Regional Updates (01/18/21)

Bangsamoro head reiterates call for 3-year transition extension as region celebrates 2nd founding anniversary THE Bangsamoro flag was hoisted for the first time alongside the Philippine flag on January 18 as the region kicked off its 2nd founding anniversary celebration…

P26B in military pensions for Q1 released

THE BUDGET department has released P26 billion in pensions for the military and other uniformed personnel for the first quarter, it said in a statement on Monday. The amount came from the pension and gratuity fund of the government’s P4.5-trillion…

Nationwide round-up (01/18/21)

Ombudsman clears Acosta on anti-dengue vaccination funds case THE Ombudsman has dismissed the charges against Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida V. Acosta and other officials on the alleged misuse of public funds related to the controversy on the government’s…

House OK’s bill on sailors’ rights

PHILIPPINE STAR/MICHAEL VARCAS THE HOUSE of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to define the rights of Filipino seafarers. House Bill 8057 or the proposed Magna Carta of Filipino Seafarers lays down…

Leave constitutional changes to next Congress — senator

PHILSTAR CONGRESS should leave changes to the 1987 Constitution to the next administration, a senator said on Monday, noting that foreign ownership limits may be relaxed by law. Charter change could also distract the government as it battles a coronavirus…

Sinovac vaccine is reasonably priced, Malacanang says

SINOVAC MALACANANG on Monday said the coronavirus vaccine the government would order from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. was competitively priced. One dose costs about P650, or P1,300 for the two doses needed by a person, presidential spokesman Harry L. Roque…

Philippines watching Norway deaths involving Pfizer drug

PFIZER, Inc.’s emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Philippines for its coronavirus vaccine stays, as Health authorities await a report on the deaths of elderlies in Norway after getting vaccinated. Norwegian authorities were still looking into the issue, Health Undersecretary…

How to stay safe with a new fast-spreading coronavirus variant on the loose

A fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in at least 10 states in America, and people are wondering: How do I protect myself now? We saw what the new variant, known as B.1.1.7, can do…

Brazil clears emergency use of Sinovac, AstraZeneca vaccines, shots begin

Jair Bolsonaro’s government aims to kick off a national immunization program this week but is waiting on shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the center of its plans. That has added to public frustration and offered a political rival the…

[B-SIDE Podcast] How female founders can get the funding they need

Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side Only 3% of invested dollars went to female-only founders in 2019. According to a Crunchbase report on gender disparity in startup funding, female-only founded companies raised $6 billion dollars; their male counterparts, $195 billion.…

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