Hitachi Energy wins major contract for the first-of-its-kind sub-sea power transmission network in the MENA region advancing a sustainable energy future for Abu Dhabi

HVDC Light® will connect low-carbon power from the mainland grid to ADNOC’s production operations as a strategic project to enable a sustainable, flexible and secure power supply. Zurich, Switzerland, Dec. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy today announced it has won a major order from Samsung C&T Corporation, one of the world’s largest engineering […]

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Philips receives FDA De Novo Clearance for IVC Filter Removal Laser Sheath – CavaClear – with Breakthrough Device Designation

December 22, 2021 Philips IVC Filter Removal Laser Sheath – CavaClear – is intended to safely ablate tissue to remove embedded IVC filters CavaClear is a first-in-class FDA-cleared solution for advanced IVC filter removal It is estimated that in the United States more than one million patients with IVC filters would benefit from filter removal […]

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Iveco Group N.V. announces publication of supplement to the prospectus dated November 11, 2021 relating to its listing on Euronext Milan

Corporate Communications ADVERTISEMENT. This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, as amended (the “Prospectus Regulation”) relating to the intention of Iveco Group N.V. (the “Company”) to proceed with the proposed first admission to listing and trading of all of the common shares of the Company on the regulated market of […]

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HPTN Studies Inform FDA’s Approval of ViiV Healthcare’s Long-Acting Cabotegravir Injections for HIV Prevention

DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Data from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) studies HPTN 083 and HPTN 084 helped provide important information for yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve ViiV Healthcare’s long-acting cabotegravir (CAB-LA) injections for the prevention of HIV. Sponsored and co-funded by the […]

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’Odette’ damage to infrastructure tops P585-M: DPWH

Days after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday reported that the estimated damage to infrastructure is now at PHP585.8 million. In a statement, DPWH Acting Secretary Roger Mercado said this is based on the latest report from the agency’s Bureau of Maintenance as of 6 a.m. Wednesday. So far, the region that recorded the highest cost of damage is Mimaropa at PHP231.9 million, followed by Eastern Visayas, PHP173.4 million; Caraga, PHP145 million; and Western Visayas, PHP35.5…

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South Korea, Ireland pledge P116.8-M aid to PH

Foreign relief aid continues to pour in for provinces hit by Typhoon Odette, with the South Korean and Irish governments on Wednesday pledging about PHP116.8 million in humanitarian aid. Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Inchul said Seoul will provide USD2,050,000 (approximately PHP102.7 million) to help Visayas and Mindanao recover and restore the affected communities’ livelihoods. The envoy announced Seoul’s contribution in his recent meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. where he also conveyed Korean President Moon Jae In’s message of sympathies and solidarity to President Rodrigo Duterte.…

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DTI warns traders violating price freeze in NegOcc

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has warned business establishments in Negros Occidental against violating the price freeze as they could be held liable for taking advantage of consumers in the wake of Typhoon Odette. Engiemar Tupas, senior trade and industry development specialist of DTI-Negros Occidental, said on Wednesday all stores in the province should observe a price freeze since a state of calamity has already been declared in Negros Occidental. “We are conducting a monitoring of prices of basic necessities and prime commodities, including generator sets (gensets),” he…

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DSWD releases P1.5-M livelihood grant to Zambo City fire victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) has released PHP1.5 million worth of livelihood grant to 77 fire victims in this city. The DSWD-9 distributed the livelihood assistance of PHP20,000 to each of the beneficiaries who are residents of Seaside, Barangay Baliwasan on Tuesday afternoon. Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD-9 information officer, said in a phone interview on Wednesday that the beneficiaries of the grant were identified by the city social welfare and development office (CSWDO). “The distribution of the livelihood assistance was based on the recommendation…

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Duterte adviser welcomes shortened period for boosters

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion has lauded the Department of Health (DOH) for heeding the private sector’s call to shorten the interval time between the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. “We need to act fast by getting ahead before the immunity from the first two doses wane. We are in a good position to increase our protection and keep our ‘Bakuna Bubble’ intact now that cases are low and vaccine supply is stable,” Concepcion said in a statement Wednesday. On Tuesday, the…

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SC releases assistance fund for ‘Odette’-hit court personnel

Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo has ordered the release of assistance funds to court personnel in areas affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. In a press statement on Wednesday, the Supreme Court (SC) said it also continues to monitor all its personnel, including those who have volunteered to assist in the bar examinations next month. “The Chief Justice has approved the release of calamity assistance to affected court personnel. All the members of the Court have, on their own and as a group, made donations or helped out in the…

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Cebu City regulates fuel sale in ‘Odette’ aftermath

Gasoline stations in this capital city are no longer allowed to gas up into containers following directives from the city government to directly pump fuel to vehicles starting on Wednesday. This policy came after Mayor Michael Rama discovered by himself that some pick-up trucks joined long queues of cars and motorcycles to purchase fuel to be sold in villages at a very high price. This issuance also came amid uproars from netizens on overpriced commodities, including fuel, since the first day after Typhoon Odette destroyed power lines which rendered gas…

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PH stocks gauge slips anew, peso follows

Profit-taking ahead of the holidays resulted in another decline in the Philippines’ main equities index on Wednesday and the peso followed after slipping to the 50-level against the US dollar. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) slipped by 0.67 percent, or 47.87 points, to 7,119.19 points. All Shares followed but with a lower decline of 0.22 percent, or 8.45 points, to 3,797.22 points. Most of the sectoral indexes also finished the day on the red – Holding Firms, 1.81 percent; Property, 0.64 percent; Financials, 0.25 percent; and Services, 0.02 percent.…

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Caraga farmers hit by ‘Odette’ assured of aid

The Department of Agriculture in Caraga (DA-13) has assured rice and corn farmers badly affected by Typhoon Odette of immediate support including the provision of seeds. Emmylou Presilda, DA-13 information officer, told the Philippine News Agency Wednesday that the agency has standby rice seeds that are ready for distribution to the affected areas in the region. “We have standby rice seeds of more than 400 sacks. This will be augmented soonest as we are now validating reports from the field,” Presilda said. Two days after Odette made landfall in Mindanao,…

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Info centers help locate missing persons due to ‘Odette’

The government has set up a “victims information center” in every fire station to help typhoon victims locate their loved ones who went missing or cannot be reached in areas that were severely affected by Typhoon Odette, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Tuesday night. “Mayroon tayong tinatawag na Victims Information Center sa ating mga kababayan na mayroong mga nawawala o walang balita sa kanilang relatives na tinamaan dito sa mga areas na ‘to. Pumunta lamang po sa pinakamalapit na fire station. Ibigay ang mga detalye. Hahanapin po natin ‘yan kung…

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Foreign ownership liberalization seen to boost FDIs to PH

Foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the Philippines are expected to increase following the passage in the Senate of a measure to liberalize several sectors including the telecommunication industry. In a commentary issued on Wednesday, Fitch Solutions said the measure is seen to improve investors’ appetite for the Philippines. “The country has a highly conducive environment for technological uptake but is held back by nascent digital infrastructure. Increased foreign investment in the telecoms and tech sectors will serve the growth of such assets, particularly terrestrial fiber networks where coverage is particularly…

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DOJ assures aid for typhoon-hit workers

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday assured assistance to workers of the department who were severely affected by Typhoon Odette. “We are gathering information on affected DOJ employees and we’ll send them relief assistance, as we have done in the wake of past calamities,” Guevarra said in a message to reporters. At least 11 people have been confirmed dead due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, based on the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The agency said it is still validating reports of…

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NHA gives P30-M for Mati IP housing projects

The National Housing Authority (NHA) on Wednesday granted the city government of Mati in Davao Oriental a PHP30-million check for two indigenous peoples’ (IP) housing projects. In a statement, Mayor Michelle Rabat said the two projects would be named “Balai Kalipay and Balai Maganahay”. Balai Kalipay is located in Barangay Luban, while Balai Maganahay is situated in Barangay Dawan, with each having 75 housing units. “This will provide shelter to qualified members of the IPs who are informal settlers in the said barangays,” Rabat added. The cost for each housing…

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Navy patrol craft brings aid to typhoon-hit Dinagat Islands

A Philippine Navy (PN) patrol craft, the BRP Rafael Pargas (PC-379), is now conducting relief operations for residents of Dinagat Islands which was severely affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. One of the relief missions conducted by the naval craft and its crew is a feeding activity for 200 residents of the locality, PN spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said in a statement Wednesday. “Responding personnel onboard BRP Rafael Pargas (PC-379) of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, conducted feeding activity for 200 residents of Dinagat Islands on December 21,” he…

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LPA over Pacific likely to enter PAR after Christmas

The low pressure area (LPA) over the Pacific is now expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either on December 26 or 27, the weather bureau said in an update on Wednesday. The LPA has a 60 to 70 percent chance to develop into a tropical depression, added the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in a statement. In its Wednesday morning forecast, Aldczar Aurelio of PAGASA said the LPA was last located 1,350 kilometers east of Mindanao. PAGASA said the LPA is now likely to…

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Pangasinan farmers get solar-powered irrigation project from DAR

Agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB) farmers in this town received an early Christmas gift through a solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) project from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). In a phone interview on Wednesday, DAR provincial information officer Zarena Ann Amado said the project was turned over to the Barlo Agrarian Reform Cooperative here, which is the main ARB organization beneficiary. “The SPIS project was worth PHP1 million and it can irrigate three up to five hectares of farmland,” Amado said. The project is under the Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support…

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Businesses urged not to take advantage of typhoon-hit Filipinos

Amid reported cases of looting, Malacañang on Wednesday urged business owners not to take advantage of Filipinos affected by the devastation caused by Typhoon Odette. “Isang pakiusap sa ating mga kababayan, lalung-lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng Pasko, na (My plea to my fellowmen, especially this Christmas) please let’s not take advantage of our fellow Filipinos who are suffering right now,” acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said in a Palace press briefing. Nograles said people living in areas ravaged by the typhoon are already putting up with so…

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1K shabu labs dismantled, P74-B drugs seized since 2016: DILG

Authorities have dismantled some 1,000 clandestine shabu laboratories and drug dens in the country and seized around PHP74.3 billion worth of illegal drugs and laboratory equipment since the start of the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs in mid-2016, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday night. Año reported that law enforcement operations resulted in the recovery of PHP62.36 billion worth of shabu which translates to 9,755.54 kilograms and over 500 kilograms of cocaine, 149,138 pieces of ecstasy, and more than 9,300 kilograms of marijuana were also seized in the…

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Legazpi milkfish growers enjoy bountiful harvest

After three months of taking care and feeding milkfish, members of the Sitio Anonang Homapon Fisher Folks Association (HFFA) in this city are finally enjoying the fruits of their labor with a bountiful harvest. HFFA president Edna Adille, in an interview on Wednesday, said they harvested early this week more than 14 washtubs or “banyera” with a total of 560 kilograms of “bangus” (milkfish). Adille said she is very grateful to the City Agriculture Office (CAO) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for helping them grow milkfish, noting…

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DA gives 600 bags of seeds to ‘Odette’-hit farmers in Antique

The Department of Agriculture (DA) in this province gave the green light to distribute 600 bags of certified seeds as replanting materials to farmers in the wake of Typhoon Odette’s devastation. Arlene De Los Reyes, Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) seed coordinator, said in an interview on Wednesday that farmers in the Municipality of Sebaste through their Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) have received 70 bags of certified seeds. “We have an initial 600 bags of certified seeds from DA Regional Office 6 (Western Visayas) to be distributed to the…

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Cotelco sends workers to help restore power lines in Caraga

The Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Incorporated (Cotelco) here has dispatched a team to join other electric cooperatives (ECs) in Soccsksargen (Region 12) to assist in power rehabilitation efforts in the typhoon-hit Caraga Region. Engr. Godofredo B. Homez, Cotelco general manager, said Wednesday they have deployed two maintenance teams with a boom truck and equipment to step-up power restoration. “This is the proof of our commitment which is to serve and support each other to withstand their mission to bring light and hope to families at this very moment”, he told the…

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‘Odette’-hit provinces to get 756K rice packs from China

More relief packs are on their way to typhoon-hit Visayas and Mindanao after the Chinese government on Wednesday turned over 150,000 sacks of rice to the Philippine government. The 4,725 metric tons of goods complete the 10,000 metric tons rice donation the Chinese government earlier pledged to the country, which came as the Philippines launched relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette that battered the country last week. “The arrival of this China rice is so timely that we could use them in the repacking of food packs for…

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Travelers urged to be early at airports for health checks

With only three days before Christmas, travelers going abroad have been urged to be at the airport early as health measures are strictly being implemented at the facility, aside from other travel protocols. In a statement Wednesday, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente advised travelers to go to the airport hours before their scheduled departure flights to ensure that they have ample time to check-in at their airlines and ensure physical distancing at the immigration area. Local airlines suggest that travelers start the check-in process three to four hours…

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DOLE allots P100-M to employ typhoon-hit informal workers

Some 25,000 informal sectors workers affected by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao last week will be provided with emergency employment, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Wednesday. In a statement, Secretary Silvestre Bello III said a total of PHP100 million has been allocated to the flagship cash-for-work Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) for said workers who are in the hardest-hit regions. The regions of Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Caraga will each get PHP20 million for the emergency employment…

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BARMM bill eyes incentives for licensure exam topnotchers

Eight members of the Bangsamoro parliament have filed a bill seeking to grant recognition and incentives to Bangsamoro topnotchers in national licensure tests given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Supreme Court (SC). Once passed into a regional law, it will serve as an inspiration to all national examination takers, Member of Parliament (MP) Amilbahar Mawallil, the main author of the bill, said in an interview with reporters here Wednesday. “The granting of recognition and incentives to the Bangsamoro people and other inhabitants in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region…

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PNP distributes solar lights in typhoon-hit Surigao Norte

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and its partner stakeholders have provided solar lights at Barangay Cayutan in Surigao del Norte due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said Wednesday. Carlos said the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) together with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion, in collaboration with three volunteers of Members Church of God International (MCGI) and JCI Makati thru the kindness of Francisco Cresencio, distributed solar lights to the affected families in Purok 3, Barangay Cayutan, Surigao City last December 17. “Help is…

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Zambo City inoculates 48.9K in 2nd nat’l vax drive

The city health office (CHO) has vaccinated a total of 48,928 individuals in the first two days of the three-day second round of the national vaccination drive (NVD) in this city. Data released by the CHO on Wednesday showed that 21,077 individuals were vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on December 20, the first day of the second round of the NVD. The number of individuals vaccinated on the first day was more than three times the daily target of 6,704 or a total of 20,112 jabs for the…

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DOH announces shorter interval for Covid-19 vax boosters

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced that the interval for the administration of booster doses shall be shortened, following the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The shortened interval shall be effective on December 22. Under this new policy, boosters may already be given to adults at least three months after the second dose of a primary two-dose vaccine, or at least two months after the primary single-dose vaccine is given. “We are exploring all possible options to safely mitigate the effects of more transmissible variants of Covid-19…

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PH administers nearly 103M vax doses; 45.2M Pinoys fully vaxxed

The Philippines has administered a total of 102,988,677 doses of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) nationwide, with 45,284,617 Filipinos now fully vaccinated and 1,194,321 more having received their booster shots as of Wednesday. Despite the onslaught of Typhoon Odette that suspended the second round of massive vaccination drives in affected areas, the government remains optimistic about reaching its goal of fully inoculating at least 54 million Filipinos by the end of this year to achieve population protection. On Tuesday night, the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 welcomed…

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’Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ 2nd wave administers 5M vax doses

A total of 5,056,186 doses of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been administered so far during the extended “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” campaign, the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) reported on Wednesday. In a televised public briefing, NVOC member Dr. Kezia Lorraine Rosario noted the figure covers the vaccination activities from December 15 to 21. “Today, mayroon na tayong 45.2 million fully vaccinated. Tapos yesterday, nakikita natin na 62 percent ng ating vaccination na ginawa (we have 45.2 million fully vaccinated. Then yesterday, we saw 62 percent of the…

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4 Taguig cops face raps for robbery

Four police officers were among the eight suspects who were charged over the robbery of a Japanese national and his Filipina partner in Pasig City, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Wednesday. In a statement, NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., said charges of robbery and carnapping were filed against Staff Sgt. Jayson Bartolome, Cpl. Merick Desoloc, Cpl. Christian Jerome Reyes, and Pat. Kirk Joshua Almojera before the Pasig City Prosecutor’s Office on December 19. Also facing charges are three civilians identified as AJ Mary Agnas,…

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Isolated rains to prevail across PH

Isolated rain showers will prevail over most parts of the archipelago on Wednesday, the weather bureau said. The intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Mindanao will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the Davao Region. This may cause flash floods or landslides during moderate to heavy rains, added the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The rest of the country will have isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds and moderate to rough seas will be experienced over northern Luzon. Elsewhere, winds will…

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Groups condemn acquittal of Reds leaders from murder raps

Groups of parents and other anti-communist organizations condemned the acquittal of about 15 leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) from their alleged involvement in the “Inopacan Massacre” in Leyte 31 years ago. Members of League of Parents of the Philippines (LPP) or the Liga ng mga Magulang Liga Independencia Pilipinas (LIPI), Sulong Maralita, Hands Off Our Children (HOOC), and Yakap ng Magulang, staged a marching rally along Morayta Street in Manila City on Wednesday to express their disappointment to Manila City…

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4, including 2 cops, slain in NoCot shootout

Four persons were killed following a shootout outside a roadside eatery in M’lang, North Cotabato early Wednesday morning. A report received by Police Regional Office – Soccsksargen (PRO-12) Director Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, showed that the shootout occurred around 5:30 a.m. in front of the “Kambingan” roadside eatery along the highway in Barangay Bialong, M’lang town. The report said two of the fatalities were the sibling-eatery operators while the two others were police officers in civilian clothes assigned in Kidapawan City. They were identified as Master Sgt. Fletcherlyn Dominic Pido…

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261 new Covid-19 cases, 395 recoveries recorded

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday logged 261 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the nation’s overall tally to 2,837,784. In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said the active cases dipped further to 9,238 with 395 new recoveries which pushed the total number of recoveries to 2,777,630. Among the active cases, 3,153 are mild, 507 are asymptomatic, 377 are critical, 1,801 are severe, and 3,400 are moderate. “Of the 261 reported cases today, 247 or 95 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – November 30 to December 13,…

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LGUs enjoined to hold vaccination on weekends

Malacañang on Wednesday enjoined local government units (LGUs) in areas not affected by Typhoon Odette to ramp up their vaccination efforts, including on weekends. This was after acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said the national government is sticking to its goal of fully vaccinating 54 million Filipinos by yearend despite the postponement of vaccination in typhoon-hit areas. “All local (vaccination operation centers) shall be provided with new targets to meet the goal of vaccinating 54 million and are enjoined to ramp up the administration of Covid-19 vaccines until…

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‘Take advantage’ of booster shots, Duterte urges public

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday enjoined the public to “take advantage” of the country’s sufficient supply of vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and get their booster shots to control the spread of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant. “Take advantage now of the situation where we have us available, not I said in excess. Barely enough but we can start with the boosters because it would make your immune system – or the antibodies may be generated stronger because over time, it would really overwhelm the virus,” Duterte said in…

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Newly listed solar firm vows to back gov’t RE efforts

Following its initial public offering (IPO), Solar Philippines Nueva Ecija Corp. (SPNEC) has vowed to support government’s goal to increase renewable energy in the country. In a statement Wednesday, Solar Philippines founder Leandro Leviste said SPNEC is preparing an initial 1,000 hectares for a joint venture on solar power project. Leviste said the company is eyeing to partner with leading firms in the country for the solar plant joint venture. “We are preparing an initial 1,000 hectares for a joint venture with a partner who can help turn this plan…

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PRRD worries over Omicron; advises use of face shields anew

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday admitted that he was worried about the possibility of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 causing another surge in infections, noting that government funds were depleted. He made this statement after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department has recorded at least three imported Omicron cases in the Philippines. “Ang ano ko lang is kung (My only concern is if) it would be as bad as the previous viruses already nandito, medyo natatakot lang ako. You know, somehow kinakabahan ako kasi (here, I’m just…

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Construction permits, licenses soon to be automated

Online application and processing of construction permits and licenses will soon be implemented with the amendments of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 Series of 2018 or the Guidelines in Processing of Construction-Related Permits. The JMC, which was signed Tuesday, is in line with the implementation of the National Effort for the Harmonization of Efficiency Measures of Interrelated Agencies (NEHEMIA), a streamlining program led by the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA). The guidelines involve setting up one-stop shops—online and physical—for the processing of construction-related permits. Under the JMC, the electronic…

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SoCot visitors urged to bring papers for pork items

The provincial government here reminded excursionists and sightseers from nearby General Santos City and Sarangani province to secure the necessary documents when bringing pork and pork by-products to this area due to the threat of the African swine fever (ASF). Dr. Flora Bigot, head of the provincial veterinary office (PVET), said Wednesday the local government units (LGUs) of General Santos and Sarangani are likewise restricting the bringing of pork products in their area without any documents due to the threats of the ASF. “Please comply with the needed document. For…

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BARMM sends relief goods to Dinagat Islands

To reciprocate the good deeds that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) received in past calamities, the regional government on Wednesday sent more than 10 tons of food packs and non-food items for Typhoon Odette-hit residents of Dinagat Islands province in Surigao del Norte. At a send-off ceremony in front of the BARMM executive building here, BARMM Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim launched the “Tulong para sa Dinagat Island” relief mission to help Dinagat Island residents. Ebrahim’s office also sent 1,500 hygiene kits for the displaced families. Lawyer Naguib…

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Saudi commiserates with PH after ‘Odette’ onslaught

The Saudi Arabian leaders have extended their condolences to President Rodrigo Duterte following the devastation left by Typhoon Odette that battered parts of the Visayas and Mindanao last week. Saudi Arabia’s state media said King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent a cable of condolences and sympathies to the Chief Executive. “In his cable, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques shared with His Excellency, families of the deceased and the friendly people of the Philippines his deepest condolence and profound sympathy on the…

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DENR appeals to poll bets, supporters to spare trees

A ranking environment official on Wednesday called on supporters of political parties not to nail campaign materials on trees, whether planted or naturally grown. Joselito Blanco, chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) here, appealed to candidates to ensure that they post campaign materials only within designated common posting areas and not on trees. Blanco noted that nailing anything on trees violates Section 3 of Presidential Decree 953. “Sinasabi rito na (It is stated here that) damaging or injuring naturally grown or…

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Gov’t troops seize NPA food cache in Aurora town

Government troops discovered on Wednesday a food cache owned by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the outskirts of Sitio Katupnan, Barangay Ditumabo, San Luis, this province. Lt. Col. Julito B. Recto, Jr., officer-in-charge of the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, said in an interview the food cache was believed to be owned by remnants of the dismantled Komiteng Larangang Guerrilla – Sierra Madre (KLG-SM) of the NPA. Recto said the troops recovered two containers of rice weighing about 60 kg. after receiving information from residents in the area.…

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