Malacañang wants Filipinos to stay alert of Zika virus

The palace is asking Filipinos to be vigilant amid the spreading Zika virus in Latin America as the government places measures against the disease. The Department of Health (DOH) said the Philippines remains free of the Zika virus, although it had one documented case of the mosquito-borne disease four years ago.

The DOH added that it is ready to address the threat of Zika, but admitted it will be difficult to detect the virus among travelers. The Philippines is not yet issuing travel restrictions to countries affected by the Zika virus. But the DOH is advising pregnant mothers against traveling to the Americas.


At least 37 found dead as boat of refugees sinks off Turkey

The Turkish coastguard recovered on Saturday the bodies of women and children washed up on a beach after another migrant boat sank while trying to reach Europe. The incident leaves at least 37 refugees dead including children.

According to an AFP photographer at the scene, a body of a small child was seen in near the town of Ayvacik in northwestern Canakkale province. Meanwhile, another unknown number of other children also drowned after the boat ferrying them and their families from Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar, sank just off the Turkish coast while trying to get nearby the Greek island of Lesbos. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected most of the refugees being taken in by Germany from Syria and Iraq to return home once peace has returned to their own countries.


Oil Companies Rollback LPG Prices

Oil companies had a price rollback of its LPG products at 6:00 earlier this morning. Eastern Petroleum announced a rollback ahead of other oil companies, cutting back ₱3.36 per kilogram or ₱36.96 per 11-kilogram tank.

LPG prices decreased due to downward trend of LPG contract prices in the world market.


Former NEDA chief dies at 67

Former National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) director general and socioeconomic planning secretary Cayetano Paderanga Jr. passed away on Friday, January 27. In a statement, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said he helped reinvigorate NEDA as an institution. He added that under Paderanga’s watch, “the Public-Private Partnership Center was established, which played a significant role in the revitalization of the economy.”



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