SMART Communications, Inc., the wireless arm of PLDT, Inc., announced on Tuesday its partnership with Japanese mobile telecommunication services provider NTT Docomo to launch fifth-generation (5G) roaming services in Japan. "Smart prepaid and postpaid customers who are in Japan can enjoy 5G data roaming speeds using their Smart 5G-capable SIM and 5G device," Smart said in an e-mailed statement. The ...

REUTERS MOODY'S Investors Service on Tuesday upgraded its outlook for the Philippine banking industry to "stable" on expectations of an improvement in the operating environment amid a "mild economic recovery." The global debt watcher, however, warned that risks to banks' asset quality remain as borrowers' ability to pay is still hampered by the prolonged disruption of business activities, weak consumer ...

ANNIE SPRATT-/UNSPLASH BECAUSE the majority of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases are expected to be mild, and because the occupancy rate in many healthcare facilities is high, home care may be considered for an adult or a child with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 when inpatient care is unavailable or safe. Such patients who have been discharged from a hospital may ...

REUTERS BEIJING -- New bank loans in China rose more expected in March from the previous month due to strong corporate and household demand, as the central bank walks a tightrope between supporting the rapidly recovering economy and containing debt risks. Chinese banks extended 2.73 trillion yuan ($416.62 billion)in new yuan loans in March, up from 1.36 trillion yuan in ...

iPrice Group FILIPINOS are googling unapproved coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatments instead of vaccine registrations as the recent surge has driven netizens to look for alternative ways to cope with the virus, according to a study by meta-search website iPrice Group. "This could be problematic for the country's efforts to eradicate the virus, as studies show that an estimate of ...

MANILA on Monday summoned China's ambassador to convey its "utmost displeasure" over the continued presence of Chinese militia vessels in a Philippine-claimed reef in the South China Sea. Whitsun Reef, which the Philippines calls Julian Felipe, is within its exclusive economic zone, Foreign Affairs acting Undersecretary Elizabeth P. Buensuceso had told Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian, the Department of Foreign Affairs ...

THE PHILIPPINES expects to take delivery of as many as 40 million doses of Pfizer, Inc.'s coronavirus vaccine by the third quarter, according to the presidential palace, amid criticisms of a slow vaccine rollout. The government may get 20 to 40 million doses, vaccine czar Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. told a televised news briefing on Tuesday. He said government officials ...

@SAPBONGGO PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Russian leader Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin held a teleconference on April 13, discussing coronavirus vaccines, security ties, and trade opportunities. The phone conversation, which lasted around 30 minutes, was held in time for the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Manila and Moscow, according to the presidential palace. Mr. Duterte was joined by Foreign ...

Duterte considering senators' call to revoke pork tariff reduction PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte may consider the recommendation of several senators to revoke his order slashing tariffs on frozen meat, according to the presidential palace. "Nakikinig naman po ang Presidente sa lahat, lalo na kung magsasama-sama ang mga senador (The President listens to everyone, especially if the senators will have a ...

LRT-1 operations to be suspended for 2 weekends LIGHT Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), the private operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), announced on Tuesday that it would suspend train operations for two weekends in April to continue its maintenance works. "The shutdown on April 17-18 and April 24-25, 2021 will allow LRMC to complete the remaining maintenance and ...