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17th Cinemalaya filmfest kicks off amid pandemic lockdown

Amid the continuing threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila anew, the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival has been formally opened on Friday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarAug 9th, 2021

Banks offer restructuring amid lockdown

With the absence of new laws offering debt payment holidays, Philippine banks are ready to talk to borrowers severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the National Capital Region and nearby provinces have been placed under hard lockdown due to the more contagious Delta variant......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 10th, 2021

Philippines growth forecasts slashed anew amid latest lockdown

Dutch financial giant ING Bank and ANZ Research expect the Philippines to make a slower bounceback from the pandemic-induced recession as stricter lockdown and quarantine measures were reimposed in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

'UndoingDuterte | Small businesses appeal for government support amid pandemic challenges

Micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) owners are still trying to get back on their feet after enduring the burden of the world’s longest lockdown. The post #UndoingDuterte | Small businesses appeal for government support amid pandemic challenges appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021

A game of Love and infidelity amid lockdown

As the lead stars of the lockdown-inspired short film Game Over, Julia Clarete and singer-theater actor Joshua Bulot can’t help but share their thoughts on love, infidelity and the ongoing pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2021

Agonies of health workers still unmet amid stricter lockdown

Halfway into the week-long stricter lockdown in the capital, health workers are still in agony over their unmet demands, with the government failing to address their call to look into their health, economic, and social well-being as they combat the pandemic on the ground. The post Agonies of health workers still unmet amid stricter lockdown appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 1st, 2021

Commentary: A year of small victories, big impact amid COVID-19 pandemic

It is hard to imagine that the country has been in a perpetual state of lockdown since March 2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

'DutertePalpak: PH worst in Southeast Asia in COVID-19 response amid surge in new cases

But what is even more alarming for Filipinos is that amid the surge in new COVID-19 cases, the response of the Duterte government to the pandemic more than a year into the crisis remains grossly inadequate and incompetent. While implementing the strictest and longest lockdown in the region, the Philippines continues to lag behind our neighbors in Southeast Asia in actually responding to the pandemic. The post #DutertePalpak: PH worst in Southeast Asia in COVID-19 response amid surge in new cases appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMar 20th, 2021

New trade rules may raise prices of roofing materials

The construction sector is one of the most deeply impacted industries in the Philippines. The pandemic lockdown directly reduced construction activities in the country as workers were unable to report to work sites amid the restrictions that hampered mobility and travel......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Turks turn to pets to beat isolation

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Xinhua) — Animal adoptions have surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people are turning to pets as a source of companionship, some Turkish animal lovers and veterinarians said. “We witnessed an increase in adoptions since this summer, especially when the first lockdown restrictions were lifted at the beginning of June, as people […] The post Turks turn to pets to beat isolation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 16th, 2020

Bloomberry posts P5.85-b loss amid lockdown

Casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp. said Tuesday it posted a net loss of P2.5 billion in the third quarter, a turnaround from the P3.9-billion income it booked in the same period last year as casino operations remained restricted because of the pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

‘77% of Pinoys want to travel amid pandemic’

Due to the months-long lockdown, a vast majority of the country’s 110 million Filipinos want to travel to domestic tourist spots and take a respite from strict government restrictions, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat told lawmakers yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

PH exports dropped at slower pace in July

Both exports and imports dropped at a slower pace in July, compared to the previous months, as the trade sector continued to feel the impact of community lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Online business registration in Philippines skyrockets amid pandemic

MANILA, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Online business registration in the Philippines skyrocketed as more and more entrepreneurs conduct business via the internet due to strict lockdown restrictions imposed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Crackdown amid lockdown: Duterte fast-tracks Marcosian delusions of fascist dictatorship with more attacks on press freedom

Ordering the shutdown of ABS-CBN in the middle of a pandemic is a blatant attack on press freedom that dangerously infringes on the people’s right to information, human rights watchdog Karapatan warned......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

PSC vows no job layoffs despite financial woes amid pandemic

While unemployment has risen to an alarming rate amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippine Sports Commission assured its employees that there will no layoffs in the agency. Appearing on Tuesday’s online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum, chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez said that despite a meager budget with nothing more to spare, the PSC will continue to carry out its day-to-day operations. Even under these very difficult times, the PSC puts priority on the welfare of its workers Ramirez stressed.   “Even before COVID, we have communicated with Malacanang that we will let go of some contractual employees,” said Ramirez, adding that it would have taken effect on Aug. 31. But the global pandemic made the PSC change its mind. “We in the PSC board made a collective decision that it will not happen. We will not remove anyone from the PSC unless there is cause. We are in very difficult times,” said Ramirez. The PSC has 250 regular employees and more than 250 contractuals. “Sa kahirapan ngayon, ano ang kakainin nila?” said Ramirez, currently staying with his wife at the athletes’ quarters at the PhilSports Complex (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City. The agency months ago implemented belt-tightening measures, including a 50 percent ‘equity reduction’ on the allowances of the national athletes and coaches. But despite the financial difficulties, athletes and coaches continue to receive their allowances, and can expect to get their regular stipends once the situation improves or when the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) resumes its monthly remittances of close to P100 million to the PSC. Ramirez also added government sports agency is thinking beyond sports, and talked about “fortitude and sacrifice" during the Forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, Milo, PAGCOR, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and powered by Smart, with Upstream Media as official webcast partner. At the height of the lockdown, the national government channeled P1 billion of PSC money for COVID-19 purposes. The PSC has also allowed the use of its facilities like the Rizal Coliseum and Ninoy Aquino Stadium in the fight against the deadly virus. The PSC has also donated 350 beds and close to 500 laptops that were used during last year’s Southeast East Asian Games to various government offices during the pandemic. “The PSC is not only focused on sports now. We are adapting to the new environment,” said Ramirez......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2020

Lockdown litter : Can hospitals, homes reduce plastic use amid COVID-19 crisis?

While others fear the pandemic could lead to an even larger environmental calamity in the future, Paeng Lopez, a campaigner at non-profit Health Care Without Harm, believes the health crisis “does not necessarily have to make things worse for us” in terms of managing healthcare waste. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Cebu Pacific operator incurs P9.14-bilion loss as pandemic halts flights& nbsp;

Cebu Air Inc., the operator of Cebu Pacific and Cebgo, said Wednesday it incurred a net loss of more than P9 billion in the first half as revenues slid when flights were grounded amid the lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

Cash remittances dip 6.4% in January-May

The central bank said cash remittances or transfers via the banking system has declined by 6.4 percent year-on-year in the first five months of the year to $11.554 billion from $12.349 billion.  “The decline in cash remittances was due to the negative effects of the continued limited operating hours of some banks and institutions that provide money transfer services during the lockdown and the repatriation of many OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) in March 2020,” said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in a statement Monday. The cash remittances of land-based overseas Filipinos dropped 7.2 percent to $8.965 billion compared to same time last year of $9.664 billion. The remittances of sea-based workers also dipped 3.6 percent to $2.589 billion from $2.684 billion.  “By country source, the US registered the highest share to total overseas Filipinos remittances at 39.4 percent for January–May. It was followed by Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Japan, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Hongkong, Qatar, and Taiwan,” the BSP said. “The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 78.8 percent of total cash remittances.” For the month of May only, remittances sent through the banks decreased by 19.3 percent to $2.106 billion compared to $2.609 billion same time in 2019. Also for the month of May, personal remittances fell by 19.2 percent to $2.341 billion versus $2.896 billion in May 2019. Personal remittances from land-based workers with work contracts of one year or more slipped by 21.2 percent to $1.77 billion in May from $2.24 billion. Sea-based workers and land-based workers with work contracts of less than one year also declined by 12.4 percent to $519 million from $592 million in 2019. According to the BSP, “this is the third consecutive month that personal remittances posted year-on-year contraction amid the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic activity, travel, and employment, resulting in the repatriation or deferment of employment of many OFWs.” For the cumulative January-May, personal remittances went down by 6.4 percent year-on-year to $12.835 billion from $13.707 billion. Personal remittances as defined by the BSP, is the “sum of net compensation of employees, personal transfers and capital transfers between households.” For 2020, the BSP expects cash remittances to contract by five percent and end up with $28.6 billion and then recover next year, bouncing back to a four percent growth to $29.8 billion. Last year, cash remittances reached $30.133 billion or up 4.1 percent from 2018, while personal remittances grew by 3.9 percent year-on-year to $33.467 billion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

LeBron upbeat on chances to win MVP plum

James, who is in his 17th season in the league, is seen as the greatest challenger to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s back-to-back MVP bid. But that could remain a long shot with reports coming in that the 2019-20 MVP will be determined based on games played up to when the league was suspended in March amid the coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020