Philippines morning news for February 25

Philippines morning news for February 25

Philippines morning news

Filipino crew of Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus now at 59
The number of Filipino crew members aboard Japanese cruise ship M/V Diamond Princess who have been infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has risen to 59 as of Monday, February 24.
— Rappler

Single-use plastics banned in gov’t offices
Single use plastics have been banned in all government offices all over the country.
— Tempo

Up to 2,000 workers to be hit by Honda unit closure in Philippines
As many as 2,000 workers are expected to be negatively affected by the decision by the Philippine unit of Honda Motor to stop local production, the country’s biggest labour coalition said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

DOH eyes longer quarantine period for Filipinos from Japan-moored cruise ship
The Department of Health (DOH) said it is now eyeing a longer quarantine period for Filipinos who may be exposed to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on board the cruise ship, Diamond Princess, which is currently docked in Japan.
— Business Mirror

ABS-CBN apologizes to Duterte in hearing
The top official of the embattled ABS-CBN network apologized to President Duterte yesterday for airing the television advertisement critical of him during the 2016 presidential elections.
— Tempo

Distributing over 400 Pinoys from cruise ship to different regions irrational, risky –DOH
Putting up several quarantine facilities in different regions of the country to accommodate the over 400 Filipino repatriates arriving from Japan amid the COVID-19 threat would be irrational, the DOH said.
— GMA Network

Philippines won’t impose travel ban on South Korea for now
The Philippine government will not yet impose a travel ban on South Korea, which has so far recorded the highest number of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases outside of mainland China .
— Rappler

Mayor allays fears of villagers over upland quarantine site
Mayor Edgardo Labella on Monday said residents in the hinterland village of Taptap here have nothing to worry about the plan to turn the city-run training facility there as possible quarantine center for persons under investigation (PUIs) for the new coronavirus (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

3 CamSur towns now ASF-affected
The African swine fever (ASF) virus has reached one more town in Camarines Sur, bringing the number of ASF-affected municipalities in the province to three, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Japan provides $2.12-M aid for Bangsamoro solar power
The Japanese government is providing at least USD2.12 million for the provision of solar power generation systems in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
— Philippine News Agency

PhilHealth regional offices investigating hospitals for fraudulent claims: 80 in Eastern Visayas, 4 in Davao
THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is cracking down on hospitals for fraudulent claims involving such schemes as “upcasing” and “patient seeking.”
— BusinessWorld

ABS-CBN seeks dismissal of gov’t lawsuit
ABS-CBN Corp. and its unit have asked the Supreme Court to dismiss a government lawsuit seeking to revoke their franchises.
— BusinessWorld

GMA Network clarification on ad against Duterte
The political advertisement against then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte titled “Pamana” featuring minors involved in violence, which was discussed during the Senate Hearing, was not aired on GMA after it was disapproved by the Network s internal election committee.
— GMA Network

Tax on rice imports down as shipments slumped 61.8%
Due to the lower rice import volume, tariff collections slid by nearly a fourth to P1.71 billion as of mid-February this year, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Monday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘Policy tweaks to make PHL manufacturing more competitive’
A leader of the House of Representatives on Monday said the decision of some multinational companies to shutter their operations in the Philippines has trained the spotlight on some of the weaknesses of the country’s manufacturing sector.
— Business Mirror

Barmm taps Unicef to boost children’s right to education
The Bangsamoro autonomous government signed a program agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) to help it “strengthen efforts to uphold children’s rights to education in the region.”
— Business Mirror

20 Immigration men kicked out
The Bureau of Immigration has relieved 20 immigration officers allegedly involved in the “pastillas” scheme―the facilitation of the entry of thousands of Chinese nationals who will work for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators in exchange for bribes.
— Manilastandard.net

PHL productivity top in Southeast Asia–Jetro poll
THE Philippines has the highest productivity in the manufacturing sector in Southeast Asia, as Japanese investors find the minimum wage here most appropriate for the level and volume of work completed by laborers.
— Business Mirror

Philippines grapples to meet demand for data analysts — PIDS
Demand for data analysts in the country is steadily rising, but higher education institutions (HEIs) are not producing enough graduates to fill positions, according to a new paper by the Philippine Institute for Developing Studies (PIDS).
— The Philippine Star

Bangkok outpaces Manila as Southeast Asia auto hub
MANILA is losing out to Bangkok in the race to become the automobile center of Southeast Asia, and proof of this is Honda’s closure of its assembly plant here and the eventual transfer of production to Thailand.
— Business Mirror

GSIS allots P1.1B for ‘Ursula’-hit Iloilo members
The Government Service Insurance System has earmarked P1.1 billion in emergency loan for its 42,141 members and 12,128 pensioners in Iloilo who were affected by Typhoon “Ursula” last December.
— Manilastandard.net

ABS-CBN management favored certain candidates, says Alan Cayetano
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday claimed that he had evidence evidence to show that the management of ABS-CBN favored certain candidates in past elections.
— GMA Network

‘Plot to oust Duterte will not succeed’
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said the police and military would not support any ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Manila Times

U.S. now has De Lima’s recommended list for travel bans, sanctions
The United States government now has the list of alleged persecutors that jailed Senator Leila de Lima is recommending for travel bans and other sanctions.
— Rappler

Singapore’s Filipino coronavirus patient ‘in stable condition’
The Singaporean Ministry of Health (MOH) said the first Filipino novel coronavirus patient is now in stable condition as of Monday, February 24.
— Rappler

DA and CamSur Provincial gov’t., assure assistance to ASF-hit municipalities
The Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office 5 and the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur assured hog raisers that they will be given just indemnification for every pig that will be affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) disease.
— Philippine Information Agency

Coronavirus to have ‘minimal effect’ on OFW remittances in 2020
The Philippine government expects that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak would only have a minimal effect on the total cash remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by the end of 2020.
— Rappler

Higher excise tax not responsible for Honda plant closure: Palace
Malacañang on Monday dismissed claims that higher excise taxes on new vehicles prompted automobile maker Honda Cars Philippines Inc.’s (HCPI) to shut down its manufacturing operations in Laguna.
— Philippine News Agency

6 universities to hike tuition
SIX universities are set to increase their tuition and other fees this year, according to the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP).
— Manila Times

Pinoys in Singapore told to avoid crowds amid Covid-19 threat
Filipinos in Singapore on Monday were urged to avoid crowded places and observe precautionary measures following the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) involving a Filipino national in the city-state.”
— Philippine News Agency

DOST launches ‘SPARTA’ for data analytics training
The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “Smarter Philippines Through R&D, Training and Adoption” (SPARTA) program, which aims to produce 30,000 data scientists via online learning, was officially launched on Monday in Makati City.
— Philippine News Agency

No PH travel ban vs Singapore amid Filipino coronavirus case
The Philippine government is not implementing a travel ban against Singapore even if close to 90 individuals here, including a Filipino permanent resident of the city-state, have contracted the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

Sarangani eyes high turnout in polio immunization drive
Sarangani province’s health personnel are expecting another high turnout in the ongoing third round of the mass immunization campaign against polio in the area.
— Philippine News Agency

Trillanes: Duterte s problem with ABS-CBN is not un-aired ad
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV rebuffed Senator Bong Go’s remark that ABS-CBN’s airing of one of his negative advertisements against then candidate Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 was the reason why the President is against the renewal of the network’s franchise.
— GMA Network

Davao market vendors lament shrinking sales due to ASF
Market vendors in this city lamented on Monday their shrinking daily sales following the confirmed cases of African swine fever (ASF) here and in neighboring provinces.
— Philippine News Agency

Zambo water firm to cut rationing scheme
The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) will implement a reduced rationing scheme even as the water level at the diversion weir drastically dropped to 73.90 meters as of 4 p.m. Monday (February 24).
— Philippine News Agency

9 Japanese fraud suspects deported
NINE Japanese nationals wanted for telecommunication fraud in their country were deported on Monday, the Bureau of Immigration said.
— BusinessWorld

Retailers monitored on SRP set for agri, fishery goods
MICHELLE D.G. Musico, a dressed chicken retailer at a public market in the nation’s capital, has been ordered by authorities to explain in writing why she was selling her goods at P160 per kilogram (/kg), P30 more than the government’s suggested retail price (SRP) of P130/kg.
— BusinessWorld

No order to stop P2P bus operator under probe: LTFRB
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Monday said it did not issue a cessation order on the point-to-point (P2P) bus operations of Froehlich Tours, Inc. (FTI) which is under investigation for alleged financial incapability.
— Philippine News Agency

Tokyo inks $1.35-M project for ex-combatants in BARMM
Japan on Monday inked a USD1.35-million project for the reintegration of former women combatants in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
— Philippine News Agency

PH tracksters pursue Olympic dream despite coronavirus outbreak
Filipino tracksters continue to gear up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics despite the threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Rappler

NCRPO to deploy over 2K cops for 34th People Power rites
A total of 2,500 cops will be deployed to secure the 34th anniversary of the EDSA People Power 1 on Tuesday, said National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, Maj. Gen. Gaylord Debold Sinas, on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Court orders arrest of 18 Alamcco execs over investment scam
A regional court in Sarangani province has ordered the arrest of at least 18 officials of a cooperative based in Alabel town that had allegedly operated an illegal investment scheme.
— Philippine News Agency

GMA may get 55% market share if ABS-CBN shuts down
The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) warned of a less competitive market environment should media giant ABS-CBN shut down – a situation which may negatively impact Filipino consumers.
— Rappler

Center for kids with special needs to rise in Davao City
A center that will cater to kids with special needs will rise here next year, the City Information Office said in a statement Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

3 Davao de Oro towns declare CPP-NPA persona non grata
Three municipalities in Davao de Oro have declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as persona non grata, the Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion (71IB) said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte picks Army colonel to lead PSG
President Rodrigo Duterte chose a Philippine Army officer as the next commander of the Presidential Security Group, Malacañang announced on Monday.
— GMA Network

Sandiganbayan clears ex-PCSO execs of graft
The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has cleared former officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) of graft after being accused of receiving all-expense paid trips to Australia from a firm seeking a PHP42 billion joint venture agreement (JVA) with the agency.
— Philippine News Agency

Police strengthen marijuana eradication drive in Benguet
The Benguet police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency strengthen drive against marijuana eradication campaign following the discovery of new plantation sites in two towns in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

JoyRide to join online food delivery market
Motorcycle-taxi company JoyRide is set to join the country’s food-delivery space, throwing in a Filipino hat in the foreign-dominated food delivery ring.
— Philippine News Agency

 

 

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