The 2021 Blog of DILA

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December 1, 2020

News Report: Sinovac first to pass initial screening. It was announced by retired general, IATF head and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. that the Pekingese vaccine was the first of the vaccines against the China virus given initial approval by experts of those lined up for their scrutiny. Like Sputnik 5, it is also among the cheapest.
One efficacious vaccine, that can also be produced cheaply is Oxford by Astra-Zeneca, which has arranged to have it produced in India by a reputable Indian company.


November 25, 2020

News Report: Philippines COVID risk improves from Serious to Moderate. New cases have been below 2,000 for weeks. So many countries, which once barred travel from the Philippines, have relaxed restrictions. Meanwhile, the country is preparing to buy vaccines, and is securing funds for it, ranging from an international assistance fund for the purpose to loans. An epidemiologist interviewed said that all vaccines should be considered but the UK's Astra-Zeneca, which can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius, has an advantage over that of Pfizer, stored at -70 Celsius, requiring special storage facilities.


November 22, 2020

News Report: Number of COVID-19 cases fall below 2,000 for 11th day. New China virus cases are less than 2,000 for the 11th straight day, a tribute to the way authorities and people are dealing with the pandemic. One source of concern is Davao City, which has had among the top new cases recently, bringing it to the attention of UP virus watchers, and causing mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to oppose a more liberal quarantine regime.
Internationally, Astra-Zeneca in the UK has developed a successful vaccine, matching Pfizer and Moderna in the US. With this, hundreds of millions of doses are promised in months.
In local news, Manila mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso is continuing free virus testing and extending it to nearby areas. In Makati, mayor Abby Binay is having the city subsidize RT-PCR testing for Makati companies, and it costs about P2,000, versus P5,000-9,000 elsewhere. In Los Banos, Laguna, free laminated QR codes have been made available for residents for contact tracing, provided by the municipal government.

Education News: Student commits suicide in Nueva Ecija. A 12th grade student hanged himself in Guimba, Nueva Ecija. According to his father, this was not because of family problems. Chats with classmates revealed difficulties with DepEd modules. This was compounded by poor Internet connections, which caused him to leave the house to get better signals. This left him overtaxed and exhausted each day according to his father.

A federation of teachers on Monday alleged that the recommended academic ease measures by the DepEd are not happening in schools, thus, there might be a need to “rethink” the whole distance learning design currently implemented this school year. Teachers’ group says academic ease is not real -


November 18, 2020

The following is from Globe. It's not only in English and not in the subdialect, but is a laudable contribution in the wake of the disaster caused by the typhoon in many regions:
Hi! We hope you are safe and well. To help you connect with your loved ones during this time, we've given you unli calls to Globe/TM and unli allnet texts for 3 days. Take care.

Word war between top leaders.
In his speech yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Vice President Leni Robredo, accusing her of being behind the posts which went viral on social media carrying the hashtag 'Nasaan ang Pangulo' (Where is the President), asking her where she was. He hinted that he would reveal more when she runs for president. The anti-Duterte hashtag implied that he was doing nothing in the wake of the supertyphoon, which brought extensive damage, injury and loss of life.
This fueled speculation on whom he would endorse. Current opinion favors his preference for either former Senator Bongbong Marcos or Davao mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

News Report: New vaccines ready, await US FDA approval. Vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna against the China virus have been shown to be safe and effective in tests. They await approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. 50 million doses can be released this year.



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