Lacson promises ‘data-driven’ anti-insurgency programs if he wins in 2022

The standard bearer of Partido Reporma, Panfilo Lacson, said he would automate government processes to improve development programs in communist-influenced communities should he win the 2022 presidential race.  He defended the budget of the controversial National task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in the past and said that digitalization and a data-driven approach would hasten the disbursement …

UK COVID-19 alert level raised to level 4 amid surge in Omicron cases

Inakyat ng United Kingdom ang kanilang COVID-19 alert level paakyat ng Level 4. Ito ang pangalawang pinaka mataas na lebel na inaayon sa rekomendasyon ng UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) at dahil sa pag-akyat ng kaso ng Omicron variant.  Noong Linggo, nagtala ang UK ng 1,239 na kaso ng Omicron variant, ang pinaka mataas na daily case. Ayon sa UKHSA, ang …

DOLE suspends labor inspections in December

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has suspended all labor inspection activities this December to let the agency finish all its pending labor standards cases and prepare the inspection program for 2021. In an administrative order, Bello directed all DOLE regional directors to temporarily cease inspection activities in their respective regions starting December 1. Routine inspections shall resume under …

No more Metro Manila areas under lockdown – PNP

According to the Philippine National Police, there are no more areas in Metro Manila that are under granular lockdown due to COVID-19. They said that all five police districts in the metro have reported that there are no areas in their jurisdiction that have been locked down because of an outbreak. This situation was different compared to November 11 where …

Covid: First people in UK hospitals with Omicron variant

There are now people in the hospital in the United Kingdom because of the new Omicron variant. The new cases that tested positive for the brand new strain now account for a third of the cases in London. The Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi said that two doses of the vaccine are not enough and people are now …

China’s currency is having an even better year than the US dollar. Here’s why

China is currently battling a slowing economy, but its currency has rarely been stronger. The yuan is outperforming the US dollar this year even as the Federal Reserve System prepares to increase interest rates. The yuan soared by 8% in 2021 according to an index that tracks currency performance. It has also gained ground versus the dollar, rising between 2.4% …

ASEAN inflation is seen at a 10-year high in 2022 as demand recovers

Inflation in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economies is set to hit its highest level in a decade by next year, setting the stage for the start of monetary policies tightening across the region. Higher prices and a recovery in domestic economies and employment will be the main drivers of inflation to an average of 2.7% in 2022, up from …

UK warns the US of retaliation over steel tariffs

The International Trade Secretary of the UK, Anne-Marie Tevelyan has warned the United States that the United Kingdom could step up its retaliatory measures if punitive tariffs on UK steel exports are not lifted soon. She has recently been in a meeting with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. In a statement made by Tevelyan, she said they had a very frank …

No mandatory jabs in Negros Occidental, says gov

In a statement by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson Jr, Negros Occidental’s provincial government will not impose a “no vaccination no work rule.” He said that they will continue convincing the Capitol employees to have themselves vaccinated freely. Currently, many local governments of the country are creating policies to encourage people to get inoculated. He said that as of now, about …