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Philippines' coronavirus death toll tops 500
Reuters - 2020-04-26
The Philippines' health ministry on Sunday reported seven more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, taking the death toll in the Southeast Asian country to 501.

Philippines' Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 500
New York Times - 2020-04-26
The Philippines' health ministry on Sunday reported seven more fatalities due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, taking the death toll in the Southeast Asian country to 501.

Over 2 million workers lose jobs as COVID-19 quarantine measures continue - DOLE
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
More than two million workers nationwide have been displaced as local governments continue to implement COVID-19 quarantine measures, the Labor Department said.

PH biotech group to launch COVID19 treatment by Q3 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
IG Biotech Group, a coalition of biotech and pharmaceutical experts, aims to bring to the Philippines an antibody-based prevention and treatment for COVID-19 by the third quarter of 2020. The

Sen. Villar recommends opening up labor-intensive industries amid lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Cynthia Villar recommends allowing labor-intensive sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and construction to ensure stable and food supply and provide displaced workers income amid the extended enhanced community quarantine.

Local airlines extend flight suspension until May 15
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) -- The suspension of scheduled flights by some local airlines has been extended until mid-May as the government-ordered enhanced community quarantine in some parts of the country is not expected to end until then. Philippine Airlines, AirAsia Philippines and Cebu Pacific said in separate advisories ...

Local airlines extend flight suspensions until May 15
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
The suspension of scheduled flights by some local airlines has been extended until mid-May as the government-ordered enhanced community quarantine in some parts of the country is not expected to end until then.

Army chief orders review of policies on PTSD management
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Army chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay has ordered a review of policies in handling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases in the organization following the death of retired

New local quarantine rule shuts Zamboanga City down every Sunday
philstar.com - 2020-04-26
With no vehicles and people on the street and all establishments--including food services, supermarkets and market outlets--closed, Zamboanga City was quiet and deserted.

Locked in by virus, Iraq hit with new pandemic: domestic abuse
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
BAGHDAD -- "More morphine!" Malak's mother cried, her 20-year-old daughter hospitalized after a marital dispute left her severely burned -- the latest victim of domestic violence

SMC earmarks P11.67B for COVID-19 initiatives
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. has earmarked P11.67 billion for COVID-19 response efforts, including the provision of safety nets for its workforce and resource mobilization to help the government

Parañaque mayor wants Chinese POGO workers deported, on tight watch for other illegal POGO operations
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez has requested the Bureau of Immigration to deport the Chinese nationals who were recently apprehended for working in an illegal POGO operation amid the Luzon-wide lockdown.

Ex-soldier shot dead by cop in QC laid to rest with military honors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
The retired Army soldier who was shot dead by a policeman near a checkpoint in Quezon City was laid to rest with full military honors on Sunday at the Libingan ng mga

200 fishers stranded in Occidental Mindoro set to come home to Palawan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Some 200 fishermen from Palawan currently stranded in Occidental Mindoro, a province with three confirmed COVID-19 cases, were set to arrive in Puerto Princesa

Slain ex-soldier Ragos laid to rest at Libingan ng mga Bayani
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
Retired Corporal Winston Ragos was buried with full military honors by the Philippine Army. LOOK: Former Army Corporal Winston Ragos is buried with full military honors at the Libingan ng mga Bayani today.

Singapore Airlines extends cancellation of 96% of flights until end-June
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
SINGAPORE -- Singapore Airlines has extended its wide-ranging flight cancellations by another month, just four days after it announced a one-month extension. This means that 96 percent of its

SMC vows to protect employees' jobs, allots ?11.67-B for government's COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation has assured its employees and extended workforce that they will keep their jobs and get full-time pay during the whole enhanced community quarantine period.

DSWD Sec. Rolando Bautista says he believes the funds for SAP are running low
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
Government funds for the country's social amelioration program are running low as the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) has been extended for two weeks more, Social Welfare secretary Rolando Bautista said.

COVID-19 hits 26 Quezon health workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Two more health workers in this city have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), bringing the total number of infected individuals in the medical sector in Quezon to 26,

BSP chief predicts recession, followed by Q4 recovery and strong 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
The Philippines' top monetary manager expects the local economy the enter a recession over the next six months before recovering in the fourth quarter, and entering an

Chinese embassy's 'Iisang Dagat' tribute sparks outrage online
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
The tribute video, which some netizens described as a 'tasteless propaganda', has so far earned 95,000 dislikes on Youtube and 11,000 angry reactions on Facebook as of Sunday morning.

China weighs new fiscal stimulus plan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
China is close to unveiling an additional fiscal stimulus package to prevent layoffs and debt defaults and secure its post-COVID-19 economic recovery, experts said on

WHO warns over virus immunity as global death toll tops 200,000
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
The global death toll in the novel coronavirus pandemic soared past the grim 200,000 milestone on Sunday, as the World Health Organization warned against "immunity

Pakistanis flock to markets and mosques as Ramadan starts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Pakistanis on Saturday celebrated the country's first day of the holy month of Ramadan by flocking to mosques and markets, ignoring advice to stay home as coronavirus cases

Pinoys in Ethiopia develop foot-operated handwashers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-25
A team of Filipino engineers and teachers in Ethiopia has developed a handwashing technology to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in the African

Food and beverage industry try ?to roll with the punches
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-25
So we are stuck at home for another two weeks (or three weeks from today after the government extended the lockdown in the metro and other high-risk areas until May 15), at least officially. My

South Korea donates coronavirus test kits to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-25
The Philippine government has received a South Korean donation of detection kits for coronavirus disease 2019 worth $500,000 (about P25.4 million), the Department of Foreign

Cuomo is signing an executive order allowing New York pharmacies to test for coronavirus
Business Insider - 2020-04-25
Gov. Cuomo said on Saturday he's ramping up diagnostic COVID-19 testing across the state, directing more than 5,000 pharmacies to conduct tests.

Starlink beta could begin within 3 months, according to Elon Musk
Digital Trends - 2020-04-25
SpaceX could begin beta testing its Starlink global satellite internet program within a few months, according to CEO Elon Musk. In a tweet this week, Musk revealed that the Starlink private beta will begin within approximately three months, with the public beta coming in approximately six months. Private beta begins in ~3 months, public beta in ...

Could "Pandemic Drones" Help Slow Coronavirus? Probably Not. But Covid-19 Is A Boom For Business
Forbes - 2020-04-25
The name probably killed it before it even got off the ground. On April 22 nd, the Westport, CT Police Department announced that it had commenced testing five days earlier on "pandemic drones" to enforce social distancing as well as monitor the spread of the coronavirus through the tony suburb north of Manhattan. Welcome to the new remote ...

Russian Progress cargo ship delivers supplies to space station
UPI.com - 2020-04-25
April 25 (UPI) --The Russian Progress cargo ship delivered more than 5,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Saturday, hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The unmanned robotic Progress 75 delivered food, propellant and other supplies for three astronauts aboard the orbiting lab at the space ...

Agri-based tech incubators distribute veggies in relief operations in Benguet, Sultan Kudarat
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-25
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), through its Agri-Aqua Technology Business Incubation (ATBI) Program, distributed vegetables as relief goods in Benguet in the Cordillera Administrative Region, and in Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao.

$1 billion startup Rent the Runway has furloughed 35% of its employees as the coronavirus ravages retail. Its path back to success isn't so simple.
Business Insider - 2020-04-25
Rent the Runway has long been heralded as one of Silicon Valley's hottest startups. Now it faces a challenge it could have never anticipated.

Earth Day 2020: Greening is part of fight vs pandemics
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-25
"This will not be our final pandemic unless we act properly," La Viña said. He warned that if the people continue with "business as usual and if the so-called new normal will still include mining, logging, pollution, coal-fired power plants, all of the things which led to pandemics, the problem will continue to persist." He said the ...

RLC widens digital presence to service potential buyers
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Are you interested to purchase a residential unit from the convenience of your home? Robinsons Land Corp. has developed an online home buying solution to make it easy for property investors, first and repeat home buyers, and lifestyle upgraders. Through this online facility, RLC aims to make home buying possible and ...

Donors to six priority projects get tax breaks
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has identified six priority development projects that will enable its individual or corporate donors to avail of income tax breaks. According to the 2020 National Priority Plan (NPP) drawn up recently by NEDA, these projects are the following: Malnutrition Reduction ...

Reinventing way of doing business
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
What this six-week period of enhanced community quarantine so far has given individuals and businesses alike is time to reflect and come up with strategies to cope with the limited resources at their disposal and to think of ways moving forward to adapt to what they call the "new normal" of doing things. For one, work from home had been ...

Business group pushes relief plan for MSMEs, agriculture workers
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) is pushing for emergency relief measures including increased lending for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in a bid to help alleviate the adverse impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. FFCCCII is also seeking cash ...

Tagaytay Highlands remains a safe haven amid virus pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Tagaytay Highlands, a leisure development of the SM Group of Companies, remains a safe haven with its relaxed and tranquil setting as quarantine protocols are put in place to ensure health and safety in this exclusive mountain resort. Set amid wide open spaces, calming views, and top-notch facilities which have been ...

UK COVID-19 Daily: Hospital Deaths Pass 20,000
Medscape - 2020-04-25
On March 17th we reported on Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance telling the Commons Health Committee that deaths of 20,000 or fewer people linked to coronavirus would be a "good outcome". Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England made similar comments on March 28th: "If we can keep deaths below 20,000 we ...

Globe extends support to military frontliners
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Globe Telecom has extended support to military frontliners manning command centers and checkpoints in Luzon by providing gadgets, equipment, and technology. It has provided military frontliners in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with cellular signal boosters, mobile phones with load credits, and Globe at home ...

Travel, tourism job losses seen to soar by 30%
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of potential job losses in the global travel and tourism sector due to the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic has increased by 30 percent, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said. Data from the WTTC show that job losses in the global industry could reach up to 100.8 million due to the ...

5 quarantine violators arrested in Butuan
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines -- Five persons, three of them minors, were arrested for engaging in a drinking spree in Barangay Libertad in this city on Friday. Police said the suspects were drinking tuba and eating dog meat for pulutan (finger food). The suspects face charges for violation of enhanced community quarantine protocols as well as ...

Manila, Batangas port operations remain optimal
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) said its Manila and Batangas gateway ports are operating at optimum level and continue to facilitate the flow of goods amid the Luzon-wide lockdown. Berth and yard operations at Manila South Harbor have remained steady, with yard utilization at an optimum level of around 70 percent a week after ...

DOLE wants Pinay caregiver deported over anti-Duterte posts
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is pushing for the deportation of a Filipina caregiver in Taiwan over her Facebook posts. In a statement yesterday, labor attaché Fidel Macauyag said Elanel Egot Ordidor, employed in Yunlin County, is liable for cyber libel for the "willful posting of nasty and malevolent ...

Lopez Group, MetroTent house The Medical City workers temporarily
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Lopez Group and MetroTent Convention Center in Pasig City have partnered to provide a temporary home for The Medical City employees on the frontline in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease. Lopez company First Philippine Holdings Corp. (FPH), with help from its construction arm First Balfour, will ...

Westmincom gives medals to wounded soldiers
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- An Army officer and four other soldiers wounded in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Wednesday have been awarded with medals. Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, pinned the wounded personnel medals on 2Lt. Ceasar Exequiel Lipana, S/Sgt. Jerwin Uday and Pvts.

17 illegal loggers nabbed in Bulacan
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
MALOLOS, Philippines -- Seventeen illegal loggers were arrested in Sitio Tatulo, Barangay Kalawakan, Donya Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan on Thursday. Col. Lawrence Cajipe, acting Bulacan police director, said the suspects, all residents of Barangay Pias, General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, were caught cutting trees in the forest of the Sierra Madre ...

Police couple, 3 kids held at checkpoint in Cagayan
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- A police couple from Quezon City and their three children were refused entry in Barangay Nambalan here on Friday. Capts. Arwin and Annalyn Caimbon claimed they were returning from their frontline duties in Isabela when they were held at a checkpoint at around 3 a.m. Reports said the couple decided to ...

Baguio included in extended ECQ
philstar.com - 2020-04-25
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- This city will be under enhanced community quarantine until May 15, Mayor Benjamin Magalong clarified yesterday. Magalong said Benguet was included on the list of areas deemed "high-risk" for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection based on the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging ...

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