Meltwater wins four Comparably awards — “Best Company Culture”, “Best CEO”, “Best Company for Women”, and “Best Company for Diversity”

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meltwater, a global leader in media and social intelligence, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of four Comparably Awards for “Best Company Culture”, “Best CEO”, “Best Company for Women”, and “Best Company for Diversity.” Meltwater ranks in the top 30 for “Best Company Culture” […]

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Baguio solon hopeful of Senate nod on arts school bill

Baguio Rep. Mark Go expressed hope that the bill creating a school for the arts in the city will soon be passed by the Senate. This as the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill (HB) 10556 which seeks to create the Baguio City High School for the Arts, which is expected to hone talented students in the country’s summer capital and nurture their creative talents. Go, in a phone interview on Thursday, said the approval of the bill in the lower chamber is a significant…

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DOLE nego-karts benefit 286 Ilocos ambulant vendors

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has distributed 286 units of nego-kart or the “Negosyo sa Kariton” in the Ilocos region from January 1 to December 15 this year. In a phone interview on Friday, DOLE 1 (Ilocos) information officer Justin Paul Marbella said 33 units were given to Ilocos Norte beneficiaries, eight units in Ilocos Sur, 20 units in Western Pangasinan, and 225 units in Central Pangasinan. He said the nego-kart units were worth PHP5.7 million. Each unit costs PHP20,000. Rialyn Bernabe, 38, a widow and one of…

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DPWH Bicol completes P20-M road project in Sorsogon

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), through its Sorsogon 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO), has completed the PHP20 million worth of 1,119 meters paved road in Barcelona town in Sorsogon province. DEO chief Felix Dimaano Jr. said the road will serve as the link of the barangays to the town proper where goods and agricultural products are being sold. “It will also provide better access for people wanting to visit the historically rich and scenic attractions of Barcelona and Bulusan, thereby strengthening the local tourism industry,” Dimaano said…

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’Odette’ initial infra damage estimated at P178-M: DPWH

The damage to infrastructure caused by Typhoon Odette in areas in the Visayas and Mindanao has been initially placed at more than PHP178 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Friday. “We estimate about PHP178.4 million damage of our structures. These are only the roads and bridges, not included (are) the buildings, private structures,” DPWH Undersecretary Emerson Benitez said in a press briefing. The department said as of Friday noon, 16 road sections remained closed to traffic – two in Central Visayas, one in Eastern Visayas,…

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BSP 28-day bills rate slips anew

The rate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) 28-day securities declined on Friday as the high liquidity situation in the economy continues to drive demand for the paper. Data released by the central bank showed that the average rate of the paper, which is among the central bank’s tools to siphon off excess liquidity from the economy, slipped to 1.8534 percent from last week’s 1.8653 percent. The BSP kept the offer volume at PHP80 billion, and tenders reached PHP104.56 billion. The debt paper was fully awarded and posted a…

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FOI-PMO concludes study visit to Mexico

The Freedom of Information – Project Management Office (FOI – PMO), under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), recently concluded its study visit to the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information, and Personal Data Protection (INAI) and the Institute for Transparency, Access to Public Information, Personal Data Protection, and Accountability of Mexico City (Info CDMX) in Mexico. The weeklong technical cooperation visit was dedicated to studying the Mexican legislation on transparency, access to public information, and protection of personal data and its implementation. Along the same vein, the delegation…

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BFAR awards 12 fiberglass boats to Bulacan fishermen

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Central Luzon distributed on Friday 12 units of fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) boats to marginalized fishermen in the coastal towns of Obando and Paombong in Bulacan. BFAR regional director Wilfredo Cruz said the 25-footer FRB boats worth PHP600,000 were funded under the bureau’s F/B Pagbabago Program. Cruz said the F/B Pagbabago is among the priority projects of BFAR national director Eduardo Gongona that aim to improve fishermen’s livelihood through the provision of disaster-resilient fishing boats. He said the boats are motorized, accompanying each…

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DOLE to profile ‘Odette’-affected workers in VisMin

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will start the profiling of workers who were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao. “Our TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) is institutionalized. This is what we implement every time we have a calamity, typhoon, and other man-made or acts of God calamities. This happened in Regions 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas), 5 (Bicol), 11 (Davao region), and Caraga. We will start the profiling of those affected by the calamity, particularly our informal workers,” Bureau…

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Stock index up, peso sideways vs. US dollar

The main stocks index finished the week up partly on the Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) rebalancing while the peso ended sideways against the US dollar. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained 0.89 percent, or 64.40 points, to 7,297.66 points. All Shares followed with a jump of 0.40 percent, or 15.48 points, to 3,851.59 points. Most of the sectoral counters also ended the week on a positive note – Holding Firms, 1.46 percent; Property, 0.87 percent; Services, 0.81 percent; and Financials, 0.10 percent. On the other hand, Mining and…

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Bicol cops get 19 new police vehicles

The Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) received 19 brand new vehicles to boost its services to the public. Maj. Malu Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson in an interview on Friday, said the arrival of the new vehicles from the Philippine National Police (PNP) central office is timely. “The new vehicles are part of the continuing effort of the PNP to upgrade the facilities and equipment of the local police force through its capability enhancement program,” she said. PRO5 Regional Director Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo on Thursday facilitated the blessing and distribution…

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NCRPO’s crime solution, clearance rate up this year

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has made significant accomplishments in its ability to solve crime cases. Citing the latest data as of Thursday, NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., said the NCRPO ranked second among regional police offices in the country in terms of crime solution efficiency, at 82.62 percent from January to November this year. This translates to an over 4 percent increase from the 77.89 percent recorded in the same period last year. “Region 11 (Davao Region) was ranked first on the same period in…

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2 party-list groups secure TRO vs Comelec

The Supreme Court (SC) bared on Friday that it has issued temporary restraining orders (TROs) against the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) decision to deny the registration of two party-list groups. Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo issued the TROs in the petitions filed by the Alliance for Resilience, Sustainability and Empowerment (ARISE), represented by its president, Arze Glipo, and Igorot Warriors International Inc. (IWI), represented by its chairperson, Jerson Bantag, on Thursday. The SC ordered Comelec to comment on the petitions within a non-extendible period of 10 days and in the meantime,…

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273 BJMP officers promoted to next higher rank

Some 273 officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) were promoted to the next higher rank. In a statement on Friday, BJMP chief, Jail Director Allan Iral, said of the jail officers who took their oath on Thursday, 44 were promoted to the rank of Jail Superintendent, 101 to Chief Inspector, 124 to Senior Inspector, two as Inspector, and two non-uniformed personnel. Iral administered the oath of office of the newly promoted officers via videoconferencing at the BJMP headquarters in Quezon City. “We are placing you in…

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Meds, supplies allocated to ‘Odette’-hit areas: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has prepositioned more than PHP12.35 million worth of drugs, medicines, and other medical supplies to provinces affected by Typhoon Odette. In a Dec. 16 situational report released on Friday, the DOH said over PHP66 million worth of commodities is also available for deployment at its central office warehouse. The agency’s Health Emergency Management Bureau, including its Centers for Health Development, meanwhile, had raised their code alert while continuing to monitor and report untoward incidents in their respective area of responsibility. It added that the Philippine…

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Administered PH Covid-19 vax doses reach 100M

The government on Friday achieved another milestone in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by reaching the 100-million doses mark since the rollout began in March. The latest data from the National Covid-19 vaccination dashboard showed 100,013,599 doses have been administered nationwide, with 43,024,393 Filipinos now fully protected and 1,014,205 already with booster or additional doses. Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, continues to reiterate the need for local government units (LGUs) nationwide to further ramp up vaccination efforts, especially now…

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PH, Korea sign loan accord revving up Covid-19 vax program

The Philippines and Korea signed on Friday an agreement for a USD100 million loan that would boost the Philippine government’s ongoing nationwide coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination program. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, on behalf of the Philippines, and Country Chief Representative Jaejeong Moon, representing the Export-Import Bank of Korea – Economic Development Cooperation Fund (KEXIM-EDCF) signed the agreement for the second phase of the Program Loan for Covid-19 Emergency Response Program – Vaccination Program (PLCERP II). Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Inchul attended the signing ceremony. “This financial…

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Pampanga’s giant lanterns sparkle amid pandemic

Not even the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic can pull the plug on Pampanga’s Giant Lantern Festival (GLF), which this city holds every year to illuminate the time for joy and hope among Filipinos. Now on its 113th year, the world-renowned “Ligligan Parul” took center stage on Thursday night at Robinsons Starmills here to keep the Kapampangan’s cultural tradition alive despite the presence of the virus. For the second time, the event was not held as a competition but as a digital exhibition of seven giant lanterns from Barangays Sto.…

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Poor to be center of recovery strategy: NEDA chief

The poor will be the focus of the government as the country recovers from the pandemic, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said. In a statement for the 2021 first semester poverty statistics report, Chua said the government achieved four years ahead, or in 2018, the 2022 poverty goal of lifting six million Filipinos out of poverty. He said that while hitting its target early, the government continued to implement reform programs like the social protection program Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to further uplift Filipinos’ lives. “The results of…

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DOH logs 582 new Covid-19 cases, 494 more recoveries

The country saw a slight uptick in active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases after 582 new cases were reported on Friday. In its Covid-19 bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said this brought the active case tally to 10,167, slightly higher than Thursday’s 10,095 active cases. Friday’s new infections almost doubled from Thursday’s 289. Meanwhile, 494 new recoveries pushed the number of those who recuperated from the disease to 2,776,727, or 97.9 percent of the overall case count since the pandemic started. About 74 patients succumbed to the disease, raising…

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’Odette’ leaves CDO, Iligan with zero casualty

Typhoon Odette has left this city and Iligan with zero casualty in its aftermath Friday, despite having a maximum sustained winds of 195 kph, and gustiness of up to 240 kph. During the online coronavirus disease 2019 briefer, Dr. Teodoro Yu Jr., medical officer of the City Health Office took the time to thank the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) led by Nick Jabagat for its vigilant response and close coordination with rescuers and volunteers on the ground. Mayor Oscar Moreno said the local government was also thankful…

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4 NPA rebels killed in Masbate encounter

Four New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed in an armed encounter with government troops in the boundaries of the towns of Esperanza and Placer in Masbate province on Friday morning. Major John Paul Belleza, 9th Infantry Division spokesperson, said in a statement that concerned citizens reported the presence of NPA guerillas in their area prompting soldiers of 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) under the 903rd Infantry Brigade and supported by Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct security operation. The government troops encountered at least 20 NPA members at the boundary…

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’Odette’ further weakens; makes landfall anew

Typhoon Odette further weakened as it made another landfall in the vicinity of Carcar, Cebu, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday night. In its 11 p.m. tropical cyclone bulletin, the weather bureau said the center of the eye of Typhoon Odette was located in the vicinity of Carcar with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 240 kph. The typhoon earlier made landfalls over Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte at 1:30 p.m.; Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands (3:10…

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WHO Europe urges caution over double coronavirus surge

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Europe on Thursday urged people to exercise caution this holiday season, as the region is now coping with two highly transmissible coronavirus strains that have the potential to overload the already overburdened health systems. “The European region was the epicenter of the pandemic even before the emergence of Omicron, with surging cases of the Delta variant,” Hans Kluge, regional director of WHO Europe, said in a statement. According to WHO Europe, the threat posed by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is as serious…

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Sagada requires vax card, Covid-19 test result for tourists

Tourists have to present a negative test result for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and a vaccination card before they can enter the town of Sagada in Mountain Province. The protocol is included in Advisory No. 63 posted on the town’s official Facebook account on Thursday, which updated entry protocols in compliance with Sangguniang Bayan Resolutions 210-2021 and 222-2021. The town will be accepting tourists who can present a certificate showing that the person has been fully vaccinated which must be accompanied by a rapid antigen test result taken not more…

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Gunman identified by victim sentenced to 14 years in jail

The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the conviction for frustrated murder of a man who was positively identified after his victim survived a gunshot to the head four years ago. The CA’s Thirteenth Division found Rey Laurio guilty beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced him to up to 14 years in prison and to pay PHP421,000 in damages and indemnity to Rogelio Magalang Jr. Laurio was earlier found guilty by the Ligao City, Albay Regional Trial Court Branch 12 in 2019. The decision dated December 14, however, acquitted co-accused and Laurio’s…

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’Odette’ leaves 6 dead in Mandaue; no power, water in Cebu areas

Localities in Cebu province on Friday began assessing the extent of the damage from Typhoon Odette, which left six people dead in Mandaue City and rendered many roads impassable and without electricity, water, and Internet connection. The typhoon made landfall in the vicinity of Carcar City in the south of the province, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). According to the townsfolk, the typhoon began lashing houses, trees, and structures at about 9 p.m. on Thursday. Its landfall in Carcar City was the seventh since…

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Abra matriarch turns 100

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic might have “spoiled” Mama Elsa’s long-planned homecoming and celebrate her 100th birthday here in the Philippines and yet there’s no stopping her children, grandchildren, and relatives from celebrating this extraordinary milestone though they may be thousands of miles apart. Elsa Bañez Valera, fondly called Mama Elsa, was born in Bangued, Abra on Dec. 17, 1921 to Mercedes Paredes Purugganan and Dr. Colonel Leon Crisologo Bañez, who shaped the foundation of her values as a woman of faith, family, education, and strength. “We started planning…

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AFP mobilizes units for relief missions in ‘Odette’-hit areas

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said its units are now conducting disaster response operations in areas badly hit by Typhoon Odette. This is being done in close coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), AFP spokesperson, Army Col. Ramon Zagala, said. “In close coordination with the NDRRMC, our disaster response operations are ongoing in areas that were and will be affected by Typhoon Odette. These include emergency preemptive evacuations, search and rescue, clearing, and transport assistance for the delivery of relief goods,”…

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More Baguio establishments soon to get safety seals

The city government is nearing the completion of its inspection of 360 more establishments and facilities that have applied for a safety seal certification. In a phone interview on Thursday night, Aileen Refuerzo, chief of the city’s Public Information Office, said this is part of efforts on easing movement restrictions to spur the recovery of the local economy. She said the Permits and Licensing Division (PLD) receives and processes the requests and leads the inspection team that assesses the compliance of the establishments to the safety guidelines set by the…

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Bridge connecting Binondo, Intramuros 88% complete

The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is nearing completion, with the overall progress now at 88.63 percent, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported in a news release on Friday. Undersecretary Emil Sadain reported to DPWH acting Secretary Roger Mercado that with the completed basket-handle tied steel arch main bridge over Pasig River, the target finish is by the first half of 2022. The bridge was originally planned to open to motorists by the end of 2021 but the DPWH had to push back the timeframe to relocate public and private…

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70 individuals to return home to Zambo del Norte via BP2

A total of 70 individuals are set to go back to Zamboanga del Norte province next week through the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa” (BP2) program. Roselyn Balladares, 28, said her family had to move thrice in two years after his husband lost his construction job at the height of the pandemic. “Nawalan siya ng trabaho at nabaon kami sa utang. Ang hirap ng laging nangungupahan tapos may dalawa pa kaming batang kasama (He lost his job and we were buried in debt. It’s just difficult to rent and we have…

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‘Odette’ victims assured of gov’t assistance: Malacañang

Malacañang on Friday assured the government is providing continuous assistance in areas affected by Typhoon “Odette”. Citing the latest report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), acting presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said 83,026 families or 332,855 persons have been preemptively evacuated in Regions 6, 7, 8, 9, and Caraga as of Friday. He said there are 4,989 displaced families or 14,680 persons inside 192 evacuation centers in Regions 5, 6, 8, 10, and Caraga. According to Nograles, the Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided…

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Duterte to visit ‘Odette’-ravaged areas this weekend

President Rodrigo Duterte will visit the areas affected by Typhoon Odette this weekend. Despite public funds spent mostly for the coronavirus pandemic response, Duterte said the government will raise money for the rehabilitation and recovery of the typhoon-ravaged areas. “I’m flying tomorrow to the areas. Also I would hit, maybe Leyte, Surigao, and if there’s enough time, Bohol. Then, the day after I would try to visit Cebu then dito sa (at the) eastern side of the islands — Bacolod, Iloilo,” Duterte said in a televised meeting on Friday. “We’ll…

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PNP readies raps vs. Reds in Samar, Surigao Sur attacks

Criminal charges will be filed against the communist terrorists behind two attacks on government disaster response missions ahead of the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in Samar and Surigao del Sur on Wednesday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday. “It appears these two incidents could be part of deliberate and simultaneous attacks coordinated at a higher level of the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army) leadership,” said PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, in a statement. Initial investigation by the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Caraga identified the ranking communist…

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John Naga appointed privacy commissioner

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed John Henry Du Naga as Commissioner of the National Privacy Commission (NPC). Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles confirmed the appointment of the San Beda College law graduate in a statement on Friday. “The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed on December 14, 2021, the appointment of Mr. John Henry Du Naga as Privacy Commissioner of the NPC for a term of three years,” Nograles stated. Nograles expressed confidence that Naga would be able to perform his job well, given his…

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Thousands evacuate as ‘Odette’ batters Caraga

Thousands of residents from the different provinces in the Caraga region fled their homes as Typhoon Odette pummeled the area with strong winds and heavy rains on Thursday. The typhoon made its first landfall at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte. In Butuan City, a total of 29 barangays were directly affected by flooding as intermittent rains dampen most parts of the city. Michiko De Jesus of the city’s information office said 2,090 families with 7,113 individuals already evacuated from their homes as of 4…

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Power, communication down in S. Leyte

Power and communication are still down in the entire Southern Leyte after Typhoon Odette made its third and fourth landfall in the province on Thursday. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in Eastern Visayas said on Friday the main challenge is to communicate with local officials in the province after the strong typhoon unleashed its wrath. “As of 7:40 pm on Thursday, we did not receive reports of casualties probably due to preemptive evacuation by the local government. Preliminary reports reaching the Department of Health show that there…

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Improving weather in VisMin, ‘Odette’ dumps rains over Palawan

The weather in areas of the Visayas and Mindanao where Typhoon Odette passed through is now improving, the weather bureau said on Friday. “We’re talking of Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, even Central Visayas and northern Mindanao, are having an improved weather,” Benison Estareja, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a briefing. Estareja said PAGASA is now monitoring most of Palawan, which is experiencing heavy rains due to Odette. Also affected are Western Visayas and the rest of southern Luzon, he added. For…

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Isinai IPs get 11.5K-hectare ancestral land after nearly 15 years

The Isinai indigenous people here finally got their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) covering more than 11,000 hectares after almost 15 years of waiting. The approved CADT has total a land area of 11,586.4091 hectares covering 16 barangays of Aritao town, a barangay of Dupax Del Sur town, and a portion of Barangay Mauan in Bambang town, all in Nueva Vizcaya, lawyer Roderick Iquin, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Nueva Vizcaya acting provincial officer told the Philippine News Agency on Friday. NCIP chair Allen Capuyan and other commissioners, in a…

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Ilocos Norte hatches potentials for birdwatching tourism

The province of Ilocos Norte, which is working on the development of new tourism attractions under the new normal, has birdwatching or “avitourism” for its latest offering. Meant to boost local employment and livelihood in communities, a birdwatching tour circuit was launched on Friday at the Paoay Lake Natural Park in Nanguyudan village, Paoay town, considered as one of the migratory bird sites in the country. Evangeline Dadat, officer-in-charge of the Department of Tourism in Ilocos (Region 1), said during the launching on Friday that “this newly develop roadmap promises…

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DFA suspends consular ops in 9 offices due to ‘Odette’

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said work in nine of its offices in Visayas and Mindanao are suspended on Friday following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. The agency said the suspension is in compliance with orders from respective local government units as a precaution against the effects of the super typhoon. The concerned consular offices are as follow: – DFA Consular Office in Tacloban – DFA Consular Office in Butuan – DFA Consular Office and Temporary Off-site Passport Services (TOPS) in Cebu – DFA Consular Office in Bacolod –…

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Banking sector still ‘generally safe’

Financial transaction crimes rose especially during the pandemic as more people turned to digital platforms due to movement restrictions, but a monetary executive said affected accounts are less than 1 percent of the total. Melchor Plabasan, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Technology Risk and Innovation Supervision Department director, said the banking sector remains “generally safe”. “So far, we have been checking the number of accounts that have been compromised not only with this incident but some of the phishing incidents and it’s still way, way below 1 percent relative to…

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PhilSys part of Davao Oro ‘Serbisyo Caravan’

Philippine Identification (PhilID) or the national ID registration was included in the recent “Serbisyo (Service) Caravan” initiated by the provincial government of Davao de Oro. Residents took advantage of the activity to register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys). “National ID registration was fit to be included in the Serbisyo Caravan so residents of the municipality would not go far and the registration was brought to them,” PhilSys said in a recent post, referring to the December 7 event. Belinda Garan, a resident, took to Facebook to thank the provincial…

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