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PhilHealth reviewing COVID-19 case rates
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The government health insurer said Thursday it is reviewing case rate packages for COVID-19 in light of calls to scrap the system as a

Global health crisis cuts profits of ICTSI
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) saw its profits declining by 12 percent to $113.4 million in the first half, from $128.5 million a year ago, due to the global health crisis. Enrique K.

Gamboa rallies cops to carry out mandate as PNP observes police service anniversary
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
"In honor of our legacy, we will continue... Philippine Business Bank (PBB) deemed it necessary to heighten the provisions for potential credit losses by more than three times in the first half ...

ANALYSIS: Microsoft has a long history in China. That could cut both ways for TikTok
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Microsoft has spent decades building goodwill with Beijing, and that could help its bid to buy TikTok's operations in the United States and a few other countries. That is, unless deteriorating US-China relations get in the way.

Metro Pacific Hospital expands COVID19 capacity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
Amid the unabated rise of local coronavirus (COVID19) cases, healthcare chain operator Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (MPHHI) is expanding its capacity to serve afflicted patients and is

Philippines shifts from ASEAN darling to worst economic performer - 2020-08-06
The Philippines may not be alone on suffering an economic downturn because of the pandemic, but the decline in the local economy is by far the worst, at least compared with neighboring developing countries.

DepEd working to make learning materials accessible to students with special needs
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The Department of Education (DepEd) said it is working with partners to make sure learning materials would be accessible to students with special needs.

Dominguez: BIR, Customs beat lowered July collection goals - 2020-08-06
Despite weak economic activity, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Customs still exceeded their tempered collection targets in July, in what Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III counted as among the signs of economic recovery following a pandemic-induced recession.

PAL keeps select, key international routes alive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
MANILA, Philippines--Philippine Airlines (PAL) continues to fly the flag in international skies amid the imposition of strict quarantine measures in Metro Manila and nearby areas. PAL, the

Government 'shelves' 8 flagship projects far from construction phase - 2020-08-06
In a virtual press conference on Thursday, Vince Dizon, presidential adviser for flagship projects, said two airports, three water projects and three road and bridge infrastructures, cumulatively worth P370 billion,

Philippine economy dives into recession in worst slump on record
Reuters - 2020-08-06
The Philippine economy plunged by much more than expected in the second quarter, falling into recession for the first time in 29 years, as economic activity was hammered by one of the world's longest and strictest coronavirus lockdowns.

Family of 5 massacred and burned in Zamboanga del Norte home - 2020-08-06
A family of five were brutally shot and burned in their home by armed attackers Wednesday midnight in a remote village in Siocon town, Zamboanga del Norte, according to police here.

Philippines now SE Asia's COVID-19 hot spot, pressuring Duterte
NIKKEI - 2020-08-06
MANILA -- The Philippines has emerged as Southeast Asia's coronavirus hot spot, adding pressure on President Rodrigo Duterte's government, which is facing tough balancing act of averting spiraling ...

Toyota is offering more great deals this August with the Restart Your Journey promo
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
Also, Meralco said its business centers are also open to... Conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) on Wednesday said its core income fell 38 percent in the first half to P5.3 billion ...

A sense of tranquility in the middle of a lockdown through urban gardening
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
Also, Meralco said its business centers are also open to... Conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) on Wednesday said its core income fell 38 percent in the first half to P5.3 billion ...

Philippines records most coronavirus cases in East Asia after new surge
Reuters - 2020-08-06
The Philippines on Thursday recorded another jump in coronavirus cases to overtake neighbouring Indonesia as the country with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in East Asia.

PH records over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, climbs to top of Southeast Asia list
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The Philippines confirms 3,561 new cases of the coronavirus disease, as its tally inches closer to 120,000, outpacing other nations in Southeast Asia.

After recession, Duterte gov't tempers growth ambitions - 2020-08-06
The Duterte administration is now bracing for a deeper crash and slower bounce-back over the next two years after the Philippine economy entered recession in the second quarter. From 2-3.4% contraction,

Philippines Suffers First Recession in 29 Years, Braces for Grim Year on Virus Woes
New York Times - 2020-08-06
The Philippine economy fell into recession for the first time in 29 years with a record slump in the second quarter, as strict lockdown measures ravaged economic activity and prompted the government to sharply cut its GDP forecast for 2020.

PhilHealth official allegedly involved in procuring overpriced IT systems resigns
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
A senior official at the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corporation who was allegedly tied to the procurement of overpriced equipment for the agency tendered his irrevocable resignation on Thursday.

DOF can't verify PhilHealth's fund life with IT system 'in shambles'
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says even the government's economic team could not figure out the actual fund life of PhilHealth, saying its information system is 'in shambles.'

Pompeo: 'Untrusted' Chinese apps should be removed from US app stores
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging American companies to remove "untrusted" Chinese-owned technology from their digital networks, as the Trump administration steps up efforts to restrict the reach of Chinese tech in the United States.

Philippines Reports 3,561 New Coronavirus Cases, 28 More Deaths
New York Times - 2020-08-06
The Philippines' health ministry on Thursday reported 3,561 new coronavirus deaths and 28 additional infections.

Cordillera journalists put up credit cooperative - 2020-08-06
Of the 14 weekly and the single daily publishing in Baguio City before ECQ was declared, only six remain. Some of the newspapers have also imposed a pay cut on their staff.

Lockdown cost Baguio, Benguet power utility P126M loss, adding to Cordillera recovery woes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
BAGUIO CITY -- The shuttering of businesses in Baguio City and Benguet province has cost power utility Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) as much as P126 million in foregone revenues since ...

PLDT grows profits despite pandemic disruptions - 2020-08-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Stay-at-home customers supported PLDT Inc. amid a tumultuous first half, growing its profits on the back of higher demand for broadband services despite pandemic-induced disruptions on its expansion plans.

Govt. launches command center to monitor hospital capacity, assist in inter-facility transfer
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Authorities launched on Thursday the One Hospital Command Center which aims to monitor the capacity of healthcare facilities to handle COVID-19 patients, and assist infected persons who need help in finding a hospital or an isolation facility.

One less vote for PhilHealth budget without reforms, says Lacson
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
A lawmaker said he may reject the proposed budget of embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. if reforms are not carried out amid fraud allegations. "Would they expect me -- personally, I am addressing this to myself -- to support their budget for Philhealth?

'Speculative': Testing czar dismisses report that PH may emerge as Southeast Asia's COVID-19 hotspot
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Testing czar Vince Dizon points out that the country continues to see thousands of new coronavirus infections daily because of increased testing efforts.

Lockdowns push PH economy into deep dive in Q2
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The Philippine economy is officially in recession after posting a 16.5% fall in domestic output for the second quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority says.

Galvez: 15-day MECQ not enough to reach goals of COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The chief implementer of the country's coronavirus response said Thursday it is unlikely and difficult to reach the goals of the Department of Health even after reimposing a two-week modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

DST Expands Digital Transformation and Innovation across Brunei with Tech Giant, MultiSys from the Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-08-06
A Partnership Agreement was signed virtually between Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd (DST) and MultiSys Technologies Corporation (MultiSys), a Software Engineering Solutions company based in the Philippine

PhilHealth chief denies ?15 billion pocketed by execs
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales says the allegations of resigned officer Thorrsson Keith were only made to'malign' his colleagues in the agency.

Gov't sees PH economy shrinking by 5.5% in 2020 with deeper slump, return to MECQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The economic downturn is worse than previously expected, with government now seeing a deeper 5.5 percent contraction for 2020.

Inflation spikes to 6-month high of 27% in July - 2020-08-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Consumer prices grew at a faster pace in July, triggered mainly by higher transportation costs, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday. The headline inflation rate accelerated to a six-month high of 2.7 percent ...

Lacson to Morales: One year 'long enough' to handle PhilHealth mess
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
A year would have been enough for the head of the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to address long-standing corruption and other controversies, Sen. Panfilo Lacson says.

Medco Holdings, Inc. issues Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
the utility firm said it would continue to conduct meter readings despite the enforcement of modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). Also, Meralco said its business centers are also open to...

Steep rise in Thai mergers and acquisitions as firms fight off coronavirus crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
BANGKOK -- The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a steep rise in mergers and acquisitions, according to an expert at CIMB Thai Bank (CIMBT). Businesses are choosing to fight the crisis by

Philippines suffers first recession in 29 years, braces for grim year on virus woes
YAHOO! - 2020-08-06
The Philippine economy plunged by much more than expected in the second quarter, falling into recession for the first time in 29 years, as economic activity was hammered by one of the world's longest and strictest coronavirus lockdowns.

RPT-UPDATE 1-Philippine economy dives into recession in worst slump on record
Reuters - 2020-08-06
The Philippine economy plunged by much more than expected in the second quarter, falling into recession for the first time in 29 years, as economic activity was hammered by one of the world's longest and strictest coronavirus lockdowns.

Officially a recession: PH GDP shrank 16.5% in Q2
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
The Philippine economy contracted by a record 16.5 percent during the second quarter -- at the height of the longest and most stringent COVID-19 lockdown in the region that

Philippines plunges into recession as economy shrinks 16.5% in Q2
NIKKEI - 2020-08-06
A Reuters poll had forecast a contraction of ... the fallout from the pandemic was deeper than initially estimated. The Philippines -- despite its longer and stricter lockdown compared with ...

Third of Afghans estimated to have contracted virus: health ministry
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-05
Nearly a third of Afghanistan's population -- or 10 million people -- has been infected with the coronavirus, according to health ministry estimates published Wednesday.

New Windows 10 Dev Channel test build adds DNS settings tweaks
ZDNet - 2020-08-05
Microsoft is adding more granular controls for DNS in its latest Windows 10 Dev Channel (Fast Ring) test build.

Fauci Reveals He Has Received Death Threats And His Daughters Have Been Harassed
NPR - 2020-08-05
During online forum sponsored by Harvard, Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed how his high-profile position has affected himself and his family personally.

Stricter guidelines await visitors once Baguio reopens for tourism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-05
Should this city reopen to visitors in September as planned, tourists must inform the city government ahead of their trips, pay for coronavirus tests, and prepare to be

Virginia Unveils App To Aid Contact Tracing
NPR - 2020-08-05
Virginia's new COVIDWISE app is designed to alert users who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The app relies on Bluetooth to notify people who may be at risk.

U.S. Army readies 'Capability Set '23' for communications modernization - 2020-08-05
The U.S. Army announced "Capability Set '23," a technical exchange meeting to consider its requirements for its networking modernization plan.

More Than Half of Doctors Now Part of Healthcare Systems
Medscape - 2020-08-05
Study finds big jump in hospital employment from 2016 to 2018; what will happen as a result of the pandemic remains to be seen.

FDA Adviser: Not Realistic To Expect A COVID-19 Vaccine In 2020
NPR - 2020-08-05
Dr. Paul Offit, who serves on the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory board, says he doesn't think an effective vaccine that's undergone adequate testing can be ready this year.

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