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Working from home? Why detachment is crucial for mental health
InterAksyon - 2020-05-22
Shutterstock/KornT Wladislaw Rivkin, Aston University As an academic who regularly worked from home in the days before coronavirus, my friends often joked about what they imagined my daily routine might be (such as enjoying a morning gin and not changing out of my pyjamas).

DILG charges 42 barangay officials, 140 more may face graft raps over cash aid anomalies
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
The Department of the Interior and Local Government says it has charged more officials for anomalies in the distribution of cash aid, with authorities receiving numerous complaints on unfair selection of beneficiaries as well as kickbacks from subsidies.

Facebook says half of its employees might be remote
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
The projection -- a guess, Zuckerberg said, not a target -- marks a major pivot by the world's biggest social media company to support working from home after the pandemic.

Virus shock seen to throw 500K migrant workers out of jobs - 2020-05-22
To date, Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano told a congressional hearing 302,216 migrant workers had either been "displaced, distressed, stranded or infected" by the lingering global pandemic. An additional 200,

China will not set an economic growth target amid 'great uncertainty'
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
China will not set a specific target for economic growth this year -- a sign of how much uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic has caused the world's second largest economy.

You can be fined ?5,000 for making COVID-19 jokes in Valenzuela City
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
The Valenzuela City government is not taking jokes about COVID-19 lightly. Ordinance No. 708 or the "Bawal ang COVID-19 Jokes" Ordinance penalizes anyone who would "willfully and maliciously" convey and disseminate "false information of COVID-19 infection or malicious imputation of COVID-19 sickness on another person,

Hang Seng Index drops more than 4% as tensions flare up again between China and the west
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped more than 4% Friday after news broke that Beijing would move to pass a hugely controversial national security law for the Asian financial hub.

HR startup Workbean supports job seekers, companies amid pandemic layoffs - 2020-05-22
Workbean, an HR startup that specializes in employer branding and company culture, has launched a crowdsourcing campaign that seeks to list down employers from various sectors and industries that are still hiring.

Philippines eyes tax on Netflix to boost revenue amid pandemic
NIKKEI - 2020-05-22
The Philippines' VAT is pegged at 12%. "[These] companies are making a killing because of isolation but are not paying enough taxes," said the lawmaker, who chairs parliament's ways and means committee. "No new taxes here, we just want them to pay their fair share," he said in a statement. The bill also mandates that "network orchestrators ...

The race to 5G: Inquirer columnist
The Straits Times - 2020-05-22
In his commentary, the writer says a new digital normal must include the multitude in danger of being left behind.. Read more at

Female cadet from Isabela tops PMA graduates - 2020-05-22
Yet another woman -- Gemalyn Deocares Sugui -- graduates as topnotcher of Philippine Military Academy "Masidlawin" class of 2020 on Friday.

Trade Dept. mulls allowing limited dine-ins in restaurants
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
Eating inside restaurants and other establishments may be allowed again, a Cabinet official said on Thursday. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said he may propose to allow restaurants to hold dine-in services for a few customers amid COVID-19 quarantine restrictions if health measures are followed.

Mega Malasakit Kitchen continues to provide home cooked meals for our community frontliners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-22
Difficult times can bring out the best in people, as the global pandemic has shown. Amidst the climate of fear and uncertainty, people are showing gratitude and appreciation to those who are at the

Toyota offers more purchase options, flexible deals for better days ahead - 2020-05-22
As the country moves forward and makes its way to recovery from the global pandemic, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) acknowledges the challenges it will face once we transition to the new normal. As the company aspires for "mobility for all,

Office of Civil Defense exec relieved
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
The Office of Civil Defense was recently tasked to receive and coordinate donations of medicines and medical supplies and equipment to the government. President Rodrigo Duterte in April required the transmission of all donations to the national government to pass through the office for consolidation.

The Atlantic laid off 68 staffers despite its unparalleled pandemic coverage
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
Atlantic Media chairman and owner David Bradley announced the cuts on Thursday and blamed the global pandemic for decimating its ad revenue and in-person events business. The layoffs, which amount to 68 staffers,

Globe starts weekly rapid antibody testing of frontline employees
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-22
MORE expensive food items caused the poorest Filipinos to see higher inflation in April, the highest in 10 months, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). April was right in the ...

DOH apologizes for confusion over 'second wave' remark
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-21
An infectious disease expert backs the DOH claim that the country has flattened the coronavirus curve, noting that despite an initial close call, the health system

LIST: Top 10 graduates for PMA Class 2020
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-21
Gemalyn Sugui bested 196 graduates of Masidlawin Class of 2020 to become the sixth woman in history to lead the PMA graduating batch since 1993.

Social isolation increases risk for COVID-19, other health problems, studies say - 2020-05-21
Social distancing can help stop the spread of COVID-19, but social isolation might have the opposite effect and also lead to other health problems, two studies released Thursday concluded.

The Net Worth Of America's 600-Plus Billionaires Has Increased By More Than $400 Billion During The Pandemic
Forbes - 2020-05-21
America's billionaires saw their wealth increase by $434 billion during the course of the global pandemic, according to a new report, a staggering figure that coincided with upheaval to the global economy and more than 38 million Americans filing for unemployment.

U.S. strikes at a Huawei prize: chip juggernaut HiSilicon
Reuters - 2020-05-21
The latest U.S. government action against China's Huawei takes direct aim the company's HiSilicon chip division--a business that in a few short years has become central to China's ambitions in semiconductor technology but will now lose access to tools that are central to its success.

$100 Million Deal: Joe Rogan Moves Podcast With 200+ Million Fans To Spotify, Drops Apple, YouTube
Forbes - 2020-05-21
In a tectonic shift in the podcasting world, the Joe Rogan experience will be moving exclusively to Spotify later this year.

Gap is speeding up its rollout of warehouse robots to limit person-to-person contact amid the coronavirus
Business Insider - 2020-05-21
Gap Inc. is speeding up its rollout of warehouse robots for assembling online orders so it can limit human contact during the coronavirus pandemic.

SWS survey reveals 4.2 million families suffered involuntary hunger amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-21
A Social Weather Stations survey tells 4.2 million families or 16.7 percent of the total national population experienced involuntary hunger amid the COVID-19 crisis

SWS survey reveals 4.2 million families suffered involuntary hunger amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-21
A Social Weather Stations survey tells 4.2 million families or 16.7 percent of the total national population experienced involuntary hunger amid the COVID-19 crisis

DA touts ?5.4-billion worth of agricultural produce sold amid regional uncertainty due to COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-21
Agriculture Secretary William Dar notes that ?5.4-billion worth of agricultural produce from farmers and fishermen were sold to consumers amid the COVID-19 quarantine

Magic Leap has apparently raised another $350 million, in spite of itself
TechCrunch - 2020-05-21
Magic Leap has reportedly received a $350 million lifeline, a month after slashing 1,000 jobs and dropping its consumer business. Noted by Business Insider and confirmed by The Information, CEO Rony Abovitz sent a note to staff announcing the funding,

YouTube breaks down how it's flipping its approach of selling ads featuring influencers to go after the $70 billion TV market
Business Insider - 2020-05-21
YouTube is pitching a wide amount of content to ad buyers, including its growing TV viewership that reaches 100 million people a month.

NYU's virtual reality grad celebration was creepy and barren -- I walked around in an angry-looking avatar and almost no one showed up
Business Insider - 2020-05-21
Theo Wayt is a 2020 graduate of New York University who attended the school's "Virtual Reality Grad Alley," where avatars flew around a low-res NYC.

Apple Ramps Up Original Podcasts, in Part to Help Promote TV+
Bloomberg - 2020-05-21
Apple Inc. is ramping up its push into original podcasts by seeking an executive to lead the initiative and buying shows that would be exclusive to its services.

The US is planning to build a satellite network to track hypersonic weapons from Russia and China
Business Insider - 2020-05-21
The US aims to have hundreds of interconnected satellites operating in low-Earth orbit to keep track of its rivals' activity.

RSA Conference moves 2021 event from February to May
ZDNet - 2020-05-21
RSA plays it safe for 2021 after ignoring COVID-19 warnings earlier this year and getting at least two attendees infected.

Facebook uses AI to protect minors from messenger scams - 2020-05-21
May 21 (UPI) -- Facebook unveiled Thursday an AI-powered messenger to protect minors from scams and unwanted contacts. The new AI-powered safety feature provides tips to help minors spot potentially malicious activity.

DOF to Senate: Pass new Citira to aid business
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-21
Unlike the revenue-neutral former version of the bill, Dominguez said CREATE is now "revenue-negative"--intended to leave more resources in the hands of business owners to fund operations and ...

Century Properties income up 32% in Q1 - 2020-05-21
Century Properties Group Inc., the listed property developer of the Antonio family, grew its first quarter net income 32.2 percent to P1.48 billion.

Philex earnings down 50% in Q1 - 2020-05-21
Pangilinan-led Philex Mining Corp. reported a net income of P102 million in the first quarter, down 50 percent despite higher revenues and improved world market prices.

PSALM plans to borrow P43 billion - 2020-05-21
State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. plans to borrow P43 billion to settle its maturing debt this year.

The challenges of the maritime industry - 2020-05-21
The Philippine Maritime Industry involves one million seafaring professionals, with around 400,000 of them at sea at any given time. About 100,000 are employed in the cruise sector, while the rest are deployed on merchant vessels.

Catching up with digital economy - 2020-05-21
The head of an association of cable television operators accused ABS-CBN of using five channels even if it only had one franchise.

CIDG tracks patients at fake COVID hospital patients - 2020-05-21
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group yesterday formed tracker teams to locate Chinese citizens said to be infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 who were treated at a clandestine hospital at Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

PAL may lay off more personnel - 2020-05-21
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is not in immediate danger of bankruptcy, but may be forced to lay off more employees depending on how its recovery goes once commercial flights are allowed to resume.

Consumer complaints vs banks rising -- BSP - 2020-05-21
Consumer complaints about failure to avail of banking services, accrued interest as well as questions on suspension of loan payments, rose during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Power demand seen to remain flat this year - 2020-05-21
The Philippine power demand is projected to remain flat this year, with only the residential sector as the main driver for growth amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Fish vendor nabbed for quarantine breach freed - 2020-05-21
A fish vendor in Caloocan, whose detention for allegedly violating quarantine guidelines to make ends meet went viral on social media, was released on Tuesday.

DILG: Sinas not yet off the hook - 2020-05-21
Despite getting a reprieve from President Duterte, Metro Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas is not yet off the hook over the "mañanita" controversy, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said on Wednesday.

SAP beneficiaries in Quezon City return cash subsidy - 2020-05-21
Around 3,000 beneficiaries of the social amelioration program in Quezon City have returned the SAP subsidy as they have received financial assistance from other agencies.

680,000 Manila families get 2nd tranche of cash aid - 2020-05-21
More than 680,000 families in Manila will receive the second tranche of cash assistance from the city government, Mayor Isko Moreno announced yesterday.

Pangasinan village on lockdown - 2020-05-21
Barangay Dupac in Asingan town in this province has been placed on total lockdown for 14 days after two residents tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Pangasinan village on lockdown - 2020-05-21
A barangay in San Nicolas town in this province has been placed on lockdown after a resident tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

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