bant.io Takes Gold (and Silver) at International Brilliance Awards

bant.io marks the end of 2021 with three awards at a glittering ceremony bant.io Team London, Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — bant.io, the all-in-one B2B lead generation and sales acceleration service, is thrilled and honoured to have secured three Brilliance Awards at the International Brilliance Awards 2021, from BOC Global Events. At an elegant gala dinner and awards ceremony, […]

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Mowilex Wins Big at 2021 Global CSR Awards

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Paint manufacturer PT Mowilex Indonesia won three major awards at the 13th Annual Global CSR Summit & Awards, once again earning recognition for its environmental, employee and community commitments. Organized by Singapore-based Pinnacle Group International, the Global CSR Awards recognize innovations across 16 corporate social responsibility (CSR) categories, including environmental […]

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illumiSonics Inc. Expands Its Executive Management With the Appointment of Jochen Schweizer as Chief Operating Officer

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — illumiSonics Inc., a medical tissue imaging company, announced today the appointment of Jochen Schweizer as COO. The company is further strengthening the executive team as they commercialize their cancer detection and diagnostics products using the proprietary PARS imaging platform technology. Mr. Schweizer previously held executive positions at Danaher/Leica, […]

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Blue California-FineCap™ Microencapsulation Platform Serves the Purpose

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue California, the producer of natural science-based ingredients, provides FineCap™ a comprehensive microencapsulation technology platform, equipped with 20 microencapsulation technologies, to deliver active ingredients and satisfy our clients’ needs. Microencapsulation is the process in which tiny particles of solid, liquid, or gas are packaged within […]

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[CES 2022] MicroEJ’s Open Virtual Container Technology Platform Becomes Defacto Standard For Industrial & Consumer Electronics Design, Powering The IoT Revolution From SmartWatches To Micro-Satellites!

PR_MicroEJ The Android Alternative For IoT [or] Similar To Android’s “Write Once, Deploy Anywhere” For The IoT World 100+ Million MicroEJ-powered Smart Edge Devices Sold Support For All Major ARM Chips (MediaTek, NXP, Qualcomm, Sony, ST…) BOSTON, Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MICROEJ VEE is a software container technology, similar to Android, but designed […]

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Sologenic reveals “Coreum”: A Fast, Interoperable and Scalable Layer-1 Smart Blockchain with Low Transaction Cost and Carbon Footprint

The Sologenic Development Foundation reveals prime information about a new layer-1 blockchain built to serve as a core infrastructure for the future of decentralized applications. TALLINN, Estonia, Dec. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Sologenic Development Foundation announced “Coreum”, a new Layer-1 Blockchain being built to improve many weaknesses present on current Blockchain networks and […]

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Bicol police warns public vs. fake bills

The Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) has warned the public against counterfeit money and advised those who get hold of it to immediately report to authorities. In a statement on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, PRO5 regional director, advised Bicolanos to be vigilant as there could possibly be widespread circulation of fake PHP1,000, PHP500, and PHP100 bills, noting that this usually happens during the Christmas season. “Those bills are usually circulated in busy public markets where sellers or vendors do not use fake-money-detection gadgets,” he said. Estomo also reminded…

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Antique meets challenges head on with help of ‘silent heroes’

Social workers are the “silent heroes” here, dedicating their time and effort since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic started, and now in the relief operations after Typhoon Odette slammed the province last week. Governor Rhodora Cadiao said Antique has withstood all challenges because of their resilient social workers. “I am not afraid because I have people behind who were doing their jobs well,” she said in her message during the provincial summit at Tuburan sang Kabuhi Bishop’s House here on Tuesday. She praised the social workers who carried out…

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91 micro entrepreneurs in Pampanga get subsidies

At least 91 more microentrepreneurs here received subsidies from the city government through the “Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay” program on Tuesday. The “Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay” is a livelihood seeding program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) first adopted by the city in December 2020. Of the total beneficiaries, 45 of them are public market vendors and 46 engaged in different food manufacturing industries. Each program beneficiary has been awarded PHP8,000 worth of subsidy that will be used to buy materials, machines, or other resources needed for their…

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C. Luzon cops bring aid to ‘Odette’ victims in Cebu

The Police Regional Office in Central Luzon (PRO3) has dispatched responders to assist the victims of Typhoon Odette in Central Visayas. Brig. Gen. Matthew Baccay, PRO3 regional director, said Tuesday the team headed to Cebu on board three trucks on Monday to distribute more than 1,000 relief packs to families affected by “Odette” last week. He said the humanitarian move was their immediate response to the call of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, to help fellow Filipinos especially in times of crisis. “The Central Luzon cops, together…

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Army deploys communications equipment to typhoon-hit areas

The Philippine Army (PA) on Tuesday announced that it has deployed additional satellite phones, very small aperture terminal (VSAT), and electric generators to typhoon-affected areas to provide a communication system to hasten the government’s disaster response. “As of today (Tuesday), we already deployed a satellite phone and VSAT at Headquarters, Western Command in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and three VSAT in Visayas Command (VISCOM). One VSAT installed in Mactan Cebu is now functional and provides internet connectivity to the Philippine Air Force in Mactan Air Base. The other two VSAT will…

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DTI recognizes competitive LGUs in W. Visayas

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has recognized local government units (LGUs) that have shown readiness for investors during the 5th Cities/Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI) regional recognition held here on Monday. “The regional recognition for competitive cities and municipalities is again a manifestation of our desire to be a haven for investors. This is one measure of our performance in completing the data (local data capture sheet),” said Trade and Industry regional director Rebecca Rascon in her message during the awarding ceremony. The award has four pillars that include…

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Argentina keen to work with PH on managing pandemic effects

Argentina will explore ways to elevate its relationship with the Philippines, particularly on managing the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Argentinian Embassy official in the Philippines said Tuesday night. Chargé d’affaires Mauricio Germán Muñoz said the South American country is keen to share their best experiences in handling the crisis and in turn learn from the Philippines in terms of deploying vaccines as an archipelago. Muñoz, together with officials from the Philippine government, welcomed the 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca donated by Argentina to Manila, which he…

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‘Odette’ leaves P513.99-M damage in W. Visayas agri sector

Validation is still ongoing on the damage incurred by the agriculture sector due to Typhoon Odette which was initially assessed at PHP513.99 million as of Tuesday morning. The typhoon has affected 17, 270 farmers engaged in rice crops and high-value commercial crops (HVCC) as per the progress damage assessment report of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office in Western Visayas (DA RFO 6). Except for Aklan, which reported damage in HVCC estimated at PHP2.26 million, the rest of the provinces in Western Visayas reported damage in rice crops in…

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Globe, Smart repairs in ‘Odette’-hit areas ‘nearing completion’

Two of the country’s largest telecommunications providers on Tuesday said restoration efforts in areas heavily affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette are already “nearing completion”. In a service advisory, Globe Telecom Inc. (Globe) said service restoration has been completed in Eastern Samar, Agusan del Norte, and Surigao del Sur. “In the Visayas, certain areas remain challenged due to several damaged roads, bridges, and power lines. Globe’s network engineers on site are working to bring services back to normal,” Globe said. It said teams are already on the ground in…

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State lawyers to contest early release of Rowe gunman

State lawyers have filed a motion asking the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) to reconsider its decision ordering the release of the accused in the April 1989 murder of American military adviser, Col. James Rowe, in Quezon City. In its 28-page decision dated November 8, Muntinlupa RTC Judge Gener Gito ordered the release of Juanito Itaas, who is deemed to have already served his sentence under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) rules. Itaas has served 32 years, 1 month and 12 days of the total 39 years and six…

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Antique mulls state of calamity

The provincial government of Antique is mulling the possibility of declaring a state of calamity once its two hardest-hit municipalities have submitted their reports. The provincial board is just waiting for the updates from the municipalities of Anini-y and Tobias Fornier, Vice Governor Edgar Denosta said in an interview Tuesday. “We still have a Quick Response Fund (QRF) that could be used in order to respond to the needs of the affected families,” he said. “The QRF is still available and could be used even if we are already toward…

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Albay sailing ban on small vessels stays

The prevailing and forecast bad weather in different parts of the country is not significantly affecting Bicol, but small vessels are still not allowed to venture out into the sea, the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) said Tuesday. Dr. Cedric Daep, Apsemo chief, said in an interview that the occasional rains being experienced in Albay were merely triggered by “localized thunderstorms”. “Because of this, Apsemo is not issuing any advisories except for gale warning that bans sailing by small fishing vessels due to big waves in the…

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Bataan products on sale at Christmas trade fair

The provincial government here has opened a Christmas trade fair selling and showcasing various locally-produced products. Thirty micro, small and medium entrepreneurs are participating in the event, displaying the best food and non-food products of the province. The Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office and Office of the Provincial Agriculturist are spearheading the three-day fair from Monday until Wednesday at the first floor of the The Bunker, which replaced the Bataan capitol as the new seat of the provincial government here. In an interview on Tuesday, Governor Albert Garcia said,…

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Region 8 Army realigns party budget to disaster response

The Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division has canceled Christmas get-together activities to concentrate its resources on the recovery of areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette. Division commander, Maj. Gen. Edgardo de Leon, said government forces will provide manpower, sea, air, and land transportation to help in the collection, transport, and distribution of donations for the typhoon-hit province. “Earlier, our higher headquarters directed us to abstain from holding unit Christmas parties due to the pandemic. As we now send our troops to help in relief operations to areas affected by Typhoon Odette,…

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DOLE extends help to ‘Odette’-affected workers in NorMin

The Department of Labor and Employment in Northern Mindanao (DOLE-10) will be extending help to workers affected by Typhoon “Odette.” DOLE-10 Director Albert Gutib said during a press forum Tuesday that qualified individuals will get assistance under the agency’s “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers” (TUPAD) program, which helps workers affected by calamities, typhoons, or man-made disasters. “Our affected workers due to the said typhoon will just have to go to our Public Employment Services Office or PESO, which are established at the local government units like in the city,…

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Cops, soldiers nab Zambo City’s 8th most wanted fugitive

Joint police and military operatives have arrested in a law enforcement operation one of the most wanted persons here, an official said Tuesday. Col. Rexmel Reyes, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, identified the arrested fugitive as Benjamin Sirabani, 46, a resident of Sitio Tungalip in the island village of Tumitus, this city. Reyes said that Sirabani was arrested in a warrant of arrest operation around Tuesday noon in his residence on Tumitus Island. Sirabani has a standing warrant of arrest for murder with no recommended bail issued by a…

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Magnitude 5.1 quake jolts Occidental Mindoro

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Occidental Mindoro on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. This was an aftershock of the magnitude 5.3 earthquake in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro last October 3, it added. The tectonic quake’s epicenter on Tuesday was 15 kilometers northeast of Sablayan town and was recorded at 12:08 p.m. It had a depth of 15 kilometers. Intensity IV was felt in Sablayan and Rizal, Occidental Mindoro; while intensity III was reported in Abra De Ilog, Santa Cruz and Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan City and…

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More than 3.3M people died from Covid-19 in 2021: WHO chief

More than 3.3 million people have lost their lives to Covid-19 this year – more deaths than from HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), malaria and tuberculosis combined in 2020, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the novel coronavirus continues to claim around 50,000 lives worldwide every week, but he told journalists that “2022 should be the year we end the pandemic” with the tools the world has at its disposal. Tedros was speaking at the first hybrid press conference held by the…

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PNP report on ‘Odette’ casualties subject to validation: DILG

Reports on casualties from the recent onslaught of Typhoon Odette coming from the Philippine National Police (PNP) should be treated as raw as these would have to be verified by the country’s top disaster response agency, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday. “The PNP report is still considered as raw. Those deaths will still be validated by DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council). Yung iba kasi diyan ay maaaring hindi directly caused by the typhoon like nagkasakit or…

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USA Basketball names Steve Kerr new head coach

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will take up coaching duties for the US men’s national basketball team through 2024, USA Basketball said on Monday. Team managing director Grant Hill “officially named eight-time NBA championship Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to lead the USA Men’s National Team,” the team said in a statement. USA Basketball added that Kerr, 56, will be assisted by Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, and Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams in 2022-2024. Kerr will lead…

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Rizal province turns discards into giant Christmas trees

Rizal province, known for its galleries, museum and three National Artists, is celebrating yet another artistic holiday with Christmas trees made out of plastic materials. Rizaleños churned out eye-catching creations out of anything considered useless for the yearly Christmas tree-making contest, part of the province’s Yes to Green program that aims to protect the environment while attaining sustainable development. In a recent interview, Rizal Tourism Officer Corazon Laserna said the Yes to Green program started in 2003. “Rizal is the art capital of the Philippines and the Yes to Green…

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Manila Cathedral raises P3-M for typhoon victims

The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, popularly known as the Manila Cathedral, has so far received over PHP3 million in cash donations for the victims of Typhoon Odette. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the basilica said the amount raised from the special collection amounted to PHP3,144,717 as of Dec. 20. “Words cannot express our deep gratitude to the Manila Cathedral mass goers and online community for the donations you sent for our brothers and sisters who are greatly in need at this moment,” it added. It assured the…

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Iloilo City under state of calamity; over 72K persons affected

The city government here has allotted over PHP42 million as financial assistance to families affected by Typhoon Odette following the declaration of a state of calamity by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) in a special session on Tuesday. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), in its endorsement to the SP, said the typhoon affected 72,523 individuals, equivalent to 15.85 percent of the city’s population Mayor Jerry Treñas said the figures came from village officials and confirmed and validated by the city social welfare and development office (CSWDO). The…

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3.7M doses administered since 2nd vax leg on Dec. 15

A total of 3.7 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines has been administered since the second leg of Bayanihan Bakunahan started on December 15, a health official said Tuesday. “Nakabawi tayo kahapon, naka-1,039,000 tayong doses kahapon, for a total simula noong Dec 15 ng 3.7 million sa buong bansa (We were able to administer more jabs yesterday (Monday), about 1,039,000 doses, for a total of 3.7 million doses from Dec. 15 nationwide,” Health Undersecretary and National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) Chairperson Myrna Cabotaje reported during a televised public briefing. Cabotaje noted…

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Sta. Rosa City’s Santa Village brings joy to locals

If the Christmas spirit hasn’t quite kicked in yet, consider visiting this plaza in Santa Rosa, Laguna that has set up a variety of life-size Santa statues. The Santa Claus Village in the city plaza located in Barangay Kanluran is quickly attracting locals looking for a way to safely enjoy the holidays with their friends and families. Lights go up starting at 7 p.m., but there’s plenty of time to take morning walks in a plaza where there’s no shortage of Santas. There’s one statue of Santa with elves, Santa…

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Over 300 health protocol violators nabbed in Davao City

More than 300 individuals have been arrested for violating physical distancing and mass gathering protocols from December 13 to 20, the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) said Tuesday. In a statement, Angel Sumagaysay, head of the PSSCC, said the 331 persons apprehended over the past week brought the total to 43,302 violators since May 16. “Let us abide by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) protocols and guidelines,” Sumagaysay reminded the Dabawenyos, urging them to remain vigilant against the disease despite the city’s Alert Level 2 status. While some…

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Dabawenyos told to stay alert amid low Covid-19 positivity rate

The Davao City Task Force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Tuesday reminded Dabawenyos to remain vigilant and continue working together against the deadly disease even as the city reported no new Covid-19 cases over the weekend. For the second time since March 2020, no new Covid-19 cases were logged here on December 19. “Our goal is to heal as one. We really need each other to maximize our protection against Covid-19,” Davao City Task Force Covid-19 spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said in a statement through the City Information…

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Pangasinan tourism, economy bouncing back amid pandemic

Tourism and economy in the province of Pangasinan, as well as its people, generally are bouncing back amid the continuous battle against the pandemic. “Compared to last Christmas that was full of sadness because of the pandemic, this year, we can already feel the reviving of joy and gladness in the province due to the discipline, sacrifice, and unity of the people against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19),” Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino III said in his video message posted over the weekend. The number of Covid-19 cases in Pangasinan is…

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Oil market outlook highly uncertain due to Omicron: Fitch

The global oil market outlook remains highly uncertain given the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant, Fitch Ratings said in a statement Monday. The variant may result in renewed lockdowns and travel restrictions, and this may increase price volatility in the near term, the global rating agency said in a statement. “We anticipate demand will continue to improve in 2022, assuming new lockdowns will be shorter and less severe than those in 2020,” it said. “The recovery might reverse if Omicron or other potential new variants prove significantly more infectious…

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MPBL quarterfinal pairings set

The pairings for the quarterfinals of the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Invitational have been formalized following the conclusion of the elimination round on Monday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. Pasig, Nueva Ecija, and Basilan swept their respective groups, while Imus scored a huge win on the final day of the group stages and got some help from an also-ran squad to also seal one of the top seeds in the knockout stages. Bandera opened the day with a 90-79 rout of the Rizal Crusaders…

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Comelec 1st division orders Marcos to answer 3 DQ cases

The First Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has summoned presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (BBM) to answer the three disqualification cases filed against him. “The Summons for the three cases filed against BBM have already been sent to the e-mail addresses of the Election Officers (EOs). The EOs were directed to print, personally serve the Summons to Respondent BBM, and to submit Affidavits of service,” said Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, a member of the First Division, in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “The Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) and…

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NGCP taps Leyte power supply to reenergize Cebu City

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has tapped power supply from Leyte to energize the capital city four days after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, the chair of the Regional Development Council (RDC) on Tuesday said. Kenneth Cobonpue, RDC-Central Visayas chair, said the transmission company has begun “slowly supplying” power to Visayan Electric Company (VECO) through the transmission lines in northern Cebu. “With this reactivated power supply now starting to come online on top of the alternative power sources tapped by VECO, more than 1,600 households and companies…

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PSC gives P15K aid each for typhoon-hit athletes, coaches

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) board has approved the release of PHP15,000 cash assistance for each of the 85 athletes and 20 coaches from 24 sports associations to help them recover from the destruction brought about by Typhoon Odette. PSC Chairman William Ramirez has been closely keeping track of the situation since the weekend, initiating a relief operation to also send about 10,000 bottled water and 900 units of mattresses, according to a news release on Tuesday. The Special Services Office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which also…

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Another party-list group rejected by Comelec secures TRO

The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from enforcing its order dismissing the registration of Ang Tinig ng Senior Citizens sa Filipinas Inc. (Ang Tinig ng Seniors). The TRO dated December 17 also ordered Comelec to comment within a non-extendible period of 10 days . Comelec dismissed the petition for registration of Ang Tinig ng Seniors on October 12. The party-list group’s motion for reconsideration was likewise turned down on December 1. The SC previously issued a similar TRO in…

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Duterte to raise P10-B more for Odette-affected areas

President Rodrigo Duterte has committed to raise an additional PHP10 billion for provinces severely affected by Typhoon Odette. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles confirmed this on Tuesday after Duterte visited on Monday the typhoon-hit victims in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. “President Duterte also vowed to raise additional funds, estimated at PHP10 billion, for the rehabilitation and recovery efforts in the typhoon-affected areas,” Nograles said in a Palace statement. Duterte earlier committed PHP2 billion for Odette-hit provinces in his visit to Leyte and another PHP2 billion after his visit…

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Resumption of Cebu, Siargao flights depends on wind condition

As Cebu and Siargao were greatly damaged by Typhoon Odette last week, an executive of a regional airline said mounting of flights will depend on wind condition and they can only accommodate relief distribution teams. A notice to airmen (NOTAM) was issued to the Surigao and Siargao airports, canceling all commercial flights. Both will only accommodate relief, humanitarian, and government flights. “CEB (Cebu Pacific) ticket holders remain our priority. Siargao Airport, however, has suspended operations for commercial travel until February 2022. Right now, we have very limited capacity for the…

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Institutions, establishments can’t refuse PhilSys ID: PSA

The Philippine Identification (PhilID) or national ID must be honored in all public and private transactions requiring the confirmation of the identity of the holder. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) stressed this anew after continuous reports that some private companies and government agencies refuse to recognize the PhilID. “Your Philsys national identification card is valid and can be used for any legal transactions. This is a memo from the Philippine Identification System of the Philippine Statistics Authority that mandates that your PhilSys national ID should be accepted for customer identification…

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Albay utility firm to help restore power in typhoon-hit areas

The Albay Power Energy Corp. (APEC) announced Tuesday the deployment of its personnel to help speed up power restoration in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette. “As a sign of our sincere gratitude and sympathy to our fellow citizens who were tormented by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Odette, we, from APEC will be sending off linemen and technical personnel, bringing with them equipment that will be used to help in the power restorations in areas that were devastated by the storm,” a post on the company’s social media page said.…

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168 new Covid-19 cases, lowest sans data from 24 labs: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday logged 168 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the country’s lowest single-day infection count this year due to the failure of 24 laboratories to submit data. “Of the 168 reported cases today, 159 or 95 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – December 8 to 21, 2021. The top regions with cases in the recent two weeks were NCR (National Capital Region) with 47 or 30 percent, Region 4-A with 27 or 17 percent, and Region 6 with 16 or 10 percent,”…

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Cavite town sees better health care services with devolution

The local government of General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) in Cavite expects more benefits, including health care services, through devolution of government functions. In June 2021, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) 138 mandating the transfer of certain functions from the national government to Local Government Units (LGUs). This is in connection with the Supreme Court’s landmark Mandanas-Garcia decision, which will increase local governments’ share in national taxes beginning next year. With the impending government decentralization, the national government delegates programs and projects and gives more power to LGUs.…

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National Building Code update pushed

A party-list lawmaker on Tuesday said updating the National Building Code deserves urgent legislative action to ensure that structures across the country are disaster-resilient. Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera said disaster adaptation and mitigation are the only viable solutions to the country’s predicament as being disaster-prone. Herrera said homes and communities designed to withstand typhoons, floods, landslides, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions are what the country needs. “Typhoon Odette is yet another reminder and clarion call to establish the Department of Disaster Resilience and update the National Building Code.…

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Vaccination remains best protection vs. Omicron: NTF exec

Vaccinating more people against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remains the best protection against the Omicron variant, a National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 adviser said Monday night. “We hope that people will continue to get their booster doses and protection. The DOH (Department of Health) detected the third Omicron variant case. Our best protection is more vaccination,” Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said during the arrival of 976,950 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Herbosa said the government is trying hard to hit the target of fully vaccinating 54 million Filipinos…

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Solon wants permanent evacuation centers for calamity victims

A lawmaker on Tuesday stressed the need to build permanent evacuation centers with priority given to calamity-prone areas in light of Typhoon Odette’s onslaught in the Visayas and Mindanao. Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte said part of the PHP10 billion that President Rodrigo Duterte committed for relief efforts for provinces severely affected by “Odette” should be used to fund the construction of permanent evacuation sites. Villafuerte noted the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has displaced around 400,000 people. “As early as 2018, when a strong typhoon…

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Airline joins relief ops for Cebu, other ‘Odette’-hit areas

Another airline has partnered with the government and various organizations to boost relief operations by transporting essential goods to provinces badly hit by Typhoon Odette last week. AirAsia Philippines has already airlifted more than 20 tons of items since December 17. “Although we are faced with a lot of challenges, especially our crew who were also affected by the typhoon, we continue to soldier on to ensure that we continue to service our guests the best possible way during the peak season,” company spokesperson Steve Dailisan said in a statement.…

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