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Taming the beast with technology - 2020-05-14
Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google recently stated, "Can you imagine this crisis without internet?" Without Internet, we would be totally blindsided by this pandemic.

Bloomberry profit drops 38% to P1.4 billion - 2020-05-14
Razon-owned Bloomberry Resorts Corp. reported a 38 percent decline in its first quarter net income to P1.4 billion as the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic heavily affected the tourism and gaming businesses.

EPD under lockdown - 2020-05-14
The Eastern Police District headquarters in Pasig City was placed under lockdown yesterday after 24 of its police officers tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Human-rights lawyer questions warrantless arrest of man who bashed Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
BUTUAN CITY -- Human-rights lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno has questioned the warrantless arrest of a man from Nasipit town in Agusan del Norte who threw insults at President Rodrigo Duterte as a

Shell posts P5.5 billion loss - 2020-05-14
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. incurred a P5.5 billion loss in the first quarter as it took a hit from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 and the Taal Volcano eruption.

Pangasinan mayor ready to face probe over mañanita - 2020-05-14
The mayor of this town, Timoteo Villar III, issued the clarification after videos of the mañanita or midnight serenade during his birthday on May 6 were posted on Facebook by his son Dickerson, an incumbent councilor.

Remittances seen to end 18-year growth streak - 2020-05-14
Remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may decline by 2.5 percent this year, ending 18 years of robust growth due to job losses, falling income and severely restricted deployment of new workers abroad due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic,

DBM releases P1.076 trillion cash allocation in April - 2020-05-14
The Department of Budget and Management released P1.076 trillion worth of notices of cash allocation to state agencies in April to fund their operations as well as expenses related to coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 response.

Sinas, 2 generals face criminal raps - 2020-05-14
Metro Manila police chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas and two generals involved in the controversial "mañanita" during his birthday gathering last week amid the coronavirus lockdown will be facing criminal charges,

P6.8 million shabu seized, drug suspect killed in Batangas - 2020-05-14
A kilo of shabu with an estimated street value of P6.8 million was recovered from a suspected drug dealer killed in an alleged shootout with anti-narcotics agents in San Juan, Batangas on Wednesday.

DPWH resumes construction of flagship projects in NCR - 2020-05-14
Construction works on flagship projects of the Department of Public Works and Highway have resumed in the National Capital Region, including a project seen as a "traffic game changer."

PAL group passes global safety audit - 2020-05-14
The Philippine Airlines group has completed a global safety audit, confirming its compliance with the highest international aviation safety standards.

Where are we now? - 2020-05-14
After 60 days of lockdown, where are we now? For sure, we are nowhere near being set free. And it seems we have wasted two months because we had a health secretary who did not understand the importance of mass testing.

Hotels with food services need DOT certification - 2020-05-14
Accommodation establishments offering food preparation and take-out or delivery services are required to secure a certification from the Department of Tourism to ensure health and safety protocols are in place.

Tulong Kapatid aids Quezon City waste management teams - 2020-05-14
Tulong Kapatid, the alliance of foundations and companies in the MVP Group, turned over face shields, grocery packs, bread, and bottled water to various waste management providers of the local government unit of Quezon City.

One phone for contact tracing, agri-info, online schooling - 2020-05-14
Incomes will depend on timely field reports on weather, financing, and market needs, trends, logistics, supplies, and prices. Education and training are needed too for productivity. Again for ...

Work suspended in 2 Bicol provinces, Naga City as Typhoon Ambo slams the region
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
Work has been suspended in the provinces of Camarines Norte and Catanduanes, and the city of Naga in Camarines Sur as Typhoon Ambo (international name Vongfong) lashed at the Bicol

Covid-19 cuts global trade value by 3% in Q1 2020
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-14
The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has triggered a decline in global trade value by 3 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) data.

Filipina int'l contest winner inspires through poetry amid COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
A Filipina writer who won a global poetry contest highlights the importance of individual efforts to stay at home in the collective fight against the coronavirus disease.

Pampanga, Bulacan appeal for Modified ECQ
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-14
Businesses in several provinces continue to face uncertainty whether they will be allowed to operate in full or partial capacity by Sat. due to the pending community quarantine classification in their areas.

Charges readied against Sinas, other police officials for holding bday party, violating quarantine rules
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-14
Malacañang on Thursday said National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Debold Sinas is now facing possible charges for his alleged violation of quarantine measures. In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said he was informed by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Gamboa that they are now preparing the

WATCH: At aid distribution, cops and beneficiaries sing 'Happy Birthday' for NCRPO chief Sinas - 2020-05-14
"Police officers appreciate my type of leadership that's probably why they greeted me. Nonetheless, I take responsibility. I don't want to blame them because they greeted me," Sinas said.

San Miguel donates swabbing booths, test kits to help Mandaluyong City ramp up COVID-19 testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The diversified conglomerate donated 10 swabbing booths and 2,000 test kits to the Mandaluyong City government Wednesday morning. The company said the donations will help the city government further expand testing on its barangays.

Salceda: More than 14 million workers can go back to work under new quarantine measures
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-14
The chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means on Thursday said 14 million additional workers would be able to work under a new quarantine regime.In an impact assessment of the changes in quarantine measures from May 16,

Typhoon Ambo tests government ability to protect evacuees from Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-14
IN what disaster officials concede as a challenging confluence of events, authorities on Thursday braced for balancing the need to move people in danger from Typhoon Ambo, while struggling for ways to keep strict physical distancing in usually cramped evacuation centers.

Typhoon Ambo bringing violent winds, heavy rains over Northern Samar - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
The eyewall of Typhoon Ambo is bringing violent winds and heavy rains over Northern  Samar, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services

PPE supply in PH now stable with more deliveries coming, says COVID-19 task force
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The country has sufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) as distribution continues and more deliveries expected, according to Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force on COVID-19.

Typhoon hits Philippines as some places see pandemic relief
StarTribune - 2020-05-14
Japan was preparing to end its coronavirus state of emergency for most regions on Thursday, while New Zealand further relaxed its restrictions after deciding its outbreak is under control. A strong typhoon was roaring toward the eastern Philippines as authorities struggled to evacuate tens of thousands of people safely during a virus lockdown.

Coronavirus latest: Malaysia to allow mass prayers in mosques
NIKKEI - 2020-05-14
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated ... and slashing production capacity by 20% in the fiscal year through March 2023. 6:18 p.m. Philippines reported 258 new infections on Thursday, down from 268 a day earlier, bringing the total to 11,876 with 790 deaths. 6:05 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister ...

35,000 flee homes as Typhoon Ambo barrels its way to Bicol
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
LEGAZPI CITY--At least 35,000 people had already evacuated in Albay as Typhoon Ambo (international name Vongfong) barrelled its way to the Bicol region. Cedric Daep, Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office (Apsemo), said those were the first evacuees from at least four towns. Daep said he expects at least 80,000 individuals to flee ...

LOOK: At Caloocan aid distribution, cops and beneficiaries sing 'Happy Birthday' for NCRPO chief Sinas - 2020-05-14
"Police officers appreciate my type of leadership that's probably why they greeted me. Nonetheless, I take responsibility. I don't want to blame them because they greeted me," Sinas said.

COVID-19 cash aid goes digital to accelerate distribution
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The government launches an online cash relief system aimed at speeding up the distribution of financial aid amid the coronavirus crisis.

PHL firms lost P875 billion in revenue from ECQ
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-14
PHILIPPINE companies, including agriculture businesses, lost P875.5 billion in revenues due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), according to the survey conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and the Department of Finance (DOF).

Gov't eyes more loans, lower taxes to revive economy after lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The national government's economic team has unveiled its own COVID-19 recovery plan which will require at least ?130 billion in additional funds to make it easier for businesses to bounce back. Support will be given through a big-time drop in corporate income taxes,

Coronavirus 'to impact' BPO revenue, employment forecasts - 2020-05-14
While IBPAP did not mention the direction the review will be going, BPO operations had been severely disrupted by the pandemic, as well as the lockdowns enforced to put the contagion under control. Before the pandemic hit,

PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Double Data offers extended until May 31
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
With many parts of the country still under community quarantine restrictions, PLDT Home has extended its double data promo for all of its prepaid Home WiFi customers until May 31, 2020, in order to

Cebuana beauty queen, BF quarantined after posting P48,000 bail each for ECQ raps
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
The Cebuana beauty queen and her Spanish boyfriend, who were arrested for going out for a swim in alleged violation of lockdown rules, were released from police jail after posting bail of

UN warns of global mental health crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic
InterAksyon - 2020-05-14
A mental illness crisis is looming as millions of people worldwide are surrounded by death and disease and forced into isolation, poverty and anxiety by the pandemic of COVID-19, United Nations health experts said on Thursday.

Typhoon Ambo maintains strength as it moves towards northern portion of Samar
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon Ambong continues to maintain its strength while moving towards the northern portion of Samar, the state weather bureau said Thursday. Typhoon Ambo is bringing ...

UN health agency chief unbowed amid attacks, Trump criticism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-14
GENEVA -- The World Health Organization's director-general has faced many challenges during the coronavirus pandemic: racial slurs, death threats, social media caricatures -- he was once

PH COVID-19 cases rise to 11,876
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
A total of 11,876 people in the country have now contracted the coronavirus disease, with the Department of Health reporting 258 new cases on Thursday.

Liquor ban lifted in Pasay City, but conditions apply
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The Pasay City government has lifted its ban on the sale and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic drinks, provided residents follow certain criteria.

2020 is a catastrophe for tourism businesses. Here's what the industry needs to get back on its feet
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
We are hoping for some revenue in the summer but we don't know if this is going to happen." Gavriel's story is playing out across the globe, as government restrictions designed to curb the coronavirus pandemic keep billions of people at home,

DBM grants ?1B in financial aid for OFWs, says Bello
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The Department of Budget and Management has granted ?1 billion as financial assistance for overseas Filipino workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Thursday.

NTC apologizes for failure to notify House of shutdown order vs. ABS-CBN
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The National Telecommunications Commission stood by its highly contested order stopping ABS-CBN's broadcast operations, but apologized to the House of Representatives for failing to inform the chamber's leadership of its change of mind.

Philippines' coronavirus cases approaching 12,000
Reuters - 2020-05-14
The Philippines' health ministry on Thursday said the number of cases of the novel coronavirus recorded in the country is nearing 12,000.

Parts of Samar, Bicol under Signal No. 3 as Typhoon Ambo approaches land - 2020-05-14
MANILA, Philippines (Update 3: 12:57 p.m.) -- The threat to the Philippine landmass from Typhoon Ambo (international name: Vongfong) has grown as it moves closer to Samar Island, state weather ...

DILG orders 43 mayors to explain failure to finish cash aid distribution
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a show cause order against 43 mayors for their

Ambo prompts higher water supply in Metro Manila - 2020-05-14
From 46 cubic meters per second, private concessionaires at the National Capital Region are now getting 48 cms in water.

Criminal charges to be filed vs. NCRPO chief Sinas, other police officials over birthday feast - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-14
Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says law enforcers must be law followers and set a good example before the public, or else no one will follow the law set by the government.

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