Cybercriminals target fans of shows on big streaming sites

By Patricia B. Mirasol, Reporter STRANGER THINGS fans who chose to watch the mystery series’ fourth season on sites other than the official platform have fallen victims to cybercriminals, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky found. “Cybercriminals have always ridden on trends to bait unsuspecting victims even before the pandemic,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, general manager for […]

SEC warns anew about Leefire, now named Sengre

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) warned the public against the illegal investment solicitation activities of Leefire Philippines, which has been continuing operations under another name, Sengre. “The records of the commission show that Sengre is not registered with the commission either as a corporation or as a partnership. Further, it is not authorized to […]

Government should provide free medicines — survey

MAJORITY of Filipinos believe it is the government’s responsibility to provide free medicines to patients who need them, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) national survey.  Commissioned by the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP), the survey showed that 78% said that the government “should definitely” provide free medicines, with another 17% […]

J&J, PCCP develop smoking cessation module 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON Philippines, Inc. (J&J), through its consumer health brand Nicorette, and the Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) developed a smoking cessation module for training healthcare practitioners in the counseling and treatment of Filipinos who want to quit smoking.    The online module, launched September, is open by request to all public or private institutions or […]

Most ASEAN small businesses hit 50% digitization rate

SMALL BUSINESSES in Southeast Asia, particularly those furthest along in their digital transformations, have expressed an openness to pursue further digitalization to aid in their economies’ recovery, according to a study. The study, ASEAN Digital Generation Report published this month by Sea Ltd. and the World Economic Forum (WEF), found that 74% of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) have digitalized […]

CoA finds DoH non-compliant on over P67B worth of COVID-19 funds 

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) said the Department of Health (DoH) failed to follow government standards on the handling of over P67 billion in funding to address the pandemic.    The finding of “deficiencies” was contained in the commission’s 2020 audit report, made public on Wednesday. “These deficiencies contributed to the challenges encountered and missed opportunities by the […]