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580K Covid-19 cases new record-high in US
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580K Covid-19 cases new record-high in US

WASHINGTON, January 2, 2022 – The United States has set several new records in Covid-19 indicators as the pandemic enters its third year, and health experts have warned of a “tidal wave” in 2022. The country shattered the daily Covid-19 cases record again as over 580,000 daily cases were recorded nationwide on Thursday, according to the...

Philippines’ 2021 population growth lowest in 7 decades
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Philippines’ 2021 population growth lowest in 7 decades

MANILA – The Philippines’ population for 2021 increased by 324,000 or a mere 0.3 percent compared to the 2020 data of 914,797 births. The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) said on Monday the annual “natural increase” was the lowest since the period 1946 and 1947 when the population grew by 254,000. “Filipinos remained prudent by...

80% of Filipinos seek sustainable, ‘meaningful’ way to travel
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80% of Filipinos seek sustainable, ‘meaningful’ way to travel

MANILA – More and more Filipinos are getting “thoughtful and deliberate” in how they travel, with about 80 percent, saying they want to visit a place in ways that could also benefit local communities, both economically and socially. In a commissioned research forwarded by Airbnb on Tuesday, over 80 percent of Filipinos polled said it is...

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Philippines halts inbound tourism for public health, safety

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday supported the pandemic task force’s decision to suspend the entry of foreign tourists to the Philippines, saying public health and safety remain a priority. The Philippines originally planned to allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreigners to the country from December 1 to 15 but opted to...

Camiguin, Boracay scrap swab test for fully vaxxed guests
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Camiguin, Boracay scrap swab test for fully vaxxed guests

MANILA – Camiguin and two other destinations are scrapping the swab test requirement for fully vaccinated visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Saturday. In a statement, the agency said Camiguin will start accepting vaccination cards in lieu of a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test result starting Monday, November 15, while Boracay and Guimaras will...

Trudeau calls for clearing cyberspace of hate, disinformation at peace forum
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Trudeau calls for clearing cyberspace of hate, disinformation at peace forum

OTTAWA — Hate speech, disinformation and online extremism can’t be allowed to prevent people from enjoying the freedom that cyberspace offers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday at an international discussion on the internet. “There is no doubt: the digital space has incredible power for good. But from disinformation on vaccines to online extremism, we’ve...