LitePoint and MediaTek Collaborate to Accelerate Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E Product Development

New Wi-Fi standard will provide breakthrough speed and performance for video streaming, gaming, and virtual reality applications SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LitePoint, a leading provider of wireless test solutions, today announced it is collaborating with leading chipset maker MediaTek to deliver turnkey design validation test solutions for MediaTek’s Wi-Fi 6/6E […]

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CoImmune Announces Positive Results from Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of Allogeneic CAR-CIK Cells in Pediatric and Adult Patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Oral presentation at 63rd ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition shows that treatment based on company’s proprietary technology platform induced sustained responses without severe toxicities Company also announces presentation of preclinical proof-of-concept data in Acute Myeloid Leukemia DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CoImmune, Inc., a clinical stage immuno-oncology company working to redefine cancer […]

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EVA Air and Points enter into a multi-year partnership to enhance Infinity MileageLands program

New loyalty solutions will increase member engagement and generate revenue uplift for EVA Air’s loyalty program EVA Air and Points enter into a multi-year partnership to enhance Infinity MileageLands program TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Award-winning, Taiwanese carrier, EVA Air, and global leader in loyalty commerce, Points (Nasdaq: PCOM) (TSX: PTS), have entered into a […]

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dnata Digitizes Cargo Handling with Descartes Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)™ Real-time Tracking Solution

ATLANTA, Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, is using Descartes CORE BLE™ real-time tracking solution to help manage its mobile assets for cargo handling at airports. By digitizing the […]

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The Vault Brings Holiday Cheer to Unsung Car Scenes

JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To coincide with his consignments in Sonicbidder.com’s “Christmas Around the World” auction, JD Pass hosted his own international Christmas celebration at The Vault. What started off as an annual event to ring in the season would go on to bring awareness to the visibility and credibility of the Jackson, […]

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Blue California Expands Natural Flavor and Fragrance Portfolio with Production of Clean, Natural, and Sustainable Nerolidol

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue California announced the expansion of its natural flavor and fragrance portfolio of captive ingredients by producing a clean, sustainable nerolidol. Nerolidol is a rare sesquiterpene alcohol ubiquitous in nature and found in many flowers and plants, particularly in Seville orange flower, also known as […]

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Becomes Ambassador Member of California Fuel Cell Partnership

TEMECULA, Calif., Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Group), a subsidiary of Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan), is proud to announce they have joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) as an Ambassador. The association is driving to establish 200 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025 for a sustainable future […]

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EVA Air กับ Points ทำข้อตกลงร่วมมือเป็นระยะเวลาหลายปีเพื่อยกระดับโปรแกรม Infinity MileageLands

โซลูชันการสะสมแต้มสำหรับลูกค้ารูปแบบใหม่นี้จะเพิ่มระดับการมีส่วนร่วมของสมาชิกและช่วยเพิ่มรายได้ให้กับโปรแกรมสะสมแต้มของ EVA Air EVA Air กับ Points ทำข้อตกลงร่วมมือเป็นระยะเวลาหลายปีเพื่อยกระดับโปรแกรม Infinity MileageLands โตรอนโต, Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EVA Air บริษัทสายการบินสัญชาติไต้หวันที่ชนะรางวัล และบริษัทชั้นนำระดับโลกด้านโซลูชันสะสมแต้มเชิงพาณิชย์ Points (Nasdaq: PCOM) (TSX: PTS) ได้ทำข้อตกลงร่วมมือครั้งใหม่เป็นระยะเวลาหลายปีเพื่อเปิดตัวสิทธิประโยชน์สำหรับสมาชิกแบบต่างๆ เพื่อเพิ่มระดับการมีส่วนร่วมของลูกค้า และสร้างรายรับเพิ่มเติมให้กับสายการบินผ่านโปรแกรม Infinity MileageLands ความร่วมมือเริ่มต้นในวันที่ 11 พฤศจิกายน 2021 พร้อมการเปิดตัว Purchase Miles ซึ่งใช้ประโยชน์จากโซลูชันการซื้อของ Points และเปิดโอกาสให้ลูกค้าได้รับรางวัลของตนเร็วขึ้นผ่านการซื้อไมล์เพิ่มเติมในราคาพิเศษ นอกจากนี้ยังมีโซลูชันการสะสมแต้มเพิ่มเติมอื่นๆ ซึ่งออกแบบมาให้ไมล์สะสมของสมาชิกมีประโยชน์ใช้สอยและมูลค่ามากขึ้น โดยจะเปิดตัวในปี 2022 นอกจากนี้ EVA Air ยังใช้ประโยชน์จากความเชี่ยวชาญด้านการตลาดเชิงสะสมแต้มระดับชั้นนำในวงการของ Points และความเข้าใจเชิงลึกที่ขับเคลื่อนด้วยข้อมูลเพื่อพัฒนาแคมเปญที่ปรับให้เข้ากับความต้องการส่วนบุคคลของฐานสมาชิก Infinity MileageLands ซึ่งคาดว่าจะขับเคลื่อนการเติบโตเพิ่มเติมให้กับโปรแกรม “EVA […]

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Midpoint to Acquire Blockchain Technology Company

Aims to Augment Consumer Facing Platform Within Digital Assets Space LONDON, Dec. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Midpoint Holdings Ltd (TSXV: MPT) (Frankfurt: 8MH1) (“Midpoint” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a purchase agreement dated December 14, 2021, pursuant to which the Company proposes to acquire all of the […]

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8 countries, territories on IATF’s ‘red’ list until Dec. 31

Eight countries, territories, and/or jurisdictions are on the Philippines’ “red” list from December 16 to 31, which means travelers from these destinations are barred from entering the country due to high risk of Covid-19 infection. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the eight destinations on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) red list are Andorra, France, Monaco, Northern Mariana Islands, Reunion, San Marino, South Africa, and Switzerland. “Hindi po pinapayagan ang inbound international travel ng mga taong galing o nanggaling sa red…

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Barge trips suspended in 3 C. Visayas provinces

The Maayo Shipping Inc. on Wednesday suspended all its barge trips to and from Negros Oriental, Cebu, and Siquijor after Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 was hoisted over these provinces due to Typhoon Odette. Dante Uymatiao, the company’s manager, told the Philippine News Agency that based on government policy, all sea travels are automatically suspended once Signal No. 1 is raised over an area. “It is still uncertain when we will resume our trips, perhaps the earliest on Friday night or the latest, on Saturday morning,” he said,…

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PH logs largest single day vax arrival at 10M

The country recorded its largest number of vaccine arrival in a single day on Wednesday with a total of 10,403,550 doses. As of writing, the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) received the 214,500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the British government; 856,800 doses of Moderna jab from the German government; and 3,055,200 doses of Janssen vaccine from the Dutch government. In the evening, 1,187,550 doses of Pfizer vaccine procured by the national government; 2,249,900 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine procured by the private sector; and 2,840,100 doses of Moderna…

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Over 1.4K housing units to benefit informal settlers in Bacoor

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) announced on Wednesday that more than 1,400 informal settler families (ISFs) will benefit from the newly built-government housing project in Bacoor, Cavite. DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said among the beneficiaries are families residing in danger zones and accident-prone areas in Bacoor City. On Tuesday, del Rosario graced the inspection and ceremonial turnover of the new houses within “the Ciudad de Strike Phase I”, the government’s third low-rise housing project in Barangay Molino. The housing project materialized via the Social Housing…

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‘Odette’ to bring heavy rains over Surigao provinces

Heavy rains may be experienced over the Surigao provinces and Dinagat Islands as Severe Tropical Storm Odette nears typhoon category, with several areas placed under tropical cyclone warning signal number 1, the weather bureau said Wednesday. In its latest tropical cyclone bulletin at 5 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Odette” packs maximum sustained winds of 110 kph near the center and gusts of up to 135 kph. It was last tracked at 735 km. east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, moving west-northwest at a…

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Duterte to spend more time with family after term ends: Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte is going to enjoy the privileges of being a private citizen and spend more time with his family when his term ends in June 22, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Duterte’s withdrawal from the senatorial race is a “personal decision”, especially since he has spent four decades of his life in public service. “It’s really to spend time with his family after more than four decades ng serbisyo sa taumbayan (of service to his countrymen). As prosecutor all the way…

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LGUs alerted as NegOr placed under TCWS No. 1 for ‘Odette’

The provincial government of Negros Oriental is gearing up for Severe Tropical Storm Odette before it is expected to cut across the Visayas starting Thursday through Friday. Adrian Sedillo, executive director of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), told the Philippine News Agency on Wednesday that all local government units (LGUs) have been alerted to prepare for the worst scenario and monitor weather forecasts on “Odette”. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its 5 a.m. bulletin, said “Odette” was estimated somewhere near east…

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Preemptive evacuations underway for ‘Odette’: NDRRMC chief

A day before the expected landfall of Typhoon Odette on Thursday, preemptive evacuation in high-risk areas has started, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Ricardo Jalad said on Wednesday. “Merong nang nagsagawa ng [preemptive] evacuation, may report kanina sa full council meeting ng NDRRMCC, [meron] na dito sa Region 6, Region 7, sa Caraga at saka Region 8, may mga local government units na nag-preemptive evacuation (There are now ongoing preemptive evacuations, per the full council report of the NDRRMC, there are now evacuations ongoing in…

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Residents in risk areas in Caraga evacuated as ‘Odette’ nears

Different local government units in Caraga Region on Wednesday started preemptive evacuations in high-risk areas ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Odette. In the province of Dinagat Islands, heavy rainfall has started to hit the different towns as of Wednesday afternoon. “Evacuations of residents in flood and landslide-prone areas have started in different towns. We are monitoring these preemptive evacuations now,” Vice Gov. Nilo Demerey Jr. told the Philippine News Agency. He added that there is no data so far as to the number of families and individuals being evacuated…

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OPAPP vows to sustain PGS gains

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said the Performance Governance System (PGS) has been influential on the progress of its daily operations. This, as the OPAPP was conferred with the Silver Trailblazer Award for performance governance compliant during the Institute for Solidarity in Asia’s (ISA) virtual PGS Public Revalida on Wednesday. In his speech, Deputy Peace Adviser Undersecretary Isidro Purisima said the PGS pathway made them realize that “that an organization cannot remain static and must continue to evolve.” “This means that we have to…

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DOF chief optimistic 2021 GDP to hit revised target

Improvements in the country’s healthcare system, among others, are expected to further solidify the domestic economy’s recovery and boost its capacity to hit the revised target of between 5 percent to 5.5 percent. In a virtual briefing on Wednesday, Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said domestic output, which averaged at 4.9 percent in the first three quarters this year, “has exceeded our expectations in 2021.” “So there’s a greater likelihood that our full year growth will hit the revised target of our GDP (gross domestic product) growth…

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Flight instructor dies in Pangasinan crash

A pilot instructor died while his student was injured in a plane crash here on Wednesday. In a phone interview, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office information officer Lt. Col. Ferdinand de Asis identified the fatality as Capt. Daryl Uy while the pilot student as Caran France Kaura, 21, of Barangay Pagkakaisa, San Narciso in Quezon province. “At around 9:20 a.m. today, a two-seater training fixed-wing plane with body number RP-C8202, with markings ‘Fly Fast’, crashed into a fishpond along Sitio Paradise (in) Barangay Telbang, Alaminos City,” he said. The student pilot…

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SC dismisses disbarment raps vs. prosecutor

The Supreme Court (SC) cleared a prosecutor sued for disbarment by a police officer for dismissing a drug case in 2012 for incomplete documentation. In a resolution released on December 3, the high court’s second division dismissed the case filed against lawyer Dorina A. Hernandez-Joya, adopting the recommendation of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ (IBP) Board of Governors. A complaint filed in November 2012 before the SC Office of the Bar Confidant by Alex A. Dela Cerna, then team leader of the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group…

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PH to remain under Alert Level 2 until Dec. 31

The entire Philippines will remain under Alert Level 2 status from December 16 to 31, Malacañang announced on Wednesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) decided to retain the alert level status as the Department of Health (DOH) reported the first two cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the Philippines. “We are being very cautious because eto nga yung banta ng Omicron na nakikita natin sa ibang mga lugar, mga bansa, territories, and jurisdictions…

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Stocks down on panic selling; peso firm vs. US dollar

The detection of two imported cases of the Omicron variant in the Philippines resulted in the negative close of the main equities index on Wednesday, but the peso managed to end sideways against the US dollar. All the counters in the local bourse finished in the negative territory, with the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) down by 1.51 percent, or 109.41 points, to 7,132.58 points. All Shares contracted by 1.54 percent, or 59.1 points, to 3,782.59 points. The Property index posted the highest decrease among the sectoral gauges after it…

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Pinoys joining foreign partners abroad need to secure CFO docs

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday reminded Filipinos who are going abroad for the first time to meet their partners who are foreign nationals, to secure the required document from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) before leaving. In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said fiancées, spouses, or family members of foreign nationals are required to attend the CFO guidance and counseling session as a requirement before they are allowed to fly abroad. “This is not a new rule, but we deem it necessary to issue a reminder…

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’Odette’ now a typhoon; Signal No. 2 up in Surigao provinces

Weather disturbance “Odette” (international name Rai) has intensified into a typhoon, as Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 is hoisted over Surigao provinces. Odette now packs 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 150 kms. per hour. It was last tracked 590 kms. east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. Nikos Peñaranda of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said TCWS No. 2 has been raised over the eastern portion of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. “Expect strong winds in these…

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House ratifies 2022 nat’l budget

The House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed PHP5.024-trillion national budget for 2022. During the plenary session, the chamber ratified the final version of the spending measure after the bicameral committee reconciled the disagreeing provisions earlier in the day. Following its ratification, the 2022 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) will be transmitted to Malacañang for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature. Among the amendments introduced in the final version of the proposed 2022 budget is the increase in the National Task Force to End Local Communist…

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Ilocos Norte to shoulder funding for SPED teachers

The Ilocos Norte Provincial Board on Wednesday approved a resolution to shoulder the salaries of four special education (SPED) teachers to avoid disruption in the education of children with special needs. Provincial Board Member Saul Paulo Lazo, chair of the education committee, said there are at least four SPED teachers who are not receiving their salaries on time because they depend on the approval of the local school board fund. The teachers are from the Florentino Camaquin Integrated School (FCIS) in Vintar and the Bacarra National Comprehensive High School and…

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Baguio targets remaining unvaxxed residents for 2nd vax blitz

It’s all systems go for the city government here in connection with the second leg of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” National Vaccination Days (NVD) from December 15-17 that primarily targets those who have not been jabbed against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). In an interview on Wednesday, City Public Information Office chief Aileen Refuerzo said the city is targeting to serve all the 14,229 registered unvaccinated individuals from the city’s 16 health districts. She noted that according to the city Health Services Office (HSO), 5,147 individuals missed their second dose and they…

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Duterte receives credentials of 4 new envoys

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday formally received the credentials of four new ambassadors at Malacañan Palace. Duterte welcomed ambassadors Folakemi Ibidunni Akinleye of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Borhan Uddin of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, William John Carlos of Ireland, and Răduta Dana Matache of Romania. During her presentation, Akinleye pledged to work “tirelessly” during her stay in office to improve Nigeria-Philippine friendship while engaging in mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of trade, medical exchange programs, information technology, maritime security, education, and tourism. Duterte, meanwhile, expressed hope that…

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2 NPAs killed in MisOr-AgNor border clashes

Two communist New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas were killed while six firearms were recovered during separate encounters with state troopers in the borders of Misamis Oriental and Agusan del Norte, the military here said Wednesday. In a statement, Maj. Francisco Garello, the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (ID) public affairs office chief, said the encounters took place Tuesday between Sitio Mangilit, Barangay Bal-ason, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental; and Sitio Malague, Barangay Guinabsan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. “In Buenavista, the 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB) recovered one firearm, while the 58IB, together with…

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’Odette’ intensifies; parts of VisMin now under TCWS No. 2

Typhoon Odette has further intensified while moving west northwestward over the Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Wednesday. In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said “Odette” was estimated at 485 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 130 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. Gale to storm-force winds will be experienced in the areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) No. 2 has been hoisted, it said. Areas under TCWS…

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Omicron spreading faster than any other variant: WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief said on Tuesday the new omicron variant of coronavirus has been confirmed in 77 countries and is spreading faster than any previous variant. “Omicron is probably in most countries, even if it hasn’t been detected yet. Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant,” Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus told a press conference in Geneva. Omicron, first detected in South Africa last month, was declared as a variant of concern by the UN health agency. He expressed concern over…

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Region 8 LGUs suspend work, classes ahead of typhoon

Several local government units in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) have suspended work in government offices and classes on Wednesday ahead of Typhoon Odette’s landfall. In Tacloban City, Mayor Alfred Romualdez declared a half-day suspension of work in government offices on Wednesday and a day-long work suspension on Thursday. Romualdez also ordered the evacuation of those living in low-lying and coastal communities. The local government’s preparation for the upcoming storm is in full swing according to the city disaster risk reduction and management office. The city earlier hoisted Blue Alert status,…

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NTF exec urges Pinoys to get vaccinated as Omicron enters PH

National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) strategic communications on current operations head, Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor, urged all Filipinos to get protected against the new variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) through getting their primary shots and boosters. During the arrival of vaccines donated by the governments of the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands Wednesday, Mayor said the effectiveness of vaccines has been proven as the country now logs lower Covid-19 cases following the surge due to the Delta variant. “We have seen and proven that vaccination is very…

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BFAR distributes 60K ‘bangus’ fingerlings to Pampanga fisherfolk

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Central Luzon has provided some 60,000 “bangus” (milkfish) fingerlings to fish growers in the coastal towns of Macabebe and Masantol as part of the agency’s continuing efforts to boost fish production. BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz said on Wednesday some 30 local fish growers benefited from the bureau’s input assistance program that could help boost their livelihood. Cruz said the provision of fingerlings aims to increase fishpond productivity to boost fish sufficiency in the province. “This intervention is expected to generate…

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6 NPA rebels surrender with guns in DavNor, Bukidnon

Six rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA), bringing with them 14 firearms, surrendered to different military units in Davao del Norte and Bukidnon on December 10, 12, and 13, the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said Wednesday. In a statement, Lt. Gen. Greg Almerol, commander of the Eastmincom, said the surrenderers were identified as Todong Balite Manlologpis alias Borjack, commanding officer of Platoon Andoy, and Magno Colot Maas alias Richard, squad leader of Segunda, Platun Andoy, both from the Sub-Regional Guerrilla Unit (SRGU); Kimkim Balite alias Tambutso, squad leader of…

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181 militiamen to complement Zambo peace advocacy drive

A total of 181 new militiamen are set for deployment in different communities to complement the peace advocacy campaign of the 1st Infantry Division (ID) in the Zamboanga Peninsula, military officials said Wednesday. The militiamen have just completed a 45-day training Tuesday afternoon facilitated by the 1ID Training School at the Libertad Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit Training Center in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay. “They underwent training to enhance their knowledge and skills as they play part in the peacekeeping missions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Col. Wendell…

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Gov’t achieves 2021 target of 50M PhilSys registrations: NEDA

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has achieved its target of 50 million registrations for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in 2021 despite the challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. As of December 10, the PSA registered 50,014,382 Filipinos to the demographic and biometric data collection. In partnership with the PSA, the Land Bank of the Philippines has also processed 6,786,939 bank account applications through a colocation strategy in PhilSys registration centers. This milestone will help promote financial inclusion, improve the targeting of beneficiaries, and accelerate the…

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Ilocos Norte town ventures into wagyu meat production

Piddig town, known for the so-called Basi Revolt in Ilocos Norte, is creating another milestone for being the first province in this northern part of the country to venture into wagyu meat production, the popular highly marbled beef in Japan. Backed by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the municipality of Piddig led by mayor Eduardo “Eddie” Guillen, several native cows in the town are engaged in an artificial insemination program to produce wagyu-cross calves. “Since we cannot repopulate hogs yet due to ASF (African swine fever), our mayor initiated…

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Unvaccinated urged to consider attending virtual dawn masses

Unvaccinated individuals may want to reconsider physically attending the traditional dawn masses (Simbang Gabi) that will begin December 15, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said unvaccinated individuals may want to consider attending virtual Simbang Gabi instead to minimize the risk of catching Covid-19. “Sa mga hindi pa po bakunado, mas mainam po na mag-attend na lang po ng online or virtual Simbang Gabi; mas mainam po magpabakuna na po tayo (To those unvaccinated, it is better if you attend online or virtual Simbang Gabi;…

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Cebu suspends sea trips due to ‘Odette’

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Central Cebu has suspended sea trips to and from Cebu which is now under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 due to Severe Tropical Storm Odette. In a notice to mariners on Wednesday, PCG-Cebu chief, Commander Alvin Dagalea, said the station “is now enforcing temporary suspension of voyage for all type of vessels/watercraft as proactive measures in order to avert maritime accidents…”. Aside from Cebu, the suspension also covers parts of the Visayas and Mindanao that have now been placed under TCWS No.…

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Duterte adviser urges to speed up booster rollout for Pinoys

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion has urged the government to speed up giving booster vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) amid the threat posed by the Omicron variant. Concepcion, who is also the founder of Go Negosyo, said the country has an adequate stock of vaccines and these should be rolled out immediately to inoculate the unvaccinated and to be given as booster shots for those who have completed their vaccines. “We have the vaccines and it will be those vaccines that will create that wall of protection,”…

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IATF lauds Cabanatuan LGU’s efforts vs. Covid-19

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 on Wednesday lauded the city government for its enhanced efforts to contain the virus, citing its establishment of cold chain facilities for vaccine storage and the 320-bed capacity Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF). “Talaga namang handang-handa (Indeed, it is very much ready),” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said referring to the local government unit (LGU), after his party visited several vaccination centers, oxygen refilling plants, cold storage facility, and the TTMF in Barangay Kapitan Pepe. Aside from Duque, other officials in the…

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Antique closely monitors coastal towns due to ‘Odette’

The Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) is closely monitoring the municipalities in the southern portion of the province due to Typhoon Odette. The PDRRMO has deployed a team composed of seven personnel in the Municipality of Anini-y to immediately respond in case of adverse impacts due to rough weather, PDDRM officer Broderick Train said on Wednesday. Anini-y is a coastal town located at the southmost tip of Antique. Other coastal towns in the south included Tobias Fornier, Hamtic, San Jose de Buenavista, and Belison. “We are…

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IATF allows cockfighting in Alert Level 2 areas

Traditional cockfighting is now allowed in Alert Level 2 areas, Malacañang announced on Wednesday. “Nagkaroon din ang desisyon ang IATF kung saan pinapayagan ang operasyon ng sabungan at tradisyunal na sabong na nasa ilalim ng Alert Level 2 kung walang pagtutol dito ang mga LGUs [local government units] o lokal na pamahalaan kung saan gaganapin ang sabong (The IATF also made a decision to allow the operation of cockpits and traditional cockfighting in areas under Alert Level 2 provided there are no objections from LGUs where the activity may take…

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BOC-Zambo destroys P300-M smuggled cigarettes

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) here, together with partner agencies, on Wednesday destroyed more than 8,000 master cases of smuggled cigarettes worth PHP300 million. The cigarettes were stacked, drenched by firetrucks, and crushed with the use of heavy equipment in front of the BOC-rented warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan. After crushing, the cigarettes were disposed at the sanitary landfill. “These cigarettes were seized in separate anti-smuggling operations in Zamboanga Peninsula and BaSulTa (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) from May to November this year,” BOC-Zamboanga District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte Jr. said in…

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DSWD readies P930-M for ‘Odette’

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Wednesday it has more than PHP930 million in standby funds to cover the assistance to people who will be affected by Typhoon Odette. It said of the amount, about PHP83 million is allotted for the purchase of additional supplies for disaster operations, while more than 350,000 Family Food Packs (FFPs) are readily available for immediate distribution to families who would be affected by the weather disturbance. It also assured the residents that will be hit by “Odette” of technical assistance and…

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