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BSP chief Diokno takes medical leave after 'successful' operation
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno is taking a medical leave following a "minor head accident." In a statement on Monday, the BSP said Diokno, 72, underwent a procedure to "address a blood clot" caused by the head ...

Jack Ma makes first public appearance in months in new video
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-20
(CNN) - Jack Ma just made his first public appearance in months as his tech empire continues to grapple with challenges from Chinese regulators. The billionaire co-founder of Alibaba resurfaced ...

Duterte Youth urges end of PUP-DND pact that bans state forces in campus
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-20
Duterte Youth Rep. Ducielle Cardema says the accord between DND and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines should also be abrogated, citing the 'special treatment' given to PUP and UP.

Shangri-La temporarily shuts biggest local hotel in Makati
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
La will reopen, but the management will "closely monitor global developments" and resume operations "when business conditions have improved."

Foreign donors donate P30 million worth of COVID-19 equipment to BARMM
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
The United Kingdom, the International Office on Migration and the German Cooperation donated three ambulances, a speedboat for sea rescue missions, three refrigerated pick-up trucks for transporting COVID-19 vaccines to far-flung areas,

Ant-backed Mynt eyes more funds for Philippines fintech fight
NIKKEI - 2021-01-20
Mynt, the Philippine fintech company backed by China's Ant Group, is eyeing a further round of fundraising to secure a $1 billion valuation as the race for scale intensifies in the country's fast-growing digital banking market.

Soldiers seize Sayyaf boat, firearms in Sulu
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
Army soldiers foiled what was believed to be a plan of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group to launch kidnapping activities, after they seized a boat and firearms in Indanan, Sulu on Monday, security officials said.

716 health workers trained as Covid-19 vaccinators in Taguig City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-20
More than 700 health workers have been trained as vaccinators to prepare for mass inoculation against Covid-19 in Taguig City, the local government said Wednesday. In a

INFOGRAPHIC: Oral care tips for over all health this 2021
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
In its newest campaign dubbed #SaySafewithColgate, the company educates Filipinos on the importance of proper oral care to overall health.

INFOGRAPHIC: Oral care tips for over all health this 2021
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
In its newest campaign dubbed #SaySafewithColgate, the company educates Filipinos on the importance of proper oral care to overall health.

INFOGRAPHIC: Oral care tips for over all health this 2021
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
In its newest campaign dubbed #SaySafewithColgate, the company educates Filipinos on the importance of proper oral care to overall health.

Voices of Hope shed light to Cancer Game Plan 2.0
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-20
"Over 140,000 Filipinos were diagnosed with cancer in 2018, with around 86,000 deaths recorded." These were the statistics presented by Dr. Buenaventura Ramos Jr., President of the Philippine ...

PHL trails Asean peers in tackling environmental risk
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-20
Plastic sachets, which make up more than half of single-use plastic, are a growing concern as they continue to pile up in the environment. THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday ...

DND ends agreement with UP barring military, police from its campuses
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-20
Citing the supposed "clandestine recruitment" of students in communist organizations, the Department of National Defense has ended a three-decade-old agreement with the University of the Philippines that barred the police and military from entering any of its campuses without notifying school officials.

Netflix tops 200 million subscribers on boost from home-stay orders
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
Paid membership increased 23% in the final quarter of 2020 when compared with the same period a year earlier, but average revenue per membership was flat.

ICTSI: Berth expansion allows MICT to hike annual capacity
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-20
International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) said on Tuesday that its flagship port, the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), has raised its annual capacity to 3.3 million twenty foot equivalent units (TEUs),

Entrepreneur wages uphill battle to keep business afloat in face of Covid, demise of husband
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-20
UNDOUBTEDLY, the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has shaken up businesses of all shapes and sizes, regardless of their strength and type of industry. But for small business owner Hayreen Rodil-Puno,

FDFC, Maria Health ink deal for insurance sale
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-20
First Digital Finance Corp. (FDFC) announced it has entered into an agreement with Internet-based services provider Maria Health PH Inc. to sell insurance health products. The financial technology (fintech) player announced on Tuesday its partnership with Maria Health aims "to make healthcare and insurance products more accessible and affordable

Bank plans to onboard more SMEs with app
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-20
A bank led by the Aboitiz clan launched last Tuesday a digital platform targeting to onboard small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs). Union Bank of the Philippines President and CEO Edwin R. Bautista said they plan to onboard 1 million SMEs into all its digital platforms in the next few years.

US soldier arrested for attempting to assist Islamic State
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-20
A U.S. Army soldier was arrested on federal terrorism charges for allegedly attempting to assist Islamic State conduct a deadly ambush on U.S. troops, the Department of Justice said

Century Properties maintains positive outlook in 2021
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-20
JUST like other businesses in the country, the property sector was hit hard in 2020 caused by the pandemic. Nevertheless, industry players such as the Century Properties Group (CPG) remained steadfast and continued their operations.

2 teens nabbed for P850,000 ecstasy pills
philstar.com - 2021-01-20
Two teenagers were arrested with P850,000 worth of ecstasy pills during a sting in Tondo, Manila yesterday. The suspects, both 18, were arrested in a sting launched by Manila Police District anti-drug operatives along Rizal Avenue.

LPA, fronts to bring scattered to widespread rains in 7 Luzon provinces
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
The provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes will have cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms

EXCLUSIVE: Oracle created a new cloud and AI org, and an exec once under consideration for co-CEO has stepped back in to lead it
Business Insider - 2021-01-19
Don Johnson announced in June plans to leave OCI for good to focus on "the broader cloud mission of the company." Now he's back, running a new org.

Brave web browser adds native support for peer-to-peer IPFS protocol
TechCrunch - 2021-01-19
The decentralized tech community is aiming to find support for technologies that go beyond cryptocurrency support. In a blog post, today the team at Brave announced that they have worked with Protocol Labs to integrate native support for the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) inside their browser.

Duterte will get COVID-19 vaccine shot in private
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
President Rodrigo Duterte will be given the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available in the Philippines, but he will be vaccinated behind closed doors, Malacañang said on

Netflix crosses 200 million subscribers milestone
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-19
(CNN) -- Netflix -- which was founded in 1997 as a rental company that sent you DVDs in the mail -- crossed a major milestone on Tuesday, further solidifying itself as one of the most ...

Ireland reports 93 COVID-19 deaths in highest daily total
Reuters - 2021-01-19
Ireland reported 93 fatalities from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number of deaths confirmed in a single day since the start of pandemic, exceeding a peak of 77 during the first wave last year.

Davao City bound pax reminded to fill up health declaration forms
Gov - 2021-01-19
The chief of the City Tourism Office has appealed to Davao City-bound passengers to fill up their respective health declaration forms which will be used in their 14-day quarantine with the suspension of the real-time polymerase chain reaction test at the

Cut in supplies of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines to hit Canada too
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
Pfizer Inc told Canada on Tuesday it will receive no coronavirus vaccines next week, officials said, an unexpected development that promises more pain for provinces already complaining

Charter Communications drops bid to end merger conditions early
Reuters - 2021-01-19
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Tuesday that Charter Communications Inc was abandoning its request to drop some merger conditions ahead of schedule as part of its 2016 tie-up with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Oldest, Farthest, Brightest: Astronomers Discover Cosmic Heavyweight
Forbes - 2021-01-19
A recently discovered quasar is the most oldest and most distant one discovered thus far. It is powered by a super massive black hole with a mass equivalent to over a billion suns and is more luminous that the Milky Way galaxy a 100,

U.S. sets COVID-19 death record for third week, hospitalizations fall
Reuters - 2021-01-19
The United States lost more than 23,000 lives to COVID-19 last week, setting a record for the third week in a row, though the number of new infections and the number of patients in hospitals both fell from the previous seven days.

US actors union to decide whether to expel Trump
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
The American actors union will hold a meeting to consider expelling U.S. President Donald Trump from its ranks. SAG-AFTRA, which represents some 160,000 actors, journalists and

Impossible Foods CFO David Lee explains why he's jumping to $1 billion agtech startup AppHarvest
Business Insider - 2021-01-19
Impossible Foods CFO David Lee tells Insider why he left the $4 billion plant-based burger company to join the ag-tech startup AppHarvest.

New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests
New York Times - 2021-01-19
Researchers found that the variant originated in California and showed up in more than half of samples tested last week by researchers in Los Angeles.

Lower tariff on MDM to be retained
philstar.com - 2021-01-19
Prices of processed meat products are expected to remain stable after the government retained the low tariff rate on imported mechanically deboned meat, a vital raw material used in meat processing.

China's Sinovac near ?650 per dose, gov't to bare exact amount after purchase - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-19
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque says the exact amount will be revealed after the Philippines inks the procurement agreement, saying they have only signed a term sheet, where Sinovac agreed to supply 25 million doses to the Philippines.

Baguio taps app for vaccine drive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
The city government will use a software it has developed to help build a registry for people who will be inoculated against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), officials

Low pressure to bring rain to Eastern Visayas, Bicol
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
Residents in Southern Luzon and Visayas should brace for widespread rains on Wednesday brought by a low pressure area (LPA) east of Masbate province. The effects of this weather system were

DA: Country now free of avian flu
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
The Philippines has finally been declared free of bird flu by the World Organization for Animal Health, more than five months after the country reported its latest outbreak of avian influenza. In a

PGH lists precautions for inoculations vs COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
The General Hospital on Tuesday said it still has no idea on the brand of vaccine that will be administered to its front-liners and other healthcare

Local governments rush to set up own vaccination centers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
Local governments, particularly those in Metro Manila, are in a frenzy to set up their respective vaccination centers for their constituents in preparation for the arrival

What Went Before: Deal bars police, military ops from UP campuses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
On June 30, 1989, then University of the Philippines (UP) president Jose Abueva and then Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos forged an agreement protecting the state university from military operations

Duterte: franchise applicants must settle taxes first
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
President Duterte has said that companies seeking a franchise from the government must first make sure they have settled their corporate duties and obligations under the law. "For all I care,

DTI chief: Let 10-year-old kids out
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
To boost consumer spending and further revive the economy, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said on Tuesday that he would propose to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to let 10-year-old children go out

BOC destroys equipment to make fake cigarettes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday reported that it had completed the destruction of multimillion pesos worth of equipment used in manufacturing counterfeit cigarettes and cigarette labels and

Bishop says COVID shots voluntary for priests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
Vaccination of Catholic priests with the new coronavirus vaccine will be purely voluntary, according to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo. In a report on the CBCPNews, the official news

Tabuk City puts 4 barangays under lockdown vs COVID-19
philstar.com - 2021-01-19
BAGUIO CITY -- The Tabuk City Inter-agency Task Force on COVID-19 is imposing a lockdown in barangays Bulanao Centro, Bulanao Norte, Agbannawag, and Bado Dangwa starting Monday to address the surge in COVID-19 infections from community exposure.

BI nabbed 55 foreign fugitives in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-19
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested a total of 55 foreign fugitives wanted for serious crimes in their respective countries in 2020. But Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the number of

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