PH manufacturing sector nears stability in November

The country’s manufacturing sector was nearing stable conditions in November, IHS Markit Philippines Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey reported yesterday. Domestic manufacturing PMI last month improved to 49.9 from a 48.5 score in October. Indices above 50 show increased


Stocks hit 7,000 level, peso flat

The local stock barometer ended the first trading day of the month higher after rising to the 7,000-level ahead of the holidays while the peso ended sideways against the US dollar. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose by 3.21


Visa upon arrival rules tightened: BI

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said yesterday that the rules on the implementation of the visa upon arrival (VUA) scheme had already been tightened early this year. “Admission is already itinerary-based, with a maximum stay of 30 days. VUAs may


223 NegOcc teacher-scholars graduate

A total of 223 Project Free Paglaum teacher-scholars finished their post-graduate studies at the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod, and Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Bong Lacson was the speaker at their graduation ceremony recently. Lacson lauded the graduates


4-day work week in PH courts starts

Courts throughout the country will implement a four-day workweek starting today, in compliance with a circular issued by Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Nov. 24. Under the guidelines, all courts would observe a 10-hour workday, from 7:30 a.m.


Gov’t borrowings up 214.45% in first 10 months

Government borrowings in the first 10 months of the year jumped by 214.45 percent year-on-year primarily due to requirements to address the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) data showed total borrowings, as of end-October this year,


DOTr inspects seaports, airports

The Department of Transportation took advantage of the long weekend that ended yesterday with the marking of Bonifacio Day to conduct a series of inspections of seaports and airports in the provinces of Samar, Cebu, Aklan, and the cities of


P3-B cash gift for GSIS pensioners

            State pension fund Government Service Insurance System said it will start to release a total of P3.3 billion in Christmas cash gift to 330,496 old-age and disability pensioners starting tomorrow, Dec. 1.             “Every year, our pensioners look forward


AMID RECESSION: Duterte thanks China for investments

            President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to remain a strong partner of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), saying that multilateral ties are necessary amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis.             Duterte made this commitment


Water-transported goods dominate domestic trade

            Water remained the main carrier of commodities traded within the country during the third quarter of the year.             Domestically traded commodities transported through water totaled 2,293,409 tons valued at PHP91.185 billion, preliminary data released by the Philippine Statistics

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Spox: Restrictions still tight as minors allowed in malls

Malacañang said yesterday that restrictions are still “tight” despite the reopening of the economy, including the decision to allow minors to enter shopping malls as long as they are accompanied by their parents. In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson

Animal hospital up

Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said that an animal district hospital will be established soon in Kabankalan City.

Virus wave must be fought without vaccines – WHO

            The World Health Organization’s emergencies director warned Wednesday that vaccines would not arrive in time to defeat the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.             The WHO’s Michael Ryan said vaccines should not be seen as a “unicorn” magic

Inbound travel suspension in WV lifted

The Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has lifted the temporary suspension of inbound travel of returning residents in the provinces of Antique, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Iloilo City effective Sept. 15.