Freshworks Helps 7-Eleven Improve its Omnichannel Customer Experience

7-Eleven resolves its Philippine customer and partner support tickets faster by using the modern automations of Freshdesk SAN MATEO, Calif. and MANILA, Philippines., Dec. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Freshworks Inc. (NASDAQ: FRSH), a leading software company empowering businesses to delight their customers and employees, has helped leading global convenience store 7-Eleven create a more […]

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Virtusa Introduces CIO Appointment

Company Announces Chief Information Officer to further strengthen Leadership Team SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Dec. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of digital strategy, digital engineering, and IT services and solutions that help clients change and disrupt markets through innovation engineering, today announced yet another key leadership appointment. As a company with a […]

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Brunswick Exploration Aquires Prospective Tin Properties in New Brunswick

MONTREAL, Dec. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Brunswick Exploration Inc. (“BRW” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that is has acquired multiple claims throughout New Brunswick, totaling 6,527 hectares, located in southeastern and central New Brunswick, collectively known as the Caledonia Tin and Catamaran Tin projects (“Properties”). The Properties were acquired by claim staking […]

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FCB Taps Danilo Boer as Global Creative Partner

Ex-Ogilvy NY CCO to partner with Global CCO Credle and network’s creative leaders Danilo Boer NEW YORK, Dec. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FCB today announced the appointment of Danilo Boer as Global Creative Partner, bolstering the award-winning creative leadership team under Global Chief Creative Officer Susan Credle. Partnering with Credle, Boer will further evolve […]

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Antique’s Binirayan Fest 2021 brings message of hope

Antique’s Binirayan Festival opened on Wednesday evening and brought a message of hope to residents amid a drop in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and loosening of social restrictions. Governor Rhodora Cadiao, who led the opening salvo of the Binirayan Festival, said Covid-19 cases in the province are declining which made it possible to hold the event. “The Antiquenos, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, had shown enough courage and strength that we could now confidently say we are ready to face any similar challenge that…

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DPWH chief pushes big-ticket projects in Eastern Visayas

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Acting Secretary Roger Mercado has vowed to push for the realization of big-ticket projects in Eastern Visayas in the remaining months of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term. During his visit here on Thursday, Mercado said they have been coordinating with officials of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to come up with long term infrastructure development plan for the region. “We want to know status of ongoing infrastructure projects, the current state of our road and bridges, and priority roads and bridges that will…

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SC affirms labor court’s verdict on professor case

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a labor court ruling against a professor who questioned his termination by the university after he forced a sick student to dance during a class presentation. In a recent 29-page decision written by Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, the SC upheld the National Labor Relations Commission’s (NLRC) findings on Benedicto F. Lacanaria’s complaint for illegal dismissal against the University of the Cordilleras (UC). On Feb. 25, 2010, Rafael Flores, one of Lacanaria’s students, did not join the dance portion of the creative presentation…

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DepEd-Dumaguete automates ops, develops own apps

The Dumaguete City schools division of the Department of Education (DepEd) is now working for automation in both fields of governance and curriculum, a key agency official here said. Dr. Gregorio Cyrus R. Elejorde, city schools division superintendent, said on Wednesday afternoon the division is developing its own applications to automate its operations. Elejorde spoke during the switch-on ceremony of the free Wi-Fi project of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI), and the Rotary Club of Dumaguete, at the…

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DSWD-Bicol fetes community partners in KALAHI-CIDSS program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 5 (Bicol) recognized the support of eight community groups which were its partners in implementing the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan–Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program during the 7th Regional Bayani Ka! Awards on Wednesday. In a statement on Thursday, Ranelle Anne Sertan, DSWD-Bicol social marketing officer, said the ‘Bayani Ka!’ awarding that was shown via Facebook Livestream, is an annual event of the agency to recognize community volunteers who help implement the KALAHI-CIDSS program. “The recognition also aims…

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BFAR turns over P10-M boats to Zambales fishermen

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office here awarded on Thursday some PHP10 million worth of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats of varying sizes to Zambales fishermen venturing into the West Philippine Sea. BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz said the boats are motorized and with complete fishing accessories that can be used by those fishing more than 15 kilometers from the shoreline. “Ine-expect natin na kakayanin ng mga bangkang ito na pumalaot, partikular doon sa Bajo de Masinloc at syempre, maragdagan ang produksyon ng mga isda na…

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P3.2-M shabu from S. Africa seized in Bataan

Some PHP3.2 million worth of shabu was seized from a lady consignee during a controlled delivery operation in Hermosa, Bataan on Wednesday afternoon. In his report on Thursday, Col. Joel Tampis, director of the Bataan Police Provincial Office, said joint operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) immediately arrested Arlyne Gemzon after she received the parcel containing the drugs in her residence. Tampis said confiscated from Gemzon were the package of shabu weighing some 472 grams and with Dangerous Drug Board-estimated value of PHP3,209,600,…

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DA turns over road project to farmers in Agusan Sur village

The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 13 (Caraga) and the provincial government of Agusan del Sur have formally turned over the PHP152-million farm-to-market road (FMR) project to village officials in the town of San Luis. The FMR, funded under the DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), was completed last month and turned over to the local officials and farmers on Wednesday. Emmylou Presilda, information officer of DA-13, told the Philippine News Agency on Thursday that the FMR will be of great help to the residents, especially farmers, in Barangay…

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1st batch of polymer peso banknotes to arrive April ‘22

The first batch of Philippine peso banknotes will arrive in the country by April next year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said in a briefing Thursday. Diokno said the BSP and the Reserve Bank of Australia and its subsidiary Note Printing Australia have reached an agreement for the production of the polymer PHP1,000 banknotes. Australia is the first country to issue a full series of banknotes using polymer as material, and it has produced and supplied polymerized banknotes to other countries. “The PHP1,000 notes will begin circulating…

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PRRD delighted over completion of new Zambo infra projects

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday welcomed the completion of infrastructure development projects in Zamboanga City, hoping that these would spur economic activity and employment in Mindanao and across the country. This, after he led the inspection of development projects at the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA), including its newly renovated Passenger Terminal Building (PTB). In his speech, he thanked the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and other public and private partners for a “commendable job” in the improvement of the Zamboanga airport. “I am excited…

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La Union mayor cleared of graft raps over city plaza rehab deal

The Sandiganbayan has acquitted the incumbent mayor of San Fernando City, La Union on graft charges arising from a PHP38-million contract in 2018 for the rehabilitation of its plaza. In a 22-page decision dated November 29 written by Associate Justice Lorifel Pahimna, the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division, in clearing Hermenegildo Gualberto, said the prosecution failed to provide evidence that public bidding for the San Fernando City plaza upgrading project was undermined and likewise failed to “prove that the government suffered substantial damage”. It also said the prosecution failed to prove…

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GSIS to release P3.2-B pensioners Xmas cash gift starting Dec. 6

State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will release the 2021 Christmas cash gift amounting to PHP3.2 billion to its old-age and disability pensioners starting December 6. The benefit is also known to pensioners as their “Christmas bonus.” “Sa kabila ng hinaharap nating pagsubok dahil sa pandemya, hangad naming makatulong pa rin sa pagbibigay ng masaya at maginhawang Pasko sa aming mga pensiyonado. Kaya naman siniguro ng GSIS Board na maaga ang ecrediting ng Christmas cash gift sa kanilang mga UMID card o eCard (Despite the challenges we are…

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Shares rebound on bargain hunting; peso ends sideways

Local shares bounced back on Thursday as bargain hunters looked for markets with no presence yet of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), while the peso ended the day’s trading almost unchanged. After dipping below the 7,000-level on Wednesday, the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rebounded to 7,032.54, increasing by 85.48 points, or 1.23 percent. All Shares increased by 38.12 points, or 1.02 percent, to 3,772.50. All counters gained during the day’s trading, led by Mining and Oil, finishing at 9,468.83 points, followed by Industrial, Holding Firms,…

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DTI chief urges biz to tap ‘halal’ market

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez has encouraged businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to explore the “halal” market. During the 4th Philippine National Halal Conference on Thursday, Lopez said the halal industry could boost Philippine exports with the developments in the global halal economy. “The halal industry will add more exports, more to our export promotions because this is really a game-changer and a new segment for our export market,” he said. As the country rebounds from the pandemic, the trade and industry chief…

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Market exaggerates reaction to Omicron: BSP chief

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said the market might have exaggerated its reaction towards the impact of Omicron after the new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variant was confirmed in the latter part of November. This amid consecutive shedding of the local shares since Thursday last week. The local stock market dipped below the 7,000-level on Monday. “We’re not so concerned with the new variant,” Diokno said in a briefing Thursday. “I think there’s too much exaggeration on the impact of that.” The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi)…

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DA asks P12-B more to address food global challenges

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking additional PHP12 billion, on top of the recommended PHP95-billion budget for 2022, to address surmounting food and agriculture global challenges onto the “new world”. “We are entering a ‘New World’ — the global scale of the ‘new normal’ as an offshoot of the Covid-19 pandemic — wherein every country in the world is coping with huge challenges. These include the lingering and mutating Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, increasing prices of petrol, fertilizers and feeds, climate change, population dynamics, urbanization and aging farmers,…

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Knowledge Channel, DOST partner to bring STEM closer to public

Soon, materials from the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) will be shown on Knowledge Channel’s platforms as the two recently signed a partnership, an executive of SEI said on Thursday. “It (partnership) will make STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational resources more accessible to the learners through the various media channels used by Knowledge Channel in distributing content for basic education,” SEI chief science research specialist, Ruby Cristobal, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA). She said the partnership was signed on November 29, but…

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28 NCR public schools to start in-person classes Dec. 6

Limited face-to-face classes in the National Capital Region (NCR) will start on December 6 in 28 public schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Monday. In a Viber message to reporters, DepEd Director for Public Affairs Service June Arvin Gudoy confirmed the start of in-person classes in selected schools in the area which include: Caloocan City Andres Bonifacio Elementary Bagumbong Elementary Makati City Comembo Elementary School Malabon City Santiago Syjuco Memorial Integrated Secondary School Mandaluyong City Amado T. Reyes Elementary School Renato R. Lopez Elementary School Manila City Aurora A.…

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9 more Ilocos schools to start limited F2F classes on Dec. 6

Nine schools in Ilocos Sur will join the pilot run of the limited face-to-face (F2F) classes starting December 6. In a phone interview on Thursday, Department of Education (DepEd) Ilocos Region Public Affairs Unit head Cesar Bucsit said eight of the schools are elementary public schools in Alilem town and one private school from Sta. Lucia town, both in Ilocos Sur. “They have passed the different safety assessments conducted by the DepEd and the Department of Health,” he said. The participating students are kindergarten up to the third grade as…

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CHED says no discrimination in limited face-to-face classes

The decision to limit the participation of face-to-face learning in college only for fully-vaccinated instructors and students is not discriminatory, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Prospero de Vera III has said. In a press briefing here late Wednesday afternoon, de Vera said the move is not a violation of human rights since those unvaccinated can still participate through online classes. “There’s no discrimination since all have the opportunity to participate in classes. Unvaccinated will not be allowed to attend face-to-face classes to protect the vaccinated faculty and students,” he…

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Medical community seeks justice for slain hospital exec in CDO

Several medical organizations in the country on Thursday condemned the ambush-slay here of Dr. Raul Winston Andutan, medical director of the Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH). In a statement, the Council for Health and Development condemned “in the strongest possible terms the senseless killing” of Andutan, who was gunned down at the corner of 12th and 29th Streets in Barangay Nazareth. “He was known to his colleagues and patients as an excellent surgeon and a compassionate friend, father, and doctor. Our sincerest condolences to his loved ones. Justice for Dr.…

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AFP renews commitment to human rights protection

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains committed to observing human rights. This, as the military joined the launch of the 2021 National Human Rights Consciousness Week which kicked off at Diokno Park, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Wednesday. “The AFP is one with the CHR and every human rights champion worldwide in advancing and defending human rights principles. This is both our obligation and commitment to every Filipino,” AFP Center for Law of Armed Conflict (CLOAC) chief Brig. Gen. Joel Alejandro S. Nacnac…

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SC upholds airline liable for luggage lost in 1998

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a Davao court verdict against KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a suit filed by a prominent physician over delayed luggage in 1998. In a recent decision penned by Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando, the high court, however, ruled to award only PHP350,000 in damages plus attorney’s fees and interest to Dr. Jose M. Tiongco. The original amount awarded by the Davao Regional Trial Court (RTC) was PHP3.6 million. Tiongco, a prominent surgeon and one of the founders of the Medical Mission Group Hospital…

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PNP respects indictment of 17 cops in March ops

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it will fully cooperate with state prosecutors in the proceedings against the 17 police officers implicated in the so-called “Bloody Sunday” operations that resulted in the death of six militant activists in Laguna and Rizal last March. “The PNP respects the recommendation of the Department of Justice to file murder charges against 17 police personnel who figured in a lawful police operation that resulted in the death of a labor organization leader,” said PNP spokesperson, Col. Roderick Alba, in a statement. He…

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France vax donation a ‘strong’ gesture of friendship: envoy

A total of 1,632,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived on Wednesday, the first batch of a multi-million Covid-19 vaccine donation by France through the COVAX Facility to the Philippines. During the arrival of the vaccine doses at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz said the doses are part of a donation that would eventually total to 5,850,000 doses of different vaccine brands. “Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca–more are coming soon. So, it’s really a strong gesture of friendship,” Boccoz said. She…

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Gov’t must continue momentum in vax rollout

Deputy Speaker Eric Martinez on Thursday said the government must continue the momentum in vaccination rollouts across the country, most especially in administering booster shots for medical front-liners, senior citizens, and high-risk individuals. Martinez called for a continuous government effort despite the declining Covid-19 cases within the past week in the country. He cited the World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus (Covid-19) Dashboard showing that the Philippines reported 4,964 cases in the last 7 days. He also cited statistics from Worldometer showing a -46 percent weekly case percentage change for the…

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More residents in Region 7 get jabbed in nat’l vax drive

A Department of Health (DOH) official in Region 7 (Central Visayas) on Thursday said more people have showed up and received their first dose during the National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1, including those who have not received any coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine since the start of the national rollout in March. In a presser, DOH-7 chief pathologist Dr. Mary Jean Loreche presented data of the accumulated number of people who participated in the three-day nationwide vaccine drive ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte. She said 631,450…

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No flights for OFWs bound for ‘red list’ countries: POEA

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are bound for countries included in the Philippines’ ‘red list’ due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant will not be able to travel to their host nations for now, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Thursday. “Based on the latest IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) resolution, the government said all international flights from countries with cases of Omicron are canceled. Since they are on the red list, all incoming flights are canceled and once all international flights are canceled,…

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Nat’l vax drive report still being updated: Cabotaje

The Philippines has administered a total of 7,628,432 doses of Covid-19 vaccine during the massive national vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said on Thursday, noting that the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” accomplishment report is still being updated. “For the three days, hindi pa po kumpleto ang ating report (our reports are not yet complete). May (There is an) updating that is happening. But we are very happy with the initial report because this is more than two times the daily vaccination rate,” said Cabotaje, who…

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24 LGUs in West Visayas extend ‘Bayanihan,Bakunahan’

An initial 24 local government units in Western Visayas have voluntarily extended the “Bayanihan,Bakunahan” national vaccination drive until December 3, according to the Department of Health Western Visayas Center (DOH WV) on Thursday. DOH WV for Health Development Medical Officer Bea Camille Natalaray said since the “Bayanihan,Bakunahan” is a whole of society approach, then its extension would mean that LGUs could still avail of the help coming from volunteers and private sectors. “Of course the DOH is ready to facilitate augmentation of resources when needed by LGUs until Dec. 3,…

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Americans urged to get vaxxed as 1st Omicron case detected in US

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Wednesday urged Americans to get vaccinated or boosted against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as the first US case of Omicron variant was found in California. “We know what we need to do to protect people. Get vaccinated, if you’re not already vaccinated. Get boosted if you’ve been vaccinated for more than six months with an mRNA or two months with (Johnson & Johnson])” Fauci told reporters in a news conference at the White House. As of November 30, 197.1 million people, or…

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Over 43K jabbed during 3-day nat’l vax campaign in Bataan

The number of vaccinees in this province has reached 43,394 during the three-day national vaccination drive under the Department of Health’s “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” campaign. Governor Albert Garcia said Thursday reports showed that Bataan topped the Central Luzon provinces with the most number of individuals inoculated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The governor said the number included those administered with the first and second doses as well as booster shots in 29 vaccination sites, mobile “Vax on Wheels” and other inoculation booths in 11 towns and one city of the province.…

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Pinoys in Austria in good condition, supported by federal gov’t

Filipinos in Austria are in good condition despite the spike in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases across the European state, the Philippine Embassy in Vienna said on Thursday. Chargé d’Affaires Deena Joy Amatong said Filipino workers who had been affected by the Covid-19 surge-driven lockdown there are also receiving assistance through the Austrian government’s federal jobs program, under which Austria pays part of their wages. “[K]ami po ay palagi pong nakikipagpanayam sa kanila at kinukumusta naman namin sila kung kumusta na ang kanilang kalagayan. Sa awa naman…

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Zambo City extends nat’l vax days

The city health office (CHO) has extended the national vaccination drive here until Friday to cater to more residents. Maria Christine Lim, CHO health education and promotion officer, said Thursday the move was to encourage those who have yet to receive the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines. “We extended the national vaccination drive. It is being conducted alongside the regular inoculation activity,” Lim said. Data from the CHO released showed that a total of 87,935 individuals received their Covid-19 vaccines during the first three days of the national vaccination drive.…

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NTF warns LGUs over vaccine spoilage

Some local government units would have to explain the spoilage of “a few hundred doses” of AstraZeneca vaccine that expired on November 30. The doses in question were part of the 1.5 million AstraZeneca vaccine donated and delivered to the Philippines in late October 2021. National Task Force Against Covid-19 medical adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa on Wednesday said most of the shots were consumed, but a few hundred were not administered on or before November 30. “[W]e consumed most of that (but) there are a few hundred doses that expired…

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IATF sets new testing, quarantine rules for inbound travelers

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved new testing and quarantine protocols for arriving international passengers from countries, territories, and jurisdictions in the “green” and “yellow” list effective December 3. The green list is composed of countries, territories, and jurisdictions with low risk of Covid-19 infection while yellow list is composed of destinations with moderate risk of Covid-19 infection. “For fully vaccinated individuals, they shall be required to have a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from the country…

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Fully vaxxed adults may get boosters starting Dec. 3: DOH

Fully vaccinated adults may receive their Covid-19 booster shots starting December 3, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. In a public advisory, the DOH noted that persons who have completed their primary series of Covid-19 jabs can be inoculated with the following brands regardless of which vaccines taken in the first two doses. Image from DOH In a Viber message to reporters, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said booster shots may be administered six months after the second dose for all vaccines. “Except for Janssen, 3 months after second…

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Go renews call for vigilance vs. Covid-19

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday renewed his call for “bayanihan” in being vigilant amid the emerging threats of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Let us remain vigilant and follow the rules. Make it a habit to wear a mask, (practice social distancing), wash your hands and if you don’t need to go out, just stay at home to avoid contracting this disease. Let’s continue our heroism with others,” Go said in a statement. In a relief distribution activity in Carcar City, southern Cebu province, he urged the residents…

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DOH-8 extends nat’l vax drive until Dec. 3

The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas (DOH-8) on Thursday said it will extend the National Vaccination Days (NVD) until Dec. 3, granting the requests of some local governments units (LGUs) in the region. “It is the local government’s discretion if they would extend or not,” the DOH statement said, indicating the extension is not mandatory. “Please note that even without the extension, our vaccination activities continue until all of our targets get vaccinated,” it added. Some 421,2220 residents in Eastern Visayas received Covid-19 shots during the three-day NVD from…

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AFP chief hopes Christmas brings joy, hope amid pandemic

The country’s top military official is optimistic that the Christmas season will bring hope and joy to the lives of Filipinos amid the coronavirus pandemic. “More importantly, may it awaken further our spirit of nationalism and love for service, as we continue to faithfully fulfill our sworn duty to our country and people,” said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief, Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, during the simultaneous Christmas tree lighting rites at the Lapu-Lapu Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, and other military camps nationwide Wednesday night. The Philippine…

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QC’s Covid-19 indicators hit ‘all-time low’

The Quezon City government has thanked healthcare workers and constituents as figures of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) indicators in the city hit an all-time low. In a Facebook post on Wednesday night, the city government said the improvement of its Covid-19 indicators is because of the continued adherence of QC residents to the minimum health and safety protocols. “Bumaba pa sa 1.73 percent ang positivity rate ng lungsod. Mas mababa na ito sa pamantayan ng World Health Organization na 5 percent. Ang positivity rate ay patungkol sa bilang ng nagpopositibo…

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Over 50K inoculated during 3-day vax campaign in Antique

The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) has recorded 50,464 vaccine recipients from various municipalities of Antique during the three-day national “Bayanihan,Bakunahan” against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). IPHO Infectious Diseases Cluster head Sheree Vego said on Thursday the province surpassed its daily target of 15,000 vaccinees. “The local chief executives (LCEs) gave their all-out support by providing transportation to the people,” she said. Vego added that the difficulty in transportation was one of the challenges that prevented Antiqueños from getting vaccinated during the November 29 to December 1 nationwide drive.…

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Possible shelf-life extension of expired Covid-19 vax eyed: NTF

The government, along with vaccine manufacturers, is reevaluating all coronavirus jabs that have already expired or nearing expiration for possible shelf-life extension, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., said Thursday. In an interview, Galvez said the NTF and the Department of Health (DOH) are doing their best to make sure that no coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines would be wasted due to expiration. The vaccine czar recalled that the country was earlier compelled to accept vaccines with an expiration date of about one to two…

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4 travelers from South Africa test negative for Covid-19

The Negros Occidental provincial government confirmed on Thursday the three South Africans and one returning overseas Filipino (ROF), who arrived in the country from South Africa last week, all tested negative for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said the three expatriates have not exhibited symptoms while undergoing quarantine. “They are feeling well based on the feedback from the company (hosting them in the province),” he added. The status of the ROF, who is from Pontevedra town but obtained a travel coordination permit from Bacolod City, is…

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MRT-3 posts highest single-day riders since pandemic

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has recorded 186,111 passengers on Bonifacio Day on November 30, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic started in March last year. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, the MRT-3 attributed the record single-day passengers this year to the improved capacity since the pandemic forced the rail service to suspend operations until its resumption in June 2020. “Ito ay resulta ng mas pinataas na passenger capacity, mas mabilis na pagbiyahe ng mga tren at pagkakaroon ng mataas na bilang ng…

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