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Leader of blockade at Vizcaya mine freed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-08
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya - The leader of the group that blocked fuel trucks from entering a mining operation at Kasibu town was freed on Tuesday (April 7) following the April 6 crackdown of a ...

DOLE relaxes rules for worker assistance during lockdown
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-08
The number of beneficiaries was significantly lower, Defend Jobs Philippines, than the 1.8 million workers, which DOLE said, will be affected by the business disruptions due to Covid-19. The Associated Labor Union (ALU) said it hopes the additional P5 billion that will be allocated to DOLE for both programs will allow it to increase the number ...

40,000 PUV drivers to receive cash aid from gov't
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) -- Over 40,000 public utility vehicle drivers in Metro Manila may now receive their cash subsidy from the national government amid the ongoing lockdown. The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board said Wednesday that those who are eligible to get the cash aid may proceed to the nearest ...

Duterte cancels Davao trip; to stay, work in Manila during Holy Week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-08
MANILA, Philippines-- President Rodrigo Duterte has canceled his trip to Davao City and opted to stay in Manila and work during the Holy Week, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential ...

With extension, selective ECQ calls rise
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-08
A woman who used to earn a living inside a parlor doing manicure/ pedicure now does her business outside, as people practice social distancing, in Las Piñas City. She said she may not be earning a lot from this setup, but it definitely helps her family survive each day. By Samuel P. Medenilla & Jovee Marie N. Dela Cruz AS the government ...

Lipa City reports two new COVID-19 recoveries
philstar.com - 2020-04-08
LIPA CITY, Philippines (The Filipino Connection) ?-- Two patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus disease here as the number of cases continues to rise. In a bulletin issued 6 pm Tuesday, Mayor Eric Africa said patient no. 1, a 49-year-old male from Barangay Dagatan, and patient no. 7, a 42-year-old female from Barangay Banay-Banay.

The Philippines is fighting the COVID-19 crisis head on
NIKKEI - 2020-04-08
In fact, "flatten the curve" has been the mantra all over the world. Needless to say, the next few months will be a test for every country's institutions. In the Philippines, the central bank, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, or BSP, which I lead, and the national government are working in tandem. Economists have said that monetary policy tools ...

Barangay health stations not suitable as COVID-19 quarantine facilities - DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said barangay health stations are too small and not ideal community quarantine facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the statement after JBros Construction Corporation offered the use of partially unpaid ...

22 prisoners ask Supreme Court for temporary freedom amid COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April) -- Twenty-two prisoners have a filed a petition before the Supreme Court to temporarily free them amid the coronavirus disease pandemic. "The petitioners, who belong to the vulnerable or at-risk groups by reason of their medical and/or physical conditions, are seeking their temporary liberty on ...

PruLife UK offers free 45-day COVID-19 insurance
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-08
Life insurer Pru Life UK is offering free one-time 45-day COVID-19 protection and personal accident coverage to 500,000 Filipinos, aiming to help ease the emotional distress and financial burden during the current state of public health emergency. Under the program, Pru Life UK will offer free accident and death benefit to the first 500,000 ...

'Sagip Saka' aids farmers from Batangas, delivers fresh produce to Malabon
philstar.com - 2020-04-08
BATANGAS, Philippines -- WorkLink Services Inc., Phoenix Petroleum and Udenna Foundation through its CommUnity Care (UCARE) program have completed a Batangas-to-Malabon run of "Sagip Saka." In coordination with social enterprise AGREA, the project has delivered 6,000 kilos of fresh food packs from Batangas farmers to the City of Malabon.

Globe MyBusiness connects SMEs to healthcare frontliners
philstar.com - 2020-04-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Strengthening its support to medical and business frontliners, Globe initiated a unique collaborative effort with its partner institutions in the healthcare and food industries, the result of which is a wonderful ecosystem that supports all partners. The initiative aims to extend aid to healthcare frontliners around the ...

Veterans Bank continues to serve customers amid health crisis
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-08
Even with the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) being implemented in Luzon and in many parts of the country to combat the spread of COVID19, Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) has remained committed to serve its customers while keeping the balance of providing needed banking services and ensuring the health & safety of its customers and its own ...

Philippines sides with Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat
NIKKEI - 2020-04-08
MANILA -- The Philippines on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat that was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea. In a rare public rebuke of Beijing, Manila's foreign ministry issued a statement recalling the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in the sea last June.

Pink supermoon? Pagasa explains the origin of the term
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-08
It was called Pink supermoon because it coincideD with the blossoming of pink flowers in North America, in the first part of their spring weather. Naming supermoons are a foreign concept.]

Wednesday weather outlook: Hot, humid with partly cloudy skies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Hot, humid weather will prevail anew over most parts of the country on Wednesday due to the easterlies or warm winds blowing from the Pacific Ocean, the Philippine ...

11 new recoveries recorded in Quezon City, total number of COVID-19 cases at 625
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) -- Health authorities reported that eleven new patients recovered from COVID-19 in Quezon City, bringing the total number of recoveries to 26. The city also recorded 42 new cases of the viral disease Tuesday, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 625, including 34 casualties. The total number of ...

Jeff Bezos tops Forbes list of billionaires, again
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
(CNN) -- Not even a nearly $40 billion divorce can topple Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos from being the world's richest person. For the third year in a row, Bezos landed the top spot on Forbes' rank of global billionaires. His net worth fell $18 billion last year to $113 billion, according to Forbes, partially due to his high-profile split ...

WhatsApp tightens limits on message forwarding to counter coronavirus misinformation
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
(CNN) -- WhatsApp is trying to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus misinformation by placing new limits on the number of times a forwarded message can be shared simultaneously. A message ...

Price freeze brings March inflation down to 2.5%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
The rise in consumer prices eased to 2.5 percent year-on-year in March due mainly to the price freeze put in place by the government under the nationwide state of calamity amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the decline in the global prices of oil. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday reported that the rate of increase in prices of ...

Tax, duty exemption of imported raw materialS for medical supplies OKd
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
Companies that make medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment can now import the materials they need without having to pay import duties, taxes and other fees, according to a joint circular issued by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Finance. The circular took effect on April 1, although the exemption of ...

These are the 5 best shows to watch on Quibi
Mashable - 2020-04-07
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Zoom Is Looking More And More Like Facebook Every Day
Forbes - 2020-04-07
Zoom gained tremendous growth at the beginning of March because of the coronavirus. It went from hosting 10 million daily meeting participants at the end of last year to over 200 million daily meeting participants this year in March. The influx naturally attracted bad actors who took advantage of Zoom's security flaws resulting in "zoombombings ...

Chrome 81 released with initial support for the Web NFC standard
ZDNet - 2020-04-07
Chrome 81, initially planned for March 17 but delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, is finally out. Today's release was supposed to be a bulky update, but only two major features made the cut -- such as improved support for WebXR (Chrome's Augmented Reality feature, initially released in Chrome 79) and initial support for ...

Production up in February, but ECQ to hit manufacturing in March
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-07
Utilizing digital platforms is crucial in optimizing production and distribution of goods and services. Business continuity plans must also be formulated, particularly for the most vulnerable micro, small and medium enterprises." Pernia added. The impact of Covid-19 on other countries is expected to be felt in the Philippines via tourism ...

A new book reveals Facebook's, Amazon's, and Google's business secrets. Here's a breakdown of the key lessons from 'Always Day One.'
Business Insider - 2020-04-07
Collaboration, feedback, and creativity are at the heart of the biggest tech companies.

RCBC lures investors to P7.05-billion fixed rate bonds
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-07
Cebrero III said in a disclosure on Tuesday. "It is an assurance for the investors in the capital markets that the bank will continue to be supportive of business activities despite the current challenges in the environment." RCBC concluded the offer period on March 25, earlier than the initially planned March 27 after filling up its order ...

What causes a vibrating feeling in the vagina?
Medical News Today - 2020-04-07
Occasionally, people have a buzzing, tingling, or vibrating sensation in or around the vagina. The feeling may come and go, and it can range in intensity. It may be a mild irritation or a painful spasm. Each person may have a different experience. In most cases, this vibrating sensation is not a cause for concern. Feeling a slight, unexpected ...

Brain stimulation may treat severe depression
UPI.com - 2020-04-07
Intensifying a standard form of brain stimulation may bring relief to people with hard-to-treat depression, a preliminary study suggests. The study involved just 21 patients, but the treatment sent 90 percent into remission within a few days. That's a success rate that has never been seen in early testing of other therapies for severe ...

Apple just revealed more details about the new face shields it's making to protect medical workers amid the COVID-19 crisis
Business Insider - 2020-04-07
Apple has posted a support page with details about the face shields its creating to support healthcare workers helping with the COVID-19 crisis.

SpaceX's Dragon splashes down after trip to space station
UPI.com - 2020-04-07
April 7 (UPI) --SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, carrying live mice, cells of plants grown in space and spacesuits to be examined and refurbished. The mission was the 20th cargo trip for SpaceX, and the last for its original cargo Dragon. A second-generation Dragon will be used going forward ...

Aid Groups Say They've Never Faced A Challenge Like The Novel Coronavirus
NPR - 2020-04-07
Humanitarian groups say they've never had to face a challenge like the novel coronavirus. "We've never had to respond to a crisis that has simultaneously impacted every single office that we run in the world at the same time," says Elinor Raikes, head of ...

Stolen Zoom passwords and meeting IDs are already being shared on the dark web
Mashable - 2020-04-07
As Zoom confronts numerous security issues amid a spike in use of the service during the coronavirus pandemic, yet another problem for the video conferencing platform has entered the stage, thanks to the dark web. Cybersecurity firm Sixgill recently discovered a collection of 352 Zoom accounts that had been compromised. The accounts were shared ...

A payments provider for paying court fines and utility bills exposed years of transactions
TechCrunch - 2020-04-07
A payments processor used by local governments to collect court fines and utility bill payments from residents across Arkansas and Oklahoma mistakenly left a cache of data, representing years of transactions, exposed on its website. Security researcher Ashot Oganesyan found a cache of database files in a public and unprotected web directory on ...

Jollibee seeing early signs of recovery from virus fallout
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-07
"We expect growth to resume even if gradually, driven by our delivery, takeout and drive thru business channels. We believe that our consumers will continue patronizing strongly our products and services, once constraints related to the control of the Covid-19 are lifted," said Tanmantiong. "Our business and our people had shown great ...

Protecting your mental health
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-07
To safeguard your mental health and protect yourself from unnecessary worrying and doubts, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health. Physical activity has been known to increase the level of endorphin and dopamine in your body. These are the hormones responsible for boosting your mood and producing feelings of pleasure.

More lawmakers call for expanded cash aid program as lockdown extended in Luzon
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7)-- As Luzon faces another two weeks of enhanced community quarantine, more lawmakers have called for the expansion of the cash aid program to help affected Filipinos deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Joey Salceda, Albay Representative and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, proposed that the government ...

San Roque protesters ordered freed after 5 days in detention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The release of 21 residents of Sitio San Roque in Quezon City who were arrested after protesting a lack of government support was ordered on Monday following five nights in detention. The order issued by Branch 132 of the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court capped a tension-filled day as lawyers for the 21 rushed to ...

No Manila Bay reclamation yet
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The government will not allow any reclamation project in Manila Bay to proceed until President Duterte issues an executive order, Secretary to the Cabinet Karlo Nograles said yesterday. "Status quo for now until (the President) issues a written order," Nograles said. He issued the statement after Duterte, in a ...

Quezon City to distribute face masks
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Quezon City government said yesterday it will distribute face masks to residents as it begins implementing a policy mandating the wearing of face covering in public places to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Mayor Joy Belmonte has issued an executive order directing all residents to wear any ...

Early taxpayers to be allowed to amend tax returns
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has allowed early taxpayers to make corrections in their tax returns before the extended deadlines without penalties. Under BIR Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 37-2020, dated April 6, taxpayers who will file and settle their taxes before the extended deadline may amend their tax ...

Mining, export of mineral ores allowed amid lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The government maintains that mining operations, including the export of mineral ores, are allowed despite the enhanced community quarantine. This after anti-mining and green groups questioned the mineral ore export permit granted to Techiron Resources Inc. despite the imposed lockdown in Eastern Visayas. "Until there ...

Local carriers have to wait longer to resume flights
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Local carriers may have to wait a little longer before they can resume passenger flights following the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine up to the end of the month. In an advisory on Monday, before President Duterte approved the extension of the enhanced community quarantine to April 30, flag ...

P&G to manufacture face masks
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines will be manufacturing face masks at its plant in Laguna to help in efforts to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. P&G Philippines yesterday said, its manufacturing plant in Cabuyao City, Laguna would be one of the manufacturing sites globally that will ...

Philippines vibrant enough to survive pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The economy is strong and vibrant enough to survive the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic just like the recession in the 1980s, the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s, and the global financial crisis in the 2000s, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said ...

Job losses from virus to hit 200 million-ILO report
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-07
Members of the District Mobile Force Battalion of the Pasig City Police get their dose of sanitizers as they disinfect themselves after their shift in Barangay Maybunga, Pasig City. GLOBAL ...

Smart provides free WiFi for COVID-19 healthcare facilities
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- As part of its efforts to equip coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 medical frontliners with reliable data connectivity, PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. is providing fast, free and 24/7 Smart WiFi to several major newly-activated COVID-19 facilities. Smart has rolled out carrier-grade fiber-powered ...

Go cites provision of risk allowance for health workers
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
Bong Go on Monday lauded the government for granting a special risk allowance (SRA) to public health workers during the enhanced community quarantine. Under Administrative Order 28 signed by President Durerte, a one-time COVID-19 special risk allowance, equivalent to a maximum of 25 percent of their monthly basic pay, will be granted to public ...

DPWH, EEI and Villar Group complete PICC health facilities
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), with the support of private firms EEI Corporation and the Villar-led Vista Land Group, has completed the construction works of the health facility at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum Halls in just seven days. Secretary Mark A. Villar announced ...

Jinggoy hits Zamora over mobile markets
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Public market vendors in San Juan City are caught in a brewing conflict between Mayor Francis Zamora and former senator Jinggoy Estrada over mobile markets organized during the enhanced community quarantine. In a viral video, Estrada lashed out at Zamora for allegedly talking San Juan vendors out of participating in ...

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