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   WHO: PH must improve efforts to find COVID-19 transmission sources  2021/03/22 08:24:43 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines should make better its probing efforts to determine sources of COVID-19 infections as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to swell, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Philippine representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said Monday. In a televised briefing, Abeyasinghe also said the Philippines should strengthen its COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. "Where is the transmission actually happening? Is it limited to social gatherings in families or among friends? Is it also being driven by gatherings at worksites and dormitories?" Abeyasinghe said. "This kind of investigation at the local government level is critically important so… Keep on reading: WHO: PH must improve efforts to find COVID-19 transmission sources
   PH ‘so far off target’ in achieving COVID-19 herd immunity by 2021 – Robredo  2021/03/21 07:28:47 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines is "so far off-target" in achieving herd immunity against COVID-19 by 2021, Vice President Leni Robredo said as she proposed the vaccination of 256,993 people in the country daily. "We are so far off the target at the rate we are going now," Robredo said in a Facebook post on Sunday. The Vice President noted that the government targets to achieve herd immunity, or the vaccination of 70 percent of the country's population, by the end of the year. "Herd immunity is 70% of the population. 70% of 105 [million] people is 73,500,000. If we have about 286 remaining days in 2021, we should inoculate 256,993 people per day," she added… Keep on reading: PH ‘so far off target’ in achieving COVID-19 herd immunity by 2021 – Robredo
   PH assessing cost of damage caused by China’s reclamation in WPS  2021/03/20 21:48:22 Inquirer Global NAtion
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines is now assessing the cost of the damage caused by China's reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) so that it would have data to support its position should it decide to seek compensation, according to Environment Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta Teh. "What the government is doing is trying to document the resources that we have so that we can establish the baseline data, and together with that documentation is the valuation of these resources so that we can really know what are the value of those resources," Teh said on Friday in a Palace forum on marine science research in the West Philippine Sea. "Once we know those data, we … Keep on reading: PH assessing cost of damage caused by China’s reclamation in WPS
   PH records 7,999 new COVID-19 cases; active infections now at 80,642  2021/03/20 08:09:11 Inquirer News Info
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) on March 20, Saturday, recorded another all-time high single-day tally of 7,999 new COVID-19 cases for the Philippines, bringing the total to 656,056 cases, of which 80,642 are active cases. The DOH's record of new COVID-19 cases for Saturday is currently the highest the country has ever seen since the pandemic started. The new count topped 7,103 infections recorded on Friday, March 19. The new all-time high record was also in spite of six laboratories not able to submit their data to the COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS) on March 19. Of the new cases, 94.4 percent are mild, 3.1 percent are asymptomatic, 0.9 percent… Keep on reading: PH records 7,999 new COVID-19 cases; active infections now at 80,642
   Russia to supply first batch of Sputnik V vaccine to PH next month – Ifx  2021/03/19 10:50:20 Inquirer News Info
MOSCOW --- Russia will supply the first batch of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to the Philippines in the first half of April, the Interfax news agency cited the head of Russia's RDIF sovereign wealth fund as saying on Friday. This comes as Philippine vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said on March 18 that his government is in talks with vaccine developer Gamaleya Research Institute for supply and that they are eyeing to order some 5 to 10 million doses once government regulators issue an emergency use authorization for Sputnik V. He also said the Philippines may initially receive 2 million doses from Gamaleya this coming April. Galvez on Friday revealed the Philippine gove… Keep on reading: Russia to supply first batch of Sputnik V vaccine to PH next month – Ifx
   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 …

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