DICT eyes combining SIM card registration with national ID biometrics  

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Wednesday said it will study the possibility of simultaneously capturing biometrics for the government’s national ID system while registering subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, especially in remote areas.    “We will be coordinating with the Philippine Statistics Authority on this,” DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Y. Lamentillo said […]

Bill mandates setting up an evacuation center in each town, city

A SENATOR has filed a bill that seeks to establish an evacuation center in every city and municipality in the Philippines.   Senator Rafael “Raffy” T. Tulfo filed Senate Bill 1652 to mandate local governments to set up a facility that is adequately equipped to accommodate displaced residents during disaster and emergency situations.   “When disaster and […]

Pfizer to scale down early-stage rare disease research

US pharma giant Pfizer Inc. said on Thursday it is planning to realign its early-stage research into treatments for rare diseases and oncology, to focus on areas like rare and benign hematology. Pfizer will also move away from having a rare disease research unit to align important rare disease programs to areas across its research units. “We are refocusing our approach to early discovery and development research in rare disease and oncology,” a spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters, adding that the company will explore externalization […]

Several storm-hit areas still without power supply

POWER SUPPLY in several areas affected by Tropical Storm Nalgae, locally named Paeng, have yet to be restored as of Tuesday, according to reports from electricity distributors.    Three electric cooperatives — covering Aurora, Nueva Ecija and Busuanga — were still under total power interruption, based on reports submitted to the National Electrification Administration (NEA).    Twelve […]

PHL senators visit French counterparts to discuss climate change, enhance ties

EIGHT SENATORS are in France this week to meet with their counterparts to enhance bilateral ties, including cooperation in the areas of climate change, economy, and people-to-people relations. “This meeting is an opportune time for us to assess our country’s strong ties with the French Republic and discuss how we can foster our friendship and […]

House panel OK’s bill on construction of schools in remote areas

A BILL that seeks to establish public schools in remote areas has been approved by the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture on Wednesday. The proposed measure, which consolidates House Bills 650 and 1947, aims to make education accessible to all by constructing schools in geographically isolated, disadvantaged and conflict-affected areas, including access roads […]

People in northern Luzon flee from storm; classes suspended

MORE than 500 people in the Philippines were evacuated on Tuesday, according to the state disaster agency, as Tropical Storm Ma-On, locally named Florita, pounded Northern Luzon. President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. suspended government work and classes in public schools in the capital region and nearby provinces on Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday. Ma-On, the Philippines’ […]

Consolacion to spend P1M to hire ‘decloggers’

THE Municipal Government of Consolacion in northern Cebu has allocated P1 million to be used as “cash for work” incentives for those involved in declogging flooded areas in the town.Danilo Capangpangan, Consolacion’s Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) head, told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, that the “cash for work” program […]

‘Slight increase’ in Covid-19 cases felt in Alert Level 1 areas, says Duque

THE Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a slight increase in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in 14 areas that have been placed under Alert Level 1, the lowest quarantine classification in the country.In his report during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People Address Monday, April 18, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III reiterated the government’s […]

Summary of Honda Briefing on Automobile Electrification Business

TOKYO, Apr 12, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today held a press briefing on its initiatives in automobile electrification business that included participation of the following Honda executives: – Toshihiro Mibe, Director, President and Representative Executive Officer– Kohei Takeuchi, Director, Executive Vice President and Representative Executive Officer– Shinji Aoyama, […]

DOH 7’s Loreche: Voters must check candidates’ adherence to health protocols

VOTERS must evaluate if their chosen candidates have religiously followed the minimum public health standards set by the government amid the Covid-19 pandemic.They must ask themselves if their chosen candidates wear face masks during campaign sorties and adhere to rules for physical campaigns set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).This was what Dr. Mary Jean […]

Poll bets warned vs poster, public works ban violations

THE Commission on Election (Comelec) Cebu Provincial Office will ramp up its “Operation Baklas” to remove unlawful election materials as the official campaign period for candidates for local positions kicks off on Friday, March 25, 2022.Comelec Cebu Provincial Elections Supervisor Jerome Brillantes told SunStar Cebu that oversized tarpaulins and those installed in areas not designated […]

Napocor seeks ERC nod to use P335M for watersheds

THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) has sought regulatory approval to avail and use around P335.35 million from a component of the universal charge collected from consumers for its environmental function to rehabilitate watersheds. In its application filed with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the state-led firm said its environmental projects for 2022 require the budget […]