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Malacañang will be closed Thursday for disinfection - PSG chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang will be closed on Thursday for disinfection as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander, Col. Jesus Durante, confirmed this in a phone interview with INQUIRER.net. "The disinfection will only last for a while, but it will be done by ...

WHO declares coronavirus crisis is now pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
ROME -- Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ...

'It was like going to space': people are sharing their photos of deserted Italian streets on social media as the coronavirus outbreak surges
Business Insider - 2020-03-11
"The strangest thing you hear is the quiet," one traveler told Insider of her experience in Italy, which is locked down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Social distancing as safety measure is a 'privilege', advocacy group says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- The Department of Health has repeatedly advised the public to avoid crowded places among other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease but questions arise on whether this is reasonable to ask of our third-world country. Dr. Joshua San Pedro from the Coalition of People's Right to ...

House approves OFW department bill
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Voting 173-11 with no abstentions, the House of Representatives yesterday approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to create a new agency for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Lawmakers passed House Bill 5832 or the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment, which would address the concerns of ...

P2.2 billion allotted for OsMak services
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- A new cancer institute and modern medical equipment will be established at the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) as part of the P2.2 billion worth of improvements to be undertaken by the city government. The local government has purchased 116 medical equipment, including patient monitors, infusion pumps, anesthesia machines ...

Las Piñas implements safety measures vs coronavirus
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Las Piñas Mayor Imelda Aguilar has ordered the city police and barangay officials to strictly implement the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in ensuring that students stay at home while classes in Metro Manila remain suspended. "Students roaming in malls, recreation centers and other ...

Landbank assets hit record high of P2 trillion
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The asset base of state-run Land Bank of the Philippines went up by 8.4 percent to hit a record high of P2.03 trillion in 2019 from P1.87 trillion in 2018 as it continued to expand the access of the agriculture sector to affordable credit while posting high-income growth. In a report to Finance Secretary and Landbank ...

P80M released for repair of road in town next to Marawi City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P80.3 million to repair a road in Lanao del Sur province which is part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction of war-torn Marawi City. New DBM data showed that the amount, released last month to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), was meant for the improvement and ...

Cagayan anti-drug cop shot dead
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- An anti-narcotics officer was gunned down in Barangay Dos in Enrile town in this province on Tuesday. S/Sgt. Alvin Anog had just come from the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit at Camp Marcelo Adduru in this city when he was waylaid. He died at the scene. Anog was a recipient of the Medalya ng Kagalingan ...

Pinaglabanan Bridge reopens
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- After more than a year of reconstruction, the Pinaglabanan Bridge that connects the cities of San Juan and Manila was reopened yesterday. Also called Old Sta. Mesa Bridge, it was closed in 2018 to make way for the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 project. According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA ...

Student drowns in river; 2 others rescued
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- A Grade 8 student drowned while trying to save his classmates who were carried away by the strong current of a river in Barangay Larion Alto on Tuesday. According to a police report, Adriano Pacis Jr., 14, failed to surface when he tried to save his classmates identified only as Nicole and Sherwin at ...

P61million shabu seized; 2 Africans nabbed
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- An estimated P61 million worth of shabu stuffed in Chinese tea bags was confiscated from a suspected drug courier in Quezon City yesterday. Mark Anthony Carlos, 28, was nabbed by operatives of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) during a sting along Quezon Avenue in Barangay South Triangle at ...

Bank teller trapped in burning armored van dies
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
ROSALES, Pangasinan, Philippines -- A bank teller died after he was trapped in an armored van that caught fire when it collided with a delivery truck along the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) in Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija on Tuesday. The fatality was identified as Den Chauli Leyson of United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB)-Manila branch.

Netflix rolls out more affordable mobile plan
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Online streaming giant Netflix is rolling out today a new lower priced mobile plan as it seeks more subscribers in the Philippines. Patrick Flemming, director of product innovation at Netflix, said in a roundtable the new mobile plan is being made available in the Philippines and Thailand today following its launch in ...

Staggered final exams set amid COVID-19 outbreak
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Education Secretary Leonor Briones yesterday ordered school officials to implement staggered fourth quarter examinations per grade level next week as part of social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Briones said this is to reduce the number of students in schools per day.

Ex-Catanduanes lawmaker charged over shabu lab
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Charges have been filed against former Catanduanes congressman Cesar Sarmiento over his alleged involvement in a shabu laboratory in Virac that was dismantled in November 2016. Charges of conspiracy to manufacture prohibited narcotics under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act were filed by the Virac police before the ...

BSP tightens rules on correspondent banking
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has tightened the guidelines on correspondent banking relationships as legislation against money laundering and terrorism financing needed to avoid being included in the watchlist of the global watchdog have yet to be passed. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the BSP has approved ...

Index up for 2nd day on bargain hunting
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market ended in positive territory yesterday as some investors gobbled up cheap stocks, analysts said. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) climbed by 34.88 to end at 6,353.26, while the broader All-Shares index rose 20.21 points or 0.53 percent to close at 3,808.73. Most sectors finished strong ...

Government offices to implement four-day workweek amid coronavirus threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- Government offices will be implementing a four-day workweek starting Wednesday due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. In pursuant to Proclamation No. 922 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) adopted a four-day workweek arrangement for government offices. Section 2 ...

Health officials confirm 2 Covid-19 cases outside Metro Manila
Sun Star - 2020-03-11
THE Philippines now has 49 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with two of them confirmed to be outside of Metro Manila, health authorities announced Wednesday, March 11. The two cases involved a 54-year-old Filipino in Cagayan de Oro City and 65-year-old Filipino in Dumaguete City, both male. The 54-year-old Filipino tested positive for ...

Nancy Binay, too, to go into self-quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Nancy Binay will also go into self-quarantine after a resource person in a hearing she attended last week tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "Following the decision of Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian to go into self-quarantine, I have likewise decided to take similar precautions and self-monitor ...

3 more Filipinos test positive for COVID-19 in Singapore
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- Three more Filipinos in Singapore have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 Wednesday, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health. The first of the three new confirmed cases is a 37-year-old male Filipino who is a Singapore Work Pass holder. It was reported that he went to ...

60-day price freeze in place over coronavirus threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has ordered a price freeze on all basic necessities following the proclamation of public health emergency amid the coronavirus outbreak. Citing the Republic Act 7581 or the Price Act, DTI said that prize freeze on basic goods is implemented after a declaration ...

Gatchalian goes into self-quarantine after interacting with virus-positive resource person
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines --Senator Win Gatchalian revealed Wednesday night that he would go into self-quarantine after interacting with a resource person in a recent Senate committee hearing who tested positive of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "I have recently been informed that a resource person who attended the hearing of the Committee on ...

Repatriates from MV Diamond Princess return home after quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
"The Department of Health (DOH) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sent off 442 of the 445 repatriates from Japan who were quarantined at New Clark City (NCC), Capas, Tarlac," Health Undersecretary and Spokesperson Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire said during the press briefing. Of the 442, 437 were crew members while five are ...

DTI eyes doubling face mask supply to 1 million per week
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) already eyes doubling the supply of face masks to 1 million per week amid the growing threat of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the country, said the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday. "Meron isang manufacturer dito sa atin sa Bataan na nag ...

FDA says COVID-19 tests not yet being carried outside of Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
In a press briefing, FDA Director General Eric Domingo said that the only COVID-19 testing currently allowed is at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) as well as at the testing kits developed by the University ... Center in Mindanao, Vicente Sotto Medical Center in Visayas, Baguio General Hospital in Northern Luzon, and the ...

House willing to hold special session during break - Cayetano
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- As the country faces several concerns, such as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Wednesday that the lower chamber would be willing to hold special sessions during its Lenten break. "I would like to address the Office of the President and the Senate, the House of ...

Reinforced historic San Juan Bridge now open to public
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines --Motorists traveling between the cities of Manila and San Juan can now use the historic San Juan Bridge, which is also known as Pinaglabanan Bridge. The bridge, which connects N. Domingo Street in San Juan City and Old Santa Mesa Road in Manila, was reopened to the public on Wednesday after a year-long closure to give way ...

Six Filipinos on quarantined cruise ship in US test positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- The Health Department confirmed Wednesday that six Filipinos on MV Grand Princess, a cruise ship quarantined held off in the United States have contracted COVID-19. They are among the 96 Filipinos who have acquired the viral disease caused by a new coronavirus outside of the Philippines, according to ...

Erratic data force DOE to revise power outlook
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
Meanwhile, the DOE has yet to factor in the warmer weather. Last month, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the country is expected to ...

Jail lockdown possible if an inmate tests positive for COVID-19 -- BJMP
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology said Wednesday it is considering implementing a lockdown in jails should an inmate test positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. "Kung magpositibo ang inmate, we will implement a lockdown. Restricted ang movement sa loob, pati our personnel ...

Health dept.: Social distancing a big challenge
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Health experts have been reminding the public to practice proper hygiene. They also encourage standing at arms lengths from others. But Health department admits it is a challenge for those taking public transport.

Gov't wants food buffer stock on standby
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Food supplies, including rice, are ordered moved closer to Metro Manila as the Department of Agriculture devises a "preemptive" most to ensure food sufficiency should the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak trigger supply disruptions, officials said on Wednesday. After local authorities floated the idea of ...

What virus? Pagcor expects strong 2020 for PH casinos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
The local gaming industry -- which includes traditional casinos and online gaming operators -- were expected to yield higher revenues in 2020 although it remains to be seen to what extent the global coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) will deter players and bettors, according to the chief of the state gaming regulator. Speaking to media on ...

Philippines COVID-19 cases now at 49
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- Sixteen more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Philippines, bringing the total number of those who have been infected with the new virus to 49. Ten of the new patients have no history of travel or exposure to someone with COVID-19, while two were exposed to someone with the viral disease.

San Juan City has most number of COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- The city of San Juan has recorded the most number of people with COVID-19, according to data from the Health Department shown before a House panel on Wednesday. Seven of the 33 people who had tested positive for the viral diseasein the country are from San Juan. Marikina comes in second with four ...

Philippines reports 16 new confirmed coronavirus cases
Reuters - 2020-03-11
The Philippines on Wednesday confirmed 16 new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number to 49, most of which were reported this week. The country reported its first domestic transmission on Saturday,

Higher 2021 budget eyed to bounce back from COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Duterte administration is eyeing a bigger budget for 2021 than what it initially planned to propose before Congress, an indication the government is preparing a longer bounce-back from the economic fallout from the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). In a text message to Philstar.com, Budget Undersecretary Laura ...

BREAKING: House OKs bill creating Department of Filipinos Overseas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- On its last session day before its Lenten break, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the bill creating the Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment. With 173 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes and no abstention, the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 5832 or ...

Alert Level 1 up over Kanlaon as volcano enters period of unrest
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- State volcanologists on Thursday raised the status of Kanlaon Volcano on Negros Island to Alert Level 1, which signifies "abnormal" condition. In an advisory, Phivolcs said Kanlaon has "entered a period of unrest." This comes after 80 volcanic earthquakes were recorded since Monday and 77 low frequency events ...

Another $500,000 cash entered NAIA, Gordon says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Despite a Senate investigation into the illicit entry of dirty money into the country, another $500,000 or around ?25 million in cold cash was brought in Tuesday morning, Senator Richard Gordon said. The money came from Singapore, brought by a Singaporean national who arrived at Terminal 1 of the ...

Duterte proposes public settlement with Ayalas, Pangilinan
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) - President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed willingness to resolve disputes, although publicly, with Metro Manila water concessionaries Maynilad Company, Inc. and Manila Water Services Inc., which supposedly have "onerous" contracts with the government. "Sabi 'ko, mag-areglo tayo. Well, of course ...

Duterte claims Tagle moved from Manila to Vatican for meddling in politics
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday claimed Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was removed by Pope Francis as Manila Archbishop for allegedly funneling funds to the opposition. He alleged there was an investigation against Tagle that's why he was moved to a top post in Vatican, adding the information is an ...

Pagasa: Hot, humid Wednesday in most parts of PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Hot and humid weather is expected in Metro Manila and many parts of the country on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services ...

Duterte: Developed nations to come up with coronavirus vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
especially those who are rich in technology," he added. COVID-19 cases globally have reached over 110,000 with 4,000 fatalities, mostly in China. In the Philippines, the Department of Health ...

Italy just locked down the world's 8th biggest economy. A deep recession looms
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
(CNN) -- Italy has imposed sweeping nationwide restrictions on travel and public life, a desperate attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak that looks set to plunge the world's eighth largest economy into a steep recession. The measures announced late Monday include travel restrictions on 60 million residents, a ban on public events, the ...

SMC unit offers to fully pay capacity charges for Ilijan plant IPPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
San Miguel Corp. has offered to pay two years in advance P22.68 billion in capacity charges for its contract to manage the 1,200-megawatt Ilijan power plant to "help debt-ridden" state firm Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) and the government raise funds. SMC president Ramon Ang said this offer was separate from ...

AMLC: Pogos pose high risk of money laundering
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -The internet-based casino sector in the country -- commonly known as Philippine offshore gaming operations (Pogos) -- "may pose a potential threat and may increase the risk [of] money laundering," according to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). Based on reports of suspicious transactions from 2013 to 2019, a ...

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