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aaaPresident Rodrigo Duterte allowed the advanced payments for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine which has raised hopes that it can protect high-risk groups, particularly adults in their 60s and 70s. The Philippine president also approved the Emergency Use Authority (EUA) to speed up vaccine distribution,  his spokesperson Harry Roque said in a briefing Thursday. The EUA will allow the vaccines to be used locally after 21 days, down from the ongoing required 6-month verification. Roque added that Duterte accepted the prop...

November 20, 2020
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aaaThe Department of Social Welfare and Development on Tuesday reminded donors overseas to coordinate with Philippine authorities before sending out relief items to typhoon victims in order to make sure the aid will not go to waste. “We encourage them naman po to get in touch or coordinate with the DSWD or the Office of Civil Defense. This is to ensure that their donations are properly managed, and naga-guide din sila kung ano ‘yung priority needs doon sa mga areas,” DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao told Hong...

November 18, 2020
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aaaPharmaceutical company Moderna on Monday claimed the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) it manufactured was 95% effective, based on interim data from a late-stage trial. The US biotech company made the announcement a week after Pfizer Inc's reported that it’s vaccine was also more than 90% effective.  Unlike Pfizer’s vaccine, Moderna’s experimental drug does not need ultra-cold storage, making  it more accessible. 

November 18, 2020
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aaaPhilippine Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III reminded Monday that there are no additional requirements to avail of the scholarship aid for children of displaced overseas Filipino workers. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) allocated cash aid to qualified college-level dependents of OFWs last October, under the Educational As...

November 16, 2020
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aaaIn light of the destruction Typhoon Vamco (Philippine name: Ulysses) caused in Luzon, Isabelle Daza went out of her way to gather relief goods in Hong Kong for the displaced people who were directly affected by its onslaught. Daza and her son, Balthazar, went to Hong Kong last March to join her husband, Adrien Semblat, who is the vice president of Adidas and Reebok in Hong Kong and Macau.  The actress shared on her Instagram account how proud she is to be a Filipino d...

November 16, 2020
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Residents in Cagayan and Isabela were left displaced and distraught after Typhoon Vamco (Philippine name: Ulysses) slammed into the two provinces and inundated their communities.

Tuguegarao City councilor Marjorie Martin Chan said in an interview with Hong Kong News that they did what they could to prepare for the typhoon, but they did not expect that it would be this catastrophic.

“The water went up so fast. It’s unprecedented how the way the water rose,” she said.

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November 15, 2020
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The number of deaths after Typhoon Vamco (Philippine name: Ulysses) hit the Philippines on Nov. 12 rose to 39, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay said Friday.

The data came from the AFP search teams,  Philippine National Police (PNP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) who conducted search operations in regions battered by the typhoon.

Gapay added soldiers have saved 2,716 individuals in the National Capital Region, Rizal and Bicol Region; and evacuated ...

November 14, 2020
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aaaAmerican pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. promised it will provide the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines once approved for distribution, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manel “Babe” Romualdez said Monday. This came after Pfizer, one of the world’s premier biopharmaceutical companies, and its partner BioNTech SE reported that the vaccine they manufactured was 90% effective in an initial study during the third phase of its clinical trials.  November 12, 2020

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aaaStill reeling from supertyphoon Goni (Philippine name: Rolly), authorities preemptively evacuated Catanduanes and Albay citizens as typhoon Vamco (Philippine name: Ulysses) brought heavy rains and strong winds to the Bicol region again. The Bicol peninsula was battered by gusty winds and torrential rains as storm signal no. 3 was hoisted over the region.

November 11, 2020
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aaaFormer Philippine ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro was charged for alleged maltreatment of her Filipina staff at her residence in Brasilia, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. said Monday. Locsin tweeted the charge was served to Mauro and a corresponding memorandum was delivered right away to the Office of the President. He explaine...

November 10, 2020