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LPA not expected to intensify, but would bring rains over Bicol, Southern Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
MANILA, Philippines -- While the low-pressure area (LPA) east of the country is not expected to intensify as a tropical depression, state meteorologists said that it would bring cloudy skies and

OneLGC here to support safe delivery of COVID-19 vaccines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Logistics Conglomerate Lina Group of Companies, collectively known as OneLGC, is uniquely positioned to support the safe delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to every Filipino nationwide.   With its

Palace denies Duterte saw importance of COVID-19 testing too late
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-09
President Duterte on Monday said he only recently saw the importance of detecting infections and lowering testing costs. Experts, as well as ordinary citizens, have been calling for mass testing as early as April.

Student tilt finds hope in art
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-09
The college or department to which the student belongs also win a special grant worth P20,000 in support of faculty development. The second placers won P40,000, a silver medal, and a plaque; while third-placers won P30,

Philippine-made abaca masks seen as global solution vs 'COVID-19 waste' - 2020-12-09
The good news is, these masks are made here in the Philippines, in the Bicol region, which is known as the top producer of abaca as confirmed by the Philippine Statistics Authority in its quarterly report from July to September 2020.

Valenzuela orders NLEX to reimburse 'accidental charges' to motorists - 2020-12-09
I fully support cashless transactions, especially as this is part of the new normal. But if implementation is flawed, then the purpose of this technology, which is to promote convenience and speed up the flow of vehicular traffic,

Philippine casino-resorts to offer online gambling for Filipino high rollers
Nasdaq - 2020-12-09
Philippine high rollers will soon be allowed to place bets in the comfort of their own homes after the gaming regulator allowed integrated resort casinos to offer online gambling to partially recoup billions of dollars of lost revenues amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Over 500,000 full-electric cars sold in Europe in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
If we add in plug-in hybrid vehicles, over a million electrified cars have already been sold this year in Europe.

House justice panel vice chair: Hearings on Leonen impeachment could start in 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
The hearings on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen could start by next year as there is already no more time to tackle it since it

Australian logistics startup raises $22m for Asian expansion
NIKKEI - 2020-12-09
Australian commerce and logistics company Shippit has raised 30 million Australian dollars ($22 million) in series B funding, which it has earmarked for Southeast Asia expansion and other items. The round was backed by U.

World Bank: PH economy to start bouncing back by 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-09
World Bank also believes that 2.7 million more Filipinos will plunge into poverty at least in the next two years.

Cimatu orders closure of small-scale illegal mining in Cotabato
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the closure of an illegal mining operation in Magpet, Cotabato. The environment chief

Batangas LGU orders closure of Laiya resort after COVID-19 protocols breach - 2020-12-09
The local government unit of San Juan, Batangas on Wednesday ordered the closure of a resort in Laiya where partygoers were seen violating the COVID-19 beach protocols.

Hontiveros hits 1-day deadline for health workers to pass requirements for hazard pay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Parang nananadya na yata [It seems they are doing this deliberately]." Senator Risa Hontiveros made this remark on Wednesday as she lamented the one-day deadline given

India buys largest number of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the world
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
BANGALORE -- India has bought 1.6 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines, which is more than any other country, according to a global analysis. Using its massive manufacturing clout, the

Guevarra: Suspect in Cebu lawyer murder arrested in Laguna - 2020-12-09
A suspect in the killing of the Cebu lawyer Joey Luis Wee was arrested in Laguna, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.

Trade chief Lopez positive for coronavirus - 2020-12-09
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, who backs a gradual reopening of businesses to resuscitate a flat-lining economy, tested positive for coronavirus.

Around P23-B set aside for typhoon rehab under final version of 2021 budget-Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
The Senate and House of Representatives have allocated around P23 billion under the final version of the proposed 2021 budget for rehabilitation efforts following the

XTREME Appliances launches its X-Series line and first-ever Android TV
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-09
The latest X-Series Hand Mixers and Stand Mixers are recommended for people who love to bake and for business owners. To cap, the X-Series line is a Cordless Vacuum for a safer, faster ...

42% of Americans say their income is still below pre-pandemic levels
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-09
Nine months into the pandemic, 42% of Americans say their household income is still below what it was before the coronavirus outbreak began, according to a new survey from

Meralco rates to fall anew in December - 2020-12-09
Christmas would be merry for customers of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) as they will see another month of lower charges in their December bills on the back of falling power demand.

Quezon City forms task force to oversee COVID-19 vaccine purchase, distribution
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-09
The Quezon City government has formed a task force that will oversee the future acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the area, officials said Tuesday.

WATCH: Batangas resort visitors flout quarantine rules, hold party by the beach
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Despite the directive of the national government banning social events, a group of people visiting a Batangas beach resort appeared to have defied such protocols as they held a

Durex advances Protection and Preparedness Education Campaign by donating PPEs to HIV-advocate groups
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Durex, a brand that advocates HIV Awareness and health safety, donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to local HIV-advocate groups as part of their Protection and Preparedness Education

Mariwasa introduces new addition to its product line - Skim Coat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Inc., the Philippines' leading tile manufacturer is introducing the new Mariwasa Skim Coat, a ready-to-use, cement-like plastering mortar suitable for smoothing and

Hontiveros wants involvement of barangay health officers in building public confidence in vaccination
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-09
The senator said the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGUs) should work closely with barangay health workers of indigent communities to create strategies to improve public confidence in vaccination and respond to the vaccine anxieties ...

Existing age restrictions hold back economic recovery, job creation - DTI chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-09
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, who has tested positive for COVID-19, says keeping the 15-65 age limit for people allowed to go out bars the faster recovery of jobs and businesses months into the pandemic.

Cloudy skies with chance of rains over Metro Manila, most parts of PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Cloudy skies with a chance of rains are expected on Wednesday in most parts of the country, including Metro Manila, the state weather bureau

RH Care Info: Your 24/7 free website on reproductive health
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
Reproductive health is considered one of the most important topics taught from early education until college ... Philippines, an organization has committed to give access about this topic to women ...

World Fintech Festival Philippines Day 1 Recap
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-09
One of the most renowned and highly attended fintech events in the world, the Singapore Fintech Festival (SFF) pivots to become the largest tech event, encompassing a global audience with the Philippines being one of the key participating countries in a 5-day virtual event from December 7-11.

EDC forges collaborative pathways to fulfill its regenerative mission
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-09
The need to opt for sustainable living and use renewable forms of energy to lessen the carbon footprint that causes global warming should be an initiative of every person and organization in order to

2021 could be a tougher year for stocks
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-08
If you had said at the start of 2020 that the economy would shut down, the unemployment rate would skyrocket and earnings would plunge due to a highly contagious and lethal virus and we'd still end the year with stocks near all-time highs,

After weeks of caution, Mexican president set to recognize Biden win -- sources
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
Mexico's president is expected to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden next week on his victory once it is certified, three officials told Reuters, after weeks of

Trump to invoke Defense Production Act if needed for vaccine distribution
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would invoke the Defense Production Act if needed to ensure Americans are first in line for domestically produced coronavirus

Here's who gets rich when DoorDash goes public
Business Insider - 2020-12-08
DoorDash, the largest food-delivery app by market share, has raised billions of dollars from Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, SoftBank, and others.

Pfizer COVID Vaccine May Be Safe for Limited Approval, FDA Staff Says
Medscape - 2020-12-08
The FDA released its staff briefing on Pfizer's COVID vaccine ahead of a December 10 advisory committee meeting.

Elon Musk Confirms He's Moving From California To Texas
Forbes - 2020-12-08
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday said he has moved from California to Texas, although Tesla and SpaceX continue to operate in California, a move which comes after he sparred with the state over coronavirus restrictions.

Goldman Sachs says buy these 25 stocks it expects to pay big dividends that will keep growing over the next decade
Business Insider - 2020-12-08
Goldman Sachs highlights 25 top dividend issuers on the S&P 500 as it forecasts a 5% rise in S&P 500 dividends in 2021 and a 4% CAGR through 2029.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data wins backing of U.S. FDA staff, authorization nears
Reuters - 2020-12-08
Pfizer Inc cleared the next hurdle in the race to get its COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use on Tuesday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released documents that raised no new issues about its safety or efficacy.

Key workers given priority in Irish COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Reuters - 2020-12-08
Workers deemed essential to "societal and economic activity" in Ireland will be prioritised in the government's planned COVID-19 vaccine rollout, behind only elderly care home residents, the over 65s and healthcare workers.

Impeachment complaint vs Leonen a Marcos ploy - Pangilinan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
The impeachment case against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen could be part of an elaborate conspiracy to boost former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos

Health workers hit one-day deadline to pass requirements for hazard pay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
Private hospital workers were given only a day by the Department of Health to submit all the requirements to receive active duty hazard pay and special risk allowance, or else

Duterte to Filipinos: Be kind amid trying times
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
President Duterte on Tuesday greeted Filipinos during the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, principal patroness of the Philippines, with a plea to be steadfast and kind amid

Traffic jams prompt resolution seeking Senate review of tollway contracts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is pressing for accountability of toll road operators by asking the Senate to review the concession agreements these companies had signed with the

Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Results Mixed
Medscape - 2020-12-08
For participants who received two standard doses, the vaccine efficacy was 62.1%. In participants who received a low dose followed by a standard dose, efficacy was 90%.

Davao del Sur Vice Gov. Cagas suspended for 90 days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
The Sandiganbayan has suspended Davao del Sur Vice Gov. Marc Douglas Cagas for 90 days for alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. Cagas was accused of malversation and graft for channeling some

MRT trains now running at 60 kph
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
The MRT 3 boosted the operating speed of its trains to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) on Monday. The MRT 3 trains can now travel from North Avenue station to Shaw Boulevard station and vice versa at 60

6 Boracay tourists face raps over fake COVID-19 tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
Six friends are facing criminal charges for allegedly presenting falsified results of COVID-19 tests so they could visit Boracay Island in Aklan province. The group, composed of four

NBI counterterror chief found dead - 2020-12-08
A ranking official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was found dead in his office on Monday night. NBI counterterrorism division chief Raul Manguerra, 49, was found with a gunshot wound in the abdomen minutes after his colleagues heard a gunshot coming from his office,

Apple could block apps that don't comply with new privacy feature
Reuters - 2020-12-08
Apple threatened on Tuesday to remove apps from its widely-used App Store if they don't comply with an upcoming private feature allowing users to block advertisers from tracking them across different applications.

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