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MR-OPV vaccine needed for increasing measles cases

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 20 (PIA) – The increasing number of measles cases in the country is among the reasons for the mass immunization being conducted by the Department of Health nationwide.

During the Kapihan sa Baguio media forum on Thursday, DOH-Cordillera Administrative Region Assistant Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan said that there are 117 confirmed cases of measles from January to October this year compared to 60 cases for the same period last year with a reported death from Baguio City. This represents a 95 percent increase of measles cases in the region this 2014.

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Floods affect 66 Capiz villages

By: Jemin B. Guillermo

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Oct. 20 (PIA) – A total of 66 barangays in Capiz experienced flooding due to the continuous heavy rain here, October 19.

Report from the Capiz provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office as of 6 a.m. today disclosed that the heavy rains put many barangays, especially the rice fields, underwater.

Of the total affected barangays, 17 were in Mambusao, 15 in Panitan, 13 in Sigma, six in Panay, five in Pontevedra, four each in Dao and Sapian, and one each in Ivisan and Roxas City.

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DavOr LGU provides cash aid to fire victims, rice assistance to villagers

GOVERNOR GENEROSO, DAVAO ORIENTAL October 20, 2014— The provincial government of Davao Oriental distributed cash aid and rice assistance to families in the village of Tibanban in Governor Generoso last October 14.

Thirty-five families received cash aid while some 2,489 poor families received rice assistance, distributed at the barangay gym.

Personally handed over by Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, the cash aid distribution responds to the fire incident here last August, which burned residents’ houses down to the ground.

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DSWD press statement on damaged goods for Mayon evacuees

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expressed regret over the inclusion of 33 food packs containing spoiled canned goods and expired noodles in the 22,350 food packs distributed to Mayon evacuees over the weekend, adding that they will immediately be replaced so as not to compromise the food needs of the people.

The Department however clarified that it is not 21 sacks as previously reported.

Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that DSWD will investigate why the incident happened when the goods were only newly procured.

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DA reports advances in agri-fishery rehab in Yolanda-stricken areas

As the country joins the world in commemorating this year’s World Food Day, the Department of Agriculture announced that the rehabilitation efforts in farming and fishing communities affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) continue, with focus increasingly shifting from clearing operations and immediate food production to the re-establishment of vital infrastructure and market linkages.