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Cimatu eyes selective barangay lockdowns in Cebu City after June 30
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 24) -- Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who is now spearheading the COVID-19 fight in Cebu City, is considering placing under lockdown after June 30 certain ...

'Great Lockdown' to cripple Philippine economy -- IMF
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
From 0.6% growth seen in April, the multilateral lender now sees the Philippine economy shrinking 3.6% in 2020.

154,000 Manila Water customers in Rizal brace for 15-hour water interruption
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The water concessionaire said in an advisory that the water interruption will begin 5 p.m. Thursday, June 25 until 8 a.m. Friday, June 26.

Business leaders unite for 11th Asia CEO Awards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
The Asia CEO Awards (ACA) brings together over a hundred industry leaders and top executives during its virtual launch last June 18. Now on its 11th year, the largest business awards in the Asia

Zamboanga Sibugay records first COVID-19 case
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
Zamboanga Sibugay confirms its first COVID-19 case, a student from the town of Imelda who arrived from Cebu City last week.

DOLE to review advisory amid reports of workers not receiving pay, benefits during pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has committed to review one of its recent advisories in light of reports that workers are not receiving salaries and benefits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Quarantine enforcers apprehend 40 drivers parking on bike lanes
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
This should serve as a lesson and a warning for the motorists to respect the spaces intended for bicycle riders. This operation will continue until we are able to institute discipline among the motorists that bicycle lanes are for bicycle riders and they have no business using them as parking or encroach in these lanes to overtake or to avoid traffic jams,

43% of Filipinos see life worsening in 12 months
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The poll, taken from May 4 to 10, found 43 percent of the respondents expecting their quality of life to worsen, termed by SWS as ...

SB Corp. calls on MSMEs anew to avail of loan fund
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
CEBU, Philippines -- State-owned Small Business Corp. (SB Corp.) has reiterated its call to micro and small exporters affected by COVID-19 to avail of interest-free loans. SB Corp president and ...

The world's top liquor brand is now also mainland China's biggest public company
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The world's most valuable liquor company has just claimed another first. Kweichow Moutai, the Chinese company known for making the popular national spirit, baijiu, is now the biggest public company in mainland China by market cap after its shares gained 23% so far this year,

Aboitiz, Cebu Pacific to cut jobs amid coronavirus crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
Aboitiz Group and Cebu Pacific announced on Wednesday they will be laying off employees owing to business setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Small amounts' from Wirecard-linked person entered Philippines -- DOJ
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
Whether the amounts are connected to the missing $2.1 billion from the company at the center of an accounting scandal remains unclear.

Germany bans single-use plastic straws, food containers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
BERLIN -- Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic

COVID-19 lockdown: A checkpoint for every village in Cebu City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
The city is now saturated with checkpoints, with 93 of these set up to keep residents from leaving their villages in a bid to stop coronavirus transmission in an area now being tagged as

SM taps 'hybrid' approach to sustain retail sales amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
SM Investments Corporation says it is taking a 'hybrid' approach under the new normal by boosting its e-commerce presence as people get reluctant to head out to shop.

Pangilinan urges govt to bring deceased OFWs back home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan on Wednesday urged the government to allow the repatriation of the fallen Overseas Filipino Workers who died of COVID-19 in Saudi

DFA: Virus-stricken Filipinos abroad now at 8,351 with 27 new patients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
An additional 27 Filipinos overseas have contracted the novel coronavirus, bringing the total infections to 8,351, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported

Philippines plans record $86 bln 2021 budget for post-pandemic recovery
Reuters - 2020-06-24
The Philippine government is seeking a record 4.3 trillion peso ($85.89 billion) budget for 2021 focused on reviving a coronavirus-hit economy expected this year to shrink for the first time in two decades,

Reunification of Korean Peninsula, an increasingly distant dream
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
Seventy years have passed since the fratricidal war broke out, but an increasing number of South Koreans view reunification of the Korean Peninsula as a distant, even far-fetched, dream

NBI, BI ordered to investigate individuals involved in Wirecard scandal
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The Justice Department has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Immigration to investigate individuals allegedly involved in the Wirecard scandal.

COVID-19 impact: DOLE sees 40% drop in OFW remittances for 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is seeing a decrease in remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by up to 40 percent or around $13 billion this year as

Resumption of South China Sea Code of Conduct negotiations to be determined soon--Vietnamese diplomat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
HANOI -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China are expecting to set the time and date for resumption of delayed negotiations on the highly anticipated Code of Conduct (COC)

Philippines Probing People Linked to Wirecard Saga, Ex-Board Member 'May Still Be Here'
New York Times - 2020-06-24
The Philippines is investigating individuals linked to an accounting saga at German payment firm Wirecard, its justice minister said on Wednesday, including a former board member who visited the country in March and "may still be here".

Pasig, QC LGUs remind businesses to follow strict health protocols
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The local governments of Pasig City and Quezon City have reminded businesses to observe strict health protocols to stop the community spread of the coronavirus disease ...

COVID-19 cases in PH exceed 32,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The Philippines now has 32,295 COVID-19 cases, as the Health Department records 470 new infections, 214 more recoveries, and another 18 deaths.

COVID-19 Sub-Task Group clears more than 18,000 returning overseas Filipinos
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
Task Group for the Repatriation of overseas Filipino workers says 18,213 returning OFWs can now go home to their provinces after testing negative for COVID-19.

DBM proposes ?4.3 trillion national budget for 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The Department of Budget and Management announced Wednesday it is proposing ?4.3-trillion national budget for 2021.

Drug treatment and rehab facilities now allowed to resume admissions
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The Dangerous Drugs Board has allowed drug treatment and rehabilitation centers nationwide to resume admissions amid the pandemic, provided that they follow strict health and safety protocols.

15 QC cops axed for negligence after 6 Chinese inmates bolt jail
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
Fifteen police officers of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) were relieved after six Chinese detainees escaped from a detention facility while under their watch,  the

Aboitiz Group bows to coronavirus pain with job cuts
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Conglomerate Aboitiz Group on Wednesday announced an unspecified number of employees would be let go by next month under a "rationalization" plan triggered by business disruptions from the lingering coronavirus disease-2019 ...

From trading board to floor, coronavirus creeps back to PSE
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
The Philippine Stock Exchange index fell on Wednesday, just when the trading floor was closed for 24 hours due to an employee catching the virus.

Local fishers blame dredging for dwindling fish catch in Zambales
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
"Dredging harms the marine life through excavation of seabed and movement of solid particles, noise pollution, and blurring of water that drive away the fish," the group said.

DOH: Only 36% of COVID-19 hospital beds used nationwide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
Only 36 percent of hospital beds designated for coronavirus disease 2019 patients are being used nationwide. According to the daily bulletin of the Department of Health

Philippine bourse shuts trading floor due to coronavirus case, trade unaffected
Nasdaq - 2020-06-24
The Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday closed its headquarters and trading floor for 24 hours after an employee tested positive for the new coronavirus, but said trading was not affected. MANILA,

Philippine bourse shuts trading floor due to coronavirus case, trade unaffected
Reuters - 2020-06-24
The Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday closed its headquarters and trading floor for 24 hours after an employee tested positive for the new coronavirus, but said trading was not affected.

Japanese manufacturers use creativity, expertise to pitch in amid pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
In response to the coronavirus epidemic, small and medium-sized companies in Japan are developing new products one after another, using their established technologies and know-how to help

Cheaper airfares, hotel rooms to boost domestic travel in Malaysia, says industry leader
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
Cheaper domestic airfares will be an added boost to the tourism industry as hotel booking statistics showed that many families are price conscious. Malaysian

SEC upholds right to inspect corporate records
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is finalizing new guidelines to uphold the right of stakeholders to inspect corporate records in line with efforts to improve corporate governance and

DOF says nearly half of $4.8B foreign loans released for COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The Philippines has so far borrowed about ?242 billion from four international agencies to fund the local COVID-19 response, of which nearly half has been released for state programs, the Department of Finance says.

Globe helps Pasig City cope with COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
Globe has shown their support to Pasig City by funding its testing efforts and providing mobile phones for its frontliners.

Globe helps Pasig City cope with COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Globe has provided Pasig City--one of the local governments actively battling the pandemic--with funding for testing, communication support and other important donations ...

DOJ 'ready to help' Robredo in possible spoiled food probe
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The Department of Justice said they were ready to step in should Vice President Leni Robredo request their help in investigating allegations of spoiled food donations from her office.

Bello: 107 OFWs in Saudi Arabia die from COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
A total of 107 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia succumbed to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the

DOLE to review plea of families to bring home remains of OFWs who died of COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
The appeals of families of overseas Filipino workers who died of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia will be discussed by Philippine officials.

LIST: 31 operational bus routes in Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
There are now 31 operational routes for city buses in Metro Manila, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board announced Wednesday.

Internet users react to Gwen Garcia's alleged 'doctor-shaming' video
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has been accused of abusing her power once again. This time, the public official ironically finds herself in hot water after blowing off ...

At least 250 OFWs in Hong Kong awaiting repatriation -consul general
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
There are some 250 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong who are awaiting repatriation, Philippine Consul General in Hong Kong Raly Tejada said

Millennial dads 3x more hands-on: Studies strengthen case for more work-from-home fathers
philstar.com - 2020-06-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Today's fathers are spending three times as much time with their children as they help their partners in attending the needs of their kids, from schooling, playtime ...

Over 12K OFWs bound for Hong Kong amid coronavirus pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
Over 12,000 overseas Filipino workers are bound for Hong Kong over the next few weeks despite the threat of the coronavirus disease and ongoing local

OWWA faces bankruptcy by end of 2021 if pandemic continues to displace OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-24
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is fearing bankruptcy by the end of 2021 if the coronavirus pandemic continues to displace overseas Filipino workers

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