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German government defends plan to ease citizenship rules

'Anyone who lives and works here on a permanent basis should also be able to vote and be elected, they should be part of our country with all the rights and duties that go with it,' says German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.....»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerNov 28th, 2022

Taiwan to resume visa free entry for some countries in latest reopening step

TAIPEI — Taiwan will resume visa free entry for visitors from countries including the United States and Canada from next week, the government said on Monday, as it continues to ease controls put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19. Taiwan had kept its entry and quarantine rules in place as large parts of […] The post Taiwan to resume visa free entry for some countries in latest reopening step appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2022

PNP warns lockdown violators

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Guillermo Eleazar warned people who do not believe in COVID-19 vaccination they would be liable if they violated lockdown rules with their alleged plan to hold a mass action this month to protest the government’s vaccination program......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

US government official defends Biden investment plan – Prinsa Latina

During an interview with Fox News Sunday, Ross rejected criticism from Republican lawmakers, who rate spending on this plan too high. Speaking with host Chris.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

All over by summer? UK government eyes return to normal by end of June

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out a four-step plan to ease coronavirus restrictions, expressing hope that life could get back to normal by the end of June......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

Flat trading seen this week; laxer quarantine rules eyed

Trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange is expected to remain on sideways mode again this week as investors await the government’s decision to ease the quarantine rules in Metro Manila and key regions......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Stocks down again; Puregold up

The stock market fell slightly Tuesday in lackluster trading, as investors cautiously weigh government’s plan to ease further the lockdown on some areas in the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Bong Go backs transportation distancing status quo

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go today backed the recommendation of health professionals for the government to defer its plan to ease social distancing protocols in public utility vehicles and transportation systems like railways. Go expressed the belief that President Rodrigo Duterte will also weigh the warning aired by medical practitioners because they are the experts in […] The post Bong Go backs transportation distancing status quo appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

Amid Chinese presence, Navy wants to stay in Sangley Point

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy is opposing a plan by the Cavite provincial government to boot the military service command out of Sangley Point in Cavite as part of a P500-billion airport project that is expected to ease congestion at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in neighboring Manila. Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the […] The post Amid Chinese presence, Navy wants to stay in Sangley Point appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

1,350 riders apprehended on 1st day of motorcycle pillion riding policy — Eleazar

Police have apprehended a total of 1,350 motorcycle riders during the first day of the strict implementation of rules on motorcycle pillion riding on Saturday, the Joint Task Force COVID Shield disclosed on Sunday. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Based on the data of the JTF COVIDShield, a total of 704 motorcycle riders were apprehended for failure to install barriers while back-riding their spouses or live-in partners—a total of 697 of them were cited for various traffic violations while seven were arrested and taken to police stations.Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, commander of the JTF COVID Shield, explained that several violators  were taken to the police stations because of being disrespectful to the apprehending authorities, or, due to local ordinances that require violators to be taken to the police stations to arrange for a community service as a penalty.Back-riding married couples and living-in partners without the required barrier, not wearing face masks and not wearing helmets fall under Reckless Driving with penalties ranging from P1,000 to P10,000 depending on the number of the same offense committed;Also, a total of 580 more motorcycle riders were also accosted for failure to comply with the installation of barriers while having a back-rider other than their spouses or live-in partners. Of the figure, 551 were cited for violations while 29 were taken to the police station.For those who are not authorized to back-ride (those who are not married or living-in partners), Eleazar said the violation would be Overloading of Passengers with a penalty of P1,000.Meanwhile, a total of 66 motorcycles were also cited for violation even with the installed barriers since police found out that they were back-riding people other than their spouses or live-in partners. The penalty also falls under Overloading of Passengers.Eleazar said most of the violators were flagged down by the PNP Highway Patrol Group headed by Brig. Gen. Eliseo Cruz with 284. The Police Regional Office 7 also has the most number of apprehensions with 187, followed by Police Regional Office 5 with 158, Police Regional Office 9 with 129 and Police Regional Office 12 with 120.The 1,350 apprehended motorcycle riders on Saturday alone is on top of the more than 30,000 violators accosted during the July 10 to July 31 grace period given for motorcycle riders to comply with the installed barriers. The deadline for compliance was on July 31 and all those caught within the three-week grace period were just warned.Eleazar then urged motorcycle riders to comply with the rules, saying their defiance would just be met with appropriate sanctions based on the guidelines.“When our motorcycle riders repeatedly pleaded for them to be allowed to back-ride at least their spouses or live-in partners, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 listened to their appeal. What the NTF Against COVID-19 was asking in return is for them to install barriers because it is part of the safety measures against coronavirus infection,” said Eleazar. “As per Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año, we are not requiring all motorcycles to install barriers. But if they are going to use their motorcycles for back-riding, then they should follow the rules. The deadline for them to comply was extended twice and they were given a total of 22 days to install the barriers, we believe that it is more than enough time to do what is asked from them,” he added.Eleazar stressed that the continuous defiance of some motorcycle riders in the coming days would only compromise the NTF Against COVID-19 plan to eventually allow more people other than married couples and living-in partners to back-ride......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

DILG: NCR ECQ proposal to be discussed in meeting

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday assured that calls for Metro Manila to be reverted back to the stricter enhanced community quarantine will be tackled during the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting on Aug. 3. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya issued the clarification after some medical workers requested that the National Capital Region (NCR) be under the more restricted quarantine rules due to the surging coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases. DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On Aug. 1, Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dr. Jose Santiago in an online press conference headed by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) noted that the health workers are overwhelmed by the upsurge of COVID-19 cases they are handling. He relayed that the concerned health workers had urged the government to give them at least two weeks of “breathing space by shifting Mega Manila back to a strict lockdown.’’ “We’re waging a losing battle against COVID-19 and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” the letter read by Santiago said. With President Duterte on the brink of placing Metro Manila under the modified general communits quarantine (MGCQ) in middle of July, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año and the other Cabinet members convinced the President that the move is not feasible citing the need to open businesses to reinvigorate the economy. Año insisted that the way to curb the spread of the disease starts in every individual who should follow the minimum health standards of wearing masks, observing physical distancing, and practicing proper hygiene. He emphasized that no country can claim they have won their fight against COVID-19 since there is no available vaccine for the virus yet. But on the bright note, Duterte in a meeting on Friday said that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the country this December. Año noted that the country has to live with the virus momentarily until the vaccine is found. He added that the local government units (LGUs) have the power to impose localized lockdowns on parts of the barangays, streets, and buildings which they have identified as high-risk areas......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

LGUs urged to set up emergency communication system

Local government units need to have a communication plan in place and to enhance their communication capacities by upgrading equipment and allocating funds for training to improve their ability to respond to pandemics and other emergencies, state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated News12 hr. 56 min. ago

ARTA commends Parañaque

The Anti-Red Tape Authority has commended the Parañaque City government for being one of the pioneers in promoting ease of doing business in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Silent killer

Four years ago on Jan. 22, the government released the implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act that went into effect in July 2018......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2023

Government urged to fast-track rules on telco towers, internet infrastructure

Malacañang should fast-track the issuance of an order to spell out the guidelines governing the establishment of telecommunication towers and other internet infrastructure in order to sustain the momentum of the country’s digital transformation, an advocacy group said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 26th, 2023

EDITORIAL - Investors’ concerns  

Two laws have been passed to promote the speedy and efficient delivery of services to the public: Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, and RA 11032, the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018. Rodrigo Duterte, from Day One of his presidency, harped on the need to speedily complete transactions with the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 26th, 2023

Repair of damaged foot bridges at Kawasan Falls set to start in February

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — The municipality of Badian hopes to already start in February the repair of the damaged foot bridges that lead to the Kawasan Falls. And if everything is done according to plan, the municipal government will already be able to reopen the waterfalls to visitors in time for summer 2023. Badian Mayor […] The post Repair of damaged foot bridges at Kawasan Falls set to start in February appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2023

Cebu City eyes ‘Sinulog Philippines’ for 2024

CEBU CITY — From a province-wide event to a national celebration. This was the city officials’ plan for the Sinulog Festival, one of the country’s prominent and most attended festivals. City Mayor Michael Rama said the local government would aggressively promote the Sinulog to encourage more out-of-town contingents to join the grand parade and ritual […] The post Cebu City eyes ‘Sinulog Philippines’ for 2024 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2023

Sugar industry laments government plan to import anew

The sugar industry was caught off guard with President Marcos’ directive to import sugar anew, according to industry experts......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2023

Gatchalian: Government should ensure raising quality of teacher education

The government should commit to raise the quality of teacher education as learners and students will benefit the most from it, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said yesterday as he lauded the administration’s commitment to provide quality teacher education and training as part of the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2023