COVID numbers may top past surges, says OCTA

HEALTH workers attended to coronavirus patients at the chapel of the Quezon City General Hospital on Aug. 2. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS CORONAVIRUS infections in the Philippines would probably continue rising and top past surges due to the highly mutated Omicron variant, according to researchers from the country’s premier university. Metro Manila’s daily positivity […]

Officials appeal to typhoon relief donors to coordinate with local gov’t to avoid politics, abuse

TWO LOCAL government units affected by typhoon Odette, internationally known as Rai, have issued separate appeals to aid donors to coordinate with authorities to avoid “politicization” of distribution efforts and ensure equitable delivery of goods and services.   Spokesperson Jeff Crisostomo of Dinagat Islands, one of the most devastated provinces, said all assistance are being managed by their […]

Solon pushes for localized updating of building code for more disaster-resilient structures 

LOCAL government units should be given authority to issue updated versions of the National Building Code to pave the way for planning and constructing structures that are more resilient to natural events such as typhoons.   “(U)pdating that (National Building Code) has been quite difficult in both chambers of Congress. Even with a supermajority, quite difficult because […]

Consumers gloomier in Q4 — BSP

Consumers were more pessimistic this quarter amid a high jobless rate and rising prices, the Philippine central bank said on Friday.  The overall confidence index fell to -24% from -19.3% in the third quarter, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in a statement.  In contrast, businesses turned more optimistic as the confidence index returned to positive territory at 39.7%, its highest since the start […]

JCB expands partnership with Planet to deliver more choice for European merchants accepting payments both in-store and via digital channels

TOKYO & LONDON, Dec 14, 2021 – (JCN Newswire via – JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., and Planet, a global integrated payments leader, announced the expansion of their European partnership. This new deal ensures Planet will perform as a JCB acquirer across European territories for both face-to-face […]

PH receives over 25M AstraZeneca doses, 2B doses globally

MORE than 25 million AstraZeneca doses have been received by the Philippines to date from the tripartite agreement, donations, and through the Covax facility. The country expects more AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines this December reaching 80 percent of committed doses from the multilateral partnerships. Globally, AstraZeneca and its partners have released more than two billion doses […]

MobiusTrend Reports: Rising of China’s Civilian Restaurant

Shenzhen, China, Nov 26, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – MobiusTrend releases the insight research report on ‘ Rising of China’s Civilian Restaurant’. In China, a restaurant with good taste and reasonable price is called Civilian Restaurant. Unlike the luxury of star hotels, civilian restaurants are often more appealing to local residents because they […]