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Pangilinan family to pay bail of 21 QC residents nabbed over protest for food
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The family of Senator Francis Pangilinan - as initiated by his daughter Frankie - has offered to pay the bail of the 21 Quezon City residents, who were arrested Wednesday after protesting for food and other assistance amid the Luzon-wide quarantine due to COVID-19. According to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan ...

Lawmakers back extension of quarantine period to contain COVID-19 spread
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) - Some members of the Senate and House of Representatives called on Friday for an extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. The island-wide quarantine, imposed to avert the spread of COVID-19, is currently on its third week and scheduled to end on midnight of April 13. Senator Joel ...

COVID-19 response head clears air on mass testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- Mass testing for the coronavirus disease in the country remains an aspiration after the COVID-19 response chief clarified his earlier announcement. On Thursday, Presidential Peace Adviser and COVID-19 response head Carlito Galvez, Jr. said the government was targeting an April 14 start of "massive ...

466 Filipinos abroad positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) - A total of 466 Filipinos abroad have now tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. The DFA also reported seven more deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities of overseas Filipinos infected with the coronavirus to 21. 129 Filipinos abroad, meanwhile, have ...

Filipinos abroad who lost to COVID-19 now at 21 - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has so far claimed the lives of 21 Filipinos abroad, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. According to figures released by the ...

Filipinos in Indonesia get stay permits amid coronavirus pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos and other foreigners who are still in Indonesia due to the suspension of flights amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will automatically be given emergency stay permits by the Indonesian government. The Philippine Embassy in Indonesia issued this advice to the Filipino community on Friday.

Saturday will be hot and humid in Luzon - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Luzon dwellers would likely feel hot and humid weather tomorrow, April 4, with a low chance of rain even as Visayas and Mindanao might experience rain showers, the state ...

Ambulance driver shot over suspicions of ferrying COVID-19 patients - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- An ambulance driver of a hospital, a frontliner in the fight against the novel coronavirus, in the province of Quezon was shot at the hand after the suspect accused him of transporting COVID-19 positive patients. Peter Paul Medical Center of Candelaria Inc. said that its ambulance driver was "violently harassed and ...

ASEAN-China medical experts tackle COVID-19 in video conference
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Medical experts from countries in Southeast Asia and China have exchanged views on sustaining and further enhancing regional collective responses to the coronavirus disease ...

Quezon hospital slams harassment of health workers after shooting of ambulance driver
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
LUCENA CITY -- The management of a private hospital in Candelaria town in Quezon province strongly condemned the harassment and discrimination against health workers after its ambulance driver was shot and wounded on Tuesday night. "Our frontliners are one of the few obstacles to the spread and fatalities of COVID-19. It is not enough to ...

Health maintenance firms assure COVID-19 coverage for 7M PH clients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
A group of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) on Friday (April 3) assured clients of COVID-19 coverage with nearly 24-hour assistance available for client concerns. Carlos D. Da Silva, executive director of Association of Health Maintenance Organizations of the Philippines Inc. (AHMOPI), in a statement, said patients in hospitals "are ...

Private sector takes part in fight vs. COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- The private sector has taken part in putting up more quarantine facilities as the medical sector ramps up testing capacities for the coronavirus disease. In particular, the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects on Friday acknowledged private sector groups for their contribution.

55 Filipinos in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19, stranded Pinoys to be evacuated
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- 55 Filipinos have tested positive for the coronavirus disease in Malaysia, Philippine Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur Charles Jose said on Friday. Jose said 46 are still undergoing treatment, while nine have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. "Mino-monitor po ng embassy ang kanilang status and ...

Lockdown extension to require more funds, global bank says - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- With coronavirus infections still on the rise, the Philippine government may be compelled to extend the month-long Luzon lockdown beyond April 12, a move that would require more state funding and efficient resource distribution, global investment bank Nomura said. In a report released on Thursday evening, the Japan-based ...

Boy, 7, tests positive for COVID-19 in Zamboanga - 2020-04-03
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- A seven-year-old boy tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to seven in Zamboanga peninsula, a health official said here. Dr. Joshua Brillantes, Department of Health assistant regional director, said the patient received his test result Wednesday from the Research ...

248 Filipino seafarers from US arrive home
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) - A total of 248 Filipino seafarers evacuated from a virus-hit cruise ship in Miami, Florida are now in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday. The DFA said the plane carrying crew members of MSC Divina landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at 6 a.m. The ...

PH converts facilities into COVID-19 hospital, 'mega quarantine' center
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- A hospital that exclusively caters to COVID-19 patients and a "mega quarantine center" will soon be operational as the country responds to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects Vince Dizon on Friday said the National Government ...

DOF, BIR publish order to reiterate documentary stamp tax exemption of COVID-19 loan relief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) have reiterated the exemption from documentary stamp tax (DST) of the loan relief provided during the enhanced community quarantine period aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. Revenue Regulation (RR) No. 8-2020 issued by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III and ...

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down. Prime Minister Imran Khan is relying on restricting the size of congregations attending mosques and advice to stay at ...

Philippines Reports 29 New Coronavirus Deaths, Highest in a Single Day
New York Times - 2020-04-03
The Philippines' health ministry on Friday reported 29 new coronavirus deaths, marking the single largest daily increase in casualties.

Housing Department gives two-month moratorium for house loans
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) - The Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development approved a two-month moratorium on loan payments for houses, condominium units under an in-house financing scheme. Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario released the memorandum in compliance with the newly-signed Republic Act No. 11469 or the ...

Play Powerball to win P9 billion without leaving home - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The American Powerball lottery is currently offering a jackpot prize worth $180 million (equivalent to P9 billion), the largest lottery prize in the world. You can play Powerball online from the Philippines using the services of theLotter, the leading online ticket purchasing service. It uses local agents in the United ...

No safe haven as COVID-19 market damage beats financial crisis - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The shock that hit financial markets as the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) rapidly spread across the globe has surpassed the turmoil caused by the onset of the global financial crisis a decade ago, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said. There was no place safe for investors as equity, bond and foreign exchange ...

Duterte's threat of 'deathly violence' vs. violators not a crime, Palace says
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- Malacañang defended President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial statement ordering government forces to shoot and kill unruly violators of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine once they become a threat to law enforcers' lives. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement said ...

COVID-19 losses: IATA sees 400,000 PH jobs wiped out in grounding of air travel
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
More than 400,000 jobs in the Philippines would be wiped out even if demand for air travel--now largely decimated by COVID-19-starts to recover by the second half of 2020, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The bleak outlook comes even as governments around the world are unsure when restrictions that were placed ...

The new 9/11: COVID-19 and a looming mental health disaster - 2020-04-03
With uncertainty surrounding the outbreak deepening the economic, social and health care crisis, an army of therapists is helping people cope with the brutal psychological fallout. "People are experiencing very high levels of anxiety," Sonya Lott, a Philadelphia-based psychologist who specializes in grief counseling, told AFP. "It's the fear of ...

Martin Nievera dedicates song to health workers, frontliners in COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- Singer-songwriter Martin Nievera dedicates a song to all the health workers and frontliners who have died and those who continue to risk their lives in ...

COVID-19 relief: 16 LGUs extend local tax deadlines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
Two provinces and 14 cities have extended deadlines to pay local taxes but the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) expressed no worry yet about the impact of lower tax take from local governments amid COVID-19 lockdowns. An updated list made by BLGF, an agency under the Department of Finance (DOF), showed the latest local government units ...

Belmonte warns of suspension vs QC officials who fail to distribute food aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- The Quezon City government said Friday it has received "numerous reports" that some indigent residents have not received the food relief allotted to them amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. "This should not be happening because we have already distributed one million food packs in ...

COVID-19 impact: PH economic health hinges on return of workers, businesses, supply chain, says ADB
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
If the Philippines could contain its local COVID-19 outbreak by midyear, the economy would still grow although by a slower 2 percent in 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Friday (April 3). But the Manila-based multilateral lender warned that economic recovery may lag if its engines--the supply chain, businesses, and their workforce ...

55 Filipinos in Malaysia test positive for coronavirus -- envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose reported Friday that 55 Filipinos in the Southeast Asian country have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

ADB warns global cost of virus could top $4 trillion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The COVID-19 pandemic could cost the global economy $4.1 trillion as it ravages the United States, Europe, and other major economies, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warned Friday. The estimated impact is equivalent to nearly five percent of worldwide output based on a range of scenarios but the lender said losses from ...

SEC warns against scammers exploiting COVID-19 crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public against dealing with individuals and groups exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud investors and consumers. In separate advisories, the SEC has flagged at least 14 groups engaged in unauthorized investment-taking activities and other fraudulent activities since the ...

What to do when you receive an NBI subpoena
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- The National Bureau of Investigation has summoned at least 17 private citizens in the past few days for allegedly violating a law that prohibits posting false information online. Seasoned lawyer Chel Diokno said authorities did not disclose the exact posts in question. Diokno, chairman of the Free ...

PCSO to give P18M financial aid to 6 Bicol hospitals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
LEGAZPI CITY -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Bicol will turn over P18 million worth of financial assistance to six government-operated hospitals in the Bicol region, Nelly Loyola, a PCSO official, said. Loyola said the financial aid would be given in bank checks to the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in ...

DSWD releases COVID-19 cash assistance to Manila, Parañaque LGUs
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- The cash aid for people most financially affected by the COVID-19 crisis will be released to two local governments in Metro Manila, according to Inter-Agency Task Force spokesperson Karlo Nograles. "We have been informed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development the subsidies will be ...

ADB sees slower growth, inflation as COVID-19 outbreak bites - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) significantly slashed its growth projections for the Philippines and rest of the region this year, the latest institution to turn sour on the economy as preoccupied governments shift resources to containing the global coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In its latest Asian ...

Even in the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese likely won't stay home until Shinzo Abe makes them
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
(CNN) - Salary men in suits crammed into trains during the rush-hour commute are staple scenes in Tokyo. Up until a few weeks ago, 52-year-old Hideya Tokiyoshi, who traveled into the capital from neighboring Saitama prefecture for work each day, was among them. The English-language teacher moved to online lessons after his students grew anxious ...

248 Filipino seafarers from Miami are latest batch of repatriates - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- A total of 248 Filipino cruise ship workers have returned home from the Unites States Friday morning, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday. "On its third day of repatriations this week, the DFA welcomed 248 crew members of MSC Divina who were repatriated from Miami, USA," the DFA said in a statement.

Nearly 20K avail of Tesda free online courses amid Luzon lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is offering free online courses that quarantined residents may avail of during the Luzon-wide lockdown being enforced to block the spread of the coronavirus disease. According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, a total of 19,598 enrollees have signed up ...

4Ps beneficiaries, poor families in Manila, Parañaque to start receiving emergency subsidy Friday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and poor families in the cities of Manila and Parañaque will receive their emergency subsidy as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and enhanced community quarantine starting Friday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced.

Coronavirus hits 32 Filipinos in Singapore
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines --The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has so far infected 32 Filipinos in Singapore, with 26 of them still under medical care, the Philippine Embassy in the Southeast Asian city-state said. In an update on its Facebook page Thursday, the embassy said the 26 Filipinos patients remain admitted in hospitals while six ...

Malabon to endorse 86K families to DSWD for COVID-19 aid package
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines - The Malabon City government is planning to endorse all of its around 86,000 families to avail of the social amelioration package of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Malabon City Mayor Antolin "Lenlen" Oreta said he ordered all 21 barangays in Malabon to update their databases of families so he ...

Discrimination vs COVID-19 patients, frontliners now illegal in Manila - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Those who will discriminate against patients with coronavirus disease, people suspected to have infection and frontliners will now be penalized in Manila City. The city government of Manila passed the Anti COVID-19 Discrimination ...

123 marooned Filipino seafarers back home from Spain - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- One hundred twenty three Filipino seafarers have arrived in Manila from Spain Thursday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. "All 123 Filipinos underwent ...

Wall Street rises for first time in three days as oil spurts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rallied Thursday for its first gain in three days after a sudden surge in oil prices revived beaten-down energy stocks. But, as has so often been the case in this year ...

Economy to grow by just 2% this year as COVID-19 pandemic bites - ADB
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- Economic growth would see a sharp slowdown this year as the global COVID-19 pandemic cripples business and consumer spending, a report released Friday by the Asian Development Bank said. In its "Asian Development Outlook 2020" annual report, the regional development finance lender slashed its growth ...

Economists call for "calibrated easing" of ECQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
A group of prominent economists appealed to the government to end the Luzon-wide lockdown as originally scheduled on April 12, and henceforth shift to "calibrated easing," worried about further economic damage amid an ongoing war against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), an organization dedicated to ...

Pagasa: Fair Friday weather nationwide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Most parts of the country will hot and humid weather anew with cloudy skies and isolated ran showers on Friday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical ...

Social distancing and associations: Lessons learned
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
As social organizations, associations view social distancing as antithesis to their "business as usual" operation. So what can they do during these social distancing times? Here are some strategies that associations here and abroad have undertaken to cope, explore opportunities, and keep afloat during this difficult time: Going digital.

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