Cebu Pig Ban

Cebu and Iloilo have expanded their ban on live swine, pork and pork products to the entire Mindanao area amid threats of African Swine Fever. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed an order last Tuesday imposing a 90-day ban on pork, boar semen, and other pork-related products from all regions of Mindanao. “Despite the strict measures taken by the provincial government …

More Medics to be Sent to Wuhan

Another 2,600 military medical personnel were sent to the central China city of Wuhan – epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak – with approval from Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission. This marks the third deployment of military medics in the effort to contain the outbreak.  The newly sent personnel will be in charge of patients at Wuhan’s 860-bed …

POGO Taxes and Employees

The Philippine National Police noted a 50% spike in crimes involving Chinese, some of which are directly involved in Philippine offshore gaming operators in the country.  For Senate labor committee chairperson Joel Villanueva, the economic benefits from the industry may not be worth the social costs. He also slammed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Department of Labor and Employment, …

Baguio Events Postponed

Baguio City has moved the grand parade of the Panagbenga Flower Festival to late March, even as other Cordillera towns scrapped their own festivals over concerns with the coronavirus. Mayor Benjie Magalong said that they moved the dates because March would be warmer – in a disputed notion that the coronavirus will have a harder time thriving in the heat …

China Calls U.S. “Bully”

China’s Defense Ministry on Thursday denounced the U.S. Justice Department after it charged Chinese military personnel for alleged hacking and stealing of data from a U.S. company, warning such behavior could further damage bilateral military ties. Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said indictments are totally groundless, and they are hegemony practices and judicial bullying and that China strongly opposes and denounces …

Car Plants Affected by COVID-19

The biggest American car company, General Motors, has been caught up in the supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus in China when its South Korean unit announced a partial suspension of operations this week. An assembly line at GM Korea’s complex west of Seoul, which can make over 400,000 vehicles annually, are suspended on February 17 and 18, due …

Bring Home China OFWs

President Rodrigo Duterte has assured Filipinos who remained in locked-down areas in China plagued with COVID-19, that the government is ready to bring them home. In a video message made public Thursday, Duterte also said that the government is prepared for any eventuality that may rise from the coronavirus outbreak. Thirty Filipinos were repatriated from Hubei on February 9. They …

NCOV Update as of 2/17

A pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and the rest of the world. As of 7 a.m. on February 17, there are 70,500 confirmed cases in China and 688 abroad. There have also …

Pets in Public Vehicles

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has allowed passengers to bring their pets in public utility vehicles. In a memorandum issued on January 27, the LTFRB amended the terms and conditions of Certificate of Public Convenience, allowing pets in PUVs provided the animals are seated beside the owners and the seats are paid for. The new guidelines, which took …