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PIA-7 cancels regular fora amid COVID-19 threat

CEBU, March 20 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region 7 has cancelled its regular on-ground activities amid the COVID-19 threat, and will resort to other modes of information di.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsMar 20th, 2020

PIA-7 cancels regular fora amid COVID-19 threat

CEBU, March 20 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Region 7 has cancelled its regular on-ground activities amid the COVID-19 threat, and will resort to other modes of information di.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

DepEd cancels crowd-drawing events in upcoming school year

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education’s (DepEd) annual sporting events, fairs, and other academic competitions that draw large crowds will be called off in the upcoming school year amid the lingering threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the annual Palarong Pambansa which was supposed to happen from May 1 to 9 […] The post DepEd cancels crowd-drawing events in upcoming school year appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

PB to hold last ‘physical’ session within ECQ period

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Provincial Board will be holding their last “physical” session on Monday, April 6, 2020, amid the province-wide implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. Seventh District Board Member Christopher Baricuatro, the majority floor leader, said among their agenda on Monday’s regular session […] The post PB to hold last ‘physical’ session within ECQ period appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 5th, 2020

CPA cancels 36th Cordillera Day celebration amid CoViD-19 concerns

3 MIN READ The Cordillera Peoples Alliance announced the cancellation of the 36th Cordillera Day celebrations in Kalinga due to the Coronavirus threat. They also slammed the government's campaigns against the organization and the activity. The post CPA cancels 36th Cordillera Day celebration amid CoViD-19 concerns appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

AirAsia cancels four PH-Korea services amid COVID-19 threat

Air Asia Philippines said Tuesday it canceled several flights between the Philippines and South Korea amid the coronavirus disease 2019 threat......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

Comelec cancels Singapore, ME voting app test due to COVID-19

Amid the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 , the Commission on Elections has decided to cancel testing of its mobile voting application in the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020

Rice farmers seek bigger financial aid

The one-time financial assistance that the Senate directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to provide to rice farmers amid the declining prices of palay would not be enough, a group of rice farmers said. (MB file, Keith Bacongco) Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) National Manager Raul Montemayor said rice farmers have lost an average of P10,000 per hectare in the ongoing cropping season due to severely depressed palay prices.   This was his response to the joint resolution recently passed by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, which ordered the DA to appropriate some P3 billion in tariffs from rice imports through the 2021 national budget for cash aid to rice farmers. Under the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL), which allowed unlimited rice importation in the Philippines, tariff collections in excess of P10 billion per year can be used for additional support to farmers, including cash transfers. FFF, however, noted that the proposed appropriation would only provide P5,000 per farmer if distributed to some 600,000 farmers tilling one hectare or less.   If the actual number of qualified farmers is raised to 1.1 million, the subsidy would only amount to about P2,700 per farmer. Either proposal will be unfair to equally affected rice farmers tilling larger areas, the farmers’ group said.   Instead, Montemayor said the government could keep palay prices stable by temporarily imposing safeguard duties or additional tariffs on imported rice. “The government allowed unlimited rice imports, resulting in low palay prices.  Now, it will spend P3 billion to partially offset farmers’ losses. If it had instead imposed additional duties on imports, palay prices would not have dropped too much, there would have been no need for cash aid to farmers, and the government might have even earned extra revenues from the safeguard duties,” said Montemayor. Under the Section 10 of RTL or Republic Act (RA) 11203, in order to protect the Philippine rice industry from sudden or extreme price fluctuations, a special safeguard duty on rice shall be imposed in accordance with Safeguard Measures Act.   R.A. 8800 or the Safeguard Measures Act, on the other hand, allows additional safeguard duties on top of regular tariffs in case an import surge is shown to be harmful to local farmers.   “Safeguard duties will not be inflationary as claimed by the DA, because they will be applied only when there is already a proven oversupply in the market.  They can be removed once the situation stabilizes,” said Montemayor. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is not keen on slapping additional tariff on rice imports, and has repeatedly appealed for public understanding about the “short-term” effects of RTL to palay prices. However, he promised to look for other solutions to the plea of the farmers like asking the National Food Authority (NFA), which buys palay at P19 per kilogram (/kg) to boost the government’s buffer stock, to intensify its palay procurement.   Instead of cash aid, the FFF proposed that existing funds from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) and extra tariff collections be re-focused to address current problems of farmers.   It noted that half of farmers receiving free seeds under the RCEF had already been using certified seeds in the past, and that many were seeking other types of support that were not available under RCEF.   Numerous farmers have also questioned the DA’s promotion of seed varieties like NSIC Rc222, which is of poor quality and are being shunned by traders. “Also, the P5 billion annual fund for mechanization is not moving well, and it might be more practical at this time to preserve job opportunities for farm laborers instead of displacing them with machines,” Montemayor said.   “Moreover, the P1 billion budget for extension and training could be realigned, considering that farmers cannot attend training activities due to COVID-related restrictions. The P1 billion for credit could be better used for interest rate subsidies or loan guarantee programs, instead of direct loans which will benefit only 20,000 farmers,” he added......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

DAR distributes CLOAs in Southern Leyte amid COVID-19 threat

44 landless farmers from Anahawan, Southern Leyte received their CLOAs from Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) Geronimo Peque making them the owners now of the land they are tilling......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

PRC eyes online licensure exams amid COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) is eyeing the conduct of online licensure exams amid the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. During the Senate hearing on the budget of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday, PRC chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. said the commission is eyeing the use of […] The post PRC eyes online licensure exams amid COVID-19 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Crowding at Manila s white sand beach prompts relief of Station 5 commander

JTF COVID Shield said Sunday that it is calling "on the people who plan to visit the Manila Bay to observe discipline and be mindful of your own safety amid the threat of the coronavirus disease" .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2020

The Nationals to open condensed Season 2 in September

After months of delay, Esports league The Nationals is looking forward to get its second season going by September. Adapting to the current health crisis, organizers of the league are making necessary adjustments including holding its competitions online. The Nationals, which was originally slated to kick off its season last March, will move the games online to allow the league to run amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while completely eliminating physical human contact. League commissioner Ren Vitug believes that competition and sports can bring joy and hope to the people – and Esports is one of the best equipped to do that while still maintaining the distancing protocols. "We think that there is an opportunity to inspire," Vitug said. "Not just in giving joy to the people, but also by using the platform that the teams and we have to spread awareness.” “Of course, the league also generates jobs for a lot of players, their support staff, and in many other interfaces," he added. While online play seems synonymous with Esports, The Nationals is unique in that all of its tournament games last year were played in a studio setting. It opened up opportunities in production like live audiences, captured player reactions, and on-the-spot interviews – something that long Esports events and leagues rarely have. The Nationals has lined up three games it featured last season, Tekken 7, Dota 2 and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Pending approvals, the games will be played for a conference each in that order. Because of the current health situation, the league plans to have a condensed calendar where it will only have the three conferences compared to the six it had last year. The Nationals have been working closely with the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) to ensure that if and when the league resumes, it will not be at the expense of the health and safety of its stakeholders. The recently signed Joint Administrative Order of GAB, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Department of Health (DOH) is the primary benchmark on which the guidelines are being tailored from. The Nationals is the country's first franchise-based Esports league. Aside from the regular salary of active players, the league has also given away more than P5 million in cash prize to top performers in its first season. Players from the league also helped the Philippines secure medals in the esports competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 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

House opens 2nd regular session; Alan bats for Arts and Culture department

The House of Representatives on Monday opened the Second Regular Session for the 18th Congress, amid challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

PBA: Blackwater making 'slow growth' before pandemic, news of sale

Blackwater is all over the news these days for all the wrong reasons. Aside from the fines and potential other penalties the team faces, the bigger issue is the sale of the franchise. Team owner Dioceldo Sy has put the Blackwater Elite for sale with an asking price of P150 million, that's out there already. [Related: PBA: Blackwater franchise for sale at P150 million] However, unless a buyer quickly picks the team up, the Elite will play in the PBA, perhaps as early as in a couple of months as the league attempts to finish the 2020 Philippine Cup amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So what's up with Blackwater's actual team? "We always believe in the saying na 'slow progress is still progress.' Okay lang samin as long as we improve, yun ang mindset before the pandemic," head coach Nash Racela said about the team on Coaches Unfiltered. "We were happy with how we were developing as a team. If you've watched us during our first tuneup game, tambak kami medyo nakakahiya. But towards the end of February mas gumaganda na takbo namin. As long as we focus on those things, on slow growth, okay kami," he added. Coach Nash is taking over the Elite this year, after coach Aris Dimaunahan handled to team for most of 2019 on an interim basis. Blackwater now features a core of former FEU players like Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, and Carl Bryan Cruz. The transition should be easier for the team since all of them played for Racela in the UAAP. "In terms of system naman, I've been consistent ever since," coach Nash said. "I think with Blackwater, I'm fortunate to have a group of young players who could really run and put pressure on the defense. Yun yung gusto namin na maging consistent," he added. Aside from a number of former Tamaraws, the Elite also have the oldest rookie in the league in 6'9" Maurice Shaw, the no. 2 pick of the 2019 regular Draft. Blackwater has a role for its new big man, but all of the Elites hopes don't necessarily fall upon him. "With Maurice Shaw, initially nagse-set kami ng not-so-high goals for him, we want him to be the anchor of the defense," Racela said. "Based din sa games namin nagagawa naman niya. Slowly, he's been adjusting to the style of the PBA. In terms of scoring, as long as nandoon siya sa spot niya. We're very positive with Maurice Shaw," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Cebu jeepney drivers stage ‘silent protest’ for ‘Balik-Pasada’

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Jeepney drivers and operators here conducted a “silent protest” on Monday, July 20, 2020, asking the government to allow them to operate amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Members of PISTON-Cebu staged the rallies in various areas in Cebu City, which is under modified enhanced community quarantine […] The post Cebu jeepney drivers stage ‘silent protest’ for ‘Balik-Pasada’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

PH lets in aliens with long-term visas, pre-booked COVID-19 test

The Philippine government will allow the entry of foreign nationals with long-term visas in the country beginning August 1, amid threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 18th, 2020

Amid 92 workers positive for COVID-19, MRT-3 to continue regular operations

Last June 18, only 15 MRT-3 workers were reported to have contracted the disease. This means that infections shot up to around six times as many railway personnel in the span of two weeks......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

PSC hopes allowance and budget cuts are only temporary

The Philippine Sports Commission will return the regular allowances received by athlete and coaches once the budget that the agency usually receives from the remittance of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation returns to normal.      PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez could only hope that the 50 percent budget cut on the allowances will only be temporary. “’Pag bumalik ‘yung pera mula sa PAGCOR, ibabalik din namin ‘yan sa mga atleta. That money is intended for the athletes both grassroots and elite,” said Ramirez on Tuesday during the online Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. Ramirez said that slashing the monthly allowances was the best option with PAGCOR’s usual P150 million remittance in the past three to four years dropping to only P9 million in April amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.       “Mabigat pero tinitingnan namin ‘yung aming balance as of May. Hindi kami aabot sa December kung normal na ibinibigay naming allowance eh ipagpapatuloy,” he said.  Top athletes receive P45,000 a month from the PSC, and P10,000 for those in the training pool. The PSC gets the main bulk of its budget PAGCOR thru its monthly casino earnings. Last March, PAGCOR’s contribution went down from P150 million to P99 million. It further decreased to P9 million in April with most gaming operations shutdown because of the contagion. “It breaks our hearts. Pero kapag bumalik yan (National Sports Development Fund), we are committed to spend it for the athletes. The purpose of that funding is to spend it,” said Ramirez.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2020

Workers in a fix amid virus threat

Millions of workers return to work today, June 1, after being on lockdown for more than two months, but the country’s largest labor group said they were worried about the lack of safeguards against COVID-19.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 1st, 2020

Team Lakay mentor Mark Sangiao looking forward to re-opening gym once lockdown is lifted

Following the May 15 deadline of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some parts of the island have started to ease restrictions on the quarantine with the sole purpose of getting the economy back on track While the National Capital Region will remain under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, other places like Baguio City have transitioned into General Community Quarantine, which means some restrictions will be eased up. Gym operations however, are not yet among those restrictions to be lifted. Still, the transition to GCQ is a start, and barring a second wave of infections to hit, a return to the gym could soon be on the horizon, which is welcome news to the members of Team Lakay. For Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, once the lockdown has been lifted, re-opening the gym and returning to the regular routine is the primary goal. “I only have one plan after the lockdown, and that is to go back to our regular training program and routine. I know they are doing their own training at home, but of course things are different in the gym,” Sangiao said. The La Trinidad-based martial arts stable closed their gym doors during the height of the quarantine back in March, and have only returned there to do individual workouts or as a control center for their relief operations. The team hasn’t been able to work out as a group in months and have resorted to home training to keep themselves fit. “While we’re on lockdown, we continue training at home, and when needed for social responsibilities, we go out,” Sangiao stated.  “Then if there’s a chance, we drop by the gym and train. Whoever can go out and is within the vicinity, sometimes we meet up in the gym to work out and do sauna after. I also have more time in managing the team’s social media one thing that I wasn’t able to do in this pandemic,” he added. Still, even with things looking quite bleak right now, Sangiao says that he is grateful for good health. “I would say that we are very fortunate because we are all doing fine here amid the scary things that we’re seeing with COVID. I pray that we find a cure soon for this pandemic.” Obviously, the Team Lakay mentor is longing for things to return to normal so that they can once again enjoy even the little things, like going out for lunch as a team. “Like all the others, I miss a lot of things that we used to do before the lockdown, like eating with the team after training. There is a small restaurant near the gym and we often went there for lunch after our training,” Sangiao shared.  "That’s a very good restaurant, and it became our bonding. As they say, ‘Good memories, and good plans start at the dining table.’” Still, the number one thing that Sangiao, and the rest of Team Lakay want to be able to return to work. “We might visit the place after the ECQ, but just like what I’ve said, I have only one plan after the lockdown – that is to go back to our regular training program and routine and prepare the athletes for their future battles,” he concluded.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2020