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More inflation easing seen after supply chains are smoothed out

THE steady flow of goods should be sustained to keep inflation on its downward trend even with the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) remaining in force for Metro Manila and other high-risk areas, according to an economic bulletin by the Department of Finance (DoF).

PSALM extends grace period for bill payments in areas under ECQ

THE Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) has extended the deadline for dues and obligations owed by its power customers, as well as Universal Charges collecting entities and independent power producer administrators (IPPAs), operating in areas where the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is in force.

Missing tourists in top destinations Bangkok and Paris point to global collapse in wheat...

SINGAPORE/BANGKOK/PARIS -- In Bangkok’s usually bustling Sukhumvit district the coronavirus pandemic has decimated the tourist trade at the restaurant Permruedee Labnongsaeng owns, cutting daily sales to 5% of normal.

Chile’s top copper miners boost production in March

SANTIAGO -- Chile’s top copper mines ramped up production in March even as the coronavirus outbreak took hold, according to data released on Thursday by state copper agency Cochilco, boosted by a sharp spike in output from state miner Codelco.

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Strengthening today’s supply chains for tomorrow

Ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, nearly every country has been hard-pressed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Roberto (Obet) Verzola: The known and the unknown

Many of Obet’s friends and colleagues have written fine, glowing tributes about his life. But there’s more to know about him, considering that he shied away from publicity and preferred to work in the background. For Obet, what mattered was the spread of a powerful idea, not the projection of his persona.

Business (un)usual in the new (ab)Normal

Businesses will never be the same after the COVID-19 quarantines and lockdowns are relaxed or lifted. Or better said, perhaps -- they will not be the same businesses after the isolations and mobility restrictions of COVID-19 are relaxed or lifted.

A time to reboot the economy

Despite our fervent hopes for gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the four to five percent range, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) announced last Thursday that it actually contracted by 0.02% in the first quarter. This was due to the combined effects of Taal Volcano’s eruption in January, the tourist travel ban in February, and the enforcement of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in March. This is the first time the economy contracted in 22 years.

The price of COVID-19 freedom may be eternal spying

MUCH of our pre-coronavirus lives may be reclaimable with some modifications around how we work, socialize, and travel. In one crucial way, though, the post-pandemic landscape will be very different: The individual’s autonomy over her data may be lost forever. Our mobiles will keep us safe -- by spying on us.

China gives more kits as infections near 11,000

CHINA has donated another set of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) test kits and protective equipment to the Philippines, as local infections neared 11,000, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said on Sunday.

Senate to probe COVID-19 impact on petro industry

THE Senate energy committee will look into the impact of a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the oil and gas sector, its chairman said on Sunday.

High court’s Justice Reyes retires at 70

SUPREME Court Justice Andres B. Reyes, Jr. retires on May 11 after reaching the compulsory retirement age of 70.

House bill seeks relief for MSMEs

A CONGRESSMAN has filed a bill seeking relief for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) amid a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain a novel coronavirus pandemic.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates

THE Department of Transportation has assured legislators that guidelines are ready for the possible partial lifting of quarantine rules in Metro Manila by May 16.

Nationwide round-up

A MAGNITUDE 5.4 earthquake northeast of the small island town of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro struck early Sunday morning, with tremors felt in Metro Manila and other parts of mainland Luzon.

Gaethje tops Ferguson to win UFC interim title

JUSTIN GAETHJE put on a striking masterclass to score a surprise knockout victory over Tony Ferguson and win the interim lightweight title at UFC 249, which took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday.

Cycling organizer promotes bicycles as transportation mode amid virus

AS THE COUNTRY girds for the “new normal” brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the ideas being floated is to promote cycling as a mode of transportation, something the organizers of Le Tour de Filipinas support.

ABS-CBN Sports brings content to digital, LIGA

WITH their free television platform currently shut, ABS-CBN Sports has decided to bring its content on its digital platforms and cable sports channel LIGA.

Right direction

Just about the only thing “normal” with the (Re)Open UTR Pro Match Series over the weekend was the run-up, with a knee injury to Tennys Sandgren requiring Miomir Kecmanovic to step in as replacement.