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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.

Philippines’ largest power distributor goes digital

Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the largest power distribution utility in the Philippines, has unveiled its most advanced command and control center, making it the first digital distributor in the country to date. Called the Operations Platform and Telecommunications Integrated Command Center (OPTIC), the state-of-the-art facility...

Thailand loosens up for foreign tourists

Thailand announced on Monday it was gradually scrapping the mandatory quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals, sending tourism-related shares rallying over hopes of a continuing economic recovery. In a televised broadcast, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that the relaxed restriction will begin on November...

Philippines is World Bank’s top borrower with $3.07 billion loan

The Philippines was the World Bank’s top borrower for the fiscal year 2021, as the country struggles to look for funds to support its fight against COVID-19. According to a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine government has borrowed as much as $3.07 billion...

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...

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