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Ai is a Journalism graduate at a state university in the Philippines who considers "writing" and "enlightening the blind" as her passion.

Malaysia steps up children inoculation for school resumption

The Malaysian government is targeting to ramp up the inoculation of eligible children this year to counter the rising number of deaths caused by Covid-19. According to a report by The Straits Times, the Malaysian Health Ministry aims to complete Covid-19 inoculation for 80 percent...

Thai PM urges ramped up spending to buoy economy

Thai Prime Minister (PM) Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging state agencies to ramp up their capital spending in the remaining days of the fiscal year to help fuel the economy. On Sunday, the PM was quoted as saying through deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul that he...

3 ASEAN countries now lesser expensive for expatriates

Three Southeast Asian countries saw the average pay to an expatriate declined significantly last year, with the virus outbreak taking its toll on businesses and global economies. The latest results of the MyExpatriate Market Pay survey conducted by ECA International, and was published by Thailand...

Philippine carrier flies stranded Filipinos back home

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has given the green light to mount four special international flights to transport Filipinos stranded overseas. In a statement over the weekend, PAL said it lined up a series of flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates...

Trade chief calls for relaxed lockdown in Metro Manila

The Philippine government should place the National Capital Region (NCR) under a more relaxed quarantine restriction so that the economy can crawl its way back to recovery while infection rates are being managed. According to a report by The Philippine Star, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez...

Thai firms expect businesses to recover in first quarter

Nearly half of businesses in Thailand were expecting businesses to return to normal in the first quarter of 2022, once COVID-19 cases drop below 50. According to Bangkok Post citing a survey by the Bank of Thailand, the business sentiment index showed that 260 businesses...

Economic recovery buoys Philippine remittances in May

Money sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) rose by 13 percent in May as businesses dampened by the pandemic were starting to crawl their way back to recovery. According to a BusinessWorld report quoting preliminary data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), cash...

Philippine power supply to get boost from new solar plant

The Luzon Grid in the Philippines is set for a boost after Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) broke ground for a new solar power plant in Baras, Rizal. With a capacity of 115 megawatts (MW), the project is expected to commence commercially in 2022. This...

Monde sets sight on alternative meats for expansion

Food maker Monde Nissin Corp. was looking to bank on the fast-growing alternative meats business following its successful initial public offering (IPO) that saw the company generate more than P48.6 billion in fresh funds. According to a report by BusinessWorld, Monde Nissin was planning to...

Duterte admin lowers Philippine growth projection on last year in office

The Philippine government has abandoned its goal to reach double-digit growth in the last year of the current administration amid the pandemic plaguing global economies. This as the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) announced that it was expecting the Philippine economy to settle between...

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