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More Filipinos saved money in Q1
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- More Filipinos are saving up their money to prepare for emergencies particularly health and hospitalization, according to a survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). According to the first quarter Consumer Expectation Survey (CES) conducted by the BSP, the percentage of households with savings reached an ...

UNWTO supports easing of travel restrictions
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is urging government to lift or ease travel restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so, in a bid for the tourism sector to aid in the global socioeconomic recovery amid the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic. In a report, the UNWTO emphasized that 96 percent of ...

2 Chinese, Pinoy nabbed for rob try
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Chinese men and their Filipino companion were apprehended after they allegedly tried to rob a Chinese couple in Muntinlupa over the weekend. Wang Huiyang, 27; Xie Jiannan, 30, and security guard Luwie Manuevo, 34, were taken into police custody. Prior to this, probers said the suspects managed to convince businessman ...

Tondo fire victims housed in schools
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- More than 750 families left homeless by a fire that broke out at a slum area in Tondo, Manila on Saturday are taking shelter in two schools. The local government assured authorities that quarantine measures would be implemented while the affected families are housed at the Vicente Lim and Amado Hernandez elementary schools.

Cebu village suffers discrimination over COVID cases
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Residents of Barangay Luz in Cebu City are reportedly experiencing discrimination after the city government locked down the village due to the high number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Sitio Zapatera. Village secretary and spokesperson Elde Brian Arañas said a pregnant woman was forced to deliver her ...

DTI seeks additional P30 billion for small businesses
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking P30 billion in additional funding to be made available for lending to micro and small enterprises whose operations were affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the agency has proposed additional funding worth P30 ...

To restart economies
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Economies planning to emerge from the lockdown should get their people back to work quickly and safely and have a plan to test more people for the coronavirus disease, according to World Bank president David Malpass. "As we think about emerging from the lockdown, what is important is that people get back to work pretty ...

Cebu records 7th COVID-19 death
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - Another patient died of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in Cebu on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths on the island province to seven. Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella said the patient, a resident of Barangay Mambaling, was admitted at a hospital on April 18. "Unfortunately, [the patient[ died before ...

More COVID cases listed in Bataan, Zambales
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines -- The provinces of Bataan and Zambales recorded three and four new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), respectively, officials reported yesterday. Aside from the new cases, Zambales also recorded two deaths believed to be due to COVID-19 on Saturday. The new confirmed cases in Bataan ...

9 Quezon City inmates with COVID recovering
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The nine inmates of the Quezon City Jail who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 are recovering, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) reported yesterday. BJMP chief Director Allan Iral said ...

More soldiers fielded in virus-hit areas
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will deploy additional troops in Metro Manila and other areas where cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 are high to help police implement the enhanced community quarantine, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday. Lorenzana said the soldiers are being ...

The tale of two bears
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
Two weeks ago, we wrote about the different bear markets in the Philippines (see Different Bears, April 6). Now, let us look at two US bear markets for guidance. The 2020 bear market has similarities to events that happened during the Great Depression. Back then, the US economy shrank 50 percent from 1929 to 1933. Unemployment shot to a high of ...

Health workers, nurses want regular testing
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) and the Filipino Nurses United (FNU) yesterday expressed deep concern over the rising cases of COVID-19 among their ranks and urged that they be regularly tested for the novel coronavirus. In separate statements, the AHW and FNU said the crisis highlights the risks faced by healthcare ...

NASA reveals how it intends to bring samples of Mars back to Earth
Digital Trends - 2020-04-19
NASA has revealed more details about its ambitious plan to collect samples from Mars and return them to Earth by launching two further spacecraft in the next decade, as reported in Nature. When the Perseverance rover launches this summer, one of its key tasks will be to collect samples of the Martian rock and soil. Its tools include a carousel ...

Only DOH-certified testing labs will get UP-DOST locally made Covid test kits
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-19
THE Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reiterated that only those laboratories certified as a testing facility will receive the first locally-made Covid-19 test kits. In a virtual press conference, Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH-accredited laboratories across the country are the priority for the test kits developed by the ...

A timeline to normality, stock market exuberance, and a C-Suite reading list
Business Insider - 2020-04-19
Here are the business stories you need to read this week, including estimates on when life will return to normal, and a C-Suite reading list.

Cops enforcing quarantine rules barge into gated Taguig City condo compound
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Overzealous policemen wandered off late Sunday afternoon into the gardens of a gated condominium compound in Taguig City and started "screaming," with one allegedly waving a gun at its residents who are mostly foreigners. American Joseph Castillo, a resident of the Pacific Plaza Towers (PPT) and a Christian bishop of ...

Apple releases face shield design files and manufacturing guide
AppleInsider - 2020-04-19
Aside from its own face shield production efforts, Apple is encouraging others to make their own versions of the personal protection headwear, by publishing instructions and related design files on its support pages for fabricating the items. In a support page update published on Sunday, the page titled "Make your own face shield" advises on ...

Pagasa: Rain over Mindanao expected; rest of PH to have fair weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines - Cloud bands are expected to bring rains over Mindanao as the rest of the country will enjoy a generally fair weather, the state weather bureau said. According to the latest ...

Sampaloc, Manila to be placed on lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) - Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso confirmed that Sampaloc, Manila will be placed on lockdown due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area. Moreno said the schedule of the lockdown is yet to be announced, as authorities are "still planning it carefully." The Sampaloc district ...

Plunge in digital ad prices opens spending opportunity for start-ups in gaming, e-commerce and online education
CNBC - 2020-04-19
Facebook, Google and Twitter are seeing ad prices drop precipitously as companies in travel, entertainment and physical retail freeze spending. Expedia's Barry Diller said the company will slash its ad spending by about 80% this year to less than $1 billion. Companies in internet gaming, e-commerce and online learning are seeing their usage ...

Hand Wash app for Samsung Galaxy smartwatches provides reminders, timer
Digital Trends - 2020-04-19
Samsung Galaxy Watch owners should take time to download the Hand Wash app, which provides reminders and a timer to make sure that smartwatch wearers are able to keep their hands clean. Frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds is one of the most recommended measures by the World Health Organization (WHO) in helping prevent the spread of ...

Cops detain ex-lawmaker, volunteers on their way to deliver aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- Former congressman Ariel Casilao and volunteers of Tulong Anakpawis and Sagip Kanayunan, who were set to distribute relief packages in a town in Bulacan, were detained by the provincial police on Sunday. The volunteers were on their way to deliver aid to a peasant community when they were blocked and ...

IATF allows emergency hiring of health workers
philstar.com - 2020-04-19
MANILA, Philippines -- With hundreds of Filipino doctors and nurses afflicted with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has directed the health department to start the ...

25 more Filipinos abroad die of COVID-19, confirmed cases near a thousand
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) -- An additional 25 overseas Filipinos have died due to the coronavirus disease with the number of confirmed cases rising to 984, said the Department of Foreign Affairs on Sunday. "[T]his is the highest reported number of deaths in two weeks," said DFA on Twitter. This brings the total number of ...

House of Representatives security personnel tests positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19)-- The House of Representatives disclosed Sunday that another one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. The new case is one of the security personnel at the lower chamber, Secretary General Atty. Jose Luis Montales said in a statement. The patient last reported for work in January. The House ...

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 ...

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