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US downgrades travel advisory for Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The United States has downgraded its travel advisory status for the Philippines from ‘Do Not Travel’ to ‘Reconsider Travel’. The US State Department relaxed travel advisory to...

US CDC eases travel recommendations on 61 countries, including Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has relaxed its travel recommendations for 61 countries amid the coronavirus pandemic. From level 4, the US...

COVID vaccination not a condition for Singapore-bound OFWs — DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for Singapore are not required to get inoculated against COVID-19 before they are allowed into the city-state. Labor Attaché in Singapore Saul...

Wish USA Special features global Filipino talents for month-long Independence Day celebration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 7, 2021

Wish USA has a lot in store for the month-long celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, featuring global Filipino talents. During the celebration opening on Friday (June 4), Morgan Ashley...

No new ‘hybrid’ COVID variant in Vietnam — WHO

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2021

The “hybrid” coronavirus variant which Vietnam officials thought was a combination of strains first identified in the U.K. and India does not meet the definition of a new variant, the...

BI reminds public: Travel ban on 7 countries stays; tourists still not allowed in PH

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has announced that the travel ban on seven countries due to emerging COVID-19 variants in their domain is still in effect. In...

WHO validates China’s Sinovac COVID vaccine for emergency use

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, June 1, validated CoronaVac COVID vaccine produced by China-based pharmaceutical firm Sinovac for emergency use. This gives the assurance that the vaccine meets...

US Pres. Biden wants to meet with PH’s Duterte to affirm bilateral ties — envoy

Robie de Guzman   •   May 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — United States President Joe Biden is eyeing to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte to affirm the two countries’ bilateral ties, Manila’s Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez...

UN-HRC to probe possible war crimes amid Israel-Gaza conflict

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2021

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UN-HRC) has launched an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the conflict between Israel and the Islamist group Hamas in Gaza. The UN-HRC...

DOLE deployment ban to Saudi Arabia leaves hundreds of OFWs stranded at NAIA

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) were not allowed to leave on Friday (May 28) after the Department of...

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