Covid-19 Stats

Total confirmed cases
6,452,761
All countries
Updated on June 3, 2020 2:26 pm
Total deaths
382,484
All countries
Updated on June 3, 2020 2:26 pm
Total recovered
2,861,848
All countries
Updated on June 3, 2020 2:26 pm

Quarantine bottlenecks add to woes of returning Filipinos

The sudden influx combined with the government’s limited quarantine and virus-testing capability and bureaucratic snags to set off chaotic delays and congestion in Manila hospitals, hotels and makeshift isolation structures. With public transport and flights restricted in the capital, the populous epicenter of the viral outbreak, the hordes of workers were effectively trapped from moving on to their provincial destinations.

Street dog helps see Chinese nurse through virus traumas

Zhang was among the first to respond when the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan needed help. Shipped out in early February, the 36-year-old nurse worked grueling days in heavy layers of protective gear, ministering to patients who needed assistance from breathing to eating as the coronavirus raged. Amid the emotional and physical trauma, a little street dog helped her through.

Hello and welcome: Robot waiters to the rescue amid virus outbreak

RENESSE, Netherlands—You can always count on a robot for perfect timing. When Shaosong Hu saw robotic waiters serving food in China last fall, he knew exactly what he wanted for his oriental restaurant in the Dutch beachside town of Renesse. He just didn’t have a...

Indonesian choreographers provide digital stage for dancers

Two Indonesian choreographers are helping fellow dancers who lost their jobs due to the new coronavirus outbreak in the country by setting up a YouTube channel as a platform where dancers, choreographers and dance teachers can perform, then receive donation from viewers.

In pandemic, this airport worker controls not just ramp traffic–but also his inner fears

Asked how he feels about out working when almost everyone else is locked in their homes, Naia Ramp Controller Engr. Michael Barbieto shrugs his shoulders, not in submission, but more as a defiant gesture. “Mahirap ang napasukan ko, pero ito ay privilege, ito ang sinumpaan kong tungkulin, kaya kailangan gampanan.”

World Bank: Big virus victims are economies hinged on trade, remittances

COUNTRIES that rely on remittances, global trade, tourism and commodity imports will be the largest casualties of the pandemic, according to the World Bank. In the analytical chapters of the Global Economic Prospects (GEP), the World Bank said these will include a number of emerging...

DOH leans on Covid-19 labs for faster results, fresher, clean data

THE Department of Health (DOH) has ordered licensed laboratories to speed up the submission of test results to ensure a more precise collation, validation and reporting of Covid-19 data as it needs to address the current backlog of 1,168 test results. In a virtual media...

Icao to governments: Adopt air travel guide in reopening

THE 260-member association for the world’s airlines on Tuesday asked governments to adopt the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) Covid-19 recommendations, in order to restore suspended air travel as lockdowns are lifting across the world starting this month. The head of the International Air Transport Association...

200,000 OFWs staying put in host states despite layoff

AROUND 200,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) opted to stay in their host country even after they were temporarily or permanently displaced because of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19). During an online press briefing on Tuesday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the 200,000...

De Lima bill toughens law vs illegal job recruitment

AS labor authorities air warnings against stepped up activities by criminal syndicates exploiting the tightening market for migrant workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Sen. Leila M. de Lima has filed a bill to toughen the law against illegal recruitment. De Lima filed Senate Bill (SB)...

Go warns public of scammers using his, Duterte’s name amid contagion

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has warned the public against scammers who use his name, and that of President Duterte, to buy and sell medical supplies amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a news statement posted on his Facebook page, Go said he...

Sotto cautions DOH on plan to spend P11.7 billion for Covid-19 ‘contact tracers’

SENATE President Vicente Sotto III has cautioned Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III against pursuing a plan to spend P11.7 billion to bankroll the DOH’s plan to hire contact tracers to track down potential carriers of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a news...

Group demands greater ‘clarity’ in purchase of anti-virus items

In a news statement, the group said it is alarmed by reports alleging that certain suppliers have “cornered” government deals involving polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing machines and kits and the bulk orders of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Top News

US hopes ‘close security, defense cooperation’ to continue as PHL suspends VFA termination process

THE United States government on Tuesday welcomed the Philippines' decision to suspend termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), four months after Manila sent the notice of termination to Washington. In a statement sent to media, the US Embassy in Manila said that "on June...

‘CREATE’ bill’s ok now bad timing—experts

TWENTY-SIX economists from the top universities in the Philippines have issued a position paper opposing passage of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) bill, saying it added undue uncertainty—the last thing that businesses need while trying to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Covid-19 to swell jobless numbers to 4.5 million in 2020’

THE coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will swell the number of Filipinos losing their jobs this year to 4.5 million, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). In a hearing of the House Committee on Sustainable Development on Tuesday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick...

Government debt balloons by 10.4% to P8.6 trillion as of end-April

THE national government’s outstanding debt ballooned by 10.4 percent to P8.6 trillion as of end-April this year from P7.787 trillion in the same period in 2019. Latest data from the Bureau of the Treasury also showed that the end-April figure surged by P122.89 billion or...

PHL’s PMI still beat region’s average in May

DESPITE the Philippine manufacturing sector’s contraction in May due to disrupted operations, its performance is still better than the Southeast Asian average. In a report released Tuesday morning, IHS Markit announced that the average Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for May rose to 35.5, up from...

Column

Turning parking lots into parks

WE all hear about the resurgence of open spaces in the light...

The side effects of technology on our children

Conclusion Since children are spending more time in front...

Master Teacher in the digital world

IT has been said that there are seven pillars of society, namely...

Supply Chain Management 101

By Jovy Jader | DEBIT CREDIT Curfews, lockdowns, quarantines, and stay-at-home orders brought about...

The new normal in taxation

Conclusion ON the legislative end, the proposed Corporate Income...

Opinion

OWWA’s dilemma

When a novel coronavirus epidemic unleashed its fury in China in December, the...

SSS extends benefit to members until death

IT is now more than two months since...

After the National ID System, universal bank accounts?

By Jose Antonio Cangco The Covid-19 pandemic has drawn into...

Power: A fundamental challenge to economic recovery

The downgrading of the government’s quarantining measures to...

Reviving an economy crippled by lockdown

Easing Metro Manila into general community quarantine (GCQ), a softer version of the...
Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond...

World alarmed by violence in US; demonstrators get global support

LONDON—Nations around the world have watched in horror at the civil unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing. Racism-tinged events no...

Asia’s factories remain in doldrums as lockdowns ease

Asia’s factory managers remained downbeat about the world’s trade engines in May, even as battered economies start to reopen across the region. Purchasing managers indexes for South Korea, Japan and Taiwan fell, according to data released by IHS Markit on Monday. Readings for Vietnam, Malaysia,...

Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged

WASHINGTON—Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades. Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed...

Pope Francis presides over virus prayer in hint normalcy returning

ROME — Pope Francis prayed on Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months. Francis was joined...

Chancellor Merkel seizes her chance to revolutionize Germany’s economy

On a gloomy Friday in March, with the devastation of the coronavirus becoming clear, senior officials in Chancellor  Angela Merkel’s government realized that extraordinary measures were needed to shore up Europe’s largest economy. At breakneck speed, aides based at the Economy Ministry’s former Prussian estate...

Faith and science work together for US infectious disease experts

By Elana Schor / The Associated Press NEW YORK—The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some scientists leading the nation’s response, the two have worked in concert. National Institutes of...

SEC orders 2 firms to stop selling securities to public

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued cease and desist orders against two companies that offer “fraudulent” investment schemes to the public and do not have the necessary license to sell securities. In separate orders issued on May 28, the SEC ordered Fast Track...

Repairs, maintenance works ongoing at Nlex

As part of its continuing efforts to boost the safety and overall travel experience of motorists, the Nlex Corp. has embarked on enhancement works at the Nlex-SCTEx stretch. Among the...

Yanson lawyers score CIDG for attempted arrests using ‘unofficial’ warrant

LAWYERS for a faction of the Yanson family claiming majority ownership of the country’s largest bus company on Tuesday (June 2, 2020) scored the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Bacolod City for unlawfully enforcing an “unissued” warrant of arrest last Sunday. Atty. Sigfrid...

Hong Kong firm buys Suntrust bonds worth P5.6 billion

Suntrust Home Developers Inc., which will operate Andrew Tan's integrated resort and casino in Entertainment City, on Monday said it has entered into a deal with Hong Kong-listed Summit Ascent Investments Ltd. for P5.6 billion worth of convertible bonds. Summit said it agreed to subscribe...

FDC, tech firm to promote innovation in property sector

Gotianun-led Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) said it has partnered with a Silicon Valley tech firm to promote innovation in the Philippine property sector as it anticipates changes in consumer behavior following the three-month lockdown. FDC has signed an agreement with Plug and Play to develop...

Aboitiz Group chief joins Apec Business Advisory Council

Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer Sabin M. Aboitiz was recently appointed as a member of the Apec Business Advisory Council (ABAC), joining two other previous appointees to represent the Philippines. Aboitiz’s appointment letter was signed by President Duterte last May 15.

Eton Properties gears up to embrace the new normal

As the country prepares to shift to the new normal, Lucio Tan-led Eton Properties Philippines lays the groundwork for stricter precautionary measures to ensure a safe environment in its various commercial, office, and residential developments. Among the initiatives include regular sanitation and disinfection, social distancing...

Government raises P26 billion as investors find safe haven in Treasury bills

The Bureau of Treasury awarded P26 billion in Treasury bills (T-bills), which still enjoyed overwhelming response from investors looking for a safe haven for their cash. Monday’s auction was oversubscribed by more than four times the initial P20-billion offering as tenders reached P83.995 billion.

In emerging markets’ return to sell dollar debt, Asia leads the charge

The riskier parts of the developing world are again flirting with international debt markets and Asian companies are leading the charge. Asia’s riskier borrowers are once again selling offshore debt, paving the way for other emerging-market bond sellers amid optimism reopening economies will stoke global...

Phoenix posts P215-million loss in tough Q1

Phoenix Petroleum posted a net loss of P215 million in the first quarter, a reversal from the net income of P415 million it posted in 2019, as revenues dipped by 9 percent. The company reported an EBITDA of P503 million at end-March this year, from...

Companies find cradle for the new normal

As the government is now easing the quarantine level in the country to enable more businesses to restart and for more people to return to work in order to allow economic activity amid the new coronavirus disease pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is already laying...

SM Foundation scholar-graduates pass bar exams

"When you dream, dream big!” This statement from the late SM founder Tatang Henry Sy Sr. was instilled in the minds of SM Scholar alumni Jay-Ann Ditchella, summa cum laude Batch 2011, and Kerven Flores, cum laude Batch 2012. It inspired them to strive hard in life to...

Disinfection cubicles for Covid-19 frontliners developed in PHL

To increase safety protocols for health-care workers, Filipino researchers are developing a disinfection technology called SaniPod, a self-containing cubicle similar to air showers meant for sanitizing frontliners as they exit Covid-19 patient wards. With over 2,000 health-care workers now infected with Covid-19, the country continues...

Entries to Seameo-Japan ESD award being accepted

All public and private schools in 11 Southeast Asian countries are invited to submit entries for the 2020 Seameo-Japan Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award with the theme “Addressing Plastic Problems for Transforming Communities.” The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (Seameo) and Japan’s Ministry...

Biotech advances lead to faster Covid-19 vaccine production

Everyday, during news briefings, Philippine government officials have been telling the public that they have to strictly follow sanitation and community quarantine rules to prevent contracting the novel coronavirus disease while there is still no cure and vaccine against it, or as Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire has...

More Filipinos encouraged to join 10,700 data science scholars

Filipinos are encouraged to maximize their time at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic by enrolling in an online training under the project Smarter Philippines through Data Analytics Research and Development, Training and Adoption (Project Sparta). The trainings are free of charge through scholarships under the...

World Metrology Day provides public awareness on proper measurements for global trade

The World Metrology Day on May 20 commemorated the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875.  This treaty provides the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the...

Grandmother

The crash of Wall Street reverberated around the world, its aftershocks reaching even the town of Tabaco and its prosperous harbor. The Americans ordered fewer and fewer quantities of hemp that they turned into rope. The only ropes left in America, Alberto snorted, were quickly being snapped up by stock brokers and assorted businessman for their hangman’s noose. The abaca industry stood still. Hundreds of men were left without jobs.

PSC bites bullet

PHILIPPINE sports would be further forced to take a sidestep—worse be at standstill—unless the casinos go operational. “With no money from Pagcor , that will be the end of the elite and grassroots program,” Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez told the Philippine Sportswriters...

Bambol, POC keep focus on 31st SEAG

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino kept his focus amid the Covid-19 distractions and vowed to lobby for the inclusion of sports Filipino athletes are good at in the 31st Southeast Asian Games Vietnam is hosting late next year. Tolentino said the...