espresso Display Launches Second Generation of Portable Monitors, the Thinnest in the World

These portable monitors promise to enable productivity and collaboration with enhanced touchscreen capabilities SYDNEY, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — espresso, the creators of the World’s Thinnest Portable Display, has announced the launch of a new product range, breaking new ground in portable technology. espresso’s latest range of displays sport a fresh aeronautical aluminium and glass design, […]

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Steve Aoki Partners With Monkey Kingdom NFTs to Headline a Metaverse X’Mas Party for the Holiday Season

HONG KONG, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GRAMMY-nominated artist/DJ/producer and NFT collector Steve Aoki will be headlining a Metaverse X’Mas Party hosted by Monkey Kingdom, one of the world’s fastest-growing NFT projects that originated from Asia. Open to the public, this highly anticipated digital party will be held on Thursday, December 23, at 10 a.m. EST (3 p.m. GMT), taking […]

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AGC Biologics Receives Transatlantic Award for Investments in Milan Biopharmaceutical Industry

Milan, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AGC Biologics, a leading global Biopharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), today announced it has won the 2021 Transatlantic Award from the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy (AmCham). The company was named the 2021 winner for its investments in the Italian biopharmaceutical industry, which includes expansion at […]

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Helsinn and Xediton sign exclusive license and distribution agreement for TRUSELTIQ™ (infigratinib) in Canada

Helsinn and Xediton sign exclusive license and distribution agreement for TRUSELTIQ™ (infigratinib) in Canada Lugano, Switzerland, and Mississauga, Ontario, 20 December 2021 – Helsinn Group (Helsinn), a Swiss Biopharmaceutical Group with an innovative R&D pipeline in cancer supportive care and oncology therapeutics, strategically investing in a fully integrated targeted therapy structure to develop, manufacture and commercialize small molecules in precision […]

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ISW Holdings Inc. (ISWH) Reports Record Revenue, Forecasts $7M Per Month

NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via InvestorWire — ISW Holdings Inc. (OTC: ISWH) today announces its placement in an editorial published by NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”), one of 50+ trusted brands within the InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”), a multifaceted financial news and publishing company for private and public entities. To view the full publication and forward-looking statements, please visit: https://nnw.fm/YrdIL Developments are translating to revenue and […]

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Feedzai’s market leadership endorsed with category recognition by leading analyst firms

Analyst firms Quadrant Knowledge Solutions and Aite-Novarica Group both name Feedzai in their top categories for technology providers and highlight customer experience SAN MATEO, Calif. and LONDON, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Feedzai, the world’s first RiskOps platform, has been named in the top categories of two analyst firms: Technology Leader in Quadrant’s Enterprise […]

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ISW Holdings Inc. (ISWH) รายงานบันทึกรายได้ คาดการณ์ 7 ล้านเหรียญต่อเดือน

นิวยอร์ก, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ทาง InvestorWire — ISW Holdings Inc. (OTC: ISWH) วันนี้ได้มีการประกาศสถานะของบริษัทในบทบรรณาธิการที่ตีพิมพ์โดย NetworkNewsWire (“NNW”) ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่งในกว่า 50 แบรนด์ที่เชื่อถือได้ภายใน InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”) ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทข่าวและสำนักพิมพ์ด้านการเงินที่หลากหลายสำหรับหน่วยงานภาครัฐและเอกชนหากต้องการดูสิ่งพิมพ์ฉบับเต็มและข้อความคาดการณ์ล่วงหน้า โปรดไปที่: https://nnw.fm/YrdIL การพัฒนาได้แปรเปลี่ยนเป็นรายได้และกระแสเงินสด ซึ่งเป็นทรัพยากรที่จะเน้นย้ำการเติบโตในปี 2022 และไกลกว่านั้นด้วย Pod City และการโฮสต์ติ้งรวมถึงการทำเหมืองอื่น ๆ ในช่วงไตรมาสที่ 3 ISW Holdings Inc. (OTC: ISWH) รายงานรายได้จากการดำเนินงาน 1.075 ล้านดอลลาร์ (รวมรายรับรอตัดบัญชี) เพิ่มขึ้น 2,435% เมื่อเทียบเป็นรายปี ซึ่งไม่รวมสามเดือนเต็มจาก 550 การขุดใหม่จาก Minerset โดย 150 ครั้งจากจำนวนดังกล่าวนั้นเป็นผลมาจากการประชุม ISWH ที่บรรลุเป้าหมายด้านประสิทธิภาพของหุ้น สินทรัพย์รวมในไตรมาสที่ 3 เพิ่มขึ้น 5,263% เมื่อเทียบเป็นรายปีเป็น 9.56 ล้านดอลลาร์ ในขณะที่หนี้สินรวมลดลง […]

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FDA Approves Telix’s Prostate Cancer Imaging Product, Illuccix®

MELBOURNE, Australia and INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited (ASX: TLX, Telix, the Company), a global biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of diagnostic and therapeutic products based on molecularly targeted radiation (MTR), today announces that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Telix’s lead prostate cancer imaging product, […]

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Gov’t to provide needs of families affected by typhoon: Go

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said the government is performing its duty and functions to provide the immediate needs of families and individuals badly hit by Typhoon Odette in the Caraga Region. Go, together with President Rodrigo Duterte, visited Surigao City last Saturday to get an onsite assessment on the extent of the damages brought by “Odette” in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands. They were met by the top officials in the area led by Surigao del Norte Gov. Francisco Matugas and Dinagat Islands Gov. Arlene Bag-ao.…

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’Odette’ leaves P600-M infra damage in NegOr

Various infrastructure in Negros Oriental amounting close to PHP600 million were damaged by Typhoon Odette during its onslaught in the province on December 16. Adrian Sedillo, executive director of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), in an interview on Monday, said this is just the initial estimate reported by the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO), as reports are being awaited from the different local government units (LGUs), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the private sector. The damaged infrastructure include roads, bridges, school buildings, public…

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Stocks slip on Omicron concerns; peso almost unchanged

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) finished Monday in the negative territory due partly to upticks in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant infections globally, while the peso managed to end sideways against the greenback. The main equities index shed 0.82 percent, or 60.05 points, to 7,237.61 points. All Shares followed with a drop of 0.60 percent, or 23.21 points, to 3,828.38 points. Most of the sectoral indexes also fell during the day with the Mining and Oil declining by 1.22 percent; Industrial, 1.15 percent; Holding Firms, 1.11 percent; Services,…

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MMDA, NCR mayors to send P100-M to ‘Odette’ victims

Adopting the “We Vax as One” concept, Metro mayors have unanimously agreed to release PHP100 million to help local government units (LGUs) in the Visayas and Mindanao areas affected by Typhoon Odette. The Metro Manila Council (MMC), through a resolution, will release the fund from the savings of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). “We are going to prioritize local government units stricken by Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal Number 4 of Typhoon Odette,” MMDA Chair, Benhur Abalos, said in a news release on Monday. “This financial aid will help, especially…

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DSWD sends 10K food packs to Siargao, Dinagat Islands

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga (DSWD-13) has already sent 10,000 family food packs (FFPs) to the Province of Dinagat Islands and Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte. In a statement Monday, the DSWD-13 said 5,000 of the total FFPs were sent to Dinagat Islands while the other 5,000 to Siargao Island. The two areas, including Surigao City, are considered most devastated by Typhoon Odette that wreaked havoc in the Caraga Region last week. “The FFPs are initial augmentations for the local government units of Siargao and…

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Pagudpud to build calamity-resilient shelter for animals

A shelter for animals in times of bad weather will rise in Barangay Sagigi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Provincial veterinarian Loida Valenzuela said Monday the proposed shelter project will secure animals and ensure the protection of farmers’ livelihood. “The animal shelter is a basic service for animals to keep them safe during bad weather,” Valenzuela said in an interview. Funded by the Ilocos Norte government, the animal shelter will become the fifth in the province after those in the towns of Dingras, Solsona, Currimao, and Badoc. Last week, a usufruct agreement…

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UN help ‘underway’ for PH typhoon victims

An official of the United Nations (UN) assured that a “coordinated” response from the organization and its partners are already “underway” to help those in need in the wake of Typhoon Odette. In a statement on Monday, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines Gustavo Gonzalez said UN humanitarian assessment teams have been able to access areas and communities “hit hardest” by ‘Odette’. “The reports and images of utter devastation they are sending back are heartbreaking and our deepest sympathies go out to those who lost so much, including…

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Typhoon-hit Leyteños urged to ‘directly’ pray to God

President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Leyteños to “pray directly to God” to spare them from another typhoon. “The only thing I’m asking from God, I am asking Him to spare you from another typhoon. Maybe when you Leyteños pray, you pray to the priest. Don’t pray to the priest, pray directly to God…Pray hard because we really need a good — to fight the calamities there,” he said in a speech in his Maasin City, Leyte on Saturday. Duterte admitted that seeing the damage to his birthplace caused by Typhoon…

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LGUs told to enforce health protocols in evacuation centers

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday reminded local government units to ensure that health protocols are strictly observed in all evacuation centers following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año made this statement after Dr. Tony Leachon, a former adviser to the National Task Force against Covid-19, earlier expressed concern about the possibility of a spike in coronavirus infections in evacuation centers. Año said the strict implementation of the health protocols in evacuation centers is being monitored in coordination with the Department of…

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PRRD orders increased on-site gov’t workforce amid pandemic

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the increase of on-site government workers to ensure the continued delivery of public services in the country. Memorandum Circular No. 93, signed by Duterte on Friday, mandates at least a 40 percent on-site workforce capacity in areas under Alert Level 4, 60 percent on-site workforce capacity in areas under Alert Level 3, and 80 percent on-site workforce capacity in areas under Alert Level 2. Under Alert Level 5, a skeleton workforce under alternative work arrangements will be adopted as approved by the head of agency…

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Solon wants to make booster vax process smooth, easy

A party-list lawmaker on Monday said local government units (LGUs) with online vaccination registration should no longer require old registrants to sign-up and schedule their booster shots. BHW Party-list Representative Angelica Natasha Co said the database should have the information of those who have already received their primary doses. Co said LGUs should either allow all those previously registered to walk in at the vaccination centers or provide separate lanes for walk-ins and newly-registered. “Bakit kailangan pang mag-register ulit online para sa booster shots ang mga nakatapos na ng primary…

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UK records biggest daily jump of Omicron cases

Another 12,133 Omicron cases have been recorded in Britain, the biggest daily increase since the COVID-19 variant was detected in the country, taking the total Omicron cases found in the country to 37,101, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said Sunday. Meanwhile, Britain reported 82,886 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 11,361,387, according to official figures released Sunday. The number of confirmed cases is down again on Saturday’s figure of 90,418. However, figures are generally lower over the…

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Boy dies, teen hurt in Zamboanga City explosion

A 12-year-old boy was killed while a teenager was wounded in an explosion Monday in a coastal barangay, this city. Lieutenant Mary Agnes Miro, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) information officer, said initial report showed the incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Monday in Barangay Rio Hondo. Miro said the 12-year-old boy, a certain Erickson, died on the spot, while his teenage companion, a certain Jovan, was wounded and rushed to the hospital. Another companion, also a child, was unscathed. Nuraina Lawisan, barangay treasurer of Rio Hondo, told reporters they…

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160 Army recruits embark on 1st Division training

A total of 160 recruits on Monday started their 16-week basic military training at the 1st Division Training School (1DTS) at Camp Sang-an in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. The trainees, who belong to the Candidate Soldier Course Class 703-2021, consisted of 22 females and 138 males. Col. Rey Alemania, 2nd Mechanized Brigade commander, was the keynote speaker during the opening rites. Alemania reminded the trainees that their entry to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) requires their willingness to transition to a regimented military life. “You have surrendered your…

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DENR to start massive cleanup of Calumpit River in Bulacan

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will start the massive cleanup of the Calumpit River in Bulacan this month. The move aims to lessen flooding in low-lying areas in Bulacan and to fast-track the rehabilitation of Manila Bay areas in Central Luzon. The more than 8-kilometer stretch Calumpit River is a tributary of the larger Pampanga River, and the town itself serves as a natural catch basin for flood waters coming from Nueva Ecija and Pampanga. The first phase of the cleanup project will transpire in the 1.5-kilometer…

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’Odette’ leaves 5 dead, 53K displaced in Northern Mindanao

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Northern Mindanao (RDRRMC-10) said Typhoon Odette killed five people, displaced a total of 53,340 individuals, and left an estimated PHP81 million worth of damage to property in the region. In a report released Sunday evening, December 19, the total number of individuals displaced came from 15,086 families and 242 barangays, with the province of Misamis Oriental having the highest number with 33,435 individuals or 9,185 families from 27 barangays, which included this city. The RDRRMC-10 also recorded damage to houses, both…

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‘Bakunahan’ in typhoon-hit areas suspended

The massive “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” Covid-19 vaccination drive in typhoon-hit areas will be suspended to give way for the disaster response and other relief operations, Presidential adviser on Covid-19 response Vince Dizon said Monday. Dizon, also the deputy chief of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19, said national vaccination activities in Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Caraga, and other parts of Mimaropa, will be rescheduled until they recover from the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. “Hindi muna natin sila pini-pressure na magbakuna dahil nga talagang napakabigat ng sinapit nila nitong mga nakaraang…

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US pledges 10 million more doses of Pfizer jabs

The Philippines is slated to receive an additional 10.2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 jab from the United States government starting this month up to the first quarter of next year. During a vaccination event at a mall in Taytay, Rizal on Monday, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief, said the donations will be coursed through the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility. Galvez said the vaccines will be delivered in tranches starting this month and will be completed by the end of the first…

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Port operator vaccinates 90% of workforce

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) hit a milestone in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic after reaching a 90 percent vaccination rate for its employees. More than 9,700 employees of the ICTSI Group have either been partially or fully vaccinated as of Oct. 31, 2021, reflecting the company’s successful information campaign and the employees’ strong team spirit when fighting for a common cause and looking out for one another. “We are very grateful to and proud of the men and women of ICTSI who made the…

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‘Odette’ leaves P309-M worth of infra damage

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday reported that the estimated cost of damage to government infrastructure caused by Typhoon Odette is at PHP308.9 million. In a statement, the DPWH also said a total of eight national roads are still impassable to all types of vehicles in Mimaropa, Eastern Visayas, Soccsksargen, and Caraga as of 6 a.m. Monday. The agency’s Bureau of Maintenance (BOM) said these include the Puerto Princesa North Road, section in Langogan Bridge and another section in Barangay Langogan, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan…

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Rafael Nadal tests positive for Covid-19

Rafael Nadal announced on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The 35-year-old Spanish tennis legend tweeted that he tested positive for coronavirus after his return from the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. Nadal added that he tested negative in his previous two tests in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi before the last one which resulted positive on Saturday. He stated that he was at home and having some unpleasant moments, hoping to improve soon. Nadal thanked his supporters and said he would announce the possible changes in his calendar.…

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Metro Manila stays on Alert Level 2 until Dec. 31

The Covid-19 Alert Level 2 status in Metro Manila will remain for the rest of the year despite the detection of a third Omicron variant case in the country, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., said Monday. The vaccine czar said the possible amendment on the alert level status will be based on the epidemiological recommendations of the Department of Health, considering key factors on cases surge and hospitalization rate. “If the cases are high, including critical cases, and if the attack rate will increase,…

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NTF-ELCAC to ‘make do’ with P17-B BDP budget for 2022

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) will make do with the PHP17.1 billion budget allocation it received for its Barangay Development Program (BDP) next year, an official said on Monday. National Security Adviser and NTF ELCAC vice chair Hermogenes Esperon Jr. attributed the reduction to the opposition of some lawmakers regarding the BDP’s 2022 budget which was projected to benefit 1,406 communist terrorists-cleared communities by next year. The amount is much lower than the PHP28.1 billion budget earlier proposed by Malacañang to Congress for…

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3 Region 11 provinces, Davao City post zero Covid-19 case

No new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been recorded in three provinces and one city in the Davao Region, its regional Department of Health (DOH-11) said Sunday evening. Davao City, and the provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao de Oro were among those that logged zero Covid-19 cases in the latest case bulletin released by the DOH-11 on December 19. The DOH-11 reported that five new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, one in Davao del Norte and four in Davao Occidental, bringing the total…

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Hoarders of gasoline, food in typhoon-hit areas warned

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Monday warned individuals against hoarding the supply of gasoline and food in Typhoon Odette-stricken areas. “Do not take advantage of the situation. Our fellow Filipinos are badly needing our help. They took a long queue just to buy gasoline and food,” he said. “This is the time that we need to help each other and help our ‘kababayan’ get back on their feet,” Go added. The senator also added that he had already spoken to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi for the restoration of the power…

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PH logs 3rd Omicron variant case

A health official on Monday said a third case of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) coronavirus variant has been detected in the country. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the case is a 36-year-old returning overseas Filipino (ROF) who already tested negative for Covid-19 on December 19 after a repeat test. He arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from Qatar on November 28. A sample was collected from him on December 4 which yielded a positive result on December 5. “The case completed his isolation in Cebu…

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EU to supply 20M more vaccine doses to fight Omicron variant

Member states of the European Union (EU) will receive an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the first three months of next year to hasten the pace against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the European Commission said on Sunday. “The Commission has today agreed with BioNTech-Pfizer to accelerate the delivery of its mRNA vaccine to member states, starting in a few weeks,” it said in an announcement. Five million doses will be delivered in January, another five million in February, and an extra 10 million doses in March.…

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Pump prices up for 2 straight weeks

Oil companies announced they will increase pump prices starting Tuesday morning. In separate advisories, Caltex, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, Seaoil, and Shell said gasoline and diesel prices will go up by PHP0.55 per liter. Caltex, Seaoil, and Shell will also hike kerosene prices by PHP0.70 per liter. However, the price hike for household liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene in areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Odette should be put on hold for 15 days, the Department of Energy (DOE) said. For Caltex, it said it will also not increase…

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DOH reminds evacuees to observe protocols amid Omicron threat

A health official on Monday reminded victims of Typhoon Odette staying in evacuation centers to observe minimum public health standards (MPHS) amid threats posed by the Omicron variant in the country. “Wear your face mask properly, observe physical distancing of at least one meter from people who are not members of your household, observe coughing and sneezing etiquette, frequent handwashing or sanitizing and ensuring enough air circulation inside the evacuation centers,” Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during an online media forum. Vergeire also called on local…

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Iloilo town public market fire leaves over P44-M damage

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has initially pegged the damage in the fire that gutted a public market in Oton, Iloilo on Monday at over PHP44 million. The damage may still increase once the content and merchandise will be included upon declaration of stall owners. The fire started around 12:05 a.m. at the stall of Jennylyn Callos from the dry goods section and spread to adjacent stalls, according to BFP Iloilo deputy fire director, Inspector Roberto Tamayo, in a phone interview. The fire totally gutted 212 stalls in the…

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NegOr resumes massive vax drive until Dec. 28

The “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” massive vaccination rollout against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will be held for five days in Negros Oriental even as the province reels from the devastation brought about by Typhoon Odette. Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser Monday afternoon, said the second round of the inoculation drive will be held December 21 to 23 and 27 and 28 at the Macias Sports Complex mega vaccination center here and in local government units (LGUs) that were not damaged by the typhoon or with…

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5.1K food packs released to ‘Odette’-hit families in Antique

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released 5,179 family food packs to families in Antique that were affected by the Typhoon Odette. The food packs benefited families from the towns of Tobias Fornier, Libertad, Sibalom, Anini-y, Bugasong, and Culasi. “DSWD regional director Evelyn Macapobre was here in Antique during the distribution of family food packs in the municipality of Tobias Fornier yesterday, December 19,” said Jeffrey Gabucay, Antique Provincial Pantawid Link and in-charge of the relief distribution. Gabucay said Tobias Fornier, Bugasong, Culasi and Libertad were released…

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Central disaster resilience department necessary: solon

House Committee on Disaster Resilience chairperson, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez of Leyte, on Monday said a centralized government agency is necessary to make disaster preparedness more comprehensive, responsive, and customized based on technical and scientific analysis. Torres-Gomez said the disparity in disaster preparation and response from one local government unit (LGU) to another has been made apparent in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette. “A disaster is just too huge and too complex for LGUs to handle on their own. And yes, some LGUs are capable, but we just cannot leave something…

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PNP Bicol sends aid to Visayas provinces hit by ‘Odette’

The Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) dispatched on Monday a 58-man team from the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) to distribute relief goods to Leyte and adjacent provinces battered by Typhoon Odette over the weekend. In a statement, Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, PRO5 regional director, said the team of responders were onboard three trucks, a PNP bus, a Hilux patrol, and a van which were loaded with 1,000 food packs, 100 sacks of rice, and PHP10,000 worth of items for children. The food packs came from the Department of Social…

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Sara postpones SOCA to join Uniteam aid delivery

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has once again pushed back her State of the City Address (SOCA) from December 20 to January next year to help people affected by Typhoon Odette. Mayor Sara’s December 20 SOCA was supposed to be done virtually from 1 to 3 p.m. It was twice rescheduled since the original date of the address had to be postponed after she fell ill due to the coronavirus disease 2019. After Odette’s onslaught, Mayor Sara decided to reschedule again and instead spend time helping typhoon victims. “I encourage the…

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DOH, NTF work with LGUs on vax storage facilities amid ‘Odette’

As part of the ongoing government response to areas hit by Typhoon Odette, the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 (NTF) continue to assess the condition of vaccines and the storage facilities in areas with reported power outages. In a news release on Monday, the DOH said 13 regions in Luzon and Mindanao have so far reported zero vaccine wastage and no cold storage facilities damaged due to “Odette”. Meanwhile, assessments are still ongoing in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Caraga. In…

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Duterte vows another P2-B fund for typhoon-hit areas

President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to look for another PHP2 billion on top of the initial PHP2 billion he earlier committed for provinces ravaged by Typhoon Odette. In a speech in Inabanga, Bohol on Sunday, Duterte committed to look for more sources of funding to rehabilitate typhoon-hit areas. “We gave PHP2 billion and you’ll divide the amount. We’ve already started giving assistance, so I’ll look for another PHP2 billion,” Duterte said. He also appealed for patience anew, noting that the government’s funds are “depleted” after being spent on coronavirus disease 201…

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Cops to help enforce price freeze in ‘Odette’-hit areas

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos on Sunday night alerted police units to be on the lookout against unscrupulous traders and businessmen who may take advantage of Typhoon Odette’s aftermath to hike prices of basic goods in calamity-hit areas. This, after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said an automatic price freeze is imposed in areas placed under a state of calamity. The local governments of Camarines Norte, Cebu, Bohol, and Negros Occidental have declared a state of calamity in the aftermath of ‘Odette’. Aside from post-disaster…

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NegOcc’s tourism jewel pleads for help after ‘Odette’ onslaught

Urgent appeals for assistance resonate from Sipalay City, the top tourist destination in Negros Occidental, which is one of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Odette in the province. In the aftermath of tropical cyclone winds and rains that pummeled and inundated southern Negros overnight on Dec. 16, Sipalay was left with at least 16 persons dead, the highest in Negros Occidental, based on city government data as of Monday. The city and its neighboring localities still have no power supply and mobile data connection in the area is limited.…

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Firecracker ban remains in full force in Zambo City

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) on Monday reminded the public that the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnics remains in full force here regardless of the occasion. Col. Rexmel Reyes, ZCPO director, issued the reminder after a shipment of some PHP10,000 worth of firecrackers was intercepted at the Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT) in Barangay Divisoria, this city. Reyes said Monday the ban is pursuant to City Ordinance 431, the Firecracker Ban Ordinance of 2014—Banning the Use, Sale, Possession, Distribution, Storage, and Manufacture of Firecrackers and Pyrotechnic Devices within the Territorial…

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390 new Covid-19 recoveries; active cases drop to 9,592

The country’s total number of active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases dropped to 9,592 after the Department of Health (DOH) logged 390 new recoveries on Monday. In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said the country’s recovered cases also reached 2,777,354 or 97.9 percent of the total case count of 2,837,730 since the start of the pandemic last year. The DOH, meanwhile, tallied 263 new infections, including 177 cases tallied from Dec. 7 to Dec. 20. “The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR (44 or…

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