Palace says PH winning fight vs. Covid-19, disputes WHO report

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is winning the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang said Monday, after the country defied the number of cases projected by a University of the Philippines (UP) study. “In terms of positivity rate, in terms of...

DND chief backs US exec’s warning vs. China ADIZ in WPS

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday concurred with the warning of a ranking United States military official saying the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) planned by China in the South China Sea (West Philippine...

2M Filipino women expected to get pregnant this year –POPCOM

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Nearly two million Filipino women between ages 15 and 49 years old are expected to get pregnant this year, according to the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM). POPCOM said these numbers were from the University of the Philippines...

$3.1B of ‘hot money’ exited PHL in January-May — BSP

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Foreign portfolio investments (FPI) or “hot money” yielded a net outflow of $3.1 billion million in the first five months of 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and other external pressures, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said Thursday....

No COVID-19 deaths recorded in Eastern Visayas despite surge in cases, Año says

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Even though there is an increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Eastern Visayas, no death was recorded in the region, specifically in the province of Leyte, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday. “Totoo na...

Keep windows open, let air circulate in PUVs as public transpo gradually resumes — solon

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — ACT-CIS party-list Representative Jocelyn Tulfo on Thursday urged the government to adopt guidance from international health organizations against COVID-19 to keep windows open and let air circulate in public utility vehicles as it gradually allows the...

OFWs’ data protected in information tracking system — DOLE

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — An official of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday assured data privacy protection for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will register to the OFW Assistance Information System (OASIS). In a Laging Handa briefing, Labor Assistant...

IMF sees Philippine economy shrinking further by 3.6% in 2020

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine economy will contract further this year due to the global economic disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, International Monetary Fund projections indicate. In its World Economic Outlook update released Wednesday night,...

Drilon to OWWA: Facilitate speedy repatriation of 150K OFWs

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — Repatriate all 150,000 overseas Filipinos affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic first and let’s talk about funding later. Thus said Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration...

UV express vans, traditional PUJs to resume ops next week — LTFRB

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra on Wednesday said UV Express vans and traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs) will be allowed to resume transport operations in Metro Manila starting next...