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11,515 Quezon City residents tested for COVID-19 - 2020-12-21
The Quezon City government has tested 11,515 residents for COVID-19 who were found in contact tracing measures by local health authorities from Dec. 14 to 19.

Angat Dam hits critical level - 2020-12-21
Continuous heavy rains in the past three days have pushed the water level in the Angat Dam to its critical level, the National Power Corp. announced yesterday.

Vicky death toll climbs to 8 - 2020-12-21
The number of fatalities in the onslaught of Tropical Depression Vicky, which submerged several areas in Mindanao, has increased to eight, authorities reported yesterday.

Manila police commander sacked - 2020-12-21
Another police station commander in Manila was relieved from his post, Manila Police District director Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco announced yesterday.

First Metro bares new business strategy - 2020-12-21
First Metro Investment Corp., the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, is embarking on a new business strategy as it adapts to the changing market and business environment.

4 suspects killed in P272 million drug bust - 2020-12-21
Four men believed to be members of a major drug trafficking ring were shot dead during an anti-narcotics operation that yielded at least P272 million worth of shabu in Taguig City yesterday morning.

4 killed in Lanao del Sur explosion - 2020-12-21
Four wild boar hunters were killed in a powerful explosion that occurred in the jungles of Madalum town in this province on Sunday.

Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank eyes 8 million accounts next year - 2020-12-21
The banking arm of Cebuana Lhuillier expects a 60 percent jump in accounts by the end of next year as it boosts financial inclusion efforts amid the pandemic.

RCBC urges investors to diversify portfolio, investment abroad - 2020-12-21
Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. is urging investors to diversify their portfolios by taking a look at the offshore debt markets amid the impending recovery of the global economy from the pandemic.

AUB to focus on IT platforms - 2020-12-21
Rebisco-led Asia United Bank is focusing on information technology platforms to increase its market presence as it obtained an Aa plus credit rating and stable outlook from Philippine Ratings Services Corp.

BI on alert during holidays - 2020-12-21
Officers of the Bureau of Immigration were placed on heightened alert yesterday to help enhance border security during the holiday season.

Market tumbles on heavy selling pressure - 2020-12-21
The stock market ended in negative territory yesterday amid heavy selling pressure, analysts said. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Composite index (PSEi), the stock market gauge, tumbled by 47.

First Gen selects global contractors for LNG terminal - 2020-12-21
Lopez-led First Gen Corp. has selected three preferred global contractors to build its offshore liquefied natural gas terminal.

30 PDEA informants get P14.7 million reward - 2020-12-21
Thirty informants of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency received yesterday P14.7 million in cash reward for providing information that led to successful operations against drug suspects.

DPWH exec cleared of graft - 2020-12-21
An official of the Department of Public Works and Highways has been cleared in a graft case involving the allegedly anomalous release of payment for a road project in General Santos City in 2001.

Isko breaks ground for housing program - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday led the groundbreaking of an in-city housing program for poor residents at the Baseco Compound. Moreno said the city government initially planned to distribute the lot "piece by piece to the ...

PH military chief looks back at 2020 at 85th anniversary rite
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines--The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) overcame many challenges on several fronts in 2020 but none was different than an invisible enemy, COVID-19. AFP chief Gen. Gilbert

SWS: 62% Filipinos say quality of life worsened in the past 12 months
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
This was according to a November 2020 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) that was released to the public on Monday. The pollster likewise said that 24 percent of Filipinos said their ...

Megawide submits formal appeal for revoked preferential status on NAIA rehab project before MIAA, DOTr
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) -- Megawide Construction Corporation on Monday filed a formal appeal to reinstate its preferential status on the plan to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino ...

DOJ confirms mutilated remains found in Tarlac are those of missing ex-CA justice Pizzaro
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines--The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday (Dec. 21) said the mutilated remains found in Capas town, Tarlac province more than a month ago belonged to former Court of Appeals

Former college dropout wins student entrepreneur award
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) - A former college dropout emerged as the national champion of a prestigious global competition for student entrepreneurs. Charles de Belen, a Master of Science in Innovation and Business student at the Asian ...

Missing retired judge found dead in Tarlac, says NBI
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The body of retired Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro, who has been missing since Oct. 23, was found in Tarlac province last Oct. 30, the National Bureau of ...

Megawide appeals rejected proposal to renovate NAIA - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Megawide Construction Corp. asked the Duterte government on Monday to reconsider its proposal to renovate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 which authorities denied last week. "We just submitted our MR ...

No need to probe Panelo - Año - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- There is no need to investigate chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo who was caught on video singing in a Makati restaurant recently, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said yesterday. Año said Panelo observed health ...

Rizal bettor wins lotto pot - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A lone bettor from Rodriguez, Rizal won the jackpot in the 6/42 Regular Lotto draw on Saturday night. The player picked the six-digit winning combination 11-34-06-42-15-33, which had a total jackpot prize of P23.90 million ...

Leadership changes loom at MPIC - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Leadership changes may loom at Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), the tollways and infrastructure conglomerate chaired by tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan, as early as next year as the company navigates into a post-pandemic future.

QC, Pasig, Manila mayors top approval ratings survey - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Local chief executives of Quezon City, Pasig and Manila scored the highest approval ratings among Metro Manila mayors for their overall performance in 2020, a recent survey has shown. Results from a study commissioned by the group ...

Expect light rains in NCR, other Luzon areas due to Amihan -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
Northeast monsoon or Amihan will dampen Metro Manila, Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon areas this Monday evening until Tuesday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric,

Philippines has 'very strong fiscal position' to get COVID-19 loans -- ADB - 2020-12-21
ADB country director for the Philippines Kelly Bird said Manila's expected debt levels are "relatively low" for a country with a BBB plus debt rating.

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Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
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DA, BCDA sign deal to develop agro-industrial business corridor in New Clark City
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-21
The Department of Agriculture and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority signed an agreement for the development of the agro-industrial business corridor in New Clark City.

Provincial P2P buses need special permit before resuming operations
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 21) - Although ten provincial bus routes are supposed to resume operations today, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said that there ...

Health protocols in place in churches during Misa de Gallo in Metro Cebu
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
Authorities in Metro Cebu were able to fully implement the health protocols in churches a few days after throngs of people failed to practice physical distancing during the Misa

Cop in viral video of Paniqui, Tarlac killing surrenders - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A police officer from Parañaque in Metro Manila has surrendered to authorities for shooting two people in the head over an argument. The shooting in Paniqui, Tarlac was caught on video, clips of which have since gone viral.

Paving the way to a more inclusive Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
and to promote ease of doing business. In establishing a central identification system for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens in the Philippines, all forms of government assistance and ...

Socioeconomic Reforms key to Jump-starting the Economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
To accelerate economic recovery, the Philippine government continues to pursue the passage and implementation of critical economic reforms to support businesses and help millions of Filipinos get back

Stalder Group launches clean water fund drive for Ulysses victims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
Facial and skincare products and services provider Stalder Group has launched a fund drive that seeks to provide clean water to victims of Typhoon Ulysses in Marikina, Montalban, and other

Honda to Shut India Plant and Reduce Four-Wheeler Output
Bloomberg - 2020-12-21
A Honda spokesperson declined to comment on the Nikkei report. Honda has scaled back operations elsewhere too, with plans to close facilities in Sayama in Japan and Swindon in the U.K., and ending production of four-wheel cars in the Philippines and Argentina.

Barangay health workers get cash aid from Navotas LGU
Gov - 2020-12-21
(Navotas PIO photo) CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA) -- Barangay Health Response Teams (BHERT) have received additional cash assistance amounting to P1.4 million courtesy of the City Government of Navotas. Some 208 barangay health workers, who have rendered ...

'Vicky' leaves at least 8 dead in Visayas, Mindanao - 2020-12-21
Five people have so far been confirmed dead in CARAGA, two in Eastern Visayas and one in Davao Region, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its latest situation report.

Regulatory compliance ecosystem
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-21
This law provides the system and rules to enhance doing business and promote more efficient government service to the general public--in short, cut red tape. It has been over a year since the ...

14 health workers, 2 others rescued in waters off Albay
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-21
At least 14 health personnel under the Nurse Deployment Program (NDP) of the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol were rescued on Saturday by members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) when their moto

Blast kills 4 hunters in Lanao del Sur - 2020-12-21
Four men hunting wild pigs were killed in a powerful explosion in a forested area in Madalum town in Lanao del Sur on Sunday.

No health protocols violated during birthday bash, Pacquiao says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
Senator Manny Pacquiao on Monday insisted that there were no violations of health protocols in the celebration of his 42nd birthday in General Santos City, but pictures on

Globe taps Habi, TFP for teacher skills enhancement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
Globe has tapped non-profit groups Habi Education Lab and Teach for the Philippines (TFP) to create educational materials designed to further enhance the skills of public school teachers

Policy makers eye GDP-linked bonds
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-21
We continue to consider the prospects and timing of GDP-linked bonds (GLBs). But this has to also come hand in hand with the recent issuance of BSP securities and the evolving market conditions," Mr.

Tougher UK COVID-19 curbs may last some time, health minister suggests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
London and southeast England may stay under tighter curbs for some time to stem a fast-spreading new coronavirus strain, Britain's health minister suggested on Sunday, as COVID-19

Trump campaign will again ask US high court to upend election results
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
President Donald Trump's campaign said on Sunday it would again ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn results from the Nov. 3 election, its latest long-shot effort to subvert the electoral

Vaccines effective against new virus strain: German health minister
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-20
European Union experts believe existing vaccines against coronavirus are effective against the new fast-spreading strain identified in Britain, Germany's health minister said Sunday.

Apple closes a bunch of stores yet again because of COVID-19
Mashable - 2020-12-20
Every Apple store in California is closing as the state sees a massive surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. According to USA Today, all 53 stores around the s

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