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Coronavirus latest: China's domestic flight numbers top pre-COVID levels
NIKKEI - 2020-10-14
The number of passenger flights in China last month topped year-earlier levels, official data shows, with passenger numbers coming close to 2019 levels. There were 371,000 domestic passenger flights in September,

Apple cuts EarPods and iPhone charger prices by $10 after it stops bundling them
The Verge - 2020-10-14
Thankfully, Apple has made those accessories a little less expensive than they used to be. A set of EarPods with a Lightning connector now costs $19, which is a $10 discount from their previous price.

ICTSI Ecuador to invest $18 million in Guayaquil port
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
International Container Terminal Services Inc. subsidiary in Ecuador is investing $18 million to further strengthen and develop the Port of Guayaquil.

Duterte wants cops to chase motorcycle-riding criminals
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) -- To bolster anti-crime efforts in the streets, President Rodrigo Duterte said police officers should be trained in riding motorcycles to effectively ...

Imported vehicle sales down 46%
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Sales of car importers dropped 46 percent in the nine months to September as all vehicle segments posted declines, the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors Inc. said.

Duterte wants entire Philippine population vaccinated for COVID-19
Reuters - 2020-10-14
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday his government has the money to procure coronavirus vaccines but he would need more as he wants to inoculate the country's entire population.

Subic expressway operator halts bridge work after fatal mishap
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-14
Corp. has temporarily suspended the construction of a major portion of the P1.6-billion Subic Freeport Expressway (SFex) expansion project following a worksite accident on Tuesday that killed two workers and injured three others.

Corporate bonds issuance more than double since 2016
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Bonds issued by corporations more than doubled since 2016, indicating a "very active" primary market in the country, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

Ex-Catanduanes town execs convicted of graft
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Former mayor Jose Torres of Viga, Catanduanes and former vice mayor Yolanda Tuquero have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison over the purchase of a heavy equipment in 2005 without public bidding.

UP experts: Advice free, but research needs funds
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Marine scientists from the University of the Philippines disputed the claim of a Department of Environment and Natural Resources official that they charged the DENR "hundreds of millions" in consultation fees.

NTC hit for high-end phones for execs
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
The Commission on Audit scolded the National Telecommunications Commission for issuing high-end mobile phones to its directors while its engineers had to do field work with borrowed phones.

BOP surplus seen at $8.1 billion
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Strong inflows from foreign direct investments as well as a small contraction of remittances from overseas Filipino workers, coupled with a sharp drop in import payments may result in record high foreign exchange buffers until next year,

Term deposit rates mixed
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Term deposit yields were mixed yesterday as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) decided to suspend the offering of the 28-day tenor. The yield of the seven-day tenor gained 0.35 basis points to 1.8466 percent at the Term Deposit ...

Truck hits ambulance in Quezon; 4 dead
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Four persons died and three others were injured when an ambulance collided with a 10-wheeler truck along the highway in Barangay San Vicente in this town yesterday.

Laus Group champions Pampanga craftsmen via holiday installation
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-14
San Fernando, Pampanga--Pampanga-based conglomerate, Laus Group of Cos. (LGC) leads in spreading the holiday cheer as they adorn and light up the Laus Group Complex Event Centre Boulevard in San Fernando to signal the start of the Christmas season.

Heineken to set up office in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-14
Asia Brewery Inc., the beverage unit of LT Group Inc., on Wednesday said it is changing the structure of its partnership with the owners of the Heineken and Tiger beer brands. In its disclosure, the beverage company,

'Ofel' seen to make landfall 4th over Oriental Mindoro
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Tropical Depression Ofel may make its fourth landfall this time over Oriental Mindoro by Wednesday night or Thursday morning as it moves toward the Marinduque to Romblon Area, state weather PAGASA said.

DOT: Batangas now welcomes divers from areas under GCQ
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
The Department of Tourism on Wednesday announced that divers even from areas under general community quarantine are now allowed to visit the diving community in Batangas.

Construction of Panguil Bay Bridge expected to start January 2021 - DPWH
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) - The construction of the ?7.3-billion Panguil Bay Bridge in Northern Mindanao is expected to kick off in January 2021, according to the Department of ...

BDO leasing unit sells assets anew
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-14
THE Philippine banking sector is seen carrying more distressed assets amid a major economic downturn due to... BDO Leasing and Finance Inc. (BDOLF) sold a portion of its assets again as the bank ...

Sales of imported vehicles still anemic in Q3-AVID
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-14
Sales of imported cars as of the third quarter declined over 45 percent as the automotive industry has yet to recover from the months of dealership closures due to the quarantine. The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors Inc.

Roque explains appeal to OCTA research: Let Duterte decide without pressure from public opinion
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14)-- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday defended his appeal to the OCTA Research Team to keep policy recommendations private, saying such ...

Landbank approves P4.3 billion loans for palay purchase
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Small rice farmers will now have an alternative market for their produce as state-run Land Bank of the Philippines approved P4.3 billion in loans which will be used by local government units to directly purchase palay (unhusked rice).

Lacson questions increase in local projects under DPWH's 2021 budget
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) -- Senator Ping Lacson questioned the significant increase in local projects in the belated submission of the Department of Public Works and Highway's ...

CHED funding for 'Tulong Dunong' 2020 realigned for virus response
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Funds for supposedly new scholars of the Commission on Higher Education's "Tulong Dunong" program this 2020 have been realigned for the country's coronavirus response, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

CHED funding for 'Tulong Dunong' 2020 realigned for virus response
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Funds for supposedly new scholars of the Commission on Higher Education's "Tulong Dunong" program this 2020 have been realigned for the country's coronavirus response, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

Vietnamese set to get richer than Filipinos this year -- IMF
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
GDP per capita divides the value of economic output with the population. It is typically used to measure how economic wealth is distributed among people.

Bangsamoro government condemns shooting of 2 social workers in Tawi-Tawi
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The Bangsamoro government urged the police Wednesday to identify and prosecute gunmen who shot and wounded two COVID-19 frontliners in an attack Monday in Bongao town in Tawi-Tawi province. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, local ...

Tropical Depression Ofel makes landfall in Can-avid, Eastern Samar
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) - As it crosses the Samar Island, Tropical Depression Ofel made its first landfall in Can-avid, Eastern Samar on early Wednesday morning. State weather ...

Ofel maintains strength, makes 3rd landfall over Masbate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-14
Tropical Depression Ofel maintains its strength as it made its third landfall over Masbate, the state weather bureau said Wednesday. In its 2 p.m. weather

'Ofel' makes third landfall in Masbate, seen to exit PAR by Oct. 16
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
PAGASA on Wednesday afternoon said Tropical Depression Ofel has made another landfall this time in Burias Island in Masbate as it maintains its strength to exit by Friday, October 16.

TD Ofel moving west towards Burias Island, parts of Luzon to have rain
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-14
Tropical Depression Ofel is moving west-northwestward towards Burias Island, and will continue to bring moderate to heavy rain over parts of Luzon, the state weather

Digital Media: Two sides in a coin
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-14
There is no argument that digital media is becoming a powerful tool in this day of information age. The world is undergoing an information and a technology revolution. As of this time when perhaps this article will be published in this paper we will be holding a talk via

Philippines' higher dollar stock this year is not entirely good news
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
The Philippines is likely to register a higher dollar surplus this year, but this is not all good news as doing so also meant demand that drives outflows would remain tepid and the economy weak. Overseas remittances would drop slower and so do foreign investments,

Japan to sign agreement allowing arms exports to Vietnam -Nikkei
Reuters - 2020-10-14
Japan plans to sign an agreement with Vietnam to allow it to export defence equipment and technology to the country, part of a move to strengthen defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific nations to counter Chinese maritime advances,

Tropical Depression Ofel maintains strength, moves west-northwestward
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
"It is likely to emerge over the West Philippine Sea on tomorrow morning and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning or afternoon."

BSP sees softer decline in remittances, sharper drop in tourism revenues for 2020
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) -- Easing quarantine rules will usher in more dollar inflows for the Philippines, but tourism and trade will suffer bigger declines than expected for ...

Japan to sign agreement allowing arms exports to Vietnam: Nikkei
Reuters - 2020-10-14
Japan plans to sign an agreement with Vietnam to allow it to export defence equipment and technology to the country, part of a move to strengthen defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific nations to counter Chinese maritime advances,

Cashless buses coming to Subic Freeport
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-14
Public utility buses that will not require cash payments from passengers will soon roll out in this Freeport to provide safe and efficient travel to the riding public, especially in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

How 5 online influencers are finding simple joys and inspiring us to do the same
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Jackie Go, Christian Tiu, Christiana Collings, Adrian Pascual and Kath Figuracion are five Filipino influencers who have been showing their online followers how it can be done--by finding simple joys even in the simplest,

How 5 online influencers are finding simple joys and inspiring us to do the same
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Jackie Go, Christian Tiu, Christiana Collings, Adrian Pascual and Kath Figuracion are five Filipino influencers who have been showing their online followers how it can be done--by finding simple joys even in the simplest,

How 5 online influencers are finding simple joys and inspiring us to do the same
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
Jackie Go, Christian Tiu, Christiana Collings, Adrian Pascual and Kath Figuracion are five Filipino influencers who have been showing their online followers how it can be done--by finding simple joys even in the simplest,

Manulife unveils flexible life, health insurance
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-14
Insurer Manulife Philippines has unveiled a new life and health insurance solution touted to be the first in the market to offer flexibility for customers to select the most suitable critical

Velasco ally regains health panel chairmanship
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
A known ally of Rep. Lord Allan Velasco regained her chairmanship of the House health committee following his election as speaker of the chamber.

Pandemic-weary health workers stage rally at Manila hospital
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-14
Health workers from Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRMMC) in Santa Cruz, Manila staged a protest against their "deplorable" working conditions amid the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and to call for a higher 2021 budget for the Department of Health (DOH).

TD Ofel makes landfall over Eastern Samar
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-14
Tropical Depression Ofel made landfall over Eastern Samar early Wednesday, according to the state weather bureau. In its 5 a.m. live weather update, the Philippine

Ospital ng Sampaloc health workers recover from COVID-19
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-14
All health workers at Ospital ng Sampaloc who contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have already recovered as of Tuesday evening.

Plexiglass shields are everywhere, but it's not clear how much they help
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-14
There's little data to support their effectiveness, and even if there were, the barriers have their limits, according to epidemiologists and aerosol scientists who study airborne transmission of the virus.

Japan to sign agreement allowing arms exports to Vietnam -Nikkei
Reuters - 2020-10-14
Japan plans to sign an agreement with Vietnam to allow it to export defence equipment and technology to the country, part of a move to strengthen defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific nations to counter Chinese maritime advances,

SWS: 71% of Filipinos received pandemic cash aid as of September
philstar.com - 2020-10-14
The families received an average of P7,531, which, SWS noted, is "P943 above the average total of P6,588.17 money-help received by families in July 2020."

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