IIBA Data Analytics Research Shows 3X ROI for High Performing Organizations

New IIBA Global Research reveals high performing organizations realize increased ROI on data analytics initiatives by integrating data science, technology, and business analysis teams. Achieving More with Data TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®), the global association leading the business analysis community and professional standards, released the findings […]

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Sporting Events to Look Out for in Qatar 2022

Qatar Tourism DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the 300 days to go until the start of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, the country will welcome a series of elite international sporting events, continuing a tourism drive. From an ATP tennis competition to European Tour golf and the MotoGP, Qatar has lots […]

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United-Guardian Board of Directors Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — United-Guardian, Inc. (NASDAQ:UG) (“United-Guardian” or the “Company”), a fully-integrated research, development, manufacturing and marketing company that supplies unique and innovative products to the personal care, health care, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors, today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has launched a formal review process to explore […]

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TerraVerdae Bioworks to acquire PolyFerm Canada

TerraVerdae expands its PHA technology portfolio to create new biodegradable bioplastic products EDMONTON, Alberta, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TerraVerdae Bioworks Inc. (the Company) is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding letter of intent to acquire 100 per cent of the equity of PolyFerm Canada. TerraVerdae is a world-leading performance biopolymers company dedicated […]

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Spiking Receives Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award

Spiking received Feefo’s Gold Trusted Service Award for two consecutive years.Spiking garnered 1,716 verified reviews with an average customer rating of 4.9 out of 5.0.Feefo recognizes businesses who deliver exceptional experiences to real customers. SINGAPORE, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Spiking, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data-powered stock-trading insights and education platform, has received the Gold Trusted […]

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Vista announces exceptional performance for 2021

Vista VISTA ANNOUNCES EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE FOR 2021 AND STARTS 2022 WITH PRICING OF $1 BILLION OF 6.375% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES Record sales across Vista’s core subscription offerings with demand doubling from pre-pandemic levels across both VistaJet and XO brands Significant 64% increase in global flight hours across Vista brands for 2021 as demand for flights […]

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Transsion and HERE partner to enhance location accuracy experience for smartphone users in emerging markets

Businesses and smartphone users in emerging markets will experience precise location fix on their apps and devices, even in challenging indoor and outdoor environments Beijing and Mumbai – HERE Technologies, the leading location data and technology platform, today announced that Transsion, the leading provider of smart devices and mobile services in global emerging markets, has […]

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New Report Calls for Global Action Plan to Address Nursing Workforce Crisis and Prevent an Avoidable Healthcare Disaster

Featured Image for The International Centre on Nurse Migration PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new report, published today by the International Centre for Nurse Migration (ICNM) in partnership with CGFNS International, Inc. and ICN titled Sustain and Retain in 2022 and Beyond, has revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic has made the fragile […]

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Constellation Brands Announces Jim Sabia as President, Beer Division

Paul Hetterich assumes role of Chair, Beer Division as part of leadership transition VICTOR, N.Y., Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, today announced new responsibilities for two members of its Executive Management Committee, effective immediately. Jim Sabia, who has served as Constellation’s Executive Vice […]

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Bombardier Announces New Sales Team Appointments

MONTREAL, Jan. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today announced strategic changes to its international sales leadership team. The changes, which take effect immediately, are designed to further optimize Bombardier’s worldwide sales experience and capitalize on robust demand for its market-leading, smooth-flying business jets. Following his decision to leave the company to pursue personal opportunities, […]

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Vax hesitancy still high in Mindanao: Duterte

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said there is still a high percentage of vaccine hesitancy among Muslim communities in Mindanao. “For the information of everybody, in Mindanao, the Muslim community are resisting the bakuna (vaccines),” Duterte said during his prerecorded Talk to the People aired on Monday night. Duterte made the remarks on low vaccine uptake after 100 passengers bound for Zamboanga were stranded at the North Harbor Terminal 4 due to the “no vaccination, no ride” policy of the government. “I am not confident about their taking—the allowing the vaccines…

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8 domestic, int’l flights canceled due to bad weather

At least eight flights going to and from Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental province and Istanbul in Turkey, have been canceled Tuesday due to bad weather. Based on the Manila International Airport Authority’s record, the following flights were canceled: * Cebu Pacific 5J 781/782 Manila-Ozamiz-Manila * PAL Express 2P 2889/2890 Manila-Ozamiz-Manila * Turkish Airlines TK 264/264 – Istanbul-Manila-Cebu * TK 084/085 – Istanbul-Manila-Istanbul Heavy snowfall in Turkey forces the Istanbul Airport to shut, grounding flights from Asia, the Middle East and Europe Monday. One of its cargo terminals collapsed under the heavy…

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Cops told to give their best in serving nation

As the nation commemorates the heroism of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers who died in the line of duty exactly seven years ago on Monday, Davao Police Regional Office (PRO-11) regional director Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal urged his personnel to always give their best in serving the country. Escobal said giving their best for the country would eventually help the Philippine National Police fulfill its mission to protect the nation and its people. “May this activity always remind every citizen of the country that while everyone is resting…

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Firearms, ammo recovered in Sorsogon town

two .38-caliber pistols, two anti-personnel mines, and a plastic containing at least 15 kilograms of shrapnel in Barangay Maalo, Juban town in Sorsogon province. In a statement on Tuesday, Maj. John Paul Belleza, 9th Infantry Division (9ID) spokesperson, said government troops of the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) were conducting security operations in the area when they spotted a suspicious-looking man who fled when they are about to approach him. The joint team found the war materiel as they scoured the area. “Suffering from a continuous exodus…

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Enough power supply for May polls: DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has assured the public that there will be enough power supply during the May 9 elections. In a press briefing Tuesday, DOE director Mario Marasigan said the outlook hinges on the start of the original commercial operation of GNPower Dinginin 2, which has a maximum capacity of 668 megawatts (MW). “We can show you that there are no potential yellow alerts or red alerts for the entire year,” Marasigan said. However, considering the forced outages in the past years, the red alert could happen in…

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Cordillera, Cagayan Valley top regions with most lockdowns: DILG

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley topped regions with the most number of areas enforcing granular lockdowns, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday night. Año, in his report to President Rodrigo Duterte during the Talk to the People briefing, said out of a total of 807 areas under granular lockdown, 242 are in CAR while Cagayan Valley has 212. These were followed by the National Capital Region with 169; Ilocos Region, 165 and Mimaropa with 19. “In the entire country, 31…

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No physical contact during campaign, DILG warns poll bets

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned candidates against various forms of physical contact ahead of the start of the campaign period for the May elections. “Crowding, or allowing there to be, crowds that violate MPHS (minimum public health standards) around a candidate and his or her companions, handshakes, hugs, kisses, going arm in arm or any action that involves physical contact among the candidate, their companions, and the public, taking selfies, photographs and other similar activities that require close proximity between the candidate and their companions…

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No waste of resources in gov’t anti-drug campaign: Palace

Malacañang on Tuesday said there was no waste of resources in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs as it resulted in over PHP74 billion worth of confiscations since 2016. Acting Presidential spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, made this comment after Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former police chief, said the government’s drug campaign was too focused on the enforcement side. “Wala pong sinayang si Pangulong [Rodgrigo] Duterte dito sa laban (President Duterte did not waste anything in fight) against illegal drugs and the facts will speak for themselves. Kung makikita po…

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Comelec defends 2nd Division execs vs. ‘biased’ allegation

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday came to the defense of its commissioners as it shrugged off allegations of being biased. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez made the remark in response to the motion for partial consideration filed by the petitioners challenging the Second Division’s ruling which junked their petition seeking to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “The Commission stands by the integrity of its commissioners. But specifically, because ponente was Commissioner Socorro Inting, I mentioned her long experience in the judiciary…

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Scattered rains expected in most parts of VisMin due to LPA

Most parts of the country will experience rain showers due to the low pressure area (LPA) last tracked within the vicinity of Talacogon, Agusan del Sur, the weather bureau said Tuesday. “(The LPA) still has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but it will continue to bring rains over most of the Visayas and Mindanao and parts of Bicol Region,” weather forecaster Grace Castañeda of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. Castañeda added that the LPA is expected to pass through the Visayas…

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Stocks recover on bargain hunting; peso ends sideways

Bargain hunting lifted the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) on Tuesday while the peso finished the day sideways against the US dollar. The main stocks index inched up by 0.49 percent, or 35.57 points, to 7,288.21 points. All Shares also rose by 0.44 percent, or 16.97 points, to 3,864.48 points. Most of the sectoral indexes also gained during the day with the Industrial index rising by 1.02 percent; Services, 0.73 percent; Property, 0.63 percent; and Holding Firms, 0.31 percent. On the other hand, Mining and Oil dropped by 0.98 percent…

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PH cites int’l partners’ help in dealing with ASF

As it seeks to completely eradicate African swine fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) said mentorship from international groups helped strengthen their programs. DA-BAI Director Reildrin Morales said groups such as the World Organisation for Animal Health, Food and Agriculture Organization, and agencies under the Canadian and Spanish governments were helpful in studies on how to effectively end ASF. “The lessons we have learned from these groups who experienced the same issue really fueled our programs to prevent further damage and hopefully destroy completely…

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More E. Visayas areas under Alert Level 4 likely

More areas in Eastern Visayas will be placed under Alert Level 4 if the hospital utilization rate will continue to increase, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here warned on Tuesday. Presently, only Northern Samar is placed under the higher level category until January 31 while the rest are under Alert Level 3, but DOH regional epidemiology and surveillance unit chief Marc Steven Capungcol said alert level status could be escalated in three other areas. This city and Ormoc City have high hospital utilization rates as of January 25…

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Regional highway patrol unit’s second ‘most wanted person’ nabbed

Police operatives in Negros Oriental have arrested the No. 2 “most wanted person” of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit Central Visayas (RHPU7) during a joint operation in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. A report from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office on Tuesday identified the suspect as Mary Ann Ramos, also known as Nancy Gustilo Lim, 65, a resident of Barangay Villamonte in Bacolod City. The police have tagged her as an alleged member of the Vista Carnapping Group. Ramos was arrested on Monday along Lopez Jaena St. in Barangay Villamonte…

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Palace hopes next admin will sustain NTF-ELCAC gains

Malacañang hopes the next administration will sustain the gains of the government against the communist insurgency, through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). Executive Order 70 signed in December 2018 created the NTF-ELCAC that institutionalizes a whole-of-nation approach in obtaining exclusive and sustainable peace, giving the government an effective solution against communist terrorists. “Sana iyong next Pangulo, sinuman iyon, ay kaniya ring ipagpatuloy itong naging matagumpay na accomplishments ng (We hope the next President, whoever that is, will continue the successful accomplishments of the) NTF-ELCAC,”…

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DOT sees ‘better days’ for Baguio tourism amid restrictions

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) said it sees brighter days ahead for the tourism industry in the region despite tighter restrictions due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. “We continue on the fight. We have learned a lot from the two years of experience that we have and we continue to take on the courage to help one another to recover from the economic losses due to the (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic,” Jovita Ganongan, regional director of the DOT-CAR said in…

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NASA’s James Webb Telescope reaches its destination in space

After a month-long journey across the universe, a million miles away from Earth, the largest and most powerful space telescope has reached its final destination. The $10 billion James Webb Telescope arrived at its designated spot between Earth and the sun on Monday, firing its thrusters to achieve the exact trajectory. “We’re one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in a statement. It’s an astronomer’s dream come…

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BSP chief eyes within-target 2022 inflation

Monetary officials are optimistic of within-target inflation this year despite the higher-than-target print in 2021 as well as the number of upside risks that include supply-side pressures and higher global commodity prices. In an Open Letter to the President dated January 18 and a copy of which was released to journalists on Tuesday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno attributed the elevated inflation last year to constraints on key food items like pork as well as increasing oil and energy prices. The average inflation last year stood at…

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PH forever indebted to SAF 44’s heroism: Guevarra

The country will be forever indebted to the 44 members of the Philippine National Police- Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Tuesday. “They paid the highest cost for the priceless gift that we enjoy today, the gift of living with peace and liberty far from harm and free from fear,” Guevarra said during the commemoration rites for the fallen troops known as the ‘SAF 44’ at the SAF headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. Guevarra said the…

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Ex-CPP-NPA cadres bat for localized peace talks

A party-list group composed of former high-ranking officials and members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) is supporting local peace engagement and localized peace initiatives. In a statement issued on Monday, Abante Sentrong Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan para sa Bayan (SAMBAYANAN) said the overall strategic direction of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) should be anchored on a clear peace mechanism. The group said the central and core objective of Executive Order 70 in December 2018 that created the NTF-ELCAC…

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Comelec releases ballot face templates for May polls

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday released the ballot face templates for the May 9 polls. There are 10 presidential candidates, nine vice presidential bets, 64 aspirants for senators, and 178 party-list groups included in the official ballot. Based on the ballot face templates for the polls which can be accessed on the official website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), www.comelec.gov.ph., those who are running for the presidential post are: Abella, Ernie (IND); De Guzman, Leody (PLM); Domagoso, Isko Moreno (AKSYON); Gonzales, Norberto (PDSP); Lacson, Panfilo (PDR); Mangondato,…

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No replacements yet for 3 retiring Comelec execs

Malacañang has yet to release information regarding the appointment of a new Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair and two commissioners. Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas and Commissioners Rowena Guanzon, and Antonio Kho Jr. are set to retire in February, or three months before the May 9 national and local polls. “Wala pa pong advice from the Palace (No advice from the Palace yet), but obviously the President understands the importance of appointing the new Comelec commissioners immediately after the end of term, itong mga (these) present Comelec commissioners at iyong (and…

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Comelec to go ahead with printing of ballots despite TROs

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will proceed with the printing of the ballots for the May 9 elections despite the temporary restraining orders (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court (SC) in favor of the declared nuisance candidates. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said Tuesday the names of senatorial aspirant Normal Cordero Marquez, vice presidential bet Wilson Caritero Amad, and party-list group Juan Pinoy were not included in the official ballot as the serialization of the ballot has been completed. “By the time the TROs came out, the serialization of the ballot…

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Ilocos provincial hospital boosts health services

Following the upgrading of its facilities and improvement of health services, the Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital (GRBASMH) here is set to engage the services of private medical practitioners as visiting physicians, consultants, and specialists. Provincial board member Medeldorf Gaoat said Tuesday his colleagues unanimously approved his proposed resolution no. 2022-01-446 authorizing Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc to execute on behalf of the GRBASMH a memorandum of understanding with various eligible private medical practitioners to render their services at the provincial hospital, and ensure that all patients will be…

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New Nolcom head to sustain internal, territorial security efforts

Lt. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., newly-installed commander of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), vowed to sustain and strengthen efforts on addressing the internal security and even territorial defense challenges confronting the country. When he formally assumed the new post as the 32nd commander of Nolcom on Monday, Torres committed to exerting his utmost efforts in leading the command as one of the key units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “I commit to doing my level best to live up to the expectations that this position entails, all…

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NegOcc guv returns to work while in isolation

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) over the weekend, has returned to work on Tuesday while still under home isolation. Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz II said Lacson informed him that he is “already fit to render and discharge the functions of his office”. “He confirmed this morning. He will be just under a work-from-home (WFH) arrangement. I will be sending important documents for his signature to his residence,” Diaz told reporters. After Lacson confirmed that he contracted the virus on January…

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2 suspected bomb couriers slain in S. Kudarat

Two alleged bombers have been killed during police pursuit operations along the national highway here, the police disclosed Tuesday. In a statement, Capt. Jetro Doligas, municipal police chief, said the two gunmen ignored police officers at an election gun ban checkpoint in the borders of Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao past 4 p.m. Monday. Doligas said the police and soldiers manning the checkpoint flagged down the vehicle driven by Guialudin Kasan, 30, of Macasampen, Guindulungan, Maguindanao. However, Guialudin ignored the law enforcers and decided to speed away toward Isulan, Sultan Kudarat,…

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Zambo City ready for 3-day Regional Vaccination Days

All is set for the conduct of the three-day Regional Vaccination Days in this southern port city. Initiated by the Department of Health (DOH) regional office, the forthcoming mass vaccination activity dubbed as “Zambayanihan Bakunahan Ligtas, Lakas, Buong Zampen” will be held from January 26 to 28. Dr. Cathy Garcia, assistant city health officer, said Tuesday that 24 vaccination centers will be opened for the three-day vaccination drive. Garcia said the city health office targets to inoculate 13,673 individuals a day or for a total of 41,019 in three days.…

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Over 3K Pangasinenses benefit from cops’ 5Ps project

Some 3,634 Pangasinenses from high-risk geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) are expected to benefit from the community projects of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO). PPPO acting director Col. Richmond Tadina said Tuesday the Patubig, Pailaw, Pabahay, Pantawag, at Palikuran ni Juana (5Ps) project is in support of Executive Order 70 seeking to institutionalize the whole-of-nation approach to combat the terrorist-communist groups and their influences. Tadina said seven barangays under GIDAs have already received jetmatic water pumps to address the lack of clean water in these areas. Eighty-eight units…

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Antigen self-test kits now available in Baguio villages

The city government has brought antigen test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in village halls and district health centers covering 128 barangays for residents who want to undergo testing at the comfort of their homes. In a phone interview Tuesday, Aileen Refuerzo, city information officer, said the “antigen self-test program is implemented in Atab, Loakan, Irisan, Asin, City Camp, and Pacdal health districts starting January 24.” These health centers cover big villages, with most of them being far from the central business district where hospitals and the city’s central…

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Surrender, gov’t will transform your lives, PRRD to rebels

Return to the fold of the law in exchange for a new and normal life. President Rodrigo Duterte issued anew the offer to members of the New People’s Army (NPA) during the pre-recorded Talk to People aired Monday night, saying the military will welcome and assist them. “This is my order to the military: If they want to surrender, give them the chance to surrender properly and if they surrender the firearms, the next trip downstairs from the mountains, you accompany them,” Duterte said. “I’ll give you a house, I’ll…

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N. Samar ordinance limits movement of unvaxxed persons

The Northern Samar provincial board has approved an ordinance restricting the movement of unvaccinated individuals in the province. This is the response of local legislators on the increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and low turn-out of vaccination, the provincial government said in an announcement posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday. Committee on Public Order chair board Member Florence Batula and Committee on Health chair board member Mary Ann Abalon authored the ordinance. The ordinance, which was approved on January 24, prohibits all unvaccinated individuals from leaving their…

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BARMM welcomes Senate nod to grant amnesty to MILF members

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) welcomed the Senate’s decision that favored the granting of amnesty by President Rodrigo Duterte to members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an official of the regional government said Tuesday. “Under the Constitution, the power of the President to issue an amnesty will require the concurrence of the Congress, and because we have a provision under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) for such purpose, the national government complied to that in a form of a proclamation granting an amnesty,”…

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House OKs bill creating apex hospitals in every region

Apex hospitals would soon be established in every region across the country to strengthen the Philippine health delivery system as a bill proposing such hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives. During Tuesday’s plenary session, the chamber passed House Bill 10650, which provides for the conversion of regional hospitals, which are general hospitals that have at least 500 beds, to operate as apex hospitals. An apex hospital is defined in the bill as an end-referral hospital offering specialized services and is contracted as a stand-alone facility by the Philippine…

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P1-M shabu seized from high-value drug suspect in northern Negros

A top drug personality of San Carlos City in northern Negros Occidental yielded PHP1.088 million worth of suspected shabu during a buy-bust in Sitio Tul-ang, Barangay Rizal late Monday night. The suspect identified as Cesar “Manong” Pasigay, 47, resident of Kamarin area in the same village, and tagged as a high value individual and the number eight drug personality on the watchlist of San Carlos City Police Station. Lt. Roby Aurita, city police deputy for administration, said on Tuesday the suspect is detained in their custodial facility. The Regional Police…

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