Poultry imports from Netherlands, S. Korea, France banned on avian flu

THE PHILIPPINES has temporarily banned poultry imports from several countries after reported outbreaks of the H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu). In three separate memorandum orders, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar suspended imports of domestic and wild birds and…

DBM summons agencies to pre-budget virtual consultations

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will stage budget consultation sessions with various agencies and state-owned firms for 2022, the last spending plan of the administration’s term. Budget Secretary Wendel E. Avisado issued Circular Letter No. 2021-1 dated Jan.…

Finance dep’t flags inflation risk from calamities, wants other provinces to also cultivate vegetables

THE Department of Finance (DoF) said the December uptick in inflation highlighted the vulnerability of the food supply to calamities, and called for the development of other vegetable-growing regions to guard against any disruptions to the transport links or storm…

National ID system biometrics collection kicks off in Laguna

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said it began collecting biometric information for the national ID system on a small scale last week in Laguna, and will expand registration soon for the program, which is deemed a critical component of effective…

Sotto: No need for 3rd stimulus after extension of Bayanihan II

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto said he does not see the “necessity” for another stimulus package with the extension of the validity of the second package, known as Bayanihan II, to the end of June. Mr. Sotto said a sequel…

Regional Updates (01/13/21)

Bays in 2 Samar provinces, Leyte added to list of red tide positive areas THE BUREAU of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has warned consumers against eating shellfish harvested from Daram Island and Cambatutay Bay in Western Samar, Matarinao Bay…

Nationwide round-up (01/13/21)

OFWs withdraw from repatriation program as host countries roll out vaccines A NUMBER of Filipino migrant workers have withdrawn from the government’s repatriation program as their host countries have started vaccinations against the coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)…

One-line ‘Cha-cha’ easier to pass, top Senate leader says

THE SENATE might push for a one-line amendment of the 1987 Constitution that will relax foreign ownership limits to increase its chances of being passed, its top leader said on Wednesday. “If you’re talking about Charter amendments, it might take…

Vaccination fears may ease with Duterte’s own shot

GIVING President Rodrigo R. Duterte a coronavirus vaccine shot would probably persuade hesitant Filipinos to get vaccinated, according to the country’s vaccine czar. Vaccinating the President, who enjoys a 70% approval rating, would boost the confidence of Filipinos in the…

Gov’t to sign contracts for 30M vaccine doses

By Vann Marlo M. Villegas and Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporters THE PHILIPPINE government is expected to sign separate deals for 30 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from two drug makers. It will sign an agreement with UK-based company AstraZeneca Plc…

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