Philippines morning news for February 7

Philippines morning news for February 7

Philippines morning news

Palace requires visitors to declare travel history amid nCoV threat
Malacañang is now requiring visitors to disclose details about their health and travel history in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— GMA Network

Ban on house workers to Kuwait remains
THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Thursday announced the partial lifting of the total deployment ban on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, which excludes household service workers.
— BusinessWorld

Persons under probe for 2019-nCoV infection climbs to 178 — DOH
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that out of the 178 PUIs, three have tested positive for 2019-nCoV as earlier reported, 48 have tested negative, while 127 are still pending confirmation.
— GMA Network

Pinoy workers being locked up by employers at home due to nCoV scare
A migrant rights group based in Hong Kong on Thursday said a number of Filipino workers there are forcibly being kept indoors by their employers amid the 2019 novel coronavirus scare.
— GMA Network

OFW dies in Dubai of still unknown coronavirus strain
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday reported that an overseas Filipino worker (OFWs) died of a still undetermined strain of coronavirus in Dubai late last month.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Virus outbreak to slash GDP growth by 0.3%’
The outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) may cut the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.3 percentage point this year, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte reconstitutes panel leading PH’s quincentennial celebration
Less than a year before the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Philippines’ part in the first circumnavigation of the world, the victory of Lapulapu in the Battle of Mactan, and other related events, President Rodrigo Duterte reconstituted the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) to lead the preparations for the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (QCP).

PH delays repatriation plan
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday called for a two-day delay in bringing home 45 Filipinos from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, saying that the facilities for their quarantine in New Clark City, Tarlac are not yet “100 percent ready.”

List workers with China travel history, Makati orders firms
The Makati City government yesterday ordered businesses in the city, including Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), to name their employees with a history of traveling to China amid the spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
— The Philippine Star

Philippines vulnerable in South China Sea without US support, foreign secretary Locsin warns
The Philippine foreign secretary on Thursday warned that President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to abandon a security accord with the US would undermine his country’s security and foster aggression in the disputed South China Sea.
— South China Morning Post

Salceda files bill to lower prices of medicines, put cap on prices of medical supplies
Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Thursday filed a measure seeking to bring down the price of medicines and set a cap on the prices of necessary medical supplies like wheelchairs and medical masks.
— GMA Network

African swine fever reaches Davao City
The African swine fever (ASF) virus continued to spread in the Davao region with the Department of Agriculture confirming on Thursday, February 6, that it has reached the outskirts of this city.
— Rappler

16-year delay in crafting of VFA rules cost PHL custody of errant US soldiers
A 16-year delay in the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations of the VFA cost the Philippines the right to have custody over US soldiers who are found to have committed crimes in the country while participating in military exercises.
— GMA Network

OFWs in China prepare for repatriation
The repatriation team of the Department of Foreign Affairs is now in Wuhan finalizing preparations to bring home this weekend overseas Filipinos from Hubei, China.
— Philippine News Agency

Phivolcs observes 11 more harmonic tremors at Taal Volcano
State volcanologists recorded 11 more harmonic tremors from Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours, indicating that magma is still moving beneath its crater.
— Rappler

PAL to mount special flights to ferry passengers to and from China
FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will mount special flights on February 10 to ferry stranded passengers to and from China, its spokesman Cielo Villaluna, said.
— Manila Times

Nearly 50K pigs pass thru TF Davao checkpoints
A total of 45,500 pigs passed through inspection in Task Force Davao checkpoints from January to February 2020 as government intensifies the campaign against the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) and the novel coronavirus according to Major Ronnel Legarde, civil-military operations officer of the Task Force Davao. He …
— Philippine Information Agency

Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes off the coast of Davao Occidental
A magnitude 6.1 quake struck off the coast of Davao Occidental, with the epicenter located 118 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos town, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) The quake of tectonic origin was 20 kilometers deep.
— Eagle News

BSP cuts key rates by 25 bps
Philippine monetary officials on Thursday slashed the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) key policy rates by 25 basis points as a pre-emptive move to support growth amid the negative external environment and some domestic issues.
— Philippine News Agency

Termination of VFA may ‘negatively impact’ PH: DFA chief
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. Thursday said terminating the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States at this time would most likely have negative effects on the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Thermal scanners in all ports of entry in W. Visayas
Airports and seaports in Western Visayas have been ordered to have thermal scanners as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Philippine News Agency

PhilHealth warns member-hospitals vs. denying nCoV-linked patients
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation on Thursday warned its accredited hospitals against refusing to provide services to persons under investigation (PUIs) for possible novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection.
— GMA Network

Duterte to water firms: ‘Give us back the money’
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday demanded private water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water to return the money paid by the public for water services, threatening anew to take over its distribution if they refused.
— Philippine News Agency

Lifestyle diseases still top killers–PSA
DESPITE the implementation of policy interventions, such as the hike in the taxes of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes, the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed that lifestyle diseases remained the top killers of Filipinos in 2018.
— Business Mirror

NCoV fallout: Chinese buyers halt orders for PHL bananas
BANANA exporters may soon feel the pinch of the slowdown in China’s economic activity due to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), as Chinese buyers have stopped ordering Philippine bananas.
— Business Mirror

DBM allots P4.88 billion fund assist to LGUs
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has allocated P4.88 billion for the provision of financial assistance to local government units (LGUs) to support their priority programs, especially infrastructure development.
— The Philippine Star

DICT’s defense over intel funds ‘deceiving and unbelievable’ – Rio
Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr is not buying the explanation of the agency over the use of P300 million allegedly for cybersecurity purposes . He said the timeframe does not add up.
— Rappler

Filipino crew of Chinese tugboat free of flu-like symptoms
The 11 Filipino crew members of a Chinese tugboat that arrived here on Tuesday night, are healthy and did not exhibit any flu-like symptoms.
— Philippine News Agency

Former MRT-3 head Vitangcol found guilty of graft
THE PHILIPPINE’S anti-graft court has convicted Al Sanchez Vitangcol III, former Metro Rail Transit-Line 3 (MRT-3) general manager, and his uncle-in-law, Arturo V. Soriano, for graft and violations to the government’s procurement law over the rail system’s maintenance deal in 2012.
— BusinessWorld

Challenges faced by Taal residents will be addressed: PRRD
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday renewed his vow to help families affected by the restive Taal Volcano to return to their normal lives.
— Philippine News Agency

Iloilo hotels, restaurants see minimal nCoV impact as local travelers keep bookings
THE SERVICES sector in Iloilo, particularly hotels and restaurants, are seeing minimal impact from the novel coronavirus (nCoV) threat as the industry relies more on the local travel market.
— BusinessWorld

Locsin, Lorenzana not consulted on Duterte s decision to terminate VFA
President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t consult Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement on his decision to terminate the VFA.
— GMA Network

FALSE: Novel coronavirus ‘can be cured by garlic’
Claim: A bowl of freshly boiled garlic water can cure the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) , according to a chain message that was spread on Facebook.
— Rappler

Gabriela solon sees faster approval of divorce bill in 18th Congress
Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Arlene Brosas is expecting a fast approval of the measure introducing absolute divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines during the 18th Congress.
— GMA Network

For a ‘human rights culture’: Group launches children’s rights comic book
A comic book chronicling human rights is the latest in a series of efforts by groups to counter vilification and threats under the Duterte administration .
— Rappler

Locsin: Attack on Philippine vessels will activate Mutual Defense Treaty with US
An attack on Philippine vessels will trigger the activation of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, Jr. told a Senate hearing on Thursday.
— GMA Network

2 solar panels used in monitoring Mayon Volcano stolen
TWO solar panels used in monitoring Mayon Volcano’s activities in Albay were stolen, a state seismic bureau official said Thursday.
— Manila Times

NegOcc guv underscores teamwork in fight against coronavirus
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has underscored the need for teamwork to fight the novel coronavirus (nCoV) as he formed the provincial task force to respond to the growing concern over the outbreak.
— Philippine News Agency

Despite nCoV, DOT still bullish about tourism
The Department of Tourism is still bullish about the growth of the tourism industry despite the novel coronavirus shutting down the Chinese tourism market.
— Philippine Information Agency

New Clark City is quarantine site for repatriated OFWs from China; DOH, DFA detail quarantine, repatriation plan
The New Clark City in Tarlac will be the new quarantine area for all repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), according to the Department of Health in a press briefing on Thursday, Feb. 6.
— Eagle News

Davao Sur ASF-free despite proximity to DavOcc
The scare brought about by the African swine fever (ASF) infestation in Davao Occidental has prompted Davao del Sur to devise stringent preventive measures to remain free of the disease.
— Philippine News Agency

Health officials allay fears on nCoV
Health authorities allayed fears on the effect of the novel coronavirus that afflicts worldwide. Dr. Anabelle Yumang, regional director of the Department of Health XI said that all persons under investigation (PUI) in a local hospital, have shown normalcy in their temperature and behavior.
— Philippine Information Agency

Maria Ressa among 2020 Four Freedoms Awards laureates
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is among the 5 laureates of the 2020 Four Freedoms Awards , garnering the Freedom of Speech and Expression award.
— Rappler

Construction for new Senate building starts
The ceremony marked the start of the actual construction of the Senate building which is expected to be finished on July 21, 2021.
— GMA Network

PNP names new Central Visayas police chief
Philippine National Police chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa on Thursday designated Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro as the new chief of the Police Regional Office VII.
— GMA Network

64 former rebels, supporters get TESDA certificates, tool kits
A total of 64 former rebels and supporters obtained on Tuesday, February 5, certifications from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
— Philippine Information Agency

Peace with communists might be realized ‘much earlier’: Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he remains optimistic that his administration would be able to achieve a lasting peace with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) at a “much earlier” time.
— Philippine News Agency


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