Tuesday, January 26, 2021

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Max’s All-You-Can™ Is Back And Better Than Ever!

Hindi lahat ng nang-iiwan, hindi na bumabalik. Max’s All-You-Can is back!

No Children Left Behind In Datu Paglas As Youth Leaders Mentor Learners

Youth leaders in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao are volunteering as tutors to help children who are struggling with their studies due to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Logistics, Regulatory Challenges For Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Logistics, Regulatory Challenges For Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Spotlight

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Max’s All-You-Can™ Is Back And Better Than Ever!

Hindi lahat ng nang-iiwan, hindi na bumabalik. Max’s All-You-Can is back!

No Children Left Behind In Datu Paglas As Youth Leaders Mentor Learners

Youth leaders in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao are volunteering as tutors to help children who are struggling with their studies due to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) today emphasized the need for greater regional cooperation to identify chokepoints in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

Analysis in PECC’s latest State of the Region report, released this week, has found that the distribution of the various vaccines once they are approved is going to require not only enormous transportation resources but vast policy coordination. For instance, many vaccines being trialed require different storage protocols, one of the most important being storage at temperatures ranging between minus 18°C to minus 80°C. Moving the “last mile” can be difficult, in places where infrastructure is lacking and it is the hardest to meet requirements for special equipment and training.

The World Health Organization estimates that up to 50 percent of vaccines are wasted globally every year; a large part because of lack of temperature control and the logistics to support an unbroken cold-chain. According to a report by McKinsey, it is estimated that supply chains account for nearly 25 percent of pharmaceutical costs and more than 40 percent of medical-device costs.

Eduardo Pedrosa, Secretary General, PECC, said: “Nobody wants this pandemic to last any longer, resolving these issues, minimizing the spoilage will be critical.”

Ambassador Don Campbell, Co-chair, PECC, said: “The speed at which vaccines are being developed is nothing short of amazing, but there are several hurdles: the first is vaccine nationalism – there needs to be cooperation and common sense to make sure that we are globally addressing this pandemic together. No-one is safe until we are all safe, that has to be recognised as a fact. Second, as we highlight in our report, there are serious logistics challenges that need to be overcome in the distribution of the vaccine around the world”

Professor Christopher Findlay, Vice Chair, Australia PECC, said: “While a vaccine provides a long-term solution, this will still take time. Experience in parts of the Asia-Pacific show that a lot can be learnt on how to get life back to normal in the meantime. The report cites analysis by the World Bank which shows differing performances battling the pandemic, more stringent lockdown policy has immediate effects in containing the virus while a “smart-containment” policy such as open testing is observed with a lag. Of equal importance but perhaps less well understood is an integrated policy approach: containment; testing; economic support for lost pay; and information campaigns.”

While there are natural hopes that vaccines can be deployed quickly, PECC’s report show the ending of the lockdown was not seen as contingent on that one variable; indeed what was considered as most important was the medical capacity to deal with cases. A vaccine came third in the list, indicating a common view it cannot be available very rapidly.

Ambassador Su Ge, Co-chair, PECC, said: “What we need to do is enhance our cooperation. Some of our economies have more experience in dealing with pandemics and have the machinery, personnel, and knowledge for dealing with them. We are now beginning to recover but as a global community we need to work together for a global solution,”

“The pandemic has only highlighted even more the need for policymakers, scientists, doctors, and businesses – to work together cooperatively to solve issues of mutual concern. Even now as vaccines are on the verge of entering the market, issues of distribution and logistics need to be addressed. Connectivity is something that APEC has been trying to address for some time, so it’s time to ramp up that work and make it relevant in the distribution of vaccines,” Ambassador Su Ge added.

Dabawenyos Told To Help Prevent Dengue

The City Health Office (CHO) reminds Dabawenyos to continue doing the “4 0’clock Habit” to prevent the surge of mosquito-borne diseases in their place.

OFWs Staying Put In Host Countries To Make A Living

Kumusta na kaya ang ating mga kababayan sa ibang bansa sa gitna ng pandemiya?

Kidapawan To Allot P76-M For Agriculture Projects

Expect more LGU projects for Kidapawan farmers as the government eyes a PHP76-million budget in 2021.

PRRD’s Personal Decision To Get Covid-19 Vaccine Shot In Private

“That’s his personal decision. I don’t think he has to explain,” Roque said about the President's decision in choosing China’s Sinovac to get inoculated in private.

Taguig Readies Covid-19 Vaccine Program

Some 716 vaccinators are ready to implement Taguig City's Covid-19 vaccination program once the jabs become available.

Monitoring System For Those Who Get Covid-19 Vaccine Vital

Ano sa tingin ninyo ang maaaring susunod na hakbang para sa mga makakatanggap ng bakuna?

Pasig Holds Mock Covid-19 Vaccinations

Pasig City started its simulation of the national immunization campaign on Wednesday.

First-Time ‘Himig’ Interpreters Reveal What Being Part The Competition Means To Them

Five of the 'Himig' 11th edition's first-time interpreters share their moments as they step up their passion for music!

5 Reasons Why Love (Ft. Marriage And Divorce) Is Going To Be Your Next Pleasure K-Drama

If you liked 'The World of the Married', then you'll surely love this one as well!

Duterte Willing To Bet Presidency To Prove Galvez’s Integrity

President Duterte handang isugal ang kaniyang pagka-presidente mapatunayan lang na walang graft si Secretary Galvez.

Spotlight

SM Scholar-Graduate Instills Leadership Competencies In Youth

An inspiring story of an SM Scholar alumna!

Save The Children PH Welcomes Smart Communication For Children’s Learning Access

Smart Communications, Inc. and Save the Children Philippines jointly donated four School-in-a-Bag packages for learning communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao!

Max’s All-You-Can™ Is Back And Better Than Ever!

Hindi lahat ng nang-iiwan, hindi na bumabalik. Max’s All-You-Can is back!

No Children Left Behind In Datu Paglas As Youth Leaders Mentor Learners

Youth leaders in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao are volunteering as tutors to help children who are struggling with their studies due to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lifestyle

The Life-Long Impact Of Brain Development In A Child’s First 5 Years

Interesting! Let's know how the first five years of a child's brain determines his success in the future.

Hendrick’s Gin Celebrates Love And Romance With The Perfect Pair This Valentine’s Day

Hendrick’s has something for you this coming Valentine's Day!

POND’S And Shopee Deliver ‘Smarter Skincare’ With First AI-Powered Chatbot

Customers can now interact with PONDS chatbot in Shopee as they launch their 'Smarter Skincare Just For You!'

Yellow Cab Introduces Its New Thin Crust Pizza, Starting At Just P249

New year new taste. Yellow Cab's New York Style Thin Crust Pizza is now available. The price starts at P249!

Entertainment

JoRox Chemistry And Good Vibes Get Viewers Hooked On “Hoy, Love You!” On iWantTFC

Kilig package hatid sa inyo ng Jorox pinag-fiestahan ng netizens sa kanilang romantic comedy "Hoy, Love You!"

First-Time ‘Himig’ Interpreters Reveal What Being Part The Competition Means To Them

Five of the 'Himig' 11th edition's first-time interpreters share their moments as they step up their passion for music!

FATE: THE WINX SAGA You Focus, You Learn, You Grow. Transformation Awaits On January 22

OMG! Bet your childhood WINX CLUB becomes corporeal as it releases their FATE: THE WINX SAGA original series on Netflix!

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Bataan Hospital Gets German Flood-Proofing Tech

German government and a Filipino-German flood protection company cover 100% of expenses to provide a quality Flood-Proofing Tech in Bataan hospital.

Time To #DoTheSwitch

Anyone can be a Zero Waste store owner. Know the story of two friends in Dumaguete who invest to build an eco-friendly store.

US Rejoins WHO

US President Joe Biden signs an executive order to discontinue the withdrawal partnership from World Health Organization (WHO) that Ex-President Donald Trump initiated last year.

JoRox Chemistry And Good Vibes Get Viewers Hooked On “Hoy, Love You!” On iWantTFC

Kilig package hatid sa inyo ng Jorox pinag-fiestahan ng netizens sa kanilang romantic comedy "Hoy, Love You!"

VP Leni Robredo Led The Formal Turnover Of The Shared Service Facility For Farmers

Vice President Leni Robredo leads the turnover of the Shared Service Facility for farmers in Camarines Sur.

Travel

Bicol Int’l Airport Now 72.2% Complete

Malapit nang magkaroon ng airport sa Bicol!

Vaccinated People Still Need To Follow Travel Protocols

Nabakunahan man o hindi tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagsunod ng travel health protocols, ayon kay Duque.

Panagbenga 2021 Postponed Due To Pandemic

Walang Panagbenga ngayong taon. 🙁

Radisson Hotel Group Rises Above Challenges To Add 84 New Hotels Across Asia Pacific

Radisson Hotel Group adds 84 new hotels and resorts, covering eight of its distinct brands.

Motoring

Abalos Asks DPWH To Fix Lights On Major Roads

MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos requested the DPWH to fix street lights on major thoroughfares across the metropolis, citing commuters are in danger.

Cebu BRT Project Partially Operational Before Yearend: Tugade

Cebuanos can start to ride more modernized public transportations before 2021 ends!

SMC Extends Free Toll To Medical Frontliners On Skyway Stage 3

Wow! Extended pa ang pa-free toll ng SMC para sa mga medical frontliners!