USAID is helping Philippine government to monitor Taal eruption

The US Embassy in the Philippines said Washington is providing help to its long-time ally......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 15th, 2020

China pledges P7.2m for Taal disaster relief

China has pledged a 1-million renminbi (P7.2 million) cash donation to the Philippine government to assist in the ongoing disaster relief efforts for the displaced residents in Luzon following the Jan. 12 eruption of Taal Volcano, the Department of Finance said over the weekend......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2020

ONE Championship reaches out to victims of Taal Volcano eruption

ONE Championship was quick to extend a helping hand to those who were affected by the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano in the province of Batangas on 12 January. The Home Of Martial Arts distributed 1,000 shirts to those who were displaced by the calamity, which has directly affected more than 100,000 people in the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, and some parts of Metro Manila.  The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has already raised the alert level to four, saying that a hazardous eruption remains imminent even today.    ONE athletes have also reached out to their compatriots, encouraging their fellow Filipinos to stay strong amid the trying times. “To all my countrymen in Taal, stay safe and I know that you guys can go through this. I’ll always pray for them and I expect them to rise above it, get back what they lost,” Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao said.  Like his head coach, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio showed great concern with the situation, and he promises that help is on the way.  “It's not our first time to encounter this situation, we were tested for how many times and we always end up on top, still. Filipinos have the warrior spirit in them and that is hard to conquer,” Eustaquio said. “Don’t worry we will face this test as a team, as a nation, and as a family. Support is coming, and we got your back in different ways. We pray for you our dear brothers and sisters. Never give up.”  As the dust settles and the tens of thousands of people rebuild their lives, on 31 January the Philippines will prove to the world their World Champion spirit. They will play host to ONE Championship’s ONE: FIRE & FURY at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

DILG: Govt on Top of Taal Situation; Zero Looting, Casualty So Far

As Taal Volcano is still on Alert Level 4, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today said that the government is on top of the situation with zero casualties and zero looting since January 12 when the volcano first had a phreatic eruption. “The local government units along with the Philippine National […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020

Netizens defend Phivolcs amid criticisms

MANILA, Philippines – Netizens have rallied behind  Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) after government officials criticized the agency for its supposed lapses in issuing timely warnings on the Taal Volcano eruption .  Netizens took to social media to shield Phivolcs from criticism after Cavite 4th District Representative Elpidio ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2020

Asian markets mostly up on China-US pact

HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rose Monday as investor attention turned from the Middle East to the global economic outlook and this week’s planned signing of the China-United States trade pact. Trading at the Philippine Stock Exchange was suspended also on Monday from the Taal Volcano eruption, which caused the suspension of classes and work in government […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Govt braces for bigger Taal eruption

President Rodrigo Duterte flew back to Manila from Davao City on Monday as the government braces for a possible hazardous eruption of Taal Volcano. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned that a volcanic tsunami may occur if the alert level is raised to 5. “Yung volcanic tsunami po, pwede po natin iexpect […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Closer scrutiny of human rights in the Phl

UN Special Rapporteur for extra-legal killings Agnes Callamard, speaking for several other special rapporteurs at another activity, recommended among others twin actions: for the Council to establish an on-the-ground international investigation into alleged HRVs in the Philippines, while continuing to monitor and report on the prevailing conditions; and for its member-states to “apply sanctions against Philippine government officials who [may be found] to have committed, have initiated or failed to investigate or prevent HRVs, including arbitrary killings.” The post Closer scrutiny of human rights in the Phl appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 20th, 2020

Two Lanao Norte clans agree to settle rido

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte — The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte facilitated the settlement of the dispute between the Mangondawis and Manamparan family from the Municipality of Nunungan.  RIDO SETTLEMENT — Members of the clans of Manamparan and Mangondawis pledge over Qur’an to end their disputes. The two clans agreed to put an end to their misunderstanding by signing the Covenant of Peace and Reconciliation  on August 19 at the Mindanao Civic Center Gymnasium  in the town of Tubod. Their rido (clan war) started four years ago.  Nunungan Mayor Marcos Mamay said his town is known to be the capital  of rido in Lanao del Norte and cited how he exerted efforts to settle the family feud by closely coordinating with the police, military, and provincial leaders.  “It has been part of our advocacy in promoting peace in believing that development is the new language of peace,” he said.  Mamay said he already settled more than 30  family feuds while the Manamparan and Mangondawis settlement is the second on the provincial level. “It’s not just a responsibility but obligation on my part to make a move  to settle the differences”, Mamay said.  The settlement was witnessed by Brig. Gen. Facundo O. Palafox IV, Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, and Police Provincial Director Col. Rolindo Suguilon. Palafox  said the Philippine Army continues to be very active in helping the LGUs in settling ridos in the province. He added that when family feuds are not settled, criminality will be the main problem that the province will face. Lanao del Norte Gov. Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo hopes the rido settlement will bring development to Nunungan town. She also shared that an international company is interested in doing business in the town which can bring employment opportunities to the residents......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

PSL teams near training resumption

Training of Philippine Superliga (PSL) teams will resume as soon as the government lifts the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby cities. PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico on Tuesday said they have formally received the green light to return to training through a memorandum from the Department of Health dated July 23. In the letter, DoH Assistant Secretary Nestor Santiago approved and made some recommendations on the health and safety guidelines submitted by the PSL regarding the conduct of physical activities and sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The DoH stated that practices of PSL teams would start under the general community quarantine, where only five players would be allowed with a skeletal workforce of up to 10 persons and non-contact sports limited only to strength training. Juico said the news was such a major development since they officially became the first women’s volleyball league to be given the go-signal to resume their training and conditioning sessions. “I am pleased to inform you that the health and safety protocols that we submitted to the Department of Health had been approved with some recommendations,” Juico said in a statement. “This is really a big development as we are the first volleyball league to be allowed to return to training. We assured the government that we will do everything to follow the protocols and make sure that training and conditioning sessions would be safe and healthy for everyone,” said Juico. A former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission and currently the president of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, Juico said mandatory swab testing is no longer needed since women’s volleyball is not as physical as professional basketball, football and boxing, which were all given the approval to return to training through a Joint Administrative Order from the DoH, Games and Amusement Board and the Philippine Sports Commission. Instead, swab testing would in accordance to the discretion of all member teams. They, however, were required to coordinate with the various local government units, where teams would conduct their trainings, to ensure proper monitoring and compliance. Teams were also instructed to appoint a medical liaison that would monitor the movements of players and coaches and report it to Dr. Raul Alcantara -- the league’s head of the medical oversight committee -- to make sure that all DoH-approved guidelines would be followed. “Each team will have a medical representative or a liaison,” Juico said. “These liaisons would be the one who will monitor the movement of the players and log their observations in a time sheet that would be submitted to the league’s medical oversight committee. We will assure that everything will be kept in private in accordance to the confidentiality clause between doctor and patients.” The MECQ started Tuesday and will last until 18 August. “We will write again to DoH after one or two months of training to seek approval for the start of our competition, which is the All-Filipino Conference,” Juico said. “But for now, we have to make sure that all protocols would be followed and trainings would be safe for everyone, especially to the athletes.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Cebu City to continuously assist watchers at VSMMC

CEBU CITY, Philippine — The Cebu City government will continuously assist the watchers of COVID-19 patients waiting outside the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) at the Fuente Osmeña Circle. Cebu City spokesperson Rey Gealon said the city has decided to monitor the watchers and ensure they were taken care of, since most of them […] The post Cebu City to continuously assist watchers at VSMMC appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

PetroGazz not slowing down amid pandemic

PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog remains confident with the competitiveness of the Angels despite losing a couple of key players this year and the long layoff brought by the health crisis. Veteran hitter Paneng Mercado-de Koenigswater took a leave of absence due to pregnancy while PetroGazz parted ways with its starting setter Djanel Cheng following a successful campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 last year. The Angels filled the missing pieces in their lineup by signing prized hitters Gretchel Soltones and Jerrili Malabanan while tapping Ivy Perez to replace Cheng. Laniog, who steered PetroGazz to a breakthrough PVL Reinforced Conference title exactly a year ago, told ABS-CBN Sports that the new recruits were already building chemistry with the holdovers before their preparation for the season was halted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.     “Bago mag-pandemic, nabi-build naman namin ‘yung relationship nu’ng tatlong bago sa old players,” said Laniog. “’Yun naman ang gusto namin na ma-develop ‘yung relationship ng new players, para pagdating sa game o kahit sa ensayo walang ilangan ba. Para malabas natin sa kanila ang potential nila para sa team.” Soltones, a former three-time NCAA Most Valuable Player, and Malabanan transferred to PetroGazz after their contracts with PLDT in the Philippine Superliga expired. The duo will make their return to the PVL since helping BaliPure win the 2017 Open Conference title and then PayMaya to a runner-up finish in the 2018 Reinforced Conference. The addition of the two hitters according to Laniog will give more depth to PetroGazz’s local roster especially with the PVL looking to hold the Open Conference this year once the government gives the green light for volleyball activities to resume.      “Very big addition talaga sila. Nakita namin ang potential ng dalawa, malaking bagay para sa rotation ng team. Naging mas malalim ngayon kahit sa all-Filipino,” Laniog said. The mentor also pointed out that his holdovers are ready to fill in the shoes left by Mercado-de Koenigswater at the wing spot.   “Kasi ang mga players naman namin tini-train namin as universal,” said Laniog. “So ‘yung opposite pwedeng maging open. Nandyan naman si Cai Baloaloa, si Jonah Sabete na pwedeng maglaro sa opposite side and also Malabanan.” Despite the ban on team training under the community quarantine, PetroGazz keeps a strict tab on its players. Making sure that they remain in tip-top shape through home workout activities and virtual team building sessions.     “Di pa rin namin tinatanggal ang condition ng katawan na nandoon pa rin sa fit level,” said Laniog. “Para anytime na i-allow na ng government na bumalik sa training ay ready sila.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2020

ADB approves $500-m loan for the 4Ps program

The Asian Development Bank said Wednesday it approved a $500-million loan to expand its support for the Philippine government’s conditional cash transfer program, which is helping millions of Filipino families across the country send their children to school and keep them healthy......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2020

UST s Viray backs relief operation for families in Cavite

Caitlin Viray extends a helping hand in a relief operation for families heavily affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The University of Sto. Tomas women’s volleyball team standout, her family, beau Kris Roy Guzman of the Golden Spikers and other generous sponsors raised funds to buy and hand out relief goods in Cavite. Last Sunday, the group, with help from Cavite Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, gave 166 bags of goods to families in Molino 4 in Bacoor who have yet to be reached by the local government unit’s relief operation. Hi everyone! We are giving out relief goods to people here in Cavite who are not yet reached by the LGU's relief operation. Our first batch was successful and we were able to give 166 bags of goods to the families with the help of PDEA Cavite. — Caitlin Viray ???? (@_KEYTLEEN) April 19, 2020 But there are still a lot of families who need help. So, the group is now planning to raise another P50,000 for their second relief operation. For donations, you can contact Caitlin Viray through her Twitter account and Facebook.  Aside from Viray, other UST Tigresses are doing their share in helping out those in need. Sisi Rondina, Eya Laure, Imee Hernandez, Ysa Jimenez are among those who donated their jerseys and shoes in different fundraising auctions for frontliners......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Russia Thanks PH for Saving Sick Captain Amid Covid-19 Threat

The Russian Embassy in Manila thanked the Philippine government for helping a Russian captain who was ill, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) scare. In a Facebook post Thursday night, the Russian Embassy said Capt. Alexander Solodyannikov of the tanker “Asphalt Transporter” reportedly suffered “an attack of an unknown respiratory syndrome.” It added that the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 11th, 2020

Russia thanks PH for saving captain

The Russian Embassy in Manila thanked the Philippine government for helping a Russian captain who was ill, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) scare. In a Facebook post Thursday night, the Russian Embassy said Capt. Alexander Solodyannikov of the tanker “Asphalt Transporter” reportedly suffered “an attack of an unknown respiratory syndrome.” It added that the […] The post Russia thanks PH for saving captain appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 10th, 2020

From Taal eruption to COVID-19 pandemic: PETA continues animal rescue ops amid Luzon-wide quarantine

An animal welfare organization said there is no stopping its team from from helping animals as it continues its rescue operations amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2020

Ninoy Aquino Stadium ready to accept COVID-19 patients

The converted Ninoy Aquino Stadium inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be ready to accept coronavirus (COVID-19)-positive patients this week. Just five days after transforming the sports arena into a quarantine center, the 112-bed NAS facility will open its doors to patients with mild symptoms and those who are asymptomatic starting Wednesday, April 8, as announced by the Department of Health.  Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO and Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects Vince Dizon said that patients in NAS, and other converted quarantine facilities, the Philippine International Convention Center and the World Trade, Center will all have air-conditioned cubicles with plug-in outlets, free food for patients and the medical staff, free internet connection, and round-the-clock medical assistance.   “In these facilities, there will be 24/7 medical care given by the medical professionals…For the Ninoy Aquino [stadium], the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Corps will be taking care of our patients. There’s going to be free food for all our patients and our staff—the nurses and the doctors,” Dizon said.   The PICC will have 294 beds, and the World Trade Center will have 502 beds. The Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan may also be transformed into a quarantine facility as well. “The idea is really twofold: we need these quarantine centers because we want to be able to move Covid-positive patients from their communities into facilities such as this. This was also done in other countries as well, but even equally important is we have to help our hospitals decongest, and allow more hospital beds to be used by more severe patients with Covid-19,” Dizon added. Meanwhile, the Philippine Sports Commission in a memo released on Monday urged all national sports associations to closely monitor the activities of their athletes and coaches to ensure their welfare and well-being. The government’s sports body also reminded all athletes and coaches to follow the enhanced community quarantine guidelines of social distancing, staying at home and proper hygiene......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

Volleyball community doing its share in fight vs. COVID-19

The Philippine volleyball community is once again showing unity, this time in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Volleyball stars are auctioning off their jerseys to raise funds for our frontliners or packing and delivering relief goods in their community while fans are doing their share by through monetary donations and following the government's directive to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus. Creamline setter Jia Morado is currently leading a fund-raising campaign, Every Little Thing Counts, to purchase personal protective equipment (PPEs) and facemasks for frontliners risking their lives to care and help our kababayans infected by the deadly virus. She started off by putting her Ateneo de Manila University jersey from Season 79 for bidding as other players followed suit. Ara Galang of De La Salle University put up her jersey for bidding last Saturday. On Sunday, University of Sto. Tomas Tigresses Eya Laure, Imee Hernandez, Maji Mangulabnan, Det Pepito and Janna Torres joined the drive by putting up their Season 80 girls’ volleyball jerseys for bidding. Mika Reyes on Monday led eight other members of the Philippine Superliga team Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors in donating their jerseys for the auction. Pam Lastimosa, Royse Tubino, Bang Pineda, Djanel Cheng, Ruby De Leon, Amy Ahomiro, Marje Tejada and Alex Bollier all participated in the campaign. Genesis Redido of UST men’s volleyball team provided assistance to frontliners and victims of a recent fire in his hometown in Bacoor, Cavite.        Bea De Leon of ChocoMucho extended a helping hand to her community in Marikina City. MVP on and off the court. Salamat sa iyong donasyon para sa batang Marikenyo, @_beadel! #KapitBisigMarikina — Teacher Stella Quimbo (@TeacherStellaQ) March 28, 2020 Meanwhile, volleyball players who are members of the military are also doing their part in their respective camps while the whole of Luzon is on an enhanced community quarantine. The Philippine volleyball community once again showed its generosity, support and love through its own little ways......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Watching the volcanoes

At the height of the Taal Volcano eruption last January, a calm, authoritative and reassuring face from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology kept the public informed on the rumblings of one of the country’s most active volcanoes with regular media briefings......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

Losses force PAL to cut workforce

PHILIPPINE Airlines on Friday began laying off as many as 300 employees to reduce its financial losses, which were exacerbated by the recent Taal Volcano eruption and the continued spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) worldwide. In an email sent to select PAL employees, a copy of which was secured by The Manila Times, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 29th, 2020