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Landbank launches P10 billion lending program for COVID-19 recovery - 2020-07-29
State-run Land Bank of the Philippines yesterday launched a P10 billion lending facility to help local government units recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mixed results for term deposits - 2020-07-29
Cash-rich banks continued to park excess funds in the liquidity absorption facility of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with the term deposits fetching mixed results on the back of strong demand.

Quezon City taps AI to fight COVID-19 - 2020-07-29
MANILA, Philippines -- In an effort to contain the local transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 and ease the burden of contact tracing, the Quezon City government has tapped artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tracking and monitoring of suspected ...

Senator urges govt to build field hospitals to increase bed capacity for Covid patients
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-29
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 frontline support for customers.

Care Homes 'Thrown to the Wolves' in Coronavirus Pandemic
Medscape - 2020-07-29
The social care system was treated as a 'poor relation' to the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis, the Government's spending watchdog says.

Baguio City RTC orders transfer of PMA cadets tagged in Dormitorio hazing death
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The Baguio City Regional Trial Court orders the transfer of three PMA cadets tagged in the fatal hazing of Darwin Dormitorio to Baguio City Jail while it has yet to decide on AFP's motion to retain their custody.

BIR extends online trade registration to Aug. 31
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has given online businesses one more month, or until Aug. 31, to register without penalty as movement restrictions remained in place despite a less-stringent

DILG-Region 3 warns of scam callers asking for payment to conduct COVID-19 tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon office has warned the public of supposed scam callers who will ask for payment before conducting ...

Six candidate vaccines may undergo trials in PH, FDA says
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The Food and Drug Administration said six candidate vaccines for COVID-19 may be up for clinical trials in the country. FDA Director General Eric Domingo announced this on Wednesday, citing a report by the Department of Science and Technology.

LPA to dump rains in Luzon, Visayas - 2020-07-29
A low-pressure area spotted off Virac, Catanduanes will dump rains over parts of Luzon and the Visayas in the next 24 hours.

DSWD: ?46.5B distributed to beneficiaries
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The government so far paid out ?46.5 billion to beneficiaries under the second tranche of the cash aid for the poor hit by the pandemic, according to the Social Welfare department.

Magnitude 5.8 quake jolts Mindanao - 2020-07-29
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocked parts of northern and eastern Mindanao yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said no damage or injury was reported from the quake,

Army commander Gapay is next AFP chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, currently head of the Western Mindanao Command, will be the next commanding general of the Philippine Army.

Government debt surpasses P9-T in June on pandemic needs - 2020-07-29
Hefty loans secured to finance the Philippines' costly pandemic response pushed up the government's debt past the P9-trillion mark for the first time to hit a new record high as of June, the Bureau of the Treasury reported Wednesday.

With no end to pandemic in sight, more COVID-19 facilities pushed in Visayas, Mindanao - 2020-07-29
Ultimately, the doctors agreed that these improvements in infrastructure were necessary to"crisis-proof" hospitals in case of a second wave of infections or a new pandemic altogether.

PNP Chief wants death penalty for 50 grams of illegal drugs
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
For Philippine National Police Chief Archie Gamboa, a person caught with 50 grams of illegal drugs should face the death penalty.

RIMPAC bound
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-29
The newly commissioned missile-frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) sails out of the Subic Bay Freeport on Wednesday (July 29) to join the biennial "Rim of the Pacific Exercise" (RIMPAC 2020), the ...

DOLE to reduce number of child laborers by 2022
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The government wants to reduce the number of child laborers in the country by 650,000 in two years, or by the time President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term.

Top Philippine telco to launch 5G service with Huawei and Ericsson
NIKKEI - 2020-07-29
MANILA -- The Philippines' largest telecom company PLDT will launch its 5G mobile service on Thursday using equipment supplied by China's Huawei Technologies and Sweden's Ericsson. The surprise ...

Probe on several issues related to ABS-CBN sought in House
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
MANILA, Philippines -- The plight of ABS-CBN in the House of Representatives seems to be far from over after several lawmakers filed resolutions seeking an inquiry on issues related to the ...

LOOK: Bangko Sentral upgrades design of peso bills
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The central bank introduced new features and design changes to the local peso bills, boosting safeguards versus counterfeit money and making it easier to distinguish among denominations.

Philippines confirms 1,874 new coronavirus cases, 16 deaths
Reuters - 2020-07-29
The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday reported 1,874 new coronavirus infections and 16 additional COVID-19 deaths.

Bird flu in Pampanga egg farm caused by migratory birds -- DA
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
BAI director Ronnie Domingo said in a statement Wednesday that field investigation showed that the presence of migratory birds in San Luis, Pampanga has been associated with bird flu outbreaks. According to Domingo,

EMERGING MARKETS-Vietnam slides 4% as virus-free bliss fades
Nasdaq - 2020-07-29
Vietnamese stocks tumbled over 4% on Wednesday as its prime minister warned the country to brace for another wave of coronavirus infections after a sudden outbreak in the coastal city of Danang. * Graphic: World FX rates * Graphic: Foreign flows into Asian stocks * Vietnamese shares hit near 3-year low as cases spike * Govt's reliance on public investment brings risks -analyst * Philippines reverses from losses as senate passes stimulus bill By Rashmi Ashok July 29 (Reuters) - Vietnamese stocks tumbled over 4% on Wednesday as its prime minister warned the country to brace for another wave of coronavirus infections after a sudden outbreak in the coastal city of Danang.

Solon warns 'doubtful, self-serving' measures may hurdle Congress amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) -- Is Congress likely to pass dubious and controversial measures in the plenary amid the coronavirus pandemic? At least one lawmaker thinks so. Buhay Party ...

Lizaso, Guillen named new members of MMFF executive committee
Manila Bulletin - 2020-07-29
Actor Arsenio "Nick" Lizaso and director Laurice Guillen have joined the executive committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Metropolitan Manila Development

BSP unveils enhanced banknotes - 2020-07-29
To further promote inclusivity and integrity in our currency, the BSP also took an opportunity to further improve our banknotes as part of global best practices and, at the same time, improve on its design and security features,

Duterte orders Energy dept., agencies to recommend steps on possible use of Bataan power plant
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) -- The Duterte administration is looking into the possible revival of the mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant, according to a new executive order.

Philippines moves closer to taxing tech giants
Reuters - 2020-07-29
A proposed bill that will allow the Philippines to tax tech giants like Facebook, Alphabet's Google and Youtube, and Netflix, moved a step closer to becoming a law after a lower house committee approved it on Wednesday.

NorMin tourism sites complying with minimum health protocols - DOT 10
Gov - 2020-07-29
In order for us to rise up, we need to comply with the minimum health standards so that everybody will be safe," Regional Director Marie Elaine Salvaña-Unchuan of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-10 said during an episode of CORDS-X podcast.

Gyms, internet cafes back in business Aug. 1 but experts worry - 2020-07-29
Establishments like gyms and internet cafes may resume operations up to 30% capacity next month in areas under general community quarantine.

DTI wants companies to provide quarantine facilities for employees
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The Department of Trade and Industry has proposed that companies be asked to provide quarantine services for their employees who will contract coronavirus.

San Miguel Corp. starts 'massive' mangrove tree planting to solve flooding in Bulacan
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
San Miguel Corporation said Wednesday it has begun a project to plant thousands of mangroves in a coastal area in Hagonoy, Bulacan.

Duterte revives nuclear energy push - 2020-07-29
In an executive order signed while the country is grappling to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Duterte formed an interagency body to study the feasibility of nuclear power.

PH debt breaches ?9T in June as gov't borrows more for pandemic response
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
Government debt reached more than ?9 trillion in June after increased loans to fund its COVID-19 response measures, the Treasury says.

DOLE backs the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) -- The Department of Labor and Employment is supporting the creation of the proposed Department of Overseas Filipino Workers to improve services and help ...

Philippines culls nearly 39,000 chickens to curb bird flu outbreak
Reuters - 2020-07-29
The Philippines said on Wednesday it had slaughtered nearly 39,000 chickens in a poultry farm north of the capital Manila to curb a bird flu outbreak, more than four months after detecting infections in a nearby province.

Philippines Confirms 1,874 New Coronavirus Cases, 16 Deaths
New York Times - 2020-07-29
MANILA -- The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday reported 1,874 new coronavirus infections and 16 additional COVID-19 deaths. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to ...

Philippines 'deadliest' country for land, environmental defenders in Asia - 2020-07-29
Farmers, indigenous leaders and government workers tasked with protecting the environment were among the victims.

Reese Schonfeld, CNN's founding president, has died at 88
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
Maurice 'Reese' Schonfeld, who helped launch the cable news era as the first president of CNN, has died. He was 88.

Budweiser's new beer is missing a key ingredient: Alcohol
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
One serving of Budweiser Zero has 0 grams of sugar, targeting health-conscious drinkers that crave the taste of beer and don't want to deal with a hangover.

EBay beats second-quarter sales estimates, raises FY outlook
Reuters - 2020-07-28
EBay Inc beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue on Tuesday and raised its full-year outlook, as the e-commerce company benefited from a surge in online shopping by people staying indoors due to coronavirus-driven lockdowns.

Moderna Vaccine Test in Monkeys Shows Promise
New York Times - 2020-07-28
This coronavirus vaccine developed by government researchers and Moderna enabled the animals to quickly clear the infection from their lungs.

Big Tech Operates From Same Playbook: Rep. Johnson
Bloomberg - 2020-07-28
Representative Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia, talks about the upcoming Congressional hearing where lawmakers will question the CEOs of Apple Inc., Inc., Alphabet and Facebook Inc. Rep.

US seeks to drop charges against former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudia Arabia
The Verge - 2020-07-28
Two former Twitter employees who were last fall charged with spying on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia may have charges against them dropped at the recommendation of US prosecutors, according to Bloomberg.

Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before Congress about Facebook and antitrust. Read his full prepared remarks here.
Business Insider - 2020-07-28
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will argue in his opening remarks that regulation of US tech companies would only help China's tech aspirations.

DTI recommends gradual reopening of review centers, gyms, and computer shops in GCQ areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) - The Department of Trade and Industry intends to reopen more businesses in a limited capacity by August 1 amid the still rising COVID-19 cases in the ...

PhilHealth defends SVP in flagged fund releases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-28
MANILA, Philippines -- The state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) maintained that its release of cash advances to hospitals to support their COVID-19 response was "aboveboard"

Misleading Virus Video, Pushed by the Trumps, Goes Viral
New York Times - 2020-07-28
Social media companies took down the video with hours. But by then, it had already been viewed tens of millions of times.

MMDA defends bus lane concrete barriers - 2020-07-28
An official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority yesterday denied that the median lane was too narrow for buses, following a series of accidents involving concrete barriers along EDSA.

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