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QC posts record drop in leptospirosis cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
Despite recent flooding in parts of Quezon City, the local government said that it has seen an 83-percent drop of leptospirosis cases this year. Data from the city health department showed that 58

Hiring minors as domestic helpers illegal-DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
Nearly 5,000 minors below 15 years old are employed as domestic workers in violation of the Batas Kasambahay of 2013, according to a government survey. The survey was conducted among the

Duterte: PH aims for comprehensive and inclusive recovery amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-03
It is never too early to think of a bounce-back strategy. The Philippines aims for a comprehensive and inclusive recovery with no one left behind,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the United Nations General Assembly during its special session on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manila tries to control Divisoria shopping crowd
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said obstructions in Divisoria, including night market stalls, were removed to protect Christmas shoppers from acquiring the new coronavirus disease

COVID-19 vaccination readiness: the last mile - 2020-12-03
In my earlier column, I wrote on the issues of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out readiness in terms of our current capacity to meet the requirements of moving massive amounts of vaccine from arrival at port to the actual point of injection.

Fear grips Boracay folk amid evictions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
Reyes and about 20 relatives, among them the elderly and a 2-year-old child from six households, have been staying in a boarding house after leaving

Few Cordillera workers apply for cash grants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
New grants allocated for Cordillera workers who were displaced due to the pandemic remained unclaimed, owing to poor communication signals and overlapping government aid programs, the

Marcopper says no toxic substance in mine site
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
Marcopper Mining Corp. said it kept industrial chemicals commonly used for mineral processing in its former mine site in Marinduque province, belying reports from two government agencies that it

Maria Ressa, a Philippine Free-Press Fighter
Bloomberg - 2020-12-03
She faces up to six years in jail after being found guilty of "cyber libel" in a landmark case for journalistic freedom.

PSEi leads gains in emerging Asia - 2020-12-03
The Philippines led gains among emerging Asian stock markets yesterday after an upbeat jobs report, while optimism around further coronavirus vaccine developments supported hopes of an economic recovery.

Philippines raises $2.75 billion from global bonds - 2020-12-03
The Philippines successfully raised $2.75 billion from its dual-tranche offering of dollar-denominated bonds, securing the lowest coupon rate ever achieved by the government in the debt market, top government officials said yesterday.

Palace: Mayors can ban minors in malls - 2020-12-03
Metro Manila mayors have the authority to ban minors in shopping malls as a precaution against COVID-19, Malacañang said yesterday after some government officials expressed opposing views on relaxing the age-based movement restrictions.

PLDT leads Asia, ranks 4th globally in digital inclusion - 2020-12-03
PLDT, alongside its wireless arm Smart Communications, emerged as the top company in Asia and emerging markets and fourth out of the Top 100 Most Influential ICT Companies worldwide in the 2020 Digital Inclusion Benchmark of the World Benchmarking Alliance.

BFAR raises red tide warning over parts of Leyte, Samar islands
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-03
THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has raised the red tide warning over parts of Leyte and Samar and discouraged consumption of shellfish harvested from those waters. The advisory covers shellfish from Calubian and the municipality of Leyte in Leyte province,

PAGASA: New LPA seen outside PAR - 2020-12-03
Weather bureau PAGASA on Thursday said it is monitoring a new low pressure area outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but could still enter the country in the coming days.

Two key UK military non-profits join forces to boost veteran training in cyber and tech
TechCrunch - 2020-12-03
Advancements in the tech and the cyber threat landscape are creating vast job opportunities. The global cyber security market is projected to reach £210 billion by 2026. But in the UK, out of 952,000 working aged (16-64) UK military veterans and 15,

CHR calls for consideration to baby of jailed Amanda Echanis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is appealing to the police officers who arrested Amanda Echanis, daughter of slain Anakpawis Chairman Randall Echanis, to give

YouTube will ask commenters to rethink posting if their message seems offensive
The Verge - 2020-12-03
YouTube is trying to combat offensive comments that appear under videos by following in the footsteps of other social media companies and asking people before they post something that may be offensive: "Is this something you really want to share?

PNP sets deadline on Roque, Pacquiao probe - 2020-12-03
Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas has given PNP investigators until Monday to submit the result of the probe on the alleged violation of quarantine protocols of presidential spokesman Harry Roque and Sen.

3 boys drown in Taguig manhole - 2020-12-03
Three boys drowned in a manhole in Taguig City yesterday afternoon. Police identified the fatalities as Dominique Nueva, 6; Reynan Sandag, 6, and Prince Almania, 8. According to a police report, the boys were playing along Anchor street in Barangay Western Bicutan when they fell into the manhole and drowned at around 12:40 p.

Relentless love - 2020-12-03
Serving helps us to be more like Jesus as we begin to love and see people as He does. God often uses His children to fulfill needs and to answer prayers. And as we serve others, our own hearts are encouraged as we encourage those we serve.

Relentless love - 2020-12-03
Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. -- 1 John 3:18. Heidi and Jeff came home from an overseas work assignment in a hot climate and settled for sev

UnionBank bond offer 3x oversubscribed - 2020-12-03
Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines has raised P9 billion from its dual tranche offering of fixed-rate bonds to augment its funding base and finance expansion plans.

Philippine tourism sector backs recovery plan in ASEAN - 2020-12-03
The Philippine tourism sector remains committed to the recovery plan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as this would help the country attract more foreign investments.

Quezon eyed as new cacao hub - 2020-12-03
The government is looking at the province of Quezon as a new hub for cacao production in the country. Cacao farming is being promoted in the towns of Atimonan, Plaridel, Lopez, Gumaca, Perez, Calauag,

Construction works fall 66% in Q2 - 2020-12-03
Building activity fell by 65.5 percent annually in the second quarter of the year, the height of pandemic-control lockdowns, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported.

Export targets under review - 2020-12-03
The Department of Trade and Industry is reviewing the targets under the Philippine Export Development Plan to determine if these can still be achieved given the impact of the pandemic.

BOC seizes P2.4 million worth of Agarwood - 2020-12-03
Three packages containing Agarwood, a rare wood species, with an estimated market value of P2.4 million were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs at a warehouse in Pasay City on Wednesday.

DOT to subsidize swab test for Boracay tourists - 2020-12-03
Local tourists visiting Boracay will spend less for their swab test for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. The Department of Tourism (DOT) said the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test of non-Aklan residents would be partly subsidized in a bid to encourage local tourism.

Los Baños mayor shot inside municipal hall, dies in hospital
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
Mayor Caesar Perez of Los Baños, Laguna, was shot inside the municipal hall on Thursday evening and died shortly after in

Econ team eyes extending Bayanihan 2, 2020 budget validity until 2021 as added stimulus
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-03
Economic managers are looking at extending the validity of the Bayanihan 2 and the 2020 budget as an added stimulus measure towards the recovery of the Philippine economy next year.

Economic team eyes 8-10% growth by 2022 after worse-than-expected plunge this year
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-03
President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team is counting on the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines and the total lifting of quarantine restrictions to propel a record economic growth of 8-10% by 2022 - a stark recovery from the steep 8.

Students in typhoon-hit Bicol to get mental health aid sessions -- DepEd - 2020-12-03
The education department's regional office in Bicol said Thursday that it will extend psychological first aid to students in areas hit hard by the recent typhoons that ravaged the country.

San Juan restaurants, food establishments can operate at 75% dine-in capacity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
San Juan government on Thursday allowed restaurants and other food establishments to operate from the current 50 percent to 75 percent dine-in

Group to Peralta: Exercise compassion before retirement, solidify writ of kalayaan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
It is not too late to exercise compassion and save human life, the families and friends of political detainees told Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta as they urge him to leave

Power utility worker in Eastern Samar dead after cobra bite
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
An employee of a power utility in Eastern Samar province died after he was bitten by a snake while he and co-workers were conducting clearing operations last Wednesday (Dec.

DOST study: Meals with VCO can reduce symptoms for probable, suspect COVID-19 patients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Virgin coconut oil (VCO) taken as a food supplement can reduce symptoms among probable and suspect novel coronaviruses disease (COVID-19) cases, according to a study by the

Philippines eyes ambitious growth return after record collapse - 2020-12-03
The Duterte administration  is now bracing for a historic economic meltdown this year as the country remains on lockdown.

Philippines warns of worst postwar GDP contraction due to COVID
NIKKEI - 2020-12-03
The Philippine economy is on course for its worst annual contraction of the postwar era, due to lengthy coronavirus lockdowns, President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team projected on Thursday. Gross domestic product is expected to shrink by 8.

Mining bureau recommends lifting of quarry suspension around Mayon Volcano
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-03
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau recommends lifting the suspension of 91 quarry operators near Mayon Volcano, who were found to be compliant with quarry regulations.

Cloudy skies over Northern Luzon; LPA forms east of Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
A huge part of Northern Luzon would be covered in clouds due to the northeast monsoon's combined effects and the tail-end of a frontal system, state meteorologists

Profitability of Philippine banks to remain stable - 2020-12-03
The profitability of Philippine banks is likely to remain broadly stable on the back of higher loan growth and lower credit provisioning, which will be offset by compressed margins and lack of extraordinary trading gains,

3.8M Filipinos unemployed in October as some jobs restored, but still far from full recovery - PSA
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-03
Metro Manila residents continued to suffer record unemployment rates, accounting for over 700,000 people without work. The Philippine Statistics Authority says limited public transport as well as existing quarantine rules kept Filipinos from finding jobs and reporting to work.

Joblessness down in October, but largely because people quit looking for work - 2020-12-03
Fewer Filipinos went jobless and out of business in October, but this was largely a result of more people stopping job search for various reasons including going back to school or their old jobs getting killed by the ongoing digital shift.

Quick comeback unlikely for migrant workers after coronavirus - 2020-12-03
Many overseas workers either have had to return home or have been forced to stop work because of massive lay-offs and furloughs, resulting in a sharp decline in earnings and, consequently, remittances,

Spanish startup Jeff raises US$21M in the midst of COVID-19, set to launch in the U.S
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
The Spanish startup, Jeff, recently raised 21 million US dollars during COVID-19 in a Series B financing round. Jeff is the global solution for entrepreneurs that offers

Toyota gives Hiace Commuter owners livelihood push with Oil-In offer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-03
The ongoing pandemic has greatly affected transportation, further underscoring the importance of mobility for people from all walks of life. As quarantine guidelines ease up in different parts of

VCO can ease symptoms of suspected COVID-19 patients, study finds
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-03
Here is some positive news amid the pandemic.Virgin coconut oil has helped reduce the severity of symptoms of suspected COVID-19 patients, a community-based study by the DOST-FNRI has found.

Pandemics, climate change 'intensify' global health threats - 2020-12-03
The Lancet panel called for an "aligning of climate and pandemic recovery" to deliver near- and long-term health and economic benefits.

Chinese firms could lose access to US stock markets - 2020-12-03
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that could close US stock and money markets to Chinese firms.

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