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Facebook invests $2M in support of Asia-Pacific newsrooms

Communities rely on news outfits to stay safe and informed. Facebook is helping these organizations stay afloat during the pandemic through a $2 million investment.

How to still be a great place to work in a...

IN its inaugural run, Great Place to Work Philippines awarded five companies that exemplified how to keep a company running efficiently and employees happy. And while the surveys conducted to choose the winners were done before the COVID-19 pandemic raged, the California-based consulting firm behind the award noted that the same companies named “Best Workplaces” nonetheless found ways to keep both employee morale and productivity high.

Southeast Asian COVID-19 measures at $243-B

SOUTHEAST Asian countries have rolled out$242.995 billion worth of measures in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The opportunity to make this digital era inclusive

Anybody can succeed given the right environment. IBM Executive Chairman Ginni Rometty and philanthropist and Black-Eyed Peas founder will.i.am discuss the opportunity of making this digital era into an inclusive one.

COVID-19 cases hit 10,343; death toll at 685 — Health dep’t

THE Department of Health reported 339 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 10,343.

How to get better at video conferencing

For most businesses, work in the age of COVID runs on video calls. Here are tips on how you can transition smoothly from face-to-face to virtual conferencing.

Gov’t must continue vaccination program, says medical expert

THE GOVERNMENT should continue its immunization programs amid a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain a novel coronavirus pandemic, a medical expert said on Wednesday.

Expert cites ‘flattening’ curve for local COVID-19 infections

LOCAL coronavirus infections may have slowed after a Luzon-wide lockdown that started on March 17, an expert from the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Medicine and Public Health said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus cases hit 9,485 with 623 deaths, DoH says

THE Department of Health reported 262 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 9,485.

DoH says no COVID-19 peak yet as confirmed cases soar to...

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.

Two more inmates die of virus; national infections top 8,000

TWO MORE inmates from the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City died of the coronavirus disease 2019, the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) said on Wednesday, as the national infection tally topped 8,000.

Digital bayanihan on Facebook in the time of Covid-19

Digital bayanihan, in the time of COVID-19, is being manifested in all forms on Facebook.

MVP Group, partners build quarantine center at Philippine Arena

MVP Group of Companies, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and religious group Iglesia ni Cristo have partnered to complete a 300-bed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine center at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, NLEX Corp. said.

Upskill with e-TESDA’s free courses while on quarantine

Stuck at home? That doesn’t mean your skills have to be stuck as well. Reskill and upskill with TESDA’s free online courses.

Novel coronavirus infections now at 7,777, DoH says

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 198 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections on Monday, bringing the total to 7,777.

Private sector-led Project ARK spearheads rapid testing for COVID-19

Project ARK is a private sector-led initiative that aims to make massive testing possible through the use of Antibody Rapid test Kits. Its two-pronged approach includes the widespread screening of company workforces, as well as the testing of nearby barangay residents where these companies operate.

COVID-19 Outbreak: Tips for transplant patients and those on immunosuppressants

What is COVID-19? It is a virus that causes a respiratory illness which can be mild for some and very severe for others. What are the...

COVID-19 deaths now at 477; two more detainees test positive

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported on Friday that an additional 211 persons tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)y, bringing the total to 7,192. Fifteen patients have died, raising the death toll due to the disease to 477.

Non-leisure businesses can operate under GCQ

NON-LEISURE businesses such as laundry services and hardware stores will be allowed to operate under the general community quarantine (GCQ), trade secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.

Despite extended ECQ, Congress will resume on May 4

CONGRESS will resume its session on May 4 even though President Rodrigo R. Duterte has extended the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region.

Areas outside ECQ should still close schools, prohibit mass gatherings

SCHOOLS should remain closed and mass gathering prohibited even in areas considered to be at low and moderate risk for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) said government. These areas will be placed under general community quarantine or GCQ, a more limited form of quarantine than the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) which has been imposed on the NCR and the rest of Luzon since March 15.

DA sees pork shortage by year end, suggests poultry for protein

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) projected that there will be a shortage of pork in the country by the end of year.

DPWH to convert shipping containers into COVID-19 clinics

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has plans to convert used shipping containers into healthcare facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.

DOST to study the benefits of coconut oil in fighting COVID-19

THE Department of Science and Technology (DoST) will be conducting clinical trials on the effectiveness of virgin coconut oil as a food supplement for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.

Gov’t says COVID-19 spending has reached P352.7 billion

THE GOVERNMENT has spent P352.7 billion so far in responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and has used up much of the readily-accessible funding from this year’s budget.

Media prod agency Near Creative to hold webinars on COVID-19 marketing...

The series will provide a localized perspective on marketing to-do's during the pandemic.

Billionaires give millions for relief

COMPANIES led by Filipino billionaires have been spending millions to help efforts in addressing the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak more than a month after a lockdown order suspended many of their business operations.

Hybrid seed firm SeedWorks donates P1-M in goods to COVID-19 bayanihan...

SeedWorks PH extends full support to Department of Agriculture’s “Plant, Plant, Plant” program, as well as GMA Kapuso Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

MyKuya connects 1,000 jobseekers in online job fair, targets 15,000 more

Over the month of March, MyKuya has created job opportunities for nearly 10,000 people. Their recent job fair alone saw about 1,000 jobseekers on the platform in under 45 minutes.

RapidPassPH turned over to government agencies for full adoption

Built to streamline movement for essential workers and goods, the RapidPassPH was, this week, handed over to government agencies for full implementation.

HK Filipino domestic workers turn to digitalization for employment

Foreign domestic workers living in Hong Kong are currently facing pressing issues such as new regulations, compromises, travel bans, and contract terminations. Not a few have been turning to digitalization as a solution to some of these concerns.

Measuring COVID-19’s impact on local hospitality and tourism sectors

The current scenario in the hospitality and tourism sectors is bleak, but stakeholders and the government are already enacting measures to support these badly hit industries.

Philippines ranks among top countries innovating around COVID-19—StartupBlink report

The dual ranking highlights locations which have been most innovative in creating timely solutions to the pandemic situation.

Legislator proposes special bond issue to support COVID-19 response

A SENIOR legislator said the effort to contain coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) could be funded by a special bond issue, which he proposed to call “COVID-19 Bayanihan Recovery Bonds.”

AIIB doubles size of COVID-19 borrowing facility to $10 billion

THE Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said it doubled its available funding pool to $10 billion due to strong demand from countries seeking funds to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Bank loans to small firms to count in computing reserves

THE central bank announced a relief package for small businesses in the form of incentives for banks to to the sector, which is expected to have been hard hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

QBO, Techstars launch virtual startup weekend to incubate COVID-19 solutions

The 54-hour online event is designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Texas Instruments gives $250,000 as COVID response

Semiconductor company Texas Instruments is donating $250,000 for food and medical support for the Philippine response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Gov’t threatens total lockdown as cases soar

THE government on Thursday threatened to impose a total lockdown if people continue to violate protocols against the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Health secretary told to resign for negligence in fight versus COVID-19

SENATORS on Thursday filed a resolution urging the country’s Health chief to quit for alleged negligence, lack of foresight and inefficiency in handling the country’s coronavirus disease crisis.

Manila to take part in COVID-19 drug trials involving Avigan

THE Philippines will take part in clinical drug trials for COVID-19 in Japan, according to the spokesman of a government task force against the pandemic.

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.