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Covid jabs for minors in NCR in full swing

LOCAL governments in the National Capital Region (NCR) on Friday shifted to high gear in vaccinating adolescents against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).The pediatric vaccination program covers individuals aged 12 to 17. Given priority were minors with pre-existing conditions such as genetic and neurologic disorders, metabolic/endocrine diseases, cardiovascular and kidney diseases, obesity, and tuberculosis. All local governments, except Valenzuela City, launched rollouts. The cities of Taguig, Makati, Pasig and Muntinlupa, and the town of Pateros had been pilot-testing the inoculation of minors since the last week of September.The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Mandatory vaccination for economic frontliners urged

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria "Joey" Concepcion 3rd is proposing mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 for private employees who directly interact with customers regularly and workers who engage in labor-intensive practices.Concepcion's proposal covers those who work in hospitality, tourism, restaurants, retail and personal care services, and those in construction, automotive, wearables and manufacturing, electronic semiconductors, and business process outsourcing (BPO).In a letter to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd, Concepcion said the initiative is meant to complement the efforts of government in saving lives and safely reviving the economy, which was battered by the pandemic."We must protect the unvaccinated and protect… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Bongbong posts wide lead in presidential poll

A SURVEY on preferred presidential candidates in next year's elections released Friday has former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. posting a comfortable lead.In Publicus Asia's survey conducted from October 11 to 18, Marcos was the preferred candidate of 49.3 percent of respondents.It was a 31.5-percent increase for Marcos from the results of the Publicus survey last July.The pollster postponed its September survey to wait for the final list of people who filed certificates of candidacy (CoCs) for president.Trailing Marcos were Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo with 21 percent, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso (9 percent), Senators Panfilo "Ping"… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

THE Philippines, which remains on the "gray list" of countries regarded to be a risk to the international financial system, has nevertheless made progress in countering money laundering and terrorism financing despite the obstacles posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).The international policymaking body said in a report released on Friday that a gray-listed country is still under increased monitoring, but the government has pledged to resolve strategic inadequacies within specified timelines.The FATF praised these nations for their accomplishments in combatting money laundering and terrorism financing."Since June 2021, when the Philippines made a high-level… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Eleazar hails arrest of mayoral bet

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar on Friday lauded the arrest of a political aspirant in Midsayap, North Cotabato who was allegedly involved in the trade of illegal drugs. In a local police report, LtCol. Rolly Oranza, chief of Midsayap municipal police station, identified the suspect as Tom Nandang alias Datukon Nandang, 52, a resident of Barangay Upper Glad 1, Midsayap, North Cotabato.Eleazar said the arrest was proof of the police organization's commitment to run after lawless elements, including persons aspiring for elective posts."I commend our operatives who carried out this operation for heeding to my call… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

China enters Taiwan's ADIZ

Taipei, Taiwan: Chinese fighter jets crowding Taiwan's radar screens are Beijing's latest tool to ramp up pressure on the democratic island, sparking fears that one mistake could suddenly turn a festering cold conflict into an all-out war.Self-ruled Taiwan has lived under the threat of a Chinese invasion since the two sides split at the end of a civil war in 1949.Its 23 million people have since learned to cope with periods of saber-rattling from Beijing.But the sudden spike in Chinese warplanes crossing into the island's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) has focused attention on Taiwan, fueling concerns it could become… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Sotto: Arrest order on Pharmally exec stays

SENATE President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd on Friday said an arrest order for Mohit Dargani, corporate secretary of Pharmallly Pharmaceutical Corp., and his sister, Twinkle Dargani, Pharmally president, stays, adding that the arrest warrant is constitutional.Sotto indicated that the Senate blue ribbon committee might recall its order placing the Dargani siblings in contempt only when they have submitted corporate documents as asked by the committee.The Senate chief issued the statement after Mohit Dargani issued a press statement complaining that the Gordon committee failed to treat them fairly."They treat us like criminals whose lives aren't worthy of living anymore," Mohit said.The… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Melbourne toasts end of long Covid lockdown

Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne reopened on Friday after enduring one of the world's most prolonged series of lockdowns, with relieved residents toasting their freedom in bars and restaurants or queuing for desperately needed haircuts.The 5 million people living in Australia's second-biggest city have spent more than 260 days under lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic.But now that 70 percent of eligible people in Melbourne and surrounding Victoria state are fully vaccinated, many of the restrictions that began on August 5 have been lifted."As my kids say — there's a big vibe today," Victoria State Premier Dan Andrews joked. "You can… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Bong Go gives aid to victims of typhoon 'Jolina'

AS Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go remains committed to bringing necessary aid to disaster-affected communities amid the pandemic, he went to Boac, Marinduque on Tuesday, October 19, to personally provide assistance to 557 typhoon "Jolina" victims. Go appealed to his fellow public servants to continue working hand–in-hand in order to overcome the crisis as one nation.Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, likewise encouraged Filipinos to stay vigilant, cooperative, and supportive of the government's response efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19."Mga kababayan ko, magtiwala ho kayo sa gobyerno. Magtiwala ho kayo kay Pangulong Duterte, mahal niya… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Bong Go vows better access to basic services

SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go is appealing to the public to prioritize their health as the government continues to balance the country's economic and health concerns amid the pandemic as he assured them that the Duterte administration continues to improve access to medical assistance and services through various initiatives such as the Malasakit Centers Program.In his video message during relief efforts conducted in Giporlos and Quinapondan, Eastern Samar on Monday, October 18, Go informed beneficiaries that they can conveniently avail of medical assistance programs offered at the Malasakit Center at Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital in Borongan City.The Malasakit Centers program… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Afghan midwives' appeal to Taliban

Maidan Shar, Afghanistan: The teachers at an Afghan midwifery college in a Taliban stronghold have dodged bullets through their office windows and seen their last training center blown up.But they kept working for the sake of the mothers and babies in their rural community.Now, with the Islamist hardliners in control of Afghanistan, the instructors are calling on the new government to allow them to continue their work in peace."I do my job because of a sense of humanitarianism and patriotism, and because I feel the need to serve my community and the most oppressed members of our society: women and… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Duterte to return coco levy to farmers

SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go commended President Rodrigo Duterte for fulfilling his campaign promise to return the coconut levy fund to the nation's coconut farmers during a meeting by the Joint National and Regional Task Forces on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Quezon province on Thursday.During the meeting, President Duterte, Go and other officials witnessed the handover of a copy of Republic Act 11524, or the "Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Act," which provides for the creation of a trust fund for the country's coconut industry and its workers.The funds were… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Junta rearrests more than 100 dissidents

Bangkok, Thailand: Myanmar's junta has rearrested more than 100 anti-coup protesters freed in a recent amnesty, according to a local monitoring group that tracks detentions and killings in the country.The Southeast Asian nation has been in chaos since the February coup with more than 1,100 killed in a crackdown on dissent and over 8,000 arrested, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).On Monday, the military announced it would free more than 5,000 people over the three-day Buddhist Thadingyut festival, sending anxious families rushing to jails in the hope of being reunited with their loved ones.The true number of… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

86 former rebels get livelihood assistance

DAVAO CITY: Eighty-six former members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) from San Fernando and Kitaotao towns in Bukidnon received a total of P1.720 million in livelihood grants from the Department of Social Welfare and Development during a ceremony held on Thursday.According to Maj. Jershome Butt, the acting head of civil military operation of Philippine Army's 89th Infantry Battalion (IB), each rebel returnee received P20,000 financial assistance as capital on their proposed livelihood project to uplift their socio-economic well-being.Butt said the beneficiaries consisted of former militants who gave up fighting for the communists' cause to start a peaceful life.The… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

PhilHealth to refund P320M claims this Oct

MORE than P320 million in claims from private hospitals in General Santos City will be released by the end of October, according to PhilHealth.Nol Valila, head of PhilHealth-Local Health Insurance Office of GenSan, said they are currently completing the processing of up to 7,200 claims by the end of the month.Valila added that the amount is part of the P437 million claims that completed the submission of documents to PhilHealth.Earlier, the Private Hospitals Association of GenSan released a statement that the payment for their PhilHealth claims amounting to P834,532,820.98 has been delayed.Valila, however, clarified that only P750 million out of… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

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