Philippines morning news for February 10

Philippines morning news for February 10

Philippines morning news

Gov’t begins repatriating Filipinos from Hubei, China amid nCoV outbreak
The government on Saturday, February 8, started repatriating Filipinos from China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

Philippines coronavirus patient has recovered, authorities say
The first case of novel coronavirus in the Philippines – a Chinese tourist from Wuhan who had been travelling with a man who died of the virus – is no longer showing symptoms and may be discharged soon.
— The Guardian

Persons under investigation for nCoV infection climbs to 284 – DOH
The number of persons under investigation (PUI) for a possible 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection climbed to 284, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Sunday.
— GMA Network

BI turns away 36 Chinese nationals over nCoV travel ban
Bureau of Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Friday barred 36 Chinese nationals from entering the country due to the travel ban imposed over the novel coronavirus outbreak, the BI said in a statement.
— GMA Network

Panelo: President Duterte to issue order on planned termination of VFA on Monday, Feb. 10
President Rodrigo Duterte will issue the order for Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to inform Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. about the planned termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement on Monday, Feb. 10.
— Eagle News

African swine fever outbreak spreads in Philippines’ southern provinces
The Philippines confirmed on Sunday (Feb 9) that African swine fever infections had spread in the south of the country, which accounts for nearly a third of the nation’s 12.8 million pig herd.
— CNA

Opponents of nCoV quarantine op in Tarlac may go to court: DOJ
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday said any official or resident of Capas, Tarlac with interest in business, tourism, investment, or health may file a complaint before the courts to question the use of the Southeast Asian Games athletes’ village in the province as quarantine facilities amid the 2019 novel coronavirus threat.
— Philippine News Agency

Alert level 3 still hoisted over Taal as its crater, fissures spew steam; quakes also monitored
An alert level 3 remains hoisted over Taal as its crater and fissures continue to spew steam and its seismic activity.
— Eagle News

No contamination during deplaning of Pinoys from Wuhan – DOH
Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said on Sunday that he was confident that no contamination took place when the Filipinos from novel coronavirus-stricken Wuhan, China landed at the Clark Freeport.
— GMA Network

30 Filipinos from Wuhan City arrive in Clark, brought to New Clark City for 14-day quarantine — DFA
Thirty (30) Filipinos from Wuhan City, the ground zero of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease (2019-nCoV ARD), have been flown to the country, arriving at the Clark Air Base on Sunday, Feb. 9, through the efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
— Eagle News

Number of businesses in Pangasinan up by 25%
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recorded a total of 14,931 registered businesses in Pangasinan in 2019, up by 25.16 percent from 11,930 in 2018.
— Philippine News Agency

To avail UHC benefits, PhilHealth urges public to register
With the full implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law this year, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is urging the public, especially 21-year-old and above, to register to enable them to avail of its services.
— Philippine Information Agency

DA culls more than 3-T pigs in Davao Occidental town
Regional Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr. of the Department of Agriculture (DA-XI) disclosed that they have already depopulated 3,564 pigs from seven barangays in Don Marcelino town in Davao Occidental, three days since the start of the culling process on Wednesday (February 5).
— Philippine Information Agency

Monetary, fiscal tools should be readied for nCov outbreak — DoF
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said the government should be ready to implement monetary and fiscal measures to cushion the impact of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) citing a study that pointed out the Philippines’ vulnerability to effects of the outbreak.
— BusinessWorld

NGCP claims to have thwarted 100 cyberattacks on grid system
THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines’ (NGCP) transparency regarding its operations has become an issue after reports that it has detected 100 cyberattacks, officials said.
— BusinessWorld

BSP extends foreign banks’ exemption from prudential loan cap
Foreign banks wanting to lend aggressively to Philippine borrowers, whether in the public or private sectors, will be able to continue doing so until yearend, thanks to a decision by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to allow these financial institutions to double their exposure to local entities for the time being.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Attacks on rights advocates continue in 2020 – CHR
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned on Sunday the persistence of what it called “violent attacks and unlawful harassment” against human rights advocates in the country since the new year began.
— Inquirer.net

Beyond tourism, virus to cost P20B a month
THE National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and local economists said the impact of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on the economy could be larger if the effect on industry, agriculture, and consumption spending will be included.
— Business Mirror

9 confined for flu-like symptoms in Cagayan
The three individuals earlier monitored for novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) tested negative for nCoV and were discharged from the hospital yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

900 pigs culled in Bulacan town due to ASF
Some 900 pigs were culled Saturday in a farm in Norzagaray this province after being tested positive for African swine fever (ASF).
— Philippine News Agency

Asean Para Games set to be delayed again
The Asean Para Games (APG) in the Philippines are set to be postponed a second time, as the host nation deals with the coronavirus outbreak that has already claimed one life in the country.
— The Straits Times

Lockdown seen to spur factory exodus to PHL
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) is now persuading manufacturing firms in China to move to the country, as the government seeks opportunities from the coronavirus outbreak that is slowing trade and business worldwide.
— Business Mirror

Interoperable QR code standard for Asean pushed
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is ramping up efforts to achieve a cash-lite economy as it pursues an interoperable QR (quick response) code in Southeast Asia.
— The Philippine Star

‘Reducing demand for pangolins nips trade in the bud’
The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) commended the rescue of pangolins, and other threatened species, in Palawan and South Cotabato in the Philippines, citing the role of communities in combatting wildlife trafficking.
— Business Mirror

PHL among most at risk from impact of ’19-nCoV
THE Philippines is one of the countries most at risk of suffering the economic impacts from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and a slowdown in the Chinese economy, according to a study by an independent global think tank.
— Business Mirror

Rio says he offered to resign from DICT because he was being “sidelined”
Information and Communications Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said the principal reason he offered to resign was because he felt he was no longer needed in the department.
— Eagle News

DoF eyes P20 billion in additional taxes from fuel marking program
THE government expects P20 billion in additional revenue this year as a program to mark all gasoline, diesel and kerosene products deters smuggling, the Department of Finance (DoF)said last week.
— BusinessWorld

Filipino among new coronavirus patients in UAE
The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) on Saturday, February 8, announced two new cases of coronavirus involving a Filipino and a Chinese, the Emirates News Agency (ENA) said.
— Rappler

More fiscal reforms needed for ‘A’ rating
THE sovereign credit rating upgrade by Japan’s Rating and Investment Information, Inc. (R&I) could spur investment and boost infrastructure development, but more fiscal reforms need to pass before achieving a rating level of “A,” the chief economic planner said.
— BusinessWorld

No discord in Cabinet statements about VFA termination – Panelo
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Sunday insisted that there were no inconsistencies or contradictions in the statements made by different Cabinet members regarding President Rodrigo Duterte s order to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.
— GMA Network

DFA coordinating with Pinoys in countries with nCoV cases
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is closely coordinating with Filipino workers in countries where there are confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), Malacañang reassured on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Repatriates from China well-accommodated, closely monitored- DOH
Department of Health (DOH), in coordination with Bases Conversion and Development Authority and Provincial Government of Tarlac, ensures that the Filipino repatriates from China are well-accommodated and closely monitored.
— Philippine Information Agency

Senator Gatchalian wants disaster response management decentralized
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is pushing for amendments in the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 to empower local government units and boost their disaster response offices.
— GMA Network

A bird flu epidemic will bring PH agriculture to its knees
Forget beef. Beef consumption per capita of Filipinos is one of the lowest in the world, under 4 kilos per year.
— Manila Times

With Taal Lake off limits, Batangas highlights other tourist spots to lift economy
Except for businesses directly affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption that began in mid-January, it’s business as usual for establishments in the province of Batangas and surrounding areas, said Governor Hermilando Mandanas during the Batangas Economic Recovery Round Table (BERRT) held at the Lima Park Hotel in Malvar municipality on Friday, February 7.
— Rappler

DICT’s P800-M confidential funds: 2nd biggest in 2020 budget
A 4-year-old department mandated to craft and coordinate government’s policy on information and communications technology as well as cybersecurity, received the second biggest confidential funds budget for 2020, next only to the Office of the President.
— Rappler

BI to foreigners: File annual report early to avoid crowds amid nCoV threat
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday reminded foreign nationals registered with the bureau to file their annual report early to avoid crowds amid the threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Inquirer.net

Green, sustainability bond markets poised for growth
The green and sustainability debt markets in the Philippines and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are poised for growth with the necessary foundations for their development in place, an official of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines donates medical supplies to China’s Hubei
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns of the Philippines Brigido J. Dulay (L) and Huang Xilian, Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, attend a handover ceremony of donations in Manila, the Philippines, Feb. 8, 2020.
— Xinhuanet

Angkas asks unlisted riders to be patient amid crackdown
ANGKAS, whose drivers were apprehended by authorities for operating even if they were not included in the master list of riders for the pilot study, encouraged its members to “wait for a few more days” before they are allowed to ply the roads of Metro Manila.
— Business Mirror

Philippines 2nd fastest-growing market for motor vehicles in South East Asia
The Philippines was the second fastest-growing motor vehicle assembler in Southeast Asia last year, registering a 19 percent growth in output, according to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Automotive Federation (AAF).
— The Philippine Star

PHL still 2nd top banana exporter in 2019–FAO
THE Philippines was the second-largest exporter of Cavendish bananas for the second consecutive year in 2019, with total shipments reaching a record high 4 million metric tons (MMT), the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
— Business Mirror

Cebu City among top cities for online property seekers in 2019 — Lamudi
Cebu City is among the top cities preferred by online Filipino property seekers for the year 2019.
— CDN

Coast Guard orders its largest vessels yet
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will soon have their largest vessels when a Japanese shipbuilder delivers two new multirole response vessels in 2022.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DICT-8 training readies EV NGAs, LGUs to migrate to gov’t web hosting service
Some 33 participants from National Government Agencies (NGAs), and Local Government Units (LGUs) in Eastern Visayas completed the 3-day Training of Trainers for web implementation using WordPress Content Management System (CMS) conducted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology 8 (DICT-8) at their office.
— Philippine Information Agency

Quarantined repatriates can use mobile phones, Internet
Filipino repatriates from Wuhan City in Hubei province, China will have access to their mobile phones, television, and even the Internet during their 14-day quarantine at the Athlete’s Village in New Clark City, a Health official said Saturday.
— Tempo

CDO launches task force to end communist armed conflict
The local government unit here successfully launched the Cagayan de Oro City Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (CDOCTF-ELCAC) dubbed as “Kalinaw ug Kalambuan Atong Kaakuhan (Peace and Development, our Responsibility)” in Barangay Tignapoloan, in this city, on Friday.
— Philippine News Agency

Northeast monsoon affects Luzon, Visayas
Cloudy skies with scattered rains are expected over Cagayan Valley and other areas due to the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon and Visayas.
— Eagle News

OTOP hub showcases Pangasinan products
The first One Town, One Product (OTOP) hub in Pangasinan is now showcasing the products of the different micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province since it opened two weeks ago.The OTOP hub is situated at the Binmaley Museum in Barangay Poblacion here and is open Monday to Friday.
— Philippine News Agency

Suspected high-ranking CPP-NPA execs nabbed in Bohol
Authorities arrested on Saturday a couple suspected as high ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were arrested in a joint military and police operation in Getafe, Bohol.
— Philippine News Agency

 

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

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