Jitterbit Acquires Low-Code Dev Innovator PrimeApps to Give Organizations a Radically New Way to Build Business Apps

End-to-End Platform Empowers Businesses to Create Secure and Scalable Digital Experiences, Slashing Costs and Development Time from Months to Days ALAMEDA, Calif., Jan. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jitterbit, the API transformation company, today announced it has acquired PrimeApps, a Turkey-based innovator in low-code application development. By combining Jitterbit’s API integrator with PrimeApps, the company will offer […]

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Schneider Electric achieves outstanding performance in four corporate sustainability ratings

Strong and consistent performance running for over a decade ESG recognition in line with company’s sustainable business growth ambitions Rueil-Malmaison (France), January 12, 2022 – Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has delivered yet another strong year of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance based on 2021 ratings […]

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US calls on North Korea to halt ‘provocations,’ turn to talks

The US urged North Korea to halt “provocations” after a recent test launch was determined by regional countries to be an advanced hypersonic missile. “It is, we think, incumbent on the DPRK to cease these provocations, to demonstrate that they too are interested in, and serious about, this dialogue, and if they are they will find a willing counterpart in the United States, and our allies, as well to engage in this dialogue,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, using an acronym to refer to North Korea by its…

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Duterte signs order ‘deputizing’ law enforcers for May polls

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed a memorandum order deputizing the law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for the May 9, 2022 national and local elections. Memorandum Order No. 59, signed by Duterte on Dec. 31, 2021, was released to reporters on Wednesday. The memo concurred with Resolution No. 10744 (s. 2021) of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to deputize law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government, including the AFP, in connection with the May 2022 polls. Under the…

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Tighter alert level in NCR may not be needed: WHO exec

The current alert level imposed by the government in the National Capital Region (NCR) may be adequate as the country’s healthcare system would be able to manage the surge in coronavirus infections until January 27 or 28, World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said Wednesday. With the surge in cases especially in the NCR, the government is expected to decide within the week whether to retain the current Alert Level 3 or tighten it to Alert Level 4 from January 16 to 31. In a Laging Handa…

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New Comelec provincial supervisor named in NegOr

A new provincial election supervisor of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Negros Oriental has been designated for the May 9 national and local polls. Lawyer Lionel Castillano, the provincial election supervisor of Cebu, will assume his post effective January 15, replacing lawyer Eddie Aba who was designated to the chief Comelec post in Bohol. Castillano said on Wednesday he will conduct next week an online meeting with the election officers and his staff to update them on new Comelec resolutions and memorandum. “Most of all, I want to assure…

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NPA arms cache discovered in Nueva Ecija

Troops of the 84th Infantry Battalion of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Kaugnay and Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Office of Nueva Ecija discovered an arms cache of the New People’s Army in Barangay Minuli, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Andrew Costelo, acting commander of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), said the troops were conducting peace and security efforts when a concerned resident of Barangay Minuli tipped off the location of the arms cache of the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).…

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Radio commentator shot dead in Tacurong

A hard-hitting radio commentator who is seeking an elective post in a nearby town was shot dead here by riding in tandem gunmen Wednesday morning. Jaynard Angeles, 36, of Barangay Matiompong, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, former station manager of Radyo ni Juan FM station and radio commentator, died from a gunshot wound in the head, the police said. Allan Freno, Tacurong information officer, said Angeles had resigned from Radyo ni Juan FM to run for councilor in his hometown of Lambayong. Angeles is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas. Radio…

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68IB troops end over 5-year stint in Basilan

The Army’s 68th Infantry Battalion (IB) departed Basilan province after more than a five-year stint against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reshuffled some of its forces in the country. Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said Wednesday that the 68IB troopers will be replaced by the Army’s 14th Division Reconnaissance Company and the 17th Scout Ranger Company. “These two companies will provide additional forces to the Joint Task Force (JTF)-Basilan in forging peace, security, and development…

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Comelec eyes to start printing poll ballots Jan. 17

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is looking to start printing the official ballots for the May 2022 polls early next week. “Our estimate is that our final ballot faces will be completed by January 15. The final ballot face means that is the final list of candidates. So January 15 and we hope to be able to start printing by January 17,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a virtual press briefing Wednesday. Jimenez said the poll body is now preparing for a walkthrough at National Printing Office (NPO) in…

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15 Filipinos rescued in Sabah

The Philippine Navy, through the Naval Task Group (NTG)-Tawi-Tawi, has successfully transported 15 Filipino survivors of a maritime incident from Sabah to the southern tip of the Philippines via the province of Tawi-Tawi, officials announced Wednesday. Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr., Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander, said in a statement that the 15 Filipinos are residents of Tawi-Tawi who were rescued Monday by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Bukit, Lawa-Lawa, Sabah. Seven of the 15 Filipinos are personnel of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)…

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Davao City logs 63K face mask violators

The Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) on Wednesday reported that 63,531 face mask violators have been recorded so far in this city. In a statement, PSSCC head Angel Sumagaysay said from 62,902 violators on Dec. 31, 2021, the number increased to 63,531 as of Jan. 8, 2022. Meanwhile, he also said the number of social distancing/mass gathering violators increased from 43,957 on Dec. 31 to 44,360 on January 8. The PSSCC noted that from May 16, 2020, to Jan. 8, 2022, a total of 178,170 violators – curfew,…

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Army engineering units help in ‘Odette’ rebuilding efforts

The Philippine Army (PA) said Tuesday night its 52nd Engineer Brigade (52EBde) is assisting local government units in northeastern Mindanao in rebuilding and reconstruction efforts in communities severely affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. The 52EBde units have been conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts since “Odette” swept through Mindanao and Visayas in mid-December last year. “Seven construction and maintenance teams from 52EBde are currently deployed to clear debris-strewn roads and help repair typhoon-damaged homes and government buildings in Surigao del Norte, Siargao, and Dinagat Islands,” PA spokesperson…

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Davao City councilor named new Mindanao Dev’t Authority chief

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Maria Belen Acosta as chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa), Malacañang confirmed on Wednesday. Acosta, who resigned as Davao City councilor on Tuesday, will serve a term of six years. She replaces Emmanuel Piñol who resigned in October to seek a Senate seat in the May 9 polls. “The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed on Jan. 6, 2022, the appointment of Maria Belen Sunga Acosta as chairperson of Mindanao Development Authority for a term of six years,” acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet…

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North Korea claims it successfully test-fires hypersonic missile

North Korea on Wednesday said it has “successfully” conducted the final test-firing of its newly developed hypersonic missile, state-run media reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un along with other senior government officials witnessed the flight test conducted by the Academy of Defense Science on Tuesday, according to the Korean Central News Agency. The announcement came a day after the South Korean military said it detected Pyongyang firing a suspected ballistic missile into its eastern sea. After its release from the rocket booster, a hypersonic glide vehicle demonstrated “glide jump…

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Comelec open to probes on alleged hacking of servers

An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they are ready to participate in proposed investigations into the supposed breach of its systems. In a virtual press briefing Wednesday, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez added that they welcome the calls for the conduct of probes on the alleged hacking incident. “We are working hard to validate these allegations because we understand how important it is. Malacañang expressed concern, it isn’t the only one. Many quarters have in fact called for investigations. Comelec welcomes these investigations. We are eager to participate…

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Hogs to get insurance coverage in Ilocos Norte

Hogs in the province of Ilocos Norte are expected to get insurance coverage from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation to protect local livelihood from the African swine fever (ASF). Once insured, hog raisers are assured of recovering part of their investments, in case their farms get affected by the ASF, provincial veterinarian Dr. Loida Valenzuela said on Wednesday. She urged hog raisers to avail of the free livestock insurance offered by the PCIC with funding support from the Ilocos Norte government by registering at the nearest municipal or city agriculture…

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NegOr mulls requiring negative antigen tests for travelers anew

The provincial government of Negros Oriental is considering the possibility of requiring all travelers, vaccinated or not against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), to present a negative antigen test upon entry to the province amid the Omicron variant threat. Capitol public information officer Bimbo Miraflor told the Philippine News Agency in an interview Wednesday that an executive order has been drafted for review and signing by Governor Roel Degamo. “The tentative date for the effectivity of the latest requirement is on Sunday, January 16. However, until a new executive order…

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Sara to support senators pass laws once elected as VP

Vice-presidential candidate and Mayor Sara Z. Duterte has vowed to help senators pass laws if she gets elected to the country’s second-highest post in the May 2022 polls. In a statement from the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) on Wednesday, Duterte assured the senatorial candidates running under Uniteam BBM-Sara of her unequivocal support if she gets elected into office. “As vice-president, I commit to help you, senators, in passing laws and in supporting our future president Bong Bong Marcos in implementing them in the future,” she said during the second episode…

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NPC summons Comelec, news firm exec over ‘hacking’ report

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has summoned representatives from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and news outlet Manila Bulletin (MB) following a report of alleged hacking and data breach involving the poll body’s servers. In a statement Wednesday, Privacy Commissioner John Henry Naga said separate orders were sent to the Comelec and MB technology editor and IT head Art Samaniego Jr., to appear for a clarificatory meeting via teleconference on January 25. “The NPC’s Complaints and Investigation Division commenced its own independent investigation and issued a notice to Comelec requiring…

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PNP focal persons as journos’ ‘first line of defense’ lauded

Describing it as journalists’ “first line of defense,” Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), has welcomed the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to designate officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) as Media Security Focal Persons in each province and city nationwide. “With the elections fast approaching, we are very grateful to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya for this welcome and important development in our quest to protect the life, liberty…

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Cebu Pacific cancels 24 flights due to workforce shortage

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific canceled 24 domestic and international flights on Wednesday, citing workforce shortage. “Cebu Pacific continues to manage the impact of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) on its workforce with employees who are either sick or under home quarantine,” it said in an advisory Tuesday night. The following flights have been canceled: 5J893/894 Manila – Boracay (Caticlan) – Manila 5J905/906 Manila – Boracay (Caticlan) – Manila 5J787/788 Manila – Butuan – Manila 5J567/568 Manila – Cebu – Manila 5J581/582 Manila – Cebu – Manila 5J975/976 Manila – Davao –…

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Comelec junks petitions to reopen COC filing, postpone polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has denied the petitions seeking to reopen the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) and to postpone the May 9 polls. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the petitions filed by the PDP Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and the National Coalition for Life and Democracy (NCLD) were unanimously junked. “It was denied (Cusi’s petition) as well as the petition to suspend the elections until 2025. Both of them resoundingly denied,” he said in a virtual press briefing Wednesday. He said the arguments…

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Pfizer’s Omicron vax may be too late with case surge: WHO exec

The release of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine which especially targets the Omicron variant may be “too late” for countries with an ongoing surge of cases, World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said on Wednesday. This, after Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Albert Bourla announced on Monday their redesigned Omicron-targeted Covid-19 jab may be ready for launching in March. “If you are talking about managing the spread of the [Omicron] variant in countries that are already seeing a surge, it may be too late,” Abeyasinghe said during a televised public…

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‘No vax, no ride’ in NCR public transport begins Jan. 17

Only fully vaccinated individuals, with some exceptions, will be allowed to take public transportation beginning January 17, a Department of Transportation (DOTr) official said Wednesday. “Para mabigyan ng konting allowance ang mga tao to prepare for this, ang utos ni [DOTr] Secretary [Arthur] Tugade is to make this fully effective by Monday (To give a little leeway and to allow people to prepare, Tugade ordered to make this fully effective by Monday),” DOTr Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon Jr. said in a virtual presser. The DOTr issued Department Order No. 2022 –…

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28 more cities, provinces elevated to Alert Level 3

Twenty-eight more cities and provinces will be elevated to a higher Alert Level 3 from January 14 to 31, Malacañang announced Wednesday. Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decided to raise these cities and provinces to Alert Level 3 status amid the rise of Covid-19 cases in the country. In Luzon, the cities and provinces under Alert Level 3 are: Benguet, Kalinga and Abra in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR); La Union, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan in Region 1 (Ilocos); Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and…

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’Odette’ damages over 209K houses in NegOcc

At least 209,809 houses were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in Negros Occidental last December 16, the latest data released by the Office of Civil Defense in Western Visayas (OCD-6) on Wednesday showed. Of the number, 158,345 were partially damaged while 51,464 were listed as totally damaged. This is based on the report of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-6 Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center as of Tuesday noon, the OCD-6 said. Data showed Negros Occidental, particularly its southern cities and municipalities, was the hardest…

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Bataan 1st district office temporarily closed due to Covid-19

Rep. Geraldine Roman on Wednesday said her first district office here will be temporarily closed “until further notice” after some of her staff were tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “As much as we would like to reopen our district office sooner and continue to provide quality public service to our constituents in the first district of Bataan, we regret to inform you that we have been notified yesterday (Tuesday) that some of our staff tested positive for Covid-19 after our routine swabbing last Monday,” Roman said in…

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DOH notes spike in Covid-19 infections in Eastern Visayas

The Department of Health (DOH) has expressed alarm over the spike of Covid-19 cases in Eastern Visayas this week as a result of more relaxed enforcement of health protocols during holiday revelries. In a press briefing Wednesday, Marc Steven Capungcol, head of the DOH regional epidemiology and surveillance unit, said they still have to find out if the surge of new cases is also caused by variants of concern. The region sent 86 samples for sequencing to the Philippine Genome Center to detect the presence of variants of concern. Results…

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Omicron may soon replace Delta as dominant variant in PH: WHO

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus may soon replace Delta as the dominant variant in the Philippines, World Health Organization country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said Wednesday. Abeyasinghe noted that it would be difficult to determine soon which variant is predominant because of “very few” sequencing results from other regions. “We believe that in the near future, Omicron will displace Delta variant as the predominant variant as it has done in several other countries,” Abeyasinghe said in a televised public briefing. “The last batch of samples were largely from NCR…

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Sagay City bans unvaxxed from entering gov’t center

The City of Sagay in Negros Occidental has prohibited individuals still not vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from entering the local government center starting Tuesday. “The Sagay City Government Center implements the ‘No Vaccination Card, No Entry’ policy, requiring all employees and visitors to be vaccinated first to enter its premises,” it said in a Facebook post. At the entrance, “No Vax Card, No Entry” announcements are posted and security guards ask those who have transactions to present their vaccination card before they are allowed inside the building.…

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DTI reminds public to avoid panic buying of flu meds

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has reiterated its call to avoid panic buying of flu medicines despite the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). This, as the DTI and the Department of Health (DOH) have pushed through in limiting the purchase of flu medicines despite the recommendation of drug manufacturers that putting a cap on the purchase of these drugs will no longer be needed as there are no production capacity issues in the local market. The DTI and DOH issued Joint Memorandum Circular No.22-01 limiting the…

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PATAFA formally enters mediation

The Philippine Athletics Track And Field Association (PATAFA) has formally confirmed its participation in a mediation process called by Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez to resolve the national sports association’s row with pole vault star Ernest John “EJ” Obiena. In a letter sent to Ramirez by PATAFA board of trustees member Datu Yusoph Mama on Tuesday, PATAFA president Popoy Juico, legal counsel Aldrin Cabiles, and Alfonso Sta. Clara will represent the national sports association in the mediation. In his letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Philippine…

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Zambo City unveils P134-M Covid-19 mega isolation facility

The city government has unveiled Wednesday a PHP134.56-million mega isolation facility amid the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron variant. The mega isolation facility, with a 320-bed capacity, is located in Barangay Talisayan, west of this city. “The city government steps up preparations for Covid-19 response with the looming increase in cases,” said Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who led the unveiling ceremony. The Zamboanga Task Force Covid-19 data tracker said active cases steadily climbed to 187 as of January 10 from 85 on January 4. The tracker…

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Iloilo City eyes molecular lab upgrade for genome sequencing

The city government here is eyeing to expand the services of its molecular laboratory to already include the conduct of genome sequencing. Chiqui Blancaflor, head of the Uswag Iloilo City Molecular Laboratory based in Barangay San Pedro in Molo district, said that they still have to capacitate the laboratory for genome sequencing that will take some time, undergo training, and purchase the needed equipment. “It will take some time but we are hoping to have it done before the end of the year,” she said in an interview Wednesday. Currently,…

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Grizzlies seal 116-108 win over Warriors for 10th straight win

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 116-108 late Tuesday to record their 10th consecutive win. Ja Morant scored 29 points to lead the Grizzlies while Ziaire Williams added a season-high 17 points. Tyus Jones also finished with 17 points. For the losing side, Stephen Curry recorded his second triple-double of the season with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Klay Thompson played with 14 points. Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II each scored 13 points. The Grizzlies continue their impressive form as they are fourth in the…

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DILG orders barangays to conduct inventory of unvaxxed persons

All barangays have been ordered to submit an inventory of unvaccinated persons in their localities, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday. “To ensure that we have correct data on unvaccinated persons, Secretary (Eduardo) Año issued a memorandum circular to conduct an inventory to all barangays throughout the country to identify those who have not yet vaccinated in their barangays in line with the pronouncement of the President (Rodrigo Duterte) to restrain or restrict the movement of our unvaccinated individuals. It all starts with an…

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Football world loses many players in tragic crashes

Turkish footballer Ahmet Calik died in a road accident on Tuesday, reminding everyone that he was not the only player in the football world losing his life in a crash. Here are some tragic losses that the football world has witnessed: Czech striker Sural leaves behind his wife, 2 children Czech striker of Turkish football club Alanyaspor Josef Sural died in a road accident in the Turkish Mediterranean province of Antalya at the age of 28. On April 29, 2019, the accident happened when a minibus carrying players of Alanyaspor…

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Pampanga mayors urged to conduct drive-thru vaccination

Governor Dennis Pineda on Wednesday called on the local officials here to conduct a drive-thru vaccination program in their respective localities as part of their efforts to curb the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Pineda cited the need to bring down the vaccination program at the municipal level via drive-thru for the safety and convenience of the residents, particularly the senior citizens and those with comorbidities. “Nakikiusap po ako sa mga mayors natin na kung pwedeng mag-conduct ng mga drive-thru for vaccination, especially booster shots para sa mga…

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SEC adopts zero F2F setup amid Covid-19 surge

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is implementing a zero face-to-face transaction policy in its offices in Metro Manila starting January 13 until further notice, in light of the rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country. In a notice issued January 11, the SEC announced that all applications for company registration, submissions of reportorial requirements, and other transactions in its main office in Pasay City and former headquarters in Mandaluyong City will be processed through its online portals, email, courier, and other remote means. The adoption…

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Some Covid-19 protocols in Beijing Winter Olympics bared

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino has bared some details about the health and safety protocols to be implemented for the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. Tolentino, a House representative of 8th district of Cavite province, said just getting cleared to enter the bubble is already stringent enough. “As we come from the outside, we will be having two RT-PCR (tests before leaving, 96 hours before and 72 hours before). That’s what I’ve learned. Then when you arrive, [there will be] another RT-PCR test,” Tolentino revealed on Wednesday when he…

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Manila to open drive-thru booster shot vax in Luneta

The city government of Manila will launch its drive-through vaccination site specifically for booster shots against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta on Thursday. The new vaccination site is destined for four-wheel drive vehicles with a maximum of four to five persons, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said in an interview during the site inspection on Wednesday. Domagoso said the site will be operational every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will accommodate people on a first come-first served basis, thus there is…

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Bicol consumers urged to buy generic drugs

The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Bicol reported on Wednesday drugstores in the region have enough supply of medication for flu-like symptoms. In a press conference, Bicol CHD Regional Director Dr. Ernie V. Vera said while there is a shortage of branded paracetamol in selected drugstores, generic medications including paracetamol are still available. “Branded and generic drugs have the same effect despite differences in price ranges,” he said. Vera also encouraged the public to support the use of generic drugs. The Bicol DOH-CHD also conducted a quick…

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DOLE to issue advisory on quarantine leave for Covid-hit workers

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to issue an advisory on paid isolation and quarantine leave benefits for workers who will be in isolation due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “DOLE’s commitment is a labor advisory to clarify the rules or clarify the policy of paying isolation and quarantine leave. Our Secretary (Silvestre Bello III) wants to mandate the payment of isolation and quarantine leaves, but that needs a sufficient legal basis. that is a law,” Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez said in a virtual forum on…

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PTFoMS condemns killing of former radioman in Tacurong

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Wednesday decried the killing of a former radio commentator running for councilor in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat by motorcycle “riding-in-tandem” gunmen. “The government condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Jaynard Angeles, a candidate in the local election and former station manager of Radyo ni Juan. We will never tolerate any act of violence against any person,” Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, executive director of PTFoMS, said in a statement. “We condole with the family, loved ones, and colleagues…

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1.3K SoCot Covid-19 front-liners honored

The provincial government of South Cotabato has honored 1,350 individuals and 11 groups that have been on the frontline to fight against the coronavirus disease 20219 (Covid-19) in the province since 2020. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., provincial health office chief and one of the awardees, said Wednesday those given awards were 991 public health workers, 359 personnel under the support unit, and 11 groups that have exposed themselves to health risk and hardship in the line of duty. “They are all heroes in the fight against Covid-19,” he said in…

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8 dead in MisOr road mishap

Eight passengers died while several others were injured after the six-wheeler truck they were riding lost its brakes in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental on Wednesday morning. In a report to the provincial tactical operations center, Patrolman Alan James R. Cantano Jr. said police found the eight already dead when they arrived at the site in Purok 6 Bagaay, Barangay Baliwagan, Balingasag. He said the truck carried passengers from Claveria, Misamis Oriental to Lagonglong town of the same province when the accident took place around 9:30 a.m. “Upon reaching the above-mentioned place…

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Active Covid-19 cases among DOJ personnel rise to 136

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases among its personnel for this month alone has so far reached 141. In an update, Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar said the figure can be broken down into 136 active cases and five recoveries. The figure includes 59 cases from the DOJ main office in Manila; 61 cases from DOJ offices across the National Capital Region; one from the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking Operations center; two from the Witness Protection Program office; one from the DOJ Ilocos…

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