NTC orders telcos to submit 2021 rollout plans to improve internet speeds - 21 min 22 sec fa
MANILA, Philippines --- Telecommunication companies have until Wednesday, Jan. 20, to submit their rollout plans for 2021 on how to improve their internet speeds as ordered by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). The requirement is in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to improve services to meet the demands of increased internet use due to online classes and work-from-home setups during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NTC said in a statement on Tuesday. Submitting the plans this early would the NTC to closely monitor the telcos' progress in improving their internet speed so that they could achieve better global rankings in Ookla's Speedtest Global Index....

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Military to scrap pact with other schools after UP

Manila Standard - 38 min 28 sec fa
The Department of National Defense is looking at scrapping the pacts it forged with other schools similar to its recently terminated agreement with the University of the Philippines.
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Du30 orders Galvez to bare vax deals to Sotto

Manila Standard - 48 min 28 sec fa
For the sake of transparency, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. to disclose to Senate President Vicente Sotto III the details of the government's deals with COVID-19 vaccine makers.
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Duterte ready to take first jab

Manila Standard - 58 min 28 sec fa
President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to take the vaccine jab once it is available but his vaccination will not be held in public as part of the government’s mass vaccination program and to convince the people of the safety of the vaccines, Malacanang said Tuesday.
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Biden sets unity as inaugural tone

Manila Standard - 1 ora 8 min fa
Washington---On the cusp of becoming president, Joe Biden pressed Monday for unity, while President Donald Trump remained secluded in the White House at the center of a capital inundated with troops and security barriers.
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Trump mum as clock ticks down at WH

Manila Standard - 1 ora 18 min fa
Washington—President Donald Trump began his final full day in the White House Tuesday with a long list of possible pardons to dish out before snubbing his successor Joe Biden's inauguration and leaving for Florida.
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Lessons from the pandemic: Ritz Azul, Epy Quizon and Adrian Alandy - 1 ora 21 min fa
MANILA, Philippines --- For the past 10 months since the Philippines has been under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most people have learned life lessons that they will forever remember. For Adrian Alandy, it's the importance of using face masks and face shields as part of the new normal. "Sometimes you're used to not wearing face masks and face shields and you forget about it, it's like a big responsibility," Alan said in Filipino during the press conference of TV 5's newest show, "Wanted: Ang Serye," on Tuesday. "One thing that really changed for me is that I should always bring a face mask and face shield," he added. Veteran actor Epy Quizon, meanwhile, learne...

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S. African variant more contagious, not more deadly

Manila Standard - 1 ora 23 min fa
A new variant of the coronavirus first identified in South Africa is more contagious than earlier versions, experts said on Tuesday, but there is no evidence that it is more deadly.
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‘Franchises must pay taxes first’

Manila Standard - 1 ora 28 min fa
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not allow any company to benefit from its franchise unless it had settled its obligations with the government.
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Now is best time for Cha-cha talk, Rodriguez says

Manila Standard - 1 ora 33 min fa
A Charter Change proponent in the House of Representatives on Tuesday opposed the call of Sen. Franklin Drilon for the House of Representatives to postpone its economic Cha-cha (Charter change) push to the latter part of 2022.
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Gov't may raise suggested prices of farm goods

Manila Standard - 1 ora 38 min fa
Agriculture officials said Tuesday the government may raise the suggested retail price (SRP) of agricultural goods after recent storms and the African swine fever (ASF) reduced production and caused a spike in prices.
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Why Ai-Ai is stress-free despite pandemic - 2 ore 6 min fa
With their considerably lighter schedules last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Gerald Sibayan were able to dedicate more time to their fitness goals. For Ai-Ai, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a strong physique is important, especially considering the 29-year difference between her and her husband: the actress is 56; Gerald, 27. She feels compelled to keep up with him, she admitted. "Hinahabol ko 'yung edad niya, eh. I have to be strong and fit. The age gap is already wide as it is, so I can't be not fit," she told the Inquirer in her recent contract signing for the bihon noodle brand Hobe, which she has been endorsing for six years now. "Baka...

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Kelvin Miranda lands first lead role in ‘The Lost Recipe’ - 2 ore 6 min fa
For his looks and demeanor, the rising young actor Kelvin Miranda has drawn comparisons to stars like Alden Richards, James Reid and Daniel Padilla. But while being mentioned in the same breath as those established actors can be heartening to hear, Kelvin admitted that it also makes him nervous. "Of course, it makes me happy that I'm being compared to talented and famous actors. That's good. But it's also hard because there will be expectations," the 22-year-old talent said in a recent video conference for GMA Public Affairs' "The Lost Recipe," first locally produced primetime series on GMA News TV. "When you say Alden ... that's on another level, so there's pressure," point...

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Officials warned against funds misuse

Manila Standard - 2 ore 18 min fa
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday renewed his warning to local officials against taking advantage of the national government’s emergency cash aid for the poor.
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Drafters of Philippine Constitutions honored

Manila Standard - 2 ore 28 min fa
The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution honoring the drafters of the Philippine Constitutions and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Constitutional Convention.
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Duterte assures kin of soldiers

Manila Standard - 2 ore 38 min fa
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night cited the bravery of the soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Bukidnon over the weekend and promised not to abandon their families.
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Why is there such a fuss at the moment about Signal? - 2 ore 46 min fa
Since the controversy surrounding WhatsApp's new terms of use, which require more information sharing with its parent company Facebook, many users are looking for a more privacy-friendly alternative. And all eyes seem to be turning to Signal, which has been surfing for several days now at the top of the list of most downloaded applications. The buzz started with a simple tweet from Elon Musk, Tesla's whimsical boss, who incidentally became the richest man in the world at the beginning of the year. In just two words, "Use Signal," as early as Jan. 7, he advised his followers to leave WhatsApp for this application, considered much safer. While it may be somewhat unknown to the ge...

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MVP: Business should do more

Manila Standard - 2 ore 48 min fa
Manuel V. Pangilinan, head of the Philippine Business for Social Progress, has called on the business community to open more opportunities for livelihood and food production through agriculture for more people.
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Department issues advisory on labor disputes

Manila Standard - 2 ore 58 min fa
The Department of Labor and Employment has encouraged “kasambahay” or household workers to file labor-related complaints at the department in settling any labor dispute with their employers.
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Busuanga farmers gain land from DAR

Manila Standard - 3 ore 8 min fa
The Department of Agrarian Reform will distribute 80 hectares of government-owned lands, including portions of the Yulo estate in Coron, Palawan, to 102 farmer-beneficiaries in Busuanga.
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