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Bulacan cops serving as bodyguards recalled
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
MALOLOS, Philippines -- At least 67 police officers in Bulacan serving as security escorts to local chief executives and private individuals have been recalled. Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, Central Luzon police director, issued a memorandum ordering the recall of unauthorized security detail in line with the implementation of a "one strike ...

Obese cops start losing weight
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Officials of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) busted some moves on Tuesday as they stepped up weight reduction efforts for over 750 obese policemen to improve their mobility. NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas led hundreds of police officers in a Zumba session in the first day of the project dubbed ...

Elderly couple dies in Quezon City fire
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- An elderly couple died when a fire broke out at their house in Quezon City yesterday morning. The remains of Cresencio Catig, 66, and his wife Salvacion, 63, were retrieved in the restroom of their house along Neptune street in Barangay Kaligayahan. Arson probers said the couple died from suffocation. According to city ...

PLDT unit inks deal for AsPac carrier service
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- PLDT Enterprise, the business to business arm of telco giant PLDT, has forged an agreement with international company MarvelTec to strengthen carrier connectivity service offerings for organizations across the Asia Pacific region. PLDT Enterprise Asia Pacific regional head Jeff Mendoza said teaming up with Hong Kong ...

Factory output extends decline in December
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Factory output continued to decline in December 2019 mostly because of steep declines in the production of petroleum, basic metals, as well as furniture and fixtures, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.

Oracle adds cloud data centers in five countries, sets new target
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-05
After a rocky start in the cloud business, Oracle, a longtime business software provider, is rolling out its second generation of cloud systems, in which it operates data centers and customers rent capacity from it. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are the two top players with more than two-thirds of the global market in 2019, according to ...

The Women of Impact Awardees
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
For 15 years now, Go Negosyo has been an active supporter of women entrepreneurs. We have strongly advocated for their empowerment, providing them mentorship, training, as well as a platform where they can showcase their skills and creative entrepreneurial ideas. As we celebrate the significant impact of women entrepreneurship across the region ...

Demand for term deposits declines amid concerns
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-05
"Despite the lower amount of subscription, lower TDF yields reflect market expectation for a BSP rate cut in the near term," Mr. Mapa added. Meanwhile, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. Chief Economist Michael L. Ricafort said the lower yields may partly be due to market fears amid the coronavirus outbreak. "On external factors, concerns ...

Millions in China banish virus blues with online games, short video apps
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-05
The shift has even drawn companies more used to doing business in showrooms, such as carmakers Tesla and Mercedes-Benz, to promote products heavily online during the week. Chinese travel and gather with family and friends during the traditional Lunar New Year holiday, but many postponed or canceled their plans over concerns sparked in mid ...

PSEi leads Asia gains as inflation on target
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine stock market outperformed its peers in Asia as investors digested the January inflation report. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange (PSEi) rose by 125.95 points, or 1.74 percent, to finish at 7,352.85. Likewise, the broader All Shares index rose 60.36 points, or 1.40 percent, to end at 4,354.25.

CITIRA seen hurdling Senate committee by next week
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-05
THE measure that will eventually lower the corporate income tax to 20% from the current 30% and streamline fiscal incentives is expected to hurdle the Senate Ways and Means Committee next week. On Wednesday, the panel also began tackling the proposal to simplify the tax structure for financial instruments, in an attempt to meet the Department ...

M3 growth accelerates in December after 2019 easing
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-05
The RRR was reduced by 400 bps last year, bringing the reserve requirement for big banks to 14%. The MB also reduced RRR for non-bank financial institutions with quasi-banking functions to 14%. According to BSP data, net claims on the central government grew by 24.4% year-on-year in December, quicker than the 13.9% print in November.

Cathay Pacific asks workers to take 3 weeks off without pay as the coronavirus decimates travel
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
(CNN) --Cathay Pacific is asking its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave in the coming months, the latest in a series of emergency measures forced on the embattled Hong Kong carrier by the coronavirus outbreak in China. The airline said in a statement Wednesday that it was appealing to all workers to take three weeks unpaid ...

CIDG starts tracking close contacts of Chinese couple with nCoV
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Wednesday started tracking the co-passengers of the Chinese couple from Wuhan who traveled to Cebu on Jan. 21 and tested positive for the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD). "The PNP Chief, in turn, has ...

Asian Shares Drop, Commodities Sink on Virus Fears After Lunar New Year Break
New York Times - 2020-02-05
Asian shares stumbled on Monday, oil skidded and commodities on Chinese exchanges plunged on their first trading day after a long break on fears the coronavirus epidemic will hit demand in the world's

Phivolcs says crater glow observed at Mayon Volcano, alert level 2 remains
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- State volcanologists said the crater glow observed at Mayon Volcano in the last two days has most likely been caused by gases affecting the atmosphere, adding alert level 2 remains in place due to recent activity. In its latest update, Phivolcs said while the volcano has calmed down since a ...

Phivolcs says crater glow observed at Mayon Volcano, alert level 2 remains
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- State volcanologists said the crater glow observed at Mayon Volcano in the last two days has most likely been caused by gases affecting the atmosphere, adding alert level 2 remains in place due to recent activity. In its latest update, Phivolcs said while the volcano has calmed down since a ...

Bello to recommend partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said he would recommend the partial lifting of the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. "I had a ...

Virus impact: Automakers look at restarting China operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
BEIJING -- Automakers are considering whether to resume operations in China amid efforts to contain an outbreak of the novel coronavirus while the impact on other companies spreads. NISSAN MOTOR CO.: The Japanese automaker says it is considering reopening some factories in China on Monday but operations in the province at the center of the ...

Bello to recommend partial lifting of Kuwait deployment ban
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 5) -- Filipinos may soon be allowed to work in Kuwait again, as the Department of Labor and Employment seeks a partial lifting of the deployment ban to the Middle Eastern country. On Wednesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said, "I am considering lifting to the board the partial lifting of the ban ...

De Lima asks SC to reconsider ruling on case vs. Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- Detained Senator Leila De Lima on Wednesday appealed to the Supreme Court over its junking of her case against President Rodrigo Duterte in relation to his verbal attacks against her. The SC on October 15 last year dismissed De Lima's petition for habeas data on the ground that the President is ...

Duterte wants to personally welcome Filipinos from virus-hit China, official says
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- Officials tasked to secure President Rodrigo Duterte are discussing whether or not they will allow him to personally welcome Filipinos coming home ...

Phivolcs detects Mayon having crater glow in past 2 days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Wednesday said that the summit crater of the Mayon volcano has been detected having a crater glow in the past two days. In a 4 p.m. bulletin, Phivolcs said that the crater glow was likely caused by hot magmatic gases heating the overlying atmosphere.

Filipino crew aboard Japan cruise ship tests positive for nCoV - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino was among the 10 individuals onboard a cruise ship who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo confirmed Wednesday.

Ayala group and partners deploy healthcare assistance to Batangas evacuees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
Over 320 evacuees, most of whom were residents in "locked down" towns of Agoncillo and Laurel in Batangas, have been housed at the Municipal Covered Court of Alitagtag. Those coming from the San Andres Elementary School in Bauan were mostly from Lemery where some areas are still partly locked down. The evacuees needed medical assistance for ...

Displaced Taal residents to get housing units intended for cops, soldiers
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has approved giving thousands of housing units originally allocated for police officers and soldiers to families displaced by the Taal Volcano eruption, his spokesperson said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte on Tuesday granted the ...

On World Hijab Day, CHR insists wearing hijab not a sign of oppression, terrorism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines - Wearing hijabs for Muslim women should never be equated to oppression and terrorism, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) clarified on Wednesday, which coincides with the World Hijab Day. According to CHR spokesperson and lawyer Jacqueline de Guia, the event is a way to give non-Muslims a deeper understanding of their ...

Metro disaster response council seeks clear protocols for coronavirus cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) - The disaster response council of Metro Manila has asked the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine National Police to come up with clear procedures on how local governments in the capital region could handle possible cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The request stemmed from ...

Metro disaster response council seeks clear protocols for coronavirus cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) - The disaster response council of Metro Manila has asked the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine National Police to come up with clear procedures on how local governments in the capital region could handle possible cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The request stemmed from ...

Asian Development Bank launches ADB Ventures, investing in impact tech startups
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-05
ADB Ventures SEED, a grant program, will be dedicated to validation of tech pilots and expansion into seemingly risky emerging markets. On the other end, ADB Venture Lab, a suite of corporate innovation programs, will forge partnerships with industry leaders and accelerators for startups. "This region is brimming with technology solutions to ...

PSE to overhaul rules on involuntary delisting
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
The Philippine Stock Exchange is tightening the rules on involuntary delisting to improve the exit mechanism for minority investors, expand delisting grounds and impose harsher penalties against erring directors and officers. This new framework - for which the PSE is now soliciting public feedback until Feb. 20 this year - is on top of the ...

What should marketers focus on to improve their digital marketing in 2020?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
The biggest drivers of digital transformation are customer experiences, data analytics, and innovation in mobile. Marketers are gathering data and closely monitoring technologies to craft programs and campaigns to grow and scale their brands. The prevalence and ubiquity of mobile has enabled more personal interactions and experiences between ...

PPA: Cargo coming from nCoV-infected nations can enter PH ports
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Ships coming from countries affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak (2019 nCoV ARD) will now be allowed to discharge cargoes in Philippine ports. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) on Wednesday announced that the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) has lifted its 14-day quarantine period of cargoes that came from Taiwan ...

Asian markets are higher, but the coronavirus still looms over businesses
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
(CNN)-- Asian markets are continuing to recover after being shaken by coronavirus fears. Japan's Nikkei 225 and China's Shanghai Composite Index each rose 1.2% on Wednesday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index traded 0.6% higher. South Korea's Kospi gained 0.6%. Several companies that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak also made gains ...

Senate panels push for P10K cash gift to octogenarians, nonagenarians
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Senate committees have recommended the approval of a bill seeking to give P10,000 cash assistance to Filipinos who reach the age of 80 and 90 years old. The committee report submitted by the Senate panels on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development and Finance recommended the passage of Senate Bill No. 1319 in ...

Probe on Honasan possible as Senate seeks oversight of intel funds
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- Senators are pushing for the creation of an oversight committee to review government agencies' use of intelligence and confidential funds. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III and Senate Committee on National Defense and Security Chairman Panfilo "Ping" Lacson have filed the resolution in the ...

Rio may go to Duterte to air concerns with DICT -- Nograles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Resigned Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio may air his concerns regarding the agency to President Rodrigo Duterte since he has always been open to hearing complaints, a Palace official said Wednesday. "I am sure since Undersecretary Rio is part of the Executive ...

Police investigators to help track coronavirus contacts
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- The investigative arm of the Philippine National Police was tasked to help track people who were in contact with those infected with novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, the Department of Interior and Local Government said Wednesday. PNP Chief Archie Gamboa has ordered the Criminal Investigation and ...

Duterte wants to welcome Filipinos coming home from China--Nograles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte wants to join Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in receiving the Filipinos repatriated from China as they are set to arrive in the country on Saturday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said. However, Nograles said the final decision on whether the President will join Duque depends on the ...

Trump uses State of Union to campaign; Pelosi rips up speech
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
WASHINGTON -- Standing before a Congress and nation sharply divided by impeachment, President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address Tuesday to extol a "Great American Comeback" on ...

Senate report recommends charges vs Faeldon, other BuCor execs over GCTA mess
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Seventeen senators have signed a committee report recommending the filing of anti-graft and corrupt case against sacked Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Nicanor Faeldon in connection with the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess. A 34-page report by the Senate committees on justice, constitutional amendments, blue ...

China virus toll nears 500, airlines cut Hong Kong flights, cases found on cruise ship
Reuters - 2020-02-05
A man died in the Philippines last week after visiting Wuhan ... Australian shares were up 0.58%, while Japan's Nikkei stock index .N225 rose 1.19%. Beijing has criticized U.S. travel restrictions, barring foreign nationals who have visited China, as an overreaction and has called on Washington to do more to help China. U.S. Health and Human ...

Disney+ has already scored 28.6 million subscribers since launch
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
(CNN) -- Disney+ has brought in nearly 30 million subscribers since its launch in November, the company reported on Tuesday. The company's new streaming service nabbed 26.5 million subscribers last quarter, the company said in its earnings report on Tuesday, exceeding analyst expectations. Disney+'s growth has continued this year, and the ...

Health authorities watching 3 suspected nCoV carriers in Quezon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
Dr. Grace Santiago, Quezon health officer, tagged the three as "persons under investigation" (PUI). "These people being observed and investigated on have history of travels in listed watch ...

Grab's selfie verification, audio, video recording suspended
philstar.com - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Grab Philippines' selfie verification, in-vehicle audio recording and in-vehicle video recording systems have been suspended for deficiencies with the Data Privacy Act (DPA). The National Privacy Commission issued a cease and disease order after finding several deficiencies in the three personal data processing systems ...

Government bares plan to address plummeting copra prices
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) - President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order directing government agencies to patronize food and non-food coconut products in their projects and events in an attempt to help farmers suffering from low prices of copra or dried coconut meat, his spokesman said Wednesday. Presidential ...

Government bares plan to address plummeting copra prices
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) - President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order directing government agencies to patronize food and non-food coconut products in their ...

BSP, Bank Indonesia may test cross-border retail payment linkages
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-05
The pact came after a bilateral meeting between BSP and BI which tackled advances done in the digital economy, central banking, infrastructure financing using market instruments, and sustainable financing frameworks done by both sides. Meanwhile, BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier said the BI highlighted the Indonesia Payment System (IPS ...

Filipinos to be repatriated from China amid coronavirus spread arrive Saturday
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- The first batch of Filipinos to be repatriated from China -- where there is the highest number of novel coronavirus deaths and cases -- is set to arrive in the country on Saturday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Wednesday. He said that the details of bringing home Filipinos ...

First batch of repatriated Filipinos from China arriving on Saturday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang on Wednesday announced that the first batch of Filipinos repatriated from China amid the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak is scheduled to arrive in the ...

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