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UP scientists aim to double COVID-19 test kit output by May
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19)-- The team of scientists who delivered the country's first locally-developed test kits for COVID-19 detection aims to double their production capacity by next month. Dr. Raul Destura, Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center and inventor of the GenAmplify(TM) COVID-19 rRT-PCR Detection ...

Bulacan cops detain ex-Anakpawis rep, other activists set to deliver aid to farmers -- Bayan Muna
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Former Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao and other activists who were set to deliver lockdown aid to farmers in Norzagaray, Bulacan, were detained at the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, according to information from Bayan Muna. A statement from Bayan Muna on Sunday said that Casilao and other members of the Tulong Anakpawis ...

Four soldiers killed in two separate clashes with communist rebels
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) - More soldiers were killed in two separate clashes between government troops and communist rebels on Sunday. Three soldiers were killed and four others were wounded when government troops encountered members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, Sunday morning, the Armed ...

DILG urges quick and efficient use of over ?6-B grant in COVID-19 fight
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the immediate and proper use of the Bayanihan Grant to Provinces (BGP), a one-time ?6.197 billion financial assistance for provincial governments in their fight against the deadly coronavirus disease. "Time is of the essence in this ...

South Korea to roll out additional support plan for COVID-19-hit aviation industry
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
SEOUL -- As continued losses in the second quarter are expected for the aviation industry over COVID-19 pandemic, the South Korean government is expected to roll out an upgraded support measure for cash-strapped air carriers this week, according to the government sources on Sunday. According to the government, the fifth round of emergency ...

Defense chief orders deployment of more troops to enforce strict quarantine measures
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines is deploying more troops to implement strict quarantine measures, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Sunday. Lorenzana, who also heads the national task force against COVID-19, said he has directed AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Felimon Santos to help the police ...

SMC donates 40,000 sets of PPE to over 60 healthcare facilities
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- The San Miguel Corporation has completed its delivery of 40,000 sets of protective gear to more than 60 hospitals nationwide, fueling its efforts to help in the country's fight against COVID-19. The Ramon Ang-led conglomerate said Sunday that it is now waiting for the arrival of the first 10,000 ...

COVID-19 deaths in PH top 400 as cases rise to 6,259
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- Over 400 people have died in the Philippines due to the new coronavirus, the Health Department reported on Sunday. With 12 new fatalities, the death toll due to COVID-19 has reached 409, while the total number of infected individuals climbed to 6,259, with 172 new cases tallied. The Health Department ...

Philippines Records 12 New Coronavirus Deaths, 172 More Cases
New York Times - 2020-04-19
The Southeast Asian country now as a total of 6,259 confirmed coronavirus cases and 409 deaths, it said in a bulletin. It said 56 more patients have recovered, bringing the total to 572. (Reporting by Enrico dela Cruz;

Duterte to discuss modification or extension of ECQ with health experts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to talk with health experts about whether or not the period of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon would be extended or modified, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go said Sunday. In an interview over radio station DZBB, Go, a former special assistant to Duterte, said that the President ...

Political analyst: Govt must be responsive, take lead in managing COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- A political analyst says the government must take charge in managing the country's COVID-19 crisis, adding it must act to serve the people's best interest. Speaking to CNN Philippines Sunday, analyst Dindo Manhit said, "We see the bureaucratic challenge at times of dealing with the pandemic.

Kin of Abu Sayyaf leader killed in Sulu pursuit operation
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- A grandson of the Abu Sayyaf Group senior leader Radullan Sahiron was killed in an operation by soldiers in Sulu, military officials said Sunday. After receiving a tip from a highly-placed source, troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu conducted a pursuit operation to intercept two members of the ASG ...

DFA brings home 571 more Filipino seafarers
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) - More than 16,000 Filipino seafarers working abroad have been brought home by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) amid growing risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DFA said a group of 571 Filipino seafarers arrived in Manila Sunday morning. The seafarer returnees, crew members of the Norwegian ...

PH crime rate cut by more than half after a month of lockdown, PNP data show
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19)-- The crime rate in the country dropped by more than half one month since the implementation of lockdowns in Luzon and other areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine National Police reported on Sunday. Latest data from the PNP revealed that there were 1,984 crimes recorded nationwide from March ...

S. Korea to resume war remains excavation project in DMZ this week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
SEOUL -- South Korea will resume an independent project of excavating remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) this week, the defense ministry said Sunday, as Pyongyang remains unresponsive to calls to work together as agreed. Under the bilateral military accord signed on Sept. 19, 2018, Seoul ...

Robredo urges gov't officials to set aside feud amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- Following senators' call for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo said government officials must set aside their differences for the time being while the administration grapples with the rising COVID-19 cases. In her radio show on Sunday ...

Mom of Lipa City baby who died of COVID-19 tests positive
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
LIPA CITY, Philippines (The Filipino Connection) -- The 26-year-old mom of a baby boy who died of COVID-19 has tested positive for the virus, Lipa City Mayor Eric Africa said Sunday. In a Facebook bulletin on Sunday morning, Africa said the patient is a resident of Barangay Lodlod and had no symptoms of the disease. She is the mother of 23-day ...

Liquor makers appeal for lifting of total ban on alcoholic beverages amid COVID-19 quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) - Major liquor makers in the country appealed on Saturday for the government to lift the total ban on alcoholic beverages amid the COVID-19 quarantine. In a letter addressed to Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, the Center for Alcohol Research and Development Foundation Inc. said ...

Barangay health, daycare workers, "tanods" now included in SAP
Gov - 2020-04-19
DAVAO CITY, April 19 (PIA) - The Department of Social Welfare and Development directed all its regional offices implementing the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to include barangay health workers, barangay tanod, and barangay day care workers as target ...

Sotto asks that the names of beneficiaries of gov't cash aid be made public
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- The Senate president proposes the names of all persons who received cash aid from the government's Social Amelioration Program (SAP) be made public in a bid for transparency. [Translation: We are hearing a lot of complaints saying the people who are qualified to get cash assistance under the ...

DOF: Q1 2020 revenues ?156B short of ?757B collection target due to lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- Government collections from taxes on businesses and individuals as well as customs duties reached P600.6 billion in the first quarter of this year, nearly 21 percent below the P757.12 billion target for the period, the Department of Finance disclosed on Sunday. The Bureau of Internal Revenue raked in ...

Arrests of prominent Hong Kong democracy activists spark fears of new protests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
HONG KONG -- The arrests of more than a dozen high-profile opposition activists for allegedly organizing unlawful protests last year has sparked fears that demonstrators may take to the streets ...

Hundreds protest against US coronavirus lockdown rules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
CONCORD, United States -- Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns -- with encouragement from President Donald Trump -- as resentment grows against the crippling economic cost of confinement. An estimated 400 people gathered under a cold rain in Concord, New Hampshire -- many on foot while ...

Coronavirus: Fears rise of collapse in healthcare as Covid-19 cases top 10,000 in Japan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
TOKYO - The number of Covid-19 cases in Japan topped 10,000 on Saturday (April 18) as the country hunkered down for its first weekend under a nationwide state of emergency, haunted by the specter of a breakdown of the healthcare system. People stayed home in many areas, heeding the call by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, who said a ...

Bulacan COVID cases reach 100
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Twenty-six new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases were recorded in Bulacan on Friday. The provincial health office said the number of confirmed cases in the provinces jumped to 100, with 22 fatalities. The latest fatality is a 61-year-old resident of Marilao. San Jose del Monte City and Marilao each recorded five ...

Westmincom: More Abu Sayyaf attacks expected after bloody Sulu clash
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The police and military are bracing for more attacks by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province in retaliation for casualties in past encounters with the military. Officials said Friday's deadly attack by Abu Sayyaf bandits on soldiers patrolling in Barangay Danag in Patikul, Sulu was meant to create the impression that ...

Sunday weather forecast: Cloudy skies with possible rain showers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
In its 4 a.m. live weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the easterlies continue to prevail over the eastern section ...

Barangay-level quarantines proposed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion urged the government to selectively lift quarantine restrictions at the barangay level when ...

PH virus cases pass 6,000th mark, deaths near 400
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines, -- The total number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country breached the 6,000th mark on Saturday, as the Department of Health (DOH) continued to monitor two communities where it is trying to contain the spread of the virus. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the department had tapped the ...

Filipinos evacuated from Cambodia, Vietnam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos from Cambodia and Vietnam were repatriated on Saturday amid the coronavirus disease, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. A total of 143 distressed ...

Agrinurture opens online store
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
Publicly listed Agri­Nurture Inc. (ANI) had long thought about establishing an online presence to complement its agro-commercial operations, and it took the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to suddenly move the schedule forward. ANI has thus joined the growing list of online merchants with the recent launch of its online delivery app ...

Senate to hold May 4 session despite rumor of quarantine extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate will continue its session after May 4 even with the rumor of a possible extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Saturday. "The legislative calendar cannot be changed -- not even if the executive department or the President were to announce that ECQ ...

Cognizant confirms Maze ransomware attack, says customers face disruption
TechCrunch - 2020-04-18
Cognizant, one of the largest tech and consulting companies in the Fortune 500, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack. Details remain slim besides a brief statement on its site, confirming the attack. "Cognizant can confirm that a security incident involving our internal systems, and causing service disruptions for some of our ...

Sorsogon bakeries will give poor residents free bread during quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Sorgoson provincial government gave flour to 238 bakeries so they could make free bread for poor families during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine enforced to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. In a statement on Saturday, Sorsogon Gov. Francis "Chiz" Escudero said the ...

14-day-old baby boy in Bataan catches COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- A 14-day-old baby boy has been formed as one of the latest cases of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, in the Bataan, Gov. Abet Garcia said on Saturday. In a Facebook post, Garcia announced that Bataan had three new cases - the 14-day-old baby in Orani, a 36-year-old woman in Limay, and a 59-year-old man in Balanga.

Startups Weekly: How will tech hubs weather the pandemic?
TechCrunch - 2020-04-18
Cities around the world have become home this decade to distributed tech teams and homegrown startup successes. Each of these additional layers of experience and specialization help to make each local community stronger, like what began happening in Silicon Valley many decades ago. Now layoffs are striking deep into these fragile, complex ...

Google Confirms Critical Chrome 81 Security Threat -- Update Now
Forbes - 2020-04-18
In the same week that Microsoft confirmed seven critical vulnerabilities for Windows 10 users, Google has confirmed what it refers to as a critical security vulnerability. According to a stable channel update notice published by Google Chrome technical program manager, Prudhvikumar Bommana, April 15, the critical vulnerability relates to a "use ...

A VC's Perspective On AI: Interview With Doba Parushev, Edison Partners
Forbes - 2020-04-18
While the global pandemic continues to put pressure on the economy, and venture capital is one area starting to succumb to the overall slump, interest and investment in artificial intelligence continues to be strong. On a recent AI Today podcast, Doba ...

Senate probe on Duque may be canceled if COVID-19 policies improve - Lacson
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate could not possibly pursue its inquiry on Health Secretary Francisco Duque III if the coronavirus disease situation would improve due to organized policies, Sen.

COVID-19 isn't stopping Verizon's 5G rollout
Mashable - 2020-04-18
PCMag.com is a leading authority on technology, delivering Labs-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services. Our expert industry analysis and practical solutions help you make better buying decisions and get more from technology. Verizon is still rolling out 5G expansion in locked-down cities and is on track to have 60 5G ...

Amazon using thermal cameras at some warehouses to scan workers for fevers
The Verge - 2020-04-18
Amazon is now using thermal cameras at its warehouses to help screen workers for fevers, Reuters reports. The thermal imaging cameras are faster to use than the standard forehead thermometers Amazon had been using to test workers for fevers, which are a primary symptom of the coronavirus. "We implemented daily temperature checks in our ...

BPI ready for further lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is prepared to service the needs of its eight million customers if ever the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is further extended. In a letter to clients, BPI president and chief executive officer Cezar Consing said the bank is preparing for an eventuality that the ...

MMDA enforcers held for extortion
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Two traffic enforcers of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) were arrested for allegedly extorting money from food delivery riders in Makati on Friday. Darwin Reyes and Elmer Balunsat allegedly demanded P500 from Nino Aguda and P100 from Francis Peria before allowing the food delivery riders to pass ...

Globe invests $4 million for cloud business
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Globe Telecom Inc. is acquiring the assets of US-based cloud consulting companies for $4 million or about P200 million as it seeks to expand the services it offers to its enterprise clients. Through subsidiary GTI Business Holdings Inc., Globe will purchase the assets of Cascadeo Corp., Cascedo Inc. and Cascadeo Partners ...

500 families homeless in Tondo fire
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 500 families were left homeless in a fire that hit a slum area in Tondo, Manila yesterday. The fire started at around 7:30 a.m. and quickly reached Task Force Alpha after 30 minutes, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection-Manila. The fire was put out at around 9:40 a.m. Some 500 families of Happyland were left ...

Valenzuela mayor scores DOH, DSWD for slow pandemic response
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian has expressed disappointment at the slow response of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Health (DOH) in providing relief and containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a podcast aired by ANC yesterday, Gatchalian said the DSWD ...

Review sought for debt risks in middle-income countries
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been urged to look into challenges faced by middle-income countries in debt repayment and come up with solutions to alleviate debt stress as they cope with economic fallout from the new coronavirus pandemic. This was contained in the communiqué of the Joint ...

LGUs urged to provide tax relief to power firms
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Energy (DOE) is urging local government units (LGUs) to give energy companies a grace period for paying taxes and other fees amid the extended enhanced community quarantine. The DOE earlier issued an advisory giving consumers grace period to pay their bills falling due during the original and extended ...

Toyota provides transpo, fuel rebates to frontliners
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMPC) is providing assistance to medical frontliners and its customers during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. TMPC said it has given its customers a 30-day extension on payment for loans ...

Allianz PNB offers financial assistance to its employees
philstar.com - 2020-04-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Bancassurance firm Allianz PNB Life Insurance Inc. has provided financial assistance to its employees amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, Allianz PNB chief marketing officer Gae Martinez said the company has implemented various measures to ensure the physical, mental and financial well ...

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