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Expect fair, warm Tuesday weather - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A generally fair weather may be expected tomorrow, March 31, as the easterlies or warm winds from the Pacific Ocean directly affect the country, the Philippine Atmospheric ...

Coronavirus crisis: Philippines's heath system struggles as cases rise
Al Jazeera English - 2020-03-30
As the Philippines reports more than 1,400 cases of coronavirus due to the pandemic sweeping the world, medical workers say front-line workers have died because of the lack of protective clothing. The health department says it is doing its best supply equipment even as it struggles to cope with the rising number of infected patients.

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
Due to the heat, the marathon has been moved to Sapporo, a city some 800 kilometers (500 miles) to the north of Tokyo where the weather is cooler even at the height of summer. The postponement has ...

690 health workers join government frontliners
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Hundreds of healthcare workers ... Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire of the Department of Health (DOH) said they launched the volunteer initiative "to make sure ...

Extended lockdown may lead to recession, says ING
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Dutch financial giant ING Bank expects the economy to contract this year if the month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is extended and if the national government fails to implement a fiscal punch needed to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak. Nicholas Mapa, senior economist at ING Bank ...

COVID-19, Luzon lockdown seen to pull GDP growth down to lowest level since 2009
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine economy could decelerate to its slowest clip since the aftermath of the global financial crisis as the new coronavirus global pandemic and drastic containment measures meant to stem the contagion threaten to disrupt growth, Japan-based Nomura said on Monday. In its latest report detailing the impact of the ...

Cebu businessman dies of complications due to COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- A top Cebu businessman is the latest COVID-19 fatality in the southern province. Vivant Corporation Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Dennis N.A. Garcia died on March 28 due to complications brought about by COVID-19. According to a statement released by his family on Monday, Garcia had pre ...

Cebu businessman dies of complications due to COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- A top Cebu businessman is the latest COVID-19 fatality in the southern province. Vivant Corporation Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Dennis N.A. Garcia died on March 28 due to complications brought about by COVID-19. According to a statement released by his family on Monday, Garcia had pre ...

Stocks extend losses, oil trades below $20 on virus impact
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
BANGKOK -- World markets started the week with more losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus, forcing prolonged shutdowns of travel and business in many ...

Filipino workers in China appeal to government for help during COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The country's ambassador to China says Filipinos working in the mainland are asking the government for help as they have not been able to work due to work stoppages because of COVID-19. Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana said while Filipinos remain safe, they are becoming concerned about their income.

Millennial mayor in Pangasinan shows leadership prowess in time of crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- If you think that 30-year-old Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is the only millennial local chief executive showing the prowess of a seasoned leader during a crisis, think again. In Alaminos City in Pangasinan, 23-year-old Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste brandishes his youth like a sword in leading his city against the coronavirus ...

DOH purchases ?1.8 billion worth of PPE for frontline health workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) - The Department of Health acquired one million set of personal protective equipment worth ?1.8 billion to be given to health workers in referral hospitals for coronavirus patients in Luzon. In a virtual press briefing on Monday, DOH Spokesperson Rosario Vergeire said each set of PPE contains head gear ...

DSWD to distribute cards to LGUs for distribution of COVID-19 cash aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development will be distributing social amelioration cards in preparation for the distribution of cash assistance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cash aid between P5,000 to P8,000 will be given to vulnerable sectors of society such as persons with disabilities ...

MVP-led hospital group names Santa Mesa hospital as main COVID-19 referral facility
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- Hospitals under the Metro Pacific Group, which include the Makati Medical Center and Asian Hospital, have chosen the Our Lady of Lourdes in Manila as the group's main referral facility for COVID-19 cases. Metro Pacific Hospitals said in a disclosure that it has chosen the facility in Santa Mesa as ...

Stronger together during the COVID-19 Crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
Manila, Philippines - March 30, 2020 - Mondelez Philippines extends heartfelt gratitude to its employees, business partners, and community partners for their actions to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis in the country. Together with its employees and partners, the Company has been able to continue producing its food products and ...

DFA: 9 Filipinos abroad have now died due to COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of Filipinos overseas who died from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has increased to nine, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Monday. According to DFA, five more Filipinos, all of whom were in Europe, succumbed to the highly contagious respiratory disease. DFA said there is a ...

COVID-19 cases in PH now at 1,546; no recoveries recorded today
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) - The Philippines recorded 128 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 1,546. The latest number of new cases in the country is lower compared to the 343 recorded cases on Sunday. The Department of Health also reported seven additional deaths bringing the number of fatalities to 78. All of the ...

3 fishermen arrested by cops for quarantine violation in Eastern Samar town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
TACLOBAN CITY--Three fishermen from Sulat town in Eastern Samar province were arrested on Sunday (March 29) for getting intoxicated and loitering the streets in the middle of an order for people to stay indoors for a community quarantine against COVID-19. Police said Rolly Ceblano, 49; Justine Laurence Delmonte, 19; and Jonathan Afable, 23 ...

Deployment of Chinese doctors, medical team to PH in the works - envoy
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30)-- A team of Chinese doctors and medical experts will soon be deployed to the Philippines to assist in the country's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said Monday. "Sa ngayon ay kasali na 'yan sa plano. Nabanggit na rin iyan ni (Foreign Affairs ...

BREAKING: NGCP to donate P1-billion for COVID-19 response
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines plans to donate P1 billion in goods and cash to support health workers who are in the frontline in the fight to contain the coronavirus disease. The amount will be coursed through the Office of the President. In a letter to President Duterte dated March 30, NGCP president and ...

Five more Filipinos abroad with COVID-19 die
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- Five more Filipinos abroad with COVID-19 have died, bringing the number of Filipinos who died of the viral disease to nine, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. The total number of Filipinos overseas who have contracted COVID-19 has risen to 348, with 228 of them still undergoing treatment ...

Stronger together during the COVID-19 crisis
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-30
Mondelez Philippines, Inc. expresses its thanks to the organizations who are helping share much-needed food to communities and health frontliners including the Philippine Red Cross Mondelez Philippines extends heartfelt gratitude to its employees, business partners, and community partners for their actions to help those in need during the COVID ...

Marikina finds new location for planned COVID-19 testing center
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- Marikina City has identified a two-storey building that will house a local COVID-19 testing center, days after the Department of Health turned down its original proposal. Mayor Marcelino Teodoro announced Monday that a building along Bayan-Bayanan Avenue in Barangay Concepcion Uno has been chosen as ...

Deadline for SSS contribution extended until June 1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The deadline of contributions for February, March and April is extended until June 1, 2020, the Social Security System (SSS) said Monday. SSS president Aurora Ignacio said members can pay for their contributions without penalties. This covers both regular and household workers. "Nagbigay po tayo ng extension ng ...

Philippines Reports Seven Coronavirus Deaths, 128 More Infections
New York Times - 2020-03-30
The Philippines' health ministry on Monday reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 128 more infections. Total deaths have risen to 78 and infections to 1,546, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference.

CPP vows no offensives vs soldiers conducting COVID-19 relief duties
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines disputed government claims that it had planned an attack on troops in Rodriguez, Rizal over the weekend. Marco Valbuena, chief of the CPP Central Committee information bureau said "the claim that the NPA unit was planning an attack is baseless," citing ...

Philippines reports 128 additional COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
The increase was due to conflicts, economic shocks and weather-related events such as drought. The report found another 183 million were at risk of slipping into food crisis "if confronted by an ...

DICT: Work from home scheme should be adopted by BPO firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Monday said Monday that work-from-home arrangements, "as far as practicable," should be adopted by ICT-enabled Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies while the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is in effect in Luzon. In a statement, the ...

LGUs must help fight Covid-19 with good database, communications support - Neda
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-30
This is composed of Phase 1a or the Clinical / Medical Response; Phase 1b, Public Health Response; Phase 1c, Short-term augmentation of health systems capacity; Phase 2, Rebuild consumer and business confidence; and Phase 3, Resume a new normal state of economic activity that is more prepared for another possible pandemic.

BOC: PPEs from raids to be turned over to COVID-19 frontliners
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The government is working to release personal protective equipment (PPE) and other items seized in raids so they can be given to groups fighting COVID-19. Speaking at the the Laging Handa briefing on Monday, Bureau of Customs Assistant Commissioner Jet Maronilla said they were coordinating with the ...

FDA warns against use of 'Prodex-B' drug mix to cure COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday cautioned against using a drug compound called "Prodex-B" to cure novel coronavirus patients, saying that the product is not registered locally. The FDA issued a warning against the the drug combination of Procaine and Dexamethasone with Vitamin B to treat ...

MRSGI nets P776M
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
Gaisano-led retailer Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. (MRSGI) posted P776 million in net profit last year, down by 19.7 percent, due to new accounting rules that hiked expense booking on leasing activities. Since the start of this year, the company adopted the new accounting standard on leases under Philippine Financial Reporting Standards (PFRS ...

Cash aid distribution to 18 million households amid quarantine 'a challenge,' says House leader
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The national and local government would need to intensify collaboration to speed up cash aid distribution awaiting some 18 million low-income households under the enhanced community quarantine, a House leader bared Monday. "Ang pinaka-challenge talaga ngayon, madistribute sa lalong madaling panahon ...

DOH: No artificial increase, COVID-19 cases still rising despite decrease in backlogs
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The Department of Health (DOH) said it is now getting a clearer picture of how many people have COVID-19 as more test kits and laboratories are available for diagnosis. Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday, DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said despite the decrease in backlogs, cases are ...

Idled Baguio City workers get gigs as sanitation staff
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- At least 1,142 workers in Baguio City who have been displaced because of the Luzon quarantine have started working under the government's Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Displaced Worker (TUPAD) program. Under the program, the beneficiaries will work for 10 days starting March 29 to April 11, 2020 by helping the ...

Japanese man arrested for illegally working in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A Japanese man has been apprehended for illegally working in the country and for allegedly maltreating employees, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Monday. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said 45-year-old Kiyoshi Yokoyama was arrested last March 18 in Davao City where he was allegedly employed as general manager of a ...

Insurance regulator asks firms to take care of sales agents during COVID-19 quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
The Insurance Commission (IC) appealed to companies selling insurance in its many forms to look after their sales agents. In a circular issued by IC chief Dennis Funa last Friday (March 27), the commission said sales agents had been "the most vulnerable as their means of livelihood have been and continue to be greatly and adversely affected ...

FDA approves 5 rapid test kits for COVID-19, but requires confirmatory test for samples
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The Food and Drug Administration has approved five rapid test kits that detect COVID-19, but said samples must still undergo a confirmatory test using the machine-based method. FDA Director General Eric Domingo announced Monday that the regulator has allowed five rapid test kits to be used to detect ...

Duterte to address the public anew
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will once again address the nation in a televised message on Monday. The address is tentatively set at 4 p.m., his spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Duterte was advised on March 27 to undergo self-quarantine at his official residence in Malacañang Palace in Manila City ...

Manila City imposes liquor ban during Luzon quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- A temporary liquor ban is in place in Manila City starting Monday after residents were caught partying during the enhanced community quarantine. The Manila Public Information Office said Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso signed an executive order strictly banning the selling and distribution of ...

Mental health plans pushed to thwart COVID-19, quarantine blues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The government should also have measures to protect the mental and psychological health of Filipinos amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, detained Senator Leila De Lima said Monday. De Lima said that "the collective feelings of fear, anxiety and sorrow" as the country faces the continuous threat of ...

Talks underway on Chinese medical team going to PH to help fight vs COVID-19 -- envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Talks regarding a team of Chinese medical experts going to the Philippines are already underway, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said Monday.

Instacart workers seek strike as jobs get busier, riskier
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-30
Instacart gig worker Summer Cooper, 39, delivers groceries, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Belleair Beach, Fla. Cooper, 39, started working as an Instacart shopper in the Tampa Bay area in Florida ...

No COVID-19 infected Filipino in China so far, PH envoy says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana on Monday said that no Filipino in China has so far contracted the the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so far. In an interview during a "public" briefing aired over state-run PTV, Sta. Romana noted that Filipinos in China are doing well health-wise but are ...

Farmers' group wants mobile stores in barangays as Luzon quarantine blocks delivery of fresh produce
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- The Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food called on more towns and cities to set up rolling stores for vegetables, fruits, and meat so farmers can directly sell their produce amid the Luzon-wide quarantine. In a statement, the industry group said local government units should set up "emergency ...

Plane bound for Tokyo catches fire at NAIA
philstar.com - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines (Updated 10:07 p.m.) -- An aircraft caught on fire at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport late Sunday. According to a source, Lionair RPC5880 had eight people on board: Six Filipino crew members and two passengers. The passengers were a Canadian and an American. The aircraft--according to its registration number, an IAI ...

COVID-19 hits 335 overseas Filipinos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of overseas Filipinos in 30 countries who contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 335, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Monday. Data from the DFA showed that 220 of the Filipinos are currently undergoing treatment while 111 patients have recovered. "The 19.64% ...

The US ride-hailing industry is getting turned on its head by coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
(CNN) -- Just days after President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that all travel from Europe to the United States would be temporarily suspended due the coronavirus pandemic, a Dallas-based rideshare startup called Alto started seeing a steep drop in demand for rides. Will Coleman, Alto's founder and CEO, said business was suddenly ...

8 dead in aircraft crash at NAIA
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 29) -- Eight people on a medical evacuation mission to Tokyo, Japan are dead after the Agusta WW24 aircraft they were on crashed Sunday, 8 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The Civil Aviation and Aeronautics Board said the aircraft reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for ...

Fashion designers get doctor's approval to mass produce reusable protective gear for COVID-19 frontliners
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) -- Fashion designers who are customizing protective suits for COVID-19 frontline workers have gotten a doctor's approval to push through with their ...

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