PH keeps Alert Level 2 status until Jan. 15

Due to a surge in Covid-19 cases amid the holiday season, the Philippines’ Covid-19 task force is keeping the entire country under an Alert Level 2 status from Jan. 1 to 15, 2022. “The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, approved the recommendation to maintain all provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities under Alert Level 2 from January 1, 2022 until January 15, 2022,” Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said in a press statement. Nograles said the IATF likewise released an updated risk…

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DOST unveils 3D-printed Rizal monument

As a tribute to the martyrdom of Jose Rizal, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) unveiled the first and largest 3D-printed monument at its compound in Bicutan, Taguig on Thursday. In a dialogue during the unveiling, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said he appreciates Rizal’s way of sharing knowledge and compared this to what the agency has been doing. “My grandfather taught inside the house. He was teaching ‘3Rs’ (reading, writing, rithmetic). So imagine Rizal teaching biology without the tools that we have now. He asked his students…

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‘I never gained a single cent’ from war on drugs: PRRD

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday maintained that his administration’s campaign against illegal drugs was launched for the Filipino people, and not for his personal gain. Duterte reiterated that he is only willing to be tried and prosecuted by a Filipino judge in a Philippine court and not by “white people” at The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC). “I’m not threatened when they threaten to send me to prison. But what I don’t want is to be tried and prosecuted by white people in the Hague Court and be imprisoned there,…

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Pangasinan small biz owners welcome eased Covid-19 restrictions

More lenient movement restrictions and the usually increased demand during the end-year holidays make small business owners here optimistic of sales. Since the pandemic started in the first quarter of 2020, operations of most businesses have been hampered by the quarantine put in place to address the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). At least in the last quarter of 2021, the government has eased movement restrictions following the drop in the number of Covid-19 infections, with most parts of the country placed under Alert Level 2. Pangasinan, among…

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Guests required to show negative RT-PCR results to meet with PRRD

Malacañang on Thursday reminded visitors who wish to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) before they are allowed inside the Palace. “Visitors and guests who wish to meet the President inside the Palace or attend a Palace engagement where the President is present must show a negative RT-PCR test result,” said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson. He said visitors and guests must undergo antigen testing inside the Palace as part of their second screening. “This forms part of the Palace…

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More Cebu households expect power back by New Year’s Eve

More households can expect to have lights on for New Year’s Eve as linemen from the Visayan Electric Co. (VECO) and its affiliated companies are working round the clock to restore the remaining 36 percent of power line segments under its franchise area in Metro Cebu. In its advisory issued on Thursday, VECO said 348 of the 544 power line segments within the VECO’s franchise area have already been restored two weeks after strong Typhoon Odette devastated parts of Mindanao and Visayas. With the restored lines, the company is now…

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Bohol reports no untoward incidents after ‘Odette’

Bohol Governor Arthur Yap on Thursday said there are no untoward incidents reported in the province, like looting in areas where people are left with no food and water, days after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. “In the past two weeks that I have been going around the province, I am at least happy to share with you that I did not see any such grave untoward incidents of criminality in the province,” Yap said, drawing applause from the crowd who attended the media briefing. He cited the resiliency of…

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Guidelines on use of antigen test amid Omicron threat stay

There will be no changes in the guidelines on the use of antigen tests amid the threat of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant, a health official said Thursday. “Since the beginning, we have always emphasized the benefits and limitations of antigen test,” Department of Health – Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr. Beverly Ho said in a Viber message to reporters. Ho was reacting to the public’s concern on the reliability of antigen test results after the United States Food and Drug Administration said rapid antigen tests have reduced sensitivity…

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53K typhoon-affected families in Siargao get aid

About 53,222 families directly hit by Typhoon Odette in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte were provided with relief packages. In a statement Thursday, Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas II said 80,921 relief packages have been released to residents of nine municipalities on the island. The relief packages, composed of food and non-food items, were provided by various government agencies, local government units (LGUs), government officials, and the private sector. Cash assistance has been channeled to distressed residents of Siargao starting this week, particularly from the…

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NegOcc gets P90-M aid from NHA to rebuild damaged houses

The provincial government of Negros Occidental has received financial aid worth PHP90 million from the National Housing Authority (NHA) to help rebuild homes of Negrenses damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. The assistance was turned over by NHA-Western Visayas Chief Corporate Attorney John Leo Solinap and Negros Occidental District Officer-in-Charge Liezl Miquit to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II in a ceremony witnessed by local chief executives and other officials at the Capitol Social Hall on Wednesday afternoon. “To President Rodrigo Duterte and the NHA,…

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2 linemen injured while restoring power in southern Negros

Two linemen working on power supply restoration along the highway of Barangay Pilar in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental were injured on Wednesday afternoon when the electric pole they were installing collapsed. They were identified as Gaspel Reyes, 25, of Barangay Lag-asan in Bago City, Negros Occidental; and Remiel Calapillo, 27, of Pototan town in Iloilo Province. The right arms of both linemen were injured and they were immediately treated by responders from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO). On Thursday, the two…

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BARMM keeps high hopes amid pandemic

Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are keeping their hopes up to weather all difficulties brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. This came about as BARMM officials said they are doing everything they can to help the region keep up with the “new normal” pace amid the pandemic. “We have to live and be attuned to this new way of life. As leaders, we have to live by example to the Bangsamoro that there is this hope that we can rely on and…

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NCR’s Covid-19 positivity rate soars to 8.4%: OCTA

The positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) continues to rise, now at 8.4 percent as of Tuesday, the OCTA Research Group said Wednesday night. “The seven-day positivity rate has increased to 3.86 percent. This means new cases in the NCR are projected to hit more than 1,000 on December 30,” said OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David in a tweet. Positivity rate is the percentage of Covid-19 tests performed which turned out positive in a certain area or region. Meantime, new cases nationwide are projected to hit…

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BRP Waray brings relief aid to typhoon-hit Palawan

The Philippine Fleet on Thursday said the BRP Waray (LC-288), one of its sealift amphibious vessels, has sailed for Palawan to bring relief packs to residents affected by Typhoon Odette. In a statement, Lt. Commander Ryan Luna, Philippine Fleet spokesperson, said the ship left Sangley Point, Cavite City on Wednesday, carrying 91 tons of relief goods and other essential items from Malampaya Foundation, Philippine Women Judge Association, Department of Social Welfare and Development MIMAROPA, Civil-Military Operation Group-Philippine Navy and other stakeholders of the fleet. “These cargoes were loaded through the…

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DPWH steps up effort to improve capacity of Bulacan bypass road

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has intensified efforts for the construction of an additional two lanes at the 24-kilometer Arterial Road Bypass Project (ARBP) Phase 3 in Bulacan. Secretary Roger G. Mercado declared that the bypass road gives better connectivity to San Rafael and other eastern Bulacan towns from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Balagtas exit. According to Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, in-charge of the Unified Project Management Office Operations, the conversion into four lanes is part of the final stage of the bypass road to lower…

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Bicol PNP joins Comelec mock polls in Albay

The Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) joined the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the simultaneous mock elections on Wednesday as part of the contingency preparation for the May 9, 2022 national and local elections. In a statement on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, PRO-5 regional director, said it conducted maximum deployment of its personnel to secure the designated polling precinct located at Albay Central Elementary School, Pioduran West Central School, and Pioduran East Central School. “Police authorities also provide convoy security on the transport of the ballots to and from…

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House ‘shepherds’ PH to emerge stronger from pandemic

The House of Representatives has carried the duty of crafting policies to shepherd the Philippines towards recovery from the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said the House’s legislative work has been vital to the country’s pandemic response, considering that its success lies in the policy choices of governments. Velasco said the lower chamber ensured the passage of vital pieces of legislation that would help the country navigate through and emerge stronger from the pandemic. “In 2020, we struggled to cope at the onset of the pandemic. In 2021,…

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Davao dioceses urge devotees to join local ‘traslacion’

Devotees of the Black Nazarene in the Archdiocese of Davao and Diocese of Digos have been invited to join the localized ‘traslacion’ 2022 which will start on Friday. In a Facebook post on Thursday, Jesus Nazareno – Davao asked the faithful to join the religious activities in commemoration of the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2022. “We announced the official schedule of activities for the localized Traslacion 2022 here in the Archdiocese of Davao. We are blessed to have the official replica of the Black Nazarene from…

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YEAR ENDER: Checking in on Duterte’s last full year in office

During his last full year at Malacañan Palace, President Rodrigo R. Duterte may have prioritized the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response, but did not let up in his administration’s fight against corruption and illegal drugs as well as effort to defend the country’s sovereignty and territory. Duterte himself said in a December 2 speech that he takes pride in having delivered “almost all” of his campaign promises despite some shortcomings. In the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Duterte renewed his call for vaccines to be treated as…

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DOF backs DENR move to lift ban on open-pit mining

The Department of Finance (DOF) has expressed its support behind the recent decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to lift the ban on open-pit mining as it voiced full confidence in the government’s capability to strictly regulate mining operations to address and minimize the impact posed by these extractive activities on the environment. In backing the DENR’s decision, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Republic Act (RA) No. 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 does not prohibit open-pit mining as there are economic, safety,…

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DOT probes hotel over alleged quarantine protocol breach

A hotel in Metro Manila is under investigation following reports that it allowed a guest who came from the United States to skip quarantine protocols. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat did not identify the hotel but said the Department of Tourism (DOT) has already served a notice to explain (NTE), directing the establishment in question to submit its response to the allegations within three days. A viral post circulating on social media alleged that a returning Filipino who came from the US left the hotel for a party in Makati City…

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Baguio sends P5-M aid to 44 typhoon-hit LGUs

The city government has sent a PHP5-million donation to 44 municipalities affected by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao. Acting Mayor Faustino Olowan said in a phone interview on Thursday that the city’s assistance was approved before Christmas and immediately sent to the local government units (LGUs). The local finance committee issued a certificate of availability of funds for the financial aid, which was sourced from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office’s Quick Response Fund of the city’s 2021 annual budget. “It is our way of helping alleviate…

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Ilonggos urged to emulate Rizal, don’t give up hope

As the country commemorated the 125th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on Thursday, Ilonggos are urged to emulate the national hero and be reminded not to give up hope. The city’s celebration of the theme “Rizal para sa Agham, Katotohanan at Buhay (Rizal for Science, Truth and Life)” was highlighted by the wreath-laying and flag-raising rites before the monument of Rizal at the Plaza Libertad in City Proper district. Iloilo City Schools Division Superintendent Ma. Luz De Los Reyes, in her message during the short ceremony,…

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947 individuals employed in NCR under ‘AYUDA’ program: DPWH

Over 900 individuals in Metro Manila have so far benefited from the Assistance to Youth and Unemployed for Development and Advancement (AYUDA) Program of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). In a statement Thursday, the department said a total of 947 youth and heads of families were provided temporary employment for two months. They were paid PHP503 a day for working from November to December. It added that requests have been made to extend the employment program until next year. The beneficiaries, who were displaced by coronavirus disease…

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Albay continues to receive gov’t aid from DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol continues to fast-track the release of salaries of informal workers in Albay under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, following the 10-day work rendered in their respective villages. In a statement on Thursday, the agency said in its Albay Provincial Field Office, around 321 worker beneficiaries of TUPAD received their salaries in cash early this week during a payout at the Albay Astrodome here. “The beneficiaries were from Barangays Bitano and Estanza of Legazpi City. Each beneficiary received a…

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Comelec assures solutions to problems encountered in mock polls

An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they will find solutions to problems encountered during the mock polls held on Wednesday in some areas of the country. In a Laging Handa briefing Thursday, Elaiza Sabile-David, director of the Comelec Education and Information Department (EID), said among the concerns that were raised during the activity are the feeding of the ballot into the machine and long queues. “We noticed in areas where there were many participated, the problems we’ve seen involved ballot feeding, queuing. So maybe that should also…

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Ilocos Norte electric coop helps restore power in Southern Leyte

An engineer along with 19 line workers from the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) will be welcoming the year 2022 in Southern Leyte, away from their families in Northern Luzon to give light to those who were affected by Typhoon Odette. “We celebrated Christmas along the way while our linemen with their foreman will be left here to help repair toppled power and transmission lines for a month,” said Engr. Noel Andres in a phone interview on Wednesday. Andres himself joined the team, led by general manager Engr. Felino Herbert…

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74 of 81 provinces declare CPP-NPA-NDF persona non grata

The final chapter of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front’s (CPP-NPA-NDF) reign of terror has now been written off as more local government units (LGUs) have joined this administration in condemning the atrocities of these lawless groups by declaring as persona non grata in their respective localities. At the weekly virtual press briefing of the National Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Thursday, Interior and Local Government Assistant Director Rene Valera revealed that 74 of the country’s 81 provinces already passed resolutions…

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Zamboanga City to give aid to ‘Odette’ victims

The city government will donate about PHP8 million in cash and in-kind to areas hardest hit by Typhoon Odette. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) approved earlier this week a resolution directing the CDRRM Office to source out funds for financial and relief assistance to victims of “Odette”, which hit various parts of the country more than two weeks ago. Among the hardest-hit areas was the Caraga region as the typhoon made its first landfall in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte at 1:30 p.m. on December 16.…

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Zambo City mayor okays gratuity pay for COS, JO workers

Hundreds of workers under the Contract of Service (COS) and Job Order (JO) scheme will receive a one-time gratuity pay from the city government. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar signed on Thursday Administrative Order (AO) 131-2021 granting the gratuity pay to COS and JO workers in the city government for the Fiscal Year 2021. “The grant of the year-end gratuity pay to COS and JO workers of the city government of Zamboanga is a well-deserved recognition of their hard work in implementing the programs, projects, and activities, including those which are…

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Skipping quarantine protocols punishable by law: DOH

Skipping quarantine protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) upon arrival in the country is punishable by law, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. The agency’s statement came in response to reports of some travelers from abroad allegedly skipping quarantine protocols which is part of the government’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) guidelines and policies. Below are the current testing and quarantine protocols for international travelers: Image from DOH The DOH noted that non-adherence to these rules is a violation of the…

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Be mindful of Rizal’s ideals, Lorenzana reminds Pinoys

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday reminded Filipinos to be mindful of Dr. Jose Rizal’s ideals, courage, and his ultimate sacrifice, as the country marks the 125th anniversary of his martyrdom. “In commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Rizal, we are reminded of the continuing battles we face as a country, and how we can overcome them with the same devotion and courage as our national hero. May we always remember his ideals and the ultimate sacrifice he made to defend and uphold our nation’s dignity,” Lorenzana said in…

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2 bettors bag P27-M Mega Lotto jackpot

Two bettors will welcome the New Year with a bang after winning the jackpot of the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said on Thursday. In an advisory, the agency said the bettors guessed the winning combination 18-29-03-25-15-39 during Wednesday night’s draw with a total prize of PHP27,879,938. The winning tickets were purchased in Las Piñas City, Metro Manila, and Guiguinto, Bulacan. To claim the check, the bettors must go to PCSO’s main office in Mandaluyong City and present the winning ticket and two ID cards.…

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PH secures 210M vax shots with latest Moderna shipment

The Philippines on Wednesday night hit over 210 million in secured vaccine doses since the pandemic started as it receive yet another batch of Moderna jabs procured by the private sector. National Task Force Against Covid-19 consultant, Lt. Col. Francel Margareth Taborlupa together with other officials from the government welcomed the arrival of 1,230,800 doses of Moderna jabs, which she said would greatly contribute to the country’s target of vaccinating 54 million people. The latest shipment will be used for first and second doses, as well as for booster shots,…

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DPWH sends 300 men to clear Southern Leyte roads

Over 300 maintenance workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways have been deployed to help clear Southern Leyte roads from typhoon debris. These workers from the Eastern Visayas (Region 8) regional office and 13 district engineering offices were sent to the typhoon-wrecked province to augment clearing operations. “We have intensified road-clearing efforts since the aftermath of the typhoon so that all other aid and relief operations both from government and private groups could be properly distributed to affected areas,” said DPWH Eastern Visayas Regional Director Allan Borromeo in…

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Obey contract obligations, POEA reminds OFWs

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Thursday reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to honor their employment contacts. In an advisory, Administrator Bernard Olalia said it is important for Filipinos who are employed overseas to fulfill the obligations, terms, and conditions contained in their employment contracts. He added that they must also obey the labor laws in their host countries. Olalia made the remark after receiving reports from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Milan, Italy on the increasing number of Filipino workers in Romania who run away from…

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Duterte visits NegOr; apologizes for delays in aid distribution

President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized anew for delays in the government distribution of aid to victims in areas battered by Typhoon Odette. In a speech in Bais City, Negros Oriental, he said a certain law required the assessment of reports on disaster areas before a state of calamity can be declared. “Let me start by asking for your forgiveness because the government’s relief operation was delayed. This is because there’s a law that hinders me from mobilizing and using government funds. This provision requires an assessment, a report of the…

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Rizal-like heroes abound amid pandemic, calamities: Army chief

Philippine Army commanding general Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. on Thursday said nationalism akin to those espoused by Dr. Jose Rizal became evident among the Filipinos during the ongoing pandemic and even in times of calamities. “I acknowledge the Rizal-like personalities of our modern-day heroes, our soldiers, policemen, firemen, and other uniformed personnel and the medical front-liners who do immeasurable deeds, the other front-liners who continue to toil the hours to ensure the safety, survival, and continuing development of our country,” Brawner said during a ceremony celebrating the life and…

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WHO warns of ‘tsunami of cases’ from Omicron, Delta

The World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned on Wednesday that the more transmissible Omicron together with the currently circulating Delta variants might lead to “a tsunami of cases,” putting immense pressure on national health systems. Recapping WHO’s response since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing that he’s “highly concerned that Omicron being more transmissible, circulating at the same time as Delta — is leading to a tsunami of cases.” “This is and will continue to put immense pressure on exhausted health…

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TESDA upskills more graduates for ‘post-pandemic’ workforce

Despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, more people have benefitted from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) scholarship and upskilling programs in 2021 compared to the previous year. “With regard to our provision of training and certification, the easing of community restrictions has enabled us to further improve performance numbers this year,” Secretary Isidro Lapeña told the Philippine News Agency in an interview. A total of 1,126,915 enrollees and 1,059,291 graduates were recorded as of December 22. Lapeña noted that this is significantly…

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New cases soar to 1,623; another 256 patients beat Covid-19

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday logged 1,623 more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, bringing the nation’s overall tally to 2,841,260. Thursday’s figure of new cases translates to an almost 83 percent increase from Wednesday’s 889, bringing the active case tally to 11,772. In its Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH also logged 256 new recoveries pushing the total recovery count to 2,778,115. Of the active cases, 5,737 are mild, 577 are asymptomatic, 372 are critical, 1,771 are severe, and 3,315 are moderate. “Of the 1,623 reported cases today, 1,582 (97…

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Cavaliers’ Rubio to miss rest of NBA season due to injury

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Thursday that Ricky Rubio will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season. The 31-year-old guard left Tuesday night’s game in New Orleans in the fourth quarter due to a left knee injury and did not return to action. A torn anterior cruciate ligament was revealed after further examination of the injury following the game. The club announced that the Spaniard will miss the rest of the 2021-22 season and that his status will be updated as appropriate. Rubio averaged 13.1 points, 6.6 assists, and…

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DOH-CAR achieves population protection vs. Covid-19

The Department of Health in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) has attained population protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with over 70 percent of residents eligible for inoculation already fully vaccinated. Dr. Amelita Pangilinan, assistant regional director and spokesperson of DOH-CAR, said in a phone interview on Thursday that 73.60 percent of their 1,275,904 target have received the full dose of the vaccine since the start of the regional inoculation rollout on March 5. She said that based on the latest consolidated report from the different local government units,…

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5 killed, 440 motorcycles seized in carnap group’s warehouse

Police and military authorities have launched a continuing manhunt operation against other members of a carnapping syndicate-cum-private armed group following an encounter here that left five persons dead and five others injured, police reported Thursday. In a statement, Lt. Col. Maria Joyce Birrey, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office in Soccsksargen (Region 12), said a joint Army and police operation is ongoing in North Cotabato and Maguindanao provinces after the remaining members of the syndicate fled during the pre-dawn raid Wednesday on a suspected warehouse of carnapped vehicles. “The police…

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DENR, partners ‘defy’ Covid-19 pandemic for nature’s sake

Despite the lingering coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) this year undertook measures for better managing and conserving the country’s environment and natural resources (ENR) while gaining along the way international recognition for guarding against lead, a toxic chemical element. Among such efforts were setting new policies, establishing partnerships, enforcing relevant laws and regulations, as well as enhancing DENR’s information and education campaign (IEC) since climate change and other threats are increasingly hounding ENR anywhere in the world. “In this season of joy and…

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439K Covid-19 vaccines administered in Mabalacat City

A total of 439,209 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines have already been administered in the city. Based on this city’s vaccination databank released by the Mabalacat City Covid-19 Response Integrated System (CRIS) on Thursday, the city has already administered 219,488 jabs as first dose, 208,226 as second dose, and 11,495 as booster shots. Mayor Crisostomo Garbo said the numbers comprise the inoculation of the city’s priority sectors, walk-in (residents and non-residents), missed second dose, and the pediatric population aged 12 to 17 years old. “Hindi po tumigil ang…

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Bacolod grants gratuity pay to JO, contractual workers

The city government here will release gratuity pay to all its job order (JO) and contract of service (COS) personnel as a year-end grant in line with Administrative Order (AO) 46 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in a statement on Thursday he has directed the appropriate offices to make necessary preparations for the release of the incentive. “The city still has sufficient funds amid the Covid-19 pandemic and despite the Typhoon Odette that recently hit Bacolod,” he added. Section 5 of AO 46 enjoins local government…

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SC issues TRO vs. Comelec’s rejection of 2 more party-list groups

The Supreme Court (SC) has issued temporary restraining orders (TROs) in favor of two party-list organizations seeking to join next year’s elections. The TROs dated December 29 addressed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was issued in favor of Abante Sambayanan (Sambayanan) and the Ayuda sa May Kapansanan. The order also required Comelec to comment on the petitioner within 10 days. The SC also asked the poll body to temporarily refrain from implementing its October 5 orders which rejected their registration as party-list groups and its resolution dated December 1…

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Duterte signs law creating Department of Migrant Workers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday signed into law a measure that aims to improve coordination among agencies concerned with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and OFW affairs. In a ceremony at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace, Duterte signed Republic Act 11641 also known as “An Act Creating the Department of Migrant Workers”. Duterte likened OFWs to the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal, for being the lifeline of the Philippine economy. “The establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers happens on the celebration of Rizal Day. May we honor not…

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