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Zambo City gears for SPES implementation

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is finalizing preparations for the implementation of this year’s Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES). Ma. Socorro Rojas, CSWDO chief, said Saturday the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will hire a total of 1,400 students aged 21…
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Analysis: The Asia-Pacific arms race has taken an ominous turn

Japanese Assault Amphibious Vehicles come ashore during a joint exercise between the Australian Defence Force and the United States Armed forces in Bowen, Australia [File: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images] Within days of each other, two key United States allies – Australia and Japan – announced their intentions to boost defence spending and adopt a more aggressive…
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LOOK: GMA’s ‘Saksi’ delivers solidarity extro for rival ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines — GMA’s late-night newscast “Saksi” on July 10 gave a solidarity extro in an apparent show of support to its beleaguered rival media network ABS-CBN, which franchise application was killed earlier that day at the House of Representatives. GMA late night newscast Saksi ended its’ newscast with a different extro, Saturday morning with…
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BARMM health ministry records 21 new Covid-19 cases

The Ministry of Health – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao coronavirus disease 2019 situation report as of July 10, 2020. COTABATO CITY – Twenty-one new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases have been recorded across the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the region’s health ministry said on Friday night. Dr. Safrullah Dipatuan, BARMM…
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MRT-3 to resume operations on July 13 with ’sufficient’ virus-free personnel

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Rail Transit-3 will resume operations on a limited capacity on Monday, July 13 after recording a “sufficient number” of train personnel who are negative for COVID-19. In a statement on Saturday, the metro railway’s management said 1,093 depot personnel and 1,010 station personnel were free from the coronavirus disease. A total…
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Another Sarangani court orders arrest of Kapa execs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Another court in Sarangani province has ordered the arrest of Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. founder Pastor Joel Apolinario and his top associates for syndicated estafa. Lawyer Regner Peneza, head of the National Bureau of Investigation-Sarangani district office, said the agency received July 10 the warrant of arrest issued by the…
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2 returning LSIs in Sarangani positive for Covid-19

Department of Health 12 (Soccsksargen) Covid-19 tracker as of 6 p.m. on July 10, 2020. GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Two more returning locally stranded individuals (LSI) in Sarangani province have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), officials said Saturday. The two new infections, which were recorded in the municipalities of Malungon and Maasim,…
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DOT bullish on recovery of English schools in PH

MANILA – Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is optimistic about the recovery of English schools in the Philippines that would eventually put the Philippines back as a leading English as a Second Language (ESL) destination. “The students who have come here have returned to their home countries for now. While travel restrictions brought by the Covid-19…
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Calida says ‘justice served’ after House panel killed new ABS-CBN franchise

MANILA, Philippines — “Justice has been served,” according to Solicitor General Jose Calida a day after a House of Representatives panel rejected ABS-CBN’s application for a fresh 25-year franchise. Calida, the government’s principal lawyer who initiated a quo warranto case against the country’s largest broadcasting network at the Supreme Court, also said Saturday the public…
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Rapid test kits can't be bought in drug stores: DOH

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. (File photo) MANILA – Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Saturday clarified that rapid antibody test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cannot be purchased in drug stores. “I stand corrected, rapid antibody tests cannot be bought in pharmacies as it cannot be self-administered. Only facilities with the guidance of…
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IP leaders, elders in Agusan Sur town get aid

GESTURE OF GRATITUDE. San Francisco, Agusan del Sur Mayor Solomon T. Rufila leads the distribution of relief assistance to 195 Manobo leaders and elders in the area on Friday (July 10, 2020), as part of the local government’s initiative to ease the impact of the coronavirus crisis on tribal communities. The official also says the…
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DFA reports lone Filipino Covid-19 case

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) registered a lone Filipino coronavirus disease (Covid-19) case on Saturday, bringing the tally to 8,804. “Today, the DFA received a lone report from a country in Asia and the Pacific confirming only one new confirmed case and another recovery among our nationals abroad,” it said in a…
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Covid-19 tally rises to 54,222; 807 new recoveries

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday reported 807 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as the country’s total tally of cases reached 54,222. This brings the total number of recoveries to 14,037. Out of the 1,387 new reported infections, the DOH said 918 are fresh cases and 469 late cases.…
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Romblon records 7th COVID-19 case

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY— Romblon province recorded its seventh new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case, local health officials reported Saturday. The Romblon Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) said in a report that the new patient was a locally stranded individual who recently returned to Cajidiocan, his hometown. The patient was placed in isolation as the rural health…
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DOH: COVID-19 rapid test kits can’t be bought in pharmacies

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health advised the public on Saturday that COVID-19 rapid tests cannot be bought in pharmacies, as it is only allowed to be sold to facilities with the guidance of a doctor. DOH spokesperson and Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the clarification in a message to reporters, correcting the earlier…
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Magnitude 4.5 quake hits Northern Samar

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck on Saturday afternoon, state seismologists said. A report from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) showed that the tremor hit at 5:01 p.m., 15 kilometers northeast of Mapanas, Northern Samar. The quake of tectonic origin had 34 kilometers depth of focus, Phivolcs said. No aftershocks…
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No regular face-to-face classes in August: CHED

MANILA – There will be no regular in-person classes in the opening of the semester this coming August, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Prospero de Vera III clarified on Saturday. “CHED wants to make it very clear that higher education institutions (HEIs) will open the semester in August using flexible learning mode. There are…
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2 Cebu City lawmakers say denial of ABS-CBN franchise ill-timed

CEBU CITY — Two Cebu City congressmen lamented the decision of their colleagues in the House of Representatives to deny the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corp. Cebu City Rep. Raul del Mar of the north district and Rodrigo Abellanosa of the south district agreed that the decision of the House committee on legislative franchises was…
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PNPA suspends activities for new cadets after 2 deaths in a week

MANILA, Philippines —The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday said that it has temporarily suspended all activities for new cadets after a second cadet died this week while in the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in Cavite. The two subsequent deaths prompted PNPA Director Maj. Gen. Jose Chiquito Malayo to order the suspension of all…
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Manila buys 3 COVID-19 machines capable of testing 16,800 residents a week

  Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Saturday, July 11, announced that the local government has purchased three COVID-19 testing machines capable of testing 16,800 residents a week.   Domagoso said doctors, nurses, and all other healthcare workers will be the first ones to be tested by the serology testing machines from Abbott.…
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Death toll in Japan floods rises to 63

(Anadolu photo) TOKYO – The death toll from massive floods in Japan rose to 63, local media reported on Saturday. As many as 92 rivers in 10 prefectures have overflown their banks, and there have been 251 cases of damage from landslides, about one-fifth of which occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture, hit hardest by the rain,…
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Bong Go files twin bills to combat increasing cases of child sexual abuse in the country

  Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed a measure to amend Republic Act No. 7610 or the “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act” which will enhance the country’s protective measures against child sexual abuse.   Senate Bill No. 1650 seeks to amend Section 5 (b) of the Anti-Child Abuse Law regarding…
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COVID-19 infections surpass 54,000; recoveries reach 14,000 — DOH

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has recorded more than 54,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while the number of recoveries has surpassed the 14,000 mark. In an update from the Department of Health on Saturday, 1,387 new cases of the coronavirus disease were reported, raising the total tally nationwide to 54,222. Posted by Department…
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India logs daily record as coronavirus cases exceed 800,000: Live

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of US President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, according to a new ABC/Ipsos poll.  More than 12.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with…
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Bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe’s Lake Chivero, about…
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DPWH builds shelter for Southern Leyte health workers

SHELTER FOR HEALTH WORKERS. Project perspective of the accommodation facility in Maasin City in Southern Leyte for health workers battling the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The Department of Public Works and Highways on Saturday (July 11, 2020) said it targets to complete construction of the PHP15-million facility on August 30, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Maasin City Mayor…
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Private sector launches program to support ‘buy local’ drive

MANILA – Companies, business organizations, and members of the private sector launched the ‘Buyanihan’ program on Friday night to support the Department of Trade Industry’s (DTI) “Buy Local, Go Lokal” campaign. Initiated by the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI), the program promotes buying local products and services to help the country’s micro, small, and…
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AFP chief visits 6ID base in Maguindanao

CAMP VISIT. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Felimon Santos Jr., during a visit to the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID) in Maguindanao on Friday (July 10, 2020), inspects a rifle recovered by the 6ID from recent combat operations against enemies of the state in its area of operation. Behind him are 6ID…
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