Philippine embassy checking on Pinoys after Tonga tsunami

Coordination efforts by the Philippine embassy in New Zealand are ongoing to assess the situation on the ground regarding the condition of Filipinos in Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji following the eruption of an underwater volcano last weekend. The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippine embassy in Wellington is closely following the developments in the afflicted areas. They estimate that …

UP researchers recommend lagundi for COVID-19 patients

Science Secretary Fortunato dela Pena has urged those who have COVID-19 and are taking lagundi to follow the guidelines recommended by experts, particularly from the University of the Philippines – Manila who conducted a clinical trial on the medicinal plant as a supplemental treatment for the viral disease. In his weekly Bayanihan briefing, Dela Pena and the UP Manila clinical …

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 …

1.7 million state workers to receive pay hike

About 1.7 million government workers, from the President down to the lowest levels in the remotest barangays, will receive a pay hike when the new Salary Standardization Law takes effect starting this month. Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero said the new salary adjustment is part of the third tranche of the four-year compensation program. Republic Act 11466 was signed into law …

COVID-19 surge ‘accelerating, matured’ in many cities —OCTA

According to OCTA Research, COVID-19’s average daily attack rate (ADAR) in the National Capital Region has increased further to 117.24% from the previous 111.80%. Citing the Department of Health’s data, the independent research group said 18,069 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in NCR on January 13 taking the region’s seven-day average to 16,599. NCR has since been classified under Alert …

DOH shift: Less tracing, more targeted testing

The Department of Health (DOH) is shifting its policies to better deal with the fast-spreading Omicron variant. In a statement, they would lower the priority for contact tracing, but raise it for testing people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained that contact tracing is being deprioritized because of the “very high” likelihood that Filipino …

DepEd allows localized class suspensions amid COVID-19 surge

An education official has said that the Department of Education is allowing its local officials to suspend classes and other teaching-related activities amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. In a memorandum, the agency authorized its regional offices and school division offices to suspend classes this month based on their assessments of the health status of their teachers …

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 …

Pfizer eyed to deliver COVID jabs for kids aged 5 to 11 by next week: envoy

Ayon sa Pfizer, pinagsisikapan daw nilang magdeliver ng mga COVID-19 na bakuna para sa mga batang nasa edad ng 5 hanggang 11 taong gulang. Sabi nila na inaasahang dadating ito sa pangatlong linggo ng Enero. Ayon kay Philippine Ambassador to the US na si Jose Manuel Romualdez, nag-order ang Pilipinas ng halos 10 milyong doses para sa age group na …