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DENR orders closure of 200 open dumps by March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday ordered the closure of some 200 remaining open dumps across the country by March in

Limited in-person classes for medical courses allowed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
The country needs to make sure it would have enough doctors to take care of the people amid the pandemic, which is why the President has allowed limited in-person classes for

Blast fishing blamed for dolphin deaths in Camarines Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Thirteen of 25 dolphins stranded on the shores of Del Gallego town in Camarines Sur province on Tuesday died from what fisheries officials described as injuries suffered from blast

Belmonte to UP Diliman: QC will protect academic freedom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has assured students and officials of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus that the city government supports and will protect

Grindr faces $11.7 million fine in Norway for breach of data privacy
Reuters - 2021-01-26
Norway's Data Protection Authority said on Tuesday it planned to fine dating app Grindr 100 million Norwegian crowns ($11.7 million) for what the regulator said was illegal disclosure of user data to advertising firms.

WHO issues new clinical advice on treating COVID-19 patients
Rappler - 2021-01-26
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh clinical advice on Tuesday, January 26, for treating COVID-19 patients, including those displaying persistent symptoms after recovery, and also ...

A widespread internet outage on the East Coast disrupted work and school.
New York Times - 2021-01-26
Verizon said on Twitter that a fiber optic cable had been cut in Brooklyn, but it was not clear if that was the only cause of the outage.

EU green light for $3.5 billion pan-European battery project
Reuters - 2021-01-26
EU competition regulators on Tuesday approved a 2.9-billion-euro ($3.5 billion) battery project funded by Germany, France, Italy and nine other EU countries, responding to the growing demand for car and industrial batteries in the 27-country bloc.

Invite-Only Social App Clubhouse Is Slowly Getting Pried Open
Bloomberg - 2021-01-26
Once a playground for early adopters, the private chat app is attracting tech leaders, celebrities and politicians--and the media attention that comes with them.

Virtual Agencies Will Be The New Norm In A World Of Empty Offices
Forbes - 2021-01-26
After the pandemic is over, will clients, accustomed to working remote, still be quite as willing to accommodate the agency overheads that come with expensive office space?

Twitter is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free
The Verge - 2021-01-26
Twitter on Tuesday announced a significant shift in the type of data it makes available for free to third-party academic researchers interested in studying user behaviors and trends related to online discourse.

Hacker pleads guilty to blackmailing Adafruit, Bleacher Report, and other sites for bitcoin
The Verge - 2021-01-26
A Cypriot man pleaded guilty to hacking and blackmailing several US companies. Joshua Epifaniou admitted to computer fraud and paid $600,000 in restitution to his victims. He was extradited from Cyprus and will be sentenced on March 3rd.

Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right
New York Times - 2021-01-26
The app has helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus but now faces scrutiny as extremists and conspiracy theorists flock to it amid crackdowns by Facebook and Twitter on disinformation.

The digital push
BusinessWorld - 2021-01-26
Digital technology in all its permutations has become an accessible ... the IMD World Competitiveness Center uses the subfactors of regulatory framework, capital, and technological framework to gauge digital capacity. But there is a bright spot.

Government asked to allow hog producers to import pork to stabilize prices
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said P642.45 million worth of farm produce was damaged and lost due to flooding... AN advocacy group is urging the government to open investments in dams, rivers ...

Samar councilor killed in gun attack - 2021-01-26
A councilor of Pinabacdao town in Samar was killed in a gun attack on Monday. Samuel Lagario was on a motorcycle with Roberto Balundo, also a councilor, on their way to attend a municipal council session when unidentified men in a black sport utility vehicle asked them to pull over.

Mayors ready for GCQ or MGCQ in Metro Manila by February -- MMDA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Mayors of Metro Manila are prepared to stay under a general community quarantine (GCQ) or move to the relaxed restrictions of a modified general community quarantine

Dutch police detain more than 180 in third night of curfew violence
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Dutch police detained more than 180 people in the third night of unrest in cities across the Netherlands, where roaming groups of rioters set fires, threw rocks, and looted

DTI to ensure compliance of firms with health protocols
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is focusing on efforts to improve the compliance of business establishments with minimum health protocols to raise consumer confidence. Trade Secretary Ramon M.

Survey: Google, Nestle top sustainable brands in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
Technology giant Google, its subsidiary YouTube and multinational Nestle were listed by Filipinos as brands they trust in terms of employing sustainability in their operations, according to a study. A survey carried out by data firms Blackbox Research and Dynata showed nearly all of Filipino buyers are willing to

Security Bank rolls out e-Learning hub for staff
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
During the pilot run, the tool allowed the participants to choose from thousands of business, creative and technology courses curated by industry experts and learn in-demand skills at their own ...

Learnings for 2020 and beyond
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
The best speech delivered during the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20 was actually a poem read... SEVERAL months ago, our normal lives as we knew it, came to a grinding halt ...

MIAA board makes denial of Megawide OPS appeal official - 2021-01-26
The board of the Manila International Airport Authority has officially informed Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India that their P109-billion offer to upgrade and rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has reached the end of the line.

SM Prime pegs interest rates for P10 billion bonds - 2021-01-26
SM Prime Holdings Inc., the listed property developer of the SM Group, has pegged the interest rates for its planned fixed-rate retail bonds.

Abalos matriarch dies of COVID-19 - 2021-01-26
The matriarch of the Abalos family died of COVID-19 on Monday. Corazon Abalos, the wife of former Commission on Elections chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. and mother of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benjamin Abalos Jr.

Ayala banking merger to boost efficiency - S&P - 2021-01-26
The consolidation of Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands and its wholly owned thrift banking arm BPI Family Savings Bank could boost operational efficiency by eliminating duplication of the physical network,

Roxas Group sells property to NGCP - 2021-01-26
The Roxas Group has sold portions of its properties in Batangas to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines for close to P50 million to put up a new transmission line that will serve the town of Nasugbu.

Couples tagged in illegal drugs slain - 2021-01-26
Two couples suspected of involvement in illegal drugs were killed by unidentified men in Capiz and Laguna in the past two days.

ADB calls for broad reforms in education - 2021-01-26
Countries in the Asia-Pacific should initiate far-reaching reforms for the resilience of education and training systems to prevent the erosion of human capital amid the pandemic, according to the Asian Development Bank.

PNOC-EC eyes exploration works in Liguasan Marsh - 2021-01-26
State-run Philippine National Oil Co.-Exploration Corp. has expressed interest in exploring the Liguasan Marsh.

Hotels hit by drops in business travel, MICE - 2021-01-26
The decline in demand from the business travel and the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions sectors are some of the factors that may prompt hotels to temporarily close their facilities, according to a hospitality consultancy firm.

The pandemic and the economic cha-cha are not separate issues - 2021-01-26
With the recent move to revive the measure to amend the restrictive provisions of the Constitution, a number of arguments have surfaced to slow it down, nay, perhaps to nip it in the bud.

Tourism dilemma - 2021-01-26
The battle against the coronavirus is far from over. Indeed, it seems it is starting a new chapter that may be even more challenging.

SC junks plea vs Duterte Youth - 2021-01-26
The Supreme Court, meeting as a whole, upheld the decision of the Commission on Elections that allowed Ducielle Marie Cardema to represent the Duterte Youth party-list group in the House of Representatives.

Trains for LRT-1 Cavite extension arrived - 2021-01-26
The first batch of fourth-generation trains from Spain and Mexico has arrived in the country, the Department of Transportation said yesterday.

Mild quakes jolt Batangas, Bukidnon - 2021-01-26
Earthquakes shook parts of Batangas and Bukidnon yesterday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Close all dumps by March - Cimatu - 2021-01-26
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the closure of all dumps in the country by the end of March. In his speech during a dialogue with solid waste stakeholders yesterday, Cimatu said regional directors of the Environmental Management Bureau have been directed to ensure the closure of these dumps.

23 DILG-Iloilo employees get COVID-19 - 2021-01-26
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and 18 employees of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in the province went on self-quarantine yesterday after being exposed to an official of the DILG office in Iloilo during an anti-drug summit on Friday.

BSP sets guidelines on virtual asset service providers - 2021-01-26
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has issued guidelines for virtual asset service providers as the deadline for the country to strengthen its anti-money laundering and terrorism financing imposed by Paris-based Financial Action Task Force looms.

Dead pigs washed ashore in Oriental Mindoro - 2021-01-26
At least 29 dead pigs were found floating along the shores of Oriental Mindoro on Monday. Fourteen of the dead pigs were washed ashore in Naujan town while 15 were recovered in Pola, Alfredo Maclimot of the provincial veterinary office said yesterday.

Philippines to bar entry of tourists from Czech Republic starting January 28 - 2021-01-26
Palace on Tuesday night expanded its list of countries with travel restrictions to due to the threat of the new coronavirus variant, which now includes Czech Republic.

Duterte wants PHL telco services at par with Asean neighbors
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
Clark Freeport--As part of its "ease of doing business" advocacy, Clark Development Corp. (CDC) is set to enhance and... President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants communication services in the ...

Basketball-Philippines cancels hosting of 2021 Asia Cup qualifiers
Reuters - 2021-01-26
The Philippines on Tuesday cancelled its hosting of the third round of qualifiers for the 2021 Asia Cup basketball tournament due to tightened travel restrictions aimed at containing COVID-19.

Lockdown remnants to block Philippines recovery after deeper fall - 2021-01-26
GDP is projected to grow 6.6% annually, followed by a slight deceleration to 6.5% in 2022, which would be slower despite the known benefits of election spending by that time.

IMF sees deeper 2020 economic crash, partial rebound in 2021
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-26
The Philippine economy shrank deeper than expected in 2020, the International Monetary Fund said ahead of the release of official government figures. In its January World Economic Outlook Update, the global lender said gross domestic product likely plunged by 9.

LOOK: 4th Generation LRT cars arrive in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
The first batch of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) fourth generation vehicles was finally unveiled in a ceremony on Tuesday. During a program at the port area,

MIAA denies Megawide's formal appeal on preferential status revocation for NAIA rehab
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 26) -- The rehabilitation of Ninoy Aquino International Airport has hit another dead end after airport authorities denied Megawide Construction Corporation ...

Gender bias in hiring can be costly to companies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Gender biases can significantly affect employee productivity and the financial position of companies, according to a new U.S. study.

RFM posts growth despite difficult business environment - 2021-01-26
RFM Corp., the listed food and beverage company of the Concepcion Group, said its brands sustained growth last year despite the difficult business environment brought about by the pandemic.

COA wins international software competition - 2021-01-26
The Commission on Audit has won the first international competition on audit software development organized by the Audit Board of Indonesia to commemorate its 74th founding anniversary.

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