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2 Batangas barangays under hard lockdown for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Mayor Beverly Dimacuha has issued on Friday Executive Order 25, placing Barangays Cuta and Malitam under a 48-hour hard lockdown, following a sudden spike of COVID-19 cases these past days.

PDEA deploys drug-detection dogs in Mindanao quaratine checkpoints
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Anti-narcotics agents have lately been visible in quarantine checkpoints following the recent entrapment of top shabu dealers in central Mindanao amid the coronavirus health emergency.

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits San Luis, Aurora province; tremor felt in parts of Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 5.4 jolted San Luis town in Aurora province, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Saturday.The first reported magnitude of the tremor was 5.

DOST chief seeks creation of virology institute amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) - The Department of Science and Technology proposed on Friday the creation of a virology institute in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines will conduct scientific research on viral ...

Convalescent Plasma: 'Flavor of the Month' or Valid COVID-19 Treatment?
Medscape - 2020-05-22
Researchers are testing whether plasma from patients with COVID-19 can keep the sick from getting sicker and whether it can prevent infection.

Watch this US Navy ship destroy a flying drone with a laser weapon
Business Insider - 2020-05-22
"With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy," a Navy official said in a press release.

COVID-19 Daily: Chilblains in Children, Antibody
Medscape - 2020-05-22
Two new reports of chilblain-like lesions in children suspected of having COVID-19 in Spain and Italy have been published, joining other recently catalogued cases in the United States and elsewhere. Most were foot or toe lesions,

Haven't used Netflix in a while? Your subscription could get canceled
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
(CNN) -- Have you ignored your Netflix account since the first season of "House of Cards"? Well, you might want to stream something soon, or you could lose your subscription. Netflix will start asking its inactive users if they want to keep their membership. If they don't want it, or if they don't respond, the company will automatically cancel ...

Italy's genetic diversity goes back at least 19,000 years, study says
UPI.com - 2020-05-22
Italy has been a genetic melting pot for almost 20,000 years, according to a new study. Nowhere else in Europe hosts a greater mix of genetic heritage.

Harvard Researchers Find 'Inequality On Top Of Inequality' In COVID-19 Deaths
NPR - 2020-05-22
By studying the number of all current deaths compared to those in previous years, researchers have found that high-poverty, crowded areas where people of color live have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Catch It Through The Eyes? Will Googles Help?
NPR - 2020-05-22
What's the risk of contracting the virus through the eyes? And in what situations would protective eyewear be helpful?

Risk for MS 30% higher for those living in cities, study finds
UPI.com - 2020-05-22
City-dwellers are nearly 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, than those living in more rural areas, a study presented at the European Academy of Neurology Virtual Congress has found.

The Current Barriers To International Health Cooperation
Law360 - 2020-05-22
Although governments continue to construct direct barriers to international health collaboration by restricting foreign direct investment, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the necessity of borderless health care goods and services,

Storytelling In The COVID-19 Era: The Power (And Delicate Nature) Of Corporate Communications
Forbes - 2020-05-22
The work of communications professionals has gotten tricky, yet essential, in this unprecedented time. VP of Corporate Communications, Parker Trewin, works to "bring the vision of Freshworks to the world and the role our people and products are having as companies look for better

Battlefield Augmented Reality Getting Real For U.S. Army
Forbes - 2020-05-22
New connectivity technology promises to take battlefield augmented reality headsets to a new level, enabling dispersed teams of soldiers to share information and coordinate maneuvers with a shared vision of the battlespace.

Sundar Pichai doesn't plan to move Google's workforce entirely remote: 'I expect us to need physical spaces to get people together'
Business Insider - 2020-05-22
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he doesn't envision moving Google's workforce entirely remote, but that the company will adapt in a post-pandemic world.

IBM is cutting 'several thousand' jobs, a month after new CEO Arvind Krishna withdrew its financial outlook
Business Insider - 2020-05-22
IBM is laying off 'several thousand' employees, joining other tech giants that have slashed jobs amid the crisis.

These airplane seats are designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-05-22
Avio Interiors recently unveiled a design that has two seats facing one direction and the third facing the opposite.

P21.9 million milkfish dead in Pangasinan fish kill
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Two towns in this province were hit by a fish kill this week, affecting P21.9 million worth of fingerlings and harvestable milkfish.

Backrider ban in Baguio stays
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The ban on backriding on motorcycles in this city remains in effect. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong yesterday said authorizations issued by barangays allowing immediate family members of the driver as backrider have been revoked.

Filinvest Land nets P1.3 billion in Q1
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Filinvest Land Inc. posted a net income of P1.35 billion in the first quarter, down 25 percent from the previous year, dragged down by the impact of the coronavirus-induced community quarantine.

MyTown adopts business continuity through co-living spaces amid crisis
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The global crisis not only impacts the Philippine economy but also affects how corporations operate. Due to the inability of employees to go to work or work productively from home, companies must consider all facets of business operations and craft business continuity plans (BCPs) beyond the corners of the office.

Overseas Filipino Bank opens next month -- DOF
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The state-run Overseas Filipino Bank is expected to be fully operational as a digital bank by the end of June, according to the Department of Finance.

SMIC income hits P9 billion in 3 months
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
SM Investments Corp. posted a net income of P9 billion in the first quarter, down 16 percent as a result of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine which was imposed last March 15 because of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

13 rescued from cybersex den in Butuan
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Twelve minors and a 19-year-old were rescued from a cybersex den in Purok 5, Barangay Ambago, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte on Thursday.

Bacolod businessman shot dead
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
A businessman was gunned down in Barangay Villamonte in this city on Thursday afternoon. Roland Tan was declared dead on arrival at the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, Maj. Renante Jomocan, Bacolod City police Station 4 chief,

Quezon City, foodpanda partner to support displaced trike drivers
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The Quezon City government said yesterday it has partnered with food delivery app foodpanda to provide support to hundreds of tricycle drivers who lost their livelihood due to the coronavirus disease pandemic.

Stocks snap 3-day uptick on renewed US-China tensions
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The local stock market ended its three-day upswing yesterday, closing 65.30 points or 1.16 percent lower at 5,539.19.

2 Chinese held over P10 million fake COVID drugs
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Two Chinese citizens were arrested in Cavite yesterday for possession of P10 million worth of medicine, which they claim can cure coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Cyclist collapses on EDSA, dies
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
A man who was riding a bicycle to work collapsed along EDSA in Makati City yesterday and died shortly afterwards.

New Jolo bishop ordained with 10 guests
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
It was supposed to be a grand celebration, but only 10 guests attended the ordination of Fr. Charlie Inzon as bishop of Jolo on Thursday.

BI moves to deport foreigner in Makati scuffle
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The Bureau of Immigration has filed deportation charges against a Spaniard who figured in a scuffle with a police officer in Makati City over alleged quarantine violations.

10 Navotas villages back under ECQ
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The Navotas City government is set to return 10 barangays under enhanced community quarantine anew starting at 5 a.m. today.

Asean told to ease trade and boost connectivity amid Covid-19 pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-22
Asean members need to enhance connectivity and further liberalize trade and investments to ride out the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis and withstand similar shocks in the future.

Metrobank, GT Capital donate to Red Cross
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Inc., through their respective foundations, have donated P18 million to the Philippine Red Cross to set up an additional molecular laboratory capable of detecting COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.

Virus measures get tax incentives
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The Department of Trade and Industry has included activities in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic and supporting the Balik Probinsya program in the proposed Investment Priorities Plan 2020 submitted to Malacañang.

The underground world
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
I remember seeing posts on social media urging Filipinos to buy handcrafted items or even edible goodies from their friends, neighbors, other people in their community, cooperatives and other small groups,

No place like home?
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Somebody says, "The reason they call it a "lockdown" is because they cannot spell the word: "kwarinteen!" Yes, the word "quarantine" is not a common word used in our daily vocabulary until today.

Philexport welcomes 25% CIT proposal to help business, exports recover
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-22
Business Agri-Commodities Asean Economic Community Banking & Finance Business Sense Companies Entrepreneur Executive Views Export Unlimited Monday Morning Perspective The Integrity Initiative Agri ...

Multisys taps Amazon technology to develop more smart cities in Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Multisys Technologies Corp., the software development and IT solutions arm of multimedia giant PLDT Inc., is developing more smart cities to help the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in shifting the country into a cash-lite economy.

Government secures $4.858 billion loans for COVID response
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The government has secured $4.858 billion in loans and grants from foreign lenders and multilateral institutions to finance its coronavirus disease 2019 response, according to the Department of Financ

Subdued global demand seen for semiconductors
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Global demand for semiconductors, a top export of the Philippines, will be subdued this year despite the brief recovery in the first quarter as end-market demand will remain weak, said UK-based Oxford Economics.

Meralco commits to expand meter reading amid consumer complaints
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
The power distributor says less than one percent of residential bills received in May were based on actual meter reading.

Technology playing key role in global health crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
From connecting people to innovations in the medical practice, technology is playing a vital role in the global fight against the coronavirus.Joining the battle are tech giants apple and google, who have joined Forcesto support governments and health authorities with their contact tracing initiatives.

Several 'critical' energy projects delayed due to COVID-19 lockdown, says NGCP
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) says that the construction of several energy projects, considered critical, was delayed due to the lockdown brought by coronavirus pandemic.

China and India have fueled global growth for years. That engine has stalled
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
Since the Great Recession following the 2008 financial crisis, China and India have powered much of the world's economic growth. Now, activity in both countries has plunged, raising the risk of a prolonged global slump.

India's economy will shrink this year for the first time since 1979
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
India's economy won't grow at all this year, despite an anticipated rebound in activity in the coming months, the head of the country's central bank said Friday.

Navotas City places 10 barangays under lockdown due to surge in COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
The local government of Navotas City has declared a lockdown on 10 barangays starting May 23 due to surge in COVID-19 cases. In a statement, the city's public information office said barangays NBBS Dagat-Dagatan,

Water concessionaires extend payment deadline till August, urban poor communities can pay in September
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
Manila Water and Maynilad assured the public there will be no water disconnection until August, as they extend the payment deadline to September for "lifeline customers," or those who belong to urban poor communities,

Duplicated names, lack of personnel cause delays in COVID-19 case validation - DOH
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
Patients with similar names and not enough disease surveillance workers are among the issues officials face in recording COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health said Friday, amid questions regarding its confirmation process.

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