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Policy on rent has not changed, MSMEs still covered under ECQ, MECQ, GCQ – DTI Chief

DTI reiterated that the 30-day grace period in the payments for residential and commercial rents still has not changed during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)......»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnSep 16th, 2020

Rent Grace Period Applies to Areas Under ECQ, MECQ, GCQ

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez has reiterated that the 30-day grace period in the payments for residential and commercial rents still has not changed, and still applies to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) not permitted to operate during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). This was followed by the issuance of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Unfiltered Baldwin goes in on the PBA s 'big mistake' regarding format

Ateneo head coach and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas program director Tab Baldwin didn't hold back when he assessed the current landscape of basketball in the Philippines. Baldwin, the one-time Gilas coach who had the national team one win away from the Olympics, says that there is one glaring flaw with the way we do things here, particularly in the PBA. Coach Tab says that the PBA having only single-import conferences is a "big mistake." "We have one major flaw in the basketball landscape of the Philippines. It's a regulatory flaw and that is that in the PBA, we have three conferences with two of those are single-import conferences," Baldwin said. Coach Tab made the sizzling hot take on Coaches Unfiltered podcast. "This is a big mistake. We should never have a single import playing on a team," Baldwin added. The Ateneo mentor, who also serves as an assistant coach for the TNT KaTropa, says that imports here are given advantages by the league by way of officiating, which isn't the case for the very same imports should they play in other leagues. That inherently puts local players at a disadvantage. "So in other words, put it in layman's terms, a foul for a PBA player for a local player isn't a foul on an import, and the foul of an import, that same foul on a local player isn't a foul," Baldwin said. "So our local players are competitively disadvantaged in their ability to compete against the import players, and this is not the case in other countries," he added. Baldwin also went in on the PBA coaches, saying they're smart and doing the right thing by running their systems through the imports. However, Baldwin also said that PBA coaches can be way better if the import advantages are taken away and they're all forced to do more than just rely on one guy. "If you're a PBA coach, and you don't tactically run your systems through the import, you're pretty stupid because they are given all of the advantages. So the PBA coaches are smart lot. They're good basketball coaches," Baldwin said. "But they could be much better if they were forced to coach much more, I believe, I think then they would show their real talents. But I think that because of the way our imports are treated here, it's not sound thinking for a coach to not exploit what is obvious to every PBA coach, and that is to run your offensive systems through your import," he added. In the East Asian region, the PBA is the only major league that plays single-import tournaments. The CBA in China and the KBL in South Korea allows up to two imports per team. In the case of the CBA, teams can also employ Asian imports. The Japanese B.League allows up to three foreign players, not counting naturalized players that are considered as locals. For its 10th season, the ABL increased its import limit from two to three. The PBA likewise allowed up to two imports before, but has employed a single-import policy for a good two decades now. The 2016 Governors' Cup was the last conference when the PBA allowed teams to have two imports, with one having to be an Asian import. Not all 12 teams took the chance to employ one. Before that, the 2008 Fiesta Conference allowed the two lowest-ranked teams, then Welcoat and Coca-Cola, to have two imports but the second one had a height limit of 6'1". "I think that system it creates a false landscape for our basketball coaches and our basketball players," Baldwin said. "And I think it needs to be changed sooner rather than later," he added. Baldwin's comments on the podcast quickly drew the attention of the PBA, with Spin.ph chief Dodo Catacutan first reporting that PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial will issue a fine for Coach Tab for "statements detrimental to the league." A suspension for coach Tab is also being considered for his comments.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

Palace thanks Robredo for praising Duterte s UN speech, dismisses China propaganda concerns

"We thank her for the praise, but we leave it to the president on how to proceed, henceforth, because the president is the chief architect of foreign policy," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

AFP, Facebook discuss partnership to counter terrorism online

CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) -- The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay and Facebook Head of Public Policy in the Philippines, Ms. Clare Am.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

After UN meet, Palace says Philippines ties with China to move forward

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that the Philippines' policy on China has not changed. He said the Philippines "would probably accept the fact that there will be no resolution in the near future as far as the territorial dispute is concerned.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

Cascolan sets tougher policy vs. virus, drugs

Philippine National Police Chief Camilo Cascolan has vowed a tougher approach against the COVID-19 pandemic, illegal drugs and the insurgency......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

Tampakan mayor to SMI: ‘P500/ha per month rent for 25 years; where’s justice in that?’

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 13 August) – Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), operator of the US$5.9-billion Tampakan project, Southeast Asia’s largest known undeveloped copper-gold minefield, will rent the ancestral lands of Lumads or indigenous peoples (IPs) for P160,000 per hectare for 25 years, or P6,400 a year or P533.33 a month, the town’s chief executive disclosed. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Dizon: More than 1,000 put in virus isolation centers over last two weeks

More than 1,000 individuals from the National Capital Region (NCR) and Calabarzon were put in isolation facilities in the past two weeks, National Policy Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vivencio Dizon said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

MECQ hindi sapat para makontrol ang COVID-Galvez

Manila, Philippines – Aminado si COVID-19 response chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. na hindi sapat ang dalwang linggong Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) sa Metro Manila at ilan pang probinsya para makontrol ang pagkalat ng COVID-19. Ayon kay Galvez, ilang opisyal ang kasalukuyang kumikilos para magamit ang 15 araw na MECQ para turuan ang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsAug 6th, 2020

Social media regulation not covered by terror law – Palace

Malacañang yesterday countered the proposal of newly installed Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay to use the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and its implementing rules and regulations to regulate social media......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Economic recovery takes ‘one step back’

The Philippine economic recovery is taking a step back to curb the surging coronavirus outbreak and fix the fragile health system waging a “losing battle” against the pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the return of Metro Manila and nearly provinces to a stricter lockdown may take a toll on the drivers of economic rebound in the near-term. But Dominguez said that if the reimposed stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is correctly implemented, it will have a favorable impact on the nation’s long-term economic prospects. “In the short run, the return to MECQ may negatively affect livelihoods, consumer demand and production. However, if the time is used to boost all our medical resources and prevent further spread of the virus, then the MECQ will be positive for the long haul,” Dominguez said. As this is a new virus, Dominguez explained that nations, including the Philippines, continuously learn to adapt to the challenges posed by the new and uncertain environment induced by coronavirus. “The whole world is learning how to dance with this virus: two steps forward and one step back,” Dominguez said.Earlier, the DOF chief pushed for a shift of Metro Manila and Calabarzon—accounting for about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—“as quickly as possible” to the most lenient quarantine status to kickstart the economy. However, President Duterte ordered Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following a surge of COVID-19 cases and the appeal of healthcare workers. The two week shift to MECQ for Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces starting today ceased some businesses and public transport, while work and quarantine passes are also reinforced to restrict non-essential movements. Reverting to MECQ is an unwelcome develop for the economic managers as it could derail hopes for a recovery in the third quarter of the year. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua earlier said the economic impact of the quarantine measures in country was “more severe than expected.”  Days before Metro Maila reverted to MECQ, Dominguez said the local economy had already hit bottom and started to recover from the coronavirus-induced crisis, noting business activities have begun to pick up. The government had gradually eased the tough virus lockdown measures after the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

MIAA prepares for operations under MECQ

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal on Monday, Aug. 3 met with key officers to prepare for operations under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) which will start on August 4 up to August 18 in the National Capital Region, Laguna, Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite. Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal Pursuant to existing IATF Omnibus Guidelines on community quarantine, MIAA will adopt a 50 percent workforce deployment in the office. However, employees performing frontline duties are not included in this directive. Those are the employees who are assigned in flight operations, terminal monitoring, facilities management and maintenance, security, safety and emergency services.  The airport chief said that personnel of janitorial companies that have contracts with MIAA should be on full complement despite the MECQ.  Security guards contracted by MIAA shall likewise remain on full deployment, he said. To ensure continuous work, MIAA will provide shuttle buses for airport workers. The shuttles will be for routes covering Manila, Quezon City and Cavite. The workers will also be provided free meals and hazard pay. In a meeting with the airline companies, Monreal called on local air carriers to inform their passengers on rebooking their flights in view of the temporary suspension of domestic flights in and out of Manila under MECQ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

In-person classes to start January in low-risk areas

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved in-person classes in schools in parts of the country with low risk for new coronavirus transmission, but the Senate’s basic education chief has called for the suspension of the plan to protect students, teachers and parents from COVID-19. Mr. Duterte changed his stand two months after he […] The post In-person classes to start January in low-risk areas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

Implement ‘no tigbakay, no fiesta celebration’ policy, local execs told

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The barangay and municipal fficials of Cebu Province should help monitor and implement the “No tigbakay and no fiesta celebration” policy despite the downgrading of the province’s quarantine status to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). Police Colonel Roderick Mariano, Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) chief, told reporters that it would be […] The post Implement ‘no tigbakay, no fiesta celebration’ policy, local execs told appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

1 million testing kits flood PH; government upbeat on target

The government aims to reach 1 million tests for the coronavirus disease 2019 by next month, the deputy chief implementer of the National Policy Against COVID-19 said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

Volleyball community to benefit from unified tournament

Alyssa Valdez and Denden Lazaro-Revilla believe that the players and fans will benefit the most when the proposed unified tournament featuring teams from the two major volleyball leagues in the country pushes through soon. Speaking on the Crossover podcast, the two volleyball standouts agree that the talks between the two biggest stockholders of the sport – the Premier Volleyball League and the Philippine Superliga - for a collaboration is a monumental move toward elevating the level of play as well as uniting the community. “Well, I think it will really help the community to improve kasi syempre playing with other competitive teams, mas marami ka ring matututunan,” said the Creamline spiker Valdez, the PVL’s crowd-drawer and most dominant hitter. Teams from the two rival leagues have been competing to land marquee players. The PSL follows a one-league policy for players except for some special cases like those in the military and collegiate volleybelles who are allowed to cross leagues. Players from popular collegiate team Ateneo de Manila University are mostly signed with clubs from the PVL while stars from its UAAP rival De La Salle University usually land on squads in the PSL. A unified tourney – tentatively named Unity Cup – will give fans a chance to see their favorite college players reunite.       “I think volleyball in general will benefit on that aspect but at the same time, it’s really exciting. Kasi nakita lang nila na nagkakalaban-laban kami was when we played in college in the UAAP so I think it’s interesting also for the fans if mangyayari yon,” said Valdez, who won three titles for the Cool Smashers. ChocoMucho’s newest libero Lazaro-Revilla, who saw action in the PSL with Cocolife and Petron before transferring to the PVL early this year, thinks that the Unity Cup will bring out the best in each of the participating teams.   “Same as Alyssa, there’s a bigger pool of players na you can watch out for, competing against each other,” said Lazaro, who won a title for Petron last year. “Imagine F2 (Logistics) in the PSL competing against Creamline in the PVL, we’re all in just one league. And I think mas mau-unite yung mga fans as well and as players, we’re all looking forward to playing against each other again,” added the multi-awarded libero. “Kasi like what Alyssa said, the last time we all play against each other was in college and a lot of the players now in the pro leagues didn’t even come from the UAAP, some came from the NCAA or even the provinces. So, a lot of good players to look out if that ever happens.” Initial talks for the Unity Cup were made early this year but was stalled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that also affected both the PSL and the PVL’s calendar of events. PVL’s organizer Sports Vision chief Ricky Palou said that certain issues with the format and number of participating teams were discussed with PSL chairman Philip Juico during their initial meetings. Palou remains optimistic that the Unity Cup will push through next year once they get a chance to once again sit down on the matter.     “We’re hoping this thing will work out. Minor problems and we just have to work these things out and if we’re able to do this, we should get going. But we’re very hopeful,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020

Fan experience to change profoundly amid COVID-19 pandemic

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dayton Moore remembers so clearly the vast sections of empty seats inside Kauffman Stadium when he took over as general manager of the Kansas City Royals, and he remembers just as vividly — nearly a decade later — how those seats filled and fans roared as the long-suffering club won the World Series. Those dueling memories make the thought of playing games in empty stadiums hard for Moore to fathom. “I know how much strength all players draw from the fans and environment,” he said, when asked about plans to play a shortened season without crowds, “and you need that support to get through an entire Major League Baseball schedule.” As lockdowns are lifted and restrictions eased, sports are finally starting to emerge in the coronavirus pandemic. But in virtually every situation, fans are not yet being allowed to attend and the only consensus for now is that there could be a long period of empty or nearly empty seating. Some U.S. universities are modeling for 25% capacity for the upcoming football season or maybe half-full arenas for the ensuing basketball season. “I think for most sports, a reduced crowd wouldn't negatively impact the overall experience, especially in a situation like baseball or even the NFL,” said Katy Lucy, a digital marketing agent from Atlanta whose fandom is split between all things Georgia Bulldogs and the Washington Capitals. “But it would be different for sure for those who attend in person." Count her family among those who would pause before heading to the ballpark. “For me personally, I’m not sure I would feel comfortable attending a live sporting event until there is a known treatment or widely available vaccine,” Lucy said. “I trust the institutions to put the proper measures in place; however, making sure that they are enforced is another matter.” Many college and pro sports teams already were dealing with declining ticket sales. Watching at home or streaming games are factors, as is the changing social makeup of fan bases. Dynamic pricing, increases in parking and concession prices, and a push toward luxury seating have exacerbated the problem. Major League Baseball attendance has declined six of the past seven seasons. In college football, 13 of the 130 schools that played in the Football Bowl Subdivision reported average crowd sizes of 50% or less last season. Even the NFL has seen an increase in empty seats despite its generally rock-solid popularity. So as coronavirus concerns linger, how are teams going to lure fans back when stadiums do reopen? Loyalty and engagement apps, widespread around the major leagues and colleges even before the pandemic, will become even more common and interactive as teams try to recapture lost revenue. There also will be more behind-the-scenes content and enhancements available via smartphones that will only be available to those in the stadium or arena, offering fans something unique over fans watching at home. “Fans want that experience to be top-notch, period. That's why teams are thinking about this,” said Britton Stackhouse Miller, senior vice president at Fortress U.S., a developer of engagement and integration systems with clients in European soccer, baseball, the NBA, NFL and NHL. Temperature checks, hand sanitizer distribution stations and touchless vending will become the norm for a while. Even concessions will change, though one big difference — gulp — could lead to a lot of grumbling. “If you don't sell beer the number of visits to the bathroom drops dramatically,” said Marc Ganis, the director of sports consulting firm Sportscorp. “So for a time we may have to think about not selling beer.” It won't just be the vast oceans of bench seats left open, either. Many experts believe those hardy fans will be the first to return. It's the corporate suites from which many colleges and pro franchises derive so much of their gameday revenue that may end up being empty until long after games have resumed. Economic woes may last for some time. For fans who stay home, leagues are looking for ways to keep them engaged, too. When Germany's top soccer league returned without fans, broadcaster Sky knew it had a problem with silence coming through the TV. Engineers created “carpet audio” from previous games between the same teams, then teased out roars for specific events such as goals and red cards, giving those watching at home the option of a more realistic experience. “This was the only idea that we thought could be most respectful to the fans,” said Alessandro Reitano, vice president of sports production for Sky Deutschland. “To be honest, it's a major success.” Old crowd noise is a bit like an old game, though. It lacks a certain authenticity. So along came ChampTrack, which created an app that utilizes the microphones of fans. It captures their every roar and groan and sends the audio to its server, which then aggregates the noise into a single stream. That stream is then returned to the viewer using proprietary algorithms to provide the broadcast with real-time sound, which is then immediately erased to ensure personal privacy. “Once they press play on our web app, they can hear what everyone else is cheering about and their own cheer,” said ChampTrack chief executive Elias Anderson, adding the system could soon handle as many as 150,000 fans for each game. Sound is one element of the fan experience. Optics is another. “When it was clear there would be no audience this season, the fans had the idea of bringing their images to the stadium,” said Lubbo Popken, deputy press secretary for German soccer club Borussia Monchengladbach, which affixed fan likenesses to their seats. “We were surprised how many people wanted to be part of this idea and have their images in the stadium. It really changed the atmosphere in the empty stadium.” Of course, none of that is the same as having real fans creating real noise......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Zuckerberg promises Facebook policy review

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday promised to review the social network's policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by US President Donald Trump......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 6th, 2020

DTI to enforce 30-day grace period for residential, commercial rent during ECQ

DTI released Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-12, Series of 2020 on 4 April 2020 granting a 30-day grace period for residential rent as well as a similar grace period for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with their commercial rent during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2020

New wave of cases feared

A second wave of novel coronavirus infections could come from overseas Filipino workers arriving from affected areas of the world, the chief implementer of the national policy against COVID-19 said Friday as Malacañang raised the possibility of a nationwide general community quarantine by August......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020