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PNP assures 'united action' to support PBBM dev't goals

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 13:40

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday assured its "full and unqualified united action" as President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. announced initiatives to "build back better" through a comprehensive all-inclusive economic transformation and comprehensive infrastructure plans.<

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88% of PH sees rising Covid cases; positivity up too

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 13:30
NEARLY nine in 10 areas in the Philippines are currently experiencing a rise in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, with 57 areas being flagged by the Department of Health (DOH) for recording positive growth rates in the last two weeks.

“National and all regions observe continued case increases in the recent weeks with 88 percent of provinces, HUCs (highly urbanized cities), and ICCs (independent component cities) across all island groups showing positive growth in cases,” said the DOH in its latest national Covid-19 situationer report.

It noted how the average daily reported cases have gone up to 914 for the period of June 25 to July 1, from 599 for June 18 to 24.

The Octa Research has also recorded an increase in Covid-19 positivity rates of several provinces in the country, including Cebu, Dr. Guido David said Friday, July 1, 2022.

David said Cavite registered the highest increase in the positivity rate, which was from 5.9 percent on June 25 to 13.2 percent on June 29.

From a 6.0 percent positivity rate on June 25 in the National Capital Region (NCR), it rose to 7.5 percent on June 29.

The positivity rate of Batangas increased from 5.6 percent to 6.6 percent, Benguet from 3.2 percent to 6.0 percent, Iloilo from 5.7 percent to 6.9 percent, Laguna from 7.6 percent to 8.8 percent, and Pampanga from 5.9 percent to 7.7 percent.

The positivity rates of these areas have surpassed the five percent benchmark set by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The positivity rate of Bulacan, Cebu and Davao del Sur also went up to 4.0, 3.5 and 3.3 percent on June 29, respectively, from 2.9, 2.8 and 2.1 percent on June 25.

The positivity rate refers to the number of people testing positive for coronavirus after getting tested.

On Thursday, June 30, the DOH recorded 1,309 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest single daily tally since Feb. 25.

The country currently has 7,871 active Covid-19 cases.

The DOH flagged 32 Luzon areas, 14 Visayas areas, and 11 Mindanao areas showing positive growth in cases in the recent one and two weeks.

In the Visayas, flagged were Iloilo City, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Tacloban City, and Biliran.

Central Visayas

Central Visayas had 392 Covid-19 active cases on June 30, 2022.

Based on the Covid-19 tracker of the DOH in Central Visayas, Cebu Province had the most number of active cases among the provinces at 67 active cases, followed by Negros Oriental with 38, and Bohol with 21.

The top 10 local government units in Cebu Province with the most number of active cases were Talisay City (15), Consolacion (5), Minglanilla, Danao City, and Liloan (4 each), Naga City (3), Carcar City and Toledo City (2 each), and Argao and Cordova (1 each).

For Cebu’s highly urbanized cities, Cebu City topped the list with 211 active Covid-19 cases, followed by Mandaue with 38 cases and Lapu-Lapu City with 17 cases.

For June 19 to 25, the DOH 7 reported 202 new Covid-19 cases with daily average of 29 cases, which is 132 percent higher than the cases from June 12 to 18.

For healthcare utilization, 26.3 percent or 360 of 1,368 non-ICU beds were utilized while only 7.5 percent or nine of 120 ICU (intensive care unit) beds were used as of June 25. Of the Covid-19 admissions, 37 individuals were considered severe or critical cases. (SunStar Philippines)

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New Cordova mayor bares 10-point plan

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 13:25
CORDOVA Mayor Cesar Suan has announced his 10-point agenda for the town as he begins his three-year term as local chief executive.

During his inaugural speech outside the Municipal Hall on Friday, July 1, 2022, Suan said his agenda includes infrastructure development; health and sanitation; support for all activities of women, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer), single parents, fraternities, sororities, senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and the religious sector; disaster preparedness; youth and sports; environment and business; peace and order; tourism and education; and basic services.

For infrastructure, Suan plans to finish the circumferential road and demolish the old market in Barangay Poblacion and turn it into a roundabout to ease traffic congestion in the town.

Suan also vowed to finish the construction of the new market which was initiated by former mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho in Barangay Catarman.

Suan said he will finish the project with the help of Sixth District Rep. Daphne Lagon and Ako Bisaya Party-list Rep. Sonny Lagon and Cebu Provincial Board Members Glenn Anthony Soco and Thadeo Jovito Ouano. They were all present during the inaugural session of the newly elected officials of Cordova.

Suan also expressed gratitude to Sitoy-Cho for the new market project that is nearing completion.

The new mayor also promised to repair within a year all the barangay gyms that were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette last December 2021.

Suan said they will also look for ways to solve the leg-deep flooding in Barangay Buagsong.

Health services

The mayor said medical missions will be held every month and additional doctors will be hired.

Suan also assured his constituents of free maintenance medicines for those who have diabetes and high blood pressure which will be distributed in the households through the barangay health workers (BHWs).

His administration is also eyeing to put up an animal bite center that will offer free vaccination for cats and dogs, and free anti-rabies injection for persons bitten by dogs.

In the area of sanitation, Suan said they will buy additional garbage trucks, provide toilet bowls in the barangays, and put up shared toilet facilities in the puroks.

Suan also promised to provide offices for the different religious sectors in the municipal hall and provide activities for the LGBTQ community during Pride Month.

Single parents, women, and PWDs are assured of livelihood under the new administration, said Suan, while sororities and fraternities will be supported by the local government.

Disaster and preparedness

The Suan administration promised to purchase small fire trucks that can pass through narrow roads and install water tanks in far-flung areas of the barangays.

Suan also assured that barangays will be given a generator each along with other equipment to prepare for calamities.

He said assistance during calamities will be given to constituents regardless of political color and even if the calamity has not yet hit the town.

Suan promised to develop the Marine Gilutongan Sanctuary and protect the sea.

Basic services

As they aim to improve Cordova, Suan said they will review the system for faster transactions, particularly in requesting for business permits and electrical permits, among others as they plan to create a one-stop shop.

Under the Suan administration, the release of aid to individuals in crisis situations will be fast as well, he said.

Suan assured the tanods and all barangay employees, including BHWs, that they will soon have an increased allowance.
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Government supplies ‘missing’ in town hall

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 13:20
THE new administration of Cordova town will make an inventory of furniture inside the Mayor’s Office after some government belongings were reportedly taken by the camp of defeated former mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho.

“This will be part of the inventory because we are currently looking for several things such as hundreds of chairs that we lend to those holding wakes and for barangay activities. As of now, we have not seen even just one,” said Cordova Mayor Cesar Suan in Cebuano.

Suan said he did not expect that the previous administration would move out things from inside the Municipal Hall as these are government property.

While he has no tables and chairs in the office yet, Suan said he has no qualms staying in a makeshift office so as not to hinder public service.

Suan is currently holding office at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall.

SunStar Cebu reached out to Sitoy-Cho, but she did not give a statement as of press time.

Suan expressed his happiness that he was accompanied by his supporters and lawyers when he assumed office on Thursday.

The new mayor said they had a smooth transition on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The transition team of Sitoy-Cho had turned over documents that Suan’s team has yet to review.

In his inaugural speech on Friday, July 1, Suan hoped that the day would be the last day of animosity towards the camp of Sitoy-Cho.

He wanted reconciliation. So he urged his supporters to extend a hand of friendship and start the healing process.

“Dili ko kamo hangyoon kon dili ako kamong orderan nga suruya ang inyohang kontra sauna (I am not just asking you but ordering you to visit your former enemies),” he said.
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PHLPost marks DOF's 125th year with new stamps

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 13:02

MANILA - The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) released new commemorative stamps to mark the 125th founding anniversary of the Department of Finance (DOF).

The stamps feature the facade of the modern DOF building along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, reflecting a busy skyline.

The 125th-anni

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Marcos reaffirms vow to deepen ties with US, other allies

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 12:09

MANILA - President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has renewed his commitment to further boost the Philippines' relations with its allied countries, including China and the United States (US).

This was after he held separate meetings with foreign diplomats and dignitaries since assuming the p

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'Habagat' to bring rains on Saturday; 'Domeng' to exit PAR

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 12:00

MANILA - Cloudy skies and scattered rain showers will continue to prevail in most parts of the country on Saturday due to the southwest monsoon or "habagat", which is enhanced by Tropical Storm Domeng and Severe Tropical Storm Chaba, formerly "Caloy".

In its 5 a.m. tropical cyclone bulletin,

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2 of 3 Nigerians accused of faking govt. IDs, documents post bail

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 11:45
THE Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office has requested for deportation proceedings against three of the four Nigerian nationals who were arrested in June this year for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

This after the criminal charges against the suspects identified as Augustine Onyekachi Nkwocha, also known as Arlaed Klean Frank, 40; Tosin Samuel Oguntuye, also known as Philip, 30; Chibuike Joseph Nwokoro, also known as Felix, 31, were upheld by the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office.

The cases filed against the three suspects include six counts of falsification by private individuals and use of falsified documents under Article 172 paragraph 1 of the Revised Penal Code, additional 16 counts of the same case against Nkwovha as well as 16 counts of illegal use of aliases under Republic Act 6085 against him.

According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cebu District Office, the recommended bail for all the cases is P2 million, and so far, only Nwokoro and Oguntuye were able to post bail.

Deportation proceedings

“All the three accused were also endorsed to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for verification as to their identities and immigration status,” the NBI said, in a press statement sent to reporters on Friday, July 1, 2022.

“It was further requested that deportation proceedings be initiated against them for being undesirable aliens due to involvement in illegal and criminal acts here in the country,” it added.

The suspects were among the four arrested on June 13 in a private subdivision in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

Arnel Pura, agent-in-charge of the NBI Cebu District Office, however, told SunStar Cebu Saturday, July 2, that they cannot be deported pending hearing of their criminal cases, adding this will only be made possible after their final conviction in the court of law.

Fourth suspect released

Pura said the fourth one, who is a priest, was not included in the charge since they were not able to recover any falsified documents from him. They also found no evidence that he conspired with the three other Nigerian nationals to commit the crime.

Pura said the priest was released from NBI’s custody following his arrest but was endorsed to the BI.

The priest was eventually released by the BI after it was found that that his immigration papers are in order.

The agent-in-charge earlier said the fake IDs and documents were supposed to be used to open bank accounts for money transfers that the accused would use for their online scams.

They reportedly copied the IDs of Philhealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue and NBI on Colon Street, Cebu City. (PR)
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Deportation of 3 Nigerian nationals with fake docs sought

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 11:45
THE Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutors Office has requested for deportation proceedings against three of the four Nigerian nationals who were arrested in June this year for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

This after the criminal charges against the suspects identified as Augustine Onyekachi Nkwocha, also known as Arlaed Klean Frank, 40; Tosin Samuel Oguntuye, also known as Philip, 30; Chibuike Joseph Nwokoro, also known as Felix, 31, were upheld by the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutors Office.

The cases filed against the three suspects include six counts of falsification by private individuals and use of falsified documents under Article 172 paragraph 1 of the Revised Penal Code, additional 16 counts of the same case against Nkwocha as well as 16 counts of illegal use of aliases under Republic Act 6085 against him.

According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Cebu District Office, the recommended bail for all the cases is P2 million, and so far, only Nwokoro and Oguntuye were able to post bail.

“All the three (3) accused were also endorsed to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for verification as to their identities and immigration status,” NBI press statement sent to reporters on Friday, July 1, 2022, reads.

“It was further requested that deportation proceedings be initiated against them for being undesirable aliens due to involvement in illegal and criminal acts here in the country,” it added.

The suspects were among the four arrested in June 13 in a private subdivision in Barangay Agus, Lapu-Lapu City for allegedly falsifying government identification cards and documents.

Arnel Pura, agent-in-charge of the NBI Cebu District Office, however, told SunStar Cebu Saturday, July 2, that they cannot be deported pending hearing of their criminal cases, adding this will only be made possible after their final conviction in court of law.

Pura said the fourth one, who is a priest, was not included in the charge since there were no falsified documents from him and conspiracy was also not established against him.

Pura said the the priest was released from NBI custody but endorsed to the BI, however, the latter was released after it was checked that that his immigration paper is in order.

The agent-in-charge earlier said the fake IDs and documents were supposed to be used to open bank accounts for money transfers that the accused will use for their online scams.

They reportedly copied the IDs of Philhealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue and NBI in Colon Street, Cebu City. (MKG/PR)
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Antique uses jingle to curb dengue rise

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 11:13

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - Antique province is counting on a tune to hook its residents to clean their surroundings as part of its campaign against dengue fever.

The highlight of the start of the National Disaster Resilience Month in the province on Friday was a jingle played for more

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Candle vendor found dead in Carcar

Cebu Sun.Star - Sat, 2022-07-02 10:52
A 65-year-old candle vendor was found dead near the Hall of Justice in Carcar City, Cebu on Friday morning, July 1, 2022.

Lieutenant Colonel Ardioleto Cabagnot, chief of Carcar City Police Station, identified the victim as Virgilio Barliso, of Barangay Can-asujan, Carcar.

Cabagnot said that the son of the victim, Ronald Barliso, reported the incident in their station around 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

The victim's wife, Prudencia, told responding policemen that she noticed that his husband had unusual snoring while they were sleeping near the main gate of the Hall of Justice.

She then woke him up but the victim was already unresponsive.

The wife also said that his husband had no history of illness nor experienced any discomfort prior to the incident.

Cabagnot said that the couple were selling candles with the main gate as their dwelling place as they had no home.

Cabagnot concluded that no foul play was involved in the death of the victim. (GDC, TPT)
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DepEd official optimistic about PBBM support for farm schools

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 10:06

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique - An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Antique has expressed hope that President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. would support the farm school in the province and other parts of the country as these serve as good training grounds for the new breed of

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Filipino creative players explore opportunities in Japan

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 09:22

MANILA - A delegation from the Philippines' creative industry is in Japan to explore opportunities with local players, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said Friday.

The 36-member group, which is in Japan from June 24 to July, is the first Philippine business delegation to visit the Asian natio

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Filipino creative players explore opportunities in Japan

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 09:22

MANILA - A delegation from the Philippines' creative industry is in Japan to explore opportunities with local players, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo said Friday.

The 36-member group, which is in Japan from June 24 to July, is the first Philippine business delegation to visit the Asian natio

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PBBM yet to appoint new Pagcor chief: Palace

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 08:50

MANILA - President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has yet to name the new head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), Malacanang said on Friday.

The clarification was made following claims that lawyer George Erwin Garcia was tapped by Marcos to lead the Pagcor.

Press Se

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Employment rate in Ilocos Region rises to 94.1%

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 08:46

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan -The employment rate in the Ilocos Region has increased to 94.1 percent from 92.5 percent based on the data gathered by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in April this year.

In a forum on Friday, PSA Ilocos Regional Director Lawyer Sheila de Guzman said this is a

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UAE-Indonesia CEPA to launch new era of strategic cooperation: Ministers, officials

Philippines Times - Sat, 2022-07-02 07:19

ABU DHABI, 1st July, 2022 (WAM) -- Emirati ministers and officials have agreed on the importance of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed between the UAE and Indonesia, stressing it will help the two nations usher in a new era of strategic cooperation.

The CEPA with Indonesia is t

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Medical services for residents as Taguig mayor begins term

Philippines Times - Fri, 2022-07-01 20:57

MANILA - Taguig City residents benefited from free medical and dental services as Mayor Lani Cayetano returned to the post she held for nine consecutive years.

According to Cayetano's office on Friday, her administration's three priorities are health, economic development, and peace and order

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Medical services for residents as Taguig mayor begins term

Philippines Times - Fri, 2022-07-01 20:57

MANILA - Taguig City residents benefited from free medical and dental services as Mayor Lani Cayetano returned to the post she held for nine consecutive years.

According to Cayetano's office on Friday, her administration's three priorities are health, economic development, and peace and order

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Some gov't posts in Executive branch declared vacant

Philippines Times - Fri, 2022-07-01 20:51

MANILA - Malacanang has declared vacant some of the government posts and items under the Executive department.

Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez, by authority of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., signed Memorandum Circular (MC) 1 on Thursday, declaring vacancy in certain positions in the dep

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