THE MAIN INDEX kept its upward trajectory yesterday as investors remained optimistic in anticipation of easing quarantine measures in select areas across the country.
THE PESO continued to strengthen on Thursday on the back of higher dollar reserves and continued risk-on sentiment due to news of the gradual lifting of lockdowns in some parts of the United States.
THE Philippines has applied for a $750-million facility from China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to help fund the coronavirus pandemic 2019 (COVID-19) containment effort, with the application expected to be acted on by mid-May.
THE Department of Energy (DoE) is planning to issue a circular by June outlining plans for the establishment of a strategic oil reserve.
AFRICAN swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in 23 provinces across eight regions as of April 27, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said, noting that outside of Luzon, the disease is present only in two of the Davao provinces.
THE Philippines must revive its textile industry following global supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, which cut off the garment industry from imported raw material, Philexport textiles, yarn, and fabric trustee Robert M. Young said.
THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said its ongoing railway projects are still on track despite the disruptions from the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
STATE-RUN Credit Information Corp. (CIC) said it launched its Covered Entity Portal, through which financial institutions can register and submit documents online.
CORONAVIRUS infections in the Philippines have not reached their peak, the Department of Health (DoH) said on Thursday, as 276 new cases were added to bring the total to 8,488.
THE Philippines on Thursday protested China’s creation of two new districts in the South China Sea because these are supposedly part of Philippine territory and sea zones.
THE government will allow religious and work-related gatherings under a relaxed lockdown in some areas of the country, the presidential palace said on Thursday.
DETAINED Senator Leila M. de Lima on Thursday decried the Senate leadership’s decision to bar her from joining the chamber’s virtual sessions next week, saying it is “foul and unfair.”
SEVERAL local governments in Mindanao, where only Davao City has been declared as a high risk area for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), want to extend the strict quarantine measures being implemented despite a greenlight to ease restrictions by May 1.
THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will soon be releasing a recovery plan that will include a three-month wage subsidy for workers in micro and small businesses affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
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After almost two months of economic lockdown by May 15, we pray that circumstances would be more conducive to slowly opening up the economy. We should now be preparing to pick up the pieces and to bounce back. Are we ready?
If the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated anything, it is how imperfect such institutions as governments and even entire societies are -- and that some are more flawed, damaged, and damaging than others.
We are living in uncertain, challenging times. We are not in control of our lives. Our set patterns have changed. What was once familiar no longer feels or looks the same. The inexplicable situation is beyond the theories, statistics, reports, charts, analyses of the medical experts and scientists, task force and the instant know-it-all pseudo-writers.
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Want to know why many areas in the Philippines have been in lockdown for more than 45 days now, nearly 8,000 Filipinos have been infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 with more than 530 dead, the economy damaged, many facing unemployment or bankruptcies, the education of our youth made uncertain?
IN THESE TIMES of COVID-19, the big challenge for most of us is how to protect ourselves and our families from the virus and how to hold on to our jobs. For policy-makers that translates into beating the pandemic without doing irreversible damage to the economy in the process.
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THE National Basketball Association (NBA) is looking at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, as a possible playing site should the 2019-20 season resume, and has even gotten the OK from Disney to use the site, Stadium’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday.
BENGALURU -- Rushing to resume the 2019-20 Premier League season stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic could jeopardize the lives of players and staff, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville said.
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ESPORTS ACTION in the country buzzes this month despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic with the return to the country of the Red Bull River Runes tournament.
Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers haven’t always been friends. In fact, their relationship arguably started off as icy at best. The latter was selected 24th overall in the 2005 draft precisely to replace the former, who hitherto remained outstanding for the Packers, but who nonetheless appeared to be on the downside. Pride, not coincidentally that which fueled their competitiveness and success, got in the way of smooth interpersonal relations. “My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play. Now, hopefully, he watches me and gets something from that,” the incumbent starter then defiantly told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Which, creditably, the quarterback-in-waiting did, the absence of active mentorship (and petty pranks) notwithstanding.
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THE Philippine economy may contract by as much as two percent this year as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis persists, a World Bank (WB) economist said on Wednesday.
EDWARD R. INCIONG, 23, is one of almost a million graduating students in the Philippines this year anxious about their job prospects amid a novel coronavirus pandemic.
LAND VALUES in Metro Manila are seen to drop 5-15% by the fourth quarter as rents and selling prices decline due to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
MINORITY INVESTORS are now empowered to add items to the meeting agenda of publicly listed companies, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
CEBU Air, Inc. (Cebu Air) registered a net loss of P1.18 billion in the first quarter of the year, reversing its multi-billion profit last year as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis prompted a lockdown that suspended air travel.
SSI Group, Inc. (SSI) is hopeful for an upswing in demand after the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as it said the 52% jump in its 2019 earnings proves the appeal of its brands to Filipinos.
ROBINSONS Retail Holdings, Inc. (RRHI) booked a 45% jump in earnings during the first quarter due to higher contributions from premium grocery shop operator Rustan Supercenters, Inc.
THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.’s (Pagcor) net income was nearly halved in the first quarter as its earnings from gaming operations declined because of the temporary ban on casino activities during the lockdown.
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has found more groups offering easy money schemes to the public without the government authority to solicit investments.
THE Board of Commissioners of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) approved a cumulative budget of P63.8 million for an assistance fund for arts and culture workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ONLINE PLAGIARISM detection and educational feedback platform Turnitin set up its first office in the Philippines in March, setting up operations just prior to the enhanced community quarantine which has moved some educational institutions to online learning.
AYALA’S energy arm on Wednesday said it had raised over P64 million to provide assistance to health workers, as well as communities and its own employees who were affected by the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
ENSURING the unhampered flow of cargo, essential food supplies and medical equipment on the southern expressways is Roberto V. Bontia’s commitment to the public during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) while working from home.