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MBC urges firms to assist workers, support SMEs
philstar.com - 2020-03-18
Apart from providing assistance to workers, MBC also urged members and other businesses to provide support to SMEs and their employees to weather the financial strain brought by the pandemic.

FDA allows e-prescriptions for select patients during Luzon quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday allowed electronic prescriptions for individuals vulnerable to COVID-19 during the Luzon-wide quarantine period. Citing challenges posed by the pandemic, FDA has authorized licensed physicians to issue e-prescriptions to select individuals via email ...

Science and Technology dept. to produce face masks reusable for up to 50 times
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18)-- Half a million resuable face masks will soon be rolled out in the market as the country races against time to contain the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) under the Department of Science and Technology-- with the local government unit of Taytay, Rizal ...

Coronavirus disease appears to be airborne, but only in hospital setting
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- People could catch the coronavirus disease through the air, but only if they are in medical facilities, the Department of Health said Wednesday, citing the result of a preliminary research on the virus. "Yung airborne po na sinasabi ay [the airborne transmission we are talking of applies to] a ...

Prostitution raids in Makati City suspended - police
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- As the main anti-drug campaign "Oplan Tokhang" gets suspended during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Makati police also temporarily stopped its raids on establishments being used as prostitution dens. In a text message to INQUIRER.net, Makati police chief Col. Rogelio Simon said the police operation ...

No LPAs in PH in the coming days -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - A huge part of the Philippines may experience a generally fair weather as the state bureau has not seen any potential low pressure area (LPA) or eventual disturbances that ...

Another GSIS employee tested positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Another employee of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state pension fund to two. This was confirmed by GSIS President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet in a statement Wednesday.

Another Cavite resident tests positive for COVID-19; Bacoor set for lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
SAN PEDRO CITY - Another resident of Cavite province tested positive to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday. Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla said the 48-year-old male patient was a resident of Tanza town and currently confined in a local facility in the province. Earlier today, a male resident of Bacoor City also tested ...

Good Samaritan offers private facility as quarantine area for Pasig
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid the growing woes fueled by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), some good Samaritans are extending helping hands to the government in the nationwide drive against the pandemic. In Pasig City, for instance, the owner of a private facility has offered that their establishment be used to house those who need to undergo ...

Another GSIS employee tests positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) - The Government Services Insurance System (GSIS) confirmed on Wednesday that another employee from its main office tested positive for coronavirus disease or COVID-19 The person is confined at Las Piñas General Hospital. On Monday, a female employee from the GSIS main office, who has travel history to ...

Manila, Quezon City areas on heightened quarantine as COVID-19 spreads
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- Eight barangays in Manila City have been placed on "lockdown" to prohibit people from going in and out of their homes as the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 spreads across communities. The Manila Public Information Office on Wednesday said there will be stricter quarantine measures in Barangays 48 to ...

DA sets rules for easier entry of food items and farm inputs in quarantine area
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The Department of Agriculture released Wednesday its Food Resiliency Protocol for the entry of food items and farm inputs in Luzon, which is under enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. Among the food commodities whose entry will be unimpeded are rice, all ...

8 die, 8 hurt in Zamboanga road crash
philstar.com - 2020-03-18
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Eight persons died while eight others were injured when a truck loaded with timber rolled over in Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur on Sunday. The accident occurred at around 2 p.m. along a farm-to-market road in Barangay Liguac, according to Maj. Helen Galvez, spokesperson for the Zamboanga regional police. The truck ...

Customs OKs easier, duty-free entry of medical, relief goods amid COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
The government will establish a one-stop shop to fast-track the duty-free entry of imported medicines and other medical supplies--now considered as relief goods--to stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease. In an e-mail to Laban Konsyumer Inc. president Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba, Finance Undersecretary Bayani H. Agabin said the Bureau of ...

Supermarkets feel the pinch as cargoes remain stuck at checkpoints
philstar.com - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Supermarkets are sounding the alarm bells as shelves get emptied few days into the month-long lockdown of the entire Luzon, triggering concerns of a supply shortage if cargoes face more delays. "Supplies are running low after several days of panic buying," Steven Cua, president of the Philippine Amalgamated ...

29 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quezon City; hot zone residents prohibited from leaving -- LGU
philstar.com - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte at a media briefing on Wednesday disclosed that there were 29 confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the city, up from 22 yesterday, along with 54 persons under investigation. Belmonte also bared that one particular case in the city, a shop owner in Greenhills Shopping ...

Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group pledge over P200M for COVID-19 crisis response
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
The Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings group on Wednesday said they stand with all Filipinos in facing the challenges brought on by COVID-19 pandemic that has sickened over 200 people in the country. "The Ty family-led companies are pledging support to manage the disruption and provide meaningful assistance to customers, employees, and ...

GCash, partners to raise funds for health workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-18
FINANCIAL technology (fintech) company GCash has partnered with seven nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and foundations to launch a fund-raising campaign to purchase medical gear for the frontline health workers that are fighting the deadly novel coronavirus (Covid-19). GCash President Anthony Thomas said the digital donation drive provides ...

Eating fish in moderation while pregnant could boost kids health, despite concerns about mercury
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
Fish has long been touted for its health benefits, and for pregnant women, in particular, it is a major source of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids which are important for the developing fetus. However, some types of fish such as swordfish, shark and mackerel can also contain high levels of mercury, which can cause permanent ...

European countries are writing blank checks to save their economies from coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
CNN) -- European governments are writing blank checks to protect businesses and workers from the deep recession into which the global economy is sinking rapidly because of the coronavirus pandemic. France has so far taken the boldest approach, promising that no company will be allowed to fail as a consequence of the disease that has prompted ...

World Bank extends $100-M loans for PH fight vs. COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The World Bank has provided the country a loan of $100 million to help fight the coronavirus disease pandemic, the Department of Finance said Wednesday. The DOF said the amount is a "fast-track loan" which the country can receive in "a matter of weeks." The loan will enable the Department of ...

Philippines secures $100-M World Bank loan to fight coronavirus
philstar.com - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines has secured a $100-million "fast-track" loan from the World Bank to augment funding used to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) in the country. In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Finance (DOF) said the loan will finance the procurement of personal protective ...

Philippines eyes COVID-19 vaccine trials
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The Department of Science and Technology is eyeing to launch clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine in the country. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said Tuesday that they are contacting four foreign partners for possible clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine or drug.

Zarate to DOF, BIR: Extend tax deadlines during community quarantine period
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate is urging the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to extend the tax deadlines as taxpayers are currently being forced to stay at home by the enhanced community quarantine. Zarate, it is "ironic" for the DOF -- which is part of the executive ...

PUI in Palawan dies while waiting for COVID-19 test result
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- A person under investigation (PUI) in Palawan died while waiting for his test result for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Wednesday morning. Richard Ligad, chief of the City Information Office (CIO), announced the death of the 37-year-old Filipino male in an aired live video on Facebook. There was no record of the ...

AGI gives 1M liters of alcohol to COVID-19 front-liners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
Tycoon Andrew Tan-led Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI) is donating one million liters of disinfectant ethyl alcohol to hospitals, police, military and local government units (LGUs) battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as front-liners. "Through the Department of Health, we hope to distribute disinfectant alcohol to as many, if not ...

DOH: 'We can flatten the curve' to prevent COVID-19 cases from going up to 75,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The number of people who could be diagnosed with the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 may reach 75,000 in a few months time, but all hope is not lost, a Department of Health official said Wednesday. "Ang 75,000 aabutin natin kung di tayo maglalagay ng interventions na appropriate," DOH ...

More businesses pitch in with donations, test kits for COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- More companies have stepped up with donations and fundraising initiatives to help government combat the coronavirus disease, with the entire Luzon placed under strict quarantine. The Jollibee Group Foundation run by billionaire Tony Tan Caktiong added to the pledges on Wednesday night, donating ...

Sotto says DOF checking options for late tax payments
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The Department of Finance has heeded calls to extend the deadline for tax filings and would be finding ways to allow late payments, Senate President Tito Sotto said Wednesday. Sotto said he called Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to ask the Bureau of Internal Revenue to accept income tax ...

Vape group warns vs proliferation of low-quality products, black market
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-18
E-CIGARETTE regulations that are "unreasonably difficult" to comply with and lead to high business costs would result in the elimination of legitimate vaping products and the creation of an unregulated black market, a group claimed. "Both consequences will end up protecting tobacco cigarette sales and putting vapers at risk with the ...

Philippines ignored neighbors' lessons on how to tackle coronavirus
NIKKEI - 2020-03-18
The Philippines is the first country in the region to have placed its administrative and commercial capital under collective quarantine. Authorities have portrayed it as a preemptive measure against widespread transmission. As many as 75,000 people, they warn, could get infected over the coming months without extreme policies. But the ...

CNN Philippines temporarily goes off air as building undergoes disinfection
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- CNN Philippines will temporarily stop broadcasting on Wednesday after another tenant of the building where it is located confirmed a COVID-19 patient was at its premises. The management of the Worldwide Corporate Center along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City-- where CNN Philippines is housed ...

Locsin: China to donate thousands of testing kits, PPE, masks to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- China will be donating thousands of testing kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and masks to the Philippines as the country grapples with the coronavirus disease ...

LIST: Free shuttle rides for health workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The Office of the Vice President has announced that a free shuttle service will be provided to health workers and frontliners in Metro Manila starting Wednesday to help them fulfill their functions amid the spread of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the country. Here is a list of routes that ...

Human Resource for Health complements local health manpower to fight COVID-19
Gov - 2020-03-18
BORONGAN CITY, March 17 (PIA) --- Some 281 nurses under the Human Resource for Health of the Department of Health (DOH) will complement the local health manpower to fight Pandemic Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). According to Provincial DOH Officer ...

DOH sets up COVID-19 emergency hotlines
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18)-- The Health Department has launched emergency hotlines for Filipinos seeking guidance and forwarding concerns about the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. Those with queries can call 02-894-COVID (02-894-26843) and 1555, the department said in a statement. The contact lines will accommodate questions on ...

Stock market to reopen Thursday after 2-day shutdown due to COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- Trading at the local financial markets is set to resume Thursday, March 19 after a two-day shutdown due to the Luzon-wide community quarantine. The Philippine Stock Exchange announced on Tuesday night that trading, as well as clearing and settlement at the Securities Clearing Corporation of the ...

Extension of April 15 tax filing deadline sought
philstar.com - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III asked the Department of Finance to extend the April 15 deadline on paying income tax amid growing clamor from businesses for more time after the coronavirus outbreak disrupted their operations. According to a report by The STAR, Sotto said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III vowed to ...

Gokongwei sets P100M COVID-19 relief fund, waives mall rental
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippine -- The Gokongwei group has created a P100-million fund to help the country battle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while mobilizing various companies under the conglomerate to support stakeholders. "As an immediate step, GBF will provide urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks for ...

Facebook is giving $1,000 to all of its 45,000 employees
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
(CNN) -- Facebook is giving each of its employees a $1,000 bonus to help support them during the coronavirus outbreak. The bonus is meant to help employees who are working remotely with additional expenses, such as setting up home offices or spending on childcare, the company told CNN Business. The news was first reported by The Information ...

Coronavirus has plunged the world into a recession, according to S&P
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-18
(CNN) -- The coronavirus outbreak has plunged the world's economy into a global recession, according to S&P Global. The credit-rating agency, which determines the credit worthiness of governments and companies around the world, said Tuesday that the virus has severely disrupted economic activity -- far more drastically than previous estimates.

Fair Wednesday weather expected - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- While the northeast monsoon or "amihan" continues to affect Luzon, residents can still expect generally fair weather in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric ...

Huawei Cloud launches AI-assisted diagnosis for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-18
BEIJING, China -- The National Health Commission of China has included CT scan features of COVID-19 as the clinical diagnosis standard for COVID-19 in Hubei Province. As one of the decision-making methods for COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment, CT scan powers fast and effective diagnosis and evaluation. However, due to large numbers of lesions ...

Fed's Short-Term Corporate Funding Plan Boosts Stocks, Gold, Dollar
U.S. News & World Report - 2020-03-18
The Philippines became the first country to close its markets ... MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares <.MIAPJ0000PUS> and Japan's Nikkei <.N225> both finished steady. Some $2.7 trillion in market value was wiped from the S&P 500 on Monday as it suffered its third-largest daily percentage decline on record. Over the past 18 days ...

These are the apps that Apple is recommending for people sheltering in place due to the coronavirus
Business Insider - 2020-03-17
Apple published a list of apps for people working and staying at home, with everything from online learning tools to recipe apps.

FDA Provides Flexibility to Improve COVID-19 Test Availability
Medscape - 2020-03-17
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The Food and Drug Administration announced three measures aimed at improving the testing capacity for COVID-19. First, the FDA is giving states more flexibility to approve and implement testing for COVID-19. "States can set up a system in which ...

Children and Coronavirus: Research Finds Some Become Seriously Ill
New York Times - 2020-03-17
The coronavirus raging around the globe has tended to tread gently with children, who account for the smallest percentage of the tens of thousands of infections identified so far. Now, the largest study to date of children and the virus has found that while most develop mild or moderate symptoms, a small percentage -- especially babies and ...

Warning: This Malicious Coronavirus Tracker Will Lock Out Your Phone
Forbes - 2020-03-17
Here we go again. Just days ago I reported on a dangerous coronavirus map that pretended to offer information on the the spread of the virus, but in reality just offered a nasty malware infection. And now we have an Android app that offers the same information lure, but this time the risk is a phone lock-out and a demand for a ransomware ...

To Focus on Necessities, Amazon Stops Accepting Some Items in Warehouses
New York Times - 2020-03-17
The three-week pause, which affects products like consumer electronics, allows the e-commerce company to deal with a surge in demand for household goods. A packaging line at the Amazon warehouse in Carteret, N.J. The company is making household and medical products a priority.Credit...Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times SEATTLE -- Amazon ...

Key U.S. Business Group Opposes Shutting U.S. Stock Trading, Short-Selling Bans
New York Times - 2020-03-17
Shutting down the U.S. stock market would be "exactly the wrong thing to do" by depriving businesses and investors of capital just when they need it most, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said on Tuesday,

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