Related News

Bukidnon shells out P1B to aid 200,000 families
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Bukidnon province is shelling out a billion pesos to spend mainly for aiding some 200,000 families in their food and other essential needs while they go through community quarantine. Governor Jose Maria Zubiri, in a statement, said the original target for assistance was 100,000 poor families for which the provincial ...

MMDA enforcers fired for allegedly extorting money from food delivery drivers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Two traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have been sacked after allegedly extorting money from two food delivery motorcycle drivers in Makati City. In a statement on Saturday, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said the enforcers--who have not been identified--were arrested by authorities on ...

863 Filipino seafarers now home from Miami, Florida
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) - The government continues work to bring more Filipinos home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced the arrival of 863 Filipino seafarers from Miami, Florida at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The seafarers arrived Saturday morning aboard two Boeing-747 ...

Fintech startups throw financial lifeline to Philippines' unbanked
NIKKEI - 2020-04-18
The province of Nueva Ecija, to the north of Manila, is known as the granary of the Philippines. Peer-to-peer lending platform Cropital is working hard to connect farmers there in need of financing to potential lenders. Cropital interviews each farmer to determine ability to repay. Those who pass screening are listed on the platform and can ...

COVID-19 cases drop in Zamboanga peninsula
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- The number of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus disease in Zamboanga peninsula continued to decrease after two more female patients were discharged Saturday from confinement in this city. Physician Justin Paber, incident command center spokesman of Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC), said the two ...

Philippines' COVID-19 cases breach 6,000; death toll nears 400
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- The number of coronavirus infections nationwide has surpassed 6,000 cases as the Department of Health confirmed 209 new patients on Saturday. The country has also been seeing a rise in the number or recoveries, which is now at 516. The DOH said 29 more people have recovered from the viral illness.

Calauag town has 5 new COVID-19 patients; Quezon record jumps to 48
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
LUCENA CITY -- Quezon province has at least five new confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) carriers on Saturday, bringing the total number of infected persons in the province to 48. In its 1 p.m. report, the Quezon Provincial Information Office, citing the latest record from the Integrated Provincial Health Office, disclosed that all five new ...

Business as usual for Pampanga-based firm producing medical equipment parts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Texas Instruments (TI) workers going to Clark Freeport have been assured of unhampered passage to Mabalacat City so they can continue producing microchips for medical equipment, including ventilators for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients. Mayor Crisostomo Garbo, on Saturday, said he gave that assurance to ...

Nearly 30,000 quarantine violators arrested nationwide in a month
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- A month into the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine and similar lockdowns in other areas, nearly 30,000 violators had been arrested nationwide, according to data from the Philippine National Police. From March 17, day one of the Luzon-wide lockdown, until April 17, a total of 29,632 individuals ...

Russia tries again to win UN approval for virus resolution
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
UNITED NATIONS -- Russia is trying again to win U.N. General Assembly approval for a resolution on the coronavirus pandemic, dropping a call to end unilateral sanctions without U.N. Security ...

'I want to hug you, Mommy': a Filipina nurse's fight vs COVID-19 in New York City
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- "Mommy, I want to touch you." It has been more than a month since Sanchie Macalinao last hugged her youngest daughter. She is an ICU nurse in a hospital in Manhattan, New York City. She takes care of two to three COVID-19 patients almost every day. "No. No touching," Sanchie would always remind ...

DOLE: Hazard pay for private health workers awaiting IATF, Duterte's approval
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
[Translation: But we will wait for the approval of the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force, and finally, the approval of the President.] Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier announced that the Labor Department is already in talks with employers to mandate a minimum hazard pay for health workers in the private sector.

DBM: Nearly ?200B released to DSWD for COVID-19 cash aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- The Department of Budget and Management says it has handed almost ?199.98 billion to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for distribution to over 18 million low-income household during the enhanced community quarantine. Under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, the government's Social ...

Neda acting chief Chua to assume post next week -- Palace
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- National Economic Development Authority (Neda) acting Director-General Karl Kendrick Chua is set to assume his post next week following the resignation of former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia from the post, Malacañang said Saturday. "The Palace expresses its sincerest gratitude to former ...

Labor Secretary Bello's sister succumbs to COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III disclosed Saturday that his sister died of the coronavirus disease after more than three weeks in the hospital. In an online Laging Handa media briefing, Bello said Catherine was admitted on March 25, and that "she was about to recover, I don't know kung anong ...

Davao Occidental gov, daughter donate P3M to health frontliners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
DIGOS CITY -- Davao Occidental Governor Claude Bautista and his daughter, Dumper Partylist Rep. Claudine Diana Bautista, pledged P2 million and P1 million, respectively, for the staff members ...

COVID-19 mass testing to start in Lipa City
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
LIPA CITY, Batangas -- The mass testing for the novel coronavirus will start in the city by next week according to Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa. Lipa City has the highest number of COVID-19 cases based on the data of the Department of Health Region 4-A. As of April 17, Lipa City has 20 COVID-19 cases, with five deaths including a 23-day-old infant.

Global virus deaths pass 150,000 as Trump says China hiding toll
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
WASHINGTON -- World coronavirus deaths surged past 150,000 Friday as US President Donald Trump accused China of continuing to cover up its toll, even after Beijing revised figures sharply upward for Wuhan, the original epicenter of the global pandemic. COVID-19 fatalities mounted in the United States and hard-hit Western European countries ...

Coronavirus Testing Needs to Triple Before the U.S. Can Reopen, Experts Say
New York Times - 2020-04-18
As some governors consider easing social distancing restrictions, new estimates by researchers at Harvard University suggest that the United States cannot safely reopen unless it conducts more than three times the number of coronavirus tests it is currently administering over the next month. Level needed to safely reopen 152 tests 150 tests per ...

Cops, soldiers to probe Abu Sayyaf members behind Sulu clash
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The Bangsamoro regional police and the Western Mindanao Command will cooperate in identifying the Abu Sayyaf bandits who killed 11 Army personnel in a clash in Patikul, Sulu Friday for them to be prosecuted in court.

POLO officer in Dubai suspended over alleged misconduct
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) -- A Philippine Labor official stationed in Dubai has been suspended due to alleged misconduct. A statement from the Department of Labor and Employment Friday said Secretary Silvestre Bello III had ordered the immediate administrative suspension of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) welfare officer ...

PH labor officer in Dubai suspended for allegedly cursing OFW over food aid
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered the immediate suspension of a Philippine labor official in Dubai after an overseas worker complained of verbal abuse in a viral video. In a statement late Friday, Bello said he placed welfare officer Danilo Flores of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai ...

Military to sustain security operations while enforcing quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
ZAMBOANGA CITY--The military will continue its drive against armed groups while helping local governments and health authorities fight the spread of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections ...

Most parts of PH to enjoy fair weather on Saturday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
In its 4 a.m. live weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said easterlies or trade winds are currently affecting the eastern ...

China's economy just shrank for the first time in decades. It could still eke out growth this year
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-17
(CNN) -- The coronavirus pandemic has dragged China's economy into its worst three-month period in decades -- and the road toward recovery will likely be long. But the country may still eke out some growth this year, unlike its Western counterparts. The world's second largest economy shrank 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a year ...

China could emerge from the pandemic even stronger
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-17
(CNN) -- It's official: Even the world's second biggest economy, on a growth streak lasting four decades, was no match for the coronavirus pandemic. China's economy shrank 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a year earlier, according to government statistics released Friday. The superlatives: The plunge is the worst for a single ...

Philippines' economic planning minister resigns over "differences" with cabinet
Reuters - 2020-04-17
Philippine Economic Planning Secretary Ernerso Pernia said on Friday that he had resigned, citing personal reasons and "differences" with some cabinet officials. His resignation comes as the Philippines economy,

PH consumer confidence for Q2, next 12 months dives
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
Filipino consumers are less optimistic about their prospects in the second quarter of 2020 and the rest of the year due to worries about inflation and stagnant income, according to the latest survey of the central bank. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said consumers were less buoyant as the confidence index of the ...

Fitch: PH faces wary private sector in infra policy shift
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
The Philippine public-private partnership (PPP) market for infrastructure is set to become "moderately favorable" now that President Duterte is more open to taking this route instead of just relying on official development assistance (ODA). This, according to think tank Fitch Solutions, which noted, however, that the past track record of ...

Globe in $4-M acquisition deal with US-based cloud consulting group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
Globe Telecom is buying up assets of a United States-based cloud consulting group to expand offerings for its business costumers. Globe said on Friday that the deal was valued at $4 million and would involve the acquisition of "substantially all of the assets" of Cascadeo Corp. and Cascadeo Partners. "The joint venture with Cascadeo will ...

DPWH to fast-track rollout of projects after lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is preparing plans to "fast-track" the rollout of projects under its infrastructure pipeline that had stalled due to the new coronavirus ...

Ayala Group collaborates for WTC We Heal as One Center
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
It may seem that Filipinos have seen it all--from the most destructive typhoons, massive flooding, powerful earthquakes, peaceful revolts to devastating volcanic eruptions. But while these may have left a wide swath of destruction, a nation as resilient as the Philippines would always manage to rebuild and recover triumphantly, thanks to the ...

Revised water concession deal seen by June
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
Manila Water Co. Inc. remains under the control of the Ayala group as the deal with the Razon group still had unmet conditions and as the present management focuses on negotiations with the government related to changes in their concession agreement. "We remain open to discussions with the government," Manila Water chair Fernando Zobel de ...

Convention centers, arenas find new purpose in the time of COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
Crisis has a way of bringing out the best in a nation. For many Filipinos, any new calamity or tragedy often becomes a test of their resiliency, mettle, bayanihan spirit and ingenuity. Today, the ...

Homonhon residents rail against arrival of foreign vessel loading China-bound ore
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
TACLOBAN CITY--The people of Homonhon Island of Guiuan town in Eastern Samar province are holding a silent protest over the continued loading of chromite ore on a China-bound ship that has docked on the island. Tarpaulins and placards have been displayed outside their houses to express their opposition to the continued mining of their natural ...

Delay snags Luzon lab for COVID-19 mass testing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--The setting up of a complete laboratory for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mass testing in provinces within Luzon but outside of Metro Manila has been delayed due to a snafu in the choice of cargo plane. The equipment and supplies for the laboratory were expected to reach the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional ...

The state of real estate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
Conducting webinars is now part of the new normal. On April 8, the Philippine Daily Inquirer conducted a webinar entitled "The State of Real Estate". I had a great time sharing the platform with Prof. Enrique Soriano, Inquirer Property Section editor Tek Samaniego and Icon Executive Search managing director Patt Soyao. It was also an ...

No plan in sight: Test troubles cloud Trump recovery effort
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
WASHINGTON -- The United States is struggling to test enough people to track and control the spread of the novel coronavirus, a crucial first step to reopening parts of the economy, which ...

'Smart toilet' tracks health by analyzing urine, stool
UPI.com - 2020-04-17
Few think of the toilet as a font of valuable information, outside what you might read while you're sitting on the throne. But a "smart toilet" is being developed that will help track your health by analyzing your excretions, researchers say. The toilet would be fitted with technology that can detect a range of disease markers in stool and ...

Coronavirus FAQs: Can Sunlight Kill The Virus? How Risky Is An Elevator Ride?
NPR - 2020-04-17
Can sunlight kill the coronavirus? What about UV light? Sunlight contains three types of ultraviolet light - UVA, which tans your skin (and ages it) and can cause eye damage; UVB, which burns and also ages skin; and UVC, which is "the most harmful one" because it's quite good at destroying genetic material, explains Juan Leon, a virologist ...

Bradley Tusk on starting a company and seed investing in the coronavirus era
TechCrunch - 2020-04-17
Bradley Tusk has carved a unique path in the VC investment landscape: A longtime political and communications operative, he has built a track record for Tusk Ventures by going after highly regulated industries, rather than shying away from them. Whether it is ride-hailing, sports betting, cannabis or myriad other regulated sectors, Tusk takes ...

NASA and SpaceX plan to launch the first astronauts from US soil in nearly a decade on May 27
Business Insider - 2020-04-17
The last time US astronauts blasted off American soil in an American spaceship was in July 2011. Elon Musk's rocket company is about to change that.

Adjusting a key brain receptor could control binge drinking
UPI.com - 2020-04-17
April 17 (UPI) --Deactivation of a stress-signaling system in the brain, the opioid receptor system, can decrease binge drinking, scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina say, according to a study published in the May edition of Neuropharmacology. Binge-drinking is scientifically defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse ...

Random notes from the bunker
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-17
Never is it more alive than in moments of long isolation as this. Let the mind breathe freely and savor the oxygen of absolute isolation without the incessant calls of duty, obligations, official business and functions. When we go back to normal life, after this dark period is over, what are the valuable lessons (may nahugot) from the experience?

People are paying more attention to advertising during the coronavirus lockdown, and brands that pull their ads could be missing out
Business Insider - 2020-04-17
Tech company Playground XYZ said people spent 20% more time looking at ads in areas like personal finance.

Bill and Melinda Gates have been storing food in their basement for years in anticipation of a pandemic
Business Insider - 2020-04-17
Melinda Gates revealed on BBC Radio that her family had the conversation years ago about what they would do if a pandemic hit.

France reports 761 more coronavirus deaths
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-17
PARIS, France -- France on Friday reported 761 more deaths from COVID-19 in hospitals and nursing homes over the last 24 hours, bringing the total toll in the country from the epidemic to 18,681. But top health official Jerome Salomon told reporters that in more positive news the total numbers in hospital fell for the third day in a row ...

Facebook unveils new hugging 'like' option
UPI.com - 2020-04-17
April 17 (UPI) --Facebook began rolling out a new emoji reaction Friday, allowing users to show they "care" in response to their friend's posts. The emoji, which features a smiling face hugging a red heart, will be one of seven possible "like" reactions for Facebook posts. On Facebook Messenger, the new reaction will consist of a pulsing heart.

After Texas Abortion Ban, Clinics In Neighboring States See Influx Of Patients
NPR - 2020-04-17
Planned Parenthood clinics in Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada are reporting an influx of patients from Texas, after an order from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suspending most abortions in that state during the coronavirus pandemic. New data provided to NPR by Planned Parenthood show a more than seven-fold increase in patients traveling from Texas to ...

What Tim Cook Said in Apple's Covid-19 Meeting
Inc - 2020-04-17
On Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook held an all-hands meeting with his global employees about Covid-19's impact on the company. And his comments -- both rosy and concerning for Apple employees -- have leaked. In a virtual meeting with company employees, Cook said that while the world lives in an "uncertain and stressful moment," he's confident that ...

Pioneer Data Privacy | Website Terms and Conditions | Copyright 2014. Pioneer Insurance. All Rights Reserved.