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Japan provides P143-M in scholarships for young Pinoy officials

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– The Japanese government is providing 329 million yen (approximately PHP143 million) in scholarships for young and “highly capable” Filipino government officials who want to pursue a postgraduate degree in Japan. On Tuesday, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. signed and exchanged notes on … Continue reading

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Israeli experts in PH to share Covid-19 best practices

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   EXPERTS. National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (left) welcomes three Israeli medical experts at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Sunday (June 20, 2021). With Galvez is Dr. Avi Ben-Zaken, deputy director of Israel’s Medical Technology and Infrastructure Administration and former … Continue reading

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Retiree’s visa holders allowed to enter sans exemption docs

  (File photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Saturday that aliens holding the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) issued by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) are now allowed to enter the country. In an advisory, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said following the most recent Inter-Agency Task Force for the … Continue reading

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2.3K new Covid-19 survivors bring Philippine recovery count to 1.17M

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz   (Infographic courtesy of DOH) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 2,382 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the country’s total recoveries to 1,173,006 or 93.4 percent of all infections. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH also reported 7,450 new cases of … Continue reading

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7-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals in PH approved

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   A quarantine facility in Manila. (Contributed photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – All individuals who have received two coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine shots in the Philippines can leave and enter the country with shorter quarantine period, Malacañang said on Friday. The new rule was contained in the Inter-Agency Task Force for the … Continue reading

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President Duterte eyes probe into past admin’s withdrawal of PH ships in WPS

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  WHOSE PERMISSION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on Wednesday night (May 5, 2021). Duterte expressed his intent to launch a probe into the Philippines’ … Continue reading

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P1.3-B Aussie aid to provide support in PH vaccine rollout

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– Australia is allocating about 35.9 million Australian dollars (about PHP1.3 billion) to support Manila in its vaccine rollout, mostly through technical support and capacity-building efforts, its embassy in the Philippines said Friday. The support, initially announced last month after a meeting between senior Philippine government officials and Australian … Continue reading

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DOH confirms UK Covid-19 variant now in Philippines

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) on Wednesday confirmed the detection of the B.1.1.7. SARS-CoV-2 variant (UK variant) in the country after samples from a Filipino who arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Jan. 7 yielded positive genome sequencing results. DOH, in a press … Continue reading

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‘Be hopeful of better days ahead,’ Duterte tells Filipinos

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday encouraged his fellow Filipinos to remain optimistic despite the challenges that confronted them this year. “May we all have a meaningful celebration and let us be hopeful of better days ahead. Maligayang Pasko sa ating lahat (Merry Christmas to … Continue reading

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Christmas is ‘assurance’ from God amid trying times

By Ferdinand Patinio   Apostolic Administrator of Manila, Bishop Broderick Pabillo MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Despite the series of challenges this year, a Catholic prelate on Thursday said Christmas is an assurance that God is with the people. Apostolic Administrator of Manila, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, said amid the trying times, the birth of Jesus Christ is … Continue reading