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WHO reports largest number of COVID-19 cases in single day - 2020-05-20
General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday marked a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic -- the largest single-day total of confirmed cases.

Fact-checking And Assessing Trump's Letter Of Rebuke To WHO
NPR - 2020-05-20
In his letter threatening to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization and halt all funding, Trump made a number of charges about WHO's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

See the Northern Lights in your living room through this AR app -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-05-20
Bring the outside in.

Bitcoin stalls at key $10,000 resistance level, but has significant upside if it can break through
Business Insider - 2020-05-20
The cryptocurrency had been widely expected to break higher in anticipation of a halving, but instead it sold off. A typical "sell the news" event.

Sitel Puerto Princesa donates to communities in need
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-20
Sitel in Puerto Princesa Palawan recently partnered with Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) Festival Partners Foundation, Inc. to help distribute donations to people and communities that were severely impacted by COVID-19.

COVID Diaries: Jessica And Sean Apply For A Loan
NPR - 2020-05-20
On March 1, two Los Angeles-based capoeira instructors realized a dream almost 15 years in the making -- they opened up their very own gym. Two weeks later, California's stay-at-home order went into effect,

Nlex resumes construction of big projects
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-20
Nlex Corp. on Wednesday said construction of its major projects has resumed after the government gave it the go signal to continue building expressways even during the community quarantine period. Luigi L.

Philippine official moots tax on digital services to plug 'loopholes'
ZDNet - 2020-05-20
House representative Joey Salceda has filed a Digital Economy Taxation Bill that aims to "better" capture value created by the digital economy to make the likes of Netflix, Google, and Facebook 'pay their fair share'.

EastWest gets BSP OK for digital banking - 2020-05-20
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has approved the application of Gotianun-led East West Banking Corp. to venture into virtual banking, the first local universal banking group to launch its own fully digital bank.

Quezon City government partners with more testing labs - 2020-05-20
The Quezon City government has partnered with more laboratories to speed up the processing and release of the results of community-based testing for the coronavirus disease 2019.

Banks swarm auction for P120 billion term deposits - 2020-05-20
Liquidity in the financial system remains as banks continued to swarm the term deposit facility auction, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Tax collections down 21.5% to P706.8 billion in Jan to April - 2020-05-20
Revenues generated by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs dropped in the first four months following the imposition of strict quarantine measures as well as the extension of the deadline for the filing and payment of income taxes.

RCBC teams up with remittance centers - 2020-05-20
Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. has partnered with local remittance centers, which will now allow claiming of proceeds done from RCBC online banking to selected partners, aside from RCBC branches and A

LGUs to get higher IRA next year - 2020-05-20
Local government units are set to receive P695.49 billion in internal revenue allotments next year to support the delivery of their programs and projects, according to the Department of Budget and Management.

Ayala Healthcare vows accessible care for Filipinos - 2020-05-20
Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. has committed to provide accessible health care to Filipinos amid the coronavirus disease 2019.

MPIC biogas project receives subsidy from Japan - 2020-05-20
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation has announced that its biogas project with Dole Philippines was recognized as a joint crediting mechanism model project and was approved for the maximum subsidy of 50 percent for qualified capital cost of the project from the Ministry of the Environment,

RHI cuts losses on higher raw sugar output in Negros
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-20
Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) said its net loss in the first semester of fiscal year 2019-2020 was trimmed to P92 million, from P364 million, due mainly to the improvement in the raw sugar output of its Negros operations.

No universal playbook for virus testing in pro sports
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-20
"And nobody knows their business better than they do. "They have to literally sit down and break through item by item on what they need to do and how they need to make it as safe as they ...

Global healthcare spending seen to fall - 2020-05-20
Despite massive resources being poured by governments worldwide into the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 response, healthcare expenditures are expected to fall as spending for non-urgent care for other conditions are postponed and patients become reluctant to go to hospitals for fear of becoming infected,

Backriding ban in Baguio lifted - 2020-05-20
Backriding on motorcycles is now allowed in this city, but only for the immediate family members of the driver.

Villar apologizes to middle class - 2020-05-20
Sen. Cynthia Villar apologized yesterday for her remark regarding members of the middle class receiving emergency cash assistance from the government.

Makati gives cash aid to 114,828 beneficiaries - 2020-05-20
The Makati government has provided cash assistance to 114,828 beneficiaries in less than a week, Mayor Abby Binay announced yesterday.

Tanod caught with P1 million shabu - 2020-05-20
An estimated P1.02 million worth of shabu was confiscated from a barangay tanod or watchman during a sting in Quezon City yesterday.

Magnitude 4.5 quake shakes Sarangani - 2020-05-20
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake jolted Sarangani yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake occurred at around 3:38 a.m., with its epicenter traced 35 kilometers southwest of Glan town.

CIDG raids illegal COVID hospital in Pampanga - 2020-05-20
Police raided on Tuesday a clandestine hospital at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga said to be treating Chinese citizens infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

BIFF men kill soldier in Maguindanao - 2020-05-20
An Army soldier was killed in a gun attack by members of the Dawlah Islamiya or Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Radjah Buayan town on Tuesday.

Amok shot dead after killing 6 in Samar - 2020-05-20
A former soldier was shot dead by police officers who responded to reports that he went amuck and killed six persons and wounded two others in Barangay Gadgaran in Calbayog City, Samar on Tuesday night.

Ambo agriculture damage hits P1.56 billion - 2020-05-20
Damage to agriculture in areas hit by Typhoon Ambo has ballooned to P1.56 billion. The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center yesterday reported that 28,

Tourist arrivals, revenue plunge more than half - 2020-05-20
Revenues from tourist arrivals from January to April are estimated to have plunged 55 percent to P79.8 billion as the country recorded zero arrivals in April due to travel restrictions amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic,

Testing should be accessible and affordable - 2020-05-20
No company will be forced to do this if they believe rapid testing is not good. They will just wait for PCR to become accessible. But many are concerned about the safety of their employees and, of course,

Fintech to play crucial role post-COVID -- BSP - 2020-05-20
Financial technology companies are crucial in helping the government shape and rebuild a new economy after the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

At least 150 Filipinos take part in WHO's 'solidarity trial' as recruitment continues
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
At least 150 Filipino patients are taking part in the World Health Organization's solidarity trial, joining the global effort to find a cure for the deadly coronavirus disease.

Six hospitals asked to explain why they rejected patients -- Duque
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
Six hospitals were ordered to explain why they denied emergency care to patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Secretary Francisco Duque says.

To stay in business, this company started making masks. It's working
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
This was meant to be a critical year for Blade + Blue, a San Francisco menswear company that launched eight years ago in founder Peter Papas' basement.

Job-hunting in the wake of a global health crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
More people are looking for other ways to earn a living, With the pandemic keeping most of the workforce at home. But as government and the private sector find ways to help save jobs or create new opportunities, What does the human resources landscape look like as we enter this new normal? We find out from Paul Rivera, CEO and Co-Founder of ...

World Bank says the pandemic could push 60 million people into 'extreme poverty'
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
The coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty, the World Bank said on Tuesday. The warning suggests deepening pessimism among economists about the scale and duration of the fallout from what the bank described as an "unprecedented crisis.

Authorities shut down makeshift medical facility in Fontana Leisure Park - 2020-05-20
The Philippine National Police is still monitoring the situation as of this writing, its spokesperson said in a text message.

Tourist arrivals, receipts fall by 50% as of April as coronavirus bites - 2020-05-20
Foreign tourist arrivals fell by more than half in the first four months of the year as the coronavirus outbreak and state-initiated lockdowns continue to crimp travel and tourism at home and abroad.

Government cool on tapping IMF fund - 2020-05-20
The Philippines is not keen on tapping the International Monetary Fund for much needed funds to combat the economic fallout from the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

DICT, ARTA tie-up promotes ease in doing business amid pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-20
for the adoption of digital signatures that will facilitate public service continuity and promote ease of doing business even while the country is still in several levels of quarantine.

'Balik Probinsya' participants to receive livelihood assistance, vouchers -- NHA
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
"We earmarked ?35,000 [transportation allowance] for anybody who would return back to their province," said NHA General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr. on CNN Philippines' Newsroom Ngayon. "Second is meron tayong (we have) ?60,

Fair Thursday weather likely across PH, save for Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-20
MANILA, Philippines -- A generally fair weather may be expected all over the country despite isolated rain showers and thunderstorms, as well as overcast skies due to frontal systems in the ...

Lawmaker pushes for additional tax on video streaming, online shopping
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
Subscribing to Netflix to watch your favorite show or shopping at Lazada may cost you more soon as a lawmaker pushes for an additional tax on digital services.

Duterte adviser hits health experts over warning vs. use of rapid test for workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
An adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at several medical societies, who warned employers against the use of rapid antibody test for COVID-19 as a requirement to physically go back to work.

Johnson & Johnson will stop selling talc-based baby powder
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
Johnson & Johnson is abandoning a product that it may be most identified with and has been selling for more than 100 years -- talc-based baby powder.

'The Last Dance' was an unexpected savior for ESPN during coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
The docuseries about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls helped ESPN bring in sports-like ratings during a time when sports are on hold.

Philippines now on 'second wave' of COVID-19 cases - Health chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
We are doing what we can to flatten the epidemic curve and to have enough time to improve and increase our health system's capacity.] However, he did not detail when the second wave began, only that the country's first COVID-19 cases recorded in January involving three Chinese nationals,

Philippines now on 'second wave' of COVID-19 cases - Health chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
The country is already in the middle of its "second wave" or another surge of COVID-19 cases, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said, but it has also begun controlling the rise in numbers. "Actually nasa second wave na tayo ,

Cyber attacks are increasingly all about financial gain, report says
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
A desire to steal money continues to be the leading motivator behind cyber attacks, according to Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report.

COVID-19 cases in PH top 13,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) -- The country now has 13,221 cases of the coronavirus disease, as the Department of Health confirmed 279 new infections on Wednesday. The department also reported that 89 more people recovered from the viral illness, bringing the total number of survivors to 2,932. Meanwhile, five more patients died from ...

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