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Palace clarifies full vaccination not mandatory for outbound travel

Philippines Star - 1 hour 35 min ago
Malacañang has clarified that Filipinos traveling to other countries do not need to be fully inoculated against COVID-19.
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Philippines logs 7,302 new COVID-19 cases, total rises to 1,315,639

Philippines Times - 1 hour 41 min ago

MANILA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday 7,302 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country

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Cebu poised to be PH maritime hub

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 42 min ago

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 is mulling to create an event that will gather all stakeholders in the maritime industry.

DOT 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano said it is now high time that Cebu asserted itself as a maritime hub.

“We export boats and ships. We sell speedboats and manufacture diving equipment. It’s about time that stakeholders come together, hopefully in six months’ time,” said Tamano in a coffee table discussion hosted by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We hope to make this an annual event. In the meantime, we will talk to Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard and the local chief executive (for them to support this project),” he added.

Tamano hinted that the upcoming activity will be named Marin7.

Cebu has long been known as one of the country’s favored destinations for shipbuilding.

The town of Balamban, specifically, is producing naval vessels following the completion of Australian shipbuilder Austal Philippines’ US$20 million expansion of its shipyard in 2019.

The expansion paved the way for the construction of offshore patrol vessels for the Philippines.

Austal’s Cebu shipyard, which began operating in 2012, has since delivered 17 ships to 10 operators in nine countries.

Another company, Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Cebu Inc., also based in Balamban, Cebu, is involved in shipbuilding, ship repair and manufacturing of outfittings for ships and vessels. It ships out medium-sized vessels to different parts of the world from Balamban.

Manufacturing boats is a lucrative business in Cebu.

Boat Classified, for example, which is a Certified A-Class Boat Builder by the Marina, is building boats built in high-quality fiberglass.

Cebu is also a top diving destination in Asia, which makes diving-related businesses a thriving venture in the province, especially during the pre-pandemic period.

Japan-based Marine Diving Magazine cited the islands of Bohol, Negros Oriental and Cebu, particularly Moalboal and Malapascua, as among the best diving sites in the Philippines at the Marine Diving Awards 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

The magazine said the diving sites have “captured the hearts of many divers and make them want to revisit the Philippines again and again. And with its easy access from Japan and reasonable tour prices, the Philippines is no doubt a first pick for many diving lovers.” (KOC)

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Japan approves entry of processed PH meat products

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 42 min ago

THE Philippines can now export processed meat products to Japan after its inclusion in Japan’s list of certified countries that passed the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point-based (HACCP) hygiene management protocols required by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW).

Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, in a press release, called it a “favorable development.”

“This is definitely a big boost for our livestock producers and food manufacturers, meat processors and exporters, as we continue to look for market opportunities to jumpstart the country’s economic recovery amid the pandemic,” the agri chief said.

The country can start exporting beef, carabeef, pork, chevon, mutton and their by-products to Japan. Article 11 of Japan’s Food Sanitation Law provides that only meat products using HACCP management systems may be imported into the country.

The agri chief said the inclusion of the country is a testament to the commitment in providing safe, healthy and world-class quality food for both domestic and export markets, particularly to a discriminating market like Japan.

“We are pleased that we have successfully hurdled Japan’s stringent food safety and hygiene management standards,” he said. “Thus, we look forward to penetrating more export markets.”

Since 2003, the Department of Agriculture through its National Meat Inspection Service (DA-NMIS) has been implementing the mandatory application of the HACCP program in all licensed “triple A” (AAA) meat establishments.

HACCP is a science-based, systematic protocol that identifies hazards and measures for their control to ensure food safety.

DA-NMIS director Jocelyn Salvador said prior to getting the thumbs-up to ship processed meat products to Japan, the Philippines was only allowed to export chicken meat, mainly used for grilling as “yakitori.”

Yakitori is a Japanese menu where bite-sized chicken, beef, pork and other meat or fish are put on skewers, which are then grilled and served, DA defined. (JOB)

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Senate inquiry sought into schools' preparedness for next school year

Philippines Star - 1 hour 46 min ago
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said there is a need to assess the effectiveness of the present school year, and take into account difficulties under the new setup.
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DTI issues safety seal certification; 600 establishments await inspection

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 57 min ago

THERE are 600 establishments nationwide that are pending inspection for a safety seal certification.

The safety seal certification is a voluntary certification scheme that affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or integrates its contact tracing with

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issues the safety seal for supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, membership shopping clubs, construction supply/hardware stores, logistics service providers, barbershops and salons and service and repair shops.

Interested business owners may visit while other business establishments may visit the website of the applicable issuing agency or the local government unit (LGU).

DTI Chief Ramon Lopez, in a Laging Handa public briefing, said they have issued safety seal certifications to 115 establishments while the applications of 105 establishments were disapproved due to the failure to follow the minimum health standard requirements.

“This is an ongoing inspection and approval. They can log on to the safety seal microsites and they can do self-assessment in the meantime. If they are confident that they can pass, they can now be inspected,” Lopez said.

An establishment can still operate without the safety seal since the safety seal program is only voluntary, but having one can assure the consumers and the general public that it is compliant with the minimum health protocols set by the government.

Lopez said through the safety seal certification the government aims to increase public confidence in businesses at this time of the pandemic—while also ensuring compliance with the minimum health protocols.

Requirements to apply for the safety seal are a valid mayor’s permit, registration with or LGU-mandated digital contact tracing app and compliance with minimum public health standards. (JOB)

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Indonesian city revs up Covid-19 vaccine buses to bring shots to the people

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 2 min ago
June 13, 2021 5:22 PM

PEKANBARU (REUTERS) - An Indonesian city is bringing Covid-19 vaccines to its people with a growing fleet of inoculation buses, as the country faces a spike in infections after a major religious festival.
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Cebu’s first mobile grooming service

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 7 min ago

Everyone has his own way of coping during the lockdown period. Some rekindle their love for an old hobby. Some became plantitas and plantitos. Others welcomed a new four-legged member to the family. However, particularly for that last group of people, one of a furparent’s struggles is catering to pet’s needs and essentials such as veterinary visits or monthly grooming appointments.

Anthony Suson, a marine operations officer, entrepreneur, dog parent and animal advocate, came up with a solution to address this dilemma by offering hassle-free pet care services at one’s doorstep through Clean Paws Co., Cebu’s first mobile grooming service.

“Because of all the Covid restrictions, I found it a bit hard to get my dogs groomed by our regular groomer at a local mall. When I talked to my friends about this, they’d had the same issues,” explained Anthony.

As a pet parent and animal welfare advocate, Anthony believes that regular grooming is a vital element to a pet’s overall health and wellbeing. He wishes to raise awareness, and break the common misconception that getting pets groomed is something that is not necessary, and is only for show dogs or long-haired dogs.

“It’s absolutely necessary to groom every pet—whether the fur is long or short—and make sure that they are clean and healthy. It’s beneficial for everyone in the house, and most importantly for their pet. With proper grooming, owners can eliminate mats, ticks, fleas, shedding, and stop other severe health conditions developing that they may have had no idea about. The most important part about regular grooming is that it affects a dog’s mental health as well. A good looking, good smelling dog with a nice haircut will make their dog feel good and fresh. This can affect their mental state and their behavior as well,” Anthony made clear.

The “grooming mobile” has everything one needs to pamper his beloved furbaby. Inside the air-conditioned mobile are a bath tub, a grooming table with harness, and all essentials tools for grooming.

How does it work? One just needs to book an appointment through its Facebook or Instagram page: Once a schedule is confirmed, the mobile grooming truck will go to one’s preferred location, and give pets individual attention and quality care in a calm, cage-free environment—all while saving time and hassle of going to the local pet salon.

Currently, Clean Paws Co. is based in Mandaue City and has one truck. However, it can cater to the whole of Metro Cebu and go as far as Naga in the south and Danao up north.

Cebu’s first mobile grooming service is ready to groom one’s dogs every day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It also has night time service available for those paw-rents that have busy day time schedules.

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Kekert: Afternoon for mommies

Cebu Sun.Star - 2 hours 7 min ago

Nestogrow 4 hosted a delightful afternoon event that enlightened mommies with some useful insights and tips on how to make their children grow happy entitled “HappinaBahay, HappinaBuhay: 99+ Ways to Grow Happy at Home.”

The event’s guest expert, Dr. Jennifer Olay, explained the importance of eating well and how it supports your child’s healthy growth and development.

Present were a handful of attendees who were also treated to a meaningful storytelling to complement the virtual afternoon get-together.

Nestogrow 4 gladly unveiled its newest packaging and is proud to be the only growing up milk with Comfortis Grow, which is a unique combination of L.Comfortis probiotic, magnesium, calcium, special fat blend with calcium friendly fatty acids as well as 100 percent lactose to help in nutrient absorption.

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Philippines, Russia vow to boost ties

Philippines Star - 2 hours 17 min ago
In his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the Philippines as it commemorated the 123rd anniversary of its independence and described the relations between Manila and Moscow as "traditionally friendly."  
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South Korea to exempt some people vaccinated overseas from Covid-19 quarantine

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 18 min ago
June 13, 2021 5:07 PM

As of May 5, quarantine exemption was applicable to only people fully vaccinated in country.
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Thailand denies blocking exports of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 58 min ago
June 13, 2021 4:26 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thailand is not blocking exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a government representative said, after Taiwan said Thailand was keeping for itself doses of the vaccine that it is producing.
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Malaysia deports French conspiracy theorist wanted for abduction

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 10 min ago
French conspiracy theorist Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann is wanted over the kidnapping of a child in April.
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Philippines sees 7,302 new COVID-19 cases

Philippines Star - 3 hours 24 min ago
Health authorities on Sunday said 7,302 more Filipinos contracted the COVID-19, pushing the total to 1,315,639.
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Malaysia's Covid-19 vaccine strategy under scrutiny as mega vaccination centres open in cities

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 27 min ago
June 13, 2021 3:58 PM

The mega centres have raised concerns of overcrowding and lack of access in rural areas.
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China-Australia relations: Canberra ‘ready to sit around the table’ with Beijing again, PM Scott Morrison says

SCMP Asian News - 3 hours 30 min ago
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government wants to restart dialogue with Beijing, as a series of trade reprisals from China strain the already-weakened relationship between the two countries.“We, of course, would like to see the dialogue that was occurring to continue again and start again,” Morrison said at a press conference on Saturday at the G7 leaders meeting in the UK, according to a transcript sent by his office. “Australia is always ready to sit around the table…
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G7 summit: China says small groups do not rule the world

BBC Asia News - 3 hours 37 min ago
The G7 leaders, who are meeting in England, have sought a unified position over China's rise.
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Malaysia deports conspiracy theorist Remy Daillet wanted in France over 8-year-old girl’s abduction

SCMP Asian News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Malaysia on Sunday deported a leading figure in conspiracy circles who is wanted in France over the kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl, sources said.Remy Daillet, his pregnant partner and three children were arrested late last month on the holiday island of Langkawi over their residency status.The Frenchman and his family were deported from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and are expected to arrive in France early on Monday.The girl, identified as Mia, was taken in mid-April from her…
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Troops killed 4 suspected terrorists in southern Philippine shootout

Philippines Times - 4 hours 30 min ago

MANILA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine security forces killed four suspected terrorists in a before-dawn shootout on Sunday in Sulu province in the southern Philippines.

Lt. Gen. Corleto

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Malaysia deports conspiracy theorist wanted in France over abduction

Straits Times Asian News - 4 hours 34 min ago
June 13, 2021 2:51 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia on Sunday (June 13) deported a leading figure in conspiracy circles who is wanted in France over the kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl, sources told AFP.
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