Light rains on Saturday due to ‘amihan’, LPA

The northeast monsoon or “amihan” and a low-pressure area (LPA) will bring scattered light rains and slightly colder weather in several parts of the country this weekend. In its 4 a.m. weather forecast on Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the LPA will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to the Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and Davao regions, as well as the southern portion of Palawan, including the Kalayaan Islands. Cloudy skies with light rains will prevail in the Cagayan Valley…

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Samar village, runner-up in UN Best Tourism Villages 2021

The village of Tenani in Paranas, Samar, known for its extreme riverboat ride, has been listed as one of the runners-up in the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Best Tourism Villages for 2021. The village of Bojo in Aloguisan, Cebu made it to the list of the 44 Best Tourism Villages in the world, the UNWTO announced on Friday night. “Home to the Ulot Torpedo Boat Adventure Ride and the Paranas Eco-Trail and Birding Site, Tenani will be included in the UNWTO’s Upgrade Program,” Department of Tourism 8 (Eastern…

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4 more NPA rebels yield to Eastmincom troops

The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said Saturday four more New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered on Nov. 29 and 30. In a statement, Lt. Gen. Greg Almerol, commander of the Eastmincom, identified the surrenderers as Nester Tausan alias “Bong”, supply officer of Squad Primera; alias “Andoy” of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC); Wena Teklonay alias “Sirena”, supply officer of Platoon Basil of SMRC; Arnel Guabong Empit alias “Ronel”, a former courier of Guerrilla Front (GF) 53, SMRC; and alias “Uyo”, a member of GF Musa, Far South Mindanao Region.…

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New Cebu hospital boosts health care, creates jobs

Cebu, home to some of the region’s biggest medical facilities, has further expanded its health care industry with the opening of a new private hospital, also seen to create more jobs and increase the province’s hospital bed capacity. The Hospital at Maayo, located in the industrial city of Mandaue, was formally launched on December 2 as a full-fledged medical facility in support of the government’s pandemic response and answers the increasing demand for health care services here due to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Covid-19 did accelerate our…

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Christmas spirit all over NorMin with lit-up displays

Local government units (LGUs) in Northern Mindanao welcomed December by holding various lighting events. The latest was the “Symphony of Lights” that kicked off on a rainy Friday night. Mayor Oscar Moreno said they proceeded with the launch of the nightly spectacle so people will have something “wonderful” to look forward to. He also reminded the public during his speech to remain vigilant in observing basic health standards against Covid-19 and shared his elation over the success of the three-day “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination drive. “The DOH (Department of Health)…

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Benguet State U to enforce IATF’s ‘jab order’ for workers

The government-run Benguet State University (BSU) is bent on implementing the order of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for eligible workers to get vaccinated or be required to regularly submit swab test results. “We will not force the employees to be vaccinated but we will require them to regularly submit a negative test result at their own expense,” BSU president, Dr. Felipe Comila, said in an interview on Friday. Comila said vaccinating BSU employees would be in…

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Piñol to push for Mindanao projects completion

Former Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said on Saturday he will push for the completion of the projects for Mindanao should he be given a chance for a Senate seat in the coming 2022 polls. “This is one of the advocacies that I will embrace — the completion of the committed projects for Mindanao. We need a Mindanaoan who came from an inferior area which understands its need,” he said citing the major projects — Davao-Samal Bridge connector and Mindanao Railway Project. In a radio interview, Piñol said…

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Yarn spinning facility to be set-up in Northern Luzon

Following the success of its yarn production and innovation center in Iloilo, the government is preparing to set up a new one in Northern Luzon in line with its goal to establish four more such centers across the country in the next four years. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said by 2022, there will be another Regional Yarn Production and Innovation Center (RYPIC) which can provide opportunities to the people of Northern Luzon. De la Peña said the RYPIC is one of the facilities…

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PH vaccinates 9.9M in extended nat’l vax drive

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said a total of 9,937,827 were vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) during the five-day national vaccination drive. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the campaign was a “huge success” as the country was able to breach its target to inoculate at least nine million people. “‘Yung unang tatlong araw naka 8.01 million tayo na nabakunahan but with this extension, ito pong dalawang araw na extension natin, nakapagdagdag tayo ng 1.9 million na pagbabakuna pa (For the first three days, we were able…

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PhilSys registrants may open LandBank account online

Opening a Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) account may be done online by Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registrants. No initial deposit will be required, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said. Opening an account is voluntary but the PhilSys encourages registrants to do so to gain access to financial assistance from the government. “The PhiSys registrants can download the LANDBANKPay, a mobile wallet app, to be able to get a LandBank virtual transaction account,” LandBank said in its November 20 post. The virtual account can be used for bills payment,…

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Benguet to continue strict health measures amid Omicron threat

The provincial inter-agency task force addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) said the strict safety policies imposed to address the virus’ Delta variant remains to guard against the possible entry of the Omicron variant. “It still stands. We did not revoke it so it is still effective,” Governor Melchor Diclas said in an interview on Friday. During their meeting on Friday morning, the provincial task force members agreed to pursue the programs adopted in the past that were seen as effective in addressing the surge in Covid-19 cases. Diclas said…

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95% of Marawi major infra projects done by June 2022: TFBM

The construction of road networks in the war-torn city of Marawi is in its final stages of completion, the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) reported on Saturday. In a statement, TFBM chairperson and housing czar, Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said he is satisfied with the “progression of the massive rehabilitation efforts” in the city. Del Rosario noted that the ongoing rehabilitation work slowed down slightly due to inclement weather in the city in the past four months. He remained optimistic that despite such challenges, the government would be able to…

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Army, 2 NPA groups clash in Zamboanga del Norte

Government troops seized war materiel and personal belongings after separate clashes against New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the province of Zamboanga del Norte on Dec. 3, a top military official said Saturday. Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, said the first clash broke out in Barangay Linabo, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte at about 8 a.m. on Friday. The troops of the 97th and 42nd Infantry Battalions were tracking down a group of NPA rebels when the encounter took place. The NPA fighters who figured in the Linabo…

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WTO launches trade information platform for MSMEs

The World Trade Organization (WTO) launched on Thursday the Trade4MSMEs website, a tool aimed at helping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) find trade-related information and improve their abilities to trade internationally. The Trade4MSMEs platform (https://trade4msmes.org/) was also developed to support policy makers and researchers in designing measures tailored to the needs of small companies. The new platform, launched by WTO’s Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, will allow small businesses to access a diverse range of trade information brought together from a variety of sources. The…

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Stranded Pinoys urged to contact embassies to join flight home

Filipinos stranded abroad due to travel restrictions amid threats of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus are urged to contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulates to join the earliest flight to Manila. Based on the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) latest monitoring, about 50 Filipinos in Europe and 49 others in South Africa were stranded since the announcement of countries included in the red list. “(T)his is a little bit complicated so we need the cooperation of our kababayans because they have to transfer from one country to another…

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235 houses razed in Basilan fire

Some 235 houses were razed in a two-hour fire that engulfed a village in Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province, on Saturday. Lt. Col. Julpikar Sitin, Isabela City Police Station commander, said the fire broke out around 9 a.m. in Barangay Kaumpurnah Zone 1 and was controlled after two hours. Sitin said the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is investigating the origin of the blaze that rendered some 500 families homeless. Initial investigation showed the fire started from one of the houses in the barangay and rapidly spread to…

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Fully vaxxed Masbate vendors get DOLE livelihood kits

Ten fully vaccinated vendors from the coastal municipality of Milagros in Masbate province not only got protection from severe Covid-19 symptoms. They also received new bicycles and mobile phones under the “Bikecination” project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol. Johan Vi Gasga, DOLE Bicol spokesperson, said on Saturday the PHP25,000 Kabuhayan Starter Kits include the bicycle with complete accessories such as signal light, carrier, rear rack, insulated delivery bag, helmet, among others. The mobile phone comes with a SIM (subscriber identification module) card loaded with PHP4,000. “Providing…

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Unvaccinated voters allowed in 2022 polls: Comelec exec

Unless disqualified by law, the right to suffrage does not distinguish who is vaccinated or not. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon thus urged even unvaccinated voters to exercise their rights in the May 9, 2022 national and local polls. “Vote even if you are not vaccinated @COMELEC,” she posted on her Twitter account @rowena_guanzon on Saturday. “If you have symptoms when at the precinct, you will vote in the isolated polling place. Your vote will be counted,” she added. Comelec earlier said voters who will exhibit Covid-19 symptoms…

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Go with virtual holiday parties amid Omicron risk: health execs

While no Omicron coronavirus variant had been detected in the Philippines yet, the public is advised to remain vigilant and as much as possible go virtual with holiday parties this December. “[K]ung makita ninyo po iyong cases sa Norway ‘di ba mayroon silang malaking party na nagkaroon ng maraming positive cases (If you will see what happened in Norway, several positive cases were detected after a party there) – 30 of whom have been confirmed to be Omicron variant. Kaya siguro po mas maganda po ngayong taon mag-virtual Christmas party…

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2 provinces, 4 cities in Caraga log zero Covid-19 cases

The provinces of Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte and four cities registered zero coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases on Friday. In a report on Saturday, the Department of Health (DOH) 13 (Caraga) said the cities of Butuan, Surigao, Cabadbaran, and Bislig likewise logged zero infections. The agency also reported 10 new cases, 23 new recoveries, and two deaths that day. Overall, Region 13 has 49,008 infections — 46,882 recoveries, 243 active cases, and 1,883 deaths. Five of the new cases were recorded in Agusan del Sur, two in…

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Over 298K Zamboangueños now fully vaxxed

A total of 298,094 individuals here have received their second dose of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines since the inoculation program started last March. The number represents 42.90 percent of the city’s target eligible population of 694,696 individuals. The City Health Office (CHO) opened on Saturday four walk-in vaccination centers for pediatrics and adults (first dose) and two sites for the second dose and pre-registered vaccinees as the inoculation program continues. Data released by the CHO showed that most of those fully vaccinated belong to the A4 priority group or…

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Region 2 execs push for HIV awareness as cases rise

Health officials are pushing for more prevention and treatment awareness as 1,279 cases of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were recorded in Cagayan Valley from September to November. Most of those afflicted with the virus that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) belong to the 25-34-age bracket. The youngest is aged one and the oldest 67 years old. Ninety-five percent of the patients are men, with majority of cases acquired through transmission. Dr. Janet Ibay of the Department of Health – Center for Health Development said in a Friday news…

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PRC honors first responders on Int’l Volunteer Day

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) takes pride in its volunteers who are always first, ready, and willing to reach out to serve no matter what the circumstances are. As the spirit of volunteerism is at the heart of the PRC, the country’s premier humanitarian organization highlights the unwavering commitment of its volunteers as it celebrates International Volunteer Day on Sunday to bring hope in the form of countless acts of kindness. For over 74 years, PRC volunteers have continuously dedicated their time and effort to ensure the inclusion of those…

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LA passport renewal center opens for Filipinos

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) opened a Philippine passport renewal center in Los Angeles, the first in North America, to cater to the growing demand for the service. The DFA on Saturday said it is a testament to the Philippine government’s “untiring push to make consular services more accessible” to overseas Filipinos worldwide. “The Philippine ePassport Renewal Center (PaRC) system supplements and strengthens the consular operations of our 94 embassies and consulates around the world. It radically reduces the pressure to get more things done faster and faster until…

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Capitalworks Emerging Markets Acquisition Corp Announces Closing of $230 Million Initial Public Offering, Including Full Exercise of the Underwriters’ Over-Allotment Option

NEW YORK, Dec. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capitalworks Emerging Markets Acquisition Corp (the “Company”), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced the closing of its initial public offering of 23,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit, which includes the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase an additional 3,000,000 units from […]

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