Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Moderna to deliver 200K vax doses for PH by mid-June

MODERMA WILL  start its vaccine rollout in the Philippines by mid-June with the delivery of an initial 200,000 doses, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said Tuesday. 



Privacy body warns PNP vs. 'profiling' of pantry organizers

THE NATIONAL  Privacy Commission (NPC) on Tuesday warned the Philippine National Police (PNP) and its Data Protection Office (DPO) against the alleged profiling of organizers of community pantries. 



PH has fiscal space for Bayanihan 3

THE CHAIRMAN  of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday said the government can fund the proposed Bayanihan 3 Act considering that the Philippines still has fiscal space for more government support toward recovery.  



Senior citizens in R12 to get Sinovac vaccine

 Senior citizens in the region are set to be inoculated with Sinovac vaccine next week.

This was after the Department of Health-Center for Health Development Soccsksargen (DOH-CHD XII) received a total of 18,000 vials of the said vaccine at the Awang Airport in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao early Wednesday. 

Dr. Edvir Jane Montañer, DOH-CHD XII expanded program on immunization manager, said that the National COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center released on April 7, 2021 an advisory, saying that Sinovac could now be given to senior citizens or 60 years old above.

“Previously, Sinovac is only given to adults 18 to 59 years old, but based on the studies and experts’ opinion, it was stated that now, CoronaVac or Sinovac could now be given to all our senior citizens,” she said.

Montañer also emphasized that the Food and Drugs Administration approved the use of CoronaVac Sinovac among senior citizens with the additional recommendation of careful evaluation of health status and exposure risk of the patient, including screening for vaccine recipients who are hypertensive.

The Sinovac vaccine will be delivered to health facilities in the region on Thursday, April 15 and inoculation will start on Monday, April 19.

“So, we will be starting the campaign for the priority A2 on Monday, April 19 to 24, that’s region-wide implementation ng priority A2 because we are now on the last phase of the priority A1 or our healthcare workers,” Montañer said.(By PIA Cotabato City)



No need for loyalty check among military

MALACAÑANG ON  Tuesday said there is no need for a loyalty check among members of the military amid rumors that retired and active military officers have withdrawn support for President Rodrigo Duterte over his silence on Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea.  



Gov't urged to hold webinars to combat vaccine hesitancy

A LAWMAKER  on Tuesday called for a stronger information campaign to boost the people’s confidence in the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccination program by holding regular webinars to be aired live on government television channels and radio stations.  



Manila Cathedral distributes rosaries at community pantry

ASIDE FROM  food and other essential items, the community pantry of the Manila Cathedral is giving rosaries to beneficiaries.   



P2.6-B worth of PPE sets procured

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said personal protective equipment (PPE) worth PHP2.6 billion have been procured.   



'Bising' displaces close to 149K people in Bicol By Mar Serrano

MODERATE TO heavy rains spawned by Typhoon Bising (Surigae) on Monday triggered floods and landslides in some parts of Bicol, sending nearly 40,000 families to various evacuation centers, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the region said on Tuesday.



Duterte sticks to temporary pork tariff reduction

PRESIDENT RODRIGO  Duterte has stood by his decision to impose a temporary reduction on tariff rates on imported pork products, Malacañang said Tuesday.



Sulu’s own community pantry, fresh fish and rice

ZAMBOANGA CITY – While community pantries are sprouting in Metro Manila to feed the poor and the hungry, now tricycle and pedicab drivers and laborers in the southern Muslim province of Sulu are also benefiting from these benevolent acts of Filipinos helping the needy.



Saturday, April 17, 2021

Boat explosion in Zambo kills 1, 4 injured

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A wooden boat loaded with 200 barrels of gasoline exploded at a wharf in the southern Philippine port of Zamboanga, killing one person and wounding 4 others, officials said Saturday, adding, another crew member is missing and believed to have perished from the blaze.



Egyptian terrorist, 2 Sayyaf bombers killed in Sulu (WARNING: Contains graphic image)

SULU - The Philippine military announced Saturday the killing of an Egyptian terrorist - who was believed to be an ISIS soldier - and two Filipino Abu Sayyaf bombers in a brief, but fierce firefight in Sulu, but security officials claimed four other foreign terrorists are embedded with the pro-ISIS group in the province.



Friday, April 16, 2021

Boat carrying fuel explodes in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A wooden boat loaded with 200 barrels of gasoline exploded late Friday at a wharf in the southern Philippine port of Zamboanga.



IATA Travel Pass for travellers?

THE GOVERNMENT said it is considering the use of the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) travel pass as part of the country's preparations for the resumption of international travel amid the pandemic.



Women empowerment works, thanks to DSWD

CEBU CITY – Women are now empowered in Cebu and have become successful in their business undertakings, particularly those who are recipients of the government’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).



Cebu Food and Wine Fest

CEBU CITY – Cebu’s hospitality players have come together to stage the first-ever Cebu Food and Wine Festival (CFWF) in an effort to revive the pandemic-ravaged tourism and culinary industries in the province.