Thursday, March 4, 2021

Journalists From 4 Countries In Asia Discussed The Challenges In COVID-19

20 journalists from the four countries including the Philippines discuss “Post COVID-19: News Industry Transformation” during the 2nd Voice of Press (V.O.P.) Asia Media Forum.

Communities Are Better Prepared To Combat OSEC, Child Labor Trafficking

Several communities are now better equipped to fight Online Sexual Exploitations of Children with the help of World Vision.

SM, TESDA Train Farmers In Davao

225 farmers from Davao City completed their training under SM Foundation’s Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) on Sustainable Agriculture Program in Davao City.

Robinsons Retail Net Sales Hits ₱151 Billion In 2020 As E-Commerce Sales Rise

Robinsons Retail Holdings drops 7.3% of its net sales, however, its retail’s e-commerce sales continued to rise.

US University Finds Antibody Effective Vs. Virus

US University Finds Antibody Effective Vs. Virus

Spotlight

Journalists From 4 Countries In Asia Discussed The Challenges In COVID-19

20 journalists from the four countries including the Philippines discuss “Post COVID-19: News Industry Transformation” during the 2nd Voice of Press (V.O.P.) Asia Media Forum.

Communities Are Better Prepared To Combat OSEC, Child Labor Trafficking

Several communities are now better equipped to fight Online Sexual Exploitations of Children with the help of World Vision.

SM, TESDA Train Farmers In Davao

225 farmers from Davao City completed their training under SM Foundation’s Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) on Sustainable Agriculture Program in Davao City.

Robinsons Retail Net Sales Hits ₱151 Billion In 2020 As E-Commerce Sales Rise

Robinsons Retail Holdings drops 7.3% of its net sales, however, its retail’s e-commerce sales continued to rise.

Scientists in the US state of Pennsylvania have managed to isolate the smallest biological molecule to date that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The molecule, which is said to completely and specifically neutralize the virus, is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, said scientists on Monday at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. It is used to construct a drug known as “Ab8” for potential use against the coronavirus.

Ab8 is highly effective in preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice and hamsters, they said, adding that “it does not bind to human cells – a good sign that it won’t have negative side-effects in people.”

“Ab8 not only has potential as therapy for Covid-19, but it also could be used to keep people from getting SARS-CoV-2 infections,” John Mellors, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said in the statement.

While American scientists and companies are racing to come up with a Covid-19 vaccine, other countries are also making progress.

Russia approved a vaccine in August despite Western experts voicing concerns about lack of adequate testing, and Chinese Sinovac Biotech announced on Sept. 6 that 90 percent of its employees and their families have taken an experimental vaccine.

China said Tuesday a vaccine could be available for the public as early as November, according to Wu Guizhen, head of biosafety at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who herself took an experimental vaccine in April.

While China is the birthplace of the novel coronavirus, the country also accounts for nine of the 30 vaccines around the world that are currently under human trials. The University of Hong Kong also said last week a vaccine in the form of a nasal spray was entering its clinical trials.

On the demand side, some governments have already put plans in place to access millions of vaccines available for their public as soon as they become available.

The US Trump administration implemented Operation Warp Speed, which offers to pay Pfizer and BioNTech USD1.95 billion for 100 million doses if their vaccine proves “safe and effective,” and a USD1.6-billion deal with Novavax to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses by next January.

South Korea will purchase 20 million doses from COVAX Facility – the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access plan led by the World Health Organization – to distribute the shots fairly, and another 40 million doses from private drug companies.

The US has more than 6.5 million cases and more than 194,000 deaths from Coivid-19, according to latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Globally, figures are almost 29.3 million infections and more than 928,000 deaths. (PNA)

Motorcade Kicks Off Fire Prevention Month In Ilocos Norte

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) along with other entities join a motorcade to drumbeat awareness on fire safety and prevention this month.

Enough Share Of Covid-19 Vax For GenSan, Other Areas Assured

Sec. Nograles assures GenSan and other areas in Mindanao will not be left out in the national government’s vaccination program for the Covid-19.

Cebu Mulls Lent Tour Packages To Revitalize Tourism

The provincial government of Cebu sets to launch Holy Week tour packages as one of its steps to revive the tourism industry.

Chef Sandy Daza Goes On A Food Road Trip In The New Normal In “Foodprints” Season 8

Chef Sandy Daza takes viewers on a road trip from Manila to Ilocos to discover the best cookeries in the new season of "FoodPrints."

Phoenix Petroleum Bags 4 Trophies At 56th Anvil Awards

Congratulations, Phoenix! Phoenix Petroleum won a Gold Anvil and three Silver Anvils during the 56th Anvil Awards for its excellent campaign programs.

Bacolod City To Set Up 40 Covid-19 Vaccination Centers

The City of Bacolod identifies 40 vaccination centers that will accommodate residents who will be inoculated against the Covid-19.

Best Vaccine Is Available Vaccine: Pasay Doc

Pasay City healthcare workers show willingness to get vaccinated against Covid-19 regardless of the brand, noting that "the best vaccine is the available vaccine."

DOT Seeks More Safe Travels Stamp Applications

The Department of Tourism (DOT) opens the application for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp starting Monday, the world’s first safety and hygiene stamp for travelers.

Hontiveros To NSC: Conduct Security Audit For China-Owned Dito Telco Now

Senator Risa Hontiveros urged the National Security Council to conduct a security audit of Dito Telecommunity before its commercial rollout on March 8.

Spotlight

Journalists From 4 Countries In Asia Discussed The Challenges In COVID-19

20 journalists from the four countries including the Philippines discuss “Post COVID-19: News Industry Transformation” during the 2nd Voice of Press (V.O.P.) Asia Media Forum.

Communities Are Better Prepared To Combat OSEC, Child Labor Trafficking

Several communities are now better equipped to fight Online Sexual Exploitations of Children with the help of World Vision.

SM, TESDA Train Farmers In Davao

225 farmers from Davao City completed their training under SM Foundation’s Kabalikat Sa Kabuhayan (KSK) on Sustainable Agriculture Program in Davao City.

Robinsons Retail Net Sales Hits ₱151 Billion In 2020 As E-Commerce Sales Rise

Robinsons Retail Holdings drops 7.3% of its net sales, however, its retail’s e-commerce sales continued to rise.

Lifestyle

You Can Now Score Farm Fresh Produce From Local Benguet Farmers Here In BGC!

Bonifacio Global City brings good quality Benguet staples at Bonifacio High Street through its "My Street High Street" initiative.

CoronaVac Jabs To Increase After First Day: DOH

More individuals are expected to receive the CoronaVac vaccine.

Filipinos Worry About Mental Health Of Students In Remote Learning-Research Firm

BluePrint.PH Facebook posts analysis resulted that education relates to the deaths by suicide is highly discussed among the country's 80 million Facebook users from March 2020 to January 2021 in the Philippines.

Only P60 A Month To Talk To A Doctor As Much As You Want

KonsultaMD is the newest trend to consult a doctor and paying only less than a hundred per month!

Entertainment

Bretman Rock Gears Up In His New MTV Reality Show

Bretman Rock is now holding his Filipino-American dream as he releases the trailer of his new MTV reality show on YT –Watch now!

GMA Network Wins Silver Anvil For COVID-19 Response Campaign

GMA Network's Covid-19 response campaign bags a Silver Anvil at the 56th Anvil Awards' Gabi ng Parangal.

“Monster Hunter” Opens In PH Cinemas This March

Get your popcorn ready! A new fantasy action thriller Monster Hunter, opens in Philippine cinemas in March!

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Lapu-Lapu City Holds Mock Covid-19 Vaccination

The Department of Health in Central Visayas conducts a Covid-19 vaccination simulation in Lapu-Lapu City to prepare the community for the actual inoculation program.

Bacolod City Allows Entry Of Non-Essential Travelers

Bacolod City has now allowed the entry of non-essential travelers, however, strict implementation of health protocols remains in place.

SC Looking At Other Vaccine Brands

The Supreme Court is studying the possibility of procuring another brand of coronavirus vaccine.

BARMM Health Exec Says Region Assured Of ‘Halal’ Vaccines

Muslims prefer "halal" vaccines or permissible to the Islam faith.

Over 3K Bacolod Health Workers To Get Initial Covid-19 Shots

Some 3,125 healthcare workers in Bacolod have been identified to be the first to avail of the Covid-19 vaccines developed by China’s Sinovac.

Travel

Boracay Tourists Still Need To Show Negative Swab Test

Tourists visiting Boracay are still required to show negative results of their swab tests.

Safe, Family-Friendly Vacations Are Top Priority For Filipinos: Airbnb Travel Survey

Airbnb's Philippines Travel Trends Survey 2021 states that family vacations are the primary reason to travel this year for 6 out of 10 Filipinos.

No More Quarantine For Travelers In Ilocos Sur

Ilocos Sur announces that quarantine is no longer required for travelers unless they exhibit symptoms of the Covid-19 upon arrival in the province.

DOT Seeks More Safe Travels Stamp Applications

The Department of Tourism (DOT) opens the application for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp starting Monday, the world’s first safety and hygiene stamp for travelers.

Motoring

AirAsia’s Teleport Partners With McDonald’s For Timely And Fast-Moving Deliveries

AirAsia’s Teleport and McDonald’s partner to support and ensure a fast-moving delivery of orders within the National Capital Region (NCR).

Motorcade Kicks Off Fire Prevention Month In Ilocos Norte

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) along with other entities join a motorcade to drumbeat awareness on fire safety and prevention this month.

Road Improvement Needed To Address Insurgency: PRRD

President Duterte sees the need to improve barangay roads in Mindanao, especially in the Caraga region, to address the insurgency in the place.