PH Red Cross distributes hygiene kits to quake-hit coastal area in Ilocos Sur – Manila Bulletin

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, delivered 200 hygiene kits and 400 jerry cans to Barangay Puro, Caoayan in Ilocos Sur on Aug. 2. (PHILIPPINE RED CROSS) Located in a coastal area, PRC said that volunteers needed to cross the Abra river to be able to reach the said barangay. Ilocos Sur was one of the provinces affected by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck its nearby province, Abra, on July 27. The PRC volunteers also conducted hygiene promotion…

Omicron BA.5 subvariant ‘most predominant’ in PH, PGC says – Manila Bulletin

In the past month alone, Omicron subvariant BA.5 has been the “most predominant” sample sequenced by the Philippine Genome Center (PGC), it said on Monday, Aug. 8. Omicron variant of COVID-19 (MB FILE PHOTO) During the Laging Handa public briefing, PGC Executive Director Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma stated that it was “anywhere above 85 percent” of the sequenced samples. According to Saloma, there are only a few cases of BA.2.3 which was the dominant one back in January this year. As of August 5, DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said…

Alden Richards banners Start-Up PH Kapuso Mall Show in Cebu this Saturday – Manila Bulletin

All roads lead to Cebu City this Saturday (August 6) as GMA Regional TV brings the stars of the upcoming TV series Start-Up PH to a fun-filled Kapuso Mall Show led by no less than Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards. Joining Alden at Ayala Center Cebu for Start-Up PH’s first-ever mall show are his co-stars Jeric Gonzales, Boy2 Quizon, Royce Cabrera. The fun begins at 5 P.M. “This is my first K-drama adaptation project. Parang ang sarap lang sa pakiramdam na mabigyan ng opportunity to be able to do something na hinahanap ng audience,” Alden previously…

GoTyme Bank Receives BSP Approval to Bring High-Quality Digital Banking Services to PH

GoTyme Bank was awarded its Certificate of Authority to operate as a digital bank by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) last July 29, 2022. This signifies that the BSP has already reviewed GoTyme Bank’s processes and infrastructure and deemed them compliant with all of BSP’s regulations including the Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering Act, Customers Protection Act, Data Protection Act and a robust IT Risk Management Framework.   The issuance of a COA is the third and final stage involved in establishing a digital bank in the country. The other two stages are…

Roberto Ancan named Senate sgt-at-arms, protector of ’24 most important people’ in PH – Manila Bulletin

Senator Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa has nominated a fellow former uniformed personnel as sergeant-at-arms of the Senate, who will protect the 24 “most important people” in the Philippines–the senators. Dela Rosa picked retired Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan on Monday, Aug. 1 for the position due to his achievements that the lawmaker “admires”. The senator also recalled the time when Ancan, being the former commander of the 1001 brigade, took a bullet for him when he overtook the convoy initially led by Dela Rosa, who was then a police provincial director.…

PH Red Cross provides psychological first aid to earthquake victims in Abra – Manila Bulletin

To alleviate the stress brought by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Abra on July 27, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided psychological first aid (PFA) to over 700 individuals in Abra and Ilocos Sur, 216 of them are children. (PHILIPPINE RED CROSS) According to PRC, PFA is being given by trained individuals to people who have just experienced a serious crisis event. The PRC’s Welfare Services Team set up Child-Friendly Spaces and hosted entertaining games for the distressed children. “Tinutugunan ng Red Cross hindi lang ang pisikal na pangangailangan ng…

DOH honors ex-president Ramos’ service to PH

DOH The Department of Health (DOH) expressed its gratitude to late former president Fidel V. Ramos for his service to the country, particularly for his “dedication” to improve Filipinos’ health. “The Department of Health honors the late former President Fidel Valdez Ramos for all his service to our country and for uplifting the state of health of Filipinos,” the DOH said in a statement on Sunday night, July 31. “President Ramos had a broad vision and dedication towards the health of all Filipinos,” it added. DOH noted that it was…

PH cagers bag silver in men’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball tilt    – Manila Bulletin

SURAKARTA, Indonesia – The Philippines reeled early from Thailand’s deadly outside shooting and never recovered to drop a 12-22 decision in the men’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball finals in the 11th ASEAN Para Games at the GOR Sritex Arena here Sunday. Alfie Cabanog (center) shoots over two Thai defenders near the basket in the men’s wheelchair basketball 3×3 finals of the 11th ASEAN Para Games. Deadshot Aekkasit Jumjarean opened with back-to-back shots outside the arc while Kwanchai Pimkorn added a third as the Thais had an early 6-0 salvo that set…

Habagat, LPA to bring cloudy skies, rain showers over most of PH – Manila Bulletin

Several weather systems may bring cloudy skies and scattered rain showers over most of the Philippines in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday evening, July 28. (Screengrab / PAGASA YouTube page) PAGASA is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) located 1,080 kilometers (km) east of extreme northern Luzon. Although it remained less likely to develop into a tropical cyclone, the state weather bureau warned that the effects of this weather disturbance along with the southwest monsoon, locally known as habagat,…

Upper middle-income status for PH by 2024; single-digit poverty rate by 2028 – Manila Bulletin

ENDEAVOR Sonny Coloma One of the highlights of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s first State of the Nation Address was the presentation on the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy’s “headline goals” as follows: Real GDP growth of 6.5 to 7.5 percent in 2022 and 6.5 to 8 percent from 2023 to 2028; nine percent or single-digit poverty rate by 2028; three percent national government deficit to GDP ratio by 2028; less than 60 percent government debt to GDP ratio by 2025; and income per capita of at least $4,256 by 2024, thereby raising…