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Philhealth offers COVID-19 packages for qualified members

PhilHealth-7 Information Officer Dina Marie Cinchez discussing the COVID-19 benefic packages for qualified members during the Straight from the Source interview of the Philippine Information Agency-7. CEBU CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- Six months since the start of the community lockdowns due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Health Insurance Corpora…

DOH to conduct measles, polio supplemental immunization activity this Oct

Rural Health Unit (RHU) personnel in Iguig, Cagayan administer Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) to 0-59 months children. (File Photo)TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Sept. 28 (PIA) – Not even the pandemic brought by COVID – 19 can hinder the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct the one-month Measles Rubella (MR) and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) Synchronized Supplem…

53rd Engineer Brigade respond to COVID-19 pandemic

Col. Gerardo Catindoy sharing the initiatives done by the 53rd Engineer Brigade of the Philippine Army during the Straight from the Source interview conducted by the Philippine Information Agency-7. (PIA)CEBU CITY, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- In the first weeks after COVID-19 hit and the government instituted community lockdowns to control the transmission …

Soccsksargen logs 26 recoveries, 16 new coronavirus cases

COTABATO CITY – Twenty-six more patients in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) have recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).Arjohn Gangoso, speaking for DOH-12, however, said that 16 new cases were also logged in four areas of the region with North Cotabato and General Santos City having six each; Cotabato City, three; and South Cotabato, one.The…

Naval contingent aboard BRP Jose Rizal Covid-19 free

MANILA – All 125 personnel aboard missile-frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), which participated in this year's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises, have tested negative for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)."Their swab (RT-PCR) results were released over the weekend. All of them tested negative for Covid-19," Philippine Navy …

Sandigan clears CamNorte guv of graft, convicts legal officer

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan has acquitted the governor of Camarines Norte of graft charges stemming from the local government's refusal to comply with a 2012 order from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to reinstate the provincial veterinarian back to his post.In a ruling dated Sept. 25, the Sandiganbayan’s Third Division found provincial lega…

2 weather systems to bring scattered rains over parts of PH

MANILA – Two weather systems will bring scattered rain showers over some parts of the country, a weather specialist said on Monday.The southwest monsoon affecting the western section of Luzon and the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the province of P…

Brgy Disiplina Teams, isinusulong sa Nueva Vizcaya

Si Board Member Victor Gines, presidente ng Liga ng mga BarangayBAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Sept. 28 (PIA) - Isinusulong sa lalawigan ang pagbubuo ng Barangay Disiplina Brigades (BDBs) upang ipalaganap ang pagsunod ng mga mamamayan sa mga health protocol laban sa COVID-19.Ayon kay Board Member Victor Gines, presidente ng Liga ng mga Barangay, kailan…

DOLE hires 850 interns thru GIP

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Sept. 28 (PIA) - - To cushion the impact of the Corona Cirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Cagayan-Batanes field office has hired 850 interns.Prexie A. Caronan, head, said that the interns were hired through the Government Internship Program (GIP) which aims to open up job…

Lockdowns result to drop in traffic-related incidents in Bohol

CORTES, Bohol, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- In Bohol, the fear of getting infected by the corona virus disease (COVID-19) and the police measures in keeping people off the streets and inside their houses has contributed much to the decrease in traffic-related incidents which could otherwise waste lives and damage properties.During the recent virtual Provinci…

Gov. Cua issues EO on expanded risk-based testing

CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Sept. 28 (PIA)—Governor Dax Cua has issued Executive Order No. 28 which identifies the list of subgroups of individuals that are considered at-risk and are eligible for testing, arranged from greatest to lowest need for testing.The said executive order which was based on the DOH Department Memorandum No. 2020-0258 on expanded…

Tagalog News: Tertiary education subsidy ng CHED-Mimaropa, nagpapatuloy

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, Setyembre 28 (PIA) -- Tuloy-tuloy na ipinagkakaloob ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-Mimaropa ang programa nitong Tertiary Education Subsidy sa mga kuwalipikadong estudyante sa kolehiyo.Ito ang sinabi ni Atty. Joselito Alisuag, direktor ng CHED Regional Office sa ginanap na virtual presser ng PIA-Mimaropa kamakail…

DAR completes P50-M bridge in Benito Soliven town, distributes over 4,600 CLOAS to ARBs

CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Sept. 28 (PIA) – Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries’ (ARBs) access in transporting or selling their farm produce to the market is now easier after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has turned over the P50 million 28.8-meter linear bridge in Benito Soliven.The completed bridge in Benito Soliven, Isabela. (DAR photo)The bri…

Tagalog News: ‘Local transmission’ ng COVID-19 muling naitala sa Puerto Princesa

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, Setyembre 28 (PIA) -- Muli na namang nakapagtala ng ‘local transmission’ ang lungsod ng Puerto Princesa.Ito ay matapos na nag-positibo sa coronavisrus 2019 (COVID-19) ang isang 23 anyos na lalaki na residente ng Barangay Mandaragat at empleyado ng gobyerno.Sinabi ni Dr. Fi Atencio, safety officer ng Incident Management Te…

400 more returning Filipinos from Sabah arrive in Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sep 28 (PIA) – The 5th batch of returning Filipinos from Sabah (REFs) composed of 400 persons including some 36 minors arrived yesterday in Zamboanga City Port via the MV Antonia 1 of Aleson Shipping Lines.According to Ivan Salvador, information officer of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 9, the REFs…

IP tops NPA-CPP recruitment in ZamPen

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga Del Sur, Sep 27 (PIA) – Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC)-9 Chairman and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA)-9 Regional Director Ariel Perlado believed that Indigenous People (IPs) is a vulnerable sector that tops the recruitment of New People’s Army – Communist Party of…

PRLEC Convergence, inilunsad ng TESDA sa General Nakar

GENERAL NAKAR, Quezon, Set 28 (PIA)--Inilunsad ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) ang Poverty Reduction Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) convergence sa munisipyo ng bayang ito noong Setyembre 24 sa pangunguna nina TESDA  Region-4A Regional Director Toni June Tamayo at TESDA Quezon Provincial Director Gerry Mar…

Cebu City courts closed as witness tests positive for Covid-19

CEBU CITY – All courts in this city are physically closed for two days this week to give way for the disinfection and containment measures after a witness who appeared in a Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).RTC Executive Branch Macaundas Hadjirasul issued a statement via social media Sunday n…

Sandigan finds NPO execs guilty in 2010 anomalies

MANILA – Sandiganbayan found officials of the National Printing Office (NPO) guilty for awarding a PHP1.2 million contract without public bidding in 2010.In a ruling, the Sandiganbayan Third Division convicted officials of the NPO of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act 3019).The charges filed in 2016 were in connect…

ATI Calabarzon holds online training in Urban Agriculture for Cavite PWDs

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite Sep 28 (PIA) -- The Agricutural Training Institute (ATI) CALABARZON held an online training seminar on urban gardening titled, "Training on Urban Agriculture: Affordable, Available and Safe Food for Persons with Disabilities" September 14-18, 2020.The activity was  organized in collaboration with the Provincia…

Creation of IPMR in Zambo Del Sur may disintegrate IP tribes – says municipal mayor

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga Del Sur, Sep27 (PIA) – Dumingag Mayor Joan E. Abejuela expressed concern during the Inter-Agency Visitation in Indigenous Cultural Communities in Zamboanga Del Sur, on installing an Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in the Council as that it may disintegrate the Subanen Tribe in province.“Sa pag-uusap po k…

Noveleta LGU turns over 3,000 computer tablets to DepEd 

NOVELETA, Cavite Sep 28 (PIA) --The municipal government recently turned-over 3,000 tablets to the Department of Education (DepEd) Noveleta for the use in online classes of students enrolled for SY 2020-2021.In a simple turn-over ceremony held at the Noveleta National High School in Barangay San Rafael, Mayor Dino Reyes-Chua handed over the tablet…

1FAB, KBP hold tree planting amid Covid-19 pandemic

TUKURAN, Zamboanga del Sur, Sep 27 (PIA) –Despite the problems faced by the people due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), the 1st Field Artillery (Beat 'Em) Battalion, Philippine Army and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Zamboanga del Sur Chapter hold tree planting activity in the mountainous area of barangay Tinotongan…

Bacordo inspects retired gas platforms eyed as observation posts

MANILA – Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo has visited retired gas platforms Nido and Matinloc to check their viability for conversion into littoral monitoring stations (LMS), the Philippine Navy (PN) said on Sunday.The PN commander visited the facilities located off Malampaya, northeast Palawan on Sept. 26.“This inspection intends to look at th…

Go leads virtual launch of 84th Malasakit Center

MANILA – More people will get easier and convenient access to medical and financial assistance after Senator Christopher “Bong” Go led the virtual launch of the country’s 84th Malasakit Center in Zambales on Friday.The Malasakit Center, the first in the province and ninth in Region 3, is located at President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital in Ib…

Belmonte warns QC establishments violating quarantine protocols

CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte strongly warned establishments such as restobars, night clubs and karaoke bars that continue to operate amid the general community quarantine (GCQ), saying drinking in public leads to rise in number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).This, after the city government shut down on Sa…

Buying ‘Godfather’ shoes helps Marikina cobblers thrive

MANILA – The Marikina shoe industry, which has been the biggest part of the city’s economy, is struggling to sustain operations amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.Hoping to keep business afloat in challenging times, this Marikina-based shoe brand has stepped up to the plate by making sure that their local shoemakers a…

New Qatar minimum wage law beneficial to OFWs: Bello

MANILA – With a new ‘non-discriminatory minimum wage’, the government of Qatar becomes the first Arab state to introduce a significant labor policy reform covering all its migrant workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Sunday.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a press release that the government of Qatar adopted e…

Lakers clinch NBA Finals berth after ousting Denver

MANILA – The Los Angeles Lakers clinched the first seat in the National Basketball Association Finals after knocking out the Denver Nuggets, 117-107, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando on Sunday (Philippine Time).The Lakers went berserk late in the fourth quarter, going on a deciding 12-4…

Casimero KOs Ghanian foe to keep belt

MANILA – John Riel Casimero remains the WBO bantamweight champion after knocking out Ghanian opponent Duke Micah on Sunday (Philippine Time) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.A devastating second round knockdown set the tone for Casimero's dominance before eventually calling it a day in the next round.Micah actually had a bri…
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