Philippines morning news for January 30

Philippines morning news for January 30

Philippines morning news

Duterte bars Cabinet members from going to the US indefinitely
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday barred Cabinet members from making trips to the United States as part of his policy of “toning down” relations with the superpower.
— GMA Network

Chinese probed for nCoV infection dies
THE Department of Health (DoH) disclosed that a Chinese being investigated on suspicion of having contracted the 2019 novel Coronavirus (nCoV) died on Wednesday morning but pneumonia was listed as the cause of his death at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.
— Manila Times

DOH: Measles transmitted more easily than nCoV
Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the measles’ infectivity rate was 1:18, meaning one infected person could pass the measles virus to 18 others.
— GMA Network

Philippines now has capability to test samples for novel coronavirus – Duque
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed that the Department of Health (DOH) now has the capability to test samples for the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, no longer needing to send them to Australia for confirmation.
— Rappler

50 Filipinos in nCoV-hit Chinese province want to go home-DFA
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said about 50 Filipinos in Hubei province in China wanted to be repatriated amid concerns over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
— Manila Times

Metro Manila has 2nd worst traffic in the world – report
With its congestion level in 2019 totaling to a whopping 71%, Metro Manila ranked second out of 416 cities across 57 countries in urban congestion, according to the TomTom Traffic Index 2019 .
— Rappler

Duterte: Philippines preparing for the worst amid nCoV threat
President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines was preparing for the worst-case scenario amid the global spread of the novel coronavirus, a pathogen that has infected thousands in several countries and killed over 100 persons in China.
— GMA Network

PH govt debt rises to P7.73B in 2019
THE national government’s outstanding debt rose to P7.73 trillion at the end of 2019 primarily because of net availments and exchange rate adjustments, the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) reported on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Kuwait prosecutor asks court for ‘tough sentence’ vs OFW’s murderers
KUWAIT’S Public Prosecution Office has asked the court for a tough sentence against the employers of Filipino maid Jeanelyn Villavende, “which may involve the death penalty,” the Kuwait Times has reported.
— Business Mirror

Lawmakers urge TWG, MMDA to submit weekly reports on motorcycle taxis
After weeks of failing to report data on the safety of motorcycle taxis, the overseeing technical working group (TWG) is now required to submit weekly data reports to the House committee on Metro Manila development.
— Rappler

Duque warns of backlash if Sino travelers barred due to nCoV
Diplomatic relations with Beijing may turn sour if Manila decides to bar entry into the country of mainland Chinese as part of preventive measures against the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus here.
— Tempo

DOT infrastructure unit earmarks P341 million for Iloilo landmarks
The Department of Tourism (DOT), through its infrastructure arm Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), is earmarking P340.7 million for the tourism infrastructure needs of Iloilo province.
— The Philippine Star

NEDA board approves P548-billion projects
THE National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board approved P547.63 billion worth of projects, which will be funded through Official Development Assistance (ODA), in its first meeting for the year.
— Business Mirror

Remittances support 12% of Philippines households
Remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have been supporting around 12 percent of Filipino households especially those in the top income brackets, according to the latest National Migration Survey (NMS).
— The Philippine Star

Duterte pulls cops, troops from areas affected by Taal eruption
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of policemen and soldiers deployed in communities affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
— GMA Network

Group mulls over 200 MW of biomass power expansion projects
The BioPower Group, spearheaded by Negros Island Biomass Holdings Inc. and funded by global investment firm ThomasLloyd, is planning a 200-megawatt biomass expansion project.
— Manilastandard.net

PH women’s team drawn to all-ASEAN group in Badminton Asia
The Philippine women’s badminton team found itself joining two Southeast Asian rivals in one group following the result of the draw for the Badminton Asia Team Championships at the Century Park Hotel here on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Hefty fines await oil firms caught violating fuel-marking policy
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is poised to start next month its nationwide crackdown against oil firms who refuse to comply with the government’s mandatory fuel-marking policy.
— Business Mirror

Philippine online hiring activity posts double-digit growth in Q4
Online hiring in the Philippines registered a double-digit growth in the final three months of 2019, with IT-telecom sector leading e-recruitment activities among all industries, online job postings company Monster.com reported Wednesday.
— The Philippine Star

Panelo: We might risk Filipinos in Wuhan, China to 2019-nCoV contamination if we repatriate them
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday, Jan. 29, said it “might be difficult” to repatriate Filipinos from Wuhan, China.
— Eagle News

PRRD contented how Kuwaiti gov’t handles Villavende’s case
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he was contented with the way the Kuwaiti government handled the case of slain Filipino domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende.
— Philippine News Agency

Health precautions in place before Pinoys’ repatriation: PRRD
As long as there are health precautions in place, President Rodrigo Duterte said he was amenable to repatriating Filipino workers in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei Province amid the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines to create coronavirus hotline for Filipinos in China
Amid the global spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced it will set up a dedicated health hotline in its foreign service posts in China.
— Rappler

Local government units can avail of concessional funds
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said local government units can avail of concessional financing of up to 100 percent of project cost to enable them to implement their infrastructure and other development projects through three state-backed credit facilities.
— Manilastandard.net

Lawmakers hit VFA termination, urge DFA to give Duterte ‘sound’ advice
Two congressmen on Wednesday, January 28, criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to terminate the Philippines-US Visiting Forces Agreement , calling it a “knee-jerk” reaction that endangered national security.
— Rappler

Senate panel to review VFA, other Philippine defense pacts
The Senate foreign affairs committee will review the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States and other defense pacts in a hearing next week, its chairman said on Wednesday January 29.
— Rappler

P2.85B shows for ‘minimal improvement’ in dairy program
A government program that cost P2.85 billion to implement appears to have achieved only minimal improvement in increasing the number of dairy animals in the Philippines, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.
— Rappler

Taal Volcano maintains lower likelihood of hazardous eruption
Taal Volcano on Wednesday, January 29, stayed at Alert Level 3 , which was declared 3 days ago when it started to show a decreased tendency towards hazardous eruption.
— Rappler

2 Pinoys go on self-quarantine upon return to Philippines from Wuhan
Two Filipinos have decided to quarantine themselves upon their return to the Philippines from Wuhan, China after they made it through the screenings of the Bureau of Quarantine and the Department of Health (DOH) without any hindrance to their entry.
— GMA Network

Health precautions in place before Pinoys’ repatriation: PRRD
As long as there are health precautions in place, President Rodrigo Duterte said he was amenable to repatriating Filipino workers in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei Province amid the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte not inclined to ban Philippines-China flights for now
President Rodrigo Duterte is not keen on the idea of banning flights to and from areas in China affected by the novel coronavirus epidemic.
— GMA Network

No sacred cows in gov’t: Duterte
There will be no sacred cow in the fight against corruption in government, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

8k families in evacuation centers return home: DSWD
Two weeks after the Taal Volcano’s explosion in Batangas which displaced families living in nearby communities, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said some of the victims are slowly getting back on their feet.
— Philippine News Agency

Teachers, elders urged to tell the truth about martial law to young people
Teachers and elders should recount what transpired during the Martial Law regime to the younger generation, according to an activist and a professor who spoke at a panel discussion after the showing of a documentary on Wednesday afternoon.
— GMA Network

GMA seeks Supreme Court reversal of ruling on talents as regular employees
MEDIA company GMA Network , Inc. asked the Supreme Court to reverse the decision of the appellate court declaring more than 90 of its talents as regular employees.
— BusinessWorld

Police augmentation force pulls out of Batangas following Duterte’s order
Additional troops of the Philippine National Police (PNP) deployed to Batangas to help manage the calamity brought about by Taal Volcano’s eruption began pulling out of the province on Wednesday night, January 29, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order issued earlier in the evening.
— Rappler

Chinese tourists seek visa extension amid n-CoV scare
Chinese tourists here are seeking visa extension from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) provincial office amid the global scare of the novel coronavirus which was first reported in Wuhan, China and has now affected people in other countries as well.
— Philippine News Agency

575 Bicolanos land jobs at DOLE-Bicol fair
A total of 575 Bicolanos are now employed after securing positions in various companies at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Bicol Anniversary Job Fair on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte’s high satisfaction ratings may be tied to herd behavior, disinformation –Ateneo study
Presidential net satisfaction ratings are possibly tied to herd behavior and disinformation rather than economic factors, a study has found.
— GMA Network

Japan offers to help Manila screen coronavirus strain
JAPAN has offered to help the Philippines screen a new strain of coronavirus that has killed more than a hundred in China and sickened thousands more, the Health department said on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

NEDA Board approves MRT4, EDSA Greenways projects
President Rodrigo Duterte and his economic team approved 8 projects, including the big-ticket Metro Rail Transit Line 4 (MRT4) and the EDSA Greenways.
— Rappler

Office of the Ombudsman orders dismissal of three prison officials for grave misconduct
THE Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of three prison officials for grave misconduct after they were accused of allowing the release of inmates for a fee.
— BusinessWorld

Congressman bucks plan to end military deal with US
A CONGRESSMAN on Wednesday filed a resolution opposing a plan to end an agreement with the US on the deployment of troops and equipment for war games.
— BusinessWorld

Irrigation project seen to raise output of Ilocos cotton farmers
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is throwing its support to cotton farmers in Barangay Lumbaan, Pinili, Ilocos Norte with PHP20-million irrigation project to boost their productivity
— Philippine News Agency

Garin warns vs. naming hospitals where persons monitored for nCoV may be brought
loilo Representative Janette Garin on Wednesday warned against mentioning the name of hospitals where persons under observation for possible novel coronavirus infection are brought.
— GMA Network

Andanar denies PH getting more corrupt
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has decried the Forbes article which claimed that the Philippines has turned into a more corrupt and less democratic state under President Duterte.
— Tempo

JICA extends help to victims of Taal Volcano eruption
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is extending help to affected communities by the Taal Volcano eruption. Japanese Charge d’ Affaires Yamamoto Yasushi (left) and JICA Philippines Chief Representative Wada Yoshio (right) turn over a box of N95 masks to Department of Social Welfare and Development …
— Philippine Information Agency

Archdiocese of Cebu to hold climate emergency convention
Heeding Pope Francis’ call to take action against climate change, the Archdiocese of Cebu will hold its 1st Archdiocesan Convention on Climate Emergency from January 31 to February 1.
— Rappler

Police general ambushed in Bukidnon; 1 dead, 3 others wounded
Communist insurgents ambushed a police convoy on Wednesday, leaving four casualties in the southern Philippine province of Bukidnon, officials said.
— Manila Times

Palace seriously concerned over cases under investigation for nCoV infection
We are looking at it with serious concern, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, adding the public should take precautionary measures such as proper hand washing and hygiene. The idea there is to secure ourselves.
— GMA Network

Quezon PDRRMC crafts contingency plan for Taal evacuees
Quezon Governor Danilo Suarez recently instructed the Quezon Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) member agencies to formulate a contingency plan with budgetary requirements for Taal evacuees in the different evacuation centers in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

More than 100,000 applicants recorded in first week of voter registration–Comelec
Over 100,000 applications for voter registration have been processed across the country since the start of the process on January 20, the Commission on Elections announced on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

SWS: 39 percent of Filipinos said their lives improved in last 12 months
Over 30 percent of Filipinos said their lives improved in the last 12 months, a Social Weather Stations survey found.
— Eagle News

Coco Martin, Angel Aquino urge House to ‘tackle ABS-CBN franchise issue’
Coco Martin, Angel Aquino, and other artists and members of the entertainment industry made an urgent appeal to the House of Representatives to tackle the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN in the 7 weeks before session adjourns.
— Rappler

Obese Metro Manila cops ordered to lose weight, NCRPO chief Sinas to lead effort
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is launching a program to get its obese cops in shape, and leading the effort is its chief, Police Major General Debold Sinas , who admitted he is obese, too.
— Rappler

4 Ampatuan massacre suspects fall in January: PTFoMS
The recent arrest of another accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre brought to four the number of suspects who are now under police custody over a month after the conviction of the principal respondents in the decade-old case, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

More PH-Japan S&T collaboration underway
Filipinos may look forward to continuous partnerships in the field of science and technology (S&T) between Japan and the Philippines, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

QC mayor directs council to probe mall suicide
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Wednesday directed the City Council to probe the suicide incident at a mall in the city over the weekend.
— Philippine News Agency

Missing Kapa official found critically-injured in SoCot
An official of controversial religious group Kabus Padatuon or Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. (Kapa) who was reported missing last week was found critically-injured Wednesday dawn in Tupi town, South Cotabato.
— Philippine News Agency

QC intensifies watch vs coronavirus
The Quezon City Government intensified its surveillance as a precautionary measure against the Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.
— Philippine Information Agency

Antique ready for 2-day ‘One-Time, Big-Time’ medical mission
All is set for the two-day medical mission to be conducted by the joint medical team from the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) and the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) in this province.
— Philippine News Agency

 

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