Manila population – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:50:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://apasl2019manila.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Manila population – APASL 2019 Manila http://apasl2019manila.org/ 32 32 The New Administration – Manila Standard https://apasl2019manila.org/the-new-administration-manila-standard/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:15:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/the-new-administration-manila-standard/ “Winning the hearts and minds of the rest of the population behind a viable economic recovery program in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which still remains a distinct threat may prove more difficult” After an unsuccessful bid for vice president in 2016, Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. made a dramatic political comeback this year, winning […]]]>

“Winning the hearts and minds of the rest of the population behind a viable economic recovery program in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which still remains a distinct threat may prove more difficult”

After an unsuccessful bid for vice president in 2016, Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. made a dramatic political comeback this year, winning a landslide victory in the presidential race with his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, garnering only 15 million votes. against his 31 million votes.

There is no doubt that the new CEO’s dominance in this year’s race was the inevitable result of support from the so-called “Strong North” nurtured by his family since the 1960s as well as the mass base of Mindanao from his teammate, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte. , which also beat its closest rival with plenty to spare.

Opinion polls since last October, when those wishing to run for president, vice president, senators and party-list reps filed their nomination certificates, had already put Marcos Jr. in the lead. for the highest elective position.

The May 9 political exercise only confirmed that his pre-election advantage was no fluke.

Marcos Jr. assumes the presidency with no less than 31 million Filipinos behind him.

We can safely assume that the rest of the electorate who voted for the other candidates have now reluctantly accepted the reality of a Marcos Jr. presidency, with the opposition already racking their brains for the winning strategy in the coming elections.

Winning the election may be the easiest part.

Winning the hearts and minds of the rest of the population behind a viable economic recovery program in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which still remains a distinct threat may prove more difficult.

There is no doubt that the country faces a multiplicity of challenges on the economic, political, social and foreign policy fronts that will test the courage of the new administration.

Marcos Jr. has shown he has his priorities in place by assembling a powerful economics team of leading economists from the University of the Philippines.

The new finance secretary, Benjamin Diokno, had been torn from his former position as the big boss of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

The Secretary for Economic Planning and Director General of the National Authority for Economy and Development, Arsenio Balisacan, held the same position in the Duterte cabinet.

Felipe Medalla, the head of NEDA under the Ramos administration, now takes the helm of the BSP, while ex-UP president Alfredo Pascual assumes the top job in the trade and industry ministry.

The combined expertise of the four economists will accelerate the implementation of a broad post-pandemic economic program for the next six years, which will likely focus on job creation, resource generation and infrastructure development.

According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Marcos administration may be able to tap into around 500 billion pesos of investment leads at various stages of readiness to be handed over by the agency.

Among those investment avenues is tech billionaire Elon Musk’s satellite internet service project called Starlink.

Another positive development for the new administration is the recent passage of the amended Civil Service Act which will allow more foreign companies to retain full ownership of their local operations.

We are well aware of the growing public demand, particularly in the public transport sector, that the new administration suspend the excise tax on petroleum products. But experts say that while this would somehow alleviate the heavy burden of higher transport costs and the resulting increase in prices of other consumer goods, it would be counterproductive in the long run. as it would deprive the government of much-needed revenue that can be used for infrastructure and vital social services such as education and health.

Reports indicate that the transport sector is now in the grip of a serious crisis, as many jeepney drivers have stopped practicing as they can no longer earn enough to feed their families.

Motorcyclists who perform delivery services to large online sellers on a daily basis face the same dire situation.

It seems that the Marcos administration would rather give cash assistance or “ayuda” to those affected by the price hike than suspend excise duties on fuel.

This might be the most pragmatic solution that will benefit those who need help the most.

In any case, we hope that the new administration will prioritize aid to sectors affected by high prices.

Likewise, we expect the new set of leaders to intensify their efforts to further facilitate the ease of doing business in order to attract more local and foreign investment which would create more job opportunities for the workforce amid massive job losses at the height of COVID. -19.

Is Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” working?

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to mainland China and the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

To commemorate the event, the Hong Kong SAR released a book on “A New Era – Stability, Prosperity, Opportunity” which discussed the experiences and successes of people in the former British colony.

In the foreword to the book, Hong Kong SAR Director General Carrie Lam said that it “not only reflects Hong Kong’s impressive achievements over the past two and a half decades, it also highlights everyone’s eager expectation for a better future”.

The book pointed out that Hong Kong will capitalize on the opportunities presented by the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for the national economic and social development and growth of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area for better integration into China. -any development.

One of the book’s contributors, Laura Cha Shih May-lung, chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) and a veteran of Hong Kong’s financial industry for more than three decades, believes Hong Kong can withstand any challenge. and maintain its status as an international financial centre.

“As a relatively small economy with a population of just over 7 million, Hong Kong would not have become the international financial center it is today without the strong support of the mainland’s continued development,” he said. she declared.

“We will continue to deepen our mutual market access with the mainland and expand the scope of investment products on both sides. In doing so, we can meet the needs of our country and benefit from our integration into national development,” he said. she added.

Sabrina Chao, President of the Baltic and International Maritime Council, said that under the principle of “one country, two systems”, Hong Kong retains the common law system and the legal community is one of the advantages that allows the Hong Kong’s shipping industry to flourish.

She called for “combining the mainland’s labor resources with the experience of Hong Kong shipowners for further measures related to the development of the GBA and also for the benefit of the long-term development of the industry.”

Victor Fung, Chairman of Fung Group, and his family have been trading in Hong Kong for over a century.

With in-depth knowledge of Hong Kong’s business development, Mr. Fung believes that closer collaboration with other GBA cities will enable Hong Kong to play a vital role as an orchestrator of the global supply chain. .

Mr. Fung believes that Hong Kong, as a member of the GBA, should take advantage of its global networks, experience in international trade and well-developed service industry, and collaborate with other GBA cities to promote the development of China’s digital economy.

From another perspective, Hong Kong is also seen as finding its own model of democracy, a democracy with Hong Kong characteristics and a “one country, two systems” model.

According to Hong Kong-based Swiss financial and political analyst Angelo Giuliano, “Democracy is a flexible system based on key performance indicators and deliverables.

People need to understand that democracy in the SAR is a work in progress.

Maturity will come with time… In the 25th year of returning to the motherland, Hong Kong is entering a new era of opportunity where it can position itself as a key bridge between the West and the Chinese mainland, enjoying and personifying the best of both worlds. (Email: ernhil@yahoo.com)

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Shell, PAL welcomes you to Travel and Vacation – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/shell-pal-welcomes-you-to-travel-and-vacation-manila-bulletin/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:30:43 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/shell-pal-welcomes-you-to-travel-and-vacation-manila-bulletin/ Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) and Philippine Airlines – Mabuhay Miles (PAL) recently launched a partnership that allows you to convert your points on the go with Shell Go+ into PAL Mabuhay Miles to get you closer to your next dream destination. The Shell Go+ and Mabuhay Miles partnership was signed at Shell C5 Southlink […]]]>

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) and Philippine Airlines – Mabuhay Miles (PAL) recently launched a partnership that allows you to convert your points on the go with Shell Go+ into PAL Mabuhay Miles to get you closer to your next dream destination.

The Shell Go+ and Mabuhay Miles partnership was signed at Shell C5 Southlink which overlooks Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“This is just the start of a lot of things. I know people are really starting to move,” said Randy Del Valle, PSPC vice president and general manager for mobility. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to bringing greater mobility and accessibility by allowing Filipinos to travel beyond the roads and even into the skies.”

Pilipinas Shell continues its partnership with Philippine Airlines to provide more travel opportunities. Left to right: Kristine Cerezo, Head of Payments and Loyalty at Pilipinas Shell; Arvin Obmerga, Head of Mobility Marketing at Pilipinas Shell; Randy Del Valle, Vice President and General Manager of Pilipinas Shell for Mobility; Lorelie Quiambao-Osial, President and CEO of Pilipinas Shell; Captain Stanley Ng, President and COO of Philippine Airlines; Ria Domingo, Vice President Marketing of Philippine Airlines; and Jonathan Chua, Philippine Airlines Assistant Vice President for Loyalty.

Thanks to this partnership, Shell Go+ members can now refuel for their next flight. They can start redeeming their points to get 1 Mabuhay Mile for 3 Shell Go+ points, with a minimum redemption of 30 points.

Reflecting a growing global trend, Philippine Airlines believes that partnerships like this will boost the economy, especially towards the tourism industry, and at the same time provide Filipinos with more opportunities to travel.

“With the Philippines and the rest of the world opening its doors to travel, the opportunity to help people reach their desired destinations also opens up.” said Stanley Ng, president and chief operating officer of Philippine Airlines. “We are optimistic that the resurgence of air travel will continue and with the support of partners such as Pilipinas Shell, we can help bring more Filipinos to the destinations of their choice,” he added.

As Lorelie Quiambao-Osial, President and CEO of Pilipinas Shell, said, “We are at the dawn of a new era and moving into the next normal. I am delighted with this partnership. We evolve customer experiences and needs. We continue to empower Filipinos to live their lives. In this sense, we look at innovations in everything we do. Thanks to technology, we offer more and more to meet differentiated customer expectations and to delight our customers in every way. »

You can now start collecting Shell Go+ points and converting them into Mabuhay Miles via the Shell Go+ app. To learn more about the program, visit: www.shell.com.ph/GoPlusMabuhayMiles

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RNC Cops Ordered to Strictly Enforce Metro Manila Gun Ban – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/rnc-cops-ordered-to-strictly-enforce-metro-manila-gun-ban-manila-bulletin/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 08:01:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/rnc-cops-ordered-to-strictly-enforce-metro-manila-gun-ban-manila-bulletin/ Police forces have been ordered to strictly enforce the ban on firearms in the National Capital Region (NCR) beginning Monday, June 27. Police General Valeriano De Leon, director of operations for the Philippine National Police (PNP), also reminded the public, especially gun owners, to strictly follow the firearm license suspension. fire outside residence (PTCFOR), which […]]]>

Police forces have been ordered to strictly enforce the ban on firearms in the National Capital Region (NCR) beginning Monday, June 27.

Police General Valeriano De Leon, director of operations for the Philippine National Police (PNP), also reminded the public, especially gun owners, to strictly follow the firearm license suspension. fire outside residence (PTCFOR), which is in effect until July 2 in Metro Manila, to avoid being arrested and charged.

Implementing the gun ban is part of security measures for the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on June 30 at the National Museum.

De Leon said part of the implementation of the gun ban is the directive to all PNP units in Metro Manila to step up their intelligence surveillance to chase down criminal elements and threatening groups.

“Our goal is to ensure that these individuals and groups will be denied any opportunity to strike,” De Leon said.

De Leon also warned that he would personally monitor the implementation of the gun ban to ensure that all offenders are punished accordingly.

Although the PNP did not monitor any serious threats at Marcos’ June 30 inauguration at the National Museum, De Leon said he was not letting his guard down and would continuously validate any reports.

De Leon said he has already mapped out security measures, including road closures and rerouting of traffic, which began on Sunday, June 26, and is also constantly updating measures to ensure a peaceful and orderly swearing-in.

On Tuesday, the PNP will activate Task Force Manila Shield. Additional checkpoints will be set up at all entry points into the city of Manila.

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12 dead as police clash with gang suspects in western Mexico https://apasl2019manila.org/12-dead-as-police-clash-with-gang-suspects-in-western-mexico/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:04:03 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/12-dead-as-police-clash-with-gang-suspects-in-western-mexico/ Agents of the Jalisco prosecutor’s office stand guard at the site where four police officers and eight organized crime members were killed and six others injured, during a clash in El Salto, Jalisco state, Mexico, on 23 June 2022. PHOTO AFP Guadalajara, Mexico: A shooting has left four police officers and eight suspected gang members […]]]>

Agents of the Jalisco prosecutor’s office stand guard at the site where four police officers and eight organized crime members were killed and six others injured, during a clash in El Salto, Jalisco state, Mexico, on 23 June 2022. PHOTO AFP

Guadalajara, Mexico: A shooting has left four police officers and eight suspected gang members dead in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, authorities said on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

The clash happened Wednesday night at a house in El Salto on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara and, according to witnesses, lasted more than an hour.

Eight suspects were killed and three others seriously injured, Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro said.

Two people held captive inside the building were rescued following a tip that gunmen were seen leading gagged people into the house, prosecutor Luis Mendez Ruiz told reporters.

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Several people were arrested and weapons and ammunition were seized.

Ten police officers have been murdered this year in Jalisco, one of Mexico’s most violent states due to the presence of criminal gangs, according to official figures.

The western region, one of the most prosperous in the country, is the cradle of the powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel, which the authorities accuse of numerous deaths and disappearances.

Its leader, Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, is one of the world’s most wanted drug lords, with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration offering $10 million for his arrest.

More than 340,000 people have been killed in spiraling bloodshed in Mexico since the government deployed the military to fight drug cartels in 2006.


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Gratitude – the theme for Jonn Walter’s new single https://apasl2019manila.org/gratitude-the-theme-for-jonn-walters-new-single/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 16:15:39 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/gratitude-the-theme-for-jonn-walters-new-single/ Former Down by 18 frontman Jonn Walter releases his new single “Ikaw” – one of his dream songs. After having been the leader of the group Down by 18, Jonn Walter is now embarking on a solo musical career. In a statement to Music Geek, the singer/songwriter revealed that the song is a dedication to […]]]>

Former Down by 18 frontman Jonn Walter releases his new single “Ikaw” – one of his dream songs.

After having been the leader of the group Down by 18, Jonn Walter is now embarking on a solo musical career.

In a statement to Music Geek, the singer/songwriter revealed that the song is a dedication to his fans and friends who always support him.

“‘Ikaw’ is a very special song for me. It’s a song I wrote for my fans and friends who have been there for me from the beginning. Thank you for being part of my journey so far” , Walter said.

Released by Ant Savvy Music, “Ikaw” follows his warm-up single “Ulan”, released a week prior.

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“Ulan” has an important story behind it. It’s a song he wrote for his grandparents. The track is about heartbreak and how it changes and shapes our lives. Walter was 21 last year when his grandparents died, and the experience changed him forever. He had to deal with feelings of grief, anger, and confusion at such a young age, which led him to write the song.

“I knew I had to write this song for them because I could never say goodbye to them,” Walter said.

Walter is looking forward to writing more songs in the three languages ​​he speaks – Waray, Filipino and English.

“I love to speak Tagalog, mas ramdam, mas malungkot, mas expressive ako, mas madali its like to create pop songs using Tagalog. Hope we can do it like K-pop did, popularize bilingual songs.”

As an artist, he exudes a quiet maturity, but he admits that he really is a goofy guy. He finds himself in his element when he plays and when he is in the studio creating, surrounded by good people and, whenever possible, good food.

“The best environment for me would be one with good music, good food and good people. No negative vibes, food for everyone, and then I also take music seriously. So I would say – you would need to experience being with me in the studio because that’s where I’m the best,” Walter said.

From leader of the band Down by 18, Walter is now embarking on a solo musical career in 2022. With these two tracks, he proves that he is more than a leader of the band as he embraces different sounds, emotions, and genres to put highlighting its musical versatility.

“The solo path means you have to learn new things from new people every day, because it’s a daily learning process. I work with a team that wants the best for me. It’s a big responsibility and a even bigger challenge. and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world,” Walter said.

At the age of 18, Walter signed with Viva Records and performed with his band Down by 18 on various TV shows and live shows. Their hit song “Piring” topped the charts on one of the city’s most popular radio stations, and the group was nominated for an award at the 2019 PMPC Music Awards.

Several of the songs from Down By 18 have also been featured on Spotify playlists. In 2020, Jonn also wrote and performed a song called “Kulay Bahaghari” which was featured in a movie called “Hindi Tayo Pwede”.

This year 2022 promises to be a very promising year musically for Walter. He not only dreams of making hit songs but also performing in shows like Dubai Expo and other local and international music events.

He also makes sure to connect more deeply with his fans through digital content and more so he can take them with him on this journey to turn his dreams into reality, one step at a time.

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For K-pop supergroup BTS, questions remain about its future https://apasl2019manila.org/for-k-pop-supergroup-bts-questions-remain-about-its-future/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 04:39:09 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/for-k-pop-supergroup-bts-questions-remain-about-its-future/ SEOUL, South Korea: BTS’ surprise announcement last week that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fan base, rocking their label’s share price and leaving many questions about the future of the K-pop supergroup. HYBE, the company behind the band, denied the band was taking a break – […]]]>

SEOUL, South Korea: BTS’ surprise announcement last week that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fan base, rocking their label’s share price and leaving many questions about the future of the K-pop supergroup.

HYBE, the company behind the band, denied the band was taking a break – a word used in a translation of the band’s emotional dinnertime video announcement. In the days that followed, the band members remained active on social media, continuing the stream of messages, photos and assurances that the band was not breaking up.

Despite the immediate impacts – HYBE’s stock initially fell more than 25% and has yet to fully recover – several factors may still affect BTS’s future. One is the impending military enlistment for older members of BTS, as well as how the group and its devoted fans, known as ARMY, will continue to be engaged in social issues.

In 2020, at the height of BTS’s success, the South Korean government revised the country’s military law that requires able-bodied South Korean men to perform approximately two years of military service. Revised law allows top K-pop stars — including BTS’s oldest member Jin — to defer military service until they turn 30 if they’ve received government medals for boosting reputation culture of the country and request the postponement. All seven members of BTS meet the criteria as recipients of government medals in 2018.

“Obviously there’s a military draft imminent so they might have thought it would be good to do something individually before it’s too late and that’s why I think the military draft was the most important factor,” said Lee Dong Yeun, a professor at Korea National University. Arts.

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There have been calls – including from South Korea’s former culture minister – for an exemption for BTS due to their contribution to improving South Korea’s international reputation. But critics say such an exemption would circumvent conscription rules to favor the privileged.

Jin, 29, is expected to enlist this year unless he receives an exemption.

The military enlistment of members has always been a headache for HYBE; BTS once accounted for 90% of the label’s profits. Currently, the group accounts for 50-60% of the label’s profits according to a report by eBest Investment & Securities.

The eBest report noted that the rapid drop in stocks may have resulted from an “anticipation that the business of the entire group might be uncertain after being discharged from the military”.

HYBE has attempted to diversify its portfolio by launching new K-pop groups, creating online games, and rolling out Korean-language tutorials.

As the most successful K-pop group to date with hits like “Dynamite” and “Butter,” BTS has for years garnered massive attention on social media and with every new music release. They recently performed several sold-out shows in the United States, became the first K-pop group to earn a Grammy nomination, released an anthology album, “Proof”, and channeled their global influence with a speech at the United Nations and a trip to the White House to campaign against hate crimes directed at Asians.

“Once you’ve succeeded like BTS has, it means there’s a constant expectation to keep doing something that ties into what you’ve already done, where you’ve already been. recent news that BTS has released, we can also see how they continuously reflect on where they have been,” said CedarBough Saeji, professor of Korean and East Asian studies at Pusan ​​National University.

She said Tuesday’s announcement signaled the band’s intention to figure out “where they’re going on their own without interference from other people” and “to be able to choose their own path as artists.”

Last week’s announcement also cast doubt on the group’s social justice efforts, which have included vocal support for the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-violence campaigns. Legions of BTS fans have embraced the causes, matching a $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd.

But the band have faced growing questions about why they don’t talk so much about discrimination in their own country.

A major South Korean newspaper recently published a column in which the author questions why South Korea, despite BTS – “the ambassador of anti-discrimination and human rights – struggled to enact anti-discrimination law for 15 years.

Despite this, Lee said the group’s silence was understandable, stating that BTS would be met with “indifference at best and hostility at worst” from politicians if they spoke.

Some South Korean celebrities like singers Harisu and Ha:tfelt have spoken out on sensitive topics such as anti-discrimination law and feminism, despite the backlash.

After speaking out about the sinking of the Sewol ferry in 2014, which killed 304 people in one of the country’s worst disasters, Cannes actor Song Kang-ho and director Park Chan-wook were blasted. index by the administration of deposed President Park Geun-hye, noted Areum Jeong, an expert on Korean pop culture.

“So while many idols might be politically conscious, they might choose not to discuss social issues,” Jeong said.

Several BTS members said during last week’s announcement that they were struggling with the group’s successes and struggling to write new songs.

“For me, it was like the BTS group was within my reach until ‘On’ and ‘Dynamite’, but after ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance’, I didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore, member says RM. “Anytime I write lyrics and songs, it’s really important what kind of story and message I want to convey, but it felt like it’s gone now.”

While that obscures BTS’s next steps, Saeji said their continued candour was necessary due to the group’s impact on their fan base.

“They meet the fans with the same honesty and say, ‘You had my help when I needed it. And now I need my help,'” she said. “‘I need to be alone. Think for myself, know what I want to write a lyric about, understand my own mind, be inspired by myself.'”

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African swine fever hits 203 villages in the Cordillera https://apasl2019manila.org/african-swine-fever-hits-203-villages-in-the-cordillera/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:41:21 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/african-swine-fever-hits-203-villages-in-the-cordillera/ TWO HUNDRED AND THREE barangay (villages) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have been affected by the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF) in the past two years. Dr Cameron Odsey, Regional Director of the Cordillera Office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR), said over the weekend that the number of villages infected with African Swine […]]]>

TWO HUNDRED AND THREE barangay (villages) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have been affected by the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF) in the past two years.

Dr Cameron Odsey, Regional Director of the Cordillera Office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR), said over the weekend that the number of villages infected with African Swine Fever is 16% of the 1,178 barangay in the administrative region.

He added that for this year alone, some 247.5 million pesos have been earmarked by the agency for the ongoing pig production food aid program to carry out the government’s pig restocking programme.

The restocking program aims to restore stability in the supply and price of pork in local markets.

The DA-CAR official said that of the barangay infected with ASF, 46 are infected areas, 12 protected areas and 19 buffer zones.

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Odsey said proper depopulation had been carried out in the African swine fever infected barangay identified in the area, while disinfection had been completed at the pig farms where the African swine fever infected pigs were discovered.

Odsey said that the various provincial veterinary offices, in close coordination with their counterparts in the Ministry of Agriculture, are closely monitoring the presence of African swine fever in their respective areas of competence.

The collaboration aims to prevent outbreaks that could derail the government’s ongoing efforts to recover from the effects of the animal infestation on the region’s pig population and the stability of pork supply and prices in local markets. .

DA-CAR has provided financial and technical assistance to farmers heavily affected by the dreaded animal virus, including restocking their pig farms, to help them recover and bring back the vibrancy of the local pig industry to their localities. respective.

African swine fever is a deadly and contagious disease that has reduced pig production, devastated people’s incomes and caused malnutrition. It has spread across continents, from Africa to Europe, and now Southeast Asia.

This disease affects all wild and domestic pigs. Although African swine fever does not spread to humans, it has killed pigs raised in backyards and commercial farms around the world.

African swine fever in the Philippines has become a threat to more and more regions. By July 2019, it had spread to Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Luzon and Mindanao.

As the disease spread in the Philippines from 2019 to 2021, the country lost nearly $20 million per month. Locally, pork and chicken are the main meats, but pork is the most consumed meat in the country. In 2020, the average Filipino ate 14.9 kg of pork compared to 13.74 kg of chicken. Many Filipino dishes use pork.

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MRP Foundation donates 3 million pesos to Operation Smile Philippines https://apasl2019manila.org/mrp-foundation-donates-3-million-pesos-to-operation-smile-philippines/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/mrp-foundation-donates-3-million-pesos-to-operation-smile-philippines/ MANILA, Philippines – The charitable arm of City of Dreams Manila, Melco Resorts (Philippines) Foundation Corp. (MRP Foundation), signed a memorandum of understanding with Operation Smile Philippines (OSP), an international medical charity, on a donation of 3 million pesos to the OSP. Community Health Assistance Program (CHAP). The donation is undertaken with the support of […]]]>

MANILA, Philippines – The charitable arm of City of Dreams Manila, Melco Resorts (Philippines) Foundation Corp. (MRP Foundation), signed a memorandum of understanding with Operation Smile Philippines (OSP), an international medical charity, on a donation of 3 million pesos to the OSP. Community Health Assistance Program (CHAP). The donation is undertaken with the support of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), the gaming regulator of City of Dreams Manila, a casino licensee operated by Melco Resort Leisure (PHP) Corp.

CHAP, which will be implemented in the country’s largest government maternity hospital, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital (DJFMH), aims to address public health issues affecting Filipino mothers and children, including cleft mouth deformity, infant mortality and maternal mortality.

“In line with the MRP Foundation’s commitment to implementing and funding health programs, we are pleased to continue supporting Operation Smile Philippines projects to help improve the health of Filipino mothers and children while contributing to the advancement of government efforts to ensure more resilient healthcare,” said Clarence Chung, Chairman and President of MRP Foundation and Melco Leisure.

In previous years, the Hyatt Regency Manila has served as a venue for fundraising dinners to sponsor surgery for children with cleft lip or palate, raising P609,894 and P628,989 respectively in 2018 and 2019.

“We thank the MRP Foundation and DJFMH for recognizing the importance of CHAP and for continuing their support in its implementation. We are optimistic that our partnership will prosper and expand further to benefit not only children and mothers in the National Capital Region (NCR), but also those across the country,” said Emiliano Romano, Executive Director of the OSP.

Manila is the CHAP pilot site. The capital is home to a tenth of the country’s slum dwellers and has one of the highest live birth rates among the 16 cities that make up the NCR.

CHAP aims to set up the first-ever cleft birth registry at the DJFMH and train 150 nurses and midwives from the hospital and nearby birthing centers on life-saving skills in emergencies. It also aims to educate at least 6,000 pregnant women confined to the facility about cleft care and reducing the risk of cleft at birth.

The program aims to provide early treatment for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate and to improve the skills of health workers to help reduce maternal and child mortality.

CHAP’s ultimate goals are to link Manila’s 269 childbirth clinics and barangay’s 895 health centers to DJFMH, adapting Operation Smile Inc.’s hub-and-spoke approach to strengthen health systems in poor countries. in resources, and to replicate the program in other parts of the Philippines.

The Manila-based DJFMH is the largest public maternity and newborn hospital in the Philippines – delivering an average of 18,000 babies each year. It is the hospital of choice for maternity care of low-income families in the city and outlying municipalities.

In the 2019 population survey by the government statistics agency, Manila reported a total of 61,700 live births. The whole of the NCR recorded 242,500 live births, or 14% of the national total of 1.6 million for the year.

The launch of CHAP, a flagship program of OSP, coincides with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization. The international medical charity has a global network of thousands of medical volunteers with the appropriate credentials from over 80 countries, helping to improve the health and lives of children in over 60 countries. Since 1982, OSP has worked with local healthcare professionals, governments and hospitals, and has established care centers where possible. OSP continues to provide training and education to local healthcare professionals, enabling them to extend care within their own communities and beyond. To date, OSP has been able to provide over 240,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

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Metro Manila remains at low risk of Covid-19 – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/metro-manila-remains-at-low-risk-of-covid-19-manila-bulletin/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 04:33:00 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/metro-manila-remains-at-low-risk-of-covid-19-manila-bulletin/ DOH The Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Thursday, June 16 that Metro Manila remains under the low risk classification for Covid-19 despite a slight increase in new infections. In a statement, the state health agency “reiterates that NCR [National Capital Region] is still classified as low risk as of today, June 16, 2022” based […]]]>
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The Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Thursday, June 16 that Metro Manila remains under the low risk classification for Covid-19 despite a slight increase in new infections.

In a statement, the state health agency “reiterates that NCR [National Capital Region] is still classified as low risk as of today, June 16, 2022” based on surveillance by its Office of Epidemiology.

The DOH said while Metro Manila is showing a positive two-week growth rate (TWGR), its average daily attack rate (ADAR) is still below six, or less than one case per 100,000 people. to June 15.

“NCR would require at least 818 cases per day for two weeks to reach an ADAR of six cases per 100,000 population,” the DOH said.

Additionally, Metro Manila’s health care utilization rate (HCUR) remains in the low-risk category, the DOH said.

“At this stage of the pandemic, infections are expected. Most of them will be asymptomatic, mild or moderate – thanks to vaccinations, boosters and health protocols,” he said.

“What is important is the number of serious and critical hospitalizations. As long as these numbers remain low, we will remain at the current alert level while carefully monitoring the situation,” he added.

The DOH also reiterated the measures that must be followed before an area can be raised to Alert Level 2 or if an area is already rated as moderate risk.

“For an area to be classified as moderate risk, it must have a positive growth rate over two weeks and an average daily attack rate of at least six average cases per day per 100,000 population. From a healthcare utilization rate perspective, there would also need to be a moderate risk HCUR for escalation to Alert Level 2 to occur,” he said.

The DOH has clarified following the OCTA research group report that the Capital Region has now moved to a Moderate Covid-19 risk classification.

He reminded everyone to “obtain information only from official sources”.

“All concerned are also advised to consult with the DOH before making predictions and issuing statements that may cause unnecessary panic and harm among the public,” the DOH said.

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Small Laude celebrates one million subscribers on YouTube – Manila Bulletin https://apasl2019manila.org/small-laude-celebrates-one-million-subscribers-on-youtube-manila-bulletin/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 04:26:24 +0000 https://apasl2019manila.org/small-laude-celebrates-one-million-subscribers-on-youtube-manila-bulletin/ Little Laude When big stars from the Philippines reach a million subscribers on YouTube, they usually buy balloons that spell a million, take a picture and post it on their social media accounts. It’s because they’re not Small Laude. When Small hit one million subscribers, the ultra-wealthy socialite booked one of Metro Manila’s biggest event […]]]>
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When big stars from the Philippines reach a million subscribers on YouTube, they usually buy balloons that spell a million, take a picture and post it on their social media accounts. It’s because they’re not Small Laude. When Small hit one million subscribers, the ultra-wealthy socialite booked one of Metro Manila’s biggest event venues – the SM Samsung Hall, which seats around 2,000 people to celebrate her one million subscriber milestone.

I was able to get an exclusive interview with one of the richest women in the Philippines, and she is very excited about her event this coming Saturday. “Of course, I only booked the best venue for my followers. I wanted to book the Quirino kaso wala pala aircon doon baka magmantika ako stand. subscribers gave me the greatest gift of all, their love, so I wanted to return the love they gave me by throwing a big birthday party with them. I titled the event “ 1 million laughs” because each of my subscribers would certainly laugh at least once in one of my vlogs, of course, ako pa! So one million followers equals a minimum of one million laughs. Tama ba ang math ko? No bashing. I have invited many famous friends like Karyll, Mariel, Francine Diaz and the Beks Batallion (Chad Kinis, MC Muah and Lassy Marquez). Of course this event will be hosted by the best hostess of the Philippines, Giselle Sanchez!

My eyes popped out like the ones you see in cartoons. I suddenly checked my schedule on June 18 and luckily it was still free. So I agreed to host her event, which she asked out of the blue while I was interviewing her. This lady is amazing. She always gets what she wants. Maybe it’s his magic. Maybe that’s why his fans love him.

The reason why I particularly like him is his kindness and generosity. Before Small was big, when she was still small as her name suggests, Small already had a big heart. She has always wanted to help people, which is why we launched “Little Saturdays” during the pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of her husband, businessman, Philip Laude, the candy tycoon from the Philippines, we were able to feed 200 homeless people each week in Quezon City. I introduced Small to the Daughters of Saint Anne, and they collaborated to create Small Saturdays, a feeding program every Saturday to help the hungry, especially during the pandemic. This coming Saturday, the socialite-turned-philanthropist is presenting a check to the girls of Saint Anne in the amount of 100,000.00 pesos extending the feeding program for another 20 weeks. The Daughters of Sainte-Anne will not be the only beneficiaries, several other institutions and beneficiaries will also experience “Small’s Love”, including hairdresser Marcky Bernardino who has Parkinson’s disease. “Of course, let’s not forget my followers. I will have raffle prizes and games with cash prizes for them. Followers lang ha. No bashers,” Small said.

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