Constellation Brands Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results

VICTOR, N.Y., Jan. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, reported today its third quarter fiscal 2022 results. A conference call to discuss the financial results and outlook will be hosted by President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Newlands and Chief Financial Officer Garth Hankinson on […]

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Constellation Brands Enters Agreement With The Coca-Cola Company to Bring the FRESCA® Brand Into Beverage Alcohol

Constellation Brands will manufacture, market, and distribute new FRESCA™ Mixed cocktails, which will launch this year in the United States VICTOR, N.Y., Jan. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it has entered into a brand authorization agreement with The Coca-Cola Company in the United States […]

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Harris เข้าซื้อกลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์ i2 จาก IBM

ออตตาวา รัฐออนแทรีโอ และเคมบริดจ์ สหราชอาณาจักร, Jan. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harris ซึ่งเป็นผู้ให้บริการซอฟต์แวร์สำหรับตลาดแนวตั้งระดับโลก ได้เข้าซื้อกลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์การวิเคราะห์ข่าวกรอง i2 ของ IBM ซึ่งรวมถึง i2 Analyst’s Notebook, i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis (EIA) และแพลตฟอร์ม i2 iBase การเข้าซื้อกิจการครั้งนี้ทำให้ Harris สามารถให้บริการแอปพลิเคชันที่สำคัญต่อภารกิจในการป้องกันประเทศ การบังคับใช้กฎหมายของรัฐและท้องถิ่น ความมั่นคงทางทะเล ตลอดจนการจัดการหลักฐาน เครื่องมือวิเคราะห์ขั้นสูงและเครื่องมือวิเคราะห์ข่าวกรองของ i2 เช่น i2 Analyst’s Notebook ซึ่งเป็นเครื่องมือชั้นนำของอุตสาหกรรม ช่วยให้นักวิเคราะห์สามารถนำข้อมูลมาใช้ในการตัดสินใจแบบเกือบเรียลไทม์ แสดงการเชื่อมต่อที่ซ่อนอยู่โดยใช้การแสดงภาพ และเปลี่ยนข้อมูลจำนวนมากที่แตกต่างกันให้กลายเป็นข่าวกรองที่สามารถดำเนินการได้ไม่ว่าจะมาจากแหล่งใด กลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์ i2 ผู้บริหารของ i2 และทีมงานทั่วโลกจะจัดตั้งหน่วยธุรกิจใหม่ของ Harris ได้แก่ i2 Group ซึ่งจะดำเนินงานอย่างอิสระและบริหารงานด้วยตนเอง Jean […]

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Solution Tree Inc. Acquires Results Coaching Global

Bloomington, IN, Jan. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Solution Tree Inc.—owner of Solution Tree, Marzano Resources, Solution Tree Education Canada and Hawker Brownlow Education—longtime leaders in the field of educator professional development—has acquired international coaching specialty company Results Coaching Global (RCG) in a move that will continue to ensure learning for all by empowering education […]

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‘Odette’ wrecks 405 Southern Leyte biz establishments

Typhoon Odette destroyed about 405 business establishments in Southern Leyte, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported Thursday, citing initial survey results. The team from the DTI surveyed the establishments in the province and found that 57 percent were wrecked and 43 percent were damaged. Those surveyed account for 10 percent of firms operating within the commercial districts of Maasin City and the towns of Padre Burgos, Liloan, Sogod, and Macrohon. “The surveyed establishment, including available stocks, infrastructure, other assets, and the expenses for cleaning up the debris, incurred…

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New law giving ‘small’ farmers cash assistance until 2024 inked

Small farmers tilling two hectares and below of rice land will get an annual direct cash assistance under a new law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte signed Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11598 also known as Cash Assistance for Filipino Farmers Act on Dec. 10, 2021. The copy of the law was released to reporters on Thursday. In signing the law, Duterte recognized the policy of the State to address the plight of small farmers in the country. “The State recognizes the urgency of intervening for our farmers in light…

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Law providing 1% preferential tax relief to private schools inked

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law reducing the preferential tax rate of 10 percent to 1 percent imposed on proprietary educational institutions. Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) 11635 on Dec. 10, 2021, amending Section 27 (B) of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. “Hospitals which are nonprofit and proprietary educational institutions shall pay a tax of 10 percent on their taxable income except those covered by Subsection (D) hereof: Provided, that beginning July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2023, the tax rate herein imposed shall be 1 percent,”…

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Duterte signs law criminalizing child marriage

Child marriage is now a public crime under a new law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11596, also known as An Act Prohibiting the Practice of Child Marriage and Imposing Penalties, was signed by Duterte on Dec. 10, 2021 and a copy of the document was released to reporters on Thursday. In signing the law, Duterte recognizes the need to abolish all traditional and cultural practices and structures that perpetuate discrimination, abuse, and exploitation of children such as the practice of child marriage. “The State recognizes…

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DSWD-13 gets more food, non-food supplies from other agencies

The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga (DSWD-13) on Thursday received additional supplies of food and non-food items as relief operations continue in areas hit by Typhoon Odette in the region. In a statement, the DSWD-13 said it received an augmentation of food items from the Department of Public Work and Highways and non-food items from the DSWD Davao Region. DPWH Acting Secretary Roger Mercado personally handed over the 1,000 sacks of rice, 7,000 canned goods, 4,392 chicken noodles, 4,320 beef noodles, and 21,000 pieces of bottled water…

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PCG transports 1.1K tons of goods to ‘Odette’ victims

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has transported 1,174 tons of relief goods to areas affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. In a mission report released Thursday, the PCG said these goods were transported through PCG vessels and maritime assets to Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and other affected areas. The PCG Auxiliary aircraft and private vessels have transported an additional 288.5 tons of supplies, bringing the total number of transported relief goods to 1,462.4 tons. “As per the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the PCG,…

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Law easing entry of foreign retail enterprises in PH signed

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that would further open up the Philippine retail sector to more foreign retail businesses by lowering their required paid-up capital. Republic Act (RA) 11595, which amends RA 8762, also known as the Retail Liberalization Act of 2000, was signed by Duterte on Dec. 10, 2021, and was released to reporters on Thursday. Duterte earlier certified the bill as urgent as part of efforts to encourage the entry of more investors and further boost economic recovery amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019…

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Unified Logistics Pass system to be launched this month

To streamline applications and fees for truckers, the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) will launch the Unified Logistics Pass (ULP) this month. “The ULP is poised to streamline requirements for a unified Quick Response (QR) Code that will eliminate the varying and separate pass-through stickers being required by economic zones, ports, and local government units (LGUs), and will facilitate easier movement and ease of port-entry restrictions,” it said in a statement. The ARTA’s inspiration for the unified QR code for truckers is the successful implementation of the Rapid Pass System that…

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147K tourist arrivals in December boost Baguio biz, employment

A total of 147,145 tourists visited this city in December last year, resulting in revenues for businesses and boosting employment. “May ilan na establishment na nag-hire ng additional workers para ma-serve nang maayos ang customers nila (there were some establishments who hired additional workers so that they can provide good service to their customers),” said Engr. Aloysius Mapalo, city tourism supervising officers, in a briefing on Thursday. Mapalo said some employees of establishments have left the city and moved to the provinces promoting the hiring of additional manpower who were…

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31 Lanao Sur, Marawi coops get movable rice mills, generator sets

Cooperatives from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City received a total of PHP37.2 million worth of post-harvest facilities that were procured under the 2020 Special Development Fund of Member of Parliament (MP) Diamila Disimban-Ramos in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR-BARMM). These were turned over in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Public Works-BARMM Tennis Court, Matampay, Marawi City last December 22, Ramos said in a news release on Thursday. A total of 31 pieces of equipment which includes movable mini rice mills with…

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DOLE allots P1-B aid for workers hit by Alert Level 3 curbs

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Thursday it would set aside PHP1 billion for the grant of cash assistance to workers who will be displaced by the implementation of the stricter Alert Level 3. Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said they were readying funds for the financial aid under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP). “In extreme cases that would warrant financial assistance under CAMP, DOLE will be allocating PHP1 billion for the workers,” she said in a Laging Handa briefing. The CAMP is a one-time PHP5,000 financial…

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OWWA to assist OFWs affected by Hong Kong’s travel ban

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is ready to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who might be affected by the travel restrictions implemented by Hong Kong. OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in a Laging Handa presser on Thursday, said they are monitoring the situation on the possibility of Filipino workers being stranded. “We are now monitoring the airports for those who may be affected,” he said at the Laging Handa briefing. Cacdac added that the assistance will be provided to all OFWs, whether they are agency-hired or Balik Manggagawa. “Although,…

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Pasig City, DPWH each donate P1-M for typhoon victims in NegOr

The provincial government of Negros Oriental has received PHP1 million from the local government unit (LGU) of Pasig City and another PHP1 million from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as financial assistance for victims of Typhoon Odette, which ripped through Negros Oriental on Dec. 16, 2021. Capitol Information Officer Bimbo Miraflor told the media on Thursday that Governor Roel Degamo informed the Local Finance Committee and Task Force Odette regarding the donations. Degamo met with both groups in the morning to discuss the latest damage update of…

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PSEi sideways on slower inflation rate; peso weakens

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended sideways Thursday partly on a slower December 2021 domestic inflation rate, while the peso weakened against the greenback. The main stocks index slipped by 0.08 percent, or 5.88 points, to 7,085.52 points. This was the theme for most of the counters, with All Shares down by 0.44 percent, or 16.59 points, to 3,777.58 points. Services registered the biggest drop among the sectoral indexes after it fell by 1.36 percent. Trailing behind were Mining and Oil, 1.02 percent; Industrial, 0.91 percent; Financials, 0.70 percent;…

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DBP lends to private industrial park developer

State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has extended a PHP700-million seven-year syndicated term loan to Science Park of the Philippines, Inc. (SPPI) to finance the company’s development projects to meet rising demand amidst the steady recovery of the manufacturing sector, a top official said. DBP president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Herbosa said the loan was granted with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation as co-lender and the Investment & Capital Corporation of the Philippines as financial adviser and lead arranger. “DBP recognizes this financial collaboration as a strategic and huge…

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Agri, infra damage due to ‘Odette’ top P25-B

The combined cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure attributed to Typhoon Odette last December has reached more than PHP25 billion, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Thursday. In its latest report, the agency said damage to agriculture has amounted to over PHP7.7 billion in the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen and Caraga. Meanwhile, damage to infrastructure has reached PHP17.5 billion in Mimaropa, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in…

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Arrest black market sellers of essential medicines, PRRD to PNP

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night renewed his call to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest and imprison black market sellers of “essential medicines” amid the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases. “I am putting on notice the entire PNP at itong mga (and these) station commanders, any transactions of black marketing of these essential medicines should be arrested, walang (no) exception,” he said in a prerecorded Talk to the People. He said the PNP can detain them for 34 hours for investigation and for summary inquest proceedings. “Dalhin sa…

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DHSUD OKs ‘temporary license to sell’ to secure affordable houses

he Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) has approved an order authorizing the issuance of temporary license tos housing developers to secure affordable housing rates for Filipinos. At the Laging Handa briefing on Thursday, DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario said he recently approved Department Order 2021-008 to allow housing developers to get a temporary license to sell lots and units, even with pending issuance of permits and clearances from local and national government agencies. Del Rosario said the housing developers have to go through long queues and processes,…

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OWWA to give P1.8-M livelihood grant to 2 OFW groups in Sorsogon

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Bicol will be awarding PHP1.8 million to two overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFWs) organizations in Sorsogon province. In a statement on Thursday, Rowena Alzaga, OWWA-Bicol spokesperson, said the grant is part of the government’s efforts to support qualified members of the Juban OFW Family Circle in Juban town and San Rafael OFW Family Circle in Pilar town and aims to elevate their way of living by entering into business ventures. “The awarding for the two recipients will be held on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022,…

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PRRD orders barangay chiefs to restrain unvaxxed people

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered barangay captains to restrict the movements of unvaccinated individuals as the country grapples with a sudden spike of Covid-19 infections. “I now giving order to the barangay captains to look at all those persons who are not vaccinated and just would request them or order them if you may to stay put and if they refuse and goes around their house and goes around the community, wherever magpunta (will go), he can be restrained,” Duterte said during his prerecorded Talk to the People. Duterte…

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Duterte concerned new ‘IHU’ Covid-19 variant will enter PH

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday expressed concerns over the new B.1.640.2 lineage or the IHU Covid-19 variant, saying it will enter the country “whether we like it or not.” “Meanwhile, another variant has also been reported in the so-called IHU variant which was first detected in France last November. Dadating rin ito (It will enter the country). Whether we like it or not, dadating ‘to (it will come),” Duterte said during his Talk to the People. Experts say the IHU variant, which was first detected in France, has 46 mutations.…

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Businessman hurt, wife unscathed in Zambo City shooting

A businessman was wounded in a drive-by shooting incident Thursday here, a police official disclosed. Lt. Raine Simyunn, Zamboanga City Police Office’s (ZCPO) newly-installed information officer, identified the victim as Jacob Gregorio, 39, a businessman. Gregorio’s wife, Irene, 32, who was with him during the incident was unharmed. Simyunn said initial investigation showed that the couple was shot by one of two men riding in tandem on a scooter-type motorcycle around 9:20 a.m. Thursday in Sitio Mala, Barangay Bolong, this city. At the time of the incident, Jacob was driving…

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No truth to martial law, total lockdown rumors: Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday denied claims made by a voice recording being spread on social media that the government would impose martial law by January 10 to stop the surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country. “Not true. Fake news. Definitely, out of the picture,” he said in a message to reporters. In the voice recording, a woman is urging the public to stock up on food good for until January 30 on the possibility that President Rodrigo Duterte will declare martial law or total…

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Over 6K DOJ employees vaxxed vs. Covid-19

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday said close to 98 percent of its employees across the country have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a statement sent to reporters, Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said this is equivalent to 6,106 out of a total of 6,254 workers. Out of this number, 6064 have been fully vaccinated. At the DOJ’s main office in Manila, 768 out of 804 employees have been fully vaccinated. In the first week of 2022, the DOJ has so far recorded 39 confirmed cases…

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Antique records 5 firecracker-related injuries

Five incidents of firecracker-related injuries were recorded in Antique from Dec. 21, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022 monitoring period of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO). IPHO Health Officer 1, Dr. Leoncio Abiera Jr., said on Thursday four of the cases were considered as active or the victims were directly involved in the lighting of the firecracker while one is passive or the injury was accidentally obtained. “Four of the victims were minors with only one adult,” Abiera said in an interview. They obtained minor injuries and were sent home…

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DOH detects more local, ROF Omicron cases

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 29 new cases of the Omicron variant detected from the 48 samples sequenced last January 2. In a joint statement with the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) the DOH also reported 18 cases positive for the Delta variant while one had no lineage assigned. The agencies noted that the latest sequencing run was composed of samples from 19 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and 29 local cases…

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Cebuanos’ faith in Sto. Niño prevails amid Covid-19, ‘Odette’

Typhoon Odette may have destroyed the gains in terms of economy and well-being of the Cebuanos amid the ongoing fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), but their deep devotion to the Sto. Niño and their tenacity to face all forms of adversities have motivated them to move forward and be more resilient against crises. “Tough times never last, tough people do,” Mayor Michael Rama, quoting book author Robert Schuller, said in his New Year’s message on Tuesday as he enumerated the city’s gains in terms of economy and health…

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17,220 new infections; another 616 recover from Covid-19

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported another 17,220 fresh coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the agency said this raised the active case count to 56,561. Thursday’s new infections are equivalent to a nearly 60 percent increase from Wednesday’s 10,775 fresh cases. Out of the active cases, 49,988 are mild, 2,954 are moderate, 1,837 are asymptomatic, 312 are critical, and 1,470 are severe. “Of the 17,220 reported cases today, 17,104 (99%) occurred within the recent 14 days – December 24 to January 6, 2022,”…

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Bacolod’s Covid-19 cases rise; isolation facilities on standby

New cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in this city have doubled in two days, prompting Mayor Evelio Leonardia to strongly remind Bacolodnons to continue observing minimum public health standards to curb further spread of the infection. “The Covid-19 pandemic is not over. We should remain compliant with the minimum health protocols. Getting vaccinated certainly protects us, but we have to be reminded to wear face mask, avoid crowded places and observe social distancing at all times,” the mayor said in a statement on Thursday. In a Wednesday night meeting…

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Most wanted NPA leader in Mindanao killed in Davao de Oro

The most wanted commander of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao was killed by government troops in an encounter at Barangay Libudon, Mabini, Davao de Oro on Wednesday evening (January 5), the 10th Infantry Division (10ID) said in a statement. Menandro Villanueva alias “Bok,” the longest-serving secretary of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) and currently the secretary of Komisyong Mindanao (KOMMID), commanding officer of the NPA’s National Operations Command (NOC), and member of the POLITBURO of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP),…

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882K Tarlac residents vaxxed vs. Covid-19

A total of 882,286 Tarlaqueños have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as the provincial government ramped up its inoculation drive amid the threat of the new variant Omicron. Of the number, 777,460 residents have been fully inoculated while 104,826 have received their first dose, according to Tarlac’s Covid-19 case bulletin released on Thursday. Governor Susan Yap urged unvaccinated Tarlaqueños to get their Covid-19 jabs as the new strain of the virus will mainly target those who have not yet received their vaccines. “Tandaan rin po nating ang…

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Australia cancels Djokovic’s visa over Covid entry requirements

Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic may not defend his title in 2022 as the Serbian top seed’s visa has been canceled by Australia for failing to meet the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) entry requirements on Thursday. “The ABF can confirm that Mr. Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently canceled,” the Australian Border Force said in a statement. “Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa canceled will be…

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Mt. Province capital bars entry of persons from Level 3 areas

The municipal government of Bontoc, Mountain Province’s capital, has temporarily banned the entry of persons coming from the National Capital Region (NCR) and several other areas declared under Alert Level 3. A travel advisory issued by Mayor Franklyn Odsey on Wednesday and sent to the media on Thursday temporarily banned individuals coming from the metropolis and surrounding provinces from January 6-15. “Following the raised alert level status of the above-stated areas and in compliance with Executive Order 46-2021, individuals coming from Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and the NCR with Bontoc…

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Drug suspect killed, P3.4-M shabu seized in NoCot buy-bust

A high-value target drug suspect was killed in a shootout and some PHP3.4 million worth of suspected shabu were seized following a drug buy-bust operation carried out here by lawmen on Wednesday afternoon. In a statement Thursday, Kath Abad, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Soccsksargen (PDEA-12) spokesperson, identified the slain suspect as Jacky Guimba alias Datu Dipo, 23, of Barangay Pamalian Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao. “Guimba was killed after engaging the joint PDEA and police team in a shootout during the 4:30 p.m. operation on Wednesday in Barangay Salunayan of Midsayap town,”…

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DOT, NBI to compile list of rogue quarantine hotels

The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Thursday asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for a list of hotels that have allegedly refused to cooperate on their probe of quarantine skippers. In a statement, the DOT said those found to have made violations or have failed to comply with the mandatory protocols of the DOT, the Department of Health (DOH), or the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) may face “criminal penalties” such as fines and/or imprisonment. In addition, these hotels may face “administrative penalties”…

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Manila Cathedral tightens health protocols for Mass attendees

The Manila Cathedral on Thursday reminded visitors to comply with strict health protocols being implemented inside the basilica. “Considering the surge of Covid19 cases and the recommendations of the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and DOH (Department of Health) may we remind everyone who would be coming to attend Mass at the Cathedral about the updated guidelines,” the cathedral said in a Facebook post. The basilica added that only fully vaccinated individuals, including seniors and minors, will be allowed inside the Cathedral, in compliance…

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Power cut at Kidapawan Hall of Justice over P300-K unpaid bill

The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) in Kidapawan City is asking its clients for understanding as it cannot fully serve them due to a lack of electricity. “Please bear with us, for more than a week we have no electricity at the Hall of Justice due to unpaid electric bills,” said the PAO-Kidapawan in an advisory on Thursday. “This is being addressed and in due time power will be restored,” it added. In the meantime, no court hearing has taken place since January 3 when government work resumed. However, the PAO…

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Ilonggos urged to observe ‘rest mode’, stay home

Ilonggos are encouraged to stay home and limit their non-essential trips outside as cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are on the rise amid the Omicron variant threat. In a press conference on Thursday, Dr. Maria Socorro Quiñon, head of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) said the malls were filled with people during the holidays but since the vacation is over, then it would be better if the residents would shift to “rest mode”. “As of now there is a big chance that these symptoms such as runny…

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20 unvaxxed NegOcc cops submit waiver to PRO-6

A total of 20 remaining staff of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) have submitted a waiver, relinquishing their opportunity to avail of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines. Data released on Thursday showed that of the 2,378 NOCPPO personnel, 2,358 or 99.2 percent have been vaccinated. Lt. Abegael Donasco, the spokesperson of NOCPPO, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that those unvaccinated have been directed to submit a waiver to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 (Western Visayas). They consist of 13 personnel with co-morbidities and seven others…

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2022 Grammys postponed amid Covid-19 surge in US

The Grammy Awards has been postponed for the second year in a row due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases driven by the Omicron variant in the United States, organizers announced Wednesday. The Recording Academy and the CBS Television Network said in a joint statement that they had to postpone the 2022 show “after careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community, and our many partners.” “The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience,…

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295 new infections raise PNP active case tally to 552

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported 295 new coronavirus infections among its personnel. In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the PNP Health Service said Thursday’s infections are nearly triple from Wednesday’s 100 new cases. This brought the active case count to 552, more than double from Wednesday’s 262. Three new recoveries, meanwhile, raised the total count to 41,968 out of a total of 42,645 confirmed cases. The death toll remains at 125. PNP records also show that 215,375 personnel (95.57 percent) are already fully vaccinated, while 8,456 (3.75 percent)…

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Provincial police chief says no private armed groups in NegOr

No private armed groups (PAGs) have been monitored so far in Negros Oriental as the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the province is gearing up for the start of the election period from January 9 to June 8, this year. Provincial police director, Col. Germano Mallari, told the Philippine News Agency in an interview on Thursday that while they have received information on the purported presence of armed men allegedly associated with political candidates, there is no confirmed organized PAG in the province. “We are looking into reports of these…

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Divisoria workers heed call for booster shots, 754 vaxxed

Individuals working in Divisoria and its vicinity heeded the call of the city government to get a booster dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine during the night vaccination held from 7 p.m. on Wednesday until 4 a.m. on Thursday. Data from the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) released on Thursday showed that a total of 754 individuals availed of the Covid-19 booster shot held at Juan Luna Street corner Recto Street. Of the number, the MPIO said 300 of the workers availed of the Pfizer booster shot, 204…

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Cebu City revives patient care centers amid Omicron threat

The city government here will reactivate patient care centers as part of the proactive measures in preparation for a possible surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases amid the rise of infections in the National Capital Region and the threat of the Omicron variant. Mayor Michael Rama said in a statement on Thursday that he issued a directive to reopen the centers to serve as facilities for the treatment and monitoring of residents who will test positive for the virus. Rama said the decision to revive the isolation and quarantine…

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