Philippines morning news for February 26

Philippines morning news for February 26

Philippines morning news

PHL gov’t successfully brings home 445 Filipinos from Japan cruise ship; 14-day quarantine at New Clark City starts
The Philippine government has successfully brought home 445 Filipinos, mostly crewmembers of the MV Diamond Princess cruise ship, through two chartered flights of the Philippine Airlines (PAL), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
— Eagle News

COVID-19 quarantine period to remain at 14 days, says Duque
There will be no change in the country s quarantine procedures despite reports indicating a possibly longer incubation period for the novel coronavirus, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Asean think tank retains 6.4% growth forecast for Philippines
Singapore-based ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) has retained its 6.4 percent growth forecast for the Philippines this year, higher than the four-year low 5.9 percent growth last year.
— The Philippine Star

House panel to deal with reso extending ABS-CBN franchise to June 2022 –Romualdez
House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez will let the Committee on Legislative Franchises deal with the joint resolution seeking the extension of the ABS-CBN franchise until the end of the 18th Congress on June 30, 2022.
— GMA Network

Philippines to probe Honda production shutdown
The Senate of the Philippines is planning to conduct an inquiry into the sudden shutdown of Honda Cars Philippines Inc.’s manufacturing in Laguna.
— Asean Economist

Zamboanga City to buy P25-M protective gear
The local government here is set to buy PHP25- million worth of personnel protective equipment (PPE) intended for the emergency responders.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Curbs on POGO, new ecozones to cut growth’
THE slowdown in the global economy and domestic risks such as restrictions on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and a ban on new economic zones in Metro Manila could shave off at least 0.5 percentage points from the country’s growth this year, according to the Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (Amro).
— Business Mirror

Cigarette excise tax payments rise 8% to P147.50b
The Finance Department said excise tax payments of cigarette manufacturers increased 8 percent in 2019 to P147.5 billion, accounting for more than half of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s total six tax collection.
— Manilastandard.net

‘Fewer OFWs leaving PHL for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau’
OVERSEAS Filipino workers (OFWs) continue to arrive in trickles in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan even after Manila’s lifting of the travel ban imposed on these areas due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Business Mirror

Duterte says shun ‘petty political differences’ but again skips EDSA anniversary rites
It appears the importance of the 1986 People Power Revolution is not lost on President Rodrigo Duterte because his official message on its 34th anniversary, issued by Malacañang early Tuesday morning, February 25, hailed it as “a catalyst for the restoration of our democratic institutions,” and called for “a meaningful commemoration.”
— Rappler

DOH: Suspected cases of COVID-19 in Philippine hospitals down to less than 100
Out of the cumulative total of 610 persons under investigation (PUIs), only 16% or 98 are still admitted at medical facilities, based on the data released by the DOH as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
— GMA Network

DA to spend P1.3B for crop diversification
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will spend P1.3 billion for its crop diversification program which will focus on assisting uncompetitive rice planters shift to high-value commercial crops so they can earn more.
— Business Mirror

50% Locally sourced inputs to be required of manufacturers
THE country’s trade chief is eyeing to craft a policy that requires all manufacturers to localize at least 50 percent of their products to support the purchase from domestic suppliers.
— Business Mirror

ADB targets record $3.3 billion lending for Philippines this year
The Asian Development bank (ADB) is targeting to lend a record $3.3 billion to the Philippines this year, with around half to be provided in support of the government’s infrastructure program.
— The Philippine Star

Zambo task force rescues 56 trafficking victims
The multi-agency anti-human trafficking task force here has rescued 56 female victims of trafficking of persons at the local port, an official disclosed on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Cash aid, quarantine await 400 cruise ship workers
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it will provide cash aid to the over 400 repatriated Filipino crew members of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which was quarantined for a fortnight in Japan after some of its passengers were infected with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
— Business Mirror

Official: PUIs in Muntinlupa are free from COVID-19
Laboratory tests confirmed that five patients under investigation (PUIs) in hospitals in Muntinlupa City are free from the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the city health officer.
— Business Mirror

Legal weapon that ousted top judge now used against critical media
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s chief government lawyer is seeking to shutter a media giant critical of the tough-talking leader by using a legal weapon he once used to remove a chief justice two years ago.
— BusinessWorld

Financial consumer protection bill seen passed by next month
A BILL SEEKING to provide government financial regulators additional powers for “surveillance, examination, enforcement, adjudication, and rule-making” for the protection of financial consumers may be approved at the committee level before Congress adjourns on March 13.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte to offer ‘millions’ as prize in next military drill contest
President Rodrigo Duterte said he will raise the stakes in the next military drill competition – to the tune of millions – as he repeated telling the uniformed services to hold daily drills in public to give people a sense of security.
— Rappler

PHL makes first donation to ADB grant fund
The Philippines has made history by making its first donation to the Asian Development Fund (ADF) of the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Business Mirror

AMLC, PAGCOR keep close eye on dirty money risks from POGOs
THE ANTI-MONEY Laundering Council (AMLC) and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) have been monitoring dirty money risks from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) through risk and on-site assessments as part of their signed memorandum of agreement, AMLC Executive Director Mel Georgie B. Racela said.
— BusinessWorld

BSP to grant regulatory relief to lenders affected by ASF, COVID-19 spread
THE CENTRAL BANK will grant regulatory relief to banks and quasi-banks (QBs) to help them cope with the adverse effects of the African Swine Flu (ASF) and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on several sectors.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte’s pivot to Russia
Is President Duterte flashing a pivot to Russia by terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States? Is this the promise he made in 2016 to break away from America and form an “alliance” with China and Russia?
— Inquirer.net

IN PHOTOS: COVID-19 quarantine facility for Filipino repatriates in New Clark City
The Athletes’ Village in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac is the Philippine government’s designated national quarantine facility for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
— Rappler

DTI looking for alternative options” to minimize impact of Honda Cars PHL closure this March
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is looking for “alternative options” to minimize the impact of the decision of Honda Cars Philippines to close its production in the country which will affect some 380 workers.
— Eagle News

Duterte terminated VFA for the wrong reasons – church group
A church group, while lauding the Duterte administration s termination of the Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, took issue with the reason for the termination, Mav Gonzales reported Tuesday on Balitanghali.
— GMA Network

Love of country outweighs COVID-19 fear – gov t repatriation team
The members of the Department of Foreign Affairs repatriation team who headed to Japan on Tuesday said their love of country outweighed their fears over a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.
— GMA Network

Lubao Hot Air Balloon Festival canceled amid COVID-19 outbreak
The upcoming Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival in Pampanga has been cancelled due to health and safety concerns amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Rappler

FALSE: Protesters against ABS-CBN shutdown ‘were paid P10,000’
Claim: Protesters were paid P10,000 for protesting the possible shutdown of ABS-CBN.
— Rappler

CA reinstates, awards back wages to GMA workers fired for protesting
The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered not only the reinstatement but also the award of full backwages and benefits to 51 workers of GMA Network who were fired in 2015 for protesting their non-regularization.
— Rappler

Fire destroys 106K trees, saplings at Mount Pulag
An eight-day forest fire at the “playground of the gods”, Mount Pulag, in Kabayan town razed 191.54 hectares planted with trees killing a total of 160,547 trees and saplings under the Expanded National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
— Philippine News Agency

People Power anniversary draws close to 3,000 rallyists in Mendiola
Close to 3,000 rallyists flocked to Mendiola on Tuesday to stage protests in commemoration of the 34th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.
— GMA Network

‘Run for Jesus’ event canceled due to Covid-19 threat
The permit for the “Run for Jesus”, an event expected to gather 20,000 people, was canceled by this city government due to the threat of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Edsa Revolution proves Pinoys ready to defend freedom, democracy
The 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution symbolizes the willingness of the Filipinos to stand together to fight for freedom and democracy, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Police arrest 40 MILF rebels in Bukidnon
Police have prevented what could have been a wide-scale gunbattle in Bukidnon following the arrest of 40 alleged members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who were supposed to reinforce their comrades in Talakag town.
— Tempo

DA-10 exec bares 2020 agri-programs, projects for MisOcc
As its staunch partners in spurring agri-development, Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 10 helmed by OIC-Regional Executive Director bared the nearly Php192-million allocation for the province of Misamis Occidental (MisOcc) for the year 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

‘Most beautiful bays’ declaration seen to boost Mati tourism
The inclusion of the Pujada, Mayo and Balete bays in Davao Oriental into the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW)” is seen to boost the province’s tourism sector, especially its capital, Mati City.
— 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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