K2 Partnering Solutions Acquires Salesforce Consulting Firm Cloud Pacific

K2 Partnering Solutions, a global leader in consultative technology solutions, today announced its acquisition of Cloud Pacific. LONDON, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — K2 Partnering Solutions, a global leader in consultative technology solutions, today announced its acquisition of Cloud Pacific. Cloud Pacific is a Hawaii-based Salesforce consulting firm and Salesforce Partner that specializes in Sales Cloud, […]

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AGC Biologics Names Regina Choi-Rivera New General Manager of Boulder, Colorado Mammalian Production Facility

Boulder, Colo., Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AGC Biologics, a leading global Biopharmaceutical Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO), today announced Regina Choi-Rivera as the new General Manager of the company’s large-scale biopharmaceutical mammalian production facility in Boulder. In this role, she assumes executive oversight and leadership and will manage strategic development and facility […]

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Taconic Biosciences Adds New Humanized Immune System (HIS) Model to Its Portfolio For Immuno-Oncology Research

New huNOG-EXL EA Model Extends Study Windows Significantly RENSSELAER, N.Y., Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, announces the launch of the huNOG-EXL EA (Early Access) humanized immune system (HIS) mouse. This product expands Taconic’s widely used HIS portfolio. huNOG-EXL EA significantly lengthens the […]

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BlueSpace.ai Debuts 4D Predictive Perception Software at CES – Enabling Autonomy at Scale

BlueSpace.ai enhances safety and performance in Autonomous Driving/ADAS with industry leading motion accuracy EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BlueSpace.ai showcased its breakthrough 4D Predictive Perception technology at CES 2022. This perception software works with next generation 4D sensors – imaging radar or frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) LiDAR .  Key industry players […]

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The Alliance for Advancing Bioelectronic Medicine Launches the First Bioelectronic Medicine Day

In Honor of the First Implantable Electronic Pacemaker, October 8th 2022 Becomes the First Bioelectronic Medicine Day Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Alliance for Advancing Bioelectronic Medicine (AABM) today announced the official launch of the first Bioelectronic Medicine Day, a global health awareness campaign that will recognize October 8, 2022, as a day to support […]

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Philips integrates cloud-based AI and 3D mapping into its Mobile C-arm System Series – Zenition – to enhance workflow efficiency and improve endovascular treatment outcomes

January 18, 2021 New capabilities on Philips Image Guided Therapy Mobile C-arm System – Zenition – and collaboration with Cydar offer the latest advances in endovascular treatment Partnership adds new innovations to the Zenition platform to elevate the clinical experience, enhance workflow efficiency and help improve patient outcomes Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: […]

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FourKites Acquires European Supply Chain Visibility Leader NIC-place

The acquisition creates the largest multimodal carrier network in Europe and accelerates adoption of software solutions specifically designed for carriers and logistics service providers FourKites Acquires European Supply Chain Visibility Leader NIC-place CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FourKites, provider of the world’s #1 real-time supply chain visibility platform, announced that it has acquired […]

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OKX overtakes global crypto exchanges as 2nd largest, rebrands as cross-platform services provider

Formerly OKEx, OKX’s new brand highlights the platform’s robust suite of crypto, NFT and DeFi investing products VICTORIA, Seychelles, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKX, which recently became the second largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by spot trading volume, today announced a company-wide rebrand that reflects the dynamism and accelerating adoption of cryptocurrency. Founded […]

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Vuzix and AMA Strengthen Strategic Partnership to Address the Future of the Deskless Workforce

Vuzix and AMA Strengthen Strategic Partnership to Address the Future of the Deskless Workforce Vuzix M400 smart glasses now supports the entire XpertEye assisted reality product range Adoption of the embedded Vivoka multilingual automatic speech recognition RENNES, France, January 18, 2022 – Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart […]

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Oil prices hit 7-year high over Mideast tensions, supply woes

Oil prices climbed to their highest level in the last seven years on Tuesday on supply woes after an attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebel group on Abu Dhabi, and supply disruptions from the inability of some OPEC+ countries in meeting their monthly quotas. International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $87.50 per barrel at 0636 GMT for a 1.18-percent increase after closing the previous session at $86.48 a barrel. American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at $84.55 per barrel at the same time for a 1.50-percent rise after trade…

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DA rolls out mobile market anew in Pampanga

To boost food supply amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office 3 (Central Luzon) will roll out anew its “Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita” here on Wednesday. The mobile market will be set up at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Office 3 in Barangay Maimpis to offer fresh vegetables, fruits, and marine products. Starting at 6 a.m., consumers can buy at reasonable prices fresh products such as eggs, vegetables, fish, chicken, and other food supplies, including…

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Workers exempted from ‘no vax, no ride’ policy: DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday said workers are exempted from the “no vaccination, no ride” policy. “They are exempted, our workers because they are rendering essential services. When you stop them, how will our businesses move? When there is no business there is no economy. Luckily, our workers are exempted,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a Palace briefing. At the same time, Bello urged agencies implementing the policy to start a massive information drive to avoid confusion among the public. “We just need more…

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DA to import 60MT of fish due to ‘Odette’-induced shortage

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar said there is a need to import 60,000 metric tons (MT) of small pelagic fish to meet the demand for the first quarter of 2022 due to the damage incurred by the fishery sector from Typhoon Odette in December last year. Dar also announced on Tuesday the signing of the Certificate of Necessity to Import after the assessment showed significant damage and reduced fish production, especially galunggong (round scad), sardines, and mackerel. In a Laging Handa public briefing, Dar said they are working…

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PPA aids stranded unvaxxed passengers in North Harbor

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) on Tuesday said it assisted about 100 passengers bound for Zamboanga who were stranded at the North Harbor Terminal 4 due to the “no vaccination, no ride” policy of the government. In a Laging Handa briefing, PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said the passengers were barred Monday due to incomplete documentary requirements. “Naayos po natin iyong kanilang kalagayan, subalit hindi na po sila pinasakay (We were able to help with their condition, but they were not allowed to board),” Santiago said. Aside from being…

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Construction of 380-km Laguna-Albay PNR route to start soon

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) awarded the single largest rail contract worth PHP142 billion, or about USD2.8 billion, to a Chinese joint venture to build a 380-kilometer Philippine National Railways (PNR) route. The construction will run from Barangay Banlic in Calamba, Laguna to Daraga, Albay. The contract was signed on Monday by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and representatives of the China Railway Group Ltd., China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Co. Ltd., and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co. Ltd. (CREC JV). The contract includes the design, construction, and electromechanical…

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Gov’t targets to narrow unemployment rate near pre-Covid level

The government aims to bring down the unemployment rate close to pre-pandemic level of around 5 to 5.5 percent this year, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said Tuesday. In a virtual presser of the Presidential Communications Operations Office-Office of the Global Media and Public Affairs, Lopez said the unemployment rate slowed down to 6.5 percent last November from a peak of 17.6 percent in April 2020. “Our goal in 2022 is to further increase our job generation efforts to close down (the) unemployment rate nearer to…

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Too early to think of 2022 growth target revisions: NEDA exec

It is still early to think of any revisions in the 2022 growth target even with the Alert Level 3 implementation in several parts of the country, a National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) executive said Tuesday. While Alert Level 3 movement restriction has been raised until end-January 2022 in more than 80 areas around the country, including the National Capital Region (NCR), NEDA Undersecretary Rosamarie Edillon said the decision is partly made as a “balancing act” for health and economic aspects. “With respect to the target for the year,…

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Over 2K Bicol workers get P48-M in labor settlement claims

At least 2,223 workers in the Bicol region received a total of PHP48.097 million in settlement claims from labor dispute cases through the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program for 2021. In a statement on Tuesday, DOLE Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita said the monetary award was the result of the dedication and efforts of Single Entry Approach Desk Officers (SEADOs) who managed to resolve existing labor disputes and other issues or complaints arising from employer-employee relations. “Around 1,140 labor disputes were settled out…

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Stocks recover, peso weakens vs. US dollar

Anticipation for the reopening of the United States markets following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day boosted the local bourse on Tuesday but the peso weakened against the US dollar. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose by 1.66 percent, or 120.13 points, to 7,343.96 points All Shares followed with a jump of 0.97 percent, or 37.16 points, to 3,882.40 points. Most of the sectoral indexes also gained during the day with the Holding Firms rising by 1.86 percent; Services, 1.83 percent; Financials, 1.40 percent; Property, 1.33 percent; and Industrial,…

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DOE-Visayas urges LPG refilling permit holders to follow rules

The Department of Energy (DOE) here on Tuesday urged holders of permits for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refilling not to violate the terms and conditions by engaging in illegal refilling activities. DOE-Visayas director Russ Mark Gamallo said a standard compliance certificate (SCC) issued to individuals or corporations highlighted the strict compliance with safety regulations, including the prohibitions against acts of illegal refilling. “Let me remind SCC holders not to venture into illegal acts that may compromise their permit or SCC issued by the DOE,” Gamallo told the Philippine News Agency.…

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Alert Level 3 displaces 11.5K workers: Bello

Some 11,500 employees from the private sector have been displaced due to the Alert Level 3 Covid-19 classification in Metro Manila and other areas of the country, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Tuesday. He said the number is way below the Department of Trade and Industry’s estimate that the Alert Level 3 status will displace 100,000 to 200,000 workers. “Fortunately, as of, I think that was yesterday or Sunday, the displaced workers because of Alert Level 3 are only more than 11,500 workers,…

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2.1M water bottles provided to ‘Odette’-hit communities: OCD

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has so far provided 1.74 million liters of drinking water to communities severely affected by Typhoon Odette last month. “In terms of water, Mr. President, OCD provided 1.74 (million) liters or 2.1 million water bottles,” OCD Assistant Secretary Hernando Caraig Jr. told President Rodrigo Duterte during the pre-recorded Talk to the People on Monday night. Caraig made the remark in response to the President’s question on whether there is a stable supply of drinking water in typhoon-battered areas. He also said that the Lucio…

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Around 300 CAAP employees test positive for Covid-19

About 300 employees of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since January 1, an official said on Tuesday. A mass testing was conducted among the employees after the holiday break, and many, including technical personnel, have tested positive of the virus, CAAP chief of staff Danjun Lucas said in the Laging Handa public briefing. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said CAAP has 6,918 employees across the country and 6,643 of them were already…

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BOI sets P1-T investment approval target for 2022

The Board of Investments (BOI) is confident of hitting the PHP1-trillion mark investment approvals this year after the setbacks that happened in 2021 due to the pandemic. Trade Secretary and BOI chair Ramon Lopez is optimistic about the outlook following the improvements in foreign investments in the country. “Buoyed by 2021 FDI (foreign direct investments) results as well as the healthy pipeline of strong investment leads —both foreign and domestic, and with the reforms that we are anticipating to still be passed in the next months, we are confident of…

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Day 1 of ‘no vax, no ride’ policy successful; violators warned

The first day of the implementation of the “no vaccination, no ride” in Metro Manila on Monday was generally peaceful, with commuters complying with the order. The Land Transportation Office (LTO), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT), the agencies primarily responsible for enforcing the policy in the road sector, reported that the implementation saw enforcers explaining the guidelines to the commuters. “According to reports from our men on the ground, most of the passengers were prepared for the policy. They voluntarily…

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Contractual, job order BARMM workers now SSS members

Starting this year, all contract of service (COS) and job order (JO) workers in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are already covered by the state social pension fund. Orly Mabinay, Social Security System (SSS) – Cotabato branch manager, said Tuesday that more than 2,000 contractual and job order workers in the region’s various offices are now covered by the SSS. This came about after BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim and SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Igancio signed a joint memorandum agreement in December 2021…

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Economic team urges PRRD to certify RCEP ratification as urgent

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said economic managers have endorsed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte so he could certify it as urgent for the Senate’s concurrence. “We have asked the President to certify this as urgent —the ratification (of) the RCEP— so that we can fast track the ratification of RCEP this January. We have asked other secretaries of other departments, and the economic managers to jointly endorse this to the President. So now it’s in the Office of the…

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BIR’s digital transformation projects to benefit taxpayers

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has a total of 49 projects in the first phase of its 10-year Digital Transformation (DX) Roadmap, of which 14 have already been launched or implemented as of the last quarter of 2021. In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, the BIR said 26 of the 49 DX projects involve “elevating taxpayer experience and innovating BIR service processes,” nine are on “enhancing administration and the BIR’s support services,” another eight are on “aligning policies to a BIR digital workplace,” and six more…

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13 NegOcc cops still unvaxxed

Only 13 out of the 2,378 personnel of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) are still unvaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) due to various reasons. Col. Leo Pamittan, acting provincial director, said on Tuesday the number comprises only less than 1 percent of the entire provincial police. “These are personnel with comorbidities, pregnant women and lactating mothers who submitted waivers,” he said. The number of unvaccinated decreased by seven after the NOCPPO reported 20 personnel who signed the waivers on the first week of January. Those who do…

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DILG warns public vs. ‘Covid-19 vax exemption cards’

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday warned the public against so-called “Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccination exemption cards” that can allegedly be used by unvaccinated individuals to be exempted from stay at home orders, ride public transportation, and enjoy other privileges. “The public is warned that there is no such thing as a ‘vaccination exemption card.’ This is not authorized, issued, nor recognized by the government. In other words, these are fake,” DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said in a news release. He said…

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Manhunt on vs. killers of BARMM official in Tacurong

Police here have launched a manhunt against two men who shot dead an education official while he was driving home with his wife here on Monday night. Lt. Col. Joan Maganto, city police director, said Tuesday police teams have been dispatched to know the identities and whereabouts of motorcycle-riding gunmen who ambushed Javier Kumandi Sr., schools district supervisor of Pandag, Maguindanao, in Barangay San Pablo of this city. “Pursuit operation is still ongoing up to now,” he said. Kumandi belonged to the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)…

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Too early to say Covid-19 cases in NCR are declining: DOH

It is too early to say that the number of new Covid-19 infections in the National Capital Region (NCR) is on a decline, a health official said Tuesday. In a television interview, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire declined to validate the claim of OCTA Research Group over the weekend that infections in the region seemed to be slowing down following the decrease in the growth rate of fresh cases. The OCTA Research Group reported that NCR’s growth rate is now -7 percent from Sunday’s -1 percent. Vergeire said the difference…

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DepEd suspends classes in typhoon-hit Bais City

The Department of Education (DepEd) has suspended classes at all levels in the Typhoon Odette-hit Bais City in Negros Oriental from January 18-31 to help teachers and students recover from the onslaught of the storm and in the face of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) threat. Dr. Adolf Aguilar, officer-in-charge (OIC) Schools Division Superintendent of the DepEd Schools Division Office (SDO) of Bais City, told the Philippine News Agency in an interview Tuesday that the suspension of classes and other related non-teaching activities is in accordance with the agency’s Policy…

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550 more cops beat Covid-19, active cases down to 3.8K

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday reported 550 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the PNP Health Service said this raised the recovery count to 42,128, out of a total of 46,049 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. Another 331 new cases were also recorded, bringing the active case tally to 3,796. This is lower than Monday’s 4,015 active infections. The death toll stands at 125 with no new fatalities recorded. Earlier, PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said the number…

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QC villages, schools finalizing list of 5-11 age group vaccinees

The Quezon City government is consolidating its master list of the 5 to 11 age group in preparation for the vaccination tentatively set in February. The city government is working closely with village and elementary school officials, QC Task Force Vax to Normal coordinator, Dr. Maria Lourdes Eleria said. “We are now synchronizing the list of children enrolled in our schools and those included in the census of our barangays so we can identify the number of children eligible for this round of pediatric vaccinations,” Eleria said in a statement…

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4th inmate missing after NBP escape incident

A fourth inmate of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City remained unaccounted for following Monday’s escape. Two of the three inmates were killed hours after escaping from the Maximum Security Compound. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters via text message on Tuesday that the fourth escapee was Chris Ablas, who was serving a sentence of reclusion perpetua without parole for robbery with homicide. Ablas was reported missing from Dorm 8C-2 of the NBP Maximum Security Compound. Arvin Bio and Pacifico Adlawan died in a shootout with pursuing lawmen…

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Talisay City suspends classes amid Covid-19 spike

All classes in the elementary and high school in this southern Cebu city, whether modular or face to face, are suspended starting on Wednesday due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the mayor announced. Mayor Gerald Anthony Gullas, in a statement posted on social media on Tuesday, said the decision was arrived at after his talk with local officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) following the implementation of Alert Level 3 in the entire province, and to prevent schoolchildren from contracting the virus. Gullas clarified, however,…

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Baguio exceeds inoculation goal, 268K residents now fully vaxxed

The Baguio City Health Services Office (BCHSO) has cited the best practices that helped the city not only achieve but even surpass its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination target. Based on the report of the BCHSO posted by the Public Information Office, as of January 17, the city has exceeded its self-imposed goal of 95 percent after achieving 95.43 percent, with 268,168 individuals receiving the full doses out of the 281,000 eligible population. Also, 288,385 have received at least one dose of the vaccines, while 60,122 have also received booster…

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PRRD OKs expansion of limited F2F classes by February

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Education (DepEd) to expand limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2 by February, Malacañang said Tuesday. This, after DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones proposed the “progressive expansion” of in-person classes in areas under Alert Levels 1 and 2 following the positive outcome of the pilot run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 22, 2021. Schools in areas under Alert Level 3–such as Metro Manila–will not be included in the expansion phase due to a surge of…

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House suspends sessions due to Covid-19 surge

The House of Representatives has suspended its plenary sessions until January 24 because of the uptick in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the country, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said on Tuesday. “We have decided to suspend the plenary sessions for the rest of the week because of the continuing surge in Covid-19 cases in almost every corner of the metropolis, and the House of Representatives is no exception. We arrived at such decision to control the spread of the fast-moving coronavirus that has also affected our members and staff,” Velasco…

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3 Covid-19 vax card forgers nabbed in Bacolod City

Three residents here involved in the proliferation of fake coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination cards were arrested during an entrapment operation inside an establishment in the downtown area on Monday afternoon. Police identified the suspects as Loresa Funelas, 45, of Barangay Bata, as well as mother and son Maribeth Joros, 44, and Ivan, 18, both from Barangay Villamonte. Maj. Ramel Sarona, chief of Bacolod City Police Station 1, said in a radio interview on Tuesday the suspects were set to undergo an inquest at the City Prosecutor’s Office based on…

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Experts urge caution over prospect of Covid-free future

Prominent experts urged caution Monday over the prospect of a Covid-free future during an online panel hosted by the World Economic Forum. On whether 2022 will witness the transformation of Covid-19 from a pandemic to an endemic, Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the US president, said it is still unknown. Noting that humankind succeeded in eradicating only smallpox, he said that would never be the case with Covid-19. Endemicity means a non-disruptive presence without elimination, Fauci said. He also highlighted the importance of togetherness in the fight against…

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GenSan starts ‘no vaccine card, no entry’ policy

Authorities here have started implementing the “no vaccination card, no entry” policy for all persons entering establishments in the city. Under Executive Order (EO) 1 Series of 2022, the barangay and Philippine National Police would be asking for vaccination certificates or vaccination cards on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) upon entry into the establishments. The policy started January 17 as stated on the EO issued by Mayor Ronnel Rivera and a copy of which was released to the media on Tuesday. According to Barangay Calumpang chairperson Ryan Dupalco, he and his…

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Sorsogon public hospital nurses first to get pay hike under SSL

The provincial government of Sorsogon has started implementing a budget circular that will increase the salaries of nurses working in public hospitals, as part of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 5 which takes effect this month. Governor Francis Escudero said 139 nurses deployed to nine public hospitals run by the provincial government will be the first recipients of this new round of salary adjustment, in accordance with Republic Act 11466, or the Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel and Authorizing the Grant of Additional Benefits and for…

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Northern Samar limits mobility of unvaxxed individuals

Northern Samar province has joined other local government units in restricting the movement of unvaccinated persons due to rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Governor Edwin Ongchuan issued Executive Order No. 01-01-22 on Monday directing establishments to deny the entry of unvaccinated individuals in both public and private establishments. Specifically, unvaccinated persons are prohibited from dining in restaurants and other food establishments; leisure or social trips to malls, hotels, event venues, gyms, and similar activities; domestic travel via public transportation by land, water, or air, except for essential goods…

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969K Tarlac residents vaxxed vs. Covid-19

A total of 969,488 Tarlaqueños have been vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as the provincial government accelerated its inoculation drive to ensure population protection against the dreaded disease. Of the number, 866,518 residents have been fully inoculated while 102,970 have received their first dose, according to Tarlac’s Covid-19 case bulletin released on Tuesday. Governor Susan Yap urged residents who are still unvaccinated to get their Covid-19 jabs as the new strain of the virus will mainly target those who have not yet received the jabs. “Tandaan rin po nating…

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Deadline extended for Bar examinees’ submission of requirements

The Supreme Court (SC) has extended the deadline of the submission of documents of Bar examinees until mid-February. In a bulletin released Tuesday, the high court said “the deadline for submitting the physical, original copies of the pertinent documents for the Bar application process has been moved to February 15, 2022”. The original deadline for the documents, which include a verified petition to take the Bar, is on January 31. “(W)e recognize that the recent Covid-19 surge and the crippling effects of Typhoon Odette have made it difficult for many…

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NegOcc prov’l hospital limits admissions due to Covid-19 cases

The Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Negros Occidental has suspended some of its outpatient services and limited its admissions to emergency cases starting this week after some of its front-liners were either infected or quarantined due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said on Tuesday as of January 17, some 21 hospital staff have been affected. Of the 21, there were seven who tested positive, eight close contacts, and six under observation and isolation. “That’s why we issued an advisory to the…

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DOJ seeks Espinosa transfer after near-escape from NBI cell

Following his foiled escape try, self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa may soon be moved out of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) holding facility and into a more secure detention center. Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek a court order for the transfer of Espinosa, who nearly bolted out with two others if not for the timely discovery of NBI inspection teams on January 13 of the supposed escape route. “We believe that Kerwin Espinosa should be transferred to a more secure…

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