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Sharon Cuneta suportado sa pagkapangulo si Leni Robredo sa 2022 election


Emosyonal na ibinahagi ng music icon na si Sharon Cuneta na umaasa itong maging pangulo ng bansa ang kasalukuyang Bise Presidente na si Leni Robredo sa taong 2022.


"I don't know what's happened to our country. I hope VP Leni runs for president next time, dahil hindi na rin naman makakatakbo si Tatay next time," sabi ni Cuneta sa kaniyang live video sa Instagram.

Ayon kay Cuneta, isang napakadisenteng indibidwal ni Robredo at kung siya man ang maluluklok na pangulo ng bansa ay baka sakaling bumalik din ang pagkadisente ng mga mamamayan.

"Napakadisente...Pagkatapos ng term ni Pangulong Duterte, sana talaga manalo si VP Leni kung tumakbo siya. Baka sakaling bumalik ang pagka disente ng karamihan sa atin," sabi ni Cuneta.

Kwento pa niya, ikinampanya na niya noon si Robredo at ang kanyang yumaong asawa na si Jesse Robredo dahil saksi siya sa naging uri ng serbisyo ng mag-asawa sa lugar ng Bicol.
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7 buwang buntis na OFW sa UAE namatay dahil sa COVID-19; sanggol ligtas na naipanganak


Namatay ang pitong buwang buntis na si Grace Joy, isang overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) sa United Arab Emirates (UAE) dahil sa COVID-19, ngunit nailigtas naman ng mga doctor ang kanyang sanggol na iniluwal sa pamamagitan ng cesarean section noong Mayo 23.


“At the time, isolated na ako. Magkausap naman kami ni misis. Nagiging better naman na daw sya," kwento ng kanyang asawa na si Joseph  Ayson Tiglao na nagpositibo rin sa sakit.

“Pero lumalala, sobrang nahihirapan siyang huminga kaya in-intubate. Nag-decide sila na mag-CS operation to save the baby,” pagpapatuloy niya.

Ayon kay Jayson ganap na 10:30 pm nang isilang ni Grace ang kanilang baby girl na pinangalanang Dylhanne Grace. Makalipas lamang ang pitong oras, 5:30 am nang sumunod na araw, namatay ang  ina matapos ang dalawang cardiac arrest.

Sa kasalukuyan nasa hospital si baby Dylhanne Grace at idineklarang COVID-Free noong Hunyo 27, matapos mag-negative sa virus ng dalawang beses

“On that day, she was asking me to be there next to her kasi one week na kaming hindi nagkikita. Hindi ko alam na parang yun na… parang gusto na pala niyang magpaalam sa 'kin,” sabi ni Joseph.

“Super sakit isipin kasi nga andito ako wala akong magawa bilang asawa niya. If alam ko lang, hindi ko na siya iniwan sa hospital nun since parehas naman kaming positive,” pangungulila niya.
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Company in Clark, Pampanga capable to produce 10 million mask


Yokoisada (Philippines) Corporation, a Japanese company at the Clark Freeport Zone has been producing 10 million pieces of facemasks every month since coronavirus restrictions were loosened in Pampanga, said the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) on Tuesday (June 30).


The Corporation, according to the CDC Communications Division (CDC-CD), has already reached its maximum production capacity for May and June. However, it still plans to maximize its capability in manufacturing facemasks.

Yokoisada president Yuki Yokoi said, they have been receiving strong support from the Department of Trade and Industry, the Board of Investments, CDC, and the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka amid the pandemic that is why their company decided to expand their Clark operations.

With this, Yokoisada targets to increase its 170 workers to 300. But as of the moment, the company only needs 80 more workers for its Clark factory operations to sustain the high quality of its face masks.

The facemasks are being distributed in Philippine hospitals and pharmaceutical firms. The CDC-CD said, the company is using non-woven fabric and ear-looped raw materials to lessen its reliance to China's raw materials.
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Babaeng maghahatid lang dapat ng pasahero, natagpuang patay sa sariling kotse


Tadtad ng saksak at patay na nang matagpuan ang isang babaeng driver sa kaniyang sariling kotse na nakitang nakabalandra sa Bypass Road Calamba, Laguna noong Linggo ng gabi.


Ayon sa ulat, kinilala ang biktima bilang si Jang Lucero, 34, na rumaraket bilang tagahatid ng mga pasahero matapos mawalan ng trabaho bunsod ng ipinatupad na lockdown.

Ayon sa kanyang nobya na si Meyah Amatorio, Linggo rin ng gabi nang magpaalam sa kaniya ang biktima na may ihahatid itong tatlong pasahero mula Laguna hanggang Gil Puyat sa Metro Manila.

Ngunit makalipas ang ilang oras, aniya, hindi na sumasagot si Jang sa kaniyang mga tawag hanggang sa pulis na ang kaniyang nakausap.

Sabi ni Meyang, wala naman itong naaalala na nakaalitan ni Jang. Samantala, labis naman ang pangungulila ng kanyang mga kaanak.

Sa ngayon ay patuloy na umiiral ang imbestigasyon sa krimen. Ayon sa mga pulis, wala naman sa mga gamit ni Jang ang nawala ngunit malaking palaisipan pa rin ang naging motibo sa pagpatay sa biktima.
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Digital distribution ng SAP 2nd tranche, sisimulan na ngayong Hulyo


Sisimulan na ang digital distribution ng second tranche ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) sa susunod na linggo, pag-aanunsyo ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) noong Lunes (Hunyo 29).


Ayon sa ahensya, nakipag-ugnayan na ito sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas  (BSP) upang mapabilis ang paghatid ng emergency subsidy sa mga benepisyaryo ng second tranche ng SAP.

"Tinatapos na lamang ng DSWD ang mga importanteng detalye sa distribution process ng SAP second tranche kasama ang mga FSP (financial service providers). Inaaasahang magsisimula ang digital distribution sa susunod na linggo," sabi ng DSWD sa isang pahayag.

Ayon sa DSWD, mayroon Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) sa pagitan ng BSP at ng ahensya para sa digital disbursement ng ikalawang ayuda. Sa ilalim ng napagkasunduang argumento, nakatalaga ang BSP sa pag-assist sa DSWD pagdating sa technical discussion kasama ang mga partner FSP upang masiguro na magiging epektibo ang implementasyon ng account-based at electronic disbursement ng cash assistance.

Paliwanag ng DSWD, sa pamamagitan ng digital disbursement, maaaring kunin ng mga benepisyaryo ang kanilang ayuda sa mga bangko o e-money accounts na mayroon ang mga awtorisadong FSPs.
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COVID-19 patient in Taiwan recovers by using a rheumatoid arthritis drug


Doctors at Taipei Veterans General Hospital on Monday reported success in their treatment of a high-risk COVID-19 patient, with a drug commonly used for rheumatoid arthritis.


The patient, an elderly woman with a severe case of COVID-19, was transferred to the hospital in March in very poor condition, according to Liao Hsien-tzung, a doctor at the hospital.

She had to be put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to maintain her heart and lung function, and she was not responding well to antibiotics or medication to stabilize her blood pressure, Liao said.

Based on her condition, doctors at the hospital suspected that she was experiencing a cytokine storm, where the body attacks its own cells and tissues rather than just fighting off the virus, Liao said.

A cytokine storm, which can lead to organ failure, has been observed in many COVID-19 patients and is suspected to be the reason why many patients with only mild symptoms die suddenly.

In the case of the elderly patient, the doctors at Taipei Veterans General Hospital decided to treat her with a rheumatoid arthritis drug that targets interleukin-6 (IL-6), a type of cytokine, he said.

With that treatment, the patient's lungs improved significantly, and she no longer needed to be on an ECMO machine, Liao said, adding that she has since been discharged from hospital.

The rheumatoid arthritis drug was recently added to the Central Epidemic Command Center's (CECC) COVID-19 treatment guidelines, although the CECC noted that it had been effective in only 30 percent of COVID-19 cases in small-scale studies.

Tsai Chang-youh, director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at Taipei Veterans General Hospital, said that rheumatoid arthritis occurs when a patient's immune system attacks the lining of their joints, causing painful swelling, loss of function and in some cases, lung inflammation. (By CNA)
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Caota Sand Dunes is a must see, city’s first geological park in Taiwan’s Taoyuan


Guanyin Caota Sand Dunes is the most complete "desert" along Taiwan's coast. This mysterious work of nature is sculpted by the river and wind.


The Caota dunes are up to 15m tall and extend 8.1km along the coast in a northeast-southwest direction. Environmental conservation group the Taiwan Environmental Information Association has listed the dunes as one of nine coastal sites nationwide that warrant preservation.

The only other geological parks in the nation are in Matsu and Yunlin County’s Gukeng Township. Caota Sand Dunes is a must see according to Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan.

“Everyone must visit once in their lifetime,” the mayor said.

The area would be split into three sections from a conservation management perspective, comprising a core area with fully formed dunes, a restoration section and a regular section.

Standing on the sand dunes, you can look out over Taiwan Strait while surrounded by windmills; such contrasting images in the same view are a sight to behold. Wait until sunset, when the desert is painted orange and images are carved into the sand by the wind.

Location:
Between Xucuogang and Baiyu Village, Guanyin District, Taoyuan City Taiwan
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Beware: Mga illegal recruiters gumagamit fake email ng mga kumpanya sa Taiwan


Maraming Pilipino pa rin nag nais magtrabaho sa ibang bansa lalo na sa panahon ngayon ng crisis, isa dito ang Taiwan. May mga mapagsamantalang illegal recruiters na gumagamit ng fake email address para maloko ang mga aplikante.


Ginagamit sng manlolokong recruiters ng mga pangalan ng kumpanya at magkukunwaring may direct contact ito sa mga kumpanya sa Taiwan. Halimbawa, ang Tong Hsing ay isang kalidad na kumpanya sa Taiwan, gagamitin nila ang “tonghsing@email.com” na email para manloko.

Kapag nakapanloko ng mga aplikante, manghihingi ang mga ito ng bayad na aabot sa P40,000 hanggang P50,000. Halos lahat ng kumpanya sa Taiwan ay gumagamit ng broker at recruitment agency sa Pilipinas.

Ayon sa POEA, ang mga illegal recruiter ay:

• Agad naniningil ng placement fee o anumang kaukulang bayad nang walang resibo
• Nangangako ng madaliang pag-alis patungo sa ibang bansa
• Nagre-require agad ng medical examination o training kahit wala pang malinaw na employer o kontrata
• Nakikipag-transaksiyon sa mga aplikante sa mga pampublikong lugar at hindi sa opisina ng lisensyadong ahensiya
• Bahay-bahay kung mag-recruit ng mga aplikante
• Hindi nagbibigay ng sapat na impormasyon tungkol sa ina-aplayang trabaho
• Nagsasabi na may kausap na direct employer 
• Walang maipakitang employment contract o working visa
• Nagpapakilala na empleyado ng isang lisensyadong recruitment agency ngunit walang maipakitang ID
• Nagpapakilala na konektado sa isang travel agency o training center
Nanghihikayat sa mga aplikante na mangalap ng iba pang aplikante upang mapabilis ang pagpapaalis
• Walang maibigay na sapat at tamang impormasyon tungkol sa sarili tulad ng buong pangalan o address
• Nangangako na ang mga dokumento ay ipapasok sa POEA para mai-proces

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Cancer tops health issue in Taiwan for 38 consecutive years


Cancer is the top cause of death in Taiwan for the 38th year in a row with cancer-related deaths accounted for 28.6 percent of the country's total mortality in 2019, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said.


Cancer claimed 50,232 lives in 2019 alone as the mortality rate of the disease keeps increasing every year, Taiwan News reported.

The deadliest types of cancer were lung and bronchus cancer, followed by cancers of the liver and bile duct, colon cancer, rectal and anal cancer, breast cancer, oral cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, and ovarian cancer.

Despite its high prevalence, the incidence of cancer in Taiwan has steadily increased. The costs of novel therapeutics, such as targeted therapies were accounted almost two-third of all anti neoplastic agents in Taiwan.

The top 5 leading causes of death last year were cancer, cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia, cerebrovascular diseases and diabetes.
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450,000th baby in Taiwan’s Hsinchu to receive brand new car and 45yrs supply of meatballs


All expecting mothers in Taiwan/s Hsinchu City wish to give birth of the city’s 450,000th citizen as the baby will receive some big time gift from the city government, announced by Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien.


The main reason why the Mayor Lin is giving away some generous gift is to promote child birth. The city's population is on the verge of crossing the 450,000 mark according to the city statistics, Taiwan News reported.

The stable growth of a city's population underscores its competitiveness. In order to welcome the forthcoming 450,000th citizen, the city government has worked with a local car dealership to give the baby a new set of wheels, Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien said in a Facebook post on June 23.

A well-known restaurant in the city has offered to feed the baby free meatballs, the city's most famous delicacy, until it reaches the age of 45, the report added.

Hsinchu has the fifth-highest birth rate in the country next to Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Tainan.
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COVID-19 cases sa Pilipinas maaaring umabot ng 60,000 pagdating ng Hulyo 31


Maaaring sumampa ang bilang ng kaso ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sa Pilipinas sa 60,000 sa pagsapit ng Hulyo 31, ayon sa ginawang pag-aaral ng isang grupo ng mga eksperto sa bansa.


Ang pag-aaral ay isinagawa mula noong Marso 1 hanggang Hunyo 25 ng isang grupo ng eksperto na binubuo nina University of the Philippines mathematics professor Dr. Guido David, UP political science assistant professor Ranjit Singh Rye, Ma. Patricia Agbulos ng OCTA Research at biology professor Rev. Fr. Nicanor Austriaco ng Providence College at University of Santo Tomas.

Base sa kanilang pagsisiyasat, maaaring umabot ng 27,000 ang kaso ng sakit sa National Capital Region (NCR) at 20,000 naman sa Cebu pagdating ng Hulyo 31. Ang death toll naman sa bansa, sa kabilang banda, ay maaaring tumuntong sa 1,300 sa pareho ring petsa.

"Using the current value of Rt, based on the current number of cases in the Philippines (including uncategorized cases) and assuming the trends continue, this projects to more than 60,000 Covid-19 cases by July 31, with 1,300 deaths. In NCR, the projection is 27,000 cases by July 31, while in the province of Cebu, the projection is 20,000 cases by July 31," sabi ng mga eksperto.

Giit ng grupo, maiiwasan ang nakikitang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 at death toll sa bansa kung mapapabilis ang pagsugpo sa pagkalat ng virus. Base na rin sa pag-aaral mula sa Harvard University, dapat daw na pataasin ng bansa ang testing capacity nito sa 20,000 kada araw.

Hinihikayat din ng mga eksperto ang gobyerno na pag-aralan muli ang mga stratehiya nito sa paglaban sa COVID-19. Anila, agresibong contact tracing ang dapat na maging sentro ng kanilang magiging hakbang.
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Ibalik ang SAP subsidy kung nakatanggap na ng ibang ayuda: DSWD


Nakikiusap ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa mga tumanggap din ng ayuda mula sa ibang ahensya ng gobyerno na ibalik na ang cash assistance na nakuha mula sa Social Amelioration Program (SAP).


Paliwanag ni DSWD-Davao Regional Director Grace Subong, nasa 10 porsyente ng mga benepisyaryo ng SAP ang nakatanggap ng ayuda kahit na hindi naman kwalipikado. Tulad na lamang ng nadiskubre sa ginawang initial validation sa Agdao at Paquibato District sa Davao na kung saan 1,187 sa 29,000 benepisyaryo nito ay duplicate beneficiaries.

"'Yung mga tumanggap ng dobleng ayuda o di naman kwalipikado, dapat ay hindi na kasama sa SAP distribution at dapat na ibalik nila ito sa DSWD. Kung nakatanggap na sila ng Small Business Wage Subsidy, dapat ay ibalik nila ang cash assistance, kwalipikado man sila o hindi o nakatanggap man sila ng dobleng ayuda," sabi  ni Subong.

Dadag niya, para sa mga benepisyaryo ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), maaaring hindi na nila ibalik ang natanggap na ayuda mula sa SAP, ngunit ibabawas ito sa susunod na 4Ps distribution.

Paliwanag ni Subong, ang mga ibabalik na pera ay idadagdag sa second tranche ng SAP. Ang mga nais naman magsauli ng cash assistance ay maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa DSWD regional office o mga opisyal ng kanilang baranggay.
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Taipei recognized as 'best leisure destination in Asia' for 3 straight years


Taiwan's Tourism Bureau in Los Angeles Office announced on Friday (June 26), that Taipei for the third time has won the "best leisure destination in Asia" Leisure Lifestyle Award facilitated by the Global Traveler, a US-based monthly magazine for frequent business and luxury travelers.


Results showed that Taipei topped the survey conducted last Oct. 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020, for this year's Leisure Lifestyle Award by the Global traveler.

Singapore and Seoul came second and third, followed by Tokyo, Phuket in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.

According to Brad Shih, director of the Los Angeles office of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, the recognition gives significant contribution in the country's tourism industry especially in promoting its place in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Aside from the best leisure award, Taiwan was also tagged as the second "best adventure destination, international." Its Taoyuan International Airport also snatched a recognition as it placed fourth in "best airport for layovers," behind Miami International Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, and Doha Hamad International Airport.
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Vico Sotto, Isko Moreno at Joy Belmonte nanguna sa top COVID-19 performers survey


Kabilang sina Mayor Vico Sotto ng Pasig, Joy Belmonte ng Quezon City, at Isko Moreno ng Maynila sa listahan ng mga lider na may pinakamainam na tugon sa umiiral na coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, base sa isang survey result.


Ang survey na mayroon 3,000 respondents edad 18 hanggang 70, ay pinasimulan ng RP-Mission and Development Foundation Inc. (RPDinc) mula Hunyo 10 hanggang 15.

Sa pagtatapos ng survey, ay nanguna si Sotto na nakalikom ng 86 percent approval rating mula sa 177 residente ng Pasig na nakilahok sa pagsisiyasat. Sinundan naman ito ni Belmonte, na mayroong 80 percent approval rating at ni Moreno na may 77 percent.

Sa kabilang banda, kinumpleto naman nina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro ng Marikina (74 percent) at Rex Gatchalian ng Valenzuela (72 percent) ang five top COVID-19 response performers.

Sa naganap na survey, ay siniyasat ang mga local chief executive ng mga kalahok sa kanilang pamumuno at pagmamando ng kasalukuyang krisis.

"The survey was conducted with the intention to reassess the efforts done by the local government units and its officials amidst the coronavirus pandemic,” saad ng RPDinc sa isang pahayag.
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3,000 establisyemento permanente ng magsasara dahil sa COVID-19: DOLE


Bunsod ng pandemya, mahigit 3,000 establisyimento sa buong Pilipinas ang permanente ng magsasara o di kaya naman ay magbabawas ng empleyado, dahilan upang magkaroon ng 90,000 jobless workers sa bansa, ayon sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).


Bukod dito, 2.8 milyong manggagawa rin ang apektado sa desisyon ng 104,000 establisyemento na magkaroon ng flexible work arrangements o pansamantalang pagsasara, sabi ni Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay sa isang panayam noong Huwebes (Hunyo 25). 

Dahil sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, nadagdagan ang unemployment rate ng bansa dahil maraming negosyo ang napilitang magsara nang simulan ang community quarantine noong kalagitnaan ng Marso.

Sa tala ng Philippine Statistics Authority, sa buwan ng Abril ay mayroong 7.3 milyong indibidwal na walang trabaho, katumbas ito ng 17.7 porsyento na pagtaas sa unemployment rate ng bansa.

Ayon kay Tutay, patuloy naman ang pagtulong ng pamahalaan sa mga apektadong manggagawa. Sa ngayon, ay nakapagbigay na ang DOLE ng P5,000 one-time cash assistance sa 657,201 formal sector workers habang 337,000 manggagawa naman mula sa informal sector ang tinutulungan ng ahensya sa ilalim ng kanilang Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
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Mother's love: Kris Aquino mamimigay ng libreng laptop sa mga mag-aaral


Sa paggunita ng Father's Day noong Hunyo 21 at pag-alala sa kaniyang yumaong ama, nangako ang "Queen of all Media" na si Kris Aquino na mamamahagi ito ng libreng laptop sa mga mag-aaral na nangangailangan para sa nalalapit na pagbubukas ng distance learning sa Agosto.


Ayon kay Kris, na isang ding ina, marami sa kaniyang mga fans na mga magulang din ang humihingi sa kaniya ng laptop para sa kanilang mga anak. Importante kasi ito para sa online classes na ipapatupad ng Department of Education (DepEd) dahil sa COVID-19.

"Lahat ng magulang ang hangarin mapagtapos sa pag-aaral, maging maganda ang kinabukasan, at maging masaya ang mga anak nila," sabi ni Kris sa isang post sa kaniyang Facebook page.

Naging totoo naman ang aktres sa kanyang mga salita, dahil nito lamang Biyernes (Hulyo 26), ay ibinahagi niya na nagsimula na siya sa pagbili ng mga laptop na kaniyang ipamimigay.

Ayon kay Kris, sa ngayon ay nakabili na siya ng walong laptop at plano niya itong ipamigay sa darating na Miyerkules (Hulyo 1) sa pamamagitan ng isang livestream.

"I want to invest in the FUTURE of the Philippines," she said. "Para ito sa kinabukasan ng ating mga anak -- helping their EDUCATION," saad niya.
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Makati may libreng internet at learner's package para sa higit 85k mag-aaral


Mahigit 85,000 mag-aaral mula sa mga pampublikong paaralan ng Makati ang makatatanggap ng libreng internet load at learner's package sa pagsisimula ng distance learning ngayong taon, ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan nito.


Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ni Makati Mayor Abby Binay, na ang mga estudyante mula pre-school hanggang senior high school ay mabibigyan ng libreng internet load na maaaring gamitin hanggang limang oras bawat araw at learner's package na may kasamang flash drive, printed modules, at dalawang washable facemask.

Laman ng flash drive ang mga learning module na magmumula sa Department of Education (DepEd), na maaring gamitin kahit walang internet. Ayon pa kay Binay, magu-upload din ang mga guro ng mga aralin sa flash drive na maaaring gamitin sa mga gadget tulad ng laptop.

Kung walang gadget, maaari gumamit ng mga printed module na ipamimigay ng mga guro bawat linggo sa mga magulang. Ang mga module na ito ay "self-directed" para sa lahat ng aralin at kayang-kayang sagutan ng mga mag-aaral.


Paninigurado ng Alkalde, patuloy ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Makati sa DepEd upang maipagpatuloy ang edukasyon ng mga mag-aaral sa kabila ng kanselasyon ng pisikal na klase dulot ng COVID-19.
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SAP 2nd tranche, extended hanggang una o ikalawang linggo ng Hulyo


Muling ini-adjust ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ang deadline ng pamamahagi ng second tranche ng Social Amelioration Program (SAP) sa una o ikalawang linggo ng Hulyo.


Sa orihinal na plano, ayon sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Hunyo 23 dapat magtatapos ang second tranche ng SAP, ngunit nakiusap ang DSWD ng dalawang araw na palugit kung kaya naiusog ang deadline sa Hunyo 25.

Sa kasamaang palad, bigo pa rin ang DSWD na tapusin ang implementasyon ng programa sa itinakdang petsa, kaya muling ini-adjust ng ahensya ang deadline ng SAP sa una o ikalawang linggo ng Hulyo.

Paliwanag ni DSWD Undersecretary Glen Paje, hindi matapos-tapos ang distribusyon ng SAP dahil marami pang local government units ang hindi pa nakakakumpleto ng validation ng SAP beneficiaries.

Bagama't napaso na ang Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, nilinaw ng DSWD na magpapatuloy pa rin ang pamamahagi ng SAP subsidy hanggang sa mabigyan na ang lahat ng mga benepisyaryo nito.
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Taiwan plans to allow entry of foreign visitors seeking medical treatment


According to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (June 24), Taiwan is planning to relax its border controls to allow the entry of foreign visitors seeking for medical attention.


The health ministry plans to ease restrictions on foreign nationals traveling for medical treatment except for  those seeking physical check-ups and cosmetic surgery.

Applicants will be admitted to Taiwan regardless of how severe their illnesses are, as long as they have proven that they have tested negative for COVID-19 beforehand. Upon arrival, foreigners must also follow quarantine rules  and safety measures imposed by the country.

According to CECC official Shih Chung-liang, once the ministry decided for the reopening date, foreign nationals will be able to file an application to enter Taiwan for medical treatment with a permission to bring one or two close relatives with them.

Shih added, that the applications and all supporting documents will be processed by a special panel commissioned by the health ministry.
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Allowance para sa mga COVID-19 swabbing center workers, aprubado na ni Pres. Duterte


Awtorisado na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang pagbibigay ng allowance sa mga empleyado ng gobyerno na boluntaryong nagtatrabaho sa mga COVID-19 swabbing center at test results processing facility sa bansa.


Base sa Administrative Order 31 na nilagdaan ng Pangulo noong Hunyo 15, sa buong quarantine period ay tatanggap ang bawat empleyado ng P500 COVID-19 duty allowance sa bawat araw at dagdag na hanggang 25 porsyento ng kanilang buwanang sahod.

Ang dagdag na 25 percent ay dedepende sa bilang ng araw na  na-deploy ang empleyado sa isang pasilidad habang nasa quarantine period.

Epektibo ang COVID-19 duty allowance mula sa araw na nag-umpisa ang operasyon ng mga mega swabbing center at iba pang swabbing and test results processing facility sa bansa.

Nakasaad din sa AO na ang mga empleyadong nakatanggap ng hazard pay at iba pang benepisyo ay saklaw din sa pamimigay ng allowance.
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2 milyong pagbubuntis inaasahan ngayong taon bunsod ng quarantine


Dalawang milyong kababaihan sa Pilipinas na nasa edad 15 hanggang 59 taong gulang ang inaasahang magbubuntis ngayong taon, ayon sa Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).


Ang naturang bilang, giit ng POPCOM ay galing sa pag-aaral ng University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) at ng United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), na layong kalkulahin ang naging epekto ng coronavirus pandemic sa family planning efforts ng bansa.

Base sa pag-aaral, ang mga pagbubuntis na ito ang magiging sanhi ng mahigit kumulang 1.9 milyong bagong silang na sanggol sa taong 2021, pinakamataas na bilang magbuhat noong taong 2000.

Ipinapakita rin dito, na 3,099,000 kababaihan edad 15 hanggang 59 taong gulang ang hindi nakakakuha ng family planning supplies gaya ng pills at condoms, at dahil sa  enhanced community quarantine na ipinatupad bunsod ng COVID-19, madadagdagan pa ito ng 590,000 o 19 na porsyente.

Upang maiwasan ang paglobo ng bilang ng mga magbubuntis ngayong taon, ibinahagi ni POPCOM executive director at Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III, na bukod sa alok na home delivery ng pantatlong buwang supply ng mga family planning supply sa mga kasama sa family planning program, bukas din ang mga health center para sa mga kababaihan na nais sumailalim sa injectables at subdermal implants.
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16-day Daan sand sculpture and music festival kicks off in Taiwan’s Taichung


Daan Sand Sculpture and Music Festival will be held at the Da-an Sea Theme Park starting June 27 with the life-like sculpture appears ultra-realistic from any angle.


The sand sculpture exhibition will be exhibited from June 27 to July 12, and an opening press conference will be held on the 27th. Then in the evening, there will be a concert of star-studded personalities. Come and play with the water, and experience the fun. Parent and child can also do a DIY sand sculpture.

Taichung’s Daan Coastal Park covers an area of 17 hectares where you can find beaches and soft sand. When low tide stretches hundreds of meters, a large stretch of sandy beach is suitable for summer wave.

Visitors can also experience surfing and kite surfing nearby. The city government upgrade the internal equipment to create the first coastal luxury camping area in Taiwan. After replacing it with a new look and meeting the local tourists, it will finally be officially put into trial operation in June this year.

There are rich tourism resources in Taichung’s coastal area which includes the Dajia Jenn Lann Temple, Niumatou Cultural Park, Dajia Old Street, Gaomei Wetland, Daan Coastal Park, and Wuqi Fishing Port.

Date: June 27 (Sat) to July 12 (Sun)
Time: 09:00-18:00
Location: Sand Sculpture Exhibition Area, Daan District, Taichung
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Check out this stuffed shrimp avocado sandwich from Subway in Taiwan


Avocado and shrimp stuffed together! SUBWAY, which focuses on low-calorie and healthy fast food, is the favorite of many fitness people and health conscious and it is the world's largest chain fast food brand. Subway’s best-selling "Avocado Shrimp" in Japan finally made its debut under strong demand in Taiwan.


The "avocado" with a dense taste and a unique aroma is a nutritious vegetable and fruit. Whether it is made into avocado pudding milk or salted, it can capture the favor of a avocado.


The new product also launched the "SUBWAY Fresh Shrimp Feast", which has the "Double Satisfaction Shrimp Fort", with super fresh sweet shrimp fills your mouth, which is very satisfying.

Subway selects the best quality prawns, pinkish-red prawns, bouncy and firm, fresh and juicy, seasoning with Wasabi mayonnaise, putting them in the fresh baked soft bread together with the cheese, our smooth avocado, and plenty of crunchy and juicy vegetables. 
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Check out the new 7-Eleven themed store in Taipei’s Ximending, can print customized shirt


Taipei’s Ximending has a lot of new spots and one of them is the Open Dreamworld Special Store of 7-Eleven which officially opened this moth of June 2020. It will be the first convenience store that can customize T-shirts.


The 7-ELEVEN Hanzhong Store in the Ximending business district transformed into a family oriented store as the main axis, using bright yellow-green contrasting colors, a variety of popular music elements and using multicolor light tubes, style iron frame, etc.

The biggest highlight of the whole store is the customized T-shirt experience area. People can choose their favorite OPEN Dreamworld characters and T-shirt sizes. There are six sizes of XS ~ 2XL.

Customers can choose Enter the English text to be printed and wait for 20 minutes on the spot to be your own unique OPEN! customized exclusive T-shirts to take home.

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362 Filipinos obtained Taiwanese citizenship in 2019


The Ministry of Interior (MOI) statistics released data showing 2,325 obtained Taiwanese citizenship with 86.1 percent mentioned their spouse was Taiwanese as the reason for their change of nationality.


362 Filipinos acquired Taiwanese passport in the whole 2019. Southeast Asians occupied a share of 95.84 percent or 3,295 people of all those becoming Taiwanese last year where 90.08 percent were women.

A total of 3,438 foreign nationals obtained Taiwanese citizenship in 2019, with the vast majority coming from the Southeast Asian nations with 2,325 came from Vietnam followed by the Filipinos.

Adjustments to the law have been made since 2016 with the aim of attracting foreign skilled workers, said MOI. For instance, foreigners who have made special contributions to Taiwan or qualify as senior professionals are eligible for adopting Taiwanese nationality without having to give up their native one, in a report from Taiwan News.
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Scientists discover flushing toilet can generate coronavirus aerosols


Even before, scientists kept on saying that flushing a toilet can produce a cloud of aerosols which can rise up to three feet and can be inhaled by the next user of the shared toilet or land on the surface of the bathroom. But apparently, the information tend to be ignored by many up to now that a new strain of coronavirus have emerged and infected millions of people around the globe.


On Tuesday (June 23), a new study was published  in the journal Physics of Fluids, proving that flushing a toilet can generate even more coronavirus particles already present in air or stool shed by the last user.

“The aerosols generated by toilets are something that we’ve kind of known about for a while, but many people have taken for granted...This study adds a lot of the evidence that everyone needs in order to take better action,” said Joshua L. Santarpia, a professor of pathology and microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, who has no involvement in the research.

Studies have found that coronavirus doesn't only stay in the cells of the lungs or the upper respiratory tract but also in the cell receptors in the small intestine. This is proven by patients who experienced diarrhea, nausea and vomiting among other symptoms.

With this, experts advised individuals to close the toilet lid first before triggering the flushing process. They also encourage everyone to avoid touching their face, practice hand hygiene, and wear  a mask even in the bathroom to lessen the exposure to the virus.
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