Neeyamo Has Been Recognized as an Innovator in Avasant’s Global Hire-to-Retire Business Process Transformation 2021-22 RadarView

LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Neeyamo Inc., a leading technology-enabled global payroll and HR services provider for multinational and micro-multinational corporations worldwide, has been recognized as an Innovator in Avasant’s maiden Global Hire-to-Retire Business Process Transformation 2021-22 RadarView. Avasant is a management consulting firm specializing in sourcing advisory, digital and IT […]

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Companies reduce emissions by up to 19% through digital tools, new report from Schneider Electric and CNBC shows

70% of emissions reduction are achievable with existing, proven and competitive technologies1 Swire Properties, IBM, Jacobs, IHG Hotels, and Tata Power share benefits of digital innovation Artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and 3-D modeling are key to supporting existing transformations as viable solutions to overcome climate challenges Rueil-Malmaison (France), January 5th, 2021 – Schneider Electric, […]

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Junshi Biosciences and DotBio Announce Collaboration to Develop Next-Generation Antibody Therapy with DotBody Module

SHANGHAI, China and SINGAPORE, Jan. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shanghai Junshi Biociences Co., Ltd (“Junshi Biosciences”, HKEX: 1877, SSE: 688180), a leading innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies, and DotBio Pte. Ltd (“DotBio”), a biotech company specialized in next generation antibody therapies, announced today that they have […]

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Conagen Successfully Develops Antioxidant Kaempferol by Precision Fermentation

Bedford, Mass., Jan. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conagen, the Massachusetts-based biotechnology innovator, announced the successful development of antioxidant kaempferol produced by state-of-the-art, proprietary, precision fermentation. As a biotechnology company specializing in developing commercially valuable molecules for its partners and clients, Conagen’s kaempferol enables brands in nutrition, beauty, and personal care products to adopt a […]

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Logistics software leader Yojee teams up with HERE Technologies to unlock value in global supply chains

CES 2022 – HERE Technologies, the leading location data and technology platform, and Yojee Limited, a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) logistics platform that facilitates the flow of freight movements into a single ecosystem, has teamed up to create a unique operations intelligence solution to transform warehouse operations and management for global companies. The growth […]

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Harris acquires i2 product portfolio from IBM

OTTAWA, Ontario and CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harris, a global vertical market software provider, has acquired the i2 intelligence analysis product portfolio of IBM, including the i2 Analyst’s Notebook, i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis (EIA) and i2 iBase platforms. The acquisition positions Harris to further deliver mission-critical applications for national defense, […]

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Expereo Appoints Ben Elms as Chief Revenue Officer

New addition strengthens executive management team of Amsterdam based global network company AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Jan. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Expereo, the world’s leading provider of Global Internet, Cloud Access Optimization, SASE, and SD-WAN services, has today announced the appointment of Ben Elms as Chief Revenue Officer. Elms’ s overarching brief is to lead […]

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DSWD sends P10.5-M aid to ‘Odette’ victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Luzon (DSWD-3) has sent more than PHP10 million worth of assistance to families affected by Typhoon Odette. Venus F. Rebuldela, DSWD-3 assistant director for operations, said on Wednesday the assistance consists of food and non-food items distributed to affected families in the Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, and Caraga regions. Rebuldela said included were about 8,000 family food packs worth PHP6.2 million; 2,000 sleeping kits worth PHP1.3 million; 1,000 hygiene kits amounting to PHP1.7 million; 600 family kits worth PHP1.3 million; and 39,000…

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Better for CHR to pursue HRI separate from nat’l budget

Malacañang is supportive of the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) decision to pursue its planned Human Rights Institute (HRI) whose provision in the PHP5.024 trillion national budget for 2022 was vetoed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, made this statement after CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit announced plans to pursue the formation of the HRI despite Duterte’s veto. “By all means, if they want to pursue legislation, then let them do so,” he said in a Palace press briefing. Citing Duterte’s veto message, Nograles said the…

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Guv thanks PRRD for aid to typhoon-hit towns in Agusan Norte

Agusan del Norte Governor Dale Corvera is thanking President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the national government for the provision of immediate response to towns badly hit by Typhoon Odette in December last year. In a message sent to Philippine News Agency Wednesday, Corvera said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has downloaded two separate funds directly to the different local government units (LGUs) in the province amounting to PHP53.4 million and PHP154.5 million. “The DBM downloaded the funds to the different LGUs starting last Dec. 29, 2021. The funds…

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Tobacco farming boosted in Ilocos Norte town

Farmers in Piddig, Ilocos Norte are expanding their cropping intensity this year with a renewed interest in tobacco. Backed by the Universal Leaf Philippines Inc. (ULPI), the biggest tobacco growing and processing company in the country and in close coordination with the National Tobacco Administration and Piddig local government, many farmers here have started planting tobacco as one of their alternative crops as all the needed farm inputs except labor is provided to them at no cost. Piddig Mayor Eduardo Guillen made this assurance on Wednesday to all interested farmers…

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Army Special Forces launch ‘fighters to farmers’ program in Sulu

The Army’s 2nd Special Forces Battalion (2SFBn) has launched the “fighters to farmers” program to provide sustainable livelihood to formers members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Talipao, Sulu. Lt. Col. Benito Ramos Jr., 2SFBn commander, said Wednesday that the program aims to put food on the table of ASG surrenderers and their families. “This food on the table concept was a success in empowering communities in Basilan. We believe that this will also boost our PCVE (Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) efforts here in Sulu,” Ramos said in…

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Protect local farmers from “downsides” of global trade: solon

The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday said the country’s agricultural sector still needs “infusions” of domestic and public investment to compete effectively even as the world’s largest free trade pact took effect for most of the 15 member countries at the start of this year. Albay Representative Joey Salceda said the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement would create benefits for key industrial sectors, as it would simplify customs and trade procedures among member countries and help facilitate trade and economic exchange. “I’m a fan…

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Covid-19 measures in railways intensified

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has intensified health and safety protocols in all railways in Luzon. In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the DOTr said its Railways Sector has taken steps to ensure that both the riding public and its personnel are protected, one of which is the mandatory coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing of all workers of the Light Rail Transit Lines 1 and 2 (LRT-1 and LRT-2), Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), and Philippine National Railways (PNR). “All personnel are required to take an antigen test, with…

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DSWD-Bicol fast-tracks updating of indigents list

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 5 (Bicol) is now fast-tracking the encoding activities to update the database of the households in the region that are considered poor. In a statement on Wednesday, Marygizelle Mesa, DSWD-5 spokesperson, said the new database, the outcome of their Listahanan 3 program, is expected to be released within the first quarter of 2022. “A total of 50 encoding staff are being engaged to encode the 177,783 household assessment forms (HAFs),” she said. Mesa also said the release of the new…

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675K OFWs deployed from Jan. to Nov. 2021: POEA

More than 670,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been deployed abroad from January to November last year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Wednesday. “From January 2021 to November 2021, total deployment is 675,567. December figures are not included,” POEA administrator Bernard Olalia said in an advisory. The figure is higher than the 560,300 land- and sea-based OFWs deployed in 2020. Olalia also reported that the sending of health care workers abroad last year was not affected, particularly those sent to Israel and the United Kingdom (UK). “Our…

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PCA sends 15K coco seednuts to ‘Odette’-hit areas

The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has started shipping out some 15,000 coconut seednuts for the farmers affected by Typhoon Odette. The PCA on Wednesday said it coordinated with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to deliver seednuts using military trucks. AFP’s Civil Relations Service and Southern Luzon Command said it transported some 6,000 coconut hybrids (MRDxTAG), 3,000 dwarf coconut seednuts and planting materials to Palawan on Wednesday. The PCA-Calabarzon has also committed to sending 20 units of chainsaw as support for timely debris management and lumber utilization. The PCA…

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Non-monetary measures needed vs. impact of ‘Odette’ on prices

The effective implementation of non-monetary measures to address the impact of Typhoon Odette on the supply of necessities is the key to thwarting its effect on domestic prices, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said Wednesday. “As with previous episodes of natural disasters, the effective implementation of non-monetary government intervention measures to ensure adequate domestic food supply must be sustained in order to mitigate potential supply-side pressures on inflation,” he told journalists in a Viber message. The government disbursed cash assistance to families in areas affected by “Odette”,…

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Post-Christmas holiday liquidity drives TDF demand; rates down

Sustained high domestic liquidity situation in the country, especially after the Christmas holidays, continues to drive demand for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) term deposit facility (TDF), rates of which declined on Wednesday. Data released by the central bank showed higher offerings for both the seven-day and 14-day TDF this week at PHP180 billion and PHP250 billion, respectively. These are PHP10 billion and PHP20 billion higher than the offer volume for the one-week and two-week tenor, respectively, during the last auction on Dec. 29, 2021. The auction committee made…

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PH records lowest 2021 monthly inflation rate in December: NEDA

The Philippines recorded its lowest monthly inflation rate for 2021, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday the headline inflation rate eased to 3.6 percent in December from 4.2 percent in November 2021. The decline was primarily driven by slower food inflation, which decreased to 3.2 percent in December from 4.1 percent in the previous month. In particular, vegetable inflation fell to -10 percent from -1.8 percent, while fish inflation also decelerated to 7 percent from 7.9 percent in the same…

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Manila offers booster shots for riders, Divisoria workers

To further intensify its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination program, the city government of Manila has offered booster shots for workers in Divisoria and delivery riders passing by the city. In a press conference on Wednesday, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said the Booster Shot Night Vaccination for Divisoria workers will be held from 8 p.m. onwards on January 5. The night vaccination will be dedicated for truck drivers, porters, shippers, vegetable and meat vendors, and other workers in Divisoria. The inoculation site will be held at Juan Luna…

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No need to cap paracetamol, flu drugs purchase amid supply woes

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said Wednesday manufacturers of paracetamol and flu medicines have recommended not to put a cap on the purchase of these drugs amid tight supplies, particularly in Metro Manila and some provinces. “The manufacturer suggested yesterday that there is no need to put a cap because they can supply and the drugstores would be able to put their quantity limits when they detect (an) unnecessary bulk purchase,” Lopez told reporters in a text message. He said they have called on pharmaceutical firms…

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BRP Tausug brings relief aid to ‘Odette’-hit Visayas areas

The Philippine Navy (PN) said Wednesday one of its landing craft, the BRP Tausug (LC-295), has been conducting various sealift, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas. “Since December 18, LC-295, under the operational control of the Naval Forces Central, has been conducting sorties of sealift and HADR missions to assist those who were severely affected by this calamity,” PN spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said in a statement. He said the BRP Tausug was the first Navy vessel to respond…

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BOC intercepts 28 lizards in ‘toys’ parcels

The Bureau of Customs-Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA) on Wednesday reported the seizure of two parcels containing 28 lizards worth PHP210,000 in Pasay City. District Collector Carmelita Talusan, in a statement, said the parcels containing 22 bearded dragons and six Argentine black and white lizards from Samutprakarn, Thailand, were discovered at the BOC-NAIA Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) last December. The parcels declared as children’s toys were shipped by a certain ‘Anuphop Wilit’ and were addressed to certain individuals in Parañaque City. The parcels were subjected to x-ray…

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Cordillera cops give P4.5-M aid to ‘Odette’-hit Bohol colleagues

The Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCor) has turned over cash assistance worth PHP4.5 million to their colleagues in areas ravaged by Typhoon Odette. Capt. Marnie Abellanida, PROCor information officer in a message on Wednesday, said the cash assistance was raised from the contribution of police personnel in the Cordillera under the “Oplan Binnadang”. “A total of PHP4,433,740 was collected from the voluntary contributions of the PROCor personnel,” he said. He said PHP350,700 was contributed by the Regional Headquarters; PHP688,940 from Abra Provincial Police Office (PPO); PHP319,000 from Apayao PPO; PHP717,700 from…

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Limasawa Island appeals for immediate power restoration

Nearly three weeks after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, the island town of Limasawa in Southern Leyte has sought the assistance of the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and electric cooperatives to help restore their power supply. Mayor Melchor Petracorta said since December 16, their town has heavily relied on generators for power due to the very slow restoration works by the Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (Soleco). “Our diesel power plant is intact, but it is still non-operational due to toppled electric posts. We are a small town and it won’t…

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PH to get more Black Hawk choppers as initial funds released

The Philippines will have more assets for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) missions as initial funding for the acquisition of 32 additional Polish-made S-70i “Black Hawk” combat utility helicopters were released on December 27. “We are delighted with the release of the SARO (Special Allotment Release Order). We really need more helicopters, primarily for HADR missions,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday night when asked to comment on the initial budget release for the acquisition of the aircraft. The S-70i units of the…

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172 CamSur families get settlement grants under BP2 program

At least 172 families in Camarines Sur have received assistance in the total amount of PHP15 million from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 5 (Bicol) under the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2)” program. Ranelle Anne Sertan, BP2 information officer, in an interview on Wednesday, said the payout last December 29 was held in Caramoan with 83 beneficiaries; Iriga City with 21 beneficiaries; Nabua with 26 beneficiaries; Pasacao with 16 beneficiaries; and San Jose with 26 beneficiaries. “The transitory family support package is a financial support…

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Pangasinan firm helps restore power in ‘Odette’-hit Cebu

The Dagupan Electric Corporation (Decorp) has sent eight of its personnel and some equipment to Liloan town in Cebu to help in the immediate power restoration in the area following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. In a phone interview on Wednesday, Decorp legal counsel and spokesperson lawyer Randy Castilan said their team has been there since December 23 and is extending its stay due to the demand in the area. “We thought at first they would be staying for a minimum of two weeks but it seems they need to…

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Antique public schools told to prepare for F2F classes

Public and private schools in Antique have been instructed to make the necessary preparations if they wish to participate in the pilot face-to-face (F2F) classes this year. The Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office (SDO) of Antique on Wednesday raised the possibility of more schools in the province to open, given that three schools have joined the pilot implementation in 2021. As part of the preparations, the schools were told to install handwashing facilities and set up a temperature check at the gate of the school, provide foot markings…

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US logs more than 1M new daily Covid-19 cases

More than 1 million coronavirus cases were reported in the US, a record single-day number, amid the rapid increase of the new Omicron variant, according to Johns Hopkins University. The Maryland-based school registered 1,082,549 new cases on Monday. The US currently has 56.1 million confirmed cases and an excess of 827,000 deaths. President Joe Biden is set to meet members of the White House Covid-19 Response Team on the latest developments related to the Omicron variant. The new variant, which is less severe than delta, is responsible for most of…

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2.7-M Ilocos residents fully vaccinated

Around 2.7 million residents in the Ilocos Region have been fully inoculated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of Wednesday morning, according to the Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD -1). In a phone interview, DOH-CHD-1 Covid-19 focal person, Dr. Rheuel Bobis, said 3.2 million residents have also received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines. He said 5.72 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the region. “We are on target as we have reached 50 percent of the total eligible population…

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All NCR mayors ‘unanimously’ approved unvaxxed restrictions: MMDA

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday clarified that all 17 mayors in the National Capital Region (NCR) unanimously approved the resolution barring the unvaccinated from going outside their homes under Alert Level 3 or higher. In a statement, the MMDA said one of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) Secretariat staff “erroneously reported” to MMDA General Manager Romando Artes that Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro did not sign the resolution. “To clarify, Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro withheld to affix his signature on the resolution immediately as he wanted to…

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CDO people told to stay vigilant amid low Covid-19 cases

A health official here has reminded anew the public not to be complacent amid the prevailing low rate of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the city. During an online briefer Wednesday, Dr. Teodoro Yu Jr., city health office (CHO) medical officer, said the city’s critical care or health utilization rates remains well within its two-week Alert Level 2 status. “Our average daily attack rate is at 0.38 percent while our two-week growth rate is at a moderate level. So we ask the public not to be complacent and continually comply…

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Iloilo City confirms first case of Omicron variant

Iloilo City recorded on Wednesday its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Dr. Marigold Calsas, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) of the City Health Office (CHO), identified the case as a 46-year old unvaccinated male seafarer from Arevalo district who arrived here on Dec. 24, 2021. The asymptomatic positive case is in isolation at the city quarantine facility in Barangay Sooc, Arevalo. “The case was reported to us a positive case last Dec. 27 and we sent the…

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Quiapo Church to heed NTF reso scrapping feast activities

Officials of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, commonly known as the Quiapo Church, will follow the decision of the government prohibiting in-person Masses at the basilica during the celebration of its feast this weekend. “We are complying because of the health situation,” Quiapo Church rector, Monsignor Hernando Coronel, said in an interview on Wednesday. This came as the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, in a resolution, ordered the temporary closure of the church from January 7 to 9, as Metro Manila was placed under Alert Level 3…

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LGUs urged to let people choose preferred Covid-19 vax brand

A party-list lawmaker on Wednesday urged local government units (LGUs) to let people choose their preferred Covid-19 vaccine brand for a booster shot. Anakalusugan Party-list Representative Mike Defensor said the LGUs should clearly indicate in their registration websites which vaccines are available for the Covid-19 booster dose. He said the Department of Health (DOH) has come out with guidelines on mix-and-match of primary jabs and booster shots and LGUs should adopt the agency’s recommendations and be transparent in its registration process. He particularly cited the case in Quezon City wherein…

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EJ Obiena ready to face estafa raps by PATAFA

Pole vault star Ernest John “EJ” Obiena said he and Coach Vitaly Petrov are ready to face the charges slapped by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) on them. In a press conference on Tuesday, the PATAFA said it is set to file estafa raps against Obiena and charges related to World Athletics’ Integrity Code of Conduct against Petrov before the governing body. “On the recommendation of filing of estafa, I am ready to face all cases and charges filed against me in any court or forum. I…

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Gov’t mulls ‘no vax, no labas’ policy nationwide

Officials have recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte not to allow unvaccinated individuals to leave their residences, except for essential activities, under the “no vax, no labas” policy earlier adopted by the National Capital Region (NCR). During Duterte’s Talk to the People on Tuesday night, Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response Vivencio Dizon said he, along with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., pushed for the adoption of this policy nationwide amid the spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.…

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Top cop assures no ‘red’ areas in DavSur for 2022 polls

The chief of the Davao del Sur Police Provincial Office (DDSPPO) assured the public on Wednesday that the province has no “red areas” for the forthcoming May 9 national and local polls. Election “red areas” are considered the highest category of hotspots that require numerous security deployments. In an interview, Col. Giusseppe Geralde, DDSPPO commander, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that they are currently evaluating election hot spots but confirmed that none would fall under the red category. He added that certain barangays have been identified as hot spots…

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Stocks rise, peso strengthens on lesser concerns on Omicron

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained on Wednesday on lessened worries on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant and the peso followed suit. The main stocks index rose by 0.71 percent, or 50.13 points, to 7,091.40 points. All Shares trailed with a jump of 0.43 percent, or 16.27 points, to 3,794.17 points. Majority of the sectoral indexes also rose during the day, with the Services rising by 1.26 percent; Financials, 1.20 percent; Mining and Oil, 0.76 percent; and Holding Firms, 0.65 percent. On the other hand, the Property…

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’2 cops per quarantine facility’ in NCR starts this week: DILG

The deployment of at least two police officers in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) quarantine facilities to prevent incidents of persons skipping mandatory isolation will start this week, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday. In a Palace briefing, DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, said a total of 594 police officers would be deployed to 297 quarantine facilities in Metro Manila, in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s order. “Ang ating pong numero ng quarantine facilities ay 297. Iba-iba po ang classification niyan. May mandatory quarantine facility,…

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Duterte wants police deployed in hotel quarantine facilities

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he wanted at least two police officers deployed in hotels used as Covid-19 quarantine facilities to prevent incidents of persons skipping their mandatory quarantine. Duterte said since hotel owners do not have the authority or power to stop people under quarantine from breaching protocols, it only makes sense to assign the task to government personnel, specifically police officers. “The hotel owners or whoever is working there cannot be tasked of or placing the burden of enforcing the rules of quarantine because only government can…

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BI assures uninterrupted service despite reduced workforce

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Wednesday assured travelers of uninterrupted service despite the reduction of manpower at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals and other ports due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country. Commissioner Jaime Morente said BI personnel will continue to serve the public to ensure a hassle-free service. “There will be no diminution in the duty days of our port personnel as we are duty-bound to ensure that all international travelers who enter and exit our borders get the most…

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PRO-13 receives over P4-M goods, P876-K cash donations

The Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) said on Wednesday that it has so far received over PHP4 million worth of goods and PHP876,000 cash donations from various offices, groups, and individuals intended for the victims of Typhoon Odette in the region. PRO-13 Public Information Officer Maj. Dorothy Tumulak told the Philippine News Agency the donations arrived separately days after “Odette” devastated several provinces in the region last December 16. “Most of these donations came from the different police regional offices in the country. The first to send their aid…

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New infections top 10K; another 605 patients beat Covid-19

The number of fresh coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the country jumped to 10,775 on Wednesday. In its Covid-19 bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the new cases brought the active case tally to 39,974 out of a total of 2,871,745 confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic. Wednesday’s fresh cases are almost double from Tuesday’s 5,434 new cases. The DOH also reported 605 new recoveries, raising the tally to 2,780,109 or 96.8 percent of the total case count. Out of the active cases, 33,866 are mild,…

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DavNor town gives cash to villages with high vax rate

The municipal government of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte has given cash incentives to barangays with a high vaccination rate against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a statement Wednesday, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said the cash incentive is part of his administration’s strategy to ramp up vaccination in their town. Based on the report provided by the Sto. Tomas Municipal Health Office (MHO) as of December 31, 2021, topping the list was Barangay New Visayas with 68.26 percent vaccinated residents (PHP50,000 cash incentive), followed by Barangay Salvacion with 65.70 percent…

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