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Philippine Airlines eyes layoffs next month to survive crisis

MANILA, Philippines – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is mulling deep job cuts across the board in a bid to survive the COVID-19 pandemic while it waits for government support that has been slow to arrive. PAL is looking at more drastic measures to reduce costs as demand remains weak and travel restrictions in the […] The post Philippine Airlines eyes layoffs next month to survive crisis appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerSep 8th, 2020

Major US firms roll out parade of layoffs over pandemic woes

New York---Hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and with new government stimulus funding in limbo, Disney, American Airlines and United Airlines announced 60,000 layoffs in just 24 hours---leading a barrage of job losses a month before US elections......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the Philippines, a bible thumper insults our intelligence

RJ Nieto We have been made too aware of the speakership catfight in the House of Representatives. On one side is Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who, last year, agreed to a term sharing deal that entails his voluntary resignation this month. On the other side, the PDP-Laban Lord Allan Velasco, head of the House’s biggest political party. If Cayetano just complied with the term-sharing agreement that he himself insisted on having, then the nation could have moved on and returned its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the erstwhile flourishing Philippine economy. But that was not the case: after getting a taste of his lucrative position for 15 months, Cayetano didn’t want to let go. In mid-September, Cayetano said he should remain as the speaker as he claims to enjoy majority support. Days later, his camp even went a step further when Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte accused Velasco of planning to delay the passage of the crucial 2021 National Budget. President Rodrigo Duterte, acting as head of the Kilusang Pagbabago Coalition, mediated the rift when he called for a meeting with Cayetano and Velasco. There are various versions of what happened during the meeting, but what’s clear is that both sides agreed to a vote on the speakership on October 14th. At this point, minus the speakership drama, pretty much everything else in the House, especially the 2021 budget deliberations, was going quite smoothly . At this point, the Cayetano-Velasco catfight was still a purely political skirmish. But things took a turn for the worse during the October 7 House session. While the budget debates were still ongoing, Cayetano abruptly declared the end of debates. He then moved to suspend House sessions until mid-November, effectively cancelling the October 14th vote for speaker. Cayetano’s move squarely violated Section 16(5), Article VI, of the Constitution, which forbids the House from adjourning for more than three days without the Senate’s nod. The term he used — “suspension” — is just semantic acrobatics for adjournment. Cayetano’s move effectively delayed the transmission to the Senate of the budget’s House version from October 14 to mid-November at the earliest. For the sake of holding onto power, he escalated the purely political skirmish into a full-blown national crisis. If Cayetano and his allies did not want a speakership change because his replacement will just delay the budget, then why did he delay the budget himself? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a New Normal, and we need a national budget that takes this New Normal into account. However, the speaker’s latest political stunt risks the reenactment of the previous national budget, a budget that was written before COVID-19 ravaged us. How can the nation address the rampaging pandemic without a national budget that recognizes COVID-19 as a national disaster? We need more IT infrastructure funding as more Filipinos engage in e-commerce and as schools shift to online learning. We need more healthcare funding as Filipinos continue to get infected with this virus. We need more fiscal support for ailing businesses as thousands have gone bankrupt after the economy ground to a halt. But all of these may not happen because of what Cayetano did. He can bicker with anyone as much as he wants, but he should not sacrifice the welfare of this nation for the sake of his ambitions. Cayetano loves to quote the Bible every chance he gets, but it appears that the Bible he reads excludes all the verses that mention greed. I know for a fact that politicians want power. Running for office, after all, is inherently a quest to gain power. But power is sought not for power’s sake. Power is just a means to towards an end, and that end should be public welfare. Too bad for us earthlings, Cayetano may not share the same view of power. And even if he does, his notion of power is a warped, twisted version that serves his aspirations more than those of the Filipino people. And despite what he’s done, he has the gall to insult our intelligence by claiming that he has the nation’s best interests in mind. If there’s anything we can learn from Cayetano, that would be new and more creative ways to cringe. Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest stunt suggests that while Alan Peter Cayetano may still love this country, Alan Peter Cayetano happens to love Alan Peter Cayetano more. For comments and reactions, please email TP@ThinkingPinoy.net or visit Facebook.com/TheThinkingPinoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

PAL confirms it’s cutting 35 percent of workforce, or 2,700 employees, before end of 2020

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Airlines (PAL) confirmed it is reducing its workforce by up to 35 percent as part of a restructuring and recovery plan to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and the slow recovery of the airline industry. In a statement released late on Monday (Oct. 5), the flag carrier said the manpower reduction combines voluntary and […] The post PAL confirms it’s cutting 35 percent of workforce, or 2,700 employees, before end of 2020 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2020

Ramirez writes OSG to seize assets of payroll scammer

Philippine Sports Commission chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez seeks the help of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on the agency's case against one of its staff discovered to be cheating the government in a payroll scam. Back from his month-long leave to take care of his sick wife, the PSC head hit the ground running on Monday addressing the latest controversy to hit the sports agency. "We need all the help we can get to get to the bottom of this and make every effort that nothing of this sort ever happens again," explained Ramirez, who also convened the sports agency's board the same day to discuss the matter as well as other pertinent matters needing the body's decision. In the letter to the OSG, Ramirez sought "assistance in instituting proper proceedings relative to the complaint filed against Paul Michael Ignacio" including garnishment of all real or personal property and the reversion of these back to the government. Just a week ago, Ignacio was taken by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents acting on the request of PSC's Executive Director Merlita Ibay for assistance on the discovered payroll padding committed by Ignacio. This also prompted the agency to take stock of its entire operations, some areas of which received ISO certification just last year. "The board is 100% with the Chairman on this," said Commissioner Ramon Fernandez who was Officer in Charge when the irregularity came to notice.  Atty. Guillermo Iroy, Jr., Deputy Executive Director for Support has been appointed to lead the legal team in pursuing the case. In the same board meeting, it was also approved to have process and organizational auditors to help the agency in its mission to fortify all bureaus. Ramirez explained that "we need fresh eyes to take a look at our processes and seek out areas that need to be strengthened."  Another online meeting is set on Wednesday between the board and the audit team......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

PVL, PSL have high hopes of getting nod to resume training

The country’s top commercial volleyball leagues remain optimistic that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases will grant their request for their club teams to resume training soon. Both the Premier Volleyball League and the Philippine Superliga crafted their own health and safety guidelines adhering to the protocols set by the IATF that would allow their respective leagues to resume activities amid the health crisis. “We are trying to requests the IATF to give the teams permission to start working out,” said PVL organizer Sports Vision president Ricky Palou in an interview on Noli Eala’s Power & Play on Saturday. “Of course, following their protocols which is medyo mahirap ang protocol guidelines nila. But at least it will keep the teams and the players in shape when the league finally is given permission to compete,” he added. The PVL, which is also scrambling to find a new broadcast partner after the non-renewal of its TV coverer ABS-CBN’s franchise, eyes to stage its fourth season late this year. Palou said that the PVL is requesting the IATF to allow at least five players and a coach every practice session. A medical personnel will also be present to monitor and oversee that that the protocol is strictly followed during training.      “We made a draft and revising this according to the guidelines of the IATF which includes rapid and swab testing, keeping the distance requirements when they practice,” said Palou. Meanwhile, PSL president Dr. Ian Laurel bared that the league has created a medical oversight committee headed by the league’s resident physician Dr. Raul Alcantara.     Alcantara has experience in the field of infectious diseases with his stint in the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine during the height of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. “We are busy forming a medical oversight committee that would be in-charge of making sure that all safety and healthy protocols would be strictly followed,” said Laurel. “We are also talking to the IATF, the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission), the GAB (Games and Amusement Board) and the DOH (Department of Health) about the possibility of restarting our training and, eventually, our games.” Both leagues hope that IATF will give a positive response following the IATF’s green light on professional leagues PBA and Philippine Football League to resume training.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Superliga eyes October resumption

Coming out of a fruitful discussion with the Department of Health (DOH), Games and Amusement Board (GAB) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the PSL looks forward to staging an All-Filipino Conference if given a chance to resume training by next month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2020

As travel industry struggles, flight attendant pursues her passion to outlive the crisis – here’s what happened

Liezl Amurao-Hipolito, a flight attendant for Philippine Airlines, temporarily lost her job due to the pandemic. But rather than succumbing to both helplessness and hopelessness, chose to face the situation head on......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2020

Philippine education in crisis

More than 9 million students in both private and public schools had enrolled online for schoolyear 2020-2021 as the month of June ended. The resumption of K-12 classes is scheduled for Aug. 24 this year, hence the Department of Education’s (DepEd) reserving the entire month of June for registration, and later extending it till July.… The post Philippine education in crisis appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

Pro basketball, football clearance raises hope for volleyball

Commercial volleyball league stakeholders have high hopes that their activities will also resume soon following the government’s clearance for professional basketball and football leagues to start training. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a press briefing on Friday announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases gave the green light for the resumption of training for PBA and the Philippine Football League teams. The Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusement Board and the Department of Health drafted the guidelines for the resumption of training. Roque made no mention of volleyball in the announcement. The country’s second most popular sport next to basketball has no professional league. The Premier Volleyball League and the Philippine Superliga are both categorized as amateur or semi-professional along with the collegiate leagues including the UAAP and NCAA. “We’re preparing a request. Ang sinasabi kasi nila ay professional sports muna and sa amateurs parang wala pa eh but we’re working on it,” PVL organizer Sports Vision president Ricky Palou told ABS-CBN Sports. PSL president Dr. Ian Laurel expressed optimism that volleyball will follow suit. “Ang expectation natin ay susunod na tayo,” he said. “It’s a step in the right direction or signal that sports are being discussed in the IATF.” “That’s already a step in the right direction for us. Hindi naman mahalaga kung sino ang unang papayagan eh. Ang importante yung konsepto na yung sports eh kino-consider at napag-uusapan. Pero susunod na yan very optimistic ako,” added Laurel. While PBA and the PFL sought help from GAB, commercial leagues course their IATF request through the PSC.   “Kami ang PSC ang kailangan naming lapitan. Kapag amateur kasi PSC. What will happen is PSC will endorse it to IATF. Bahala na ang IATF kung papayag sila o hindi,” Palou said. In a separate request to the IATF last month, national sports association leaders from athletics, basketball, volleyball, football, rugby, gymnastics and karate crafted a one-month trial program for athletes to resume training under a strict health and safety protocol. The IATF has yet to decide on their requests aside from the clearance they gave to the PBA and the PFL. “We don’t know what they’re thinking on amateur sports eh kasi right now ang pinayagan lang ‘yung football and basketball professional league lang. Eh kami di naman kami pro, we’re amateurs so we’re going to PSC,” Palou said. PSL halted its ongoing Grand Prix last March at the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while the PVL’s fourth season was supposed to begin last May but was pushed back because of the health crisis. Both leagues hope to resume activities once volleyball gets the go-signal from the IATF.   “We’re hoping [na mapayagan na rin ang volleyball]. They’ve already allowed football and basketball siguro naman there’s no reason why [volleyball should not be allowed to resume] as long we comply with what they want and we comply with their protocols. I don’t see why [volleyball] shouldn’t be allowed,” said Palou.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

Cong. Tolentino to lobby return of slashed 2020 PSC budget

Philippine Olympic Committee president and congressman Bambol Tolentino will lobby in the House of Representatives the return of the funds slashed from the national sports agency brought by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Philippine Sports Commission was among the government agencies instructed by the Department of Budget and Management to slice its 2020 budget by more than half. The PSC returned P700 million out of its P900 million budget to be used in the fight against the deadly virus.    PSC’s other source of fund was also severely hit by the health crisis with the dwindling remittance from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation as most of the country put under community quarantine, forcing the agency to do belt-tightening measures including slashing the national athletes’ allowances in half. Tolentino told reporters on Monday via Zoom press conference that PAGCOR has resumed its remittance. “Nag-remit na ang PAGCOR ulit. I don’t know kung mako-cover na ‘yung portion ng month na nabawasan na ang allowances,” he said. However, anticipating that the remittance won’t be enough, Tolentino announced that he will lobby in Congress the return of the diverted PSC budget. “Pero kung ‘di man ma-cover (ng PAGCOR remittance), my announcement is, not as POC president, but as a member of the House of representative, we will try to give back the amount that was taken from the PSC national development fund na ibinalik sa national treasury for the COVID-19 use. Amounting to P700 million,” said the representative of the eighth district of Cavite. Athletes are set to have their allowances cut in half starting July. “So kung ‘yun lang ang kailangan para maibalik o ma-sustain ang mawawala we will try in the House of Representatives I will lobby for it. We will try to return it in this coming second Bayanihan extension act to return the amount given to the national treasury because of the COVID-19,” said Tolentino. “Para lang ‘wag mabasawan o maibalik, para lang complete ang allowances again ng mga athletes.” The lawmaker added the athletes who brought honor and pride to the country including copping the overall championship in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games held in the country deserve to receive full financial support from the government even amid this crisis. “Ang point ko rito kasi baka di alam ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte na tinamaan ‘yung mga national athletes, ‘yung mga allowances. Baka kapag nalaman niya, ‘Huh? After giving pride and glory being overall champion sa SEA Games tapos tatamaan din sila, yung mga frontliners natin sa sports,’” he said. “Pipilitin naming ibalik ang amount na ‘yun,” added Tolentino.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

House eyes virtual SONA

The House of Representatives is considering using teleconference or a virtual fifth State of the Nation Address for President Duterte next month, possibly for the first time in history as the nation continues to face the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2020

PAGCOR eyes gradual reopening of casinos

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. is eyeing the resumption of casino operations this month to save the jobs of thousands of workers employed by the gaming industry and generate much-needed revenues for the government’s coronavirus disease 2019 response......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

Nat’l athletes, coaches get 20% discount on goods, services

National athletes and coaches can now avail of 20 percent discount on goods and services. The Philippine Sports Commission in a board meeting on Friday announced that the 20 percent discount for athletes and coaches, a provision in RA 10699, will finally be implemented as BIR issued Revenue Regulation 13-2020, dated May 27. “We have been looking forward to this and we are thankful that our athletes and coaches will finally enjoy the privilege they deserve,” said PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez. The PSC has been working on the implementation of this privilege for a long time and have made headway with the help of the BIR last year. Effectivity of the privilege will be 15 days after publication in the official gazette or any two nationally-circulated newspapers. National athletes and coaches will also receive booklets aside from identification cards in order for beneficiaries to avail the said discounts, much like the booklet and ID being issued to senior citizens.  PSC is now having the booklets prepared. Members of the national team have already been issued their IDs. Discounts shall be applied to food, medicine, recreation centers, hotels, and lodging establishments and sports equipment purchases. BUDGET CUT While the discount privilege is welcome news, the Board also tackled belt-tightening measures with much of the government’s finances diverted to address the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The board and senior officers of the agency decided to implement a 50% reduction on allowances of athletes and coaches starting June 1 (to be remitted in July). The decision came following the diminished finances from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), from which the allowances are taken, because of the health crisis. The board said that this action was taken in order to sustain the granting of allowances until December 2020. “This is a hard decision to make, but one that needed to be done so we can continue caring for our athletes longer,” said Ramirez, who assured that the allowances will be restored to the present rate once the NSDF reaches a comfortable level. Last month the country’s sport department in order to cut back on expenses and reserve the remaining resources to continue its commitment to providing the allowances of athletes and coaches, discontinued contracts of sports coordinators, consultants, and JO staff......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

Gordon eyes creation of Center for Disease Control

Senator Richard Gordon has filed a bill seeking the creation of the Philippine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare the government for future health crisis. The chair of the Philippine Red Cross said Senate Bill No. 1440, or the Philippine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Act (Philippine CDC Act), will be an […] The post Gordon eyes creation of Center for Disease Control appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 29th, 2020

‘Philippines to bounce back better than neighbors’

The Philippine economy is in a better position to survive the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis than its neighbors in Southeast Asia, an economist-lawmaker said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

Ateneo, La Salle join hands in fight vs COVID-19

In the fight vs COVID-19, we're all in this together. That is no more evident than in fierce foes Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University who have now teamed up in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. With Metro Manila now more than a month into community quarantine, both the Society of Jesus' school in Katipunan and the university ran by Lasallian brothers in Taft Avenue have done their all to help out. "Ateneo alumni said they'd like to help and I told them, 'Let's raise money together with our friends - which means, also La Salle friends,'" Philippine Jesuit Provincial Superior Fr. Jun Viray, SJ said. With that, an effort for the archrivals to join hands was born called "Let's Work Together To Fight COVID-19." "A little conversation between myself and Fr. Jun created a spark that is more explosive than UAAP allowed us to say this is the time to work together rather than compete," DLSU President Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC said. At present, the effort has already raised PhP 10 Million. This will then be used to help out 6,000 urban poor families as well as 500 homeless persons. Those interested to help out can do so here: FOR ATENEO METROBANK Account name: Tanging Yaman Foundation, Inc. Metrobank Peso Checking Account Number: 448-7-44800988-9 BPI Account name: Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan BPI Peso Checking Account Number: 3081-1111-61 *For proper acknowledgement, kindly send photo of the deposit slip to slb@affiliate.ateneo.edu FOR LA SALLE Account name: De La Salle Brothers, Inc. Account number: 7590-569081 Security Bank: Account name: De La Salle Brothers, Inc. Account number: 0000014366500 BPI: Account name: De La Salle Brothers, Inc. Account number: 3103-3749-86 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

PAL ferries Canadians back home

Nearly 1,000 Canadian nationals were flown home on April 15 on special Philippine Airlines flights to Vancouver and Toronto, after being stranded in various Philippine provinces for almost a month due to COVID-19 community quarantines......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Mideast airlines must tap handouts to survive virus crisis

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – As the coronavirus grounds airlines, plunging the industry into unprecedented crisis , Middle East carriers that have been in the red for years must urgently tap assistance from governments facing their own revenue slump . Authorities across the region have taken draconian measures to curb ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Cebu Country Club seeks PAL Interclub history

Bacolod—Cebu Country Club eyes history when it shoots for the centerpiece Men’s title in the Philippine Airlines Interclub starting Wednesday here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Top NCAA men s volleyball MVP candidate eyes national team spot

University of Perpetual Help sophomore Louie Ramirez is playing on top of his game this NCAA Season 95. He sees it as a chance not only to help the Altas keep their grasp of the crown but also as an opportunity to be noticed and fulfill his ultimate goal of serving the country. The Pangasinense is very vocal in his interest to land a spot in the Philippine men’s volleyball team just like former Altas libero Jack Kalingking, who helped the PHI squad capture the historic silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December. “Pangarap ko rin talaga maging part ng national team kasi 'yun nga, parang pumunta ako sa Perps kasi 'yun talaga ang pangarap ko,” said Ramirez, who was recruited by Perpetual mentor and former national team coach Sammy Acaylar. “Kumbaga parang 'yun 'yung susi ba para makalaro sa National team.” Ramirez had a decent debut with the Altas last year, helping Perpetual finish a perfect season. Unfortunately, he was barely noticed playing a less glamorous position at the middle and behind the shadows of Season 95 1st Best Middle Blocker Ronniel Rosales. But when Altas star Joebert Almodiel, the two-time reigning MVP, decided to part ways with Perpetual, Ramirez seized the chance to break out of his shell.  Converted to open spiker to fill the void left by Almodiel, Ramirez did not disappoint. The Hotel and Restaurant Management student averaged 17.7 points per game in the Las Pinas-based squad’s nine-game sweep of the eliminations that propelled Perpetual straight to the Finals for the second straight year. Acaylar admits that Ramirez did struggle during the early part of the season with his new role which he got just a few weeks before the start of the tournament. “You know, to tell you frankly, before nag opening ang NCAA, nagkaroon pa kami ng medyo struggles because nawalan kami ng player,” said Acaylar. “Nagkaroon kami ng struggles din, at least noong cinonvert ko si Louie sa pagiging open spiker, 'yun pala ang nasa puso niya talagang gusto niya mag-open spiker kaya nakuha niya 'yung gusto kong mangyari,” he added. “Nag-adjust siya pero ngayon malinis na siyang gumalaw sa loob.” Now thriving at his new spot, Ramirez is tipped to win the highest individual award. But the Altas scorer just wants to look at the bigger picture. “'Di ko pa iniisip kasi kumbaga lagi naman sinasabi ni coach Sam na, ‘Maglaro para sa team hindi 'yung maglaro para sa sarili. Kumbaga wag niyo isipin 'yung mga award kasi kumbaga 'yung championship talaga. 'Yung mga award parang bonus nalang 'yan para sa aming mga player,’” said Ramirez. Perpetual will wait for its best-of-three Finals opponent as the elimination round resumes on March 16 after a month of halt following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020