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 2020-04-08 07:23 

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Coronavirus: 195 million workers' worth of labor to be wiped out from April to June, says ILO...

BANGKOK The coronavirus pandemic is expected to wipe out labor equivalent to that performed by 195 million full-time workers around the world from this month to June, the International Labor Organization said on Tuesday (April 7), calling for swift policy...

 2020-04-08 07:13 

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PH imports slide down in February as COVID-19 creeps into China trade...

Imports slid by over a tenth in February as shipments from China—the Philippines' top source of foreign-made goods—contracted at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial figures released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on W...

 2020-04-08 07:11 

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Improved second quarter outlook shortlived as PH firms turn bearish for rest of 2020...

Philippine businesses are more optimistic about the second quarter of 2020 after a challenging first three months which saw the country plunged into the COVID-19 pandemic along with the rest of the world, according to the latest business confidence survey...

 2020-04-08 06:56 

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Prolonged COVID-19 lockdown fallout: Zero or negative growth, says Dominguez...

The Duterte administration's chief economic manager on Wednesday (April 8) said the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon will result in "zero to possibly negative 0.8-percent" Philippine economic growth in 2020. "Definit...

 2020-04-08 06:54 

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LGUs ordered to establish isolation facilities as COVID-19 cases seen to rise...

MANILA, Philippines— Local government units (LGUs) have been ordered to immediately set up their own isolation facilities in preparation for the spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (D...

 2020-04-08 06:47 

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PROBE strictly enforces social distancing in barangay markets...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement (PROBE) team is taking a break from its usual clearing operations for the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Instead, they are helping the baran...

 2020-04-08 06:37 

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Filipino seafarers from Germany, US return to PH DFA...

MANILA, Philippines — Some 247 Filipino crew members of two cruise ships arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday from Germany. In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the repatriates arrived via a chartered flight, which was con...

 2020-04-08 06:31 

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Duterte healthy despite lack of sleep due to COVID-19 crisis, says Panelo...

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is "fit and healthy" despite lack of sleep due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, Malacaang assured Wednesday. "Sa totoo lang po— nakita naman natin ang itsura niya&md...

 2020-04-08 06:23 

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COVID-19 funds: PH eyes $5.7B in foreign loans, supplemental budget...

More than P288 billion in loans from multilateral lenders in the pipeline on top of a supplemental 2020 budget to be requested from Congress will boost the Philippines' war chest against COVID-19, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said on Wedn...

 2020-04-08 06:22 

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Duterte suspends processing of admin cases during ECQ...

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended the filing of cases, appeals, petitions for review, and other pleadings before the Office of the President, except "urgent" ones, while the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantin...

 2020-04-08 06:15 

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Oceana calls for fair distribution of Bayanihan grant, local development fund to fisherfolk...

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Amid adverse impact of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on the livelihood of fisherfolk, Oceana calls for their inclusion in the distribution of the Bayanihan grant and the local development fund. The group issued this ...

 2020-04-08 06:15 

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Panelo: Duterte didn't downplay COVID-19, just careful not to cause anxiety to people...

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte did not raise the alarm early in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis to avoid causing anxiety to the public, his spokesman said Wednesday after the chief executive received backlash for allegedly...

 2020-04-08 06:14 

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NCCA endorses artists, cultural workers for inclusion in DOLE amelioration program...

MANILA, Philippines — The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has endorsed artists and cultural workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) ameli...

 2020-04-08 05:56 

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Virtual 'pabasa,' Visita Iglesia in time of COVID-19 outbreak...

MANILA, Philippines — During Holy Week, the traditional "pabasa" and Visita Iglesia are usually done in churches. In fact, many Filipinos even travel miles to visit different churches in their respective areas and even neighboring provinces....

 2020-04-08 05:44 

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BI continues with 'scaled-down' operations amid COVID-19 crisis...

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday said it will continue with its "scaled-down"; operations after President Rodrigo Duterte extended the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being enforced in Luzon to contain the spre...

 2020-04-08 05:40 

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Give suggestions, not just criticisms, on COVID-19 response — Palace...

MANILA, Philippines — Malacaang on Wednesday called on the public to make suggestions, not just criticisms, on the government's response to the health crisis the country is facing due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Presidential spokesper...

 2020-04-08 05:38 

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3 Cebu City brgys told to comply with requirements for release of cash aid from City Hall...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The distribution of rice subsidy and financial assistance to Cebu City barangays is almost complete. As of today, April 8, 2020, a total of 77 of the city's 80 barangays already managed to claim their share of cash aid f...

 2020-04-08 05:37 

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Rizal Memorial Stadium ready to accept initial 116 COVID-19 patients...

The group of tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. has completed the first phase conversion of the Rizal Memorial Sport Complex (RMSC) into a COVID-19 emergency facility. Funded by Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc., the social responsibility arm of Bloomberry Resort...

 2020-04-08 05:32 

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Trump threatens to cut WHO funding, China lifts Wuhan travel ban...

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to cut US funding to the World Health Organization, accusing it of bias toward China, where the authorities lifted a two-and-a-half-month travel ban on Wuhan, the city that spawned the global...

 2020-04-08 05:16 

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Duterte cancels Davao trip; to stay, work in Manila during Holy Week...

MANILA, Philippines— President Rodrigo Duterte has canceled his trip to Davao City and opted to stay in Manila and work during the Holy Week, Malacaang said Wednesday. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President was supposed to fly ...

 2020-04-08 05:13 

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Ferro to check on cell congestion problems in some Cebu City police stations...

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), will be conducting an inventory of the police stations here in Cebu City to determine those which are having a...

 2020-04-08 05:09 

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Gov't won't tap yet big infra project funds for COVID-9 response...

MANILA, Philippines — The government has yet to cancel any big-ticket infrastructure projects in the administration's "Build, Build, Build" program to help augment the country's COVID-19 response even as President Rodrigo Duterte cal...

 2020-04-08 05:01 

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Family of the late Yuri Richards thanks Lapu gov't, neighbors for support...

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—The family of Roy Deldig, known as Yuri Richards in the Cebu media industry, expressed their gratitude to the City Government of Lapu-Lapu and to their neighbors who supported them after they were locked down for two days. Deldi...

 2020-04-08 04:40 

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MCWD tells Cebuanos to conserve water...

CEBU CITY, Philippines The Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) is asking Cebuanos to start conserving water following a drop in their water supply due to the dry season. In a Facebook post on Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020, MCWD said that water supply the ...

 2020-04-08 04:35 

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Barangay health stations not suitable as COVID-19 quarantine facilities DOH...

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday said barangay health stations are too small and not ideal community quarantine facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeir...

 2020-04-08 04:33 

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Cebu City Agriculture Department urges residents to plant easy-to-grow vegetables...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Agriculture Department (CAD) is giving out free seedlings to Cebu City residents who wish to grow their own food while the city is under the state of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Engineer Joelito Baclay...

 2020-04-08 04:12 

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DICT, UNICEF, telcos sector coordinate to spread correct info on COVID-19...

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is working with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the telecommunications sector to provide correct information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (...

 2020-04-08 04:09 

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Philippine Arena to start accepting COVID-19 patients next week...

MANILA, Philippines — The massive Philippine Arena will start operation next week as the country's mega quarantine facility for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Ga...

 2020-04-08 04:07 

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IATF: No need for new law to aid middle-income households...

MANILA, Philippines — There is no need for another law to give aid to middle-income families during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease said Wednesday. While providing ...

 2020-04-08 04:07 

Cebu Daily News

Holy Week 2020 easier to monitor due to ECQ...

CEBU CITY, Philippines— The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) believes it will be a bit easier monitoring the safety of the public this Holy Week 2020 due to the enhanced community quarantine. Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius...

 2020-04-08 04:05 

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Magnitude 3 earthquake shakes northern Cebu...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Parts of northern Cebu felt a magnitude 3 earthquake past 11 a.m. this Holy Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake's epicenter was at around 7 kilo...

 2020-04-08 03:40 

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Solon: Mobilize reservists, merchant marines, security guards in fight vs COVID-19...

MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker on Wednesday recommended the mobilization of some of the reservists of the "uniformed armed services" to help in the country's measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Iloilo 5th District Rep....

 2020-04-08 03:37 

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Asian shares mostly lower on worries about pandemic damage...

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly lower, gyrating in early Wednesday trading amid uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to claim more lives around the world. Japan's Nikkei 225 inched up 0.1% to 18,974.06 in morning trading. ...

 2020-04-08 03:23 

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Group of Cebu bike enthusiast initiates 'Share-A-Bike 4 Medical Frontliners' project...

CEBU CITY, Philippines— In times of crisis like this one the world's facing right now, heroesnot necessarily those with capesstep up to the plate to do something that can help. Heroes like these bike enthusiasts in Cebu, who formed a group aimed...

 2020-04-08 03:13 

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IATF: Amid coronavirus threat, implementation of national ID system a 'challenge'...

MANILA, Philippines — While agreeing it would have been "helpful," the implementation of the national ID system is a "challenge" amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health crisis. Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management...

 2020-04-08 03:09 

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Public invited to honor, send 'good vibes' to COVID-19 frontliners...

MANILA, Philippines — The inter-agency task force handling the government's response on COVID-19 crisis is appealing to the public to honor and express simple gestures of appreciation to health workers and other personnel at the forefront of the...

 2020-04-08 03:01 

Cebu Daily News

More offerings from Lockdown: 'A break from the outbreak'...

CDN Digital's WHAT'S UP! live interactive sessions dubbed "Lockdown: A break from the outbreak" continues with another week of exciting offerings. Netizens were treated to art lessons, indoor workouts, and music sessions from local artists...

 2020-04-08 02:54 

Cebu Daily News

NEDA urges government to prioritize support for production of essential goods...

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Amid the country's fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the government should prioritize support for the production of essential goods ...

 2020-04-08 02:39 

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DSWD issues SAP checks to LGUs that met requirements for cash aidIATF...

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has issued checks to Metro Manila local government units (LGUs) that have completed the requirements for the social amelioration program (SAP). Inter-Agency Task Force (IAT...

 2020-04-08 02:21 

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SEC flags 5 illegal investment schemes...

The Securities and Exchange Commission has flagged five more entities that are illegally soliciting investments from the public, taking advantage of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In separate advisories dated April 7, the SEC warned the public against inv...

 2020-04-08 02:20 

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Two drug personalities nabbed in Talisay buy-bust operation...

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Two drug personalities were caught in a buy-bust operation in Talisay City early Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. The operation conducted by the joint efforts of the Provincial Intelligence Unit (PIU), Police Drug Enforcement...

 2020-04-08 01:49 

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PruLife UK offers free 45-day COVID-19 insurance...

Life insurer Pru Life UK is offering free one-time 45-day COVID-19 protection and personal accident coverage to 500,000 Filipinos, aiming to help ease the emotional distress and financial burden during the current state of public health emergency. Under t...

 2020-04-08 00:52 

Cebu Daily News

Cebuano actor Dan Sy Lopez stars in two Lenten TV series...

Cebu City, Philippines—Not just one, but two lead roles will be played by award-winning Cebuano actor Dan Sy Lopez this Holy Week 2020. The 27-year-old actor will headline two Cebuano Lenten series titled "Kab-uton Ko ang Langit" and "Ra...

 2020-04-08 00:48 

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PhilHealth sets new rates for virus cases starting April 15...

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Tuesday released a new case rate package for patients afflicted with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) who will be hospitalized starting April 15. PhilHealth president and ...

 2020-04-07 23:32 

Cebu Daily News

PSC: Follow quarantine rules...

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has called the attention of national sports associations (NSAs) to strictly supervise the movements of their athletes and coaches. Without naming the people involved, the PSC bared in an advisory to the NSAs that the...

 2020-04-07 23:26 

Cebu Daily News

PBA shortens Season 45...

With the government extending the Enhanced Community Quarantine to April 30, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is reducing Season 45 to a two conference-format, which could be further cut down should the spread of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)...

 2020-04-07 23:21 

Cebu Daily News

Lockdown may trigger 'baby zoom,' lawmaker warns...

MANILA, Philippines — While jokes abound on social media about a new generation of "coronials" or "baby zoomers" being conceived during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, a reproductive health (RH) advocate is taking seriously the p...

 2020-04-07 23:19 

Cebu Daily News

Why exclude the middle class for emergency assistance?...

The "Bayanihan to Heal as One Act" grants emergency power to the President to tackle the current crisis caused by COVID-19. This power included a provision to provide emergency assistance amounting from 5,000 pesos to 8,000 pesos per household for...

 2020-04-07 23:10 

Cebu Daily News

DBTC coach prepares individual training program for players...

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Training continues for the football varsity teams of the Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) Greywolves. DBTC Greywolves football head coach Glen Ramos has given his varsity teams a training of program that each player can do w...

 2020-04-07 22:30 

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Athletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spots...

About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots for the Tokyo Games are in for 2021 under redrawn qualifying regulations published Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC released its rewritten roadmap for qualifying for the games...

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