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Fewer students attending physical classes

PHILSTAR Only eight of 10 students have attended classes under the government’s pilot run of face-to-face classes after some of them showed flu-like symptoms, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Friday. “We’re barely hitting the surface,” Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian told a Senate hearing. “It’s only 44% of the total number of schools and …

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Typhoon Rai may make landfall in Palawan

The northern portion of Palawan province was placed under signal No. 3 on Friday as Typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette, was projected to make another landfall there. Covered by the typhoon signal were the towns of El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, Roxas, San Vicente and Puerto Princesa City, as well as Cagayancillo and Cuyo Islands, according to the local weather bureau. The eye of …

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Philippines gets $250-M loan for vaccines

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved on Thursday night a $250-million loan to help the Philippines buy more coronavirus vaccines, according to the Finance chief. The loan is one of several multilateral funds that would be used to buy vaccine boosters and doses for children, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said on Wednesday. An AIIB …

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To produce unicorns, PHL startup community needs policy continuity

UNSPLASH The startup community hopes to weather the uncertainties that accompany the upcoming national elections. “It’s not always a matter of new policies, but also of the consistency of policies,” said Carlo C. Calimon, concurrent director of Let’s Go Foundation, a non-profit that advocates entrepreneurship, and local incubator and accelerator StartUp Village. …

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BW Insights | Empowering Filipino Innovation and Creativity for a Post-Pandemic World

Earlier this year, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III urged Philippine businesses to invest in digitalization and innovation to stay competitive in a world that has been radically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed by a World Bank report which found that most developing economies in East Asia, …

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Wall Street firms retreat from office, holiday parties as virus spreads

Wall Street/Reuters Wall Street banks and investment firms are retrenching from their push to get staff back to the office, with Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Carlyle Group Inc., Blackstone, and MetLife among the latest to adjust plans as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads. The institutions are …

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US curbs Chinese drone maker DJI, other firms it accuses of aiding rights abuses

PIXABAY WASHINGTON — The US government put investment and export restrictions on dozens of Chinese companies on Thursday, including top drone maker DJI, accusing them of complicity in the oppression of China’s Uyghur minority or helping the military, further ratcheting up tensions between the world’s top two economies. Blaming DJI …

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Safeguard aids with hand hygiene kits as COVID-19 vaccination for minors roll out

Now that the country has fully implemented the roll-out of vaccines for minors aged 12-17, Safeguard strengthens hand hygiene support to hospitals and vaccine hubs to help ensure that healthcare workers, frontliners, and children are safe from any illness that can be transmitted from improper hand hygiene. A total of …

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Information Security Officer’s Group closes 2021 with successful cybersecurity campaign

More than 3,000 information technology (IT) professionals across the country viewed and joined the Information Security Officers Group (ISOG)’s month-long cybersecurity campaign named “I Am Secure 2021: The Great Shift,” which provided learning and networking programs that strengthen the country’s cybersecurity strategies in the new normal. The campaign kick-started with …

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Citing ‘tremendous growth’ of e-commerce, Locad launches shipping platform for SMEs

Spurred by the “tremendous growth” of e-commerce, as seen from online mega sales generating several billions’ worth of transactions, cloud logistics provider Locad launched a shipping solution that allows small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to manage multiple couriers and deliveries. “Through the shipping platform, SMEs who are banking on the strong growth of e-commerce, especially this …

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