NEA ahead of target electrification pace in first half

THE NATIONAL Electrification Administration (NEA) said Tuesday that it has brought power to a total of 590 rural villages or more than half of its 2021 target during the six months ending June. The majority of this year’s “energized” sitios…

Farm losses due to Fabian, monsoon rains estimated at P285.73M

AGRICULTURAL DAMAGE due to rains brought by the southwest monsoon, enhanced by Typhoon Fabian (international name: In-fa), was estimated at P285.73 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). The DA said in a bulletin posted on its Facebook page…

POGO tax bill skips bicam as House adopts Senate version

PHILSTAR A PROPOSED law seeking to tax Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) will be transmitted directly to the Palace after the House adopted the Senate version of the measure, doing away with the need for a bicameral conference committee to…

June retail price growth of building materials steadies in capital region

PHILIPPINE STAR/ BOY SANTOS By Nadine Mae A. Bo THE OVERALL year-on-year increase in retail prices of construction materials in Metro Manila steadied for a second consecutive month in June, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said. Preliminary PSA data released…

PHL signs agreement for second tranche of Japan subway loan

PHILSTAR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. signed the second-tranche loan agreement with Japan Tuesday for the financing of the Metro Manila Subway’s Phase 1. Mr. Locsin signed the agreement with Japanese Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko for the loan, valued…

Palace still seeking ‘balanced,’ ‘acceptable’ anti-endo measure

PHILIPPINE STAR/ BOY SANTOS By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter THE PRESIDENT’S spokesman said the Executive branch is still working with Congress on a version of the Security of Tenure bill that balances the interests of workers and employers, after…

Petecio faces Colombian for spot in semis; Watanabe falls

FILIPINO boxer Nesthy Petecio — NESTHY PETECIO FB PAGE FILIPINO boxer Nesthy Petecio takes on Colombian Yeni Marcela Arias Castaneda on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals in the women’s featherweight division that would assure themselves of a medal…

Long wait over

WEIGHTLIFTER Hidilyn Diaz made history by becoming the first-ever Filipino athlete to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games. — TOKYO 2020 THE Philippines is no longer gold medal-less in the Olympic Games, thanks to weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz. Four-time…

Tokyo asks for more hospital beds as infections rise

A woman walks past a large-scale reproduction of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games medal at Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo, Japan, July 14. — REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON TOKYO — Olympic host city Tokyo has asked hospitals to prepare more beds for COVID-19…

Study shows antibodies from Sinovac’s COVID-19 shot fade after 6 months, booster helps

BEIJING — Antibodies triggered by Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine decline below a key threshold from around six months after a second dose for most recipients, although a third shot could have a strong boosting effect, according to a lab study.…

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