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DFA personnel in Wuhan helping with repatriation do not have hazmat suits
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said personnel from their office are now in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, but added they do not have the necessary equipment to keep themselves safe from contamination. Speaking at a joint press conference with the Department of ...

Filipino workers endure more than fear of coronavirus in Hong Kong
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines--The deadly novel coronavirus (nCoV) is coughing out horror stories from tens of thousands of Filipino workers, mostly domestic helpers, in Hong Kong who found themselves struggling with tough choices--to come home to unemployment or stick with Chinese employers driven by paranoia over the virus to treat their household ...

No Pinoys in new confirmed 2019-nCoV cases on cruise ship in Japan - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines - No Filipino was among the 10 new confirmed 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patients aboard a cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan, the Department of Foreign ...

DFA team enters coronavirus ground zero in Wuhan to aid OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
He said the OFWs are expected to leave China on Saturday and will arrive in the Philippines on early Sunday morning. He also explained that permits and clearances should be secured first from China before repatriating the overseas workers. "I just like to emphasize that repatriation is not solely a Philippine-dictated procedure. It entails ...

4 PDP-Laban lawmakers defect to National Unity Party
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- The National Unity Party (NUP) increased its seats in the House of Representatives after four lawmakers defected Wednesday from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to the emerging power in the lower chamber. Deputy Speakers Neptali Gonzales II and Dan Fernandez, La Union ...

Iloilo hotels, restaurants see minimal nCoV impact as local travelers keep bookings
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-06
"We are not really dependent on foreign tourists. We are catering to a number of local tourism, people who come here to take care of business, do investments and check the place out," she said. The entire Iloilo province recorded 1.24 million tourists in 2018, of which over 90% were local travelers. At the same time, the Iloilo provincial ...

LIST: Canceled, rescheduled events and concerts in Pasay due to nCoV
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- At the time of intensified efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus, some concerts and events in Pasay City were either canceled or rescheduled. In a statement ...

Quezon City to procure thermal scanners vs nCoV
philstar.com - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- In an effort to monitor suspected carriers of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), the Quezon City government will procure 3,000 personal protective gears and thermal scanners. Mayor Joy Belmonte on Tuesday approved the emergency procurement of the equipment, which will be distributed to barangays and other health ...

Eastern part of Mindanao to experience cloudy weather due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Provinces in Mindanao especially on its eastern part may experience cloudy skies Thursday night due to the low-pressure area (LPA) on the southern seas within the Philippine area of responsibility. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the LPA was last ...

Locsin: PH could lose up to ?10 billion in aid if VFA ends
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- The country stands to lose billions of pesos worth of United States assistance if it terminates the Visiting Forces Agreement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin, Jr. said on Thursday. During a Senate hearing on military agreements with the US, Locsin highlighted "direct benefits ...

177 Chinese left for China via chartered flight - BI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 177 Chinese who were stuck at the airport following the implementation of the travel ban have managed to leave the country Wednesday evening, the Bureau of Immigration ...

SC warns judges, court employees: Wear proper attire or face disciplinary action
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta warned trial court judges and court employees that failure to follow proper office attire in court "shall be a ground for appropriate disciplinary action." The warning is contained in Memorandum Order No. 12-2020 made public Thursday. The same memorandum also directed trial court judges ...

Athletes' Village is quarantine area for Filipinos from coronavirus-hit Hubei
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Filipinos returning from novel coronavirus-hit Hubei province in China wil be temporarily quarantined in facilities used for the Southeast Asian Games, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a media briefing on Thursday. Duque said procedures and protocols have been set for the repatriation of ...

Athletes' Village is quarantine area for Filipinos from coronavirus-hit Hubei
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Filipinos returning from novel coronavirus-hit Hubei province in China wil be temporarily quarantined in facilities used for the Southeast Asian Games, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a media briefing on Thursday. Duque said procedures and protocols have been set for the repatriation of ...

Malacañang requires visitors to accomplish health declaration form
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang visitors will now be required to submit a health declaration form as a precaution against the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV. LOOK: Malacañang now requires visitors entering Palace for events to declare if they traveled to foreign countries or were sick in the past 30 days. | @JMAurelioINQ pic.twitter.com ...

Chinese yuan holds steady amid epidemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
BEIJING -- The yuan continued to hold ground and did not retreat far from the psychological threshold of 7 per US dollar during the three trading days after the extended Lunar New Year holiday, with the market expecting a relatively stable value for the currency amid the fight against novel coronavirus epidemic. The central parity rate of the ...

S. Korea sees coldest day on record
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
SEOUL -- Amid an unusually warm winter, Seoul saw the coldest day of the season Thursday, with the morning low in the capital recorded at minus 11.8 degrees Celsius. The temperature, registered at 6:34 a.m., marks the lowest since November last year, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. The current cold spell is expected to ...

High-speed train derails in Italy; 2 railway workers killed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MILAN -- A high-speed passenger train derailed in northern Italy before dawn on Thursday on the heavily used Milan-Bologna line, with the motor car completely detaching and slamming into a railroad building, killing two railway workers and injuring 27 people, authorities said. The state-railway Freccia Rossa train went off the rails while ...

LOOK: Heart Evangelista helps rescue abandoned dogs near Taal
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Heart Evangelista just spent her day rescuing animals affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. In her latest Instagram posts, Heart showed photos of herself joining Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on site to help the team in providing food and basic veterinary care to hungry and abandoned ...

LOOK: Heart Evangelista helps rescue abandoned dogs near Taal
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Heart Evangelista just spent her day rescuing animals affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. In her latest Instagram posts, Heart showed photos of herself joining Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on site to help the team in providing food and basic veterinary care to hungry and abandoned ...

BREAKING: Filipina domestic worker in Dubai dead from coronavirus - Bello
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines - A female household worker who recently died in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has tested positive for coronavirus, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed Thursday.

Check out the pitch deck this London fintech used to raise $15 million from Silicon Valley Bank and Eight Road Ventures
Business Insider - 2020-02-06
"This funding helps us build out and take advantage of a market opportunity to scale," Rimilia CEO Kevin Kimber told Business Insider in an interview.

Huawei, guarding US business, says Verizon violated patents
WOWKtv - 2020-02-06
Chinese tech giant Huawei has accused U.S. phone carrier Verizon of violating its patents in a lawsuit, broadening efforts to defend its business in the United States amid government ... Derek Mackay quit Thursday, saying he had "behaved foolishly." MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine foreign secretary warned Thursday that ...

BSP trims interest rates as rising food prices, coronavirus outbreak spook markets
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has trimmed interest rates on Thursday, giving a fresh stimulus to the economy as inflation picks up. The key interest rate would be reduced by 25 basis points (bp) to 3.75 percent, while the overnight deposit and lending rates will go down to 3.25 percent and ...

Ayala agrees to yield 51% voting rights in Manila Water to Razon group
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Ayala Corporation has bared plans of ceding control over Manila Water to the group of businessman Enrique Razon, which will get 51 percent voting ...

6 co-passengers of Chinese couple with novel coronavirus showed flu-like symptoms - police
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) - Six passengers who took the same Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines flights as the Chinese couple infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported to show flu-like symptoms, the Philippine National Police said Thursday. Four of those who earlier showed red flag signs of the ...

Baguio hospital bats for nCoV testing accreditation from WHO
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
BAGUIO CITY -- Officials of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) said they were hoping to get accredited as a World Health Organization reference laboratory for the novel coronavirus (nCoV) and help hasten the testing of the growing number of suspected infections in the country. Dr. Crist Jamora, BGHMC pediatric infectious ...

Labor groups slam violent dispersal, detention of striking workers in Caloocan
philstar.com - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Two labor groups on Thursday called for the immediate release of the ten striking workers of Cosmic Enterprises in Caloocan City who have been in detention since Wednesday, saying they should not have been arrested in the first place. According to an account from labor group Defend Jobs Philippines, the month-long ...

Mayor Isko Moreno inducts officers of Circulation Managers Association of the Philippines
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-06
Clemente (Malaya Business Insight), business manager Bert Acuna (Philippine Daily Inquirer), PRO Edison Camarines (The Manila Times), board member Venizza Ragel (Abante) and board member Clarita Gulanes (Daily Tribune).

Youth activist arrested at US Embassy rally
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- A member of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) was arrested after a clash during a rally dispersal in front of the United States Embassy in Manila on Thursday morning. The Manila Police District (MPD) said the 17-year-old protester was among the around 50 LFS members who pretended to be joggers and passersby and ...

China scrambles to find beds for novel coronavirus patients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
BEIJING -- China scrambled to find bed space for thousands of newly infected patients on Thursday, as the toll from a deadly new virus jumped again. More than 28,000 people are now known to be infected nationwide in an outbreak that has killed 563 and spiraled into a global health emergency. Two dozen countries now have confirmed cases of the ...

Duterte starts work to redevelop Mile Long property in Makati
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered five agencies to work on a plan to redevelop the Mile Long property in Makati, three years after the government ...

Duterte wants BCDA to redevelop Mile Long property
philstar.com - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the development of two-hectare Mile Long property in Makati City to help fund military and uniformed personnel pension. Duterte issued Administrative Order No. 21, released Thursday, ordering the Privatization and Management Office to enter into a contractual deal with the Bases ...

DPWH, Basilan ink deal for P70-M school construction project
philstar.com - 2020-02-06
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The Public Works department and the provincial government of Basilan on Wednesday forged an agreement for a P70-million school building construction program for the island province. The agreement was signed by Cayamombao Dia, director for Region 9 of the Department of Public Works and Highways, and Basilan Gov.

2 PH Navy ships arrive in Oman for repatriation of Mideast OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Three weeks after leaving Manila and a brief stop in Sri Lanka, the two Philippine Navy ships tasked to help repatriate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East have arrived in Oman. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602) reached Sultan Qaboos Port on Wednesday afternoon, acting naval ...

Philippines Central Bank Chief Says Better to Cut Rates Soon
YAHOO! - 2020-02-06
Follow Bloomberg on LINE messenger for all the business news and analysis you need.Philippine central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno said it would be better to cut interest rates sooner rather than later,

Rains expected in Visayas, parts of Mindanao due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The trough or extension of a low-pressure area (LPA) will bring cloudy skies and scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to the Visayas and parts of Mindanao, the state weather bureau said Thursday. In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa ...

Eagle Cement denies SMC control as competition body flags potential monopoly
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Eagle Cement Corporation denied operating under the control of San Miguel Corporation (SMC), after a competition body flagged a potential industry monopoly due to a pending merger. Eagle made the clarification in a statement to the Philippine Stock Exchange following competition concerns raised by ...

The coronavirus is disrupting global shipping. Now goods are getting stranded
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
(CNN) -- The arteries of global trade are clogging up. Shipping companies that carry goods from China to the rest of the world say they are reducing the number of seaborne vessels, as measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus crimp demand for their services and threaten to disrupt global supply chains. About 80% of world goods trade by ...

Airlines working to transport stranded passengers in PH over coronavirus travel ban
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- Airlines are now working to fly out passengers stuck in the country after numerous flights were cancelled between the Philippines, mainland China, and its special administrative regions (SARs) Hong Kong and Macau. Flag carrier Philippine Airlines said it is eyeing to mount special flights on ...

Phinma targets more schools as it maps global expansion
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-06
del Rosario, Jr. said. The Phinma group said it is bullish in its education business due to the size of the market it serves, which is mostly those from households that earn P15,000 or less every month. "The underserved market is such a huge market that there are many places to go. So we still want to continue to expand in the Philippines and ...

Tender offer of Pepsi-Cola shares discontinued
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-06
"The MSRD finds that the business relationship of P&A Grant Thorton with the two entities, where PCPPI holds substantial shareholdings, could reasonably be perceived to undermine its independence to conduct and issue the fairness opinion," it added. Rule No. 19.2.6.1 of the Securities Regulation Code says "only independent firms...may ...

Amihan, LPAs trough to drench most parts of Philippines
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) - It will be rainy over most parts of the Philippines due to the trough of a low pressure area and the northeast monsoon, the state weather bureau said Thursday. People over Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, and Davao Region will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms ...

January inflation at 8-month high
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
Higher food prices partly as a result of the eruption of Taal Volcano and the new sin tax rates jacked up inflation to an eight-month high of 2.9 percent year-on-year in January, the government ...

Philippines Reports First Coronavirus Fatality, Second Confirmed Infection
New York Times - 2020-02-05
The Philippines on Sunday announced its first fatality from the new coronavirus outbreak, a Chinese man from Wuhan, the first known person to have died outside of China.

An Amazon delivery company is laying off more than 400 workers after Amazon cut its contract
Business Insider - 2020-02-05
Los Angeles-based Greenwich Logistics is laying off 408 delivery workers in California and Pennsylvania after Amazon cut its contract.

Bug hunter finds cryptocurrency-mining botnet on DOD network
ZDNet - 2020-02-05
A security researcher hunting for bug bounties discovered last month that a cryptocurrency-mining botnet had found a home and burrowed inside a web server operated by the US Department of Defense (DOD). The issue was discovered and reported via the DOD's ...

A TikTok account for Kendall Jenner was deleted less than 24 hours after it launched
Business Insider - 2020-02-05
An account for Kendall Jenner, 24, racked up nearly half a million followers in just two hours of posting its first video to TikTok on Monday.

Uber gets permit to restart testing its self-driving cars in California
Reuters - 2020-02-05
(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has been allowed to restart testing its self-driving vehicles with a backup driver in California, almost two years after its autonomous car killed a pedestrian in Arizona. The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued ...

Senate to fast track revival of oversight panel on intel funds probe
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said the upper chamber will fast track the approval of a resolution seeking the revival of a special oversight committee that would investigate how government agencies use their intelligence funds. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Zubiri said the revival of the oversight ...

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