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Quezon City bans big events as COVID cases climb
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday prohibited local officials and the private sector from holding events that draw large crowds as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to rise. Belmonte confirmed that three of the 24 cases of coronavirus in the country are Quezon City residents.

More areas in Luzon on tourist lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Three more towns in the Cordilleras and Angeles City in Pampanga have been declared off-limits to tourists as the number of those infected with the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) in the country continues to rise. In an executive order issued on Monday, Mayor Franklyn Odsey of Bontoc, Mountain Province said all crowd ...

P1.5 million shabu recovered in Zamboanga
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- A "high-value" drug suspect was arrested and P1.5 million worth of shabu was recovered in a drug bust in this city yesterday. Jumdama Abdukarim Didang, 48, a native of Barangay Tinah, Panamao, Sulu, was apprehended in Barangay Talon-Talon at around 10 a.m., Maj. Elmer Solon, Station 11 police chief, said.

60 sacks of chicharon seized in Ilocos Sur
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- At least 60 sacks of chicharon (pork crackling) feared contaminated with African swine fever (ASF) were seized from a bus passenger in Barangay Villa Quirino, San Esteban, Ilocos Sur on Monday. Municipal meat inspector Julius Ayson said they received information on the delivery of the items to a certain ...

Senate OKs transfer of Rizal capital
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill transferring the seat of the Rizal provincial government from Pasig City to Antipolo City. Sen. Francis Tolentino, sponsor of the measure, said the enactment into law of House Bill 2998 is expected to correct a historical error and properly locate the ...

Laguna village chief gunned down
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
LAGUNA, Philippines -- A barangay chairman was shot dead by an unidentified man who entered his house in Mabitac town after midnight yesterday. Alfredo Facundo, 50, of Barangay Lucong was eating breakfast when the gunman entered. He was declared dead on arrival in a hospital. Witnesses said the assailant fled toward Siniloan. An investigation ...

Foreign investments shrink to $7.6 billion, lowest in 4 years
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell by 23.1 percent to a four-year low of $7.65 billion in 2019 from $9.95 billion in 2018 and the figure is expected to decline further due to the impact of the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Index recovers slightly from record bloodbath
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Share prices recovered slightly yesterday as investors continued to closely monitor the impact of the growing risks of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose slightly by 5.77 points, or 0.09 percent, to close at 6,318.38. On the other hand, the broader All ...

Coca-Cola, Thai firm to put up biggest bottle recycling plant
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) and Thailand-based Indorama Ventures have signed a joint venture agreement to set up a P1-billion bottle recycling facility in Cavite. CCBPI said the recycling facility, which will be located in General Trias, would be the largest in the country. The facility is expected to be ...

Mt. Pulag closed to trekkers over novel coronavirus threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Benguet (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Mt. Pulag will be closed to the public starting Tuesday, due to the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 scare. The park management of Mt. Pulag National Park announced the closure after the confirmed cases of COVID-19 saw a rise in the country. "The park management is hereby closing the park today and onwards ...

PH campus journos told: Empower communities, report accurate news
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has called on thousands of campus journalists attending the 2020 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) here to empower local communities by reporting verified and accurate news and information. In her speech during the opening ceremonies of the weeklong event on Monday ...

House OKs emergency volunteer protection bill
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a measure that would protect volunteers from liability for their harmful actions during emergencies under a few conditions. The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 6091 or the "Emergency Volunteer Protection Act", which seeks to ...

AMLC calls for review of POGO licenses as money laundering risk might rise
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) - Licenses of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and certificates of operation given to service providers (SPs) must be reevaluated as the growing sector might increase the risk to money laundering, said a study by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). According to its study titled ...

5th Filipino in Hong Kong tests positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- A fifth Filipino in Hong Kong has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Brigido Dulay said this over Twitter, citing information from the Philippine ...

How freelancing provides livelihood opportunities for Filipinos in remote areas
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-10
Multiple factors, like collaborative technology, online marketplaces, and cross-border payment platforms, are enabling the freelance workforce to do business from anywhere in the world. The study reveals that the global average hourly rate of gig economy workers is US$21, which is higher than the US$19 rate reported in 2018. While 33% opt to do ...

Fifth Filipino in Hong Kong tests positive for coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- A fifth Filipino in Hong Kong tested positive for coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Brigido Dulay said the Filipino worker is asymptomatic and is now confined at a quarantine facility in the ...

2 quarantined at New Clark City test positive for coronavirus as total hits 33
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10)-- Two of nine new coronavirus disease cases in the country are among the Filipinos brought home from the Diamond Princess and quarantined at New Clark City in Tarlac, the Health Department announced Tuesday. The department said both of them are asymptomatic and remain in the quarantine facility, which ...

Lockdown or no lockdown? Metro mayors divided on proposal vs coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Some of the mayors of Metro Manila were divided on the proposal whether or not the whole region should be placed on lockdown if the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) becomes worse. The idea was first floated by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, where he proposed that work in Metro Manila should be suspended ...

Poe urges authorities to send out regular COVID-19 text alerts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Grace Poe has filed a resolution calling on health and civil defense authorities to regularly inform the public about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak through free mobile alerts. In Senate Resolution No. 349, Poe said text alerts should at least contain a regularly updated summary of confirmed COVID-19 ...

Coronavirus messes with gov't fiscal plans as deficit cap seen breached
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Duterte administration is likely to breach its self-imposed deficit cap this year anew, putting the budget gap to its highest level in 11 years as the government devises an economic response on the coronavirus outbreak that comes on top of its infrastructure ambitions. Economic officials met on Tuesday to get a ...

Philippines bourse bleeds, sinks to bear market territory
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
"Philippines shares had one of the worst finishes ... PSEi tracked down a bearish sentiment in the region, with the Nikkei 225 losing more than five percent. Those in Hong Kong dived 3.7%, while ...

Foreign investments plunge in 2019 as trade war, corporate tax bill spook investors
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Foreign investments to the Philippines plunged in 2019 to a four-year low, with a global trade war and proposed changes to tax breaks for businesses triggering market jitters. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said foreign direct investments (FDI) totaled $7.65 billion in 2019, down 23.1 percent from ...

Privacy during public health emergencies
GMA Network - 2020-03-10
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Economists see rough times ahead for trade due to coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
The volume of Philippine exports and imports grew in January amid a landmark agreement between the US and China though economists see rough times ahead for trade due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Latest initial data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday (March 10) showed that merchandise export volume rose 9.7 percent to $5.8 ...

San Miguel offers advance payment of capacity charges to PSALM
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- San Miguel Corporation has offered to pay in advance ?22.68 billion in capacity charges for its Ilijan power plant, calling it a "gesture of good faith" amid a pending court case with the government. SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said he was offering to settle the fees for its ...

Firms navigate through outbreak with employees staying home
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, 3:45 p.m., March 10)-- As infections rise, companies are stepping up precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus from penetrating the workplace, ensuring offices are adequately sanitized, allowing some employees to work from home, while ensuring disruption to business are reduced to a minimum. After Deloitte ...

Lost out in the toilet paper stampede? An amusement arcade is giving customers the chance to win it
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
(CNN) -- The coronavirus outbreak has sparked panic buying of toilet paper and cleaning products in countries across the world, but one UK businessman is determined to spread some happiness among the anxiety and confusion. Rob Braddick, 48, who owns Braddick's Holiday Park in Westward Ho!, Devon, in the southwest of England, has filled the toy ...

VFA termination: Even with Supreme Court intervention, Duterte can still reject PH-US military activities - Carpio
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10)-- Even if the bid to keep the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States prevails, President Rodrigo Duterte can still decide to reject future joint military activities under the pact, a former Supreme Court justice warned Tuesday. Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio told ...

Jail visits banned for a week due to coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Jail visits in the New Bilibid Prison and other penal farms will be banned for a week starting Wednesday due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Bureau of Corrections said Tuesday. The bureau announced that it will suspend all visitation privileges for inmates starting March 11, just days after ...

Cunningham Lindsey Philippines (CLP) rebrands to Total Claims Specialist (TCS)
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
Formerly Cunningham Lindsey Philippines, the independent claims specialists have rebranded as Total Claim Specialists (TCS). Following the appointment of new Country Head, Nick Higson, and supported by long term President, Valentino G Aboy, the rebranding allows TCS to continue its expansion within the Philippines and overseas. Higson was ...

Teachers required to give assignments to students during class suspensions over COVID-19 - DepEd
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Teachers in Metro Manila schools have been told to give take-home assignments to keep students busy amid class suspensions meant to contain the novel coronavirus, the Department of Education said. "This is really a challenging circumstance, but we understand the public health situation that we are ...

DOH: 'Localized lockdown' possible amid coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday raised the possibility of declaring a localized lockdown on areas with significant number of coronavirus cases. The health chief, during the House Committee on Appropriations' deliberation of DOH's budget to address the highly-contagious disease, was ...

FDA allows use of coronavirus test kits developed by UP scientists
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... of Science and Technology. It has yet to be rolled out in local hospitals pending clearance and approval from the World Health Organization. The go-signal comes a day after it was revealed during a Senate panel hearing that only 2,000 testing kits are left at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

UAAP suspends events due to State of Public Health Emergency
Tiebreaker Times - 2020-03-10
With President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declaring a State of Public Health Emergency, the University of Athletic Association of the Philippines has suspended all of its sporting events until March 14, 2020. The State of Public Health Emergency meant that all classes in Metro Manila have been suspended starting March 10 until 14. It was raised ...

RTB sale hikes outstanding IOUs to P5.4 trillion in February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- As government securities such as the retail treasury bonds (RTB) offered last month appealed to investors amid uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak, the amount of outstanding IOUs sold by the Bureau of the Treasury locally jumped to P5.4 trillion in February. The latest Treasury data showed that the ...

Dow futures gain ground after worst one-day point drop in history
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
(CNN) -- Stock prices briefly dropped during premarket trading Monday evening. The after-hours dip followed a massive sell-off Monday prompted by coronavirus fears and an oil price war, which raised questions about whether a recession could be imminent. However, stock prices began to recover and entered positive territory after President ...

With only 250 people tested a day, Philippine health sector appears ill-prepared for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
Hospitals are likewise being primed for an escalation of the outbreak, but official data showing the state of Philippine healthcare-- from the number of hospital beds, nurses, as well as health ...

Warm, hot Tuesday expected due to easterlies - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Expect warmer weather nationwide especially at noontime and in the afternoon due to the easterlies or warm wind blowing from the Pacific Ocean, Philippine Atmospheric ...

Dow drops 7.8% as free-fall in oil, virus fears slam markets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
Stocks took their worst one-day beating on Wall Street since the global financial crisis of 2008 as a collapse in oil prices Monday combined with mounting alarm over what the coronavirus could do to the world economy. The staggering losses, including a 7.8% tumble in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, immediately raised fears that a recession ...

MBC backs DOF call for lifting of bank secrecy law
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-09
A bank teller in Makati counts P1,000 bills at her counter in this BusinessMirror file photo. THE Makati Business Club (MBC) on Monday called for the lifting of bank secrecy laws to allow the government to scrutinize both public and private persons in aid of the fight against corrupt and illegal practices. In a statement, the MBC said it is ...

Philippines declares health emergency as virus cases climb
The Straits Times - 2020-03-09
The Philippines has declared a health emergency amid growing anxiety that a deadly coronavirus is already spreading undetected in the capital Manila and nearby suburbs. "The outbreak ...

Suspect in killing of former Ozamiz vice mayor nabbed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines -- The suspect in the killing of the former vice mayor of Ozamiz City in 2016 was arrested by police in Zamboanga Sibugay on Sunday. According to a ...

Baguio drops Panagbenga due to COVID-19 threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines -- The 25th edition of Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) this year has been scrapped due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Benjamin ...

Pampanga towns, villages get P 81M from quarry fund
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- The provincial government of Pampanga has distributed P80.7 million as shares of 16 towns and 77 villages from an income of P115.3 million derived from the sand ...

BSP offers relief package for banks to calm jittery markets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Monday took another preemptive step to calm local financial markets made jittery by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, saying the regulator will be more ...

Pentagon seeks designs for portable nuclear reactors
UPI.com - 2020-03-09
March 9 (UPI) --The Defense Department issued contracts to three companies on Monday to begin design work on small, mobile nuclear reactors for use on U.S. military bases. The "micoreactors," with two megawatts of power, would be used by installations and bases affected by potential downed electrical grids, and would reduce the reliance on ...

New virus cases in Metro Manila prompt contact tracing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Metro Manila mayors scrambled on Monday to avert the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease by conducting contact tracing after the Department of Health (DOH) announced new confirmed cases in Quezon City, Marikina and Pasig. The capital was already on edge after the DOH said last week that a couple from Rizal ...

Should we stop dating amid the coronavirus? Experts weigh in.
Mashable - 2020-03-09
As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread, people are taking precautions like social distancing more seriously than ever. Social distancing, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the practice of maintaining at least three feet of distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. It's just one measure being suggested ...

UK Guidance on COVID-19 Infection in Pregnancy
Medscape - 2020-03-09
Guidance has been published on the management of COVID-19 in pregnancy. The advice has been developed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, with ...

Brazil's Bolsonaro Says He Faces Further Surgery
International Business Times - 2020-03-09
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has revealed he is to undergo further abdominal surgery, his fifth since being stabbed on the campaign trail in September 2018. "There will be another operation. It should be the last," Bolsonaro said in a pre-recorded interview broadcast late Sunday on Brazil's Record TV. Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach ...

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