The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reports that of the latest batch of samples sequenced, 677 samples, more than 91 percent were the Omicron variant (618) and five percent were the Delta variant of COVID-19 (35). In addition, health officials report the BA.2 sub-lineage was found to be the majorityContinue Reading

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The Philippines Department of Health reported 310 additional dengue fever cases the week ending November 13, including two fatalities. From 1 January to 13 November 2021, there have been a total of 66,655 dengue cases including 237 deaths (CFR 0.4%) reported, this is 18% lower compared to the 81,396 casesContinue Reading

The Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) reported a total of 234 hogs from 44 swine raisers in two towns in Lanao del Norte province in Northern Mindanao have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF) and have been culled. The hogs were from farms in Barangay Sta. Cruz in MaigoContinue Reading

The Philippines has seen continuous improvement in global ranking with the steady decline in the number of local coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, the health chief said Tuesday. Reporting to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Philippines now ranks 53rd in the world in termsContinue Reading

Independently operating medical, dental, lying-in, and optical clinics, including laboratories with not more than nine workers, are now required by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to have safety officers. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the requirement, which is mandated by Labor Advisory No. 20, Series of 2021,Continue Reading

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte pulled no punches with the communist insurgents this week calling on them to “surrender and give up their weapons as their ideology has become useless”. He told the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, New People’s Army (NPA), to abandon their meaninglessContinue Reading

On Sunday, Defense Secretary of the Philippines, Delfin Lorenzana tweeted: Like most of us, Sundays have been restful and happy occasions for me, until today. At noontime, CGPAF confirmed the heartbreaking crash of a C130 aircraft in Jolo, with close to a hundred soldiers onboard including the crew. President RodrigoContinue Reading

Philippines populist President, Rodrigo Duterte is making headlines again with his iron fist statements and declarations. With increasing vaccine hesitancy on the archipelago,  Duterte outrageously said yesterday, “To protect the people, I have to sequester you in jail. Now choose — get vaccinated, or I’ll lock you up in aContinue Reading

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported today the first case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil, the P.1 variant in the country. Health officials say the individual is a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) from Western Visayas was found positive for the variant after the sequencing ofContinue Reading

Philippines Airlines flight attendant and UP Mindanao graduate, 23-year-old Christine Dacera was found dead in a City Garden Hotel bathtub in Makati on New Year’s Day. Philippines National Police (PNP) said yesterday the case was solved: Three suspects are in police custody for alleged involvement in the rape-slay of Dacera. InContinue Reading

Pangasinan newsman and radio announcer (radio station dwPR in Dagupan), Virgilio S. Maganes, was shot down last week in front of his house in Villasis, Pangasinan, according to police. A police spot report said Virgilio Maganes, who turned 62 on November 7, was about to enter his residential compound inContinue Reading

In Angeles City, Philippines, authorities apprehended 546 people for not wearing face mask in public–which is going against a strict ordinance to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Violation of Ordinance No. 546 comes with a penalty of a PHP 1,000 fine for first time offenders –individuals not wearingContinue Reading

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected business, commerce, investments and tourism in the Philippines? I had the opportunity to discuss this with the Chairman of the Board of Boracay Beach (BBI)  and successful entrepreneur—Grace Tolentino. Robert Herriman: Can you start out by telling the audience a little about yourself? Grace Tolentino:Continue Reading

It is reported scantily in Philippines media of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Fabel Pineda. According to one report (computer translated), the teen from Brgy. Daclapan, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur in the northern Philippines was killed by dual assassins while riding with relatives on a motorcycle. Cabugao Police Station P/CaptainContinue Reading

Philippines health officials are advising the public against the practice of “tuob”, or steam inhalation for the treatment of COVID-19 as it can be harmful. DOH Undersecretary Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is no scientific evidence proving that inhalation of steam with salt, lemon, and other ingredients could preventContinue Reading