[INVNT GROUP]™ Bets Big on Live; Enhances Live Brand Storytelling Capabilities with Newly Formed ITP LIVE, in the Strategic Acquisitions of InSync Production Services, Thunder Audio and Morpheus Lights.

Introducing ITP LIVE: An Integrated Production Services Division of INVNT® New York, Dec. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — [INVNT GROUP] THE GLOBAL BRANDSTORY PROJECT™ announces the strategic acquisitions of four historied live event production companies: ITP LIVE, InSync Production Services, Thunder Audio, and Morpheus Lights. Led by President and CEO, Scott Cullather, [INVNT GROUP] represents a growing portfolio […]

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Philips completes cancellation of 33.5 million shares

December 29, 2021 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) today announced that it has completed the cancellation of 33.5 million of its shares. Philips’ current issued share capital amounts to EUR 176,779,793.80 representing 883,898,969 common shares. The cancelled shares include 20.5 million shares acquired under the EUR 1.5 billion share repurchase […]

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FDA อนุญาตให้การทำตลาด VLN® ของ 22nd Century Group ในฐานะผลิตภัณฑ์ยาสูบปรับลดความเสี่ยง

VLN® เป็นบุหรี่ชนิดที่เผาไหม้รายแรกและรายเดียวของโลกที่ได้รับการรับรองจาก FDA MRTP FDA เพิ่มการอ้างสิทธิ์ตามหัวข้อข่าวว่า “ช่วยให้คุณสูบบุหรี่น้อยลง” ในการอ้างสิทธิ์ตามที่บริษัทร้องขอ บุหรี่ที่ลดนิโคตินลง 95% ของ VLN® ชนิดนี้จะเปิดตัวในสหรัฐอเมริกาภายใน 90 วัน VLN® จะเปิดตัวนอกสหรัฐอเมริกาในไตรมาสแรกของปี 2022 BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 22nd Century Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: XXII) บริษัทเทคโนโลยีชีวภาพด้านการเกษตรชั้นนำที่เน้นการลดความอันตรายจากยาสูบ ลดยาสูบนิโคตินและพัฒนาสุขภาพและความเป็นอยู่ที่ดีผ่านทางวิทยาศาสตร์พืชสมัยใหม่ ประกาศในวันนี้ว่าสำนักงานคณะกรรมการอาหารและยาแห่งสหรัฐอเมริกา (FDA) ได้ดำเนินการอนุญาตให้ทำการตลาดบุหรี่ที่มีการลดสารนิโคติด VLN® King และ VLN® Menthol King ของบริษัทในฐานะผลิตภัณฑ์ยาสูบปรับลดความเสี่ยง (MRTP) ในการดำเนินการตรวจสอบเพื่ออนุมัติหน่วยงานพบว่า VLN® ซึ่งมีควัน กลิ่น และรสเหมือนบุหรี่ทั่วไป แต่มีนิโคตินน้อยกว่าถึง 95% เมื่อเทียบกับบุหรี่ทั่วไปซึ่งสูบแล้วเสพติด – “ช่วยลดการสัมผัสและการบริโภคนิโคตินสำหรับผู้ใช้” “การตัดสินใจในวันนี้ที่จะอนุมัติคำขอ […]

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EnBiotix, Inc. Closes $11M Pre-Merger Financing

BOSTON, Dec. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EnBiotix, Inc., a rare disease company currently focused on chronic respiratory disorders, today announced the closing of an $11M pre-merger, convertible note round of financing (“the Financing”) comprised of Vectura Group plc, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Sanford Biosciences LLC. The Financing was led by Vectura Group plc […]

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Cops, faithful lauded for peaceful ‘Simbang Gabi’

The nationwide traditional “Simbang Gabi” or the nine-day pre-dawn Masses leading to Christmas Day has concluded peacefully, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday. In a statement, PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, thanked the police officers, local government units, and the faithful for their cooperation in ensuring the orderly conduct of the Masses and compliance with minimum health protocols. “No major untoward incidents were reported by the Police Regional Offices in their respective areas of responsibility. Except for the catastrophic effects of Typhoon Odette during the opening days of…

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PH now at par with countries using national ID

The Philippines is now at par with countries which have adopted the national identification system. In a recent post, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)-registered Filipinos can now access assistance during medical emergencies as the national ID, otherwise known as the Philippine Identification (PhilID), allows easy tracking of medical records and health information. “The national ID can also be used for better targeting for social and health services,” the PSA said. In terms of education, the non-expiring national ID also has several benefits. Student Grace Nardo…

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CA sides with Philracom in franchise row

The Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld its earlier ruling in favor of the Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) and the Games and Amusements Board which ordered the Metro Manila Turf Club, Inc (MMTCI) to stop its operations last year. In a resolution dated December 17 and written by Associate Justice Ruben Roxas, the CA said “there are no substantial matters which would warrant a reconsideration” of its earlier decision on February 19. The CA ruled that the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 278 “committed grave abuse of discretion” in…

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2 Navy ships arrive in Cebu for relief mission

Two Philippine Navy (PN) ships have arrived in Cebu, bringing around 645 tons of relief goods, other essential items, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief equipment (HADR), and rolling cargoes for typhoon-stricken Cebuanos. The BRP Agta (LC-290) and BRP Tarlac (LD-601) arrived in Cebu on Thursday and Friday, respectively, for a relief mission in the province. “The PN landing dock, LD-601 (BRP Tarlac) sailed from Manila to Cebu on December 22, carrying relief and other essential goods, as well as other critical equipment for Odette-affected areas in Visayas. Furthermore, LD-601 brought…

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Duterte admin efforts vs. Covid-19 must go on: NTF exec

The ongoing fight against the pandemic must be continued by the next administration as there is no reason to stop the gains made under President Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 Response, Secretary Vince Dizon, said it will be unthinkable to create a gap because the implementation of the prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, and integration (PDITR) strategies, has been proven effective. “Tingin ko naman tuloy-tuloy kahit na sino pa ang papalit sa ating administrasyon (I think it will be continued by whoever will be in the next administration),” he said…

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UN releases P600-M aid for PH ‘Odette’ response

The United Nations pledged USD12 million (approximately PHP600 million) as additional assistance to the country recently battered by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai). “I am releasing USD12 million from UNCERF (Central Emergency Response Fund) to help deliver urgent humanitarian assistance to support the Government-led response to Super Typhoon Rai (Odette) in the Philippines,” UN Relief Chief Martin Griffiths announced on Christmas Eve. CERF is the UN’s global emergency response fund that supports rapid humanitarian efforts for people affected by natural disasters or armed conflict. UN Resident Coordinator to the Philippines…

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‘Odette’ leaves P1-B damage to agri, fisheries in Surigao Norte

Typhoon Odette has left a damage of over PHP1 billion to agriculture and fishery sectors in Surigao del Norte, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) report showed. In its status report as of December 23, a copy of which was obtained by the Philippine News Agency Friday, the PDRRMO in Surigao del Norte said the fishery sector in the province and in Surigao City suffered around PHP1,122,241,500 losses from the recent typhoon. The amount includes damage to fishponds worth PHP264 million, PHP23.8 million to fish cages, PHP75 million…

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House to continue passing vital measures vs. Covid-19

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Friday assured the public that the House of Representatives will continue to pass vital measures that will help the country in its fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. “Rest assured that we in the House of Representatives will remain steadfast and resolute in enacting vital pieces of legislation that will help the country navigate through and emerge stronger from this pandemic,” Velasco said in his Christmas message. Velasco expressed optimism that this year’s Christmas celebration will be better than last year with most people…

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DOH-Bicol support teams arrive in typhoon-hit Eastern Visayas

The medical support teams deployed by the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol (Region 5) arrived in Eastern Visayas on Thursday to help victims of Typhoon Odette. In a statement on Friday, the DOH-Center for Health Development in Bicol (DOH-CHD5) said the two medical teams from the Bicol Medical Center with 22 members consist of doctors (surgeon and internal medicine), nurses, psychiatric nurses, cooks, and drivers. “They will provide free hospital and medical care to the victims of Typhoon Odette such as free consultations, first-aid, medical and surgical response, psychosocial…

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Further easing of movement restrictions boosts gov’t revenues

An economist forecasts further improvement in the growth of government revenues in line with the expected easing of movement restrictions by early 2022. Data released by the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) on Friday showed a 15.56-percent year-on-year rise of government revenues last November to PHP284 billion. This jump is higher than the 10.34-percent expansion in expenditures to PHP412.7 billion, which resulted in a budget gap of PHP128.7 billion, down 0.33 percent compared to year-ago level. “For the coming months, further reopening of the economy towards greater normalcy with the…

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Share blessings with typhoon victims this Christmas: prelate

Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete is appealing to the people to keep the faith in the midst of the deaths and destruction wrought by Typhoon Odette in Negros Oriental and other parts of the country, and share their blessings with the displaced families and individuals. In his message for Christmas Eve on Friday, Cortes cited the “great temptation to despair and succumb to misery” after the onslaught of “Odette” that left a trail of devastation in its wake. “Have faith this Christmas,” he said, adding that “while…

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NCR Covid-19 positivity rate up due to holidays: OCTA

The Covid-19 positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased slightly over the past few days at 0.77 for the period of December 16 to 22, the OCTA Research Group said Friday. In its latest report, the group noted that the region’s positivity rate was lowest at 0.62 for the period of December 12 to 18. “This uptick in positivity rate may be dismissed as merely an effect of the holidays. On the other hand, this could also be the beginning of a change in the trend,” OCTA said.…

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South Korea pardons ex-president jailed for corruption

South Korea on Friday pardoned former President Park Geun-hye, who was serving a 22-year jail term for corruption. The government said the move to release Park, who was impeached in 2017 and convicted of abuse of power, coercion and bribery a year later, will “help bolster national unity” ahead of next March’s presidential election. Park became South Korea’s first woman president in 2013 and the country’s first democratically elected leader to be removed from office. She is among 3,094 prisoners scheduled to be freed on New Year’s Eve, Yonhap News…

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44 roads reopened in ‘Odette’ aftermath: DPWH

A total of 44 roads in provinces hit by Typhoon Odette have been reopened, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Friday. These roads were already cleared and are now accessible to motorists as of Friday noon, the agency said in an update. However, seven roads are still impassable to all types of vehicles due to damaged bridge, fallen trees and electric posts, debris, and washout revetment. These roads are the Irawan- Tagburos Road, at Tagburos Bridge I, Puerto Princesa City due to damaged/collapsed bridge section and…

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GSIS loan collection via Bayad Centers reaches P65-M

State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has collected over PHP65 million in loan payments made through Bayad Centers following the accreditation of more branches of the collection partner. GSIS’s partnership with Bayad, which started in April this year, provides members a secure and convenient alternative to paying their loans and supports the pension fund’s goal to improve its loan collection efficiency. “Initially, there were only 1,689 active Bayad outlets. As of September 2021, there are 2,836 Bayad collection sites across the country that are accepting payments for GSIS…

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BOC donates abandoned goods to ‘Odette’ victims

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday donated imported food items and footwear to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the victims of Typhoon Odette. During the turnover ceremony led by Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the bureau through its Auction and Cargo Disposal Division, donated sacks of rice and footwear which were abandoned in three ports. These are Port of Batangas (POB), Manila International Container Port (MICP), and Port of Manila (POM). The donated goods consist of 5,200 sacks of rice, 91,200 canned goods, and 81,200 pairs…

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Groups augment communication, power needs in ‘Odette’-hit Visayas

The devastation caused by Typhoon Odette in parts of Visayas and Mindanao has resulted in volunteer groups pooling their resources to reach out to the victims. Electricity and communications remain cut off in some areas a week after the county’s worst weather disturbance in recent years has left. The Federation of Volunteers thru Radio Communication (FVRC), an accredited group of the National Telecommunications Commission, set up two-way handheld radios in Central Visayas to connect the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) regional warehouses and field Emergency Operations Centers. The…

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P5.35-B needed to help Odette-hit Pinoys bounce back: UN

At least US$107.2 million or approximately PHP5.35 billion is needed to help about 530,000 Filipinos in the worst typhoon-hit areas in Caraga and Eastern Visayas for the next six months, the United Nations Philippines said Friday. The number, drawn from the UN’s newly launched Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan, is based on preliminary assessment findings and early estimates of people in need in the aftermath of the catastrophic Typhoon Odette. The United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) said the USD107.2 million funding requested would prioritize life-saving and protection…

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Pampanga town’s most wanted nabbed

A 35-year-old suspected car thief, tagged as the most wanted person of Mabalacat City, Pampanga, was arrested in a manhunt operation on Thursday. In a report, Col. Robin Sarmiento, acting director of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office, identified the arrested suspect as Angel Reuben Capitly, a resident of Lourdes Sur East, Angeles City, this province. Sarmiento said Capitly was nabbed at the Hann Casino and Resort Clark Freeport in Mabalacat City by joint elements of the Mabalacat City Police and 302nd Maneuver Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3…

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Death toll in NegOr due to ‘Odette’ hits 73

The number of people who perished during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in Negros Oriental has reached 73 with 21 others still missing, the police reported as response operations by the government and the civilian sectors continue in affected areas. Col. Germano Mallari, Philippine National Police (PNP) provincial director, in an interview with the Philippine News Agency on Friday, said as of 6 a.m. of December 24, the death toll in the province remained the same in the past three days. “We first reported on Wednesday 74 deaths, however, one…

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Manila encourages vaccination of 5-11 age group

The city government of Manila encouraged parents and guardians of children aged 5 to 11 years old to preregister as early as now for the coronavirus disease 2109 (Covid-19) vaccine. The vaccination for the youngest age group to be included in the country’s rollout will initially be held in the city’s six district hospitals, to be expanded later on. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier approved the emergency use authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech to be used in the inoculation of 5 to 11-year-olds but with a lower dosage. “Kahapon, opisyal…

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310 new Covid-19 cases, 227 more recoveries on Christmas Eve

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday logged 310 more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, bringing the nation’s overall tally to 2,838,032. This brought the total number of active infections to 9,321 on Christmas Eve. In its Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said 227 new recoveries pushed the total recovery count to 2,777,661. Of the active cases, 3,295 are mild, 474 are asymptomatic, 375 are critical, 1,795 are severe, and 3,382 are moderate. “Of the 310 reported cases today, 272 or 88 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – December…

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DTI issues ‘strong warning’ vs. overpricing in Region 7

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 7 on Friday issued a “strong warning” against unscrupulous traders that are found violating the price freeze order from the agency, as it is currently intensifying monitoring of non-compliant establishments. DTI-7 regional director Maria Elena Arbon confirmed that a price freeze on basic necessities is in place for 60 days following Proclamation No. 1267 declaring a state of calamity in the Visayas and Mindanao areas affected by Typhoon Odette. The trade agency is conducting price and supply monitoring in worst-hit areas…

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Stocks slip on profit-taking; peso remains firm

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) finished the week in the negative territory due to correction, but the peso remained firm against the US dollar as it even touched the 49-level. A day after posting gains, the main stocks index shed 0.91 percent, or 66.19 points, to 7,181.86 points. All Shares trailed with a 0.42 percent, or 16.19 points, decline to 3,822.26 points. Most of the sectoral gauges also slipped, led by the Holding Firms at 1.20 percent. Property followed with a drop of 1.03 percent along with the Services,…

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8 villages in Pangasinan town now ‘drug-cleared’

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) declared eight barangays (villages) here as drug-cleared on Thursday following a series of evaluations and monitoring. The barangays are Bantog, Cabangaran, Carayacan, Mabini, Nangapugan, San Pedro, Ungib, and Labuan. In a phone interview on Friday, PDEA Pangasinan provincial officer Rechie Camacho said the town still has 13 barangays to be cleared. The barangays underwent rigorous validation by the provincial and regional barangay drug clearing team and were declared by the Regional Oversight Committee as drug-cleared during the deliberation in November this year, he said.…

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9 confirmed dead in Southern Leyte due to ‘Odette’

At least nine people were confirmed dead in Southern Leyte when Typhoon Odette crossed the province last week, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) reported on Friday. The number of deaths has been validated as typhoon-related by the RDRRMC: three from Saint Bernard town, and one each in the towns of Malitbog, Limasawa, Macrohon, Tomas Oppus, Padre Burgos, and Maasin City. There are 16 deaths reported to police stations that are still being verified by authorities to find out if these were due to the typhoon. Meanwhile, there…

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GSIS assures continued release of benefits

State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is not affected by its recent shift to Philippine Financial Reporting Standard (PFRS) 4 and is capable of paying its financial obligations to members and pensioners. PFRS 4 requires the reporting of future social benefit liabilities in its financial statement. GSIS president and general manager Rolando Macasaet said in a statement on Friday that there will be no disruption in the payment of benefits to its members and pensioners as “the new accounting standards “will not adversely affect our capability to provide…

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PH athletes bag 45 medals in Kenya martial arts competition

The Philippine delegation bagged 19 gold, 19 silver, and seven bronze medals for second overall in the 9th Mombasa Open Tong-Il Moo-Do (TIMD) International Martial Arts Championship held December 11 to 22 here. Jinnefer Berfulfo led the top finishers with six gold medals in the Gichoom, Individual Sparring Finweight, Individual Bon, Team Bon Women, Team Mixed Bon, and Team Special Technique events. Princess Minmi Ilustrisimo also took the gold in the Individual Special Techniques and secured bronze medals in women’s Sparring Flyweight and the Individual Bong. She was likewise part…

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RE firm helps Gawad Kalinga communities save on electric bill

Renewable energy company MSpectrum Inc. has partnered with Gawad Kalinga to help their communities shift to clean energy and save on electricity bills. The partnership between Spectrum and Gawad Kalinga targets an installation of 670-watt peak (Wp) solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in Gawad Kalinga communities in San Pedro, Laguna. The pilot project will benefit 150 low-income households. “By switching to solar panels, the Gawad Kalinga beneficiaries are already able to save money while helping save the planet at the same time,” Spectrum president and chief executive officer Ferdinand Geluz said…

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BARMM builds homes for ex-rebels, IDPs

Seen as clear evidence of the dividends of peace in Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has stepped up its housing program for settlement by former Moro combatants and internally displaced persons in the region. In a statement Friday, the region’s Ministry of Human Settlements and Development (MHSD), there is no letup in expanding the construction of housing units for resettlement projects intended for ex-MILF combatants, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other needy sectors across the region. On Thursday, the MHSD held separate groundbreaking ceremonies for the…

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Pinoys urged to show Christmas spirit by helping typhoon victims

Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula on Friday called for solidarity with the people affected by Typhoon Odette. In an interview with Radio Veritas, Advincula urged the Filipinos to unite in responding to the needs of the people in Visayas and Mindanao and show the true spirit of Christmas. “We are with you as you rise, as you face a new morning; I urge all to sympathize and care for our brothers and sisters who have been devastated by the storm, let us help them recover and begin again,” he said.…

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295 nabbed, P800-K illegal drugs seized in 24-hour ops in CL

A total of 295 individuals were arrested while some PHP800,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized in 24-hour simultaneous law enforcement operations in Central Luzon on Thursday. Brig. General Matthew Baccay, regional director of the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3), on Friday said of those apprehended 142 have standing warrants of arrest for various offenses; 89 for illegal drugs; 60 for illegal gambling, two for motor theft, and two for illegal possession of firearms. Baccay said around 119.81 grams of shabu with Dangerous Drugs Board value of PHP814,782 were confiscated. “We…

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Peso seen to remain strong as OFW remittances come in

An economist projects the peso to remain firm against the US dollar for at least another week as seasonal remittance inflows from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) continue to pour in. On Friday, the peso finished the trade at 50.04, sideways from its 50.045 close a day ago. It even touched the 49-level mid-trade. In a report, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) chief economist Michael Ricafort said the peso finished among its strongest in more than a month “as holiday-related spending could still continue until the New Year holiday.” “The peso…

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Over 70K vaxxed in Zambo City in 2nd nat’l vax drive

The City Health Office has inoculated a total of 70,406 individuals in the just-concluded three-day second round of the national vaccination drive (NVD) from December 20 to 22 in this city. Data from the City Health Office released Friday showed the daily number of individuals inoculated in the three-day vaccination are as follows: 21,077, December 20; 27,851, December 21; and, 21,478, December 22. The number of individuals vaccinated in the three-day NVD was three times more than the target of 20,112. The data showed that 16,833 of the 21,077 vaccinees…

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Bacolod folks urged to follow health rules as gift for loved ones

Mayor Evelio Leonardia urged residents here to continue following minimum public health protocols during the Christmas season to protect the people they care about from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Until now, the best Christmas gift we can give to our loved ones is to follow health protocols,” Leonardia said in his Christmas message on Friday. He assured Bacolodnons the city government is doing everything it can to ensure Bacolod can hurdle the Covid-19 pandemic. “Our vaccination rate can be said as one of the highest in the country. Very…

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Less barriers in PUVs reduce Covid-19 transmission risk: study

A recent study done by the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) found that less barriers in public transport actually reduce the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) transmission, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said. “Results of the study show that the number of barriers and their arrangement greatly affect the airflow within these (public utility) vehicles. Barriers can be the seats with backrests, acetate or plastic barriers, and face shields, among others,” he said in a taped report aired on Friday. The study was…

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Troops spend Christmas with tribal community

Soldiers of the 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the local government unit (LGU) have joined hands during a 10-day tree-planting project to reforest the former New People’s Army (NPA) base in San Nicolas, Pangasinan to become a productive and resilient tribal community which ended on Friday. Forty members of the Calanguya tribe benefited from this cash-for-work project of DOLE’s Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD as they planted fruit trees and other endemic local hardwood. The livelihood program…

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Pangasinan police on full alert status amid holidays

The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has intensified its efforts to maximize patrol operations in places of convergence as it is now on full alert status during the holidays. In a phone interview on Friday, PPPO acting director Col. Richmond Tadina said they have capacitated the intelligence unit to prevent criminals from taking advantage of the Christmas season. “We are focused on incidents that are prevalent during this time such as shoplifting, robbery, and vehicular traffic accidents,” he said. Tadina said they have ramped up deployment of personnel especially in…

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TESDA skills training set in typhoon-affected areas

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is providing relief efforts in areas hit by Typhoon Odette and will conduct construction-related skills training. Regional and provincial offices have started “TESDAmayan” activities in the communities affected by last week’s Typhoon Odette in Visayas and Mindanao, according to its news release on Friday. “TESDAmayan” is the agency’s banner program that aims to aid communities affected by any crisis brought about by natural calamities, disasters, or any other untoward incidents which causes displacement. In Region 6 (Western Visayas), field office workers were…

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Kin of ‘Odette’ fatalities in Sipalay City get gov’t burial aid

The families of at least 17 casualties of Typhoon Odette in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental have received burial assistance of PHP10,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This was announced by the city government in a Facebook post on Friday, two days after the amount was released to the recipients under the agency’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation. “Most of those who died drowned in floods. There were also those who were hit by felled trees,” according to the post. On Friday, Governor Eugenio Jose…

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Typhoon wrecks over 120K houses in Southern Leyte

At least 120,797 houses were damaged by Typhoon Odette when it unleashed its wrath in Southern Leyte on December 16, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said in its preliminary report released on Friday. Of the number, 44,562 are classified as “fully damaged” while 76,235 are categorized as “partially damaged”, DSWD Eastern Visayas Regional Director Grace Subong said in a press briefing. The typhoon has affected 245,375 families or 984,922 individuals in the southern part of Leyte Island. “DSWD Eastern Visayas continues to collect critical information from areas…

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Bicol Region reaches 82% of target for nat’l vax days

The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Bicol reported on Friday that the second round of the National Vaccination Days (NVD) in the region inoculated about 561,077 individuals or 81.85 percent of its target. In a statement, DOH Bicol said as of December 24, 28.29 percent of those vaccinated received their first dose, 69.45 percent their second dose, and 2.26 percent their booster shots. “The activity held on December 20 to 22, this year was conducted as a continuation of the first round of the NVDs conducted on…

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NorMin police wish public a safe holiday season

The Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) on Friday sent its wishes to the public with a hope of a peaceful Yuletide season despite the global pandemic and the recent onslaught of Typhoon Odette. Brig. Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr., the PRO-10 director, said in his video message on Facebook that the police force will continue to “give an utmost service, dedication, to the community despite the pandemic”. He also extended his well-wishes to those affected by Typhoon Odette, as some police units in the region were deployed to collect…

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QC regains ‘richest city’ tag from Makati after 3 years

Quezon City got back its richest city tag with a total asset of PHP452.333 billion in 2020, attributed to better and proper recording of its assets. QC was the richest city for five straight years until 2016 before Makati dislodged it from the top spot starting in 2017. QC’s assets increased by 369 percent or PHP355.91 billion from PHP96.423 billion assets in 2019, according to the Commission on Audit’s 2020 Annual Financial Report on Local Government. The huge increase enabled QC to vault to the top of the list, overtaking…

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Cebuanos assured of enough fuel supply

Motorists in Cebu can celebrate Christmas with an adequate supply of fuel as oil companies, Petron and Shell, assured the province of more deliveries, an official on Friday said. Kenneth Cobonpue, chair of the Regional Development Council-7, said more than 3 million liters of fuel have arrived in Cebu in the past two days alone. He said both oil companies have also assured that their buffer inventory now is capable of supplying up to 13 to 15 days of fuel requirement for the entire Cebu province. “It is likewise hoped…

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