Higit 100 ‘di bakunadong commuters, pinababa sa PUVs

Mahigit isang daang commuters na hindi pa bakunado ang pinababa sa mga pampublikong transportasyon sa unang araw ng “no vaccination, no ride” policy ng DOTr sa NCR noong Lunes. Tulad ng inaasahan, nagpakalat ang pamahalaan ng mga tauhan ng PNP, LTFRB at I-ACT sa mga pangunahing lansangan sa Metro Manila upang mag-inspeksyon sa mga PUVs para sa mga di pa …

Expect more worrisome Covid-19 variants after Omicron: scientists

Scientists have warned that Omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it will not be the last version of the coronavirus that will hit the world. They emphasized that every infection provides a chance for the virus to mutate, and Omicron has an edge over its predecessors since it spreads much faster despite emerging when parts of the world have been vaccinated …

Comelec junks pleas to delay May 9 polls

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has rejected the petition to postpone the May 9 general elections and the petition to allow last minute entries. During the commission’s weekly meeting, all seven commissioners voted to deny the petition that was filed last month to suspend the elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They reiterated that doing so would be a violation …

Pharmally’s Twinkle Dargani released from Senate detention

Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. Executive Twinkle Dargani has been released from Senate detention. According to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Rene Samonte, Dargani was released at 12:15 a.m. to be with her mother, but with the understanding that she will be available when needed by the senate. The Senate approved her release from detention for humanitarian considerations. However, Senate blue ribbon committee chair, Richard …

Open-pit mining environment impact seen outweighing economic benefits

The return of open-pit mining promises to boost the economy, but this possibly comes at the expense of damaging the environment and living conditions of residents near the mines. Political scientist Ruth R. Lusterio-Rico, the associate dean of UP Diliman’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy said the move should be weighed given the impact of large-scale mining on local …

2022 PH growth forecast cut to 7.1%

The reopening of the economy last December likely lifted the growth of 2021, but economists say that the infection surge at the start of the year is tampering the expansion of the gross domestic product (GDP). In a report by Goldman Sachs Economics Research, it was noted that the Omicron variant has begun spreading in most Asia-Pacific economies. They said …

DOT received more reports of alleged hotel quarantine breaches before the Makati incident

The Department of Tourism has received more reports of alleged quarantine breaches in hotels after the incident in Makati City. In an interview, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that authorities were not able to look into these reports because the names of concerned individuals were not disclosed. She emphasized that similar incidents have been reported but names were not given. …

RCEP free trade agreement comes into force, set to contribute to post-COVID recovery

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest free trade agreement, officially came into force on Saturday. The agreement came into effect with a first batch of 10 countries, including six of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members–Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, together with China, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The agreement will enter into …

Almost 1M get shots during new vax day

Close to a million doses have been given so far during the second round of “Bayanihan, Bakunahan,” the mass vaccination drive being done by the government. The program has been affected by the threat posed by Typhoon Odette. According to Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, a total of 953,624 individuals were administered the vaccine on the first day of the campaign. …