JETEX TRIUMPHS AT WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jetex has received three prestigious recognitions at the World Travel Awards Grand Final: • World’s Leading Private Jet Experience; • World’s Leading FBO Brand; and • World’s Leading Private Jet Terminal for Jetex Paris. Jetex, an award-winning global leader in executive aviation, triumphed at the […]

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JETEX CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For the wealthiest of the wealthy, only the most extravagant and expensive gifts are acceptable during the holiday giving season. This inspired Jetex to design the ultimate ‘Christmas in the Sky’ private jet experience, priced USD 27,000 for up to 10 passengers. Jetex, an award-winning […]

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NoCot gov’t sends P6-M relief goods to typhoon-hit Caraga

The North Cotabato provincial government here has sent some PHP6 million worth of relief goods for Typhoon Odette victims in the Caraga region. In a statement Tuesday, North Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco said the assistance consisted of 3,000 bags of rice, 750 boxes of noodles, and 750 boxes of canned goods that will be distributed in the affected Caraga provinces of Dinagat Islands, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, and Agusan Del Norte, all severely hit by the typhoon. “I am hoping that this would help our brothers in Caraga…

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Morant’s last-minute layup leads Grizzlies to victory vs. Suns

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies hit the game-winning layup to give his team a 114-113 win over the Phoenix Suns late on Monday. The game saw a thrilling final as Devin Booker hit the three-pointer, giving the Suns a 113-112 lead against the Grizzlies with five seconds on the clock. But the Grizzlies sealed the victory with a score of 114-113 after Morant made the driving layup with just half a second left. Morant racked up an impressive 33 points, while Desmond Bane scored a career-high 32 for the…

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NoCot cops hailed for nurturing 4 abandoned kids

Two lady cops in Libungan, North Cotabato have been getting praises both on social media as well as from friends, acquaintances, and neighbors for their humane acts. On Tuesday, Capt. Razul Pandulo, Libungan police chief, said Tuesday he was proud of his subordinates — Senior Master Sgt. Analie Queen Alanis and Cpl. Kristine Grace Ulep, who both took turns in taking care of four abandoned children during the past two days. The children, aged eight, six, five years old, and three months old, were left unattended by their parents in…

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Arroyo cites timely power restoration in ‘Odette’-affected areas

The chairman of the House Committee on Energy on Tuesday lauded the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and all those in the energy sector for restoring power to areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette in time for the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo said he has been in constant coordination with NGCP president Anthony Almeda regarding expediting power restoration in Odette-affected areas in Visayas and Mindanao to ensure people in those areas may at least have lighted homes during this season. “I would like…

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PNP ends 2021 with greater transparency, enhanced capability

The year 2021 marked a milestone for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in upholding transparency and accountability, as well as enhancing its capability through acquiring new assets which are vital in performing its mandate to serve and protect. Among these key measures is the acquisition and distribution of body-worn cameras for police officers. Based on the latest data as of December 23, the PNP has distributed 2,696 BWCs to all its 16 regional commands, including those in Metro Manila. These can be broken down into 144 for Police Regional Office…

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Duterte renews call to give unused gov’t lands to poor

President Rodrigo R. Duterte renewed his call to give unused government-owned lands to the poor, including those displaced by Typhoon Odette. In a pre-recorded public address aired Tuesday morning, Duterte directed the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to ensure that idle government-owned lands are distributed “within the next few months”. “Kung mag-rehabilitate kayo ng isang (If you are going to rehabilitate a) community and you would want to look for the space if it’s government land, Ibigay na ninyo lahat. Those idle government land, better give it to the people…

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5 BIFF rebels, 2 NPA members yield in Sultan Kudarat

Some five Moro extremists, four of them bomb makers, and two communist rebels surrendered on separate incidents in Sultan Kudarat province, a top military official here said Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander and concurrent head of Joint Task Force Central (JTFC), said the seven men turned in firearms and explosives to the 40th Infantry Battalion (IB) during separate surrender rites held Monday inside the 40IB headquarters in President Quirino, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Lt. Col. Edwin Alburo, the 40IB commander, said the four extremists belonged…

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Duterte to give P5-K each to families hit by ‘Odette’

President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged PHP5,000 for indigent families affected by Typhoon Odette that devastated several provinces including in the Visayas and Mindanao on December 16. In a prerecorded public address aired Monday night, Duterte said the government has gathered enough funds to distribute cash aid. “I’m giving PHP5,000 per family…the money that I have gathered so far would be sufficient for the assistance of PHP5,000 for everybody,” he said. He also vowed to revisit areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette, to assess relief, recovery, and rehabilitation efforts of the government.…

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2021: Renewed hope towards ‘steady’ tourism recovery

The annual tourism revenue in 2020 is no doubt higher than the receipts generated this year since tourists were still able to enter the country from January to mid-March last year before the lockdown was imposed. But if you compare the figures from April to September of both years covering the pandemic period, the tourism industry this 2021 is seeing a renewed hope towards a steady recovery path. Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed that tourism receipts from April to September 2021 reached PHP3.1 billion, up by 91.6…

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Missing, exploited children reports double in 2021: DOJ

Reports involving Filipino children sent through the United States-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline Reports (CTR) more than doubled this year, according to data shared by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday. From 1,297,474 in 2020, NCMEC received 2,802,712 reports for the past 12 months. In 2019, the NCMEC got 418,422 cyber tips. Out of the total CTR and reports from the public, the DOJ-Office of Cybercrime conducted 268 investigations as of December, compared to 73 in 2020. The DOJ said not all CTRs are…

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Soldiers lauded for neutralizing BIFF group sub-leader

The head of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) has called on Moro rebel armed groups to grab the opportunity of availing the government’s reconciliation program as the national government continued its peace approaches in the southern Philippines. Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, the Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander and head of Joint Task Force Central (JTFC), made the appeal Tuesday to the extremist groups following a brief clash that left a sub-leader of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) killed in Maguindanao earlier this week. “As part of the marching order…

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Eagle found wounded in MisOcc on Christmas Day

Residents of Tangub City in Misamis Occidental on Christmas Day found and rescued an eagle thought to have been wounded by an “air gun” but is now recuperating. In an interview on Monday afternoon, Misamis Occidental Governor Philip Tan said the bird sustained a wound on its right wing and was transferred to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office for further treatment. “Once the eagle is safe, we will endorse it to the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City because they have the adequate facilities there,” he said. Tan…

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Almost 146K travelers leave PH for holiday season: BI

Close to 146,000 travelers departed the Philippines during the holiday season, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Tuesday. Citing the BI’s latest data, Commissioner Jaime Morente said 145,900 passengers left the country this December, 117,795 of whom are Filipinos. The departures also include Americans with 7,776, Indians with 2,908, Chinese with 2,509, and the Japanese with 2,190. During Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the BI processed only around 7,000 departing travelers, almost double from last year’s figure at 3,854. “The usual busy Christmas eve and Christmas day still had a…

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DHSUD allots P100-M each for Odette-hit provinces

The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has pledged PHP100 million worth of assistance for each typhoon-affected province. Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said the assistance may be used by the local government units to procure construction materials and repair severely damaged houses during the first quarter of 2022. “We are hastening efforts to immediately assist families in typhoon-hit regions, especially those whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Odette. We are also stepping up coordination with other government agencies to ensure faster delivery of relief and financial assistance…

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Over 22K registered voters to join Dec. 29 mock polls

Over 22,000 registered voters will be participating in the mock elections in different areas in the country on Wednesday. The latest data from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) released on Tuesday said a total of 34 barangays will be joining the event which will simulate the entire election process in preparation for the May 2022 polls. The participating barangays are from Metro Manila, particularly in the cities of Pasay and Taguig and the municipality of Pateros. It will also simultaneously be held in the provinces of Albay, Davao del Sur,…

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BARMM eyes traditional marketplace revival in Maguindanao

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) is reviving the traditional stopover marketplace with modern facilities to jumpstart economic recovery in a Maguindanao town two years into the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM interior minister, said Tuesday the village of Tambunan in Guindulungan town (former Talayan) will rise again and become another dynamic marketplace in Maguindanao. “While it is modern and convenient, it will still carry the distinctive heritage of our region and its people,” Sinarimbo said a day after the signing of the memorandum of…

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PRRD hopes NPA won’t sabotage gov’t Odette response

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hope that the communist New People’s Army (NPA) will not tinker with the government’s operations to bring back normalcy in the areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette. During his prerecorded “Talk to the People” on Monday night, Duterte said he has been mobilizing all the government’s resources to augment the disaster response and relief operations within the typhoon-hit areas, including Regions 4-B (Mimaropa), 6 (Western Visayas), 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas), 10 (Northern Mindanao), and 13 (Caraga). “I hope that the NPAs will not really tinker…

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Mobile kitchens, AFP transport assets used in ‘Odette’ response

The deployment of mobile kitchens is among the efforts of the military in helping those affected by the recent calamity aside from using its sea, air, and land transportation assets for the ongoing relief efforts. This, as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deployed its mobile kitchen to feed communities in Cebu City severely affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. “Through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, OJ4; AFP Visayas Command; 14th Civil Military Operations Battalion, and the 3rd Civil Relations Group, the AFP…

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Duterte warns profiteers, hoarders in wake of ‘Odette’

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said business owners profiteering from consumer goods in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette may be arrested. In his prerecorded Talk to the People on Monday night, Duterte threatened to order the arrest of business owners involved in the overpricing of basic goods and construction supplies in areas hit by the typhoon. “Tell us if there has been a violation during this time because we will identify them and the Philippine National Police, we will ask them to arrest the hoarders and people who are taking advantage…

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WW2 corvette to serve as command post in Dinagat relief ops: Navy

The Philippine Navy (PN) will be using the recently decommissioned World War II-era corvette, BRP Magat Salamat (PS-20), as a temporary command post for the duration of the relief operations in Dinagat Islands which was severely devastated by Typhoon Odette. In a statement Monday night, PN spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said the ship will also be serving as a “mother-ship” for smaller naval craft now helping in the relief efforts. “As a floating command post, PS-20 will once again play a critical role as a jumping-off point for various humanitarian…

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Soccsksargen gov’t agencies send more aid to ‘Odette’ victims

In keeping with the government’s mandate to provide help to the victims of Typhoon Odette, government agencies here in Soccsksargen (Region 12), through the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force, have consolidated their efforts to send more basic needs to the affected areas. During a send-off ceremony on Tuesday at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 12 grounds, food items, clothing, sanitary kits, and drinkable water were delivered by a convoy of 24 vehicles to the Caraga Region. Teams from the region’s Department of Social Welfare and Development, Office…

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4 Albay villages set for mock polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Bicol said it’s all systems go for Wednesday’s mock elections in four polling centers in Albay, the only province selected in the region and one of three areas in Luzon. Lawyer Maria Aurea Bo-Bunao, Comelec Albay provincial chief, said Tuesday the province was picked together with Pasay City in the National Capital Region and Cauayan in Isabela in Luzon. In an interview, Bo-Bunao said the mock polls would be held in Barangays Ilawod West and Tamaoyan in this city and Barangays Banawab and Caratagan in…

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POC declares Juico persona non grata

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Executive Board has approved the recommendation of its Ethics Committee that declared athletics chief, Dr. Philip Ella Juico, as persona non grata—an offshoot of Juico’s rift with Olympic pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena. “The POC approved the recommendation of the Ethics Committee declaring Juico as persona non grata,” said Tolentino after the POC Executive Board meeting at the East Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City on Tuesday. “We do not recognize him anymore as president of PATAFA [Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association] until…

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’Odette’-affected C. Visayas MSMEs to get DTI ‘negosyo kits’

At least 390 microenterprises in three provinces of Central Visayas which were ravaged by Typhoon Odette will receive Negosyo Kits through the Land Bank of the Philippines cash cards, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Region 7 said on Tuesday. The assistance for the micro-entrepreneurs from Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental will be distributed under the trade department’s Livelihood Seeding Program–Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB) project. In a statement, DTI-7 director Maria Elena Arbon said the program partners with the local government units (LGUs) in allowing a wider reach of…

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SC improves further in 2021 with 110% clearance rate

The Supreme Court (SC) disposed of a record number of cases this year — more than the new cases filed — for a clearance rate of 110 percent, according to data provided by the Office of the Clerk of Court En Banc and the Divisions Clerk on Tuesday. There were 3,603 new cases and one reinstatement filed, but the SC managed to resolve 3,975 cases, including those from the backlog. The SC also resolved 1,176 administrative cases and bar matters cases out of 1,116 new cases for a 105-percent clearance…

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Zambo City drug informant gets cash reward

The Police Regional Office – Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) on Tuesday handed over a cash reward to an informant who provided vital information that led to the confiscation of PHP6.8 million worth of shabu and the arrest of three high-value suspects here. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, PRO-9 director, assisted by Col. Rexmel Reyes, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, handed over the reward in a ceremony at Camp Abendan, the PRO-9 headquarters in Barangay Mercedes. “The amount received by our informant is a monetary consideration offered by the government for information…

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PNP warns netizens vs. travel posts

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday warned the public to refrain from posting holiday vacation plans on social media. In a Laging Handa briefing, PNP spokesperson, Col. Roderick Alba said such an act gives criminals a hint and opportunity to break into homes while its owners are away. “Halimbawa iwanan natin yung ating property, kabahayan, we should not report real-time or mag-post ng real-time sa social media kung saan po kayo pupunta o naiwanan yung bahay niyo because that only gives opportunity or motive yung mga kababayan natin na…

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Mentally-ill man faces parricide rap in Agusan Norte town

A man was charged with parricide after beheading his minor daughter in Agusan del Norte town. In a statement on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr., the director of the Police Regional Office – Caraga, identified the suspect as William Pableo Becong, 46, of Purok 1, Barangay Malpoc, Buenavista town. “The Buenavista municipal police station already filed the case of parricide against the suspect on Monday at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Prosecutors Office,” he said. He added that the suspect beheaded his nine-year-old daughter who has special needs on…

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Army vows justice for Negrense killed by NPA rebels

The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde) has vowed to bring to justice the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebels responsible for killing a resident of La Castellana, Negros Occidental on December 20. According to the military report, victim Mario Landisa, 53, a resident of Sitio Mantuhod in Barangay Cabacungan, was gunned down by four armed men after he refused to give them food and cash. Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of 303IBde, commended the courage of the people of La Castellana, particularly those in Barangay Cabacungan,…

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155 female inmates in Bacolod City get Covid-19 booster shots

Some 155 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) under the Metro Bacolod District Jail-Female Dormitory (MBDJ-FD) located in Barangay Handumanan have received booster doses against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the jail management reported on Tuesday. Jail Officer 1 Karen Joy Manalo, assistant unit jail nurse, administered the AstraZeneca jabs provided by the city government on Monday. Also, 24 PDLs received the first dose of the same vaccine while two others availed of the second dose. Aside from the inmates, four jail personnel also received booster shots. “This jail unit extends our…

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Vaccine wastage due to Typhoon Odette ‘negligible’: Galvez

The Covid-19 vaccine wastage due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette remains “negligible”, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Tuesday. During the arrival of over two million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine at the NAIA Terminal 1, Galvez said typhoon-hit areas particularly in Siargao and Cebu City have resumed their vaccination drives as the damaged Covid-19 vaccines due to “Odette” reached 4,120 doses. “Siargao, even immediately after–a day after–natatakot sila na masira yung vaccine, they already inoculated a lot. Sa Cebu, sinabi nga ng isang doktor, bagyo lang ito,…

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421 new Covid-19 cases, 248 more recoveries: DOH

Another 421 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases raised the country’s total tally of confirmed infections to 2,839,111, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday. This brought the total number of active infections to 9,750. In its Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said 248 new recoveries pushed the total recovery count to 2,778,148. Of the active cases, 3,766 are mild, 489 are asymptomatic, 374 are critical, 1,778 are severe, and 3,343 are moderate. “Of the 421 reported cases today, 410 or 97 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – December…

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’Odette’ death toll now 397; displaced families top 1.08M

The number of families affected by Typhoon Odette has slightly climbed to 1,082,910, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday. In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said this is equivalent to 4,235,400 persons residing in 6,115 barangays located in 11 regions in the country. The affected barangays are from the Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Caraga and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Also, the NDRRMC reported that 1,201 evacuation centers are…

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Boil water to avoid diarrhea, ‘Odette’ victims urged anew

An official of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas on Tuesday reminded anew victims of Typhoon Odette to boil water from untreated sources before drinking to avoid diarrhea and other gastric diseases. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist, said in a message to local media waterborne diseases are among the many illnesses that people need to watch out for after every typhoon. “This is primarily because of the absence of potable water and at times even these potable water may need treatment prior to use for drinking,…

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5-day ‘PhilHealth holiday’ to hurt the poor: Salceda

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday stressed the need for a “solvent” Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) that can verify and pay claims quickly and provide adequate financial protection to members. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda made the remark as he opposed a move from private hospitals to declare a five-day holiday from accepting PhilHealth claims for deductions. “On the one hand, PhilHealth definitely has to pay its claims. Even public hospitals like the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, had to struggle with funding its…

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2M AstraZeneca jabs to be used as booster shots

The number of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines procured by the private sector has increased to 15 million after 2,005,300 doses arrived on Tuesday. Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the new shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine procured under the private sector’s “A Dose for Hope” program, will mostly be used as booster shots for both the local government units (LGUs) and the private sector. “The employees that had taken the first two doses, starting this coming week they will start to get their boosters,” Concepcion said during the AstraZeneca vaccine arrival…

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4 more cases raise firecracker injuries to 23

The Department of Health (DOH) has reported four new cases of fireworks-related injuries (FWRI) on Tuesday, pushing the total tally to 23. “These were 92 percent higher compared to 2020 with 12 cases and 64 percent lower than the five-year average of 65 cases during the same period,” the DOH said in its latest report. The agency’s data showed that all cases were injuries due to fireworks – nine cases or 39 percent occurred in Western Visayas while the rest of the regions reported zero to three cases only. A…

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NNC examines nutrition status of typhoon-hit kids in S. Leyte

Concerns have been raised over possible cases of acute malnutrition in Southern Leyte due to scarcity of nutritious food after Typhoon Odette. National Nutrition Council (NNC) Eastern Visayas regional nutrition program coordinator Catalino Dotollo said such cases are expected due to the absence of nutrition-dense food in disaster-stricken communities. “We have to take action to avert possible incidence of malnutrition in Southern Leyte especially that the province has been the top performer among provinces in terms of nutrition programs in the region,” Dotollo told the Philippine News Agency in an…

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62% of active Covid-19 cases in Caraga asymptomatic: DOH-13

The Department of Health – Caraga (DOH-13) on Tuesday said 62.9 percent of the remaining coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the region were asymptomatic. In a report Tuesday, the agency said the other active cases include 33 percent with mild symptoms, 3.7 percent severe, and 0.3 percent critical. Also, the DOH-13 said active Covid-19 cases in the region are down to 59 with seven new cases reported on Monday. “The remaining 59 active cases in Caraga Region represents 0.1 percent of the 49,220 total Covid-19 cases recorded in the…

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Palace assures signing of 2022 budget before Dec. 31

President Rodrigo Duterte will sign the proposed 2022 national budget before December 31, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made this assurance after Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III announced that Duterte’s signing of next year’s budget has been postponed. Nograles, also acting presidential spokesperson, explained that the signing of next year’s budget was postponed since the Office of the President is still currently in the process of vetting and reviewing it. “Hindi pa po natatapos yung review process at pagsusuri ng budget…Napakakapal ng budget book. Ilang libro…

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54% of Alabel town residents sign up with PhilSys

More than half of the population of Alabel, Sarangani Province are already registered for the Philippine Identification (PhilID) or national ID. The Alabel Information Office (AIO) shared in a post on December 7 that 47,571 Alabelians, or 54 percent of the total population, have registered with the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) since signup began early this year. The registration is open at the New Multi-Purpose Building of the Alabel Municipal Birthing Home Compound and at the Philippine Statistics Authority-PhilSys satellite registration center. Applicants as young as five years old can…

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FOI-PMO meets Chilean authority on access to information

Aside from the technical cooperation visit with the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information, and Personal Data Protection (INAI) in Mexico, the Freedom of Information Project Management Office (FOI PMO) delegation also had a brief yet productive learning session with the Chilean Council for Transparency last week. President Counselor Gloria de la Fuente and Chief-of-Staff Rodrigo Mora of the Chilean Council for Transparency were generous and candid on doing a walkthrough of Chile’s legislation and system that guarantee and facilitate its citizens’ access to public information and protection of…

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DTI-Pangasinan opens 25th Negosyo Center to help MSMEs recover

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday opened a Negosyo (Business) Center here to provide accessible services to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It is the fifth Negosyo Center that opened in the province, which already has 25 branches, and the 80th in the Ilocos Region. In a phone interview, DTI Pangasinan provincial director Natalia Dalaten said the MSMEs and other stakeholders may avail of services such as business name registration or renewal, business counseling, information and advocacy, and product development. “If they need advice regarding their…

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DDB thanks PCSO for funding support to anti-drug drive

The Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) on Tuesday lauded the state lottery agency for its contributions to the country’s anti-drug campaign and for being among the government’s lead humanitarian agencies. This after the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) turned over checks worth PHP67 million to the DDB, Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as part of its mandatory contributions to various partner institutions. The DDB represented by Undersecretary Earl Saavedra received a check worth PHP9.6 million, the…

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DND, SoKor shipbuilder ink deal for 2 new corvettes

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Tuesday signed the PHP28-billion contract with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the acquisition of two brand-new corvettes for the Philippine Navy, which are capable of conducting anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare missions. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and HHI representative Ka Sam Hyun signed the deal in a virtual ceremony which was also attended by Minister Kang Eun-ho, head of South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration, and HHI president and chief executive officer Chung Ki-Sun. Other ranking DND, HHI, and officials…

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PhilHealth to get P80-B in subsidies under 2022 nat’l budget

State insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will receive almost PHP80 billion in subsidies allocated under the proposed PHP5.02-trillion 2022 national budget, according to a party-list lawmaker. In a statement on Tuesday, Anakalusugan Party-list Rep Mike Defensor said next year’s PhilHealth subsidy amounting to PHP79,990,995,000 is PHPP8.368 billion higher than this year’s PHP71.353-billion subsidy. Defensor said increasing taxpayer subsidy would provide more insurance coverage for vulnerable sectors of the population, which is also a part of the mandate of the universal health care program. “The money is for the insurance…

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Shoemakers, leather traders welcome Marikina’s tax relief

Shoemakers and manufacturers of leather goods thanked the city government of Marikina over its move to provide a tax relief, which means lower business tax and permit fees for five years. In a statement, Tony Andres, chair of the Marikina-based Philippine Footwear Federation Inc. (PFFI); and Corazon Espiritu, chairperson of the Marikina bags and leather goods, expressed gratitude to Teodoro and to the city council for helping rebuild the city’s shoe industry which was badly affected by the pandemic. “Napakalaking bagay nitong tax relief ngayong may pandemya. Labis kaming nagpapasalamat…

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Limasawa typhoon victims homeless but not hopeless

Typhoon Odette’s fierce winds destroyed houses and shattered the livelihood of thousands of residents in this small island, but their will to rise up from the rubble stood firm. Antonio Oposa, 49, turned emotional when waves whipped by powerful winds washed away their house in Magallanes village, the site of the First Mass in the Philippines held 500 years ago. “I could not do anything while seeing our house swept away by chest-deep waves. I cried after the typhoon, but I am still happy that all of us survived,” Oposa…

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