Modelo & Desmond Howard Team Up for a College Football Playoff National Championship Sweepstakes Honoring the 30th Anniversary of His Iconic Punt Return

Modelo, the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff, is celebrating fans and plays that demonstrate The Fighting Spirit Modelo CHICAGO, Jan. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The final two teams are set and Modelo, the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff (CFP), is celebrating the fighting spirt of college fans and game-changing plays by […]

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Bohol to distribute generators to water refilling stations

The provincial government of Bohol will distribute generator sets to water refilling stations in various towns where residents have only been relying on relief assistance for their potable water and food since the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, Governor Arthur Yap said on Monday. “We will distribute generator (sets) to water refilling station so that we can help them back to operations. Even with the unstable electric power connections, we can at least make these water refilling stations sell their water to local communities,” Yap said in a presser, as the…

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Gov’t may reassess price range of Covid-19 tests: Palace

The national government may reassess the price range for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to make them more affordable, Malacañang said on Monday. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson, made this remark amid concerns that some laboratories and hospitals are turning RT-PCR testing into a private business. “Maybe we can start assessing again the prices, although we went through that cycle, we went through cycles of putting those caps on the RT-PCR. So maybe, it can be something that we can explore…

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DOLE readies cash aid, emergency employment under Level 3

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide assistance anew to formal and informal sector workers who will be affected by the implementation of the Alert Level 3 classification in Metro Manila from January 3 to 15. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the affected workers will benefit from its amelioration programs, Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) workers. “We can only extend to them the so-called amelioration fund for informal workers. With the formal workers, what we will do is to utilize…

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Alert Level 3 in NCR won’t significantly impact businesses: DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is expecting minimal impact on businesses as the National Capital Region (NCR) reverted to Alert Level 3 until January 15. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said during the “Laging Handa” public briefing Monday that the difference in terms of allowed sectors in Alert Levels 2 and 3 is minimal and most business establishments are open but with lower operating capacity level. Lopez said the newly opened sector such as fitness centers and cinemas remain open despite Alert Level 3 being reimposed in Metro Manila…

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Josh Giddey is youngest in NBA history to record triple-double

Josh Giddey on Sunday became the youngest player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history to record a triple-double. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s rookie player produced 17 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his first triple-double in the Thunder’s 95-86 loss to The Dallas Mavericks at Paycom Center, Oklahoma City. The Australian guard accomplished the feat at 19 years, two months, 23 days, beating the record of Charlotte’s LaMelo Ball, who had a triple-double at 19 years, 10 months, 17 days. Giddey had accomplished another historic achievement in his…

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Big-time oil price hike greets consumers in first week of 2022

In the first week of 2022, consumers are faced with higher fuel prices starting Tuesday. In separate advisories, Caltex, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, Shell, and Unioil said they will increase diesel prices by PHP2.40 per liter and PHP1.85 per liter on gasoline products. Caltex, Seaoil, and Shell will also hike kerosene prices by PHP1.85 per liter. Local oil prices ended 2021 with a net increase of PHP17.10 per liter for gasoline compared to 2020’s closing, PHP13.75 per liter increase for diesel, while kerosene is higher by PHP10.84 per…

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Oil up over supply outages in Libya, ahead of OPEC+ meeting

Oil prices were up on Monday due to supply disruptions in Libya and ahead of the meeting of producers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) on Tuesday when they will decide how much oil to pump in February. International benchmark Brent crude was trading at USD78.44 per barrel at 0656 GMT, up 0.84 percent from the previous session’s close of USD77.78. The American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at USD75.86 per barrel at the same time, a 0.86 percent gain from the previous session’s trade…

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Cebu City collects 2K tons of ‘Odette’ debris in clean-up drive

The city-wide clean-up drive here has collected around 2,000 tons of debris and garbage left by Typhoon Odette, Mayor Michael Rama said on Monday. Rama cited the Cebu City Hall employees who spent their holiday on December 30 (Dr. Jose Rizal Day) and on January 2 which was a Sunday, in cleaning up the rubbish piled up along the roads. From 880 tons collected on December 30, the garbage collected increased to 1,900 tons on Sunday. The cleaning activities were in compliance with the directives of the Department of the…

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Zambo City gov’t employees urged to get vaccinated

Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has appealed to all city government workers here to submit themselves for vaccination. Salazar made the appeal during Monday’s virtual flag ceremony where she announced a total of 489,068 residents of this city have received their second dose of vaccine or are fully vaccinated since the start of the vaccination program in March 2021. They represent 70.40 percent of the target eligible population for vaccination of 694,696. However, Salazar did not disclose as to how many percent of the nearly 3,000 city government employees remain unvaccinated.…

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PH stocks gauge contracts, peso stays firm vs. US dollar

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) started the year with losses as coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases globally rise anew but the Philippine peso keeps its footing against the greenback. The main stocks index shed 1.14 percent, or 81.36 points, to 7,041.27 points. All Shares slipped by 1.05 percent, or 40.22 points, to 3,777.90 points. Most of the sectoral indexes also finished the day on the red, led by the Property, which fell by 2.90 percent. It was trailed by the Financials, 1.58 percent; Services, 1.42 percent; Industrial, 0.83 percent;…

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No post-typhoon hoarding, price hike in NegOr: DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Negros Oriental on Monday reassured the public it is keeping a close eye on the prices and the stability of supply of goods in the province following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette last month. DTI provincial director Nimfa Virtucio told the Philippine News Agency in an interview that so far, there is no hoarding and shortage of goods, especially in this capital city. “We have seen how people from typhoon-stricken areas in Negros Oriental and even those from nearby Cebu towns are…

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BOC overshoots 2021 collection goal by 4.7%

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has exceeded its annual collection target in 2021 by 4.7 percent or equivalent to PHP29.016 billion. The preliminary report from the Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG) showed BOC collected PHP645.765 billion as against its target of PHP616.749 billion. The 2021 collection was higher than the pre-pandemic amount of PHP630.31 billion in 2019. “Our strong collection performance is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Bureau of Customs. It is likewise a reflection of our strong commitment to…

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NegOcc receives P41-M aid from nat’l gov’t

The provincial government Negros Occidental has received PHP41-million financial assistance from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) for the rebuilding of houses damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette on December 16. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Monday the amount has been deposited into the province’s bank account. “We received notice from the national treasury, downloading an amount of PHP41 million for the province. We can give it as financial assistance or in the form of (construction) materials,” Lacson told Capitol reporters. The amount provided by the BTr is…

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Infections rise among Manila medical workers, capitol employees

Medical front-liners in the city of Manila have been re-infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). During the inspection of the Araullo High School quarantine facility at the corner of United Nations and Taft Avenues, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso exhorted cooperation now that the number of Covid-19 infections is increasing. “Just for the record, tumataas ngayon ang re-infection ng mga medical front-liners sa ating mga ospital (the number of medical front-liners getting infected in our hospitals is increasing),” Domagoso said in a video posted online. City Hall is similarly…

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Most typhoon-hit Metro Cebu areas still without power

Eighteen days after Typhoon Odette, the Visayan Electric Co. on Monday reported that 28 percent of the 474,182 households and establishments in Metro Cebu have been reenergized. In its update on Monday, Visayan Electric Co. said that 132,397 customers whose electric lines were cut off during the December 16 onslaught of the typhoon now have their lights on. This development came as Cebu’s largest power distribution firm restored 388 or 71 percent of the 544 power line segments in its franchise area destroyed by “Odette”. “Restoration is taking longer in…

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Over P33-K worth of illegal firecrackers destroyed in Pangasinan

At least 2,832 pieces of confiscated illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices amounting to PHP33,596 were simultaneously destroyed at the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) compound on Monday. During the ceremonial destruction, PPPO acting director, Col. Richmond Tadina, said the items were seized during 15 police operations in the entire province during the Christmas and New Year holidays. He said operations conducted were in support of the government’s campaign against the use of illegal firecrackers during the New Year revelry. “We will continuously and strictly enforce the laws on the ban…

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NegOr logs P2.2-B agri losses due to ‘Odette’

The province of Negros Oriental has recorded close to PHP2.2 billion in losses in the agricultural sector caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette on Dec. 16, 2021. A report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) on Monday showed that as of Jan. 2, 2022, the grand total production loss was pegged at PHP2.183 billion with 92,776 farmers affected. Based on a report from the Provincial Agriculturist Office, the typhoon destroyed 7,386.5 hectares of rice fields (PHP250.271 million); 5,957.3 hectares of corn (PHP199.566 million); 20,018,804.8 hectares…

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T-bill rates drop on expectations for slower inflation rate

Expectations for a slower inflation rate for December 2021 resulted in the drop of Philippine treasury bill (T-bill) rates on Monday. The average rate of the 91-day paper slipped to 1.075 percent, the 182-day’s to 1.269 percent, and the 365-day’s to 1.600 percent. These were at 1.125 percent, 1.428 percent, and 1.649 percent for the three-month, six-month, and one-year debt papers, respectively, during the previous auction on Dec. 13, 2021. Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) offered each tenor for PHP5 billion and the auction committee made a full award across…

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DepEd suspends pilot F2F classes in NCR

The Department of Education on Sunday confirmed that face-to-face (F2F) classes for pilot schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) are suspended until alert status reverts to Level 2. In a statement Sunday night, the DepEd said its decision to suspend the classes is consistent with the recent memorandum of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for the Alert Level 3 protocols, considering the notable increase of coronavirus cases in the NCR. “Face-to-face classes in pilot schools in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2…

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Manila prepares quarantine sites for possible case surge

The city government of Manila is reviewing the facilities of its quarantine sites in preparation for a possible surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases due to the Omicron variant. The city has a 530 Covid-19 bed capacity and a buffer of about 200 beds in several dormitels. Only 37 beds are in use as of posting time. On Monday, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and officials of the Manila Health Department (MHD), Manila Department Risk Reduction Management, and Manila Police District inspected renovation works at the Araullo High School…

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Fireworks-related injuries 59% lower than 5-year average

Fireworks-related injuries (FWRIs) for 2021 rose to 167, higher than in 2020 but lower than the five-year average, a health official reported on Monday. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported that there are 14 additional FWRIs as of 6 a.m. Monday, pushing the tally to 167. “This report is a bit higher compared to 2020, which only reported 120 cases but 59 percent lower than the five-year average of 403 cases during the same time period,” Vergeire said. The DOH data showed that 65 percent…

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PH now classified again as ‘high risk’ for Covid-19

The country is now classified high risk for Covid-19 following the increase in cases toward the end of 2021, a health official said Monday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the epidemic curve shows the current average daily cases have increased significantly by 570 percent this week – December 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022 – which is seven times higher than in previous weeks. “Nationally we are now at high-risk case classification from low-risk case class in the previous week showing a positive two-week growth rate at 222 percent,…

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DILG to LGUs: Tighten health protocols, ramp up vaccination

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged local government units (LGUs) to strengthen the implementation of minimum public health standards and to ramp up vaccination, including boosters, to avert community transmission of the Omicron variant. In a news release Monday, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said vaccination, including boosters, is essential for added protection against Omicron and new coronavirus variants. The Philippines has detected at least 14 confirmed Omicron cases. “Hinihimok po ang mga pamahalaang lokal na tiyakin ang 100% vaccination rate ng lahat ng kanilang senior citizens…

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PH ready for possible Omicron variant wave: DOH exec

The country is ready for a possible Omicron variant wave which Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said on Monday seems to be upon the Philippines as the Covid-19 infections continue to increase. “Well, it looks like the Omicron wave is upon us,” Vega, also the country treatment czar, said in an interview with ANC television. Vega said the Philippines has been experiencing a “steady increase” in terms of the Omicron just like what happened across South Africa and Europe. “Our numbers have doubled and this is the start…

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PhilHealth spends P258-M for Covid-9 testing in Eastern Visayas

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in Eastern Visayas has paid at least PHP258 million for the testing of suspected and confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients from March 2020 to mid-December last year. PhilHealth Eastern Visayas acting regional vice president Rosario Suyom on Monday said the amount paid to three accredited testing laboratories in the region is on top of the agency’s refund to Covid-19 patients admitted in hospitals and those who stayed in isolation centers. “We are mandated to pay regardless of the number of tests done to one…

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Case filed vs. suspect in ex-Pangasinan mayor’s murder

A murder case was filed on Monday at the Alaminos City Regional Trial Court against the suspect in the shooting of the former town mayor here on January 1. In a press conference, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) acting director Col. Richmond Tadina said despite the arrest of the suspect and the filing of a case, the investigation on the shooting of former Anda Mayor Aldrin Cerdan will continue. “There are six witnesses who are ready to testify while the case was filed based on the gathered evidence although the…

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Another drug convict acquitted due to mishandled evidence

The Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted a man convicted on drug charges in 2017 as it again reminded apprehending officers to ensure that evidence obtained in operations must be marked on-site. In an 11-page resolution uploaded December 27, the SC Second Division acquitted Kenneth Chan and reversed the Court of Appeals ruling. Chan was arrested on Dec. 6, 2016 in Barangay Poblacion, Bugallon, Pangasinan for selling .030 grams of shabu for PHP300 to undercover policemen. He was convicted on July 6, 2017 by the Lingayen Regional Trial Court. The SC…

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Nearly 50M Filipinos already fully vaccinated

The Philippines has already administered 108,853,491 doses of the coronavirus vaccines, including second shots for 49,853,264 Filipinos and 1,847,926 booster or additional doses, as of Monday. The country’s total vaccines doses received stand at 210,633,110, both procured and donated, as of the end of 2021. National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. warned the country is “not yet out of the woods” as the cases are spiking once again. He reminded of the need to inoculate more Filipinos as much as possible, especially the elderly…

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PRO-9 strengthens law enforcement ops in Zamboanga Peninsula

The Police Regional Office in the Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) is strengthening this year its law enforcement operations in different parts of Region 9. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, PRO-9 director, deployed on Monday 217 personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB-9) to serve as augmentation force in strengthening the law enforcement operations of the various line units of the command. The PRO-9 covers the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay, and the cities of Isabela and Zamboanga. Simborio reminded the RMFB-9 personnel during the send-off…

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Less Covid-19 cases means better living conditions: PopCom

The global coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis has not only taken a strain on the country’s health but on its wealth as well. Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) Executive Director Juan Perez III, however, said that provinces with lesser cases of Covid-19 are under better conditions. The recent data of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that in five regions least affected by the contagion, or those with 8.1 percent of deaths last year, 809,500 Filipinos or 161,900 families improved their living conditions. The bulk of families elevated from…

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Passenger traffic nearly doubled on Dec. 31-Jan. 1

The number of international travelers during the last day of 2021 and the first day of the new year almost doubled compared to last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Monday. In a statement, Commissioner Jaime Morente said New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day saw 10,140 arrivals while there were only 5,791 during the same two-day period in 2020-2021. The number of departing passengers also increased to 6,951 from 3,770. “The trend shows a steady improvement in the number of travelers. While the figures remain low, this…

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3 killed, 14 injured in Bilibid riot

A heckling incident triggered a free-for-all at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on Sunday night, resulting in the death of three inmates and the wounding of 14 others. In a statement sent to the media on Monday, Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) spokesperson Gabriel Chaglag said the Quick Response Team secured the area at about 7:10 p.m. or one hour after the melee broke out. Clearing operations were conducted until midnight. “Violence started from verbal heckling with adjacent dormitories at the East Quadrant until a gunshot was heard and it…

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NBI anti-cybercrime division to upgrade equipment

The government will soon upgrade the equipment being used by the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) anti-cybercrime arm to keep pace with online criminals who are getting bolder by the day. Department of Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay said acquiring new equipment is among the measures meant to deal with online financial scams. “The NBI is geared toward the acquisition of state-of-the-art investigative and intelligence equipment, as well as the establishment of a Cyber Investigation and Assessment Center, under the aegis and guidance of the NBI Reorganization and Modernization Act (Republic…

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DOH confirms Domingo’s resignation as FDA director general

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday confirmed the resignation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Eric Domingo from his post effective January 3. “Yes. We confirm the resignation of FDA Director General Eric Domingo,” the DOH said in a Viber message to reporters. The DOH assigned FDA Deputy Director General, Dr. Oscar Gutierrez, as the officer in charge. In a text message to a news outlet, Domingo said he is resigning as “he already did his part during the pandemic”. “The FDA is now stronger, more efficient…

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Unvaxxed residents face stricter measures in Angeles City

This city has started to impose stricter measures against unvaccinated individuals amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Under the new guidelines issued by the city government of Angeles on Monday, non-vaccinated individuals coming from outside Pampanga may only be allowed entry to this city after presenting a negative antigen or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result administered and released within the last 48 hours of travel. Non-vaccinated individuals may only be allowed in al fresco or outdoor seating areas in restaurants and not inside malls and…

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Quarantine violators may face imprisonment under the law

eturning travelers in the Philippines have been warned they may face imprisonment if they are caught violating Covid-19 quarantine protocols, Malacañang said Monday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles reminded inbound travelers and hotels to ensure compliance with all quarantine protocols or face both civil and criminal charges. “Sa (In the) Notifiable Diseases law it’s not just a penalty, may imprisonment din ito (there is also imprisonment),” he said in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of…

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Iloilo City raises alert vs. Omicron

Iloilo City is on heightened alert against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) even if there are no confirmed cases yet of the Omicron variant. On his Facebook page, Mayor Jerry P. Treñas announced the city government will test inbound travelers from the National Capital Region (NCR), Cebu, and Boracay Island. The Uswag Molecular Laboratory will also conduct voluntary testing. NCR is under Alert Level 3 until January 15. “We are better prepared now. We have already started talking about the possibility of imposing quarantine for travelers from other places,” Treñas…

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MMC policy vs. unvaccinated ‘reasonable’: DILG

A policy of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) urging the local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region to enact ordinances for enhanced restriction on unvaccinated individuals is proper and reasonable, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Monday. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said the DILG fully supports the resolution of the MMC that the unvaccinated should remain at home and shall not be allowed access to restaurants and the like. “Eighty percent of those in the Intensive Care Unit are unvaccinated. It’s only proper…

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Vaccination remains key strategy vs Omicron surge

The Philippine government believes that boosting its vaccination program against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will help the country in managing the new surge with the presence of the Omicron variant, Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response Vivencio Dizon said on Monday. During the Laging Handa briefing, Dizon said the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) will apply the same strategy it did during the Delta variant surge now that the health department sees a significant increase in daily cases. “But we need to remember that we have been through this. This…

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NCR mayors restrict mobility of unvaxxed persons

There will soon be enhanced restrictions regulating the movement of individuals still unvaccinated against Covid-19 in the National Capital Region (NCR) as agreed upon by the Metro Manila Council (MMC). In a virtual presser on Monday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said MMDA Resolution No. 22-01, series of 2022, urges local government units (LGU) to enact ordinances for “enhanced restriction” on unvaccinated individuals. Abalos said the resolution has been agreed upon “in principle” by the MMC — composed of the 17 mayors in NCR and…

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Davao City braces for possible Covid-19 surge

Mayor Sara Duterte disclosed Monday the city government is continuously preparing for the possible surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases after the holiday season. In her weekly radio program, she said the surge is expected either on the third or fourth week of this month. “Our cases did not increase and decrease. Our preparation for the upcoming surge and we will use the same strategy – prevention, detection, isolation, treatment, reintegration, and the management of the dead,” Duterte said. She added that the Covid-cluster clinic is also readying the…

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Messi tests positive for Covid-19

Lionel Messi has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in self-isolation along with three other players, his club Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Sunday. The Argentinian striker will now miss PSG’s French Cup clash against third-tier side Vannes on Monday, with his teammates Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala having also contracted the virus. “The four players that tested positive for COVID-19 are Lionel Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala. They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocols,” the club said in a…

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PH logs 497 new recoveries, 4,084 new cases

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 497 new recoveries and 4,084 additional cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Recoveries are now at 2,779,241 or 97.3 percent of the total 2,855,819 infections since the pandemic began in March 2020. Active cases rose to 24,992, of which 19,552 are mild, 3,051 are moderate, 795 are asymptomatic, 331 are critical, and 1,563 are severe. “Of the 4,084 reported cases today (January 3), 4,057 or 99 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – December 21 to January 3, 2022,” the…

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NegOcc reports 49 confirmed ‘Odette’ casualties

A total of 49 residents of Negros Occidental were confirmed to have died during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette on December 16, based on the latest figures released by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 6 (Western Visayas) on Monday. According to the OCD-6, the data were gathered by the Management of the Dead and Missing Cluster under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Region 6. The 49 casualties included 21 reported in Sipalay City and 12 in Kabankalan City. Others were recorded in Moises Padilla,…

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2 firecracker injuries end Baguio’s 2-year zero case feat

The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) here said the feat of having zero firecracker-related injuries in the last two consecutive years was ended by two cases recorded as the country welcomed the new year. In a phone interview on Monday, Aileen Refuerzo, chief information officer of the city government, said based on the report of the CESU under the Health Services Office, two persons were treated for injuries in the face and head on January 1. She said the patients, both female, aged 34 and 43, sustained injuries caused…

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Another returning overseas Filipino nabbed over protocol breach

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat on Monday reported that another Filipino from overseas was caught having broken the mandatory quarantine after posting on social media. In an interview over DZMM, Puyat said the Filipino made a post of them having a massage. “Actually meron pa isang kaso e. Binigay ‘yung pangalan, nag-skip ng quarantine, in fact nag-post pa sa social media nagpapamasahe siya. Nahuli na rin (Actually, there is another case. The name was given, skipped quarantine, in fact, posted on social medial while having massage. Arrested already),”…

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SoCot logs 22 fireworks-related injuries

A total of 22 fireworks-related injuries have been reported to the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) here. In a statement Monday, the IPHO reported that the figure is 144 percent higher compared to the same period last year’s 15 injuries, despite repeated reminders by the province’s health officials. According to IPHO, the municipality of Polomolok recorded the highest number of injuries with six cases; followed by Lake Sebu with four; Surallah, three including one amputation; and two cases each for Koronadal City,…

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PCA pools resources to help coco sector recover from ‘Odette’

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has been working nonstop since last year’s onslaught of Typhoon Odette to assist affected plantation areas. Of the estimated PHP8-billion damage in the agriculture sector, PHP1.58 billion are in the coconut sector, according to data shared on Monday. In a Facebook post, the PCA said the Quick Response Fund was not enough but they sourced out other forms of assistance through its regional field offices. Transport assistance was provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to deliver 140 chainsaws for the clearing and…

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