Shop, Pack and Ship

In line of Global Issues COVID19. We can Shop, Pack and Ship for our customers.

When the Pandemic Corona Virus reaches Qatar, the government implements Lock-Down in some areas, encourages social distancing and some were put into home quarantine.

Globally it slows down people movement and affects trade as some boarders and international flights were cancelled as per country rules and regulations. To eradicate the spread, Philippines as well instigated a nation-wide lock down, paralyzing public transportation- land, sea and air- to lessen the spread of the virus.

We feel what our Kababayan’s here in Qatar is feeling. We want to support our family back home by sending a small package of “panawid gutom” while in quarantine. But unfortunately, we are as well afraid to go outside or some are restricted to do so.

Shaher Cargo launches a new service Shop, Pack and Ship to bridge our customers from Qatar to their Family back home. A suitable way of continuing support to your love ones.

With our Shop, Pack and Ship services, giving you a convenience of relaxing while you are “Work from Home” or simply decided to “Stay at Home” during this trial time. By choosing from our economy and premium package, Shaher Cargo team will do the Shopping, then Packing it and Shipping it for you from Qatar to Philippines.

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The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the previously-reported 5th case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the first case of local transmission in the country after verification with the Bureau of Immigration showed that the patient had no recent travel history. DOH also reported that the patient’s wife tested positive for COVID-19 after contact tracing activities were prompted. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to six (6).

The 6th confirmed case is a 59-year-old female who presented with cough and was admitted at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) on March 5. The patient is currently in stable condition.

“The DOH is currently exhausting all its efforts to identify others who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases to ensure that this localized transmission does not progress to community spread,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.

In light of the confirmation of localized transmission in the country and in anticipation of possible sustained community transmission, DOH has raised the COVID-19 Alert System to Code Red sublevel 1. DOH is quick to clarify that this is a preemptive call to ensure that national and local governments and public and private health care providers can prepare for possible increase in suspected and confirmed cases.

With Code Red, the DOH has recommended to the Office of the President for the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency which will facilitate mobilization of resources, ease processes, including procurement of critical logistics and supplies, and intensifying reporting.

At this stage of localized transmission, intensified contact tracing and home quarantine of close contacts of confirmed cases, improved hospital preparedness, enhanced Severe Acute Respiratory Illness surveillance, and activation of other laboratories outside of RITM to increase capacity to diagnose are now being implemented.

“This declaration is a signal to all concerned agencies, Local Government Units and health care providers to be ready to implement planned response measures. We are continuously reminding everyone to practice personal protective measures such as hand hygiene, social distancing, and proper cough etiquette. Avoid unnecessary travel and postpone mass gatherings, as well. It is our individual responsibility to protect ourselves and the people around us. Only through collective action in our communities will we be able to limit the spread of the virus,” the Health Chief reminded.

However, once there is sustained community transmission – or an increasing number of local cases whose links cannot be established – the strategy will be shifted from an intensive contact tracing to the implementation of community-level quarantine (or lockdown), and/or possibly, suspension of work or school. These will be implemented in municipal, city, or provincial scale as may be warranted. Augmentation of health staff from unaffected areas and uniformed personnel will also be facilitated.

Appeal to Responsible Sharing of Information

DOH would like to remind all health care providers, institutions, and stakeholders to exercise utmost prudence in sharing sensitive information about suspected or confirmed cases.

“Our objectives for sharing information are two-pronged: ensure the public’s health and safety by facilitating contact tracing and ensure that the individual’s right to privacy is not impinged. Hence, we appeal to all to coordinate closely with the Department of Health when disseminating information to the public and within their respective institutions. Let us make sure the information sharing process will yield the utmost benefit, and avoid unnecessary stress and stigma to individuals and institutions,” Duque said.

The DOH commits to be more circumspect in reporting confirmed cases, to balance interests of public health and privacy. To this end only pertinent information necessary to facilitate contact tracing will be provided to the public, i.e. activity, location and time, if available.

Improving Diagnostic Capacity

The current gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19 is through laboratory-based Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. RITM, with the assistance of WHO, is currently capacitating five Subnational Laboratories for PCR testing: San Lazaro Hospital and Lung Center of the Philippines in Manila, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in Northern Luzon, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in the Visayas region, and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Mindanao. In addition, efforts are underway for the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health to be similarly capacitated.

DOH has received several proposals of rapid testing kits, including one that has been developed locally. To date, these kits have yet to be listed or validated under the WHO Emergency Use List. Such validation is necessary to ensure accuracy of test results.

“DOH is determined to expand our testing capacity for COVID-19 to immediately ascertain that cases are identified and dealt with. We are studying these proposals to ensure that they are accurate and safe for the public’s use.” Duque said.

“Enhanced testing capacity is a prerequisite to prevention and containment, hence DOH is placing expansion of testing centers as its topmost priority,” he added.

Updates on Contact Tracing

On the 3 new confirmed cases, the Epidemiology Bureau, in coordination with the Centers for Health Development and City Health Offices, is currently establishing travel history and identification of individuals who might have had contact with the positive cases. Identified contacts are being interviewed and assessed for signs of respiratory illness.

“We will be prioritizing testing of those symptomatic individuals found to have had close contact with the confirmed cases. We urge those who may have interacted with the confirmed cases within the past 14 days to immediately call the DOH Hotline (02)8-651-7800 loc 1149-1150 for appropriate referral to a health facility,” Duque said.

DOH reiterates that based on current data, 81% of cases have mild disease, about 14% appear to progress to severe disease, and 5% are critical.

“For persons with known history of exposure or travel and with mild symptoms including cough, fever, cold, and sore throat, DOH is advising you to undergo home quarantine and contact your respective city/municipal health office for proper assessment, monitoring, and management,” Duque said.

“We have recommended the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency despite the fact that we have only two cases constituting  localized transmission. Trust that the Department of Health is proceeding with utmost vigilance and is working vigorously to protect Filipinos against COVID-19,” the Health Chief concluded.

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Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Kababaihan

Ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Kababaihan (International Women’s Day), na tinaguriang nuon na International Working Women’s Day, ay taunang pagdiriwang bawat ika-8 ng Marso. Ginugunita nito ang mga pagpupunyagi para sa karapatan ng mga kababaihan.

Ang araw na ito ang celebrasyon ng pagbibigay boses sa lahat ng kababaihan, na minsay boses na hindi hindi naririnig, mga boses na nasisiil. Pagbibigay punyagi sa mga kababaihang lumaban sa kanilang karapatan, makatamtan ang pagkapantay pantay ano mang kasarian, boses na humihiling na pantay na pasahod, mas mahusay na kondisyon sa pagtratrabaho.

Sa bawat kababaihan na nagpursige na mapabilang sa ibat ibang propesyon at hilig. Mga kababaihang nasa mataas na antas ng pamumuno sa pulitika, mga kababaihang nagporsige na itaas ang bandila sa larangan ng sports at iba’t ibang patimpalak at sa mga kababaihang nilabanan ang stereotypes na ang mga babae ay sa bahay lamang, na nagsakripisyo mapalayo sa mga mahal sa buhay.

Ang araw na ito ay para sainyo. Ang celebrasyon ng pagdiriwang ng mga tagumpay ng kababaihan; mataas na kamalayan laban sa diskriminasyon sa kababaihan; pagkilos para sa pagkakapantay-pantay ng lahat ng kasarian.

Happy Womens Day!

Corona Virus

Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 50 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

The bulk of China’s new cases and deaths are reported after 22:00 GMT (5:00 PM ET) for Hubei (lately with delays of up to 2 hours), and after 00:00 GMT (7:00 PM ET) for the rest of China (lately with delays of up to 9 hours).


Lenten Season “Kuwaresma”

Nung nakaraang February 26, 2020 ay ang “Miercoles de Ceniza” o Ash Wednesday na ayon sa liturgical calendar nang Simbahang Katoliko ay simula ng Lenten Season o Kuwaresma.

Ang paglalagay ng alikabok sa noo ng debotong Kristiyano na nagkakahulugang sa alabok nagsimula kaya sa alabok ka rin magbabalik.

Kahulugan ng “Kuwaresma”

Ang Kuwaresma na hango sa salitang “quarenta” ay ang paggunita sa huling 40 araw ng pagtigil ni Kristo sa daigdig bago natupad ang pagliligtas sa sangkatauhan na ang naging katumbas ay ang Kanyang kamatayan sa krus.

Sa Kristiyanismo ang Lenten Season ay panahon ng pagbabalik-loob, pangingilin, pagbabagong espirituwal, pagdarasal, pagninilay, pagkakawanggawa,panglilingkod sa kapwa, pagaayuno at pagsikwal sa laman.

Holy Week (Semana Santa)

Ang mahal na araw ay nagsisimula sa Linggo ng Palaspas at magpapatuloy hang ang Linggo ng Pagkabuhay. Maraming mga pamayanan ang nakamasid sa mga ritwal ng Katoliko na impluwensya ng Espanya tulad ng mga prusisyon.

Ang mga araw ng Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday hanggang black Saturday) ay itinuturing na mga holiday o walang pasok. Sa panahong ito, maraming mga negosyo ang sarado o nagpapatakbo sa maikling oras. Ang mga local na programa sa telebisyon o radio ay karaniwang palabas ukol sa pagsasakripisyo ni Hesukristo, mga pagtampok ng mga drama ng Lenten, relihiyoso at mga inspirational na mga programa.

Ang Biyernes Santo ay ang pangalawang pampublikong holiday ng Linggo at itinuturing na pinaka-solemn na araw ng taon. Sinusundan ito ng prosisyon sa kalye, ang Daan ng Krus, ang paggunita sa Pitong Huling Salita ni Jesus (Siete Palabras), pagtatanghal ng Senakulo na ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas ay nagsisimula ng Palm Sunday.

Ang Black Saturday o Holy Saturday (Sabado de Gloria) ay pangatlo at pangwakas na pampublikong holiday sa lingo. Ang “Itim” na nagkakahulugang pagdadalamhati ay tumutukoy sa pagbabalik ng Gloria sa Excelsis Deo sa panahon ng Easter Vigil na ginanap sa araw na ito.

Linggo ng Pagkabuhay

Ang Pasko ng Pagbuhay (Linggo ng Pagkabuhay) ay minarkahan ng masayang pagdiriwang sa pagkabuhay ni HesuKristo.  Ang ritwal na kaugalian na ginaganap sa mga unang oras ng Pasko ng pagkabuhay ay ang unang Misa. Sa ilng mga parokya, ang ritwal ay gaganapin ng mas maaga sa hating gabi pagkatapos ng Easter Vigil.