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   PH lags behind SE Asia countries in overall COVID-19 response fund — Duque  2020/12/12 09:46:25 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines lags behind in terms of its overall fund for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III admitted Saturday. According to the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) COVID-19 Policy Database as of Nov. 30, the Philippines ranks sixth for COVID-19 response package, having a total of $21.6 billion. Indonesia is the top Southeast Asian country to have the biggest budget for COVID-19 response, having $116.3 billion, followed by Singapore with $89.1 billion. "I will have to admit that our fund in particular, yung COVID-19 fund natin, we are ranked number six," Duque said in a … Keep on reading: PH lags behind SE Asia countries in overall COVID-19 response fund — Duque
   PH’s COVID-19 tally now at 448,331; Davao del Norte has highest new cases  2020/12/12 08:13:17 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Philippines registered on Saturday 1,301 new cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), raising the total number of infections to 448,331. Of the total nationwide cases, the Department of Health said 6.7 percent or 30,168 are active cases. Meanwhile, Davao del Norte topped the list of new infections nationwide. It reported 96 new cases this Saturday. DOH also reported a total of 409,433 COVID-19 recoveries nationwide. This includes 111 new patients who survived the disease. Moreover, DOH documented 8,730 total fatalities of the disease, including 35 new deaths. CFC… Keep on reading: PH’s COVID-19 tally now at 448,331; Davao del Norte has highest new cases
   Carpio pushes next PH step to uphold sea row ruling vs China  2020/12/11 21:00:23 Inquirer Global NAtion
MANILA, Philippines --- The government should push for a built-in enforcement mechanism in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) to ensure China's compliance with the 2016 arbitral award upholding Philippine sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea (WPS), according to retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. "The arbitral ruling is the law between parties, but unless enforced, there is no justice," said Carpio, adding that the enforcement of the ruling that struck down Beijing's sweeping claims over the South China Sea could be one of President Duterte's greatest achievements. The retired magistrate made the remarks on Thursday as he was conferred a d… Keep on reading: Carpio pushes next PH step to uphold sea row ruling vs China
   Despite cut in volume, PH to remain world’s top rice importer  2020/12/11 20:40:57 Inquirer Business
The Department of Agriculture's (DA) decision to stop the issuance of rice import permits this year is expected to affect not only the country's import level this year but even Vietnam's rice stocks and prices. According to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Global Agricultural Information Network, Philippine rice imports this year were expected to decline by 200,000 metric tons (MT) to 2.3 million MT from its earlier projection of 2.5 million MT. "Private sector imports in the Philippines have been stymied in recent months as the government stopped issuing new import permits with unrest in the farm sector," it said. Similarly, prices of rice from V… Keep on reading: Despite cut in volume, PH to remain world’s top rice importer
   PH: Second most-crowned country in international beauty pageants  2020/12/11 07:52:32 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- For years, the Philippines has proved to the world, or the universe rather, why it is known as a beauty pageant powerhouse. In terms of being the country with the most crowned beauty queens, the Philippines finished second on the list, a German market and consumer data company reported. In a chart shared by Statista, the Philippines trailed behind Venezuela in the list of countries with the most crowns and titles from the Big Four international pageants - Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth. Venezuela, home of 23 crowned beauty queens, ranked first. The Philippines, along with the United States, meanwhile reigned in second place… Keep on reading: PH: Second most-crowned country in international beauty pageants
   PH named Asia’s leading beach and dive destination anew in 2020 World Travel Awards  2020/11/03 03:45:26 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines was recognized as Asia's leading beach destination, as well as Asia's leading dive destination in the 2020 World Travel Awards. The award-giving body announced its Asia 2020 winners on Tuesday. With the recognition, the Philippines bested five other countries in Asia's leading beach destination category, namely India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This is the fourth time the Philippines won Asia's leading beach destination award. Meanwhile, it was the second time the Philippines bagged Asia's leading dive destination award. The country previously won the award in 2019. Aside from this, popular luxury Palawan island re… Keep on reading: PH named Asia’s leading beach and dive destination anew in 2020 World Travel Awards
   PH military shifts to disaster response in areas hardest hit by Typhoon Rolly  2020/11/02 13:50:14 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines---The military has shifted operations from internal security to disaster response in the Bicol region where Category 5 Typhoon Rolly (international name Goni) left a wide swath of destruction. Capt. Jonathan Zata, Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs chief, said Joint Task Force Bicolandia had shifted to "search, retrieval and rescue operations mode." He said the "shift of focus" from internal security to disaster response meant "all infantry battalions of the Philippine Army" in areas under the jurisdiction of the 9th Infantry Division in Bicol had been tapped for search, retrieval and rescue in coordination with local government units. Zata said the A… Keep on reading: PH military shifts to disaster response in areas hardest hit by Typhoon Rolly
   Pagasa warns of rough seas as Rolly leaves PH landmass  2020/11/01 23:30:29 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- As Tropical Storm Rolly crosses the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) warned of rough sea conditions in various parts of the country. Pagasa said waves from 2.5 to 5 meters are expected over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and Central Luzon, the western seaboards of Batangas, Occidental Mindoro including Burias Island, and Calamian Islands, and eastern seaboards of Quezon including Polillo Islands and Bicol region. Meanwhile, Pagasa said waves of up to 1.2 to 2.5 meters will be experienced over the western seaboards of Palawan including Kalayaan Isla… Keep on reading: Pagasa warns of rough seas as Rolly leaves PH landmass
   Salleh welcomes PH's willingness to cooperate on budget  2020/11/01 14:39:03 Free Malaysia Today
There had been speculation that MPs might vote against the budget, which would pave the way for a general election.
   Pakatan Harapan makes 6 suggestions for Malaysia's budget 2021  2020/11/01 14:30:37 Channel NewsAsia
PUTRAJAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has made six suggestions on budget 2021 during an engagement session with Finance Minister Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz on Sunday (Nov 1). Among the suggestions made were to increase the budget allocation for the Health Ministry to address the COVID-19 pandemic and non …
   PH teachers start call center to help remote learners  2020/10/10 14:46:15 Inquirer News Info
MANILA --- Worried that remote schooling could become a struggle, a local authority in the Philippines has set up a makeshift call center staffed by dozens of teachers to make sure students don't fall behind in class. The temporary call center opened in the capital Manila on Monday staffed by 70 people who have been busy answering hundreds of daily queries by phone, email and instant messenger, as students get to grips with virtual learning. "Quality education must continue. Just because there is an ongoing pandemic the quality of learning shouldn't suffer," said Ferdinand Delgado, team leader of the support program. "This program was made to strengthen the government's effo… Keep on reading: PH teachers start call center to help remote learners
   PH’s COVID-19 tally now at 331,869 with 2,363 new infections; deaths breach 6K-mark  2020/10/08 08:17:54 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines' COVID-19 tally is now at 331,869 after 2,363 new infections were recorded, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. The DOH's latest data also showed that the country's death toll is now at 6,069 after 144 new deaths were recorded. Meanwhile, an additional 697 recoveries were reported, bringing the total to 274,318. Of the total number of cases, 51,482 are active cases, where 85.7 percent are mild, 9.8 percent are asymptomatic, 3.1 percent are critical and the remaining 1.4 percent are severe cases. Metro Manila continues to have the most number of new COVID-19 cases with 858, followed by Cavite with 309, Batangas with 139, Rizal … Keep on reading: PH’s COVID-19 tally now at 331,869 with 2,363 new infections; deaths breach 6K-mark
   Grab PH to post bail for detained Grab driver who allegedly attacked cop in Taguig  2020/10/08 03:08:52 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Grab Philippines on Thursday said they will help post bail for the release of Mary Florence Norial, one of its drivers who is now in jail in Taguig after supposedly assaulting a police officer. "We have received reports regarding one of our driver-partners who was detained after allegedly disrespecting a police officer. The safety and welfare of our driver-partners remain top priority for us at Grab. We are currently coordinating with the family of our driver-partner, and we will provide bail assistance for her immediate release," read the statement from Grab Philippines Media Team. "We will update everyone as soon as relevant information on this investigati… Keep on reading: Grab PH to post bail for detained Grab driver who allegedly attacked cop in Taguig
   PH records 2,825 new COVID-19 cases as total nears 330,000  2020/10/07 08:28:54 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported an additional 2,825 cases of COVID-19, driving the Philippines' total caseload to 329,637. The latest data from the DOH showed that there 49,989 active cases, of which 85.9 percent are mild, 9.4 percent are asymptomatic, 3.3 percent are critical and 1.5 percent are severe. The top region with the most number of COVID-19 cases continues to be Metro Manila with 1,031, followed by Cavite with 243, Batangas with 238, Bulacan with 173, and Rizal with 159. There were also 437 new recoveries, bringing the total to 273,723. However, the country's death toll shot up to 5,925 after 60 deaths were recorded…. Keep on reading: PH records 2,825 new COVID-19 cases as total nears 330,000
   LOOK: PH military chief Gapay gets 4th star  2020/10/07 08:05:11 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gilbert Gapay Jr. was promoted to the rank of general on Wednesday, more than two months after assuming the post. He received his fourth star in donning ranks of a ceremony presided by Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana at the Department of National Defense headquarters, the AFP said in a statement. AFP vice chief Vice Adm. Gaudencio Collado Jr., the deputy chief of staff Rear Adm. Erick Kagaoan, and Gapay's family witnessed the event. Gapay assumed his post as AFP chief on Aug. 3, the eighth under Duterte's administration. The Commission on Appointments confirmed his promotion last Sept. 2. Military … Keep on reading: LOOK: PH military chief Gapay gets 4th star

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