Over 200K tourists arrive in February as PH reopens borders

Over 200,000 international arrivals were recorded since the country opened its borders for fully vaccinated foreigners last month, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Thursday. In a statement, Commissioner Jaime Morente said a total of 211,899 passengers arrived last month. “This is also more than 130-percent higher than the 91,000 passenger arrivals in February of 2021,” he said in a statement. An increase in tourist arrival was also recorded in January with 150,740 compared to the previous year with only 95,592. Morente expressed hope that the travel industry will…

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Bicol LGUs urged to step up anti-rabies drive

The Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) is appealing to local government units (LGUs) to reinforce the implementation of their anti-rabies ordinance to ensure the public’s health and safety. In an interview on Thursday, Aida Ruby Jeremias, DOH-5 Rabies Program Coordinator, appealed to local officials to allocate funds for the implementation of the anti-rabies measures. “Sa ating pong mga local government units at sa ating pong mga local government officials and doon po sa mga kakandidato na mahahalal ngayong eleksyon, ina-advocate namin at pinapakiusap namin na sana bigyan naman po…

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HK helps PH warn employers vs. firing Covid-hit workers

The Hong Kong (HK) government is one with the Philippine government in reminding employers in the host territory that terminating an employee who got infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is a violation of their labor laws. Labor Attaché Melchor Dizon of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-HK, said so far, there are only three cases of termination involving Filipino workers but in these cases, the employers were convinced to reconsider their decisions. “Due to the reported terminations received due to Covid-19, the Hong Kong Government has sent an…

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Pandemic triggers 25% rise in global prevalence of anxiety: WHO

The global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25 percent in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, with young people the worst hit, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. A WHO report highlights those most affected by the pandemic and found that people with more severe mental disorders, such as psychoses, and young people with mental disorders, are particularly at risk. WHO said it includes estimates from the latest Global Burden of Disease study, which shows that the pandemic has affected the mental health…

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Rainfall persists in Eastern Visayas: PAGASA

Frequent rainfall will likely prevail in Eastern Visayas in the next few days due to northeast monsoon or “amihan” and La Niña, an official of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday. PAGASA Tacloban station chief Mario Peñaranda said in a phone interview rains may continue this month since there are existing weather systems that have been affecting the region. “The ‘amihan’, La Niña, and shear line, easterlies, local thunderstorm have been dumping heavy rains in several parts of the region even if we are…

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PH logs 989 new Covid-19 infections, 1,349 recoveries

The Department of Health on Thursday recorded 989 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and 1,349 more recoveries. The figures pushed the overall tally of confirmed infections to 3,664,905 and recovered cases to 3,557,909. Of 50,458 active cases, 45,510 are mild, 2,773 are moderate, 463 are asymptomatic, 1,415 are severe, and 297 are critical. The regions with the most cases in the recent two weeks were the National Capital Region with 192 or 22 percent, Calabarzon with 111 or 13 percent; and Central Visayas with 101 or 11 percent.…

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Vax cards not required in entering malls under Alert Level 1

Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination cards are no longer required in entering malls in Alert Level 1 areas, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday. DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said vaccination cards are only required in establishments considered as 3Cs (closed, crowded, close-contact) areas. “Technically, you don’t need to present the vaccination card when you enter a mall. You are only required to present it when inside the mall, (when) you are going to a restaurant, spa, movie house, or a similar…

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Isolated rain showers to prevail across PH

The country will experience isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms Thursday, the weather bureau said. “There is no weather disturbance currently affecting the country. There are cloud clusters outside PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility), but this is not yet considered as a low pressure area,” Samuel Duran of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. In its 4 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said isolated rain showers will prevail across Luzon. The temperature in Metro Manila is expected to go up to 33 °C while in Laoag, Puerto…

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Coronary heart disease deaths up by 28% due to pandemic: expert

Deaths due to coronary heart disease have increased by 28 percent for the first ten months of 2021 as compared to the same period in 2020, a health expert said Thursday. In a televised public briefing, Philippine Heart Association president Dr. Gilbert Vilela defined the upturn as “alarming” and “frightening”. Vilela, citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), said from January to October 2021, deaths due to coronary heart disease went up by 28 percent as compared to the same period in 2020, the onset of the pandemic. “Ito…

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IOM donates electronic devices to MOH-BARMM for vax campaign

The health services of the Ministry of Health in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH – BARMM) got the needed boost in its vaccination campaign after a United Nations agency donated equipment and facilities for the region. On Thursday morning, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) donated electronic devices and other information, educational, and communication (IEC) materials to the MOH in support of the region’s vaccination campaign. IOM Program Officer Matthew Bidder formally turned over to MOH Deputy Minister Dr. Zul Qarneyn Abas and Director-General Dr. Amirel Usman…

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Covid-19 cases in NegOcc drop by 93% in February

Active cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Negros Occidental have decreased by 93.23 percent within February, based on the series of data released by the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) on Tuesday. Figures showed that on February 28, cases were down to only 233, from a high of 3,445 on February 1. On February 7, active cases still rose to 3,455, but significantly decreased to 2,089 by February 14 and further dropped to 947 by February 21. The latest PIMT report on Monday night showed the province only has…

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Fire incidents up by almost 13% in first 2 months of 2022

The number of fire incidents in the first two months of this year rose by almost 13 percent as compared to the previous year, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said on Tuesday. In a radio interview, BFP spokesperson Supt. Annalee Carbajal-Atienza said a total of 2,103 fire incidents were recorded in January and February, an increase of 12.9 percent from only 1,863 incidents in the same period in 2021. She attributed the rise in fire incidents to the easing of restrictions due to the improved coronavirus situation in the…

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Keep focus on pandemic amid global issues: US diplomat

Amid global issues, the United States Embassy in Manila said the people should remain focused on addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “I’d like to emphasize that even as the world is worried about global events, and we face serious challenges around the world, the United States remains focused on the pandemic and how we can fight it with partners like the Philippines,” Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava said during the arrival of 769,680 doses of Pfizer vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday night. Variava’s remarks came…

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DOH cites big drop in new Covid-19 cases in E. Visayas

The Department of Health (DOH) noted a significant drop in new Covid-19 cases in Eastern Visayas in the past two weeks as the government continues to ramp up the vaccination rollout. On Monday, the region just recorded three cases, the lowest since the region experienced a surge of Covid-19 cases this year, said Jelyn Lopez-Malibago, DOH regional information officer, in a message sent to reporters on Tuesday. “This is also the lowest number we had so far since the surge we experience early this year. Currently, we only have a…

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NegOr guv wants town under Comelec control due to killings

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo said Tuesday he wants the Commission on Elections to place Bayawan City under its control after a series of killings involving his supporters. The latest victim was identified as Wenifred Abrasaldo, a church leader who was shot dead at an eatery in Barangay Boyco in the southern city on Tuesday morning. The night before, a man identified as Toto Bawega was gunned down in Barangay Minaba while Hector Palma was gunned down last week, also in that city. Police investigation has not yet tagged the…

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63% of Eastern Visayas’ target population fully vaxxed

Vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Eastern Visayas has covered 63 percent of the target population, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here reported on Tuesday. In Tacloban, the regional capital, 81.3 percent of the population are now fully vaccinated as of February 26, followed by Biliran with 80.1 percent, Ormoc City with 77.8 percent, Southern Leyte with 67.7 percent, Eastern Samar with 66.5 percent, Leyte with 60 percent, Samar with 57 percent, and Northern Samar with 55.3 percent. The region has a population of 3,892,126 identified…

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QC retains full vaccination requirement despite Level 1 status

Indoor establishments in Quezon City will bar adults not yet fully vaccinated despite the Alert Level 1 status on March 1 to 15. The updated guidelines released Tuesday said although full capacity will be allowed indoors, all adult participants, guests, and employees must be fully vaccinated in restaurants and other food establishments; personal care facilities including barbershops, spas, and aesthetic clinics; and sports or exercise facilities, including gyms, fitness studios and swimming pools. Unvaccinated adults shall be limited to outdoor facilities, which are defined as without walls. Only fully vaccinated…

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New Covid case bulletin to focus on severe, critical cases

The reporting of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases will be done weekly starting March 7 and will focus on the severe and critical cases, a health official said Tuesday. This was after the National Capital Region and 38 other areas shifted to the most relaxed Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15. In a Palace briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the weekly case bulletins would be released every Monday at 4 p.m. and additional timely updates would be provided when necessary. “As to the case numbers,…

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PH logs 1,067 new Covid cases, 1,652 more recoveries

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday recorded 1,067 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and 1,652 more recoveries. Of 51,592 active cases, 46,609 are mild, 2,779 are moderate, 489 are asymptomatic, 1,417 are severe, and 298 are critical. The figures pushed the overall tally of confirmed infections to 3,663,059 and recovered cases to 3,555,016. Tuesday’s cases mark a slight uptick from Monday’s 951 new infections, the lowest number of daily cases so far this year. “Of the 1,067 reported cases today, 652 (61 percent) occurred within the…

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121K PNP personnel get booster shots

More than half of the police force has already received booster doses against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In its latest Covid-19 tracker, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said 54.90 percent or 120,878 personnel out of a total of 224,817 personnel have received the third shot. Meanwhile, fully vaccinated personnel have now reached 97.94 percent which is equivalent to 220,182. In the same update, the PNP also said that only 1.73 percent or 3,893 are waiting for their second shots. Only 742 personnel or 0.33 percent remain unvaccinated. The…

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Minimum health protocols still required under Alert Level 1

Areas that will be downgraded to Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15 should ensure the proper wearing of “well-fitted” face masks whether outdoors or indoors in private or public establishments and when taking public transportations by land, air, or sea. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, also acting presidential spokesperson, said in a briefing on Monday that workplaces should ensure a safe environment now that 100-percent capacity is allowed. “Para magkaroon ng malusog at ligtas na workplace, kailangan maging aktibo ang health officers (To have healthy and safe workplaces, health…

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IATF approves amended guidelines for Alert Level 1

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) on Sunday approved the amendments to the guidelines on the nationwide implementation of the Alert Level System for Covid-19 response. This, after the IATF also approved on Sunday placing the National Capital Region and 38 other areas under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15. Under Alert Level 1, the IATF said there are no restrictions in terms of indoor and outdoor capacities. Everyone can undertake intrazonal and interzonal travel without regard to age and even comorbidities.…

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DOH-7 calls for ramped up vax for elderlies

Local government units (LGU) in Region 7 should strive to ramp up the inoculation of senior citizens to meet the requirements for the Alert Level 1 or the new normal category of quarantine restrictions, a health official said on Monday. Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas chief pathologist, Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, said in a presser Central Visayas will remain under Alert Level 2 even if many localities in the country will start observing the lowest restriction starting on Tuesday, because the region’s vaccinated elderlies are still below 80 percent of…

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PH must be ready for another pandemic: Lacson

The country must be prepared to face another pandemic and policy directions must be crafted for this scenario, Partido Reporma standard bearer Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said Sunday night. “Dapat may policies na tayong nila-lay out, Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is here to stay, whether it’s pandemic or endemic. So kailangan mayroon na tayong policy directions and we should be ready to face the next pandemic (There should be policies being laid out now, Covid-19 is here to stay, whether it’s’ pandemic or endemic, so there must be policy directions…

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Nigerian killed, P13-M shabu seized in QC drug sting

A Nigerian national was killed in a buy-bust operation that yielded PHP13.6 million worth of shabu in Quezon City on Sunday evening, the Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) said Monday. DEG chief Brig. Gen. Randy Peralta, citing the report of the DEG’s Special Operations Unit, identified the suspect as Ejiofor Smart, who died during the operation at around 11:10 p.m. along the Batasan-San Mateo Road in Barangay Batasan Hills. Smart was killed after he opened fire on arresting officers, prompting them to retaliate. Recovered from the suspect were two…

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Full vax proof or negative Covid-19 test required in Sandigan

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court will implement strict entry policies starting Tuesday when full in-court hearings resume. All court users must either be fully vaccinated or with negative antigen/reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results before they are allowed entry. Hearings via videoconferencing may be conducted only in exceptional cases. “All lawyers, parties, witnesses, and court users who are not fully vaccinated or are unable to adequately present copies of their vaccination cards shall be required to present a laboratory-confirmed or professionally conducted negative antigen or RT-PCR test result taken within…

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C. Visayas posts low vax output for elderlies

Region 7 or Central Visayas is the second region in the country that recorded the lowest number of vaccinated senior citizens, next to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. According to the daily data from the National Vaccination Operations Center, the region has accomplished only about 52 percent of the target coverage out of the 589,773 total population of elderlies here while BARMM achieved about 44 percent. In her daily briefing at the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC), DOH-7 chief…

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NCR positivity rate down to 4.9%: OCTA

The coronavirus positivity rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) has decreased to 4.9 percent for the first time since Dec. 26, 2021, the OCTA Research Group said Tuesday. In a tweet, OCTA Research fellow Guido David said NCR’s positivity rate or the number of people who test positive for Covid-19 in a certain area, is lower than the 5 percent level recommended by the World Health Organization prior to the Omicron variant wave. “NCR remained at low risk (for Covid-19) as of February 21, 2022 as the average daily…

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Pinoys affected by HK Covid-19 surge ‘assisted, accounted for’

All Filipinos in need of emergency aid in Hong Kong have received assistance, the Philippine Consulate General said as the Chinese special administrative region is battling its fifth coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) wave. Reports over the weekend said several Filipino employees who caught Covid-19 were fired by their employers leaving them unable to get admitted to hospitals due to the absence of employment visas while some were also even forced to sleep outdoors. “The PCG in Hong Kong wishes to assure the Philippine community in Hong Kong that all Filipinos…

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Candidates violating health protocols to face raps: Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here on Tuesday said national and local candidates for the May 9 polls will face charges if they will be caught violating minimum health protocols during their campaign activities. Lawyer Edwin Cadungog, Comelec-Cebu City South’s election officer, said during a press briefing with the police and the military that two committees were created within the commission to monitor and enforce laws and regulations related to the upcoming elections. He said the City Comelec Campaign Committee (CCCC) will monitor candidates or political parties conducting election-related activities…

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Duterte lauds efforts to make 5-11 vaccination ‘non-traumatic’

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday lauded the joint efforts of the government agencies, local government units, and the private sector to make the vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 years old “non-traumatic.” In his prerecorded Talk to the People, Duterte also thanked the medical professionals and other healthcare workers who volunteered in ramping up the country’s vaccination program, even in the far-flung communities. “I send my gratitude for making it possible. Each and every one of you, maraming salamat sa inyo at minsan natuturuan ninyo ang gobyerno ninyo…

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Palace thanks Australian gov’t for Covid-19 jab donations

Malacañang on Tuesday thanked the Australian government for its unwavering support to the country’s Covid-19 pandemic response and its other humanitarian assistance to the Philippines. “Thank you Australia for your generosity,” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson, said in a Palace briefing following the arrival of additional 293,670 doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine donated by the Australian government, through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Monday night. The Australian government has initially delivered its donation of 1,432,080 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for adults on February 18. On…

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DOH logs lowest new Covid-19 cases this year at 1,019

The Department of Health on Tuesday logged 1,019 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the lowest single day tally of infections in the country this year. This pushed the nation’s overall record of confirmed infections to 3,654,284. The latest Covid-19 bulletin indicated 56,668 active cases while total recoveries rose to 3,541,840 after 2,988 new recovered cases were recorded. Out of the active cases, 51,395 are mild, 2,840 are moderate, 704 are asymptomatic, 1,425 are severe, and 304 are critical. “Of the 1,019 reported cases today, 982 (96 percent) occurred…

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W. Visayas records negative growth rate in Covid-19 cases

Cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Western Visayas are declining as shown by the negative 74 percent growth rate in the past one to two weeks when compared with the number of cases in the last three to four weeks. During the virtual press briefing Monday, Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) senior health program officer John Richard Lapascua said the region’s average daily cases as of February 20 dropped to 452 when compared with 828 cases in January. The average daily attack…

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Bulacan town launches Covid-19 vax for younger kids

To protect the pediatric population here, the municipality of Pandi on Monday started the “Resbakuna Kids” vaccination rollout for children aged 5 to 11 in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Education (DepEd). Mayor Enrico Roque said they have designated six vaccination sites — the San Roque Elementary School, Mamerto C. Bernardo Memorial Central School, Masuso Elementary School, Mapulang Lupa Elementary School, Malibo Bata and Malibo Matanda Elementary School Bunsuran Elementary School and Sto. Niño Elementary School. “A total of 1,512 children aged 5-11 are scheduled…

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5 robbers killed in Maguindanao

Five robbery holdup suspects were killed while another one was wounded in a shootout here, police officials said Monday. Col. Jibin Bongcayao, Maguindanao police director, said the shootout happened around 9 p.m. Saturday in Sitio Midpalaw, Barangay Kauran, Ampatuan town. Bongcayao identified one of the five slain suspects as Mecharis Manonggal. Bongcayao said Manonggal and his companions robbed a convenience store with a restaurant in Barangay Kauran and carted away an undetermined amount of cash. He said a shootout ensued as the suspects while fleeing aboard a multicab vehicle opened…

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100 kids with comorbidities vaxxed in Olongapo City

At least 100 children with comorbidities in Olongapo City were inoculated on Monday during the kickoff of a three-day rollout of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination for kids 5 to 11 years old. The inoculation was held at the James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital, where the venue was decorated with a party-like theme complete with toys and balloons. Health workers were wearing colorful headgear to ease the anxiety of the children while being vaccinated. After receiving the vaccine, the kids proceeded to the post-vaccination area for monitoring of any possible…

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PNP’s active Covid-19 cases down to 66

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday reported the number of active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases further dropped to 66. In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the PNP said this is lower than Sunday’s 88 active cases. Another 25 new recoveries were reported, raising the number of recovered personnel to 48,575 out of a total of 48,769 personnel who got infected since the pandemic started in March 2020. Only three new infections were logged while the death toll remains at 128. Meanwhile, fully vaccinated PNP personnel are now at 97.80…

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Active Covid-19 cases in Caraga down to 364

The Department of Health-Caraga (DOH-13) has reported a further decrease in active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the region. On Monday, the agency said in a social media post only 12 Covid-19 infections were recorded on February 20, bringing the total number of active cases in the area to 364. The 12 new infections were recorded in Butuan City with three cases; Agusan del Sur, four; Surigao del Sur, two; and one case each in the cities of Bislig and Surigao and in the province of Agusan del Norte.…

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2.4M senior citizens still unvaxxed vs. Covid-19: NVOC

About 2.4 million senior citizens nationwide are not yet vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a health official said Monday. In a Laging Handa briefing, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje noted that only 68 percent of the target senior citizen population have received their first dose of Covid-19 jabs, 70 percent have been fully vaccinated and 14 percent already got booster shots. “Hindi naman vaccine hesitancy, ‘yung iba ayaw na, kasi sabi nila mamamatay na sila. (It’s not vaccine hesitancy, some senior citizens don’t want to be vaccinated because they’re…

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PH now accepts Covid-19 vax certificates from 8 more nations

The Philippines is accepting and recognizing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination certificates from eight more nations, Malacañang announced on Monday. In a press statement, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, also acting presidential spokesperson, said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved on Sunday the recognition of the national Covid-19 vaccination certificates of Egypt, Maldives, Palau, Albania, Estonia, Greece, Malta, and Uruguay “for purposes of arrival quarantine protocols, as well as for interzonal/intrazonal movement.” He said the vaccination certificates will be an addition to other countries, territories, and jurisdictions whose proofs of vaccination…

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Magnitude 5.7, 5.2 quakes jolt DavOcc

Earthquakes with magnitudes 5.7 and 5.2 jolted Davao Occidental early Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. Aftershocks are likely from the magnitude 5.7 quake that struck at 2:29 a.m., 109 kilometers southeast of the municipality of Jose Abad Santos. This tectonic quake was 120 kilometers deep. Intensity III was felt in Tupi, South Cotabato, while Intensity II in General Santos City and Davao City. Phivolcs recorded the following instrumental intensities: Intensity III- General Santos City; Intensity I – Davao City; Kidapawan City. Reported intensity is the…

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Legazpi City logs zero new Covid-19 cases for 8 days

The city government here on Monday said no new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases were recorded in the locality since February 14. Mayor Noel Rosal, in a radio interview, said he believes this is attributed to increasing population protection. “Pig aattribute ko man giraray ini syempre sa vaccine ta, ako pag-iling ko (I attributed this no new Covid-19 cases to our vaccines),” he added. Rosal also encouraged the public to get a booster shot. “Kung gusto ta talaga na makabwelo na kita, magpabooster po kita ta an Covid-19 baga yaon…

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’Superheroes’ welcome kids to Balanga City vax site

Vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) of children five to 11 years old kicked off Monday here. Health workers from the City Health Office (CHO) clad in different superhero costumes and other attires welcomed and attended to the children. Children who are five to eight years old were vaccinated at the Patio Isadora of the Lou-is Resort while those nine to 11 were inoculated at the Walter Mart. No walk-in was allowed and vaccination was done by schedule. The entrance and the screening, validation, counseling, and post-vaccination areas at the…

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DOST hoping for Senate nod to virology, vaccine institute

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña is hoping that the Senate will approve the bill that seeks to formally institutionalize the Virology and Vaccine Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines before this administration ends. De la Peña, in a press conference during his visit to the Pangasinan State University here on Thursday, said the proposal was already approved on third reading by Congress. “We wanted to be self-sufficient from the other countries in producing vaccines. I believe we are able to do that in…

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3 PAF personnel killed, 1 hurt in QC road crash

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) confirmed that three of its enlisted personnel were killed while another one was injured when their vehicle smashed into a concrete barrier at the southbound lane of the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) in Quezon City early Friday. “The accident involved four PAF personnel, wherein three were confirmed dead. The only survivor was brought to a hospital for immediate medical treatment,” PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Maynard Mariano said in a statement. Killed were Airman 1st Class (A1C) Aaron Cabarle, A1C Angelo Sabado, and A1C…

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Sorsogon school cited for helping parents earn amid pandemic

Despite the challenges brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic to the education sector, the San Antonio Elementary School in Barcelona, Sorsogon was able to give an additional source of income to students’ parents even while helping their children answer modules. The project won for the school the “Best Partnership Engagement Activity” award from the Department of Education-Bicol (DepEd-5) during a ceremony held at Marison Hotel here on Thursday. The selection of winners was based on the 2021 “Brigada Eskwela and Brigada Pagbasa” initiative of the DepEd central office…

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DOH notes 52% drop in Covid-19 cases

The country’s average daily coronavirus cases from February 11-17 are 52 percent lower than the week before that, effectively controlling the spread of the Omicron and other variants, a health official said Friday. “Atin na pong nalampasan ang hamon na buhat ng Omicron at kasalukuyan na po tayong nasa low-risk case classification (We have overcome the challenge of Omicron and we’re now at low-risk case classification),” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media briefing. Citing the latest data, Vergeire said all regions in the country have recorded…

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Small retail stores can seek FDA nod to sell medicines: DILG

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Friday said small retail stores (sari-sari stores) could secure authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to sell over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. “Pwede namang mag-apply sila sa FDA, ‘yung mga tindahan at kung sila ay mabigyan ng authorization, pwede silang magbenta (Sari-sari stores can actually apply for FDA authorization. If they are issued authorizations, they can sell,’’ Año said in an interview with GMA’s morning show Unang Hirit. This came as netizens urged the government to allow sari-sari stores…

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Over 455K more doses of Pfizer vax arrive in PH

A total of 455,130 doses of government-procured Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for adults arrived Thursday night, adding to the inventory of over 223 million life-saving doses the Philippines started receiving since February last year. National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 consultant Ma. Paz Corrales, who was among those who welcomed the latest vaccine shipment, said over 2.6 million or more than half of the target five million shots have been administered during the third “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination drive that began on February 10. The vaccination drive has been extended until…

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