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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 ...

MD Gruppe offers low-cost metal fabrication services to aid fight against COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- MD Gruppe, a metal fabrication company with expertise on aircraft parts and industrial storage manufacturing, is offering services to all facilities and institutions that may need help. With its recently launched Bayanihan Program, it aims to produce and supply metal-made products at material cost only. The said program ...

BIR pushes back income tax payment deadline to May 30
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Taxpayers have been given more time to settle their 2019 income taxes owing to the extension of the enhanced community quarantine. The Bureau of Internal Revenue recently issued Revenue Regulation 10-2020 which extends most tax payment deadlines, including the filing of annual income tax returns ...

Gatchalian: LGU-initiated mass testing still awaiting guidelines from DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) has yet to issue guidelines for local government units (LGUs) that initiated their own mass testing, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian revealed Wednesday. "Until now, inaantay namin ang guidlines ng DOH kung paano yung local government-initiated mass testing. Kung ano gagawin ng local government ...

58 persons recover from COVID-19; confirmed cases rise to 5,453
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The total number of patients who recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country surged to 353 as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 58 new recoveries on Wednesday. This is the highest increase of recoveries recorded in a single day since the first case of COVID-19 was documented in the country ...

DSWD asks LGUs to fill in cash aid funding for families not on national gov't list
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- The Social Welfare Department is asking local government units to pull from their own funds to fill in the gaps of the national government in distributing cash aid to indigent families to cushion the blow of the COVID-19 crisis. In an "appeal to the nation," the DSWD requested LGUs to look into ...

More COVID-19 recoveries than deaths as cases hit 5,453, DOH reports
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- For the first time in almost a month, the number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus disease has surpassed the nationwide death toll. The Department of Health on Wednesday reported that 58 more people have survived the viral illness, bringing the total number of recoveries to 353.

Income tax filing deadline extended anew to May 29
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The deadline for income tax payments was extended anew until the end of May, while reporting for other levies was also pushed back as part of government reprieve to taxpayers amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The new rules, laid out under Revenue Regulations 10-2020, will benefit taxpayers and ...

Philippine maker commits 1-M medical chips a week to meet rising demand
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Global demand for Philippine-made electronic chips used for medical supplies has sharply picked up, prompting a local manufacturer to boost production lines and deliver pumped-up orders crucial to the fight against coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). In a disclosure to the stock exchange Wednesday, Cirtek Holdings ...

UK think tank: Asia-Pacific interest rates to fall as COVID-19 sickens economies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
Interest rates across the Asia-Pacific region, including in the Philippines, are expected to fall as central banks fight the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UK-based Oxford Economics said. In an April 14 report titled "Policy rates to reach new record lows," Oxford Economics lead Asia economist Sian Fenner said he expects ...

US think tank sees PH surviving COVID-19 pandemic with 1 percent growth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Asia-Pacific region is expected to lead global recovery once dust from the COVID-19 pandemic settles, with the Philippines among only a few economies seen to eke out modest growth in 2020, the Washington-based global financial industry association Institute of International Finance (IIF) said. "Buoyed by positive growth outlooks in China ...

PH back in black in dollar inflow in February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Philippine economy returned to black in terms of the amount of dollars it spent in the second month of 2020 outpacing the amount it earned in transactions with the rest of the world, according to the latest data from the central bank. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said this $839-million dollar transaction surplus for ...

Free electricity for March and April for low-income households
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Power distribution utilities will no longer charge households whose monthly electricity use fall below 50 kilowatts per hour for the March and April billing periods, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases announced on Wednesday. Task force spokesman Karlo ...

Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Chanel put their fashion muscle behind face masks
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
(CNN) -- Ever at the forefront of haute couture, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Chanel are celebrated by fashion connoisseurs for defining style in handbags, dresses and shoes. Now they are putting their fashion muscle and supply chain expertise behind making protective clothing for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, which has ...

Zamboanga doc, who died as COVID-19 suspect, tests negative of infection
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- A government doctor, who died on April 6 while on isolation in a hospital, has tested negative of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). City health officer Dulce Miravite said Dr. Ezrah Dino Hailil, 40, succumbed to multi-organ failure, sepsis, and high-risk pneumonia while he was treated at the Zamboanga Peninsula Medical Center.

Cheap oil isn't going away, even after record production cuts
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump took a victory lap over the weekend for helping convince Russia and Saudi Arabia to make record-shattering production cuts -- but there was no celebration in financial markets. "This will save hundreds of thousands of energy jobs in the United States," Trump tweeted Sunday. "I would like to thank and ...

BIR extends 2019 ITR filing, payment until May 30
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has further extended until May 30 the deadline to file and pay 2019 income tax returns (ITRs) after the government pushed back the lifting of the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and other parts of the country to April 30. Published on Wednesday, Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 10-2020 signed by ...

Washington approves purchase of respirators from Chinese companies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
BEIJING -- The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for imported non-NIOSH approved respirators manufactured in China, as the supply gap for respirators continued to rise in the country. The NIOSH, or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is a subsidiary under the US Centers ...

Filipino-Chinese community raises P265M for COVID-19 relief projects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Filipino-Chinese community has raised P265 million to support poor communities that lost their means of livelihood during the lockdown of Luzon as well as medical, police and military personnel who are front-liners in the ongoing war against the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds were pooled into the Filipino Chinese Community Calamity Fund ...

PH gov't assures enough supply amid Luzon-wide quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Supplies of power, water, rice, and food will not be scarce amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, the Philippine government assured the public. Cabinet Secretary and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said in a virtual press conference Wednesday that there will be ...

Irrigation project seen to benefit thousands of farmers in Sumisip
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Thousands in Basilan stand to benefit from a P35-million irrigation project that will connect farmlands to a river in Sumisip town. The ongoing construction of the irrigation project that will tap water from a river near the Mahatallang area in Barangay Tumahubong in Sumisip town, is a joint project of the ...

Ayala Group takes part in conversion of World Trade Center into a COVID-19 facility
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
April 15, 2020 - The Ayala Group of Companies has completed the conversion of portions of the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City into a temporary healthcare facility that will cater to patients affected by COVID-19. The project, dubbed WTC We Heal as One Center, was made possible through the collective efforts of Ayala Land Inc., Globe ...

Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recession
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government estimates that up to 3.78 million Indonesians will fall into poverty and 5.2 million lose their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the worst global recession since the Great Depression. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Tuesday that, with ...

SEC flags crypto, tech investment scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public against groups illegally peddling investments with promise of high returns over a short period of time using cryptocurrencies ...

China approves three COVID-19 vaccines for clinical trials
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
BEIJING -- China has approved three COVID-19 vaccine candidates for clinical trials, said an official with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on Tuesday. An adenovirus vector vaccine, developed by a research team led by Chen Wei, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a researcher at the Institute of Military ...

Duterte, Abe discussed possible treatment for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have discussed an anti-flu drug that may possibly treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a Palace official said. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Wednesday the discussion on anti-flu drug Avigan happened during the Association of Southeast Asian ...

Asean leaders support establishment of COVID-19 response fund
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
JAKARTA -- The leaders of Southeast Asian countries agreed on Tuesday to establish an Asean COVID-19 Response Fund as a means to help procure crucial medical supplies and equipment for frontline response and preventive efforts in all member states, as the deadly virus that causes the disease continues to tear through the region. As of Tuesday ...

SM joins Philippine businesses, government; contributes PHP100M to multisector COVID-19 relief initiative
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
SM has contributed PHP100 million to a multisector COVID-19 poverty relief initiative called Project Ugnayan. This is in addition to PHP170 million in medical supplies donations to over 50 hospitals nationwide that helped equip health workers in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Project Ugnayan aims to bring much-needed support to ...

Dominguez rejects Imee Marcos' proposal to pause foreign debt payments during COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has rejected a proposal for government to halt payments for maturing foreign debts to free up cash for COVID-19 response, calling it a "narrow-sighted" measure. Dominguez shot down the call made by Senator Imee Marcos to temporarily suspend loan payments to ...

DepEd postpones high school, elementary graduation rites nationwide
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Graduation rites in the country will be postponed indefinitely due to the extension of the enhanced community quarantine and government's restriction on mass gatherings, the Education Department said Wednesday. "The graduation and moving up rites in basic education throughout the country is postponed ...

Asean, East Asia vow strengthened cooperation in COVID-19 pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
SEOUL -- The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Plus Three on Tuesday held a teleconference Tuesday to seek ways to cooperate against the COVID-19 pandemic, and adopted a joint declaration. In the Asean Plus Three summit, President Moon Jae-in called for strengthened cooperation, saying the current situation requires ...

World Trade Center converted into 500-bed COVID-19 facility
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Ayala group of companies has completed the conversion of part of the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City into a 500-bed temporary healthcare facility catering to COVID-19 patients. The project, dubbed "WTC We Heal as One Center," was collectively supported by Ayala-led companies Ayala Land Inc., Globe Telecom Inc., Manila Water Co ...

Marinduque governor seeks fixed salary for barangay workers, says they are frontliners in COVID-19 fight
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- The governor of Marinduque is pushing for a fixed salary for barangay workers, saying they are also frontliners in the fight against COVID-19. Governor Presbiterio Velasco Jr. said barangay officials and employees were necessary in the efforts against COVID-19, but do not receive the compensation ...

COVID-19 claims lives of 6 Filipinos in France--envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Six Filipinos in France have died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Philippine ambassador to France revealed Wednesday. Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro said the Philippine Embassy in Paris, France has received information that 11 Filipinos there have so far contracted the respiratory illness. Globally, France has ...

Telco firm PLDT allows staggered bill payments as COVID-19 reprieve
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
Telco giant PLDT Inc. is allowing postpaid subscribers to pay their bills on an interest-free installment basi in a reprieve for customers amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. PLDT and Smart Communications announced on Tuesday (April 14) that the installment period will run for six-months starting this coming May 1. It will apply to ...

Fishing communities bear brunt of lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
A sinking feeling has enveloped fishing communities across the country as the uncertainty of an extended lockdown continues to bite. As the government scrambles to control the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), thousands of Filipinos whose lives depended on the sea have seen prices of seafood slashed by more than half because of ...

No need to be a voter to receive Pasig City aid amid COVID-19 crisis, Vico Sotto says
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Families in Pasig City not included in the national government's Social Amelioration Program for the COVID-19 crisis will still receive cash aid, Mayor Vico Sotto said. In a radio interview with DZMM, Sotto said the city government already "downloaded" the more than P700 million aid from the national government.

PRRD vows to protect health workers
Gov - 2020-04-15
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Apr. 15 (PIA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vowed to protect the well being of all health workers during a press conference held midnight at the Malacañan Palace on Monday. Recognizing the important and valuable contribution of ...

Health care workers are 10%-20% of US coronavirus cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
NEW YORK -- Between 10% and 20% of U.S. coronavirus cases are health care workers, though they tended to be hospitalized at lower rates than other patients, officials reported Tuesday.

Trump halts World Health Organization funding over handling of coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-14
(CNN) -- US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted. Trump said the review would cover the WHO's "role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus." Trump's announcement comes in the middle of the worst global pandemic in decades and as he ...

Weak office property demand seen to worsen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
It will likely get worse before it gets better for the office property sector amid the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, but tenants and landlords can both survive by accepting give-and-take arrangements. This is according to property consulting firm Colliers International Philippines, which estimated that office demand in the country had declined ...

Bloomberry seeks nongaming investment options
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
As the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed its traditional integrated gaming business, tycoon Enrique Razon Jr.-led Bloomberry Resorts Corp. is widening its investment radar to include other nongaming assets that can help drive future growth. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, the owner and developer of Solaire Resort & Casino ...

PAL mounts 3 special flights to Canada
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday mounted three special flights for Canadians stranded in the country due to travel restrictions. Flight PR-118 took off for Toronto from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 around 3:40 p.m. Flights PR-5118 and PR-116 were set to depart for Vancouver and Toronto at 6 p.m. and 7:20 p.m ...

Join a Live Q&A with Bradley Tusk tomorrow at 1pm ET/10am PT
TechCrunch - 2020-04-14
Bradley Tusk is relatively unique among investors. Where other VCs shy away from heavily regulated industries and businesses, Tusk leans in. The Tusk Ventures founder and CEO has investments that include Uber, Bird, Coinbase, Lemonade, FanDuel and Alma Health. At a time when good governance is front and center, and innovative thinking to evolve ...

Bloom Partners With Transunion To Bring Consumer Credit Data To Blockchain
Forbes - 2020-04-14
Identity theft continues to be a global issue as data breaches remain prevalent. Blockchain startup ... [+] Bloom wants to help consumers find and protect their leaked data. (Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images) Data breaches and identity theft are among the biggest downside to doing business online. Every year, hundreds of millions of ...

COVID-19: Google And Apple Reveal More Intriguing Details Of Contact-Tracing
Forbes - 2020-04-14
Contact tracing on an iPhone or Android handset may be here in weeks. Contact-tracing is the heart of a new app being developed for iPhones and Android handsets, through a ground-breaking collaboration between Apple and Google. MORE FROM FORBESExciting New Apple iPhone Feature Revealed, Report ClaimsBy David Phelan In conversation with both ...

iDrive Cloud Backup deal: Pay $3.48 for 5TB and save 95% the first year
ZDNet - 2020-04-14
If you want to backup all your devices -- whether it's a PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, or tablet -- to one cloud storage account but don't want to go broke doing so, check out this exclusive iDrive Cloud Backup deal for ZDNet readers. Disclosure: ZDNet may earn an affiliate commission from some of the products featured on this page.

Treatment Tips in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Medscape - 2020-04-14
This interview was originally published as part of MDEdge's Blood & Cancer podcast series. In this episode, Anthony R. Mato, MD, and Lindsey Roeker, MD, both of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, joined podcast host David Henry, MD, of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, at the 2019 meeting of the American Society of ...

Apple unveils mobility data tool to help prevent spread of COVID-19
UPI.com - 2020-04-14
April 14 (UPI) --Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new mobility trends tool to aid COVID-19 prevention efforts like social distancing. The tool shows "mobility trends for major cities and 63 countries or regions," the Apple statement said. It uses data from requests to Apple Maps for directions to compare changes in people driving, walking and using ...

This gadget wants to help you with your time management -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-04-14
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 for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2020 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

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