(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 02 June 2023) Southwest Monsoon affecting the country. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM MAWAR {2302} (FORMERLY "BETTY") LOCATION: 945 KM NORTHEAST OF EXTREME NORTHERN LUZON (26.9°N, 128.3°E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 95 KM/H GUSTINESS: UP TO 145 KM/H MOVEMENT: NORTHEASTWARD AT 25 KM/H FOR. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due Southwest Monsoon. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Moderate to Strong winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with Moderate to Rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 meters).

TOP STORIES – Wednesday, April 26, 2023

TODAY’S TOP STORIES (from online news monitoring)

26 April 2023, Wednesday, as of 9:00 a.m.

1. Sudan crisis:

-PHL plots land, air, sea exits for OFWs in conflict-hit Sudan

-DMW: PHL gov’t eyeing jobs in Saudi Arabia for OFWs fleeing Sudan

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, Phisltar, Rappler]


2. COVID-19 pandemic:

-PHL detects first case of Omicron subvariant ‘Arcturus’

-COVID-19 positivity rate up 11.7% nationwide

[ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, GMA News, Daily Tribune, Philstar, Manila Times, Business Mirror, Inquirer]


3. Vaccination confidence in PHL:

-UNICEF: PHL confidence in childhood vaccines declines 25% during pandemic

-UNICEF: Over 1 million Filipino kids missed out routine immunization in 2021

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, CNN PHL, GMA News]


4. SIM registration:

-DICT eyes removal of Facebook, TikTok of unregistered SIMs over extension

-20-M unregistered SIM cards, low turnout in islands prompted Marcos to extend registration

-Smart, Globe welcome extension of SIM registration deadline

-DICT: Low SIM registration turnout not due to lack of gov’t IDs

[Inquirer, Manila Bulletin, ABS-CBN News, GMA News]


5. Gov't 'looking for solutions' to power crisis in Occidental Mindoro – Remulla [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]


6. DOJ eyes writ of kalikasan over Oriental Mindoro oil spill [ABS-CBN News, GMA News, CNN PHL]


7. US firepower on display as ‘Balikatan’ nears close [ABS-CBN News, CNN PHL, Inquirer]


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