NAIA Passes TSA

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has received a passing mark from the US Department of Homeland Security after previously flagging security deficiencies in Manila’s premier gateway. A 2018 DHS advisory directed airlines flying to the Philippines to alert their passengers on the deficiency of security measures at NAIA after finding the airport “did not maintain and carry out security consistent …

Australian Universities Affected

The coronavirus may deliver a painful economic hit to Australian universities, as Chinese students have had to defer their studies. Top universities stand to lose around 2 billion U.S. dollars in fees alone. This amount still “excludes the broader economic contribution from students to accommodation, tourism, and domestic consumption of goods and services.” On February 1, Australia said all non-Australian …

POGO Jobs

Only two out of every 10 available jobs in the Philippine offshore gaming operations industry go to Filipinos, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Citing data from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Villanueva disclosed that as of December 2019, only 18% of Pogo workers are Filipinos while 82% are foreigners. “If legitimate Pogo companies…employ few Filipinos, we can only surmise …

Taiwan Travel Ban

Visitors from Taiwan and Filipinos heading there are covered by an expanded travel ban amid the risk posed by the novel coronavirus, the Bureau of Immigration said last February 10. In a statement released late Monday night, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the bureau has confirmed with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra that tourists from Taiwan are banned from entering the …

China Workers Back

Workers began returning to offices and factories around China last Monday, February 10, after an extended Lunar New Year holiday in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities have eased some restrictions on work and travel, and major cities allowed businesses to resume operations on the basis of “sound preparation” against the epidemic. Traffic increased slightly and more activities were …

Gulf Oil Wealth

Energy-addicted Gulf states must undertake much deeper reforms or risk seeing their wealth drain away in 15 years as global demand for oil slides, the International Monetary Fund warned. “At the current fiscal stance, the region’s financial wealth could be depleted by 2034,” the IMF said in a study on “the future of oil and fiscal sustainability” in the region. …

VFA Terminated

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has signed the Philippines’ notice of termination of its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. “On the order of the President through Executive Secretary Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin signed today the notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, which will be delivered to the …