About 70 million Filipinos or nearly 70 percent of the population are still not digitally connected. This was bared during the DigitalBayanihan milestone update program of Intel Philippines at the Asian Institute of Management, reports Inquirer.net.
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The Philippine economy grew 5.6 percent in the second quarter, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). During the April to June period, the gross domestic product (GDP) expanded faster than the 5-percent growth posted in the first quarter, reports Inquirer.net.
Investment bank ING Bank Manila said on August 26 that the Philippine peso is likely to breach the P47 to $1 level in the near-term. It could even head toward P47.40 or P47.50 in the absence of global response to emerging markets' risks and stability, reports Rappler.com.
The United States plans to increase the number of military and humanitarian drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of a new strategy to counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea, the Philippine military said on Wednesday, reports GMA News.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is inviting app-based transport service providers such as Uber and GrabCar to apply for an accreditation so that they can operate at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), reports ABS-CBN News.
Reports following the initial release of stolen data from the adultery website Ashley Madison showed that approximately 90% to 95% of thewebsite's users are male. A new visualization based on these data also point to cities in the Philippines as among areas that have a high count of male clients of the adultery website, reports Rappler.com.
President Aquino ordered the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to refrain from opening “balikbayan” boxes, except when the boxes pose a threat to public safety, after overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) sent a storm of online protests, reports Inquirer.net. The BOC initially announced the physical inspection of balikbayan boxes to curb smuggling, but OFWs and their families voiced concern over the possible pilfering of the boxes' contents by customs employees.
Internet users in the Philippines are “paying more for less” as the actual speed of their connection has never reached the “advertised speed” by Internet service providers (ISPs), a study showed. Mary Grace Santos, a research fellow of the LIRNEasia, presented the results of their study during the hearing of the Senate committee on trade on the impact of slow and expensive Internet in the country, reports Inquirer.net.