Philippines morning news for April 28

Philippines morning news for April 28

Philippines morning newsDOH studying possibility of COVID reinfection after 2 discharged patients test positive again
The Department of Health said it has started research on possible reinfection of COVID-19 cases after noting two previous patients who had been discharged but were found to be positive again with the virus.
— Eagle News

WHO urges Philippines to improve capacity for vaccine regulation, production
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday urged the Philippine government to improve the country s capacity for vaccine regulation and development as experts across the globe race to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019.
— GMA Network

Philippines coronavirus cases climb to 7,777, death toll reaches 511
The Department of Health announced 198 more coronavirus cases in the Philippines, pushing to 7,777 the number of confirmed cases seen in the country as of Monday, April 27.
— Rappler

Duterte hints at declaring modified quarantine: ‘We might open partially’
President Rodrigo Duterte hinted on Monday night the possibility of easing the strict movement restrictions imposed in several areas of the country to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.
— Inquirer.net

DOH says hospitals must treat patients even without deposit
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reminded hospitals that they are mandated to provide emergency treatment services to patients without demanding a downpayment.
— GMA Network

4 drugs for use in PH cure tests
Off-label drugs may now be used in clinical trials in the Philippines to test for possible cures for the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Health said Monday.
— Manilastandard.net

Blow for China’s virus diplomacy as song enrages Filipinos
A music video produced by China to promote its support for neighbours battling the coronavirus has backfired in the Philippines, attracting a flood of public criticism and an online petition that is fast attracting signatures.
— Bangkok Post

House leader warns against cutting infrastructure budget
Every P200-billion cut in the infrastructure budget could mean the loss of almost half a million jobs, the chair of a key House committee said on Monday as he urged the government not to sacrifice projects like roads and bridges in the hunt for extra funding to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte to address the nation anew
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to address the nation anew Monday night, Malacañang said.
— Inquirer.net

Government seeks public help to design ventilators, respirators
The Department of Science and Technology is in search of people willing to design ventilators and respirators to be used in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Manilastandard.net

Uncommitted funds eyed; caution on asset sale aired
ACKNOWLEDGING the need to tap additional funding sources to bankroll a P1.2-trillion economic “stimulus package,” Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is open to the Duterte administration’s option to auction State assets to raise revenues, but insists they should not be sold at a loss so as not to disadvantage an already bleeding government.
— Business Mirror

ADB OKs $200-M loan to support PH poor amid Covid-19
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday approved a $200-million loan to support the Philippine government’s effort to provide emergency cash subsidies to vulnerable households amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu City mayor orders swab testing of all jail inmates
Mayor Edgardo Labella on Monday issued an order requiring all inmates of the Cebu City Jail to undergo mandatory swab testing before admission or release at the facility.
— Philippine News Agency

DBM releases P45.7B for DOH s COVID-19 response efforts
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the release of P45.717 billion to fund the COVID-19 response efforts of the Department of Health (DOH), according to President Rodrigo Duterte.
— GMA Network

Gov’t must demand reparation from China for ‘destructive activities’ in WPS –Hontiveros
Reparation must be demanded from the Chinese government for its alleged ecologically destructive activities in the West Philippine Sea, Senator Risa Hontiveros reiterated Monday.
— GMA Network

P77-B unreleased fund from 2019 may be used for Covid-19 response
Malacañang on Monday said the government has around PHP77 billion worth of unused funds from the 2019 national budget that could be used to augment coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response efforts.
— Philippine News Agency

Lockdown brings P7-B monthly losses to local airlines — ACAP
AIRLINES in the Philippines suffer losses of P7 billion per month of lockdown apart from their accumulated losses of around P4 billion from travel refunds because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (ACAP) said.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte will ‘never be ready’ for another round of peace talks
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he will never be ready for another round of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF).
— Philippine News Agency

PHL to return to global bond market
THE Philippine government is set to return to the global bond market, announcing on Monday its plan to issue multi-tenor dollar-denominated bonds.
— BusinessWorld

Amid pandemic, $3.7-billion fund from MDBs
MULTILATERAL development banks (MDBs) may extend a total of $3.733 billion to assist the Philippines in its effort to address the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Business Mirror

No relief in sight for smokers, drinkers
The government will maintain restrictions on liquor sale and cigarette production for the rest of the extended lockdown period, as keeping Filipinos away from these “sin” products would protect them from coronavirus infection, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said on Monday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Plan to deport OFW due to remarks vs Duterte an ‘overkill’
It is a case of “overkill” and a show of “misplaced priorities” for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to seek the deportation of a Filipino worker in Taiwan because of her posts critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Sen. Joel Villanueva.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DENR pushes stiffer penalty, fine for wildlife trade offenders
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is pushing to amend Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act that would impose a stiffer penalty and higher fines for environmental crimes, particularly offenses involving illegal wildlife trade.
— Business Mirror

Small businesses to incur P461-b losses under ECQ
The Finance Department asked Congress to give small businesses more time to recoup their losses amounting to over P460 billion under the enhanced community quarantine this year.
— Manilastandard.net

Most Pinoys optimistic PHL can overcome Covid-19 pandemic
Majority of Filipinos are confident they will be able to endure the Covid-19 crisis, but not without facing economic woes, according to a local survey cited by Malacañang on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Negros execs resist arrival of OFWs
Local government officials in Negros Occidental and in this city have expressed dismay over the scheduled arrival of 210 seafarers in the province.
— Philstar

Domestic liquidity up by slower 10.9%
The record retail treasury bond issuance by the national government sapped some liquidity in the financial system, resulting in a slower growth in money supply in February, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— Philstar

Seafarers stranded in Manila plead to return home
Almost 200 Filipino seafarers from Iloilo and Negros Occidental who are stranded in Manila appealed for help from the national government so they can return to their provinces.
— GMA Network

Over 400,000 private school employees affected by lockdown – group
The coronavirus pandemic is not only reshaping the education system in the Philippines but also affecting the livelihood of the country’s teaching workforce.
— Rappler

PRRD urges malls, bazaars to ensure workers’ safety vs. Covid-19
President Rodrigo Duterte urged owners of malls, bazaars, and other shopping centers to ensure the health and safety of their workers once the general community quarantine (GCQ) or the “new normal” starts on May 1.
— Philippine News Agency

Bangsamoro Parliament to receive 16,000 sacks of rice for Covid-19 affected areas
The Bangsamoro Government, through the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM), has ordered the provision of 16,000 sacks of rice to the members of Bangsamoro Parliament.
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippines may miss out on expected boom in ICT services
THE Philippines may miss out on an expected global boom in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines to borrow more
The Philippine government yesterday announced its plans to sell US dollar-denominated global bonds in the international market to raise more funds for the state coffers.
— Philstar

BSP tells banks to waive fees on interbank ATM transaction
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has urged banks to waive fees on ATM transactions as well as interbank fund transfers to ease the burden of Filipinos amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philstar

Duterte orders FDA, DOST to augment workforce, operate 24/7
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to operate 24 hours a day as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
— GMA Network

PRRD reconstitutes office of presidential spokesperson under OP
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday signed an executive order reconstituting the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson (OPS) to harmonize the functions of the communications offices under the Office of the President (OP).
— Philippine News Agency

Further monetary easing ‘still in the agenda’ — Diokno
BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said on Monday that further monetary easing through rate cuts and reduction in reserve requirement ratio (RRR) remain on the table to ensure the country’s economic stability amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
— BusinessWorld

Tangled kites causing power outages in hospitals, says Meralco
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) appealed to the public not to fly kites close to power lines, as this has caused blackouts in hospitals during the coronavirus crisis .
— Rappler

Number of PH health workers positive for coronavirus rises to 1,245
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, April 27, said there are now 1,245 health workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, many of them doctors and nurses.
— Rappler

Duterte abolishes Palace communications planning office Noynoy created
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday abolished the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCSDPO) which was established by his predecessor Benigno Aquino III.
— GMA Network

MMDA suspends enforcers for violating ‘no backride’ policy
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday reiterated the strict enforcement of the “no backride” policy as it suspended enforcers for violating the rule amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE releases P45-M for informal sector workers in C. Luzon
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here has released PHP45.03 million to 10,375 informal sector workers in Central Luzon since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was imposed last March 17.
— Philippine News Agency

Courts to test video conference hearings on urgent cases involving detainees
Hearings on urgent matters in criminal cases involving detainees through videoconferencing will be pilot tested in several authorized courts nationwide amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
— GMA Network

52 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 1,395
The Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) recorded 52 more coronavirus cases among Filipinos overseas, raising the total number of cases to 1,395 as of Monday, April 27.
— Rappler

Supreme Court told: Non-release of vulnerable prisoners can cause riots
Human rights lawyers on Monday, April 27, told the Supreme Court that if vulnerable prisoners are not released during this coronavirus pandemic, it can cause riots which can result in more fatal consequences.
— Rappler

More than 2 million workers laid off due to COVID-19 lockdowns, says Labor Department
More than two million workers have lost their jobs since the Philippine government imposed the enhanced community quarantine to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced yesterday.
— Coconuts Philippines

Bukidnon governor lifts lockdown order
Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria Zubiri has lifted the enhanced community quarantine in the province after an executive order placing it under lockdown lapsed at midnight of Sunday, April 26.
— Rappler

200 companies to conduct 1M Covid-19 tests by May
Around 200 companies are preparing to conduct one million coronavirus disease (Covid-19) tests among their employees by May.
— Philippine News Agency

NCAA orders P500K worth of PPEs for frontliners
As the country continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, the NCAA has joined the relief efforts to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the frontliners in different hospitals in Metro Manila.
— Tempo

Stranded workers in Boracay gradually sent home — mayor
Thousands of workers stranded at world famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province can gradually go home to their respective hometowns as community quarantine continues.
— Tempo

DA forecast: PHL rice supply enough ’til March next year
The Department of Agriculture said that the country’s rice “supply remains on the optimistic side” as it projects a 94-day buffer stock by the end of December 2020.
— Eagle News

Parañaque City shuts illegal Chinese clinics selling COVID-19 ‘medicine’
Authorities raided and shut two Chinese-owned illegal clinics in Parañaque City last night for allegedly selling medicines that purportedly treated the coronavirus.
— Coconuts Philippines

Outraged Pinoys petition against airing of Chinese Embassy ‘propaganda video’
Angered Filipinos took to an online petition yesterday, campaigning against the distribution of a music video released by the Chinese Embassy in Manila, which many netizens have characterized as an insulting “propaganda video.”
— Coconuts Philippines

Former tourism chief Mon Jimenez dies
Former tourism chief Mon Jimenez died on Monday, April 27, his family confirmed. He was 64.
— Rappler

Robredo to police: Be strict but don’t use violence vs lockdown violators
Vice President Leni Robredo urged the police not to resort to violence when implementing the rules of the lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

230 OFWs expected to arrive in Iloilo, Bacolod ports Wednesday
A total of 230 stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Manila currently onboard M/V St. Leo the Great are expected to arrive at the Bacolod and Iloilo ports in the morning of April 29.
— Philippine News Agency

CHR urges relaxation of community quarantine rules on elderly
The Commission on Human Rights on Monday urged the government to reconsider community quarantine rules in which all the elderly, regardless of their circumstances, had their movements restricted.
— GMA Network

Human Rights Watch asks DILG to rein in ‘out of control’ law enforcers
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday, April 27, urged the government to prevent its law enforcers from abusing rights and rules while the Philippines battles the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

No room for foreigner’s arrogance in ECQ implementation -Lacson
Arrogance was not a welcome attitude amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, which was put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Monday.
— GMA Network

No clout, just a fine for Zamboanga teens who broke quarantine for TikTok
Police apprehended five teenagers caught filming themselves for a ‘TikTok’ challenge at a public cemetery on Sunday while the city was supposed to be locked down according to local quarantine rules.
— Philstar

DOST starts mass producing telephone-booth style swabbing kiosk for coronavirus
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday, April 27, unveiled the sample collection booths (SCBs) it was mass producing to aid mass testing initiatives in the country.
— Rappler

DoLE lets Taiwan decide on deportation of OFW
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III has said the decision whether or not to deport the overseas Filipino worker who allegedly committed cyber libel is up to the Taiwan authorities.
— Tempo

How can the Philippines secure enough drugs or vaccines against coronavirus?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the globe, infecting millions and killing over 200,000 .
— Rappler

Dar asks LGUs to include agri products in relief packs
To help address the glut in agricultural products, Agriculture Secretary William Dar is asking local government units to include agricultural products in the relief packs being distrubuted to their constituents.
— GMA Network

How basic urban design can help protect crowded communities during an outbreak
Across the Philippines, several safety measures have been put in place to help protect crowded settlements and public spaces from the coronavirus outbreak.
— Rappler

CHR launches online reporting portal for gender-based violence during lockdown
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) launched on Monday, April 27, an online system where people can report incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) occuring while the Philippines is on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

4 social enterprises pitch solutions during ISIP’s first virtual showcase
Social enterprises pitch innovative solutions to global problems during Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) Social Enterprise Showcase (Demo Day).
— Philstar

Zarate seeks independent probe into Makati clash between cop, foreigner
Bayan Muna party-list Representative Carlos Zarate on Monday called for an investigation into the clash between a foreign resident of a posh subdivision in Makati and a police officer supposedly because the former disobeyed authorities implementing quarantine protocols.
— GMA Network

Man seeking relief goods allegedly beaten up by village officials in Caloocan City
A man was physically assaulted by officials of Barangay (village) 66 in Caloocan City yesterday after he allegedly asked if he could have relief goods.
— Coconuts Philippines

Binay orders Makati police to probe assault of private village resident
Makati Mayor Abby Binay ordered the city police to investigate the case of a cop assaulting a resident of a private village , vowing charges will be filed against those found accountable for the incident.
— Rappler

 

 

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