms, and help halt the spread of fake news.

The success of our measures to contain COVID-19 is hinged on your participation. We will get through this together,” the Secretary added. “At this most trying time, our strongest weapon as a nation is Vigilance, Preparedness, and Solidarity. We are seeing these values at play now as DOH is receiving an influx of support from individuals and organizations who are willing to render assistance in any way they can. Let this be a reminder for all Filipinos to step up to the plate and heed the call for cooperation,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III remarked. 

On Health Workers being Reported as PUIs and PUMs DOH reported that the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) is limiting its services after several health personnel were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. The confirmed case (PH37) was the previously announced mortality last March 12 who was admitted at PHC. PH37 was reported to have no history of travel and close contact to a confirmed patient. Several of the PUIs and PUMs were exposed to PH37. Prior to the confirmation of the PH37’s diagnosis, healthcare workers were managing the case as a non-communicable case and were unable to wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE). As of 2PM today, PHC has 13 patients under investigation (PUIs) – 12 health workers and one (1) non-health person. PHC sent home four patients under monitoring (PUMs) today who were previously quarantined in a restricted area in the hospital, while an additional six (6) PUMs are still quarantined in the facility. They are also currently verifying the number of PUMs in home quarantine. As of now, PHC is limiting its hospital operations to accommodate in-patient and emergency cases only. Services in the Outpatient Department were temporarily stopped last March 11 and are expected to reopen on March 16. The Catheterization Laboratory where PH37 had her procedure was also closed and disinfected. Hospital services for Z-benefit packages and elective cases are temporarily cancelled until further notice. Currently, the human resource complement of PHC is being realigned by the management to provide continuous service to the admitted patients.  

In addition, Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City has also reported several health workers being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. DOH is still verifying data on the exact figures and the updated conditions of the health workers. “I assure our health workers that you have the full support of the whole Department as we go through this ordeal together. I commend the commitment of our health workers, who amidst the risks they are currently facing, are still serving and saving the lives of our kababayans.

Our commitment to safeguard the health and well-being of our healthcare workers remains to be our priority,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said. On Advice for Travellers from NCR DOH advises all travellers coming from the National Capital Region who are without symptoms to undergo strict home quarantine for 14 days. Travellers from NCR who are out of the region will be considered as PUMs. Travellers from Metro Manila with fever and or any respiratory symptoms will be considered as PUIs and are advised to seek medical attention from a health facility. 

The DOH reminds the public that all land, domestic sea and domestic air travel to and from Metro Manila will be suspended beginning March 15, 2020, 00:01H. Residents of Metro Manila are advised to stay in their homes and avoid unnecessary movements within the area. “Let us cooperate with our healthcare workers and local government authorities to stop the spread of this disease to other communities. The Department is issuing guidelines for the health and safety of all Filipinos. In turn, let us follow these stringent infection prevention interventions without fail. Only through the genuine help of all Filipinos will we be able stop this health emergency.” the Health Chief concluded.