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Attention, Small Business Owners: DTI Says No Need for Tax Registration

Take note in case you own a small food business!
There's been a huge surge of small businesses and online shops opening since Metro Manila was placed under quarantine in March. With most people confined to their homes, local bakers and home cooks of all kinds have been looking to turn their ...

You Can Dine-In At Your Favorite Restos, Fast Food Joints Soon

The Department of Trade and Industry has guidelines you need to follow.
You will be able to dine-in at your favorite restaurant and fast food joints again when the metro modifies its quarantine status again on June 16. According to a press release from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Inter-Agency Task Force against Emerging ...

Fast Food Meals May Become More Expensive As NTRC Pushes For Junk Food Tax

The government is considering imposing an excise tax on junk food.
The National Tax Research Center (NTRC) is considering imposing an excise tax on junk food. This is for the prevention of over-consumption of these products and at the same time help to raise money for the government.Numerous studies have shown that over-consumption of ...

How Much Should Basic Necessities Cost Now That The Price Freeze Is Lifted?

The nationwide price freeze was lifted May 15.
The 60-day nationwide price freeze on basic necessities has officially been lifted last night, May 15, at exactly 11:59 p.m. This is in accordance with the DA-DTI-DOH JMC 2020-01. The prices of products covered by these three Government departments (Department of Agriculture, Department of ...

Palace Says Street Vendors May Resume Work Under Modified Quarantine Measures

Social distancing is to be followed.
The Malacañang Palace says that street vendors, such as taho and balut vendors, will be allowed to resume work under the modified quarantine measures, as long as social distancing will be observed. This was mentioned by Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in an ...

Tomatoes Are Dumped In Nueva Vizcaya Due To Travel Restrictions

Farmers are forced to sell their tomatoes for P8-P12 per kilo.
For a country that’s going through a pandemic, one of the things you’d least expect to see are truckloads of fresh produce left to rot. In a post by Ifugao Highland Farmers’ Forum, mountains of tomatoes were left at the Nueva Vizcaya ...

San Miguel To Donate P150-M Poultry Products To COVID-19-hit Communities

These communities are located where the company has its factories.
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) will be donating a total of P150-million worth of poultry products to the poor communities hit by the coronavirus. According to a GMA News report, San Miguel will be donating poultry products to the poor communities where the company ...

"Food Production Will Continue" Amid Extension Of The Enhanced Community Quarantine

The quarantine is extended until May 15, 2020 in select provinces in the Philippines.
The Malacañang Palace announced that the enhanced community quarantine is extended in select provinces until May 15, 2020 in a nationwide address today, April 24, 2020. ECQ is extended in Metro Manila, Benguet, Pangasinan, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecijia, Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, ...

The Department Of Agriculture Says The Philippines Has Enough Food Supply Until The End Of June

Secretary William Dar ensures that there is a steady food supply for the Philippines.
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Secretary William Dar says that there is enough food supply for the Philippines until the end of June 2020. Dar mentioned this during a virtual presser with DA Assistant Secretary Noel Reyes held on April 23 at the ...

This Is Not The Time To Be Wasting Food-Not Now, Not Ever

Here's what you can do.
During this ongoing global pandemic, one of the biggest concerns everyone has on their mind is food security. We’ve seen news of Filipinos begging for food, we felt outraged as farmers and food manufacturers from neighboring provinces encountered hiccups in delivering their harvest ...

AFP Deploys Mobile Kitchen To Feed QC Homeless During ECQ

Feeding the hungry.
If you live in Quezon City and happened to spot a pair of navy green 12-wheeler Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) trucks on April 20, don’t be alarmed. The military isn’t there to forcibly enforce the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)—at ...

DILG Advises LGUs Not To Impose Window Hours For Access To Markets, Groceries

It's probably doing more harm than good.
If you’ve noticed that lines at your local grocery, wet market, or pharmacy have been a lot longer than usual lately, it’s possible that your local government unit (LGU) has imposed window hours for accessing these establishments in an attempt to control the flow of ...

This Guy Stalked A Gardenia Truck To Buy A Loaf Of Bread

Desperate times call for desperate measures.
If you were ever the designated person to do groceries during the enhanced community quarantine (also known as a “tribute”), you would know that one of the aisles that quickly gets emptied out is the bread section. One can be so lucky ...

No Social Distancing In The Market: QC Bans Retail Selling In Balintawak

The market was packed with people and cars on Saturday, April 11.
Even with the enhanced community quarantine in place over Luzon, vendors and shoppers were seen in the Balintawak market area in Quezon City on Saturday, April 11. CNN Philippines reported that the Quezon City government responded with an order to stop retail selling in ...

PGH: 'No Observed Trend With COVID-19 Patients Acquiring The Disease From Groceries'

Think before you click! Sharing false news about COVID-19 may be more harmful than helpful.
Everyone is doing their part in flattening the curve and limiting the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, but we should also be responsible for the things we share online. There are many coronavirus myths that can be harmful instead of helpful, like ...

It's Official: Luzon Enhanced Community Quarantine Is Extended Until April 30

The announcement was made today, April 7.
YESTERDAY night, April 6, President Duterte said in a press briefing that he was “likely” to extend the Luzon enhanced community quarantine for two more weeks until April 30.In this morning’s Laging Handa press briefing, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles of the Inter-agency ...

Buying Cooking Oil, Condiments, And Canned Meat? DTI Adds Limits To More Items

DTI issued supplemental guidelines on items to prevent hoarding and panic buying.
On the first week of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released Memorandum Circular No. 20-07 dated March 17, which outlines limitations on how many basic goods each person can buy. This included limits on ...

We Are Now Required To Wear Face Masks When We Step Out And Shop For Groceries

Wearing face masks is only an added precaution and not a reliable protection against COVID-19.
Anyone who goes out during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is now required to wear a mask, according to a new guideline imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.A face mask could be anything that ...

PSA: SM Supermarkets Will Sell Frozen Jollibee Chickenjoy, Too!

It's P4 cheaper compared to other supermarkets.
A FEW days ago, we reported that select Robinsons Supermarket branches would offer frozen, marinated Chickenjoy for you to shop, take home, cook, and enjoy.Now, SM Supermarkets will be stocking the fast food giant’s chicken cut-ups. And they’re pricing it at P4 cheaper ...

You Have To See Ligo Sardines' Witty And Informative Social Media Posts About COVID-19!

So progressive!
Did you know that Ligo sardines donated their entire 2020 advertising budget for COVID-19 aid and relief? If you aren’t updated with any of their COVID-19-related initiatives, they also recently partnered with Angkas to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals with critically low supplies. Ligo ...
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