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Landbank lends P21 billion to farmer coops, associations - 2020-10-09
Government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines has released P21 billion in loans to farmer cooperatives and associations to help communities get back on their feet amid the pandemic.

Cop insists he arrested, not assaulted, female Grab driver - 2020-10-09
A Pateros police officer yesterday maintained that he only arrested a female Grab driver, contrary to her claim that he assaulted her.

National ID registration for Metro Manila set next year - 2020-10-09
Registration for the National ID System will begin in Metro Manila and other areas not currently included in the list of 32 priority provinces in January 2021, the Philippine Statistics Authority said yesterday.

86% of Pinoys stressed by COVID-19 - 2020-10-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Nearly nine in 10 Filipinos continue to experience stress due to COVID-19, the Sept. 17-20 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. The nationwide survey was based on mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone ...

Russia allows e-visa for Pinoys - 2020-10-09
Filipinos can avail themselves of an e-visa to travel to any part of Russia starting next year, its embassy in Manila has announced.

Converge sets IPO price at P16.80/share - 2020-10-09
Converge ICT has set the price for its initial public offering at P16.80 per share, the largest IPO in the country and the largest telecom IPO in SoutheastAsia at P29.1 billion.

PSEi ends week in the red anew - 2020-10-09
The local stock market closed the week lower again yesterday, bucking the trend in most Asian markets that followed Wall Street higher on hopes Washington will provide more aid to the struggling US economy.

Senator hits DOH data showing 56% of COVID-19 deaths not hospitalized
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) -- Senator Joel Villanueva criticized a Department of Health (DOH) data that shows 56 percent of patients who died due to COVID-19 were not hospitalized.

Robredo calls for stronger mental health services
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-09
Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday underscored the need for stronger mental health services, support for aspiring mental health professionals, and acceptance of those struggling with mental health issues in the time of the pandemic and beyond.

Cloudy skies over Luzon, Visayas during the weekend -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-09
Several areas in Luzon and Visayas, including some parts of Mindanao will be having cloudy skies over the weekend due to the combined effects of the southwest monsoon

World Food Programme wins Nobel Peace Prize
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-09
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday for feeding millions of people from Yemen to North Korea, with the coronavirus pandemic pushing

LPA off Masbate, southwest monsoon to bring rains - 2020-10-09
A low-pressure area off Masbate and the southwest monsoon will continue to bring rains over most parts of the country, the state weather bureau said yesterday.

Trade remains negative in August as coronavirus shocks linger - 2020-10-09
Lackluster trade activity continued to hound the Philippines in August on the back of persistent pullback in both imports and exports, a symptom of an economy still struggling to recover from coronavirus shock.

A woman will oversee global trade for the first time
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
(CNN) -- For the first time in its 25-year history, the World Trade Organization will be led by a woman. The field of candidates vying to become the next director-general of the WTO later this ...

Duterte must enforce term-sharing deal he brokered, says Lagman
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-09
President Rodrigo Duterte should enforce the term-sharing deal that he himself arranged in 2019 and which has since been badgering the House of Representatives, Albay 1st

Pimentel, Drilon say no to deferring payment of 13th-month bonus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Saying employees are "more distressed" than their "capital providing" employers, Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Friday resisted the idea of deferring ...

Full implementation of health reforms in PH may take 10 years
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) -- Making sure that all Filipinos have access to quality and affordable health services could take a decade, a Department of Health (DOH) official said ...

Meralco power rates up in October - 2020-10-09
A typical household consuming 200 kilowatt hour (kWh) will see a P24 increase in electricity bills for October.

Ifugao town enhances facility, mobility for disaster & health response
Gov - 2020-10-09
KIANGAN, Ifugao, Oct. 9(PIA)- -The municipal government of this town began the construction of a new multi-purpose building and purchased two brand new vehicles to enhance the delivery of faster and more effective disaster and health response. This ...

DOH says Avigan trial may start next week, gives go signal to recruit study participants
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) -- The clinical trial on anti-viral drug Avigan in the Philippines may finally start next week, as the Department of Health has allowed the proponent to ...

4 dead, 4 hurt in North Cotabato gun attack - 2020-10-09
Four villagers, one of them a three-year-old girl, were killed when gunmen fired at houses in an interior barangay in Pikit town Friday.

DepEd: Errors in educational TV episodes due to production rush
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) - The Education Department says errors in video lessons aired on television that are making the rounds on social media are due to the rush to produce ...

Pasig City unveils new health monitoring system
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-09
The Pasig City government unveiled their new health monitoring system Thurday, (Oct. 8) that is expected to further improve its contact tracing efforts and streamline its health services, especially during this time of pandemic.

Philippines' Converge aims to raise $600m in 2nd-biggest IPO
NIKKEI - 2020-10-09
MANILA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Philippine fibre broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc priced near the bottom of an indicated range its initial public offering (IPO) that aims to raise up to ...

9 dead in Bilibid riot - police
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- Nine inmates were killed after a riot erupted in the New Bilibid Prison early Friday, police said. The fatalities include seven members of the ...

IATF to tackle reduced distancing in public transport anew
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) -- Now may be the best time to revive talks to relax physical distancing in public transport, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Friday. Key to plans ...

Converge's IPO set to raise $600 mln in Philippines' second largest listing
Nasdaq - 2020-10-09
Philippine fibre broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc priced near the bottom of an indicated range its initial public offering (IPO) that aims to raise up to $600 million, in the country's second largest ever listing.

Duterte thinks suspension of House sessions 'should not have happened' with 2021 budget in peril - Nograles
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 9) -- The House of Representatives should reconvene to pass the 2021 budget next week, with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles saying the President is ...

Philippines' Converge prices $600 mln IPO at bottom of guidance
Nasdaq - 2020-10-09
Philippines' Converge ICT Solutions Inc on Friday priced its initial public offering (IPO) at 16.80 pesos ($0.35) per share, near the bottom of an indicated range, in the country's largest maiden share sale in seven years.

Unlocking the potential of the Philippines in Cancer Care and Preparedness
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-09
In 2018, more than 141,000 Filipinos were diagnosed with cancer-- lung cancer and breast cancer being the top indications. Over 60% (approximately 86,337 lives) of those diagnosed with the ...

4,000 Paranaque educators get free telehealth services from KonsultaMD, Zeal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-09
KonsultaMD and ZRewards by Zeal partnered with the Department of Education-Paranaque (DepED Paranaque) in honoring the heroes who are at the forefront of public school education by providing

Duterte: End House crisis or else
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-08
President Duterte on Thursday night threatened to step in to save the P4.5-trillion proposed budget for 2021 from delay if the members of the House of Representatives failed to resolve the crisis

Researchers see downward trend in PH virus cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-08
A group of independent researchers on Thursday said coronavirus cases in the Philippines were on a "downward trend," seven months after the country was placed on lockdown to halt the spread of the

FDA Commissioner Discusses Requirements for COVID-19 Vaccine Approval
Medscape - 2020-10-08
WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte talks with FDA Commissioner Dr Stephen M. Hahn about what it will take for a COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by the FDA.

U.S. appeals judge's ruling that blocked U.S. ban on TikTok downloads
Reuters - 2020-10-08
The U.S. government said in a court filing on Thursday it was appealing a judge's ruling that prevented it from prohibiting new downloads of the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok.

Trump Touts Antibody Treatments For COVID-19, But Evidence Is Incomplete
NPR - 2020-10-08
Medical researchers have high hopes that the kind of treatment the president received could end up being an important element in the fight against the pandemic. But clinical trials continue.

Virus may push 150M people into extreme poverty
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-08
WASHINGTON--The coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 150 million people into extreme poverty by the end of 2021, wiping out more than three years of progress in poverty reduction, the World ...

Labor Board Accuses Google Contractor of Violating Union Rights
New York Times - 2020-10-08
The complaint says the contractor, HCL, refused to negotiate with the union and retaliated by shipping work to Poland.

Basilan LGU employee slain - 2020-10-08
An administrative assistant of the provincial administrator in Basilan was shot dead on Wednesday. Musamman Amigos Hasadin, 40, was on his motorcycle when he was shot along Rizal Avenue in Barangay Doña Ramona in Isabe according to Capt.

PAL urged to rethink layoff plan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-08
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday dispelled fears of renewed massive displacement of workers over the plan of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) to terminate more than 2,000 of its ...

Globe promises more cell sites across the country
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-08
Amid easing permitting bottlenecks, Globe Telecom plans to install at least 800 cell sites in the final quarter of 2020 to meet rising demand. Globe said in a statement the rollout would cover most

LIST: World Mental Health Day events, activities in the Philippines
Rappler - 2020-10-08
Given that the Philippines is poised to endure a longer period of community quarantine, isolation, and uncertainty, experts are bracing for what they consider a nationwide mental health epidemic.

Philippines teachers start call centre to help remote learners
Reuters - 2020-10-08
Worried that remote schooling could become a struggle, a local authority in the Philippines has set up a makeshift call centre staffed by dozens of teachers to make sure students don't fall behind in class.

Antiterror law rules ready by Oct. 14
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-08
The implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act will be ready by Oct. 14 and would be submitted to the Cabinet-level Anti-Terrorism Council on Oct. 14, Justice Secretary Menardo ...

WHO reports record one-day rise in global coronavirus cases amid European outbreak
Reuters - 2020-10-08
The World Health Organization reported a record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases on Thursday, with the total rising by 338,779 in 24 hours led by a surge of infections in Europe.

P47 million shabu seized in Batangas - 2020-10-08
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Seven kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P47 million were recovered with the arrest of four suspected drug dealers in Sto. Tomas City, Batangas on Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., Calabarzon ...

Tanium, the fast-growing $9 billion cybersecurity startup backed by Salesforce Ventures, has quietly raised at least $150.5 million in new funding
Business Insider - 2020-10-08
Tanium said it received a "significant investment" from Salesforce Ventures, but didn't say how much. A new filing may offer a clue.

Yelp unveils a tool to help users avoid businesses accused of racism
Mashable - 2020-10-08
Yelp announced that businesses accused of racist behavior will have a new consumer alert placed distinctly on their pages. The alert, called the "Business Accused of Racist Behavior" alert, will appear on a business' page if it has received public attention because of "reports of egregious,

Woman wanted for human trafficking held in Navotas - 2020-10-08
A woman wanted for human trafficking was arrested in Navotas City on Wednesday, the police Anti-Kidnapping Group said yesterday.

Central bank bans 2 bank workers involved in Wirecard fraud from working for other financial firms
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 8) -- The central bank has banned two bankers who issued fake documents that contributed to the $2.1-billion (about ?104 billion) Wirecard scandal.

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