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Duterte signs into law the creation of Coco Levy Trust Fund

Marje Pelayo   •   March 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines  – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a legislation creating a trust fund for the country’s coconut industry and its workers. Republic Act No. 11524 or the...

Boracay’s White Beach, El Nido’s Nacpan Beach make list of TripAdvisor’s top beaches in Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Boracay’s white beach, and El Nido, Palawan’s Nacpan Beach are among the top beaches in Asia, according to TripAdvisor. The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the inclusion of two...

PNP seizes P30-M worth of fake cigarettes in Bataan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Around P30 million worth of fake cigarettes were seized in two warehouses in Bataan, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas reported that the...

178 frontliners in Tala Hospital in Caloocan City get COVID-19 vaccine shots

Marje Pelayo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Only 178 of the total 1,911 employees of the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (DJNRMHS) submitted for vaccination against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the...

San Juan Mayor Zamora contracts COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora confirmed on Monday that he has tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a Facebook post, Zamora said he is...

Health chief Duque won’t be inoculated with Sinovac COVID-19 jab – DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will not be receiving the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, the Department of Health (DOH) said. “FTD (Francisco T...

Five report feeling unwell after getting Sinovac jab; doctor says mild side effects ‘normal’

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Five people were reported feeling unwell after being administered with Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) on the first day of the vaccination...

DepEd urged to rollout ‘limited, very controlled’ pilot testing of in-person classes

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to consider conducting a pilot testing of face-to-face classes in areas with very few or zero COVID-19...

Defense Sec. Lorenzana says he won’t receive Sinovac COVID-19 jabs

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said he will not be administered with CoronaVac, the COVID-19 vaccine made by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, as the Philippines rolls...

Manhunt launched for 2 suspects in killing of Zambo, Sibugay vice mayor

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified two suspects in the killing of Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay Vice Mayor Restituto Calonge. A regionwide manhunt operations are underway, according to PNP....

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