THREAD: Government officials hold 'Laging Handa' briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, other national issues | Live blog

Updates by our digital producer @cathmodesto1
Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello says the PH will preside over the meeting of the International Labour Organization's government group this month. On the agenda is 'improving the employment contracts of migrant workers,' he adds.
Labor Sec. Bello says 2.6 million workers from the informal sector benefited from the department's Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program
Labor Sec. Bello says he suspended the implementation of TUPAD in one district in Quezon City due to alleged irregularities
Labor Sec. Bello says the government is eyeing to provide loans to help MSMEs pay the 13th-month pay of their workers 'on or before Dec. 24 of this year'
Labor Sec. Bello says he ordered the POEA to study the possibility of imposing a deployment ban on Saudi Arabia due to unpaid wages, benefit of OFWs…
Labor Sec. Bello: I sent a memorandum to the President requesting permission to consider a deployment ban [on] Saudi Arabia kung hindi nila mabayaran yung pera na pinaghirapan ng OFWs. 'Yun ang plano, pagaaralan namin.
Labor Sec. Bello welcomes the IATF decision to lower the alert level in Metro Manila for the second half of the month: This will revive our economy…
DSWD Asec. Glenda Relova says the department has released ₱2.7 million worth of assistance to Maring-affected areas (Regions 1, 2, and CAR)
DSWD Asec. Relova on assistance to NCR LGUs that have imposed localized lockdowns: Mayroon kaming naka-preposition na tig-1,000 na food packs in case they will be needing them
DSWD Asec. Relova assures the department has enough funds for food packs in case the alert level system is implemented in the entire country
Under the scheme, local governments shall provide food packs for the first week of localized lockdown, while the DSWD will give the supply for the remaining seven days
PSA Asec. Rose Bautista says 43.2 million Filipinos completed the Philippine Identification System's Step 1 registration, adds the target is to have at least 70 million registrants
PSA Asec. Bautista says 2.2 million PhilIDs were issued, adds the target is to distribute 15 million
PSA Asec. Bautista: Para sa bagong silang na sanggol, kasama sila sa [Philippine Identification System's] registration kasi wala tayong ine-exclude na Pilipino. Ang priority parin ay adult Filipinos.
PSA Asec. Bautista: Mali-link ang kanilang information sa PSN ng kanilang parent or guardian
PSA Asec. Bautista: Kapag po may kamalian sa inyong PhilID, pwede po tayo mag-request para ma-correct at maissue-han ng bago. Kaya lang itong feature is not yet able sa registration centers. Eventually, it will be available.

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