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Parañaque fire leaves 300 families homeless - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 300 families lost their homes when a fire broke out in Parañaque City on Thursday. The fire hit El Dorado Dulo in Barangay Don Bosco just before 4 p.m. and reached fifth alarm in less than 30 minutes and Task Force Alpha within an hour after it started, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

More class suspensions, 4-day workweek over COVID-19 - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- A four-day workweek will be imposed in some areas even as more local government units have announced class suspensions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. of Angeles City ...

Shift from cash to digital, Diokno urges consumers - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday urged the consuming public to do their transactions digitally to avoid crowds in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said there are ...

Pinay held at NAIA over P.4 million - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino woman was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle P400,000 as she was about to leave the country, an official said yesterday. Bureau of Customs-NAIA ...

Exporters seek government support vs virus - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The umbrella group of exporters is seeking government support for businesses, particularly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to help mitigate losses, with operations affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a letter to members of the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport ...

Analysts lay out the financial damage each of Disney's business could face, as it closes parks and postpones films due to the coronavirus
Business Insider - 2020-03-13
Disney has already been forced to temporarily close three parks in Asia, and coronavirus could put a damper on upcoming film launches.

Switzerland closes schools; offers $10B in business aid over COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
SWITZERLAND -- Switzerland will close its schools in a bid to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said Friday, adding that it would provide billions in aid to hard-hit businesses. "The situation is difficult, but we have the means to overcome the challenges on the medical and the financial level," Swiss President ...

Quezon City under state of calamity over coronavirus spread - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- For the first time in recent years, Quezon City was placed under a state of calamity yesterday due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The city council unanimously approved the resolution declaring the state of calamity during a special session. Six of 52 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country are ...

Valenzuela passes anti-panic buying ordinance - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Valenzuela City council on Thursday passed an ordinance imposing measures against hoarding and panic buying amid the COVID-19 scare. City Ordinance 669, sponsored by Councilors Rovin Feliciano and Kim Galang-Tiangco, imposes "restrictions on the buying capacity of individuals and retail establishments on some basic ...

Metro Manila coding scheme lifted indefinitely due to COVID-19 - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The unified vehicular volume reduction program (UVVRP) in Metro Manila, better known as the number coding scheme, was lifted indefinitely starting yesterday due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority "lifted...until further notice" the scheme starting ...

HBA Manila Design Office principal moves up as partner in HBA group - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Global hospitality design company Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) kicked off the new decade with the addition of four new partners to their leadership group, including HBA Manila Design Office principal Norman Agleron. He joins other ...

Facebook is finally shutting down MSQRD, the selfie app it bought in 2016 and then didn't update for years
Business Insider - 2020-03-13
Facebook has repeatedly used acquisitions to reinforce its dominance over the last few years -- even at the expense of consumer choice.

DOH warns public on fake message telling people to avoid QC areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine health department on Friday cautioned the public on a fake message advising people to avoid the areas in Quezon Memorial Circle and East Avenue in Quezon City due to rising cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "Fake content alert: Department of Health [DOH] flags the circulating message advising the ...

Work at DOJ main office, prosecution offices in Metro Manila suspended
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has suspended work in its main office in Padre Faura in the city of Manila and all city prosecutor offices at the National Capital Region (NCR).

Regular, work business during Metro quarantine-Palace
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-13
THE government on Friday assured work and business operations in Metro Manila will continue to be as normal as possible for the duration of a community quarantine that will be imposed beginning on ...

Police to arrest violators of Metro Manila coronavirus quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) - The Metro Manila police will arrest those who will not follow the guidelines of the community quarantine declared by President Rodrigo Duterte over the region. "Arestuhin kung sinong hindi sumunod sa guidelines... Ano gagawin namin? mag-dialogue?" [Translation: We will arrest whoever will disobey ...

House of Representatives employee diagnosed with COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- The House of Representatives has disclosed that one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. The patient is a staffer of the House's Printing Service, according to Secretary General Jose Luis Montales' message to employees on Friday. All personnel of the Printing ...

Philippines confirms 12 new coronavirus cases
Reuters - 2020-03-13
The Philippines on Friday reported 12 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus to take the total in the country to 64 a day after President Rodrigo Duterte raised the health emergency status to the highest level and issued quarantine measures in the capital.

Two people who visited PH tested positive for COVID-19 in Australia
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- Two people with recent travel history to the country have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in Australia. A male and female, both aged 34, are among the 14 new cases confirmed by the New South Wales' government on Friday, bringing its total to 92. It noted that the two patients ...

'Fortnite' Developer Epic Games Acquires Startup For Better Game Animation
International Business Times - 2020-03-13
Epic Games acquires Cubic Motion for an undisclosed amount Cubic Motion was already working with Epic Games prior to the acquisition in developing facial animation and movement. NorthEdge Capital made its exit following the Epic Games deal "Fortnite" developer Epic Games has acquired vision and animation technology startup Cubic Motion.

When profession meets passion: How Mortar and Pastry came to life
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-13
Growing up, Bryan had an inkling for business and sold homemade baked goods at school. "Whenever I had time at home, I tried out various recipes such as empanadas, ham and cheese rolls ...

UNICEF PH says COVID-19 as pandemic does not make virus deadlier
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, but UNICEF Philippines said Friday that this does not mean the disease "has become deadlier." UNICEF Philippines issued the clarification as it urged for an informed public amid the COVID-19 crisis. "Characterizing COVID-19 as a pandemic is ...

2 Dumaguete hospitals cry for help as 43 of their staffers isolated after contact with infected councilor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
DUMAGUETE CITY--Two hospitals here are asking for help from the Department of Health (DOH) after at least 43 staff members went on quarantine after getting into contact with a councilor who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The local Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit wrote to the DOH-Central Visayas office to send ...

Gov't surplus narrows as higher taxes counter faster spending - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Duterte administration registered a narrower budget surplus in January, benefiting from a surge in revenues generated from higher taxes that offset a pick-up in spending that paled in comparison to a slow start same period a year ago. In a report posted on its website on Friday, the Bureau of the Treasury said the ...

Amid market panic, SEC wants listed investors informed of coronavirus risks - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Corporate regulators have ordered all publicly listed companies to disclose the extent of disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic to their businesses to better guide investors on making decisions amid a tumultuous period in ...

SC imposes preventive measures vs coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court has adopted measures to ensure the safety of its employees and officials amid the coronavirus pandemic without abandoning its constitutional mandate.

AirAsia: No charges for travel date changes on bookings before March 12-Apr 14
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- AirAsia Philippines on Friday said it will not impose penalties on clients who would choose to change the dates of their domestic and international travels. In a statement, the management of AirAsia said guests with bookings issued prior to March 12 until April 14 may choose the following options: Move flight: One-time ...

Five simple ways to improve your -- and your family's -- health
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Apart from regularly washing hands and wearing face masks, we give you some tips on how to get the best fighting chance to improve your health: Working out regularly actually boosts your immune system. It can keep diseases away, while also reducing stress in the process. Exercising also pumps up blood circulation, which helps white blood cells ...

Quezon City declares state of calamity amid COVID-19 threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- A state of calamity was declared in Quezon City on Friday as the most populous city in Metro Manila records six cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19. Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city council passed the resolution in order to authorize the usage of the quick response fund to procuring necessary ...

Quezon City declares state of calamity over COVID-19 - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippine -- The local government of Quezon City on Friday declared a state of calamity, allowing it to apportion quick response funds for the procurement and distribution of goods and services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This comes a day after the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases declared the highest ...

San Juan City now has 9 COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- There are now nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in San Juan City and all of them are in stable condition, the local ...

Stocks test 5,100 level after Palace announcement on COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- Local stocks dove even lower on Friday morning, testing the 5,100 level to trigger another trading halt hours after President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila under a month-long community quarantine. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index plunged anew, dropping 4.54 percent to 5,476.07.

Travel ban, fewer travelers prompt grounding of 807 weekly flights - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines - More than half of the combined weekly flights from the Philippines to 10 other countries, and vice versa, have been grounded, and more are bound to get canceled as the government mulls widening existing travel barriers to as much as 60 jurisdictions with localized transmission of the virus. As of March 11, Civil ...

Asian shares plunge after coronavirus crisis sparks Wall Street's worst day since 1987
Times Free Press - 2020-03-13
Thailand's SET has lost nearly 40% and the Philippines' benchmark is down more than 30%. Despite the huge Friday the 13th sell-offs in most markets, shares bounced back slightly from their lowest levels by late-mid morning. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 was down 7.8% to 17,099.46. The Kospi in South Korea sank 7.2% to 1,702.56, Sydney's S&P ASX lost 4.4% ...

Binay, Gatchalian buckle down to household chores during quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Senators Nancy Binay and Sherwin Gatchalian turned to doing household chores while they undergo self-quarantine for 14 days after supposedly interacting with a person who attended a Senate hearing then later on tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Gatchalian was the first of government officials to ...

Workers allowed to enter Metro Manila despite travel restrictions amid COVID-19 thread - DILG
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13)-- Workers and employees may be allowed to enter Metro Manila despite the proposed travel restriction in the region, an official said Friday. Interior ...

Postponed weddings due to COVID-19 should be refunded, DTI says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- Couples who opt to postpone their wedding ceremonies due to the coronavirus threat should not worry about not getting refunds. The Department of Trade ...

2 patients escape quarantine in Sarangani
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Two women who are considered patients under investigation (PUIs) for 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) allegedly "escaped" from a quarantine facility in Sarangani province and are now being tracked down by police. Police Major Eudisan Gultiano, the spokesperson of Police Regional Office 11, said on Friday the two ...

No masses in Manila archdiocese due to COVID-19 fears
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13)-- The Archdiocese of Manila has suspended its masses from March 14 to 20, amid the growing concerns about the coronavirus disease. In a pastoral letter, Bishop Broderick Pabillo said there will be no public celebrations of the Holy Mass-- as well as other public religious activities-- for at least ...

State infrastructure spending breaches P1-T mark in 2019 - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- A December spending surge picked up the slack in infrastructure spending caused by most of 2019, helping push full-year outlays way past target, the Department of Budget and Management has reported. In a report released on its ...

Everest shut down after Nepal suspends permits over virus - 2020-03-13
Everest attracts hundreds of mountaineers from all over the world each spring, when a window of good weather opens up between late April and the end of May, prompting a rush for the summit.

Several COVID-19 patients, suspected cases in PH try to flee
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) -- Three confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients tried to escape hospital admission and mandatory quarantine, police said on Friday. A woman in San ...

Pleasant surprises from unexpected turns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
Leah Clara Maquiraya Yabis used to believe she had everything figured out. After obtaining her BS Pharmacy degree from the University of Santo Tomas and passing her Pharmacy Licensure Examination, she worked for six months as a pharmacist at St. Paul Hospital in Tuguegarao City. She then worked part-time as an instructor for St. Paul University ...

Ricoh Philippines: Celebrating 20 years, three loves, one growing company
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
Ricoh Philippines, Inc., the local subsidiary of leading global manufacturer of office automation equipment Ricoh Company, Ltd., recently marked its 20th anniversary in the country with the theme ...

SSS to release up to P1.2 billion in relief for workers laid off by Covid-affected enterprises
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-13
The DOF has likewise asked the SSS to be ready with its business continuity and cleanup plan in all of its branches to ensure the delivery of social security services, even in the event of a limited operation in its offices or a possible lockdown, is not disrupted. On Thursday, President and CEO Aurora C. Ignacio announced that the SSS will ...

Friday weather forecast: Hot, humid nationwide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Hot and humid weather is expected nationwide on Friday due to the easterlies, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

U.S. Hospitals Prepare for Coronavirus, With the Worst Still to Come
New York Times - 2020-03-12
WASHINGTON -- One Seattle-area hospital has already seen patient care delayed by the stringent infection-control practices that the government recommended for suspected coronavirus cases. Another in Chicago switched Thursday morning into "surge" mode, setting up triage tents in its ambulance bay and dedicating an entire floor to ...

Pentagon threatening retaliatory strike after attack in Iraq
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
WASHINGTON -- U.S. defense leaders on Thursday threatened a retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed Shia militia in Iraq, saying they know who launched the rockets in Iraq that killed and wounded U.S. and coalition troops and the attackers will be held accountable. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at the Pentagon that President ...

Vatican: Catholic churches across Rome to shut until April 3
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
ROME -- Catholic churches across Rome will close until April 3, because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 1,000 people across Italy, the papal vicar for Rome said Thursday. "The faithful are consequently exempt from their obligation to fulfil the festive precept," a statement from Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said.

Travel bans, market chaos: Dizzying reaction to virus spread
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
ROME -- Sweeping travel bans cascaded around the globe Thursday, walling off countries and even entire continents, keeping people inside their homes, and slowing the engines of commerce to stem ...

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