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Seniors priority for J&J Janssen jabs – DOH

Seniors priority for J&J Janssen jabs

The Department of Health (DOH) said the Janssen vaccines of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) should be administered exclusively to the elderly population, as they “continue to be at risk of severe COVID-19 or hospitalization.” The country faces the threat of [...]

July 19, 2021 Headlines, Health
PNP justifies unused anti-red funds

PNP justifies unused anti-red funds

Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar assured the public on Thursday that the organization’s 2020 counterinsurgency funds remain intact, pointing out they were impossible to disburse in just two months. He was referring to underutilized funds allocated to the PNP [...]

July 16, 2021 Headlines
1.15 million AstraZeneca doses for private sector arrive today

1.15 million AstraZeneca doses for private sector arrive

Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, along with government officials, will welcome today the arrival of the first tranche of AstraZeneca vaccines procured by the private sector. “We are welcoming a total of 1.15 million doses [...]

July 16, 2021 Headlines
PH extends travel ban on India, 6 countries

PH extends travel ban on India, 6 countries

Malacañang announced on Wednesday, July 14, that it has approved the extension of travel restrictions on India and six other countries until July 31 over fears that the Delta variant of the coronavirus will cause a spike in the country’s [...]

July 15, 2021 Headlines
Nini Quezon Avanceña, rights defender; 100

Nini Quezon Avanceña, rights defender; 100

Ma. Zeneida “Nini’’ Quezon Avanceña, a daughter of a wartime president from a bygone political era, who decades later joined the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, died on Monday at age 100. Avanceña was the second of the four children [...]

July 14, 2021 Headlines
Gov’t job recovery plan insufficient

Gov’t job recovery plan insufficient

The government’s employment recovery plan lacks crucial details on the kind of jobs supposed to be created and whether there will be any temporary jobs for the millions of jobless during the pandemic, a major labor group said. According to [...]

July 9, 2021 Headlines
Philippine population hits 109 million in 2020

Philippine population hits 109 million in 2020

Philippine population stood at 109,035,343 in 2020 with the country seeing a 1.63% growth rate in the last five years, the Philippine Statistics Authority said Wednesday.  Such was an increase of 8,053,906 from the 100,981,437 in 2015, per official census last year.  The [...]

July 8, 2021 Headlines
DOH sees ‘population protection’ by November

DOH sees ‘population protection’ by November

The Department of Health (DOH) is hopeful that the country will achieve “population protection” against COVID-19 in the National Capital Region (NCR) by November, an official said yesterday. Asked at a press briefing if achieving population protection is doable in [...]

July 6, 2021 Headlines
Emong brings strong winds to North Luzon

Emong brings strong winds to North Luzon

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday advised residents of Northern Luzon to brace for strong winds and heavy rains due to Tropical Depression Emong. As of 5 p.m., Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 was hoisted [...]

July 5, 2021 Headlines
Greenpeace calls for improved air pollution monitoring systems

Greenpeace calls for improved air pollution monitoring systems

The unusual haze over Metro Manila bolstered the urgent need to improve the country’s air quality monitoring systems and update air quality standards, an environmental group said Wednesday. In a statement, Greenpeace called on the Department of Environment and Natural [...]

June 30, 2021 Headlines