Philips and University Hospital Brandenburg an der Havel sign 10-year partnership to advance patient care

January 28, 2022 Major German University Hospital secures long-term access to the latest health technology through renewal of diagnostic and image-guided therapy solutions Philips to deliver new and upgraded hybrid operating room and interventional suites Agreement includes training and education for hospital’s clinicians and medical technologists Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: […]

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ITA Airways launches “Naming Azzurri”, a survey on social networks in collaboration with La Gazzetta dello Sport

Followers will choose the name of the Italian sports champions on the new livery of the Airbuses that will soon join the ITA Airways fleet ITA Airways launches “Naming Azzurri”, a survey on social networksin collaboration with La Gazzetta dello Sport ROME, Jan. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ITA Airways is launching the “Naming Azzurri” […]

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PRO-13 implements rotation of personnel as 2022 polls near

The Police Regional Office – Caraga (PRO-13) on Friday reported the reassignment of 94 personnel to different Police Provincial Offices (PPOs) in the region as the 2022 local and national elections near. In a statement, PRO-13 Director Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr. said the reassignment is also in line with the command order of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos on the rotation of police officers with relatives or close relationships to political candidates in their areas. “A total of 94 personnel from five PPOs in the region…

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’Memory, justice’: Israel, PH remember victims of Holocaust

The Philippines and Israel on Thursday honored the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the darkest point in history that saw the mass murder of around six million Jews. “Six million Jews were murdered – one-third of the Jewish population, only because they were Jewish,” Ambassador Ilan Fluss said during a symposium hosted by the Israel Embassy in Manila and the Department of Education (DepEd). “We are gathered today to remember and commemorate the Holocaust, the darkest time in human history and of the Jewish people… This can’t be…

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Makati, Cebu judges appointed to CA

The Supreme Court announced two new additions to the Court of Appeals (CA) on Friday. Appointed to the appellate court by President Rodrigo Duterte were Makati Regional Trial Court’s Maximo de Leon and Talisay City, Cebu judge Jacinto Fajardo. The 57-year-old de Leon, who hails from Taal, Batangas, obtained his law degree from the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City, Camarines Sur. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the San Beda Graduate School. Fajardo, 67, born in Gubat, Sorsogon, finished his law studies at the San…

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CIDG probing case of missing cockfight enthusiasts

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is now investigating the case of 10 men who disappeared shortly after being seen in separate cockfighting areas in Laguna and Manila last January 13. “The CIDG is now connecting the dots. These incidents do have a lot in common. We will find out if there is a syndicate behind these cases,” said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, in a statement Thursday night. The first incident involved four male friends who were reported missing after joining a cockfighting match in…

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Davao Sur cops seek help to ID hog-tied, floating body at sea

Police officials in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur are seeking the public’s help to identify the cadaver of a woman found floating a few kilometers from its shorelines. In a statement Friday, Maj. Kristine Miraña, the Sta. Cruz police chief, said the Provincial Crime Laboratory Office in Digos City, Davao del Sur on January 25 had taken a buccal swab specimen/sample from the cadaver to extract its DNA to hasten the identification of the victim. The municipal health officer of Sta. Cruz town has also finished their post-mortem examination, the…

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PNP welcomes bill seeking creation of police courts

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it welcomes the measure seeking the creation of special courts that will handle cases of police officers accused of abusive acts. “Any case that has been filed in court is a different story. Promulgation of court decisions involving PNP personnel may take longer since they are calendared along with a load of cases that the trial courts are handling,” PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement. The Senate’s Human Rights and Justice, Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, and Finance committees…

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PNP logs 14% drop in PH focus crimes in 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded a 14 percent drop in focus crime incidents in 2021 which it described as consistent with the downtrend in crime incidents over the past six years since 2016. PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, took note of the prevailing crime trend from the Crime Environment Report presented by the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) during a top-level command conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday. From 43,696 incidents in 2020, crime incidents dipped 13.89 percent to only 37,626 or 6,070 fewer…

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DA sends over P153-M aid to damaged agriculture in Caraga

The Department of Agriculture – Caraga (DA-13) has so far provided PHP153,834,840 worth of assistance to farmers in the region who were badly hit by Typhoon Odette in December last year. In a press conference Friday, DA-13 Executive Director Ricardo Oñate Jr. said of the total funds released for immediate responses, PHP12,762,430 was sourced from the available resources of DA-13 and assistance from the other DA offices in Mindanao. A total of PHP141,072,410 was taken from the Quick Response Fund for Typhoon Odette that was approved by the DA Central…

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DOLE-Bicol reminds employers of holiday pay rules

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 5 (Bicol) on Friday reminded all private sector employers in the region of the proper payment of wages for the special non-working holiday on February 1, Chinese New Year. “If the employee did not work, the ‘no work, no pay’ principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement granting payment on a special day,” the DOLE-5 said in a social media post. For work done during the special day, the employee shall be paid an additional…

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P1.4-M illegal drugs seized, 7 arrested in Bulacan

Seven drug suspects were arrested, and shabu and marijuana with an estimated street value of PHP1.4 million were seized in separate anti-illegal drugs operations in this province on Thursday. In his report on Friday, Col. Rommel J. Ochave, acting director of the provincial police, said the buy-bust operations were conducted by operatives of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of this city and San Rafael police. Ochave said PHP1.2 million worth of dried marijuana fruiting tops were confiscated in separate drug stings in barangays Balayong and Mojon, both in this city.…

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BSP, bankers assure public of measures vs. counterfeit notes

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) said stringent measures are in place against the proliferation of fake banknotes, like those dispensed through the automated teller machines (ATMs). This, as the central bank earlier called on the public to be more vigilant on checking paper bills they get even from ATMs. “ATM services are part of core banking functions, and banks are bound by law to exercise the highest degree of diligence in protecting their clients’ interest. The BSP will hold the banks…

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Follow pandemic campaign rules, poll bets told

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, is reminding candidates for the May elections and their supporters to abide by the campaign rules set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as supported by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). “It will be an unprecedented campaign season so we hope that the candidates will set an example to the public of how they should obey our campaign guidelines,” he added in a statement Thursday night. Comelec Resolution No.10732 issued in November last year institutionalizes the new normal in…

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Workers retrenched under Alert Level 3 can get cash aid: DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment – Northern Mindanao (DOLE-10) on Friday said workers in areas affected by the Alert Level 3 or higher that was set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) can avail of cash assistance. During an online media forum, DOLE-10 Director Alber Gutib said this is a one-time cash assistance of PHP5,000 under the agency’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) 3. He said CAMP 3 is to help the workers who were affected by permanent closures of the establishments and those who were retrenched as a…

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NBI seeks Espinosa transfer to BJMP Taguig

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is seeking the transfer of self-confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility in Bicutan, Taguig City. Director Eric Distor, NBI Officer-in-Charge, said the BJMP has ample facilities to hold a high-profile prisoner like Espinosa, whose attempt to escape on January 13 was discovered by alert personnel. “The request is aimed at complying with the security and safety protocols for Kerwin Espinosa under the Witness Protection Program while in the custody of the government and at the…

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Adolescent mothers lower by 23.8K in 2020

The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) on Friday said the number of adolescents who gave birth in 2020 went down by 23,855. In 2019, births by mothers under 19 years old reached 180,915 and dropped to 157,060 last year. A substantial part of the decrease was in the 15 to 19 age bracket, with the 23,557 mothers constituting 98.7 percent of the decline. The daily birth rate of the 15-19 group was at 425, lower than 2019’s 489. Adolescent birth rates were at 31 per 1,000 girls in 2020,…

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320 recoveries bring down PNP active cases to 1.8K

The Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to see a decrease in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections among its personnel, with 320 new recoveries recorded on Friday. In its Covid-19 bulletin, the police force said this raised the recovery count to 45,909 out of a total of 47,897 confirmed infections since the pandemic started in 2020. Despite logging another 139 fresh cases, the number of active cases declined to 1,862 from Thursday’s 2,043. The death toll stands at 126. Meanwhile, the total number of fully vaccinated PNP personnel is placed at…

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PH reopening to foreigners to restore tourism jobs, businesses

The country’s upcoming reopening to foreign leisure travelers would restore jobs lost and businesses forced to shut down during the pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday. Starting February 10, the Philippines will allow fully vaccinated international tourists from visa-free countries, provided that they present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. To date, a total of 157 countries enjoy visa-free entry privileges to the Philippines, including some of its top tourist markets prior to the pandemic such as South…

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DOST-developed poll portal to be deployed by March

The Electoral Board (EB) Certification portal developed by the Department of Science and Technology – National Capital Region (DOST-NCR) will be deployed to end users by March. Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said in a taped report on Friday the DOST deemed it necessary to automate the usual certification process because of restrictions on face-to-face activities due to the pandemic. The portal will conduct an online written examination for the certification of teachers who will serve in the May 9 national and local elections. The DOST has been carrying out…

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DND inks P18.9-B cruise missiles deal with Indian firm

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Friday officially signed the contract for the acquisition of Indian-made BrahMos medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and BrahMos Aerospace director general Atul Dinkar Rane signed the contract worth PHP18.9 billion in a virtual ceremony at the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Shambhu physically represented New Delhi in the event. Lorenzana said the signing of the BrahMos contract is a milestone for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “As Secretary of National…

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Irrigation project gives Albay farmers higher palay yields

Farmers who are agrarian reform beneficiaries in Camalig, Albay have noted higher palay yields of up to 120 cavans from only 60 per hectare. This, after the completion of the PHP11.6-million Manawan Communal Irrigation System (CIS) that irrigates over 60 hectares of rice land in the villages of Manawan and Quinartilan. In an interview on Friday, Gerard Buensalida, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Bicol spokesperson, said the CIS, with its concreted 2.8-kilometer line canals, is now providing a steady supply of irrigation water from the Malobago River in Guinobatan town to…

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RCEP ‘fully addressed’ concerns of local agri sector: DTI

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has responded anew to the concerns raised by some farmer groups regarding the country’s participation in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). In a statement Friday, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the RCEP excludes highly sensitive agricultural products from zero tariffs including swine and poultry meats, potatoes, onions, garlic, cabbages, sugar, carrots, and rice. Cement, flat-rolled products of iron or non-alloy steel, among others, are also exempted from tariff liberalization. Lopez added that RCEP also provides safety nets and flexibilities “to address any…

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MRT-3 employees, train drivers receive booster doses

A total of 130 workers of the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) and those working for its maintenance provider have received booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. In a Facebook post on Friday, MRT-3 Officer-in-Charge, Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje, said providing employees with booster shots is part of their mandate to ensure the safety of workers and passengers alike. “Tinitiyak talaga natin na bakunado ang ating mga empleyado dahil tayo sa hanay ng MRT-3 ang araw-araw na sumasabak para magserbisyo sa mga pasahero (We’re ensuring that our workers are vaccinated because…

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1.2K returning OFWs in isolation after contracting Covid-19: OWWA

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Friday reported that about 1,200 returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and are in isolation. “Our last count, there are 1,200 who tested positive. They are now in isolation. Accommodations have been extended. When they tested positive, they were immediately transferred to quarantine facilities where they will stay until they recover,” OWWA deputy administrator Arnell Ignacio said in a virtual forum. Ignacio attributed the number of infected returning OFWs to the surge in cases due…

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PH stocks index weakens, peso firms up vs. US dollar

Federal Reserve rate hikes anticipation and reports of higher-than-expected growth of the Philippine and US economies in the last quarter of 2021 hurt the local bourse’s main index on Friday but the peso improved. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) shed 0.30 percent, or 21.55 points, to 7,251.97 points. All Shares followed with a drop of 0.14 percent, or 5.41 points, to 3,856.08 points. Most of the sectoral counters also finished the week in the red – Property, 1.70 percent; Services, 1.39 percent; Holding Firms, 0.96 percent; and Mining and…

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NCR down to ‘moderate risk’ for Covid-19: DOH

Metro Manila is now at “moderate risk” for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from a high-risk case classification, a health official said on Friday. In a Palace briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the National Capital Region (NCR) saw a 67-percent decrease in cases compared to the previous week. “Bumaba na po nang husto ang mga kaso at dumating na tayo sa moderate risk classification (The cases have declined significantly and we have now reached a moderate risk classification),” Vergeire said. She said the NCR recorded an average of…

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BSP leads stronger bid towards financial inclusion

Financial inclusion encompasses not just broader access to financial products but provides opportunities even for people in the lower bracket of society to move up the ladder, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said Friday. In his speech during the hybrid event held both virtually and physically for the launch of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI) 2022-2028, Diokno said stakeholders defined what financial inclusion is in the local setting when they launched the original NSFI in 2015. He said the initial program allowed greater public and…

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PH logs 18.6K new cases, 13.1K more recoveries

For the second straight day, the number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections stayed within the 18,000-mark, with 18,638 infections recorded on Friday. The Department of Health (DOH), in its latest Covid-19 tracker, said Friday’s cases are slightly higher than Thursday’s 18,191 new cases. The new infections raised the active cases to 231,658, made up of 219,811 patients who have mild symptoms; 7,055 who are asymptomatic; 2,971 with moderate symptoms; 1,509 with severe symptoms; and 312 in critical condition. On the other hand, the DOH reported 13,106 new recoveries,…

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DPWH completes slope protection structures in Pampanga

The Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO) in Pampanga has completed the construction of slope protection structures along Sapang Uyong in Guagua, this province that could help address flooding, especially during the rainy season. Engineer Gregorio D. Audea Jr., chief of the DPWH-Pampanga 2nd DEO, said on Friday the PHP29.3-million revetment structure has a total length of 288 linear meters on the right side and 275 linear meters on the left side of the creek. “This project was funded under the 2021 General Appropriations…

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Fair weather, isolated rain showers to prevail over most of PH

Fair weather with isolated rains will prevail over most parts of the country, the weather bureau said Friday. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the shear line affecting northern Luzon will bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Norte and Apayao. “There will be light to moderate, with at times heavy rains, so take precautions against flooding and landslides,” PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja said. He added that the shear line is forecast to bring rains over…

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Improper use of self-test kits may yield inaccurate results

Self-administered or home test kits for Covid-19 will yield inaccurate results if not used properly. To avoid false negative or false positive readings, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they are consolidating the guidelines for the use of antigen kits. “’Yung mga self-administered test kits, may mga kanya-kanyang pamamaraan, ‘yung product label na nakalagay dun kung paano gagamitin so kinakailangan maging angkop ‘yung guidelines doon sa mga instructions ng mga antigen test kits (Each self-administered test kit has its own method. How to use it can be seen on the…

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Zambo City hospital stops OB-Gyne admission due to Covid-19 surge

The government-run Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) announced Friday that its obstetric and gynecology (OB-Gyne) department will temporarily stop admitting pregnant mothers in their second to fourth pregnancy for normal delivery. The ZCMC, through its Public Affairs and Customer Care Unit (PACCU), said in a statement that the decision was reached due to the current surge of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the city. “We will only accommodate those with complications or those in their first and fifth pregnancy and above,” the ZCMC said. The ZCMC said there…

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Eased restrictions for travelers to help PH sustain econ growth

The government’s easing of restrictions for international travelers will help sustain the country’s economic growth amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said on Friday. “This will definitely help the economy and sustain the growth we experienced in the fourth quarter of 2021,” Concepcion said in a statement. Under Resolution No. 159, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) lifted the facility-based quarantine for passengers entering the Philippines and now allows self-monitoring for any Covid-19…

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272K indigents get P2.2-B medical aid in 2021: PCSO

Amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released over PHP2.2 billion in medical assistance to a total of 272,390 patient requests across the country in 2021. Based on the agency’s 2021 accomplishment report released on Friday, it has released a total of PHP1.3 billion in funds for confinement cases of 134,033 patients; PHP628.8 million for dialysis injection cases of 107,891 patients; PHP236 million for the chemotherapy of 25,693 patients, and PHP18.3 million for hemodialysis of 2,397 patients. Some 293 hemophilia patients, meanwhile…

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All Omicron cases in C. Visayas have recovered: DOH exec

Only three of the 24 new cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Central Visayas were admitted for treatment and all the patients have already recovered. Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH-7) chief pathologist Dr. Mary Jean Loreche said in a briefer at the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center on Friday as of January 25 data, the region now has a total of 46 Omicron cases. She also clarified in a phone interview that based on data from the Epidemiology Bureau of the DOH central office, there were…

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Honduras swears in Xiomara Castro as 1st female president

Xiomara Castro was sworn in as Honduras’ first female president Thursday in a ceremony attended by US Vice President Kamala Harris, who later met with Castro to tackle immigration and other issues between the two countries. “Our relationship with Honduras is an important one,” Harris wrote on Twitter before arriving in the Central American country. Castro, 62, the wife of former president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup 12 years ago, took office after a landslide victory in a November election. “Twelve years of struggle and 12 years…

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Baguio eyes banning discrimination vs. unvaxxed folks

The city council has passed on first reading a proposed ordinance that will prohibit the discrimination of individuals who have not been vaccinated from receiving services and goods. Jordan Habbiling, Baguio City Council information officer, in a media statement on Friday, said the ordinance authored by Councilor Mylen Victoria Yaranon will declare as unlawful to discriminate against “vaccine-free” residents or to coerce them to get vaccinated. “They shall be allowed to buy essential goods, access essential services, use public transport, and do outdoor activities within their properties,” Habbiling said, quoting…

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Northern Samar eyes new port to link Luzon

A new seaport is being eyed in Lavezares, Northern Samar to enhance connectivity between Northern Samar and Sorsogon, the provincial government said on Friday. Provincial information officer Jhon Allen Berbon said the proposed Lavezares port is a counterpart to the opening of Santa Magdalena port in Sorsogon. Initially, the proposed seaport will be built in the coastal Barobaybay village but other alternative sites are Villa Flores and San Agustin villages. “Based on discussion with the local government and other officials, it was found that the proposed Lavezares port provides the…

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Dosage of Pfizer jabs for 5-11-year-olds different: DOH exec

The dosage of Pfizer BioNTech (Pfizer) Covid-19 vaccine given to children aged five years to 11 years is different from those given to 12- to 17-year-olds and adults, a Department of Health (DOH) official said Friday. “Kahit parehong Pfizer po ang brand na binibigay sa mga 12 to 17 years old at five to 11 years old, magkaiba po ang formula ng bakuna sa kanila (Even though the same Pfizer vaccine is given to children aged 12 years to 17 years and those aged five years to 11 years, the…

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Drug suspect falls, P1-M shabu seized in Maguindanao

A drug suspect was arrested and more than PHP1 million were seized during a buy-bust here, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-BARMM) disclosed Friday. In an interview by reporters, Agent Asnawi Salik, a PDEA-BARMM senior officer, identified the suspect as Yusoph Gumander, 37, of Barangay Bungabong in this town. Salik said the suspect was collared following an entrapment on Thursday afternoon. “He (Gumander) attempted to flee but found himself surrounded by plainclothes agents after the transaction with our poseur-buyers was carried out,” Salik…

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PH gets P48.7-M Aussie aid for Covid-19 response

The Philippines on Friday received PHP48.7 million worth of cold chain equipment and other assistance from the Australian government, through the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) Philippines. Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Australian government has been a long-time ally of the Philippines and has provided technical, logistical, and in-kind assistance throughout the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “These are life-saving equipment indeed critical in our pandemic response and also including some supplies and consumables, which have already arrived last year,” Duque said during the ceremonial…

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US calls for Security Council meet to address Russia, Ukraine

The US called Thursday for the UN Security Council to hold an open session to address the West’s concerns that Russia is in the midst of preparations to invade Ukraine. US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the session would “discuss a matter of crucial importance to international peace and security: Russia’s threatening behavior against Ukraine and the buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders and in Belarus.” “The members of the Security Council must squarely examine the facts and consider what is at stake for Ukraine, for Russia,…

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Eastern Visayas logs 28 Omicron cases

The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed the detection of 28 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in three cities and eight towns in the Eastern Visayas region. In a press briefing late Thursday, the agency said the 28 confirmed cases of highly transmissible variant form part of the 90 samples it has earlier sent to the Philippine Genome Center. Of these cases, eight were from Tacloban City, Leyte; seven from Catbalogan City, Samar; three from Ormoc City, Leyte; two each from Tunga, Leyte and San Jorge,…

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BSP 28-day securities rate drop anew

High liquidity situation continued to drive demand for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) 28-day securities, which posted another interest rate decline on Friday. Data showed that average rate of the debt paper, which is among the BSP’s excess liquidity mopping tool, slipped to 1.6809 percent from 1.7053 percent during the auction on January 21. BSP kept the offer volume at PHP100 billion and the auction committee made a full award. Total tenders reached PHP137.4 billion, resulting in a bid coverage ratio of 1.3740. In a statement, BSP Deputy Governor…

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NegOcc opens Covid-19 wing in northern district hospital

Negros Occidental’s provincial government unveiled the 100-bed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Isolation Facility at the district hospital in the northern city of Cadiz on Friday. The inauguration rites marked the first public appearance of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson exactly a week after he went on a health break on January 21 and tested positive for the virus the following day. “Right now, we are extending the capacity of our Covid-19 hospital. We have officially 93 beds, plus I think a hundred beds here in this new building. I hope you…

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Ligao City residents get food in exchange for trash

Residents of Ligao City in Albay have been enjoying free food as well as non-food items in exchange for their plastic, paper, and metal wastes as part of the city’s Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Incentive Mechanism Program. A social media post of the Ligao City government on Friday said it is conducting a series of waste collection activities under its “May Kabuhayan sa Basura” program. The post said the ESWM team has so far collected over 975 bottles and 2,064.5 kilos of other recyclable wastes from residents of four…

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CDO, MisOr amplify vax drive beyond borders

Both the local government here and the provincial government of Misamis Oriental have doubled their efforts in the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination drive by inoculating residents regardless of where they reside. As a chartered city separate from the province, Mayor Oscar Moreno said Friday the city government will continue to deploy its vaccination team, through mobile vaccination, despite the low vaccination turnout in Gitagum town of Misamis Oriental. “I don’t know what happened as to why it turned out like that, but what is important is that we offered…

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Ilocos Norte waterpark to open but no swimming

The Ilocos Norte provincial government announced on Friday that its Paoay Lake waterpark will open on January 30 despite an earlier warning to defer” water contact activities” due to the presence of E-coli bacteria. In a statement, it said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has granted the provincial government an Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) but this was before a water testing, showing the lake has a high level of contamination and is unfit for swimming. Provincial environment and natural resources officer Victor Dabalos confirmed the waterpark may…

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