Philippines morning news for April 14

Philippines morning news for April 14

Philippines morning newsManila starts targeted COVID-19 mass testing
Six district hospitals and the Delpan quarantine facility can conduct 232 swab tests each day or 1,624 tests per week, the city’s public information office said Monday.
— Philstar

Worst case scenario? Pandemic may last until 2021 if no intervention – DOH
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday, April 13, said that the coronavirus pandemic in the country might last until January 2021 if no intervention is done.
— Rappler

Philippines COVID-19 death toll breaches 300; cases rise to 4,932
The death toll from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines has climbed to 315 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 18 more fatalities on Monday as the total number of infections nationwide rose to 4,932 with 284 new cases.
— GMA Network

DOH: Don’t be alarmed as cases spike with start of expanded COVID-19 testing on April 14
The Department of Health (DOH) advised the public not to be alarmed or worried with the expected spike in COVID-19 cases as it starts its expanded mass testing for COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 14.
— Eagle News

Duterte warns of second, third waves of COVID-19 spread
Filipinos should brace themselves for two more waves of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, President Rodrigo Duterte said late Monday night.
— GMA Network (video)

Widespread hunger staring in our face… Time to act now!
The hurriedly implemented government imposed lockdown-quarantine to arrest the COVID-19 crisis has brought about unintended consequences.
— BusinessWorld

PH to lift deployment ban on health workers with existing contracts
After fierce public outcry, the Philippine government is set to ease restrictions on the deployment ban against overseas Filipino health workers, allowing those with existing contracts to leave the country for work abroad.
— Rappler

Travel agencies press government for support to save ‘bleeding’ business
After the global coronavirus pandemic disrupted travel plans across the world, cash-strapped travel agencies and tour operators in the country issued a rallying call to the government to act decisively to support their “bleeding” industry.
— Philstar

More farm produce placed on SRP list after extension of lockdown to end-April
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has expanded the list of produce for which prices have been frozen after the government extended the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.
— BusinessWorld

PAL announces partial resumption of flights
Depending on factors related to the COVID-19 outbreak, PAL plans to resume operating international and domestic flights on selected routes.
— Philstar

Duterte: Remains of COVID-19 cases undeclared by kin to be taken, burned
The families of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases who have died but who refuse to declare the condition of their dead will have the remains taken from them and brought to the crematorium to be burned, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday night.
— GMA Network (video)

Duterte claims big pharma has developed ‘antibody medicine’ vs. COVID-19
President Rodrigo Duterte on early Tuesday claimed a giant pharmaceutical company is ready to roll out an antibody medicine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by May.
— GMA Network

Construction firms look to tap displaced OFWs
THE construction industry is seeking to attract returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte warns hospitals that refuse COVID-19 patients will be prosecuted
President Rodrigo Duterte issued a stern warning to hospitals that they would face charges if they refuse to accept patients, including those carrying the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

Banks borrow P6.9 billion from BSP’s rediscount facility
Banks borrowed P6.86 billion from the peso rediscounting loan facility of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas last month to meet their temporary liquidity needs amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak.
— Philstar

Palace hits petition compelling release of info on PRRD’s health
Malacañang on Monday dismissed the petition filed by a lawyer asking the Supreme Court to compel President Rodrigo Duterte to make public his medical records amid concerns over his handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

DavOr Guv orders misting, spraying unit removed
Existing misting and spraying equipment in Davao Oriental are ordered removed.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte: US luring Filipino health care workers amid COVID-19 spread
The United States is causing problems for the Philippines as both countries deal with the spread of COVID-19, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday night.
— GMA Network (video)

Philippines await 3,000 US-made COVID-19 test kits expected to yield results faster
A test kit that can detect the COVID-19 virus faster than a polymerase chain reaction machine (PCR) will soon be delivered to the Philippines from a US-based company, the Department of Health said on Monday.
— GMA Network

Gov’t should shoulder cremation costs for COVID-19 casualties –Binay
The cost of crematory services for deceased coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) patients should be shouldered by the government, according to Senator Nancy Binay on Monday.
— GMA Network

More aggressive rate cuts seen as PHL lags region in fiscal response
AN off-cycle monetary response ahead of the Monetary Board’s next policy-setting meeting could be on the table soon to cushion the economy from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, according to Nomura Global Markets Research.
— BusinessWorld

DSWD releases P48B in cash assistance to local governments
THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has released P48 billion in emergency cash subsidies to local governments and welfare offices to help Filipino families affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain the coronavirus disease pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Working with fear and anxiety: Filipino nurses as UK frontliners vs coronavirus
Amid an uncharted reality and uncertain future, Filipino nurses continue to serve in the United Kingdom’s frontlines against the novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

Metro Manila, other areas under thunderstorm advisory
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over Metro Manila and other areas.
— Eagle News

SC urged to compel Palace to bare Duterte’s medical records
A lawyer has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to compel Malacañang to disclose President Rodrigo Duterte’s medical records.
— GMA Network

Philippines now has 75 COVID-19 referral hospitals -DOH
The number of referral hospitals for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients has increased to 75, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
— GMA Network

UST engineering faculty designs robot to lessen contact between frontliners, patients
University of Santo Tomas (UST) engineering faculty have designed the logistic indoor service assistant (LISA) robot to help minimize direct contact between frontliners and patients with COVID-19, the coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

Jobless rate likely hit highest level since financial crisis in Q2– Nomura
More Filipinos are going out of work because of the disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
— Philstar

ECQ in Samar province extended until April 30
The enhanced community quarantine in Samar is extended to April 30. This was after Samar Governor Reynolds Michael Tan signed Executive Order No. 22, a copy of which was uploaded on Facebook on Monday, April 13.
— Eagle News

9 Filipino nurses in Germany positive for coronavirus
Nine Filipino nurses serving on the front lines of Germany’s hospitals tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Monday, April 13.
— Rappler

DOST opens app featuring Covid-19 updates, info on sci-tech
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) urged the public to download its own mobile app to remain updated about the agency’s programs and services, as well as updates on the department’s efforts in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Wearing of face masks mandatory in Pangasinan
Residents in Pangasinan are now mandated to wear face masks in public places to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Roque back as Duterte spokesman
Lawyer Harry Roque was brought back as President Duterte’s spokesman as the COVID-19 situation needed a new tact of messaging, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said yesterday.
— Tempo

Education Secretary Briones now tests negative for coronavirus
Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday morning, April 13, said she is now negative for the novel coronavirus, after announcing on April 9 that she had contracted the virus.
— Rappler

GenSan intensifies travel restrictions, barangay lockdown
The city government stepped up on Monday the enforcement of the travel restrictions and the “clustered lockdown” of its barangays amid the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in the area.
— Philippine News Agency

CHR seeks careful handling of COVID-19 patients info
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called on the government to use information on COVID-19 patients strictly for public safety reasons, and to properly compensate Filipino healthcare workers employed abroad who were prevented from leaving the country.
— GMA Network

At least 9,000 residents in Cebu City barangay under total lockdown
A sitio in Barangay Luz, this city, is under total lockdown after 3 residents tested positive for novel coronavirus. 

All 3 cases are from Luz, but two are specifically from Sitio Zapatera, a dense area of 9,000 residents.
— Rappler

BARMM hands over P14-M for Covid-19 testing center
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has donated over PHP14 million to the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) here to upgrade and capacitate the hospital’s laboratory facility to conduct Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis, or the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing procedure.
— Philippine News Agency

Año now negative for COVID-19
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has now tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019. Año made the revelation himself in a message to reporters on Monday, April 13.
— Eagle News

Humanitarian policies for old, sick inmates in place: DOJ
The country’s justice system has measures in place to ensure humanitarian treatment for old and sickly persons deprived of liberty (PDLs), the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Covid-19 aid to PLGUs equivalent to 50% of 1-month IRA
The Executive Branch has responded positively to the recommendation of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go to give the provincial local government units (PLGUs) a one-time “Bayanihan” financial assistance which is equivalent to 50% of their respective one-month Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
— Philippine News Agency

Proposal to sell military land gains support in Senate
SENATORS expressed support for proposals to sell military property to provide additional funding for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response package, for which P1.171 trillion has so far been authorized.
— BusinessWorld

Davao City to offer hot meals in far-flung villages
The city government will conduct regular community cooking in far-flung villages to ease the impact of the 2010 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis on poor families, Mayor Sara Duterte said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Albay port congestion worries staff, truckers
A strict non-embarkation and disembarkation rule imposed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Masbate provincial government following the Luzon-wide lockdown has left nearly a hundred truckers and crew stuck for days in a port here, defeating the purpose of avoiding having large groups converge to prevent the transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus.
— Rappler

Former Coast Guard chief Carlos Agustin dies
Former Coast Guard chief Carlos “Chuck” Agustin died on Easter Sunday, April 12, due to cardiac arrest. He was 82.
— Rappler

Bukidnon enters lockdown after first coronavirus case
Governor Jose Maria Zubiri placed the entire province of Bukidnon under lockdown starting Monday, April 13, to end two weeks later on April 26.
— Rappler

Phinma Group commits P25M for Covid-19 response
Phinma Group has committed at least PHP25 million to help the country’s most vulnerable sectors amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

PNR to file raps vs. village officials for blocking train
Local government officials of Barangay Halang in Calamba City, Laguna will face civil and administrative cases from the Philippine National Railways (PNR) after the officials blocked a train on Sunday due to local lockdown orders.
— Philippine News Agency

 

 

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