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DOH ‘monitoring’ amid slight increase of COVID-19 cases in PHL, reported new wave in Singapore

(Eagle News)–Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa on Wednesday, May 22, urged the public to continue observing minimum health precautions including cough etiquette, avoiding overcrowded places and observing proper ventilation. The Health official made the statement amid what the Philippines’ Department of Health observed was a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, and the reported rise in cases in nearby Singapore in the last two weeks as a result of Covid-19 sub-variants collectively known as […]

PBBM approves move to revert to old school calendar

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos has approved the move to start reverting to the old school calendar. The Presidential Communications Office said on Wednesday, May 22, that the opening of classes for school year 2024-2025 will be on July 29. It will end on April 15 next year. According to the PCO, the move to revert to the school calendar was based on consultations with teachers, other school officials, and parents, according to information from Education […]

PBBM urges foreign investors to participate in Build, Better, More program

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos urged foreign investors to participate in the Philippines’ Build Better More program, which he said would transform the country’s infrastructure landscape. Speaking at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum on Tuesday, May 21, the President said the infrastructure program currently includes 185 priority projects worth P9.5 trillion. “These projects contribute to our goal to be the next logistics hub in Asia,” he said. He said foreign investors could participate “through public-private partnerships, engineering, […]

DOH observes slight uptick in COVID-19 cases

(Eagle News)–The Department of Health has observed a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases in the country, although it noted that all Philippine regions remain at low risk for COVID-19. The DOH said from May 7 to 13, 877 new COVID-19 cases were reported, with an average of 125 cases reported per day. Out of the new cases reported, seven had critical or severe diseases. Five deaths were recorded from April 30 to May 13. The […]

PBBM says PHL committed to ‘smart, sustainable transportation’

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos has said the Philippines was committed to “smart and sustainable transportation,” and has in face activated a whole-of-government approach to make the country a leader in the Indo-Pacific region. At the recently held Indo-Pacific Business Forum, the President said he has directed the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Transportation, and the National Economic Development Authority to develop transportation projects that meet the needs of Filipinos and businesses. […]

PBBM condoles with Iran following deaths of President Raisi, companions in helicopter crash

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos on Monday, May 20, expressed his condolences to Iranians following the deaths of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi and several others in a helicopter crash. “We offer our deepest condolences to the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially to the families and loved ones of the late President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and their companions in this traffic incident,” President Marcos said. “The Filipino […]

Chiz Escudero is new Senate President

Zubiri resigns as Senate chief (Eagle News)–Senator Chiz Escudero will replace Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri as Senate President. On the Senate floor on Monday, May 20, no one objected when Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano nominated Escudero as the next leader of the upper chamber. The voting took place after Zubiri announced his resignation as Senate chief on the floor. The resignation came amid rumors of a motion to be filed for a change in leadership […]

Luzon, Visayas grids under yellow alert on Monday, May 20

(Eagle News)–The Luzon and Visayas grids are under yellow alert on  Monday, May 20, the The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said. The NGCP said the alert over the Visayas grid is in place from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. One plant, the NGCP said, has been on forced power outage since 2022, two since 2023, two between January and March 2024, and 11 between April and May 2024. Seven, it said, were running […]

DMW: 23 Filipinos onboard vessel attacked by Houthi rebels ‘safe, unharmed’

(Eagle News)–The 23 Filipino crew members onboard a vessel attacked by Houthi rebels on Saturday are “safe and unharmed,” the Department of Migrant Workers said on Sunday, May 19. The DMW said their vessel only sustained slight damage after they were attacked while sailing close to the Yemeni port city of Hodeida. The DMW said the vessel was “continuing on its journey to its next port of call.” It added it was closely coordinating with […]

Gov’t to implement integrated electronic invoicing system for imported commodities

(Eagle News)–The government is implementing an integrated pre-border technical verification and cross-border electronic invoicing system of all imported commodities. In ordering the move through Administrative Order No. 23, President Bongbong Marcos said “a single electronic invoicing system controlled by the Philippine Government is necessary to effectively monitor international trade transactions of all imported goods.” For  implementation of the system, a Committee for Pre-border Technical Verification and Cross- border Electronic Invoicing shall be created, according to […]

Philippines replaces its military commander for disputed waters

MANILA, May 18, 2024 (AFP) – The Philippine military said Saturday it has replaced a key commander overseeing forces in the South China Sea, including Filipino troops garrisoned on a disputed reef. Rear Admiral Alfonso Torres Jr will replace Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos as chief of the Western Command on Palawan island, which is the closest Philippine landmass to the hotly contested Spratly Islands. The military said in a statement the move was part of […]

President Marcos says Philippines will ‘vigorously defend what is ours’

MANILA, May 18, 2024 (AFP) – The Philippines will “vigorously defend what is ours”, President Ferdinand Marcos said on Saturday, as Manila’s maritime row with Beijing over the South China Sea escalates. Marcos told a Philippine Military Academy graduation ceremony that the Southeast Asian country faced “a blatant disregard of internationally accepted principles”. His remarks follow a series of incidents involving Philippine and Chinese vessels near disputed reefs in the South China Sea that have […]