Philippines morning news for July 15

Philippines morning news for July 15

Philippines morning newsJobless benefit applications jump twofold in July to 30,000
The number of permanently displaced workers in the private sector in Metro Manila seeking unemployment benefits has now doubled to 30,000 since last month.
— Business Mirror

WHO finds PH virus suppression, contact tracing ‘a little weak’
While the Philippines has improved its capability to test for the new coronavirus, as well as expand its treatment capacity, its contact tracing and suppressing of the spread of COVID-19 is “a little weak,’’ according to a World Health Organization (WHO) official.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte says he ‘dismantled oligarchy’ in PH without declaring martial law
President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he could die happy after he “dismantled the oligarchy” in the Philippines without having to declare martial law.
— ABS-CBN News

‘Comply’ with arbitration ruling, Philippines’ defense chief tells China
The Philippines’ top defense official on Tuesday told China to “comply” with the landmark 2016 award of an international arbitration court in The Hague on the South China Sea, saying adherence to international law bodes well for stability in the region.
— ABS-CBN News

Number of food-insecure Filipinos up 14 million from 2017-2019–FAO
OVER 14 million Filipinos became moderately or severely food insecure under the term of President Duterte compared to the last few years of the previous administration, according to a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
— Business Mirror

Over 100 bound for Dubai stopped from boarding flights due to UAE swab test requirement
More than 100 Dubai-bound passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were stopped from boarding their flights after the United Arab Emirates government suddenly required all its arriving, transfer and transit passengers from several countries including the Philippines to obtain a COVID-19 negative swab test result prior to their departure.
— GMA Network

ASF hits North Cotabato town
African swine fever (ASF) has affected piggeries in two barangays in Magpet town in North Cotabato.
— Philstar

‘Carina’ triggers landslides, river swelling in Ilocos Norte
Heavy rainfall brought about by Tropical Depression Carina triggered landslides and swelling of river in parts of Ilocos Norte on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Inflation remains manageable — DoF
BENIGN INFLATION gives policy makers enough room to maneuver in sustaining policies to stimulate growth, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).
— BusinessWorld

Del Rosario: Raise PH victory vs China to global community
The Philippines must raise to the global community its landmark victory against China’s incursions in the West Philippine Sea, former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Tuesday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

WHO to Philippines: Shorten COVID testing time
The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday underscored the need to shorten the country’s turnaround time for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing, but this must be coupled with “speedy” contact tracing.
— Philippine Star

117,000 OFWs need repatriation — DFA
The national government has so far repatriated 50,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and is set to repatriate the remaining 117,000, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) told the House of Representatives yesterday.
— Philippine Star

20 confirmed Covid-19 LSIs to undergo repeat swab
The municipality of Lambunao in Iloilo province is coordinating the repeat swab test of 20 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who were earlier found positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

BSP to keep easy policy over 2 years
THE Philippine central bank will likely keep an accommodative policy over the next two years to deal with lingering economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Omar Maute’s widow, thought to control millions in cash and cryptocurrency, freed from Philippine jail
The widow of a slain pro-Islamic State (Isis) Filipino leader, Omar Maute, whose group seized control of Marawi city in southern Philippines in 2017, has been freed from prison.
— South China Morning Post

WHO wants mild COVID-19 patients in isolation facilities
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients with mild or are showing no symptoms should quarantine in the designated isolation facilities to better ensure that they would not infect their loved ones or their community.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Concepcion: Millions of Pinoys should be tested
Mass testing is key to containing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and accelerating economic recovery, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

‘Whims, caprices of foreign power’ can’t make Beijing’s ‘unlawful claims’ in South China Sea legal: Sotto
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday backed Manila’s and Washington’s stance that Beijing’s claim in the West Philippine Sea remains “unlawful” despite the continued incursions of the Asian giant in the disputed territory.
— ABS-CBN News

De Oro execs hunt husband of infected vendor apparently fleeing tests, quarantine
Authorities here launched a city-wide manhunt for the husband of a 30-year-old sidewalk vendor who went missing last Sunday, apparently to avoid being quarantined.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines to ‘agree to disagree’ with China in arbitral victory, says Duterte’s spokesman
The Philippines will “agree to disagree” with China on its continued rejection of Manila’s arbitration victory over the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

COVID-19 cases in Philippines hit 57,545; deaths at 1,603
The Philippines reported 634 additional coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, pushing the national caseload to 57,545, as pressure increases on hospitals after the relaxation of containment measures.
— Philippine Star

SC resets deliberation on ABS-CBN petition to August
The Supreme Court (SC) has reset to next month the deliberation on the petition filed by ABS-CBN Corp. questioning the government’s order to halt its broadcast operations.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines to use police in house-to-house searches for COVID-19 cases
Philippine authorities and police will carry out house-to-house searches for COVID-19 patients to prevent wider transmission, a minister said on Tuesday, amid soaring death and infection numbers and some areas returning to a stricter lockdown.
— CNA

Groups sound alarm on police house-to-house search for COVID-19 patients
A lawyers’ group on Tuesday expressed concern over the government’s plan to carry out house-to-house searches for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients, saying this police-centered approach to solve a public health emergency is worrying and disturbing.
— ABS-CBN News

Donations sought for poor COVID-19 patients who need plasma treatment
The Philippine Red Cross on Tuesday announced that it would start accepting donations to help poor coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients avail of the convalescent plasma treatment.
— ABS-CBN News

Over 70% of NCR’s COVID-19 isolation, ward beds now occupied -DOH
The utilization rates of ward and isolation beds for cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Metro Manila are now over 70 percent and have breached into what it called the “danger zone”, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Groups call for phase-out of plastic sachets in 3 years
Environmental groups on Tuesday called on government to ban companies from using sachets to package their products to reduce plastic waste in the country.
— ABS-CBN News

ADB fields ‘EVA’ to help govts track Covid spending
WITH billions being spent on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Independent Evaluation Department (IED) said countries and even multilaterals cannot bypass evaluation and monitoring.
— Business Mirror

Denial of ABS-CBN franchise bid ‘legislative murder’: journalist
The denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise bid was “legislative murder”, a journalist said Tuesday, despite a lawmaker’s assurance that the decision was “legal and aboveboard.”
— ABS-CBN News

Diokno cites need for vigilance vs. spillovers of pandemic
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said authorities are now more vigilant in ensuring that spillovers of the global health crisis will not impact on the financial market.
— Philippine News Agency

Solid waste management body urged to ban single-use plastic
Local governments, including the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Cebu, are calling on the National Solid Waste Management Commission to ban single-use plastic and include it in the priority list of Non-Environmentally Acceptable Products and Packaging.
— Philippine Star

South China Sea claimant states should also file ICC complaint vs China — Del Rosario
Citizens of other South China Sea claimant states should also submit a communication against China before the International Criminal Court, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Tuesday.
— Philippine Star

3 more Pinoys abroad catch COVID-19, but no new fatalities – DFA
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday 3 more Filipinos abroad have caught COVID-19, raising the total tally of overseas infections among Philippine nationals to 8,872.
— ABS-CBN News

Davao City provides tax remedies for biz sector
The city council here approved Tuesday three remedial measures to provide relief to local businesses affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 300 cops, soldiers to enforce 2-week Navotas lockdown
The Joint Task Force Covid Shield on Tuesday said it will deploy 348 policemen and soldiers and soldiers to Navotas City to help local police in implementing the lockdown ordered by the city government due to the surge of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.
— Philippine News Agency

PAO: Another boy with Dengvaxia shots dies
A 14-year-old boy who got inoculated with anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia died over the weekend, the Public Attorneys Office (PAO) said on Tuesday.
— Tempo

Duterte: I have no agenda to kill Moros
President Rodrigo Duterte has assured Muslim Filipinos that he is not out to kill them in the wake of fears that they are the most at risk of abuse under the controversial anti-terrorism law.
— Philippine Star

Over 4K firms in NCR compliant with workplace rules vs. Covid-19
Over 80 percent of more than 5,000 business establishments in Metro Manila have complied with the interim guidelines on workplace prevention and control of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

First-half imported car sales down 55% but June shows uptick
IMPORTED vehicle sales dropped 54.8% in the first half of 2020 after the lockdown led to dealership closures, so far exceeding the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc.’s (AVID) expected 40% full-year slump.
— BusinessWorld

LRT-1 operator continues to suffer from low rider count
LIGHT RAIL Manila Corp. (LRMC), operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), continues to suffer from low ridership due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

134 more cops catch COVID-19
The Philippine National Police (PNP) recorded another big spike in coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 infections.
— Philstar

Greta Thunberg: PH anti-terror law puts climate, environment activists at risk
Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday urged the public to support climate and environmental advocates in the Philippines, as the country’s new anti-terror law puts them “at risk” of being easily tagged as terrorists.
— ABS-CBN News

Bong Go denies Duterte referring to ABS-CBN in tirade vs oligarchs
Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday denied allegations that President Rodrigo Duterte was referring to ABS-CBN when the chief executive said he was happy to “dismantle an oligarchy” without declaring martial law.
— ABS-CBN News

Palace says hospitals have enough beds for COVID-19 patients
Malacañang on Tuesday assured the public that there are enough hospital beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients.
— GMA Network

Imported vehicle sales rebound in June
Not only locally assembled vehicles recovered from business disruption due to community quarantine measures but also sales of imported vehicles improved in June compared to the previous month.
— Philippine News Agency

Imaginary oligarchy problem raised to coverup gov’t failure in COVID-19 crisis: Pangilinan
Opposition Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Tuesday refuted comments that oligarchy is a national “problem” that needs to be solved, especially during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
— ABS-CBN News

20 confirmed Covid-19 LSIs to undergo repeat swab
The municipality of Lambunao in Iloilo province is coordinating the repeat swab test of 20 locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who were earlier found positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Other networks not getting ABS-CBN TV ads despite shutdown: industry group
Advertisers will not necessarily shift most of their TV ads to other networks following the shutdown of ABS-CBN’s broadcast operations, an advertising industry group said on Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

DTI to go after ‘online barter trade’, tells online sellers to register
Online barter trade is illegal, the Department of Trade and Industry said on Tuesday as it encouraged online sellers to register with the department and with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
— ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN’s franchise denial has no chilling effect: Cayetano
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday refuted claims that the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise bid would have a “chilling effect” on other media organizations.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP sets July 19 as deadline for installing motorcycle back-riding shields
Motorcycle riders have until July 19 to install the required barriers for back-riding with their spouses or live-in partners amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippine National Police s (PNP) Joint Task Force COVID Shield said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Amid liquor ban during quarantine, Emperador posts ‘robust’ foreign sales in H1
Emperador Inc. on Tuesday reported “robust” growth in its international business in the first half, helping temper losses at home as a result of a liquor ban during the quarantine period that hurt sales.
— Philippine Star

COVID-19 hampered delivery of services to Pinoy cancer patients, organ transplants –experts
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the delivery of other vital health services in some institutions in the Philippines, according to experts on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Most Filipinos believe China held back info on COVID-19 from the world — survey
Three out of five Filipinos are of the consensus that China withheld information from the international community when the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) first emerged in Wuhan in December, new survey data suggests.
— Philippine Star

Defense Secretary Lorenzana says he will self-quarantine after staff member tests positive for COVID-19
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday, July 14, announced he would self-quarantine after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19.
— Eagle News

QC Hall of Justice to be closed until testing, containment measures completed
The Quezon City’s Hall of Justice (HOJ) will remain closed until at the earliest, July 17, as containment measures continued to be conducted in the building premises.
— Philstar

Family of dead man informed by Cebu City gov’t of his ‘recovery’ from COVID-19
The family of an elderly Cebu City resident who died almost two months ago was shocked after they were told by the government that their kin has recovered from COVID-19, various media reported yesterday.
— Coconuts Philippines

Bill seeking to penalize repeated, unjust cancellation of orders for delivery filed
Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill seeking to penalize the repeated and unjust cancellation of orders for delivery to protect delivery riders.
— Eagle News

BARMM to use ‘blended learning’ approach for incoming school year
To ensure that the educational services in the Bangsamoro region will not be hampered amid shifting to the ‘new normal’ brought by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education (MBHTE) will be using a ‘blended learning’ approach for the school year 2020-2021.
— Philippine Information Agency

Costs rise, fewer patients seen amid new normal at dental clinics
In accordance with guidelines issued by the Philippine Dental Association, dental clinics have established a new normal to keep frontliners as well as their patients safe amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

Stay-at-home consumers propel cashless fund transfers in first half
Fund transfers via the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ InstaPay and PESONet facilities dramatically grew in terms of both volume and value in the first half as coronavirus fears and state-initiated lockdowns usher in an unprecedented shift to cashless transactions.
— Philippine Star

In or Out? PH restaurants to increase dining capacity up to 75% starting next week
Philippine restaurants’ dine-in capacities will be increased to 50% in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas and 75% in modified GCQ areas starting Tuesday next week, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced today.
— Coconuts Philippines

 

 

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