COVAX commits to replace expiring gov’t-procured vaccines

The COVAX Facility has offered to replace with fresh ones expiring coronavirus disease 2019 vaccines, both donated and procured by the government, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said negotiations are underway to replace expiring vaccines with COVAX-donated shots. “[M]ay commitment na rin naman po sa COVAX verbally, kung saan nag-commit naman sila na maaari naman nilang palitan, kahit na hindi iyong mga donation nila, iyong mga prinocure natin, na set to expire ay maaari din daw nilang palitan (There’s a verbal commitment from…

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DOH to set up Samar hospital to serve 1.2M residents

The Department of Health (DOH) 8 (Eastern Visayas) is eyeing the construction of a 300-bed tertiary hospital in Calbayog City to serve Samar Island’s three provinces, home to 1.2 million people. The DOH has created a technical working group (TWG) tasked to draft the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the new law that establishes the Samar Island Medical Center. DOH-8 Director Exuperia Sabalberino said Friday that the TWG had its first meeting on May 10 to plan, discuss, and prepare the information and documentation necessary to formulate the IRR…

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Catholics mark 105th anniversary of Fatima Apparition

A parish priest has appealed to pray the rosary to end the global pandemic coronavirus-19 (Covid-19), and for peace to reign in the world. This was the appeal made by Fr. Carlos Reyes, parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong City, on the 105th anniversary of the famous Fatima Apparition on Friday. “We are in troubled times and there is a need for us to pray the Holy Rosary daily for the intercession of the Blessed Mother to end the global pandemic coronavirus-19 (Covid-19), and Russia’s invasion…

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2 NPA leaders killed in Zambo Norte clash

Some two leaders of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a firefight with government troops in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Norte, the military said Friday. Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade (102Bde) commander, said NPA leaders Loreto Dagpin and Rolando Maglasang were killed in a 30-minute clash with government forces around 3:40 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Midatag, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte. Dagpin was a commanding officer of the defunct Main Regional Guerrilla Unit (MRGU) while Maglasang was a leader of the defunct Guerrilla…

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PH records lowest Covid-19 cases average

The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline nationally, breaching the lowest recorded average prior to the peak of the Omicron variant, a health official said Friday. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said only 971 new cases or 146 new daily cases were logged nationally for the period of May 6 to 12. “So far, ito ang pinakamababang recorded average ng Covid-19 cases bago po tayo nagkaroon ng Omicron experience kung saan nakapagtala tayo ng 254 new cases per day noong December 18 to 24…

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2 incidents in NegOr tagged as poll violence

The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) has convened its Election-Related Incident (ERI) Validation Committee to investigate two incidents involving politicians, the cases of which are now tagged as “suspected” election-related violence. Provincial police director, Col. Germano Mallari, told the Philippine News Agency on Friday that the two incidents are the robbery at the house of incumbent Sibulan Vice Mayor Marcela Grampon Bartoces, a mayoralty candidate, and the shooting incident in the municipality of Basay which identified incumbent Mayor Beda Cañamaque as the target. “The Police Regional Office 7 directed…

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Omicron detected in majority of samples sequenced in recent week

The Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) was detected in the majority or 77.78 percent of the samples sequenced from May 2 to 10, a health official said Friday. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire disclosed that about 3.17 percent of the specimens sequenced were positive with the Delta variant while the remaining 19 percent had no lineage assigned. “Sa 49 Omicron variant cases, 45 na kaso ay local, dalawang kaso ay foreign nationals, habang patuloy vine-verify ang dalawang kaso kung ito ba ay…

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PH logs 109 new Covid-19 cases on May 11: OCTA

The country logged 109 new cases of Covid-19 on May 11, bringing the total tally to 3,687,428, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday. In a tweet, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure is lower but close to the forecast of 120 cases. Citing data from the Department of Health, David said there were 3,328 active cases and no new deaths were recorded. The death toll stood at 60,439. About 418 new recoveries bringing the total number of recovered cases to 3,623,661. Earlier, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine…

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PH GDP surpasses pre-pandemic level with 8.3% Q1 growth

The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 8.3 percent in the first quarter of 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels, as the full reopening of the economy further perked up consumer spending and business activities. This is a significant reversal from the 3.8-percent contraction in the same period last year. The economy posted a 5.9-percent pre-pandemic growth in 2019. “Growth in the first quarter exceeded the median analyst forecast of 6.7 percent, making the Philippines the fastest growing economy in the East Asia region for the period,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary…

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Ukraine visit made me see link between global crises: WHO chief

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said a visit to Ukraine made him aware of a convergence of global crises like the war there, the coronavirus pandemic, a worldwide food and energy crisis and migration and climate issues that need solving with “real global leadership.” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was asked at a webinar on the Covid-19 pandemic by a journalist about the current focus on Ukraine, which he recently visited for three days, prompting him to issue another call to Russia to stop the…

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Catch-up vaccination to close immunity gap among children

The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) is expanding its catch-up immunization to other provinces of the region this May and June to close the wide gap for vaccine-preventable diseases for over 52,000 children below two years old. “Our 2021 data has shown that our coverage is 64.36 percent. This is second to the lowest since 2015, a remarkable decrease compared with our 2020 coverage (70.94 percent). There is an increased immunity gap that we have to close that is why we are doing…

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Extensive lockdown not option vs. Covid-19 surge: expert

A health expert said extensive lockdown is no longer being considered an option to curb possible surge of Covid-19 cases when highly transmissible subvariants of Omicron enter the country. In a televised public briefing Wednesday, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Experts Panel member, said monitoring of the hospital utilization rate nationwide is more important than lockdowns. Department of Health data on May 9 showed that only 14.5 percent or 4,546 out of 26,811 hospital beds dedicated for Covid-19 patients are utilized nationwide. Apart from monitoring healthcare facilities, Solante said it was…

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Uptick in Covid-19 cases after poll week expected: expert

An infectious diseases expert is not discounting the possible rise in the number of Covid-19 infections after the election week. In a televised public briefing Wednesday, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Experts Panel member, said there had been super spreader events prior to the election day such as political sorties where minimum public health standards were violated. “In fact, meron tayo mga nakitaan ngayon na ibang mga pasyente na merong mga mild symptoms lang naman, and they are positive, so, ibig sabihin dun nakuha ‘yan, either sa presinto or before siya…

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600 Army personnel, dependents get Covid-19 booster shots

The Philippine Army (PA) said on Wednesday some 600 military personnel and dependents have benefitted from the second phase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) booster drive at its headquarters in Fort Bonifacio. Booster shots were given at the Army General Hospital (AGH), PA spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said. Among the priorities are military dependents who are yet to receive their primary booster shot or dependents with comorbidities who are yet to receive their secondary booster shot. The first phase of the booster drive took place last May 6 and around…

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Bill Gates tests positive for Covid-19

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for Covid-19. “I’m experiencing mild symptoms and am following the experts’ advice by isolating until I’m healthy again. I’m fortunate to be vaccinated and boosted and have access to testing and great medical care,” Gates said on Twitter. He said the charitable Gates Foundation will continue working with its partners and do all it can “to ensure none of us have to deal with a pandemic again.” Gates turned his fortune from software…

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Conversion of 2 prov’l hospitals boosts bed capacity in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY – The conversion of two Department of Health (DOH)–run hospitals in Iloilo Province means increased bed capacity and more available services soon. President Rodrigo Duterte signed on April 29, 2022 Republic Act 11723 converting the Western Visayas Sanitarium in the municipality of Santa Barbara into a general hospital with a specialty in infectious diseases and renaming it the Western Visayas Sanitarium and General Hospital (WVSGH). The Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo under Republic Act 11725 was converted into a tertiary hospital and…

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Voters with Covid-19 symptoms sent home for isolation

MANILA – At least 31 voters were sent home to self-isolate on election day after showing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) related symptoms, a health official said Tuesday. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the 31 individuals were assessed by the doctors assigned in various polling precincts nationwide and were referred to local health centers for further evaluation and management. “Meron po tayong listahan sa mga pasiyenteng ito, but at the end of the day, ‘yung totality po nitong lahat wala naman po tayong nakita na…

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New Covid-19 cases 37% lower: health exec

MANILA – New cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are 37 percent lower as compared to the period before the onset of Omicron subvariant, a health official said Tuesday. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Covid-19 cases are continuously declining with an average daily case of 159 for the week of May 3 to 9 which is 19 percent lower than last week’s 196. National Admission by Health Status data showed that cases are mostly asymptomatic (18.55 percent) and mild (37.19 percent) as of May…

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Over 7K receive Covid-19 vax on election day: DOH

MANILA – At least 7,407 individuals have been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) during the May 9 national elections, a health official said Tuesday. The vaccination was held in 333 pop-up vaccination sites set up by the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units in areas near voting centers. “Naabot na po natin ang 76 percent ng ating eligible population na mabakunahan (We have reached 76 percent of our [targeted] eligible population [fully] vaccinated),” said DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire during an online media forum. The vaccination…

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Baguio adopts health framework to implement UHC law

The city government has approved an ordinance that would ensure that the Universal Health Care Act (UHCA) and other health programs of the government are properly implemented and would reach every resident. In a phone interview on Sunday evening, chief city information officer Aileen Refuerzo said Resolution 177-2022 adopts the provisions and principles contained in Department of Health (DOH) Administrative Order 2021-0063 or the Health Promotion Framework Strategy (HPFS) 2030 into the local government health system. The HPSF 2030 serves as the overall national health promotion road map and basis…

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Elderly, PWDs unfazed by health conditions to cast votes

No matter what their age and health conditions are, elderly citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD) were among the early voters at Claro M. Recto High School in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday. Most of them wanted to avoid overcrowding by mid-morning or near closing time. Accompanied by a relative, 67-year-old Generosa Lo said it is her responsibility to choose the country’s next leader who has a heart for the elderly. “Maayos naman ang naging pagboto ko hindi ako masyadong matagal kasi inuuna nila ang mga senior (The voting process was…

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PH Covid-19 cases daily average for May 2-8 down to 161

The country’s daily average Covid-19 cases went down to 161 on May 2 to 8, or 20 percent lower than the previous week, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday. Cases averaged 200 per day from April 25 to May 1. In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said there are 1,124 new cases of the coronavirus and 42 verified deaths in the recent week. For the same period, 14 cases were added to the tally of severe and critical infections, now 611. Only 16.8 percent or 474 out of…

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NegOcc, Bacolod City log rise in dengue cases

The health offices of Negros Occidental and this provincial capital have reported an increase in dengue cases from January to the third week of April. As of Friday, data from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) showed a total of 278 cases were reported from January to April 23 this year, which is higher by 71 percent compared to 116 cases recorded during the same period in 2021. Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, provincial health officer, said although the cases cannot be considered alarming yet as the number is still below the 500-case…

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Close contacts of 1st Omicron BA.2.12 case remain asymptomatic

The close contacts of the first Omicron BA.2.12 case in the country, a 52-year-old Finnish woman, have remained asymptomatic, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. In a message to reporters, the DOH said six local contacts tested negative for Covid-19 while the asymptomatic ones were not tested following the current protocols. “Of the 30 plane close contacts, three have already departed back to their home country. No additional close contacts have been identified,” the agency added. The country’s first case had nine close contacts in Quezon City, five in…

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8 of 10 Filipinos approve gov’t response to pandemic

Filipinos nationwide gave the national pandemic response a high approval rating of 88 percent in the National Capital Region (NCR), 79 percent from Luzon, 92 percent from Visayas, and 80 percent from Mindanao, based on a recent non-commissioned survey by OCTA Research. “Eight out of ten Filipinos approve of the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This response has always been through the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte together with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the National Task Force (NTF) against…

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Return-to-office to ramp up office market absorption

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) restrictions eased and workers are urged to return to their workplaces, the Philippine office market is expected to stabilize occupancy rate for 2022, a professional services and investment management firm said. During the Colliers Philippine property market briefing Thursday, the company has seen a positive net absorption on office spaces in the first quarter this year, riding the return-to-office (RTO) momentum. Colliers Philippines Office services-tenant representation senior director Dom Frederick Andaya said the office market had a net take-up of 26,400 square meters in…

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Salmonella cases linked to Kinder chocolates reach 151: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Wednesday that there are 151 cases of salmonella linked to the consumption of Kinder chocolate products in at least 11 countries. The organization said in a statement that bacteria with the same genetic structure as salmonella that infects the human body was detected in some tankers containing raw materials at the Kinder factory in Arlon, Belgium during inspections in December 2021 and January of this year. It was noted that the necessary hygiene measures were taken at the factory and the salmonella test on…

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5 terrorists, soldier killed in Lanao Sur clash

Five members of the Dawlah Islamiya-Maute Group (DI-MG) and a soldier were killed while another trooper was injured during an encounter in the hinterlands of Lanao del Sur, a military official said Thursday. Lt. Col. Romulus Rabara, the Army’s 5th Infantry Battalion (IB) commander, said “intense fighting” broke out during an operation against 40 members of DI-MG, led by a certain Abdullah in Barangay Ragayan, Butig, Lanao del Sur, Wednesday afternoon. “The troops engaged the enemy in a four-hour gun battle which started at 8:30 a.m. until noon on Wednesday,”…

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More seismic stations boost quake monitoring capability

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) boosted its earthquake monitoring capability with the opening of its 115th seismic station in Barangay Punong Pequeño in the municipality of Dueñas in Iloilo on Thursday. “This is a remarkable milestone because it satisfies our target to establish 115 seismic stations throughout the whole Philippines before the end of term of President Rodrigo Duterte this year,” Phivolcs officer-in-charge Renato Solidum Jr. said during the inauguration. The Dueñas, Iloilo Seismic Station to the Philippine Seismic Network allows faster and more accurate issuance of…

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Pacquiao wants free hospitalization for seniors, houses for poor

Presidential aspirant Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao vowed to provide free housing units, full hospitalization coverage for senior citizens, and livelihood opportunities for poor Filipinos if he wins the May 9 elections. In his Leyte sortie on Thursday, Pacquiao said he will also push to increase the elderlies’ monthly social pension up to PHP2,000. Under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994 otherwise known as the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010,” indigent senior citizens are entitled to a monthly stipend amounting to PHP500 from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.…

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Belgica pushes for death penalty vs. corrupt officials

Former Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chairperson Greco Belgica has vowed to push for the death penalty on corrupt officials if he wins the Senate race. In a press briefing here Thursday, Belgica said part of his advocacies is the revival of the death penalty for corrupt officials and drug lords. The senatorial aspirant said he will make the drug war and peace and order a priority to attain economic recovery. This entails, he said, strengthening the justice system. “If elected, I’ll make sure to continue the policies set by President…

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Dengue claims 2 lives in Antique

The Antique Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) is urging the public to continue carrying out environmental sanitation to prevent the spread of dengue which has already claimed two lives in the province this year. Dengue, now considered a year-round disease, has claimed the lives of a 20-year-old female from the municipality of Sibalom and a 19-year-old female from Bugasong town, said Sheree Vego, IPHO Nurse 4 and in charge of the Infectious Diseases Cluster. The case from Bugasong town died on February 5 while the Sibalom patient was the latest…

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Baguio City rolls out 2nd booster shot in villages

The vaccination of immuno-compromised residents with the second booster shot against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) began at satellite health centers in villages here on Tuesday. Dr. Rowena Galpo, city health office chief, in a media interview on Tuesday said the vaccination started at the different district health centers catering to Baguio’s 128 villages to bring services closer to the residents. She said second booster vaccination in malls has likewise started. As of April 25, some 115,276 individuals out of the 281,000 target eligible adult population have received their first…

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2nd booster shot welcome relief for most

The national government rollout of the second booster shot against the coronavirus virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) received positive feedback, mostly from citizens who are itching to get out of the pandemic. On Tuesday, local government units of Manila, Pateros, San Juan, and Pasig began the administration of the additional booster dose for the immunocompromised sector. Makati and Valenzuela kicked off theirs on Monday while Quezon City has yet to announce a schedule. Desiree Co, a Manila hospital worker who is also a cancer survivor, said being on the front-line means…

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High vax rate ‘antidote’ to severe cases even if new surge occurs

Despite predictions that Covid-19 cases will increase anew amid loosened restrictions and campaign-related mass gatherings, OCTA Research projected a low hospitalization rate due to high vaccination coverage. OCTA Research fellow Dr. Ranjit Rye urged the public during Tuesday’s “Laging Handa” public briefing to complete their primary Covid-19 vaccine series and get boosted as “there is a very big possibility of cases going up”. Rye said a new surge is “inevitable” now that the economy has reopened and new coronavirus subvariants continue to emerge abroad. “Importante ho na, kung gusto nating…

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2nd booster shot for immunocompromised kicks off Monday

The Department of Health on Monday started the administration of a second booster of Covid-19 vaccines to immunocompromised persons or the A3 population. In a televised briefing, Philippine Medical Association president, Dr. Benito Atienza, said the immunocompromised are vulnerable to severe disease or death due to Covid-19, hence they are prioritized to receive the second booster shot. Earlier, National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) chair Myrna Cabotaje said they target to vaccinate 7,000 to 13,000 immunocompromised individuals with the second booster shot three months after their first booster shot. Around 600,000…

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Taking COVID-19 vaccines to remote areas in Mindanao

While many people living in urban areas across the Philippines have been inoculated against Covid-19, there remains a significant number of those living in the hinterland of Mindanao who are yet to be vaccinated. This is primarily because many are unable to bear the cost of traveling to a vaccine center in the main city while others fear getting the vaccination owing to misinformation and lack of awareness. As a result, their families and communities remain vulnerable to the threat of Covid-19. Oliver Baton, a resident of Barangay Digkilaan, which…

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Alarm raised vs. dengue as Baguio cases almost double

Local health authorities have raised alarm over the increase in dengue hemorrhagic fever cases in the region, with the number of cases here almost doubling. In a phone interview on Monday, Public Information Office-Baguio chief Aileen Refuerzo said based on the records of the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, there were 82 dengue cases as reported by the Disease Reporting Units in the city from January 1 to March 31, 2022. “This is a 95.23 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021,” she said, referring to the 42 cases…

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Robredo to rejuvenate MSMEs, improve purchasing power

Vice President Leni Robredo vowed to reinvigorate micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and improve people’s purchasing power if she is elected president. Antonio Trillanes, who is part of Robredo’s senatorial slate, said in a recent episode of the “Biserbisyong Leni” radio program, that they were given marching orders to prioritize economic recovery. Under a Robredo presidency, he said post-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) recovery programs will focus on helping the MSMEs get back on their feet, the same priority of other candidates. “Pagpapanumbalik ng sigla ng ekonomiya sa pamamagitan ng…

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5 Caraga LGUs log zero Covid-19 cases in a week

At least two provinces and three cities in the Caraga Region have registered zero coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in a week, the regional health office said Monday. Department of Health in Caraga Region (DOH-13) said the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Dinagat Islands, and the cities of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte and Tandag and Bislig in Surigao del Sur, did not record a single Covid-19 case from April 17 to 23. During the same period, however, the agency tallied 19 new Covid-19 cases in the other areas…

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6.9K vacancies up for grabs at DOLE-11 May 1 fair in Davao City

At least 6,867 job vacancies are up for grabs on the May 1 Labor Day Jobs and Business Fair, the Department of Labor and Employment in Davao Region (DOLE-11) said Monday. In an interview, DOLE-11 information officer Joyce Mastura said 5,320 vacant jobs will be offered locally while 1,547 jobs are for overseas employment. Mastura said the event, dubbed as 2022 Labor Day Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Job and Business Fair, will be participated by 69 local employers and nine from overseas. The preregistration, screening, and job matching stages will…

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Immunocompromised priority for 2nd booster shot: Duque

The second booster shot of Covid-19 vaccine will be administered first to immunocompromised persons or those belonging to the A3 population, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Friday. In a televised public briefing, Duque said he approved the Health Technology Assessment Council’s (HTAC) recommendation for the administration of a second booster shot for persons with comorbidities only. The immunocompromised persons who are eligible for the additional shot include those who received an organ transplant, cancer and HIV/AIDS patients, have primary immunodeficiency, and those who take immunosuppressants. Earlier, the Food and…

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PH vaccine wastage only less than 2% of total supply

The total number of Covid-19 vaccines that expired and were wasted due to calamities only amounts to less than 2 percent of the more than 244 million doses the country has in stock. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that the amount is “lower than the 10 percent the World Health Organization” has given as a standard for vaccination wastage all over the globe. Some Covid-19 vaccines were not used due to the presence of contaminants or precipitation upon opening, Vergeire said. As for the…

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Rollout of 2nd booster shot starts April 25: DOH

The government will begin the rollout of the second booster shot or fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on April 25, a health official said Friday. Only immunocompromised individuals, ages 18 years old and above are eligible to receive the additional jab at least three months after their first booster shot or their third dose. “Ito ang mga bakunang aprubadong iturok na (Here are the vaccines approved to be given as) second booster or as your fourth dose, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, and Sinovac,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said…

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No scare tactics in PH Covid-19 vaccination program: Galvez

The government and health authorities are not promoting scare tactics to further improve the country’s Covid-19 vaccination program, National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Wednesday. In a virtual media forum, Galvez clarified that the government’s massive vaccination campaign only aims to push a higher level of vigilance among the public. “We are not yet over [with this pandemic]. We are not yet ensured that resurgence of cases will not happen again,” Galvez said, emphasizing that the virus still exists and vaccination…

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Increase in cases in 14 areas temporary upticks only: OCTA

The increase in Covid-19 cases in 14 areas under Alert Level 1 may be temporary upticks only, OCTA Research Group said Wednesday. “Sa ngayon, statistical, it looks like baka temporary increase lang or upticks but we have the right to change our analysis kapag makakita tayo ng additional data over the next week, pwede magbago yung pananaw namin (Currently, statistical, it looks like temporary increase only or upticks but we have the right to change our analysis when we see additional data over the next week, our observation might change),”…

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5 NCR cities log zero new Covid cases on April 19: OCTA

Some five cities in the National Capital Region (NCR) have logged zero new coronavirus cases on April 19, the OCTA Research Group said Wednesday. Over Twitter, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the five cities are Malabon, Muntinlupa, Pasig, Navotas, and Valenzuela. The five cities that logged the most number of new infections include Pasay with 24 cases; Taguig, 10; Manila, nine; Quezon City, seven; and Caloocan City, five. David said NCR tops the list of provinces or regions with the most number of new infections with 69.…

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Leviste hopeful for medical healthcare stability under Sara

Vice Governor Mark Leviste on Wednesday said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte can do so much in strengthening the country’s healthcare system if elected vice president. Speaking during the meet and greet with members and officers of the Association of Nursing Service Administration of the Philippines at the Provincial Capitol Grounds here, Leviste took pride in Duterte’s legacy concerning healthcare during her term as Davao City mayor. “As a mayor, she championed the immediate passage of the bill of the universal healthcare for her local government unit and the benefit…

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Hotel Okura opens in PH, signals recovering hospitality sector

Hotel Okura officially opened in Manila on Tuesday, signaling the gradual recovery of the country’s hospitality industry from almost two years of pandemic-driven lockdowns. The Japanese luxury hotel, situated within the Resorts World complex in Newport City, soft-opened in December 2021 and is the first Okura Nikko Hotels property in the Philippines. “We are delighted that Hotel Okura Manila officially opens today. At this hotel, we are confident that Okura’s omotenashi together with the warmest Filipino hospitality, in conjunction with our spirit of ‘Wa’ (meaning harmony or teamwork), would evolve…

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Unclaimed body of CPP-NPA fighter buried in Negros

Without any family member witnessing his funeral, a Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebel, who was killed during an encounter with soldiers in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on April 14, was laid to rest on Sunday. Troops of the Philippine Army’s 94th Infantry Battalion (94IB) assisted the city’s Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) in facilitating the interment of alias Johnny, leader of Squad 1, Sentro de Grabidad Platoon of the NPA’s Central Negros Front 2, at the Himamaylan City Public Cemetery. In a…

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