The Philippines temporarily bans Japan pork imports

By Louise Maureen Simeon/The Philippine Star – The Philippines continues to tighten its security against the African swine fever (ASF), this time temporarily banning pork imports from Japan in the effort to protect the P200-billion local hog industry. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol ordered a temporary ban on the entry Read more »

Philippines gets first protected bike lane along national highway

By Aika Rey/rappler.com – Bikers passing through Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City can now pedal worry-free, with a protected bike lane installed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Early Thursday, February 7, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Taguig City officials inaugurated the 3-meter-wide bicycle lane, Read more »

Measles Outbreak in Philippines Spreads Beyond Capital

By Jason Gutierrez/nytimes.com – The Philippines expanded the area of a declared measles outbreak on Thursday from the highly populated capital to nearby regions, after a steady rise in infections and deaths attributed to the disease in recent weeks. The government’s Epidemiology Bureau raised the “red flag” after an increase Read more »

Philippines tops world internet usage index with an average 10 hours a day

By Kate Lamb/theguardian.com – South-east Asia is one of the most internet-addicted regions on the planet, with the Philippines topping the global list with an average 10 hours and 2 minutes of screen time every day. The country was joined in the top five by Thailand and Indonesia, according to Read more »

Bottled drinks banned in MRT and LRT lines

via CNNPhilippines – Train lines in Metro Manila issued their respective safety advisories on bringing bottled drinks. Passengers are advised not to bring bottled drinks in the train in light of the recent bombings in Jolo, Sulu. This is in adherence to a directive from the Philippine National Police. Read more »

Filipino speed skater bags spot in 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

By June Navarro/inquirer.net – Speed skater Julian Macaraeg has made history as the country’s first participant in the Winter Youth Olympic Games. The 14-year-old from New York secured a spot in the 2020 Winter YOG in Lausanne, Switzerland with a performance to remember in the ISU Junior World Short Read more »