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Iloilo City residents urged to get booster dose

ILOILO CITY - The city government here is calling on its fully vaccinated population to get booster shots as thousands doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines have expired or are about to expire due to few takers.In a press conference on Monday, Mayor Jerry Tre.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJun 6th, 2022

Gazans await ‘life and death’ aid, Israel readies invasion

Thousands of tonnes of "life and death" aid for Gaza should be delivered soon, the United Nations said Friday, to relieve a "beyond catastrophic" situation after unrelenting Israeli bombing in response to an unprecedented Hamas attack. Some 175 lorries stuffed with vital medicines, food, and water stretched into the distance at the Rafah crossing with Egypt, which has removed concrete roadblocks and is scrambling to repair the route into besieged Gaza -- the only one not controlled by Israel. Overseeing operations personally, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters: "These trucks are not just trucks, they are a lifeline, they are the difference between life and death for so many people in Gaza." Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas after the Islamist militant group launched a shock raid from the Gaza Strip on October 7, killing at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians shot, mutilated or burned to death, according to Israeli officials. Hamas gunmen also kidnapped some 200 hostages including foreigners from around two dozen countries. The Islamist group said Friday that its armed wing had released two Americans among the captives, a mother and her daughter, the first fruit of mediation efforts by the Gulf state of Qatar. The Islamist group did not detail how or when the hostages were released. The Israeli military said earlier Friday that most of those abducted to Gaza were still alive. It said more than 20 were minors. In response to the Hamas attack, Israeli bombers have levelled entire city blocks in Gaza in preparation for a ground invasion they say is coming soon. The Hamas-run health ministry said 4,137 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the onslaught. Israeli jets pounded more than 100 Hamas targets in Gaza overnight, the army said, with AFP reporters hearing loud explosions and witnessing plumes of smoke billowing from the northern Gaza Strip. Embracing front-line soldiers and clad in body armour, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged them to "fight like lions" and "win with full force". Fists clenched and voice raised, Netanyahu told cheering troops: "We will deal harsh blows to our enemies in order to achieve victory." Defence Minister Yoav Gallant told some of the tens of thousands of personnel preparing the ground invasion that "the order will come soon". 'Beyond catastrophic'  US President Joe Biden said Friday he expected the first aid for Gaza to pass through the Rafah crossing from Egypt within the next two days, under a deal he clinched to allow in 20 trucks of supplies for civilians. Medicine, water purifiers and blankets were being unloaded at El Arish airport near Gaza, an AFP reporter saw, with Ahmed Ali, head of the Egyptian Red Crescent, saying he was getting "two to three planes of aid a day". But World Health Organization emergencies director Michael Ryan said Biden's 20-truck deal was "a drop in the ocean of need" and that 2,000 trucks were required. The UN says more than one million of Gaza's 2.4 million people are displaced, with the humanitarian situation "beyond catastrophic" and deteriorating daily. Refugees from northern Gaza told harrowing tales of bombs, profiteering and extreme temperatures as whole families trekked on foot to flee the violence. Mother of seven Fadwa Al-Najjar walked for 10 hours with her family from northern Gaza to reach a UN camp in the southern city of Khan Yunis, saying she saw cars hit by a strike just in front of them. "We saw bodies and limbs torn off and we just started praying, thinking we were going to die," she said. 'It's unimaginable'  On the other side of the conflict, the full horror of what Israel suffered on October 7 and following days was still emerging, as traumatised residents recounted their stories. Shachar Butler, a security chief at the Nir Oz kibbutz, where Hamas militants killed or kidnapped a quarter of the 400 residents, recalls more than a dozen gunmen spraying bullets indiscriminately and lobbing grenades at homes. "It's unimaginable," the 40-year-old told AFP as part of a trip organised by the Israeli military. "Anytime someone tried to touch my window, I shot him," he said. "The people who came out got kidnapped, killed, executed, slaughtered." Butler estimated as many as 200 militants attacked the kibbutz, entering from three sides before going house-to-house. Homes there were still charred with burnt personal belongings strewn everywhere. Israel says around 1,500 Hamas fighters were killed in clashes before its army regained control. 'No safe place'  Biden requested a massive $105 billion security package Friday, including $14 billion for Israel, but paralysis in the still speakerless Congress means it will hit an immediate wall. Fresh from a whirlwind trip to Israel this week, Biden is hoping to staunch the possibility of a wider Middle East war. The United States has moved two aircraft carriers into the eastern Mediterranean to deter Iran or Lebanon's Hezbollah, both Hamas allies, from getting involved. After days of clashes with Hezbollah fighters along the Lebanese border, Israeli authorities announced the evacuation of Kiryat Shmona, a nearby town which is home to some 25,000 residents, many of whom have already left. The conflict has inflamed passions across the region, with protests held in several countries. Thousands flooded into Egypt's iconic Tahrir Square in support of Gaza, an AFP correspondent said. Protests were also held outside the French and US embassies in Tunis. Following a strike at a church compound late Thursday, the Hamas-controlled interior ministry said several people sheltering at the church were killed and wounded, blaming an Israeli strike. The Israeli army acknowledged a church wall had been damaged in one of its air strikes targeting a "command and control centre belonging to a Hamas terrorist". "This place is dedicated for praying, a place of love and peace," said witness Abu Khalil Jahshan. "There is no safe place here in Gaza." The post Gazans await ‘life and death’ aid, Israel readies invasion appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2023

Japan issues tsunami advisory for coastal areas

Japan issued a tsunami advisory for some coastal regions early Monday following a series of shallow earthquakes in the Izu islands in the Pacific Ocean but there were no immediate reports of damage from the minor waves generated, seismologists said. Tsunami waves of 60 centimeters (24 inches) hit Hachijojima island, 280 kilometers (170 miles) south of Tokyo, while ones of 40 cm and 20 cm were recorded in western Kochi prefecture and southern Miyazaki prefecture, respectively, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. No damage has been reported, the JMA said, but Tateyama city of Chiba, near Tokyo, urged residents in coastal areas to evacuate after the advisory. JMA official Toshihiro Shimoyama warned during a press conference that "it is dangerous in the sea and near the coast". "Please get out of the sea and stay away from the coast." Shimoyama said the JMA "haven't been able to pinpoint the cause" although it assumed a quake had generated the tsunami waves. The US Geological Survey, however, reported a series of shallow quakes in the Izu islands, with the strongest a 5.4 magnitude tremor recorded at 5:17 am (2117 GMT Sunday) around 551 kilometers south of Shimoda. The latest advisory comes after Japan observed a one-meter tsunami near the Izu islands after a magnitude 6.5 quake last week. The post Japan issues tsunami advisory for coastal areas appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 9th, 2023

Israel says at ‘war’ after rocket barrages, militant infiltration

Palestinian militants have begun a "war" against Israel, the country's defense minister said Saturday after a barrage of rockets were fired and fighters from the Palestinian enclave infiltrated Israel, a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Violence between Israel and the Palestinians has been surging for almost two years, with fatalities in the occupied West Bank hitting a scale not seen in years. At least two people were killed in Israel, officials said. Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Palestinian militant group Hamas has "launched a war against the State of Israel." "Troops are fighting against the enemy at every location," he said in a statement. AFP journalists said Israel's military began air strikes on Gaza, following the rocket barrage from inside the territory which is sealed off from Israel by a militarized border barrier. "Dozens of IDF fighter jets are currently striking a number of targets belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip," the military said. Rockets had earlier streamed across the sky repeatedly after the first launches from multiple locations across the Palestinian territory from 6:30 am (0330 GMT), AFP journalists in Gaza City reported. The armed wing of Hamas, which controls Gaza, said it was behind the aerial assault, saying its militants had launched thousands of rockets and its fighters seized an Israeli tank. Israel's army did not immediately comment on the tank claim when contacted by AFP. Israeli security chiefs convened over the violence, which occurred on Shabbat and during a Jewish holiday. Air raid sirens wailed across southern and central Israel, and the army urged people to stay near bomb shelters. AFP journalists in Jerusalem heard multiple rockets being intercepted by Israeli air defense systems. Sirens blared across the city on more occasions than in any Gaza conflict in the past three years. "We decided to put an end to all the crimes of the occupation (Israel). Their time for rampaging without being held accountable is over," the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said. "We announce Operation Al-Aqsa Flood and we fired, in the first strike of 20 minutes, more than 5,000 rockets." Hundreds of Gazans flee Hundreds of residents fled their homes in eastern Gaza to move away from the border with Israel, an AFP correspondent said. Men, women and children carrying blankets and food left their homes, mostly in the northeastern part of the territory, the reporter said. Israel's military said Hamas launched "massive shooting of rockets", while at the same time "terrorists infiltrated into Israeli territory in a number of different locations". Hamas "will face the consequences and responsibility for these events", it said in a statement. In Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, some Palestinian residents cheered and blew their car horns as sirens blared. A regional council for Israeli communities northeast of Gaza said its president was killed in an exchange of fire with attackers from Gaza. Separately, a woman in her 60s was killed "due to a direct hit" in Israel, the Magen David Adom emergency services said. Fifteen others were wounded, two of them seriously, medics said. An AFP photographer in the coastal city of Tel Aviv saw a gaping hole in a building, with residents gathered outside. Hamas calls to 'join battle' Hamas called on "the resistance fighters in the West Bank" as well as "our Arab and Islamic nations" to join the battle, in a statement posted on Telegram. The United States condemned the Hamas fire and urged "all sides to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks." "Terror and violence solve nothing," the US Office of Palestinian Affairs wrote on X, formerly Twitter. Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza since 2007 after Hamas took power. Palestinian militants and Israel have fought several devastating wars since. The latest violence follows heightened tensions in September, when Israel closed the border to Gazan workers for two weeks. The shutdown of the crossing came as Palestinian demonstrators along the border burned tires and threw rocks and petrol bombs at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and live bullets. Resuming workers' passage on 28 September had raised hopes of calming the situation in impoverished Gaza, home to 2.3 million people. In May, an exchange of Israeli air strikes and Gaza rocket fire killed 34 Palestinians and one Israeli. So far this year at least 247 Palestinians, 32 Israelis and two foreigners have been killed in the conflict, including combatants and civilians on both sides, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials. The vast majority of fatalities have occurred in the West Bank, which has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. There has been a rise in army raids, Palestinian attacks targeting Israelis and Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their property. The rising violence this year came against the backdrop of divisive judicial reforms introduced by the hard-right government of President Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption charges he denies. Several far-right ministers in Netanyahu's cabinet live in West Bank settlements deemed illegal under international law. The post Israel says at ‘war’ after rocket barrages, militant infiltration appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2023

Baguio landlords urged: Help students on mental health

BAGUIO CITY — A mental health expert on Wednesday appealed to landlords and landladies in the city to be the second parents to the students who are non-Baguio residents who temporarily residing at their boarding houses. During a dialogue at the Baguio City Hall, Baguio City Health Services Office Mental Health coordinator Dr. Ricky Ducas said they can help a lot to ease the depression among the students especially those who have no families and relatives that they can run to. He added that many of the young people who committed suicide are actually non-residents of Baguio, however, he did not elaborate on the number of suicides cases among the non-Baguio residents. According to Ducas, the owners and the operators of the boarding houses should lend their ears and understanding to the students who needs help, adding that most of the students who are busy thinking about their studies do not have the luxuries of time to go to mental health clinics and facilities or some of them are hesitating to consult the experts because they are not comfortable. Ducas also appealed to the teachers as they are considered the second parents of the children outside their homes to always be available to listen to their pupils or students. The post Baguio landlords urged: Help students on mental health appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 4th, 2023

Cebu quarrying causes floods, says city council

The Cebu City Council has urged various City Hall departments to submit evaluation reports on areas affected by flooding, including infrastructure and drainage systems made as steps to mitigate the impact. This, as a council member disclosed that the alleged “unabated” quarrying in the upland barangays of the city is causing the flooding to low-lying areas in the city. North district City Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos in her resolution, stressed that while she is not against land development especially for the hinterlands, “the use and development of these particular areas should be made in such a manner that it does not adversely affect the natural flow of runoff water from the hinterland to the lowlands.” “Waters as high as five feet came rushing at the pressures that toppled retaining walls and similar structures,” she added. The resolution, which was adopted by the City Council directed the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Department of Engineering and Public Works, Office of the Building Official and Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office to provide evaluation reports. “The deluge not only caused hours of city-wide traffic, damage to property and injury to persons, but worse, it left an insurmountable fear and trauma upon the affected residents,” Delos Santos said. She also asked if developers of housing and quarrying projects in the mountain barangays submitted drainage impact assessment and strategies to the departments concerned, such as the DEPW, OBO and CCENRO. Delos Santos insisted that “an honest-to-goodness” study of the assessment results, as well as inspections were conducted before the projects started. The CCDRRMO had P450,331,161.40 budget allotment for 2023 for preparedness, prevention and mitigation infrastructure works. The post Cebu quarrying causes floods, says city council appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 28th, 2023

Cervical, breast cancer awareness stressed

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna called on all women residents of the city to be aware of the illnesses common to women as she pushed  for the early detection of cervical and breast cancer. Lacuna aired the message as she was joined by Manila Health Department chief Dr. Arnold “Poks” Pangan, Vice Mayor Yul Servo, Department of Public Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire and Philippine Cancer Society Inc. program director Romeo Marcaida during the Intensified Cervical Cancer Screening for Manila City Hall employees held at the City Hall’s Freedom Triangle yesterday. In the said event, Lacuna described as  “alarming” the fact that breast and cervical cancer are among the top killers in the country nowadays. She said that public hospitals have the capability to detect cancer at an early stage but lamentably, it is usually too late for many when the said illness is detected. As she also encouraged all female employees to have themselves tested, the mayor expressed concern over the increase in cases of cervical cancer, which is considered a “silent killer,” which manifests in its late stage already. The lady mayor urged all women in Manila to have themselves checked as she also called on parents to have their children aged nine to 14 vaccinated against human papillomavirus, the virus that causes most cervical cancers as well as some cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina and oropharynx or the back of throat including base of tongue and tonsils. She urged women aged 30 to 49 to have themselves screened for breast and cervical cancer where any abnormality may be detected at once. The post Cervical, breast cancer awareness stressed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 11th, 2023

Bong Go provides additional support to micro-entrepreneurs in Roxas City, Capiz

  Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, on Thursday, August 31, provided livelihood support to 43 microentrepreneurs at Barangay Dayao in Roxas City, Capiz, who had previously been impacted by different crises. The identified microentrepreneurs are also beneficiaries of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) program. Aside from the livelihood assistance, Go’s team also distributed snacks, masks, shirt, shoes, and basketballs to the beneficiaries. Select beneficiaries also received cellphones. “Nais kong magpasalamat sa DTI sa inyong PPG program dahil hindi lamang nagbibigay ng tulong kundi pati na rin ng sapat na kaalaman at kakayahan para sa mga pamilyang apektado ng iba't-ibang kalamidad, tulad nitong pandemya,” Go said. “Ang PPG program ay isang malinaw na halimbawa kung paano natin maipapakita ang malasakit at suporta sa ating mga kababayan na tinamaan ng mga pagsubok. Ang inyong pagsisikap ay hindi lamang nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga pamilya at indibidwal, kundi pati na rin sa mga komunidad na nangangailangan ng pagbangon,” he continued. Go pushed for DTI’s PPG program during the Duterte administration to help boost the livelihood of communities affected by crises. He continues to support the implementation of the program to help uplift individuals and families, particularly those engaged in micro-enterprises, who have been adversely affected by health disasters like epidemics and pandemics, calamities such as fires, armed conflicts, and the like. “Palaguin niyo ang inyong negosyo. Kapag lumago ang inyong negosyo, dalhin niyo po ang mga kita sa inyong mga pamilya... mas masarap sa pakiramdam kapag pinagpawisan at pinaghirapan niyo po ang inyong pagnenegosyo at napalago ninyo,” Go said. Go likewise conveyed his appreciation to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. for the enactment of the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines Program into law. The OTOP Philippines Program, authored and co-sponsored by Go, represents a governmental stimulus strategy strategically crafted to nurture the expansion of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) nationwide. The program places a strong emphasis on harnessing local resources while concurrently safeguarding the rich tapestry of cultural heritage. Meanwhile, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go encouraged residents to seek the services of the Malasakit Center at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital in the city where they may conveniently avail of medical assistance from existing programs of the government. Malasakit Centers bring together representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. These one-stop shops aim to support impoverished patients in reducing their hospital costs to the least possible amount. The Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, principally authored and sponsored by Go, mandates DOH-run hospitals, plus the Philippine General Hospital, to provide necessary assistance to indigent patients by covering various patient services and fees. To date, there are 158 Malasakit Centers nationwide that have helped over seven million poor and indigent Filipinos, according to DOH. Meanwhile, citing how the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the crucial need to fill in the gaps in the country’s healthcare system, Go continues to push for the establishment of Super Health Centers. Go said that the centers can significantly help reduce occupancy rates in main hospitals by making available basic health services in communities, such as database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit, among others. Through Go's initiative and with the help of his fellow legislators, some 307 Super Health Centers were funded in 2022. He also successfully pushed for the funding of at least 322 more Super Health Centers in this year's health budget. Super Health Centers will also be established in strategic areas in the province, such as in Dumalag, Tapaz, Jamindan, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, President Roxas, Sigma, and Roxas City. Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, likewise supported the construction of several river control structures, road rehabilitation along Iloilo East Coast to Capiz Road, and the road concretion along Maayon to Palagian Provincial Road. #### The post Bong Go provides additional support to micro-entrepreneurs in Roxas City, Capiz appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 5th, 2023

QC house inspections’ lapses slammed

Two Quezon City Councilors, Banjo Pilar and Vic Bernardo, both from the 6th District took the City Council’s privilege hour to deliver their own observations on the devastating fires that hit their jurisdictions recently. Pilar, in his privileged speech, brought up the lapses in inspecting houses in subdivision and villages where some residents misdeclared their address as residential but turned it into commercial use. “The house where 15 people perished in that bloody fire has been registered as an office only for RTW Retailer. Last 14 August 2023. But it was actually an MGC Warehouse whose initials are the name of the owner Michael Cavilte who died along with his wife and 3-year-old daughter Scarlette,” Pilar stressed. “Let this serve as a lesson to businessmen, who tried to hoodwink our local laws and ordinances. A lesson also for our people who should do their job properly,” Pilar said referring to the Business Permit and Licensing Department as well as the local Bureau of Fire Protection. He added that while the city boasted of fast and speedy approval of business permits, “inspection seemed like moving in snail phase, letting this tragic incident.” “We should transform our tools. Tapped out barangay officials to check their turf, to avoid similar incidents,” Pilar urged his colleagues. Bernardo for his part pointed to a gated community whose key custodians could not be located in case of emergency. “This was what happen in Culiat where over 200 ISF families loose their houses,” Bernardo said. The post QC house inspections’ lapses slammed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 4th, 2023

2 QC dads deplore lapses in recent fire incidents

Two Quezon city Councilors, Banjo Pilar and Vic Bernardo, both from the city's 6th District, took the City Council's privilege hour to discuss the devastating fires that hit their jurisdictions recently. In his privilege speech, Pilar brought up the lapses in the inspection of houses in subdivisions and villages, where some residents allegedly misdeclared their addresses as residential but were in fact used for commercial purposes. "The house where 15 people perished in that bloody fire has been registered as an office only for RTW Retailer last August 14, 2023. But it was actually an MGC Warehouse whose initials are the name of the owner, Michael Cavilte," who died along with two other family members, said Pilar. "Let this serve as a lesson to businessmen who try to hoodwink our local laws and ordinances. A lesson also for our people who should do their job properly," Pilar said, referring to the Business Permit and Licensing Department as well as the local Bureau of Fire Protection. He added that while the city boasted of fast and speedy approval of business permits, inspection seemed to move at a  snail's pace, leading to this tragic incident. "We should transform our tools, tap out barangay officials to check their turf to avoid similar incidents," Pilar urged his colleagues. Bernardo, for his part, pointed to gated communities whose key custodians could not be located in case of emergency. "This was what happen in Culiat where over 200 ISF (informal settler families) lost their houses," Bernardo said. The lapses the two aldermen brought up were noted by Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, who presided the council session and instructed Majority Floor Leader Councilor Doray Delarmente to start a probe into the incidents. The post 2 QC dads deplore lapses in recent fire incidents appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 4th, 2023

Bong Go gives support to MSMEs in Lemery, Iloilo

Senator Bong Go reaffirmed, through a video message during his team’s visit to Lemery, Iloilo on Wednesday, 30 August, his efforts to improve the lives of Filipinos by providing more livelihood opportunities especially to those adversely affected by various crises. One of his significant accomplishments in this pursuit is the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Philippines Act, Republic Act No. 11960, legislation aimed at fostering the growth of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises across the nation. The OTOP Philippines Program, authored and co-sponsored by Go, is a government initiative in which each town or city in the country can harness its unique product or service that reflects its identity, culture, and tradition. By maximizing local resources, the program not only stimulates economic activity but also promotes cultural preservation, underlined Go. Go has also been an advocate for the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program which he pursued during the Duterte administration and continues to support its implementation until now. It is for this reason that Go’s team, in support of DTI, joined in the provision of livelihood kits for 15 small-scale entrepreneurs at the municipal gymnasium in Lemery. The qualified beneficiaries are recovering typhoon victims who were assisted by Go through his earlier relief efforts. Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography has also taken proactive steps to extend additional support to individuals grappling with health-related challenges. He has encouraged beneficiaries and their families to take advantage of the Malasakit Centers situated within the province to access medical assistance. The Malasakit Centers can be conveniently found at various locations in the province: the Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo, the Western Visayas Sanitarium and General Hospital in Santa Barbara, as well as the West Visayas State University Medical Center and the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City. Go also supported the construction of Super Health Centers in the province including one in Lemery. DOH has identified other areas where to establish more Super Health Centers including Iloilo City and the towns of Anilao, Concepcion, Estancia, Carles, Dingle, Guimbal, Janiuay, Igbaras, Lambunao, Maasin, Miag-ao, Oton, Pavia, Pototan, Santa Barbara, Tigbauan, San Joaquin, Sara, and Barotac Viejo — the last one’s groundbreaking was attended by Go last June. As vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has also supported various infrastructure initiatives to help improve the delivery of basic services in the province, such as the construction of multipurpose buildings in Barotac Viejo, completion of various barangay health stations throughout Iloilo City and the construction of a multipurpose building in the Iloilo City Public Market. Other major initiatives he supported include the concreting or construction of roads in Badiangan, Banate, Carles, Dumangas, Lemery, Miag-ao, and Sara; completion of the barangay health stations in Leon; construction of a flood control system in Balasan; construction of a seawall in Banate; construction of the legislative building complete with facilities in San Dionisio; and improvement of the public parks in Duenas. Go also sponsored a law that increased the bed capacity and converted Western Visayas Sanitarium to what is now known as WVSGH, and another to upgrade the Don Jose D. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo into a tertiary hospital known as the Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center. On 14 August, struggling residents in Janiuay received assistance from Go’s office. The post Bong Go gives support to MSMEs in Lemery, Iloilo appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2023

ASF invades Cocoro Island

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Provincial Veterinary Office here disclosed on Friday that the African swine fever has reached the region and caused an outbreak on Cocoro Island, a barangay in the fifth-class municipality of Magsaysay in the easternmost side of the province. Palawan PVO officer-in-charge Dr. Darius Mangcucang, in an interview, revealed that Cocoro has recorded approximately 300 swine mortalities as a result of African swine fever and confirmed that out of the six blood samples collected from the domesticated pigs that survived on Cocoro Island, five of them were positively identified as having ASF. The results were according to laboratory evaluations conducted by the Bureau of Animal Industry. He also stressed that measures have been put in place to isolate the area and prevent the disease from spreading as the PVO is already enacting measures to control the situation. Meantime, community leaders are taking steps to restrict the movement of pigs and pork products from the island, while surveillance is also focused on monitoring the transportation of pork into the town. “We can manage the situation on the island as long as there is cooperation from the community. The barangay officials are monitoring closely as they have received directives from their leaders,” Mangcucang said. As an alternative to culling, given that all domestic pigs on the island have already succumbed to ASF, Mangcucang said they already initiated a disinfection procedure and used lime on the burial sites. The method aims to confine the virus and is anticipated to last for approximately three months, according to his estimation. “The pigs might all be gone, there’s no need for culling anymore. What we’ll do instead is disinfection. We’ll place lime on the sites where the pigs were buried by the farmers and residents, in order to contain the virus,” Mangcucang said. The PVO, in collaboration with the Philippine National Police and local municipal authorities, has also established checkpoints in all entry areas to Magsaysay. He said their endeavors include continuous monitoring, gathering of blood samples, and conducting quarantine assessments. Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, in a statement issued by the Provincial Information Office, assured the public of swift governmental response as collaborative endeavors with various government agencies are in motion to tackle the crisis while citizens are urged to adhere to guidelines to halt ASF’s progression to other parts of the province. “This incident is being closely monitored, and appropriate measures are being taken in collaboration with other government agencies, while simultaneously urging the public to adhere to the government’s implemented policies to prevent further spread of ASF to other parts of the province,” Socrates said. The PVO also appealed to residents to cooperate by refraining from purchasing meat products online and to avoid feeding pigs with potentially contaminated swill or uncooked food. In case of any suspicious pig deaths or symptoms, residents are urged to promptly inform the veterinary office or the Municipal Agriculture Office. The post ASF invades Cocoro Island appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2023

OFW hospital institutionalization pushed

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has pushed for the institutionalization of the Overseas Filipino Workers Hospital as well as the establishment of an OFW ward in DoH hospitals. In an interview on Saturday, 19 August, after aiding poor residents in Olongapo City, Zambales, Go stressed the need to maximize and ensure continuing operations of the OFW Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga, a facility dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of OFWs and their families. Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health, recalled the dream of having a department for OFWs, referring to them as the country’s modern-day heroes, and emphasized the significant investment made in the hospital. The senator  has filed Senate Bill 2297, seeking to institutionalize the OFW Hospital and ensure its continuous operation. The bill aims to improve healthcare services for OFWs and their families by strengthening the existing facility and allocating necessary funds for its maintenance and operation. He also urged the DMW to address any shortcomings promptly. The OFW Hospital, a donation from the provincial government of Pampanga, commenced its operations in May 2022. It consists of six floors and can accommodate 100 beds, primarily intended for the use of OFWs and their eligible dependents. In addition to his efforts to strengthen the existing OFW Hospital, Go expressed his support for the proposal to establish OFW wings in regional hospitals. Go also filed Senate Bill 2414, establishing OFW wards in DoH hospitals. He cited that President Ferdinand Marcos has instructed DMW and the Department of Health  to discuss the possibility of implementing this initiative nationwide. Meanwhile, Go encouraged graduates to use their education to contribute in nation building while pursuing their dreams for themselves and their families. “In this ever-changing world, success is not merely defined by individual achievements, but by how we contribute to the betterment of society. Use your education as a tool to make a positive impact. Let your actions resonate with the spirit of service and compassion that has been instilled in you,” he stressed in a speech at the commencement exercises of the Kolehiyo ng Subic in Zambales Saturday. Go encouraged the youth to help the government and be involved in activities that can help their community and uplift the lives of the poor. The post OFW hospital institutionalization pushed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 21st, 2023

MORE Power announces 8th monthly rate drop amid NGCP charge increase

MORE Power continues to work towards consumer relief as it announces yet another significant reduction in the effective total residential electricity rate for August 2023. This marks the eighth time this year that MORE Power has succeeded in lowering the cost burden on its valued customers, despite the increased power delivery and ancillary service charges imposed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. "We are pleased to announce that electricity rates in Iloilo City have decreased for the eighth consecutive month this year. Our commitment to providing affordable electricity remains steadfast. Despite challenges, we persist in delivering tangible benefits to our customers. This achievement stands as a testament to the dedication and patience of our Energy Sourcing team, as they consistently seek cost-efficient power generation supply, incorporate renewable energy and leverage favorable market conditions," said Roel Z. Castro, president and chief executive officer of MORE Power. MORE Power has achieved an effective residential electricity rate of P10.9840/kWh for August billing, lower by P0.4333/kWh compared to the previous month's rate of P11.4173/kWh. The increased delivery and ancillary service charge of P0.0659/kWh was counterbalanced by a substantial reduction in the generation charge by P0.3939/kWh. This feat was primarily attributed to a reduction in fuel costs associated with purchased electricity, particularly from power suppliers such as KEPCO SPC, constituting a 19.06 percent share in energy procurement, and Sem Calaca Power with a 30.90 percent share. Continuing its trajectory of efficiency, MORE Power has further decreased the System Loss charge by P0.0237/kWh, attributing it to a reduction in actual system loss. The current 12-month average system loss as of July 2023 remains at 5.85 percent. In alignment with the company's dynamic strategy, lifeline subsidies have undergone adjustment due to the automatic exclusion of residents in subdivisions, condominiums, and villages. Furthering this fiscal prudence, the Universal Charge for Missionary Electrification has been reduced following the successful culmination of the 12-month NPC true-up adjustment, which was entirely billed in the preceding month. The collective impact of these strategic measures has inevitably led to a concurrent decrease in VAT and other taxes, providing consumers with relief from financial strain. The results of these changes will be reflected in the billing statements of consumers, effective from 18 August to 14 September 2023. MORE Power kindly reminds valued consumers of the importance of timely bill payment. Consistent on-time payment for 36 months qualifies customers for a refund of their bill deposits paid to MORE Power. MORE Power has already started refunding bill deposits since May 2023 for those eligible customers. The post MORE Power announces 8th monthly rate drop amid NGCP charge increase appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

Newbie goes renewable

Residents of Iloilo City are indeed lucky, even blessed, to have a power distribution utility with the financial muscle and resolve to make a difference.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2023

Bulacan towns receive assistance

In the aftermath of the devastating typhoon “Egay” that wreaked havoc in different parts of Luzon, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reaffirmed his commitment to strengthen disaster resilience efforts as his office assisted victims in Hagonoy, Guiguinto and San Miguel, Bulacan. Go’s team provided food packs to a total of 1,700 affected residents in the three towns. He also expressed his commitment to strengthen disaster preparedness and response mechanisms in the country. The senator has earlier filed Senate Bill 188 or the DDR Bill, which seeks to establish a specialized agency solely focused on disaster risk reduction and management and by creating a dedicated institution, the bill aims to streamline disaster management procedures and enhance the nation’s ability to respond effectively to future disasters. He added that creating a dedicated department for disaster resilience will not only improve coordination but will also provide an institutionalized mechanism in responding to disasters with clearer mandate, authority, expertise and resources. The Office of Civil Defense has recently voiced its support for the establishment of the DDR, emphasizing the importance of such institution in improving operations in managing and responding to future disasters. Go also emphasized the importance of SBN 193 or the Mandatory Evacuation Center Bill, which mandates the establishment of evacuation centers in vulnerable areas prone to natural disasters. By making evacuation centers mandatory, the bill seeks to prevent loss of life and minimize the adverse effects of calamities on affected populations, said Go. As chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go then urged the victims to utilize the services of the Malasakit Centers at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City, Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria, and Ospital ng Lungsod ng San Jose del Monte in San Jose del Monte City. The post Bulacan towns receive assistance appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2023

‘Egay’ victims in Bulacan get help from Bong Go

In the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Egay that wreaked havoc in different parts of Luzon, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go quickly assisted victims in Hagonoy, Guiguinto and San Miguel, Bulacan. Go’s team provided food packs to 1,700 affected residents in the three towns. He also expressed his commitment to strengthen disaster preparedness and response mechanisms in the country. The senator has earlier filed Senate Bill No. 188 or the DDR Bill, which seeks to establish a specialized agency solely focused on disaster risk reduction and management. By creating a dedicated institution, the bill aims to streamline disaster management procedures and enhance the nation's ability to respond effectively to future disasters. He said that creating a dedicated department for disaster resilience will not only improve coordination but will also provide an institutionalized mechanism in responding to disasters with clearer mandate, authority, expertise and resources. The Office of Civil Defense has recently voiced its support for the establishment of the DDR, emphasizing the importance of such an institution in improving operations in managing and responding to future disasters. Go also emphasized the importance of SBN 193 or the Mandatory Evacuation Center Bill, which mandates the establishment of evacuation centers in vulnerable areas prone to natural disasters. By making evacuation centers mandatory, the bill seeks to prevent loss of life and minimize the adverse effects of calamities on affected populations, said Go. As chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go then urged the victims to utilize the services of the Malasakit Centers at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City, Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria and Ospital ng Lungsod ng San Jose del Monte in San Jose del Monte City. Malasakit Centers bring together representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Health, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. The one-stop shop aims to help impoverished patients by reducing their hospital costs to the least possible amount. Go is the principal author and sponsor of Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which institutionalized the Malasakit Centers program. To date, 158 operational centers have assisted more than seven million Filipinos nationwide, according to DOH. “Lapitan niyo lang ang Malasakit Center dahil para ‘to sa inyo. Kung may hospital bill kayo, nandiyan ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno na tutulong para mabayaran ito,” said Go. Meanwhile, in line with his commitment to help uplift the lives of Bulakeños, Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, supported the rehabilitation of the Bulacan State University Activity Center and construction of a multipurpose building in Malolos City, construction of drainages, provision of medical equipment for local hospitals, improvement of the Pandi District Hospital, concreting of a farm-to-market road in San Ildefonso and many more.   The post ‘Egay’ victims in Bulacan get help from Bong Go appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 7th, 2023

Sign up for subsidy, Iloilo low-income power users urged

MORE Electric and Power Corp., Iloilo City’s exclusive electricity provider owned by the group of businessman Enrique K. Razon, Jr., is mobilizing an onsite registration drive to enlist more lifeline power customers in the subsidy program offered by the Department of Energy. A lifeline rate is a subsidized rate given to low-income users consuming electricity below 100 kilowatt-hours who cannot afford to pay their bills at full cost. MORE Power President and CEO Roel Castro, in a statement on Monday, said that the company wants to directly communicate with customers to ensure that those qualified can avail of the program. “In addition to accepting applications in our office, we also deploy personnel to barangays for on-site registration,” Castro said. As of 2 August, MORE Power has already received 1,519 lifeline applications from 42 barangays. The company is holding a five-day onsite application drive from 7 to 11 August across 10 different locations. Due to low application turnout, the full rollout of the subsidy application has been extended by the Department of Energy until September. “There are 4.2 million household beneficiaries of 4Ps, and the registration for lifeline subsidy remains very low. Only those who register will continue to receive a reduction in their electricity bills beginning August 2023,” Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla earlier said. “If they do not avail of the program through Meralco, they will have to shell out more or less P250, an amount which could otherwise be spent for their other needs such as food,” Lotilla explained. The scale of rate reduction varies depending on the prevailing rates of the DUs. For instance, lifeline end-users in the Meralco franchise area with zero to 20 kilowatt-hours monthly consumption will be granted a 100-percent discount on the generation charges, except for the fixed metering charge of P5. Typically, they only pay P20 for their electric bills. Other marginalized end-user applicants who are not 4Ps beneficiaries but belong to a household of at least five members with a combined monthly income of P12,030 must submit to their DUs a certification by their local Social Welfare Development Office issued within six months before application. The monthly income threshold may change and vary for each DU franchise area as may be determined by the Philippine Statistics Authority. In another related development, MORE Power has implemented its third installment of Bill Deposit Refund to 28 eligible consumers amounting to P173,000 — in compliance with the provision of the Magna Carta for Residential Electricity Consumers. Consumers who have consistently paid their electric bill for 36 months are qualified for bill deposit refunds. MORE Power targets to complete a refund of P5 million to customers by the end of the year. The post Sign up for subsidy, Iloilo low-income power users urged appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 7th, 2023

Leptospirosis cases spike in QC amid flooding

  Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday said her local government is taking urgent measures to address the spike in leptospirosis cases in the city over the past two weeks, with 10 cases recorded in a single day. Belmonte expressed her concern and has tasked the health department, through the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU), to address the issue. To curb the spread of disease and protect individuals at risk, Belmonte said the use of Doxycycline or antibiotics to treat infections has been distributed in barangay health centers. She added that frontline responders from the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) were also given enough supplies. According to QCESU Chief Dr. Rolando Cruz, antibiotics will be given as prophylaxis to high-risk individuals, especially those with a history of wading through floodwaters, to reduce the risk of infection. It will also be offered as an early treatment to individuals diagnosed with leptospirosis. Early diagnosis is critical to preventing severe complications that could lead to hospitalization. “Residents who are at risk due to the nature of their work or location, and those who are experiencing fever after being exposed to flood waters are encouraged to visit the nearest barangay health center for assessment and appropriate treatment," Belmonte said. "Dahil panahon ngayon ng tag-ulan at baha, nararapat lamang na maging maingat ang lahat para iwas-sakit,” she added. Data from QCESU revealed an increasing number of leptospirosis cases in the past two weeks, with 26 cases reported from July 22 to August 4. Notably, 10 were recorded on August 1, the highest number of cases in a single day. Quezon City residents are urged to observe preventive measures, including avoiding wading or swimming in floodwater and wearing protective clothing such as boots, gloves, and masks during floods. Cruz warned that leptospirosis spreads through the urine or feces of infected animals, especially rats. It can be contracted by accidentally swallowing contaminated food or water, or when the bacteria enters the body through the mouth, nose, and eyes, or through open wounds and cuts. The post Leptospirosis cases spike in QC amid flooding appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 7th, 2023

Bong Go sends assistance in Bulacan towns

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, in coordination with Vice Mayors Martin Angeles, Arvin Enriquez dela Cruz, and Baldo Gener, provided assistance to indigents in Bustos, Obando, and Norzagaray towns in Bulacan on 2 and 3 August. In a video message, Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, emphasized the importance of adhering to COVID-19 guidelines despite the gradual easing of restrictions. He also urged his fellow Filipinos to prioritize their health considering that the threat of COVID-19 still exists. “Kahit po na lumuluwag na ang health restrictions, hinihikayat ko po kayong lahat na magpabakuna. Madadagdagan din po ang inyong proteksyon laban sa COVID-19 kung kayo po ay bakunado,” encouraged Go. “Habang tuluy-tuloy ang ating pagpapabakuna, huwag po natin kalimutan na sumunod pa rin sa health protocols, tulad ng pagsuot ng face mask at hugas ng kamay. Huwag maging kumpiyansa, delikado pa rin itong kalaban natin na hindi natin nakikita,” he reminded. Meanwhile, Go's team provided aid to 198 struggling residents at the respective municipal session halls of Obando and Norzagaray, and the municipal hall of Bustos. The team extended masks, vitamins and balls for basketball and volleyball. There were also select recipients of shoes. The Department of Social Welfare and Development extended financial assistance to the beneficiaries as well. In line with his commitment to help rebuild the province amid effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, supported the rehabilitation of the Bulacan State University Activity Center and construction of a multipurpose building in Malolos City, construction of drainages, provision of medical equipment for local hospitals, improvement of the Pandi District Hospital, concreting of a farm-to-market road in San Ildefonso, and many more.   The post Bong Go sends assistance in Bulacan towns appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2023

Bong Go’s team conducts relief operations in Cabanatuan

The team of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the adopted son of Nueva Ecija, conducted relief operations in Cabanatuan City from 2 to 3 August. In a video message, Go urged eligible Filipinos to get vaccinated against COVID-19 despite the decrease in positive cases. He emphasized the importance of following health protocols, such as wearing masks and washing hands, even with the easing of health restrictions. Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, offered assistance to those seeking medical attention and encouraged them to visit various hospitals in Cabanatuan City and Talavera, which have Malasakit Centers designed to help the poor and indigent patients access medical assistance programs from different government agencies. Indigent patients in Nueva Ecija can seek the services of the Malasakit Centers located at Eduardo L. Joson Memorial Hospital and Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center, both in Cabanatuan City; and Talavera General Hospital in Talavera town. The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop that allows Filipinos to conveniently access the medical assistance programs offered by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. To date, there are now 158 Malasakit Centers nationwide. “Hindi niyo na kailangang pumila o umikot pa sa iba’t ibang opisina para humingi ng tulong pampagamot dahil nasa loob na sila ng iisang kwarto. Lapitan niyo lang ang Malasakit Center at wala itong pinipili. Karapatan niyo bilang mga Pilipino ang maka-avail ng serbisyo nito,” he cited. Go also supported the construction of Super Health Centers (SHCs) in several areas, including Cabanatuan City, San Leonardo, Aliga, Bongabon, Llanera, Science City of Muñoz, Zaragoza, Sto. Domingo and Rizal — the last two of which he personally inspected in February. The SHCs are improved versions of polyclinics that offer database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service; oncology centers; physical therapy and rehabilitation center; and telemedicine, through which remote diagnosis and treatment of patients are made possible. During the distribution activities at Barangay Kapitan Pepe gymnasium, Go's team coordinated with Governor Aurelio Umali and provided masks, vitamins, and shirts to 1,200 struggling residents. They also gave away cellular phones, shoes, and balls for basketball and volleyball to select recipients. Each beneficiary also received financial assistance from DSWD. “Huwag ho kayong magpasalamat sa amin. Sa totoo lang po kami po ang dapat magpasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan n’yo po kami ng pagkakataon na magserbisyo sa inyo. Magta-trabaho po ako para sa Pilipino. Iyan po ang pwede kong ialay sa inyo, ang kasipagan ko sa trabaho,” Go said. As vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has supported several infrastructure projects in the province to help boost the local economy. Among these are the construction of the Talavera National High School Amphitheater; the rehabilitation of roads in Cabiao, General Tinio, Pantabangan, Zaragoza, and Cabanatuan City; the construction of flood mitigation structures in General Tinio, Quezon, San Antonio, and Zaragoza; the construction of multipurpose buildings in Gabaldon, Sta. Rosa and Cabanatuan City; the completion of the Dr. PJGMRMC in Cabanatuan City; the reconstruction of the Llanera public market; the rehabilitation of the Baloc public market; and the installation of streetlights in Zaragoza. Struggling residents in Gapan City also received assistance from the senator’s office from 27 to 28 July. The post Bong Go’s team conducts relief operations in Cabanatuan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 4th, 2023