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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.

Indonesia passes new mining law ‘marred by controversy’

Indonesia has passed into law a controversial measure aimed at expanding the country’s mining industry albeit seen to have socioenvironmental impacts. Jakarta Post reported on Friday that Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially signed the Coal and Mineral Mining Law on June 10 despite the...

Thailand allows laborers to return to offshore jobs

The government of Thailand has allowed thousands of its citizens to return to work overseas as the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) subsided in some countries. The Bangkok Post reported over the weekend that Thailand’s Department of Employment gave its go-signal for some 50,000 laborers to work...

Philippine tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. dies at 85

Eduardo Murphy “Danding” Cojuangco, who rebuilt San Miguel Corporation (SMC)— one of the largest business empires in the Philippines, died on Tuesday. He was 85. Philippine news outlets reported on Wednesday that Cojuangco died of cancer and battled other illnesses as well. Cojuangco was the first...

Philippines gets much-awaited ‘A’ credit grade

The Philippines has nabbed the much-coveted “A” credit grade, with the Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) upgrading the country’s rating to “A-” with a stable outlook. The rating was a notch higher than the BBB+ the Philippines previously held while the outlook meant it will...

Philippines turns to online sellers for revenues

The Philippine government has set its sights on online sellers as the country scrambled for revenues amid the global pandemic. In a memorandum posted on its website, the country’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said that all persons doing business and earning income "in any...

Intensified alert needed to fight online fraud during virus outbreak

Internet penetration has significantly grown over the past six months as a result of the governments’ confinement measures to keep the coronavirus outbreak at bay. Six months into spreading and now clocking seven million cases with two million deaths globally, world leaders required citizens to...

Vietnam, and where other countries fell short.

The number of coronavirus infections cracked past the seven-million mark globally and not even the best-performing economies were spared from such a pandemic. Since it emerged in the province of Hubei, China last year, the virus was quick to spread around the world and...

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...

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Vietnam back on high alert as new virus case confirmed

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Thailand sets sights on medical tourism after combating COVID

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