How Filipino SMEs reset for rebound after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly affected many industries since the implementation of the community quarantines.  But as the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens, as many businesses, especially the small and medium scale enterprises, still found a way to remain resilient in the “new normal.”.....»»

Category: techSource: thestandard thestandardSep 22nd, 2020

House okays budget in marathon session

The House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Friday night approved on third and final reading the P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021, reaffirming its commitment to pass the highest quality budget that would help Filipinos and the economy rebound, reset and recover from the adverse impact of COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

A budget for the post-pandemic Philippines

The 2021 NEP is decidedly forward-looking, but critics say that might be its biggest flaw The Duterte administration sent a clear signal that is looking beyond the Covid-19 pandemic with its 2021 National Expenditure Program (NEP), built around the theme “Reset, Rebound and Recover: Investing for Resiliency and Sustainability.” But critics in Congress, where the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Battle of Grandmasters slated to boost Filipino chess Olympiad squad

The National Chess Federation of the Philippines is bent on improving the national team that it will send to the 44th World Chess Olympiad, which was reset from this year to the next due to the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

DTI-CITEM Arms Artisans and SMEs to Make It Global Amid Pandemic

The sudden effects of COVID-19 might have challenged how the world does business, but Filipino artisans are ready to turn this threat into an opportunity. The Filipino lifestyle community gathered today to listen and learn from a live webinar spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) export promotion arm, the Center for International […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 17th, 2020

26 pang Filipino sa ibang bansa nagpositibo sa COVID-19

Nasa 26 ang bagong napaulat na nagpositibong Filipino sa COVID-19 sa ibang bansa. Sa datos ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) hanggang October 20, umakyat na sa 11,178 ang mga kumpirmadong positibo sa COVID-19 na Filipino mula sa 81 na bansa at rehiyon. Sa nasabing bilang, 3,129 ang patuloy na nagpapagamot sa iba’t ibang ospital. […] The post 26 pang Filipino sa ibang bansa nagpositibo sa COVID-19 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News12 hr. 17 min. ago

Mayor Isko: Avoid religious processions in the meantime

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday asked Catholics to avoid holding religious processions in the city while the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is still a threat. A devotee himself, Domagoso said he is “saddened” that the Filipino tradition will be set aside because of the pandemic, however, “we need understanding.” “For the meantime, nakikisuyo po ako, wala pong mga para-parada, wala pong prusi-prusisyon, dahil mahirap pigilan ang tao. At ang tao naman mapapahamak, malalagay sa alanganin (For the meantime, I’m asking you not to hold processions because it’s hard to control the people. And they might be at risk),” he said in an interview with reporters. Domagoso hinted there might be no Traslacion or the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene in January if “this situation will remain the same.” “Pero halimbawa… maganda, medyo kayang i-tolerate yung numbers of infection or talagang halos kontrolado na natin yung infection, baka mag-isip kami ng bago (In case the situation improves or the number of infection is already under control, we might change our minds),” he added. Domagoso said, there is a need to issue restrictions on religious processions as he fears a  rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. “Everybody is going to Quiapo… para magsampalataya (for their faith). So in the hundreds thousands of people merging, I just give you conservative number, just one na maimpeksyon, na magdikit dikit, pawis, laway, so baka maulit tayo (only one infected devotee who will join the gathering, with all the sweat, saliva droplets and we might end up with huge cases again),” he cautioned......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Laos, Afghanistan lift inbound restrictions for Pinoys travellers

Two countries in Asia and the Pacific – Laos and Afghanistan – have lifted inbound restrictions on Filipino travelers, subject to flight availability and medical protocols amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a report on Monday.  (ALI VICOY / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) On the other hand, Malaysia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong have imposed stricter medical protocols and visa regulations for those who are exempt from entry restrictions. Mongolia’s borders, meanwhile, remain open but inbound travelers in the country are now required to present negative COVID-19 test results and must have all applicable documents to support their visa status. In Tokyo, the Japanese government has gradually opened up inbound entry for students, dependents, and technical interns but still prohibit entry of short-stay travelers, including tourists.  Back here at home, beginning October 21, Filipinos may resume their overseas plans after Malacañang announced the lifting of restrictions for non-essential outbound travelers, including tourists.  Outbound Filipino tourists may be allowed to leave the country after submitting confirmed roundtrip tickets and adequate travel and health insurance. With the still evolving changes in travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the DFA advises Filipino travelers to always check ahead of their travel dates with airlines, as well as with relevant Embassies or Consulates before booking a ticket and before departure.  .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

BusinessWorld Economic Forum goes online

As the coronavirus disease is expected to further transform the world and the Philippine economy in 2021, BusinessWorld the country’s leading business newspaper will gather in a groundbreaking virtual setup over 40 local and international speakers at its annual flagship and award-winning event, the BusinessWorld Economic Forum, to discuss the great economic reset as well as the future in a post-COVID era......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Opportunity arises

Overseas Filipino workers have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Tens of thousands who have since returned to the country after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic face uncertain times. They are still awaiting word from their foreign employers if they could still reclaim their jobs. The applications of those aspiring to land jobs overseas have been put on hold......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic

BETTER DAYS Senator Sonny Angara Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help. In fact, in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, an August, 2020, analysis of many studies on the matter confirmed that the low utilization of mental health services among Filipinos could be attributed in part to the stigma associated with mental health issues, with resilience and self-reliance becoming possible alternate coping strategies. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health an even bigger issue. The quarantine, the economic effects of the pandemic, and the anxieties brought about by the virus’ unpredictability have had a negative effect on the mental health of many Filipinos. Although we as a country are consistently rated to be in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, according to the DOH, the calls for help have been increasing. According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), their helpline received about 400 calls monthly from May, 2019, to February, 2020. That’s an average of 13 to 15 calls daily. By March, 672 calls were serviced, and this grew steadily in the following months, until there were 1,034 calls in July – and 440 for the half of August. These double the monthly average from March to August to 876 calls, or 32 to 37 calls daily. Many government and private mental health services are available for people who are seeking help or just someone to talk to. Aside from the NCMH crisis hotline, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has confidential crisis lines and a referral system to partnered psychologists. The foundation is also a hub for prevention, recognition, and treatment of depression. The Philippine Mental Health Association also offers similar services, and universities like UST, UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila have their own mental health service organizations. Some, like Ateneo’s Center for Family Ministries have affordable or negotiable fees. Online resources like the Silakbo.Ph website have listings for many other mental health service providers outside of the NCR. In fact, many organizations have already partnered with the Department of Health (DOH); perhaps more of them should be invited to the table to plan new policies, projects, and initiatives that will address the growing number of mental health cases. The DOH is also encouraging people to learn more about general mental health through free e-learning courses translated into Filipino.  The source material is from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) QualityRights initiative, which is a global project that aims to help participants improve their own mental health, learn how to support their loved ones and communities, and gain knowledge and skills to tackle mental health issues. Clearly, we need to reassess and adapt to the fact that more Filipinos are now looking for mental health services and treatments. This is why I am seeking to amend Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act, particularly its existing chapter on “Rights of Service Users and Other Stakeholders.” Our proposed amendment seek to give health service users the right to immediately receive compensation benefits and special financial assistance they are entitled to under law, should they sustain temporary or permanent mental disability in the line of duty or by reason of a person’s office or position. This is an important amendment, as the Mental Health Act requires that PhilHealth provide insurance packages to patients with mental health conditions, and that access to medicines is ensured. With the observation of World Mental Health Day last October 10, it is important to remember the DOH’s theme for this year, “Mental Health for All: Unifying Voices for Greater Investment and Access.”  This theme encourages that we open conversations on the various challenges that our mental health care system faces every day, such as social stigma and limited funding. In fact, the simple act of marking the day itself is important. It shows those who are suffering that we see them, and care for them. It tells others who are hiding their issues that it is perfectly normal to seek help. And most of all, it encourages the whole world to stand in solidarity in recognition of the need for all of society to help those with mental health issues. E-mail:| Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @sonnyangara Senator Sonny Angara has been in public service for 16 years—9 years as Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, and 7 as Senator. He has authored and sponsored more than 200 laws.  He is currently serving his second term in the Senate. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Remittances seen shrinking by 7% this year

Australia and New Zealand Bank sees remittances from overseas Filipino workers contracting by seven percent this year amid the massive displacements arising from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Karagdagang 24 Filipino abroad, positibo sa COVID-19

Nasa 24 ang bagong napaulat na nagpositibong Filipino sa COVID-19 sa ibang bansa. Sa datos ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) hanggang October 15, umakyat na sa 11,141 ang mga kumpirmadong positibo sa COVID-19 na Filipino mula sa 81 na bansa at rehiyon. Sa nasabing bilang, 3,155 ang patuloy na nagpapagamot sa iba’t ibang ospital. […] The post Karagdagang 24 Filipino abroad, positibo sa COVID-19 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

DFA says 1 more country in Africa reported Filipino COVID-19 case

Foreign affairs officials on Thursday said there are now 81 countries abroad with Filipino coronavirus patients, after another country in Africa reported a case to push the total count to 11,141. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Filipino Rotaractors raise funds for COVID-19 test kits

The Pilipinas Rotaract Convention 2021 Organizing Committee in partnership with the Pilipinas Rotaract Multi-District Information Organization, conducted a fundraising campaign entitled Project #SAMPU Sama-Sama sa Mas Pinatibay na Ugnayan Laban sa COVID-19 from April 14-27, 2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

71% of families received cash aid during pandemic – SWS

Seventy-one percent of Filipino families have received cash aid from the government since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the latest mobile phone survey by the Social Weather Stations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

11 Pinoy sa Singapore, tinamaan ng COVID-19

Singapore – Nagtala ng 11 Filipino sa Singapore ang nagpositibo sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ayon kay consulate general Adrian Candolada. “Wala namang (There are no) severe cases,” aniya sa isang panayam ng Teleradyo. Paalaala nito sa mga Filipino sa Singapore na sundin ang health protocols ng naturang bansa. “Generally bukas na ang Singapore although limited […] The post 11 Pinoy sa Singapore, tinamaan ng COVID-19 appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Covid-19 to drag remittances; BPOs seen to weather crisis

Analysts believe the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to negatively affect overseas Filipino worker (OFW) remittances but expect the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry — another major dollar source — to weather the crisis. Ateneo de Manila University economist Alvin Ang forecasts remittances to fall by about $3 billion to $6 billion this year if an […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Multilaterals, credit raters: PH economy to rebound in 2021

Global financial bodies and credit rating agencies expect the Philippine economy to recover in 2021 following the careful resumption of business activities this year, but the Covid-19 crisis keeps this far from certain. Multilateral institutions see domestic output shrinking by between 1.9 percent and 7.3 percent this year before bouncing back. The International Monetary Fund […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020


ANG gobyerno ng Canada ay nag-abot ng COVID-19 recovery assistance para sa mga Filipino na pansamantalang nagtatrabaho sa Hilagang Amerika, sinabi ng Department of Labor and Employment noong ika-4 ng Oktubre 2020. Sa isang ulat na ipinadala kay Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, sinabi ng Philippine Overseas Labor Office sa Vancouver na gumawa ang Canada […] The post CANADA RECOVERY AID BENEFITS PARA SA  PINOY COVID-19 VICTIMS appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Pinay nurse in UK conferred British Empire Medal

A Filipino nurse has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her tireless work to support her colleagues and community during the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020