Philippines approves emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine

Marje Pelayo   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday (January 14) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer...

DFA reports latest spike in COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday (January 13) reported a spike in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among overseas Filipinos. In the agency’s latest advisory,...

Philippines includes China, 4 other countries in travel ban list

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced Tuesday (January 12) that the Philippine government is expanding its travel ban to include China and four other countries amid threats of a new coronavirus...

4 new cases, 1 death from COVID-19 reported among Filipinos abroad — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday (January 11) reported four Filipinos from abroad who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This brings the total number...

Trump acknowledges election defeat, prepares transition for new admin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has acknowledged his election defeat after the US Congress formally certified the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 November elections....

Japan declares state of emergency for Tokyo as COVID-19 cases spike

Marje Pelayo   •   January 8, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the nation’s capital Tokyo and neighboring prefecture amid the new surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections. Speaking before the...

PH adds 6 more countries to travel ban list due to threat of new COVID-19 variant

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The national government on Wednesday (January 6) announced six more countries with entry restrictions to the Philippines in addition to the 20 nations with imposed travel bans...

US Embassy in Manila cancels visa appointments scheduled through March 31

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The United States Embassy in Manila has canceled all visa appointments scheduled through March 31, 2021. Specifically, the schedule cancellation affects applications for H-1B, H-2B, L-1, J...

POLO-OWWA London warns Filipinos against recruitment scam

Marje Pelayo   •   January 4, 2021

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in London warned Filipino jobseekers against fake entities posing as recruitment agencies supposedly authorized...

PH expands entry restrictions, bans travelers from the US effective Jan. 3

Marje Pelayo   •   January 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the expansion of entry travel restrictions effective midnight of January 3 following an order from Malacañang. According to BI Commissioner Jaime...


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