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Observe Undas guidelines, Munti residents urged

Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon strongly urged residents of the city to observe “Undas 2023” safely and appropriately. This as the city government yesterday disclosed the schedule of activities as well as guidelines for the All Saints’ and All Souls’ holiday, including hotline numbers for emergencies during the season. “Let us all take this season to celebrate the legacy of our departed loved ones in a safe and meaningful manner. Gunitain po natin ang Undas nang maayos at ligtas,” he said. The cleaning and restoration of gravestones and tombs will be allowed only until Saturday, 28 October 2023. All city cemeteries and memorial parks will then be open from 31 October to 1 November between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. No burials or cremations will be allowed in the period between 31 October to 2 November except for special cases. Gambling and the consumption of alcoholic beverages, along with firearms, sharp objects such as knives or box cutters, and flammable materials are strictly prohibited in all cemeteries, memorial parks and columbaria in the city. Selling of merchandise, the use of videoke or sound system for entertainment, and overnight stay at the cemetery or memorial park are likewise banned. Parking will not be allowed near the premises of the city’s public cemetery. Biazon also encouraged Muntinlupeños to save the city’s emergency hotline numbers: 1) 137-175; 2) 8373-51-65; 3) 0921-542-7123; and 4) 0927-257-9322. “We remind everyone to use these emergency numbers responsibly. Do not prank call these numbers as it can literally spell life or death for you or your loved ones,” he added.  The post Observe Undas guidelines, Munti residents urged appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneOct 25th, 2023

Observe ‘cyber hygiene,’ judicial personnel urged

The Supreme Court has directed all judiciary officials and personnel to strengthen the courts’ cybersecurity measures to protect sensitive data and minimize the risk of cyber threats. Acting Chief Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen issued the directive as Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo is on official travel abroad, citing the recent data breach involving the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth. In Administrative Order 150-2023 on “Proper Cyber Hygiene in Judiciary,” the SC said, “One of the most common ways of ransomware attacks is done through phishing emails, which usually contain malicious links or attachments.” The SC warned, “Do not open these links or attachments unless they have been verified to be legitimate.” Court officials and employees were advised to examine carefully the sender’s email address to avoid being victimized. “Phishers often use email addresses that look similar to ones used by legitimate organizations but may have small misspellings or inconsistencies. Always take a close look at the sender’s display name when checking the legitimacy of an email,” the SC said. Court officials and personnel were also instructed to protect personal information and double-check email attachments by scanning the same for viruses. On password security, the SC suggested that “under no circumstances should judiciary personnel use personal information and dictionary words in creating passwords.” Judiciary officials and employees were also urged to use a longer password containing numbers, symbols, and both uppercase and lowercase letters; to avoid the same password for multiple accounts; to consider passphrases or a sequence of random words instead of passwords; to use a password manager; and to enable a multifactor authentication system in their accounts. They were advised never to share their passwords with others, even those who claim to be from trusted institutions, and to ensure that any written passwords are stored securely. In protecting important files and ensuring their recovery in case of data loss, the guidelines recommend that court officials and personnel follow the “3-2-1 backup rule” to ensure data redundancy and availability in case of hardware failure, data corruption, or other catastrophes. The rule requires users to keep three copies of their data on two different media types, with one copy stored offsite. The post Observe ‘cyber hygiene,’ judicial personnel urged appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 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

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 calls on consumers, service providers to conserve water

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go underscored the importance of strengthening water conservation efforts in the country and implementing sustainable practices in light of growing concerns about water scarcity and the potential for future water supply shortages. “Kailangan rin po natin sa mga ahensya ng gobyerno, sa mga LGUs, lalo na sa mga barangay level, mas paigtingin po natin ‘yung kampanya sa water conservation. Kung hindi naman po kailangan, ‘wag n’yong gamitin ‘yung tubig, i-check n’yo (kung may) mga leakage (para) walang masayang. Gamitin lang natin nang tama para hindi tayo magkaroon ng water shortage,” Go said in an interview after his visit to Carcar City on Wednesday, 12 July . The senator also stressed the obligation of water service providers to deliver consistent and uninterrupted services to the public, saying, “Bilisan natin itong mga pipeline rehabilitation. Katulad sa Maynila, na-privatize na po ito para sana magkaroon ng maayos na serbisyo. Willing naman po ang taumbayan na magbayad nang tama, sapat basta maayos lang po ‘yung serbisyo.” On Monday, 10 July, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Carlos David stated that the country currently has an adequate water supply; however, he emphasized the importance of proper management to avert a potential water crisis by year-end. To avoid a recurrence of the 2019 incident, wherein numerous households in Metro Manila and parts of Rizal experienced prolonged water interruptions, David highlighted the necessity of effectively managing the existing water resources. The Water Resources Management Office (WRMO) of the DENR has previously issued Bulletin No. 1, which outlines guidelines for government building administrators to implement appropriate water management practices. Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Go urged the government to raise awareness about water conservation and instill a sense of environmental responsibility among Filipinos. He also proposed an intensified greening program as a long-term solution, adding that such a program should be a collaborative effort involving the government and local communities. “Ang long term solution naman po nito itong greening program, kailangan na mas maraming punongkahoy na itatanim natin sa ating mga watershed. When I say greening program, hindi lang magtanim ng seedlings, tapos iwanan na. Kailangan po mayro’ng follow-up. Kaya po tayo mayroong DENR din po na pwedeng mamahala dito,” Go said. Go emphasized that conserving water resources is not only the responsibility of the government but also of every individual, saying, “Pwede rin po nating i-observe itong (water conservation.) Ipatupad natin itong water conservation at para po maka-save naman tayo ng tubig at para po hindi tayo magkaroon ng water shortage.” He urged the public to practice efficient water management techniques, such as reducing water consumption, fixing leaks, and utilizing water-saving technologies, to ensure the sustainability of this vital resource. The post Bong Go calls on consumers, service providers to conserve water appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2023

Biazon: Munti ready for ‘Betty’

Muntinlupa City Mayor Ruffy Biazon yesterday met officials and members of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in preparation for super typhoon “Betty,” otherwise known by its international code name “Mawar.” “The city government is ready to respond to all eventuality,” Mayor Biazon said. “I am asking all Muntinlupeño to be watchful. Let’s all be careful and prepare for this typhoon.” Biazon said all of the agencies of the city government are already on alert to respond to whatever assistance those in Muntinlupa would require. He urged residents to contact the city government for assistance: 137-175; 0921-5427123 (Smart); and 0927-2579322 (Globe). The typhoon intensified Friday with maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 265 kph. It is moving west at 20 kph. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the eye of “Mawar” was last observed at 3 a.m. on Friday, 26 May, 1,740 kilometers east of southeastern Luzon, outside the PAR. PAGASA said “Mawar” is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility last night or today, Saturday. It was forecast to reach its peak intensity within 24 to 36 hours. The post Biazon: Munti ready for ‘Betty’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 26th, 2023

Continue wearing masks, Lacuna urges workers

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna on Tuesday urged constituents, particularly those working indoors, to continue wearing masks despite the recent declaration by the World Health Organization that Covid-19 is no longer a global health emergency. “We all know that Covid-19 is still here with us. Even if cases had gone down in our city, we must continue being vigilant,” she said. Lacuna specifically made mention of those working within the offices in Manila City Hall, who deal with walk-in individuals on a daily basis. She said such workers stand at the frontline of providing public service, thus the need to double their vigilance. Apart from wearing masks, Lacuna also urged residents to observe physical distancing and to regularly wash their hands. She also called on the city employees to avoid eating altogether as this also paves the way for sure transmission. The mayor stressed that while the state of public health emergency had been lifted, the number of people getting infected with Covid-19 in Manila continues to go up. “Covid cases in our city continue to rise,” she warned, citing figures provided her office by city offices and hospitals. She noted that the number of those infected is based only on those who have taken the RT-PCR tests and does not even include those who just use the antigen tests. Lacuna also urged the city hall employees who have not completed their primary and booster shots to go to the city government employees’ clinic and have themselves vaccinated for their own protection. Her call came as the Philippines continues to grapple with the pandemic. As of 8 March 2023, the country has recorded a total of 3,722,223 Covid-19 cases, including 60,443 deaths. The post Continue wearing masks, Lacuna urges workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 8th, 2023

Fast on Ash Wednesday, Catholic faithful urged

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines is reminding the Catholic faithful to observe fasting and abstinence this Ash Wednesday, which heralds the start of the Lenten season......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2024

NEWS BRIEFS | 3 February 2024

Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ebrahim says no to independent Mindanao CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 03 February) — Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim has rejected the call of former President Rodrigo Duterte for an independent Mindanao. Murad instead urged Bangsamoro officials and residents to support the current administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

Residents urged to create “family disaster plans” 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 February) — Disaster-resiliency should start from home and residents, particularly those living in landslide and flood-prone areas, must create their own “family disaster plans” to guide them, the director of the Office of the Civil Defense (OC) in the Davao region said.   Ednar G. Dayanghirang, OCD-Davao director, said part of “family resiliency” […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2024

Councilor urges social media influencers to observe local laws

The Davao City councilor, Temujin “Tek” Ocampo, has urged social media influencers to familiarize themselves with local ordinances before promoting areas to their followers. Ocampo, who heads the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, appreciates the promotion of Davao City by social media influencers but emphasizes the importance of understanding local laws before attracting crowds to specific areas. He expressed gratitude for the promotion but highlighted the challenge of controlling the influx of people once a location is featured. Ocampo plans to collaborate with Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, Chair of the Committee on Tourism and Beautification, to accredit social media vloggers through the local government unit. He underscored the need for accredited vloggers, recognizing their contributions to the city and addressing any mistakes they might make. This initiative aims to balance recognition for positive actions with corrective measures for any missteps. The concerns arose in November 2023 when a Davao City-based environment group criticized a travel vlogger for promoting recreational activities in a river within the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed. Following a waste dumping incident on January 11, 2024, the group urged Dabawenyos, especially vloggers and influencers, to refrain from visiting protected areas for leisure. They emphasize the importance of understanding and respecting rules and regulations before endorsing specific parts of the city......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2024

PSSO warns anew vs building structures atop dikes, coastal road

The Davao City Public Safety and Security Office's (PSSO) Coastal Road and Davao River Monitoring Team has issued a renewed warning to Dabawenyos against constructing buildings on top of dikes and along the coastal road. This caution follows the dismantling of 334 illegal structures from October 2020 to the third week of January 2023. PSSO Head Angel Sumagaysay emphasized that these structures, including house extensions, kitchen extensions, cages, and sala extensions, are typically found atop or attached to dikes and gabions near the Davao River. Recent operations in the Talomo District involved the removal of a hut at Purok 8 Iñigo, Matina Pangi, and a reconstructed fisherman's kiosk at the Punta Dumalag section of the Coastal Area. Sumagaysay highlighted that the PSSO collaborates with barangays to identify and address illegal structures, and owners are given the choice to self-demolish or have the PSSO carry out the demolition. Sumagaysay stressed that illegal structures on dikes and gabions pose risks to the structure's integrity, potentially leading to increased flooding and related issues. He urged residents living near the river to refrain from constructing any form of extension or additional structure on the dikes, emphasizing the need to preserve their stability to prevent flooding and overflow. The PSSO does not have a specific target number of structures to dismantle, but rather identifies them during monitoring and inspection, working in coordination with barangays and purok leaders. Sumagaysay hopes that the public comprehends the purpose behind these dismantling efforts, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding the dikes to mitigate flooding risks......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 26th, 2024

Brutally cold weather reaching deep into lower United States

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Arctic weather brought more misery to much of the United States on Saturday, especially for people unaccustomed to such bitter cold in places like Memphis, Tennessee, where residents were urged to boil water and some had no water at all after freezing temperatures broke water mains across the city. Temperatures weren’t expected.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2024

Baguio residents urged to boil water after E. coli discovery

Baguio residents urged to boil water after E. coli discovery.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2024

Dabawenyos urged: 8 resolutions for safer roads, communities in 2024

In 2024, Dabawenyos are urged to adopt eight resolutions for safer roads and communities. These resolutions include observing discipline on roads, proper waste disposal, and respecting neighbors' resting hours. The resolutions are as follows: 1. Use pedestrian lanes for safe crossing of streets, under Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance 778. 2. Use overpasses to ensure safe crossing of roads. 3. Properly park vehicles in designated areas to avoid inconvenience to other drivers and ensure safe sidewalks. 4. Refrain from drinking and driving under the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving law. 5. Observe the speed limit to avoid road crashes and accidents. 6. Practice proper waste disposal and avoid littering. 7. Follow the 5S (Search and Destroy, Seek Early Consultation, Secure Self-Protection, Sustain vector Control measures, and Sustain Hydration) to prevent Dengue. 8. Adhere to the Anti-Nuisance Ordinance, which limits loud noise until 10 pm. Dabawenyos are encouraged to report concerns to Davao City Reports at 0919 072 2222, the official Facebook Page @davaocityreports, or email davaocityreports@davaocity.gov.ph......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2024

OCD warns of landslide, flood risks due to easterlies

The Office of the Civil Defense-Davao Region (OCD-Davao) has issued a warning about potential landslide and flood risks due to the easterly weather system. Franz Irag, operations officer of OCD-Davao, emphasized the continuous rains brought by the easterlies could lead to flash floods and landslides in the Davao Region. He urged residents, especially those in flood-prone areas and near landslide-prone slopes, to be vigilant and coordinate with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) offices. The office is closely monitoring and coordinating with local authorities for preemptive evacuation if necessary. Additionally, the municipalities of Manay and Caraga, Davao Oriental, heavily affected by Tropical Cyclone Kabayan, are being closely monitored. The OCD-Davao is continuing to assist the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Davao Region (DSWD-Davao) and will release rice packs to affected residents. As of January 3, no evacuees remain in evacuation centers. The warning comes after a landslide in Maragusan, Davao de Oro, and another in Mati City along the national road. Immediate precautions and coordination with local authorities are advised to ensure the safety of residents in the region......»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2024

Quezon City to strictly enforce firecracker ban

The Quezon City government has reminded residents of the prevailing firecracker ban and instead urged them to join the New Year countdown celebration at the Quezon Memorial Circle......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2023

Public urged to observe electrical safety on New Year revelry

The power concessionaire emphasized the importance of lighting fireworks at a safe distance from electrical facilities and decorations to prevent power outages and accidents.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2023

Set up firecracker zones, Metro LGUs urged

Local government units in Metro Manila have been asked to designate areas where residents can hold fireworks displays during the New Year’s Eve revelry.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 28th, 2023

Davao City police reminds public to observe two-decade firecracker ban 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 December) —  The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) on Tuesday urged Dabawenyos to strictly observe the implementation of the two-decade old firecracker ban to keep the New Year’s celebration in Davao City safe and peaceful. This after authorities confiscated some firecrackers in some areas here on Christmas Day despite the long-standing […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2023