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DA eyes lockdown of ASF-hit areas - 2020-05-12
The Department of Agriculture is modifying its culling protocols to contain the spread of African swine fever.

Changes in critical economic agencies - 2020-05-12
Of late, in the Duterte administration, major changes in leadership had taken place in nationally critical economic agencies.

P30 billion T-bonds fetch lower rates - 2020-05-12
Treasury bonds fetched lower rates as investors swamped the auction facility amid strong liquidity in the financial market, the Bureau of the Treasury said yesterday.

Fauci warns of serious consequences if US reopens too soon
StarTribune - 2020-05-12
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, warned on Tuesday that "the consequences could be really serious" if cities and states reopen the U.S. economy too quickly.

City of Light awakens slowly after 2-month slumber to world it lost
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
PARIS--After a two-month freeze, Paris slowly awakened on Monday to the world it had lost under lockdown as hairdressers, florists, nail salons and some other businesses reopened--but under mandatory social distancing requirements.

Citira or stimulus bill? Senators eye priorities after Covid-19 damage
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
WITH the current session ending in June, Senate leaders indicated on Tuesday they are open to adopting the House version of the stimulus package for the Covid-19-ravaged economy and businesses. "I am [open to adoption],

Lamudi is the latest EMPG acquisition as digital classifieds group expands to SEA
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
EMPG, one of the leading digital classifieds groups in the MENA, South Asia and Southeast Asia regions, has announced its acquisition of Lamudi Global, which has businesses in Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico.

Citira, now CREATE, cuts CIT to 25%; means P259 billion in revenue loss till 2022
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
THE government is pushing for a measure that would immediately reduce corporate income tax (CIT) from 30 percent to 25 percent, but this would be at the expense of at least P259.4 billion in expected revenue loss until 2022.

21 new COVID cases in Zamboanga jail - 2020-05-12
Sixteen more inmates and five jail personnel at the Zamboanga City Reformatory Center were found positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, rapid tests conducted yesterday showed.

Parts of Quezon City on 14-day lockdown - 2020-05-12
Starting this week, some areas in Quezon City will be placed under a 14-day "special concern lockdown" due to the high number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases.

PAL struggles to survive pandemic - 2020-05-12
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is fighting for survival, with its future looking uncertain following the onslaught which the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed on the airline industry.

2 shot dead in Cavite - 2020-05-12
Two persons were gunned down in Cavite on Monday. Police said Juanito Concepcion and Mencio Dimapilis were in a tricycle on their way to a banana plantation when they were shot in Barangay Tres Cruses in Tanza town at around 7:30 a.

PNB profits up 33% in Q1 on securities trading gains
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
Philippine National Bank (PNB) saw its net earnings rise by 33 percent year-on-year to P12.4 billion in the first quarter on the back of robust net interest income and securities trading gains. In a statement on Tuesday,

Post COVID public transport - 2020-05-12
This late in the day, we have yet to hear of government plans for the return of public vehicles after quarantine is lifted. A modified or general community quarantine may allow more workers to get to work,

PNP chief defends Sinas birthday feast - 2020-05-12
Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa yesterday defended his top police commander in Metro Manila, who held a birthday feast amid the enhanced community quarantine.

CDO welcomes easing to GCQ - 2020-05-12
Cagayan de Oro City has been classified as at "moderate risk" in terms of the number and handling of coronavirus disease 2019 cases, based on data and analytics from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases,

Tsinoy trader held for counterfeit canned goods - 2020-05-12
Chinese businesswoman was arrested in Binondo, Manila on Monday afternoon for selling counterfeit luncheon meat.

Online in the time of corona
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
IN his 1985 opus, "Love in the Time of Cholera", Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez wrote that the symptoms of love were the same as those of cholera. Today, during and post-quarantine era,

AboitizLand celebrates milestone, seeks to develop more innovative and fully integrated communities in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
AboitizLand just recently achieved a milestone when it turned 25 years, highlighted by expanding its national presence and introducing best practices across various markets. Transformative beginnings The company traces its roots when the Aboitiz Group and the Tsuneishi Group of Japan formed a joint venture called Cebu Industrial Park

Rescued birds of prey placed under quarantine, to undergo rehab at DENR facility in QC
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
The two juvenile birds of prey rescued by wildlife law enforcers last week in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Mabini, Batangas, will undergo rehabilitation at the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City.

Quezon City places 20 areas in five barangays under "special concern lockdown"
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
The Quezon City government places 20 areas in five barangays under 14-day "special concern lockdown" starting Wednesday, May 13 due to the high number of coronavirus cases. The city government said that certain areas in Barangay Bahay Toro,

Twitter Moves to Curb COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories With Warnings, Labels
Entrepreneur - 2020-05-12
These warnings will inform people that the information in the Tweet conflicts with public health experts' guidance before they view it,' the company says.

NBI nabs teacher who offered P50M reward to anyone who will kill Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
A public high school teacher was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after posting on Twitter that he will give a P50-million reward to anyone who would kill

Metro Manila, Laguna, Cebu City to be under 'modified' enhanced community quarantine until May 31
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
Some Metro Manila mayors have welcomed the easing of quarantine measures in the capital region, with one of them saying 'we have to learn to live with COVID.'

Experts see 'alarming errors' in DOH's coronavirus data
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
A team of experts from the University of the Philippines is seeking better reporting of the government's COVID-19 data.

2nd tranche of SAP subsidy only for ECQ areas
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
Millions of poor families, who were affected by novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, will no longer be able to avail of the second tranche of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). This after President Rodrigo R.

American pilot dies in light plane crash in Indonesia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
An American pilot died after her light plane crashed into a lake Tuesday while delivering humanitarian supplies in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, police

PHL and US partner to support fisherfolk amid virus pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
THE US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed an online platform to enable Filipino fisherfolk to sell their produce to consumers amid the ongoing Covid-19 community quarantine.

OWWA wraps up local implementation of OFW aid program this week-Cacdac
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is set to wrap up the local implementation of the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program this week. In an online news briefing on Monday, OWWA Administrator Hans J.

Cops nab drug peddler; 50 grams of meth seized
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
Police arrested on Monday an alleged drug peddler in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Luinab here and confiscated some 50 grams of a substance believed to be shabu or crystal

Investors seen remaining risk-averse as tenders for T-bonds oversubscribed
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
INVESTOR demand for longer tenors of government securities continue to be strong as the Bureau of the Treasury on Tuesday fully awarded P30-billion three-year Treasury bonds (T-bonds) on the back of a significantly lower average rate than the previous auction.

Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu seek extended ECQ to complete mass testing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
The mayors of the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu have appealed to the national government to extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the three localities until they

Militants storm maternity clinic in Afghan capital, kill 14
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
Militants stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off an hours-long shootout with the police and killing 14 people, including two newborn

Philippines reports 25 coronavirus deaths, 264 more infections
Reuters - 2020-05-12
The Philippines' Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 25 more coronavirus deaths and 264 additional infections.

DOH asks employers to ease sick leave rules as more industries reopen
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
As the government allows more businesses to resume operations, health officials urge employers to be more considerate about their sick leave policies.

16 more policemen in Cebu City contract COVID-19, province prepares for GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
Sixteen more policemen in Cebu City test positive for coronavirus, authorities confirmed Tuesday, while the province prepares for a transition to general community quarantine beginning May 16.

Intel Capital invests $132 million in 11 startups mostly focused on AI, autonomous computing
ZDNet - 2020-05-12
The AI and ML deployments are well underway, but for CXOs the biggest issue will be managing these initiatives, and figuring out where the data science team fits in and what algorithms to buy versus build. Read More Intel Capital is investing $132 million ...

DOH certifies two more COVID-19 testing labs, total now at 28
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
Two more laboratories receive the go signal from the Health department to conduct COVID-19 tests. The government says it plans to open 50 more in the next two weeks, in a bid to reach its total goal of 78 licensed facilities by the end of the month.

China cuts Australian beef imports amid virus tension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
China suspended imports of beef from four Australian producers on Tuesday following a threat by Beijing of possible trade retaliation if Australia pushed for an inquiry

Avianca, one of Latin America's largest airlines, files for bankruptcy
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
Colombian airline Avianca has filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York, marking the latest coronavirus bankruptcy in the aviation industry.

113 health workers in North Mindanao test negative for coronavirus after contact with carriers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
At least 113 health workers involved in contact tracing for COVID-19 infections in Northern Mindanao tested negative for SARS Cov2, the coronavirus that causes the disease which has

USAID taps internet to help PH fishermen during pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched an online platform to help FIlipino fishermen sell goods during the COVID-19 pandemic. The

Coca-Cola stays true to mission of refreshing the world
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
Putting people first has always been the long-standing commitment of Coca-Cola in the Philippines for 108 years. From keeping the health and safety of its employees top priority, helping small and medium retail partners restart,

Cayetano, other lawmakers file ?1.5 trillion infra spending bill amid COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and eight other lawmakers filed a ?1.5 trillion infrastructure spending bill to cushion the impact of coronavirus crisis particularly in the rural countryside.

Pandemic-stricken hospitals seek government relief - 2020-05-12
Apart from airlines, hotels and travel agencies, hospitals are now also asking the government for some financial assistance due to the impact of the coronavirus.

Moody's: PH economy to shrink by 2% this year due to 'near-term' COVID-19 woes
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
International debt watcher Moody's Investors Service has not downgraded its credit rating on the Philippines but warned that the economy will shrink by 2 percent this year, bogged down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best streaming music services: Spotify, Apple, Amazon and a dozen worthy alternatives
ZDNet - 2020-05-12
Free is nice, but these music services are absolutely worth paying for. Each one offers ad-free streaming for paid subscribers, plus the ability to save content for offline listening and stream any song or album on demand.

Lockdowns may be preventing victims from reporting domestic violence, DSWD says
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-12
Hundreds of women and children have suffered violence amid stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus crisis, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development warned that lockdown rules may be preventing other victims from coming out.

Adopting new tech, pivoting business models in time of virus
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-12
Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are encouraged to adopt new technologies and pivot business models to ride out the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). "There is no turning back.

House eyes P1.5-T economic stimulus fund to curb unemployment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-12
To cushion the impact of the coronavirus crisis, several lawmakers have filed a bill seeking a P1.5 trillion economic stimulus fund for infrastructure projects in various

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