Philippines morning news for April 10

Philippines morning news for April 10

Philippines morning news

Doctors See High Mortality in Virus Fight in Philippines, Indonesia
Doctors are accounting for a large proportion of deaths from Covid-19 in the Philippines and Indonesia, two of the most medically under-served nations in Southeast Asia.
— Bloomberg (video)

COVID-19 infects 19 incumbent, former Philippine gov’t execs, kills 2 of them
At least 19 incumbent and former government officials have tested positive for COVID-19, with two of them succumbing to the illness.
— GMA Network

PH coronavirus cases rise to 4,076, death toll at 203
The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed 206 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, bringing the total up to 4,076 as of Thursday, April 9.
— Rappler

Philippines braces for recession due to coronavirus
The Philippines expects to go into recession, as the economy contracts due to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns associated with it.
— Rappler

Mass testing needed to prove DOH s low infection rate claim –De Lima
The Philippine government needs to launch targeted mass testing as soon as possible to prove the Department of Health’s claim of a low infection rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, according to Senator Leila De Lima on Thursday.
— GMA Network

PHL economy’s best-case scenario is zero growth – Dominguez
Philippines Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the best-case scenario for the economy this year is zero growth, while the government’s massive spending to fight the pandemic will bloat the budget deficit.
— BusinessWorld

Duque urged to activate special funds under Universal Health Care law
Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas urged Health Secretary Francisco Duque to fully implement the Universal Health Care (UHC) law and activate the Special Health Fund (SHF) to help local government units fight the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

DepEd Secretary Briones tests positive for COVID-19
Education Secretary Leonor Briones has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.
— Eagle News

Imports slump as pandemic affects trade with China
Imports slid by more than a tenth in February as shipments from China—the Philippines’ top source of foreign-made goods—contracted at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Philippines–US Visiting Forces Agreement and small power foreign policy
On 11 February 2020, the Duterte administration announced that it had issued a notice of termination for the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) — a key military pact in the Philippines–US alliance.
— East Asia Forum

App to monitor Pinoys with COVID-19 symptoms launched
The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 and a Manila-based developer have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to officially launch an online platform that could monitor Filipinos with COVID-19 symptoms.
— GMA Network

Number of overseas Filipinos infected with coronavirus exceeds 600
The total number of overseas Filipinos who fell ill with the coronavirus surpassed 600 on Thursday, April 9, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
— Rappler

Revoke memo cutting full coverage for COVID-19 treatment by April 14, Castro urges PhilHealth
ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro on Thursday urged the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to revoke its memorandum stating that it will only cover the full cost of treatment for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) until April 14.
— GMA Network

BIR: Donations to COVID-19 response tax-deductible
Donations in cash and in kind in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are exempt from donor’s tax and can be deducted from the taxable gross income of companies and individuals.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

De Lima to DSWD: Don’t pass the buck on slow COVID-19 aid to LGUs
Senator Leila De Lima on Thursday slammed the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for passing the responsibility to the local government units on the slow distribution of cash assistance to poor families amid the enhanced community quarantine.
— GMA Network

Coronavirus outbreak darkens business confidence in Q1 — BSP survey
Business confidence turned sour in the first three months of the year as fears over the economic damage from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak deepen just when businesses were recovering from the Taal volcano eruption last January, a central bank survey showed on Wednesday.
— Philstar

36 employees, patients at National Center for Mental Health positive for Covid-19
THIRTY-SIX employees and patients of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong City tested positive for Covid-19 while three patients succumbed to the disease, an official of the institution said on Wednesday.
— Business Mirror

Pharma group appeals to public: Just buy enough vitamins, maintenance meds
People are stockpiling vitamins and maintenance medicines to ensure they have enough supplies during the Luzon lockdown, but causing an artificial shortage that a group of pharmaceutical and health-care companies is trying to fill.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

FDA warns public vs drugs, vaccines with unproven coronavirus treatment
The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday, April 8, warned the public against the use of drugs and vaccines with unproven claims for treatment of the coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

Duterte urges COVID-19 survivors to donate blood
Do it as goodwill. And I think if it were me, I should volunteer. That is the way of thanking God that you have survived,” Duterte said.
— Philstar

Gov’t turns large buildings, open spaces into quarantine facilities for COVID-19-related cases
In an effort to decongest hospitals in and around Metro Manila caring for COVID-19 patients, the government has started converting event venues and other public buildings into isolation facilities.
— Manila Bulletin

30-day grace period, no-eviction for residential, commercial rents during ECQ: DTI
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has issued a memorandum circular granting a 30-day grace period for residential and commercial rent during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
— Eagle News

Palace wishes Briones speedy recovery from COVID-19
The Palace on Thursday, April 9, expressed sadness over the news Education Secretary Leonor Briones had tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.
— Eagle News

Grassroots fundraiser #LetsMassTestPH aims to raise funds for coronavirus test kits for Filipinos
As the novel coronavirus started spreading globally and in the Philippines, demands for mass testing also increased.
— Rappler (media release)

Rules on expedited release of containers issued
Key government agencies have issued a Joint Administrative Order (JAO) providing for the expedited release of refrigerated containers and dry vans parked at shipping ports and terminals in a bid to ease the port congestion caused by the work stoppage of logistics companies during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period.
— Philippine News Agency

Pasig City gov’t shoulders cremation of residents who die of coronavirus
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto on Thursday, April 9, said that the city government will shoulder the cremation of residents who succumb to the coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

Isolation facility set up in QC Jail following suspected COVID-19 death
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology set up an isolation facility in Quezon City after an inmate died of suspected COVID-19 last week.
— Philstar

Facebook to reduce video bit rates in the Philippines during the lockdown
Facebook Philippines will temporarily reduce video bit rate in the Philippines, in response to concerns over network congestion and bandwidth use during the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
— Rappler

DOST funds production of AI-enabled thermal scanners
With the checking of temperature becoming a requirement almost everywhere, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) funded the production of six units of mobile artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled thermal scanners mounted on drones, to help minimize contact between individuals in checkpoints.
— Philippine News Agency

House panel recommends prisoners’ temporary release on bail
The House of Representatives justice committee has recommended the temporary release on bail of low-level offenders, as well as sick and elderly prisoners, as the coronavirus pandemic further threatens the Philippines.
— Rappler

DSWD hotlines as of April 2020
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced on Monday, April 6, in a press briefing that the public can reach the department for any concerns through its hotline 8-951-2803.
— Rappler

Antique town employs poverty monitoring tool as guide to cash grant
With the implementation Enhanced Community Quarantine, the local government units are compelled to give assistance especially to those who are considered to be the most financially-hit during this crisis.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ibon Foundation alarmed over water shortage during coronavirus lockdown
Think tank IBON Foundation raised concerns about a water shortage reported by consumers, as the Philippines extended the Luzon lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
— Rappler

FACT CHECK: Duque claims PH has ‘low’ coronavirus infection
Claim: Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday, April 9, claimed the Philippines has relatively “low” cases of coronavirus, and has done better in containing its spread than other “richer” countries.
— Rappler

Batac City hospital offers free online medical consultation
The state-run Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) here has stepped up efforts in reaching out to patients amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak in the country by offering free online medical consultations through its e-CLINIC.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace: Health workers who died in fight vs COVID-19 may be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani
Health workers who died in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 may be buried in Libingan ng mga Bayani.
— Eagle News

PDRRMC CamSur sends home 41 quarantine “graduates”
Persons Under Monitoring or PUMs received their “Graduation” certificate after completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine period at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or PDRRMC-managed quarantine site, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

PSC: Athletes will continue receiving training allowances
An official of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Thursday called on various national sports associations (NSAs) to update its list of national team members so they can facilitate their allowances.
— Tempo

Reports of recovery bring hope in provinces fighting coronavirus
Forty confirmed COVID-19 cases have recovered in Davao region as of Thursday, April 9, a welcome development in the region that saw a sudden explosion of cases in recent weeks.
— Rappler

Nueva Ecija sets fine, prison term vs abuse of coronavirus cases, health staff
The Nueva Ecija provincial government passed an ordinance making it unlawful to discriminate against COVID-19 patients, suspected cases, health workers, and other frontline emegency personnel such as security personnel and employees of establishments that remain open.
— Rappler

Region 9 cops adopt poor families amid Covid-19 crisis
The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) has launched an adopt-a-family (Kapwa ko, Sagot ko) program to help alleviate the plight of poor families affected by the enhanced community quarantine to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

More than 179K 4Ps beneficiaries in Caraga receive cash aid
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 13 (Caraga) has released the national government’s emergency cash assistance to more than 179,000 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) under the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) and the Regular CCT.
— Philippine News Agency

Gensan implements odd-even scheme for vehicles
The city government of General Santos started the implementation Monday of the Unified Vehicular Reduction System (UVRS) otherwise known as “Odd-Even Scheme” aimed at limiting the movement of vehicles, thereby preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the city.
— Philippine Information Agency

Image of Black Nazarene to go around Baguio on Good Friday
In observance of the Sacred Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday- Good Friday- Black Saturday), the Black Nazarene will go around the main thoroughfares here on Friday while the Stations of the Cross is being prayed and announced over a public address system.
— Philippine News Agency

Woman electrocuted to death in Batangas
A woman died on the spot after she was electrocuted inside her residence in Barangay Pantay here on Wednesday, police said.
— Philstar

 

 

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