Some safety tips in welcoming the new year

Marje Pelayo   •   December 25, 2018   •   2056

Firecrackers.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has again reminded the public to take extra caution in joining merry-making activities this holiday season.

Do not pick up failed firecrackers as they could still explode and damage your hands. These firecrackers, in particular, are the strong ones like super lolo, goodbye Philippines, atomic triangle and piccolo.

Since fire is common during year-end festivities, make sure that all electric appliance are unplugged before going outdoor or leaving the house.

Double check if the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) tank is properly sealed and the hose is intact to prevent gas leakage and eventual fire.

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), meanwhile, also reminded pet lovers and owners to keep their pets safe during festivities.

Dogs, for instance, are sensitive to noise and strong sound of firecrackers may stress them.

“Kadalasan dito ay nagkakaroon ng panic ang aso or yung pusa or kahit anong alaga natin na maari silang mawala or kung nakatali naman sila ay pwede silang masakal.” Explained Sharon Yap, the Education Offices of PAW.

“We advise kung pwede ipasok sa bahay and then kung may room kayo or extra na banyo. pwede ninyo sila doon ilagay and kung pwedeng mag-play ng soothing music para ma-drown out yung noise na ginagawa ng mga firecrackers natin,” she added. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

PNP-ACG probes suspicious online greetings

Maris Federez   •   December 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) is investigating the alleged dubious online greetings on social media.

This, after the online group, Cyber Security Philippines-CERT warned about online links containing holiday greetings that are allegedly being used by hackers to gather personal information of netizens.

The group said this modus used by criminal elements brings the user to another site when the online greeting link is clicked.

Most of these links ask for personal data of the users for them to be able to enter the site.

The PNP-ACG said this kind of scam prevails during the holiday season.

“Tini-take advantage ng mga masasamang loob ‘yung pagkakataon na mayroong pera, bonus ‘yung ating mga kababayan. At syempre, ‘yung ating mga salary, pumapasok na automated na,” said PCpt. Jeck Robin Gammad, PNP-ACG Public Information Office chief.

Authorities advise the netizens not to open any suspicious-looking websites, especially those that ask for personal information.

“Iniimbestigahan pa natin dahil hindi tayo sigurado kung ito ba’y makasasama o makabubuti sa atin personally at sa ating mga personal information, huwag na lang muna natin siyang i-click,” Gammad added.

In case, the link is accidentally clicked and opened, the authorities advise to change the password of all social media accounts, especially online banking account applications; reset web browers; and update the anti-virus and anti-malware software in the computer and smartphones. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Holiday visitors leave truckloads of trash at Luneta Park

Robie de Guzman   •   December 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Around eight truckloads of trash were collected at Rizal (Luneta) Park on Wednesday after thousands of individuals visited the facility to bond with family and friends during the holiday season.

The National Parks Development Committee estimated that at least 65,000 people trooped to Rizal Park on December 24.

Authorities said most of the trash collected were single-use plastics, bottles, boxes and left over food that were thrown on the park grounds despite the garbage bins placed around the facility.

Earlier in the day, street sweepers were seen cleaning the park grounds.

The park development committee noted the reduced number of visitors on December 25 due to the inclement weather.

However, they expect this to increase in the coming hours due to a free concert to be held in the open air auditorium on Wednesday night. –RRD (from the report of Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LIST: Bank schedules for the holidays

Robie de Guzman   •   December 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several branches of some banks in the country will remain open to serve clients during the holiday season.

In separate advisories, the schedules of some banks are the following:

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)

  • Some branches are open on December 21 and December 28
  • Select branches of BPI and BPI Family Savings Bank will extend banking hours on weekdays from December 9, 2019 to January 3, 2020

BDO Unibank

  • Select branches will be open on Dec. 24, 30 and 31
  • ATMs and electronic banking will be available

Visit the following links to see the complete banking schedule of BDO for the following dates: December 24, December 30, and December 31.

The PSBANK, meanwhile, advised its clients that all its branches will be closed on December 24, 25, 30 and 31, and on January 1, 2020.

However, it assured that all its ATMs, mobile and online banking facilities will be available for use during the holidays.

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