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Ai Ballesteros studied Journalism at a state university in the Philippines, currently working as a writer. For years, she has been writing about metropolis, politics, and business issues. Apart from writing, Ai also loves to travel.

Philippines transitions to online schooling amid coronavirus

The upcoming school year in the Philippines will push through as planned but the government was still not keen on allowing face-to-face classes. The Office of the President announced on Monday that the school year 2020-2021 will not halt and that areas with virus infections...

Thailand rejects cash aid proposal for civil servants

Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has junked a proposal to offer cash aid to 91,000 farming civil servants for supplementary income, arguing that they are earning salaries, making them unqualified recipients. According to Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana, the civil servants are not qualified for cash aids,...

Singapore to reopen economy next month

Singapore is officially opening up its economy next month, albeit such a plan will be done so in phases, according to the multi-ministry task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). At a virtual news briefing on Tuesday, the task force outlined its broad plan...

‘Thai Airways to seek rescue from bankruptcy court’

Flag carrier Thai Airways International Public Co. Ltd., still reeling from a series of net losses for three consecutive years, is now filing a restructuring plan before the bankruptcy court. Following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the state-owned...

ASEAN to focus on virus outbreak; set aside visa talks ‘for now’

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are not yet keen on bringing to the table any talks about visa exemptions and visa waivers. Representatives of the 10-member organization on Wednesday, April 27, approved in principle the Joint Statement of ASEAN Tourism Ministers...

Myanmar frees 25,000 prisoners

Myanmar is set to free nearly 25,000 prisoners this year as the country marks its traditional New Year, the president’s office announced on Friday. This would mark Myanmar’s largest mass pardon in recent years, as compared with the 23,000 prisoners freed last year, and the...

AirAsia Group retains workforce despite low travel demand

Malaysian carrier AirAsia Group Bhd was poised to retain all its employees in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak that has severely damaged the tourism and travel industry. AirAsia Group’s chief executive officer Tony Fernandes, in an open letter to its customers late Saturday,...

Philippine economy to slow to 2% — ADB

The growth of the Philippine economy is likely to be sharply tempered this year, weighed by the effects of the enhanced community quarantine to curb the coronavirus outbreak. The Asian Development Bank, in its annual flagship economic publication Asian Development Outlook 2020, said it projects...

Southeast Asia virus cases rise further

The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) showed no signs of stopping as new confirmed cases were reported globally. Indonesia on Monday recorded its first two confirmed cases from a 64-year old woman and her 31-year old daughter who have had direct contact with a...

New US-Philippines defense pact ‘in the works’

The United States and the Philippines are crafting a new defense pact that could replace the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that was proposed for withdrawal late last year. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez told a forum by Stratbase ADR Institute on Friday...

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Philippines transitions to online schooling amid coronavirus

The upcoming school year in the Philippines will push through as planned but the government was still not keen on allowing face-to-face classes. The Office...

Thailand rejects cash aid proposal for civil servants

Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has junked a proposal to offer cash aid to 91,000 farming civil servants for supplementary income, arguing that they are...

Singapore to reopen economy next month

Singapore is officially opening up its economy next month, albeit such a plan will be done so in phases, according to the multi-ministry task...