PHL, ASEAN prioritized to receive China’s COVID-19 vaccines after efficacy proven in trials, says Palace

Strategically located cold storage facilities needed for vaccine distribution in PHL   (Eagle News) – The Philippines is targeted as one of the priority countries that would receive COVID-19 vaccines from China once these have passed efficacy and clinical trial tests in China, aside from other countries in the ASEAN region, Malacanang said. In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that said that there are two vaccines from China that are now in […]

PNP COVID-19 recovery tally reaches 6,276 with 40 additional recoveries

(Eagle News)–Forty additional COVID-19 recoveries have been reported among police personnel, the Philippine National Police said. According to the PNP, with the addition, the PNP COVID-19 recovery tally rose to 6276 as of Wednesday night. Thirty additional COVID-19 cases, however, pushed the tally to 6934. Of these, 636 were active. One additional COVID-19 death was also reported, pushing the death toll to 22. The PNP has vowed to ensure the welfare of its personnel, who […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL reach 363,888; 843 more recoveries reported

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 363,000 mark on Thursday, Oct. 22, with the Department of Health reporting 1664 additional cases. The DOH said of the 363888 total cases, 83.6 percent were mild, 11.2 percent asymptomatic, 1.9 percent severe, and 3.3 percent critical. The department said of the 1664 additional cases, 1526 or 92 percent occurred within the last 14 days. The  regions with the most additional cases in the last two weeks […]

Duterte gov’t notes decrease in illegal drug use; from 4M, drug users down to 1.67M

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte said that the number of Filipinos using illegal drugs has significantly decreased during his administration. In his recent address to the nation, the President reported that based on the figures from the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), there were about 1.67 million who are currently still hooked onto illegal drugs. He said that around two out of 100 Filipinos are still using drugs. Duterte said that this is significantly […]

Despite lifting of restrictions on outbound non-essential travel, immigration bureau says tourist departures of Filipinos remain low

(Eagle News)–Tourist departures have so far remained low despite the government’s decision to allow non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos, the Bureau of Immigration said. In a statement, the bureau said as of early evening on Wednesday, the first day the restrictions on international leisure travel were lifted,  only 95 Filipinos left under a tourist visa of the total 1,172 Filipinos who departed. The bureau said this was in contrast to the 64 who left on […]

Comelec: Voter registration now from Mondays to Fridays

(Eagle News)–Voter registration is now from Mondays to Fridays, the Commission on Elections said. According to  Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez, the commission deemed it “necessary” to revert to the weekday schedule from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day to allow for a disinfection  on Saturdays of all Offices of the Election Officer nationwide. When voter registration resumed on Sept. 1, it was scheduled from Tuesdays to Saturdays. In critical areas that may be localized […]

Storm Pepito leaves at least P121.7 million agri, infra damage in Luzon

  (Eagle News) – Storm Pepito has caused close P121.7 million damage to agriculture and infrastructure, mostly in Region 2 or in Cagayan Valley, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The damage to agriculture alone amounted to P92.46 million in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. Damage to infrastructure amounted to 29.24 million in Ifugao and Isabela. But the NDRRMC said that this is just the initial amount based on […]

“Pepito” intensifies into a typhoon after exiting PHL

(Eagle News) — “Pepito” has intensified into a typhoon after leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning, according to the country’s weather bureau, PAGASA. In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said that Pepito left the country at 7:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 22, and is forecast to make landfall over central portion of Vietnam by Sunday. “Pepito” intensified into a typhoon at 8, PAGASA said, and “may reach its peak […]

ICT department, NTC want amendment to DPWH order banning phone cable, mobile service provider posts on national roads

(Eagle News)–The Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission are calling for an amendment to a Department of Public Works and Highways order that bans phone cable posts and posts of mobile service providers along national roads. In asking  the DPWH to look into the feasibility of amending  Department Order 73 s. 2014, the ICT department and the NTC noted that the provision that also  prohibits the “posts and towers of […]

PAGASA monitoring tropical depression, LPA outside PAR

(Eagle News)–The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is monitoring a tropical depression and a low pressure area outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. PAGASA said the tropical depression was apart from Severe Tropical Storm “Pepito,” which is  expected to exit PAR today or later in the afternoon. The weather bureau said the tropical depression was estimated 1835 kilometers east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph […]

DOTr: No contract awarded yet for proposed NAIA Expansion Project

(Eagle News)–The Department of Transportation has clarified that no contract has been awarded yet for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expansion Project. Transportation Undersecretary for Planning Ruben Reinoso Jr. issued the clarification following what he said were “circulating misinformed reports on the unsolicited proposal.” According to Reinoso, the proposal has so far yet to be evaluated by the National Economic Development Authority Investment Coordination Committee and the NEDA Board. Reinoso noted that the DOTr, as […]

DA says 25 provinces in PHL affected by ASF; almost 350k hogs culled

  (Eagle News) – There are now 25 provinces which have been affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) with more than 350,000 pigs already depopulated or culled, according to Agriculture Secretary William Dar. Dar said that ASF continued to be a threat to the Philippine swine industry. “Twenty-five provinces po ay apektado ng African Swine Fever at apektado—almost 350,000 na iyong na-depopulate so this has some significant bearing doon sa ating hog industry,” Dar said […]