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Fil-Chi group endorses aid to help MSMEs survive amid ECQ

MANILA – The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) has made recommendations to the government to help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) survive amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement Wednesday, FFCCII President Henry Lim Bon Liong said…

FFCCCII donates PPEs, rice to needy PAPI members

The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) has donated PPE (personal protective equipment) items and rice to the Publishers Association of the Philippines Inc. (PAPI) for its needy members, including both community newspaper publishers and their working media staff. The donation includes face masks and alcohol,…

DOST-funded CSU lab develops innovative filter for face mask

The problem of the lack of effective face masks motivated the team of Dr. Rey Capangpangan from Caraga State University (CSU) to develop the nanocellulose filter material which is sourced from waste materials to produce face masks that are now very important for frontliners battling COVID-19. Cloth face masks are…

PRRD approves Salceda’s wage subsidy proposal for MSME workers

President Duterte has already approved House Ways and Means Chair Joey Sarte Salceda’s (Albay, 2nd District) proposed wage subsidy scheme for some 5.98 million workers, small and medium enterprises, sole entrepreneurs, and freelancers who belong to the middle class category, affected by the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). In a recent…

Gov’t to rollout RapidPass for Covid-19 front-liners

MANILA — Front-liners in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will have a faster and more efficient way of passing the checkpoints via RapidPass, which the government would start rolling out in the National Capital Region (NCR) on April 9. RapidPass is a system that would enable front-liners or…

FDA approves the First Locally Manufactured Test Kit for COVID-19 for Commercial Use

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved the Real-Time PCR for the detection of COVID-19 manufactured by the Manila HealthTek, Inc. for commercial use. The test kit was previously approved by the FDA for field trial. with gene sequencing on 10 March 2020.  Upon the company’s submission of necessary…

FILIPINO-CHINESE GROUPS DONATE P100M TO FIGHT COVID-19

The Filipino Chinese community on March 12 announced donation of P100 Million Pesos worth of medical supplies for the Department of Health (DOH) to support the COVID-19 or novel coronavirus prevention campaign of the Philippines. The 11 major Filipino Chinese business, civic and cultural organizations—led by Federation of Filipino Chinese…

DOST AND FILIPINO TECH COMMUNITY CONVERGE FOR SOLUTIONS TO COVID-19 CRISIS

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has partnered with a global community of Filipino tech experts to launch digital solutions addressing key challenges wrought by the COVID-19 crisis. First among these is RapidPassPH, a quick verification system that eases the flow of frontliners and authorized personnel through Metro Manila’s checkpoints….

DOST rolls out 20 R&D outputs, services in 2020

By Allan Mauro V. Marfal, DOST-STII The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) unveiled 20 research and development (R&D) outputs and scientific services that would provide innovative solutions to address some of the country’s existing challenges and limitations in different sectors. In a media conference held 20 February 2020 at…

DOST-RO2 provides more Food Safety interventions to Isabela town

Cabagan town in Isabela has tapped and availed of the technical intervention assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Cagayan Valley Regiona Office (RO-2) in the implementation of Food and Safety Standards under its Food Grading System Ordinance. DOST-RO2 Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang lauded the Cabagan initiative…