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Swimming with sharks
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-29
ALL three of my sisters went into selling rellenong bangus and embotido when the pandemic hit and the lockdown stretched on for weeks into months. My eldest sister stopped selling when they started going back to work.

Congress to probe Facebook 'censorship' as pro-government pages taken down
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano assures that Congress will look into possible violation of freedom of expression in Facebook's takedown of pro-government pages.

PCPPI new normal playbook promotes self-care
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-29
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought uncertainties and disruptions in the lives of most Filipinos, including businesses nationwide. When the national government mandated all business establishments to implement Covid-19 prevention and control Measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic,

uSSSap Tayo, the SSS Customer Relationship Management System
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-29
Has anyone of you experienced the strain of following up on a particular concern with an organization or business establishment, say, the status of your telephone or Internet installation, requesting for a copy of your credit card monthly billing statement,

Ona: Take health care out of politicians' hands
Rappler - 2020-09-29
The Department of Health is preparing a bill that will tweak the devolution setup, reverting supervision of provincial and municipal health officers to DOH

Palace: Government not remiss in addressing hunger - 2020-09-29
The government has not been remiss in helping sectors affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Malacañang said yesterday following the release of a poll indicating that more Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger in the past three months.

Maternity deaths, unplanned pregnancies, domestic violence worsen amid pandemic in PH - groups
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Several non-government organizations have asked legislators to look closely at the impact of the COVID-19 quarantine measures to women and children.

USAID partners with PHL govt, private sector to help Filipina entrepreneurs boost their businesses
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-29
The US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has forged a new partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Confederation of Cooperatives and the Philippine private sector to empower Filipina entrepreneurs.

Pioneering the premier living experience
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-29
IT has been over six months since the pandemic has shaken the global economy, affecting industry giants and entrepreneurs alike. While many organizations have chosen the path of caution, Ovialand Inc.

Weak habagat may still bring rains over Palawan, western part of Visayas, Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-29
The southwest monsoon may have grown weaker but it still affects the western portion of the country like Palawan, and western provinces of Visayas and Mindanao, state

New laws needed to abolish PhilHealth, sell off Japan assets to boost fund
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to abolish PhilHealth requires a new law from Congress, which will also pave the way for corrupt officials within the agency to be removed from office, Malacañang says.

85% of Pinoys still worried about getting COVID-19 -- SWS - 2020-09-29
The latest SWS poll released Monday night found that 85% of the 1,249 adult Filipinos surveyed are worried that anyone in their immediate family might catch COVID-19.

Uncontrolled PH COVID-19 outbreak to cause deeper 6.9% economic slump, create 'new poor' - World Bank
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) -- The Philippine economy will see a deeper slump this year as the COVID-19 crisis remains uncontained in the country, pushing more people into poverty, the World Bank said. In its latest report, the World Bank ...

Jeepney drivers, operators seek SC relief vs. restricted operations
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Drivers and operators of traditional jeepneys ran to the Supreme Court for relief against government orders that have hampered their livelihood amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roque defends prevailing restriction on movement of seniors amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) -- The Inter-Agency Task Force is standing by the current stay-at-home order for senior citizens amid the pandemic, its spokesperson Harry Roque said ...

Duterte to lose credibility if speakership term-sharing deal is snubbed - Atienza
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-29
President Rodrigo Duterte will lose "a lot of credibility" if the term-sharing deal on the speakership between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan

DOT issues guidelines for 'staycations' under GCQ areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
The Department of Tourism has released a set of a set of guidelines allowing "staycations" in areas under general community quarantine.

Belmonte orders QC hall offices: Cancel Christmas parties, give budget to indigents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-29
Expect no Christmas parties this year in Quezon City Hall offices and departments as Mayor Joy Belmonte has ordered them to cancel their celebrations and donate their party

Amazon wants you to pay with a wave of your hand
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Amazon's latest effort to speed up shopping trips lets you pay with the palm of your hand at some of its stores.

Duterte Lashes Out at Facebook After It Takes Down Fake Accounts
New York Times - 2020-09-29
The Philippine leader, who harnessed the social network as he rose to power, is now making vague threats to shut it down. By Jason Gutierrez and Paul Mozur MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte of ...

Gov't to raise P140 billion from shorter Treasury papers next month - 2020-09-29
Government has set the same amount to borrow from Treasury auctions, but is resorting to debts with shorter payment terms to ensure investor appetite remains.

Warming oceans more 'stable' and that's bad, scientists warn - 2020-09-29
In the oceans, higher temperatures have a different effect, slowing the mixing between the warming surface and the cooler, oxygen-rich waters below, researchers said.

Pelicula Spanish Film Festival goes virtual
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) -- The 19th edition of the popular Pelicula Spanish Film Festival will go online for the first time this year. Instituto Cervantes de Manila, in ...

Vietnam's growth climbs, resisting global downturn - 2020-09-29
Vietnam's economic growth picked up in the third quarter, boosted by a rally in exports as the country slowly emerges from a virus-induced slowdown.

Philippines records 2,025 new COVID-19 cases, tally approaches 310,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
COVID-19 cases in the country are inching closer to 310,000, with 2,025 new infections confirmed by the Department of Health on Tuesday.

Zubiri wants more personnel for Anti-Red Tape Authority
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-29
MANILA, Philippines -- The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) should have more personnel to better implement and oversee the national policy on the ease of doing business and eliminate the

DDB seeks budget increase for rehab program, saliva drug-testing pilot study
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) -- The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is asking lawmakers for a budget increase to conduct a saliva drug-testing pilot program and fund its community ...

Philippines to begin national ID pre-enrollment on Oct. 9 - 2020-09-29
Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act provides the legal basis for the national ID program, a key social project of the Duterte administration aimed at providing government clearer information on its citizens to better target public projects.

PLDT completes line maintenance ahead of schedule - 2020-09-29
Subscribers should expect network connections to get back to normal after PLDT Inc. completed an "emergency maintenance" a day ahead of original schedule.

Malaysia's spat with Philippines over Sabah: Five things to know
NIKKEI - 2020-09-29
TOKYO -- A 60-year-old dispute over the sovereignty of Sabah, Malaysia's second largest state, has recently reignited, creating tensions between Kuala Lumpur and Manila and adding a further complication to the many sovereignty issues in the South China Sea.

Singapore lauds FIlipino frontliners in COVID-19 response success
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29)-- The government of Singapore has lauded the contributions of overseas Filipino health workers who have played an important part in its response ...

Health advocates appeal for home quarantine for COVID-19 positive patients with no comorbidities
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-29
While civil society groups support the decision of the government to isolate COVID-19 positive individuals to prevent the transmission of the virus, they appealed that patients with no comorbidities but have the capacity to home isolate be exempted from being transferred to a quarantine facility.

World Bank sees 2 million more poor Filipinos from pandemic - 2020-09-29
The COVID-19 shock is now abruptly pushing the economy into recession and threatening these economic and social gains," the multilateral lender said.

85% of Filipinos still worried about contracting COVID -- SWS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-29
At least 85 percent of Filipinos remain worried about contracting COVID-19, results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. Of the 1,249 adult Filipinos

Metro Manila to keep GCQ status until Oct. 31
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28)-- The country's capital region and COVID-19 outbreak epicenter will undergo another period of general community quarantine starting Oct. 1 to 31 ...

Big Hit IPO makes BTS millionaires and their producer a billionaire
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-29
Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook have become multimillionaires after their label, Big Hit Entertainment, pulled off South Korea's biggest stock market listing in three years.

Clustering of cases, health system capacity were factors why NCR remains under GCQ -- DOH
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-29
An official from the Department of Health (DOH) said the clustering of cases and health system capacity were among the factors why the National Capital Region had to remain under the general community quarantine (GCQ).

PACC probes P866-million stock investments of PhilHealth
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-29
THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is now investigating the alleged anomalies in the stock investment of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica said they are now looking into a 2017 report of the Commission on Audit (COA),

New York Times says Trump paid $750 in U.S. income taxes in 2016, 2017
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-28
President Donald J. Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report on Sunday in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only

Philippines extends partial coronavirus curbs in Manila until Oct 31
Reuters - 2020-09-28
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday partial coronavirus restrictions in and around the capital region will be extended for another month until Oct. 31 to keep the spread of COVID-19 in check.

Brigham and Women's Latest to Battle In-House COVID Outbreak
Medscape - 2020-09-28
Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 among patients and staff, which the facility blames partly on lapses in infection control practices by employees. The hospital,

2021 budget can rev up economy by Q2-Salceda
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-28
FUNDING for health, education and infrastructure under the proposed P4.5-trillion General Appropriations Act of 2021 is enough to bring back consumer confidence and revive the economy by second quarter of next year,

Tower Club to close permanently
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-28
The shareholders of Tower Club Inc. (TCI), an exclusive event place and dining area for business executives at the Philamlife Tower in Makati, have decided to permanently shutter the establishment due to its mounting losses.

Udenna shuts out new players in Malampaya
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-28
LED Udenna Group wants no other new members in the Malampaya consortium, saying it will exercise its pre-emptive rights in order for the group, joined by PNOC Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC), to secure full ownership of the Malampaya Service Contract (SC) 38.

Cancer Disparities: One of the Most Pressing Public Health Issues
Medscape - 2020-09-28
"There is...a need for our nation's leaders to take on a much bigger role in confronting and combat-ing the structural and systemic racism that contributes to health disparities," says the AACR.

Google Will Enforce Its Billing System On All Play Store Apps Ensuring A 30% Cut On Sales
Forbes - 2020-09-28
The company, however, has promised to make installing of third-party app stores, which are not subject to the 30% fee, easier on Android.

Three Reasons Why It's A Great Time To Be In The Gaming Business
Forbes - 2020-09-28
It is an incredible time to be in the gaming business. Let's put aside that the pandemic arrived in February. The ensuing national lockdown created a supercharged tailwind for the gaming segment's major players,

Town exec killed in ambush - 2020-09-28
A municipal councilor of Guindulungan town in this province was killed in an ambush by unidentified assailants yesterday morning.

NEDA urges caution on creation of ecozones - 2020-09-28
The government should be cautious about the creation of new economic zones in the country as this does not always result in strong development in localities, the National Economic and Development Authority said.

Velasco, Cayetano to meet with Duterte on Tuesday amid speakership row
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-28
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will meet tomorrow with President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in view of the speakership row, said the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

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