DOLE resumes inspection of workplaces’ compliance with laws

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has resumed inspections to ensure establishments’ compliance with the laws after a temporary suspension in December In Administrative Order No. 11, series of 2022, issued on January 19, Secretary Silvestre Bello III authorized routine and complaint inspections, occupational safety and health standards investigations, and special inspections until Dec. 31, 2022, unless revoked at an earlier date. According to a news release on Sunday, Bello also tasked the regional directors to issue the corresponding authority to inspect and investigate specific establishments or workplaces. Meanwhile,…

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More Cagayan green-gray infra to control riverbank erosion pushed

Village officials of Baggao town in Cagayan province are encouraged to plant bamboo and indigenous species to protect the riverbank against further erosion. The site is one of the priority areas for rehabilitation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government due to the confluence of the Paranan River and the Agaman River which has caused severe river erosion. This, as the Regional Build Back Better Task Force (RBBBTF) members have monitored the green-gray infrastructure already put up by the government to help protect the…

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Pasig village allots P500-K for last batch of college scholars

A barangay in Pasig City on Friday disbursed PHP500,000 to pay for the tuition fees of the last batch of its college scholars this coming semester. Barangay San Antonio (BSA) chairman Raymond Lising ordered the release of the checks amid the difficulties faced by a number of families affected by the pandemic. Lising said his barangay currently has a total of 110 scholars who are enrolled in various colleges and universities. “Magkakaiba lang ng school kaya hindi din sabay-sabay ang release ng checks for matriculation (The checks were not released…

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Caraga logs over 800 new Covid-19 cases, 108 recoveries

The Caraga Region added 810 new cases to its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tally over the weekend. The Department of Health in Region 13 (DOH-13) on Sunday also reported 108 new recoveries that padded the overall count to 47,746 out of 52,914 since the pandemic began in March 2020. “With the 810 new cases, Caraga Region now has a total of 3,251 active Covid-19 cases,” the DOH-13 report said. Agusan del Sur recorded the highest number of new infections on Saturday with 164, followed by Surigao del Sur with 153,…

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Striegl fights again after 2020 loss, injury

Mixed martial arts (MMA) star Mark Striegl will make his way back to the octagon when he takes on American veteran Chas Skelly at “UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev” on February 20 (Philippine Time) at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Striegl will be fighting for the first time since his UFC debut loss to Russia’s Said Nurmagomedov in October 2020. Striegl and URCC featherweight champion Skelly both tote an 18-3 win-loss record. Fourteen of Striegl’s victories were by submission. “I am super excited…

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Cimatu reiterates call to amend wildlife law to protect PH eagle

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu renewed his call on lawmakers to amend Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 to ensure stricter penalties amid the increasing number of Philippine eagle rescues during the pandemic. Cimatu made the statement following the release of a Philippine eagle named “Godod” in the municipality of Godod, Zamboanga del Norte province on Jan. 10. “Experts in Philippine eagle biology and ecology deem that the surge in rescues during this time means that culprits…

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Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Davao Oriental

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolted Davao Oriental on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The tectonic quake struck 98 kilometers southeast of the municipality of Manay at 2:23 p.m. It had a depth of 19 kms. Phivolcs has not logged any reported intensities in the earthquake bulletin issued at 3:20 p.m. Aftershocks are likely, while damages are not expected from the magnitude 5.3 quake. Damage starts at intensity VI based on Phivolcs’ scale. Earlier on Saturday, a magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolted Davao Oriental, with the…

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36.7K more recover from coronavirus, 29.8K new cases: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 36,763 recoveries and 29,828 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. The latest Covid-19 bulletin indicated 273,580 active cases while total recoveries rose to 3,090,164, or 90.4 percent of 3,417,216 infections since the pandemic started in March 2020. Out of the active cases, 260,399 are mild, 3,006 are moderate, 8,371 are asymptomatic, 1,496 are severe, and 308 are critical. “Of the 29,828 reported cases today, 29,237 (98 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days — Jan. 10 to Jan. 23, 2022,” the DOH…

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S. Korea culls chickens over outbreaks of H5N1 bird flu

South Korean quarantine officials began slaughtering about 427,000 chickens Sunday as a precautionary measure after the outbreaks of the H5N1 avian influenza virus at two farms, the agricultural ministry said. The two cases of the highly pathogenic bird flu were reported at two chicken farms in Hwaseong, about 40 kilometers south of Seoul, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said. The ministry did not give a specific time frame on when the quarantine officials will complete the culling. It marked the 23rd and 24th case of a highly…

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Solon says youth military service ‘great’ for nation-building

House Assistant Majority Leader Eduardo Gullas said he is in favor of the proposal of presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte for all able-bodied Filipinos to render compulsory military service upon reaching 18 years old. “Military service for our youth is great for nation-building,” said Gullas, who represents Cebu province’s first district in Congress, in a statement on Sunday. “Besides improving in a big way our national defense preparedness, military service will also instill in young Filipinos a deeper sense of duty to country.” Gullas, former Cebu provincial…

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Mark Magsayo wins WBC featherweight title

Mark Magsayo became the first world champion of the Philippines for 2022 after beating Gary Russell for the WBC featherweight championship on Sunday at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. In his biggest victory so far, Magsayo, a native of Tagbilaran, flashed his brilliance for most part of the bout. Russell, however, showed heart despite hurting his right shoulder and kept the fight too close that it ended up in a majority decision favoring Magsayo. Magsayo began the match aggressive, quickly tagging Russell with power shots especially to the…

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