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Economic Philippines

Jollibee to close 255 stores

Jollibee Food Corporation (JFC) has announced that it will close 255 stores after suffering from a net loss of 11.96 billion pesos for the first six months of the year. By closing some of its stores, the company hopes to rebuild its business in order to meet the change in consumer behavior brought about by […]

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Philippines School and Children

4 million Filipino learners not going back to school this year

Education undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that at least 4 million learners are not coming back to school this year due to continuing COVID-19 threat. To address this concern, the Department of Education is planning for interventions that will give non-enrollees access to various opportunities for learning.  Editor’s Note: We are now seeing the negative impacts of the […]

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Economic Philippines

Philippines officially in technical recession as economy shrinks by 16.5% in Q2

The Philippine economy is experiencing its greatest contraction in two decades following the extension of lockdowns in the country. The Reuter poll in June projected a 9% decline in economy, but official figures are now much larger, now pegged at 16.5%. Economic planners are now projecting an annual shrinkage of 5.5%. Editor’s Note: For non-economists, such […]

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Philippines

Representatives from various medical societies now part of the Philippines’ pandemic task force

Following the call medical community’s call for timeout last August 2, 2020, representatives from various medical societies have been included in the technical panel for crafting the “whole of nation approach”. According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the inclusion of medical experts is due to the President listening to their sentiments. The expert panel is […]

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Global Philippines

Leonor Briones: Learning and education must continue

The following article was penned by the Philippines’ Department of Education (DEPED) Secretary, Leonor Briones. In it, she relates some of the decisions the DEPED had to make during the pandemic.  Briones cites the resumption of classes in many countries for pushing for the start of classes on August 24, 2020. She also explains how […]

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Philippines

Metro Manila may return to stricter quarantine level if cases hit 85k by end of July

In a press briefing yesterday, July 22, 2020, presidential spokesperson said that the Philippines’ capital may revert back to a stricter quarantine if coronavirus cases reach 85,000 by July 31. Under a stricter quarantine level, businesses can only operate up to 50% and limitations to transport services will continue. Editor’s Note: This is what happens when […]

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Philippines

COVID-19 spike in the Philippines due to community transmission

In a press briefing held today, July 9, 2020, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they could no longer see link of current infections to any positive case, which means that infections are coming from everywhere. Editor’s Note: Even as other countries are now focused on strengthening health care systems and jumpstarting economies, ours is […]

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Philippines

Google data showing Filipinos are staying at home

In this article by Ian Nicholas Cigaral for Philippine Star, he reports the data on the mobility of Filipinos during the community quarantine in the Philippines. Using mobility data collected by Google and Apple (this is collected from phones that had their location services turned on), Cigaral discovered that majority of Filipinos have opted to stay […]

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Philippines Vaccine

Philippines to conduct human trials for China-developed COVID-19 vaccine

The Philippines will soon be joining either Phase Two or Phase Three of the clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech. According to Science and Technology secretary Fortunato Dela Pena, the trials will likely begin September 2020. The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has recently approved the country’s participation in at least five […]

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Philippines

Open Advisory to the IATF and Media Editors: UP Projections Flawed, Ignore It and Remove Lockdown

Yesterday, Independence Day, the front page of The Manila Times newspaper headlined a study from the University of the Philippines. It said: “Covid transmission significant – experts. 40,000 cases seen in June”. [efn_note]https://www.manilatimes.net/2020/06/12/news/headlines/covid-transmission-significant-experts/731127/[/efn_note] The “experts” advised not to lift the lockdown. For many, this news headline was the last thing they wanted to see. Instead […]