RESIDENTS of Old Balara go to Old Balara Elementary school during the continuation of the vaccination program for the A1 to A3 categories on May 3. -- PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCASTHE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 7,174 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 1.1 million. The death toll rose by 204 to 18,472, while recoveries increased by 9,197 ...

PHILSTAR By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter POLITICAL analysts on Sunday frowned upon a planned debate between the palace spokesman and an opposition leader on the South China Sea dispute, saying nothing good would come out of it. "Such a high-profile debate at this point in President Rodrigo Duterte's term means they are conceding that his appeasement policy has failed," ...

SEC PHOTO RELEASE THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Davao office has issued a public warning against putting money into or acting as coordinator for MER'S Business Center, which does not have a permit for investment operations. In an advisory issued over the weekend, the agency said MER'S is not registered as a corporation or partnership, much less holds a ...

Children on the move to safer ground in Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao on May 8, 2021. -- 601ST INFANTRY UNIFIER BRIGADE THERE were no civilian or military casualties in Saturday's encounter between government forces and members of an extremist group in a commercial area of Datu Paglas town in Maguindanao, according to the country's military chief. An estimated 20 ...

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has formed a committee that will focus on speeding up the completion of the hospital for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). In a statement on Sunday, the DoLE said Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ordered the creation of the committee to "rev up" the P550-million project, which had a groundbreaking ceremony on May ...

THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) warned consumers from eating shellfish harvested from Biliran Island and areas in Western Samar, Leyte, and Zamboanga del Norte after testing positive for paralytic shellfish poison or red tide. In its 14th shellfish bulletin, BFAR issued new red tide warnings in Daram Island, Zumarraga, Cambatutay Bay and Villareal Bay, all in Western ...

THE SUPREME Court, Philippine Red Cross, and the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) have partnered to provide quarantine facilities for members of the judiciary who test positive for the coronavirus and are mild or asymptomatic cases. "The Court is aware that most hospitals in Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces are reaching full COVID-19 capacity and are unable ...

THE DAVAO City government will legalize the local operation of motorcycle taxis through an ordinance that is expected to be approved by the council this week. Councilor Danilo C. Dayanghirang said the proposed ordinance was introduced by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in consideration of lack of public transport in the city's remote areas. Motorcycle taxis, locally known as habal-habal, operate in ...

PHILIPPINE STAR THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) said it is still seeking to identify funding sources for the third economic stimulus package, proposed at P405 billion, as the legislation goes before the House appropriations committee this week. In an interview with DZBB Sunday, Budget Secretary Wendel E. Avisado said the department is not opposed to the House of ...

PHILIPPINE STAR The SENATE is still consulting government agencies and the private sector on the need for a third stimulus package for the coronavirus pandemic, which the House of Representatives is pushing aggressively for. Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara said the Finance committee is closely monitoring developments of the proposed third stimulus law, known informally as Bayanihan III, as the ...

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