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Manila acquires 12 ambulances
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
The Manila government has acquired 12 high-end ambulances from the United States, which will be distributed to six public hospitals in the city.

Fire hits Makati Restaurant
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
A fire broke out at a restaurant in Makati yesterday morning. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the blaze damaged the Choi Garden Restaurant at the corner of Antonio Arnaiz Avenue and Greenbelt Drive at around 8 a.

Abu Sayyaf tag sparks PNP, lawmaker row
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
The arrest and tagging of a man as a sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group has sparked a row between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman.

Index may hit 7,000 this week
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
The Philippine stock market seesawed last week, which may then see the benchmark gauge hitting the immediate support level of 7,000 this week.

Reddit is buying TikTok rival Dubsmash
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
(CNN) --Message board juggernaut Reddit is accelerating its push into video, snapping up a sharing platform that is popular with young people and women. Reddit said in a statement on Sunday that ...

Google was hit with massive outage, including YouTube, Gmail and Google Classroom
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
Google's services went down for about an hour Monday in a massive outage that prevented many people from watching YouTube videos, accessing their Google Docs or sending email on Gmail.

Philippines targets deal for 25 million doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine
Reuters - 2020-12-14
The Philippines aims to finalise negotiations with Sinovac Biotech this week to acquire 25 million doses of the Chinese company's COVID-19 vaccine for delivery by March, a coronavirus taskforce official said on Monday.

Philippines targets deal for 25 mln doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine
Reuters - 2020-12-14
The Philippines aims to finalise negotiations with Sinovac Biotech this week to acquire 25 million doses of the Chinese company's COVID-19 vaccine for delivery by March, a coronavirus taskforce official said on Monday.

SWS: Only 16% of Filipino families say they aren't poor
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
According to a Social Weather Stations survey, 48% of families included in the survey identified themselves as "poor," while 36% felt they were "borderline poor," and only 16% claimed they were "not poor." Survey results also showed that at least 78% of ...

Higher electricity demand seen this month
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Manila Electric Co. is seeing an uptick in electricity demand this month due to higher economic activity, officials said.

5.56-cal bullet jackets found in slain Los Baños mayor, says PNP
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
The investigation into the killing of Los Baños, Laguna Mayor Caesar Perez found that the latter was shot three times with a 5.56-cal firearm, though no match for the bullet jackets has been found.

Philippines logs 1,339 new COVID-19 cases, 450,733 total
Big News Network.com - 2020-12-14
The Department of Health DOH of the Philippines reported 1339 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection on Monday bringing the total number in the country t

Rains to persist over northern, eastern parts of Luzon -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
Rains experienced over the northern and eastern portion of Luzon are expected to continue on Tuesday as state meteorologists note that the northeast monsoon and the tail

House OKs coconut levy trust fund bill on final reading
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
With 221-6 votes, the House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill which seeks to establish a coconut farmers and industry fund that will be used for the modernization of the coconut industry.

Reproductive health: 5 tips to always practice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
Reproductive and sexual health should be given just as much importance as other aspects of physical and mental health. Most women tend to start their sexual health journey only when problems arise ...

DOH orders health facility to explain non-compliance on price cap for swab tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday that it is looking into a health facility that allegedly violated the set price range for COVID-19 swab tests. Health

Credit card delinquency soars ahead of anticipated holiday binge
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Credit card delinquency occurs when a cardholder has a poor payment history and frequently pays bills way past due date. The credit limit of delinquent borrowers are also often maxed out, which may be a sign of strained income.

AstraZeneca approves sale of more COVID-19 vaccines to PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- British drug maker AstraZeneca has approved the request of the Philippines' private sector for a second batch of coronavirus vaccine procurement, Go ...

China's COVID-19 vaccines offer meant to 'improve' global reputation - envoy
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
China's offer to prioritize the Philippines for supply of coronavirus vaccines not a bargaining chip in issues like the two country's territorial row, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana says,

COVID-19 cases in Philippines cross 450,000; deaths at 8,757
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed past 450,000 Monday after the Department of Health recorded 1,339 additional infections. Total COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 450,733, of which 23,

Delivery service booming amid pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Delivery service companies in the country have been riding high since the onset of the pandemic, expanding their services and operations to meet the growing demand of customers and businesses.

PAL taps international law firm for restructuring
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has appointed the prestigious international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright as airline counsel for its restructuring, according to travel data and analytics company Cirium.

British Chamber reviews 2020
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines reviewed the year with its Year-end Media Appreciation Lunch on1. The hybrid lunch event was held mainly virtually with the help of The Manila Peninsula and Origine.

8 more Dawlah Islamiya members surrender in Lanao del Sur
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Eight members of ISIS-inspired Dawlah Islamiya surrendered in Balindong town Saturday and pledged allegiance to the government.

China's COVID-19 vaccines offer meant to 'improve' global reputation - envoy
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- China's offer to prioritize the Philippines for COVID-19 vaccine supply still stands, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said Monday ...

Harms and risks of get-rich-quick schemes
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
The Duterte administration's proposed Passive Income and Financial Intermediaries Taxation Act (PIFITA) will simplify the tax regime for bonds and stocks by reducing the number of tax rates on ...

Homegrown fintech startup SquidPay secures P200 million in funding
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Local startup SquidPay Technology Inc. has recently secured P100 million and another P100 million line of credit arranged by Eastern Securities Development Corporation (ESDC) for its first round of funding this December,

Firms ready to hire in 2021--BSP survey
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-14
AFTER a record-high unemployment rate at the height of the pandemic-induced lockdowns, Filipinos should expect more job opportunities at the opening of next year, as more firms indicated willingness to start increasing their employment size in the first quarter of 2021.

REGASCO LPG: Helping food entrepreneurs operate through COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
Using their experience from the market landscape through the quarantine period, Republic Gas Corporation (REGASCO LPG) has fully adapted and implemented their services to help Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the food and food delivery industries to continue their services during the pandemic.

Homegrown fintech startup SquidPay secures Php 200 Million in funding
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
Local startup SquidPay Technology Inc. has recently signed Php 100 Million in Series A and Php 100 Million line of credit arranged by Eastern Securities Development Corporation (ESDC) for its first

Did you know? You can now get express car sanitation at Toyota!
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
For many who are venturing out to work or do their chores, especially ones who go to their destination via their vehicles, they may be looking for an effective, yet practical and value-for-money professional sanitation service for that added layer of protection.

Health center water crisis increasing virus risk: WHO
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-14
One in four health centres worldwide lacks access to water, putting around 1.8 billion people at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said Monday.

Why the video game boom is here to stay
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-14
In a year when industries that require the physical presence of their customers are on the ropes -- from airlines and theme parks to brick-and-mortar retailers -- those that don't require in-person participation are thriving.

Pagasa: Rains due in N. Luzon, fair weather in the rest of PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The tail-end of a frontal system will bring scattered rains to the eastern section of Northern Luzon while the rest of Luzon will have isolated rain showers on

Groups urge govt to hike budget for credit registry
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-14
The research by the US-based think tank and business group explained that "while the CIC (Credit Information Corp.) could earn fees, it should not be considered its primary source of revenue ...

EDITORIAL - The gift of health
philstar.com - 2020-12-14
As people plan holiday celebrations in the time of COVID, the World Health Organization is urging everyone to consider giving the most precious Christmas present in this pandemic: the gift of health.

New books introduce kids to native PH trees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
Standing at the corner of the backyard, "Dr. Dapdap" bloomed with its fiery red-orange flowers, but no children had come to play with it that summer. Its trunk

UN chief urges state leaders to declare climate emergency
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on governments to declare a "state of climate emergency" and make good on their promises to slash carbon pollution as they recover from the

Boracay fake tests: Cops to pursue raps against 6
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
AKLAN, Philippines -- The six tourists in Boracay, who were quarantined after five of them submitted falsified negative COVID-19 swab test results, all came out negative for the virus but will ...

Google touts COVID-19 exposure notification tech developed with Apple is helping
ZDNet - 2020-12-13
Google has boasted that the Exposure Notifications System (ENS) it developed with Apple has shown "anecdotal signs" of the system is helping. The Google-Apple ENS was developed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and was made available to public health agencies in May.

Exclusive: U.S. Treasury breached by hackers backed by foreign government - sources
Reuters - 2020-12-13
A sophisticated hacking group backed by a foreign government stole information from the U.S. Treasury Department and a U.S. agency responsible for deciding policy around the internet and telecommunications,

Deployment of workers to Jordan suspended
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
On the recommendation of the Philippine Embassy, the labor office has suspended the deployment of newly hired Filipino workers to Jordan due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the Arab Kingdom in

U.S. Treasury Breached by Foreign-Backed Hackers: Reuters
Bloomberg - 2020-12-13
Hackers suspected to be working for the Russian government have been monitoring emails at the U.S. Treasury Department and a U.S. agency responsible for deciding policy around the internet and telecommunications,

Historic U.S. vaccine campaign begins with first shipments 'delivering hope' to millions
Reuters - 2020-12-13
The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine left on trucks and planes early on Sunday, kicking off a historic effort to stop a surging pandemic that is claiming more than 2,400 lives a day in the United States.

Leaders to push Brexit trade talks beyond Sunday deadline
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
London and Brussels agreed on Sunday to "go the extra mile" in coming days to try to reach an elusive trade agreement despite missing their latest deadline to

Covid Study Shows an Arthritis Drug May Help Patients Recover
New York Times - 2020-12-13
Baricitinib had previously attracted some scrutiny from experts, who were unsure when it would most help their patients.

Trump will leave office with a historically bad economic record
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump still can't accept the numbers measuring his loss to Joe Biden: more than 7 million popular votes and 74 electoral votes. But another set of numbers adds insult to ...

Shoppers flood Italian cities as government debates Christmas curbs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
Crowds flooded the streets of several Italian cities on Sunday, forcing police to close off popular sites such as Rome's Trevi fountain, while the government debated which

Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails - sources
Reuters - 2020-12-13
Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury Department and an agency that decides internet and telecommunications policy, according to people familiar with the matter.

US govt agencies hacked by group linked to foreign power -- report
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
At least two U.S. government agencies including the Treasury have been hit in a computer hack by a group backed by an unnamed foreign government, according to press reports

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