Oil price rollback set for January 28

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2020   •   190

MANILA, Philippines – Local pump prices of petroleum products are set to go down this week.

In separate advisories, Chevron, Total Philippines, Cleanfuel, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, Pilipinas Shell, Petron, and Seaoil said they will slash the prices of diesel by P0.40 per liter, and gasoline by P0.30 a liter.

Chevron, Seaoil, Petron, and Shell also announced a price rollback for kerosene by P0.35 a liter.

The price cut will take effect on Tuesday, January 28.

This is the third consecutive week that oil companies reduced prices of diesel and kerosene, the second consecutive week for gasoline price cute.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the latest price rollback reflects recent developments in the international market.

The novel coronavirus outbreak in China also shaved oil prices due to a slowdown in air travel.

“Nagkaroon ng impact. Kasi ‘yong mga may– although hindi nagsabi si World Health Organization na huwag mag-travel but may mga consideration na iniwasan nang mag-travel,” Oil Industry Management Bureau Assistant Director Rodela Romero said.

Several Chinese cities, including Wuhan which is the epicenter of the virus, were recently ordered lockdown as part of the efforts to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

Direct flights to and from Wuhan City were also suspended over fears of the previously unknown coronavirus strain.

“Nagkakaroon siya ng impact, kung bababa ‘yong demand doon sa malaking bansa na mayroong kaganapan whether it’s weather disturbance o mayroong health considerations eh napu-pull down ‘yong demand, and with the lowering of the demand, bumababa din y’ong presyo,” Energy Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus strain has spiked to 80 on Monday with hundreds of new infections despite massive travel lockdown and quarantines in China.

After its first detection in Wuhan City, the virus has since spread to neighboring towns and other countries, with confirmed cases of infection reported as far as the United States, Canada, France, Australia, Nepal, as well as in Asian cities of Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

WHO officially names deadly coronavirus Covid-19

Maris Federez   •   February 12, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the deadly novel coronavirus “Covid-19”.

“We now have a name for the disease and it’s Covid-19,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

He explained that “co” stands for “corona,” “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease.”

Tedros said the name had been chosen in line with the international recommendations for naming in order to avoid stigmatization brought about by references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people.

Tedros also said he saw a “realistic chance” of stopping the outbreak.

The WHO official made the announcement on the first day of an international scientific conference in Geneva that will look at possible vaccine options to combat the virus.

“We are not defenseless,” Tedros stressed. — /mbmf

Shanghai remains in virtual shutdown as China’s coronavirus death toll tops 1,000

UNTV News   •   February 11, 2020

Shanghai residents said on Tuesday (February 11) they were worried about the coronavirus deaths which have topped 1000, but were hopeful that the slowdown in the number of new infections meant that preventive measures were beginning to kick in.

By the end of Monday, 108 new deaths were reported, a daily record, bringing the total number of people killed in the country to 1,016, the National Health Commission said.

There were 2,478 new confirmed cases on the mainland on Monday, down from 3,062 on the previous day, bringing the total number of infected to 42,638.

Chinese cities have become virtual ghost towns after Communist Party rulers ordered lockdowns, canceled flights, and closed factories and schools.

President Xi Jinping said the government would prevent large-scale layoffs, Chinese state television reported. (Reuters)

(Production: Xihao Jiang)

AirAsia cancels PH flights to Taiwan amid novel coronavirus travel ban

Robie de Guzman   •   February 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – AirAsia on Tuesday, February 11, announced the cancellation of its flights between the Philippines and Taiwan in compliance with the Philippine government’s expanded travel restrictions to China and its regions that were affected by the outbreak of novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV-ARD).

In an advisory, the AirAsia said that flights going Taiwan (Taipei and Kaohsiung) are now cancelled until further notice.

The airliner previously cancelled flights from the Philippines to and from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao until March 2020.

AirAsia guests affected by the flight cancellations and travel restrictions may choose from the following options:

  • Move flight: One-time flight change to a new travel date on the same route within 30 calendar days beginning 29 March 2020 from original flight time without additional cost, subject to seat availability. Applicable for guests affected by cancelled flights and travel restrictions imposed.
  • Credit account: Retain the value of your fare in your AirAsia BIG Loyalty account for future travel with AirAsia. The online credit account is to be redeemed for booking within 90 calendar days from the issuance date for your travel with us. The actual travel dates can be after the expiry date as long as our flight schedule is out. This is applicable for affected flights to/from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and Macao SAR until 28 March 2020.
  • Full refund: Obtain a full refund to your original payment method for the amount equivalent to your booking. Applicable for affected flights to/from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and Macao SAR until 28 March 2020.

AirAsia said guests whose flights fall into the above date range can obtain a full refund in the amount equivalent to that booking in the form of original payment. Refund requests can be made with AVA at support.airasia.com. 

For bookings made through travel agents including online travel agents, refund requests are to be made via the respective travel agents.

AirAsia also strongly encourages its guests to update their contact details to ensure that they receive timely notifications.

The airline company’s action follows the Department of Health’s announcement Monday that Taiwan is covered in the expanded travel ban in an effort to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

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