Bakeries shrink ‘pandesal’ as inflation bites

Agence France Presse 07/25/2022

MANILA, Philippines — As the war in Ukraine pushes up wheat prices and a weaker peso raises the cost of imported edible oil, many Philippine bakers are shrinking the size of a popular breakfast roll to cope with…

1.5 million COVID jabs expiring end of July – Concepcion

Kathleen de Villa 07/20/2022

MANILA, Philippines — More than 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines acquired by the private sector are due to expire by the end of the month, a former presidential adviser warned on Tuesday. According to businessman Joey Concepcion, an…

Cebu City Health registers over 155,000 minors for COVID-19 vaccination

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 07/17/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As of Sunday, July 17, the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) logged a total of 155,297 minors who already received their COVID-19 vaccine and those who already signed up for vaccination. Of the…

Rama orders intensified vaccination, booster shot campaigns

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 07/17/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has directed the City Health Department, through its Vaccination Operations Center, to intensify COVID-19 vaccination campaign under the city’s PaBakunaTa program and ensure that eligible individuals receive booster…

UP shifts to blended learning

Krixia Subingsubing 07/11/2022

MANILA, Philippines — After more than two years in a fully online learning setup, the University of the Philippines (UP) will finally be shifting to blended learning starting academic year 2022-2023. Blended learning is the term given…

Defer start of classes to mid-September, teachers ask VP Sara

Dexter Cabalza, Nestor Corrales 07/09/2022

A group of teachers asked Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte to move the opening of classes to the middle of September or the first week of October to give teachers more time to rest. The Department of…

Target: 100% in-person classes by November

Nestor Corrales 07/06/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The government wants to resume in-person classes at full capacity by November this year even with the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday. In his first press…

COVID vaccine wastage within acceptable limit – DOH

Kathleen de Villa 06/29/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said COVID-19 jabs in the current stockpile considered as “wastage” was still within the standard rate set by the World Health Organization (WHO). Asked during the Kapihan sa Manila Hotel on…

Avail of universal health care, public urged

Melvin Gascon 06/26/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos should avail of the free medical checkup offered by the government under its Universal Health Care (UHC) Law amid the latest uptick of non-COVID-19 cases in the country, Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara…

DOH-7 reports low COVID-19 healthcare utilization rate

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 06/21/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines –The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7)  reported that only 11 of the 126 dedicated COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) beds in the entire region were occupied as of June 18, 2022. Its…

CHD to Cebu City residents: Take advantage of ‘Toktok Bakuna’ program

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 06/19/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Still unvaccinated? Have yourself inoculated through Cebu City’s Toktok Bakuna program or the city’s home vaccination program. Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, head of the Cebu City Health Department (CHD), said they are now implementing…

DOLE’s CAMP 2, 3 beneficiaries told to claim cash aid before June 30

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 06/19/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Beneficiaries for the second and third tranches of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) have until June 30 to claim their share of the financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment…

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