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Party-list registration deadline set
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will accept applications for registration of party-list organizations only until April 30, 2018. In a resolution approved recently, the Comelec said the deadline for filing petitions for ...

4 more foreign firms to vie for 3rd telco slot
Philstar - 2017-12-21
Rio said the government would grant frequencies to a telco player that has the financial and technical capability to be able to truly compete with existing players Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. "We would also like to be sure that the ...

BSP clears branch-lite bank units
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has given banks the green light to establish branch-lite units anywhere in the country to facilitate greater access to efficient and competitive financial products and services. The central bank ...

Corruption, high power and shipping costs main burden to industries - BOI
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The high costs of power and shipping, coupled with smuggling and corruption continue to burden majority of Philippine industries, a report by the Board of Investments (BOI) showed. In a policy brief, the BOI said opportunities ...

Sugar output up, prices down in Dec
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- After almost three months, local raw sugar production has picked up as it reached 382,538 metric tons (MT) as of early-December, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said. The current production is 5.3 percent better than the ...

No delay in infra project rollout, DOF vows
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) vowed there will be no delays in the implementation of infrastructure projects under the Duterte administration. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez committed to ensure the fast and timely roll out of ...

Agriculture damage from Urduja hits P702 M
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The cost of damage to agriculture in areas affected by tropical depression Urduja has reached P700 million with the crops sector sustaining the most damage, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. An updated report from the DA ...

Palace allays fears on cybersecurity upon entry of Chinese telco
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
The market in the Philippines has been dominated by two players - Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc. READ: Roque: Duterte's offer of telco role to China a 'political decision' Senate President Koko Pimentel welcomed a new telco provider, saying competition ...

5 reported dead as Tropical Storm 'Vinta' causes heavy flooding in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Story updated to include PAGASA's 2 p.m. update. Valencia, Bukidnon (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- Authorities are reporting five people dead, including a two-year-old-girl, two missing, and 13 injured as Tropical Storm "Vinta" (International name ...

NPA declares unilateral ceasefire, three days after Duterte's call for a truce
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- Communist rebels will not attack government forces over the holidays, the New People's Army (NPA) declared Friday. The NPA "hereby unilaterally declares to all commands and units of the NPA and the people's ...

Banks announce holiday schedules
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- Some banks have announced their operating hours for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. The Palace has already declared non-working holidays on December 25, 2017, and January 1, 2018. It later ...

NBI files estafa vs. man who defrauded nine people of around P10M
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday filed an estafa case against a man who defrauded nine people of at least $202,500 (P10.15 million). Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre presented the ...

Facebook and Universal Music Group sign deal to allow users to upload songs in videos
The Verge - 2017-12-21
Facebook has agreed to a multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group to allow its users to upload music in their videos. The agreement, which also covers Instagram and Oculus, will allow users of those services to upload and share videos ...

LG has an ultra-wide monster monitor coming out, and I want it so badly
Mashable - 2017-12-21
Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. There are plenty of ultrawide monitors on the market, and there's a fair choice of 5K and ...

Seaoil partners with Caltex Australia
- 2017-12-21
CALTEX AUSTRALIA Petroleum Pty Ltd. is acquiring a 20% equity interest in Seaoil Philippines, Inc. in a deal that the local company said is intended to be a long-term partnership between the two independent oil players. “We have long sought for a strategic partner to complement our capabilities and competitive advantage, and we are optimistic …

Bank secrecy or transparency?
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018! Flor G. Tarriela is chairman of PNB and a director of FINEX. She was formerly undersecretary of Finance, the first Filipina vice president of Citibank N.A. and past president of BAIPHIL.

Keeping up with the copycats
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
The Philippines appears to have made some headway here ... Lim Wei Shi is Associate Professor of Marketing at the National University of Singapore Business School where Sarah Gao Yini is a PhD student in Analytics and Operations. Christopher Tang is ...

Anchor Land to pursue tourism-related projects in 2018
- 2017-12-21
ANCHOR LAND Holdings, Inc. on Thursday said it will be doubling its efforts to deliver more projects in 2018, as it oversees the construction of leisure developments in Boracay and Coron, Palawan, alongside more residential properties inside Metro Manila. The listed property developer said it will be strengthening its hospitality business next year, as it …

The lame Jedi
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
(WARNING: plot twists and overall narrative discussed in explicit detail.) YOU THOUGHT The Force Awakens was clumsily stitched together from the cold leftovers of the first Star Wars movie*? Get a load of this carcass -- In the hokily written opening ...

Work performance review guide for the New Year
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-21
as published by the Harvard Business Review. Buckingham says "there is one quality that sets truly great managers apart from the rest: They discover what is unique about each person and then capitalize on it. Average managers play checkers, while great m ...

PAL pilot surprises parents on plane after being apart for 17 Christmases
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
A Facebook post dated December 18 by Juan Paulo Fermin, a pilot of Philippine Airlines, has gone viral and the video showing the joyful reunion with his parents has garnered thousands of views. Fermin shared on the post: "It's interesting how dreams take ...

Duterte: It's my obligation to protect rebels who surrender
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) -- President Rodrigo Duterte promised full protection for communist rebels who surrender. "It's my obligation to give you protection just (like) how I am defending my soldiers," Duterte said in remarks Thursday ...

PAL, Cathay Pacific, CebuPac to help gov't bring home stranded OFWs in Hong Kong
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) -- Christmas will be merry for over 1,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Hong Kong. Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Cebu Pacific are working with the Foreign Affairs and Labor Departments ...

4 dead, 88 missing after Philippine ferry sinks
United Press International - 2017-12-21
The "Mercraft 3" left port in northern Quezon capsized late Thursday morning, officials said, about 45 miles east of the Philippine capital. Investigators don't know yet what caused the vessel to sink, but weather could have been a factor. A tropical storm ...

Udenna dips into water business
Philstar - 2017-12-21
Udenna will also do a mandatory tender offer for the H2O shares pursuant to the Securities Regulation Code. Uy, chairman of Phoenix Petroleum, has been on a non-stop buying spree and has been aggressively growing his conglomerate. He has acquired Enderun ...

Trading app Coinbase probes on insider trading as bitcoin cash soars
Inquirer - 2017-12-21
Cryptocurrency trading app Coinbase is launching an investigation on insider trading after bitcoin cash (BCH) soared in value, hours before the company announced it would support the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin cash was created as an offshoot of bitcoin.

4 dead, 88 missing after Philippine ferry sinks
United Press International - 2017-12-21
21 (UPI) --The Philippine Coast Guard said four people died and more ... The driver who injured 19 people with his vehicle on a Melbourne street had mental health issues and a record of drug abuse, authorities said Thursday. Concerns raised on South ...

Rallyists denounce Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A group of Muslim community held a picket rally at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig to denounce US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Alvin Bantuas, representative of the group, told Philstar.com ...

4 die in Mercraft III sea mishap; 190 rescued
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-21
The rescue operations were hampered by bad weather caused by Tropical Storm Vinta. With a report from Julius N. Leonen Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

4 people dead, 81 missing as ferry sinks in waters off Quezon
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Four people were dead and 81 remain missing when an inter-island ferry sank Thursday after it was battered by ferocious winds and waves in waters off Quezon Province. according to the Philippine Coast Guard. Capt. Armand Balilo ...

Casualties feared as ferry sinks off Quezon province
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Coast Guard is verifying the number of casualties of the ferry carrying 251 passengers that sunk in the waters off Quezon province on Thursday morning. According to Coast Guard spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo ...

Manila Water signs P2.4-B loan deal
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Boracay Island Water Co. Inc., a unit of Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc ... as well as refinance an existing loan," the company said. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

'Urduja' causes ?1B in damage, leaves 45 reportedly dead
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) -- The government said the reported casualties due to Tropical Storm "Urduja" has gone up to 45. But National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Spokesperson Mina Marasigan said in a Thursday press ...

Eating leafy greens may stave off memory loss - study
Inquirer Lifestyle - 2017-12-21
"Adding a daily serving of green, leafy vegetables to your diet may be a simple way to foster your brain health," said study author Martha Clare Morris of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The study tracked 960 people with an average age of ...

Pepsi PH to reformulate drinks
Inquirer - 2017-12-21
As Congress raised taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, beverage maker Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. has decided to reformulate its soft drinks mix to avoid heftier tax starting January next year. This move was revealed after officials of Pepsi met ...

Trading app Coinbase probes on insider trading as bitcoin cash soars
Inquirer - 2017-12-21
Cryptocurrency trading app Coinbase is launching an investigation on insider trading after bitcoin cash (BCH) soared in value, hours before the company announced it would support the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin cash was created as an offshoot of bitcoin.

Ferry sinking; 4 dead, 7 missing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-21
LUCENA CITY--Rescuers were scrambling to save lives after a fast ferry carrying 251 passengers and crew capsized in stormy weather off Infanta town in northern Quezon province on Thursday morning. The Philippine Coast Guard said four people--two men and ...

Alleged deaths of children due to Dengvaxia vaccine to be investigated by experts
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) - The Health Department on Thursday said it is tapping infectious disease experts from the country's biggest state-run hospital to investigate the deaths of three children allegedly due to the controversial ...

Joma Sison: Gov't ceasefire most likely a trick
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) -- The government's declaration of a ceasefire for the holidays is most likely a trick, communist leader Joma Sison said. "Malamang na pakunwari ang SOMO (The suspension of military operations or SOMO is most ...

DOH seeks UP-PGH help to validate Dengvaxia-linked deaths
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-21
The Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday that it sought the help of experts from the University of the Philippines-Philippine General ... Duque reiterated that the DOH remains open to any inquiry and has, in fact, been cooperating with authorities ...

Touching lives by sharing his skills and faith
Business Mirror - 2017-12-21
The International Academy of Medical Specialists Inc. during its 7th annual convention on November ... which later on was transferred to Faraday Street in Makati City, now known as East West Biointegrative Health Center (EWBHC). EWBHC is not your usual ...

Ex-PNP exec gunned down
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A retired police official was shot dead in Antipolo, Rizal on Tuesday. Ruel Pama, 59, former chief of the Internal Affairs Service of the National Capital Region Police Office, was about to board his Toyota HiLux in Barangay ...

Tesda director found dead
Philstar - 2017-12-21
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- The regional director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Zamboanga peninsula was found dead in his room in Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur on Tuesday. Edgard Sales, 59, was found lifeless by ...

PLDT readies record P50 B capex for 2018
Philstar - 2017-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- PLDT Inc. is set to spend more than P50 billion for capital expenditures next year, its highest allotment ever, as it prepares for the entry of a third telco player. PLDT chairman, president and chief executive officer Manuel V.

Software not the focus in APAC digital transformation: SAP
ZDNet - 2017-12-21
Organisations in Asia-Pacific are focused on being able to operate digitally and adopt innovative technology faster, and they want to do so regardless of whether it is on an enterprise software stack or in the cloud. The market had moved on from debating ...

Amazon Music may soon be part of your car
Mashable - 2017-12-20
In case you haven't had enough of Amazon, it may be on its way to your car. The online retailer has partnered with Audi and Porsche to integrate Amazon Music with their vehicles' entertainment systems. SEE ALSO: Alexa can now wake you up with your ...

Sad plight of blind masseurs at Duty Free
Inquirer Opinion - 2017-12-20
These blind masseurs are licensed by the Department of Health after passing the required tests and training conducted by the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development as qualified massage therapist.

5 BIFF men slain in North Cotabato air strike
Philstar - 2017-12-20
NORTH COTABATO, Philippines -- Five members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in a military air strike in Barangay Tonganon, Carmen in this province on Tuesday. Village leaders identified the fatalities as Ganding Mutalib ...

ERC asked to correct data on renewables
thestandard.com.ph - 2017-12-20
Power retailer Manila Electric Co. asked the Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure that accurate data are used in calculating the feed-in tariff allowance to lessen the burden on consumers. Meralco said in a filing with the ERC that some solar developers ...

Market ends flat ahead of holiday break
Philstar - 2017-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market was flat yesterday even after President Duterte signed the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) package. The market had already factored in the TRAIN passage even as the Department of Budget and ...

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