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New COVID-19 cases below 1,000, lowest since Nov. 4

THE Department of Health reported 934 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the lowest since November 4 when it recorded 987. Prior to early November,...

Gov’t lifts total ban on conferences, workshops

CONFERENCES, workshops and other similar activities are now allowed in areas under the general quarantine level, a move that will help boost the battered...

DoLE finds safety violations in Skyway accident

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has ruled that contractors working on the Skyway Extension project violated occupational safety and health (OSH) rules that led to the death of a motorist.

Wages seen rising 5.6% in 2021

WAGES in the Philippines are projected to increase by 5.6% next year but the uncertainty inflicted by the pandemic could cloud prospects for higher pay and bonuses, according to a survey by consulting firm Mercer.

FDA says COVID-19 vaccines could be available by March

VACCINES for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) could be available in the country as early as March after President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s formal approval of its emergency use.

Metro Manila mayors keep stay-at-home policy for minors

MAYORS in the capital region have decided to maintain the stay-at-home policy for minors, or those up to 17 years old.

Telecom companies to give update on improvements on Dec. 8

TELECOMMUNICATION companies are scheduled to present the service improvements they have undertaken during the televised Palace briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque announced.

Illegal drugs worth P7.5B destroyed 

OVER P7.5 billion worth of illegal drugs were destroyed by the government on Thursday, bringing the total value of drugs seized at more than P56 billion since the start of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term in 2016.

Duterte signs COVID vaccine emergency use

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the executive order granting the emergency approval on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) medicines and vaccines.

Nationwide round-up (12/02/20)

A SENATOR on Wednesday asked the government-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for copies of the documents required and submitted for the P9.5-billion loan it released to MTD Berhad for the Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

Most household workers receive no social welfare benefits — DoLE

MORE THAN four-fifths of the 1.4 million domestic workers in the Philippines do not receive social welfare benefits they are entitled to under the law, the Labor department said, citing a study.

Local gov’ts have final say on letting minors in malls

LOCAL governments must first pass an ordinance containing guidelines before minors will be allowed to go to shopping malls, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said on Tuesday.

Coronavirus cases almost 433,000; Ilocos Norte highest

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,298 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 432,925.

Regional Updates (12/01/20)

THE Department of Transportation is preparing for the influx of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for the December holidays by expanding its one-stop shop for coronavirus testing and the passenger capacity at three international airports.

LGUs approve 2,220 telecom tower permits; 712 still pending

OVER 2,000 telecommunication tower applications have been approved and processed by local government units (LGUs), with little more than 700 remaining to be processed, Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año said in a televised meeting with the President late Monday.

PPA estimates port traffic 6-10% below normal levels

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it estimated port traffic to have declined at between 6% and 10% over the course of the pandemic, though it expects an uptick for the yearend holidays.

25M people may get vaccinated next year

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) plans to vaccinate as many as 25 million people against the coronavirus next year, the agency’s chief said on Monday.

Duterte keeps metro under general lockdown

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday night extended the lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby provinces until year-end after health experts warned of a...

Nationwide round-up (11/30/20)

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) called on the government to expand its infrastructure program to help address unemployment resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Regional Updates (11/30/20)

THE Baguio City government is not abandoning its plan to reopen the Loakan Airport for commercial flights, City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong said.

Nationwide round-up (11/29/20)

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) has adopted innovative technologies and encouraged citizen participation to ensure government accountability amid a coronavirus pandemic, its chairman said Friday.

Agility, adaptability cited as key attributes by employers during pandemic

THE disruption to workplace routine imposed by the pandemic has highlighted the need for employers to be agile and adaptive, Willis Towers Watson Philippines Managing Director James Matti said at BusinessWorld’s Virtual Economic Forum 2020 last week.

Ex-President Arroyo named Duterte adviser

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as his adviser for projects at the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone in Pampanga province.

Nationwide round-up (11/26/20)

TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez on Thursday said he is open to reviewing the functions of his department’s trading arm after a senator pointed out redundancies.

Regional Updates (11/26/20)

THE PHILIPPINE Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) has so far released P347 million worth of indemnification funds to insured farmers and fisherfolk affected by the onslaught of recent typhoons and other calamities.

SSS reluctant to implement expanded pension proposal

THE Social Security System (SSS) said going ahead with a plan to expand benefits for retirees affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will likely erode the pension fund’s finances.

Nationwide round-up (11/25/20)

THE US government, through the Joint US Military Assistance Group, turned over on November 25 a ScanEagle unmanned aerial system to the Philippine Navy.

Gov’t eyes P73-billion coronavirus vaccine fund

THE government plans to borrow P73.2 billion to buy coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine for around 60 million Filipinos.

Duterte says hundreds fired for graft

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday night said hundreds of state officials had been fired under his anti-corruption drive.

Nationwide round-up (11/23/20)

THE PHILIPPINE government may still expand the cap on the number of health workers allowed to leave for overseas jobs, currently set at 5,000 annually, according to a Labor official.

Regional Updates (11/23/20)

CROP damage from rain and flooding during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) is now at P4.18 billion, higher than the previous estimate of P4.03 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.

Nationwide round-up (11/22/20)

A RESOLUTION calling for an inquiry into the safety of relocation sites and structural integrity of housing units in areas vulnerable to natural hazards has been filed at the House of Representatives.

BPO sector remains ‘robust’ during quarantine

THE business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is getting by during the lockdown with “robust” growth, if continued hiring activity is any indication, according to tech hiring company Kalibrr.

50% of Filipinos must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity vs...

AT least half of the population needs to be vaccinated for the country to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a...

Gov’t drops required isolation area within aircraft for domestic flights

AIRLINES will no longer be required to have an isolation area inside aircraft for domestic flights, the government's task force against coronavirus said on...

National task force sends COVID team to Davao City as cases...

THE national task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response is sending a team to help manage the rising number of cases in...

Duterte approves emergency use of coronavirus vaccines

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte would allow the emergency use of coronavirus vaccines, which would cut the approval process for drugs approved in countries where these were developed, his spokesman said on Thursday.

Duterte asked to quicken vaccine approvals

THE HEALTH department asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday night to issue an order that will fast-track the approval process for coronavirus vaccines.

Duterte places Luzon island under state of calamity after floods

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday night placed Luzon island under a state of calamity after it was battered by typhoons in the past three weeks, the last one of which caused some serious flooding.

Nationwide round-up (11/18/20)

A SENATOR on Wednesday pushed for the creation of an integrated water resource management agency that will oversee water-related operations to prevent a repeat of severe flooding such as those recently experienced in parts of Luzon.

Regional Updates (11/17/20)

THE Palace on Tuesday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has received the recommendation of the national disaster management council on declaring a state of calamity in the entire Luzon island and will announce a decision soon.

Russia can make vaccine by January

RUSSIA could start producing coronavirus vaccines for the Philippines as early as January, according to the Philippine ambassador there.

Medical frontliners to to get more benefits under 2 palace orders

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday issued an administrative order giving a special risk allowance to health workers handling coronavirus patients.

Nationwide round-up (11/16/20)

BUSINESS groups on Monday made an “urgent” call to improve the country’s disaster management system in the wake of the recent major floodings across Luzon triggered by a series of typhoons.

Regional Updates (11/15/20)

PHILIPPINE security forces have had their hands full on emergency preparations and response operations in the past weeks as several strong typhoons have affected various regions in the northern part of the country.