MULTI-COLOR CORPORATION ACQUIRES SKANEM GROUP’S LABEL OPERATIONS IN EUROPE AND THAILAND

Cincinnati Ohio and Stavanger Norway, Dec. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CINCINNATI, OHIO and STAVANGER, NORWAY – DECEMBER 31st, 2021 – Multi-Color Corporation (MCC), one of the largest label companies in the world, is pleased to advise that the previously announced acquisition of Skanem Group’s label operations in Europe and Thailand successfully closed yesterday. Effective immediately, seven […]

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The Deed of Demerger Between Cnh Industrial N.v. and Iveco Group N.v. Has Been Executed

Corporate Communications ADVERTISEMENT. This announcement is an advertisement for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, as amended (the “Prospectus Regulation”) relating to the intention of Iveco Group N.V. (the “Company”) to proceed with the proposed first admission to listing and trading of all of the common shares of the Company on the regulated market of […]

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Bringing back businesses, jobs in the ‘new normal’

With nearly two years of facing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, both public and private sectors have put forward various initiatives to restart businesses and recover jobs. Since the Covid-19 outbreak in early 2020, the pandemic still has lingering impacts on businesses and jobs caused by the lockdowns as governments around the world try to mitigate the spread of the virus. In the Philippines, data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) showed that closed businesses at the height of the pandemic in March to April 2020 reached…

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Red tide alert up in 7 Eastern Visayas bays

Eastern Visayas (Region 8) ended the year with seven bays still affected by red tide toxins, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) regional office here reported on Friday. BFAR Region 8 Director Juan Albaladejo said the heavy rains this month triggered the runoff of pollutants from the uplands to the sea. “The series of massive rains caused runoff of soil sediments rich in organic load that fertilized the cyst of red tide and triggered the sudden appearance of red tide events,” Albaladejo said in a message sent to…

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BRP Antonio Luna rescues 35 stranded fishers in Palawan

The Philippine Navy’s missile frigate BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151) rescued 35 fishermen stranded in Manamoc Island, Palawan after their fishing boat capsized due to bad weather. In a statement Thursday night, Naval Forces West acting public affairs office chief, Lt. Commander Ronne Riel B. Grimpola, identified the ill-fated fishing boat as the F/B Prince Edge 1 that capsized in the vicinity of Cauayan Island, Cuyo, Palawan on December 27. The craft was skippered by Ronnie Vargas with a 34-member crew. Grimpola added that they became aware of the group’s plight…

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DSWD releases P23-M cash aid to Siargao residents

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga (DSWD-13) released on Thursday PHP23 million for distressed households of Dapa town in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. In a statement Friday, the DSWD-13 said a total of 4,602 households of the town benefited from the cash assistance. “Each household received PHP5,000 cash assistance through the DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program,” the DSWD-13 said. The cash aid, the agency added, will allow the typhoon-hit residents to buy food and other necessary…

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Army fortifies Sulu community defense vs. Abu Sayyaf

The year 2021 caught sight of the Philippine Army, through the three-year-old 11th Infantry Division (ID), strengthening the community defense against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in the province of Sulu. The community defense build-up started with the activation of the first-ever Sulu Ready Reserve Battalion (SRRB) in January this year. Initially, the members of the SRRB comprised 195 Tausugs, who have graduated on January 23 from a 45-day Basic Citizen Military Training (BCMT) conducted by the Philippine Army Reserve Command. The graduates, which comprised the BCMT Class 01-20,…

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Tap P27-B in 2022 disaster funds for ‘Odette’ victims: solon

Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez on Friday said at least PHP27 billion in disaster-related funding is available in the newly-signed PHP5.024 trillion national budget for 2022. Rodriguez said the disaster relief funds are sourced from the PHP7-billion contingency fund and the PHP20 billion national disaster risk reduction and management fund in the 2022 budget that the government can tap to aid the victims of Typhoon Odette. “Our people in Mindanao, the Visayas and in Southern Luzon suffering in the aftermath of the recent strong typhoon are still waiting for government assistance,”…

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Support sought for upcoming family income survey in Caraga

The Philippine Statistics Authority in Caraga (PSA-13) on Friday urged the residents in the Caraga Region to support the scheduled 2021 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) Visit 2 from January 11 to 31, 2022. In a press statement Friday, Rosalina Apura, the PSA-13 director, said around 8,616 households will be involved in the conduct of the FIES Visit 2. “The FIES Visit 1 was already conducted last July 2021 with the first semester or January to June as the reference period. The second semester of 2021, or July to…

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Giant food firm, soldiers bring aid to S. Leyte typhoon victims

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), the Philippine Army, and local governments have collaborated to bring relief goods to areas hard hit by Typhoon “Odette” in Southern Leyte. This after a Philippine Navy vessel carrying thousands of boxes of corned beef, canned tuna, luncheon meat, and coffee arrived on Thursday at the port of Maasin City, the capital of Southern Leyte province. Troopers from the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade and local government workers unloaded these boxes of goods at Saint Joseph College for those allocated in Maasin City, and at the Southern…

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School year unlike any other: A return to F2F classes

After missing out on face-to-face classes and meeting new friends for more than a year due to the pandemic, learners once again get to cherish the joys of going to school. In November, students in areas identified low risk for the coronavirus started to return to limited face-to-face classes across the country after 20 months of blended learning. It is a school year unlike any other and the Department of Education, along with other government agencies and partners, made strides in reintroducing face-to-face classes amid the challenges of the pandemic.…

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Baguio to welcome New Year with community fireworks display

The city government has organized a community fireworks display to greet the New Year to discourage the use of firecrackers among the public. City Information Office chief Aileen Refuerzo, in a phone interview on Friday, said the fireworks display and picnic at Burnham Park are among the two city-initiated activities for the holiday season. The fireworks display will start at 9 p.m. until midnight. She added that for several years now, the city has been conducting a fireworks display as a way to discourage households from lighting their own and…

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BIFF behind carnap gang in NoCot, police exec says

The carnapping syndicate operating here has the backing of Moro extremists who traded shots with lawmen during the recent law enforcement operation in Barangay Gukotan, a police official said Friday. Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, director of Police Regional Office 12 (Soccsksargen), said about 50 heavily armed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have been serving as security forces of Joel Manampan, the alleged car theft gang syndicate leader who maintains a warehouse in the village. “These BIFF traded bullets with our operating troops during the 3 a.m. raid on Wednesday,” Tagum…

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Sultan Kudarat cops arrest bogus CIDG agents

Police in this province arrested two armed men who posed as agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and suspiciously roaming around neighboring President Quirino town on Friday morning. In a report, Col. Tom Tuzon, Sultan Kudarat police director, said the two suspects, identified as Ronald Allan Capate and Allan Gonzales Poblete, both from Koronadal City in South Cotabato province, were carrying pistols when accosted. “They presented identification cards from the CIDG but failed to present documents legalizing the possession of their .45-caliber pistol and 9mm pistol,” Tuzon…

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Cops, villages crack down on violators of firecracker rules

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it is closely coordinating with barangay officials and other village peacekeepers following the pronouncement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) giving village workers the authority to apprehend firecracker ban violators for the New Year revelry. “The Barangay and local PNP units’ partnership will ensure that there is proper enforcement of local Executive Orders and a strong system of shared responsibility. Their presence can expand our monitoring deployment. They serve as our lookout in our blindspot areas,” said PNP…

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Man arrested for selling banned firecrackers in Bulacan

A man was arrested while in the act of selling 25 packs of “pla-pla” in Bocaue, Bulacan on Friday. Colonel Manuel M. Lukban Jr., acting provincial director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, identified the arrested suspect as Christian San Juan, a resident of Biñang 1st, Bocaue town. Lukban said operatives of Bocaue Municipal Police Station arrested San Juan in a buy-bust operation and confiscated from him were packs of “pla-pla” and buy-bust money. Lukban reminded the public of the penalties for those who will be caught in violation of…

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Palace assures quarantine violators will be prosecuted

Malacañang on Friday assured that violators of quarantine protocols would be prosecuted as the coronavirus pandemic lingers. Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles made the statement amid reports that a returning Filipina from the United States breached quarantine protocols and tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) days after she was seen at a Makati City bar on December 23. “We will not hesitate to prosecute those who are violating the law. Talagang po-prosecute namin ‘yan (We would definitely prosecute them). Hindi natin tatantanan ‘yan (We won’t let…

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2021 ‘banner year’ for law enforcement: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said 2021 is a banner year for law enforcement as many milestones in the campaign against illegal drugs and terrorism were achieved amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Aggressive police operations and other police interventions led to the arrest of lawless elements that somehow reduced the number of crimes that they may have committed,” PNP Chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement. Carlos, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988, assumed command of the PNP in November, replacing Gen. Guillermo…

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House to continue crafting laws to uplift Filipinos: Velasco

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Friday said the House of Representatives will continue to do its mandate to craft meaningful laws that will uplift the life of every Filipino. In his New Year message, Velasco said that the 18th Congress has enacted more than 130 laws, including the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act and the 2022 General Appropriations Act recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. “As we close 2021, we are filled with gratitude for the continued blessings our country has been receiving, and we offer our heartfelt…

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Baguio mulls charging garbage fees based on weight

The city government is mulling charging garbage fees based on weight to encourage waste segregation. City Information Office chief Aileen Refuerzo said the city government and the barangays are discussing how to implement the plan, specifically the weighing of garbage brought out by residents on collection day. Based on a survey, many residents wanted to help the city government improve its garbage collection and disposal. The survey showed that residents are willing to get charged with a fee of about PHP10 per 10 kilos of garbage and an additional PHP5…

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Minors should register at PSA-PhilSys Davao office, not in malls

The 5 to 17 years old age group should register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) only at the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) office along Cabaguio Avenue here, not in malls. PSA-PhilSys 11 regional office, in post on December 17, also reminded minors should have a guardian or parent with them and bring one valid identification card or a document stating the full name, birth date and address. In case they don’t have one, they can bring a National Statistics Office or local civil registrar-authenticated birth certificate and one of…

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More relief goods from Manila arrive in Bohol

The provincial government of Bohol will ramp up the distribution of relief goods to localities hit by Typhoon Odette as more donations from Manila arrived at the Panglao Airport on Friday, Governor Arthur Yap said. Onboard Philippine Air Force C-295 aircraft, the provincial capitol received assorted relief goods, sacks of rice, boxes of mineral water, food packs, a solar panel, six tents, and three generator sets. In his Facebook (FB) post, Yap listed in detail all the latest donations which came from Manila. The governor also cited the soldiers from…

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‘Odette’-ruined NegOr MSMEs receive P8-K aid from DTI

The first batch of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Negros Oriental whose sources of income were devastated by Typhoon Odette received livelihood aid from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Friday. DTI provincial director Nimfa Virtucio told the Philippine News Agency in an interview that the “Bangon Negosyo (Business Recovery)” kits are worth more than PHP1.1 million, simultaneously turned over in La Libertad and Bais City. Each livelihood kit is worth PHP8,000 and comes in the form of a Land Bank of the Philippines cash card…

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DILG to ‘closely oversee’ Metro Cebu clean-up drive: OPAV

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Central Visayas (Region 7) will closely supervise Metro Cebu localities in discarding waste left by Typhoon Odette. In a statement on Friday, Undersecretary Anthony Gerard Gonzales of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) said the DILG-7 and its provincial and city directors were receptive to the request from the OPAV to supervise road clearing operations in Metro Cebu. The move, he said, will ensure compliance with the directive to fast track road clearing operations and hasten…

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Insurgency-free PH sparks party-list group’s Congress bid

A group composed of former members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) said no one is funding the organization. The Abante Sentrong Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan para sa Bayan (SAMBAYANAN) denied the accusations of active members of CPP-NPA and its legal front organizations that alleged they are being funded by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) to enter the party-list system. The groups added that the insurgency task force’s 2022 budget for Barangay Development Program will be “used for the delivery…

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Travelers from 6 ‘red list’ nations barred starting Jan. 1: BI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday said travelers from six countries that are under the red list will be barred from entering the country. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, in an advisory, said they will be implementing the latest resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) on the new red, yellow, and green lists. He said the updated country risk classification is effective from January 1 to 15, 2022. Under the red list are Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Spain. Foreign nationals…

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France provides P115-M to support ‘Odette’ relief efforts

The French government has earmarked EUR2 million (approximately PHP115.5 million) to support the ongoing relief efforts in the Visayas and Mindanao following the destruction brought by Typhoon Odette. “Following the damage caused by Super Typhoon Odette (Rai), which has claimed nearly 400 victims and displaced tens of thousands of people in the Philippines, France stands alongside the Filipino people,” the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs said in a statement. The French Embassy in Manila said at least EUR1 million of the funding would be coursed through the French…

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Reset ballot printing, reopen COC filing: PDP-Laban to Comelec

The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party on Friday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to postpone the printing of official ballots for the May 9, 2022 polls. In a 20-page petition, the group of Energy Secretary and party president Alfonso Cusi urged Comelec to reschedule the printing of ballots, set Jan. 15, 2022, since there are still pending cases involving individual candidates and party-list organizations. “There are numerous proceedings pending with this Honorable Commission and even the Supreme Court (SC), thus rendering it legally impossible for the ballots…

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Pulong highlights ‘House’ accomplishments

First Congressional District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Z. Duterte here released on Thursday night his accomplishments at the House of Representatives wherein he has authored a total of 62 House Bills (HB). In a statement, Duterte said of the 62 HBs, 16 were enacted into laws, 21 were already sent and received by the Senate, and 25 are still pending in the different committees in the House of Representatives. Two of the HBs authored by Duterte are still in the period of sponsorship, another two with copies distributed to the House…

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Gale warning suspends select barge trips in Negros Oriental

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) here on Friday suspended the operations of sea vessels with a gross tonnage (GT) of 250 and below plying the Negros Oriental route following a gale warning issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). Lt. Jr. Grade Mark Anthony Tolentino, Negros Oriental Coast Guard Station commander, cited PAGASA’s gale warning issued at 5 a.m. that said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon will affect parts of the country in his notice addressed to mariners, ship owners, Philippine Ports…

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Military equipment, skills upgrade ‘steady’ in 2021: DND

The Philippines has made steady progress this year in the upgrade of military equipment and skills of the personnel tasked to operate it, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday. “As we look back to the past year, it is likewise heartening to note that the Department continues its steady progress towards achieving the goals we set in 2016. We have not only continued to upgrade the equipment of the Armed Forces and the other Bureaus but also developed and raised their skills, expertise, and knowledge,” Lorenzana said in a message…

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PH boosts action for climate, community resilience

The government further enhanced its efforts this year to build climate resilience among communities nationwide and address climate change to better protect the environment, lives and property. In April, the government finally submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat the Philippines’ first nationally determined contribution (NDC) which covers planned reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the country. This signified the commitment of the Philippines, a UNFCCC party, to help meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise through GHG emission reduction worldwide…

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High-value drug suspect yields P356-K shabu in Pangasinan

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Pangasinan and the Mangaldan police have seized PHP356,533 worth of suspected shabu from a high-value target (HVT) in a buy-bust. In an interview on Friday, PDEA Pangasinan provincial officer Rechie Camacho identified the suspect as Ryan Christopher Lee, 37, of Barangay Anolid here. Also arrested was his companion Mark Carlo Serrano, 33, of Baguio City. “We’ve been monitoring the suspect (Lee) since July and finally we were able to conduct the buy-bust operation against him at Barangay Guilig Mangaldan town on Thursday,” Camacho said.…

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Giant leap in ICT infra make people more connected in 2021

The Philippines, including some of the remotest parts of the country, are now more connected through giant leaps in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), its partners in the government, and the private sector. Under the office of former DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II, who resigned from his post in October to run for senator in the 2022 elections, the average broadband and mobile internet speeds in the country made massive improvements. Based on the latest global internet speed index…

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DOJ tightens watch on gender-based online harassment

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday approved the draft of guidelines for cases of Gender-Based Online Sexual Harassment (GBOSH) under Republic Act (RA) No. 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act. In a statement, DOJ Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) Officer-in-Charge Charito Zamora said the draft will govern evidence-gathering and case build up for the GBOSH offenses. Included in the draft is the designation of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group to receive complaints regarding GBOSH cases, along with the National Bureau of Investigation-Cybercrime Division. In cases where the investigation requires cooperation…

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