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Soda products shortage chance to shift to healthy drinks: NNC

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:51

TACLOBAN CITY - The low production of soft drinks due to refined sugar production shortage will reinforce the earlier resolution to prohibit the use of sweetened beverages in government-sponsored events, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) regional office here said on Wednesday.

The E

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Blue Ribbon chair vows no 'witch-hunt' as ex-OMB execs join panel

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:45

MANILA - The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by Senator Francis Tolentino, announced on Wednesday that two former officials of the Office of the Ombudsman would join the panel in investigating alleged anomalies in the government and its officials.

Tolentino said former deputy ombudsman

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PNP chief orders proper accounting of all donations

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:37

MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. on Wednesday ordered an immediate review of all documents required for the recording of donations in PNP's books.

In a statement, Azurin said this is to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the necessary paper works fo

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Suicides surged in Japan amid the Covid-19 pandemic, study finds

SCMP Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:33
Women in their 20s accounted for the largest increase in suicides relative to what would have occurred had the pandemic not happened, the study by a team of University of Tokyo researchers found.
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Padilla files anti-discrimination bill imposing up to P1-M fine

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:24

MANILA - Senator Robin Padilla has filed a bill seeking to protect Muslims and other groups against discrimination.

In his Senate Bill 233, Padilla proposes to impose PHP500,000 to PHP1 million and at least eight years imprisonment "or both for subsequent offenses."

Padilla, a Muslim, e

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DepEd Mandaue receives P17M grant from City Hall

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:24
THE Department of Education (DepEd)-Division of Mandaue City has received an additional budget of P17 million from the City Government.

Nimfa Bongo, DepEd-Division of Mandaue superintendent, told reporters on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, that the amount came from the City's Special Education Fund supplemental budget.

Bongo and DepEd Mandaue personnel met with Mayor Jonas Cortes on Monday, August 15.

Bongo said the money will be allocated to the Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School, Pagsabungan Elementary and National High Schools, Labogon National High School and Maguikay Elementary School.

These schools were heavily damaged when super typhoon struck Cebu last December, she said, pointing out that most of the classrooms at the Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School had lost their roofs, which is why it will receive the bulk of the budget, or P7 million.

The remaining P10 million will be divided equally among the four other schools, she said. (HIC)

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Insomniac birds in cities may have trouble remembering songs due to light, noise pollution

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:20
August 17, 2022 3:20 PM

Sleep deprivation could affect how they sign and their chances to reproduce, study shows.

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9 companies in Central Visayas apply for wage hike exemption

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:16
THE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB 7) revealed that at least nine companies have filed their applications for exemption from wage hike.

The RTWPB 7 approved on May 24, 2022 the P31 daily wage increase for workers in Central Visayas, raising the minimum wage from P404 to P435.

Lawyer Evita Mendoza-Balane, officer-in-charge (OIC) board secretary of RTWPB 7, said they received a total of nine applications on the last day of filing on August 12.

But one of the companies withdrew its application after knowing that the P31 wage increase is only applicable to minimum wage earners and not to all employees, especially those who are already receiving above minimum wage.

Mendoza-Balane said they still have to review the applications before coming up with a decision, possibly around 45 days after the August 12 deadline.

But the RTWPB 7 OIC explained that those companies whose requests would be granted would only be allowed to enjoy the wage hike exemption for one year.

After that, they will already be required to follow the daily minimum wage rate set by the government starting June 15, 2023. (PAC, TPT)

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No crisis amid sugar shortage buzz, says NegOcc guv

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:07

BACOLOD CITY - Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Wednesday he does not believe there is a sugar crisis in the country amid reports of an impending shortage in supply and soaring retail prices.

"No, I don't think there is. Remember this, the industry should be guided," he

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Marcos to reorganize SRA amid importation mess

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 15:03

MANILA - The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) will undergo a reorganization this week following the signing of an "unauthorized' resolution to import 300,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos announced Wednesday.

"We are going to reorganize the SRA and as s

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Summit to link Mindanao farmers, fisherfolk to markets

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:58

DAVAO CITY - The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (DA-11) has convened some 210 participants from Mindanao for a five-day Farm and Fisheries Clustering and Consolidation (F2C2) Program Mindanao-wide Cluster Summit in this city.

Abel James Monteagudo, DA-11 regional director, said We

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India backtracks on support for Rohingya refugees, will deport them

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:56
August 17, 2022 2:56 PM

India's home ministry said Rohingya refugees would be kept in a detention centre 

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Rohingya refugees in India's capital to be given flats, security

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:56
August 17, 2022 2:56 PM

Minister says India ‘provides refuge to all, regardless of race, religion or creed’.

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PNP to boost anti-crime, drug info drive in schools

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:54

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered its units to boost dialogues with school officials to protect students against illegal drugs, crimes, and other acts of violence for the opening of classes next week.

In an interview with Radyo Pilipinas on Wednesday, PNP chief Gen. Ro

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New BTA embodies PBBM desire for unity, peace in Mindanao: PNP

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:47

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday welcomed President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s prompt appointment of members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), saying it is a step closer to achieving genuine peace and development in Mindanao.

"Napakaganda at

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Over 4.7 million in Central Visayas get second Covid jabs

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:47
THE Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) revealed that a total of 4,744,896 individuals in the region have already received their second Covid-19 vaccine dose.

Dr. Van Phillip Baton, medical coordinator for emerging and reemerging infectious disease of the DOH 7, said the number represents 83.16 percent of the total 5,705,754 vaccinated individuals from the four provinces in the region.

The 5,705,754 vaccinated individuals comprise 70 percent of the total population of the entire Central Visayas.

Of the four provinces, Siquijor has the highest percentage of jabs administered with 105.92 percent or 76,601 of the targeted 72,317 individuals, followed by Bohol with 83.65 percent or 803,258 of the targeted 960,029 individuals, Cebu with 73.11 percent or 1,705,279 of the 2,332,447 targeted individuals, and Negros Oriental with 65.71 percent or 654,939 of the targeted 996,750 individuals.

Meanwhile, the three highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu have already vaccinated more than 100 percent of their population.

Based on the records of the DOH 7 as of August 15, 2022, Cebu City has 780,381 vaccinated individuals, which comprise 106.58 percent of the targeted 732,233 individuals; Lapu-Lapu City has 323,900 vaccinated individuals, representing 117.31 percent of its targeted 379,976 individuals; and Mandaue City has 344,462 vaccinated individuals or 119.68 percent vaccination rate, surpassing its target of vaccinating 287,816 individuals.

For the A2 population or senior citizens aged 60 and above, Central Visayas only administered jabs to 406,598 individuals or 60 percent of its targeted population of 677,106, which failed to meet the DOH's desired target of 85 percent.

Only 26,329 of the targeted 2,112,241 A2 population were inoculated during the first 100 days of administering the first booster shots.

The DOH 7 also targeted around 202,409 senior citizens for the first booster shots on the first 100 days, but only 725 showed up.

For minors ages 12 to 17, only 10,451 or 1.64 percent availed themselves of first booster shots out of the 651,704 targeted population.

For those aged 18 to 59, only 701,682 were inoculated with first booster shot or 20.20 percent of the 3,583,188 targeted individuals. (PAC, TPT)
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Over 4.7 million in Central Visayas get 2nd Covid jabs

Cebu Sun.Star - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:47
THE Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) revealed that a total of 4,744,896 individuals in the region have already received their second Covid-19 vaccine dose.

Dr. Van Phillip Baton, medical coordinator for emerging and reemerging infectious disease of the DOH 7, said the number represents 83.16 percent of the total 5,705,754 vaccinated individuals from the four provinces in the region.

The 5,705,754 vaccinated individuals comprise 70 percent of the total population of the entire Central Visayas.

Of the four provinces, Siquijor has the highest percentage of jabs administered with 105.92 percent or 76,601 of the targeted 72,317 individuals, followed by Bohol with 83.65 percent or 803,258 of the targeted 960,029 individuals, Cebu with 73.11 percent or 1,705,279 of the 2,332,447 targeted individuals, and Negros Oriental with 65.71 percent or 654,939 of the targeted 996,750 individuals.

Meanwhile, the three highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu have already vaccinated more than 100 percent of its population based on the records of the DOH 7 as of August 15, 2022. (PAC, TPT)

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Torrential New Zealand rains, floods force evacuation of 200 homes

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:43
August 17, 2022 2:43 PM

Media footage showed flooded rivers, water washing over roads.

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Japan to support PH attain upper middle-income economy

Philippines Times - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:43

MANILA - The Japanese government is interested in supporting the Philippines become an upper middle-income economy.

During a telephone conversation between Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Wednesday, the latter said his interest in id

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Hong Kong court lifts reporting restriction on national security case

Straits Times Asian News - Wed, 2022-08-17 14:40
August 17, 2022 2:40 PM

Public debate won’t affect the court’s ruling, says High Court judge.

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