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SSS assistance to members hits P15.8B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-04
The state-run pension fund Social Security System (SSS) has extended more than P15.8 billion in loans and unemployment insurance benefits to its members amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department ...

Why immunization programs must continue amid the pandemic - 2020-08-04
Health experts say this over and over again: "Vaccination saves lives." But due to the pandemic, most of us try to avoid visits to our doctors for routine vaccinations and other primary care ...

Google Suddenly Restores Google Photos Feature Used By Millions
Forbes - 2020-08-04
GOOGLE MORE FROM FORBES Google Confirms Surprise Google Photos Video Feature Cancellation By Paul Monckton. According to a report by the ever-vigilant Android

Closure to tourists of Mountain Province highway bucked - 2020-08-04
The mayor of Tinglayan in Kalinga has asked the governor of Mountain Province to review an order issued by the municipal government of Sadanga, prohibiting tourists from passing through the highway within its territory.

Govt braces for more economic woes due to MECQ
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-04
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 ...

CDC Anticipates 2020 Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
Medscape - 2020-08-04
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) anticipate another peak year for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) and encourage clinicians to be prepared to recognize AFM and immediately hospitalize patients. AFM is a medical emergency, CDC ...

CA orders DOH to foot bill for PNoy-era barangay health stations project
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-04
Developed by a team led by... The continuous threat of COVID-19 to public health has severely hit business process outsourcing (BPOs) firms and enterprises who rely on agents to provide critical ...

PPE shortages, little guidance plague home health workers during pandemic - 2020-08-04
New York City home healthcare workers interviewed during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in March and April said they "felt invisible" and "were forced to make difficult trade-offs in their work and personal lives.

P91.65 billion in fuel taxes collected from fuel marking - 2020-08-04
The government has collected P91.65 billion in duties and taxes from petroleum products since the implementation of the fuel marking program last year, according to the Department of Finance.

Tricycles allowed under MECQ - MMDA - 2020-08-04
Tricycles will now be allowed to ply the roads of Metro Manila under modified enhanced community quarantine but only to ferry frontliners and persons out to buy essential goods, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said yesterday.

Metrobank urges use of digital platforms
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-04
Developed by a team led by... The continuous threat of COVID-19 to public health has severely hit business process outsourcing (BPOs) firms and enterprises who rely on agents to provide critical ...

IDC income in H1 rises despite lockdowns
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-04
Last August 1, 2020, I had the opportunity to launch the latest initiative as Dean of the University of the Philippines Virata School of Business (VSB). In a Zoom forum attended by the recent ...

BOC seizes P15 million bags, shoes - 2020-08-04
The Bureau of Customs seized on Monday P15 million worth of smuggled branded bags, shoes and wallets from Milan, Italy at a freight warehouse.

Cardema back in youth body - 2020-08-04
Ronald Cardema, who was disqualified as a representative of the Duterte Youth party-list group, is back at the National Youth Commission as a commissioner.

Local airlines push through with international flights - 2020-08-04
Local airlines will push through with their international flights to and from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as well as their domestic flights outside Manila during the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces this month.

NCMH slay suspect identified - 2020-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Police have identified the motorcycle driver believed to be involved in the killing of National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) diretor Roland Cortez in Quezon City last week, a police official said yesterday. "We have a lead on ...

35-day T-bills swamped on first day of MECQ 2
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-04
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PHL to spend P1.5 billion for Covax facility for Covid vaccine-DOST
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-04
Developed by a team led by... The continuous threat of COVID-19 to public health has severely hit business process outsourcing (BPOs) firms and enterprises who rely on agents to provide critical ...

2 ostriches run loose in Quezon City subdivision - 2020-08-04
Facebook user Dino Rivera spotted and took a video of one of the ostriches running down a street while being pursued by a goat. "I have seen weird things in my life but this one ranks up there," he said in a post on Facebook which has garnered at least 18,

House records 33rd COVID-19 case - 2020-08-04
The House of Representatives has recorded two new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 cases, bringing its number of cases to 33 so far.

Bank consortium to self regulate payment system - 2020-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- A consortium of banks will act as a payment system regulator after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) accredits the group as a payments system management body. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the Monetary Board approved the ...

Duterte back in Davao - 2020-08-04
President Duterte has returned home anew to this city, where he will hold office and monitor developments in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 until next week.v

35-day T-bills fetch lower rate - 2020-08-04
Government securities maturing in 35-days continued to fetch lower rates amid strong demand from investors, according to the Bureau of the Treasury.

DA: Food supply enough - 2020-08-04
The government yesterday advised Filipinos not to resort to panic-buying as the food supply is enough for the entire country even as Metro Manila is reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine for two weeks.

4 frontliners contract COVID-19 - 2020-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Four frontliners in Luzon tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, authorities reported yesterday. Two of the cases were recorded in Sual, Pangasinan, bringing the total number of infections in the town to seven ...

Microsoft goes big in security bug bounties: Its $13.7m is double Google's 2019 payouts
ZDNet - 2020-08-04
Microsoft has revealed it has awarded security researchers $13.7m for reporting bugs in Microsoft software since July last year. Microsoft's bug bounties are one of the largest so

Southeast Asia needs progress as pandemic exacerbates inequality--UN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-04
JAKARTA -- Southeast Asia must step up its COVID-19 response to combat the imminent deepening of inequality, United Nations secretary general António Guterres said in a recent report

Cebu City keeps quarantine pass requirement in GCQ to curb COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- Despite easing back to a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ), Cebu City has adjusted its protocols including keeping the quarantine pass ...

Amazon was selling shoes using the N-word until a UK lawmaker complained
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
Amazon has removed a post selling shoes described as "n***er brown" after a British lawmaker discovered the listing while shopping online, prompting calls for tighter controls on Amazon's item descriptions.

Impact of pandemic gives greater impetus to digital and self-service channels amid reduced customer service manpower - 2020-08-04
The continuous threat of COVID-19 to public health has severely hit business process outsourcing (BPOs) firms and enterprises that rely on agents to provide critical frontline support for customers. Globe, despite its commitment to delivering good customer ...

Lockdowns, depressed global oil prices stain Petron's balance sheet red in first half - 2020-08-04
Petron Corp., the country's largest oil refiner, swung to a net loss in the first half after tough stay-home orders enforced at home and abroad to curb coronavirus infections sent world oil prices crashing amid anemic demand.

Lockdowns force Globe to lower expansion ambitions - 2020-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. announced Tuesday a big cut on its capital expenditure (capex) for this year, after state-initiated lockdowns meant to fight the coronavirus pandemic stalled network expansion plans and sapped profits in ...

Philippines secures $6-B COVID-19 aid from UN, largest since Yolanda - 2020-08-04
The aid will be coursed through the government to fund response programs against the pandemic. To date, 23% of the funds were already "mobilized."

Sadanga mayor's order to bar Buscalan tourists from passing through questioned - 2020-08-04
Ganggangan penned EO 18 series of 2020 prohibiting tourists going to Barangay Buscalan in Tinglayan, Kalinga from passing through the road within Sadanga.

Task force to consider exempting stranded Filipinos from travel ban during MECQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
The government's COVID-19 task force will discuss whether they can exempt locally-stranded individuals from the travel ban imposed in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Department of Agriculture says there is sufficient food supply amid MECQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
The Department of Agriculture said there is ample food supply despite the return of Metro Manila and other areas to a 15-day modified enhanced community quarantine.

Trump says TikTok sale can go through but only if the US gets a cut
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
Trump described his proposal as being similar to a lease between a landlord and a tenant, adding that TikTok owes the US for its success.

Use of rapid tests in workplaces may have led to rise of COVID-19 cases, says doctor
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
A member of the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society of General Internal Medicine says the use of rapid antibody test as basis to let employees go back to work might have contributed in the spread of the coronavirus.

Philippines reports 6,352 coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia's biggest daily jump
Reuters - 2020-08-04
The Philippines' health ministry on Tuesday reported 6,352 new coronavirus infections, marking the biggest daily jump in cases in Southeast Asia and after posting a record rise in five of the past six days.

No plans to ban TikTok in PH - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
The Philippines will not follow the move of President Donald Trump to ban the TikTok app in the US as local authorities do not perceive the video sharing app as a security threat.

15 new cases bring to 997 total number downed by COVID-19 in Eastern Visayas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-04
TACLOBAN CITY -- At least 15 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were registered in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 997. Among the ...

Overwork, unprotected Fabella hospital frontliners appeal to DOH to set in place health protocols to contain the deadly virus
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-04
Health workers from the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital (DJFMH) on Tuesday staged a lunch break "silent protest" to express deep concern over the safety of fellow health workers, mothers, infant, and non-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients confined in the hospital who are prone to virus infection.

35-day T-bill rate slid to new low amid strong demand
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The rate for the 35-day T-bill slid to a new low on Tuesday as investors seeking a safe haven snapped up the shortest tenor of government securities being issued by the ...

PNP eyes establishment of own tertiary hospital by 2022 -- Gamboa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police will have its own tertiary hospital in two to three years time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday. PNP chief Gen. Archie ...

'Shoot to kill' QC official also says 'irresponsible' citizens should be 'killed' - 2020-08-04
MANILA, Philippines -- A harsh Facebook post that a Quezon City official insists that news site Rappler quoted "maliciously" as him threatening people with a "shoot-to-kill" policy is not an isolated one. Quezon City Task Force Disiplina head Rannie ...

JRRMMC health workers mourn death of colleague to COVID-19
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-04
Health workers from the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) staged a noon "snake rally" Monday (August 3) to denounce the death of fellow medical frontliner Judy Bonn Suerte who succumbed to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on July 31.

PhilHealth may lose reserve funds by 2021 -- official
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- PhilHealth may lose its reserve funds due to the COVID-19 pandemic next year, an official of the state firm that is embroiled in corruption allegations ...

CommsChoice expands Microsoft Teams calling into China, Japan and the Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-08-04
Leading cloud communications provider, ASX listed CommsChoice Group Limited (ASX: CCG), today announced that it has expanded its Microsoft Teams calling (Direct Routing for Teams) platform into China,

Injury, obesity, stress: esports starts wising up to health problems - 2020-08-04
SINGAPORE - Growing concern over health standards in esports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese ...

Whistleblower claims ?15 billion stolen by PhilHealth execs in fraud schemes
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) -- Officials of the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corporation have stolen some ?15 billion from the agency using different fraudulent schemes, a ...

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