NBI to probe ‘smuggling’ of people from NCR+

MANILA – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday assured government action on alleged “smuggling” of persons amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the most stringent protocols being imposed in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces to contain Covid-19 cases surge.

“We’ll respond to the call …

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Dterte ‘safe, in good health’: PSG chief

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte remains “safe” and “in good health” even after many of his security aides have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III said on Wednesday.

“At the least, our PSG …

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Oer 500 rail workers contract Covid-19

MANILA – A total of 522 rail workers of the four rail services in the National Capital Region have so far tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to the latest data from the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

In an advisory on Wednesday, …

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MT-3 increases limited ops to 14 trains

MANILA – The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has increased the number of its deployed trains amid the limited operations of all rail services in the National Capital Region (NCR) brought by restrictions and personnel infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In a Facebook …

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278 more cops beat Covid-19

MANILA – The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) recovery tally has reached 13,846 after 278 more police officers recovered from the illness.

In an update on Wednesday, PNP deputy chief for administration, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, also reported that 208 police officers …

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Pnel recommends use of Sinovac vax among seniors

MANILA – The country’s vaccine expert panel (VEP) has recommended the administration of the CoronaVac vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinovac Biotech to individuals aged 60 and above, Malacañang announced Wednesday.

“We confirm that the Vaccine Expert Panel has recommended the use of Sinovac vaccine for …

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Free rides for APORs in NCR Plus continue

MANILA – Health care workers and authorized persons outside of residence (APORs) may continue to enjoy free rides aboard some public utility jeepneys and buses in Metro Manila for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“Mananatiling bukas ang libreng sakay para sa mga …

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Isolated light rains to continue across Luzon

MANILA – Luzon will continue to experience isolated light rains due to the northeasterly wind flow affecting the island, the weather bureau said Wednesday.

In its daily forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the rest of the country will have …

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BP term deposit facility rates drop

MANILA – The rates of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) term deposit facility (TDF) declined Wednesday as demand remained strong.

The average rate of the seven-day facility went down to 1.7842 percent and the 14-day’s to 1.8431 percent.

These were at 1.8280 percent for the …

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Mre collaboration with industries needed: Lapeña

MANILA – More collaboration with industries is needed to ensure that the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) graduates will meet actual requirements and demands, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña said.

“These partnerships will also help facilitate possible employment of our graduates since our private …

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P eyes use of IATA travel pass

MANILA – The Philippine government is considering the use of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) travel pass as part of the country’s preparations for the resumption of international travel amid the pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday.

“This move is parallel with …

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80K QC families to benefit from ECQ cash aid

MANILA – About 800,000 families in Quezon City will benefit from the financial assistance given by the national government to those affected by the enhanced community quarantine in the ‘National Capital Region (NCR) Plus’ area.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said Wednesday the national government has allocated …

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Vgetable prices drop 50%, goods stable

MANILA – Prices of vegetables have dropped significantly while prices of non-agricultural products remain stable, chiefs of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

“Our (vegetable) prices are significantly lower at an average of 50 percent, much lower …

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