3 Executive officials under quarantine after COVID contact

PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ JOEY DALUMPINES AT LEAST three Cabinet officials were under quarantine after being exposed to staff and housemates who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and vaccine czar…

Metro Manila at critical risk from coronavirus

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter THE PHILIPPINE capital and nearby cities were now at critical risk from the coronavirus, the country’s Health chief said, as the country struggles to contain a fresh surge in infections…

Artificial Intelligence: FinTech’s innovation driver

FinTech refers to any idea or innovation that improves or optimizes the way individuals or companies conduct financial activities. Early FinTech concentrated on developing add-on products to complement existing financial services. This combination of finance and technology has spawned a…

Power suppliers to Bohol capital drawing sufficient energy from grid — NGCP

PHILSTAR THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said on Wednesday that distribution utilities in Bohol are now drawing power sufficient to sustain stable operations for the power bank that transmits electricity to the provincial capital Tagbilaran. From the…

DoE considering intermediate upgrade of biodiesel mix to 3%

REUTERS THE Department of Energy (DoE) said on Wednesday that Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) will not delay plans to increase biodiesel blend to 5% (B5) biofuel content, but added that it is considering an intermediate increase to 3% (B3)…

Coal supply instability seen adding to urgency of energy transition

PEXELS-PIXABAY A CONSUMER rights and energy advocacy group on Wednesday said the Department of Energy (DoE) must press ahead with the renewable energy transition, citing risks to the imported coal supply. “Consumers keep getting caught in a web of power…

Roxas Boulevard repairs targeted to begin mid-Jan.

PHILSTAR THE planned closure of a portion of Roxas Boulevard is targeted for the middle of this month to allow for the repair of a damaged drainage structure, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Wednesday. The repairs might start in…

Fisherfolk call for suspension of closed fishing season policy in typhoon-affected provinces

PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD FACEBOOK PAGE AN ORGANIZATION of small fishermen has expressed its opposition to importing fish for typhoon-hit areas, calling instead for aid to restore its members’ livelihoods and the lifting of an order imposing a closed fishing season…

Typhoon damage to fisheries P3 billion, tops in agri industry

PHILSTAR FISHERIES remained the most affected sector of agriculture, sustaining P3 billion worth of damage due to Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai), the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. The overall agricultural damage was P10.8 billion, affecting 356,486 farmers and fishermen…

Stocks up on slower-than-expected Dec. inflation

PHILIPPINE STOCKS climbed on Wednesday on improved market sentiment following a slower-than-expected inflation print in December. The benchmark Philippine Stocks Exchange index (PSEi) inched up by 50.13 points or 0.71% to close at 7,091.40 on Wednesday, while the broader all…

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