VinFast taps HERE to accelerate in-car navigation for its smart electric cars

VinFast VF 9 HERE Navigation provides VinFast with a highly customizable and upgradeable navigation experience throughout the life cycle of its smart electric cars HERE SDK offers users a seamless driving experience via VinFast’s mobile application CES 2022 / Singapore – VinFast, Vietnam’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and the first Vietnamese automotive brand to launch […]

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Global Gate Capital Acquires Multifamily Asset in Atlanta

NEW YORK, Jan. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Gate Capital has acquired Walton Ashwood, a 160-unit Class A multifamily asset in the Perimeter Center submarket of Atlanta, Georgia, one of the city’s top employment markets. The property, which has been re-branded to Westmount Ashwood, is located at 1000 Ashwood Parkway and features an outdoor […]

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Comelec to set up gun ban checkpoints in Zambo City

The Commission on Elections (Comelec), together with the security forces, is setting up fixed checkpoints in strategic places at the start of the gun ban here on January 9. The gun ban is pursuant to Comelec Resolution Numbers 10728 and 10741 promulgated on Nov. 10, 2021 and Dec. 16, 2021, respectively. Lawyer Stephen Roy Cañete, first district election officer, said Saturday the fixed checkpoints will be set up in main thoroughfares leading to the city proper to ensure compliance with the gun ban. “Random mobile checkpoints will be also conducted,”…

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No public Masses for Sto. Niño feast in Manila, Cebu

There will be no public Masses to celebrate the Feast of Sto. Niño in Manila and Cebu on January 16. The most recent to announce the cancellation of in-person Holy Mass on the day of the feast was the Sto. Niño Parish in Pandacan, Manila. According to a report of Church-run Radio Veritas on Saturday, the parish said the decision not to hold a public Eucharistic celebration was prompted by the spike in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country, especially in the National Capital Region…

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14 BIFF members yield to Army in NoCot

Military and local officials here have welcomed the surrender of 14 members of the extremist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who all wished to live peaceful lives once more, military officials said Saturday. Lt. Col. Edgardo Vilchez, 34th Infantry Battalion (IB) commander, said the BIFF group surrendered before them Friday afternoon at their headquarters in Barangay Salunayan. “Twelve of the BIFF combatants were adults while two were minors,” he said. Vilchez, who presented the BIFF batch to Col. Jovencio Gonzales, 602nd Infantry Brigade commander, during the surrender rites, said the…

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Unicef lauds PH for passage of anti-child marriage law

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) on Friday lauded the Philippines’ passing of a law criminalizing child marriage, noting its importance as “another layer of protection” for children. In a statement, Unicef Philippines Representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov said the passage of Republic Act 11596 or the “Prohibition of Child Marriage Law” strengthens the country’s legal framework and protection of Filipino children. “(The law) underscores the commitment of the government as a state party to fully implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” Dendevnorov said. Child marriage, she said,…

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3 Borongan diocese priests named as Pope’s chaplains

Pope Francis has appointed three priests of the Diocese of Borongan, Eastern Samar as “Chaplains to His Holiness” with the title of Monsignor. The diocese announced the Vatican appointments on Friday. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news website or CBCPNEWS named the new chaplains of the Holy Father as Msgr. Lope Robredillo, Msgr. Eutiquio “Euly” Belizar Jr., and Msgr. Romeo Solidon. Robredillo is the Borongan diocese’s Vicar General and heads two diocesan commissions: Liturgy and Cultural Heritage of the Church. He is also the parish priest of the…

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Army enlists ‘Tausug’ plane crash first responder

It was a dream come true for Erham Awaluddin, then a construction worker in Patikul, Sulu, to become a soldier. Unknown to Awaluddin, his effort by risking his life as a first responder in the July 2021 C-130 “Hercules” plane crash would help him fulfill his dream to be a member of the military. The C-130 plane with tail number 5125 crashed in Sitio Amman, Barangay Bangkal, Patikul on July 4, 2021 while about to land at the Jolo airport coming from Laguindingan airport in Cagayan de Oro City. At…

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PRO-12 primes for implementation of election gun ban

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 (Soccsksargen) has called on gun owners and enthusiasts to cooperate with the implementation of the election gun ban as strict police checkpoints will be set up across the region. In a statement Saturday, Brig. Gen. Alexander Tagum, PRO-12 director, said he has issued an order to police field units to arrest violators of the nationwide gun ban to be implemented from January 9 to June 8 this year. “I am also directing all police field and station commanders in Soccsksargen to check crime-prone and…

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US sends P1-B worth of relief aid to ‘Odette’-hit areas

The United States government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has so far allocated PHP1 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to communities affected by last month’s Typhoon Odette. The assistance was coursed through USAID’s food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene programs. Among those distributed were 129,400 family food packs from the Department of Social Welfare to Caraga, Central Visayas, Mimaropa, and Western Visayas, and other parts of Luzon through 113 transport trucks with four mobile operations vehicles. In partnership with the World Food Program, the international organization also…

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BOC gears toward full automation

Aimed at attaining more streamlined and efficient customs processes and procedures, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) developed and implemented 31 Information Communication Technology (ICT) projects and systems as of December 2021 and further aims to fully automate its frontline transactions. Foremost is the Automated Bonds Management System (ABMS) which monitors the status of bonds from their posting up to their cancellation and expedites the settlement or collection of due and demandable bonds. It is a bureau-wide system for processing bond transactions, monitoring and aging bond balances, and flagging those that…

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104 flights via Manila canceled due to operational requirements

A total of 104 flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were canceled on Saturday, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced. In an advisory, the MIAA said the cancellation was due to operational requirements. On Friday night, Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced the cancellation of some of its domestic and international flights from January 8 to 16. The flag carrier said many of its front-line team members have been unable to report for work. In addition, many of its passengers had to cancel or rebook their tickets as they…

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Stop fake news by obtaining official info only: Palace

The Palace reminded the public on Saturday to get updates and news, especially about the Covid-19 pandemic, only from official sources to avoid panic and confusion. Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles belied anew rumors of a total lockdown in the country, calling them “false and baseless.” “As I said in our press briefing yesterday (Friday), our country is dealing with a real threat that understandably concerns our people, and spreading these unverified rumors contributes to unnecessary anxiety and needless panic. Hindi po ito nakakatulong (It’s not helping…

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Comelec decision on Marcos DQ cases out in 2 weeks

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division will issue the decision on the disqualification cases against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in about two weeks. Presiding Commissioner Rowena Guanzon posted on her Twitter account, @rowena_guanzon, on Saturday that after the raffle on Monday a resolution of the First Division will be released around January 17. On Friday after the preliminary conference, the First Division gave petitioners Bonifacio Ilagan and Akbayan party-list and Marcos 48 hours to submit their memoranda through electronic mail (e-mail). The filing period will lapse at…

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Zambo City to reimpose RT-PCR requirement

This city will reimpose on January 12 the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test requirement for inbound travelers regardless of vaccination status due to the threat posed by the Omicron variant. However, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who chairs the local Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said in a statement on Saturday such requirement will only be applied to inbound travelers coming from areas with higher alert level status than that of the city. Currently, Zamboanga City is under Alert Level 2 based on Resolution 151-C of the…

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DOH tallies 1.6K new recoveries, 26.4K new infections

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported 1,656 recoveries and 26,458 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. The latest Covid-19 bulletin indicated 102,017 active cases while total recoveries rose to 2,782,723, or 94.8 percent of 2,936,875 infections since the pandemic started in March 2020. Out of the active cases, 94,007 are mild, 2,842 are moderate, 3,399 are asymptomatic, 1,462 are severe, and 307 are critical. “Of the 26,458 reported cases today, 26,277 (99 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days – Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 8, 2022,” the…

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Camiguin augments P122-M in Covid response: report

At least PHP122 million were spent in the coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) response in 2021 in the province of Camiguin. During the State of the Province Address on Friday evening, Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo said the amount was pooled through the combined efforts of the provincial government and the Office of Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo. “Our pandemic response in the island is heavily focused on responsive public health, unhampered infrastructure development, and accessible financial and material aid to each and every Camiguingnon,” he said. Of the amount, around PHP34…

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Omicron patient tagged in CDO not yet home: exec

The patient who tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus diseases 2019 (Covid-19) has not yet arrived in the city despite being tagged living here. This was based on the follow-up investigation and tracing by the City Health Office (CHO), Dr. Teodoro Yu Jr., medical officer, said during a press briefing Saturday. “The mobile phone number she gave (in the registration) was her aunt’s because she has no local sim card, and the address she gave was her aunt’s who resides in the city,” he said. According to…

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Omicron local transmission likely due to rising cases

There is a big possibility of local transmission of the Omicron variant as new Covid-19 cases continue to rise, an infectious disease expert said Saturday. The Omicron variant could be three to five times more transmissible than the Delta variant due to heavy mutations, Vaccine Expert Panel member Dr. Rontgene Solante said. Experts say the rise in the number of cases means increased virus transmission and possible mutations. “Sa situation natin ngayon (In our current situation), with the enormous number of people being positive with the short duration of time,…

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Vaccines best defense vs. Covid-19, not natural immunity: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) has emphasized anew that the vaccine is still the best defense against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), downplaying an OCTA Research member’s claim that the Omicron variant could act as a natural vaccine. OCTA Research fellow, Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, said Thursday the Omicron variant can act as a natural vaccine as it struggles to infect the lungs that even with 70 times more virus, “the symptoms will likely appear milder.” Austriaco noted that individuals who survive the Omicron variant will get antibodies that could provide…

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Lingayen mayor has Covid-19

Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil of this town has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and has gone into isolation. In a message on Friday, Bataoil said he underwent a reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test when he started coughing. “Minarapat kong alamin na sana ito’y dahil lang sa pagod o sa panahon, para na rin sa kapakanan ng bawat isa, lalo na ng aking mga kababayan (I decided to confirm if this is just due to fatigue or the weather for the welfare of everyone, especially my…

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Reskilling, upskilling crucial amid pandemic

Businesses need to focus on reskilling and upskilling their people to adapt to changes especially those brought about by the pandemic. Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), the training arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, is looking at sector development, identifying skills that are in demand, and necessary skills and competencies that can respond to the requirements of the industry. “We have seen a lot of changes. A lot of changes happened because of the pandemic. A lot of new in-demand skills came out resulting from the development, also…

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Valenzuela closes down store selling fake paracetamol

The Valenzuela City Business Inspection and Audit Team (CBIAT) has started to crack down on stores that are selling counterfeit medicines. On Friday, the CBIAT ordered a sari-sari (retail) store in Barangay Malinta to immediately close down after it was proven that it sold fake paracetamol tablets. The city government reminded the public to be vigilant when buying medicines. “Ang mga gamot ay dapat binibili lamang sa mga lehitimo at awtorisadong botika upang makasiguro na orihinal ang mga ito (Medicines should only be bought in legitimate and authorized pharmacies to…

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DPWH completes major repairs on ‘Odette’-damaged infra

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Saturday reported the completion of major emergency works on roads and bridges in areas affected by Typhoon Odette in December 2021. Secretary Roger Mercado said repair works were done within 15 days, with 47 national road sections cleared and reopened. “The reopening of roads allowed the national government, local government units, and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to immediately extend relief efforts especially in hardly affected areas,” he said in a statement. Mercado and other DPWH officials inspected affected infrastructures in Cebu, Negros…

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Bohol’s Clarin bridge to open by June

A bridge project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that will improve the mobility of goods and people and provide greater access to the tourism sites of Bohol province is targeted to open by the first half of 2022. “Build, Build, Build” program chief implementer, Undersecretary Emil Sadain, said the bridge along the Bohol Circumferential Road is 82 percent complete to date, according to a news release on Saturday. The new two-lane bridge, about 18 km. away from the capital Tagbilaran City, will replace the old one…

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