Philippine President calls for global cooperation against COVID-19

Philippine President calls for global cooperation against COVID-19

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called for global cooperation in the COVID-19 fight at the the Future of Asia Conference held virtually on May 21, underlining the need for equal access... Read more »
Officials of Japan, Philippines, Australia talk regional security

Officials of Japan, Philippines, Australia talk regional security

Senior officials of Japan had separate phone talks with the Philippine and Australian sides on May 19 to discuss issues in bilateral ties and regional security. Read more »
COVID-19 pandemic continues worrying Southeast Asia

COVID-19 pandemic continues worrying Southeast Asia

The Cambodian Ministry of Health on May 19 announced 393 new COVID-19 infections, including 392 domestic cases, making the national tally to surpass 23,000. Read more »
COVID-19: Laos sets up colour-coded zones, Cambodia posts high recoveries

COVID-19: Laos sets up colour-coded zones, Cambodia posts high recoveries

The authorities in Laos’ Vientiane have divided the capital into colour-coded zones to limit future lockdowns to affected areas only, while neighbouring Cambodia has recorded 886 recoveries in a... Read more »
Philippines lowers import tariffs on rice, pork

Philippines lowers import tariffs on rice, pork

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to reduce the tariffs on imported rice to ensure food security, and protect consumers in the world’s largest importer of the grain. Read more »
Southeast Asian nations continue seeing high numbers of COVID-19 infections

Southeast Asian nations continue seeing high numbers of COVID-19 infections

The Health Ministry of Cambodia on May 12 announced 472 new COVID-19 cases – the highest-ever number recorded in a single day since the pandemic broke out in the country... Read more »
Philippine economy declines further than projected in Q1

Philippine economy declines further than projected in Q1

The Philippine economy shrank by more than expected in the first quarter of 2021, supporting views that the central bank will keep interest rates at a record-low at a policy... Read more »
Philippines approves emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

Philippines approves emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the emergency use authorisation for American drug maker Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, FDA Director General Enrique Domingo said on May 5. Read more »
Singapore extends stay-home notice, Malaysia suspends travel bubble

Singapore extends stay-home notice, Malaysia suspends travel bubble

Singapore has decided to lengthen the stay-home notice (SHN) period for travellers from higher-risk countries or regions to 21 days, instead of 14 days, in the context that the COVID-19... Read more »
One dead, three injured in helicopter crash in central Philippines

One dead, three injured in helicopter crash in central Philippines

A helicopter of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed offshore Getafe city in Bohol province of the Philippines on April 27, killing one and injuring three others. Read more »
Southeast Asian nations go ahead with COVID-19 vaccination

Southeast Asian nations go ahead with COVID-19 vaccination

The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson of the US and India's Bharat Biotech, it said on... Read more »
Japan provides Philippines with 1 million USD rescue equipment

Japan provides Philippines with 1 million USD rescue equipment

The Government of Japan has provided the Philippines’ military with its Self-Defence Force’s rescue system, worth about 120 million JPY (over 1 million USD), via Official Development Assistance (ODA). Read more »
Regional nations report thousands of new COVID-19 cases

Regional nations report thousands of new COVID-19 cases

The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 4,952 within one day to 1,609,300, with the death toll increasing by 143 to 43,567, the Health Ministry said on April... Read more »
Philippines extends entry ban on foreigners amid COVID-19 spikes

Philippines extends entry ban on foreigners amid COVID-19 spikes

The Philippines will extend its entry ban on foreigners until April 30, as the number of reported coronavirus cases remains high, the government announced on April 16. Read more »
Cambodia imposes two-week lockdown on Phnom Penh

Cambodia imposes two-week lockdown on Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia has been placed under a lockdown for the first time since the emergence of COVID-19 cases in the country at the end of last... Read more »
Philippines records FDI growth of 41.5 percent in January

Philippines records FDI growth of 41.5 percent in January

Foreign direct investment (FDI) poured into the Philippines in January grew 41.5 percent year on year to 961 million USD, according to the country’s central bank Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas... Read more »
Earthquake kills at least six people in Indonesia

Earthquake kills at least six people in Indonesia

At least six people were reported dead after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Java island in Indonesia on April 10. Read more »
Philippines warns China’s actions in East Sea

Philippines warns China’s actions in East Sea

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on April 4 that China was looking to occupy more areas in the East Sea. Read more »
Philippines shows interest in joining CPTPP

Philippines shows interest in joining CPTPP

The Philippines has formally expressed interest in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), with the goal of building new relationships with countries outside its existing bilateral... Read more »
Southeast Asia sees increase in COVID-19 infections

Southeast Asia sees increase in COVID-19 infections

COVID-19 remains complicated in the Southeast Asia as the regional countries continued to witness an increase in the number of infections on April 4. Read more »
Philippines, US share viewpoint on upholding rules-based int’l maritime order

Philippines, US share viewpoint on upholding rules-based int’l maritime order

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and his Philippine counterpart Hermogenes Esperon had phone talks on March 31 during which they expressed their shared concerns over Chinese activities in the... Read more »
Cambodia sees slowing COVID-19 infection rate

Cambodia sees slowing COVID-19 infection rate

After several days with more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 each day, Cambodia reported just 40 new infections cases on March 29 morning, along with six recoveries. Read more »
Southeast Asian nations continue to record thousands of new COVID-19 infections

Southeast Asian nations continue to record thousands of new COVID-19 infections

Malaysia's Ministry of Health reported on March 24 that in the past 24 hours, this Southeast Asian country recorded an additional 1,268 cases of COVID-19, including 1,263 community infections. Read more »
Philippine media lauds Vietnam’s anti-COVID-19 formula

Philippine media lauds Vietnam’s anti-COVID-19 formula

The Manila Times, one of the leading national broadsheets in the Philippines, on March 23 ran an article highlighting Vietnam’s effective anti-COVID-19 formula. Read more »
Philippines logs highest COVID-19 cases ever at 8,019

Philippines logs highest COVID-19 cases ever at 8,019

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) on March 22 recorded 8,019 new confirmed COVID-19 cases – the highest single-day tally so far. Read more »
COVID-19 forces Cambodia to close schools, Philippines to expand restriction scale

COVID-19 forces Cambodia to close schools, Philippines to expand restriction scale

The Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on March 21 issued a notice announcing the temporary suspension of public and private educational institutions at all levels, theatres, cinemas and... Read more »
Philippines approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use

Philippines approves Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use

The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency authorization for the use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19, FDA Director-General Enrique Domingo said on March 19. Read more »
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Philippine ambassador

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Philippine ambassador

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Philippine Ambassador Meynardo Los Banos Montealegre in Hanoi on March 17, wishing his guest a successful term in Vietnam. Read more »
Philippines sees highest daily tally of COVID-19 in seven months

Philippines sees highest daily tally of COVID-19 in seven months

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) on March 13 reported 5,000 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily tally in nearly seven months, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in... Read more »
Philippines, Indonesia see complicated COVID-19 developments

Philippines, Indonesia see complicated COVID-19 developments

The Philippines recorded additional 4,578 COVID-19 cases on March 12, the highest daily number of infections in the recent six months, according to the country’s Department of Health. Read more »
COVID-19: Cambodia takes stringent measures, Philippines gets help in vaccine purchase

COVID-19: Cambodia takes stringent measures, Philippines gets help in vaccine purchase

Lockdown measures have been imposed in a number of localities in Cambodia to curb the spread of COVID-19 while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of 400... Read more »
Philippine artist turns waste into paintings

Philippine artist turns waste into paintings

Filipino artist Gilbert Angeles has for years incorporated materials ranging from shredded plastic to old paint and leftover construction wood in his paintings in a bid to raise awareness about... Read more »
COVID-19 infections suddenly increase in Cambodia, Philippines

COVID-19 infections suddenly increase in Cambodia, Philippines

Cambodia reported 49 new COVID-19 cases on March 9 - the highest number of infections per day since the pandemic broke out in early 2020, lifting its national count to... Read more »
Thailand reduces quarantine time for vaccinated foreigners, Timor Leste imposes lockdown in capital

Thailand reduces quarantine time for vaccinated foreigners, Timor Leste imposes lockdown in capital

Thailand will reduce its mandatory quarantine from 14 to seven days for foreigners arriving in the country who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, its Health Minister Anutin Charnvirankul said... Read more »
Philippines reports first cases of COVID-19 South African variant

Philippines reports first cases of COVID-19 South African variant

The Philippines documented six cases of the South African coronavirus variant, its health ministry said on March 2, raising concern among its experts that the current vaccines might be less... Read more »
Philippines garment exports projected to hit 2 billion USD this year

Philippines garment exports projected to hit 2 billion USD this year

The Philippines’ exports of garments and hard goods could reach 2 billion USD in 2021 as local garment factories expect to receive up to 500 million USD worth of new... Read more »
Thailand, Philippines confirm many new COVID-19 cases

Thailand, Philippines confirm many new COVID-19 cases

Thailand reported 70 new COVID-9 cases, including 62 domestic infections on February 28, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Read more »
Philippines extends partial lockdown in capital

Philippines extends partial lockdown in capital

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended partial lockdown in the capital until the end of March, as the country awaits the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines. Read more »
Malaysia begins national COVID-19 immunisation

Malaysia begins national COVID-19 immunisation

Malaysia kick-started the national vaccination against COVID-19 as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin received the first shot on February 24. Read more »
Over 5,000 flee homes as storm Dujuan hits southern Philippines

Over 5,000 flee homes as storm Dujuan hits southern Philippines

More than 5,000 people had to evacuate to temporary shelters in the southern Philippines as tropical storm Dujuan brought heavy rains, submerging dozens of villages, according to the country’s disaster... Read more »
Philippines: 5 dead in house fire in Manila

Philippines: 5 dead in house fire in Manila

Five people have died when a six-hour fire destroyed around 300 houses in Manila's Tondo district in the Philippines, the country’s fire-fighting force said on February 21. Read more »
New COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand, Philippines

New COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand, Philippines

Thailand on February 19 recorded 130 new COVID-9 cases and one more death, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Read more »
COVID-19 updates in Southeast Asia

COVID-19 updates in Southeast Asia

Malaysia on February 18 reported a new daily high of 25 COVID-19 deaths, taking the total fatalities in the country to 1,030. Read more »
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines report new COVID-19 cases

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines report new COVID-19 cases

Over the past 24 hours, Indonesia recorded 9,687 new COVID-19 cases, raising the national count to 1,243,646. Read more »
Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand report many new COVID-19 cases on Feb. 8

Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand report many new COVID-19 cases on Feb. 8

The COVID-19 pandemic has still developed complicatedly in Southeast Asia with many new infections and deaths reported in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand on February 8. Read more »
Strong earthquake hits southern Philippines

Strong earthquake hits southern Philippines

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted the Davao del Sur province in the south of the Philippines on February 7, authorities said. Read more »
Philippines’ tourism sector posts revenue loss of over 8 billion USD

Philippines’ tourism sector posts revenue loss of over 8 billion USD

The Philippines lost around 400 billion pesos (8.3 billion USD) in tourism revenue in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a tourism official. Read more »
Southeast Asian nations record more new COVID-19 infection cases, deaths

Southeast Asian nations record more new COVID-19 infection cases, deaths

Thailand on February 3 reported 795 new COVID-19 cases - 783 local infections and 12 imported - raising the total to 21,249. Read more »
COVID-19 infections in Thailand, Philippines remain high

COVID-19 infections in Thailand, Philippines remain high

Thailand on February 1 recorded 836 new coronavirus cases, 793 of them from active testing. Read more »
ADB provides 25 million USD to help Philippines purchase COVID-19 vaccines

ADB provides 25 million USD to help Philippines purchase COVID-19 vaccines

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on February 1 that it has allocated 25 million USD to help the Philippine government purchase COVID-19 vaccines. Read more »
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