Philippines morning news for April 7

Philippines morning news for April 7

Philippines morning news

Duterte ‘inclined’ to extend Luzon-wide quarantine until April 30
The Duterte administration is inclined to extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine until April 30 as the government continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said in a televised address on Monday.
— Inquirer.net

DOH says coronavirus tracker ‘suffering issues’ after confusion over test figures
Explaining the discrepancy between the data from the coronavirus tracker and its pronouncements, the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, April 6, said the tracker was “suffering from technical issues.”
— Rappler

DOH: Almost 23000 COVID-19 tests conducted in PHL
Almost 23,000 coronavirus disease 2019 tests have been conducted in the country so far, the Department of Health said on Monday, April 6. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the majority of the 22958 COVID-19 tests, or 82.7% however, yielded negative results.
— Eagle News

No loans needed: Think tank says ditch infra projects for virus response
The government is set to borrow billions to fund the battle against the coronavirus, but a think tank said President Rodrigo Duterte just needs to ditch some infrastructure projects and get funds from there.
— Rappler

Coronavirus cases reach 3,660; death toll at 163
THE Department of Health reported 414 more coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total to 3,660.
— BusinessWorld

Galvez says dip in COVID-19 cases not enough to say Pinoys already safe
The chief implementer of the government’s national policy against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Monday said the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine has helped in lowering the number of COVID-19 cases.
— GMA Network

10 laboratories can now do coronavirus tests in PH
The Philippines now has 10 accredited coronavirus testing centers nationwide.
— Rappler

National government posts P37.6-billion budget deficit in February
THE national government swung to a budget deficit of P37.6 billion in February after posting a budget surplus in January amounting to P23 billion, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr).
— Business Mirror

DILG to LGUs: Pass ordinances requiring the use of face masks, improvised ones in public
The Department of the Interior and Local Government has urged local government units to pass ordinances requiring the use of face masks in public.
— Eagle News

Duterte to consider expert advice whether to extend or lift ECQ
President Rodrigo Duterte will be considering expert advice in deciding whether to lift or extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to contain the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

PAL sets flights to London for British travelers
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will be mounting two special flights from Manila to London’s Heathrow airport on Tuesday, April 7, the flag carrier said.
— BusinessWorld

POEA bans deployment of health-care workers
To help ensure the country will have sufficient medical workers during the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has temporarily stopped the deployment abroad of some categories of Filipino health-care workers.
— Business Mirror

ADB to governments: Avert closure of businesses amid pandemic
Despite the damage the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is inflicting on the economy, Asian Development Bank (ADB) experts urged governments to undertake measures to forestall the closure of businesses at this time.
— Business Mirror

32 charged for fake news amid COVID pandemic
The Philippine National Police said yesterday that it has arrested 32 persons across the country for allegedly posting false information on social media amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Tempo

Another 10 Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 535
At least 10 more Filipinos overseas have contracted the novel coronavirus disease as of Monday, April 6, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed.
— Rappler

Duterte won’t need to get retested for Covid-19
There won’t be a need for President Rodrigo Duterte to undergo a second round of testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Malacañang said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon calls for staggered lifting of Luzon-wide ECQ
A lawmaker on Monday called for a staggered lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) through the implementation of localized quarantines instead.
— Philippine News Agency

6 DPWH-constructed evacuation centers ready as quarantine facilities
A total of six evacuation centers constructed by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon are available for use as quarantine facilities.
— Philippine Information Agency

Caraga now under enhanced community quarantine
Following confirmation of the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the region, the Caraga Regional Task Force on 2019 coronavirus disease placed the entire region under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) effective Monday (April 6).
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte in COVID-19 report: Livelihood funds released on or before April 14, 2020
In a 22-page report to Congress, Duterte said the Sustainable Livelihood Program-National Program Management Office had been crafting supplemental guidelines for the release of the LAG.
— GMA Network

DA urged to calibrate rice imports
Local farmers are calling on the government to properly manage and calibrate rice imports to avoid another supply glut that might pull down farmgate prices anew.
— The Philippine Star

Philippine Special Forces Kill Abu Sayyaf Militants in Sulu Gunbattle
Philippine troops killed at least three suspected militants during a firefight with more than two dozen heavily armed members of the Abu Sayyaf Group at the weekend on southern Jolo Island, the military said on Monday.
— Benar News

Manila grants P591 million to 568,000 families
Starting today, the Manila city government will be giving P1,000 in cash assistance each to 568,000 families as the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine entered its fourth week.
— The Philippine Star

City mayors seek DSWD clarification on subsidy guidelines
The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has sought clarification from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on the guidelines for the release of government financial assistance amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

NCR to be prioritized in COVID-19 mass testing –Galvez
The National Capital Region will be prioritized in the conduct of mass testing of persons suspected of being infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Monday.
— GMA Network

Number of COVID-infected PNP personnel now at 19 — spox Banac
The latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the PNP were a 31-year-old female officer from Laguna, a 41-year-old male officer from Cavite, and a 45-year-old female officer from Batangas.
— GMA Network

Eh oh! The Teletubbies healthcare workers are here in their self-made suits
A Filipino nurse, who is also a fashion designer, recently brightened up healthcare workers’ work lives in the Philippines with his colourful, homemade protective suits.
— CNA

‘Extended home stay may trigger surge in domestic violence, abuse on children’
SEN. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, citing concerns over a “surge in domestic violence,” pressed authorities on Monday to closely monitor and strictly enforce the law against violence on women and children.
— Business Mirror

Davao City probes cockfight derby operation
The City Mayor’s Office said it has conducted an inquiry into the three-day derby that occurred on early last month at the New Matina Gallera here.
— Philippine News Agency

DOST now producing 5,000 face shields daily
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced on Monday, April 6, it would be ramping up production of face shields through 3D printing for frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Senator Pimentel sued for violating quarantine protocol
A LAWYER has filed a complaint against a senator for violating quarantine protocols for the coronavirus disease 2019.
— BusinessWorld

DTI sets 30-day grace period for residential, commercial rent
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) granted on Monday, April 6, a 30-day grace period for residential rent, as well as commercial rent paid by micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
— Rappler

Public health workers get special risk allowance under Duterte
In an unprecedented step to benefit COVID-19 medical and health frontliners, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday authorized the release of special risk allowance (SRA) for public health workers who are highly at risk of COVID-19 infection.
— Philippine Information Agency

600,000 farmers to receive P5,000 pandemic relief
Some 600,000 rice farmers will receive a P5,000 cash subsidy during the coronavirus lockdown, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced on Monday, April 6.
— Rappler

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: The rule of law in the time of the coronavirus
President Rodrigo Duterte, rankled by an assembly of an urban poor community demanding food aid, ordered his troops to shoot dead anyone who disrupts order during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
— Rappler

Use bottom-up approach, cover more beneficiaries of cash aid –senators
The executive branch should reconcile the disparities between the number of beneficiaries estimated by the national government and the list provided by the local government units in order to address the complaints on the distribution of emergency cash aid, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday.
— GMA Network

Remulla asks Duterte to extend subsidy to Cavite’s middle-income families
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Monday, April 6, appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to include middle class families in his province in the national government’s social amelioration program, saying the financial blow brought about by the coronavirus pandemic is felt not only by low-income families.
— Rappler

Bohol tightens border security
The Province of Bohol has tightened its border security as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in some provinces and cities in Central Visayas and nearby Visayas regions.
— Tempo

DOLE distributes P600-M assistance to nearly 200K workers
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello on Monday said almost 200,000 formal and informal workers received PHP600 million cash assistance from the government.
— Philippine News Agency

San Miguel says donations reach P878M into third week of quarantine
Donations from San Miguel Corp. (SMC) have reached P877.8 million on the third week of the government-imposed enhanced community quarantine period to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— BusinessWorld

LGUs allowed to buy own COVID-19 test kits
LOCAL government units (LGUs) have the authority to buy their own test kits for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.
— BusinessWorld

BARMM LGUs use cutting-edge maps for Covid-19 emergency response
Several local government units (LGUs) n Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao are now using thematic overlay maps as graphic indicators for 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hotspots, among others.
— Philippine News Agency

Faithful urged to observe Holy Week via online ‘Visita Iglesia’
The faithful can observe Holy Week practices through an online Visita Iglesia as the enhanced community quarantine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remains in effect.
— Philippine News Agency

Angara recovers from coronavirus
Senator Sonny Angara is now home after recovering from coronavirus, he announced on Monday, April 6.
— Rappler

Village councilwoman slain after quarantine duty
A barangay councilwoman was shot dead Sunday morning by a gunman while riding her motorcycle on her way home from duty at their village checkpoint in Barangay De La Paz in this city.
— Tempo

Candon City launches ‘adopt-a-family’ program during quarantine
The city government of Candon launched its newest initiative today, the “Agkasapulan a Candonians, Tulungan (ACT)” program encouraging individuals, households and organizations to adopt-a-family in need in the city during the enhanced co
— Philippine Information Agency

 

 

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