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Duterte to address public Monday night
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to deliver an address to the nation on Monday night, Malacañang said. "The President will address the people around 11:30 p.m.

Health Dept. to give 10,000 COVID-19 test kits for inmates
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
President Rodrigo Duterte says that 3,500 of the test kits will be used for inmates at the Correctional Institute of Women in Mandaluyong City.

Health Dept. to give 10,000 COVID-19 test kits for inmates
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
President Rodrigo Duterte says that 3,500 of the test kits will be used for inmates at the Correctional Institute of Women in Mandaluyong City.

Aside from PPEs, journalists need mental health support during pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
National Union Journalist of the Philippines chair Nonoy Espina on Monday lamented how the mental health of journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic has been overlooked.

Data shows which tech roles might be most vulnerable amid layoffs
TechCrunch - 2020-05-04
Layoffs are having a big impact on industries across the board due to COVID-19. This week alone news came out of massive cuts for TripAdvisor, Lyft, and reportedly Juul and Uber. But according to data tracker Layoffs.

PhilHealth owes ?7 billion to some 5,000 hospitals
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 4) - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said it owes ?7 billion to some 5,000 hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities due to unreturned claims. PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales clarified, however, that it is normal for a large corporation like the state insurer to ...

PHL hits record high recoveries from Covid-19 at 101 in one day
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-04
THE number of recovered Covid-19 patients in a day hit a new record high at 101 while the total number of cases in the country stood at 9,485, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.

Guevarra on invasion: It is armed actions by human beings, not viruses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Invasion" is mentioned as one of the basis to declare martial law under Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution.  But can the spread of the new

'Darth Vader' enforces lockdown in Philippine village
Reuters - 2020-05-04
Dressed as "Star Wars" characters, local officials in the Philippines are out and about to enforce strict quarantine measures while also handing out relief packages.

Tech for good during COVID-19: Sky-high gifts, extra help and chips
TechCrunch - 2020-05-04
When Roger Lee, the co-founder of Human Interest, heard that San Francisco imposed shelter-in-place orders, he started blogging about layoff news and posting crowdsourced lists of employees who were laid off.

Congress goes virtual as it adapts to COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Under the new normal, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress can participate and cast their votes on legislations via video teleconferencing.

Disney faces an unknown future as coronavirus hobbles its media empire
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Crowded theme parks. Theaters packed with boisterous Marvel and Star Wars fans. Bustling hotels, cruise ships and retail stores. No media company seems more vulnerable to social distancing than Disney.

RLC expects loses from temporary closure of malls
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
Robinsons Land Corp., the listed property arm of the Gokongwei Group, expects financial losses from the temporary closure of its malls and hotels during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad breach 1,800 with 68 more cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
The number of infections among Filipinos abroad has surpassed 1,800, as 68 more Filipinos contracted the coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported on Monday.

Virus-infected healthcare workers in PH rise to 1,772
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
The number of healthcare workers infected with coronavirus rose to 1,772, the Department of Health confirms, with 1 out of 5 COVID-19 patients in the country a medical frontliner.

Relief ops during pandemic must be coordinated with LGUs, says DILG
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Relief operations conducted by the private sector as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic must be coordinated with local government units (LGUs), the Department of the

Malacañang places Albay, Zamboanga City under enhanced community quarantine until May 15
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Malacañang has approved the inclusion of Albay and Zamboanga City in areas under enhanced community quarantine until May 15.

Duterte suspends higher PhilHealth premiums for OFWs, makes payments 'voluntary - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered PhilHealth to suspend the collection of higher premiums from overseas Filipino workers and make their contributions 'voluntary,' but an official warned that this will affect the insurance firm's funding for medical benefits.

DND seeks ways to cut spending without compromising national security
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
The Department of National Defense says it will find ways to reduce its expenses this year without compromising national security in order to help fund the government's COVID-19 response.

Separate entity eyed to absorb record bad loans seen from coronavirus
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
A special purpose vehicle is among the mechanisms mulled by banks, regulators and legislators to help lenders cope with unpaid debts.

Duterte hikes tariffs on petroleum products to raise funds for COVID-19 fight
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
President Rodrigo Duterte temporarily raises tariffs on petroleum products to increase funding for the government's fight against COVID-19.

DOH: 4 'mega swabbing' stations in Metro Manila, Bulacan to open this week
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Four "mega swabbing" centers are set to open in Metro Manila and Bulacan this week to add as much as 5,000 COVID-19 tests a day, the Department of Health said on Monday. Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire announced the four facilities identified to serve localities in the greater Manila area,

Hong Kong's economy just suffered its worst three months on record
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
China trade war forced Hong Kong into its first recession in a decade last year. Now, the coronavirus risks plunging the Asian financial hub into its worst ever slump.

14 more health workers in Philippines test positive for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
The number of healthcare workers in the Philippines who have contracted the new coronavirus has reached 1,772, the Department of Health said Monday. Fourteen more medical frontliners were reported to have caught COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Lawmaker asks Calida to hit pause button in bid to shutter ABS-CBN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
A member of the House of Representatives asked the solicitor general to set aside his legal tussle with the broadcast giant ABS-CBN in light of the COVID-19 crisis besetting the

Number of Filipinos abroad infected with COVID-19 now over 1,800 -- DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
The number of Filipinos abroad who have been infected with the latest coronavirus strain has reached 1,819, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirms. The DFA on

Davao City approves rapid coronavirus tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
The local government of Davao City has approved the use of rapid antibody test kits to supplement existing screening procedures for persons suspected of COVID-19 infection. Mayor Sara

DILG: Ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada did not have proper certification to conduct aid distribution
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada broke several quarantine rules and had no permit to distribute aid to San Juan residents, the Department of the Interior and Local Governent (DILG) said Monday.

PhilHealth: OFWs no longer required to pay premium to secure OECs
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Overseas Filipino workers no longer need to settle their premium contributions to obtain their overseas employment certificates (OECs) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the state insurer said on Monday.

US coronavirus deaths rise by 1,450 in 24 hours -- Johns Hopkins
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Novel coronavirus deaths in the United States climbed by 1,450 in the past 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Sunday, bringing the total number of

Duterte imposes additional 10-percent duty on petroleum
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
The government will impose an additional 10-percent duty on crude petroleum oil and refined petroleum products to raise funds for its coronavirus response efforts.

Philippines Has 16 New Coronavirus Deaths, 262 More Infections
New York Times - 2020-05-04
The Philippines' health ministry on Monday reported 16 new coronavirus deaths and 262 additional confirmed cases.

Despite quarantine, Senate resumes session
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
The Senate resumed its regular session on Monday despite the enhanced community quarantine imposed on Metro Manila in a bid to curb the spread

14 Senate employees test positive for coronavirus antibodies as sessions resume
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Twelve Senate employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus in rapid tests done on them as sessions in Congress resumed on Monday. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said that of the 12,

Canned goods maker wins, convenience store loses from quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
Century Pacific Foods Inc. sees "upside" to its 10-15% annual growth target for net income this year, while 7-Eleven remains optimistic despite some negative impact

Hyundai, Kia to resume US factory operations this week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. said Monday their US plants will resume operations this week after taking thorough quarantine measures to guard against the new

Philippines' Duterte hikes tariffs on imported oil, refined petroleum
Reuters - 2020-05-04
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday temporarily increased tariffs on imported crude oil and refined petroleum products to fund measures aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Fruitas reopens food park in Quezon City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Leading kiosk operator Fruitas Holdings Inc. has reopened its Le Village Lifestyle Food Park along E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City for takeout and delivery options, becoming the first and

Villanueva questions 'VIP treatment' for POGOs, warns of high risks in reopening
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
The partial reopening of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGOs may pose 'high risks' to communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lawmaker said.

Markets drop in Asia on rising China-US tensions over virus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Shares skidded in Asia on Monday as investors eyed rising tensions between the Trump administration and China over the origins and handling of the coronavirus

COVID-19 pandemic leads some firms to rethink China exposure, turn sights on Southeast Asia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
WASHINGTON -- How countries respond to and manage the Covid-19 pandemic is a new factor in risk assessments, analysts say, as companies increasingly look to Southeast Asia as an alternative to

Income tax payment deadline extended to June 14
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has extended the deadline for 2019 taxes for a third time, with all payments due June 14 in light of extended quarantine rules in select areas, including Metro Manila.

Migrant workers in Asia: Far from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Migrant workers are the backbone of many economies in Asia and the Middle East and a vital source of income for families back home. But the pandemic has hit these workers hard,

Grand Taipan puts people, community first amid quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
Real estate developer Grand Taipan believes that people should come first before profit. The company's employees have adopted a work-from-home scheme with continued salary and benefits, including 13th-month pay.

Malls and retail stores in the US are reopening. But shoppers may not come back
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-04
Companies are trying to strike the delicate balance between propping up their stalled businesses and implementing policies that protect their shoppers.

RBAP, Framedia partner to offer digital training for AMLA-covered persons
philstar.com - 2020-05-04
The Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) recently partnered with e-learning provider Framedia to provide their members with a more convenient and cost-effective way to receive Anti-Money Laundering (AML) training and certification.

Coronavirus latest: Philippines records highest tally in a month
NIKKEI - 2020-05-04
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Global cases have reached 3,525,116, according to the World Health Organization. The worldwide death toll has hit 243,540. 5:35 p.m. The Philippines reports 320 new infections, the highest daily tally in a month ...

Visayas, parts of Mindanao to have cloudy skies, scattered rains
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Habang easterlies naman ang umiiral sa Southern Luzon," Pagasa weather specialist Sheilla Reyes said in a 4 a.m. weather update. (The LPA we were monitoring dissolved at 2 a.m. Currently ...

The race to 5G: Inquirer columnist
The Straits Times - 2020-05-04
How is the Philippines adapting with the change ... Takashi Kawakami of Nikkei Asian Review reported that China already has 50 million 5G subscribers, comprising 70 per cent of the world's ...

POGO debate focuses on tax take
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-03
While House representatives debated the propriety of allowing Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to resume business, they at least agreed to compel POGOs to pay their

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