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Positive outlook keeps Batangas grandma alive
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
MANILA--An 80-year-old senior from Batangas said neither a typhoon nor a pandemic can put her down. Paulina Serrano or "Inay Nena" said she already survived several disasters--volcano eruptions, typhoons,

River Drive completion to ease flooding in Las Piñas
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The completion of the Las Piñas Zapote River Drive project would prevent flooding and solve the traffic problem in Las Piñas City, Sen. Cynthia Villar said yesterday. Twenty-four kilometers have been completed since 2012 and five ...

Tip for PHL start-ups: Look to the cloud
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
THE global Covid-19 pandemic has preyed on the elderly and people with non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory disease claiming the lives of more than a million people.

World Bank urges PHL to accelerate digitalization drive
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
THERE is an urgent need for the Philippines to accelerate the development of its digital infrastructure to hasten the digitalization of its economy and narrow the gap in the digital divide among its citizens,

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp update brings AR features for newer devices
The Verge - 2020-11-20
Pocket Camp, the smartphone entry in the long-running Nintendo franchise, has been updated with a pair of new augmented reality features. The first, AR Camera, lets you place characters and furniture from the game in the real world and photograph them.

IT-BPM sector trims revenue growth numbers by $3 billion; 140,000 less jobs seen
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
THE information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry has trimmed its growth numbers by $3 billion in revenue and 140,000 workers in employment, as it rethinks its programs and policies to recover from the setbacks caused by Covid-19.

Social media promised to connect us, but left us isolated, scared and tribal
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
I began to follow my interest in health and fitness on Instagram. Soon I began to see more and more fitness-related accounts, groups, posts and ads. I kept clicking and following, and eventually my Instagram became all about fit people,

US firms turn upbeat on China after Biden win, AmCham says
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
Just over half of American companies are more optimistic about doing business in China on expectations of better trade relations with the US under a Biden administration, according to a survey from the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Shanghai.

2 carjackers slain, cop wounded in shootout
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Two suspected carjackers were killed while a police officer was wounded in a shootout in Calauan, Laguna on Tuesday night. The fatalities, who have yet to be identified, were declared dead on arrival at the San ...

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines exceed 410,000
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
Another 1,148 Filipinos were reported to have contracted novel coronavirus by the health department on Tuesday, pushing the national caseload to a grim 410,718.

Area-focused warnings needed for better disaster planning - expert
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
Authorities can pick up lessons on hazard-specific and area-focused warning systems to improve evacuation protocols, the former head of Project NOAH says, adding that the planned agency handling emergency response should plan for disaster events which are worse than what has happened before.

Quezon residents hold fluvial protest as part of National Day of Action Against Coal
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
Community members and clean energy advocates in Quezon staged a fluvial protest on Friday as a symbolic action against the continued operation and expansion of coal-fired power plants in the province.

Environmentalists hold protest march in Manila to mark National Day of Action Against Coal
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
As part of the National Day of Action Against Coal, sustainable energy advocates led by the Power for People Coalition (P4P) and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) on Friday marched to Mendiola to bring their calls for a coal moratorium to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Addition of 68 Davao City villages for P1.58B counterinsurgency funding justified, says Esperon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Friday (Nov. 20) insisted that adding dozens of Davao City villages to the list of those that would receive P1.58 billion in

Weather still fair in PH; temperatures may start dropping due to Amihan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
Almost no part of the country is covered in thick clouds, suggesting clear skies and generally fair weather over the weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and

Filipinos more willing to take COVID-19 vaccine than Dengvaxia -- SWS
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
More than half of Filipinos are willing to be inoculated against coronavirus once a vaccine becomes available, a national pollster found

50% of Filipinos must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity vs COVID-19
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
AT least half of the population needs to be vaccinated for the country to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a health official said. "If we are talking about herd immunity,

DND plans to spend P58B in 2021 to modernize PH armed forces
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
The Philippine defense department is aiming to spend P58 billion to carry out a program to modernize the military in 2021. The proposed P58,371,324,000 defense spending will

PH sure to return to global money laundering watchlist if new law not passed by February - BSP chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
The Philippines may be months away from returning to the 'gray list' of the Financial Action Task Force if a law updating the Anti-Money Laundering Act is not passed in three months, central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno says.

PH sure to return to global money laundering watchlist if new law not passed by February - BSP chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
The Philippines may be months away from returning to the 'gray list' of the Financial Action Task Force if a law updating the Anti-Money Laundering Act is not passed in three months, central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno says.

6 proven health benefits of gardening
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
Learning the benefits of keeping plants around might just be enough for you to finally put it in your cart and check out. Here are six: Since it requires the use of your cognitive functions, research shows that gardening is effective in keeping your mind sharp.

Davao City reverts to GCQ until Nov. 30 following spike in COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
President Rodrigo Duterte placed Davao City under general community quarantine until November 30, tightening restrictions to curb a recent spike in infections, Malacañang says.

Suspicious transactions continue to rise
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
Suspicious transaction reports (STRs) edged up in the first eight months of the year fueled by the rise of phishing schemes and increased payments related to child pornography, the central bank chief said.

Smart to build 2,000 cell sites next year
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
Smart Communications, Inc., the wireless subsidiary of PLDT, Inc., said it targets to put up 2,000 new cell sites next year to support its network expansion. In a statement Friday, the telco operator said it is ramping up its tower build-out to reach areas that have been affected by the recent typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

LRT-1 operator partners with Bayad Center
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
In a statement Friday, the LRT-1 operator said it has inked a partnership with the outsourced payment collection company to turn a ticket booth at the LRT-1 Balintawak station into a Bayad Center lane.

Uniqlo donates $1M for PHL typhoon relief efforts
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
Japanese global apparel retailer Uniqlo on Friday said it is donating $1 million (around P48 million) for efforts to help families affected by Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses in the Philippines. Uniqlo,

BoI approves P45-M hotel project in Cebu
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) has approved a P45-million hotel investment project in Cebu City. The 63-room SureStay Plus Hotel is expected to create 32 direct and indirect jobs in the first five years of its operations, BoI said in a press release on Friday.

3 former BIFF men to return to their villages after surrender
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- The three men whom police said confessed to being bomb couriers of an outlawed terror group and surrendered early this week are now being reintroduced to mainstream society, a regional police official said Thursday. Police Brig.

PSEi surges to 7,100 level after surprise BSP rate cut
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
The PSEi had an exceptional day rallying by almost 2.5%, allowing it to end with a substantial gain for the week. It may have been the surprise interest cut from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that drew this extremely positive reaction,

The Best Time for Innovative Healthcare is Now
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
The COVID-19 pandemic is a revelation of the status of global healthcare, with even first world countries questioning their capabilities to address such a large-scale demand for services and

PGH health workers demand release of hazard pay, allowance
Manila Bulletin - 2020-11-20
Health workers of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) are demanding their administration for the release of their hazard pay and allowances, which have allegedly been stalled for six months now. Several PGH workers and members of All UP Workers Union-Manila held a picket at the PGH atrium on Friday afternoon "to denounce" the alleged "ineptness of the PGH Administration to provide the long-awaited COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) benefits.

DOH: Remdesivir trial in PH continues despite WHO recommendation
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- The clinical trial on anti-viral drug remdesivir will not be terminated in the Philippines despite the World Health Organization's recommendation ...

Philippines drops further in global English proficiency rankings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
The Philippines dropped from the 20th to the 27th spot in this year's English Proficiency Index (EPI), according to the international education company Education First

LOOK: Bangko Sentral changing 10-year-old logo
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas unveiled on Friday a redesign of its logo, which will now feature a full-bodied Philippine eagle and a deeper blue compared to its existing emblem.

This Cisco Youth Leadership Award Finalist Is Using Technology to Fight Discriminaton in the Philippines
Global Citizen - 2020-11-20
Global Goal 10 calls for societies to take action to reduce inequalities, and that means ending widespread social and financial exclusion that millions of people with disabilities, long-term health conditions, addictions, or other issues face. Social ...

Shopee taps MultiSys for system integrations, more online services
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
Shopee has partnered with Multisys Technologies Corporation to expand its online services--creating a one-stop-shop online system to add more features within the e-commerce platform.

Baguio City first in region to get P255M for socialized housing
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
Under the grant, Baguio City can build eight structures that could accommodate around 270 socialized housing units with provisions for road networks and a bio-filtration plant.

British Chamber holds retail event with UK, Philippine companies
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
The British Chamber hosted an event with over 90 participants including many UK companies showing interest in the sector.

Solon urges immediate release of 2nd tranche of approved SSS pension hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
A lawmaker is calling for the immediate release of the second tranche of the approved increase in social security pension for senior citizens. Under House Resolution No.

Trump, Xi to meet at virtual Asia Pacific forum as trade spat endures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will attend a virtual summit of Asia Pacific leaders on Friday to discuss the coronavirus and global economic

Trump administration cuts off emergency Federal Reserve programs as coronavirus cases spike
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is pulling the plug on funding for emergency Federal Reserve programs intended to help businesses as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage in the United States.

Powerhouse economists, stock market gurus lead free online conference
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
The Global Filipino Investors Inc. (TGFI) is bringing together powerhouse economists and stock market gurus in the much-awaited Bonds and Stocks Online Conference to teach Filipinos how to invest as

Pandemic to hurt BPOs with first revenue decline in 11 years
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
With revenues slightly going down, jobs creation would likewise get stalled at 1.3 million full-time employees, also below the 1.33 to 1.37 million projected a year ago.

Capitalize with Olymp Trade in the Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
Trade Forex and Fixed Time Trades from one platform with over 70 different assets from around the globe. There is something for traders of all levels. Newer traders have an entire educational suite dedicated to their betterment.

66% of Filipinos willing to get COVID-19 vaccine now - SWS
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
Around 66% of adult Filipinos are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine if it is available now, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations.

Only P200 fine? Higher penalties for telcos that fail to deliver apt internet speed sought
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is proposing an increase in the penalties imposed on telecommunication companies for their failure to deliver

BSP unveils new logo to reflect 'changing times'
philstar.com - 2020-11-20
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday said it is replacing its 10-year-old logo as part of its strategy to make the regulator "more relevant" to Filipinos.

Bayanihan para sa bayani
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop Jerome and Karen from serving those in need of their expert care. Mornings are the toughest. He still wakes up at 4 a.m., as he usually does, to prepare the kids for school. And he half-expects to see her in her corner of ...

Makati seen to lag in recovery of rent, residential prices
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
RENTS and residential prices in the Philippines are expected to start recovering by 2021, except in Makati City which may continue to see a decline for a longer period, a recent survey of real estate agents found.

Less than two-thirds of Bayanihan II funds released so far -- DBM
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
THE BUDGET department has released less than two-thirds of the P140-billion stimulus package under Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan II), a month before the law expires.

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