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Comelec to resume voter registration in NCR Plus on May 17

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resume voter registration in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus on May 17. In a Tweet on Friday (May 14), Comelec...

IATF allows TESDA to hold in-person assessments for household service workers in MECQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has allowed the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to conduct face-to-face assessments for household service workers in areas...

PH extends ban on travelers from India to May 31; adds Oman, UAE in travel restrictions

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has extended its existing ban on travelers from India until May 31 to prevent the spread of a coronavirus variant first detected in the...

OFWs safe in Israel, only one requested transfer to gov’t shelter — DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed to UNTV on Friday (May 14) that only one overseas Filipino worker (OFW) did ask for help amid the ongoing tension...

Tropical Depression Crising forecast to weaken within 24 hours

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical depression Crising is expected to weaken in the next 24 hours, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) latest bulletin Friday (May...

No deployment ban on OFWs to Israel just yet — DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tensions may be escalating in Israel but the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said there is no advice yet for a deployment ban of Filipino workers...

Duterte tells local execs to strictly enforce quarantine protocols, forego fiesta celebrations

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night directed local government officials to strictly implement community quarantine protocols and to prohibit fiesta celebrations in their localities amid the continuing...

Duterte vows to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to LGUs ‘the fastest way we can’

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte told local government units (LGU) to wait for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines that recently arrived in the country. During a televised briefing with...

Duterte places NCR Plus under GCQ with heightened restrictions starting May 15

Maris Federez   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday night the new quarantine restrictions to cover Metro Manila and neighboring provinces beginning May 15. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry...

Sea dispute only 1% of ties; close communication with PH remains — China

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese government said that its “smooth channel” with the Philippines remains amid tensions over reports of the continuing presence of Chinese ships in the Philippines’ exclusive...

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