Philippines morning news for January 28

Philippines morning news for January 28

Philippines morning news

People likely exposed to nCoV urged to observe condition for 2 weeks -DOH
People who may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus–especially those who travelled to Wuhan, China–should observe their health condition within two weeks, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.
— GMA Network

Wuhan virus case in Manila denied
The Manila Health Department yesterday debunked rumors that there is a novel coronavirus case involving a Chinese at the Metropolitan Hospital in Binondo, Manila. Unverified reports of a novel coronavirus case in Binondo went viral on social media last Sunday.
— Tempo

DOH warns public vs. raw meat, exotic animals amid nCoV scare
The Department of Health on Monday urged the public not to eat raw meat and exotic animals following reports that the new strain of coronavirus discovered in China may have crome from bats or snakes.
— GMA Network

PHL labor productivity lags in region
PRODUCTIVITY among the Philippines’ employed labor force amounted to $20,671 per worker in 2019, an improvement from the previous year but still lagging behind regional peers such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, data from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators database showed.
— BusinessWorld

Virus ‘infodemic’: DOH urges Pinoys not to spread fake news on coronavirus
Health Secretary Francisco Duque on Monday urged the public not to spread misinformation on the new coronavirus, which has claimed at least 80 lives and infected thousands.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippines: Millions Earmarked for Marawi Recovery Returned to Treasury
Millions of dollars earmarked for the rehabilitation of the southern Philippine city of Marawi, destroyed in a battle with Islamic State militants three years ago, have been sent back to the national treasury due to bureaucratic delays, officials said Monday.
— Benar News

Eruption damage to natl roads placed at P137.16M
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) estimates the initial damage estimate of the Taal Volcano eruption to national roads could be at P137.16 million, citing data from its maintenance bureau.
— Business Mirror

Belmonte declares war against illegal gambling
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday ordered Quezon City Police District’s Col. Ronnie Montejo to run after illegal gambling operations in the city.
— Manilastandard.net

WB approves ₧24-billion loan to ‘split’ cCLOAs under CARP
The World Bank (WB) has approved a P24-billion loan package for the subdivision of vast tracts of collective titles issued by the government to beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Boracay, Manila tourist hubs’ China guests canceling bookings
Resorts in Boracay Island are bracing for the impact from the novel coronavirus (nCoV), with a number of them already receiving cancellations on guest bookings from China.
— Business Mirror

Gov’t to spend P20-M for each insurgency-cleared barangays, P1.5-M for threatened ones
The national government is ready to spend P20 million for each of insurgency-cleared barangays and P1.5 miilion for each threatened ones.
— Philippine Information Agency

SC upholds presidential immunity in De Lima case
THE Supreme Court dismissed detained Sen. Leila de Lima’s petition for habeas data to protect her from President Duterte’s alleged threats and verbal attacks, in a decision released last Wednesday.
— Tempo

PH supports Asean thrust to woo next-gen tourists – Tourism chief
SUSTAINABLE tourism continues to be the game plan of the Department of Tourism as it supports the ten-nation strong cooperation of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) to attract next-generation travelers.
— Manila Times

PEZA launches 1st economic zone institute
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority launched its first-ever Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Institute in Batac City, Laoag, Ilocos Norte, in partnership with the Mariano Marcos State University.
— Manilastandard.net

‘Foreign arrivals growth a boon to Philippines retail sector’
The continued growth of foreign arrivals in the country is a boon to the country’s retail market, a property consultancy said.
— The Philippine Star

DPWH sets completion goal of infrastructure projects in Mindanao
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) aims to complete within the year roughly P100 million worth of road projects in Mindanao to facilitate faster travel between Koronadal City in South Cotabato and General Santos City.
— Business Mirror

DA opens P5-million animal disease laboratory in Magalang, Pampanga
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has opened its P5-million animal laboratory in Pampanga as part of improving the country’s diagnostic capacity against transboundary animal diseases (TADs), notably African swine fever (ASF).
— Business Mirror

Singapore investor buying 13% stake in Del Monte Philippines
Del Monte Pacific Ltd. (DMPL) is selling a 13 percent stake in its Philippine business to Singapore-incorporated SEA Diner Holdings Pte Ltd. for $130 million.
— The Philippine Star

PNP to enforce ‘one-strike policy’ in campaign vs. illegal gambling
The new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday ordered police unit commanders to strictly enforce policies in stopping illegal activities such as illegal gambling in their areas of responsibility.
— GMA Network

18 shops fined for overpricing face masks
THE Trade department has fined 18 stores for overpricing face masks amid Taal Volcano’s eruption, it said in a statement on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

List of Batangas barangays on permanent lockdown, within 7-kilometer danger zone
The Batangas government on Monday, Jan. 27, reiterated that some barangays remain under permanent lockdown despite the lowering of the alert level on Taal.
— Eagle News

Baler embarks on P500-M various infra projects
The municipal government of Baler has started implementing various infrastructure projects that are seen to increase tourist inflows and create more opportunities for the residents in this capital town of Aurora province.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte’s hands tied by ‘due process’ vs. corruption: Palace
Even if President Rodrigo Duterte wants to get rid of crooked public officials as quickly as possible, Malacañang on Monday said due process is making the fight against corruption a “struggle” for his administration.
— Philippine News Agency

DoJ to study plan to end military agreement with US
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has ordered government lawyers to expand their study of a plan to end an agreement with the US on the deployment of troops and equipment for war games, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

Senate to draw rehab plan for Taal Volcano
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III on Monday asked the chamber to draw up a long-term plan to rehabilitate Batangas province after Taal Volcano’s eruption destroyed homes and buried shops in ashfall.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines may lose custody of Pemberton if VFA terminated, Marcos warns
The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) may cause the Philippines to lose custody of US Lance Corporal Joseph Pemberton, who was convicted of the October 2014 killing of Jennifer Laude, a senator warned on Monday.
— GMA Network

Pernia urges wider public participation to battle corruption
There is a need for an increased public participation in the government’s anti-corruption initiatives to curtail graft in the country, Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said Monday.
— Manilastandard.net

WATCH: Temporary shelters eyed for residents displaced by Taal eruption
The government is eyeing two locations in Ibaan town as temporary shelters for Batangas residents displaced by the Taal Volcano eruption.
— Rappler

House OKs bill allowing DOH to regulate bed capacity of its hospitals
The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure authorizing the Department of Health (DOH) to administratively set and approve the bed capacity and service capability of all its retained hospitals.
— GMA Network

Del Rosario urges Duterte to meet Trump, discuss military pact
If only to have talks on the Philippines’ bilateral ties with the United States, former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urged President Rodrigo Duterte to accept US President Donald Trump’s invitation for a summit.
— Rappler

Despite reopening of town, Agoncillo residents remain in evacuation centers
Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas lifted the lockdown order for parts of Agoncillo and Laurel towns on Monday, January 27, as Taal Volcano stayed under Alert Level 3.
— Rappler

Classes in Taal-affected areas to resume Feb. 3 — DepEd
EDUCATION SECRETARY Leonor M. Briones has ordered the resumption of classes on Feb. 3 in areas affected by Taal Volcano’s eruption, following Sunday’s lowering of the alert level on the restive volcano.
— BusinessWorld

Malacañang downplays possibility of U.S. terminating other military pacts
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo downplayed the possibility of the United States terminating other military treaties with the Philippines, following the Duterte government’s efforts to start the process of terminating the two countries’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
— Rappler

Sandiganbayan junks P43 million forfeiture raps vs. ex-DPWH exec
The Sandiganbayan junked a P43 million forfeiture of unlawfully acquired properties case against a former Department of Public Works and Highways official due to lack of evidence.
— GMA Network

DOH-7: Chinese boy in Cebu now stable
The Department of Health in Region 7 (DOH-7) reported that the five-year old boy who arrived in Cebu from Wuhan, China is currently stable with no fever, cough, and other symptoms associated with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019 nCoV).
— Philippine Information Agency

Court resets Trillanes rebellion trial to April
A Makati court has reset the continuation of former senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s revived rebellion trial to April.
— GMA Network

Opened up towns still unsafe if Taal Volcano erupts, says task force
The military’s Task Group Taal on Sunday conducted an ocular inspection in Batangas towns that were previously declared as danger zones after authorities lowered Taal Volcano’s alert status to Alert Level 3.
— GMA Network

Sandiganbayan starts 2020 with number of cases down 24%
The Sandiganbayan began 2020 with 3,981 pending cases, down 24% from the year before.
— Rappler

[OPINION] A call to fairness: Female care workers are invisible and severely underpaid
Rowena, from Salcedo in the Philippines, is a daycare worker at a local school.
— Rappler

Stakeholders hail passage of bills opposing sugar liberalization
Sugar stakeholders lauded the House of Representatives for the recent passage of two bills opposing the proposed liberalization of sugar importation.
— Philippine News Agency

No need to suspend classes over nCoV fears: DOH
There is no need to suspend classes over fears of being infected with the deadly novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Minimum P85 toll fee set for 3rd Mactan bridge
Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) set the toll fees for the 3rd Mactan bridge, the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) on Friday, January 24.
— Rappler

DFA convenes emergency meeting on global spread of coronavirus
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is scheduled to convene on Monday, January 27 an emergency meeting to discuss the Philippine government’s strategies to respond to the global spread of 2019 novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

House leader seeks to correct “regulatory capture”
Albay Representative Joey Salceda is seeking to introduce a “flurry of proposals” to combat regulatory capture in government agencies and support President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-corruption drive.
— Philippine News Agency

BSP to offer P200-B for term deposit this week
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced the offering of PHP200 billion under its Term Deposit Facility (TDF) on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DA, PSAU partner in boosting agri growth
Department of Agriculture (DA) partnered with Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU) in boosting agricultural growth.
— Philippine Information Agency

VFA abrogation could lead to junking of other US security pacts – Lacson
The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) could result in the junking of other security agreements between the Philippines and the United States, including the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), which puts national security at risk, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Monday.
— GMA Network

First 110 demolition notices sent out for structures in Baguio airport buffer zone
THE BAGUIO City government has started issuing demolition notices to owners of about 200 structures built within the 150-meter buffer zone of the Loakan Airport, which is being readied for commercial operations.
— BusinessWorld

Cebu governor wants monorail plan expanded to Metro Cebu
CEBU GOVERNOR Gwendolyn F. Garcia expressed support for the national government’s plan to pursue a monorail project in Cebu City, but is hoping that the transport project would be expanded to neighboring areas within the Metro Cebu district.
— BusinessWorld

San Juan City Mayor Zamora also called out over endorsements
Another Metro Manila mayor has been called out by a netizen who has criticized Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso over his brand endorsement gigs.
— Tempo

679 runners join the Golden Diamond Run in Cagayan de Oro
Around 1,679 runner enthusiasts joined the Golden Diamond Run facilitated by 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army in partnership with the Circle Production as part of the week-long celebration for its 50th founding anniversary.
— Philippine Information Agency

Recto urges creation of Taal Commission for rehab efforts
A “Taal Commission” is necessary to centralize rehabilitation efforts for areas and people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said on Monday.
— GMA Network

LIST: Beautiful, underrated Philippine destinations to visit in 2020
What exciting travels do you have lined up this year?
— Rappler

Mayor says LEDAC stint opportunity to advance interest of LGUs
Mayor Evelio Leonardia has called for the support of fellow local officials in his stint as lone representative of all local government units (LGUs) in the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).
— Philippine News Agency

Pampanga capital gets high rating in clearing operations
The city government of San Fernando has garnered a high rating in the clearing operations of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in compliance with Memorandum Circular 2019-21.
— 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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