The Department of Health reported 5,823 coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total to 2.7 million. The death toll rose to 41,520 after 283 more patients died, while recoveries increased by 5,823 to 2.6 million, it said in a bulletin. There were 66,838 active cases, 79.1% of which were mild, 6.1% did not show symptoms, 4.6% were severe, 8.33% were ...

The Commission on Higher Education is considering reopening physical classes in low-risk areas by January, according to its chairman. Face-to-face classes would depend on the vaccination rate, Chairman Prospero E. de Vera III told a televised news briefing on Friday. He added that the agency was crafting the guidelines on the matter. "We hope to finish the guidelines by around ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS A senator on Friday thumbed down a plan to raise the budget of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) after it failed to build fish hatcheries according to law. During a budget hearing on Friday, Senator Cynthia A. Villar told bureau officials to stop asking for additional funding when its performance was below par. ...

A labor leader on Thursday vowed to scrutinize the national budget if he becomes President to ensure that government funds are used for social services amid a coronavirus pandemic. Leodegario "Ka Leody" de Guzman, who is running under the Partido Lakas ng Masa, also pledged to support local farmers and fishermen to ensure food security. He would also realign infrastructure ...

https://www.sec.gov.ph/ THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the preferred share offering of listed property developer A Brown Co., Inc. under shelf registration. In a statement on Friday, the SEC said it cleared A Brown's shelf registration covering up to 50 million cumulative, non-voting, non-participating, non-convertible, and redeemable perpetual preferred shares. It added that the preferred shares, worth P5 billion, ...

FRUITAS Holdings, Inc. is aiming to further expand its community store network to reach 200 next year, the listed food and beverage kiosk operator said in a stock exchange disclosure on Friday. The new target comes as the company achieved its goal of opening 100 community stores by 2021. Its 100th community store is under the Balai Pandesal brand and ...

REUTERS Budget carrier Philippines AirAsia, Inc. is hoping to rehire its laid-off workers by the second quarter of 2022. "Rehiring to us is a top priority. As a matter of fact, hopefully by the second quarter [of next year], tingnan natin, papunta tayo diyan (let's see, we will get there)," Philippines AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Ricardo P. Isla said at ...

FACEBOOK.COM/OFFICIALACEN AC ENERGY. Corp. is aiming to have a double-digit growth over the next few years amid recent developments such as the company's plan to fully own UPCJPYAC Renewables Australia. Eric T. Francia, AC Energy president and chief executive officer, said in a virtual roundtable with reporters on Friday that the company will try to maintain a strong double-digit growth. ...

GMA Network, Inc. on Friday reported 97% television household coverage nationwide, with around 82 million viewers. "Per major area, GMA's TV households net reach in total Luzon is 96.1% with about 54 million viewers; total Visayas at 98.2% with 16 million viewers; and total Mindanao at 96.9% with 12 million Filipinos," the listed media company said in an e-mailed statement, ...

The Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) said Friday that the average price on the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) during the month as of Oct. 20 was P6.75 per kilowatt hour (kWh), up from P3.30 in September. The increase was attributed to thin supply margins due to maintenance and forced outages of several generators, Eryl Jansen D. ...