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A thing called society: Social protection for all
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
Under the Thatcher-Reagan privatization framework, governments have no business providing public services. Let the private sector take over the public utilities engaged in the delivery of public services such as transport, water, medical, power, communications, and so on. Today, the world is rediscovering the central and strategic importance of ...

SM Foundation, Uniqlo send food packs to SM Cares Villages
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
It will be recalled that SM Cares Villages were built to help survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013 rebuild their lives. It is a joint undertaking of SM and its service providers, tenants, business partners, employees and communities. The first SM Cares Village was turned over to 200 beneficiaries last November 9, 2014 in Bogo City ...

Camarines Norte acquires 200 rapid antibody-based test kits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
GUINOBATAN, Albay, Philippines -- The provincial government of Camarines Norte has acquired 200 rapid antibody-based test kits approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Rapid antibody-based tests are done to suspected cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) especially those who are already showing symptoms for five up to 21 ...

DOT warns middlemen for marked-up hotel rates for OFWs
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued a stern warning to individuals and groups taking advantage of the room allotments for repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by posing as middlemen, in exchange for a commission from accommodation establishments, which marks up current room rates. In a statement, Tourism ...

Allow food firms in Bukidnon to operate - DA
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture is appealing to Bukidnon to allow continued food production after the province was placed under total lockdown. Agriculture Secretary William Dar appealed anew to local government units to reconsider policies in ensuring continued operations related to food production, processing, transport ...

DTI: Food manufacturers now at up to 90% capacity
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The supply of food products in Luzon is seen to get a boost as food manufacturers are now operating at 80 to 90 percent capacity, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. "We can now catch up with the supply of some products because we allow them now to operate at capacity," Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said ...

DOJ studying possibility of releasing elderly, sick and low-risk prisoners
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
Meanwhile, the Judicial Reform Initiative (JRI) has joined calls for the release of prisoners vulnerable to COVID-19 infections. The JRI is composed of leading business organizations, judicial advocacy groups, and foreign chambers of commerce in the Philippines. It identified identified highly vulnerable PDLs, such as senior citizens and ...

Fire breaks out in Binondo
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 40 families were left homeless when a fire struck a residential area in Binondo, Manila yesterday. The fire broke out at a two-story residential building before spreading to 20 houses along Valderama street, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). Arson probers said the fire reached the third alarm ...

5 more cops infected with virus
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Five more police officers have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing to 55 the number of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel infected with COVID-19. PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the new COVID-19 patients - all men - are undergoing treatment. Two of the patients are assigned ...

Makati to roll out P50 million gift vouchers
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Makati government will distribute P50 million worth of grocery vouchers to city residents, including those living in condominiums, Mayor Abby Binay announced yesterday. Binay said grocery vounchers worth P500 would be given to each families to help them cope with the public health crisis during the enhanced community ...

Quezon City funeral parlors cannot reject COVID victims
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- The Quezon City government has passed an ordinance imposing penalties on funeral parlors and crematoriums that refuse to accept the cadavers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) victims. Mayor Joy Belmonte approved the ordinance establishing protocols for the management of the deceased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airline losses seen to worsen
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Estimated revenue losses of airlines this year are expected to worsen as the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic takes a deeper toll on the industry. In its updated analysis of the revenue impact of the pandemic on the global air transport industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said ...

BOP posts $839 million surplus in February
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The country enjoyed a surplus of $839 million in its balance of payments (BOP) position in February, 78 percent higher than the $467 million recorded in the same month last year as more dollars flowed into the country, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The BOP surplus in February reflected mainly the ...

Health worker deployment ban constitutional -- Panelo
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The ban on sending health workers abroad is constitutional, but existing contracts should be honored to avoid dismissals and lawsuits, chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday. The temporary suspension of the deployment of health workers to other countries has drawn flak from groups, which argued ...

Laguna village chief hacked to death
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
LAGUNA , Philippines - A barangay captain in San Pablo City was hacked to death on Tuesday. Larry Rosales, 57, of Barangay Sta. Ana died on the way to the San Pablo City Medical Hospital, according to director Daniel Daganzo of the National Bureau of Investigation office in Laguna. The suspect, Pablito Hernandez, 45, was wounded in an alleged ...

5 LGUs execs told to explain lockdown violations
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Three governors and two mayors have been issued show-cause orders for allegedly violating the protocols of the enhanced community quarantine. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año did not identify the local government officials, who were given 48 hours from receipt of the order to give a written explanation on why they should ...

Creating the right time
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
When do we lift this lockdown? A team from the University of Philippines (UP) organized to look into the extended community quarantine imposed by the government last month in the whole of Luzon, and extended to the end of this month, has offered some insights leaning towards a modified lifting. The study supports the position of some business ...

2 Davao hospital employees die of COVID
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
DAVAO, Philippines -- Two employees of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City have died of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A female billing liaison officer of the hospital died last week while a male internal audit staff died yesterday, SPMC executive director Leopoldo Vega told The STAR. The SPMC is one of two ...

What is more important -- life or money
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
Last Monday, I, along with some Cabinet members, had a successful meeting with President Duterte. I would like to thank our President for his immediate approval of the procurement of rapid test kits. This will significantly help contain the coronavirus ...

Financial adviser says businesses must innovate to ensure growth post-lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) - Financial adviser and best-selling author Chinkee Tan told CNN Philippines that businesses must innovate to thrive in the 'new normal' after the enhanced community quarantine is lifted. "You have to already start changing and adapting, and there are certain industries who are willing to change and ...

FFCCCII raises P265 million to fight virus
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
The amount it collected as of April 14--through the Filipino Chinese Community Calamity Fund (FCCCF) comprised of 11 major Filipino Chinese business, civic and cultural organizations--has been used for medical supplies and food packages distributed to intended beneficiaries. Medical items, such as N95 masks, surgical masks, personal ...

Trump halts World Health Organization funding amid coronavirus pandemic
InterAksyon - 2020-04-15
WASHINGTON-- President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would halt funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic while his administration reviews its response to the global crisis. Trump, at a White House news conference, said the WHO had "failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable."

Mayor Sara donates salary for health workers afflicted with COVID
Gov - 2020-04-15
DAVAO CITY April 15(PIA) - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has decided to make her one-year salary as trust fund for 12 health workers at the Southern Philippines Medical Center found to be Covid-19 positive in an announcement issued by Dr. Leopoldo Vega ...

Quakes jolt Eastern Visayas, Batanes
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Earthquakes shook parts of Eastern Visayas and Batanes yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a magnitude 5 quake struck 14 kilometers northeast of Basey, Samar at about 9:07 a.m. The quake was felt at Intensity 4, which is classified as moderately strong, in Basey and Sta.

PhilHealth to continue footing hospital bills of COVID-19 patients, but imposes limits
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- The government will continue to cover the hospital bills of patients who tested positive for COVID-19. But the state-owned agency has imposed limits on bearing the cost of hospital expenses. This was announced by Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Vice President for Corporate ...

PSG requires COVID-19 rapid testing for anyone seeking to meet Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- As health precaution, the Presidential Security Group (PSG) has required anyone, including officials, seeking to meet President Rodrigo Duterte to undergo rapid testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "PSG requires everyone who goes near PRRD to undergo regular screening procedures which includes rapid testing ...

Marikina mayor ready to face charges for launching COVID-19 testing lab without DOH permit
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said Wednesday he is ready to face charges for opening a testing facility for the coronavirus disease even without accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH). Teodoro admitted to CNN Philippines that he will be breaking the law when the COVID-19 testing center ...

Trump attack on WHO rocks global efforts to unite against virus
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
Meanwhile finance ministers from the G20 -- the world's richest countries -- held virtual talks Wednesday about a possible debt mororatorium for poor states struggling to weather the costs of ...

Duterte to health workers: Stay in Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
Duterte said that while Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. thinks that health workers with contracts cannot be prevented from leaving, he is taking an "opposite view" because the country is facing an emergency. "Teddy Boy said we cannot stop Filipinos (from leaving) to honor the contracts (otherwise, it would lead to ...

Corruption, other barriers hound US exporters to Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- US exporters continue to face barriers to expanding trade with the Philippines such as corruption, phytosanitary and sanitary measures, foreign investment restrictions, as well as concerns on intellectual property (IP) protection, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said. In its 2020 National Trade Estimate ...

How stars and friends abroad are coping with COVID-19 (First of a series)
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
We all work out. We are blessed to have a gym at home. But if the weather is good we walk outside or whoever is available. 2. Then, we will have lunch...like salad or tuna sandwich, something light.

Gov't eyes minimum hazard pay for private health workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- The Department of Labor and Employment is in talks with employers to set a minimum hazard pay for health workers in the private sector amid the coronavirus crisis. "Pinag-uusapan na po ngayon ng Department of Labor and Employment kasama ng mga private employers ang suggestion tungkol sa minimum ...

Solon: Hasten mass testing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines--ACT Teachers Representative France Castro on Wednesday urged the national government to hasten mass testing for all suspected COVID-19 cases in the Philippines and that an urgent need for systematic contact tracing is also needed to stop the spread of the virus further. Mass testing began on Tuesday with high-risk patients ...

COVID-19 survivor Angara: Govt. should lead plasma donation efforts
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, who recovered from the coronavirus disease last week, said on Wednesday the government should be at the forefront of efforts to obtain blood plasma donations from people who survive COVID-19. While scientists have yet to find a specific cure for the viral disease ...

Cebu posts largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Cebu province reported its biggest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 23 people getting sick with the virus. That raised the total number of COVID-19 cases in the whole province to 63. Of the 23 new cases, 21 came from Sitio Zapatera in the city's Barangay Luz, Cebu City ...

16 laboratories now testing for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- There are now 16 laboratories nationwide that can check possible COVID-19 infections, the Department of Health reported Wednesday. The agency said more laboratories received certification to conduct polymerase chain reaction tests. In Metro Manila, the authorized testing centers are the UP National ...

MMDA: Barangay quarantine passes not honored in quarantine checkpoints on national highways
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority reminded the public on Wednesday that barangay quarantine passes are not for use in quarantine checkpoints along national highways. MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago clarified that the barangay quarantine passes are meant to be presented only in ...

DOH to receive 185k coronavirus test kits, says Mike Defensor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) will soon receive 185,000 test kits that are capable of detecting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within 45 minutes, a solon said on Wednesday. In a statement, Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, who is also the House health committee vice-chairperson, said that the rapid test kit Xpert ...

Cebu Landmasters nets P2.01B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
Property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) grew its attributable net profit by 21 percent to P2.01 billion last year as all businesses contributed to a double-digit expansion in revenues. CLI, a leading developer in the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) region, grew revenues in 2019 by 26 percent to P8.5 billion, beating its full-year guidance.

Exploiting goodwill amid difficult times, man places false pizza orders, charged with theft
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
A man has been charged with theft after allegedly placing fake large food orders at various pizzerias in New Jersey, United States. While Sudeep Khetani victimized establishments in the said area for the past month, he made the calls from his home in Florida. The South Brunswick Township Police Department released a statement on the incident ...

A first since lockdown: SC to hold online special session Friday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) will be holding a special en banc (full court) session online on Friday, April 17, the High Court Public Information Chief and Spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka said Wednesday. Hosaka said En Banc Clerk of Court Atty. Ed Aricheta confirmed the Friday meeting, adding that it is the first online ...

SSS to launch COVID-19 calamity loan program on April 24
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
Fernando F. Nicolas, SSS vice president for public affairs and special events, told a webinar on Wednesday (April 15) that the SSS would launch a nationwide calamity loan program for COVID-19 on April 24. Members could borrow up to P20,000, or equivalent to a one-month salary credit. According to Nicolas, the loan will be made available to all ...

Negotiations for South China Sea Code of Conduct a 'failed process,' expert says
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Negotiations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea are a "failed process," a maritime expert said, even as the Philippines hails progress in the talks. "The current process is a joke," Gregory Poling said in an online forum hosted ...

First 40,000 sets of PPE donated by SMC to medical frontliners arrive
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- The first 40,000 sets of protective personal equipment donated by the San Miguel Corporation for COVID-19 frontliners have arrived from China on Wednesday. The company said it has chartered a Philippine Airlines plane to transport the shipment sourced from suppliers in China, for distribution to ...

DFA: 32 new cases of COVID-19 among overseas Filipinos; total climbs to 736
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Thirty-two more overseas Filipinos have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases to 736, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday. Of the 736 COVID-19 cases among the Filipino community abroad, 426 are still undergoing treatment, data released by the DFA ...

IMF expects PH growth to remain flat in 2020, rebound in 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) - As more countries close their factories and borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy may see the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression, and the Philippines will go down with it. In its latest World Economic Outlook released on Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund ...

32 more Filipinos abroad infected with COVID-19, bringing total to 736
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) - Thirty-two Filipinos abroad contracted COVID-19, bringing the total to 736, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported Wednesday. The department also recorded 88 deaths among overseas Filipinos, with 426 others undergoing treatment. The tally of those who have recovered and have been discharged from ...

IMF slashes Philippine growth outlook to 0.6% this year
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its economic growth forecast for the Philippines for this year, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), the multilateral lending institution lowered its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the ...

Girl wears improvised protective gear to get close to cop dad on his birthday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- While our frontliners deal with the health crisis brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic with a brave face, they also long to hold tight their families during this time. In Bacolod City, a policeman detailed with the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office received the best surprise on his 27th birthday.

PLDT, Globe ease bills payment terms for customers after lockdown extension
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Telco giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom announced Wednesday measures to help ease the financial burden of their customers whose income took a hit amid lockdowns imposed to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. In an advisory, PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications said they will offer a six ...

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