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Coe stresses sports faces uncertainties
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-30
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe is worried that the delayed Tokyo Olympics could still be in jeopardy unless the coronavirus pandemic can be contained by next year. The Summer Games have already been moved by a year to July 2021 as the world tries to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Rapid testing centers to be set up in all airports to curb the virus
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
All airports across the country will be equipped with rapid testing facilities, as the transportation department scales up efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

PNP chief orders probe of QC cop accused of hitting kid with stick
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
The leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered an investigation against a police officer at a Quezon City police station involved in hitting a minor

'Targeted' coronavirus testing to be done in some jails
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) -- A "targeted testing" will be conducted in select jails in the country in light of increasing coronavirus infections among inmates, the Department of Health said Thursday. "Sa atin pong pakikipag-ugnayan sa Bureau of Corrections and BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology), makakapag-conduct po ...

Metrobank posts P6.1 billion profit in Q1, builds war-chest vs coronavirus
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Earnings of Metrobank dropped in the first three months of the year as the lender beefed up its buffers versus loan defaults.

CPP ends ceasefire tonight, orders NPA to resume offensive posture
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
As the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) ends its 36-day ceasefire tonight, it ordered its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), to resume its offensive attacks against government forces. The CPP said it is impossible to extend the truce claiming the military forces continued its counterinsurgency operations.

Solon strongly condemns killing of activist Porquia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Assistant Minority Leader France Castro vehemently condemned the killing of activist Jory Porquia who was shot dead in his coffee shop Thursday in Sto. Niño Norte, Arevalo,

Four more veterans die of COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office says four more veterans succumbed to COVID-19, with the number of infected now at 67 and the death toll at 17.

CHED asks Budget dept. to exempt free tuition law from 35% budget cut
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
The Commission on Higher Education has asked Budget officials to exclude the free tuition law from programs that will lose funding in favor of COVID-19 response efforts.

Agriculture Dept. detects ASF cases in 23 provinces
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
The highly contagious African Swine Fever (ASF) has hit 23 provinces nationwide, an official from the Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

DOTR eyes alternative transport modes like bikes under post-quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Transportation Undersecretary Artemio Tuazon cites the usage of bicycles and modernized jeepneys as alternative forms of transportation after the COVID-19 quarantine in the country.

CHR receives around 300 complaints during COVID-19 quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia says quarantine complaints include illegal arrest, detention, or punishment and requests for assistance in government programs.

Remittances unlikely to collapse despite global pandemic - Chua
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua says remittances are unlikely to falter even during the COVID-19 pandemic, as he assures workers sent home that they will likely find jobs here after the crisis is over.

Metrobank sacrifices Q1 profits to build coronavirus defenses
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Earnings of Metrobank dropped in the first three months of the year as the lender beefed up its buffers versus loan defaults.

European economy suffers record drop amid pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
The European economy shrank by a record 3.8% in the first quarter as business activity from hotels and restaurants to construction and manufacturing was frozen by shutdowns

Kin, beneficiaries of 8 health workers who died of COVID-19 to get P12.9M from GSIS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Families and beneficiaries of eight public health workers who died giving care to COVID-19 patients but contracted the disease themselves would receive a total of P12.9 million in life insurance

The Final Pitch calls for startups to pitch and investors to back Covid-19 response solutions John Aguilar
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
The world as we know it has forever changed. But one thing is certain. At no other time in history has the human race faced a singular enemy. Now more than ever, those who are in a position to create

PH Arena ready to receive COVID-19 patients after Iglesia ni Cristo turnover to govt.
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
The Iglesia Ni Cristo has turned over its cavernous Philippine Arena in Bulacan to the government on Thursday after being converted into a quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority has announced.

Economic losses from COVID-19 onslaught hit P700 billion
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns enforced to control the contagion have reached P700 billion, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said on Thursday. The assessment is based on around 244,

Entire District 1 in Tondo, Manila on 48-hour hard lockdown starting Sunday morning
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno places the entire first district in Tondo, Manila under a 48-hard hard lockdown starting on Sunday, May 3, at 5:00 a.m. to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Number of health workers with COVID-19 rises to 1,619 as 250 recover
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
There are now 1,619 health workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease after 67 more medical frontliners have been infected, the Department of Health announced on Thursday,

Would you be willing to pay 50% more for your no-frills airline ticket?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
To make up for revenue lost by blocking off the middle seat, low-cost carriers would have to hike up the price of tickets.

Partial PUV operations will be allowed in GCQ areas starting May 1
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
While it is not keen on implementing fare hike to compensate for lower profits amid physical distancing rule, the Transportation department says discussions to provide assistance packages for COVID-affected PUV drivers and operators are now underway.

Neda chief: Pandemic to cost PH economy P1.1T in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
The Philippine economy can still crawl its way to positive growth in the first quarter of 2020 but will suffer up to P1.1 trillion in revenue loss the entire year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the

Inflation seen subdued in April
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Inflation likely remained less of the worries of policymakers this month as a global oil price slump far offset a slight increase in food and utility prices, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Thursday.

COVID-19 cases among PH health workers now at 1,619; death toll at 33
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Health professionals in the Philippines continue to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis with a total of 1,619 of them infected with the novel

SC OKs reduced bail, release on recognizance for indigent inmates
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
In its latest circular, the chief justice introduces a new initiative where "more PDLs are expected to be released."

23 health workers in NKTI infected with COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute confirmed on Thursday that 23 of its healthcare workers were infected with COVID-19 after being exposed to three patients in the hospital's intensive care unit who caught the coronavirus.

International travel might not yet happen within the year -- Puyat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
International travel may still be unavailable within the year as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette

At least 1 person hurt in Makati condo wall collapse incident
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Makati police said at least one person was hurt after a wall of a condominium building in Makati City collapsed Thursday morning.

Inflation even softer in April as oil prices nosedive - BSP
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Increases in prices of basic goods slowed down in April, pulled down by collapsing world crude prices, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says.

DFA: 1,677 Filipinos abroad now have COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Another 33 overseas Filipinos have contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) bringing the total to 1,677, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. DFA data

PH reports 276 new COVID-19 cases, total now 8,488
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
There are now 8,488 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country as the daily surge in infections continues. The Department of Health reported 276 new cases of the viral illness on Thursday Twenty more people have recovered from COVID-19,

PNP to open four COVID-19 quarantine facilities inside Camp Crame as infected policemen rises to 96
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa announces they will open four COVID-19 quarantine facilities inside Camp Crame today.

DILG: Quarantine violators to be arrested, fined, and could face jail time
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
The Interior Department says it has had enough of violators of the enhanced community quarantine and stresses it would not go easy on them anymore.

Government eyes to restore 1-M lost jobs in 'post-COVID-19 recovery plan'
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Under the program, workers in small businesses will be prioritized, and be deployed to construction work involving state infrastructure projects.

Dominguez on post-pandemic stimulus: Citira is it
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
The Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) can serve as stimulus for a post-pandemic economy as it would attract more investments and create jobs, Finance Secretary Carlos G.

Roque reiterates PH position: Taiwan is part of China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Thursday stood by his remark that Taiwan is part of China, which drew "strong dissatisfaction and high regret" from Taipei. Taiwan

48-hour 'hard lockdown' of Tondo's District 1 starts May 3
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Moreno on Thursday issued Executive Order No. 22 placing District 1 of Tondo under a 48-hour shutdown "for the purposes of disease surveillance, verification or testing and rapid risk assessment in relation to COVID-19.

Philippines backs down on demand for Taiwan to deport worker
Al Jazeera English - 2020-04-30
Controversy over domestic helper sparked anger in Taipei after Duterte's spokesman said Taiwan was part of China.

COVID-19 impact: Spanish think tank slashes PH growth forecast to 1.4 percent
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Barcelona-based FocusEconomics has slashed its 2020 growth forecast for the Philippines to 1.4 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic and the local lockdown to fight the disease deeply hurt the

Hontiveros bill to give workers mandatory insurance during health emergencies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a bill that aims to provide workers in the public and private sectors with mandatory life and additional health insurance for their

Outer slab of Makati condominium building collapses
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
One portion of a condominium in Makati City collapsed on Thursday morning. According to an initial report by SMDC, the outer slab of the parking level's facade wall of the SM Jazz Mall building along Nicanor Garcia Street in Makati collapsed omto the building's driveway at around 11 a.

Megaworld earnings up 22% in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Property giant Megaworld Corp. reported Thursday its earnings soared more than a fifth in 2019, powered by record-high growth in its rental business as it shows strength ahead of a tumultuous year for the property market.

51 Filipinos in Kuwait infected with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
There are at least 51 Filipinos in Kuwait who have contracted the novel coronavirus, Philippine Charge d' Affaires to Kuwait Charleson Hermosura said Thursday. Of the

As 'few' firms seek cash aid, BPOs still seen as 'one of big winners' of pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
The labor department said some BPO firms have asked for cash assistance for their employees, although the agency is unsure if the applications were granted.

Asian shares rise on hopes for drug to treat coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-30
Asian shares advanced on Thursday, riding a wave of optimism about a possible treatment for the coronavirus that set off a rally on Wall Street powerful enough to override data showing the

ANALYSIS: The world may never recover its thirst for oil
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
The coronavirus pandemic has destroyed demand for gasoline and jet fuel as billions of people stay home, and there's no guarantee it will ever fully recover despite rock-bottom prices. The oil industry is bracing for the effects of the crisis to linger.

Taiwan rebukes Roque: China has no say on deportation of anti-Duterte OFW
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-30
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanna Ou reacts to the comment of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that China has a hand in the Philippine government's call to deport an OFW for berating President Rodrigo Duterte online because Taiwan is a part of China.

Less air pollution means thousands fewer die
philstar.com - 2020-04-30
Air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average, and causes 8.8 million premature deaths annually, according to a study last month.

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