NCCA supports PH arts and culture enrichment

The National Commission for Culture (NCCA) and the Arts supports the preservation and improvement of arts and culture in the Philippines, earlier this month. Subcommission on the Arts section head Ferdie Isleta announced in a press conference in the Capitol of Batangas, that the agency has allocated P150 million pesos for the upcoming proposals and projects this coming 2016. The said budget will be given to the different sectors of different communities which will be used to need to spend and promote the local arts.


Metro Manila prepares hospitals for Cavite dengue patients

Metro Manila Health Officials are preparing for the possible overflow of dengue patients coming from Cavite, to the hospitals in Metropolis. San Lazaro Hospital in Manila is also in Code White Alert List after the hit of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome scare in the country, earlier this year. The Code White alerts all hospital staff to be on standby round the clock and prepared with medicines and other supplies. The Philippine National Police General Hospital is also open for patients with symptoms of dengue, which will be catered in the provided dengue express lane.


COMELEC to suspend voter registration during the filing of candidacy

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has announced the dates were voter registration will be suspended during the period of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy for the 2016 elections. The suspended schedule will be on October 12-16, 2015. Spokesperson James Jimenez said that there will be no extension on voter registration and the deadline would still be on October 31, 2015. Meanwhile, the Comelec officials said they are happy with the notable number of registered voters this year, which has a total of 52.3 million this July. The big part of these figures attributes to the mall registration.


BSP sees inflation rate to slow down

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that the inflation rate for this year could possibly slow down. According to BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr., it is due to the downward adjustments in power rates and rice prices for the month of September that may result to 0.2 to one percent inflation rate, lower than the recorded 0.6% rate last August. But Tetangco added that the slowdown may change due to the weakening of peso and the rising El- Niño phenomenon in the country. As of now, the BSP continues to monitor the prices of consumer goods for the attainment of their year-end target of two to four percent inflation rate.


DOH: Dog owners must vaccinate their pets against rabies

The Department of Health (DOH) said that dog owners should have their dogs vaccinated against rabies. According to DOH spokesman Lyndon Lee Suy, “the country is on its way on eliminating rabies.” There are 162 individuals who died from rabies from Jan. 1 to Aug. 29 this year, as per initial data of DOH. During the same period in 2014, the number is lower than the 268 cases reported to DOH during the same period in 2014. According to an online media article, “the World Health Organization (WHO) said rabies is 100 percent preventable through vaccination, but one person still dies of it every 15 minutes worldwide. Forty percent of the victims are younger than 15.


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