Typhoon “Quinta” makes landfall over Pola, Oriental Mindoro

(Eagle News)–Typhoon “Quinta” has made landfall over Pola, Oriental Mindoro. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said this was the typhoon’s fifth landing after Tabaco City, Albay; Malinao, Albay; San Andres, Quezon; and Torrijos,.Marinduque. PAGASA said under Signal no. 3 are the  southern portion of Quezon (Mulanay, San Francisco, Catanauan, General Luna, Macalelon, Pitogo, Unisan, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Pagbilao, Lucena City, Sariaya, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Dolores, Tayabas City), the southern portion of […]

PHIVOLCS: 3 rockfall events, faint crater glow monitored at Mayon but no magmatic eruption imminent

(Eagle News)–Three rockfall events were monitored at Mayon in 24 hours. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said also monitored at the volcano, which remains on alert level 1, were steam, sulfur dioxide emissions, and a faint crater glow. PHIVOLCS said the emission white steam-laden plumes that crept downslope was moderate. The sulfur dioxide emission was last measured at an average of 143 tons on  October 10. The faint crater glow from the summit, […]

Remdesivir has ‘little or no effect’ on Covid-19 mortality: WHO study

  GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The antiviral drug remdesivir, considered one of the most promising Covid-19 treatments, turns out to do little to prevent deaths from the disease, according to a WHO-backed study. Remdesivir, which was part of the experimental cocktail given to US President Donald Trump when he caught the new coronavirus last month, was one of several reviewed in a large study of more than 11,000 people across 30 countries. The drug “appeared […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL reach 319,330 with addition of 2,674 cases

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country reached 319,330 on Saturday, Oct. 3, after the Department of Health reported 2674 new cases. Of the 319,330 cases, 58606 were active. Of these, 87.1 percent were mild, 8.8 percent asymptomatic, 1.2 percent severe, and 2.8 percent critical. Metro Manila had the biggest share of the 2674 newly-reported cases, with 1046, followed by Cavite with 257, Rizal with 165, Batangas with 137, and Laguna with 121. Recoveries rose to […]

Over 231,000 OFWs return to respective provinces under gov’t’s Hatid-Tulong program

(Eagle News)–Over 231,000 Overseas Filipino Workers have been transported to their respective provinces under the government’s Hatid-Tulong program. The Department of Transportation said the 231,009 figure was as of Thursday, Oct. 1. Of the 231,009 OFWs, 71,338  were transported by land. Over 100,000, or 111,497, were transported by air  while  48,174 were transported by sea. The data  for land and air transport covers  May 25 to October 1, while that for sea travel covers  April […]

DepEd: Learning support aides to help teachers in distance learning

(Eagle News)–The Department of Education said  learning support aides will help teachers in the distribution of  basic education services under the distance learning set-up. The department issued the statement following calls it hire more teachers instead with the first day of classes looming. “Gusto ko lang din i-emphasize kasi na kailangan talaga sa division level ma-profile mga learners at kanilang mga magulang para malaman ang pangagailangan para sa LSA. Tututukan natin ang mga learners na […]

Ten quakes, steam and sulfur dioxide emissions monitored at Kanlaon; volcano still on alert level 1

(Eagle News)–Ten volcanic earthquakes were monitored at Kanlaon in 24 hours. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said steam and sulfur dioxide emissions were also monitored at the volcano, which remains on alert level 1. PHIVOLCS said the emission of white steam-laden plumes that rose 500 meters  was weak. Sulfur dioxide emission was measured at an average of 1,236 tons/day on October 1. The slight inflation of the lower and mid slopes since June […]

NBI files raps vs former PhilHealth chief Morales, others over alleged IRM anomalies

(Eagle News)–The National Bureau of Investigation has filed charges against former PhilHealth chief Ricardo Morales and eight others over alleged anomalies in the state insurer’s Interim Reimbursement Mechanism. Apart from Morales, charged for violations of Sections 3(e) and 3(i) of the anti-graft law; sections 251, 255, and 272 of the National Internal Revenue Code, section 4 of Republic Act No. 1051; and malversation of public funds or property were incumbent executive vice president and chief […]

PNP COVID-19 recovery tally nears 5,000 mark with 98 more recoveries

(Eagle News)–Ninety-eight more police personnel have  recovered from COVID-19, the Philippine National Police said. According to the PNP, with the addition, the recovery total rose to 4938 as of Friday night. Forty-seven additional COVID-19 cases, however, pushed the PNP COVID-19 tally to 6068. Of these, the PNP said 1113 were active. No additional death was reported, which means the death toll remains at 17. The police are among the country’s frontliners amid COVID-19, as they […]

Sanofi and GSK to provide 72 million vaccine doses to Canada

PARIS, France (AFP) — French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi and Britain’s GSK have promised up to 72 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate to the Canadian government, which has already signed similar agreements with several American companies. The two groups, which plan to seek regulatory approval for the vaccine in the first half of 2021, launched human clinical trials in early September, for which 440 participants are being recruited. “To address a global health crisis […]

Has global oil demand hit peak? BP says it’s possible

by Jean-Baptiste OUBRIER Agence France-Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Global oil demand might have already peaked and will likely not stop falling for the next 30 years, hit by virus fallout and moves towards greener energy, Britain’s BP predicted Monday. At the same time, the oil cartel OPEC has revised its forecast for global demand lower this year and next for essentially the same reasons. London-listed oil giant BP, which is seeking to achieve […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL breach 252,000 mark with 4,040 newly-announced cases

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 252,000 mark on Friday, Sept. 11, after the Department of Health reported an additional 4,040 cases. The DOH said of the 252,964 total COVID-19 cases, 62,250 were active. Of these, 88.8 percent were mild, 8.4 percent asymptomatic, 1.1 percent severe, and 1.7 percent critical. Of the 4,040 newly-reported cases, the DOH said 2754 or 68 percent occurred in the last 14 days. Of the newly-reported cases, 1813 […]