Philippines morning news for April 6

Philippines morning news for April 6

Philippines morning news

DOH targets 10,000 tests per day by end of April
The Department of Health (DOH) said on Saturday, April 4, that it was targeting to conduct 10,000 coronavirus tests a day by end of April.
— Rappler

Duterte to donate a month’s salary to COVID-19 response
President Rodrigo Duterte would donate a month’s salary to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) effort, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced in a Sunday statement.
— GMA Network

Covid-19 cases now 3,246; death toll climbs to 152
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 152 new positive cases for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-2019), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 3,246.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Big possibility’ of Luzon lockdown extension, says Galvez
THE LOCKDOWN in the entire Luzon island, which will be in effect until April 12, could be extended by 15 to 20 days, according to the head of the government’s response team on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
— BusinessWorld

Navy to convert presidential yacht into quarantine ship
The Philippine Navy on Saturday, April 4, said it would convert the presidential yacht, the BRP Ang Pangulo , into a floating quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients, following orders given by President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, April 3.
— Rappler

More than 500 Filipinos abroad infected with coronavirus
More Filipinos abroad have contracted the novel coronavirus , with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reporting 51 new confirmed cases, for a total of 517 as of Saturday, April 4.
— Rappler

Additional P5-B needed for COVID-19 assistance programs – DOLE
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it would need another P5 billion to finance the assistance programs for workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

Budget shortfall seen to widen this year
Japanese investment house Nomura said the Philippines is likely to post a wider budget deficit this year as the national government tries to soften the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— The Philippine Star

Filipinos abroad dead of coronavirus now at 49
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Sunday, April 5, that the number of Filipinos abroad who died after contracting the novel coronavirus has risen to 49.
— Rappler

‘PHL must hike investments in improving food quality, safety’
The Philippines must ramp up investments in initiatives that will improve food quality to help Filipinos avoid health problems, according to the latest Global Food Security Index (GFSI), which indicated that the country was able to boost its food security last year.
— Business Mirror

Man shot dead in Philippines for flouting coronavirus rules
A 63-year-old man was shot dead in the Philippines after threatening village officials and police with a scythe at a coronavirus checkpoint, police said on Saturday.
— Aljazeera

Govt opens platform to speed up medical imports
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) has created a single window platform intended to hasten the importation procedure of medical supplies that are needed in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Business Mirror

COVID-19 patients told to disclose illness
THE INTEGRATED Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and other medical organizations want coronavirus patients to waive the confidentiality of their medical condition.
— BusinessWorld

Tarlac imposes stiff penalties on those not wearing face masks in public places
In the province of Tarlac, residents caught not wearing face masks outside their homes may be fined up to P50,000 or imprisoned for 6 months.
— Rappler

MIAA releases list of operational flights as of Sunday, April 5
The Manila International Airport Authority has released its list of operational flights. MIAA said this was as of Sunday, April 5: MIAA said flight schedules may change at any given time.
— Eagle News

Duterte to decide on possible extension of ECQ in ‘due time’
President Rodrigo Duterte will decide whether he will approve of a possible two-week extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) “in due time”, Malacañang said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

3.4-magnitude quake hits Davao Occidental
A 3.4-magnitude earthquake struck Davao Occidental on Sunday, April 5. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, which struck at 10:39 a.m., hit 49 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos.
— Eagle News

83% of over 19,000 people tested were negative for COVID-19 -DOH
Of the over 19,000 people who were tested for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), 83 percent were negative for the illness, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday.
— GMA Network

VP Robredo slams ‘over centralized’ response to COVID-19 emergency
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday took a dig on the government’s too centralized response for the COVID-19 threat, depriving local government units enough chance to decide on their own, especially on matters cropping up in their localities.
— GMA Network

NEDA preparing post-coronavirus pandemic policies
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is preparing economic policies to help the country navigate the “new normal” once the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic ends.
— BusinessWorld

Chinese medical experts arrive in PHL to help Filipinos fight COVID-19 pandemic
The 12 medical experts from China, who are expected to provide valuable advice to the government in its efforts to curb the spread of of COVID-19, have arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
— Eagle News

Number of cops with coronavirus rises to 14
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday confirmed that another police officer tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the total number of cases in the police force to 14.
— Philippine News Agency

Quarantine extension would flatten COVID-19 curve – UP team
The University of the Philippines COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team said an extension of the enhanced community quarantine may help control the further transmission of the novel coronavirus.
— GMA Network

Solon wants class opening moved to August or later amid virus threat
ACT-CIS party-list Representative Jocelyn Tulfo is urging concerned government agencies to move the opening of classes for the next school year to either August or September to give schools time to recover from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation.
— GMA Network

DOTr, 2GO to convert 2 passenger vessels into quarantine ships
Dennis Uy-led 2GO Group will convert two of its passenger vessels into quarantine ships for returning overseas Filipino workers and other persons under monitoring for the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

Cebu province launches COVID-19 contact tracing app
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia Saturday, April 4, ordered all Cebuanos here to install a smartphone application which would expedite contact tracing for persons infected with the coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

BSP chief sees room to further cut rates
THE central bank has ample space to further cut interest rates, as it seeks to shield the economy from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) fallout, the central bank said.
— BusinessWorld

Former DENR Secretary Jun Factoran dies, he was 76
Former Environment Secretary and veteran lawyer Fulgencio Jun Factoran Jr. passed away due to a lingering illness on Sunday, April 05, 2020.
— GMA Network

Manila’s top officials donate P4.7M worth of salaries to PGH
Manila’s top officials will donate their entire salaries for the month of April to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), one of the country’s COVID-19 referral hospitals.
— Eagle News

300 Filipino workers return from Kuwait
MORE than 300 Filipino workers have come home from Kuwait amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic that has sickened 1.2 million and killed about 65,000 people worldwide, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday.
— BusinessWorld

Shippers urged to decongest ports during ECQ period
The Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield) on Sunday urged shippers and consignees to take advantage of the traffic-free and almost car-less major thoroughfares across Luzon by releasing their container vans to decongest all the ports especially in Metro Manila.
— Philippine News Agency

PH Navy postpones historic naval symposium, fleet review hosting
Amid the lingering threat of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the highly-anticipated convergence of foreign warships in Manila on May will have to wait, as the Philippine Navy (PN) announced on April 5 the postponement of its hosting of the 17th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) and International Fleet Review (IFR).
— Manila Bulletin

CHR urges gov t to aid domestic violence victims amid quarantine
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday underscored the need for the government to put measures in place that would allow victims of domestic abuse to seek help despite the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
— GMA Network

Drive-by blessings in virus-hit Philippines
Priests delivered blessings from the back of trucks and motorised tricycles in the Philippine Sunday, adapting the deeply Catholic nation’s traditions to the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
— CNA

Ifugao town regulates slaughter of swine amid ECG
The municipal mayor here has issued guidelines to regulate the indiscriminate butchering of swine to be sold in the market for the safety of the people amid the imposed enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
— Philippine Information Agency

Caraga PNP nab 660 wanted persons in 1st quarter of 2020
The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 (Caraga) has arrested a total of 660 wanted persons during the first quarter of 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

1.8M poor WV families to get P6K emergency subsidy
Around 1.8 million poor and low income families or households in Western Visayas will each receive P6,000 from the national government to help them during the implementation of restrictive measures aimed at protecting them from the dreaded corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Philippine Information Agency

PCSO releases P420M to PhilHealth amid fight vs. Covid-19
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) lived up to its promise to boost the coronavirus disease-related packages of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
— Philippine News Agency

PGH denies some patients caught COVID in groceries
The Philippine General Hospital in Manila has debunked rumors that most of the recently admitted COVID-19 patients in the country contracted the dreaded disease in groceries.
— Tempo

PHLPost resumes mail operations in limited capacity
The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will resume its operations but in a limited capacity during the ongoing Luzon lockdown or enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
— Rappler

Use of face masks, shields now mandatory in Candon City
As part of the preventive and safety measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the City Government of Candon imposed through Executive Order (EO) No. 24 s. of 2020 the mandatory use of face masks or face shields in public places within the city beginning Friday, April 3.
— Philippine Information Agency

INC donates PhP 13.2 million worth of PPEs, medical supplies to help QC hospitals, frontliners
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) once again extended help to the Quezon City government by donating PhP 13.2 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPEs), vitamins, disinfectant, and other hospital needs for the city’s frontliners.
— Eagle News

Gov’t warns vs discrimination of frontliners, coronavirus patients and suspected cases
The government body tasked to address the coronavirus outbreak has threatened legal action against those who discriminate against frontliners, COVID-19 patients, or suspected cases.
— Rappler

PopCom urges parents to discuss sexuality with teens during quarantine
The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) asked parents to spend quality time with their teens, monitor their online behavior, and open up conversations about sexuality during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and other parts of the country.
— Rappler

PCSO releases P10-M aid to Pampanga hospital
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) branch in this province has released a PHP10-million financial assistance to the Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital (JBLMGH) here to augment the latter’s financial capability in catering to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippine Navy postpones fleet review hosting over COVID-19 scare
The country s hosting of the 17th Western Pacific Naval Symposium and the International Fleet Review has been postponed indefinitely because of the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Philippine Navy announced Sunday.
— GMA Network

DA to distribute P5K cash aid to farmers amid health crisis
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Sunday said it will distribute PHP5,000 cash subsidy to 600,000 rice farmers to help augment their needs amid the enhanced community quarantine.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t told to collect minimum info from aid beneficiaries
THE NATIONAL Privacy Commission (NPC) wants the National Government to collect as little information as possible from aid beneficiaries affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

 

 

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