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Power demand falls after return to strict lockdown

PEAK electricity demand “drastically” declined in the first week of August after Metro Manila and adjacent provinces returned to a stricter form of lockdown, known as modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), due to mounting coronavirus infections.

Return to strict lockdown may ravage economy

PHILIPPINE economic output would probably get pulled down further by the return of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to a strict lockdown amid a fresh surge in coronavirus infections, according to the presidential palace.

Philippine factory activity falls for 5th straight month

FACTORY ACTIVITY dropped for a fifth straight month in July, as manufacturing firms reported weaker production and demand despite relaxed lockdown restrictions.

Economic recovery threatened as NCR reverts to strict lockdown

THE imposition of a stricter lockdown in Metro Manila and key cities for the next two weeks will likely delay the country’s economic recovery, as many businesses face operational disruptions once again due to the lack of public transportation and other restrictions.

Retailers caught off guard by Duterte’s lockdown directive

FOOD STOCKS in supermarkets are expected to decline in the coming days due to increased demand after Metro Manila was placed again under a strict lockdown.

Duterte to discuss call to put metro back on strict lockdown

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte was set to meet with Cabinet officials later on Sunday to discuss the appeal of health workers to put Metro Manila back under a strict lockdown as coronavirus infections topped 100,000.

Business group seeks further lockdown easing in ‘main economic centers’

THE Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) should further ease quarantine restrictions “in all main economic centers” in the country to drive recovery, the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) said.

Internet analyst sees permanent tailwind from lengthy lockdowns

Internet companies are likely to be long-term winners from the pandemic as lockdown measures have now lasted long enough for changes in consumer behavior to become permanent, according to Credit Suisse.

Metro Manila risks reverting to strict lockdown as cases surge

THE presidential palace on Thursday threatened to put Manila and nearby cities back under a stricter lockdown if cases of the coronavirus that has sickened more than 61,000 and killed about 1,600 people in the Philippines continue to surge.

Party planners pause as coronavirus spoils fun, forces virtual events

PAM O. FERRER, 34, and her fiancé postponed their April 28 wedding after most parts of the Philippines were locked down in mid-March to contain a coronavirus pandemic.

Hotspots face strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases top 57,000

SOME AREAS of the country might revert to a stricter lockdown this week after coronavirus infections topped 57,000 on Monday, while Manila and nearby cities would probably remain under a general lockdown, the government said on Monday.

Fearful and frugal: coronavirus wreaks havoc on America’s psyche

As the US reopens, Americans aren’t much interested in going out and spending.

DTI explains guidelines for getting refunds for events canceled because of...

by Mariel Alison L. Aguinaldo Parties who made payments for events that were canceled or scaled down prior to community quarantine have the right to...

Philippine finance chief seeks to further reopen the economy

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III seeks to further loosen movement curbs in the capital region to reignite an economy facing its deepest slump...

How we work from home

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global lockdown has forced people to work from home (WFH) more often. Already, experts are saying that telecommuting is...

Live births may rise by 13% on lockdown

THE PHILIPPINES expects almost two million live births next year — 13% or 214,000 more than usual — as people mostly stayed home amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Remote work is here to stay

Resisting work-from-home arrangements for employees could render companies obsolete, according to a co-working-space executive.

Investors are favoring firms that let people work from home

Some fund managers are increasingly basing investment decisions in part on how considerate companies are to their employees and clients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Time is money: the armchair traders of lockdown

STOCKHOLM — At 7 a.m. on Friday morning, Dean d’Arco, 31, a phone shop manager from Belfast, Northern Ireland, logged on for his last...

13,000 Filipinos still stranded in Luzon

MORE THAN 13,000 Filipinos remained stranded on the main Philippine island of Luzon, where various levels of lockdowns have been imposed to contain a coronavirus pandemic, according to the government.

Car sales plunge during lockdown

AUTOMOTIVE sales plunged to just over a hundred units in April, before recovering in May as lockdown restrictions began easing around the country.

Unsafe at home during the lockdown

WHILE the recent lockdown restrictions were necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and were meant to keep people safe within their homes, many people found themselves unsafe as they were locked in with their abusers with little recourse.

Virus rush to push metro back to strict lockdown

MANILA and nearby cities, where coronavirus cases are mostly concentrated, could revert to a stricter lockdown after June 15 if cases continue to surge, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

Doing Good: stepping up during a lockdown

The Philippines has eased lockdown restrictions in Metro Manila and several other provinces as the country tries to restart and salvage an economy flattened by the pandemic. But the pandemic is still a clear and ever-present danger to the populace. Here are a few more stories of people protecting our frontliners and other Filipinos.

Government details guidelines on travel after eased lockdown

THE PRESIDENTIAL palace on Monday detailed the rules on local travel under a relaxed lockdown for much of the country, saying people’s movements would remain restricted to contain a coronavirus pandemic.

90 Chinese, 2 Malaysians nabbed for violating lockdown guidelines

PHILIPPINE police arrested 90 Chinese and two Malaysians for allegedly violating health and safety guidelines on the coronavirus after law enforcers raided an illegal offshore gaming operator in Bacoor City in Cavite province on Friday.

Economic recovery still uncertain even as lockdown eases

AS the lockdown eases in many parts of the country, experts are divided on how quickly the Philippine economy will rebound from the coronavirus crisis.

Lockdown in Metro Manila to ease on June 1

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday evening ordered the further easing of the lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby cities starting June 1, as the government tries to restart an economy that the coronavirus pandemic brought to a near standstill.

Lockdown of Metro Manila likely to be relaxed by June 1

THE GOVERNMENT would probably ease the lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby cities starting June 1, Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año said on Tuesday as the government tries to restart the economy that a coronavirus pandemic has brought to a near standstill.

Navigating the curve: how to market during COVID-19

Consumers are becoming hyper-aware of corporate reactions towards the crisis, quick to drop their thoughts online with one touch of a button. With such delicate conditions to consider, how can marketers ensure that they are communicating helpfully and respectfully?

In the lockdown economy, our old measures of inflation get it...

INFLATION is one of the great question marks of the coronavirus era, with some economists predicting it’s poised to take off and others warning of a deflationary slump.

Reliable data sought to aid decision on lockdown

SENATORS on Monday sought reliable data upon which the government should base its decision on whether to further ease the lockdown in Metro Manila, where the Philippines’ coronavirus pandemic is largely concentrated.

Our new normal should be a green one—WWF

Atty. Angela Ibay, WWF-Philippines Head of Climate and Energy, opines that we have what it takes to make our post-COVID world a sustainable one. Here are her three arguments for a greener normal.

Gov’t warns of another lockdown if there’s spike in COVID-19 cases

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has threatened to reimpose a lockdown if coronavirus cases spike, as his Health chief said the pandemic entered a “second wave” in the Philippines as early as March.

Unneeded travel prohibited under altered lockdown

PEOPLE in areas that have been locked down will be barred from crossing over places without restrictions, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

Gov’t threatens to close malls under new lockdown

THE GOVERNMENT on Monday threatened to close malls under a new lockdown for failing to enforce physical distancing measures meant to contain a coronavirus pandemic.

Five ways to keep employees engaged during the lockdown

A lack of physical interaction among employees could pose different kinds of challenges for your team. But through the internet, there are ways for you to ensure that social distancing never means disengaged.

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.

Here are the top food items Filipinos ask for on MyKuya

According to the MyKuya’s most recent findings, what users ask for most during the quarantine is, unsurprisingly: Food. Here’s how that breaks down:

Duterte extends ECQ in NCR, other provinces

(2ND UPDATE) The government is extending until May 15 the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the Philippine capital and nearby regions in order to...

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.

Luzon lockdown may continue if coronavirus infections spike

A LUZON-wide lockdown probably won’t be lifted if coronavirus infections continue to soar, the government’s chief enforcer of policies against the pandemic said on Tuesday night.

Duterte unlikely to impose total lockdown, his spokesman says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte was unlikely to impose a total lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, his spokesman said on Monday.

Five simple tips on transforming home spaces into productive workspaces

As the world shifts to the new normal of remote work, many professionals are struggling to carve out pockets of productivity in their homes. Manolo Guanzon, architect and founder of people-centered design studio HADO, shares five simple tips.