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PGH needs 136 patients to join plasma therapy study vs. COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- The Philippine General Hospital is preparing to conduct a study on how a form of plasma therapy can cure COVID-19, but it needs more than 130 patients to participate in a clinical trial, one of its experts said on Thursday. Hematologist Deonne Guiaran said the hospital needs 136 patients to join the ...

Duque urges Congress: Pass bill creating PH Center for Disease Control
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday urged Congress to approve the bill seeking to establish the Philippine Center for Disease Control (CDC) as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to afflict communities in the country. Duque expressed his support towards House Bill No. 6096 filed by Albay Rep.

Elon Musk's promised ventilators never delivered to California hospitals, governor's office says
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
(CNN) -- Elon Musk said last month he had obtained more than 1,000 ventilators to help California hospitals treating patients infected with the coronavirus, an effort California Gov. Gavin Newsom hailed as "heroic." Now, more than three weeks later, the governor's office says none of the promised ventilators have been received by hospitals.

IATF: Adequate water, power supply during quarantine - 2020-04-16
The weather outlook from April to September 2020 as predicted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration indicates near normal rainfall. The summer heat ...

Gov't to localize implementation of national plan vs COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- The national government will localize the implementation of the national plan against COVID-19. National Task Force COVID-19 spokesperson Restituto Padilla said Thursday that Metro Manila mayors have agreed to carry out the plan down to the barangay "to contain, isolate, and eliminate the threat ...

Consumer confidence still 'positive' in Q1 but COVID-19 outbreak darkens outlook - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Consumer confidence remained intact in the first three months of the year, but overall sentiment turned sour for the second quarter and the next 12 months as Filipinos brace for the impact of natural disasters and the coronavirus outbreak on prices of goods and their income, a central bank survey showed on Thursday.

Former DSWD chief, lawmakers slam agency's advisory on COVID-19 donation drives
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- A former Social Welfare secretary and some lawmakers have criticized the department's circulating advisory requiring permits and processing fees for COVID-19 fund drives. In a statement, former Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the department's order on the ...

PhilHealth to cover full hospital expenses of COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will shoulder the hospital bills of COVID-19 patients who are indigent members of the state-owned agency, its top officer said Thursday. "We are coordinating with the DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development]; so that those who are ...

Association leadership in a pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-16
Below are some noteworthy actions of what association leaders around the world have done: Virtual collaboration. Leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC), which has 60 members worldwide, was formed to showcase the value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people ...

CPP extends ceasefire, orders NPA units to stand down for 15 more days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines - Units of the New People Army (NPA) have been ordered to cease from making offensive actions against state forces as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) extends the ceasefire for 15 more days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement from CPP on Thursday, their Central Committee has extended the ...

DSWD to validate beneficiaries after release of COVID-19 cash aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- To ensure faster release of cash assistance amid the COVID-19 crisis, the government will check if recipients are qualified beneficiaries only after they receive the aid, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said Thursday. The agency said it amended its guidelines on the Social ...

LOOK: Philippine flag-inspired PPEs honor health workers in COVID-19 frontlines
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Since the start of the health crisis, local designers and manufacturers have pledged to produce protective suits for our own health workers-- and some made sure to put their own creative spin to them. While some took inspiration from the realm of entertainment-- from the hit Netflix series Money Heist to Teletubbies-inspired gear-- one ...

Cash-strapped DOLE suspends cash aid but DBM comes to its rescue - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Cash aid for formal workers was suspended on Thursday, but this appears to be temporary as the government vowed to funnel more funds to the program that has so far left more than 1 million workers hanging. In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is suspending its COVID-19 adjustment measures ...

GSIS opens online application for nationwide COVID-19 emergency loan program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) on Thursday (April 16) opened online applications for its COVID-19 emergency loan program available nationwide. In a statement, the GSIS said it set aside over P30 billion for the emergency loan program for members and pensioners, who are taking financial hits from the impact of COVID-19.

PCSO resumes processing of medical assistance requests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines--The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) resumed on Wednesday the processing of medical assistance requests amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) placed over Luzon and other parts of the country. All PCSO branches will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekdays given the curfew hours imposed local ...

SMC donations to COVID-19 efforts nearing ?1-B
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- Big businesses in the country have been active in extending aid to the government as it continues to grapple with the coronavirus epidemic. The big donors include San Miguel Corporation which has now donated nearly ?1 billion to COVID-19 initiatives. RELATED: TIMELINE: The COVID-19 response money ...

13 war veterans die of COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- The novel coronavirus has killed 13 war veterans, the Veterans Federation of the Philippines confirms. Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) has 39 veterans are under their care, with 29 of them admitted to the hospital. Of this number, 13 have been confirmed positive for COVID-19, the Federation ...

Recoveries exceed 400 as COVID-19 cases reach 5,660, DOH reports
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- Eighty-two more people have recovered from the coronavirus disease in the country, the biggest number of survivors confirmed by the Department of Health in a single day. This brings the total number of recoveries to 435, the DOH reported on Thursday. The Philippines now has 5,660 confirmed cases of ...

Central bank cuts interest rates to record low as COVID-19 drags economy
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas extended another lifeline to the pandemic-stricken economy, slashing interest rates to an all-time low. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno announced through a Viber message to reporters a 50 basis point (bp) reduction in the key interest rate to 2.75 percent, the lowest on ...

Only workers of tax-compliant small businesses can get wage subsidy, says BIR
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- Even as millions of affected middle-income earners have been rallying to get a share of the government's cash subsidy, only those who are part of the tax-compliant small businesses are eligible for the COVID-19 aid for now. Bureau of Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa made the ...

Palace: Debt moratorium not an option in boosting COVID-19 response
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government is not considering debt moratorium in augmenting funds for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government has enough funds to address the health crisis. "Hindi po yan opsyon na kinukunsidera ng ating pamahalaan ...

Philippines reports 13 new coronavirus deaths, 207 more infections
Reuters - 2020-04-16
The Philippine health ministry on Thursday reported 13 neweaths and 207 additional infections. In a bulletin, the health ministry said total deaths have reached 362 while infections have increased to 5,

At least 14 senators want Health Secretary Duque to resign over COVID-19 crisis response
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- Majority of senators on Thursday called for the immediate resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for what they said was his inefficient response to the COVID-19 crisis. A resolution signed by at least 14 senators sought Duque's resignation for his "failure of leadership, negligence, lack ...

DOH studying use of rapid test kits for discharging COVID-19 patients - Nograles
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) -- The Department of Health is studying the use of rapid antibody test kits as a "clearance mechanism" for COVID-19 patients, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said on Thursday. [Translation: The DOH is studying whether recovering patients could be tested ...

How coastal towns can feed constituents by helping small-scale fishers - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- As lockdowns restrict the movement of fisherfolk and also lead to a drop in seafood sales, some local government units have extended help to fishing communities by buying their catch for food aid for their constituents. The spread of the novel coronavirus in the country has made it tough for thousands whose lives depend ...

DOH: Marikina coronavirus lab not yet licensed to operate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The testing center for the coronavirus disease (2019) in Marikina City is not yet licensed to operate, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the department is still working with the local government unit for "immediate compliance." "Not licensed yet but ...

Benguet farmers transport 25 tons of produce for indigent families of Manila - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Twenty-five tons of upland vegetables from Tublay and other Benguet municipalities were donated to indigent families of Manila. This was made possible through Caritas Manila, which has recently transported them to Pandacan despite trucking problems faced by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Tublay LGU amid the COVID ...

PRO-9 'Adopt-a-Family' COVID-19 aid program helps 256 households - 2020-04-16
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- An initial 256 indigent families in the Zamboanga Peninsula have benefited from the Police Regional Office 9's "Adopt-a-Family" program to ease the plight of poor people affected by quarantine measures against COVID-19. The program is the contribution of the regional police command to help families in their ...

IMF says half the world has asked for a bailout
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
(CNN) -- Half of the world's countries have approached the International Monetary Fund for emergency loans to weather the financial crisis sparked by the global coronavirus pandemic. More than 100 countries so far have asked for emergency assistance, Kristalina Georgieva, IMF's managing director, told a meeting of G20 finance ministers and ...

Philippines cuts key rate in off-cycle move as recession looms
NIKKEI - 2020-04-16
Benjamin Diokno told reporters. The move comes ahead of the monetary policy announcement on May 21, and follows a 50-basis point reduction on March 19. The Philippines has made 125 basis points worth of cuts this year. Diokno, who has vowed to do "everything necessary" to save the economy from recession, had earlier dismissed off-cycle policy ...

BSP surprises, slashes key rates to record-low - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 2 6:28 p.m., April 16) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) delivered on Thursday fresh monetary stimulus outside schedule, pushing down key rates to new record-lows. In a Viber message to reporters, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the central bank slashed its overnight reverse repurchase rate by 50 basis ...

Philippine Central Bank Cuts Key Rate in Unscheduled Move
YAHOO! - 2020-04-16
The Philippine central bank cut its benchmark interest rate in an unscheduled move, seeking to keep the economy afloat amid the coronavirus outbreak.The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas lowered its key rate by 50 basis points to 2.

China is fighting the coronavirus with a digital QR code. Here's how it works
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
(CNN) - Imagine your daily routine being entirely dependent on a smart phone app. Leaving your home, taking the subway, going to work, entering cafes, restaurants and shopping malls -- each move, dictated by the color shown on your screen. Green: you're free to proceed. Amber or Red: you're barred from entry. This has been the reality for ...

Half the world is 'knocking on the door of the IMF' for bailouts, chief says
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
(CNN) - More than half of the world's countries have approached the International Monetary Fund for emergency loans to weather the financial crisis sparked by the global coronavirus pandemic. The IMF has $1 trillion in lending capacity and can "deploy emergency financing" quickly, as 102 countries come "knocking on the IMF door for lifelines ...

GSIS announces emergency COVID-19 loan for pensioners - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced Thursday that it was opening an online COVID-19 Emergency Loan program. In a statement issued Thursday morning, GSIS president and general manager Rolando Macasaet said that members may avail of the 20,000-peso loan, payable in three years at only 6% ...

Taiwan hands over 300,000 donated face masks to help PH fight COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Taiwan on Wednesday turned over 300,000 face masks to the Philippines, which will be used by medical workers on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus disease ...

Foreign cruise ships with Filipino crew now allowed to dock in Manila ports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government has now allowed foreign cruise ships with Filipino crew members to dock in Manila ports and to be used as quarantine facilities for their crew ...

They lost their jobs because of the pandemic. Now they're full-time video game coaches
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
(CNN) -- Trevor Andrews, 30, is a concert violist and music teacher who found his symphony performances canceled in late March as COVID-19 decimated the US economy. The private lessons he gave dried up as his clients cut back on their spending. The 30-year-old resident of South Portland, Maine, is an avid gamer who considers himself an expert ...

DOLE: Covid-19 pandemic displaces 1.5 million workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-16
The masks sell for P30 each, but he offers it at P100 for 4 pieces. The number of workers who were temporarily displaced due to the nationwide business disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has now reached 1.4 million, according to the Department of Labor and Employment. Based from its latest report, DOLE reported over ...

COVID-19 to have 'profound' mental health fallout - 2020-04-16
PARIS, France -- The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a "profound and pervasive impact" on global mental health as billions struggle to cope with isolated living and anxiety spikes, experts warned Thursday. In a paper published in Lancet Psychiatry, a panel of 24 specialists call for more funding for research into the impacts COVID-19 ...

Hot and humid weather to prevail over PH due to easterlies, says Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Hot and humid weather will prevail across the country on Thursday due to the easterlies or warm winds coming from the Pacific Ocean, the state weather bureau said.

SEC flags illegal "reseller" schemes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged the investing public to be wary of individuals or groups hawking reseller business partnerships that may only be a front for unauthorized investment schemes. In separate advisories issued on April 14, the SEC flagged the solicitation and investment-taking activities of JOCALS688 Beauty ...

Experts warn of urgent need for COVID-19 mental health research
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
(CNN) -- Mental health and brain research must be a higher priority in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, scientists have said, warning that the crisis could have a "profound" and "pervasive impact" on global mental health now and in the future. In a paper published Wednesday in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, researchers called for ...

Wave of loan restructurings seen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
Philippine banks are seen mostly willing to restructure, but not condone, debt incurred by businesses that are now under distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a recent Management Association of the Philippines meeting via videoconferencing, BDO Unibank Inc. president Nestor Tan said that given the challenging environment to date, banks ...

Apple unveils new budget iPhone
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
(CNN) -- After years of releasing smartphones with four-figure price tags, Apple is reintroducing a lower-cost, stripped down iPhone model in an apparent effort to broaden its customer base. During a virtual presentation with reporters on Wednesday morning, a new normal for tech launches during the global pandemic, the company announced a new ...

BOP swings to $839-M surplus in February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Philippine balance of payments (BOP) was back in the black in February as the amount it earned from its transactions with the rest of the world outpaced the amount of dollars it spent, according to the latest data from the central bank. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the $839-million surplus for February sharply ...

Caloocan health department on lockdown - 2020-04-15
The officer-in-charge of the city health department had tested positive for the disease, sources confirmed to The STAR yesterday. The doctor called for a meeting on Monday with division chiefs and staff about their COVID-19 response without disclosing that she had her swab samples taken after being exposed to two persons infected with the virus.

Asean Plus Three eye joint rice, cash reserves during pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
Workers unload tons of rice to be distributed to Quezon City barangays affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. (NONOY LACZA) THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), along with partners China, Japan and South Korea are now eyeing to use their joint rice and cash reserves to ensure food security among their members during the novel ...

Wear OS smartwatches now remind you to wash your hands
Mashable - 2020-04-15
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content ...

Astronomers discover brightest supernova ever - 2020-04-15
April 15 (UPI) --Astronomers have discovered the brightest supernova ever. The stellar explosion recorded by an international team of astronomers was twice as bright as the average supernova. When stars die, they collapse in on themselves and explode, releasing massive amounts of energy. In the Milky Way, a supernova occurs roughly once every ...

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