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Philippines ranking in financial inclusion slips anew
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The ranking of the Philippines in terms of an enabling environment for financial inclusion slipped anew for the second straight year, according to a study conducted by the Economist Intelligence (EIU). Based on the 2019 Global Microscope, the Philippines ranked fifth with a score of 71 together with India. Last year, the ...

CDO chairman and co-founder dies
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- Jose "Pepe" Ong, chairman and co-founder of meat processing company CDO Foodsphere, Inc., died Thursday morning, the company announced.

Class suspension for Friday, Nov. 15 | Inquirer News
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines--Classes were suspended in parts of Luzon on Friday, November 15, because of inclement weather spawned by Tropical Storm Ramon.

PH deports over 300 Chinese nationals
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- The Bureau of Immigration started deporting more than 300 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in telecommunication fraud on Thursday. The first batch of the 312 Chinese nationals was sent out on a chartered China Eastern flight to Shijiaxuang in Hebei Province and Changchun in Jilin Province.

Hog raisers still positive due to limited size of ASF cull
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-14
Pork consumption is estimated at 2.11 million tons, up 3%. Rolando T. Dy, executive director of Center for Food and Agri-Business of University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), said he projects industry growth to slow by the end of the year, but all will still depend on how the outbreak is managed. "The fourth quarter growth could be lower ...

Thousands join nationwide simultaneous quake drill
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines-- Thousands of Filipinos on Thursday morning participated in the government-initiated nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, an estimated 13,350 joined the earthquake drill across regions nationwide, excluding the National Capital Region.

Authorities hold simulation for worst-case scenario on SEA Games
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Medical teams are all set for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games following the holding of a simulation to prepare for worst-case scenarios, police said Thursday. During a dry ...

PLDT, Zamora to make San Juan a digital city
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The San Juan City government will go digital in rendering services to the public, Mayor Francis Zamora announced yesterday. Zamora will sign today a memorandum of agreement with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) chairman and chief executive officer Manuel V. Pangilinan and Multisys chief David Almirol for the ...

ALI to spend P18 billion for Tarlac township
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) will spend about P18 billion over the next 10 to 15 years for the development of a 290-hectare property into its first integrated mixed-use estate in Tarlac City. In a media briefing Tuesday, company officials said project, called Cresendo, will feature industrial, commercial, residential and ...

Tropical Storm Ramon to make landfall Sunday in Cagayan, Isabela
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines--Tropical Storm Ramon, which has maintained its strength as it moves closer to the Luzon region, is expected to make landfall over northern Isabela or Cagayan province by Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, the weather state ...

Storm signals lifted over several areas as 'Ramon' continues northwest
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) - Storm signals have been lifted from some areas in the eastern section of the country even as tropical storm Ramon continues on its northwest path. In its 5 p,m. update, PAGASA said Sorsogon, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar were no longer under signal number 1. However, signal number 2 is still ...

Cayetano: Congress willing to increase anti-drugs budget if Robredo keeps quiet with agenda
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said that the Congress is willing to augment the budget for the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) unless Vice President Leni Robredo refrains from publicizing her agenda in the agency. "You need more funds? Huwag mo na sabihin sa media ...

Monetary Board keeps interest rates steady
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- The Monetary Board kept policy rates steady as inflation became more manageable. In a statement delivered in a press briefing Thursday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Francisco Dakila said that interest rates will remain at 4.0 percent. "At its meeting on monetary policy today ...

CHR to govt: Review labor pact with other countries amid alleged rape case in Jeddah
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines--The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged the government to revisit its labor agreements with other countries after three female Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were reportedly raped by their employer in Jeddah. In a statement Thursday, the CHR said the government must ensure it will only deploy OFWs to countries ...

Cop accused of killing Dumaguete broadcaster surrenders
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- The alleged gunman in the killing of Dumaguete-based radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso has turned himself in, days after denying involvement in the crime. PCpl Roger Rubio reported to his commanding officer and, eventually, to the Negros Oriental provincial police office on Thursday. He said he ...

Philippine c.bank holds fire on rates after strong growth
Nasdaq - 2019-11-14
The Philippine central bank kept its benchmark interest rate on hold on Thursday, after surprisingly strong economic growth in the third quarter, saying that future policy decisions will depend on the health of the economy and inflation trend. By Karen Lema and Neil Jerome Morales MANILA, Nov 14 (Reuters) - The Philippine central bank kept its ...

Haribon: Water comes from forests, not from dams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines--The answer to the water crisis is the restoration of Philippine forests, environmental group Haribon Foundation said Thursday as it reiterated its opposition to the ...

Lawmaker accuses Go of pressing House leaders to pass pet bill
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- A lawmaker on Thursday claimed that the House of Representatives has "railroaded" the approval of the bill institutionalizing the Malasakit centers in public hospitals upon the "imposition" of Senator Bong Go. The chamber on Wednesday approved on second reading the substitute bill on the ...

Leni Robredo eyes talks with Beijing vs Chinese drug rings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Leni Robredo has opened the possibility of talking to the Chinese government in a bid to curb the drug trade, as several persons arrested in drug operations were either Chinese nationals aside from Chinese-Filipinos. According to Leni Robredo, the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti ...

ADB approves ?15-billion loan for PH local gov't units
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- The Philippines has secured a multi-billion-peso loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for local governance reforms. The ADB on Thursday announced that it has approved a policy-based loan worth $300 million or around ?15.2 billion, aimed at supporting the country's efforts to help local ...

Robredo to look into China connection of illegal drug activities
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- After receiving reports China is the top source of illegal drugs in the country, Vice President and anti-drug czar Leni Robredo on Thursday said she wants to look into the involvement of Chinese nationals in the worsening drug problem. A week since accepting the appointment as co-chair of the ...

Robredo wants clear drug war baseline data finished by end of year
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Leni Robredo has asked agencies under the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) to produce clear baseline data on the campaign against illegal ...

House bill wants kids under 13 out of social media
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- A Filipino lawmaker has sought to restrict minors under 13 years old from using social media sites and apps. Deputy Speaker and Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez filed House Bill 5307 or the Social Media Regulation and Protection Act of 2019 to limit the use of social media and to provide protection for ...

Jollibee to operate Tim Ho Wan in China
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14)-- Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) took another global restaurant under its wing, this time to run dimsum chain Tim Ho Wan's stores in China. In a disclosure, JFC said it has signed a $13-million joint venture deal through its subsidiary Golden Plate Pte. Ltd. to open and operate Tim Ho Wan stores in ...

Duterte reschedules meeting with North Cotabato farmers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines--President Rodrigo Duterte called off his meeting with farmers in North Cotabato this Friday to visit the soldiers who were wounded and slain in a firefight against armed communist rebels in Eastern Samar. Duterte was scheduled to hold a dialogue with farmers in North Cotabato but Malacañang in an advisory Thursday morning ...

Where are the 1.7-B trees? Recto asks amid greening program budget increase
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid the nearly 100 percent proposed budget increase for the National Greening Program (NGP) for 2020, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has one question: Where are the 1.7 billion trees? Recto posed this question amid the proposed budget increase for NGP, a program under the Department of Environment and Natural ...

Walang Pasok: Class suspensions for November 15
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
According to PAGASA weather specialist Raymund Ordinario, "Ramon" is expected to make a landfall between Isabela and Cagayan areas on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Ordinario said that forecast showed that it would likely make a landfall in northern ...

Asian markets weak after China data disappoints
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
(CNN) -- Asian stocks mostly dropped Thursday after China reported economic data that was weaker than expected. While China's Shanghai Composite Index opened in the green, the index reversed its gains after the government's report and was last down 0.1%. Retail sales in China grew 7.2% in October compared to a year prior, below the 7.9% ...

So far, so good for Robredo as anti-drug czar - Panelo
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- Vice President Leni Robredo is on the right track for her first week leading the government's crackdown on illegal drugs, Presidential Spokesman ...

Four million Filipinos have undiagnosed eye problems
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-14
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Ramon maintains strength as it moves closer to Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Ramon maintained its strength as it moves closer to the Luzon region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported Thursday. The state weather bureau said as of 10 a.m., Ramon was spotted 290 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes with maximum ...

Duterte postpones Friday meet with Cotabato farmers - Panelo
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will no longer meet with farmers in Cotabato province as scheduled on Friday, his spokesman said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte was working all day on Wednesday. He surmised that Duterte did not finish his work, which led to the postponement.

Fixed term for AFP chief pushed amid Clement's 3-month stint
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- Lt. Gen. Noel Clement is officially Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but not for long. Clement is set to retire on January 5, 2020, just three months into his appointment. This is among the shortest stints for an AFP top brass in recent years. The powerful Commission on ...

Globe, FCPC prepare educators for tech integration in schools through E-skwela
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
While some schools in the Philippines have integrated technology into their curriculum, many have yet to take steps towards digitalization -- and may not even know where to start. Recognizing the ...

LIST: Areas affected by stop-and-go scheme for SEA Games
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 3:05 p.m.)-- The Metro Manila Development Authority warned that some areas in Metro Manila would experience heavy traffic as the authorities would hold simulation for ferrying Southeast Asian Games delegates to and from their hotels and competition venues. The traffic authority said it would implement a stop-and-go ...

Duterte scraps Pasig River rehab body
philstar.com - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has officially ordered the disestablishment of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC). The president earlier called on Congress to abolish the body as it no longer has a function to perform as there "is nothing to clean in the Pasig River." Malacañang released a copy of the order ...

No need for Robredo to attend Cabinet meeting if drug war not on agenda - Palace
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President and newly-appointed anti-drug czar Leni Robredo need not attend Cabinet meetings if the war on drugs is not on the agenda, Malacañang said Thursday. "I will invite her as long as it is about her drug operations. But if not, no need [to invite her]," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo quoted ...

The climate crisis will profoundly affect the health of every child alive today, report says
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
(CNN) - The climate crisis is already hurting our health and it could burden generations to come with lifelong health problems, a new report finds. It could challenge already overwhelmed health systems and undermine much of the medical progress that has been made in the last century. If the world continues to produce the same amount of carbon ...

Google wants to be your bank: It will soon offer checking accounts
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
(CNN) - Silicon Valley continues to invade your wallet. Google plans to offer checking accounts to customers starting next year, a source familiar with Google's plans told CNN Business. Google is partnering with Citigroup and a credit union at Stanford University for the initiative. The Wall Street Journal first reported Google's entry into ...

Duterte orders abolition of Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the "disestablishment" of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC). According to Executive Order No. 93, various tasks of ...

'Ramon' to bring more rains over parts of Luzon, Visayas as it may slightly strengthen
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) - Tropical storm 'Ramon' will dump more rains over some parts of Luzon and Visayas, as it is expected to slightly strengthen, the state weather bureau said Thursday. In its latest update, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Bicol Region, the ...

LIST: Canceled flights on Nov. 14 due to inclement weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Several domestic flights were canceled on Thursday, November 14 due to bad weather in some parts of the country, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said. As of 5 a.m., Miaa said the following flights are suspended: The government weather bureau earlier said light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains ...

Americans now have a record $14 trillion in debt
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
(CNN) - US households are now sitting on a record $14 trillion in mortgages, credit cards, student loans and other forms of debt. Household debt ticked up 0.7% during the third quarter, the New York Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, continuing a five-year climb encouraged by low unemployment, strong consumer confidence and cheap borrowing costs.

Immigration deports over 300 foreign nationals
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) -- The Bureau of Immigration started deporting more than 300 foreign nationals -- mostly Chinese nationals -- on Thursday. The first batch was sent out in a chartered China Eastern flight to China. The last two batches will leave the country on Thursday night. The deported nationals are part of the ...

This company is using mushrooms to reduce plastic waste
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-14
(CNN) - Our plastic addiction is spiraling out of control, but one company thinks it has a solution from a material found in nature. Humans have produced more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic since the 1950s, according to the United Nations. Most of that is ending up in landfills and could take centuries to decompose. New York-based biotech ...

Cosco generates P11.46-B income in nine months
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-14
EARNINGS of Cosco Capital, Inc. shot up 193% during the January to September period, mainly due to the one-time gain from the sale of its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) business. The Lucio L. Co-led retail holding firm said in a statement yesterday its net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company stood at P11.46 billion during ...

Tropical Storm Ramon seen to make landfall this weekend
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-13
The state weather bureau said after Ramon makes landfall, it is expected to weaken into a tropical depression. Pagasa said light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are expected over Bicol Region and the eastern portions of Isabela and Cagayan on Thursday. "Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas ...

Suntrust Properties, Inc. shines bright on 22nd year with CSR initiatives
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-13
22 years later, the company continues to turn dreams into reality not only by providing a home for every Filipino but also through laudable corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that focuses on improving quality of life. The Eliana ... Cavite. This center houses children in conflict with the law. Atty. Harry Paltongan, SPI president ...

Wobbly day on Wall Street ends mixed; New highs for S&P, Dow
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-13
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index each eked out a modest gain that was good enough to nudge them to record highs. The Nasdaq closed just below its all-time high set a day earlier.

Tobacco business lifts LTG income in 9 months
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-13
Lender Philippine National Bank (PNB) contributed 25 percent of the total income to P3.64 billion, the tobacco business accounted for P9.57 billion or 65 percent of total income, and Eton Properties Philippines Inc. contributed P626 million or 4 percent. Meanwhile, Tanduay Distillers Inc. accounted for P509 million or 3 percent, while Asia ...

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