Kiteworks Protects Employee and Contractor PHI; Enables Compliance With HIPAA and Vaccine Mandates

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kiteworks, the leading platform for ensuring regulatory compliance and effectively managing risk with every send, share, receive, and save of sensitive content, announced today that customers can use Kiteworks for uploading, sharing, and storing vaccine-related protected health information (PHI) for employees, contractors, visitors, students, and educators. In […]

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Tuxera Receives ISO 9001 Certification, Strengthens Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

Data storage management company adopts quality management framework favored by automotive, enterprise, aerospace manufacturers HELSINKI, Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tuxera, a world leader in quality-assured data storage management and networking technologies, is pleased to announce it has received ISO 9001 certification, an internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). As the most widely used […]

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‘Suez Canal and Challenges in World Trade’ Conference Kicks Off at Expo 2020 Dubai Amid International Turnout

Featured Image for Suez Canal and Challenges in World Trade Conference DUBAI, Arab Emirates, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), attended on Sunday morning the international conference the SCA organized under the title ‘The Suez Canal and Challenges in World Trade’ as part of Expo […]

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GameFi Operator Digital Entertainment Asset Closes $12 Million Seed Round

Capital Raise To Support PlayMining’s further Development & Hiring Efforts SINGAPORE, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Singapore-based Digital Entertainment Asset Pte. Ltd. (DEA), a leading GameFi company operating in the play-to-earn (P2E) gaming arena, has officially finalized a $12 million seed fundraising round. The round was underwritten by JAFCO Investment Ltd., corporate participants, seven […]

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OKX ก้าวล้ำหน้าการแลกเปลี่ยนคริปโต (Crypto) ทั่วโลกด้วยการรีแบรนด์เป็นผู้ให้บริการข้ามแพลตฟอร์มที่ใหญ่ที่สุดเป็นอันดับ 2ะ

จากชื่อเดิม OKEx แบรนด์ใหม่ของ OKX ได้เน้นชุดผลิตภัณฑ์การลงทุน Crypto, NFT และ DeFi ที่มีประสิทธิภาพของแพลตฟอร์ม VICTORIA, Seychelles, Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKX, ซึ่งเพิ่งจะกลายเป็นการแลกเปลี่ยนสกุลเงินดิจิทัลที่ใหญ่ที่สุดเป็นอันดับสองของโลกตามปริมาณการซื้อขายแบบสปอต (Spot Trading) ได้ประกาศการรีแบรนด์ทั่วทั้งบริษัทในวันนี้ ซึ่งสะท้อนถึงภาวะที่มีการเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างไม่หยุดยั้งและการเร่งให้เกิดการยอมรับสกุลเงินดิจิทัล OKX ก่อตั้งขึ้นในปี 2560 ในรูปแบบบริการซื้อขายสกุลเงินดิจิทัล โดยมีผู้ใช้รวมกันมากกว่า 20 ล้านคนและขยายชุดผลิตภัณฑ์การลงทุนด้านสินทรัพย์ดิจิทัล เพื่อที่จะรวม OKX Earn ซึ่งเป็นเครื่องมือสำหรับการสร้างรายได้แบบพาสซีฟจากคริปโต ตลาดกลาง NFT และฮับ Application Discovery แบบไร้ตัวกลาง และล่าสุดคือ MetaX ซึ่งเป็นโหมดการการดำเนินการแบบไร้ตัวกลางใหม่ของ OKX ที่มีแดชบอร์ดข้ามสายโซ่และวอลเล็ต Web 3.0 แบบควบคุมได้เองสำหรับการจัดเก็บสินทรัพย์ดิจิทัล รวมถึง NFT ด้วย การเปลี่ยนแปลงโดยมุ่งเน้นที่การเปลี่ยนชื่อของบริษัทจาก OKEx เป็น OKX ในครั้งนี้สะท้อนให้เห็นถึงโอกาสในการสร้างความมั่งคั่งที่เพิ่มขึ้นของแพลตฟอร์มนอกเหนือจากการแลกเปลี่ยน […]

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GenSan extends business permit renewal

The local government is extending its deadline for the renewal of business permits upon the request of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to help business owners affected by the pandemic. Geraldine Zamora, head of Business Permit and Licensing Division Office (BPLDO), said Wednesday the city council has approved a resolution for the extension of the January 20 deadline for the renewal of business permits. The extension based on the approved resolution from the city council has now been extended until Feb. 28, 2022 without surcharges and…

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PSEi dips on negative overseas sentiment; peso nearly unchanged

The main stock gauge returned to the negative territory on Wednesday after a recovery in the previous session on volatile trading overseas, while the peso managed to close the day sideways against the US dollar. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 1.12 percent, or 82.42 points, to 7,261.54 points. All Shares followed with a drop of 0.70 percent, or 27.15 points, to 3,855.25 points. The majority of the sectoral indexes tracked the main index, with Property declining by 1.76 percent; Financials, 1.38 percent; Services, 1.15 percent; and Holding Firms,…

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Displaced women workers in Legazpi City get jobs

At least 144 women workers here who were displaced from their jobs were provided with a means of livelihood through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD program, a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment. TUPAD is a project of the national government through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Each beneficiary will receive PHP3,100 for working four hours every day for 10 days in their communities. In an orientation early this week in Barangay Bagumbayan here, the beneficiaries were selected among members of different…

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Eastern Visayas post-typhoon recovery plan ready end of January

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) regional office is eyeing to complete drafting the post-Typhoon Odette recovery plan for Southern Leyte and some parts of Leyte province before the end of this month. NEDA Eastern Visayas Regional Director Bonifacio Uy on Wednesday said teams from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) deployed in Southern Leyte last week are finalizing the post-disaster needs assessment as a major input to the recovery roadmap. “There will be workshop on the preparation of recovery plan in the coming days. The timetable…

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Cebu City LGU calls for faster telco services restoration

Mayor Michael Rama on Wednesday said telecommunication companies should fast-track the repair of their damaged lines to restore their services amid mounting calls to put back connectivity. In a radio interview, Rama said there are sectors in Cebu’s industry that are reliant on the internet connectivity as well as transactions that may have stalled due to poor signal even it has been more than a month had passed since Typhoon Odette ravaged Cebu City and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao on December last year. Rama said he wants…

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Maritime bodies vow to address Matnog-Allen route congestion

The maritime sector of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has pledged to work together to resolve congestion and delay problems at the Matnog, Sorsogon-Allen, Northern Samar maritime route. In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said additional measures are being rolled out to lessen the inconvenience experienced by travelers, cargo owners, and other port stakeholders following the damage caused by Typhoon Odette last December. The PPA, it said, will accelerate the repairs on facilities damaged…

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China’s pilot digital yuan hits 87.57-B yuan

China’s digital yuan transactions hit nearly 87.57 billion yuan (13.78 billion U.S. dollars) at the end of 2021, as the country ramped up research and pilot use of the central bank’s digital currency. A total of 261 million personal wallets for the digital yuan had been opened, and the number of pilot scenarios had exceeded 8.08 million, Zou Lan, an official with the People’s Bank of China, said at a press conference Tuesday. He said the central bank would continue promoting research and development of the digital fiat currency, or…

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DOT eyes 71 more ‘new normal’ tourism circuits

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is in the process of validating 71 new tourism circuits in 13 regions across the country, Tourism Undersecretary Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said Tuesday. The circuits are being developed in coordination with local government units and tourism stakeholders and will feature activities based on travelers’ preferences in the new normal. In a virtual presser, Maquiling said these circuits would reintroduce the best travel products and experiences a region offers, including but not limited to culinary, history, nature, wellness, farm, and faith-based tourism. As of posting, 44…

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BARMM launches development projects in 12 NoCot villages

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has launched the socio-economic and livelihood components of the Special Development Fund (SDF) – Bangsamoro Integrated Rehabilitation and Development Program (BIRDP) Phase 1 in 12 villages in North Cotabato under the BARMM Special Geographic Area (SGA). Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, BARMM interior minister, said Wednesday the 12 villages formed part of 63 villages under the SGA-BARMM in North Cotabato. “The 12 villages are under the Pigcawayan cluster of the SGA-BARMM in that province,” he said referring to the BIRDP launch in the area…

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DSWD to add 7K new 4Ps beneficiaries in Region 9

The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Zamboanga Peninsula (DSWD-9) is set to register 7,192 new beneficiaries in its Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the region this year. Lawyer Sittie Raifah Pamaloy-Hassan, DSWD–9 director, said Wednesday 3,041 of the 7,192 new beneficiaries are from Zamboanga del Norte; 1,466, Zamboanga del Sur; 509, Zamboanga Sibugay; and, 2,176 for the cities Isabela and Zamboanga. Hassan said the registration of new 4Ps beneficiaries is in accordance with National Advisory Committee Resolution 43, which institutionalizes a replacement policy that allows for the…

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1K post office employees get booster jabs

Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio of the Philippine Post Office said some 1,000 frontline personnel received their booster shots against Covid-19 during the recent Post Office’s first booster vaccination drive with the assistance of Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response Secretary Vince Dizon and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. Another 2,500 doses will be allocated for another batch of post office employees and their eligible dependents on February 3. “At the start of the year, a total of 3,500 booster shots has been allotted to post office employees and their families…

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Sagay City requires drivers, market vendors to be fully vaxxed

The City of Sagay in Negros Occidental has required public utility vehicle drivers and operators as well as market vendors and lessees to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The directive is included in the Executive Order (EO) 2, series of 2022 issued by Mayor Alfredo Marañon III released by the City Tourism and Information Office on Wednesday. It seeks to “ramp up demand for vaccination to the extent allowed by law requiring proof of vaccination before individuals may undertake or qualify for certain activities”. All drivers and…

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DSWD-13 sends 200K food packs, other items to ‘Odette’ victims

A month after Typhoon Odette’s devastation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Caraga (DSWD-13) reported its augmentation drive to aid the affected residents in the different provinces of the region. In a statement Wednesday, the DSWD-13 said as of January 17, a total of 151,878 family food packs (FFPs) were supplemented to the different local government units (LGUs). Of the total FFPs delivered, 58,207 were given to the mainland towns of Surigao del Norte; 47,944 in Siargao Island; 38,228 in the province of Dinagat Islands; 6,949 in Agusan…

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Partnership with French gov’t to ramp up dairy sector

Two days after forging a partnership with the French government to boost cooperation in food security, Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Wednesday directed the National Dairy Authority (NDA) and the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) to recalibrate production strategies and seek aggressive tie-up with the private sector. “There is a huge potential in the (dairy) sector, but the challenge continues at all levels. But just because the challenge is there, we cannot be complacent and fail to persevere,” Dar said in a statement on Wednesday. Dar said vast potential in the…

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More housing projects for Taal eruption victims underway

The government is eyeing more resettlement housing projects for the victims of the Taal volcano eruption in Batangas province, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) said Wednesday. This, after DHSUD Secretary Eduardo del Rosario has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with San Nicolas Mayor Lester de Sagun over the weekend for the land acquisition deal that will pave the way for the construction of a resettlement site in the municipality of San Nicolas, Batangas. Del Rosario has been visiting the province for a series of assessments…

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Hundreds of Ifugaos finish TESDA scholarship training

Hundreds of residents of Ifugao province completed their training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) that they can use to start their own business and help boost the country’s rice and food production. In a message delivered during the graduation activities in Lamut and Alfonso Lista towns and sent to the Philippine News Agency on Wednesday, TESDA-Cordillera regional director Jeffrey Ian Dy said the government is investing in human resource skills enhancement to be able to allow individuals to help improve their livelihood, which would redound to…

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TESDA offers construction training to rebuild houses in NegOcc

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will offer scholarships for construction-related training programs to produce force multipliers and to speed up the reconstruction of typhoon-damaged houses in Negros Occidental. TESDA Regional Director for Western Visayas Jerry G. Tizon, in a phone interview Wednesday, said their central office has already approved the training for 225 slots for Masonry (National Certification) II; Carpentry NC II, with 50 slots; Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) NC II and Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I with 50 slots each; and Plumbing NC I…

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BARMM educ execs condemn killing of district supervisor

Officials of the education department in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Wednesday condemned the killing of schools district supervisor Javier Kumandi Sr. in Tacurong City on January 17. In a statement Wednesday, Minister Mohagher Iqbal of the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE)–BARMM said they wanted justice to be served for the death of Kumandi. “The shooting incident was heart-rending and tragic,” Iqbal said. Kumandi, district supervisor of Pandag, Maguindanao under the MBHTE-BARMM, was killed in an ambush while driving his vehicle in Barangay…

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F2F classes expansion due to ‘high confidence’ from PRRD: DepEd

The expansion of limited face-to-face classes was a result of “high confidence” from President Rodrigo R. Duterte and education stakeholders on the successful pilot implementation in 287 public and private schools nationwide, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Wednesday. In a statement, the DepEd said the pilot implementation from November 15 to December 20 last year gained satisfactory results and positive feedback from learners, teachers and parents. “There was no recorded confirmed Covid-19 case among the 15,683 learners who participated in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes,” the statement…

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DOH detects 332 local, 160 ROF Omicron cases

A total of 492 new cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected from the 714 samples sequenced last January 14, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Wednesday. In a joint statement with the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), the DOH said 115 cases are positive for the Delta variant and one Alpha variant. The Omicron cases composed of 332 local cases and 160 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). The addresses of…

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Omicron continues to sweep world with 18M cases last week: WHO

As Covid-19’s Omicron variant continues sweeping the world with 18 million cases last week, people in countries with low coronavirus vaccination rates are at risk of severe illness and death, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “The number of deaths remains stable for the moment, but we are concerned about the impact Omicron is having on already exhausted health workers and overburdened health systems,” Tedros Ghebreyesus said at a coronavirus webinar. “Make no mistake, Omicron is causing hospitalizations and deaths, and even the less severe…

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Zamboanga City records 413 breakthrough Covid-19 infections

The city health office (CHO) has recorded a total of 413 breakthrough infections of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) this month alone in this city. Dr. Cathy Garcia, CHO assistant head, said Wednesday that all breakthrough cases — 223 females and 190 males — were fully vaccinated. Garcia said the majority of those who have breakthrough infections were aged 21 to 30 years old, totaling 151; while trailing were those aged 31 to 40, with 101 cases. To date, the Zamboanga Task Force Covid-19 data tracker showed that the city…

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Covid-19 cases in Manila on ‘clear’ downward trend: OCTA

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the City of Manila is on a “clear” downward trend, OCTA Research Group said Wednesday. OCTA Research Group member Guido David tweeted that the city’s seven-day average of new cases decreased in one week by 23 percent from 2,152 to 1,658. Manila had 974 fresh cases on Tuesday based on data from the Department of Health (DOH). Image from OCTA Research Group Its reproduction number, the number of individuals a Covid-19 case could infect, has decreased to 1.50. “The downward trend in Manila…

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55% of NCR hotel workers ‘boosted’ vs. Covid-19: DOT

More than half of the hotel workers across Metro Manila have received their booster shots against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Wednesday. Tourism Undersecretary Woodrow Maquiling Jr. said roughly 13,500 out of the 25,386 hotel workers in the region have been given the additional jab, with more expected in the coming days as the government ramps up vaccination amid the rising cases due to the Omicron variant. He added the campaign will be sustained in other parts of the country. In Boracay alone, the…

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La Union records first 2 Omicron cases

The Department of Health Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) confirmed on Wednesday that two localities in La Union have recorded their first cases of Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a phone interview, DOH-CHD-1 Covid-19 focal person Dr. Rheuel Bobis said one of the first two cases of Omicron variant in the province was from Balaoan town. “A 37-year-old male returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) tested positive for Covid-19 on December 19 last year after he underwent reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test, and…

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DILG to LGUs: Convince unvaxxed in checkpoints to get vaccinated

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday urged local government units (LGU) to come up with creative ways to deal with persons unvaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) who are intercepted at checkpoints. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), commended the Taguig LGU under Mayor Lino Cayetano for convincing unvaccinated persons caught at the checkpoints and having them vaccinated immediately at the vaccination sites. “This is a best practice that should be adopted by other LGUs. LGUs may…

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4 nabbed, P1.2-M shabu seized in Zambo City

Lawmen arrested four people, including a member of a local drug syndicate, and seized some PHP1.2 million worth of illegal drugs in two anti-drug operations here, a top police official said Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula director, identified the suspect as Emma Pula, 52, a member of the Abdurajik drug syndicate. The other three suspects were Rasid Ipen, 42; Jorge Dawang, 24; and, Hermie Araneta, 36. Simborio said Pula was arrested in a buy-bust around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday in Purok 9, Barangay Sinunuc. Seized from Pula…

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NegOcc readies contingency plan to reopen 2 Covid-19 hospitals

The Negros Occidental provincial government will reopen its two other district hospitals dedicated to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases once the need arises as more new infections are being recorded since the start of the year. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Wednesday he believes, although it cannot be confirmed yet, the highly transmissible Omicron variant is already in the province and infecting people very fast. “Right now, we have one Covid-19 hospital. If we need to open again the other two, we will open that, depending on the requirement.…

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2 Sorsogon inmates roaming out of jail sans furlough nabbed

An investigation is underway to determine how two inmates supposed to be inside their detention facility in Matnog, Sorsogon were able to freely come in and out of jail. In a statement Wednesday, Brig. Gen. Oliver Enmodias, chief of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), identified the suspects as JR Genablazo and Pedro Garote, who were arrested during an entrapment after being seen onboard a motorcycle without plate number, at the town’s public market on Tuesday. Genablazo and Garote are facing drug and…

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Strawberries help MisOcc farmers recover from pandemic

Larry and Pearly Mansog were married for 26 years and things were already steady with their farm delivering good produce in Barangay Nueva Vista, Don Victoriano Chongbian town of this province. Until the lockdowns due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic have forced many businesses to stop operations that also affected their livelihood. They used to plant and sell highland crops like bell peppers and cabbages, but the profit was not enough compared to what they usually earned before the pandemic. “So, we thought of planting strawberries. We started with…

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3 gun ban violators nabbed in Bulacan

Three individuals were arrested in separate police operations in this province for violating the gun ban on Tuesday. The gun ban is enforced by the Commission on Elections in connection with the May 9 polls. In a police report on Wednesday, Col. Rommel Javier Ochave, acting provincial director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, said the suspects were identified as Kyle Christian Mendones, of Barangay Lias, and Nomer Mendoza, of Barangay Ibayo, both in Marilao town, and Marcelo Yambot, a former barangay watchman of Barangay San Agustin, San Miguel town.…

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House leader seeks expansion of alternative learning system

The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to expand resources and dedicated teachers to the Alternative Learning System (ALS), which has been one of the effective anti-poverty measures of the agency. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said a logical conclusion regarding increased poverty due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic is to expand access to ALS. “The pandemic likely forced many to stop from their classes, and many others will likely have to work to pay off pandemic debts,” Salceda said.…

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SC halts junking of animal rights advocate’s Senate bid

The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) decision turning down the candidacy of a man running for senator. In an order released on Wednesday, the SC en banc, through Deputy Clerk of Court Anna-Li R. Papa-Gombio asked the poll body to halt the implementation of its resolution junking the bid of Norman Cordero Marquez. In its Dec. 13, 2021 resolution, the poll body declared Marquez a “nuisance candidate” and canceled his certificate of candidacy for senator for the May 9,…

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Newly renovated Manila Zoo opens even for unvaxxed

The newly renovated Manila Zoo on Wednesday formally opened to the public, including the unvaxxed visitors as it would also serve as additional coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination site of the city. During the unveiling of the newest Covid-19 vaccination site, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso clarified that even those who have yet to get their Covid-19 vaccines may visit the zoo. “Pwede ka pumunta kahit hindi ka magpabakuna. Gusto natin magbakuna na sila, opportunity to get vaccinated at the same time makapamasyal. As much as possible we would…

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Pangasinan police nabs 4 poll gun ban violators

The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has arrested four election gun ban violators in the different localities in the province from January 9 to 18. In a phone interview on Wednesday, PPPO information officer Lt. Col. Ferdinand de Asis said the violators were nabbed during Oplan Sita in Bolinao, Asingan, and Villasis towns, and San Carlos City. Among the seized firearms were an improvised caliber 5.56 pistol (One Pong), a cal. 38, and a cal. 32 revolver as well as a knife and 21 ammunition of caliber 5.56. Oplan Sita…

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Koronadal folks told to follow protocols amid Covid-19 rise

The city government on Wednesday urged the public anew to adhere to the minimum health standards to avoid a possible lockdown and more stringent coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions. Mayor Eliordo Ogena said on the official Facebook page of the city government that people must take precautionary measures and follow the guidelines of the city government to stop the spread of the disease. “For now let us avoid gatherings especially drinking sessions and gambling to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” Ogena, a lawyer, said. He reminded the public…

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22 Omicron cases in C. Visayas no cause for panic: DOH exec

A Department of Health (DOH) official in Region 7 on Wednesday said there is no reason to panic and hoard medicines amid reports of 22 confirmed cases of the Omicron coronavirus disease (Covid-19) variant in Central Visayas. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist, said in a presser there is already community transmission of the Omicron variant in the region as five out the 22 cases confirmed by the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) are from community samples, while 10 are from overseas Filipino workers, six from the returning Filipino overseas,…

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3-member DOJ panel to probe couple’s death in March 2021 raid

A three-member panel has been assigned to do a preliminary investigation in the case involving the death of couple Ariel and Ana Mariz Lemita-Evangelista in a police operation in Batangas in March last year. Prosecutor Honey Delgado, a spokesperson for the Office of the Prosecutor General, said an order designating a panel of three prosecutors to handle the case was issued Tuesday. “For security reasons, let us not mention the names of our prosecutors,” Delgado said. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) earlier completed its investigation in the case of…

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Baguio logs 2 Omicron cases

The city has recorded its first two cases of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, the Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) said on Wednesday. In a press statement, the DOH-CAR said the first patient was asymptomatic and tested positive for Covid-19 on December 15 and is a close contact of another Covid-19 patient. The patient had no travel history outside the city within the last 14 days before the specimen was collected. The specimen was sent to Philippine Genome Center (PGS) on December 23 for whole genome sequencing (WGS)…

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35 Pangasinan cops test positive for Covid-19

Some 35 police personnel in the province of Pangasinan are among the active cases for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of January 18, according to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO). In a phone interview on Wednesday, PPPO information officer Lt. Col. Ferdinand de Asis said some of them are experiencing symptoms while others are asymptomatic. “They are currently in isolation facilities of their respective local government units but there are no severe or critical cases from among them,” he said. De Asis said the number is a small percentage…

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