DOH reports only half a million anti-COVID jabs on 1st day of national vax drive

MANILA, Philippines — Only half a million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered so far during the first day of the three-day national vaccination drive on Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday. Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje announced that 547,628 individuals have received a COVID-19 vaccine dose as of 4…

Low to minimal COVID-19 risk in all regions — DOH

MANILA, Philippines — All regions in the country remain under low to minimal risk for COVID-19 as the number of new cases continues to decline, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday. Dr. Althea de Guzman of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau said regions under low risk case classification are…

Duterte gives milk tea to vaccinees in Antipolo mall

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte gave milk tea beverages to vaccinees who joined the government’s national COVID-19 vaccination drive in an Antipolo mall on Monday. ADVERTISEMENT Duterte, together with presidential aspirant Senator Christopher Go, could be seen handing out milk teas to vaccinees during the launching of the inoculation…

Senatorial bet Baguilat asks gov’t: Step up vax drive for IPs

MANILA, Philippines — Senatorial aspirant Teodoro “Teddy” Baguilat Jr. asked the national government on Monday to intensify vaccination of indigenous peoples (IPs), saying that only less than 10 percent of this group have so far been inoculated against COVID-19. Baguilat, who previously chaired the committee on national cultural communities in…

Tesda says more courses added in its online program

MANILA, Philippines — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has added more courses to its online training platform as part of its efforts to expand the program. According to the agency, the additional courses bring to 114 the total number of courses in its Tesda Online Program (TOP)…

Drilon sees prima facie case ‘established’ vs Pharmally execs, tagged gov’t officials

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon “firmly” believes a prima facie case “has been established” against executives of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. and government officials in connection to what senators say are questionable purchases of pandemic response supplies last year. “At the very least, a prima facie (at first…

LGUs may need to expand sites, extend hours of vaccination — DOH

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGUs) may need to exert more effort to accommodate more individuals seeking to get a COVID-19 vaccine during the three-day national vaccination days, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said on Monday. “The LGUs may need to expand the sites and extend the hours para ho…

IATF tightens border control, suspends entry of fully vaxxed travelers from ‘green’ countries

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has temporarily suspended the resolution which permits the entry of fully vaccinated nationals of non-visa required countries from “green” list amid the Omicron COVID-19 variant threat, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Monday. ADVERTISEMENT “Green” countries, territories, or foreign…

Robredo: Above platforms, check candidates’ track record on workers’ issues

MANILA, Philippines — Above the candidates’ proposed policies ahead of next year’s national elections, their track records on issues concerning workers’ rights should also be scrutinized, Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday. Robredo, who is vying for the presidential seat, made the remark at the signing of the “Covenant Vision…

Comelec: 10-15 voters allowed in polling place at a time; PNP or AFP on crowd control

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will limit to 10 to 15 persons the number of voters allowed inside a polling place at any given time. During a stakeholders’ forum organized by the election watchdog National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) on Monday, Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas…