CasperLabs Mints ‘Agreement NFT’ With China’s BSN To Become Preferred Blockchain for the City of Fuzhou

Fuzhou, city of 8 million, will leverage an Open Permissioned Blockchain (OPB) Adaptation of The Casper Network in an NFT-based agreement between CasperLabs and BSN to bolster blockchain innovation in China ZUG, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CasperLabs, a leading blockchain software company for the enterprise market is pleased to announce a partnership […]

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Cambodia-Based Harrods International Academy & Renford International School Join Global Schools Foundation

The not-for-profit GSF is known for operating internationally award-winning schools. Its related entity, Global Schools Holdings (GSH), drives the internationalisation and growth. PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Singapore-based Global Schools Foundation (GSF) announced that the reputed Waterbridge Global Education Co. Ltd., which owns and operates a network of five highly acclaimed […]

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Indonesia’s Wooden Frame Manufacturer Astari Niagara Recognised as Outstanding Supplier by Large US Retailers After Streamlining Operations With Nimbly

This partnership with Nimbly enables the company to optimise production and adhere to strict international standards Livia Geraldine, CMO of Astari Niagara JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nimbly Technologies today announced that Indonesia’s largest, award-winning wooden frame manufacturer, Astari Niagara, implemented Nimbly to digitalise their operations. With this, the company is able […]

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ROBOTS ACHIEVE HISTORIC UNMANNED UNDERGROUND MINE INSPECTION

Partners Australian Droid and Robot, PBE Group, and Rajant Reach 1.7 KM to Reclaim and Restore Operations for Collapsed Limestone Mine Protecting Lives and Jobs Malvern, Pennsylvania (USA), Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rajant Corporation, the exclusive provider of Kinetic Mesh® wireless networks, and its technology partners Australian Droid and Robot (ADR) and PBE […]

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Expereo Launches SD-WAN Gateways

Expanding its managed services portfolio AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Expereo, the leading global provider of managed Internet, SD-WAN, SASE, and Cloud Access solutions, announces the launch of SD-WAN Gateways. This new service boosts the SD-WAN performance for enterprises with a global footprint to support their multi-cloud strategies and increase application […]

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Roque wants supplemental budget for ‘Odette’ victims

Senatorial candidate Harry Roque said he would push for the passage of a supplemental budget for the victims of Typhoon Odette to speed up house reconstruction and augment livelihood assistance in the affected areas. In a media statement on Friday, Roque pointed out that an additional budget would help the residents rebuild whatever they lost, including employment, from the typhoon. Roque said he would prioritize the legislation of the supplemental budget if elected to the Senate after the May 2022 national elections. On Thursday, Roque visited Barangay Bongtod in Tandag…

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BSP 28-day Bills’ rate drop anew as demand remains strong

Normalization of domestic liquidity after the Christmas holidays continues to drive demand for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) 28-day Bills, which posted another interest rate decline on Friday. Data released by the central bank showed that weighted average accepted yield of the debt securities, which is among the BSP’s excess liquidity mopping tools, slipped to 1.7053 percent from 1.7298 percent during the auction last January 14. BSP offered the debt paper for PHP100 billion and the auction committee made a full award. Total tenders amounted to PHP174.223 billion while…

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MisOr to build P90-M sports oval facility

The provincial government of Misamis Oriental will pursue its construction of a PHP90-million worth track and field oval facility in Balingasag town of the province as part of its sports development program. In a statement Friday, the provincial government said the fund will be sourced from the Special Education Fund of the provincial Local School Board and built within the compound of the Balingasag Central School. Jerome Mundo, head of the provincial public employment service office, said the facility was Governor Yevgeny Vicente Emano’s plan so the youth may not…

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Strengthening food supply depends on budget: BFAR exec

The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) could use more financial backing to support its vision to achieve food security even as it defended the plan to import fish to address shortage. DA Undersecretary for Agri-Industrialization and Fisheries Cheryl Natividad-Caballero said in an interview Friday that BFAR received lower funds compared to other agricultural agencies. Thus, the goal to intensify fish production is limited and will depend on the given budget. “The Secretary (William Dar) has spoken and we cannot underestimate his wisdom. As head of the…

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Terrorists will benefit from HR Defenders bill: group

A civic organization has expressed opposition to House Bill (HB) No. 10576, also known as the Human Rights Defenders Bill, saying it was drafted to protect human rights offenders like communist terrorist groups (CTGs). In a statement issued on Thursday, the group Hands Off Our Children (HOOC) said if the bill is approved, CTG front organizations such as Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights and the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, which defends Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) officials, would “defend” their distorted version of human rights.…

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WTTC Global Summit in Manila moved to April 2022

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that its 21st Global Summit will take place from April 20 to 22 in Manila. The travel event, originally slated in March, is expected to draw more than 600 tourism executives from across the world. It will be hosted in-person, with a global audience joining virtually. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the summit would be a “significant opportunity” for the Philippines to showcase the preparations it has put in place for the country’s eventual reopening to international visitors. “Tourism has always…

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7 Antique LGUs extend renewal of business permits

Seven local government units (LGUs) in Antique, including this capital town, have extended the deadline for the renewal of business permits. Department of the Interior and Local Government – Antique director Cherryl P. Tacda said in an interview the municipalities of San Jose de Buenavista, Anini-y, Caluya, Sibalom, Sebaste, Barbaza, and Valderrama have extended their deadlines effective Friday. Anini-y extended the renewal of business permits until February 10; Caluya, February 15; Sibalom, February 20; Sebaste, February 28; and Barbaza and Valderrama, March 31. “The municipality of San Jose de Buenavista…

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PH economic growth seen at 5% in 2021; 7.5% in 2022

The Philippine economy is seen to have expanded by 5 percent in 2021 and is forecast to grow by 7.5 percent this year, an economist of Standard Chartered Bank said Friday. Both gross domestic product (GDP) projections are within the inter-agency Development Budget and Coordination Committee’s (DBCC) assumption of a 5 percent to 5.5 percent expansion for last year and a 7 percent to 9 percent assumption for 2022. In a virtual briefing, Jonathan Kho, Standard Chartered Bank economist for Asia and the Philippines, said the projected quarter-on-quarter output for…

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P245-M Pampanga bypass road project to finish this January

The PHP245.43-million bypass road in this province designed to provide an alternative route for motorists coming from Magalang to Angeles City and vice versa, is expected to be completed by the end of this month. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) acting Secretary Roger G. Mercado personally inspected on Friday the ongoing Angeles-Magalang bypass road project which is now on its final stage. Started in 2019, the project includes the development of two-lane and four-lane roads with a total length of 2.605 kilometers, of which 1,080 kilometers are already…

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Media workers more secured under PTFoMS vanguards

Ahead of the campaign period for the 2022 national and local elections, the government initiated a novel approach to protect media workers and journalists with the launch of the Media Security Vanguards (MSVs) of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Friday. During the virtual ceremony and press conference, more than 500 Public Information Officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) all over the country, led by PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba, were formally designated as MSVs to protect the life, liberty, and security of all…

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More growth centers seen to rise in Bacolod City

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said more growth centers will rise across the city, where several structures are being constructed and planned for various purposes. “We want to spread the development of Bacolod. We don’t want to get crowded [in one area],” Leonardia said in an interview on Friday. Growth Center means areas with the potential to grow and accommodate the growth, and to pursue orderly development. These areas are situated in properties donated by prominent families for use by the local government, totaling 18 hectares of prime properties, the latest of…

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Pag-IBIG releases record P1-B housing loans in 2021

The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) last year financed PHP100.8 billion worth of housing loans, the highest ever released by the agency in a year despite the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, who also heads the 10-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees, said the in-home loan disbursements contributed to the economic recovery efforts of the government. “While the country is still facing challenges caused by the pandemic, I am happy to report that Pag-IBIG released more than PHP100 billion…

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NTF-ELCAC funded roads in Antique near completion

The construction of local access road projects funded under the Barangay Development Program (BDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in two municipalities of Antique is underway. The BDP is a flagship program of the NTF-ELCAC with the end goal of bringing development to former conflict-prone communities. Antique Provincial Engineer Inocencio Dajao on Friday said construction for the two projects started early December last year, although groundbreaking was held on December 15. Drainage system has been installed to prevent flooding on the roadside, which…

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Juice drinks made from indigenous crops being developed

A collaborative research and development project exploring the development of ready-to-drink juices made from indigenous crops will be funded and supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). In a taped report aired on Friday, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the agency will provide funding and technical assistance for the project of the Lyceum of the Philippines University and Vinoca Manufacturing, which processes natural drinks. Lyceum and Vinoca researchers aim to develop the juices out of green carabao mango, mint, and yacon, a root tube plant that…

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PCG gets 6.3K liters of seized unmarked fuel from DOF

he Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday thanked Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III for approving the donation of 6,357.8 liters of unmarked fuel that were seized by the Bureau of Customs in Arayat, Pampanga in September last year. In a statement, PCG spokesperson, Commodore Armando Balilo said the donation would “significantly aid” their ongoing humanitarian and disaster response operations through “Task Force Kalinga”. Balilo said PCG vessels and air assets have so far transported 1,637.3 tons of relief goods to areas heavily affected by the typhoon. “Moreover,…

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Modern agro practices highlight 2022 plans for MisOr technoparks

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) has begun laying down the foundation for its proposed “technoparks” in Misamis Oriental province, with enhanced innovative agricultural practices and urban farming being the project’s highlights. In an interview Friday, Angelie Azcuna-Collera, USTP’s head of Center for Human Development (CHD) and convenor of the Gulayan sa Kabalayan (GSK), said the Claveria campus in Claveria, Misamis Oriental has already proposed the “Agropolis” Science and Technology (S&T) park. “The GSK project falls under the Agropolis S&T Park that promotes food security in…

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BARMM educ office to resume F2F classes in select areas

Education officials in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), backed by other government agencies in the region, are gearing up for the resumption of in-person classes next month. “A series of meetings and consultations with various sectors in the region led to this decision for limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in selected pilot schools,” Minister Mohagher Iqbal of the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) – BARMM, said in an interview here Friday. He said it took some seven months for school officials and administrators to come…

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Solon seeks implementation of low-interest student loans program

A lawmaker on Friday pushed for the full implementation of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) under the Free College Tuition Law, which is a low-interest student loans program, in which, students will amortize their tuition loans only when they reach a certain income level. In a statement, Albay Representative Joey Salceda said the scheme will ensure that every student can go to any private school they choose as long as they pass the admission requirements of that school. He noted that there are private school programs, especially in top…

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LGUs’ data on unvaxxed to help identify areas needing more jabs

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday cited the need to consolidate the number of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to determine the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs needed in a certain area. In a Laging Handa briefing, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño said this is among the reasons why village officials have been ordered to do an inventory of unvaccinated persons. Citing that some persons were already vaccinated outside of their localities, he said this can help identify areas that have an…

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Masbate police intel chief dies in accidental firing

A police intelligence officer died when his service pistol reportedly accidentally fell and went off while preparing his uniform and paraphernalia at his residence in Mobo, Masbate province Thursday night. The police officer was identified as Lt. Col. Steve dela Rosa, Police Intelligence Unit (PIU) chief of the Masbate police provincial office, according to Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 (Bicol), in a report on Friday. At around 10:45 p.m., the victim was said to be in his room at their house in Barangay…

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Confidence in gov’t vaccination program rises: survey

The latest survey that showed increased confidence in Covid-19 vaccines means Filipinos have realized the benefits of getting inoculated, especially amid the current spike in cases and the emergence of more transmissible variants, according to National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., on Friday. The latest data from a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted on Dec. 12 to 16, 2021 showed that only 8 percent from among the 1,440 adult Filipinos who participated in the poll said they do not want to get vaccinated against Covid-19,…

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Soccsksargen’s Covid-19 infections mostly mild, asymptomatic

Despite the spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, the Department of Health (DOH) 12 (Soccsksargen) said most of the region’s active cases are mild and asymptomatic. In a press briefing here Friday, Dr. Edver Jane Montañer, DOH-12 immunization coordinator, said the increasing number of vaccinations in the region is seen as among the factors for the low rate of severe cases. “Please continue having yourselves vaccinated,” Montañer said. In its Covid-19 tracker report on Thursday, the DOH-12 said out of the total 1,432 total active cases in the region,…

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Returning Pinoys recovering from Covid-19 allowed to enter PH

Malacañang on Friday said returning Filipinos who have recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) but still test positive in the required pre-departure reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests would be allowed to enter the country subject to certain conditions. In a press briefing, Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles cited Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 158, which allows the entry of Filipinos arriving from abroad if they present the following requirements: -A positive RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to the date or time of departure from…

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QC expands Covid-19 testing with 100K antigen kits

The Quezon City government acquired 100,000 rapid antigen test kits to further control the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) chief, Dr. Rolando Cruz, said Friday the local government is collaborating with the Philippine Red Cross while local officials and philanthropists conduct free rapid antigen testing in communities daily. As of Wednesday, there are 17 community-based testing centers. An antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) starts with the collection of a sample of mucus from the back of…

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HR Defenders bill undermines efforts to end local armed conflict

The proposed Human Rights Defenders bill is nothing but a tool to “undermine” the government’s security forces and efforts to end the local community armed conflict, the Western Visayas Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF6-ELCAC) said on Friday. Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Flosemer Chris Gonzales, spokesperson for RTF6-ELCAC, called it a “desperate bid” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) to derail the gains of the national TF-ELCAC and the Filipino people. “It is an affront and an insult to all of…

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88% of Covid-19 deaths in C. Visayas unvaxxed: DOH-7

The Department of Health (DOH) 7 (Central Visayas) said Friday it is sending vaccine doses to medical facilities here after it was reported that 88 percent of the patients who died of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in government-run hospitals were unvaccinated. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 chief pathologist, said in a Visayas Vaccination Operations Center briefer that based on a report from the DOH-run hospitals from January 1 to 19, out of 49 fatalities due to the virus, 43 have not received a dose of the vaccine. “That’s why…

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Army official vows to complete mission vs. Reds before ‘deadline’

A top-ranking military official has vowed an intensified drive against insurgency along with his counterparts in the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Region 3 (Central Luzon) to finish its mission and objectives “within the time frame”. Maj. Gen. Andrew D. Costelo, commander of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division (7ID), cited the need to intensify efforts in the conduct of collaborative activities with national government agencies and engaging more with the communities to defeat local communist armed conflict. “We are already in the stage…

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150 more cops deployed to Cebu City amid surge in Covid-19 cases

At least 150 cops from the Regional Police Office-Central Visayas (PRO-7) will serve as augmentation force in this capital city amid a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, prompting the local police to reinstitute strict health protocols. Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) deputy director for operations, Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, said in a presser on Friday the additional police officers they requested from PRO-7 will be deployed to the front-line in the fight against Covid-19, focusing on strict enforcement of the minimum health standards. “They are solely intended for…

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’Media security vanguards’ to protect journos vs. poll violence

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Friday officially launched its “media security vanguards” who will be assigned to protect journalists from threats of violence, discrimination, misinformation, and corruption ahead of the elections in May. In his speech at the virtual launch, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año stressed that the media has a sacred duty to perform its tasks “that cannot be curbed by doubts, fear, harassment or intimidation to tell the truth to the people.’’ With the continuous election-related violent incidents,…

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6th most wanted in Zamboanga Peninsula nabbed

Lawmen arrested in an operation in Basilan province on Friday a former soldier listed as the sixth most wanted person in the Zamboanga Peninsula, a top police official said. Col. Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, identified the arrested person as Abdul Yaser, 41, a dismissed soldier. Lorenzo said Yaser was arrested in a law enforcement operation by way of a warrant of arrest around 1:37 a.m. Friday in Barangay Tandong Ahas, Lamitan City, Basilan. Lorenzo said Yaser has standing warrants of arrest for murder, two counts of…

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Covid-19 vaccines may be out in PH market by 2023

Vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid 19) may be made available commercially in the Philippine market by 2023. The government, however, will still provide free shots to children, senior citizens, and the indigent population, even if the vaccines will already be for sale by then, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 said. “Kung magkakaroon ng commercialization maybe next year, meron pa rin tayo. Definitely, like ‘yung sa cholera, tigdas, atsaka ‘yung polio. Meron pa rin portion tayo sa gobyerno na ibibigay lalo…

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Former OP exec appointed to Court of Appeals

Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo on Friday administered the oath of office to Jennifer Joy Ong, the latest appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Court of Appeals. Ong will take over the post of Associate Justice Maria Luisa Quijano-Padilla who retired in January 2020, “leaving behind a legacy of integrity in public service with a zero backlog of cases,” according to the Supreme Court (SC). Ong’s appointment, dated May 20, 2021 and signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, was received by the SC on Friday. Ong, who hails from Davao…

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OCTA sees below 1K Covid-19 cases in NCR by Feb. 14

The OCTA Research is seeing a downtrend in the surge in coronavirus infections due to the Omicron variant in Metro Manila, as it expects daily cases in the region to slow down to less than 1,000 infections by Valentine’s Day. During the Go Negosyo’s Booster to the Max Townhall Friday, OCTA Research fellow, Dr. Guido David, said there is already a downward trajectory of cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) as average cases declined by 20 percent week-on-week. He added that the reproduction number in NCR started to decline…

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Isabela City imposes ‘no vax, no travel’ policy

Basilan’s capital city of Isabela on Friday began implementing its “no vaccination card, no travel” policy. The policy is under Executive Order 01-2022, known as the “Unvaccinated Persons Management Order”, which Isabela City Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman signed Thursday. “It is to prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the city and to protect the life and well-being of the general population,” Hataman said in her EO. Policemen were designated to establish checkpoints in all entry points, especially leading to the city proper, to ensure compliance with…

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Kanlaon shows signs of increased volcanic activity

Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Island is showing signs of increased activity, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported Friday. In an advisory, Phivolcs said 18 volcanic earthquakes were recorded within the last 24 hours. The number includes four “very shallow tornillo signals” associated with magmatic gas along fractures within the upper volcanic slopes. Phivolcs also noticed slight deformation of the edifice since mid-October last year. “The increased seismic activity and short-term ground deformation are likely caused by shallow hydrothermal processes beneath the edifice that could generate phreatic or…

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PH logs 32.7K new Covid-19 cases, 16.3K recoveries

The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 32,744 new Covid-19 infections, higher than Thursday’s 31,173, and 16,385 new recoveries. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said the new cases bring active cases to 291,618 or 8.7 percent of all known infections nationwide. Of these active cases, it said most have mild symptoms at 277,833, followed by the asymptomatic at 9,015, those with moderate symptoms at 2,979, those with severe symptoms at 1,487, and those in critical condition at 304. The country’s total recovery is 3,012,156 or 89.7 percent…

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Gov’t to set up Covid-19 vax sites in transport terminals

The government will be setting up coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination sites in transport terminals and train stations to ramp up its immunization efforts amid the recent uptick in cases, Malacañang said Friday. “Sa mga susunod na araw din ay ilulunsad ng DOTr (Department of Transportation) ang vaccination sites sa mga istasyon ng tren, pantalan, at maging sa tollways (In the coming days, the DOTr will rollout vaccination sites in rail stations, ports, and tollways),” Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a press briefing. Nograles made…

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No retrenchment for PH’s biggest bus firm

The country’s largest bus firm, the Yanson Group of Bus Companies, with principal office in this city will not resort to retrenchment despite the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis. Matriarch Olivia Yanson, corporate secretary and treasurer, said in a statement on Friday all their 18,000 employees have been “suffering financially” due to the pandemic. “Our operations had been greatly affected. Despite the global crisis, my youngest son, Leo Rey, the president and chief executive officer of our company, makes sure that no employee will be retrenched,”…

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Guv urges more Bulacan residents to get vaccinated vs. Covid-19

Governor Daniel R. Fernando is urging Bulakenyos who are still unvaccinated to get inoculated, citing it is the best weapon available to fight coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) amid the increasing number of cases. Fernando said although more Bulakenyos have been convinced as a result of the government’s heightened awareness campaign, there are still some of them who are hesitant for fear of possible side effects. He said vaccines have been proven effective in preventing severe symptoms of Covid-19. “Salamat talaga at may bakuna. Dahil sa bakuna mild na lang karaniwan…

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Fully vaxxed CamSur vendors get livelihood project

At least 18 fully vaccinated vendors from the municipality of Buhi and Iriga City in Camarines Sur have received new bicycles and mobile phones under the “Bikecination” project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol. Johana Vi Gasga, DOLE-Bicol spokesperson, in an interview on Friday said the series of turnover of the PHP450,000 worth of bicycles to 18 selected beneficiaries this week aimed to ease the plight of pandemic affected-workers across the region, particularly in Camarines Sur province. “Dubbed as ‘Bikecination Project’ under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood…

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Iloilo LGUs urged to prepare facilities amid Covid surge

Local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas have been advised to prepare their temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMFs) amid the increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the region. In an interview Friday, Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray, medical officer III of the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD), said most of the admitted cases are manifesting mild symptoms, thus LGUs should help decongest hospitals by managing them in TTMFs. Natalaray said TTMFs need to have medical doctors and nurses who will be…

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DOH sets 3-day vaccination drive in Zambo Peninsula

The Department of Health in Zamboanga Peninsula (DOH-9) will conduct a three-day vaccination campaign next week as the agency steps up its vaccination drive in the region amid threats posed by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Dr. Joshua Brillantes, DOH regional director, said Friday the three-day activity, dubbed as “Zambayanihan Bakunahan Ligtas, Lakas, Buong Zampen” will be held from January 26 to 28. “This is the localized version of the DOH National Vaccination Days conducted last year,” Brillantes said in a press conference Friday. The National…

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Information campaign key to declining vaccine hesitancy

The decline in vaccine hesitancy is a reflection of the success of information dissemination and government efforts to make coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines accessible to all, Malacañang said on Friday. A 2021 Social Weather Stations survey conducted from December 12 to 16 found that only eight percent of adult Filipinos are unwilling to get vaccinated, down from the 18 percent who were hesitant to get jabbed in September 2021. The result was also much lower than the June 2021 survey that showed 21 percent of Filipinos were skeptical to…

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Baguio unvaxxed minors ordered to stay at home

Persons aged 17 and below who are unvaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are prohibited from leaving their homes for 10 days starting Friday. This is among the restrictions for unvaccinated minors stipulated in Executive Order (EO) 12-2022 dated January 19 issued by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, as the city is under Alert Level 3 until January 31. However, they may be allowed to go out for necessary travels when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. The establishment where the minor is going should also have a Safety Seal certification and…

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