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DOH records 4 more polio cases in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The Department of Health reported Thursday that they have recorded four more cases of polio in the country. This brings the total number of polio cases in the country to16 since the disease made a resurgence in the Philippines in September, the DOH said. A three-year-old boy from Quezon City is ...

Slight gains send Dow Jones Industrial Average above 29,000
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 29,000 points for the first time and the S&P 500 index hit its second record high in three days Wednesday. The milestones came on a day when the market traded in a narrow range as investors weighed the latest batch of corporate earnings reports and the widely anticipated signing of an initial trade ...

2 women dead in crash with truck in Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Two women died after the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a trailer truck in Tondo, Manila early Thursday morning. Police identified the fatalities as Ana Dela Cruz ...

Phivolcs to use satellite imagery from USGS, NASA to evaluate Taal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said they will be determining the alert status and condition of the Taal Volcano using satellite data and imagery from its partner international organizations. Phivolcs said Thursday that they are already seeking assistance from its partners such as the ...

Senate set to tackle Villavende case, OFW deployment to Middle East
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Villanueva said the panel will summon representatives from different agencies including the Labor Department, the Foreign Affairs Department, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to help lawmakers in dissecting the issues. The hearing, which may happen by Wednesday or Thursday ...

Schneider Electric calls for student pitches around sustainable energy innovations
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-16
Teams must be proficient in English, as the Grand Finale pitch will be presented in English. The Philippines has placed strongly in Go Green. In 2013, Ateneo De Manila University students Lorenz Ray Payonga and Alyssa Tricia Vintola were crowned World Champions. Their entry, Oscillohump, an alternative energy solution to harvest energy from ...

ADB will help in drafting new deal for Maynilad, Manila Water
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help in crafting a new concession agreement with water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said. In a news forum in Manila on Wednesday, Guevarra bared that ADB consultants will guide the government in revising the deal ...

Payatas trash slide: QC gov't ordered to pay ?6.49 million to victims' kins
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The court has found the Quezon City Government led by then Mayor Ismael Mathay, Jr. liable for the Payatas dumpsite tragedy that buried alive more than 200 people two decades ago. The Quezon City Regional Trial Court ordered the local government to pay a total of ?6.49 million to the families of ...

Consumption, infrastructure spending to fuel up to 6.6% growth -- FMIC
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Economic growth momentum is expected to be sustained this ... and strong OFW remittances amid tensions in the Middle East reflect a favorable environment for consumption. "The Philippine economy will grow faster in 2020 compared to 2019, fuelled by stronger consumer spending, easing monetary conditions and growing ...

DENR notes unhealthy air in Pateros, Northern Caloocan
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The latest air quality update from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shows a marked deterioration in air quality in most cities from the department's last update, although improving in a few areas as well. Here is the latest air quality update from the DENR, according to their Air Quality ...

Duterte grants ?3,000 gratuity pay to contractual gov't workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- Contractual and job order workers in government will receive a one-time gratuity pay for their services in 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte issued ...

Spotify now has playlists for your dog, your cat, and even your hamster
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
(CNN) -- If you've ever felt guilty about leaving your dog home alone, Spotify may be able to salve your conscience -- by bringing out a podcast and range of playlists aimed at soothing lonely pets. The Swedish audio streaming site, which has 113 million subscribers, has launched a range of "algorithmically curated" pet playlists and a new ...

Former ABS-CBN exec to lead Dennis Uy's telco, media group
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16 ... Udenna said Lim is also expected to "identify synergies and drive business innovation" across the Udenna Group, including brands like Phoenix Petroleum, Family Mart, Chelsea Logistics, Udenna Land, Enderun College, and restaurants Conti's and Wendy's.

Court junks Angkas plea for new TRO
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- A Mandaluyong City court has denied the petition of ride-hailing firm Angkas for another temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of a government-imposed limit on the number of riders in the ongoing motorcycle taxi pilot run. In a four-page decision date Jan. 10, Regional Trial Court Branch 212 Judge ...

150,000 households still without power -- DOE
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) said 12,850 households being serviced by the Batangas I Electric Cooperative Inc. in Agoncillo and San Nicolas have ... The DOE said it advised energy facilities in Laguna, Rizal, the northern part of Quezon and Aurora to continously monitor the situation and prepare contingency measures.

Taal disaster to push inflation higher
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
As ashfall from Taal volcano puts livestock in the Calabarzon area at great risk, pressures on the supply of food products like chicken, hogs and fish may jack up consumer prices in the country early in the year, an economist from Philippine National Bank (PNB) warned. From 2.5 percent year-on-year inflation rate in December, PNB economist Jun ...

Camiguin to limit tourists to sustain environment
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MAMBAJAO, Philippines -- With the huge influx of local and foreign tourists visiting the island-province, the Camiguin provincial government has taken measures to ensure that residents will protect the environment as an important natural resource. The province recorded P213.088 million in investments for the first three quarters of 2019, Gov.

Rebalancing development strategy: Filipino First in an uncertain and volatile world
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-16
This was opposed by the American business community, which was resentful of their inability to remit profits under the "foreign exchange" controls institutionalized by Central Bank Governor ...

Philippines, Chinese Coast Guards hold joint drill
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) yesterday held a joint maritime drill with the Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) on search and rescue operations and firefighting in the waters off Manila. The drill is meant to strengthen understanding, mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries in promoting maritime security and law ...

NBI files new raps vs Kerwin, police coddlers
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday filed new charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and nine police officers, including a general, who allegedly served as his protectors in the illegal drug trade in the Eastern Visayas from 2011 to 2016. The NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs filed ...

Coke Foundation, PEF start 2nd phase of Scale Up Water program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
Coke Foundation Philippines Inc. and Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in a P13-million initiative to improve access to drinking water for 4,000 people in three sites in Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur.According to the PEF, this project is the second phase of a campaign called Scaling ...

Ignored water solutions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
If certain water solutions were implemented instead of ignored, we would not have our water crises today. One key neglected practice done by other countries extensively and successfully is water impoundment. On Dec. 11, 2019, Sen. Grace Poe stated clearly the context of our water crisis in a hearing of the committee on public services.

14 caught in Metro Manila drug stings
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 14 persons were arrested and more than P1.2 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu seized in separate stings in Metro Manila in the past two days. Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, said the first operation resulted in the arrest of Ahmad Noah, 40, and ...

Remittances rise in November 11 month total up 4.1%
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) continued to grow in November 2019, although at their slowest pace in five months, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). According to the latest data from the BSP, personal remittances rose by only two percent to $2.64 billion in November last year from $2 ...

Firm seeks to ease housing loan process
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
Upstart property mortgage brokerage Nook seeks to make it easier for Filipino consumers to search for property assets to buy or rent, compare loans offered by various banks and apply for loans using a pioneering online platform. "Applying for a home loan here in the Philippines can be a tedious and intimidating process. Before prospective ...

Australian wildfire smoke stokes health fears in cities
Sun Star - 2020-01-15
Michael Abramson, professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at Melbourne's Monash University, is a co-author of a report on the ongoing investigation of the health impacts of the Hazelwood blaze. Abramson urged a national study of the health ...

75 years ago, US troops began the main battle of the long, bloody fight to kick the Japanese out of the Philippines
Business Insider - 2020-01-15
US troops invaded Luzon, the largest island of the Philippines, on January 9, 1945, where fighting lasted until the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

1 dead, 2 nabbed in Camarines Sur buy-busts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
LEGAZPI CITY -- A suspected drug pusher was killed, while two others were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Camarines Sur on Tuesday afternoon. Colonel Roderico Roy Jr., director of Camarines Sur police, said in a report that Alberto Demagante was killed while being served a search warrant in Barangay Poblacion, Del Gallego town ...

DOT urges tourism enterprises in Taal-hit areas to halt operations
philstar.com - 2020-01-15
Taal lake can be viewed in the popular tourist destination Tagaytay in Cavite City. "The continued health, safety and welfare of our workers and tourists remain a top priority at this time as authorities have not downgraded the advisory on an imminent eruption," the DOT said in a statement. Alert level 4 indicates "hazardous eruption imminent."

DTI finds 12 stores in Manila selling overpriced face masks
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The Department of Trade and Industry said it is suing 12 medical supply stores in Manila caught selling overpriced and substandard N95 masks. The N95 face masks have been in demand since Sunday when Taal Volcano's eruption sent a cloud of ash into the air, which later spread to nearby towns and all ...

DOH orders price freeze on medical supplies, medicines in areas hit by Taal eruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) has ordered a price freeze on 218 basic and essential medicines and medical supplies in areas affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano. In a memorandum dated Tuesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the DOH is mandated to monitor and regulate drug prices and to ensure that ...

12 Islamic State-linked gunmen surrender to Army
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao -- Citing hunger, 12 gunmen belonging to the Islamic State (IS)-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered to the Philippine Army Tuesday. One fighter who asked not to be named said the continuous military operations against the BIFF have confined them to the fringes of the Ligwasan Marsh ...

De Lima causing own delay of her drug case trial -- Guevarra
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- Sen. Leila de Lima may have repeatedly condemned what she deemed as "trumped-up charges" against her, but her constant questioning of court orders has been causing the delay of her own case, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Wednesday. "Hindi naman namin dine-delay, gusto nga namin ...

DENR: Air quality in Metro Manila continues to improve after Taal ashfall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Air quality in parts of Metro Manila continues to improve after it being affected by the heavy ashfall spewed by the erupting Taal Volcano, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said. But data from DENR showed that as of 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the level of Particulate Matter 10 (PM 10), also known as ...

Philippines OKs total deployment ban of workers to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15)-- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department confirmed Wednesday. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department ...

13 Filipinos repatriated from Iraq to arrive in PH; more to return home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines --Thirteen Filipinos repatriated from Iraq are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement, the DFA said that the Philippine Embassy in Iraq is bringing home two groups of overseas Filipinos coming from Baghdad and Erbil. The first group from ...

Amazon is warning consumers using Honey that it could be a security risk
Business Insider - 2020-01-15
Amazon recently began presenting a security warning to consumers using Honey, a PayPal acquisition, that it tracks behavior and collects their data.

DOJ chief recommends deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he will recommend to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) a ban in the deployment of domestic helpers to ...

Philippines totally bans deployment of OFWs to Iraq
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to conflict-stricken Iraq, an order that came a week after the government ordered all Filipinos there to come home. The POEA Governing Board, chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

Divisoria roads to be closed from January 17 to 19 for Sto. Niño feast
philstar.com - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday said that some roads in Divisoria would be closed from January 17 to 19 in light of the upcoming Sto. Niño Festival. Moreno said these areas would be needed by the city government as ...

LIST: Barangays in Batangas ordered to conduct mandatory evacuation
philstar.com - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government office in Batangas on Wednesday released a list of barangays where residents are advised to immediately conduct mandatory evacuation following the eruption of Taal Volcano. According to the agency, the list was generated by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and ...

NSA alerted Microsoft to major Windows security flaw
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
(CNN) -- The National Security Agency recently alerted Microsoft to a major flaw in its Windows operating system that could let hackers pose as legitimate software companies, agency officials said on Tuesday. Microsoft issued a software update on Tuesday to fix the vulnerability, as part of its normal schedule for releasing software patches.

Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles because of issues with the fuel pumps
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
(CNN) -- If you drive a Toyota, you might want to read on. Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the US because of issues with the fuel pumps. The pumps can stop operating, the company said, leading to engine failure. "If a vehicle stall occurs while driving at higher speeds, this could increase the risk of a crash ...

Suspect in rape-slay of 8-yr-old-girl in Quezon found dead in jail
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The suspect in the rape-slay of an 8-year-old girl in Candelaria, Quezon was found dead inside the jail of the municipal police station in Barangay Poblacion on Wednesday morning. The death of Ricardo Bongalon Burce, 55, came two days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police to hunt down and kill a "serial ...

Taal eruption may push prices of pork, chicken higher as supply tightens
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-15
"While income and food price shocks arising from natural disaster events do not last given import channels and return to normal business/production in the ... and rehabilitation of infrastructure, school buildings, airports, public markets and medical ...

China Coast Guard ship seen moving back and forth near Ayungin Shoal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- While a Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessel is in the country for a week-long visit to promote friendship and cooperation, one of its sister ships was spotted moving "back and forth" near the Philippine-occupied Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, likely intimidating the Philippine troops stationed ...

Megaworld, Aboitiz mobilize relief operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
More and more corporations have mobilized relief operations to serve communities devastated by the ongoing phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano. Megaworld Foundation, the socio-civic arm of tycoon Andrew Tan-led Megaworld Corp., organized relief operations in Nasugbu, Batangas. The beneficiaries included families who have evacuated from the towns ...

Court wants Chavit Singson's 'trolls' arrested
philstar.com - 2020-01-15
NARVACAN, Ilocos Sur, Philippines -- A court hearing cyber libel complaints in Abra and Ilocos provinces wants two alleged "trolls" of a well-known influential politician caught to answer a defamation complaint of a topnotch lady lawyer. Cordero, who placed 11th in the 1971 bar examinations after graduating at the University of the ...

Lannett Shares Jolted By FDA Approval Of Cocaine Spray For Nasal Surgery
YAHOO! - 2020-01-15
Pharmaceutical products manufacturer Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) said Monday that its New Drug Application for cocaine hydrochloride nasal solution under the brand name Numbrino has received FDA approval.

Expect wider, deeper ground cracks with strong Taal Volcano eruption - Phivolcs
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The cracks found in Batangas streets may get worse if a stronger eruption happens in Taal Volcano, state volcanologists warned on Wednesday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said cracks -- called fissures -- were found in several barangays in Sinisian, Mahabang Dahilig ...

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