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GSIS releases pension benefits ahead of schedule
philstar.com - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run provident fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has released the pension benefits of government retirees for the month of April, earlier than the usual crediting date which falls on the 8th day of every month. In a statement, GSIS president and general manager Rolando Macasaet said P5.7 billion in ...

Banks raise P116 billion from debt market
philstar.com - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine banks raised P116 billion by tapping the domestic debt market via the issuance of bonds as well as long-term negotiable certificates of deposits (LTNCDs) in the first quarter of the year to support asset expansion and diversify funding sources. Data from the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp. (PDEx) showed ...

2020 iPhone SE Release Date Rumors: Apple Device Name Settled, Launching As Scheduled
International Business Times - 2020-04-03
Apple reveals name of budget device as 2020 iPhone SE 2020 iPhone SE to be launched on April 15 2020 iPhone SE shipments likely to be delayed Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it appears Apple has no plans of altering is scheduled to launch for the budget-friendly iPhone variant. That happens this month though critics feel it is a case of ...

ADB: PHL growth likely to slow to 2% in 2020 but 6.5% post-pandemic rebound possible in 2021
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-03
"A less-desirable U-shape recovery is possible if disrupted supply chains are not restored quickly, workers are not rehired immediately, or business are slow to restart operations," it added. ADB said the government has enough fiscal space to increase its resources to mitigate the worst effects of Covid-19 and speed up economic recover

Davao jeepney drivers secure jobs ahead of an anticipated ECQ order
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-03
Anytime soon that the city government elevates the community quarantine to an enhanced level, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has asked owners and managers of business establishments still allowed to operate to hire jeepneys to bring their workers from home to the office and back. "Through this, you [business owners] would help the drivers have ...

DBM releases P100 billion cash aid for poor families
philstar.com - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P100 billion in funds for the provision of cash assistance to poor Filipino households adversely affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a statement, DBM said P100 billion has been released to the Department of Social Welfare and ...

Manila OKs measure to protect health workers
philstar.com - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Thursday signed a city ordinance that penalizes persons who commit any act of discrimination against patients infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), health workers and other frontliners in the fight against the virus. Ordinance 8624 - authored by Councilors Joel Chua and Jong ...

Local airlines to lose $3.5 billion as flights grounded
philstar.com - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The turbulence in the aviation industry due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is expected to translate to over $3 billion in potential gross domestic product (GDP) loss and more than 400,000 job cuts. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), passenger demand in the Philippines is seen to ...

Pandemic leads to surge in video conferencing app downloads
Computerworld - 2020-04-03
Business communication apps saw record levels of growth in March, according to statistics from mobile market data provider App Annie. With a growing portion of the global population now living under some kind of government lockdown, many organizations have had to shift business processes - and their employees are having to embrace a work-from ...

OctoML raises $15M to make optimizing ML models easier
TechCrunch - 2020-04-03
OctoML, a startup founded by the team behind the Apache TVM machine learning compiler stack project, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A round led by Amplify, with participation from Madrone Ventures, which led its $3.9 million seed round. The core idea behind OctoML and TVM is to use machine learning to optimize machine ...

'Complete waste of time.' UK media slam government coronavirus briefings
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
(CNN) --Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government can typically find a safe space in the digital and print editions of many of the most popular British newspapers. But some of the UK government's biggest cheerleaders are now tearing into it over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, slamming confusing and conflicting messaging from senior ...

FDA approves first locally-made COVID-19 test kits
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) - The Food and Drug Administration approved on Friday the first locally-made COVID-19 test kits. The test kits are made by scientists from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health, through its research and development firm Manila HealthTek, Inc. The Department of Science and ...

PNP can adopt RapidPass system even after lockdown, says defense chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) - Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Philippine National Police can still use the RapidPass system in manning checkpoints across the country even after the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is lifted. "I think we should use [RapidPass] for other things and we can use this after this ...

Ambulance driver in Quezon injured from gun attack, hospital confirms
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- An ambulance driver in Candelaria, Quezon was left injured after a gun attack on Tuesday night. Peter Paul Medical Center of Candelaria Inc. (PPMCCI) confirmed the incident happened at around 8:45 p.m., before the driver's duty. Prior to the shooting, the suspect insisted the hospital ambulance should ...

Vendors return in Wuhan as China prepares virus memorial
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
WUHAN, China -- Sidewalk vendors wearing face masks and gloves sold pork, tomatoes, carrots, and other vegetables to shoppers Friday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began, as ...

Travel barriers to control COVID-19 spread likely to slash 400,000 airline jobs --IATA
philstar.com - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Travel restrictions imposed to control the spread of coronavirus would cost the jobs of more than 400,000 people in the airline industry alone, highlighting the magnitude of economic impact from the disease. The estimate is contained in the latest report of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which warned ...

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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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 ...

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