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CDC tells gov’t to slow coronavirus infections

THE Philippines should try to temper the rise in coronavirus infections to better prepare its health system pending global efforts to come up with a vaccine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Duterte okays massive rapid testing to restart economy

President Duterte gives the go signal for the immediate approval of the order and procurement of Covid-19 rapid test kits.

Gokongweis provide P100M to health workers

THE foundation arm of the Gokongwei Group started distributing its P100-million fund assistance to health workers in the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as to communities affected by the measures mounted to contain the spread of the disease.

COVID-19 cases may jump to 44,000 by end-April

CORONAVIRUS CASES in the Philippines may multiply by almost nine times to 44,000 by the end of the month, better than without a lockdown for the entire Luzon island that started on March 17, according to university health experts.

Looking at the economy amid COVID-19

Sun Life presents April 2020 Market Update If at the beginning of 2020 there was a lot of doubt about the threat of the novel...

Davao City property companies see project delays amid lockdown

DAVAO CITY — Real estate developers expect delays in the completion of their projects here as the city’s lockdown measures include a ban on construction work to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Listed firms postpone annual stockholders’ meeting as pandemic stalls operations

MORE listed firms postponed their annual stockholders’ meetings (ASM) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic which has temporarily shuttered business operations nationwide.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19 but can’t...

SHE fell sick right before the enhanced community quarantine started and for 12 days, Mary (not her real name) had difficulty breathing, a sore throat, nausea, body pain, and headaches, all of which can be symptoms of COVID-19 — but she was never tested for the disease.

Philippines boosts test capacity as COVID-19 cases reach 4,932

THE Philippines now has 15 testing centers for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), allowing it to test 3,000 samples daily, according to a government task force against the pandemic.

How to make work-from-home work for you—Kickstart Ventures

Kickstart Ventures’ Joan Cybil Yao, vice president of investments, shares her tips on making sure your firm thrives through the quarantine.

WhatsApp to address the ‘infodemic’ currently coursing through its platform

WhatsApp is attempting to stem the tide of misinformation around COVID-19 coursing through its platform by implementing a new limit on the number of users a message can be forwarded to.

Working (out) from home? Four reasons to start exercising during the...

SparkUp’s fitness and lifestyle development columnist Ryan Fermin explains why the best thing you can do for your health and productivity during this quarantine period is to incorporate exercise into your workday.

Villar still the wealthiest Filipino with P283B net worth

Manuel B. Villar, Jr. remains the richest Filipino in 2020 based on Forbes Magazine’s latest list of world billionaires.  The Forbes World’s Billionaires List came...

Sports, conference venues converted into COVID-19 facilities

Health facilities at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila and Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay are prepared to take in...

Taiwan’s New Kinpo to make ventilators, face masks locally

Taiwan’s New Kinpo Group will produce 1,000 ventilators and 2.5 million face masks in the Philippines to support the country’s efforts to contain the...

PAL, Cebu Pacific, 2Go cancel trips until April 30

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), budget airline Cebu Pacific, and shipping and logistics provider 2Go Group Inc. (2Go) have canceled their passenger trips up...

Global Ferronickel suspends Surigao del Norte mining

The operating arm of Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) has temporarily suspended its mining operations in Surigao del Norte, amid the coronavirus disease 2019...

ATI’s cruise terminal to be used as quarantine site

Listed port operator Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) said its international cruise terminal at the Manila South Harbor is going to be used as a...

Stocks decline as COVID-19 cases rise

LOCAL SHARES closed lower on Wednesday ahead of the two-day break due to Holy Week amid rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections in the...

AC Health recommends ‘selective approach’ for COVID-19 rapid testing

AYALA Corp.’s healthcare unit AC Health recommends a “selective testing approach” in using rapid test kits for the detection of the coronavirus disease 2019...

BSP trims smaller lenders’ liquidity ratio requirement

THE CENTRAL BANK has trimmed the minimum liquidity ratio (MLR) requirement of smaller lenders until the year’s end in a move to boost their...

IC relaxes identification requirements for insurers’ clients

THE INSURANCE Commission (IC) has relaxed the requirements for customer identification documents until June 30 amid the lockdown in various places due to the...

Peso gains as BSP boosts small banks’ liquidity

THE PESO appreciated against the greenback on Wednesday before the Holy Week break on the back of positive sentiment due to the central bank's...

Doing good: More helping hands

The government says that the best thing a civilian or non-frontliner can do to fight COVID-19 is to stay at home and wash your...

It’s still hard to predict who will die from COVID-19

In every epidemic, some die, others become ill and recover, and the luckiest live through infection without symptoms. In today’s pandemic, we are seeing...

Messing with IP rules may affect COVID-19 response

With around a third of the world’s population in lockdown, humanity desperately needs new treatments to turn the tide against COVID-19. Our hopes depend...

How COVID-19 is shaking up the moral universe

The epidemic forces everyone to confront deep questions of human existence, questions so profound that they have previously been answered, in many different ways, by the greatest philosophers. It’s a test of where all humans stand.

PBA set for shortened season

THE Philippine Basketball Association is bracing for a shortened season this year as the country’s battle with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic rages...

Pandemic forces postponement of Canadian F1 Grand Prix

LONDON -- The June 14 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal joined a growing list of Formula One races postponed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on...

High court extends COVID-19 orders

THE Supreme Court has extended the effectivity of COVID-19-related orders after President Rodrigo R. Duterte extended by two more weeks the Luzon-wide lockdown. “We will...

Shares end higher as inflation eases slightly

LOCAL SHARES finished higher on Tuesday as data showing slightly slower inflation in March drove up confidence among investors amid the coronavirus disease 2019...

Bangsamoro region positions 8 COVID-19 test centers

EIGHT medical facilities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are being positioned as testing laboratories for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),...

Jollibee slashes capex as COVID-19 disrupts operations

Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) is cutting its capital expenditure (capex) allocation for the year to P5 billion due to the operational adjustments brought by...

SEC gives P2B in gov’t fight vs COVID-19

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is giving P2 billion to the national government as aid in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019...

Maynilad repairs continue during quarantine

West zone water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. continued its repair operations despite the enhanced community quarantine set by the government in Luzon. In a...

P&G to manufacture face masks 

The Philippine unit of Procter & Gamble (P&G) on Tuesday announced it will be producing face masks in its Cabuyao, Laguna manufacturing plant to...

NEA backs appeal to ‘indefinitely’ extend power coops’ payments

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) supported the appeal of rural electric cooperatives (ECs) to "indefinitely" extend the deadline of their payments to generation and...

Leadership in the time of COVID-19

Since the virus that causes COVID-19 popped up in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the number of cases around the globe has surpassed the...

Think positive

Hopefully none of our readers is positive for COVID-19. Nonetheless, I suggest that every one of us should think positive — meaning, we should...

Sports apparel maker joins battle against coronavirus

AS THE country’s battle against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rages on, various entities from different sectors have stepped up to...

Phelps urges athletes to take care of mental health after Games...

NEW YORK — Olympic great Michael Phelps has voiced his concerns over the negative impact on athletes' mental health of the Tokyo Games postponement...

Staying healthy at home by way of UA’s app offerings

WITH the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) forcing people to alter how they go about their lives, global performance brand Under Armour (UA) is helping...

Stuff to do at home

Bayanihan Musikahan concerts Bayanihan Musikahan, a fundraising effort to help urban poor communities in Metro Manila who are suffering from the lockdown brought about by...

Holcim expects to miss sales target after plant closure

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Holcim) is expecting to miss its production and sales targets this year with the closing of its factory in Davao for two weeks.

San Miguel says donations reach P878M into third week of quarantine

Donations from San Miguel Corp. (SMC) have reached P877.8 million on the third week of the government-imposed enhanced community quarantine period to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).