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PLDT, Go Negosyo to empower MSMEs in e-commerce
Inquirer - 2018-02-12
Local telecommunications giant PLDT has teamed up with entrepreneurship advocate Go Negosyo to empower micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) with e-commerce capabilities, thereby allowing them to thrive in the digital marketplace. With this ...

DOLE tackles key maritime industry issues
Global Nation - 2018-02-12
The maritime industry of the Philippines has been receiving its fair share of tirades during the past months. This started with the unfortunate incident that happened with MV Mercraft 3 which killed at least 8 people plus the issue on the shipboard ...

Filipina pilot earns US Air Force scholarship program
Global Nation - 2018-02-12
Gonzales, a member of PMA Class of 2017, hails from Zamboanga. It was the Zamboanga siege in 2013, an urban armed conflict between government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, that served as one of her inspirations to pursue her dream to ...

Unilever to Facebook and Google: Clean up 'swamp' or we'll pull ads
CNN Money - 2018-02-12
Unilever is threatening to pull its advertising from digital platforms that it says have become a "swamp" of fake news, racism, sexism and extremism. The forceful warning to digital platforms such as Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will be delivered at an ...

NFA given go signal to import 250,000 MT of rice
Inquirer - 2018-02-12
The policymaking council of the National Food Authority (NFA) has approved the standby authority of the agency to import 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to ramp up its depleting buffer stock. The decision came after a meeting was held by officials of the ...

Duterte not renewing appointments of SSS officials Valdez, La Viña
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) - President Rodrigo Duterte is not renewing the appointments of Social Security System Chairman Amado Valdez and Commissioner Jose Gabriel "Pompee" La Viña, his spokesperson said "No reason given, no renewal..

Senate panel wants ex-Comelec chief arrested for skipping probe despite subpoena
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) - A Senate panel wants to issue a warrant of arrest against former Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista for once again skipping a hearing on his alleged unexplained wealth despite a subpoena.

City Savings to take over PETNET
Inquirer - 2018-02-12
Conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) has agreed to sell a 51-percent stake in cash remittance and payments firm PETNET Inc. to thrift bank arm City Savings Bank and Union Properties Inc. for cash consideration of around P1.2 billion, consolidating ...

Several areas in Visayas, Mindanao under storm signals due to TS 'Basyang'
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- Storm signals are raised in several areas in Visayas and Mindanao as Tropical Storm "Basyang" moves toward eastern Mindanao, the state weather bureau said on Monday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical ...

Weak stock trading seen this week as fears linger
Inquirer - 2018-02-12
BDO Unibank chief strategist Jonathan Ravelas said last week ... Christopher Mangun, head of research at Eagle Equities Inc., said the recent wave of foreign selling seemed to be easing as daily outflows had slowed down to just above P100 million from ...

Laying the groundwork for more growth
Business World - 2018-02-12
Mr. Sison noted that part of the expected new equity will finance the purchase of an updated core banking system with the aim of expediting management decision making processes and bring PBB to the digital age. As innovation in the financial industry ...

An unlikely company has the most to gain if Sears closes all its stores
Business Insider - 2018-02-12
Sears' business is declining so rapidly that Wall Street analysts are now betting on who stands to win if the company closes all of its stores. In that scenario, the retailer with the most to gain is Best Buy, according to a new analysis by UBS. Best Buy ...

PBB: Strengthening SMEs innovatively for 21 years
Business World - 2018-02-12
In 2013 and 2014 at the Wholesale Banking Awards in Singapore, it was recognized by the Asian Banking and Finance magazine as the Philippines Domestic Technology and Operations Bank of the Year for its ongoing innovation and excellence in development and ...

An unconventional romance
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-12
CEBU CITY -- Art teacher Kevin Cabrera and graduating psychology major Daisy Mae Amora are planning to get married next year, initially in civil ceremonies and later, in church. But Cabrera, 25, has yet to propose and plans to do so just as soon as he ...

Into a wider reach
Business World - 2018-02-12
Philippine Business Bank (PBB) has helped diversified the economy towards more sustainable growth by providing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access to financial and business support services. For 21 years, the bank has remained committed to ...

Define criteria for marriage dissolution, House urged
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-12
The University of the Philippines Law Center (UPLC) has called on the House of Representatives to tighten its definition of "irreconcilable differences" and "severe and chronic unhappiness" as criteria in the pending bill on the dissolution of ...

Deployment ban may abet illegal recruitment, says Bello
Global Nation - 2018-02-11
Banning the deployment of domestic workers to Kuwait may lead to the proliferation of illegal recruitment, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. "A downside of banning the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait is the rise of illegal ...

Amid Mayon unrest, evacuees sink in debt
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-11
GUINOBATAN, ALBAY--Displaced villagers worry not just about ash, their belongings, pets and farm animals as they languish in evacuation centers after Mayon Volcano started to act up on Jan. 13. Ros Ann Lana, 28, a resident of Masarawag village in this ...

Crackdown on illegal mining starts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-11
BAGUIO CITY -- Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered a nationwide crackdown on illegal mining operations, starting with pocket mines at the outskirts of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) here. The campaign against illegal mining would be ...

Tax amnesties to complete Package 1 of TRAIN
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Both the House of the Representatives and the Senate are on marathon hearings to pass two tax amnesty bills--an estate tax amnesty and a general tax amnesty covering all taxes--both bills being a component of Package 1B, which will complete Package 1 of ...

Helmet used as basket gets pair fined
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-11
To ensure the safety of motorcycle riders, they must wear their helmet all the time and not use it for other purposes. A couple learned this the hard and costly way after they were apprehended, not once but twice, by traffic constables of the Metropolitan ...

U.S., UK government websites infected with crypto-mining malware: report
Reuters - 2018-02-11
(Reuters) - Thousands of websites, including ones run by U.S. and UK government agencies, were infected for several hours on Sunday with code that causes web browsers to secretly mine digital currencies, technology news site The Register reported.

Corrected: Qualcomm warns of customer losses, legal hazards to Broadcom buyout
Yahoo News - 2018-02-11
(Corrects reported statement in par 3 to "had said they would likely move designs away" from previous "had vowed to move away") By Sonam Rai and Muvija M (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc warned on Friday it could lose two large clients if it accepted chipmaker ...

NVIDIA's Upcoming GTC 2018 Is The Place To Be If You Are Anyway Involved In AI Or ML
Forbes - 2018-02-11
Every year, NVIDIA holds a series of GPU Technology Conferences, commonly referred to as GTC and gets kicked off with a big event in San Jose and is followed up by regional events in places like Beijing, Munich, Tel Aviv, Taipei, Washington DC, and Tokyo.

DSWD, GT Foundation, Metrobank Foundation to give Bags of Blessings to 10,000 poor families
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-02-11
We also laud Metrobank and GT Foundations for their other programs ... We are thankful for the partnership as we will not be able to do this without DSWD)." (DSWD) The Philippine Information Agency is the official public information arm of the Government ...

Oroville crisis drives harder look at aging US dams
New York Daily News - 2018-02-11
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One year after the worst structural failures at a major U.S. dam in a generation, federal regulators who oversee California's half-century-old, towering Oroville Dam say they are looking hard at how they overlooked its built-in ...

Work on new mining taxes begins
Business World - 2018-02-11
These are expected to complement the proposal to reduce corporate income taxes to 25% from 30%, alongside the removal of tax perks being enjoyed by big companies. Since the MICC consultations have to be concluded first before writing "Package Two Plus ...

Capital markets pause for breath as rate hike fears upset stock prices
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-11
Bank of the Philippine Islands, Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co., Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., Robinsons Land Corp., and Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. announced their respective plans to sell shares worth more than P150 billion to existing investors.

Megaworld notches double-digit growth in 2017, says official
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-11
MEGAWORLD Corp. said earnings grew at a double-digit pace in 2017, citing general growth across its residential, office, leisure, and hospitality segments. "(It was a) very good year. Double digit growth to say the least," Megaworld Senior Vice ...

Alibaba to invest $865M in China home improvement chain
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-11
ALIBABA Group Holding Ltd. plans to buy a 15% stake in a chain of Chinese home improvement and furniture stores as part of its pushing into "new retail," the company said Sunday. The e-commerce giant will invest about 5.45 billion yuan ($865 million ...

Tumblr has a game plan for 2018: Keep handing the mic to activists
Mashable - 2018-02-11
Tumblr is beloved by users who leverage the site's visual and practical features to confront taboo topics and politics. The blogging platform is also frequently derided by those who mock its progressive activists as "social justice warriors." Yet no ...

House Speaker: I will not implement Ombudsman's order to dismiss Garcia
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday said he will not implement the Ombudsman's order to dismiss House Deputy Speaker and Cebu 3rd district Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia over grave misconduct charges. "My ...

Senate OKs new anti-hazing bill on third and final reading
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- Voting 19-0, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill completely banning hazing as a requirement for admission into a fraternity, sorority, or organization. Senate Bill No. 1662, which ...

PhilHealth contribution hike affects only formal sector workers
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has reiterated that the latest adjustment in premium contribution rates affects only the members in the formal sector, saying that the adjustment has long been overdue. "The adjustment will enable the ...

Labor groups propose P500 monthly subsidy for minimum wage earners
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
President Rodrigo Duterte appeared receptive to the proposal raised by labor groups to provide a subsidy or voucher for minimum wage earners to help them cope with rising cost of living, according to Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the ...

Bamboo comes to save the day
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
We build a better future today--from base to bahay (house)." This is the promise of Base Bahay: To provide Filipinos--especially those at the "bottom of the pyramid"--sustainable and resilient mass housing made from local and renewable materials.

Tropical depression moving closer to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-11
A tropical depression outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) was last spotted at 1,355 km east of Mindanao, the weather bureau said in its Sunday morning forecast. The weather system was moving westward at 25 kilometers per hour (kph), packing ...

Flights between Manila, Batanes canceled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Several flights between Basco in Batanes and Manila, and Tuguegarao and Manila were canceled due to bad weather, airport authorities reported on Sunday. The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) has announced the cancelation of the following ...

Duterte slams top Philippine tourist island as 'cesspool'
Yahoo News - 2018-02-11
The Philippines' famous white-sand island destination Boracay ... brutal assessment of the country's top tourist draw as he told hotels, restaurants and other businesses on the tiny central island to clean up or he would ban tourism there.

When culture eats software for breakfast, lunch and dinner
ZDNet - 2018-02-11
Peter Drucker, the management guru, is often credited with the all-too-true saying that "culture eats strategy for breakfast." In a later era, tech guru and investor Marc Andreessen famously said that "software is eating the world." Now, as organizations ...

PAL bags 4-star rating for improved in-flight, ground services
Inquirer - 2018-02-11
Global aviation rating firm Skytrax has upgraded its rating on flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) to four-star from three-star quality rating, citing improvements in its in-flight and ground services in the last two years. The four-star airline rating ...

N.Korea invites SKorean leader for summit in Pyongyang
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-10
The public part of the talks was mostly about the weather: Pyeongchang was colder than Seoul, it was agreed. "You went through a lot of trouble braving the cold until late" last night, Moon told the North Koreans, referring to their attendance at the ...

KDE launches updated Slimbook II Linux laptops with faster Intel Core processors
ZDNet - 2018-02-10
A little more than a year ago, Linux developers KDE and a Spanish hardware manufacturer joined forces to offer the KDE Slimbook, a 13.3-inch laptop running a Ubuntu-based OS with mid-range specs and a mid-range price. Now KDE is back with the Slimbook II ...

Venture has ballerina dancing on air
Inquirer - 2018-02-10
An achiever, Peralejo took up International Studies, majoring in Japanese Studies, at De La Salle University, Nippongo at Waseda University and accounting at the Philippine School of Business Administration. To boost her dance credentials, she also ...

Bamboo comes to save the day
Inquirer - 2018-02-10
"[We] advocate the CBF technology as a reliable and predictable local building concept. We openly share our research results with government and professional entities, and contribute to the process of nationwide legal approval schemes." Starting as an ...

Here's why Waymo should really have gotten a bigger stake in Uber for its $245 million 'win'
Business Insider - 2018-02-10
Uber settled its lawsuit with Waymo on Friday on what look to be extremely favorable terms. As part of the deal, Uber won't have to pay out any of its dwindling supply of cash, or end its self-driving car development. Meanwhile, the shares Uber is giving ...

Apple sold more watches than Rolex, Swatch, and the rest of the Swiss watch industry combined
Business Insider - 2018-02-10
A new estimate suggests that Apple sold more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry last quarter. Estimates suggest Apple sold about 8 million watches during the holiday quarter. The comparison shows the accelerating sales growth of Apple's ...

How Amplitude Is Helping Product Managers Rapidly Drive Business Growth
Forbes - 2018-02-10
Amplitude is a product analytics service that makes it easier for companies to understand user behavior, ship the right features and improve business outcomes. Amplitude has been growing at over 30% each quarter and is now being used by over 5,000 ...

10 small steps to a healthier heart
Business Mirror - 2018-02-10
Though a leading global killer, most CVDs can be prevented by addressing risk factors, such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful consumption of alcohol, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD ...

Poe to Roque: Bill penalizing gov't officials for peddling fake news not unconstitutional
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) -- Senator Grace Poe called out Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Saturday for saying that holding public officials to account for spreading fake news is unconstitutional. Roque, in response to a bill Poe ...

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