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Ray of sunshine - 2021-01-16
Just recently, the Philippine Stock Exchange revealed that four local property firms are planning to offer real estate investment trusts or REITs this year.

Only 15,000 contact tracers to be rehired - 2021-01-16
Only 15,000 contact tracers or a third of the 50,000 employed last year will be rehired due to budget constraints.

Private loneliness - 2021-01-16
Had I been given more time; I would have talked about a very little-mentioned often times hidden predicament I call "Private Loneliness of Leaders." While we talk about the concerns of our people, the often-neglected fact is that leaders are not invincible,

Cirtek to hike output - 2021-01-16
Cirtek Electronics Corp will scale up its production and improve revenues starting in the first quarter of the year.

100-day countdown starts today - 2021-01-16
Starting today, the Philippine flag is permanently displayed at the Liberty Shrine in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.

This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends
TechCrunch - 2021-01-16
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020.

Abalos wants floodpumping stations ready before rainy season - 2021-01-16
All flood pumping stations should be in good working condition ahead of the rainy season, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benjamin Abalos Jr. said yesterday.

Government collects P131 billion from fuel marking - 2021-01-16
The government has seen a huge improvement in the volume of fuel declared and in oil duties and taxes collected since the implementation of the Fuel Marking Program in 2019, the Bureau of Customs said.

China to fund $940m Philippine railway linking former US bases
NIKKEI - 2021-01-16
The Philippines and China have sealed a deal for a $940 million freight railway project that will link two former U.S. military bases in the Philippines, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said on Saturday.

San Juan to set up vaccination sites - 2021-01-16
The San Juan government will set up several vaccination centers in the city in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Francis Zamora announced yesterday.

Health protocols set for bubble training in Laguna
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-16
As athletes from boxing, karate and taekwondo enter the Inspire Sports Academy for bubble training in preparation for different Tokyo Olympics qualifiers, national training director Marc Velasco said that they are ready for any eventuality when it comes to COVID-19 emergency.

Alibaba is facing an 'existential crisis'
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
(CNN) -- This year could be the most consequential for Alibaba since it was founded two decades ago. China's most famous tech company faces a host of challenges at home and abroad that risk ...

LGUs advised to buy vaccine for only 50% population-DILG exec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Local government units (LGUs) will be advised to purchase Covid-19 vaccines that would cover 50 percent of its population to let the national government supply the rest, an

Commentary: Feed-in tariffs and the pandemic - 2021-01-16
In this regard, turning to the numbers is an informative recourse. According to a recent Social Weather Stations survey on self-rated poverty, 48% or almost half of all Filipino families rated ...

Inside Cyberpunk 2077's Disastrous Rollout
Bloomberg - 2021-01-16
CD Projekt SA Chief Executive Officer Marcin Iwinski made a public mea culpa this week about the disastrous rollout of the video game Cyberpunk 2077 in December. He took personal responsibility and asked fans not to blame the team.

Public masses may be canceled on surge of devotees at Sto. Niño fiesta
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
While the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish is not expecting an influx of parishioners tomorrow, it is ready to cancel its in-person masses if they witness a surge of devotees during the commemoration of the Feast of the Santo Niño in Manila,

Rainy weekend in Bicol - 2021-01-16
The tail-end of a frontal system will continue to bring rains over Bicol provinces this weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday.

MerryMart ventures into wholesale trade - 2021-01-16
MerryMart Consumer Corp., the grocery chain of tycoon Edgar "Injap" Sia II, is expanding into wholesale operations, competing with other wholesale superstores such as Landers and S&R.

DSWD Facebook page apparently hacked
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
The Department of Social Welfare and Development said Saturday it was investigating an apparent breach on its official Facebook page.

COVID-19, climate change and water security
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
With the double whammy of COVID-19 and climate change, we must now assess the situation of our water security. First, the good news. Last Dec. 18, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released the

PH is world's 2nd most 'Instagrammable' place for 2021
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) - The Philippines earned another distinction from international travel website Big 7 Travel after it was named the world's second most "Instagrammable ...

Commentary: Feed-in tariffs and the pandemic - 2021-01-16
Both the Social Security System and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation are reconsidering their plans to increase premium contribution rates this year.

Philippine auto tariffs send chill through pandemic-hit industry
NIKKEI - 2021-01-16
MANILA/BANGKOK -- As the Philippines prepares to enact import safeguards on automobiles next week in a bid to protect domestic business, foreign automakers are bracing for a major disruption to ...

DOLE: Workplaces compliant with COVID-19 safety protocols
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) - A big majority of workplaces inspected by the Labor department complied with COVID-19 safety guidelines, an official said. Labor Undersecretary Benjo ...

Govt. may need more funds for free accommodation of returning OFWs
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will "most likely" request for an additional budget in June as it expects higher accommodation costs ...

It's 53% alcohol and tastes like fire. Here's how this liquor brand took over China
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
How is a company that sells its products primarily in just one country now worth more than some longstanding global behemoths?

Tourism dept. gives Makati hotel 15 days to appeal revoked permit
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- A hotel in Makati City where a flight attendant was found dead on New Year's Day has 15 days to appeal an order that revoked its permit to operate, a ...

Investing with smarts and grace: JR Papel
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-16
The entrepreneurial mindset was there; he knew how to sow the business seeds and let them grow. JR knew the importance of financial responsibility. True to his admiration for this dad -- the ...

Magnitude-4.8 quake jolts Batangas - 2021-01-16
State seismologists are not expecting any damage or aftershocks from the quake, which was "scarcely perceptible" in Calatagan, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, and Plaridel in Bulacan, according to PHIVOLCS.

The Community Mortgage Program: Decent, affordable housing for Filipinos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
Home ownership, for a vast majority of Filipinos, remains an elusive dream. For one, ownership of land is considered a prime asset and will cost a family earning minimum income a lifetime worth of

DOLE seeks inclusion of minimum wage workers, OFWs in vaccine priority list
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) - Minimum wage and overseas Filipino workers should be included in the COVID-19 priority vaccination program, the Labor department said. Labor ...

Pence calls Harris to offer assistance ahead of U.S. power transfer next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. - Vice President Mike Pence reached out to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday, sources familiar with the situation said, marking the first contact at that ...

Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
WILMINGTON, Del. - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he would order increased production of syringes and other supplies to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 and improve upon ...

Messaging app Signal facing technical difficulties
Reuters - 2021-01-16
Signal said on Friday it was experiencing technical difficulties and working to restore the service, as it dealt with a flood of new users after rival messaging app WhatsApp announced a controversial change in privacy terms.

UPDATE 1-Mobile gaming firm Playtika's shares jump nearly 24% in Nasdaq debut
Reuters - 2021-01-15
Shares of Israel-based mobile gaming company Playtika Holding Corp jumped nearly 24% in their debut on the Nasdaq on Friday, valuing the company at nearly $13.79 billion.

Fact check: A positive COVID-19 test result informs a person they need to isolate, helping prevent the virus from spreading further
Reuters - 2021-01-15
A post has made the false claim that there are no benefits of testing for COVID-19, because there is no cure for the disease.

More transmissible UK coronavirus variant found in 10 U.S. states, CDC says
Reuters - 2021-01-15
A new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain has been detected in 10 U.S. states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday, warning that it could become the dominant circulating variant in the United States

Trump plans to depart Washington the morning of Inauguration Day -- source
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-15
President Donald Trump now plans to leave Washington on the morning of Inauguration Day next Wednesday after considering a departure on Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter

More Transmissible Variant Could Dominate by March, CDC Warns
Medscape - 2021-01-15
Modeling predicts the US will see rapid growth of a highly transmissible new strain of SARS-CoV-2 first detected in the UK.

U.S. Senate Republican asks tech firms to explain account, content removals
Business Insider - 2021-01-15
The outgoing Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee asked the chief executives of major U.S. tech firms Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter to answer detailed questions about decisions to restrict or permanently ban accounts of conservative users and other steps to restrict content or platforms.

Smokers in N.J. Are Eligible for Vaccine. No Proof Needed.
New York Times - 2021-01-15
New Jersey is one of only two states that has included smoking among the high-risk medical conditions that make people eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

City Garden allowed to operate despite DOT ruling on suspending accreditation
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-15
In its resolution dated January 14, 2021, the DOT found the hotel "liable for the offense of gross and evident bad faith in dealing with clients/fraudulent solicitation of business or making any ...

Pfizer says it has second doses of COVID shot on hand, expects no supply problems
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-15
Pfizer Inc has been holding onto second doses for each of its COVID-19 vaccinations and anticipates no problems supplying them to Americans, a spokeswoman said in a statement on Friday. Pfizer

PH is world's 2nd most 'Instagrammable' place for 2021
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-15
International travel website Big 7 Travel named the Philippines as the second most 'Instagrammable' place in the world for 2021 because of its natural wonders and vibrant culture and history.

Fewer Masses to celebrate Santo Niño feast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-15
There will be fewer Masses during the Feast of Santo Niño in Tondo and Pandacan on Sunday. Instead of 33 Masses, there will only be 11 at the Santo Niño de Tondo Parish,

DILG extends road clearing deadline to Jan. 22
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-15
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has extended by one week the deadline to clear roads across the country of obstructions, following the request of

SC resets oral arguments on 37 pleas vs terror law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-15
The Supreme Court on Friday canceled the much-awaited oral arguments next week on the 37 petitions questioning the constitutionality of the antiterror law after several

Basilan mayor seeks safe return of residents who fled bombing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-15
The mayor of Mohammad Ajul town in Basilan province has sought security assurance from government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) so that some 200 families who

Bumble files for IPO
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-15
Bumble, the company best known for its female-centered dating app, is getting ready for its big date with Wall Street.

Bukidnon lawyer slain - 2021-01-15
A lawyer was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon on Thursday. Winston Intong, 53, a resident of Barangay 10, was shot several times while buying vegetables at a mini-market near his home,

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