THREAD: President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the nation | LIVE 
Duterte: Lahat ng ito po ay ginagawa namin, believe me, because the interest of the nation calls for it, demands for it actually.
Duterte: I have to be productive as President. In order to do that, I have to go around... seeing to it that the republic is well guarded and the welfare of the people is the highest concern.
Duterte: Itong Land Bank bubuksan namin and you can borrow money to finance the education of your children.
Duterte: We are hard pressed in our finances but we need to place a premium in your education.
Duterte on GCQ transition: We are not happy to put you in this place. But after review, maybe we can.
Duterte says Davao City will also remain under GCQ.
Duterte says Regions 2, 3, and 4-A, and provinces of Pangasinan and Albay will also be under general community quarantine starting June 1.
Duterte: The rest of the country will be placed under modified general community quarantine.
Duterte: In other areas, it will be again a piece meal basis depending on the viability of the place to meet the challenges of the COVID.
Duterte on the plight of stranded OFWs in Metro Manila: We are coordinating every government agency to help them. Sana hindi na ito maulit.
Duterte: When you collect somebody who's not earning at all, it's practically flagging a dead horse.
Duterte reminds store owners and landlords to waive rent fees for the meantime.
Duterte: Let me appeal to the landlords, malls, bazaars, big stores na merong mga different stores... Marami dito sa kanila po ang gusto ninyo na magbayad ng 50% even if they are not operating. (1/2)
Duterte: You know, when you collect from somebody who is not earning at all, it's practically flogging a dead horse. (2/2)
Duterte: I would like to appeal to the owners of the buildings and malls, just pray that the vaccine, ang target nila is September. I think China will be able to distribute, if I'm not mistaken.
Duterte: I think [China] will be one of the countries to be able to come up with vaccines.
Duterte on vaccine development: September, China will distribute if I'm not mistaken. Everybody is at it. They're really trying their very best.
Duterte: Ako naman nakikiusap, talagang they are not earning, so what will they use to pay? Maawa naman kayo sa mga kababayan natin. Let us help one another.
Duterte: The entire nation is still under quarantine. Let us move to a so-called new normal.
Duterte: The COVID microbes are still in the air that you can breathe and you may pass to your fellow countrymen when you do not wear a mask.
Duterte appeals to public to continue wearing masks in public.
Duterte: To prevent a mass contagion, gusto namin putulin kung saan namin maputol to stop it. That is the reason of the essence of the police power of the state — to come up with measures to protect public interest, public health, public safety.
Duterte: The state has the right to come in and put a stop on it.
Duterte: This is a country of Filipinos who obey the law. If you do not obey the law... bahala ka. Good kung makasibat ka. Kung hindi ka makasibat, e pasensya ka.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones: The first and foremost concern is the health and safety of our learners and teachers.
DepEd chief: There will be no face-to-face classes and sessions until we are assured of the safety of our learners and teachers.
DepEd chief points out that there will be a blended distant learning scheme in the upcoming school year.
DepEd chief: For those who don't have interactive facilities, printed materials will be delivered to the students.
DepEd chief says there are around seven million subscribers in the DepEd Commons online educational platform.
DepEd chief: In cases where there is no connectivity and printed materials may not be available immediately, we have the classic long-time approaches which have always been used in education. This would be television.
DepEd chief says online distance learning is already gaining popularity.
DepEd chief: On the matter of online distance learning, with already 7 million subscribers, we assume here that they have access to the internet.
DepEd chief: 15 percent of television time, as provided by law, should be dedicated to programs designed for children.
DepEd chief reiterates that students can learn through television for those who struggle with online connectivity.
DepEd chief: Radio-based instruction is quite popular because right now municipalities are volunteering.
DepEd chief: The regions are different from each other, some have islands and mountains and some have interconnectivity. What they are doing is translating the curriculum into television programs.
DepEd chief: Iba yung effect ng television programs because they can be easily distracted.
DepEd chief adds that they also translate the curriculum to radio scripts.
DepEd chief: So what regions are now doing is to translate the curriculum, it has to be translated one into digital codes for our platforms natin, into television programs.
DepEd chief: We fully and completely support your stand that our children should not be exposed to the dangers of COVID-19 physically but they are also offering opportunities to continue their studies.
DepEd chief points out that many universities are doing distant learning.
DepEd chief: What we are trying to do is not really new. Hindi naman ito bagong imbento.
DepEd chief: Many universities have distance programs. Many local government units have radio stations. They are utilizing existing ways of communication without necessarily requiring the children to go to school.
DepEd chief: We seek your (President's) approval on alternative methods of learning which are already being done now

Duterte: All that you have said is really feasible, radio, television and all of these things. I believe you have a workable program and I support you.
Duterte: Kung wala na tayong pera, ilaan nalang natin sa edukasyon ng mga bata.
Duterte: We have to forego many things along the way because of what happened. But education, I think, if it is compromise, it should be negligible so that it should go on.
Duterte: The future of this country depends on how we educate these people.
Duterte: As of today, we have a total number of COVID cases of 15,588. Now, the recoveries, 92 new ones with a total of 3,598. Ang patay is 921 so you would see Philippines' ratio and proportion vis-a-vis with populaiton we have a low rate of mortality here.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III: Karamihan po sa ating mga kaso ay masasabi nating local.
Health chief points out that most COVID-19 cases are in NCR, which comprises 61 percent of the total number. This is followed by Region VII.
Health chief: Kumpara sa nakaraang araw ang trend ng bilang ng kaso ay tumaas pero ito ay dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ating navavalidate.
Health chief: Ang mga ibang laboratories ay late pa rin sa pag-submite nila ng Excel sheets.
Health chief: Yung ibang laboratory ay nag-automate na po ng sistema kaya mabilis po ang pagsumite ng kanilang laboratory results.
Health chief: Ang mild cases ay nasa 90% at 7.3% naman ang asymptomatic, at less than 2% naman po ang severe o critical cases.
Health chief: Ang ating health systems capacity ay sapat.
Transportation Secretary Art Tugade: The approach of the department is partial, gradual and calculated and more importantly by phases.
Transportation chief: While the mandate of DOTR is to provide transport mobility among its population, we are now vested with the responsibility to help solve the coronavirus.
Transportation chief: Once we transition to GCQ, we'll expand the international aviation gateways to include Clark, Cebu, and Davao.
Transportation chief: Meron na hong matatapos na testing facility sa Clark at sa Cebu.
Transportation chief: Kung dadating ang mga pasahero sa mga international gateways na ito, kailangan yung testing facilities andoon.
Transportation chief says they are building COVID-19 testing laboratories at international aviation gateways.
Transportation chief says they will allow domestic air operations between areas under general community quarantine.
Transportation chief: We will start what I call hub-and-spoke operation, na kung saan kung darating yung mga malalaking sasakyan sa mga probinsya, magkakaroon ng domestic operation.
Transportation chief: On the first day of transition, we can already put our rail operations.
Transportation chief: Namarkahan na yung bawat upuan, bawat handrail, namarkahan yung queing.
Transportation chief: The (train) capacity will be limited, gradual, and calculated.
Transportation chief: Matatapos na namin ang pagpalit ng riles sa MRT-3 by September this year.
Transportation chief says passenger capacity will be 10 to 12% for LRT and MRT, 35% for PNR.
Transportation chief projects the MRT trains will double its speed under the renovated rail lines, from 30 kilometers per hour to 60 kilometers per hour.
Transportation chief: Because limited capacity yung takbo ng tren, meron kaming tinatawag na bus augmentation system. Ikakasa yung operation ng train with the bus operation following the same line.
Transportation chief says there will be a bus augmentation system, to support the limited passenger capacity in trains.
Transportation chief: Yung average headway natin na 5 minutes mababawasan yan. By December, target po namin na yung speed maging 60 kilometers per hour kasi nabago na yung riles ng tren.
Transportation chief: Yung bicycle lane will not be limited in EDSA.
Transportation chief says taxis and transport network vehicles will be allowed to operate in Metro Manila under GCQ.
Transportation chief says that Grab and taxis will be allowed to operate. He adds that they are working on a cashless payment soon.
Transportation chief: Yung mga lisensya at plaka, yung renewal, plano namin hindi ka na pupunta sa LTO offices. I-dedeliver yun ng courier.
Transportation chief: Part of the digitalization na ginawa namin before COVID is robotics. Mayroon po tayong mga robot sa LTO na gumagawa ng mga plaka.
Transportation chief: May online ticket na sa pagsakay ng maritime vessels. Maiiwasan na ang scalping at overboarding.
Transportation chief: Nilunsad namin ang Palamigan ng Bayan. Ito yung cold reefer na dinadala namin sa mga mangingisda at nagtatanim.
Transportation chief says the new port in Pag-asa Island in Palawan is ready by June 12.
COVID-19 national task force chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr.: We saw that Bohol will be one of our candidates for the new normal, because they're still COVID-free.
COVID-19 national task force chief implementer says that malls who reopened recently practiced precautions.
Duterte praises Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong for his COVID-19 response.
Duterte: I want to make it clear, the ordinary Filipinos, does not have to spend money. If he is sick, he can charge everything to the government.
Duterte: Help anyone who are in your place or anyone who goes to your municipal building to seek help.
Duterte: Do not deny and you must expedite the hospitalization. No problem with the payment, I will pay. Just bill me, I will pay.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says crimes cut by 60 percent during lockdown.
DILG chief: Mula po nung January 5 hanggang March 16, 11,004 criminal cases po. Pero mula nung nag-lockdown tayo, March 17 to May 27, bumaba po yung ating crimes ng 4,479, 60% ang binaba sa eight focus crimes.
DILG chief: Sa ating second tranche ng SAP distribution, handa na po tayo. Hinihintay na lang natin ibaba yung pondo mula sa DSWD dahil automated na ang payment dito.
DILG chief: Gusto natin na ang bicycle po ang maging isang pangunahing pamamaraan ng transportation. Kaya nagpababa ako ng memo sa mga LGUs na lahat ng major thoroughfares ay magdugtong-dugtong, magkaroon ng bicycle lanes.
Duterte: I repeat, there is no martial law in the Philippines. Far from it. We are exercising the power of the state to protect public health.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana: Yung utos niyo na magpauwi ng 24,000 sa Manila, ay natupad. Nalagpasan pa natin ang bilang na yun.
Defense chief says they have brought home 26,590 overseas Filipino workers.
Defense chief: Mula ngayon hanggang katapusan ng Hunyo, sabi ni Secretary Bello ay may darating na 40,000 OFWs.
Defense chief: Ang target namin ay hindi magtatagal ng apat na araw yung mga OFW dito at makakauwi na sila.
Duterte once again defends Health Secretary Duque, says allegations of overpriced testing machines are untrue.
Duterte: Tanggalin niyo yung lowest bid. The lowest bid is the culprit of all corruption, be it national or local.
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