Batangas City Named Philippine Winner of WWF Nature One’s Planet City Challenge

The capital city of Batangas province has been named the Philippine winner in the latest edition of the World Wide Fund for Nature’s One Planet City Challenge, joining national winners from 22 other countries around the world.  Joel Palma, executive director of WWF-Philippines, said the city’s comprehensive climate mitigation and adaptation plan, which includes interventions based on city-specific climate vulnerabilities, …

Beijing Shuts Schools, Returns to Virtual Classes As COVID-19 Strikes Again

In the wake of the recent emergence of COVID-19 cases in Beijing, all schools in the Chinese capital have been closed, and students shall promptly return to attending online classes, authorities announced on Wednesday. Municipal officials made the decision after a cluster of cases linked to the city’s Xinfadi wholesale market last week broke the capital city’s 56-day streak of …

Over 600,000 Lose Jobs in UK

The number on British company payrolls fell by over 600,000 in April and May as the COVID-19 lockdown hit the labor market, and vacancies plunged by the most on record. The jobless rate unexpectedly held at 3.9 percent over the three months to April – despite a record slump in overall economic output during that period – as firms turned …

DepEd Introduces Dropbox Enrollment

The Department of Education has added a dropbox mode of enrollment starting June 16 as it pushes to get more learners to sign up for school year 2020-2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The DepEd announced that dropbox enrollment is open to learners and their parents or guardians apart from the ongoing remote enrollment. The department said, “These dropbox/kiosks, which can …

Seafarers Spend Months Trapped At Sea

Hundreds of thousands of seafarers are currently stranded on the high seas or on shore by the coronavirus pandemic. They kept working through the crisis to keep global trade afloat and ensure fuel supplies. But now, after months of lockdowns across the world, many have been stuck on ships thousands of miles from home, unable to disembark, for much longer …

Beijing Reports 36 More COVID-19 Cases

Beijing recorded 36 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said. Thirty-four out of the 36 new cases were linked to Xinfadi wholesale market, including 19 people who worked there. Details of another two cases are still being investigated. A municipal official also said the spread of the new mutation of the virus “has not …

PCSO Loses P13B Due to COVID-19

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has lost around 13 billion pesos in earnings amid the implementation of the community quarantine due to COVID-19. Due to the threat of COVID-19, the gaming operation of PCSO has been suspended since March. PCSO general manager Royina Garma said they have already written to the Office of the President regarding the resumption of their …

Makati Courts Closed After Fiscal Gets Exposed to Virus

Trial courts in Makati and the city prosecutor’s office have been closed for disinfection after a fiscal was reportedly exposed to a family member infected with COVID-19. In a memorandum issued on Wednesday, Makati Metropolitan Trial Court Executive Judge Jackie Saguisag ordered employees with direct contact with the prosecutor who attended a court hearing last week to undergo self-quarantine for …

Surging COVID-19 Cases Force Delhi Hospitals to Only Treat Locals

The city of New Delhi on Sunday ordered many of its hospital beds to be reserved solely for residents of the Indian capital, as the number of COVID-19 infections continued to surge.  New Delhi city alone has registered over 10 percent of the country’s cases. India has over 246,000 coronavirus cases, with 6,929 deaths. In a video message on Twitter, …