Ship carrying Canada’s trash leaves Subic Bay port

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 31, 2019   •   1585

Container ship MV Bavaria

The MV Bavaria or the ship carrying the 69 container vans full of trash from Canada, has left Subic Bay port, on Friday morning (May 31).

According to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairperson and Administrator Atty. Wilma Eisma, they closely documented the whole procedure, from MC Bavaria’s docking on Thursday (May 30) up to it’s departure Friday morning.

The whole process took 15 hours and it will take 20 days before the shipment arrives in Vancouver, Canada.

Eisma also said they will have stricter regulations regarding shipment containers.

“I think more than a change in the procedure here. Kaya iyan na-discover kasi binuksan so that procedure has to be in place habang may gustong mag-misdeclare how can you find out? (It was discovered because we inspected the contents. That procedure has to be in place while there are those who continue to misdeclare items)” she said.

Canada shuts borders to foreign nationals in bid to slow coronavirus

UNTV News   •   March 17, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada closed its borders to all foreign nationals except U.S. citizens and permanent residents on Monday (March 16), with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging people to stay at home to help stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

“We will be denying entry into Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents,” Trudeau told reporters at a news conference outside his home, where he is under quarantine.

“All Canadians as much as possible should stay home.”

The death toll in Canada jumped to four on Monday, from one on Sunday. All three new deaths were reported by the Pacific province of British Columbia.

Health officials say they have found about 350 cases of COVID-19 across all 10 provinces.

Trudeau acted after the premiers of the two most populous provinces – Ontario and Quebec – urged him to clamp down on the borders.

“These measures will help save lives,” he said, adding that trade would not be affected.

Canada shares a long unguarded frontier with the United States, which takes 75% percent of Canadian goods exports.

Asked why U.S. citizens were exempt, Trudeau said the close bilateral integration meant the United States was in a different category from other nations but added that more measures could be announced soon.

Trudeau said Canadians should not travel outside the country and urged citizens who were abroad to return home. He also said Canada would reroute all international flight arrivals to four airports – Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.

Canada has also imposed tougher screening requirements.

The Canada Border Services Agency said all travelers arriving from any international destination would now be told to self-isolate for 14 days.

Some visitors who flew into Canada over the weekend told reporters they had not undergone any screening.

Trudeau has said his Liberal government will soon announce a major stimulus package to help those hit economically by the outbreak. (Reuters)

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Canada’s Trudeau self-isolates as wife is tested for coronavirus

UNTV News   •   March 13, 2020

Justin Trudeau is embraced by his wife Sophie Gregoire as he watches results at his election night headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie are in self-isolation after she came down with flu-like symptoms and was tested for the new coronavirus, according to an official statement on Thursday (March 12).

The 48-year-old Liberal leader is exhibiting no symptoms and will continue to work from home until the results of his wife’s test comes in, the statement said. However, face-to-face meetings with provincial premiers scheduled for Thursday and Friday will instead be held by phone.

“Having recently returned from a speaking engagement in London, UK, the Prime Minister’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau began exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night,” the statement from the prime minister’s office read.

“She immediately sought medical advice, and is being tested for the COVID-19 virus. She is self-isolating at home awaiting test results, and her symptoms have since subsided.”

The statement does not mention whether their three children are staying home as well.

Canada has just over 100 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, more than double the number from a week ago. With Manitoba and New Brunswick reporting their first presumptive cases in the past 24 hours, six of Canada’s 10 provinces have recorded COVID-19 contagion. (Reuters)

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DOLE warns vs fake job offers in Yukon, Canada

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2020

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has warned the public against bogus job offers abroad following reports received by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office about a fraudulent scheme that lures Filipinos to work in Yukon Territory in Canada.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that based on information they received, the scammer uses the name of a website of a legitimate Yukon Human Resources practitioner to dupe their unsuspecting victims.

The victims are then asked to pay US$440 in exchange for non-existent jobs.

The Labor chief said the scammers took advantage of DOLE’s announcement in September 2019 on the employment opportunities in various industries in Yukon.

It was in August last year when Bello and Minister Ranj Pillai signed a joint Communique to establish cooperation on the recruitment of Filipino workers to Yukon.

After the signing, a proposed memorandum of understanding was forwarded to Yukon, which aims to establish a system for the recruitment process in the deployment of Filipinos through a Nominee program under a government-to-government arrangement.

“This government to government agreement shall validate the existence of guaranteed employment offers. Hence, we are warning the public to be very cautious of this scam that seemingly capitalizes on the still-to-be finalized labor agreement between the Philippines and Yukon,” Bello said.

He, however, clarified that a bilateral labor pact has yet to be signed between the two parties.

“Based on the report by our POLO Vancouver, the Yukon government is still studying the memorandum of understanding, and DOLE will provide an update on this undertaking,” Bello said.

DOLE reiterated its advise to the public to visit the website of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (poea.gov.ph) to validate the authenticity of any job offers they receive.

He also urged jobseekers to report to the POEA via info@poea.gov.ph any suspicious job-related activities they encountered.

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