Egyptian Prime Minister Reviews Egypt’s Efforts to Face Climate Change During the Fourth Edition of the World Youth Forum

Panel “From Glasgow to Sharm El-Sheikh: Combating Climate Change” SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Egyptian President Abdel Fatah ElSisi attended the main session titled ‘From Glasgow to Sharm El Sheikh: Combating Climate Change’ during the second-day activities of the World Youth Forum, which was held last week in the resort city […]

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McKinsey named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Retail Price Optimization Solutions 2021-22 Vendor Assessment

Periscope by McKinsey’s comprehensive pricing and promotions solution recognized for its end-to-end capability, responsiveness, and customer satisfaction NEW YORK and LONDON, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McKinsey & Company today announced that it has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Retail Price Optimization Solutions 2021-2022 Vendor Assessment (Doc # US48393721, December […]

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Virtru Closes $60M Growth Financing Round Co-Led by ICONIQ Growth and Foundry Capital, with Participation from Tiger Global and MC2

As the world migrates to a Zero Trust cybersecurity model, investors back Virtru to make Trusted Data Format (TDF) the open standard for sharing and protecting sensitive data WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Virtru, a leader in data protection and inventor of the open TDF standard, today announced that it has raised $60 million […]

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Madison Realty Capital Completes Record 2021 with $6.4 Billion in Transaction Volume Across 72 Deals and Raises Largest Debt Fund Ever at $2.08 Billion

Additional Highlights Include Launch of New $500 Million Hospitality Lending Platform New York, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Realty Capital, a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced the completion of one of the most active years in the firm’s 17-year history.  2021’s notable […]

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UAB announces first clinical-grade transplant of gene-edited pig kidneys into brain-dead human

UAB announces the first clinical-grade transplant of gene-edited pig kidneys into brain-dead human NEWS HIGHLIGHTS UAB researchers have achieved several world’s firsts with pig-to-human kidney transplant: First peer-reviewed/published study of a genetically modified pig kidney transplanted into the body of a brain-dead human recipient First such study on a pig-to-human kidney transplant using genetically modified kidneys […]

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Sweegen Praises New Framework on Stevia Technology By International Food Safety Authority

Sets Global Example on Standards for Countries Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sweegen’s health and wellness commitment through global sugar reduction solutions became stronger after Codex Alimentarius (Codex), the international food standard safety authority, recently adopted the specifications for all four stevia technologies, including Sweegen’s bioconversion. “The new Codex framework […]

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Japan gives $4.2-M for shelter, health response to Odette-hit PH

Japan and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have exchanged diplomatic notes for a USD4.2 million (approximately PHP215.9 million) project that would provide shelter kits, health clinic support, and medical equipment to provinces heavily affected by Typhoon Odette that battered several parts of the Philippines last year. “Japan, in light of the amicable relations with the Philippines, intends to closely coordinate with the Philippines for the earliest recovery of the affected areas,” the Embassy said Thursday. The project is part of Tokyo’s USD13 million (approximately PHP663 million) Emergency Grant Aid…

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House leader calls for suspension of online bank transfer fees

A leader of the House of Representatives on Thursday called for a moratorium on the collection of online bank transfer fees amid the surge of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases. Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and banking community should work together to help Filipinos affected by the surge in new infections, which prompted some banks to close or limit operating hours and the public to resort to electronic banking. Herrera said it is only proper for banks to continue providing relief to their distressed customers…

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NegOr health exec sounds alarm on rapid rise in Covid-19 cases

Health authorities in Negros Oriental are appealing to residents, especially senior citizens and young children, to stay at home to stem the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as cases in Negros Oriental have risen exponentially in the past three weeks. Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser on Wednesday afternoon, said the rapid increase in active infections is becoming a concern in the province and is most likely due to the highly-transmissible Omicron variant. “From a low of 24 active cases at the start…

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Eastern Visayas posts record-high new Covid-19 cases

Eastern Visayas recorded 879 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases with a positivity rate of 69 percent, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic broke out, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday. Of the 1,275 samples examined by three laboratories in the region, 879 turned positive for Covid-19. This city, the regional capital, has the most number of new cases at 180, followed by Eastern Samar with 121. The number of cases, according to the Department of Health Eastern Visayas regional information officer Jelyn Lopez-Malibago, has been…

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Fewer Filipinos expect decline in income amid pandemic: survey

Fewer Filipinos are seeing a decline in household income in the future amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, according to a TransUnion survey released Thursday. Based on the TransUnion Philippines Consumer Pulse Study for the fourth quarter of 2021, the number of respondents that expect lower household income in the future declined by 8 percentage points to 46 percent. “There is a belief that vaccinations are a possible contributing factor to a growing optimistic economic outlook,” TransUnion said in a statement. With a total of 1,089 Filipinos surveyed from…

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DOH, UNFPA ensure medical services, protection for women

The Department of Health (DOH), along with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has expressed concern that the rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases and the destruction left by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao, would affect pregnant women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies, and victims of domestic violence. In a news release Wednesday, the DOH said reports of women in labor being turned away from hospitals due to overcapacity have appeared in the media. It said as hospital capacity increases due to Covid-19 patients and the possible…

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4 areas put under stricter Alert Level 4; 15 more shift to 3

Kalinga, Ifugao, Mountain Province, and Northern Samar will be under the stricter Covid-19 Alert Level 4 starting January 21, Malacañang announced Thursday. “The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved on Thursday, January 20, 2022, the escalation of Kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province in the Cordillera Administrative Region, as well as the province of Northern Samar, to Alert Level 4,” it said in a statement. An escalation to Alert Level 4 means that an area has reached more than 70 percent in healthcare utilization rate, and alarmingly high two-week growth and average…

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Iloilo hospitals urged to prioritize severe Covid cases

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. on Thursday said hospitals should be dedicated to severe patients of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid) to avoid overwhelming the province’s health care system. In his regular press conference on Thursday, the governor said that the province has been expecting a surge in cases since last year and it is currently happening. “We are at it. This is the surge that we have been adjusting since December,” he said. However, with the manifestation of the cases, which is increasing fast, then the province needs to adjust,…

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Vax in pharmas to help Marikina hit daily booster shots target

The accredited pharmacy for the “Resbakuna sa Botika” program in Marikina City is expected to serve a maximum of 200 recipients daily, Mayor Marcy Teodoro said on Thursday. During the program’s launch at the Southstar Drug branch in Barangay Concepcion Uno, Teodoro said the program will help achieve the city’s target of administering 10,000 booster doses daily. “In addition to this, inaasahan natin ang ginagawa dito sa Southstar Drugstore na Resbakuna ay magiging halimbawa o panimula para sa iba pang pharmacy o drugstore sa Marikina (We hope what is being…

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DTI chief says vaccination saves lives, jobs

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez believes that vaccines will not only save lives during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic but also jobs for Filipinos. During the launch of “Resbakuna sa Botika” at Southstar Drug in Marikina City Thursday, Lopez highlighted the critical role of vaccines in helping the economy to remain open despite the surge in Covid-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. “We now see in Omicron, cases increased to 35,000 but only below 2,000 are severe and critical. During Delta (surge), that immediately…

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Bago City Hall disinfected after spike in Covid-19 cases

The City of Bago in Negros Occidental, just south of this provincial capital, has suspended work in offices under the local government unit for four days starting Thursday for disinfection of the City Hall and its annex buildings. Mayor Nicholas Yulo issued Executive Order (EO) 6 providing for alternative work arrangements of all employees during the period, except for offices rendering essential services. “There (are) significant symptoms of Covid-19 afflictions among the government employees of the City of Bago thus, to ensure that public service delivery is not prejudiced, there…

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DOH expands detection of vax-preventable diseases with 7 new labs

The Department of Health (DOH) is establishing seven subnational laboratories (SNLs) for the detection of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) in the Philippines. In a news release Thursday, the DOH said the SNLs, located in various regions of the country, lay the foundation of a public health laboratory network for the timely confirmation of infectious diseases and a more efficient response to outbreaks. The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided over PHP36 million worth of laboratory equipment and supplies. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III received the donations in a turnover ceremony Thursday…

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QC hires more contact tracers to combat Covid-19 surge

The Quezon City government hired 350 additional contact tracers to better fight the Covid-19 surge, Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Thursday. Belmonte said the contact tracers, who were part of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) contact tracing program, will be employed under the emergency employment program of the city’s Public Emergency and Services Office (PESO). “The additional contact tracers were already part of our contact tracing army until December 31 of last year under contract with the DILG. But since we still need their services, especially…

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Suspected drug pusher killed, 9 others nabbed in Bulacan

A suspected drug peddler was killed and nine others were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted by the Bulacan police in this province on Wednesday. In a police report on Thursday, Col. Rommel Javier Ochave, acting Bulacan police provincial director, said the slain suspect was identified as Rolando Hallasgo alias “Tisoy”, resident of Barangay Muzon in the City of San Jose del Monte. “The suspect opened fire at the police operatives after the consummated drug transaction at about 10:55 p.m. prompting the law enforcers to fire back which resulted in…

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Exemption of essential workers not ‘new policy’, DOTr clarifies

Exempting essential workers from the “no vaccine, no ride” policy in public transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR) has been part of the order since it began on Monday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified Thursday. In a statement, the DOTr said exemptions to the policy were for those with medical conditions that prevent full Covid-19 vaccination and those who will acquire essential goods and services which includes work. “Ang pagbibigay po ng exemption sa mga essential workers ay hindi bagong protocol na ipinatupad matapos simulan ang implementasyon ng…

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DOJ indicts 9 cops in killing of Calbayog mayor

Nine police officers are set to face criminal charges over the killing of Calbayog City, Samar Mayor Ronaldo Aquino and some of his staff members in March last year. In a statement Thursday, DOJ spokesperson Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-VIllar said the panel of prosecutors conducting the preliminary investigation resolved to file criminal charges in court against Lt. Col. Harry Sucayre, Maj. Shyrile Tan, Capt. Dino Goles, Lt. Julio Armeza Jr., Staff Sgt. Neil Cebu, Staff Sgt. Edsel Omega, Staff Sgt. Randy Merelos, Cpl. Julius Garcia, Pat. Niño Salem and several John…

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PH logs 31K new infections, 26K recoveries

The Department of Health (DOH) logged 31,173 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections and 26,298 new recoveries Thursday. Active cases increased to 275,364 while total recoveries jumped to 2,995,961, or 90.1 percent of the 3,324,478 infections recorded since the pandemic started in March 2020. Thursday’s fresh cases tally is higher than Wednesday’s 22,958. Among the active cases, 262,168 are mild, 2,979 are moderate, 8,424 are asymptomatic, 1,488 are severe, and 305 are critical. “Of the 31,173 reported cases today, 29,708 (95 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days — Jan.…

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PH to focus on Pfizer, Moderna for pediatric vaccination

The government will prioritize the use of Pfizer and Moderna brands of Covid-19 vaccines for the country’s pediatric vaccination program, National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., said Thursday. “We have decided na yung other vaccine lang like yung Moderna and Pfizer iko-concentrate namin yun sa tinatawag nating (We have decided that the other vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer will be concentrated to the) pediatric vaccination, considering that it will also be used as boosters for 12 to 17 years old,” Galvez, also the…

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Zambo City reaches 80.31% fully vax status

A total of 557,957 individuals have been fully vaccinated since the vaccination program against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) rolled out in March 2021 in this city, the local health office reported Thursday. In a statement, the city health office (CHO) said the number represents 80.31 percent of the total target eligible population of 694,696 to be inoculated. It said majority of the fully vaccinated individuals are frontline personnel in the essential sector who belong to the A4 priority group with 142,025. The A4 group is followed by the indigent population…

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Baguio’s active Covid-19 infections mostly mild, asymptomatic

Despite the continued surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, the Department of Health in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) said more than half of the region’s active cases are mild and asymptomatic. In its latest Covid-19 tracker as of Wednesday night, the DOH-CAR said this translates to 5,684 out of 8,307 active case tally — 2,569 of whom are asymptomatic while 3,115 have mild symptoms. Of the total, 76 are classified as cases with moderate symptoms, 18 are critical and 2,529 are for verification. DOH-CAR assistant regional director and…

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570 unvaxxed commuters get Covid-19 jabs in QC

A total of 570 unvaccinated commuters apprehended in Quezon City have received their first dose of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs since the implementation of the “no vaccination, no ride” policy on Monday. In a statement Wednesday night, Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city’s law enforcement cluster, led by Task Force Disiplina, the Philippine National Police’s Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic have conducted joint operations since the new policy limiting the movement of unvaccinated individuals was implemented. She said commuters…

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Legazpi bishop issues new guidelines for church activities

Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi on Thursday issued an updated guideline on church activities as a measure to help prevent a surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Based on Diocesan Circular No. 2, Series of 2022, parishes must follow the 30-percent church capacity from the previous 50 percent. “We shall also observe very limited church activities. Children below 12 years old are not yet permitted inside the church. Hence, there will be no celebration of First Communion for now. Rather, they are advised to stay at home…

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Zambo City cops distribute face masks to street dwellers

Cops here distributed Thursday face masks to street dwellers who were caught without the protective gear against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Col. Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, led the distribution of the face masks around the city as he reminded the public anew of the threat by the Covid-19 Omicron variant. “I urge you to fully support and cooperate with the police in the implementation of health safety protocols,” Lorenzo told the street dwellers. Around 5:10 a.m. Thursday, Lorenzo inspected the duty personnel at Pasonanca Park…

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Virgin coconut oil helps in mild Covid-19 relief

An official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Thursday said the study on the effectiveness of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as an adjunct therapy for Covid-19 showed that it has helped in the symptom’s relief and faster recovery of clinical trial participants. “Base sa community (based clinical) trials ng DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) sa Sta. Rosa (Laguna), kung saan nilalagay nila ang VCO sa pagkain ng mga participants na mild Covid cases bilang dagdag sa standard na pangangalaga, nababawasan ang mga sintomas ng mild Covid…

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Health care workers’ benefits to continue in 2022: DOH

In recognition of their efforts to respond to the pandemic, the provision of Covid-19 benefits to health care workers (HCWs) will continue in 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. The DOH was allocated PHP1.08 billion in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2022 for the grant of sickness and death benefits to health care workers who contracted Covid-19 in the line of duty. In a news release, the DOH said it would be issuing a joint administrative order with the Department of Budget and Management on the guidelines for…

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Unfazed by pandemic, BARMM lawmaker aid orphans, indigents

Amid threats posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), an orphaned lawmaker of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has continued her humanitarian works for the indigents in the region, including children at orphanages. Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament Member Susana S. Anayatin said being an orphan herself, she has her heart close to the children who lost their parents at a young age. She drew her advocacy from a quote from Mother Theresa of Calcutta on feeding the needy. “I am inspired by this quote from Mother…

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Home-bound persons exempt from ‘no vax, no ride’ policy: DOTr

Individuals going home—whether bound for Metro Manila or away to a province—are now exempt from the “no vaccine, no ride” policy in public transportation in the National Capital Region (NCR). In a Viber message to reporters, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said returning home is considered “essential travel” and will be allowed for those unvaccinated, whether traveling alone or with their children, in all means of public transportation. “Kung may proof na palabas o papasok ng Metro Manila para umuwi sa kanilang permanenteng tirahan, allowed ‘yon…

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NBP maximum security compound chief relieved

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday ordered the relief of the acting superintendent of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)’s Maximum Security Compound (MSC) where four persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) escaped on Monday morning. In an order signed by Corrections Technical (CT) Chief Supt. John Paul Santos, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) acting director for administration, MSC acting superintendent, CT Supt. Arnold Guzman was relieved from his post but will remain as deputy chief of the bureau’s Supply Division. CT Supt. Roy Villasis was designated as acting superintendent of the…

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Village chief falls in Surigao City drug buy-bust

Anti-narcotics operatives arrested a barangay captain during a buy-bust in Surigao City, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Caraga (PDEA-13) said on Wednesday. In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, PDEA-13 Information Officer Dindo Abellanosa identified the suspect as Barangay Captain Luther Elumba of Togbonon. He said Elumba was arrested during a buy-bust by the PDEA-13 with the support of the Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office and Surigao City Police Station on Tuesday. “Elumba was arrested at his residence in Purok 3 of the same barangay,” Abellanosa said.…

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Bacolod cops seize P1-M ‘shabu’ in 3-day sting ops

Various drug enforcement teams of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) have arrested five persons and seized suspected shabu with an estimated street value of PHP1.02 million in four separate buy-bust operations in the past three days. On Wednesday afternoon, operatives of Police Station 4 arrested Arnel “Egeg” Cordova, 34, in Purok Mabinuligon, Barangay 19. At about 5:15 p.m., Cordova, a high-value individual (HVI), sold PHP500 of the prohibited substance to an undercover policeman. He also yielded 20 grams of shabu found inside a coin purse valued at PHP136,000. Earlier…

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2 suspects in ambush of ex-Pangasinan governor nabbed in Bulacan

Authorities have arrested two most wanted individuals who are suspects in the foiled ambush of former Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. In a phone interview on Thursday, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) information officer Lt. Col. Ferdinand de Asis identified the suspects as Cesar Agbayani, 67, and his brother Ernesto, 61, both residents of Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The suspects were arrested Wednesday night at the vicinity of Petron gas station, North Luzon Expressway Exit, Old Iba Road in Meycauayan, Bulacan, by virtue of a warrant of arrest for the crime…

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PDEA destroys P5.3-B drugs, awaits court nod on more disposal ops

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) renewed its call for local courts to expedite the issuance of orders allowing it to proceed with the immediate destruction of seized illegal drugs, as it burned about PHP5.3 billion worth of illegal drugs in Trece Martires City, Cavite on Thursday. “Dapat at this time dapat makakapag-destroy sana tayo ng 1.2 tons of shabu. Kaya lang, yung 500 kilos na nahuli natin sa pinakamalaking nahuli natin sa Zambales ay wala pang court order para ma-destroy (By this time, we should be destroying 1.2 tons…

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HR Defenders bill ‘dangerous’: NTF-ELCAC

The National Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Thursday expressed its opposition anew to the Human Rights Defenders bill, describing it as “dangerous” and potentially “unconstitutional”. The statement comes after the House of Representatives approved the bill on third and final reading last Monday, with 200 affirmative votes, zero negative, and no abstention. House Bill 10576 or the Human Rights Defenders Protection Act seeks to grant human rights defenders the right to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms; form groups, associations, and organizations; solicit, receive,…

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Bicol police chief orders probe on 2 inmates roaming out of jail

The head of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 (Bicol) on Thursday ordered the Sorsogon police to conduct a thorough investigation on how two inmates who were supposed to be inside their detention facility in Matnog town, were able to freely come in and out of jail. “We have laws and rules to be followed in handling ‘person(s) under police custody’, kaya naman akin nang ipinag-utos na tingnan mabuti at alamin ang naging pagkukulang ng mga kapulisan na nakatalaga sa Matnog MPS (that’s why I ordered a thorough investigation to…

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NPA anti-personnel mines recovered in Eastern Samar

Police recovered on Jan. 19 four anti-personnel mines (APMs) in the mountains of Giporlos, Eastern Samar, stalling possible terrorist attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA). Joint operatives from the Eastern Samar police provincial office and Giporlos police station recovered the landmines on Wednesday morning in the vicinity of upland Huknan village in Giporlos town, police said in its report released on Thursday. The intelligence-driven operation was done through information from a former rebel who helped the operatives locate the APMs beside a river just four kilometers away from a…

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NegOcc police reactivates provincial media security task force

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) has reactivated the local media security task force to ensure protection for journalists and media workers during the coverage of the May 2022 elections. Lt. Abegael Donasco, public information officer of NOCPPO, said on Thursday she has been designated as the focal or point person, who will receive and monitor reports on media workers in danger as well as oversee and monitor media-related violence. “If there are threats, although I hope there will be none or anything that puts your security or safety…

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DAR gives ‘Buhay sa Gulay’ starter kits in Kidapawan

The Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) office in North Cotabato gave farming starter kits to a farmer’s group in Kidapawan City to help its members start a sustainable livelihood project. Rodolfo Alburo, provincial agrarian reform program officer, said Thursday the recipient organization was the Amazion Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) Association in this city. “This DAR-assisted organization has received the aid through the DAR’s ‘Buhay sa Gulay’ project,” Alburo said in an interview with reporters here. He said the organization was provided with starter kits consisting of vegetable seeds and gardening…

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Bills promoting senior citizens’ welfare hurdle House panel

A House of Representatives panel on Thursday approved several bills seeking to promote the welfare of senior citizens in the country. The House Special Committee on Senior Citizens, chaired by Senior Citizens Party-list Rep. Rodolfo Ordanes, passed House Bill 8424, mandating all local government units to set aside at least 1 percent of their total budget for programs, projects, and activities exclusive for senior citizens. In his opening remarks, Ordanes said there are about 12 million senior citizens, or 11 percent of the country’s close to 110 million population. “While…

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TESDA eyes 70K scholars in Western Visayas this year

Around 50,000 to 70,000 scholars are expected to benefit from the various trainings that will be conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Western Visayas this year. Regional Director Jerry G. Tizon, in an interview Thursday, said they are looking forward to an increase in their almost PHP1 billion scholarship budget last year so they can have more scholars. “Hopefully this year our scholarship allocation will increase further so we can help more. I believe with the special commitment of our central office to legislative partners,…

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RCEP aligns with PH economic reforms: AmCham

The American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) has joined the call for the immediate concurrence of the Senate on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), saying the trade deal is aligned with the government’s economic reforms and programs. In a statement Thursday, AmCham said RCEP complements the existing reforms by the administration to facilitate a more conducive business environment amid the pandemic. “The entry into force of RCEP for the Philippines complements the country’s programs and policies for the resurgence of manufacturing sector, including incentives provided for by…

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DepEd suspends pilot face-to-face classes in Antique

The implementation of the face-to-face classes in three pilot schools in Antique has been suspended effective Jan. 17 after the classification of the province was escalated to Alert Level 3. “With the province placed under Alert Level 3 due to the rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covd-19), our DepEd School Superintendent Felisa Beriong gave instruction to temporarily suspend the face-to-face classes in the pilot schools for the safety of the learners,” said Evelyn Remo, chief of the Antique Schools Division Office (SDO) Governance and Operations Division, in an interview Thursday. With…

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‘Odette’-hit farmers, fisherfolk get P3-B worth of interventions

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has so far released a total of PHP3 billion worth of agricultural interventions to aid farmers and fisherfolk affected by Typhoon Odette last month. “For the last two weeks of January, the DA has been doubling its efforts in the distribution of these interventions to farmers and fishers who have been heavily affected by the typhoon,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a news release on Thursday. Of the PHP3 billion, PHP1 billion came from DA’s Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected…

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Vax policy in F2F classes aims to protect, not discriminate

The Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday its requirement of coronavirus vaccination for teaching and non-teaching personnel who will participate in limited face-to-face classes is to prevent the spread of the virus, not a discrimination. In a statement, the DepEd said such policy is a way of preventing the spread of Covid-19 in schools and DepEd offices for the protection of learners, clients and employees. “The said policy does not and is not intended to unjustly discriminate against any DepEd employee who chooses not to be vaccinated,” it said. It…

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