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Quarantine curbs access to information

Journalists around the country say both national and local government agencies have either delayed or denied their information requests......»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnSep 16th, 2020

Paglalagay ng free Wi-Fi sa remote areas, tuloy lang sa kabila ng ECQ: DICT

Manila, Philippines – Sa kabila nang ipinatutupad na enhanced community quarantine ay tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang paglalagay ng libreng Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) access points sa mga remote area sa bansa, ayon sa Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).   “Tuluy-tuloy ho ang paglagay namin ng free WiFi sa mga nangangailangan, dahil marami nanghihingi sa […] The post Paglalagay ng free Wi-Fi sa remote areas, tuloy lang sa kabila ng ECQ: DICT appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

Abetting the information crisis

The Duterte regime’s denying the public access to government information prevents the populace’s meaningful involvement in the politics and governance of this country as the essential condition to bringing about the social, economic and political changes needed to bring it to the 21st century — changes Mr. Duterte was promising during his 2016 campaign for the Presidency, and in anticipation of which he was elected by 33% of the electorate The post Abetting the information crisis appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

CHR supports Senate bill seeking regularization, hazard pay for media workers

"As a country that prides itself with having a free press, ensuring the protection and just compensation of media practitioners is essential in ensuring the protection of the freedom of expression and the right of individuals to access of information," CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said. The government expects about 1,200 visitors to avail themselves of these visas each month, generating about 1.2 billion baht ($38.5 million) in revenue. The easing of border restrictions may boost the nation’s pandemic-battered tourism industry and cushion the blow to an economy projected to contract 8.5% this year. The news of cabinet approval for special visas triggered a rally among hotel and travel operators in Bangkok. A measure of Thai tourism and leisure stocks jumped 4.5%, the biggest gainer among the Stock Exchange of Thailand’s 28 industry groups. It was also the index’s largest increase since May 26. While Hotel operators Erawan Group Pcl and Central Plaza Hotel Pcl surged more than 8%, Minor International Pcl advanced 5.5%. Thailand’s tourism and hospitality sectors are counting on the return of international visitors, who contributed to two-thirds of tourism income before the pandemic, to reverse the slump in businesses and save millions of jobs. A government campaign to boost travel by locals through hotel and air travel concessions has failed to make up for the slump in earnings, but the move to allow foreigners in small batches will still be a relief to the industry. “There will not be a huge economic impact from this as it still can’t compensate for the revenue lost, but it will help,” Somprawin Manprasert, chief economist at Bank of Ayudhya Pcl said. “This plan still targets a higher-spending group of foreign visitors which will not benefit tourism industry operators that have lower to mid-price points, who will still suffer.” The move to relax curbs on foreign tourists also follows Thailand’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The nation went without a local transmission for 100 days before the virus-free run was ended early this month. Though Thailand was the first country outside China to report the deadly virus, its cumulative cases stand at 3,480 with most patients already discharged from hospitals. The reopening to foreign tourists may be risky, but it is a manageable risk worth taking, Bank of Thailand’s Senior Director Don Nakornthab wrote in an article on the central bank’s website. The country may be headed for a second straight year of contraction in 2021 if it continued to restrict foreign visitor arrivals, Don wrote......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020

SSS urges its members to register at My.SSS for real-time access

ISABELA CITY, Basilan Sep 10 (PIA) -The Social Security System (SSS) in Basilan urged all its members during the radio interview with the Philippine Information Agency at DXNO-FM on Wednesday to re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Duterte admin allots P21.4 billion for ICT in proposed 2021 budget

In his budget message, President Duterte said digital connectivity and access supported by a secure and reliable information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure system is "paramount" to lay the groundwork for the country's digital transformation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2020

Talisay City caps August with 6 new COVID-19 cases, 9 recoveries

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Talisay City recorded six cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on August 31, 2020, a day before the city was placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). The Talisay City Public Information Office revealed in a post on Tuesday dawn, September 1, 2020, that the new cases were recorded in […] The post Talisay City caps August with 6 new COVID-19 cases, 9 recoveries appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2020

Google Maps show sked, routes of free shuttles

Medical workers and other frontliners may now access on Google Maps the routes and schedules of free shuttles plying Metro Manila and nearby provinces placed under modified enhanced community quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Brisk business

Vendors enjoy brisk business selling fresh bangus fish at the public market in Barangay Luyong Bonbon in Opol town, Misamis Oriental on Sunday, August 9, 2020,  with buyers and sellers wearing masks and observing physical distancing. The province is under the less restrictive Modified General Community Quarantine, allowing consumers easier access to the market even […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Capitol disburses P3.2M assistance to stranded Cebuanos

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Capitol has released a total of P3.2 million in financial assistance to qualified Cebuanos who were stranded in other provinces because of the implementation of community quarantine restrictions due to COVID-19. According to the Provincial Information office, the amount was disbursed to 1,129 verified stranded Cebuanos who applied for the […] The post Capitol disburses P3.2M assistance to stranded Cebuanos appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

SC allows remote notarization

The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to allow the remote notarization of documents to help prevent the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  “Safeguarding the public’s health in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court will allow the notarization of documents through videoconferencing in cases where the notary public holds office in an area under community quarantine,” the SC Public Information Office (SCPIO) said in a statement on Friday.  The SCPIO said the high tribunal has issued instructions on this under Administrative Matters (AM) No. 20-07-04-SC, the 2020 Interim Rules on Remote Notarization of Paper Documents.  “Until the SC directs otherwise, the Rules shall apply to permit the performance of notarial acts through the use of videoconferencing facilities in cases where the notary public or at least one of the principals resides, holds office, or is otherwise situated in a locality that is under community quarantine due to COVID-19, as directed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF), the provincial governors or mayors, both governors and mayors having the concurrence of the relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF,” read the interim rules. Under the rules, the notary public should not accept the notarial act requested “if the principal or witnesses refuse/s to appear before the notary public through videoconference.” The rules also state that a notary public may “refused to perform the notarial act in the event that the principal or witnesses exhibit/s behavior that engenders reasonable doubt as to his or her or their understanding of the instrument or document or otherwise indicates a defect in his or her or their consent thereto.” The SCPIO said the rules shall be “limited to the notarization of paper documents and instruments with handwritten signatures or marks through the use of videoconferencing facilities,” adding it “shall not apply to the execution of notarial wills.”  The SCPIO noted the rules will take effect 15 days following its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers of national circulation.  The SC also directed the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) “to create and disseminate to the general public a register of notaries public in all the chapters of the IBP who shall undertake the performance of notarial acts in accordance with these Rules.”  “This register shall indicate the names, contact numbers, e-mail addresses of the said notaries public, and the territorial jurisdiction of the court which issued their respective commissions,” and “published by the IBP in its website, and in any medium it may deem appropriate,” it added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Quarantine fatigue

  BY JULLIE Y. DAZA   *   Tony Leachon, IATF ex-consultant, hit the nail on its head when he articulated the state of the Filipino nation in two words: “Quarantine fatigue.” He added, “Information fatigue.” (If I may contribute another two, suspended animation.) Exactly 139 days after March 15, when “lockdown” entered the national […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 31st, 2020

After 30 years, a farmer now owns three gardens and provides jobs amid crisis, part 2

In part 1, Mary Ann Cogollo, a farmer from Iloilo, shares about how her 30-year gardening story began and evolved. Here, she talks about the hurdles she had to face that molded her for who she is today.   Trials behind the triumphs At the back of her success is an unsteady, challenging voyage that she had to endure. “It’s 30 years in the making and looking back to what I’ve been through and endured, my heart is full,” said Cogollo. Growing up, Camille, her eldest daughter, saw how she fell and risen many times, she says, “I witnessed how she carried the pails from our wells to water her plants, pull the weeds every day, carried potted plants to hide them because of the heavy storms, how she failed and endured everything, how she learned from her experiences, and how she managed to be a farmer, a gardener, and a mother to us.” A throwback photo of Cogollo taken in 1994 with her 5-year old daughter. Before the birth of the gardens, Cogollo had been gardening alone for 10 years. She did the propagation, watering, and application of fertilizers. It was a challenge for this gardener to find suppliers and to travel the plants from the city to their place, but the hardest to deal with is the weather. “Typhoons and extreme summer are two of the most difficult situations to handle as well as dealing with plant diseases and pests. I failed a lot, some of my plants weren’t a success, but I learned from them,” Cogollo added. Blooming profits The price for the plants in the flower farm ranges from P25 to P10,000 and up. On normal days, they get to sell hundreds of plants every month that differ based on the demand. Most of it is purchased by co-gardeners too. Cogollo said that this season has the highest sales so far to the point that they travel some plants to the other garden to fill the demand. When they opened last month, they were able to dispose of 3000 to 5000 pots, which allowed them to generate a minimum of 50k per day from all the gardens. A mother, farmer, and businesswoman As a mother of two, she lets her children participate in farmwork and immerse themselves in nature at a young age. As per Camille, Cogollo taught her how to plant when she was four and let her have her mini garden at home. Their youngest also helps in raising livestock since he was in grade six. “They let us oversee the farm the same way that my lolo did before. She’s taught me how to plant and to marcot, how to fertilize and water correctly, and educated me what plants can grow from cuttings and what plants need to be in full sun or in shade,” Camille added. Despite the crisis, Cogollo added that God still made a way to provide for her family and their farm workers. She finds herself staring at the sky and thanking God for not leaving her family and the families working for them after two months of farm closure. When many people began growing plants to improve lifestyle amid the crisis, her children told her, “Nay your dream is coming true, farming and gardening are taking its shape, gakatabo na nay (it’s finally happening).” Cogollo only hopes for the public to continue appreciating nature and to start growing plants.   Farming has been her life ever since. The life she chose is the same life lived by her parents and grandparents and according to her, to be able to help others while pursuing your passion is a blessing.  Current situation As the government implemented enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to halt the spread of COVID-19, they had to close their gardens for two months. Since they only allow walk-ins and do not offer delivery services, they had no income from the garden. For Cogollo, those two months were the hardest; there were no landscaping projects but they had to give salaries to the employees every weekend. They thought of stopping their daily farm operations, but their musings brought them back to their primary goal, which is to provide the workers’ livelihood. They hired five more people who lost their jobs during those two months and didn’t stop propagating and maintaining the gardens. All smiles on her farm – As per Cogollo, the crisis allowed them to pause and see what they can do better. Living on a farm is an advantage because it’s COVID-free and their staff live nearby so they carry on with their daily work in the gardens and farm. Fortunately, after two months, a sudden increase in demand for plants began. The crisis has become as she calls it, “a ‘plantdemic’ for Ilonggos.” Their gardens re-opened for visitors when Iloilo was placed under GCQ (general community quarantine). From then on, the farm was amplified by different networks through social media and word of mouth. Despite their location, they were shocked that people kept visiting or asking about their gardens’ location. At some point, they were afraid due to the increasing numbers of visitors and of the risks it can entail that might harm their whole community. However, it was all worth it because according to Cogollo, “We know our dream is coming true. Farming/Gardening is taking shape.” They were also supposed to put up a garden café and park last May but due to these circumstances, things didn’t go as planned. In the future, they see the garden as a haven where people can stroll and appreciate and realize the beauty of nature. Photos from Dafalongs Flower Farm. For more information, visit the Dafalongs Flower Farms......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Global virus deaths pass 650,000 as new surges prompt fresh curbs

Officials around the world reintroduced a raft of restrictions Monday---from beach closures to quarantine measures---to try to tamp down coronavirus hotspots as the official global death toll passed 650,000......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

Free Wi-Fi coverage in schools to grow six-fold in 2021

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is planning to build free Wi-Fi access points across thousands of public schools to help boost connectivity amid the new coronavirus pandemic. This is part of the government’s goal to invest more in digital infrastructure, which has taken the backseat in the past or left to the […] The post Free Wi-Fi coverage in schools to grow six-fold in 2021 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

NBA and Titan announce multiyear merchandising partnership in the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, July 23, 2020 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Titanomachy International, Inc. (Titan), the Philippines’ leading basketball specialty concept store, announced today a multiyear merchandising partnership to relaunch the official online NBA Store in the Philippines.   Operated by Titan, NBAStore.com.ph will go live Thursday, Aug. 6 and will provide fans across the Philippines with access to official NBA products on all mobile devices.  NBAStore.com.ph will offer a comprehensive selection of authentic NBA merchandise from all 30 teams, including jerseys, shirts, footwear, headwear, outerwear, accessories, and equipment from brands including Nike, Jordan Brand, Mitchell & Ness, New Era, Herschel, Spalding and Stance.   “Our partnership with Titan provides an exciting opportunity to engage and deliver an enhanced digital retail experience to NBA fans in the Philippines,” said Lesley Rulloda, NBA Asia Associate Vice President of Global Merchandising.  “We look forward to providing passionate Filipino fans with unprecedented access to authentic NBA products through the relaunch of the league’s online store.” “At Titan, our mission is to inspire consumers to love the game through the best basketball products, stories and experiences,” said Mike Ignacio, Managing Director of Titanomachy International, Inc.  “Our newly-forged partnership with the NBA will enable us to cater to a wider range of Filipino basketball fans and equip them with new ways to express their love for their favorite teams, players and league.” As the league’s 25th branded international online store, NBAStore.com.ph will offer special collections and exclusive product releases highlighted by locally designed apparel.  During the launch, NBAStore.com.ph will showcase the NBA Philippines Tees Collection, featuring four unique designs inspired by the country’s premier NBA fanbase and passion for the game of basketball. Fans can visit www.nbastore.com.ph and sign up for the newsletter to get access to exclusive offers on authentic NBA merchandise, and follow NBAStore.com.ph on Facebook and Instagram for more information on NBA product launches and brand highlights.   Filipinos can also watch NBA Republika Huddle on the NBA Philippines Facebook page, designed as a platform for local influencers, sports personalities and fans to discuss the latest events and happenings around the league. For all the latest NBA news and updates, visit www.nba.com and follow NBA Philippines on Facebook and Twitter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2020

Information hygiene

Quarantine has been an exercise in isolation for many, and in that isolation, we have come to a renewed understanding of how much we depend on one another......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2020

Cortes signs ordinance granting COVID-19 hazard pay to City Hall employees

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu – Employees of the Mandaue City Hall who ‘physically’ reported for work while the city was still under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will receive hazard pay of P200 per day that will be computed from March 30 to May 31, 2020. An advisory from the city’s Public Information Office (PIO) said that […] The post Cortes signs ordinance granting COVID-19 hazard pay to City Hall employees appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2020

NUJP: Latest stop order vs ABS-CBN deprives 11 million Filipinos of news, information

“This effectively deprives millions more Filipinos—an estimated 11 million homes according to ABS-CBN CEO Carlo Katigbak—of their right to know and to choose how to access their news, information and entertainment,” NUJP said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Sky Cable Corporation Statement on Cease and Desist Order issued to Sky Direct by NTC

SKYdirect’s 1.5 million subscribers nationwide, including those in remote areas that do not receive television signals, will be deprived of access to the channels we carry that bring them news, information, education, and entertainment starting tonight June 30, 2020, as Sky Cable Corporation complies with the cease and desist order (CDO) issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) stopping the company from operating its direct broadcast satellite service immediately......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020