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Active COVID-19 cases among Pinoys abroad up by 9% DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs recorded 946 new Covid-19 cases among Filipinos abroad, tallying the total case count to 22,713. According to DFA figures, the fresh COVID-19 cases pushed up the active tally by 9%, from 7,832 infections on Aug. 16 to 8,538 on Monday. The death toll among Filipinos overseas rose by 35 cases to 1,367.

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Air purifier requirement in Cebu a 'band-aid solution' to pandemic

Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide-Cebu (Piston-Cebu), a Cebu-based transport group on Sunday hit Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia's memorandum requiring air purifiers for every public utility vehicle driver and conductor, calling it a band-aid solution. Piston-Cebu said that genuine health solutions to the pandemic are needed more than requiring the air purifiers....

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Yellow card applicants showing fake documents will have passport revoked

Applicants of yellow cards or International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis will face harsh penalties if their submitted documents are forged or fake, the Bureau of Quarantine warned on Sunday. BOQ Deputy Director Dr. Roberto Salvador said they placed measures to make sure that applying for the yellow cards will not present fake requirements. #In60words...

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BI to implement extended travel ban amid Delta variant risk

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has issued an advisory informing stakeholders of the extended travel ban imposed on travellers from ten countries amid the risk of the more infectious Delta variant. He said airlines have been told not to board those coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia....

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Over 300 killed in magnitude 7.2 quake in Haiti

After a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Sunday, at least 304 people died and hundreds were injured or missing. Reducing churches, hotels and homes to rubble in the latest tragedy to hit the impoverished Caribbean nation. The quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, struck 8 km (5 miles) from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes....

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Australia clamps down on most concerning day of the pandemic

Australia's biggest city announced tighter COVID restrictions including heavier fines and tighter policing on Saturday as authorities battled to contain a Delta outbreak and said they were seeing the most concerning day of the pandemic so far. Today is the most concerning day of the pandemic that we've seen, state premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney....

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DOTr blames P2.159-B license plate backlog on budget constraints

The Department of Transportation blamed budget constraints of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) on the heels of a Commission on Audit report flagging lapses for around P2.159-billion worth of undelivered plates as of last year. Allow us to further clarify that the reported backlog in the production of plates is due in large part to the lack of budget of the LTO, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said....

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Cebu PUVs, drivers required to use air purifiers

To help protect passengers against COVID-19, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has ordered all drivers and conductors in all public utility vehicles in the province to use wearable air purifiers aside from face masks and face shields starting Monday next week. Garcia also required the installation of air purifiers with high-efficiency particulate air or Hepa filter equipment inside the PUVs, also beginning on Aug. 16....

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LRT-1 Cavite Extension construction has now reached Cavitex

According to the Department of Transportations latest progress update, the project is now at 58.03% completion. YouTuber dmitrivalencia recently shared photos of the ongoing works in Cavite, and it appears that the construction has already reached the Manila-Cavite Expressway. The photos show the installation of girders right above the tollway.

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Incentives await OFWs in Hong Kong for COVID-19 jabs

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong said that aside from the privilege of choosing the brand of anti-COVID vaccine, Filipino workers also have the chance of getting cash and other incentives once they get inoculated. The POLO has validated 1,000 vaccination cards of returning OFWs who have been fully inoculated in Hong Kong since last month....

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DOH sees rise in COVID-19 cases despite lockdowns

COVID-19 cases are seen to rise despite the imposition of lockdowns designed to curb the spread of the disease, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Saturday. Vergeire told state TV that even with a five-week enhanced community quarantine, Metro Manila is projected to have 15,000 active COVID-19 cases by the end of September.

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PNP chief Hatid-sundo of APORs not allowed during ECQ period

If youre an authorized person outside residence (APOR) who needs to be out and about during the upcoming ECQ period, you now cant rely on a driver to fetch you or drop you off somewhere. PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar shared that hatid-sundo of APORs will not be allowed during the enhanced community quarantine from August 6 to 20.

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Police reminded to ensure free movement of essential cargo

The Philippine National Police (PNP) reminds checkpoint officers to ensure the free movement of vans or trucks carrying essential goods. Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, PNP chief, also said only workforce and consumer authorized persons outside residence will be allowed entry into the capital region.

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DILG reminds public NCR Plus travel bubble starts today

DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that Quarantine Control Points manned by combined elements of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection will be placed at the borders of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite with adjoining provinces.

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Creation of virology institute, OFW department among Senate priorities

The Senate will prioritize the passage of bills creating a virology institute and an agency for Overseas Filipino Workers when sessions resume on Monday after President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his last State of the Nation Address. The Bayanihan to Arise as One Act or Bayanihan 3 may be also tackled by senators.

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