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AC Energy expands wind farm project in Vietnam
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- AC Energy Inc. and its partner are proceeding with plans to build the second phase of their wind farm in Vietnam, touted to be the largest in Asia once completed. In a statement, AC Energy said its partner The Blue Circle (TBC) succeeded in securing the land and grid connection for the 170-megawatt (MW) wind project ...

Intellectual property filings hit record high in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Intellectual property (IP) applications received by the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reached a record high last year, driven by filings for trademarks. In a statement, IPOPHL said filings for IP protection reached 47,282 last year, up by nine percent from the 43,300 applications received in 2018. Filings for ...

Life insurers fast-tracking processing of COVID claims
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The life insurance industry has adopted measures to expedite the processing of claims related to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, the Philippine Life Insurance Association Inc. (PLIA) said. In a statement, PLIA said its members, in partnership with the Insurance Commission, is implementing a special claims ...

Philippines buys Mitsubishi Electric radar in first defense deal
NIKKEI - 2020-03-26
TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Electric will export about 10 billion yen ($89.9 million) worth of radar systems to the Philippines, marking the first export of Japanese-grown defense equipment under an updated government policy. The Philippines will purchase upgraded versions of the FPS-3 and TPS-P14 radar systems, both used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Smart vows free, reliable WiFi for frontliners
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. said free and reliable 24/7 WiFi connectivity has been made available to support frontliners and essential workers responding to the nationwide COVID-19 emergency. Smart said WiFi connectivity are available at provincial capitols as well as city and municipal halls across the ...

BDO warns clients of fraud amid COVID
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- People all over the world are eagerly searching the internet to learn more about COVID-19. However, as medical experts are still learning about it themselves, there is a shortage of trustworthy information online. Paying no mind to the global health crisis, cybercriminals are taking full advantage of the situation and ...

Bria Homes ensures safety of homeowners amid pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Bria Homes, one of the leading housing developers in the Philippines, has assured its residents and homeowners that it is strengthening its efforts in ensuring their safety, security and well-being amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Bria Homes is a subsidiary of Villar-owned Golden Bria Holdings Inc., considered ...

Emergency support urged for Asia Pacific airlines
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Asia-Pacific countries including the Philippines are being urged to provide emergency support to airlines as many of these carriers may not be able to take off once the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 crisis is over without the urgent relief. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said it has written to ...

SEC starts accrediting capital market employees
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has started accrediting employees for the capital markets industry in light of the coronavirus pandemic or COVID-19. In a notice dated March 22, the SEC laid out the guidelines for the issuance of IDs for capital market participants. The IDs will be used by those will comprise the ...

PPA bans collection of additional port fees
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has prohibited the collection of unauthorized additional port fees during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. PPA general manager Jay Santiago on Wednesday issued a memorandum preventing the imposition or collection of additional port charges and fees ...

All hands on deck
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and dealing with its aftermath on society and the economy requires a whole-of-society effort because this is unprecedented in terms of its scale and virulence. That means ordinary citizens staying home and practicing proper hygiene and social distancing. While the disease does not discriminate its victims based ...

DOE orders power firms to continue operations
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has directed power industry participants to continue operations as part of continuing efforts to deliver sufficient and continuous power supply amid the enhanced community quarantine period. In a statement, the DOE said it directed all wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) participants ...

COVID-19 cases among OFWs at 203, death toll at 3
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- A total of 203 overseas Filipino workers have been infected with the coronavirus disease, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Thursday. #DFAAdvisory As of 26 March 2020, a total of 203 OFs (of which 138 are DOH IHR verified) from the following regions have been confirmed COVID-19 positive ...

PNP files charges against fake news purveyors on COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) have filed criminal charges against four individuals for allegedly sharing false information on social media on COVID-19 which caused panic to some. The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group identified the first suspect as Maria Diane Serrano, a resident of Brgy. Banaynay in ...

Parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell has closed 7,000 restaurants so far
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
Yum! Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has shuttered 7,000 restaurants systemwide and modified their operations in response to the global health pandemic that has brought much of the world to a standstill. Overall, the company runs 50,000 restaurants in 150 countries. The closure of 7,000 restaurants includes 1,000 Pizza Hut ...

Customs encourages use of BOC online services in transactions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) recognizes that the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has potential significant impact on the operations of BOC in terms of risks related to exposure to external and internal stakeholders while physically transacting with the offices in the bureau. Considering the recently ...

Unemployment claims soared to 3.3 million last week, most in history
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
(CNN) -- A record number of Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Initial jobless claims soared to a seasonally adjusted 3.28 million in the week ended March 21, according to the Department of Labor. That is the highest number of initial jobless ...

Woman, 60, third to die of COVID-19 in Bulacan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
CITY OF MALOLOS-A 60-year-old woman was the third patient in the province to die of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), local officials said. The woman, who was from City of San Jose del Monte, underwent laboratory test at the Research Institute for Tropical Management (RITM) on March 14 and died the following day, according to the provincial ...

Customs seizes ?5-M worth of 'overpriced' alcohol, protective equipment from Binondo store
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- The Bureau of Customs on Thursday raided a store in Binondo, Manila and seized a total of ?5-million worth of personal protective equipment and alcohol allegedly sold for exorbitant prices. The store, located in San Nicolas, Binondo, has been charging customers almost four times the suggested ...

Flights continue for foreigners trapped by COVID-19 in Northern Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--Foreigners trapped by border closures in Northern Mindanao had been flown out and sent home, according to tourism officials here. Among those flown out of the Laguindingan Airport were eight Russians, who had stayed in Bukidnon province, according to Chaisa Duguilme, city tourism officer, on Thursday (March 26). Duguilme ...

San Juan Medical Center doctor has COVID-19; in stable condition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- A doctor at the San Juan Medical Center (SJMC) has tested positive for COVID-19, probably the latest among frontline health workers who have acquired the highly-infectious respiratory illness while performing their duties in the battle against the pandemic. "We do have one doctor in SJMC who tested positive to the ...

Around 30 market vendors caught violating price freeze - Trade dept.
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- About 30 vendors in a public market in Quezon City were caught selling fruits, vegetables, and meat at higher rates despite the price freeze due to the COVID-19 crisis. Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo said stalls at Farmers Market in Cubao, Quezon City should be selling these products for the same ...

Voluntary: Insurance regulator asks companies to sell health care, provide service to clients with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
The Insurance Commission (IC) has asked insurers and companies selling health care packages and other forms of insurance to not only sell policies to those infected by COVID-19 but also speed up services. Insurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa, in a circular issued on March 25, said all these companies are "strongly encouraged" to service ...

Taiwan quarantine skipper handed hefty fine for clubbing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
A man in Taiwan had an expensive night out after he was fined 1 million Taiwan dollars ($33,000, over P1.6 million) because he skipped quarantine to go clubbing, authorities said Monday. The unnamed man, who was supposed to be doing 14-days mandatory self-isolation at home after returning from Southeast Asia, was caught partying in Taipei ...

Marikina's COVID-19 testing center rejected for now, must be moved to safer location -- DOH
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- The Department of Health has disapproved the Marikina COVID-19 testing center, saying it did not pass space and biosafety standards. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a press briefing on Thursday that the proposed testing center, which is on the 6th floor of the City Health Office, should be ...

Luzon quarantine effects to be seen in next 2 weeks - Duque
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The effects of the enhanced community quarantine of the entire Luzon will be seen in the next two weeks, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Thursday amid the continuous spike in COVID-19 cases in the country despite the imposition of the month-long lockdown. In a virtual press briefing, Duque said that cases being ...

SMC to donate 560,000 kilos of rice to families under community quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) - San Miguel Corporation beefed up its efforts in helping communities affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. The Ramon Ang-led conglomerate announced on Thursday it will donate 560,000 kilos of rice as part of its relief efforts to assist communities that are vulnerable to the ...

LOOK: Manila cops cook hot meals, feed detainees amid quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid their busy schedule serving as frontliners in the coronavirus disease crisis, police officers took time to cook hot meals and feed suspects who are detained at a Manila police station. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said officers of the Manila Police District (MPD ...

DOH agrees Pimentel violated quarantine protocols
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday agreed with the Makati Medical Center (MMC) that Senator Koko Pimentel, who tested for COVID-19, violated the home quarantine protocols when he visited the hospital with his wife. Pimentel drew severe backlash on social media after he was seen roaming around the hospital with ...

Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation to donate P2 million to Project Ugnayan
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation Inc., led by Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier, has committed P2 million to Project Ugnayan. The donation will be used by the project to distribute grocery vouchers to vulnerable families in Metro Manila. Project Ugnayan is an initiative of the Philippine Disaster ...

Sen. Sonny Angara, Pia Cayetano's staffer test positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- Senator Sonny Angara as well as a member of Sen. Pia Cayetano's office have tested positive for COVID-19, their offices confirmed Thursday. Angara is the third senator to have the disease, following earlier announcements made by Senators Migz Zubiri and Koko Pimentel. Angara said he took the ...

WATCH: Stranded student in Clark plays the violin for people affected by COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- Using his violin, a college student stranded in Clark dedicated a song to everyone afflicted by the coronavirus disease. In a video uploaded on Facebook, 19-year-old Orlando Ladia Jr. is seen standing in front of The Mansion Hotel in Clark, while playing the song "People Need the Lord" with his violin.

S&R BGC employees under quarantine after interacting with Pimentel
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- A number of employees of a members-only supermarket in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig have been placed under quarantine after interacting with Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III who was tested positive COVID-19. "It was confirmed that the senator was at S&R BGC on March 16, 2020," the ...

Davao mayor irked by requests for special treatment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Sara Duterte is fuming over attempts by several individuals seeking special treatment in accessing medical facilities in the region. Without naming names, she also said that persons from at least three different national government agencies had sent messages through their emissaries telling her they wanted to enter the ...

Coronavirus could become seasonal: top US scientist
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
Fauci's comments suggesting the virus does better in colder weather than it does in hot and humid conditions follows a recent Chinese research paper -- still preliminary and awaiting peer-review ...

MIAA streamlines operations, concentrates remaining flights at NAIA Terminal 1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has streamlined its operations as it concentrates the remaining flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 as some carriers have been forced to suspend flights due to the increasing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country.

Outbreak-rattled consumers likely to slow GDP growth to 4% --Fitch
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- As millions face unemployment and businesses in severe pain, the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the Philippine economy where it hurts the most: consumer spending. Coupled with disruptions to global supply chain and tighter financing conditions, Fitch Solutions, a unit of debt watcher Fitch Ratings, said the local ...

35-day T-bills, absent in market for 15 years, returning in April as investors cling to cash
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
The government will borrow from domestic sources a total of P190 billion next month, including P30 billion in 35-day Treasury bills which are making a comeback after an absence of more than 15 years. While the Bureau of the Treasury usually released its borrowings program on a quarterly basis, its March 25 memo to all qualified sellers of ...

Chaos as Modi puts India in total lockdown for three weeks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
NEW DELHI -- As India entered a three-week lockdown that started at midnight on Wednesday (March 25), it is facing serious challenges - from ensuring essential groceries and medicines reach people, to encouraging social distancing and helping the poor through a time of wage disruptions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced the ...

Chinese expert predicts pandemic to slow in summer; rebound curve in winter possible
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
SHANGHAI -- While infections and deaths associated with the novel coronavirus continue to rise in many regions, the global pandemic is expected to slow down this summer, said a leading Shanghai expert during a live broadcast on Wednesday. Zhang Wenhong, leader of the Shanghai team of experts in the treatment of COVID-19 cases, said the ...

Lone COVID-19 patient in Cotabato recovers
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
COTABATO CITY, Philippines ?-- The Cotabato Regional Medical Center announced Thursday its lone COVID-19 patient has recovered after two weeks of confinement. "The patient has been discharged after recuperation," physician Helen Yambao, chief of the CRMC, told reporters in a press briefing where she confirmed the recovery of the patient ...

At least 9 coronavirus frontliners dead due to lack of protective gear - group
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- At least nine doctors have succumbed to COVID-19 while helping patients who have contracted the highly-infectious disease, the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPI) said on Thursday. PHAPI President Dr. Rustico Jimenez told CNN Philippines the doctors were exposed to the virus ...

Dominguez: Priority in COVID-19 aid are workers, not businesses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the economy and jobs, companies cannot expect immediate help from the government as priority in aid are workers displaced by draconic quarantine measures. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said he is opposed to giving tax breaks to companies hit by COVID-19. The government priority, he said, was to ...

PSEi sees best performance since 2007
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
The local stock exchange saw its sharpest rally in nearly 13 years on Thursday as global markets welcomed a $2-trillion COVID-19 fiscal plan approved by the US Senate. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) recouped 373.82 points or 7.44 percent to close at 5,401.58, gaining ground for the third straight session. This marked its ...

DFA: 253 distressed OFWs from Kuwait return to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 253 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait have been repatriated in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement on Thursday, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait arranged a humanitarian flight to repatriate the ...

Bongbong Marcos' family, staff take COVID-19 tests which turn out negative
philstar.com - 2020-03-26
"As my sister said, a few days ago I was feeling a little under the weather and as a result went to get checked. We are still waiting for the results," the former senator said in a separate statement.

Lawmakers undergo self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19-infected congressman
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- Lawmakers are now on self-quarantine after getting exposed to House appropriations chair Eric Yap of ACT-CIS Party-list, who recently tested positive for COVID-19. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, and other lawmakers who were exposed to the congressman during the ...

'Unwell' Bongbong Marcos awaiting COVID-19 test result, Imee says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. had undergone testing for the coronavirus disease after arriving home sick from his trip to Spain, his sister Senator Imee Marcos said on Thursday. "He came back from Spain unwell. Finally got a test 2 nights ago," she told reporters in a text message.

Another House member tests positive for COVID-19, says lawmaker
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) -- Another lawmaker has tested positive for the coronavirus disease according to a congressman, bringing the tally of infected House members to two. ?On Wednesday evening, Isabela Rep. Antonio "Tonypet" Albano said in a Facebook post that the House now has two congressmen who have contracted the virus ...

Filipino nurse in Ireland test positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino nurse in Ireland has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a Philippine diplomat said Thursday. While Consul General Senen Mangalile, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippine Embassy in London, did not disclose further details about the nurse, he said the nurse is not in critical condition.

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