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PHILIPPINES NEWS
1 March 2020

HOUSE EYES REVISIONS ON VAPES REGULATION

MANILA — Lawmakers are looking at revising regulations on e-cigarettes and
vapes set in President Duterte’s executive order.
Proponents of bills regulating electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS)
products in the House said the final consolidated version of the law is
likely to amend certain provisions of EO 106.
The STAR learned that the joint House committees on health and trade and
industry have agreed on certain provisions of the proposed measure which do
not conform with the EO.
For instance, the minimum age allowed to use e-cigarettes, vapes and heated
tobacco products (HTPs) in EO 106 is 21 years, while the House panel is
considering the minimum age of 18 years.
The law recognizes 18 years as the country’s legal age. It is also the age
set in most of the bills filed on ENDS regulation, consistent with existing
regulations on tobacco smoking.
Proponents argued it would be illogical to set more stringent regulation on
ENDS, which have reportedly been proven to be less harmful than combustible
cigarettes and which are being used globally to reduce tobacco users.
Members of the panel’s technical working group (TWG) opposed the prohibition
of persons under the age of 21 from using and purchasing ENDS and HTPs
because conventional cigarettes can easily be accessed by those aged 18, 19
or 20.
They stressed that setting the minimum age at 21 could be accepted only if
Republic Act 9211 (Tobacco Regulation Act) is amended to set the minimum age
for smoking at 21.


BFP KICKS OFF FIRE PREVENTION MONTH WITH COMMUNITY-CENTERED CAMPAIGN

MANILA - The Bureau of Fire Protection on Sunday kicked off its
community-centered campaign for the Fire Prevention Month.
With its campaign titled "Matuto Ka, Sunog Iwasan Na," the bureau hopes to
educate the public on fire safety, according to BFP-Metro Manila Chief Supt.
Wilberto Tiu.
"We want the community to really practice fire safety. We want the community
to develop the culture of safety, security, discipline and self-help," he
said.
"Gusto namin ang lahat ng Pilipino bigyan ng halaga ang seguridad, safety,
disiplina upang matuto. Pagdating ng sakuna, everyone is already
self-reliant."
Tiu said the bureau aims to have a "fire safe nation" by 2034.
"The administration has already approved the modernization of the BFP with
the necessary equipment and resources," he said.
Tiu said the BFP recorded fewer fire incidents in the first 2 months of this
year compared to the same period in 2019, Tiu said without giving figures.



PAL OFFERS 80 PERCENT DISCOUNT ON SELECT FLIGHTS ON 80TH ANNIV

MANILA - Philippine Airlines announced Sunday discounts of up to 80 percent
on its fares for select flights in celebration of its 80th anniversary.
PAL said it is offering flights from Manila to Cebu and Puerto Princesa for
P880 one-way, while flights from Manila to Bohol are at P1280, Caticlan at
P1580, Siargao at P1808, and Batanes at P2888.
Those flying from Clark can enjoy cheaper fares with flights to Puerto
Princesa at P480, Siargao at P880 and San Vicente, Palawan at P980.
Those flying between Davao and Zamboanga can enjoy the cheapest fares at
P80.
Select Asian destinations Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore are
also on offer for $80, while flights to international destinations like San
Francisco, California and Vancouver, Canada are also on offer for $480.
Booking period is from March 1 to 8, and travel period is from March 16 to
Dec. 10, 2020 for domestic flights, and April 1 to Dec. 31, 2020 for
international flights.
PAL said the promo seats are subject to availability and terms, and are
exclusive of government taxes, fees, ticketing service charge and
surcharges.


67TH MALASAKIT CENTER OPENS IN AKLAN

MANILA — Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go opened the 67th Malasakit Center last
Friday in Kalibo, Aklan and turned over financial assistance to local
authorities for the benefit of victims of Typhoon Ursula last December.
The Malasakit Center in Kalibo is located inside the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon
Memorial Hospital.
It is a one-stop shop for patients who need financial and medical assistance
from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the
Departments of Health (DOH) and of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),
and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
“If you’re handed a hospital bill, there’s no need to go out. Just visit the
Malasakit Center, where four government agencies shall assist you. The
target is to lower your bill to zero,” said Go.
The senator, who chairs the Senate committee on health and demography,
explained that the Malasakit Center easily qualifies a patient to benefits.
“If you’re the patient, poor and indigent, a Filipino citizen, then you’re
qualified,” he assured.


LOOK: DANIEL PADILLA'S SISTER MAGUI TURNS 18

MANILA - Margaret "Magui" Ford, the eldest daughter of actress-host Karla
Estrada, has turned 18.
They celebrated her debut at The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in Taguig City on
Friday.
It was attended by their family friends from showbiz including her brother
Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Julia Barretto and Dominic Roque among
others.
Also at the event were Vice Ganda, Ruffa Gutierrez, Jackie Forster, Kobe
Paras, Dani Barretto, Leon Barretto, Vina Morales, Melai Cantiveros and
Jolina Magdangal.
Earlier that day, Estrada already took to Instagram to greet her daughter a
happy birthday.
"Thank you anak for always making me proud! I love you and I will always be
here to protect you. God bless you more and more," she said.


NBA SCORES FEB 28


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Timberwolves 17-41    35    30    31    29    125
team logo Magic 27-32    35    34    34    33    136
SCORING LEADERS
    D. Russell MIN
28 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST
    T. Ross ORL
33 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Hornets 21-38    25    27    21    26    99
team logo Raptors 42-17    23    18    25    30    96
SCORING LEADERST. Rozier CHA
18 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
P. Siakam TOR
24 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Nets 26-32    36    26    36    20    118
team logo Hawks 18-43    29    39    40    33    141
SCORING LEADERS
    S. Dinwiddie BKN
24 PTS, 1 REB, 13 AST
    J. Collins ATL
33 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Kings 25-34    21    29    31    23    104
team logo Grizzlies 28-31    30    17    28    26    101
SCORING LEADERSD. Fox SAC
25 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
D. Brooks MEM
32 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Thunder 37-23    24    23    22    17    86
team logo Bucks 51-8    31    39    37    26    133
SCORING LEADERSC. Paul OKC
18 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
G. Antetokounmpo MIL
32 PTS, 13 REB, 6 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Mavericks 36-24    31    24    38    25    118
team logo Heat 37-22    31    32    25    38    126
SCORING LEADERSS. Curry DAL
37 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
J. Butler MIA
26 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Cavaliers 17-42    25    30    28    21    104
team logo Pelicans 26-33    43    27    25    21    116
SCORING LEADERSC. Sexton CLE
31 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
B. Ingram NO
29 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Wizards 21-37    28    32    21    38    119
team logo Jazz 37-22    31    27    32    39    129
SCORING LEADERS
    B. Beal WAS
42 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
    D. Mitchell UTA
30 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Pistons 20-41    29    23    32    29    113
team logo Suns 24-36    24    29    26    32    111
SCORING LEADERS
    D. Rose DET
31 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
    D. Booker PHO
26 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST


FINAL
    1    2    3    4    T
team logo Nuggets 40-19    27    29    23    24    103
team logo Clippers 40-19    37    29    32    34    132
SCORING LEADERSN. Jokic DEN
21 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
P. George LAC
24 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST

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