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OFWs may enter Taiwan with all the proper certifications and requirements over COVID-19


Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and other nationalities of migrant workers may enter Taiwan with working purposes upon the issuance of certificates and requirements needed according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Below are the requirements and certifications needed to get pass by the immigration:
1. Working VISA issued by TECO
2. COVID-19 negative result certification
3 Quarantine arrangements under approved qurntine facilities by Taiwan government

The expenses of qurantine like accomodation and food will be shouldered by migrant workers. It will depend if the employer is willing to shoulder the cost adding to the other fees which include placement fee, service fee and others.

The estimate payment for quaratine is NT$10,500 or around Php17,500 among the government approved quarantine facilities.

The quarantine expenses may be salary deduction which depends on the broker/employer.


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Pangulong Duterte, ayaw patakbuhin si Sara Duterte bilang Presidente


Sinabihan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang kaniyang anak na si Sara Duterte, kasalukuyang mayor ng Davao City, na huwag na lamang tumakbo bilang Presidente sa susunod na halalan.


Sa kaniyang talumpati sa Sulu noong Lunes (Hulyo 13), tahasang binanggit ng Pangulo na ang pagtakbo bilang presidente ng isang bansa ay hindi dapat ginagawa para lamang sa ambisyon.

"Huwag kang mag-presidente unless you see something na kaya mo para gawin sa bayan. For just a matter of ambition? Lay off. Wala ka talagang makukuha diyan, pagod lang," aniya.

"Trabaho ka diyan (presidency), wala kang makuha. Unless gusto mong mamera, ah kaya," dagdag pa niya.

Kumakalat ngayon ang balita na posibleng tumakbo si Sara sa presidential election sa 2022, kahit pa una na niyang itinanggi na wala siyang intensyong maluklok sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa bansa.

Paglilinaw naman ni presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Martes (Hulyo 14), na nais lamang ipabatid ng Pangulo na isang "thankless job" ang pagiging presidente.

“Ayaw niya na ganyan 'yung buhay ng kanyang anak. He is saying it’s the most thankless job in the country and he has said that consistently,” sabi ni Roque.
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Taiwan offers free one-time admission to its national forest areas


Taiwanese nationals and foreigners with Alien Residence Certificates (ARC) are eligible with the free one-time admission to the 12 national forest recreation areas until the end of 2020 offered by Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau.


The 12 national forest recreation areas with free one time admission are:
1.Alishan
2.Taipingshan
3.Kenting
4.Neidong
5.Dongyanshan
6.Manyueyuan
7.Dasyueshan
8.Basianshan
9.Aowanda
10.Shuangliu
11.Jhihben
12.Chihnan.

At the ticket booth, Taiwanese citizen must present their National Identification Card while foreign nationals must present their ARC for free entrance.

Immersing yourself to to forest may boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, improves mood, increases ability to focus, accelerates recovery from surgery or illness according to experts.
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High number cases of heat-related illnesses reported in Taiwan this summer season


A total of 190 cases of heat-related illnesses were reported in Taiwan from July 1-10, the highest number compared with the same period over the last four years, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Saturday.


The cases were a result of scorching temperatures reaching as high as 38 degrees Celsius in Taiwan in early July. Last year, there were 116 cases reported in the first 10 days of July, the ministry said.

There were also 287 cases and 659 cases of heat injuries reported in May and June, respectively, 40 percent and 60 percent higher than during the same months in 2019, the ministry told local media.

Areas reporting the most cases were Taichung (29), Changhua (21) and Kaohsiung (19), the ministry said.

Health Promotion Administration official Lo Su-ying warned that heat injuries do not necessarily occur outdoors. They can occur indoors if people are in hot, stuffy places with poor ventilation that allow heat to build up easily. Children and senior citizens are most vulnerable to heat-related injuries, Lo said, and she urged people to drink more water and avoid alcoholic and sweetened beverages.

If people get too hot and develop such symptoms as red and dry skin, rapid heartbeats, headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, they should get out of the environment they are in and cool themselves down as quickly as possible, Lo said. Cold water mixed with a little salt or electrolyte beverages can be taken, and medical attention should be sought as quickly as possible, she advised. (By CNA)
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Pabayang magulang sa Maynila, ipakukulong na ni Mayor Isko Moreno


Dahil sa dami ng mga menor de edad na pakalat kalat sa siyudad ng Maynila kahit pa may curfew, ipinag-utos ni City Mayor Isko Moreno na ikulong na ang mga iresponsable at pabayang magulang.


“Let’s start jailing irresponsible parents. I don’t mind kung mapuno ang ating mga kulungan ng mga pabayang magulang dahil sa paglabag sa Ordinance No. 8243,” sabi ni Moreno sa isang Facebook post.

Ayon sa kaniya, nito lamang nakaraan ay mahigit 10,000 residente ng Maynila, karamihan ay menor de edad, ang inaresto dahil sa paglabag sa strict health protocols na ipinaiiral sa siyudad gaya ng pagsusuot ng facemask sa pampublikong lugar at curfew.

Aabot din sa 1,028 na street dwellers ang na-rescue, na aniya ay pinabayaan ng mga magulang at nag-positibo rin sa COVID-19.

Dahil dito, inutusan na rin niya ang Manila Police District at ang city’s social welfare department, na simulan na ang paghahain ng kaso laban sa mga iresponsableng magulang.
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Lolo na namatay noong May 30, nakatanggap pa ng COVID-19 recovery certificate noong July 3


Nakatanggap ng recovery certificate noong Hulyo 3 ang isang lolo na kumpirmadong positibo sa COVID-19,  ito ay kahit pa sumakabilang buhay na ang matanda noon pang Hunyo 30.


Ayon sa report ni Ian Cruz sa "24 Oras," masakit para sa mga ka-anak ng matanda ang natanggap na dokumento kamakailan.

"Naiintidihan naman namin na mahirap talaga yung trabaho nila pero sana hindi na ito mangyari uli. Sana magbigay ito ng leksyon sa knila na mahirap tanggapin sa iba ang nagawa nila at sana hindi ito mangyari sa iba," sabi ni Dorothy, isa sa mga apo ni Lolo Fructoso Mabatid.

Nito lamang Lunes (Hulyo 13), ay humingi naman ng paumanhin ang Cebu City health department sa pamilya ng matanda. Sa isang pahayag, sinabi pa ni Cebu City health officer Dr. Daisy Villas na inaako niya ang responsibilidad sa nangyari.

“It is with deep regrets that this unfortunate incident happened during these challenging times. We humbly apologize and sympathize with the family,” sabi ni Villas.
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Lampas 600,000 trabaho bubuksan sa online job fair sa Septyembre


Sa tulong ng iba't-ibang kompanya, mahigit 600,000 na trabaho ang bubuksan sa online job fair na ilulunsad ng Civil Service Commission mula Setyembre 14 hanggang 18.


Dahil nga online, lahat ay maaaring makapag-apply kahit nasa bahay lamang at 
hindi rin kailangan ang civil service eligibility.

"Walang babayaran ang agencies that will enroll and the jobseekers who will apply," sabi ni CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada.

Sa ngayon, ay patuloy pa ring hinihikayat ng CSC ang iba pang government agencies na ipagbigay alam  ang kanilang job agencies at makilahok hanggang Agosto 14.

Sa ulat ng Philippine Statistics Authority nito lamang Hunyo, aabot sa 7.3 milyong Pilipino ang nawalan ng trabaho dulot ng umiiral na pandemya kung kaya malaking oportunidad sa lahat ang gagawing online job fair.
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Russia first to develop COVID-19 vaccine around the world


Russia has announced, Monday (July 13), that it has created the first COVID-19 vaccine around the world after it has completed all its clinical trials, according to Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.


Vadim Tarasov, the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology said that the clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology which started on June 18 has been successful.

"The safety of the vaccine is confirmed. It corresponds to the safety of those vaccines that are currently on the market,” said Alexander Lukashev, the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-Borne Diseases at Sechenov University.

The vaccine is now awaiting for mass production and distribution. However, no further information on when will it enter the commercial production stage has been announced.

According to the World Health Organization, there are at least 21 more vaccines currently under key trials by different pharmaceutical companies around the world.
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80% payout ng SAP 2ND tranche tatapusin hanggang katapusan ng Hulyo: DSWD


Nasa 80 porsyento ng mga benepisyaryo ng second tranche ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) ang target na mabigyan ng ayuda sa katapusan ng Hulyo, ayon sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Sabado (Hulyo 11).


Sa ngayon, sabi ni DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista, mula sa 12 million targeted households, 1.5 milyong benepisyaryo na ang nabigyan ng cash subsidy mula sa SAP.

“Actually, ang prinoproject namin ngayon by end of July, makaka-80 percent ng 
payout. Unang una, nakikita namin na established  na digital payment kaya 
sigurado kami na mas malaki ang maipapamahagi na ayuda by end of July," sabi ni Bautista sa isang panayam.

 “Sa ngayon umaabot na tayo sa 1,517, 918 beneficiaries na nabigyan ng ayuda ng Social Amelioration Program at sa susunod na araw ay magbibigay pa rin tayo nga ayuda sa 700,000 beneficiaries," dagdag niya.

Noong nakaraan ay sinimulan na ng DSWD ang digital SAP payout sa National Capital Region (NCR), partikular na sa Caloocan City, Makati City, Pasig City,  at Quezon City. Sa kabilang banda, mano-manong distribusyon naman ang isinagawa sa Cordillera AdministrativE Region (CAR), Rehiyon I,  Rehiyon 3, Rehiyon 4-A,  Rehiyon 5, Rehiyon 6, Rehiyon 7, Rehiyon 11 at Rehiyon 12.
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Taiwan named as the 2nd safest country in the world, Philippine ranks 63rd


Taiwan is the second safest country in the world, after Qatar, according to visitors to an online database, who voted on 133 countries/territories globally.


In the Crime Index by Country 2020 Mid-Year survey, Taiwan scored 84.74 out of 100 for safety, the online database Number showed.

That score put Taiwan in second place among 133 countries and territories worldwide, followed by the United Arab Emirates (84.55) and Georgia (79.50).

The top ranked country was Qatar, with a safety score of 88.10, according to Numbeo, which said the results were based on surveys of visitors to its website who were asked to rate the safety and overall level of crime in the 133 countries/territories listed.

The crime levels in each country were scored by means of a straightforward subtraction of the safety score from the total 100 points, in a report by CNA.

Meanwhile, Philippines has a score of 42.22 which ranks 63rd in the list among 133 countries.
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4,325 more COVID-19 patients recovered in PH; highest record in one day


The Philippines COVID-19 recoveries have rose to 20,371 after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 4,325 more patients who recovered from the disease, Monday (July 13).


In a press briefing that was supposed to be held on Sunday afternoon, DOH said that there were also reported 836 infections wrapping the total number of cases to 57,006 as of today. There were also 65 new deaths raising the deathtoll to 1,599.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire explained that the delay in reporting on and increase in the number of newly-recorded cases is because of the data harmonization efforts of DOH, the laboratories conducting testing and the local government units (LGUs).

“Kung malaki ang nakita nating pagtaas [ng kaso] kumpara nitong mga nakaraan araw at linggo, these are expected results of data harmonization efforts,” said Vergeire.

She added that yesterday, only 82% of the laboratories were able to submit the COVID-19 test results
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Taiwan recorded 54,346 divorces in a year, one-third splits on first five years of marriage


Taiwan recorded a total of 54,346 divorces out of the total 134,524 marriages in 2019, data showed by the country's Ministry of Interior (MOI).


More than a third of the 54,346 divorces came in the first five years of marriage, highest in the last 10 years according to the released statistics.

34.6 percent of divorces in 2019 were in marriages of less than 5 years -- up sharply from 27.7 percent in 2010 -- compared to 22 percent involving marriages of 5-10 years and 43.4 percent in marriages of over 10 years, according to the ministry, CNA reported.

Additionally, 110 same-sex couples divorced in 2019.

The high for divorces in the past decade was 58,037 in 2010 and the low was 53,144 in 2014. Taiwan recorded a 10-year low of 134,524 marriages in year 2019.
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Taiwan-based EVA Air named as the 4th best airline in the world


Taiwan-based EVA Air was rated the world's fourth best international carrier in 2020, one spot up from last year's ranking, according to Travel+ Leisure magazine earlier this week.


The airline scored 85.67 out of 100 to win recognition in cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service and value, according to the New York-based magazine.

"Some business-class seats have a very narrow spot for your feet when the seat is laying flat, but EVA's seats had enough space for rolling over and getting a great night of sleep," the magazine said, citing feedback from a passenger traveling from Chicago to Taoyuan.

The airline placed fourth behind Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Emirates in the survey conducted from November 4, 2019, to March 2, 2020, which asked magazine readers to weigh in on their travel experience. (By CNA)
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