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PH now on final stage of negotiations with COVID-19 vaccine companies

“We hope to close the deal with these companies this month. At ito po ay nakikita po natin na kapag nagkaroon po tayo ng very effective na negotiation ay mayroon po tayong mahigit na 148 [million] na magkakaroon po ng doses,” Galvez said in Laging Handa Public Briefing on Wednesday, January 6.

LGUs need to follow nat’l gov’t prioritization in vaccine rollout

In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said only the national government and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) can make the decision on which areas and sectors will be given priority.

Duterte orders PhilHealth to defer contribution hikes

In a public address late Monday night, Duterte told PhilHealth CEO and President Dante Gierran to suspend the contribution hike to lessen the burden of Filipinos affected by the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.

No entry for foreign passengers from US starting January 3 – BI

“Foreigners from the US have been added to the list of those restricted. However, aliens from the US eligible for entry that arrive prior to January 3 will be allowed to enter but will be referred to the One-Stop Shop for an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in an advisory issued on Saturday.

PSA warns public vs. PhilSys sign up scam

In an advisory on Saturday, the PSA said it has been receiving reports that some individuals have been posing as part of the PhilSys team, who are unlawfully processing the Philippine identification card (PhilID) with corresponding charges.

Nationwide lockdown is possible due to COVID-19 new strain

Duterte floated the idea in a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and infectious diseases experts held at Malacañan Palace in Manila.

Magnitude 6.3 quake jolts Batangas, nearby areas

In its Earthquake Information bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake's epicenter is in Calatagan, Batangas.

Public warned vs. passport assistance from FB groups, strangers

The DFA Office of Consular Affairs said it received reports on Filipinos who booked their passport appointment with help from strangers online and ended up paying more.

Minors in Paniqui shooting get psych support

“The local government unit of Gerona in Tarlac and the DSWD in Central Luzon have arranged a psychosocial intervention yesterday (Dec. 22) for the minors,” DSWD spokesperson Irene Dumlao told the Philippine News Agency in a Viber message.

US Embassy recognizes Phil youth groups for volunteerism

The event on December 19 was part of the 7th Anniversary celebration of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), the U.S. government’s flagship program to strengthen youth leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia, the U.S. Embassy said in a press statement Tuesday. 

High stakes corruption in the commercial fishing industry

Corruption globally is facilitated by corporate anonymity, such as tax-dodging bank accounts to hide revenue offshore, but few industries harbor greater levels of malfeasance through labyrinthine corporate structures than international fishing.

PH to level up food safety standards in tourism

The memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the two parties was signed by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and FoodSHAP Managing Director Elsie Gatpayat.