DOH logs 433 new infections, 369 recoveries on Christmas Day

The Philippines on Christmas Day saw a slight uptick in the new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with 433 infections. In its latest case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said active cases now stand at 9,376, of which 458 are asymptomatic, 3,430 are mild, 3,337 are moderate, 1,777 are severe, and 374 are critical. Meanwhile, it logged 369 recoveries, raising the number of those who recuperated from the disease to 2,777,818. A total of 137 new fatalities, however, brought to 51,187 the coronavirus death toll. Of the 2,838,381…

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Zambo City attains 65% population protection vs. Covid-19

About 1,049,785 city residents have received their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs since the start of the vaccine rollout in March, the City Health Office (CHO) has reported. Data from the CHO released on Saturday showed that 452,366 of the total have been fully vaccinated while the remaining 597,419 have received their first dose. The numbers for fully vaccinated and partially inoculated individuals represent 65.11 percent and 85.99 percent, respectively, of the target eligible population of 694,696. “Zamboanga City aggressively pursues vaccination with the aim of achieving mass population protection…

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PH still needs 7M fully vaxxed to achieve population protection

The Philippines still needs to fully vaccinate seven million Filipinos by the end of the month to meet its target of 54 million and achieve population protection this year. Based on the data from the national Covid-19 vaccination dashboard, the Philippines, as of Saturday, has administered a total of 105,329,784 doses of vaccines nationwide, with 47,109,449 Filipinos now fully protected and 1,365,827 others have received their booster shots. Due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, the country’s average daily vaccination rate has decreased to 675,567 doses. Despite a few setbacks…

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Overcast Christmas Day due to ‘amihan’

Cloudy skies with isolated light rains will prevail over Metro Manila and northern and central Luzon due to the northeast monsoon or “amihan”, according to the Saturday weather forecast. In its 4 a.m. daily bulletin by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the “amihan” will also reign over Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos region, and the rest of the Cagayan Valley and Cordillera regions. These areas should expect cloudy to partly cloudy skies with light rains. Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Davao…

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Manila Cathedral donates P4-M to ‘Odette’-hit dioceses

The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, otherwise known as the Manila Cathedral, has donated PHP4 million to nine dioceses badly hit by Typhoon Odette. In a Facebook post, the basilica reported that as of December 24, they have collected a total of PHP4,470,383.86 through special collections. “We are pleased to inform you that we have already forwarded the donations you sent to the dioceses that are greatly affected by the Typhoon Odette,” the post said. It added that PHP500,000 were each given to the Archdiocese of Cebu, Apostolic Vicariate…

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29 unexploded bombs dug up in Zambo City village

Twenty-nine pieces of unexploded ordnance were dug up on two separate occasions this week at the same construction site in Barangay Cabatangan this city. The recovered ordnance is classified as 75-mm. high explosive anti-tank ammunition. The discovery of the explosive devices prompted Lt. Mary Agnes Miro, Zamboanga City Police Office information officer, on Saturday to advise homeowners and construction workers to be cautious while building a house or digging on their property. Construction worker Alex Glinogo, 52, first discovered 22 pieces of unexploded ordnance on December 20. Glinogo is one…

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IP youth unite for cultural preservation

“There is unity in diversity.” This was the rallying theme as 39 young leaders of the Ilocos and Cordillera regions gathered last week in Danglas, Abra for the Indigenous People (IP) Cultural Camp. The three-day camp was not only a showcase and sharing of different IP cultural practices and traditions in the form of songs, dances, and prayers but also a platform to mold the participants as the government’s peace partners. Cultural exposure consisted of tree planting within the ancestral domain and a tour of local tourist spots, such as…

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Pasig City to give P5-M to 5 ‘Odette’-battered provinces

The Pasig City government will donate a total of PHP5 million to five provinces battered by Typhoon Odette, Mayor Vico Sotto said on Saturday. In a social media post, Sotto said the city government would be handing over PHP1 million each to the provinces of Dinagat Islands, Southern Leyte, Negros Oriental, Surigao del Norte, and Bohol. He added the city government has already sent staff to the areas. “In the spirit of Christmas, let’s find ways to help those in need,” Sotto wrote in his post on Christmas Day. Meanwhile,…

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Palace urges Filipinos to help each other ‘heal’

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged Filipinos to welcome Christmas Day with strong faith and hope, especially as the nation continues to recover from the effects of Typhoon Odette and the pandemic. “I joined all Christians here in the Philippines and around the world in celebrating the blessed season of Christmas,” the Chief Executive said in a statement. “May we all be united in spreading love, compassion, and happiness to our families and friends, and even those whom we need to reach out to,” the Palace statement said. The President…

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Why the 19-year-old Diocese of Novaliches is unique

Of the more than 80 bishoprics of the Roman Catholic Church in the country, the 19-year-old Diocese of Novaliches in the Ecclesiastical Province or Archdiocese of Manila under Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula can be considered unique. For starters, it is the only Philippine diocese named after a former town reduced to a barrio (now called barangay) more than a century ago. Its territorial jurisdiction covers big portions of two Metropolitan Manila premier cities that have their dioceses – Quezon City and Caloocan City. It comprises the northern section of…

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Guard dies on Christmas Eve highway accident

A motorcyclist died while the driver of a habal-habal (motor taxi) was injured in a head-on collision in a west coast barangay here on Christmas Eve, the police reported Saturday. Lt. Mary Agnes Miro, Zamboanga City Police Office information officer, identified the fatality as Henry Tolentino, 43, a security guard and resident of Sitio Anuling, Barangay Pamucutan, west of this city. Wounded was Jayson Bacabac, 22, the driver of the motor taxi, Miro said. The incident took place along the highway in Purok 1, Barangay Talisayan, west of this city…

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