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Demand for pork products drops 25%; beef, chicken rises 10%

METRO Retail Stores Group, the largest supermarket operator in Cebu, has reported that demand for pork products has fallen by as much as 25 percent since September due to the African swine fever (ASF) scare. "We want to tell our consumers that Cebu is ASF-free," said Jennifer Nardo, divisional manager at Metro Retail, in an interview Saturday, November 9, 2019, …

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UP researchers are running for the Disaster Resilience Department

A disaster researcher is pushing for a swift passage of a bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), an agency that would specifically deal with disasters and other disasters in the country. Professor Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute, in an interview with Sun Star Davao & # 39; s Weekly Newsbits on …

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Palace not afraid VP may get intel to use vs Duterte at ICC

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is not afraid that Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo would hold drug war intelligence reports that could be used as evidence against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said this on Sunday, days after Robredo accepted the President's appointment as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs …

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Gwen bid for early hospital equipment

Bantayan District Hospital (CDND Photo / Rosalie Abatayo) CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia must not wait until 2020 before starting the bidding process for the equipment needed to upgrade the provincial and district hospitals that Capitol operates. By 2020, Capitol expects funds from Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) will be downloaded to the province's coffins as Cebu …

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PMA honors the cadet who drowned in the campus pool

The Philippine Military Academy on Saturday honored the remains of newbie cadet Mario Telan Jr., who drowned in the campus pool on Friday. PMA Distribution BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Military Academy honored Saturday's novice cadet Mario Telan Jr., found at the bottom of the campus pool. Telan appeared to have drowned in the 15-foot deep swimming pool during his …

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Magnitude 3.5 quake hits Cotabato

MANILA, Philippines – A 3.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Cotabato on Sunday morning, the Philippine Institute on Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The center of the quake was located 25 kilometers (km) northeast of Makilala town , Cotabato. It hit at 9:02 am, Phivolcs said in its earthquake bulletin. An Instrumental Intensity II was registered in Kidapawan City. The quake had a …

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What's baffling about recent Mindanao quakes

Seismotectonic map of the Oct. 16-31 temblors MANILA, Philippines – The series of earthquakes that struck Mindanao between Oct. 16 and Oct. 31, with magnitudes 6 or greater, should baffle laymen and scientists alike – because several characteristics of the seismic events remain poorly understood. For instance, why is it that the four largest events are of the same order …

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ePLDT launches major disaster recovery facilities

CLARK FREEPORT – Leading Industry Activation of Digital Solutions ePLDT Inc., together with PLDT Clarktel, officially launched the one that is probably the largest disaster recovery facility in Asia here on Wednesday. The VITRO Clark DR website was the first to launch a stand-alone North Luzon disaster recovery facility to serve Filipino companies. Strategically located next to the VITRO Clark …

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