Madison Realty Capital Originates $345 Million Loan for St. Regis Residences on Boston Waterfront

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital, a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced that it has originated a $345 million loan to Cronin Development for the completion of a 22-story, 114-unit residential and retail condominium development at 150 Seaport Boulevard […]

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STACK Infrastructure expands APAC footprint with new 36MW campus in Inzai, Japan

Milestone follows recent announcement of STACK’s entrance to APAC market with the opening of its Singapore regional headquarters DENVER, SINGAPORE and TOKYO, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — STACK Infrastructure (“STACK” or the “Company”), the digital infrastructure partner to the world’s most innovative companies, today announced a partnership with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”), […]

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HAS Healthcare Advanced Synthesis launches as an independent business

HAS Healthcare Advanced Synthesis launches as an independent business Biasca, Switzerland, January 13, 2022 – HAS Healthcare Advanced Synthesis SA (the “Company”), a full-service contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) delivering high-quality, exclusive, personalized solutions to its healthcare clients, today announces its launch as an independent business. Originally established as part of the Helsinn Group by the Braglia family, under the name […]

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Remington and Manchester United Extend Partnership

Manchester United Head of Academy Highlights Importance of Individuality and Confidence for Young Players Remington Extends Partnership with Manchester United MANCHESTER, England, Jan. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB) and Manchester United (NYSE: MANU) jointly announced today the extension of their global partnership, which will see Spectrum Brands’ iconic Remington […]

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Adagio Therapeutics Summarizes ADG20 Neutralizing Activity Against SARS-CoV-2 Variants and Outlines Initiatives to Address Omicron

Recent Publications by Several Independent Laboratories Show ADG20 Has Neutralizing Activity with Potency Comparable to Other Antibodies that Retain Activity Against Omicron Multiple Efforts Underway to Address Omicron and Potential Future SARS-CoV-2 Variants WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Adagio Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: ADGI), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development […]

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‘No vax, no ride’ policy to prevent public transport shutdown

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday said the “no vaccination, no ride” policy in public transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR) is meant to avoid its complete shutdown as seen in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement, the DOTr said such a shutdown may occur if more public transport personnel test positive for Covid-19. “We are doing everything we can to maintain and keep our public transport operations safe and running. It will be a much heavy burden for commuters if we experience a…

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Ilocos Norte’s Marcos stadium to reopen in June

A bigger and wider sports stadium located at the heart of this city is scheduled to reopen this June after undergoing a major rehabilitation since 2019. Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc confirmed on Thursday the near completion of the province’s “Big 3” projects, which include the PHP1 billion renovation of Ferdinand E. Marcos Sports Stadium heavily damaged by Typhoon Ompong in September 2018. Amid an ongoing pandemic, the Ilocos Norte government has pushed for the construction of the Provincial Capitol expansion building, reconstruction of the Dap-ayan Food Park, and the full…

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US sanctions 5 North Koreans after ballistic missile launches

The US on Wednesday sanctioned five North Koreans allegedly involved in Pyongyang’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs after the North repeatedly tested apparent hypersonic missiles. The North has carried out roughly six ballistic missile launches since September in violation of UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting it from testing the technology. The North Korean nationals blacklisted by the US include Russia-based Choe Myong Hyon, who is alleged to have aided Pyongyang’s Second Academy of Natural Sciences (SANS), which was sanctioned in 2010 and again in 2013 over US…

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166 raps vs. erring stakeholders filed in 2021: BOC

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has filed more than 160 criminal and administrative cases against erring stakeholders for violation of customs laws, rules, and regulations last year. In a statement Thursday, the bureau reported that the Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG), through the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) of the Legal Service, has filed 103 criminal cases involving 309 individuals from January to December 2021. The cases were filed against importers and customs brokers for violations of the Republic Act No. 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and…

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’Odette’ agri damage in W. Visayas now over P5-B

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit in Western Visayas (DA-RFU 6) will come up this week with the final damage tally caused by “Odette” to their sector which currently is estimated at PHP5.78 billion, almost a month since the typhoon hit several parts of the region. “We are trying to finalize it by Friday of course subject for validation because other reports might be bloated. We conduct cross-checking,” said DA RFU 6 Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter on Thursday. The cross-checking will be done based on their planting report,…

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DA completes P12-M ‘potato project’ for Benguet farmers’ group

The Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDRP) in the Cordillera region has recently turned over a PHP4.1 million greenhouse and storage facility for potato planting materials to a farmer’s cooperative in Benguet. Elvy Taquio-Estacio of the PRDP-CAR Information, Advocacy, Communication, and Education Unit, in a text message on Thursday, said the facility was turned over to the SRT La Trinidad Cooperative of Benguet on January 11. This completes the PHP12.28 million assistance of the DA-PRDP to the cooperative. Aside from the greenhouse structure, several farm equipment, supplies, a delivery…

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Rescued eagle turned over to Albay environment office

The Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (PGPC) has handed over a rescued eagle to the Albay Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). Erwin M. Vargas, PGPC public affairs supervisor, in an interview on Wednesday, said the eagle was rescued by a local farmer within the geothermal firm’s 5,087-hectare operation reserved area. “The Philippine Geothermal is very happy because it indicates that there is habitant here when a farmer was able to rescue an eagle. The eagle, named ‘Tima’ for Tiwi-Malinao was in a good condition and soon be identified…

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DOLE extends over P3.5-M aid to needy Tarlac workers

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III fulfilled his promise to return to Tarlac province on Wednesday to distribute more government assistance to informal workers displaced by the pandemic. A media statement on Thursday said Bello led the awarding of PHP3.528 million worth of payouts from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers (TUPAD) program to 880 farmers, tricycle drivers, and vendors who were severely affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Bello was in the province last year to extend government aid via TUPAD, the cash-for-work…

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BFAR incentives to boost sustainable fishery program of LGUs

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Western Visayas is banking on the Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) program to boost the efforts of local government units on sustainable fishery. MMK is the banner program of BFAR that gives recognition and incentives to outstanding coastal communities for their efforts on sustainable resources and fisheries management since 2016. This first quarter of 2022, BFAR is expected to transfer funds to three coastal LGUs in the region chosen as regional winners in 2021 since they decided to forego the ceremonial…

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PCA collects BOC-confiscated coco products bound for China

The confiscated and forfeited partially dehusked mature coconuts contained in 42 container vans bound in the Port of Cebu are now in the possession of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). In a statement on Thursday, the PCA said Central Visayas Acting Regional Manager Brendan Trasmonte signed the turn-over documents of the confiscated goods contained in 42 40-footer container vans from the Cebu District Collection Office in the Port of Cebu. After the ceremony, the group went to the Cebu Port Authority compound to inspect and turn over the confiscated items.…

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CA sides with casino workers in labor case

The Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed a petition filed by a casino operator against its workers’ union over a dispute on the coverage of their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). In a seven-page resolution written by Associate Justice Myra V. Garcia Fernandez dated December 28 and recently published online, the appellate court’s Eleventh division said it “finds no reason to deviate from the findings” of the labor arbiter which had ruled against Melco Resorts Leisure (Phils.) Corp. which operates the City of Dreams Manila resort and casino. On March 10,…

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NHA aids over 2K ‘Odette’-displaced families in Iloilo

The National Housing Authority (NHA) has released its initial financial assistance from the city and province of Iloilo for 2,205 families displaced by Typhoon Odette after their homes were totally damaged. In a press conference on Thursday, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the province was the recipient of the Special Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) of NHA that will be provided at PHP5,000 each to families whose houses were destroyed by the typhoon. “There is more help to come except that right now it is being processed, prepared and…

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BRP Iwak brings fresh relief aid to 2 typhoon-hit provinces

Philippine Navy (PN) landing craft BRP Iwak (LC-289) has transported urgently needed relief supplies and goods to Typhoon Odette-battered Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte province on Wednesday. “The PN, through Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao’s landing craft BRP Iwak (LC-289), is continuing its sealift, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief mission for the residents of the Dinagat Islands and Surigao Del Norte,” the PN said in its Facebook post on Thursday afternoon. The BRP Iwak is among the 27 ships deployed by the PN to help in the ongoing relief efforts…

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PH Navy, TESDA ink pact on free skills training

In line with ongoing modernization efforts, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) signed Wednesday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will provide free skills training and certification related to the specialization of interested naval personnel. “Through this partnership, TESDA is providing free skills training, assessment, and certification to PN beneficiaries through the TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs). The skills that will be taught are related to their respective specializations, such as construction, maintenance and repair, and information technology,” PN spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said…

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Top north Negros drug personality falls; yields P10.2-M ‘shabu’

A top drug personality in northern Negros Occidental was arrested by joint operatives during a buy-bust that led to the recovery of PHP10.2 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Guadalupe, San Carlos City on Wednesday afternoon. The police identified the suspect as Joel Rizardo, 24, of Greenville Bato, Barangay Rizal, a high-value individual and the number one priority target on the local drugs watchlist. His live-in partner Jean Compacion, a street-level individual residing in Hacienda San Jose, Barangay Guadalupe, evaded arrest. Col. Leo Pamittan, acting director of Negros Occidental…

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Department of Migrant Workers may start by 2023: POEA

The newly-created Department of Migrant Workers is expected to start operations by 2023, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said on Thursday. “They have a so-called transition period, two years have been given by law for the transition of agencies to the new Department of Migrant Workers and during this transition period, a transition committee will be formed,” POEA chief Bernard Olalia said in a Laging Handa briefing on Thursday. Olalia said the committee is tasked to craft the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the department, the organizational structure,…

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DA eyes adlai, strawberry farming as emerging crops for NorMin

The Department of Agriculture Region 10 (DA-10) has seen a potential in adlai and strawberry as emerging crops in Northern Mindanao that can be sold in mainstream markets in the future. During a media forum on Thursday, DA-10 Technical Director Carlota Madriaga said adlai, also referred by indigenous peoples as “agglay,” is easy to produce even through organic production technology, and it grows in any places regardless of climate and soil conditions, “In the time of the pandemic (when it started in 2020), we have established the Adlai Development Program…

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Strong corporate governance, lending mgt buoy financial sector

Philippine banks’ strong corporate governance and effective management of lending operations allowed the sector to weather the impact of the current pandemic. In a virtual briefing on Thursday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said the domestic financial institutions (FIs) remain stable since assets, loans, and deposits remain on expansion mode amidst the challenges since last year. Citing BSP data, Diokno said the banking sector’s total assets rose by 7 percent year-on-year to PHP20.4 trillion as of end-November 2021. This was mainly driven by deposits, which grew by…

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DBP forges ties with Filipino inventors

State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has forged a partnership with the Filipino Inventors Society, Inc. (FIS) to provide more focused support for the development of viable local projects and indigenous technologies, a top official said. DBP president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Herbosa said the bank would provide capacity-building programs in financial and operational management to Filipino inventors and scientists to improve their access to financing opportunities needed for commercial production. “Since market potential and commercial viability are very important considerations, we hope to consequently provide the necessary…

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Canada donates P120-M to NGOs for ‘Odette’-hit areas

The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines on Thursday announced that three non-government organizations (NGOs) will receive a total of CAD3 million (PHP120 million) funding to help the Philippines in providing relief and rehabilitation to those affected by Typhoon Odette. In a statement, the Embassy said the donation came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to providing “immediate support to relief operations in the Philippines” for those affected by the typhoon in a statement on Dec. 21, 2021. The World Food Programme (WFP), it said, will receive PHP72 million…

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Omicron less severe than Delta strain, but still dangerous: WHO

The World Health Organization head warned Wednesday the Omicron coronavirus variant may be less severe than delta, but remains a dangerous variant, particularly for the unvaccinated. WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a coronavirus webinar that the record number of 15 million Covid-19 cases reported last week were an underestimate, but the death rate remained stable and can be lowered by getting more vaccines to people. “While the number of patients being hospitalized is increasing in most countries, it is not at the level seen in previous waves,” Tedros said.…

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Over 85% of HEIs personnel, 60% of students vaxxed: CHED

More than 85 percent of teaching and non-teaching personnel in higher education institutions (HEIs) have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of January 11, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chair Prospero de Vera III said Thursday. “Ang ating vaccination rate sa higher ed ay mas mataas kaysa national average, ang ginagawa na nila ngayon ay mag-booster (Our higher ed vaccination rate is higher than our national average, what they’re having now are booster shots),” he said in a Laging Handa briefing Meantime, the percentage of HEI students…

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Manila declares ‘health break’, suspends classes for 1 week

The Manila City government has declared a one-week “health break” from online and physical classes for students in the city from January 14 to 21 under Executive Order No. 07. In a press conference on Thursday, Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said classes will be suspended due to the rising number of people getting infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The suspension of classes will cover all levels, online and physical classes, in all private and public schools in the city. “Marami tayong mga guro ngayon infected, marami…

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No need for nationwide declaration of academic break: CHED

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair J. Prospero de Vera III on Thursday said there is no need for a nationwide declaration of academic break amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among college students and teaching personnel of higher education institutions (HEIs). “Hindi na po kailangan iyan dahil kayang-kaya na ng ating mga pamantasan na gawin iyan (It is not needed because the HEIs can declare academic breaks) on their own,” de Vera said in a Laging Handa public briefing. Some 126 HEIs, mostly in the National…

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Drive-thru lab services available in Ilocos hospital

The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, the biggest public hospital and primary Covid-19 referral facility in Ilocos Norte, is offering hassle-free drive-thru laboratory services. Jhey-Ar Mangati, health education and promotions officer of the Batac hospital, confirmed this in an interview on Wednesday night, a few hours after it was announced on the official Facebook page of the Department of Pathology and Laboratories. “This is in line with the efforts of the hospital to reduce the long queues and to contain the spread of Covid-19,” he said. On the…

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PH Red Cross helps improve access to water in ‘Odette’-hit Cebu

Water is the most important resource in or outside of a disaster. Access to clean water for drinking, bathing, and food preparation is essential as a first salvo whenever a disaster strikes. Improving access to water to Typhoon Odette-devastated areas, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), led by Chairman and CEO Senator Richard Gordon, continues to send its water tankers to different communities in Cebu. “Every day, we continue to deploy our water tankers to disaster-affected communities to provide timely and efficient support,” Gordon said in a media release Thursday. Today,…

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3 Ilocos provinces placed under Alert Level 3

The provinces of Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Norte in the Ilocos Region will be under Alert Level 3 status starting January 14 to 31 due to increasing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. Department of Health Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) Covid-19 focal person Dr. Rheuel Bobis said the average number of new cases in the region is now at 373 daily from just eight cases daily last December and 111 in the first week of January this year. “This could be attributed to many people…

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TESDA teams help rebuild damaged houses in southern Negros

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has deployed personnel from its regional offices in Western Visayas (Region 6) and Cagayan Valley (Region 2) to help rebuild the houses damaged by Typhoon Odette in southern Negros Occidental. As of Thursday, various teams are working with affected families in Sipalay City. In a report, the TESDA-6 said its disaster operations team and the augmentation team from TESDA-2 “continue their task of providing disaster response and calamity support to the areas badly affected” by the typhoon. Leading the TESDA-6 team is…

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MisOr road mishap death toll rises to 11

The death count in the road accident involving a six-wheel cargo truck fully loaded with beachgoers that lost its brakes in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental has reached 11 as of Thursday, the police said. Two of the three latest fatalities – added to the initial count of eight who died on the spot – were girls who were rushed to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in this city after battling severe injuries when the truck they were riding overturned due to a brake malfunction on Wednesday morning. In a telephone interview,…

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61 trainees start basic course for PDEA agents

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday said it has started the training of 61 agent-trainees for Drug Enforcement Officers Basic Course (DEOBC) in its academy in Camp Castaňeda, Silang, Cavite. The DEOBC Class 2022-20 is composed of 41 males and 20 females who took their oath and underwent reception on Wednesday, marking the beginning of their six-month regimented training as drug enforcement officers. The hiring of DEOBC Class 2022-20 started on March 2, 2020 wherein a total of 1,380 applicants applied. They took qualifying and neuro-psychological examinations simultaneously…

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Envy at work leads to death of 2 in Lanao Sur shooting

Police investigators are eyeing envy in the workplace as a possible motive in the recent shooting of a group of construction workers in Barangay Udalo, Piagapo town in Lanao del Sur that killed two persons and wounded two others. In an interview Thursday, Lt. Jamilluden Samo, Piagapo police chief, said the suspect, who was identified by witnesses, had applied as security personnel with the construction company contracted to build a bridge in the area. He declined to name the suspect pending an ongoing police pursuit operation. “Maybe he is angry…

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Covid-19 self-test kits may ease demand for swab tests: FDA

The use of self-administered Covid-19 test kits could ease the high demand for swab testing once they get regulatory approval and become widely available, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officer-in-charge Oscar Gutierrez said Thursday. In a televised public briefing, Gutierrez said the Department of Health (DOH) would release guidelines on the proper use of the self-test kits so that persons experiencing flu-like symptoms could be sure whether they are infected with the coronavirus. “At hindi na po sila pupunta sa mga testing center kung hindi naman kailangan, ayon sa guideline,…

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Spectators urged to flood TikTok with ‘Dagyang’ steps

Spectators of the Dinagyang Festival are encouraged to join the “Dagyang sa Social Media” contest by storming Tiktok with their dance movements. This as people could not invade the streets here with merry-making moves or “dagyang” due to restrictions imposed by the local government amid the pandemic. “This is the first time that we are using the platform to do the ‘dagyang’. That is why it is titled ‘Dagyang sa Social Media’,” said Joyce Clavecillas, executive director of the Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc. (IFFI), in an interview Thursday. IFFI manages…

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Manila bans physical activities during Sto. Niño Fiesta

Amid the rising coronavirus disease 1019 (Covid-19) infections in the National Capital Region (NCR), the city government of Manila has prohibited all physical activities related to the upcoming celebration of the Sto. Niño Fiesta in Tondo and Pandacan. Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso said during a press conference on Thursday the same prohibition done during the feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo will also be applied for the upcoming Sto. Niño fiesta, which is considered second to the largest religious feast in the city. Domagoso signed Executive Order…

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Makati regulates mobility of unvaxxed residents

The Makati City government will officially enforce regulated mobility for unvaccinated individuals. In an advisory on Thursday, unvaccinated residents shall remain in their residences at all times, except when buying essential goods and transacting with essential services. This, after the Makati City Council, approved the local ordinance No. 2022-005, which regulates the mobility of unvaccinated residents within communities. The city ordinance also said unvaccinated persons shall be prohibited in indoor or outdoor dining in restaurants and other food establishments as well as entering for leisure or social trips in malls,…

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DOH gives SoCot hospital certificate to operate as CIU

The Regulatory Licensing Enforcement Division (RLED) of the Department of Health – Soccsksargen (DOH-12) has given the provincial government-run Soccsksargen General Hospital (SGH) in the municipality of Surallah, South Cotabato a certificate to operate as a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) community isolation unit (CIU). Dr. Sulpicio Henry Legaspi, DOH-12 assistant director, said Thursday the CIU certification was a pre-requisite for Philippine Health Insurance Company (PhilHealth) accreditation. “With certificate as CIU we can apply for PhilHealth accreditation so that expenses that we incur to the patients will be refunded, the budget…

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Antique school continues F2F amid jump in Covid-19 cases

The biggest secondary school in the province of Antique will continue its face-to-face classes here for its senior high school taking up Technical-Vocational Livelihood (TVL) track amid a rise in the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. Mayor Elmer Untaran said in a virtual press conference Wednesday that he assured Antique National School (ANS) principal Roger Jomolo that the face-to-face classes would continue even if it is an indoor activity. “We are allowing indoor meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) to continue,” Untaran said. He added that the face-to-face classes will…

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Antique on Alert Level 3 due to rising Covid-19 cases

The increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the province of Antique have escalated its classification by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) from the current Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 effective Friday. Antique Provincial IATF on Covid-19 secretary Margie Gadian said with the reclassification, Antiqueños shall expect stricter policies. “The Provincial IATF will be meeting Friday in order to come up with new policies that will take effect immediately also,” she said in an interview Thursday. Gadian said they are…

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NoCot cops on heightened alert vs. lawlessness, terrorism

Police authorities have intensified their campaign against lawlessness and terrorism here and nearby towns after separate attacks in the towns of Aleosan and Pikit earlier this week. Lt. Col. Bernard Tayong, North Cotabato police spokesperson, said Thursday maximum safety measures are in place to prevent similar attacks in the province. Tayong said extortion is eyed as the possible motive in the bombing of Mindanao Star bus on Tuesday that killed a 5-year-old boy and injured six others, including other children aged 5-months-old and 3-year-old in Aleosan, North Cotabato. On Thursday,…

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21 inmates at SoCot jail test positive for drugs

Twenty-one inmates of the South Cotabato Rehabilitation and Detention Center (SCRDC) have tested positive for illegal drugs during a surprise drug test, a jail official said Thursday. In an interview, Lorey Celeste, acting provincial jail warden, said the result was based on the random drug test on 48 of the 1,544 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) at the SCRDC on Wednesday. To monitor their movements, the drug-positive inmates were moved to a single cell together with two companions found positive for drug use last year. “We are investigating the inmates…

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Ka Bok’s death long wanted by people he terrorized: ex-cadre

A former cadre of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) said the neutralization of Menandro “Ka Bok” Villanueva is long overdue and has long been wanted, most especially by the people he terrorized. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Noel “Ka Efren” Legaspi refuted the claim of Marco Valbuena’s CPP information bureau that Villanueva dedicated his life to the oppressed masses. “It is not true that all Ka Bok’s life was dedicated to the cause of the oppressed and exploited masses, but rather to the terroristic cause…

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Solon joins call for nat’l academic health break

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Thursday urged public and private education stakeholders to heed the call for a national academic health break and academic ease following the unprecedented rise in infections amid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Quezon City. Rep. Alfred Vargas, in a resolution, said the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) should implement more reasonable workloads and requirements in view of the surge in coronavirus cases. “With the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases affecting our fellow Filipinos’ mental well-being and the financial…

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SC orders closure of courts in 28 more areas

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday expanded its closure order to courts in more areas amid the soaring coronavirus infections. Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo made the order in supplemental Memorandum 10-2022A, after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) placed 28 more areas under Alert Level 3 from January 14 to 31. Named in the SC order were courts in Luzon, particularly 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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