Philippines morning news for June 1

Philippines morning news for June 1

Philippines morning news

Duterte’s virus defense faces test as Philippines lockdown eases
Wearing face masks, millions in the Philippine capital will emerge from one of the world’s longest virus lockdowns on Monday in a test of how well President Rodrigo Duterte built the country’s pandemic response.
— ABS-CBN News

Nearly 100,000 OFWs stranded worldwide due to virus lockdowns
Nearly 100,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) worldwide are stranded due to lockdown measures in light of the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Transport sector workers seek subsidies to address reduced capacity under GCQ
A coalition of transport sector workers and advocates on Saturday expressed concern over the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases’ decision to limit the number of buses and jeepneys available when Metro Manila shifts to the more relaxed general community quarantine on Monday.
— Philippine Star

Philippines confirms 862 more COVID-19 cases; total tops 18,000
The Philippines on Sunday logged 862 more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–16 fresh, or newly validated and 846 reported late–bringing the total to 18,086 ahead of Metro Manila s shift to a general community quarantine on Monday.
— GMA Network

PPP projects vital to Covid response were shelved
TWO projects under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative that would have allowed the Philippines to better cope with the ill effects of the pandemic were shelved in 2013 and 2014.
— Business Mirror

DOH reporting of COVID-19 cases draws flak
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday drew flak from lawmakers and a local official for apparently playing down the extent of the new coronavirus epidemic in the Philippines by claiming that most of the hundreds of recently confirmed infections were just “late cases” and that the drop in “fresh cases” indicated the government’s success in containing the contagion.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Wuhan-Manila flight carried only cargo, CAAP says
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) over the weekend clarified that the flight from Wuhan, China to Manila only carried cargo, and was not a passenger flight.
— GMA Network

NAIA set to resume limited domestic flights
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is gearing up for the resumption of domestic flights, as Metro Manila is about to ease into general community quarantine (GCQ) in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

AirAsia to resume domestic flight ops on June 3
AirAsia will resume domestic flight operations on June 3. The airline made the announcement as Metro Manila transitions into a general community quarantine area on Monday.
— Eagle News

Taal update: 5 quakes, weak steaming monitored; alert level 1 still raised
Five quakes were monitored at Taal within a 24-hour period, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
— Eagle News

Manila to close business establishments, lock down barangays violating quarantine rules
Business establishments caught violating the “no mask, no entry” policy during the general community quarantine (GCQ) will face closure, the Manila City government announced on Saturday, May 30.
— Eagle News

House OKs anti-terror bill on 1st reading
The House of Representatives has passed on first reading the bill seeking to impose harsher punishment for committing terroristic acts.
— Philippine Star

Malacañang seeks 90-day extension of Duterte special powers for COVID-19
Malacañang wants the law giving President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to respond to the coronavirus pandemic to be valid for another 3 months, or until September 2020.
— Rappler

Philippine Airlines delays domestic flights resumption to June 8
Philippine Airlines said Saturday it would resume its domestic flights on June 8, a week later than its initial announcement.
— ABS-CBN News

United Nations to allocate $96.2 million for PHL’s battle against Covid
The United Nations will be allocating a total of $96.2 million for the Philippines under its revised Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) response plan in light of the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Business Mirror

Philippines borrows $4.55 billion for COVID-19 response
The Philippines has secured some $4.55 billion in foreign loans from different financial institutions for its COVID-19 response as of mid-May, the Department of Finance said Sunday.
— ABS-CBN News

Peza okays 26 fresh projects as virus lockdowns are eased
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) has approved 26 fresh projects that will bring in over P13 billion in new capital and generate nearly 20,000 jobs, as investors take their next steps now that quarantine restrictions nationwide are eased.
— Business Mirror

Philippines to see penumbral lunar eclipse on June 6
A penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippines on June 6, the state astronomical agency said on Sunday.
— ABS-CBN News

CAB to airlines: Cancel domestic flights
The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has advised airline companies to cancel the resumption of their flights starting today.
— Philippine Star

DOH clears backlog, says no more late COVID-19 cases to be reported starting June 1
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said that starting Monday, June 1, no more “late” COVID-19 cases will be reported until the remaining certified laboratories that have not yet submitted their complete line lists do so.
— GMA Network

Tourism travel allowed only between MGCQ areas
The Department of Tourism welcomes the gradual resumption of tourism operations in some parts of the country, but stressed that travel for tourism purposes can only be done between areas under modified general community quarantine or MGCQ.
— Philippine Star

P50 million medical supplies seized
The Bureau of Customs confiscated last week around P50 million worth of allegedly overpriced medical supplies and equipment from warehouses in San Juan and Malabon.
— Philstar

Health workers with COVID-19 now 2,560; recoveries up to 1,342
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported that the number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) climbed to 2,560.
— GMA Network

Philippines approves imports of cattle embryo
The Philippines has allowed cattle embryos coming from the United States to enter the country with initial sales expected to reach P20 million in one year.
— Philippine Star

92 foreigners held for quarantine violation
Ninety Chinese and two Malaysians allegedly violating health and safety protocols for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 were arrested during a raid on an illegal Philippine offshore gaming operator firm in Bacoor, Cavite on Friday.
— Philstar

Cavite lifts liquor ban on June 1
Cavite residents can once again buy and sell liquor in the province starting Monday, June 1, but consumption will only be allowed inside their homes.
— Rappler

Duterte admin giving returning OFWs ‘VIP treatment’ – Roque
Malacañang took exception to criticism from labor group Migrante International that the Duterte government has treated overseas Filipino workers like garbage in its efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

PRRD thanks Bahrain for granting pardon to 16 Pinoys
President Rodrigo Duterte has thanked His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa for granting royal pardon to 16 Filipinos in the Kingdom of Bahrain, including two who were pardoned on the occasion of Eid’l Fitr, a Palace official said.
— Philippine News Agency

Legazpi City maintains 7-hour curfew despite shift to MGCQ
The City Interagency Task Force (IATF) has announced the seven-hour curfew would remain hoisted here even as the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) kicks off on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Digital deficit must be closed given shift to online platforms -Recto
The government must fund projects that will close the “huge digital deficit” in the Philippines as students and workers move to online platforms amid the coronavirus pandemic, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Strict enforcement of guidelines to boost tourist confidence
The strict enforcement of health and safety operational guidelines is seen to help the Philippines regain the trust of tourists as a safe and viable tourism destination sooner, which will hasten the recovery of the industry, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
— Philippine Star

No coronavirus emergency cash aid for June – Roque
Low-income families shouldn’t expect emergency cash aid from the government in June given the relaxing of quarantine measures nationwide, according to Malacañang.
— Rappler

All courts set to start full operations
All courts and its offices will reopen beginning tomorrow, June 1, as the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases eased up quarantine restrictions nationwide.
— Philippine Star

DOST allots P5-M funding to help OFWs put up own businesses
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will allot PHP5 million initial funding for its iFWD PH (innovation for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines).
— Philippine News Agency

19 Western Visayas barangay execs charged over SAP anomaly
Nineteen barangay officials in Western Visayas were among those charged over alleged anomalies in the distribution of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP).
— Philstar

Gatchalian bats for ‘risk-based’ approach in reopening of classes
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Sunday suggested that the resumption of classes should be guided by a risk-based approach to consider the safety and health concerns of students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community amid the threat of COVID-19.
— GMA Network

NCDA calls on establishments to grant reps of PWDs availment of 20% discount during the COVID-19 health crisis
The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) calls on all establishments to refrain from requiring children, women, and seniors with disabilities for personal appearance to avail of the 20% discount during public health emergency particularly in areas under General Community Quarantine, Enhanced Community Quarantine, and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.
— Philippine Information Agency

Over 31,000 overseas Filipinos repatriated since February; 65% of them sea-based workers, says DFA
A total of 31,352 overseas Filipinos affected by COVID-19 have been repatriated to the Philippines since February, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Saturday, May 30.
— Eagle News

Public urged to report anomalies amid COVID crisis
At both Senate health committee hearings held last May 26 and 28, Sen. Bong Go urged the public to report anomalies and corruption-related acts to authorities, especially if in connection with the purchase or selling of medical supplies and equipment amid the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Star

PhilHealth eyes libel over claim late payments forcing 300 hospitals to close
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said it was exploring filing libel charges against Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAP) , over his claim that some 300 private hospitals face closure because of delayed reimbursements from the government-owned corporation.
— Rappler

Woman, 70, hacks to death husband, daughter-in-law
A 70-year-old woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly hacking to death her husband and daughter-in-law at their house in Barangay Cabalantian, Manticao, Misamis Oriental.
— Philstar

Thousands may be sidelined by implementation of Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act
Hundreds, if not thousands, of motorcycle riders may have to stay off the road when Republic Act 11235 — a law said to have been passed to curb the use of motorcycles in crimes — comes into force in June.
— Philippine Star

Why futile wars on drugs persist
This month, two international rights advocate groups highlighted “drug war” killings as a result of the brutal campaign initiated in 2016 by Rodrigo Duterte, the maverick president of the Philippines.
— Bangkok Post

Covid-19 among overseas Pinoys rise by 2.3K due to late reports
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Sunday that 2,300 more Filipinos abroad were infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the number of persons overseas contracting the disease to 5,184.
— Philippine News Agency

Coronavirus ‘incidental cause’ of 49 deaths in C. Visayas
The Department of Health (DOH)-Region 7 said 89 percent or 49 of the 55 fatalities are considered to have died with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as “incidental cause”.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM to be placed under MGCQ starting June 1
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will be placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) starting June 1 until June 15, 2020, pursuant to the newly released Resolution No. 41 of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine Information Agency

Videoconferencing hearings to continue in areas under GCQ, says Supreme Court
Hearings through videoconferencing will remain in areas under the general community quarantine, the Supreme Court said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Movements to similar CQ areas no longer need travel passes, says DILG-10
In the case of transit across localities in the same community quarantine setup, such transits will be treated as movements within a single community quarantine zone– thus, there is no need to present travel documents effective June 1, 2020, said Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force press conference, May 29.
— Philippine Information Agency

LGUs, DA strengthen efforts to curb ASF resurgence in Benguet
Local government units and the Department of Agriculture are strengthening measures to curb the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) which has resurged in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

More MRT3 trains but at 13% capacity when Metro Manila enters GCQ
There will be more Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) train sets running on the first day of Metro Manila’s shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) on Monday, June 1.
— Rappler

Customs raid warehouses of company ordered investigated by Duterte
The Bureau of Customs seized an estimated P50 million worth of medical supplies and equipment in warehouses owned by Omnibus Biomedical System, Inc. , a company that has been allegedly selling overpriced medical equipment to the government.
— Rappler

Palace urges cooperation as M. Manila, other areas shift to GCQ
The Palace on Sunday, May 31, urged the public’s cooperation as Metro Manila and other areas prepare to shift to a general community quarantine.
— Eagle News

PhilHealth denies hospitals face closure due to delayed payments
State insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) over the weekend denied claims that hospitals are facing closure due to delayed payments, as it has already disbursed some P52.53 billion this year.
— GMA Network

Stop spreading fake news, BI tells public
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has appealed to the public to stop spreading fake news about arriving aliens despite the ongoing travel restrictions.
— Tempo

Customs seizes, destroys 8.7 tons of unregistered, hazardous goods
Operatives from the Bureau of Customs-NAIA confiscated 8.7 tons of illegally imported medicines, cosmetics, cigarettes and electronic goods in Trece Martires, Cavite on Friday, the BOC said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Life After Lockdown: Limited operations for land transport as more Filipinos hit the road
In between the initial declaration of quarantine and the more stringent enhanced community quarantine was a distinctly static period of limbo and uncertainty, during which the rising tension throughout Metro Manila was palpable for many.
— Philippine Star

Allowing ‘back-riding’ in GCQ areas difficult to implement -DOTr exec
Allowing back-riding on motorcycles in areas under general community quarantine may be difficult to implement considering the huge volume of riders and passengers that need to be checked one by one, an official at the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Most Filipinos relied on cash aid, savings and loans during quarantine — SWS
Most Filipinos depended on government aid, spent personal savings or took out loans for their daily expenses during the quarantine, a Social Weather Stations survey suggests.
— Philippine Star

Baguio City’s unregistered online sellers warned
Baguio City is warning unregistered online sellers, many of whom started operating during the quarantine of Luzon, that they must have permits and must pay taxes.
— Philstar

Davao City coronavirus lab starts recruiting after resignations
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio downplayed the recent resignations at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), which is among the country’s subnational labs for coronavirus, and said the hospital had started to recruit new health workers.
— Rappler

Air Force pilot Erickson Gloria is new military commander guarding West PH Sea
A decorated tactical and rescue pilot from the Air Force is the new military commander in Palawan, whose primary mission includes safeguarding the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

P62.5M to support ECQ affected Caraga farmers, fisherfolk
The Department of Agriculture through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (DA-ACPC) allocates P62.5 million assistance to farmers and fisherfolk in Caraga whose incomes were affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Information Agency

AgSur farmers to get P125.8-M support under RRP
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Caraga is providing rice seeds and fertilizer subsidies to farmers in the region for the wet cropping season.
— Philippine Information Agency

PNP recruitment and training programs to resume as NCR eases to GCQ on June 1
Recruitment and training programs will resume under the “new normal” starting Monday, June 1, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Saturday, May 30.
— Eagle News

Religious gatherings allowed in MGCQ areas starting June 1 -Guevarra
Starting Monday, religious gatherings will be allowed in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), but only up to 50% of any venue’s capacity, Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Mother arrested for livestreaming sexual abuse of own children
A 35-year-old mother was arrested Saturday, May 30, inside her home in Caloocan for selling livestream feeds of the sexual abuse of 3 of her own children, ages 8 to 17, and their 4-year-old cousin.
— Rappler

POEA warns vs. online illegal recruitment schemes
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Sunday warned the public, particularly would-be overseas Filipino workers, against online illegal recruitment schemes promising deployment after the lockdown or work interview after quarantine”.
— Philippine News Agency

More COVID testing for cops mulled
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is planning to set up two more testing centers for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for their men in the provinces as the number of those infected by the virus among policemen continues to increase.
— Tempo

P.5 million reward up for Cotabato City official’s killers
The reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers of the secretary of Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi of this city is now P550,000.
— Philstar

Mt. Province declares CPP-NPA, other lawless elements ‘persona non-grata’
The provincial government joins the Sangguniang Bayan of the ten municipalities of the province in condemning the terroristic actions of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and other lawless elements in their respective jurisdictions.
— Philippine Information Agency

 

 

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