Covid-19 Stats

Total confirmed cases
6,974,721
All countries
Updated on June 7, 2020 10:56 am
Total deaths
402,094
All countries
Updated on June 7, 2020 10:56 am
Total recovered
3,205,432
All countries
Updated on June 7, 2020 10:56 am

DFA pays tribute to OFWs on Migrant Workers’ Day

In celebration of Migrant Workers' Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will release tomorrow (June 7) at 8 am a video that pays tribute to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who work at the front lines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The video tribute features frontliner OFWs ranging...

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.”

Green coalition to grade banks based on how much they lent to coal projects

Members of the Withdraw from Coal (WFC) Campaign on Friday met with top officials of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) to mark the start of its engagement with banks for its Coal Divestment Criteria and Scorecard. The scorecard is meant to facilitate the...

Senators commit early approval of CREATE bill, but vow close scrutiny

The Senate on Friday committed to frontload passage of the second tax reform package, now known as Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) upon resumption of session in July, but explained that the bill needed thorough discussions that their June 5 deadline could not allow. ...

Fulfill deliverables under Bayanihan to Heal as One Act – Bong Go to Executive

SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go is urging the Executive department to ensure that the objectives and commitments under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1) will be fulfilled. “Halos tatlong buwan na ang nakalipas mula ng ipinasa ang Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.  Pinaghirapan nating maipasa...

May inflation slows further to 2.1% on weak demand, cheap oil prices

CHEAP oil prices and weak demand caused inflation to slow further in May, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Data showed inflation averaged 2.1 percent in May, slower than the 2.2 percent in April and 3.2 percent posted in May 2019. Inflation in the...

‘Yellow alert’ amid ample power supply alarms DOE

The Luzon grid was placed on yellow alert for three hours on Thursday despite sufficient power supply. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the issuance of the yellow alert, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. was due to unplanned power plant outages and Malampaya’s natural gas...

Approved investment pledges fall 58.1% to P114.77 billion in Q1

Investment pledges from Filipino and foreign nationals approved by the country’s Investment Promotion Agencies  contracted 58.1 percent in the first quarter of the year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). PSA data showed total investment pledges made by Filipino and foreign nationals plunged to...

Go praises DA chief’s support to BP2, food security programs

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has lauded the recent pronouncements of Agriculture Secretary William Dar on the provision of agri-enterprise assistance to beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program, which seeks to accelerate countryside socioeconomic development. “I would like to thank the Department...

PNP reports high recovery rate for virus-afflicted cops

THE recovery rate among members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has been consistently high, Camp Crame said on Wednesday. The PNP Health Service said the recovery rate, particularly for its members who had served as frontliners in...

Top News

Lost banana ‘bonanza’

DAVAO CITY—Banana’s low-calorie and nutrient-dense popularity pushed the sales of the yellow fruit to other countries amid the virus pandemic, in contrast to the rest of its Top 10 peers in the orchards that all suffered a big fall in the global market. Known for...

Someone to watch over me

AMID the vast expanse of territorial sea waters that it protects and the country’s claims of some parts of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) being aggressively challenged, primarily by China, the Philippine Navy (PN) is stepping up its modernization program, boosted by the arrival of its first brand-new...

Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

By Jonathan Lemire & Zeke Miller / The Associated Press WASHINGTON—For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from...

Factory output hits 2-decade low in April on impact of lockdown 

THE country’s factory output plunged to its lowest in nearly 20 years, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Based on the results of the Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI), the country’s Volume of Production Index (VoPI) shrank 59.8 percent in April, the...

House approves P1.5-trillion CURES bill to boost infra spending in countryside

The House of Representatives on Friday passed on third and final reading another stimulus package worth P1.5 trillion that will focus on infrastructure spending and create more jobs in the countryside. Voting 210 affirmative and 7 negative, the lawmakers  passed  House Bill 6920,  or  the...

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

Was the ECQ successful?

The Press/Media and armchair epidemiologists are obsessed with the number of cases of...

Siding with foreigners?

Brothers and sisters, it is of great wonder...

A disturbing lack of urgency

When we crafted the Bayanihan to Heal As...

The world according to a dying Cyrano

IN Act V of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de...

The second Camelot

The lockdown has introduced me to an inseparable...
By Phelan Chatterjee / The Associated Press STOCKHOLM—Early April. A buzz of my phone. “Free for a walk?” asks a friend. Another notification. “Coffee on Wednesday?” “Come for drinks!” I’m at a loss. I’m working remotely from Stockholm, out of the London...

Lawmakers in 8 countries form new alliance to counter China

A group of senior lawmakers from eight democracies including the US have launched a new cross-parliamentary alliance to help counter what they say is the threat China’s growing influence poses to global trade, security and human rights. The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which launched Friday,...

Japan’s FM Aso: ‘Cultural standard’ helped beat virus

Japan’s success against the coronavirus without enforcing a strict lockdown is due to the citizens’ “cultural standard” that is different from other nations, Finance Minister Taro Aso said, drawing criticism from the public that the comments were inappropriate. “Other countries have called me up and...

UK summit calls for freely available Covid-19 vaccine

LONDON—A vaccine summit has raised billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries as experts wrestled with how any potential vaccine against the coronavirus might be distributed globally—and fairly. The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have urged that...

Australia to toughen foreign investment laws amid diplomatic spat with Beijing

Australia will implement a tough new screening regime on foreign investors seeking to buy sensitive assets, as it bids to bolster national security amid a diplomatic row with China. Telecommunications, energy, technology and defense-manufacturing companies will be included in the zero-dollar threshold for screening. The...

‘Power to the people’: Floyd’s brother talks at NYC memorial

NEW YORK—New Yorkers stayed on the streets of New York City Thursday for another day of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd, including at a memorial service at the site where police used batons against demonstrators who were out past the city-imposed curfew the night before.

China delayed releasing virus information, frustrating WHO

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...

DTI-Export Marketing Bureau hails exporter-turned PPE maker

The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) hailed a local personal protective equipment maker for spearheading the PPE Bayanihan Project  for health-care frontliners. Since the country has been under quarantine, all but essential businesses are closed, including leather goods manufacturer The Leather Collection (TLC).

Cheap oil is one culprit as US chicken exports dip

American companies are shipping less chicken overseas, and cheap oil isn’t helping. Profits from oil production in South American countries like Venezuela and Western African nations often translate into poultry...

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers

Although it is always preferable to establish clear remote-work policies and training in advance, this level of preparation may not be feasible in times of crisis or other rapidly changing circumstances. Fortunately, there are steps that managers can take to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees, even when there is little time to prepare.

The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs

To be sure, a cost-cutting reflex is understandable. Leaders are obligated to make responsible decisions to keep their companies afloat. But those who manage the economic effects of this crisis in a clear and compassionate way will create more value for their companies and will come out of this pandemic stronger than ever. So before announcing deep layoffs, we recommend that you consider these measures first.

Firms told: Tap rising global halal market amid contagion

Local entrepreneurs are encouraged to tap the growing global market for halal food products, amid rising demand in time of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Fortunately for the halal industry and in particular in the food sector, halal food is rising in popularity amid Covid-19…,” Department...

A ‘unique’ engine is bringing power to a remote PHL island

AN Israeli start-up is hoping a new engine design can help bring power to remote outposts in Asia. Aquarius Engines Ltd. announced a partnership with Nokia Oyj on Monday and plans to begin field tests in the Philippines this year for a small-scale electrical generator using...

American Air’s 74 percent jump in flying signals travel on the mend

American Airlines Group Inc. surged the most on record after the carrier said it would boost July flights 74 percent compared with this month, signaling that US travelers freed from shelter-in-place orders are returning more quickly than expected. The busiest days next month will have...

‘Diversified portfolio shielding Phoenix from virus pandemic’

PHOENIX Petroleum Inc. said its strategic and aggressive investments in fuel retail and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) businesses have made it resilient during a public health crisis. The company noted a spike in residential demand for cooking fuel during the Covid-19 lockdown. It said volume...

Insurtech vows to ‘democratize access’ to insurance products and services with online marketplace

AN insurance technology (insurtech) startup plans to launch an online marketplace for insurance products to provide Filipinos with “democratized access” to insurance and help the Philippines keep up with global average data. Hamilton Angluben, founder of online insurance marketplace Kwik.insure, said his group plans to...

Globe backs Race To Zero carbon emissions campaign

Globe Telecom puts into action its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by actively  supporting the Race To Zero global campaign spearheaded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and COP26 Presidency and  backed by the GSMA, the global mobile industry body. This activity is part of the GSMA’s...

DOST’s agencies develop more tech vs Covid-19

Remote-controlled robots for virtual communication between medical personnel and Covid-19 patients through wireless Internet connectivity? Telepresence devices that automatically answer calls? Disinfection chambers? Tracking system on health facilities’ medical resources? Mobile app and a Web portal that serve as platform for information on relief packs and cash assistance...

VCO lotion, cream help moisturize hands to prevent infection

Did you know that the skin is the body’s first line of defense against infections? US dermatologist Dr. Joyce I. Imahiyerobo-Ivan Ip of Norwell, Massachusetts, advises her patients against over handwashing. But with worries against contracting the deadly coronavirus, handwashing has become the prime sanitation...

D.O.S.T.-SEI offers scholarships for 2021 undergraduate students

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is calling on the youth to join the science community by pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This, as DOST’s Science Education Institute (SEI) announces the availability of scholarship slots for the 2021 DOST-SEI S&T...

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...

Christian leaders speak out against anti-terror bill

The country’s Christian leaders banded together to oppose an anti-terrorism measure “that reeks of the dark days of the Marcos martial law.” In a joint statement released on June 3,...

Coronavirus Outbreak: IOC in talks with insurers over compensation for postponed Tokyo Olympics

By Graham Dunbar / The Associated Press GENEVA—The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is in talks with insurers over being compensated for the postponed Tokyo Games. An “open discussion” is under way with insurance brokers, the IOC’s Olympic Games operations Director Pierre Ducrey...