Hathor (HTR) lists on Crypto Exchange Gate.io

Hathor – Gate.io Listing GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Dec. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hathor Labs is excited to announce that it has successfully listed its native token, HTR (“Hathor”), on cryptocurrency exchange Gate.io. The listing on Gate.io is part of Hathor’s global expansion plan, aiming to facilitate access to HTR across geographies. The listing […]

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Demerger of Iveco Group and Directors Appointment approved by CNH Industrial shareholders: Demerger expected to be effective on January 1, 2022

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. (“IVG”) to proceed with the proposed first admission to listing and trading of all of the common shares of IVG on the regulated market of Euronext Milan (the “Admission”). […]

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Unryo Introduces Correlation Engine for Root-Cause and Impact Analysis Across All Infrastructure Layers

MONTREAL, Dec. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unryo, a leader in monitoring and analytics, announced today the general availability of its Correlation Engine. This new module enables automatic correlation of data, which help operators reduce the time needed to troubleshoot problems and see impacts. Today’s modern environments are becoming more complex and multi-layered, with devices and […]

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Philips and IJsselland Hospital sign long-term technology partnership

December 23, 2021 12-year agreement focuses on innovation, digitalization and optimization across patient monitoring and radiology solutions Philips will facilitate remote care and telehealth programs Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced it has signed a 12-year strategic partnership with IJsselland Hospital (Capelle aan […]

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Philips provides update on the test and research program in connection with the CPAP, BiPAP and Mechanical Ventilator recall notification*

December 23, 2021 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – On June 14, 2021, Royal Philips’ (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) subsidiary, Philips Respironics, initiated a voluntary recall notification* for certain sleep and respiratory care products to address potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam in these devices. Since then, together with certified testing […]

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Neology Receives $50 Million of Capital Injection to Accelerate Smart Mobility Solutions

Investment from AINDA Expands Innovation and Scale to Modernize Mobility, Support Sustainable Growth and Help Communities Thrive SAN DIEGO, Dec. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neology, a global innovator that is re-imagining mobility for smart cities and safer communities, today announced a successful investment of $38 million (thirty-eight million dollars) from AINDA, a private equity […]

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TESDA remains among most trusted gov’t agencies: survey

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is still one of the most trusted government agencies in the country, an independent and non-commissioned survey said. According to PUBLiCUS Asia’s 2021 PAHAYAG Fourth-Quarter Survey, TESDA ranked second among the most trusted government agencies with a trust rating of 46.1 percent, behind the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with 52.6 percent. The TESDA was followed by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) with a 45.7 percent trust rating. It also ranked second in approval ratings with 67.7 percent. The AFP and…

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Youngest Army unit trains 456 recruits to defeat ASG in Sulu

About 456 recruits have begun their basic military training to join the 11th Infantry Division (ID), the youngest unit of the Philippine Army, tasked to fight the remaining Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in the province of Sulu. The recruits belong to the Candidate Soldiers Classes 680, 681, and 682-2021 and took their oath Tuesday, marking the start of their six-month training at the 11th Division Training School (11DTS) in Camp Bud Datu, Barangay Tagbak, Indanan, Sulu. Col. Leomar Jose Doctolero, 11DTS commandant, said Thursday the candidate soldiers are from…

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‘Odette’ death toll in NegOcc now 40; 19 others still missing

The number of fatalities in the wake of Typhoon Odette in Negros Occidental has increased to 40, figures released by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 6 (Western Visayas) on Thursday showed. “There are 44 reported deaths but only 40 are confirmed or with supporting documents,” the OCD-6 said based on the official report from the Management of the Dead and Missing Cluster under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 6. Figures also showed 19 others were still missing while 59 were injured. Of the 40 casualties,…

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Antique IPs need shelter construction materials, livelihood aid

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is appealing for shelter construction materials and livelihood assistance for the more than 1,000 IP families in Antique’s four municipalities affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. Milagrosa Crespo, head of the NCIP in the province, said Wednesday the IPs in the towns of Tobias Fornier, Anini-y, and Hamtic in the southern part of the province, and Culasi in the north were devastated by the typhoon with their houses destroyed and their livelihood disrupted. “The houses of the IPs, which were made of…

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BRP Jose Rizal brings relief aid to ‘Odette’-hit Palawan

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief, Lt. Gen. Andres C. Centino, has pledged to extend more help to the province of Palawan, which was among areas devastated by Typhoon Odette. In a statement, Centino said 30 tons of relief goods are on board the BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), which departed from Subic, Zambales on Thursday morning and is expected to arrive in Palawan on Friday. On Wednesday, he visited the typhoon-battered headquarters of the Western Command and Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) 3. Despite the damage they sustained, AFP…

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Bataan holds donation drive for ‘Odette’ victims

The provincial government here Thursday launched a donation drive for the victims of Typhoon Odette while the Catholic Diocese of Balanga pledged to share with them its church collections for December 25 and 26. “Nananawagan tayo sa lahat nang nagnanais na magpaabot ng tulong sa ating mga kababayang sinalanta ng bagyong Odette (We are calling on all those who want to extend help to our countrymen hit by Typhoon Odette),” Governor Albert Garcia said in a social media post. Garcia said cash donations could be sent to the provincial government…

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PRRD visits Dinagat Islands devastated by ‘Odette’

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and government officials on Wednesday visited Dinagat Island to find out what communities need to recover from the impact of Typhoon Odette. In a Palace press statement, Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Duterte met with the evacuees and local officials of the area, vowing to “provide the necessary means to speed up clearing operations and help residents reconstruct their homes.” He said Duterte directed the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide financial assistance to the families affected by the…

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All typhoon casualty reports fully checked: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday clarified that all reported incidents relating to casualties from the onslaught of Typhoon Odette are properly documented and investigated by various police units and are still subject to validation. “The reported casualties are submitted to Office of Civil Defense and these are subject to validation by OCD (Office of Civil Defense), DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development,” PNP chief General Dionardo Carlos said. He also added that PNP units handling these data exercise…

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Navy landing craft now in Siargao Island for relief ops

Philippine Navy (PN) landing craft, BRP Iwak (LC-289), and its sister ship have arrived at Dapa, Siargao Island on Wednesday, carrying more relief supplies for communities severely affected by Typhoon Odette. “BRP Iwak arrived at Dapa in Siargao Island in the afternoon of December 22. She brought with her assorted relief goods which include 7,800 kilograms of bottled water from the Office of the Vice President, 142 5-gallon water containers and four boxes of bottled water from the Naval Task Group NCR (National Capital Region) 50 sacks of rice from…

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BARMM solon wants aid for orphans institutionalized

A member of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) parliament has filed a bill before the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) to establish a regional system for accredited orphanages. The 80-member BTA is the interim lawmaking body of the BARMM. “This is to institutionalize support for the welfare of orphans in the Bangsamoro region,” said BTA–BARMM Member of Parliament (MP), Atty. Maisara Latiph, in a statement Thursday. She said her bill, once enacted into law, “will help alleviate the condition of every orphan and provide them with the opportunity…

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Gov’t urged to allow villages to do booster vax

A lawmaker on Thursday urged the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to allow private subdivisions or villages to do their own booster vaccination for their residents. Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo said the authorities should expect crowding in many vaccination sites with the government’s decision to shorten the time for giving the booster dose from six months to three months. Castelo said many village residents are afraid to go to crowded centers to get vaccinated for fear of catching the virus. She also…

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Duterte to ‘Odette’ victims: ‘I’ve found the budget for you’

President Rodrigo Duterte said some government projects would be among the sources of the PHP10 billion he pledged to raise for Typhoon Odette victims. “I’ve found the budget for you. Last night, we were working hard because we were cutting the budget of some government projects just so that I could give you something immediately. This is for the people, not for infrastructures. Maybe you’ll get PHP50,000 each. Ah, and you believed that so easily? Sige lang, maybe PHP40,000, is that okay?” Duterte said in a speech when he visited…

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PRRD to spend holidays visiting ‘Odette’-hit communities

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Thursday he would spend the holidays working to ensure that communities battered by Typhoon Odette would receive their much-needed assistance. “Maski ngayong Pasko, magta-trabaho pa rin ako at marami akong pupuntahan yung mga lugar na gutom yung tao, may sakit na, at hindi nakakain (Even if it’s Christmas, I am going to work and I am going to visit a lot of places where people are hungry and sick),” he said in a speech in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Duterte said the government would work…

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Ilocos Norte rolls out Christmas caravan for the poor

In the spirit of Christmas and gift-giving, Capitol workers led by Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc are reaching out to the different towns and cities of the province to distribute Noche Buena packages to poor families and Yuletide assistance worth PHP1,000 to village front-liners. On Wednesday, the governor’s team visited the town of Pinili where 11 barangays were served with 220 food packs for indigent families, 13 packs for persons with disabilities (PWDs), 11 Noche Buena packs for the remaining millennium development goal (MDG) beneficiaries, and 44 grocery packs…

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QC approves add’l P20-M aid to areas hit by ‘Odette’

The Quezon City government will release an additional PHP20-million cash assistance, this time for areas in Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Cebu provinces also devastated by Typhoon Odette last week. Last Monday, the city has extended PHP10 million assistance for 10 municipalities in Southern Leyte. The QC Council on Thursday approved Resolution No. 8802 S-2021 authorizing Mayor Joy Belmonte to donate an additional PHP20 million to areas ravaged by the typhoon. “The people of Quezon City are deeply saddened by the plight of our brothers and sisters in regions that were…

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Beef up security in public places for holidays, cops reminded

With only two days left before Christmas, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded all police commanders of the operational guidelines and procedures to be followed in maintaining order, law enforcement, and providing public safety services. In a statement, PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, said earlier orders for enhanced security operations before, during, and after Christmas Day and New Year’s Day shall be strictly observed as it is expected to cause an influx of people in shopping centers, churches, transport terminals, and other public places. Further, he directed all…

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House leader calls for power resiliency, security master plans

House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera on Thursday called for the crafting of national, regional, island group, and provincial master plans to ensure the power sector’s disaster resiliency against typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Herrera said the master plans should include options for underground electricity transmission and distribution lines, and telecoms cables, as well as scalable power generation for remote islands, coastal towns, highland communities, microgrids, and critical facilities, such as hospitals, telecoms, and schools. “Lagi na lang may massive blackouts dahil sa bagyo, lindol, at iba pang…

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To send or not to send? What relief goods can be airlifted

As bayanihan continues to help the victims of Typhoon Odette, low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Thursday shared some pointers on how to pack the relief goods properly, as well as guidelines on what can and cannot be airlifted. “We have been getting numerous requests to ship relief goods to areas hit by ‘Odette’. We are doing our best to accommodate all requests to help the provinces and communities, which need supplies,” CEB chief, Corporate Affairs Officer Michael Ivan Shau, said in a statement. According to CEB, the following are…

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‘Yolanda’-hit cities extend aid to ‘Odette’ victims

Cities in Eastern Visayas ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda eight years ago have rushed to extend assistance to the victims of Typhoon Odette in Southern Leyte and Mindanao. On Wednesday, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez delivered relief items to the town of San Juan, Southern Leyte six days after the typhoon. “Aside from the 300 sacks of rice, water, and medicines we also brought the medical service of the city health office through a medical mission for the citizens of San Juan,” the mayor said in a statement. Tacloban is considered…

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Soldiers, cops foil bomb attack in Zambo City

Government security forces have foiled a bomb attack this yuletide season as they arrested a man suspected to have ties with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and seized an improvised bomb Wednesday night in this city. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, Police Regional Office – Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) director, on Thursday identified the arrested suspect as Tony Asmun, 57, of Hanapi Drive, Barangay Kasanyangan here Simborio said Asmun was arrested when joint police and military operatives, armed with a search warrant, raided the suspect’s residence in Hanapi Drive around 7:20 p.m.…

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Duterte thanks Qatar for aid to ‘Odette’-hit areas

President Rodrigo Duterte has extended gratitude to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, for their offer of assistance for provinces hit by Typhoon Odette. In a statement from the Office of the President, Duterte conveyed his “sincerest appreciation” to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani “for the expression of sympathy and solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Rai (Odette) during a telephone conversation held on 21 December 2021.” Duterte also welcomed the Qatari Amir’s offer of assistance for the rehabilitation of the affected communities in the Visayas…

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ITCZ to bring rains over parts of Mindanao

Parts of Mindanao will experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), the weather bureau said on Thursday. Such weather condition will prevail over Caraga, Davao Region, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. Flash floods and landslides are possible during moderate to heavy rains, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. The rest of the country will continue to experience isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds and moderate to rough seas will prevail over extreme northern…

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Cebu Pacific cancels almost all Cebu-Manila flights Dec. 24-31

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific has canceled almost all of its flights between Manila and Cebu from December 24 to 31, citing the operational limitations at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The limitations are due to the aftermath of Typhoon Rai (local name: Odette), CEB said in an advisory on Wednesday night. The canceled flights are: -5J 559 / 5J 560 Manila – Cebu – Manila -5J 561 / 5J 562 Manila – Cebu – Manila -5J 563 / 5J 564 Manila – Cebu – Manila -5J 565 / 5J 566 Manila…

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NegOcc wildlife park devastated by ‘Odette’ calls for help

The Talarak Foundation, Inc. (TFI), a shelter for endangered West Visayan wildlife, has appealed for urgent assistance to rebuild its conservation center in Kabankalan City that was devastated by Typhoon Odette last week. In a Facebook post on Thursday, the TFI, which has two captive breeding centers in Negros Occidental – the Negros Forest Park in this city, and the Kabankalan-based Feather Park – sought monetary and in-kind donations to rescue the animals left and to support its keepers and staff. “We are knocking on your generous hearts once again.…

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SC maintains GCTA exclusions, denies murder convict’s release

The Supreme Court (SC) has turned down a petition filed by a murder convict asking for his discharge from prison under Republic Act 10592 or the law granting good conduct time allowance (GCTA) for persons deprived of liberty (PDLs). In a 10-page decision and written by Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando and published online by the high court on November 29, the tribunal’s second division dismissed the petition filed by PDL Gil Miguel who had sought his release after serving 27 years of the sentence of reclusion perpetua imposed on…

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Covid-19 vax donations from Germany reach 10M

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines donated by Germany to the Philippines through the COVAX Facility have reached more than 10 million after 1,531,000 doses of the Moderna jab arrived on Thursday. German Embassy Economic Counselor Georg Maue said the European country is happy to donate another batch in support of the Philippines’ “very good and well-functioning” vaccination program. “With the pandemic continuing, we believe it’s very important to build on our strongest instrument, which we have and it is still vaccination,” Maue said in a media interview at the…

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FDA OKs emergency use of Pfizer for 5- to 11-year-olds

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo said Thursday the government has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to be used among children aged five years to 11 years. In a televised public briefing, Domingo noted that the EUA “is being granted today.” “Nakita naman po talaga natin na (We have really seen that) it is reasonable to believe that the vaccine may be effective to prevent Covid-19 and the benefits of vaccination outweigh the known and potential…

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19M fully vaxxed Filipinos now eligible to get booster shots

About 19 million fully vaccinated adult individuals, who received their primary Covid-19 doses from March to September, are now eligible to get booster shots, Dr. Kezia Lorraine Rosario of the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said on Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has earlier approved the shorter administration interval of at least three months between the second shot of the primary doses and the booster shot. Based on the latest data from NVOC, the Philippines has so far administered 104,379,306 doses nationwide, with 46,383,951 Filipinos fully vaccinated and…

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New infections stay below 300; recoveries top 2.77M

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday logged 288 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the nation’s active cases to 9,251 and the overall tally to 2,837,903. In its latest case bulletin, the DOH also reported 270 new recoveries, which pushed the total number of recoveries to 2,777,671. Of the active cases, 3,204 are mild, 480 are asymptomatic, 377 are critical, 1,797 are severe, and 3,393 are moderate. “Of the 288 reported cases today, 241 or 84 percent, occurred within the recent 14 days, Dec. 10 to…

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Pasay prosecutor files wiretapping raps vs. Hontiveros

Criminal charges have been filed by the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office against Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros for alleged violation of Republic Act 4200 or the Anti-Wire Tapping Act. In an information dated December 1 by Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Serafin S. Salazar and approved by City Prosecutor Elmer L. Rillo, Hontiveros was charged in connection with a text message in 2017 between then Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II and another person. Hontiveros, the prosecutor said ” willfully, unlawfully, knowingly and secretly intercept, record, possess a copy of such…

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No local transmission of Omicron variant in PH yet: NVOC

The government has not yet recorded a community transmission of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) coronavirus variant amid its emergence in the Philippines, an official of the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said Thursday. Dr. Kezia Lorraine Rosario of NVOC, however, said the threat that the newly detected Omicron variant would spread locally remains, despite the continuing downtrend in the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. Rosario warned the public not to be complacent. “Ito rin iyong isang news na (This is one news that) we are very thankful of. However, with…

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Active Covid-19 cases in Caraga down to 103

The number of active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the Caraga region has continued to decline, the regional health office said Thursday. In a report, the Department of Health (DOH) 13 (Caraga) said only five new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the region on Wednesday. One case each was reported in Butuan City, Bayugan City, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur. The provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, as well as the cities of Surigao, Tandag, and Bislig recorded zero Covid-19 cases…

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222 Zambo HIV patients avail of PhilHealth treatment package

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has said about 222 People Living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (PLHIV) in the region have availed themselves of the agency’s treatment package this year. Philip Cataylo of PhilHealth 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) said Thursday the agency has so far released about PHP1.7 million as each of the 222 PLHIV received a PHP7,500 treatment package. The package covers laboratory tests, professional fees, and medicines. Cataylo said those who availed of the treatment package were being treated at the treatment hubs of the Zamboanga City Medical…

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Bacolod City mall vax drive resumes on Jan. 3

The city government here concluded the operations of its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) mega vaccination centers in shopping malls on Wednesday to give inoculation teams a break for the Christmas holidays. Dr. Chris Sorongon, medical deputy of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force, said on Thursday the vaccinators need to “recharge” before continuing with a massive vaccination campaign in January. “Our operations in all malls will resume on January 3,” Sorongon said in a radio interview. Vaccination in barangay sites, however, will continue until December 27, he added. Sorongon said…

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QC now ‘very low risk’ for Covid-19

Quezon City is now under a ‘very low risk’ category for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection as the number of its active cases continues to drop. QC Mayor Joy Belmonte, in a statement issued on Thursday, welcomed the report showing this great news during the Christmas holidays. “This is a special gift to all of us since Christmas is just a few days away. Somehow with these numbers, we can confidently celebrate with family and friends,” Belmonte said. The OCTA Research Group in its latest report for the week…

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La Union eases non-leisure travel requirements for fully vaxxed

The provincial government of La Union has removed the negative antigen test as one of the requirements for non-leisure travel of fully vaccinated non-residents to the province. In a phone interview on Thursday, La Union provincial information officer Camille Bumatay said this measure was based on Executive Order (EO) 58 issued by Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III on Tuesday. “For work, business, and government transactions non-leisure travel, non-residents who are fully vaccinated will just have to present a NAPANAM quick response (QR) code, government-issued identification (ID) card, proof of official…

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FDA grants EUA for anti-Covid pill

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to an anti-Covid pill which was first used in select health facilities through compassionate special permit (CSP). In a televised Laging Handa public briefing Thursday, FDA Director General Eric Domingo said the antiviral molnupiravir with a brand name Molnarz may now be taken by adults 18 years old and above with mild to moderate symptoms of Covid-19 and those at risk of developing severe illnesses like senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities. “It comes in 200 milligram capsules…hindi…

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Risk-on sentiments lift stocks index, peso

he Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rebounded on Thursday after days in the negative territory as investors set aside concerns over the Omicron coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variant, a performance mirrored by the peso. The main equities index rose by 1.81 percent, or 128.86 points, to 7,248.05 points. It was trailed by all other gauges, with All Shares up by 1.09 percent, or 41.23 points, to 3,838.45 points. Holding Firms led the sectoral indexes after it rose by 2.63 percent, followed by Property, 2.19 percent; Mining and Oil, 1.28 percent;…

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Oil prices rise amid Chinese economy stabilization efforts

Oil prices increased on Wednesday over statements on the ability of the world’s second-largest economy, China, to sustain its economic growth and on projections of a larger-than-expected US inventory fall, although the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant cases continues to curtail further price rises. International benchmark Brent crude was trading at USD74 per barrel at 0730 GMT for a 0.03-percent increase after closing the previous session at USD73.98 a barrel. American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at USD71.35 per barrel at the same time for a…

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Currency supply in ‘Odette’-hit areas enough: BSP

The currency supply in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette remains sufficient, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said. This was the assurance given by the central bank on Thursday, saying all its offices and branches in the Visayas and Mindanao “continue to fully service the currency requirements” in the typhoon-hit areas despite the issues on electricity and Internet connection. “The BSP also continues to provide full tellering services and stands ready to assist banks in their currency needs,” it said. The central bank urged banks in the areas “to carry…

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PUV drivers in Koronadal pass surprise drug test

At least 40 drivers of public utility vehicles here have tested negative for illegal drugs use following a surprise drug test, the Land Transportation Office in Soccsksargen (LTO-12) said Thursday. Macario Gonzaga, LTO 12 director, said the random drug testing among public utility commuter van and bus drivers at the city’s integrated public terminal and the Yellow Bus Line Inc. terminal was in line with the implementation of the “Oplan Pasko – Heightened Alert Status” and “Oplan Ligtas Biyahe” to ensure the safety of commuters during the holiday season. The…

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Tap QRF to raise P10-B ‘Odette’ funds: solon

A leader of the House of Representatives on Thursday suggested tapping the quick response fund (QRF) from various government agencies to help raise President Rodrigo Duterte’s PHP10-billion pledge for immediate assistance to the victims of Typhoon Odette. House Deputy Speaker Isidro Ungab said the money that can be tapped from these QRFs may be utilized for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the areas ravaged by “Odette”, including the pre-positioning of goods and equipment needed to give relief and assistance to the calamity victims. He noted that under the 2021 General…

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Suspect in P30-M Pasig robbery surrenders: NCRPO

One of the two suspects in a PHP30-million robbery in Pasig over the weekend has voluntarily surrendered to the vice mayor of Bulusan, Sorsogon, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said on Thursday. NCRPO Chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., said Rowel Galan surrendered on Tuesday and was turned over to the Pasig City Police the next day. Galan and dismissed police officer Ferdinand Fallaria, who remains at large, were among the suspects who robbed a Japanese national and his Filipina partner of at least PHP30 million in cash…

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