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Few severe cases seen despite rising Covid-19 infections

MANILA–The rise in Covid-19 cases due to the emergence of variants of concern (VOC) will not determine the risk classification of an area.Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Expert Panel member, said it has always been the practice of health authorities to monitor health care utilization rate and... Read More

Adoption process simplified by Alternative Child Care Act

MANILA – More adoptive parents and children longing for homes will have better chances of spending a lifetime together with the simplified process of adoption.Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday said the finalization of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 11642 or the... Read More

Over 600K qualified tricycle drivers to get fuel subsidy: DILG

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday said a total of 617,806 qualified tricycle drivers nationwide are set to receive their fuel cash subsidy under the "Pantawid Pasada Program for Tricycle Drivers” to help ease their burden brought about by... Read More

Prelate offers support to BBM in pursuing PH dev't

MANILA – A Catholic prelate has expressed support for the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., and its vision of fostering national progress.In a statement Tuesday, Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said he is willing to work with the new government in... Read More

Have decency to resign, senator tells alleged agri smugglers

MANILA – If proven guilty of agricultural smuggling, government officials involved in the illicit activity should not last a day in office anymore.Neophyte Senator-elect Robin Padilla said employees of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Customs (BOC), among those allegedly... Read More

Middle East-bound OFWs, travelers warned vs. human trafficking

MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday cautioned anew the public against trafficking syndicates who prey on children, women, and overseas workers bound for the Middle East and Gulf regions.“It is important that we do not take the issue of human trafficking lightly. This... Read More

Pasig village distributes P1-M midyear cash gifts to seniors

MANILA – A barangay in Pasig City over the weekend started distributing PHP1 million worth of midyear cash gifts to its senior citizens and additional incentives to those turning 90 and 100 years old.Barangay San Antonio chair Raymond Lising said a total of 976 senior citizens in their... Read More

Covid-19 cases on the rise across all regions: DOH

MANILA – The number of Covid-19 cases continue to increase across all regions with a national positivity rate of 4.1 percent but the average daily attack rate remains low, a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the current... Read More

Palace urges Senate to file raps vs. execs in 'agri smuggling'

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday urged the Senate to file charges against Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rey Guerrero and 21 other personalities who were tagged as alleged protectors and smugglers of agricultural products worth hundreds of millions of pesos.This, after the Senate... Read More

BOC intercepts P85-M smuggled poultry, pork products

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said it has intercepted an estimated PHP85 million worth of illegally imported pork and poultry products at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Raniel Ramiro said the consignee Jeroce... Read More

Mobile jail put up for rowdy protesters in BBM inauguration

MANILA – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it will deploy a mobile jail near the venue of the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to deter rowdy protesters.“Within the vicinity of the (inauguration) venue, we will put a bus of the BJMP... Read More

COVAX to deliver 17M more vax doses after PRRD admin

MANILA – The Philippines will receive at least 17 million more doses of coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility after the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF),... Read More

Bill granting more benefits to solo parents lapses into law

MANILA – A bill that seeks to grant additional benefits to solo parents has lapsed into law without the signature of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, a copy of the law showed.Republic Act (RA) 11861 or the Expanded Solo Parents Welfare Act, which amends several provisions of RA 8972, lapsed into... Read More

Covid testing for on-site workers in Alert Level 1 areas waived

MANILA – Unvaccinated employees required to do on-site work in areas under coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Alert Level 1 classification will no longer be required to undergo real-time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing, Malacañang announced Tuesday.Acting presidential... Read More

Metro Manila stays under Alert Level 1 until July 15

MANILA – Metro Manila will still be under Alert Level 1 until July 15, Malacañang announced Tuesday.Acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said this comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) updated the matrices to be used for the Alert Level... Read More

DND, SoKor shipbuilder ink P30-B offshore patrol vessel deal

MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) and South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) on Monday signed the PHP30 billion offshore patrol vessel (OPV) contract which seeks to provide six OPVs to the Philippine Navy (PN).Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong, in a... Read More

PH Navy's first 2 missile boats launched in Israel

MANILA – The Philippine Navy (PN)'s first two fast-attack interdictor craft missiles (FAIC-M) were formally launched in Haifa, Israel last June 26.Navy spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza, in a statement Tuesday, said ranking PN officials and future crew members of the FAIC named BRP... Read More

LPA, habagat to bring rain showers across PH

MANILA – The low pressure area (LPA) and the southwest monsoon (habagat) will bring rain showers over most parts of the country Tuesday, the weather bureau said.The LPA was last tracked 305 kilometers west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The southwest monsoon is affecting the western section of... Read More

PNP honors cop killed in arrest op vs. NPA member

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday recognized the bravery of a police officer who was killed in an operation aimed at arresting a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA)."The OIC (officer-in-charge) PNP (Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr.)... Read More

Digital tools for MSME disaster preparedness launched

MANILA – The Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), through the Philippine Preparedness Partnership (PhilPrep), launched Monday two new digital tools to help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) improve their disaster preparedness programs.The PDRF said the tools will serve... Read More