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Russian pharma company offers to donate free medicine for treatment of COVID-19 in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- A leading Russian pharmaceutical company is ready to donate medicine for the treatment of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the Philippines, Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said Wednesday. The envoy said that Russian company Polysan is offering free medicine they developed ...

SBMA puts up P5-million supplemental fund vs Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
The board also asked the SBMA management to propose alternative working arrangements to impose social distancing among employees, and require all business locators to disinfect their facilities. According to the Subic agency, it has already spent almost P1 million for the initial purchase of face masks, thermal scanners, goggles, and other ...

Cainta mayor to place town under quarantine over 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto will place the entire town of Cainta, Rizal under community quarantine starting March 15. Nieto made the announcement in a Facebook post after three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, specifically in Barangays San Isidro and San Andres. "I am ...

ATI reports cargo uptrend with signs of pickup in vessel calls from China
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
It added that the group "hopes that the cargo uptrend continues." The port operator noted that both its international gateway terminals in Manila and Batangas are business as usual, with contingency measures in place to ensure unimpeded cargo flow and the safety of its stakeholders.

Duterte extends class suspensions in Metro Manila to April 12 amid COVID-19 outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has extended class suspensions in Metro Manila until April 12. Duterte previously suspended classes Monday until March 14, and decided to extend it after announcing that the country raised the Covid-19 alert to Code Red Sub-level 2 -- the highest alert level. "Kung wala ...

ATI sees signs of trade recovery
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) is seeing signs of trade recovery this month following a slowdown in February brought about by a regional holiday and the coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 outbreak. ATI said Manila South Harbor has experienced signs of trade improvement compared to the latter part of February ...

Atlas Mining trims losses
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. has trimmed its net loss by 67 percent to P565 million in 2019 on higher revenues and better production. In a regulatory filing, Atlas said revenues grew 21 percent to P17.13 billion on higher metal production and shipment volumes that tempered lower copper prices.

Northeast monsoon to bring cloudy skies
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The northeast monsoon is affecting Northern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday. "Batanes and Cagayan, including Babuyan Group of Islands, will have cloudy skies with light rains due to the northeast monsoon," PAGASA said in its bulletin.

24 nabbed for illegal fishing off Bulacan
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MALOLOS , Philippines -- Twenty-four fishermen were arrested for illegal fishing off the coast of Paombong, Bulacan yesterday. Col. Lawrence Cajipe, acting Bulacan police director, said the fishermen were using a motorized push net, locally known as sudsod, off Barangay Sta. Cruz at around 5:40 a.m. Cajipe said members of the Municipal ...

NLEX to open new Bocaue interchange
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
BOCAUE, Bulacan, Philippines --- The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) will open another interchange in this town today. Kit Ventura, NLEX assistant vice president for corporate communications, said the Tambubong interchange would be opened to motorists at around 6 a.m. It is the third interchange in Bocaue aside from those along Gov. Halili ...

Solon files P108-billion fiscal stimulus package for Covid-affected sectors
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
The bill provides for the government to allocate P108 billion for a fiscal stimulus package, broken down as follows: P43 billion for assistance and promotion of the tourism sector, P15 billion for unemployment assistance, and P50 billion for assistance for business, particularly MSMEs, which includes loan packages and subsidies. The bill also ...

NBI files graft case vs 2 Customs employees
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday filed graft charges against two employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and three others over the alleged smuggling of around P8 million worth of jewerly from Dubai in 2018. The NBI filed the complaint against Customs operations officer Lomontod Macabando and ...

30 Indians nabbed in Quezon City
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
QUEZON CITY , Philippines -- Agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) apprehended 30 undocumented Indians at the Capitol Estate in Diliman, Quezon City on Wednesday. BI intelligence division chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said the foreigners tried to resist arrest by assaulting authorities with machetes and sharp objects. No one was reported hurt ...

Isko undergoes testing for coronavirus
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday underwent testing for coronavirus disease 2019 a day after he arrived from an official trip to London, which has more than 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Moreno, his chief of staff Cesar Chavez and other city hall officials who accompanied the mayor during the trip were tested for the ...

More LGUs suspend classes due to COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- More local government units (LGUs) in the provinces are suspending classes amid a spike in the number of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country. In an executive order (EO)issued yesterday, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said classes are suspended from March 13 to 22 to pave the way for the ...

SSS earmarks P1.2 billion for workers to be laid off due to virus impact
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Social Security System (SSS) has earmarked as much as P1.2 billion to pay unemployment benefits to workers who are projected to lose their jobs amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic. Finance Secretary and concurrent Social Security Commission chairman Carlos Dominguez said he ...

Duterte says China willing to help Philippines amid coronavirus pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the Chinese government offered help amid the coronavirus disease outbreak. "President Xi Jinping, for all his goodness to us, wrote me a letter and he is willing to help. All we have to do is to ask," said Duterte in a late night press briefing wherein he ...

6 nabbed for foiled kidnap of Chinese POGO worker
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Four Chinese and two Filipinos tagged in the foiled kidnapping of a Chinese working for a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) in Makati were arrested by police on Wednesday night. Huang Wei, 33, a POGO recruitment agent, was resting at his house at the corner of J. Victor and Roosevelt streets when the suspects ...

Camanava mayors quarantined for COVID
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The mayors of Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) went on self-quarantine starting yesterday as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco announced that he, along with his brother, Rep. John Rey, and Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo, would undergo ...

ADB offers $200 million financing for firms fighting COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced yesterday that it is making available $200 million in supply chain financing for companies manufacturing and distributing personal protective equipment and medicines essential to the control of the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Funding will be drawn from the ...

BSP orders banks to prepare response plans as virus spreads
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has ordered banks to adopt appropriate response plans in view of the rising number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases in the country. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said all BSP-supervised financial institutions and operators of payment systems are expected ...

DOF optimistic of CITIRA passage after Lenten break
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is optimistic the bill lowering corporate income tax and streamlining fiscal incentives would be passed after the Lenten break as legislators are adjourning earlier than expected amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said there is a ...

P1.8 million party drugs intercepted at NAIA
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Anti-narcotics agents intercepted yesterday around P1.8 million worth of the party drug Ecstasy at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The Bureau of Customs in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the NAIA Inter-agency Drug Interdiction Task Group apprehended the claimant of two ...

ATI sees positive signs of trade recovery in March
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
(As released) Listed port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) is seeing signs of trade improvement headed into mid-March after a sluggish February triggered by a regional holiday and Covid-19 disruption. Manila South Harbor has experienced signs of ...

A health terror named COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
And yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally elevated COVID-19 from international public health concern to pandemic alert level. This came after COVID-19 have spread around to 114 countries and territories, with over 119,000 cases recorded worldwide. As of this writing, from among the 16 cities and one municipality in Metro ...

Time to take aggressive action?
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
The World Health Organization yesterday declared the COVID-19 a pandemic, meaning that its spread is global and there is widespread local transmission. It signals that health authorities must now change focus from containment to mitigation. Much is unknown about the COVID-19, but it seems to have the capability to spread faster and be more ...

Apple may delay one of its most-anticipated products of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic
Business Insider - 2020-03-12
Apple's low-cost iPhone 9 could be critical in expanding its loyal base of iPhone users. But the launch event was delayed because of the coronavirus.

Manila Doctors Hospital confirms second patient positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila Doctors Hospital on Thursday confirmed that two patients who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been admitted to the institution. One of them was the 67-year-old female Filipino, who succumbed to the disease. In a statement, the hospital said that the female was first admitted to their ...

SC suspends court hearings until March 18 as virus cases rise
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
In its original order, the Court merely directed all judges and court personnel to allow only entry to halls of justice and court rooms of those with official business in the courts. Those experiencing fever, flu, colds and coughs shall be barred from court premises. It also required executive judges and presiding judges to monitor the ...

World Travel & Tourism Council pushes back global summit with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
After ITB Berlin, the World Travel & Tourism Council is the latest major travel trade fair to postpone its event in light of COVID-19. Originally scheduled to take place in April, the WTTC announced Wednesday that the 20th edition of its Global Summit will be postponed and take place in early autumn. The event will be held in Cancun, Mexico.

Philippines expands travel ban to all countries with local COVID-19 transmission
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- The Philippines has expanded the travel ban it imposes due to the COVID-19 pandemic to all countries which have localized transmission of the viral disease. President Rodrigo Duterte made this announcement Thursday as he announced new restrictions imposed by the government in an effort to contain the ...

PNP: No lockdown order in NCR; DILG: Careful with use of terms
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
Women wear protective masks as they walk by the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia ...

If coronavirus outbreak worsens, Duterte to turn to China for help
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he will call China for help if the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the Philippines deteriorates. In his public address on the COVID-19 pandemic, Duterte revealed that Chinese President Xi Jinping wrote him a letter saying that Beijing is "willing to help ...

4 congressmen undergo self-quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Four members of the House of Representatives are observing self-quarantine amid the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Among the congressmen, Ungab was the first to confirm his decision to place himself under quarantine after attending a Senate hearing on Wednesday where he interacted with Senator Sherwin ...

UP Diliman to use online classes amid coronavirus scare
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and UP Integrated School will start to use online classes on Monday (March 16) to prevent the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease. "This has been decided on after the meeting by the Office of the Chancellor Executive Staff and members of the UPD COVID-19 Task Force ...

Philippines' Duterte announces 'lockdown' of Manila to fight coronavirus
Reuters - 2020-03-12
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, as well as community quarantine measures, in what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

Travel to and from Metro Manila restricted for 30 days to contain COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- The Philippine government has ordered a "community quarantine" on Metro Manila, the political and economic center of the country, after health authorities raised the highest COVID-19 alert level in an effort to contain the spread of the viral disease. Over 12 million people living in Metro Manila ...

Batanes to impose travel ban due to coronavirus threats
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Tourists are no longer allowed entry to Batanes, one of the most popular destinations in the country, after its provincial government imposed on Thursday a month-long travel ban starting from March 16 to April 16. The travel ban, which was imposed amid threats of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 ...

Batanes to impose travel ban due to coronavirus threats
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Tourists are no longer allowed entry to Batanes, one of the most popular destinations in the country, after its provincial government imposed on ...

Human activities build disturbing climate changes
philstar.com - 2020-03-12
While fewer people may die from cold, warmer weather may lead to increased heat stress. It may also lead to higher levels of air pollutants from forest fires in rural areas, including the ...

Ayala Corp. nets ?35.3 billion led by property, banking units
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Ayala Corporation reported stronger profits in 2019, lifted by strong revenues from its property, telco, and banking businesses. The diversified conglomerate booked a ?35.3-billion net income for the year, coming from a ?31.8-billion bottom line in 2018 supported by gains from the consumer ...

Two Filipinos in Hong Kong recover from coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) - Two more Filipinos in Hong Kong have recovered from coronavirus disease and were discharged from the hospital, the Philippine consul general Raly Tejada said Thursday. That leaves two other Filipinos still in the Hong Kong hospital being treated for coronavirus infection. Also, six other Filipinos are ...

Be wary of Chinese research vessel deployment to South China Sea, analyst says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines--China has recently deployed its research vessel with a manned submersible to the South China Sea for a marine scientific research, a move that is seen as an "assertion of its excessive rights" in the disputed waters. Chinese state-owned global news channel China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported on March 11 ...

Philippine Capital on Lockdown to Contain Coronavirus
New York Times - 2020-03-12
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced strict immigration curbs and a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, in what he called a "lockdown" of the capital to arrest the spread of coronavirus.

Women 2020 explores why PH is the best place to be a female founder
BusinessWorld - 2020-03-12
With the Philippines ranking 8th out of 54 countries in the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017, Filipina entrepreneurs are well represented in the local business environment. While many factors go into this healthy representation, these fertile grounds for female ventures have much to do with the robust support systems the community ...

Four hospitals to begin trial of local test kits for coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) - Selected hospitals known for their expertise in treating infectious diseases will begin validating the locally developed test kit for coronavirus disease or COVID-19 to make sure it is safe for public use, one of the product developers said Thursday. Southern Philippines Medical Center in Mindanao ...

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rise to 52
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- The Philippines reported three more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to number of people who have acquired the viral disease to 52. The Health Department did not immediately disclose any additional details on the three new cases. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appealed to the public to ...

San Miguel Corp. nets P48.6B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) reported a net income of P48.6 billion in 2019, flat from the level eked out in the previous year, as the slump in the oil and food businesses was offset by higher earnings from power generation and beer brewery. This net profit level included earnings attributable to minority interest. Oil refining arm ...

1 dead, 1 hurt in Zambales gun attack
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
BOTOLAN, Zambales -- A man on board his motorcycle was killed while his back rider was injured when a lone gunman attacked them here on Thursday morning, police said. Investigators said Randy Diaz, 43, died instantly after he was shot in the nape by the assailant along Zambales-Tarlac Road in Barangay Santiago here around 10:45 a.m. Diaz ...

Two COVID-19 patients are from Makati condo, developer says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Two patients with COVID-19 are residents of a Makati condominium, its developer said Thursday. Rockwell Land Corporation said in a statement that the two live in Joya North Tower in Rockwell Center, Makati. "One of the residents is now under the care of a hospital. The other two members of the ...

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