Provide free tour training for local folk, solon tells DOT

A lawmaker on Thursday asked the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Technical Education And Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to hold free tour guide training nationwide that should be open to tricycle drivers, jeepney drivers, UV express drivers, market vendors, and barangay tanods (village officers).   Quezon Rep.-elect Reynan Arrogancia said the training should be offered to the “local people in the neighborhood” with whom tourists have direct contact upon arrival at their destinations.   He said giving first aid for common emergencies should also be included in the training for…

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Group seeks wide access to clean water for Davao schools

An advocacy group on Wednesday assured wider access to clean and safe drinking water for students in Davao City.   Liezel Salera-Manabat, the GiftingLife Philippines country manager, said her group is initially sourcing funds to set up water filtration and refilling centers in six schools in the city and one in Davao del Norte.   “In partnership with the Department of Education in Davao (DepEd-Davao), our group has made it our mission to establish water filtration centers in schools here where learners have difficulty accessing clean drinking water,” Manabat said.…

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Magnitude 5.1 quake jolts Ilocos Sur

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted Ilocos Sur Province on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.   The quake struck 63 kilometers northwest of Candon City at 2:08 p.m.   It was 14 kilometers deep.   Intensity IV was felt in Candon, and San Esteban, Ilocos Sur.   Intensity III was reported in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; Pinili, Ilocos Norte; Sudipen and Bangar, La Union; and Bolinao and Alaminos City in Pangasinan.   Intensity II was felt in Sinait, Santa Cruz and Santa Lucia, Ilocos Sur;…

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Study on durian as natural preservative gets DOST backing

The University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) has received funding approval for research on the use of durian rind as natural preservative.   The Department of Science and Technology in Davao Region (DOST-11) said Thursday the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has committed over PHP900,000 for the study.   Prof. Judee Nogodula, head of the USEP College of Arts and Sciences Research, the study aims to use the fruit’s rinds as natural bio-preservatives by isolating bacteriocinogenic Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) and extracting bacteriocin from fermenting durian rind.  …

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New OCD command hub to boost disaster response in Caraga

The Office of Civil Defense in the Caraga Region (OCD-13) opened here Thursday its new office building and government and command center.   The PHP77 million facility in Barangay Bancasi will also serve as one of the government control and command centers (GCCCs) in Mindanao.   Three top officials of the Department of National Defense (DND) were present during the inauguration –Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director, Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu, and Assistant Secretary Hernando Caraig Jr.   They were joined by OCD-13 Director…

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C. Luzon LGUs cited for efforts in Manila Bay rehab

Four local government units (LGUs) and one provincial government office in Central Luzon have been cited for their significant efforts and contribution to the cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay.   Recipients of the Manila BAYani award in the region are the city governments of Balanga, Bataan and Palayan, Nueva Ecija; municipalities of Sasmuan, Pampanga and Marilao, Bulacan; and the Environment and Natural Resources Office of Pampanga province.   The award recognized the LGUs, groups, and individuals that have shown exemplary and innovative strategies in the implementation of the Manila…

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Oil tanker hijacked in Quezon, 1 nabbed

A fuel tanker carrying PHP1.5 million worth of bunker fuel was hijacked in Quezon Province early Wednesday while authorities captured one of the three suspects in the incident.   Quezon police provincial director Col. Joel Villanueva on Thursday identified the suspect as Vincent Reyes, 31. Two others, Phillip Magtanggol and a certain alias ‘Joli’, managed to escape.   Reyes was arrested after authorities tracked him through his mobile phone that was left inside the tanker.   Police officers recovered the tanker owned by 4M Transport & Sales Corporation with plate…

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MRT-3 ‘Libreng Sakay’ ridership on track to reach 10M in June

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) is on track to serve around 10 million passengers in June, the third and final month of its ‘libreng sakay (free ride)’ program.   In a Facebook post on Thursday, the MRT-3 has so far provided 5,192,905 free rides from June 1 to 15 — compared to 8,472,639 ridership from March 28 to April 30 and 9,597,784 from May 1 to 31.   This after the MRT-3 logged multiple highest single-day ridership in June, with the highest so far recorded on June 10…

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PIA rectifying P206-M audit discrepancy: PCOO exec

State-run Philippine Information Agency (PIA) is currently rectifying its audit discrepancy through the recommendation of the Commission on Audit (COA), an official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said Thursday.   PCOO Undersecretary and acting deputy presidential spokesperson Michel Kristian “Kris” Ablan made this assurance after the COA flagged the PIA over a PHP206.3 million discrepancy in the value of its property plant and equipment (PPE).   Ablan said the PIA has already responded to the COA, noting that the agency failed to reconcile the list of its PPE…

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CA junks labor union suit vs. APO

The Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed its earlier ruling over the contested collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the management and the employees association of the APO Production Unit Inc. (APO).   In its resolution dated June 14, the appellate court denied for lack of merit the motion for reconsideration filed by the Asian Productivity Employees Association (APEA), an organization of the rank and file employees of APO, a government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) first put up in 1974.   “These matters…were already previously propounded and…were in fact. point by point,…

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DOH to build P10-M health center in Naga City

The Department of Health (DOH) will build a health center in Barangay Concepcion Pequeña here that will allow the government agency’s Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) to work in the city.   Called the Naga City Super Health Center (NCSHC), the project, once operational, will provide basic health needs including specialized health services at the local level. Construction will start next month and is expected to be completed in early 2023.   HFEP aims to improve public health facilities across the country by putting up new public health facilities and…

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India renews support to strong, unified, prosperous Asean ties

The Indian government renewed its support for a “strong, unified and prosperous” Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).   During the Special Asean-India Foreign Ministers’ meeting on Thursday, Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar, said the Asean has always stood tall as a beacon of regionalism, multilateralism, and globalization.   “India fully supports a strong, unified and prosperous Asean, one whose centrality in the Indo-Pacific is fully recognized. The strong convergence of the AOIP (Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific) and the IPOI (Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative) is a testimony to…

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GSIS grants P221-B loans to 1.38M gov’t employees, pensioners

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has released a total of PHP221 billion in loans to 1.38 million active members and pensioners nationwide from January 2021 to May 15, 2022.   “We rolled out several programs under our Ginhawa for All benefit bundles to extend financial assistance at a time when our members and pensioners needed it most. Alam namin na GSIS ang inaasahang mangalaga sa seguridad at kapakanan ng mga kawani ng gobyerno. Ang malaking responsibilidad na ito ay bahagi ng ating tungkulin (We know that GSIS will have…

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DILG-NegOr all set for transition, oath-taking of new execs

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Negros Oriental is ready for a smooth transition in government on June 30 in the different local government units (LGUs).   In an interview on Thursday, DILG-Negros Oriental provincial director Farah Gentuya said the local government transition teams (LGTTs) have been organized as mandated by the agency’s memorandum circular and guidelines.   “I would like to emphasize that the local governance transition team is not only for newly-elected officials but also for those re-elected as stipulated in the memorandum,” she…

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PDEA Pangasinan inaugurates 4th Balay Silangan

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Pangasinan provincial office has inaugurated the Balay Silangan Reformation Center in this town, the fourth in the entire province.   In a phone interview on Thursday, PDEA Pangasinan director Rechie Camacho said there are nine reformists as initial clients of the center who will undergo general interventions like continuing education, health awareness, psychological, spiritual and physical activities such as counseling, moral recovery, values formation, personal and life skills.   “There are three phases to the community-based rehabilitation at the center. The first phase is…

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Ilocos tightens border protocols to prevent entry of Omicron

The Department of Health Center for Health Development in Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) remains vigilant against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron sub-variant despite zero cases in the region as of Thursday.   “We are strengthening border control protocols in coordination with the local government units to ensure that everyone who enters the region will be screened for signs and symptoms of Covid-19,” DOH-CHD-1 Covid-19 focal person Dr. Rheuel Bobis said in a virtual video presentation.   Bobis said they are also in close coordination with the hospitals in the four…

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Economist eyes 50 bps hike in BSP rates next week

An economist has raised the possibility of a 50 basis points (bps) increase in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) key rates next week following the 75 basis points increase in the Federal Reserve’s rates on Wednesday.   The BSP’s policy-making Monetary Board (MB) will have its rate-setting meeting on June 23.   In a report on Thursday, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) chief economist Michael Ricafort said the 2.25 percent rate for the local central bank’s overnight reverse repurchase (RRP) rate “is already too close/tight vis-à-vis the upper-end of…

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Zamboanga City revives kite festival to boost tourism

The local government is holding a kite festival for the first time in two years to help revive the city’s tourism industry.   Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said part of the festival is the kite flying competition slated at 3 p.m. Sunday at the scenic Paseo del Mar.   The annual kite festival was suspended in 2020 following the coronavirus disease-19 pandemic.   “We are inviting kite enthusiasts to join the competition and help promote tourism,” Salazar said Thursday.   There are two main categories in the competition: teen (13-17-years-old)…

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Online petition calls for permanent ban of Reds website

An online petition has been launched on the web calling for the takedown and a permanent ban of websites and internet platforms by the communist terrorist groups.   In a message sent to the Philippine News Agency on Thursday, former Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) cadre Jeffrey “Ka Eric” Celiz said the petition was filed on Wednesday via the online platform Change.org used to initiate petitions, campaigns, and mobilize supporters.   Celiz is the secretary-general of a national organization of former rebels dubbed Sentrong Alyansa…

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Duterte admin appointed ‘most number’ of prosecutors: Guevarra

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte has made significant progress in addressing the lack of qualified prosecutors and judges in the country.   Speaking at a newsman’s forum Wednesday, Guevarra said there are still a number of appointments already sent to Malacañang but conceded there may no longer be time for the Palace to act on the same.   “In the case of the DOJ, there are about 500 appointments na nai-submit na namin sa (which we submitted to) Malacañang. But due to lack of…

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DOH-CAR drums up info drive to boost jab rate of minors

The Department of Health in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) has resorted to town hall meetings to convince people to have their children vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).   Dr. Camille Justine Malinit, DOH-CAR medical officer III, in a press briefing on Thursday said they hope to correct the misinformation that the frail bodies of children cannot handle the Covid-19 vaccines.   Social media is used aside from face-to-face meetings, which are held to reach more people.   DOH-CAR data showed an 81.16-percent vaccination rate or 1,202,559 individuals…

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PRO3 ready to augment security for BBM inauguration

The Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO3) is ready to send augmentation forces for the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at the historic National Museum of the Philippines building on June 30.   Col. Wilson delos Santos, force commander of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB3), said on Thursday they are ready to help the National Capital Region Police Office to ensure a peaceful transition of power.   “Ang Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon ay nakahandang umalalay para maisakatuparan ang inagurasyon ng ating incoming President-elect Marcos. Kami dito…

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Pasig River Ferry resumes ‘short distance’ trips

The Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) on Thursday announced the resumption of its operations but only the short distance trips due to ongoing cleanup of water hyacinths that clogged portions of the Pasig River. “The PRFS will operate in short distance trips from Pinagbuhatan in Pasig to Santa Ana in Manila,” the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said in a statement. From the Nagpayong Ferry Station in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City, the next stop would be San Joaquin Ferry Station in Pasig, followed by Guadalupe Station in Makati, Hulo in Mandaluyong,…

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Gordon wants power subsidy in EPIRA to benefit ‘poorest’ Pinoys

Senator Richard J. Gordon has supported a proposed measure seeking to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform (EPIRA) Law, pointing out that the power subsidy provided by the law should benefit Filipinos who are on the poverty line.   Gordon signed a committee report on Thursday pushing for bills, such as Senate Bill No, 1583, seeking to extend lifeline rate subsidies for 20 more years in order to provide continuous relief to marginalized households or those who consume 100 kilowatt-hours or less of monthly electricity.   “We have to cushion…

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Newly-hired contact tracers deployed in Cordillera

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has completed the training of the 571 contact tracers who were hired here and in the six provinces of the region.   “They are already deployed,” DILG-CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan said on Friday.   Iringan said a face-to-face and virtual teleconference to train the newly hired contact tracers were completed on October 1 and 2.   “It (contact tracer) is part of the government’s campaign against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19),” he…

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New seafarers’ quarantine facility launched in Bataan

A new quarantine facility dedicated to the use of seafarers was launched on Friday at Port Capinpin in Orion, Bataan.   In a video blog, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said the new facility will be able to house as many as 124 seafarers at the same time and will mainly be used during crew change activities—the process of replacing seafarers aboard both local and international vessels.   “Meron siyang 25 na beds na dedicated doon sa mga in critical condition at meron din naman na…

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PFL reveals opening weekend schedule

The Philippines Football League (PFL) is set to commence with its fourth season on October 24.   On Friday, the league released its opening weekend schedule.   The Azkals Development Team, which will play this year as a guest team, opens the season with a 4:30 p.m. showdown against Mendiola.   In the other match at 8:30 p.m., pre-season favorites Stallion Laguna and Kaya Iloilo will collide.   The other two clubs in the field will take center stage in the lone match on October 25.   United City, formerly…

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James de los Santos rules Okinawa event, nears World No. 1

Online kata champion James de los Santos made another leap toward being the world number one ranking after winning the Okinawa E-Tournament World Series on Friday.   De los Santos defeated Domont Moreno of Switzerland, 25.26-24.6, to capture his 13th online gold for the year.   He first defeated Alfredo Bustamante of the United States in the first round, 24.3-24; Silvio Cerone-Biagoni of South Africa in the quarterfinals, 24.92-23.98; and Nejc Sternisa of Slovenia, 25.8-24.72, in the semifinals.   In a chat interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), de…

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Ilocos Norte opens helpline to address mental health issues

The province of Ilocos Norte launched on Friday a dedicated hotline and center for anyone who needs advice during this pandemic.   Dubbed as, “Speak Up, I’m Here,” the campaign aims to provide an avenue for residents in distress to express whatever is bothering them which may lead to depression and other psychology-related incidents.   During the launch attended by provincial officials and public and private stakeholders, Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc said the spike of suicide incidents in the province is alarming amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.  …

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Ilocos Norte advises tourists to follow travel restrictions

The province of Ilocos Norte is opening its doors to tourists on October 15 but with some restrictions.   Provincial tourism officer Aianree Raquel said only healthy tourists are allowed to come and they must pre-register online to secure a travel pass.   “Since October 1, we have no tourist yet, though we have received ‘pencil bookings’ by far. We expect the first tourists to arrive on October 15,” Raquel said in a virtual press conference on Thursday afternoon.   He said tourists from Luzon are most welcome, except pregnant…

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DSWD releases P2.47-B for SAP 2 in Cebu

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Central Visayas said on Friday it has disbursed a total of PHP2.47 billion for the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), benefiting 411,028 low-income families in Cebu.   Out of the total 411,028 SAP beneficiaries in Cebu as of Wednesday, 336,416 were paid through partner financial service providers (FSPs) such as Starpay, RCBC, PayMaya, GCash, and Unionbank.   The DSWD has partnered with FSPs to fast track the payment in areas that are not categorized as geographically isolated and…

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Manilenyos happy with enactment of anti-noise ordinance

Residents here, who have long endured neighbors acting as “rockstar singers” for years in videoke or karaoke sessions, can now have a sigh of relief following the enactment of an ordinance regulating this form of leisure.   “Buti na lang po nagpasa kayo ng ganyang ordinance, dahil dito po sa amin may frustrated rocker na kung magpatugtog akala mo buong community nakikinig sa tugtog niya (It’s good that you passed such an ordinance because we have a ‘frustrated rockstar’ neighbor that plays music as if the whole community is his…

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PH continues to improve investment climate: US report

The United States Department of State (DOS) has recognized the improvements in the Philippines’ investment climate in its latest 2020 Investment Climate Statements.   The USDOS mentioned reforms made by the Duterte administration that helped improve the business climate in the country.   “The Philippines continues to address investment constraints,” noted the 2020 Investment Climate Statements, which was released in September.   Among the reforms cited by the USDOS were the update of the Foreign Investment Negative List (FINL) in 2018 that allowed 100-percent foreign ownership in Internet businesses, insurance…

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Rate of BSP’s 28-day paper rises

Average rate of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) 28-day securities inched up Friday due to strong demand.   Data released by the central bank showed that the rate of debt paper rose to 1.8487 percent from 1.8423 percent during the auction for the same tenor last October 2.   BSP offered the paper for PHP60 billion and tenders reached PHP109.2 billion. It was fully awarded.   Bid coverage ratio improved to 1.8200 from last week’s 1.7502 when the paper was offered for PHP50 billion and received tenders amounting to…

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463K kids eyed for measles-rubella vaccination in Soccsksargen

The Department of Health (DOH) seeks to immunize a total of 463,675 children in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) against measles and rubella in their upcoming month-long vaccination campaign.   Arjohn Gangoso, DOH-12 health education and promotion officer, said Friday the preparations are now underway for the region-wide vaccination program, which is set from Oct. 26 to Nov. 25 in coordination with rural health units.   Gangoso said it will cover infants and children aged nine to 59-months-old in all four provinces and five cities in the region.   “Children who were…

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No motorcycle taxis until Congress drafts law: DOTr

Motorcycle taxis would not be back on the streets anytime soon as there is no legal basis yet for their continued operation, a transport official said on Friday.   In an interview during the morning show, Unang Hirit, DOTr Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope Libiran said the Motorcycle Taxi (MC Taxi) Technical Working Group (TWG) has completed the pilot run of MC Taxis back in March.   “There is no longer a pilot run to speak of. So, if there is no Congressional resolution, wala po kaming magiging legal basis sa…

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Tarlac City ramps up efforts to curb Covid-19 spread

The city government here is stepping up the implementation of health and safety measures as part of the continuing fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as four cases were reported on Friday.   Mayor Cristy Angeles ordered the Public Order and Safety Office to strictly enforce the city ordinance that requires the wearing of face mask and face shield in all public places.   Under the ordinance, any person who fails to wear a face mask and face shield outside their residence shall pay PHP500 up to PHP5,000 or…

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63 of 70 new Covid-19 cases in Caraga are local transmission: DOH

Sixty-three of the 70 new infections in the Caraga Region are local transmissions, the Department of Health in the area (DOH-13) reported on Friday   In a briefing, the DOH-13 said the 70 newly confirmed infections, 47 from this city, bring the total to 1,741.   “Thirty-seven of the new cases are asymptomatic, 28 patients are experiencing mild symptoms, four are having severe symptoms, while one is in critical condition. The patients are now quarantined, monitored, and managed accordingly,” DOH-13 said.   Sixty-three of the new cases are classified as…

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PRRD calls Congress for special session on 2021 budget

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for a special session of Congress to ensure the timely passage of the proposed PHP4.5-trillion national budget for 2021.   In Proclamation 1027, Duterte called Congress to a special session on October 13 to 16 to “resume the congressional deliberations on the proposed 2021 national budget and to avoid any further delays on the prompt passage thereof in accordance with the Constitution and applicable laws, rules, and regulations”.   This came after the President on Thursday urged the House of Representatives to resolve the…

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Slower M3 growth factor for another BSP rate cut in ’21: analyst

An economist of the MUFG Global Markets Research forecasts an additional cut in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) key rates but this is projected to happen by 2021 when the growth of domestic liquidity (M3) has slowed to around 10 percent.   In a virtual briefing Thursday, Sophia Ng, MUFG Global Markets Research analyst, said she expects the central bank’s accommodative policy to remain until the next two years.   “The path going forward is rate cut. I think, in terms of M3 growth, I guess the BSP’s comfort…

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PH Covid-19 recoveries now 274,318

With 697 new recovered cases reported on Thursday, the total number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) recoveries nationwide reached 274,318.   In its latest case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) also reported 2,363 new confirmed cases, pushing the overall tally of active cases to 51,482.   Of the active cases, about 85.7 percent are mild, 9.8 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 3.1 percent are in critical condition.   The majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 858, the provinces of…

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Tertiary schools in Region 1 holding classes as early as August

Some 46 colleges and universities in the Ilocos Region have already started their classes using the flexible mode of learning, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) regional office here said Thursday.   At the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas Pangasinan chapter virtual forum, CHED Ilocos officer-in-charge director Dr. Rogelio Galera Jr. said four of these schools were already conducting classes since July and most of them opened their semester in August and September.   “The schools open depending on their readiness. They are using flexible learning, which could be…

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3 more Soccsksargen centenarians get P100-K incentives

Three more centenarians in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) received cash incentives and recognition from the national government.   Cezario Joel Espejo, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Region 12 director, said Thursday the cash awards were separately received by the centenarians and their families early this week in line with the observance of the 26th Elderly Filipino Week.   He said the recipients, all from Koronadal City, were Paulina Cabangbang, Zarzosa Sim, and Ganacial Garganera.   The three were among the centenarians who were validated as of this month by DSWD-12…

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Tagle gets swab test at Red Cross before flying back to Vatican

Manila Archbishop Emeritus Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle underwent a swab test at the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) bio-molecular laboratory in Mandaluyong City on Thursday as a requirement before flying back to the Vatican City in Rome.   PRC chairman and chief executive officer Senator Richard Gordon, who also had his regular swab test, joined Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and president of Caritas Internationalis, during the procedure.   Tagle, who tested positive for Covid-19 last Sept. 10 upon his arrival in Manila from Rome,…

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DepEd reports ‘100% enrollment’ in public schools

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday reported it has achieved “100 percent enrollment” in public schools nationwide for the school year 2020 to 2021 which opened October 5.   Latest enrollment data from the department show that a total of 22,587,496 learners have enrolled in public schools which is 14,573 higher compared to the number of enrollees last year at 22,572,923.   In private schools, there are a total of 2.18 million learners enrolled. Combined, the overall enrollment tally nationwide is 24.8 million.   Region-4A (Calabarzon) logged the highest…

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8 in 10 Pinoys approve Duterte admin’s Covid-19 response

Eight out of 10 Filipinos have a “positive opinion” about the Duterte administration’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response, a Pulse Asia survey showed Thursday.   Pulse Asia’s 2020 Ulat ng Bayan Survey said 84 percent of Filipinos approved the work done by the Duterte administration to control the spread of Covid-19 and to provide assistance to those who lost their livelihood or job due to the pandemic.   The administration registered a single-digit disapproval rating in terms of its initiatives to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (6 percent)…

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Kapampangan kids learn thru TV program

Television is an important learning tool to some 337,280 students currently enrolled in public schools in this province.   As the school year 2020-2021 officially opened on Oct. 5, Kapampangan students from kindergarten to senior high school are getting educated through a television program entitled “Super-K Teleskwela”.   The Department of Education (DepEd) Pampanga Schools Division, in partnership with the provincial government, came up with the idea to ensure continuing education for students amid a ban on face-to-face learning due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.   Celia Lacanlale,…

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PSA to pre-register 5M low-income household heads for PhilSys

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will conduct a house-to-house pre-registration of low-income household heads for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) as it assured that strict health protocols are in place amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.   During a Laging Handa public briefing on Wednesday, PSA Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista said the move is to minimize crowding and avoid long queues in registration centers while implementing the national ID system or PhilSys.   Bautista said Step 1 of the process involves pre-registration of targeted respondents through a house-to-house or doorstep…

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NCRPO probes attack on female Grab driver by cop in Taguig

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday ordered a probe on the alleged assault on a female Grab driver by a police officer in Taguig City.   “Nevertheless, Taguig City Police Station is conducting further investigation of the case and has already requested for CCTV footage from the establishment. Further, NCRPO is conducting a separate and distinct fact-finding investigation regarding this matter to determine the fault of the cop, if any. We are also encouraging the lady driver to coordinate with us and file a case against the…

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LRT-2 back to normal ops hours after Santolan Station fire

The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) is now back to normal operations several hours after a fire hit its Santolan Station resulting in suspended train operations.   In a phone interview Thursday, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said train operations from Recto Station to Araneta Center Cubao Station and vice versa was back to normal at around 2:21 p.m. after their personnel repaired the connection between the LRT-2’s control center and its revenue line — the part of the train line accessible to passengers.   He…

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