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PIA-7 cancels regular fora amid COVID-19 threat

CEBU, March 20 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region 7 has cancelled its regular on-ground activities amid the COVID-19 threat, and will resort to other modes of information di.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsMar 20th, 2020

PIA-7 cancels regular fora amid COVID-19 threat

CEBU, March 20 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region 7 has cancelled its regular on-ground activities amid the COVID-19 threat, and will resort to other modes of information di.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

DepEd cancels crowd-drawing events in upcoming school year

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education’s (DepEd) annual sporting events, fairs, and other academic competitions that draw large crowds will be called off in the upcoming school year amid the lingering threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the annual Palarong Pambansa which was supposed to happen from May 1 to 9 […] The post DepEd cancels crowd-drawing events in upcoming school year appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

PB to hold last ‘physical’ session within ECQ period

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Provincial Board will be holding their last “physical” session on Monday, April 6, 2020, amid the province-wide implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. Seventh District Board Member Christopher Baricuatro, the majority floor leader, said among their agenda on Monday’s regular session […] The post PB to hold last ‘physical’ session within ECQ period appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2020

CPA cancels 36th Cordillera Day celebration amid CoViD-19 concerns

3 MIN READ The Cordillera Peoples Alliance announced the cancellation of the 36th Cordillera Day celebrations in Kalinga due to the Coronavirus threat. They also slammed the government's campaigns against the organization and the activity. The post CPA cancels 36th Cordillera Day celebration amid CoViD-19 concerns appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

AirAsia cancels four PH-Korea services amid COVID-19 threat

Air Asia Philippines said Tuesday it canceled several flights between the Philippines and South Korea amid the coronavirus disease 2019 threat......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

Comelec cancels Singapore, ME voting app test due to COVID-19

Amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 , the Commission on Elections has decided to cancel testing of its mobile voting application in the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020

DOT eyes more ‘bubbles’ to boost domestic tourism

The setting up of more tourism “bubbles” is being considered as among the key strategies to revive the country’s tourism industry amid the continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Benito Bengzon Jr., undersecretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT), said the tourism bubble that started in Baguio City and neighboring provinces was successful as it […] The post DOT eyes more ‘bubbles’ to boost domestic tourism appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2021

Japan PM Suga cancels planned visit to Phl, India

President Rodrigo Duterte supports the decision of Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to postpone his official visit to the Philippines scheduled from late April to early May, Malacañang said Wednesday. Duterte’s spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the postponement was due to the persisting threat of Covid-19 and “therefore, deserves support.” “The Office of the President […] The post Japan PM Suga cancels planned visit to Phl, India appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

Marikina City cancels Lenten activities amid spike in COVID cases

The local government of Marikina City is cancelling the city’s Lenten season activities amid the spike in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. “Our activities should be very limited,” Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro told the Daily Tribune.. He said masses and processions can be done online to avoid the spread of the deadly disease. “I encourage […] The post Marikina City cancels Lenten activities amid spike in COVID cases appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 20th, 2021

Panelo opposes Briones proposal to allow face-to-face classes

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo on Sunday opposed Education Secretary Leonor Briones after she renewed her call to allow face-to-face classes. In his daily online program, “Counterpoint”, Panelo maintained that the government should continue the implementation of distant learning amid the continued threat of the coronavirus (Covid-19). “It is fine Secretary Liling [Briones], […] The post Panelo opposes Briones proposal to allow face-to-face classes appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021

Comelec may ban face-to-face campaign for 2022 polls

The Commissison on Elections is eyeing a ban on face-to-face campaigning for the May 2022 general elections amid the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Comelec official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2021

& lsquo;Terrorism, insurgency still threats& rsquo;

President Rodrigo Duterte has lamented that terrorism and insurgency remain a threat to public order amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2021

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

FIBA tilt stymied by travel ban

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is closely coordinating with authorities as it prepares for the hosting of next month’s FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers amid threat of the new COVID-19 variant and travel ban on countries with known cases......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2021

Government urged to provide free face masks, shields to poor

Amid the continuing threat of COVID-19, Sen. Bong Go reminded the public to strictly adhere to government-imposed protocols, such as mandatory wearing of masks and face shields in public places......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2021

Thousands flock to Quiapo for Black Nazarene feast amid COVID-19 threat

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the threat posed by COVID-19, thousands of devotees flocked to Quiapo in Manila to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Saturday. In an interview on radio station DZBB, Manila Police District director Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco said that as of 7:40 a.m., they have estimated that over 300,000 devotees […] The post Thousands flock to Quiapo for Black Nazarene feast amid COVID-19 threat appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2021

Rody orders BI heightened surveillance amid threat of new COVID-19 strain

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday night ordered the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to ensure heightened surveillance on passengers entering the country amid the threat of a new variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is now affecting the United Kingdom (UK) and other countries. “You know, the reason really is there would be a lot […] The post Rody orders BI heightened surveillance amid threat of new COVID-19 strain appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2020

Firms urged to use digital contact tracing system

With the increasing operational capacity of businesses this holiday season amid the continuing threat of COVID-19, firms nationwide are highly encouraged to adapt a digital contact tracing system......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2020

Rice farmers seek bigger financial aid

The one-time financial assistance that the Senate directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide to rice farmers amid the declining prices of palay would not be enough, a group of rice farmers said. (MB file, Keith Bacongco) Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said rice farmers have lost an average of P10,000 per hectare in the ongoing cropping season due to severely depressed palay prices.   This was his response to the joint resolution recently passed by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which ordered the DA to appropriate some P3 billion in tariffs from rice imports through the 2021 national budget for cash aid to rice farmers. Under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which allowed unlimited rice importation in the Philippines, tariff collections in excess of P10 billion per year can be used for additional support to farmers, including cash transfers. FFF, however, noted that the proposed appropriation would only provide P5,000 per farmer if distributed to some 600,000 farmers tilling one hectare or less.   If the actual number of qualified farmers is raised to 1.1 million, the subsidy would only amount to about P2,700 per farmer. Either proposal will be unfair to equally affected rice farmers tilling larger areas, the farmers’ group said.   Instead, Montemayor said the government could keep palay prices stable by temporarily imposing safeguard duties or additional tariffs on imported rice. “The government allowed unlimited rice imports, resulting in low palay prices.  Now, it will spend P3 billion to partially offset farmers’ losses. If it had instead imposed additional duties on imports, palay prices would not have dropped too much, there would have been no need for cash aid to farmers, and the government might have even earned extra revenues from the safeguard duties,” said Montemayor. Under the Section 10 of RTL or Republic Act (RA) 11203, in order to protect the Philippine rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations, a special safeguard duty on rice shall be imposed in accordance with Safeguard Measures Act.   R.A. 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act, on the other hand, allows additional safeguard duties on top of regular tariffs in case an import surge is shown to be harmful to local farmers.   “Safeguard duties will not be inflationary as claimed by the DA, because they will be applied only when there is already a proven oversupply in the market.  They can be removed once the situation stabilizes,” said Montemayor. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is not keen on slapping additional tariff on rice imports, and has repeatedly appealed for public understanding about the “short-term” effects of RTL to palay prices. However, he promised to look for other solutions to the plea of the farmers like asking the National Food Authority (NFA), which buys palay at P19 per kilogram (/kg) to boost the government’s buffer stock, to intensify its palay procurement.   Instead of cash aid, the FFF proposed that existing funds from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and extra tariff collections be re-focused to address current problems of farmers.   It noted that half of farmers receiving free seeds under the RCEF had already been using certified seeds in the past, and that many were seeking other types of support that were not available under RCEF.   Numerous farmers have also questioned the DA’s promotion of seed varieties like NSIC Rc222, which is of poor quality and are being shunned by traders. “Also, the P5 billion annual fund for mechanization is not moving well, and it might be more practical at this time to preserve job opportunities for farm laborers instead of displacing them with machines,” Montemayor said.   “Moreover, the P1 billion budget for extension and training could be realigned, considering that farmers cannot attend training activities due to COVID-related restrictions. The P1 billion for credit could be better used for interest rate subsidies or loan guarantee programs, instead of direct loans which will benefit only 20,000 farmers,” he added......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

DAR distributes CLOAs in Southern Leyte amid COVID-19 threat

44 landless farmers from Anahawan, Southern Leyte received their CLOAs from Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Geronimo Peque making them the owners now of the land they are tilling......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020