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BSP tells banks to ramp up security amid rise in text-based fraud
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-24
Financial firms are advised to review security protocols and ramp up anti-fraud measures as more scammers dupe depositors into giving personal data through fake text messages.

Blasts kill 9 people, wound soldiers in Philippines -- reports
NIKKEI - 2020-08-24
A bombing in a town on a restive southern Philippines island killed nine people and wounded dozens on Monday, among them soldiers and civilians, the military said, with Islamist militants suspected of being behind the attack.

Case closed: Supreme Court OKs Pemberton's withdrawal of conviction review
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-24
The former US Marine withdrew his appeal on June 2, the same day the Philippines terminated the suspension of the Visiting Forces Agreement.

Philippines signs $28.8-M grant with EU for Mindanao peace efforts - 2020-08-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines has secured a third tranche of aid from the European Union to fund peace initiatives in restive parts of Mindanao and the delayed rehabilitation of conflict ...

'Bayanihan 2' to ensure priority of local PPE makers, DOH says
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-24
Amid criticisms the Philippine government prefers buying imported personal protective equipment (PPE), the passage of the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act will guarantee that local manufacturers will be the priority for procurement,

LIST: LTFRB allows resumption of 1,333 jeepneys in 23 routes - 2020-08-24
"Even if a unit isn't brand new, if it passes the roadworthiness test of the LTO, it will pass. Now talking about the pandemic, we can't let all the vehicles out because that will defeat the purpose of quarantine.

1,333 more jeepneys to ply Metro Manila routes on August 26
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-24
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has approved the resumption of operations of these traditional jeepneys in 23 routes.

Singaporean antibody firm draws throngs of Korean investors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-24
SEOUL -- Singapore-based antibody discovery firm Hummingbird Bioscience is drawing attention from South Korean investors for its computational systems biology-driven drug candidate discovery

Challenges and opportunities in education under the new normal
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-24
In the recently published Framework for Reopening Schools from UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Food Programme and UNHCR, these reputable international organizations are all one in saying that "the best interest of every child should be paramount.

Pagasa: Fair Monday weather with possible isolated rain showers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-24
Fair weather is expected nationwide on Monday, with possible isolated rain showers in the afternoon or evening due to

Medical and health education under the new normal
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-24
Even as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, life still needs to go on despite the quarantine. Like many businesses, the education sector also found ways in adapting to the digitized new normal while at the same time adapting to the needs of both

Palace: Business groups free to join IATF meetings
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-24
THE Supreme Court ruling that would lead to higher funds for local government units (LGUs) may prompt the national government to unfund P225.3 billion worth of projects and programs, according to ...

Locsin hits ban on health care workers to go abroad
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-23
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. broke ranks with the administration to denounce the continued ban on health-care workers who want to resume or start working abroad amid

Women Who Tech Launches Challenge To Help Fund Startups Affected By Covid-19
Forbes - 2020-08-23
The organization aimed at funding women-led tech startups launched a program to help business owners affected by the pandemic get back on their feet.

Tropical Storm Laura Causes Dangerous Floods in the Caribbean
New York Times - 2020-08-23
The tropical storm, one of two storms churning through the Caribbean, caused severe rain and flooding in Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

1,000 More Coronavirus Deaths In The Past Day, CDC Says
NPR - 2020-08-23
The number of deaths has been slowly ticking down, but remains well above the totals seen in the early months of the pandemic. More than 175,000 in the U.S. have now died, according to the CDC.

Microsoft backs Epic Games, says Apple is threatening game development
Mashable - 2020-08-23
Microsoft filed a statement with the U.S. District Court presiding over the Apple/Epic Games legal dispute on Sunday.

POEA orders agencies to help stranded jobseekers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-23
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has issued Governing Board Resolution No. 11 requiring licensed recruitment agencies to assist applicants for overseas

Ventilation, short trips can reduce COVID-19 risk in public transport
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-23
Proper ventilation and short trips can greatly reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus on buses and trains, according to a global study published this week, amid a

Russia, Expecting Plaudits for Vaccine, Is Miffed by Its Cool Reception
New York Times - 2020-08-23
Russian officials and scientists dismiss warnings about safety as Western jealousy and sour grapes. But only 24 percent of Russian doctors would take the vaccine, one survey shows.

5 Questions With Colton Griffin, CEO Of Flourish Software
Forbes - 2020-08-23
In 2011 after graduation, I moved to Atlanta to start my career at Manhattan Associates, which is a software leader in best of breed supply chain solutions.

Opportunities despite the weak economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-23
The past few weeks were busy for analysts like me given the slew of economic data and corporate earnings results that came out. Not surprisingly, the second quarter GDP numbers and corporate earnings

6 killed in Calabarzon gun attacks - 2020-08-23
Six persons were killed in separate gun attacks in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) in the past two days.

Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor
New York Times - 2020-08-23
The Department of Health and Human Services told hospitals in April that reporting to the vendor, TeleTracking Technologies, was a "prerequisite to payment."

Citicore to start construction of solar plant in November - 2020-08-23
The renewable energy arm of Citicore Power Inc. is set to begin construction for a solar plant in Central Luzon in November under a joint venture with AC Energy Philippines Inc.

The Election Day asteroid is all hype
Mashable - 2020-08-23
The Election Day asteroid isn't end times. You may have seen headlines recently warning about an asteroid "zooming towards us" just before Election Day in November. But while the threats from climate-amplified wildfires,

Use science on Brazil ban -- processors - 2020-08-23
Local processors continue to appeal to the Department of Agriculture to reconsider its decision on temporarily banning chicken imports from Brazil.

3 die of electrocution - 2020-08-23
Three men were electrocuted in separate incidents in Pangasinan and Cagayan over the weekend.

Benguet posts turnaround in H1 - 2020-08-23
Listed miner Benguet Corp. posted an income turnaround in the first semester on the back of higher revenues and better global prices.

Teraspan to invest P170 million to build plant in Philippines - 2020-08-23
Teraspan Inc. is planning to invest P170 million for motorcycle manufacturing operations in the country, according to the Board of Investments.

Commuters nabbed, fined for not wearing face shields - 2020-08-23
Authorities have apprehended bus commuters for not complying with the mandatory wearing of face shields as public transportation resumed in Metro Manila after quarantine restrictions were eased last week,

ASF pulls down Q2 hog production - 2020-08-23
The constant outbreaks of African swine fever in the country continued to take its toll on the hog industry, as local production remained down in the second quarter.

CTBEX gets DPWH push - 2020-08-23
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. unsolicited proposal to build the P22.43-billion Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway is expected to move forward this year as the Department of Public Works and Highways is working closely with the National Economic and Development Authority to have the project approved within the year.

DOF welcomes $300 million loan from ADB - 2020-08-23
The Department of Finance welcomed the Asian Development Bank decision to approve a $300 million loan that will support efforts to ramp up financial inclusion, especially in unserved and under served areas of the country.

More firms creating REIT - 2020-08-23
Three more real estate companies have expressed interest in forming and listing their own real estate investment trust in the stock market, according to Securities and Exchange chairperson Emilio Aquino.

Robinsons Bank profit hits P628.3 million in H1 - 2020-08-23
Earnings of Gokongwei-led Robinsons Bank Corp. reached P628.32 million in the first semester, almost four times the P158.36 million it earned in the same period last year as the jump in trading and securities gains offset the higher provision for credit losses.

Local airlines seek consistent, unified policies - 2020-08-23
After taking a combined P20-billion loss in the second quarter, local airlines are seeking not only government support, but also unified and consistent policies as they continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic.

Reforms eyed in corporate pension system - 2020-08-23
The Capital Market Development Council is studying reforms in the corporate pension system to ensure that private sector employees get enough retirement funds, while also helping the development of the domestic capital market,

Philippine wants to meet US sugar export quota - 2020-08-23
The Philippines is targeting to meet the US sugar quota export allocation which it failed to attain over the years, as local production is expected to increase in the next crop season.

2D, 3D lotto games back today - 2020-08-23
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office announced the resumption of 2D (two digit) and 3D (three digit) lotto games in areas under general community quarantine and modified GCQ beginning today.

DTI working with local PPE producers - 2020-08-23
The Department of Trade and Industry is working with domestic manufacturers of personal protective equipment, as well as the Department of Health and Department of Budget and Management - Procurement Service,

437 people charged over SAP anomalies - 2020-08-23
A town mayor, several councilors and barangay officials are among the 437 people who have been charged in connection with the allegedly anomalous distribution of the first tranche of the Social Amelioration Program,

BI: Some foreigners fake marriages to enter Philippines - 2020-08-23
To skirt travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic and enter the Philippines, some foreigners pretend to be married to Filipinas, the Bureau of Immigration reported yesterday.

PCOO agency flagged over P1.8 million meal expenses - 2020-08-23
State auditors have called out an attached agency of the Presidential Communications Operations Office over questionable meal expenses totaling P1.83 million last year.

Recruiters want deployment ban on health workers lifted - 2020-08-23
Insisting the country has no shortage of healthcare workers, the local recruitment industry yesterday pressed anew for the resumption of deployment of newly hired Filipino nurses abroad.

20 quakes recorded at Taal Volcano - 2020-08-23
Twenty volcanic earthquakes were recorded at the Taal Volcano island in Batangas in the past 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported yesterday.

Slow distribution of SAP adds to slow recovery - 2020-08-23
The slow distribution of fiscal support as the pandemic wears on will contribute to the slow recovery of the economy, according to a London-based think tank.

EDSA concrete barriers replaced with bollards - 2020-08-23
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yesterday started replacing the concrete barriers along EDSA with steel bollards.

Biz groups hail SC ruling vs arbitrary search, arrest
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-23
THE Supreme Court ruling that would lead to higher funds for local government units (LGUs) may prompt the national government to unfund P225.3 billion worth of projects and programs, according to ...

BSP eyes cap on credit card loan rates - 2020-08-23
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas plans to put a cap on the finance charges imposed by banks and financial institutions on credit card loans to help ease the burden of consumers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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