BBC StoryWorks Creates Content for TECNO to Tell the Story of How Inclusive Mobile Camera Innovations Bring People Together

NEW YORK, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TECNO, a premium smartphone brand focused on emerging markets, is working with BBC Storyworks, BBC Studios’ in-house commercial content studio, who have created a short film The Future Lens: Looking Ahead With TECNO to explore the meaning of mobile camera innovation. The video showcases TECNO’s inclusive mobile camera technology for […]

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NetSfere Appointed to NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) Framework to Advance the Digitization of Healthcare in the UK

NetSfere won a place on the £250m NHS SBS Patient/Citizen Communication & Engagement Solutions Framework through which all NHS organizations can access communication platforms CHICAGO, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NetSfere, a global provider of next-generation secure and compliant messaging and mobility solutions, has been named an approved communication supplier on NHS Shared Business […]

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NetSfere ได้รับมอบหมายให้ดูแลกรอบงานของ NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) เพื่อพัฒนาระบบดิจิทัลของสายงานด้านการดูแลสุขภาพในสหราชอาณาจักร

NetSfere ชนะรางวัลกรอบงานด้านโซลูชันการสื่อสารและการมีส่วนร่วมของผู้ป่วย/พลเมืองขององค์กร NHS SBS มูลค่า 250 ล้านปอนด์ ซึ่งองค์กร NHS ทั้งหมดสามารถเข้าถึงแพลตฟอร์มการสื่อสารนี้ได้ ชิคาโก, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NetSfere, ผู้ให้บริการระดับโลกด้านโซลูชันการรับส่งข้อความและการติดต่อสื่อสารผ่านอุปกรณ์มือถือที่ปลอดภัยและเป็นไปตามข้อกำหนดสำหรับยุคต่อไป ได้รับการเสนอชื่อให้เป็นซัพพลายเออร์ด้านการสื่อสารที่ผ่านการอนุมัติตามกรอบงานโซลูชั่นการสื่อสารและการมีส่วนร่วมสำหรับผู้ป่วย/พลเมืองของ NHS Shared Business Service (NHS SBS) ซึ่งอยู่ภายใต้องค์กร NHS และภาครัฐในสหราชอาณาจักรที่สามารถทำสัญญาบริการได้ ด้วยกรอบงานมูลค่า 250 ล้านปอนด์ที่ออกแบบมาเพื่อปรับปรุงการโต้ตอบกับผู้ป่วย และพัฒนาระบบดิจิทัลสำหรับการดูแลสุขภาพของสหราชอาณาจักร องค์กร NHS ทั้งหมดสามารถเข้าถึงกลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์ของ NetSfere ได้ กรอบงานนี้มีจุดมุ่งหมายเพื่อนำเสนอเส้นทางเข้าสู่ตลาดที่เรียบง่าย มีประสิทธิภาพ ได้ผลดี และเป็นไปตามข้อกำหนดสำหรับการจัดหาวิธีการสื่อสารเพื่อมีส่วนร่วมกับผู้ป่วย พลเมือง และพนักงานทั่วทั้งองค์กร NHS และหน่วยงานภาครัฐในวงกว้าง Franz Obermayer รองประธานของ NetSfere ในสหราชอาณาจักรและยุโรป กล่าวว่า “การช่วยเหลือองค์กรด้านการดูแลสุขภาพในการปรับปรุงการสื่อสารด้วยวิธีการที่ปลอดภัยและมีประสิทธิภาพเป็นประเด็นหลักที่ NetSfere ให้ความสำคัญ” […]

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Virtusa Announces Rajeev Mehta as New Chairman of the Board

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virtusa Corporation today announced the appointment of Rajeev (Raj) Mehta as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Raj brings a wealth of industry knowledge, business acumen, and strategic thinking to Virtusa’s Board of Directors. He has held several leadership positions, including a lauded tenure as President […]

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PITX, North Luzon bus terminal remain operational

The two integrated bus terminals serving the North-Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway will remain operational unless ordered otherwise by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). In a statement on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the recent appeal by a commuter group to suspend the use of the North Luzon Express Terminal (NLET) in Bocaue, Bulacan, was studied by a small technical working group (STWG) in a series of meetings from Dec. 2 to 14, 2021. “After much deliberation wherein stakeholders were…

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Dept of Migrant Workers to streamline services for OFWs: solon

A lawmaker on Tuesday said the new department dedicated to serving migrant Filipinos will streamline and speed up services for the country’s overseas workers, especially those in distress. Camarines Sur Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte said the newly signed law creating the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) would help better track Filipinos abroad, especially those in distress, as it provides for information system that will serve as a database for all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). He noted that OFWs would no longer have to go from one government office to another…

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TESDA-Cordillera to help Bohol ravaged by Typhoon Odette

A 19-man delegation from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) left for Bohol on Tuesday to help in the whole-of-government recovery effort for the residents affected by Typhoon Odette. Stephanie Nicole M. Peligman, TESDA-CAR information officer, said the team led by regional director Jeffrey Ian Dy is composed of trainers on carpentry, electrical installation and maintenance, and masonry from the Provincial Training Centers (PTCs) of TESDA Kalinga, TESDA Mt. Province, TESDA Abra, TESDA Apayao, and TESDA Ifugao. “The team will help the people…

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Technical glitch suspends trading; peso weakens vs USD

Trading in the local bourse was canceled Tuesday due to technical issues while the peso weakened against the US dollar. In a memorandum on its website, Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) president and chief executive officer Ramon Monzon said there were “technical problems encountered in establishing connection between the NASDAQ trading engine and the Flextrade front-end system.” “PSE continues to work and coordinate closely with representatives of NASDAQ and Flextrade to identify the underlying cause of the above-described production issue and come up with appropriate solution,” he added. The peso…

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Tight supply of paracetamol brands due to delivery issue: DTI

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said there is no shortage of paracetamol in the local market, and its tight supply is due to delivery issues. “There might be a temporary tight supply for some brands. But it is due to timing of deliveries to replenish the stocks in the branches of these drugstores,” Lopez told reporters in a text message Tuesday. He cited that brands such as Biogesic and Decolgen, which are under pharmaceutical firm Unilab, “may be having temporary out of stock situations” in drugstores…

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Vax rollout, upward economic trends fuel PH recovery: BSP

The Philippine economy will continue its recovery in 2022 despite the continuous threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as vaccination rollout and economic developments expand. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno, in his message during the first meeting for the year with members of the Tuesday Club, a journalists’ group, cited positive economic developments on trade, labor conditions, inflation, and domestic liquidity, among others. He said exports of goods have recovered as more countries open their economies, a turnout which is also being felt in the Philippines.…

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BTr rejects tenders for 7-year T-bond due to high yield demand

The Bureau of the Treasury’s (BTr) auction committee fully rejected all bids for the re-issued seven-day Treasury bond (T-bond) on Tuesday after investors asked for high yields. Had the committee made a full-award, the rate of the debt paper would have risen to 4.814 percent from 4.468 percent. BTr offered the securities for PHP35 billion and total bids reached PHP41.42 billion. “Full rejection rates are unreasonably high with expectations for inflation to trend downward. BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) remains committed to support economic recovery,” National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon…

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DSWD sends 78K food packs to typhoon victims in Eastern Visayas

About 78,138 family food packs (FFPs) have been distributed to cities and towns affected by Typhoon Odette in Eastern Visayas in the past two weeks, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported on Tuesday. The number of FFPs delivered to local governments represents 73 percent of the projected more than 106,000 population in badly-hit communities, DSWD 8 (Eastern Visayas) Director Grace Subong said in a phone interview. “We have to make sure there is equitable distribution of food packs since several organizations are also in Southern Leyte giving…

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Apple becomes first company to reach $3T market cap

The US-based technology giant Apple has become the first company with a USD3 trillion stock market value. Apple, whose stocks increased by three times since the beginning of the pandemic, gained a value of about 3 percent on Monday. On the first transaction day of 2022, the company’s shares hit USD182.88 to hit the market value of USD3 trillion. Microsoft, with a USD2.5 trillion stock market value, and Alphabet, with USD1.9 trillion, followed Apple. Apple hit the USD1 trillion mark in August 2018 and USD2 trillion in August 2020. Source:…

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Aid continues to pour in areas hit by ‘Odette’ in Caraga

The delivery of the needed food and non-food items to residents hit by Typhoon Odette in the Caraga Region remains unhampered. The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Caraga (DSWD-13), in a statement Tuesday, said 300 family tents and another 300 rolls of laminated sacks were delivered to the Province of Dinagat Islands on Monday. The non-food items will help the affected families provide temporary shelters, especially those who lost their houses during the onslaught of the typhoon. “The 300 family tents and the 300 rolls of laminated sacks…

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Senate eyes inquiry into rising cybercrimes, bank frauds

The Senate will look into the proliferation of unauthorized bank transactions and text messages offering non-existent jobs that victimize unsuspecting Filipinos. Resolution No. 961, filed by Senator Win Gatchalian, seeks an inquiry with the end goal of strengthening the Data Privacy Act, Cybercrime Prevention Act, New Central Bank Act, and other related laws. In a statement on Tuesday, the senator cited the need for a more comprehensive investigation to enable legislators to come up with solutions that will address the public’s concern over breach of their personal data. The Senate…

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BARMM turns over P4.2-M school building in Maguindanao

The Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MBHTE-BARMM), through its Education Facilities Section, has turned over a PHP4.2-million school building to the Schools’ Division of Maguindanao II. In a statement Tuesday, MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal said the modern single-story, two-classroom flagship building was turned over to the Ambolodto Elementary School Annex in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. “The turnover was held Monday, the first working day of 2022 for educators in the region,” Iqbal said. Aside from the building, he said, learning…

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Bar exam to proceed on Jan. 23 and 25

The Bar Examination will push through this month amid calls to cancel it for the third straight year due to the pandemic and the destruction caused by Typhoon Odette in December. The Supreme Court (SC) announced Tuesday that the Bar exam with revised coverage will be held on January 23 and 25, with examinees taking four sets of examinations, pro hac vice (for this occasion only). For the first time, the exam will be held in multiple sites. Previous Bar exams were held for four Sundays with two subjects each…

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Bacolod City steps up border controls after logging Omicron case

Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered heightened border controls after the city reported a case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant involving a visiting overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who arrived here on December 31. Considered as recovered, the 38-year-old patient from Mindanao, a cruise ship worker who flew in from Miami, Florida, came to Bacolod to be with his wife, a native of Pampanga, who is working in a business process outsourcing firm. “This is apparently not a local case. This is an imported one based on the accounts…

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All PPA ports ‘operational’ despite rising Covid-19 cases

All seaports and offices of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) remain operational despite many of its employees testing positive for Covid-19. In a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday, PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said those who tested positive among their ranks have been replaced by others who have previously been working from home, allowing for the continued operations of PPA offices. “Ni-recall na po natin iyong ibang mga hindi naka-schedule na rotation this week para mapunan po nila iyong pagkukulang noong mga tauhan natin na in-isolate po natin simula…

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Ordinances needed to enforce NCR restrictions on unvaccinated

Local government units (LGUs) comprising the Metro Manila Council (MMC) must issue ordinances to enforce the proposal to restrict movement by unvaccinated individuals. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said MMC Resolution 22-01 issued Monday and approved by the 17 mayors “is not legally effective.” “Local legislative councils exercise police power delegated unto them by the local government code, which was enacted by Congress,” Guevarra told reporters via text message on Tuesday. “The delegated police power authorizes them to pass such ordinances as they shall deem to be for the welfare of…

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Canadian court awards $107-M to families of Iran plane crash

A Canadian court on Tuesday awarded USD107 million (PHP5.35 billion) to the families of the people who died when a Ukraine International Airlines plane was downed almost two years ago. The lawsuit was filed by the families of six Canadian citizens who lost their lives aboard Flight 752. The plane crashed near Tehran after it was shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Jan. 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board. The family members awarded compensation by the court lost spouses, siblings, children, nieces and nephews, according to a…

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Bacolod’s Covid-19 vax teams back in malls, barangays

The city government here has resumed its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination operations in various sites starting this week to reach the still unvaccinated as well as to administer booster shots. Vaccination hubs in shopping malls such as SM City Bacolod, Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Robinsons Place Bacolod, Gaisano Grand Mall, CityMall Goldenfield, and CityMall Mandalagan have already re-opened on Monday. Dr. Chris Sorongon, medical deputy of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF), said in a statement on Tuesday that residents of neighboring cities and municipalities were also accommodated…

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Pampanga town mayor tests positive for Covid-19 anew

The mayor of Candaba town, this province disclosed on Tuesday that he again tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a post on social media, Mayor Rene Maglanque said he submitted himself for an antigen test on Monday, and took a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test immediately after at the GreenCity Medical Center here to confirm the positive result. Maglanque said he started experiencing fever, cough, cold, and diarrhea on New Year’s Day, prompting him to get tested. “Sinisigurado ko po sa inyo, aking mga kababayan na nasa…

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CIDG sues Chua, parents, 6 others in protocol breach

Criminal charges were filed before the Makati City prosecutor’s office against quarantine skipper Gwyneth Anne Chua and eight other individuals who were involved in the breach of protocol late last year. Upon her arrival from the United States on Dec. 22, 2021, Chua checked in at Berjaya Makati Hotel along Makati Avenue, went home, and went to a nearby bar in Barangay Poblacion the day after. She, fellow partygoers, and some employees of the bar later turned out positive for Covid-19. Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – National Capital Region…

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Researchers, firms to benefit from medical textile testing center

Aside from personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturers and suppliers, researchers and the private sector are also welcomed to use the PTRI Medical Textile Testing Center (PMTTC), which is expected to be fully operational by April. The PMTTC can also be used by regulatory bodies like the Food and Drugs Administration, according to Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) Director Celia Elumba. While she did not provide specific figures, Elumba said testing fees to be charged in PMTTC are cheaper. “These have been computed to be more than half the price of…

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Manila sticks to walk-in policy in all vaccination sites

Even non-residents flocked to vaccination sites in Manila on Tuesday to get their protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) amid rising infections in the National Capital Region (NCR). The city’s vaccination sites are in two malls and six public schools for first, second, and booster shots while 45 health centers administer primary doses, all on a first come, first served basis. The city also offers free swab tests for all. As of 10 p.m. Monday, the city government has already administered 3,039,022 doses. Of the total, 1,489,068 are already…

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NegOr logs fewer Covid cases but warns of Omicron threat

The number of active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Negros Oriental has dropped to two digits in recent weeks although health authorities are cautioning the residents against the Omicron variant. Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser late Monday, said as of Jan. 3, 2022, the province logged 12 new positive Covid-19 cases. These cases were recorded for Dec. 28-31, 2021, and Jan. 3, 2022, based on the latest swab test results received by her office, she said. Records at the Provincial Health Office showed…

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2022 outlook remains bullish despite Omicron threats

The country’s economic outlook for this year remains rosy, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion said during the Laging Handa public briefing Tuesday. Concepcion remains optimistic despite the spike of Covid-19 cases following the holidays and the presence of the Omicron variant. He said his optimism hinges on the rollout of vaccines and booster shots against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “What I can assure you, that I think I am extremely bullish, I am very bullish that 2022 will be definitely a much better year than…

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QC goes strict on persons still without Covid-19 vax

Unvaccinated individuals residing in Quezon City will be restricted from going out, unless necessary, under Alert Level 3 in the National Capital Region (NCR). Alert Level 3 is in effect until January 15 in NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal due to rising Covid-19 cases. Under the 2022 Guidelines for Alert Level 3, residents are encouraged to stay at home and limit their activities outside while unvaccinated individuals have more restrictions. As in the rest of the NCR, restaurants, malls, cinemas, and even churches will not allow the unvaccinated. “Restaurants, kiosks,…

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City exec says Baguio ready for Omicron

The city is ready in case of a possible surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. “We are ready, all resources are in place kasi bago pa ito umakyat, dumating, eh ready na tayo sa lahat ng resources (before it even goes up, it reaches us, we are ready with all our resources),” said city administrator, Engr. Bonifacio dela Peña, in a media interview on Tuesday. He said contingency measures have been put in place. “Hindi tayo nababahala kasi manageable naman ang cases…

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C. Visayas sends 37 Covid-19 samples for ‘Omicron’ testing

A Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH-7) official on Tuesday said 37 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) samples will be sent to the Philippine Genome Center for genomic sequencing to determine if the Omicron variant is already in Region 7. This, as health authorities in the region put up their guard against the highly transmissible variant of the virus. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist, said in a presser that two of the samples came from the community while 35 were taken from swab specimens of returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). “We…

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Omicron variant close contact monitored in Zambo City

Local health authorities have identified a close contact of a patient afflicted with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). However, Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, quickly clarified Tuesday that the close contact, who is a male, has already been cleared from Omicron infection. “We have identified one as close contact of a patient who was detected to have acquired the Omicron variant, but he’s well and he’s cleared,” Miravite said. The Department of Health (DOH)-Central Office on Monday reported 11 imported and three local cases…

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Typhoid fever downs 30 in NoCot village

Health officials in North Cotabato province have sent a team to help the municipal health office of Pikit town to contain the rising number of typhoid fever cases in one of its remote villages. As of Tuesday, the North Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) said at least 30 persons have been hospitalized for typhoid fever that hit the village of Manaulanan. In a statement, Dr. Eva Rabaya, North Cotabato provincial health officer, said the 30 patients were all residents of the village that have taken unsafe drinking water since…

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Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal under Alert Level 3 on Jan. 5-15

The provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal will shift to a stricter Alert Level 3 from January 5 to 15 due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, possibly spiked by the Omicron variant, Malacañang announced Tuesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said the decision was reached by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in a meeting on Monday. “Due to a sharp increase of Covid-19 cases in the particular localities, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved yesterday, Jan. 3,…

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Zambo adopts ‘dropbox system’ for business permits processing

The city government has adopted the “dropbox system” in the renewal and application of business permits as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “It’s (dropbox system) a scheme wherein applicants will just have to enclose their application form plus the documentary requirements in an envelope and just leave it with our front-liners here at Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar,” Benjie Barredo, city business permits and licensing division chief, said Tuesday. The new system came about as the city government activated Monday the…

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DTI pushes for self-test kits amid spike in Covid-19 cases

To have another layer of protection amid the spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for making Covid-19 self-test kits available in drugstores. In a text message to reporters Tuesday, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez it is time to adjust the protocol by encouraging the use of Covid-19 self-test kits to prevent transmission. “Because if one is not feeling anything, or asymptomatic, one would not have done anyway an RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) for that day. But an antigen test can…

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NCR LGUs, security personnel to conduct vax card spot checks

The police, local government authorities, and security personnel of business establishments in the National Capital Region (NCR) will soon randomly ask the public for vaccination cards as part of efforts to restrict the movement of the unvaccinated in the region. In a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos, Jr. urged the public to always bring identification (ID) and their vaccination card whenever they go out in public. “Magtutulungan po ang national government through the National Police (PNP) and of course ang mga…

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Over 1M Caraga residents now fully vaxxed

The Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13) on Tuesday reported that a total of 1,031,277 residents in the region have completed their full doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine. During a meeting of the Regional Vaccination Operations Center and Response Cluster, DOH-13 Director, Dr. Cesar Cassion, said the number of fully vaccinated individuals represents 53.93 percent of the total target population for vaccination in the region. A total of 1,912,163 residents were set as the target population for Covid-19 vaccination in Caraga Region, the agency said. It added that…

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BI reduces on-site work capacity in NCR

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is observing 60 percent on-site work capacity in compliance with the Alert Level 3 restrictions being imposed in Metro Manila. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the decreased workforce would be implemented until January 15 as the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) also placed the nearby provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, and Rizal under the more stringent Alert Level 3 status from January 5 to 15 due to rising cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “As an effect, all BI…

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Generic medicine use in SoCot urged

A group of pharmacists on Tuesday urged the public not to hesitate to buy generic medicines after their branded counterparts became scarce following the destruction left behind by Typhoon Odette. Speaking on behalf of the South Cotabato Pharmacist Association, its president Minette Serbo lamented how some people refuse to switch medicine brands despite their advice. “For example, there is still enough supply of Nasatera and Nasatapp in the market but most of our customers still prefer Neozep,” Serbo said in an interview on Tuesday. Local pharmacies are out of stock…

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Angeles City to give free meds to residents with Covid-19

The city government here will distribute free medicine packages to residents who have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said on Tuesday the initiative is one of the city government’s measures in response to the rising cases of Covid-19 here. He said the medicine package consists of Zithromax, Neozep, paracetamol, prednisone, and surgical masks. “This aims for the fast recovery of patients infected with the virus,” Lazatin said in a social media post. On Monday, the mayor also ordered the set-up of a 24-hour checkpoint…

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Legazpi residents reminded of protocols amid Omicron threat

The City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (CIATF) has issued protocol reminders to residents here amid the emerging threat of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mayor Noel Rosal, CIATF chairperson, on Tuesday appealed to the public to follow the health guidelines under Alert Level 2. “Unvaccinated individuals who are eligible for vaccination are highly discouraged from going to places that are closed (indoor), crowded, and have a high close-contact potential,” read an advisory issued by the mayor’s office and posted on…

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Baguio City tightens rules amid threat of Omicron variant

The city has finalized new rules under Alert Level 2 classification amid the threat of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who is still on mandatory quarantine following his travel to the United States to visit his parents, signed Executive Order 01-2022 on January 3 providing for heightened restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 here. “Having dealt with the earlier Delta variant and identifying our appropriate response actions, this is a crucial period to strengthen infection prevention and control measures so that our…

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Bataan residents urged to get Covid-19 vax as cases rise

Governor Albert Garcia on Tuesday urged his constituents to support the provincial government’s vaccination program amid the rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. “Hinihikayat po ang lahat ng mga Bataeño na makiisa sa ating programang pagbabakuna upang hindi na maulit ang pagdami ng mga pasyenteng may malalang sintomas ng Covid-19 sa ating lalawigan (We are encouraging all Bataeños to cooperate in our vaccination program so that the increase of patients with severe Covid-19 symptoms in the province would not happen again),” Garcia said in a social media post. The…

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DOH reports 5,434 new Covid-19 cases, 611 add’l recoveries

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 611 new recoveries and 5,434 additional cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Recoveries are now at 2,779,706 or 97.2 percent of the total 2,861,119 infections since the pandemic started in March 2020. Active cases climbed to 29,809 of which 24,026 are mild, 3,020 are moderate, 889 are asymptomatic, 328 are critical, and 1,546 are severe. “Of the 5,434 reported cases today (January 4), 5,395 or 99 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – December 22 to Jan. 4, 2022,” the…

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NegOr rises above Covid-19, ‘Odette’ challenges with 2021 gains

Despite the uncertainties that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic brought to Negros Oriental and the devastation of Typhoon Odette that battered the province towards the end of the year, the provincial government has proven its resilience by rising above these challenges in 2021. Governor Roel Degamo, in his year-end report delivered at the close of 2021, emphasized the gains of the province made possible with the help and support of Capitol officials and workers, national government agencies, partners in the non-government and private sectors, and the general populace. While…

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No Omicron in La Union despite Chua contact testing positive

There is no coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant yet in this province amid the attendance of some of Gwyneth Anne Chua’s close contacts in a charity concert in San Juan town. Chua is the returning overseas Filipino woman who went home right after checking in at the Berjaya Makati Hotel quarantine facility on December 22, went to a nearby bar the next day, and tested positive for Covid-19 four days later. In a phone interview, La Union provincial information officer Camille Bumatay said the Department of Tourism (DOT) confirmed…

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PNP chief tests positive for Covid-19

Philippine National Police Chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, said Tuesday he tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and is under isolation. “Unfortunately, I too, tested positive, including my duty driver and aide who were with me in the van Sunday morning. I experienced fever, chills, and body sweats Sunday evening but come Monday only lower back pain remains,” Carlos said in a message to reporters. “I’m under quarantine following the guidance of our HS (Health Service).” He and his close-in security and staff took a swab test on Sunday.…

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CIDG to file raps vs. ‘Poblacion Girl’, parents

The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is filing charges against Gwyneth Chua, a returning overseas Filipino who breached quarantine protocols, her parents, and some personnel of the hotel quarantine facility. In a statement to reporters, the CIDG said it would file cases against nine persons, including Chua, her father and mother, and personnel of the Berjaya Makati Hotel where she was supposed to undergo quarantine upon return from the United States on December 22. CIDG chief, Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, said the case would be filed…

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Big winners of 2021 in PH sports

If there is a discussion on which year should be considered the best in Philippine sports, 2021 should at least be in the conversation. This past year gave a lot of good news to sports fans locally amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. This year-ender will tackle some of the people that won big time in 2021. 1. Hidilyn Diaz Kicking things off is no less than the first-ever Filipino gold medalist in the Olympics. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz’s historic moment on July 26 in Tokyo could even overshadow President…

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