(FILE PHOTO) Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte. INQUIRER.net file photo / Ryan Leagogo MANILA, Philippines – More than 865,000 individuals or over 276,000 families in Quezon City affected by the implementation of enhanced community quarantine have already received financial aid, the local government said on Wednesday. Citing the city treasurer’s office, the QC government said 276,389 families have received assistance through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as of April 13. This equates to around 35 percent of the estimated target of 800,000 family beneficiaries of the P2.48 billion budget allocated for the city, the local government said. The city used the beneficiaries’ list of the DSWD Social Amelioration Program (SAP), Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and also some of the waitlisted beneficiaries of SAP who belong to the “low-income bracket and in vulnerable sectors.” QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said that it was an “achievement” to have distributed ... » Learn More about Over 865,000 individuals receive financial aid in QC
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FILE PHOTO: This photo shows the Office of Vice President’s one of several initiatives in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President Leni Robredo says on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, that her office started Swab Cab in a bid to support the local governments in conducting efficient community-based testing amid the continuous rise of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila. OVP Photo MANILA, Philippines — To help decongest hospitals in Metro Manila, Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday urged local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to replicate her office’s “very doable” mobile laboratory. The Office of the Vice President (OVP) said it stationed a van equipped with machines to carry out X-Ray and blood tests in Quezon City in an attempt to make such hospital services more accessible to communities. “Kung marami sanang sumubok nitong gawin, tingin ko makakatulong talaga siya para mas kaunti na ‘yung taong pumupunta sa ospital,” said Robredo during the Office of the Vice ... » Learn More about Robredo: LGUs, private sector may offer mobile labs to help decongest hospitals
Thailand- As scenes of full field hospitals with dozens of cots flood TikTok and other social media and many news articles have come in on the Thai Government building more and more field hospitals, many people have asked what will happen if I test positive for Covid-19? Can I self-isolate at home if I have no symptoms? Do I get a private room? Will I get to choose my own hospital? We wanted to take the time to answer these questions. Keep in mind, the Covid-19 situation in Thailand is changing rapidly, sometimes even within an hour, but this information was correct as of press time. This guide, by the way, is primarily aimed at FOREIGN nationals and not Thai nationals, although the process is similar. It’s also important to note that this guide is a general guide but not all-encompassing. Some individual experiences may differ from the “general” process and policy described in the guide so don’t be surprised that if you test positive your experience is slightly different. ... » Learn More about What happens if you test positive for Covid-19 in Thailand? A quick general guide to the current process in Thailand
You’ve seen the ads, or maybe had it suggested by a mortgage banker or two: take out a home equity loan, and you could be sitting on a six-digit pile of cash a few months later. Sounds too good to be true? It depends – home equity loans are one of the main advantages of owning a private property; but there are cases where it may not be entirely appropriate. Here’s how to decide whether it’s worth taking one: Caveat: In all matters of personal finance, always consult a professional – such as a wealth manager or financial planner – before deciding to take on significant loans. The following is meant to inform you of home equity loans as a financing tool only; get expert advice for the final word on whether it’s right for you. What’s a home equity loan? Sometimes called a cash-out, this is when you take out a loan that uses your property as collateral. The interest rate, just like a mortgage, tends to be lower as it’s a secured loan. But also like a mortgage, it does mean the ... » Learn More about When should you consider using a home equity loan?
With vaccination rollouts under way in multiple countries, our dreams of jet-setting around the world may not be that far off anymore — with a few conditions. When Singapore first announced its blanket advisory against overseas travel back in March 2020, the optimist in me assumed this would all blow over in a few months. That may have just been wishful thinking, however, because here we are more than a year later with borders still shut around the globe. Most of us can’t remember the last time we set foot on a plane, much less touched our passports. But is there light at the end of the tunnel? With vaccine rollouts starting earlier this year, and the evidence increasingly showing that they do prevent the spread of Covid-19, travel-starved Singaporeans may have something to look forward to in the second half of 2021. Let’s take a look at what we can expect when that happens. No vaccine, no go If there’s one thing I’m absolutely certain about, it’s that vaccinations will be ... » Learn More about International travel may resume in 2nd half of 2021. What should you expect?