PhilSys website under maintenance Jan. 30

The website of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) will be down for four hours on Sunday due to scheduled maintenance works. The Philippine Statistics Authority advisory on Friday night said the PhilSys Step 1 registration process will be unavailable from 11:59 p.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday. Other inquiries may be made through email address info@philsys.gov.ph or hotline 1388. As of Dec. 11, 2021, a total of 50,014,382 Filipinos have finished the Step 2 biometrics registration — iris scan, fingerprints, and front-facing photograph after the validation of demographic data. Some…

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EU announces fresh ‘Odette’, coronavirus aid for PH

The European Commission is allocating 21 million euros (approximately PHP1.19 billion) to support communities affected by disasters, conflicts, and the pandemic in some Asian nations, including the Philippines, the European Delegation in Manila announced Saturday. “(T)yphoon Rai (Odette) has been a painful reminder that countries in Southeast Asia are experiencing first-hand the dramatic consequences of climate change. This is why the EU is further stepping up its humanitarian support to the most vulnerable affected by natural hazards in the Philippines, Nepal, and the region,” European Union (EU) Commissioner for Crisis…

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3 Zambo road projects set for inauguration by Q2

Three core projects of the Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project (IGCMRSP) will be ready for inauguration early in the second quarter this year. These are the Alicia-Malangas Road and Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road, both in Zamboanga Sibugay, and the Tampilisan-Sandayong Road, located in Zamboanga del Norte, according to a news release on Saturday. The 23.73-km. Alicia-Malangas Road with eight bridges has a physical accomplishment of 83 percent while the 29.70-km. Lutiman-Guicam-Olutanga Road is at 77 percent. The Tampilisan-Sandayong Road, with a total length of 15.35 km. including three bridges,…

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CDO debunks fresh ‘lockdown’ disinformation

The local government here on Saturday debunked another disinformation attempt about a looming “lockdown” due to the spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases. Dr. Ted Yu Jr., medical officer of the City Health Office (CHO), in a daily presser urged residents to stop spreading wrong information and instead rely only on official sources like the CHO and the City Information Office. He said the city government will continue the daily virtual presser to provide updates on the measures to stop the spread of the virus. “There are some who…

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Westmincom’s cleft lip, palate surgery project benefits 35 kids

Thirty-five children born with cleft lip or cleft palate benefitted from the free surgery project of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) in partnership with the Advance Craniofacial Project Philippines Inc. (ACPPI). The ACPPI is a non-profit organization that gives free operation to people with cleft lip or cleft palate. Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., commander of the Westmincom, said in a statement Saturday the patients underwent surgery Friday at Camp Navarro General Hospital (CGNH), the military hospital in the city. Physicians from Metro Manila led the surgery of the patients.…

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10 ex-rebels, militants in CDO, Bukidnon await E-CLIP

The military and police are preparing for the endorsement of three former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and seven members of the NPA’s “Milisya ng Bayan” who surrendered voluntarily in this city and Bukidnon to avail of government assistance through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). In a statement Friday, Police Col. Aaron Mandia, the Acting Director of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO), commended the decision of the surrenderers to return to the fold of the law. “It is the best time to be with the…

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Ex-NPA leader nabbed in Caraga

The Police Regional Office – Caraga (PRO-13) on Saturday reported the arrest of a former leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who has been in hiding for more than three years. In a statement, PRO-13 Director Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr. said Reynaldo Y. Gaan, 38, was arrested by Cabadbaran City police in Barangay Mahaba in Agusan del Norte. He said Gaan, a former team leader of the NPA’s Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) 21C of Guerrilla Front 51, has an arrest warrant for attempted murder issued by Regional…

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NegOcc, Bacolod agree to lift RT-PCR test requirement by Feb. 1

The Negros Occidental provincial government has agreed to the request of this capital city to scrap the required negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result for inbound travelers, particularly those coming from Manila, effective February 1. Instead, arriving passengers will be asked to present a negative result of a rapid antigen test (RAT) certified only by an accredited Department of Health clinic or laboratory within 48 hours before their travel schedule. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Evelio Leonardia, together with the city and municipal mayors of Negros Occidental,…

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Arriving MCIA int’l travelers must have negative test results

Aside from proofs of vaccination, all inbound international passengers at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) starting February 1 must present negative results of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests taken within 48 hours before departing the country of origin. The memo released Friday will apply to Filipinos and foreigners alike. A passenger who is unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or whose vaccination cannot be validated must also have a negative RT-PCR test result, will be swabbed upon arrival, and must stay in a quarantine facility until the release of the second test taken…

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PH eyes to limit vaccines to 3 or 4 brands

The Philippines is planning to reduce the number of coronavirus vaccine brands in its portfolio to a maximum of four, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Saturday. DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said the country does not need to acquire all vaccine brands. “Hindi na po tayo bibili sa aking pagkakaintindi ng Sputnik vaccine. Alam naman natin na kailangan natin nang i-limit. Masyado nang marami tayong portfolio ng bakuna (Based on my understanding, we are no longer going to purchase Sputnik vaccines. We know that we need to limit. We…

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2 Comelec execs trade barbs over BBM DQ case

Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners Rowena Guanzon and Aimee Ferolino exchanged tirades over the resolution of the disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Ferolino, in a letter dated January 28 addressed to Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas, asked the poll body to review the appearances of Guanzon on television and social media, saying “her excitement and eagerness have taken over her that she may have forgotten the sub judice rule.” Ferolino, in explaining her side regarding Guanzon’s complaints that she was “deliberately” delaying the release of the…

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Anti-dengue drive launched in Zambo City village

The City Health Office (CHO) conducted a search and destroy strategy and larvicide application Saturday in Barangay Putik here due to the increasing dengue fever cases in the village. Dr. Cathy Garcia, assistant city health officer, said in a statement Barangay Putik is one of the villages with high cases of dengue in the city. However, Garcia did not say how many dengue cases the village has except that the CHO has recorded a total of 123 dengue fever cases in different barangays with two deaths since January this year.…

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Army nets 6 high-powered guns from clash with NPA rebels

The 29th Infantry Battalion (29IB) reported the recovery of six high-powered firearms after a clash with communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sitio Ancili, Barangay Puting Bato, Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte on Jan. 25. In a press statement issued Friday, the 29IB said its troops were conducting a security operation in the area when they encountered around 15 NPA rebels. “The rebels belonged to Sub-Regional Committee Northland, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee of the NPA led by Alias Chong,” it said. It added that the armed encounter…

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CPP-NPA getting ‘irrelevant’ in Visayas: Viscom chief

The Visayas Command (Viscom) on Saturday said communist rebels in the regions are fast becoming irrelevant due to dwindling support from the residents, sustained community engagement of soldiers, and the Barangay Development Program (BDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). In a statement, Lt. Gen. Robert Dauz, Viscom commander, said the Community Support Program (CSP) has amplified the direct engagement of the government forces to the communities which led the people to detach from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). CSP,…

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DOH defends eased protocols for arriving passengers

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday defended the government’s decision to ease the entry restrictions for inbound travelers. This was after Dr. Tony Leachon, a former adviser of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, questioned the revised quarantine rules that forego the testing requirement for arriving passengers. “Napagkaisahan ng Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) na luwagan. Alam naman natin na dahil sa bakuna, gumanda ang ating general conditions at kahit sa ibang bansa, nakita naman na hindi na kailangan magpa-test basta fully vaccinated and especially if boosted (The IATF has…

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NPA rebel found dead 5 days after clash in Davao Oro

Troops from the 1001st Infantry Brigade on Friday discovered an unidentified cadaver of a New People’s Army (NPA) rebel, five days after they figured in an encounter with the communist group in Purok 6, Barangay Panoraon Maco, Davao de Oro. In a statement on Saturday, Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III, commander of the 1001st IB, said a concerned citizen reported a foul smell in the area which led the troops to the decomposing cadaver, along with an M16 rifle, a bandolier, a backpack with subversive documents, and personal belongings. “It…

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San Juan’s active cases drop by 72% in 2 weeks

San Juan City’s Covid-19 cases dropped to 72 percent during the last two weeks. As of the January 26 data, the city is down to 536 active cases after 1,947 were recorded on January 12. San Juan only has seven active cases on Dec. 24, 2021 but greeted the new year with 152. In a social media post on Friday, Mayor Francis Zamora said he wants to see the numbers decrease further before the Alert Level is lowered from the current No. 3. “That is a 72.47 percent drop in…

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Ensure ‘sabong’ operations comply with health protocols: DILG

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed all local government units (LGUs) to ensure that the resumption of cockpit operations and the return of traditional “sabong” (cockfighting) in areas under Alert Level 2 or lower would not be super spreader events of Covid-19 and its highly transmissible Omicron variant. Governors, mayors, and village chiefs must exercise sound judgment, undertake necessary actions, and ensure compliance with health and safety protocols in the management of cockpits and cockfighting activities, according to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año. “Kahit nasa Level…

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