Philippines morning news for June 2

Philippines morning news for June 2

Philippines morning news

‘Fresh’ or ‘late’ cases? DOH still validating 6,800 coronavirus tests
Health authorities have 6,800 coronavirus tests to validate to clear its backlog, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Monday, June 1.
— Rappler

Amidst COVID-19, DOH warns of other deadly diseases during rains
As the country faces the COVID1-19 pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) here warns residents on the risks of contracting diseases during the rainy season, especially leptospirosis and the deadly dengue.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ruling on cyber libel case vs Rappler’s Ressa out on June 15
A Manila court is set to issue its ruling on the government’s cyber libel case against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on June 15.
— Philippine Star

COVID deaths decline since April, doubling time slows down, as DOH reconciles late, fresh virus cases
The Department of Health announced declining deaths in the past few weeks as it reported 552 COVID-19 cases on Monday, June 1, bringing the total coronavirus cases in the country to 18,638.
— Eagle News

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terrorism bill feared to clamp down on basic rights
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, June 1, certified as urgent a proposed tougher law against terrorism, clearing the way for Congress to fast-track the passage of the controversial bill feared to clamp down on Filipinos’ basic freedoms.
— Rappler

ABS-CBN denies violating Charter, but admits ex-chairman Gabby Lopez is americaN
Embattled ABS-CBN yesterday slammed accusations that it breached provisions of the Constitution even as it declared that its former chairman and president Gabby Lopez is an American citizen and that nothing unlawful was committed when government acknowledged the Lopez family as its real and legal owner in 1986.
— Tempo

2,875 Filipinos still detained for violating quarantine
There are 2,875 Filipinos still in jails nationwide for violation of quarantine protocols, data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.
— Rappler

Philippines capital comes back to life although COVID-19 threat lingers
Millions of people returned to work in the Philippine capital on Monday (Jun 1) as one of the world’s strictest and longest coronavirus lockdowns was eased to help resuscitate an economy that has been battered by the closure.

Factory activity declines slightly in May
Manufacturing activity in the country declined at a softer pace in May as subdued recovery was seen in output and new orders amid the easing of restrictions in areas outside of Metro Manila, according to the latest IHS Markit Philippines Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).
— Philippine Star

2 to 3 cyclones seen this month
Two to three tropical cyclones are expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this month, the state weather bureau said yesterday.
— Philstar

Chaos as thousands return to work in Metro Manila
They were raring to go back to work on Monday after three months of being cooped up at home.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Drilon to DOH: Come clean on COVID-19 reporting
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday dared the Department of Health (DOH) to come clean on its sudden decision to change its system of reporting confirmed coronavirus infections, which differentiates “fresh” from “late” cases.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Use of schools as COVID-19 facilities to cease by end of June -DepEd
The Department of Education on Monday said it is possible that schools converted to quarantine facilities for COVID-19 will no longer be used for such a purpose by the end of June.
— GMA Network

DepEd closes Davao Oro school for ‘deficiencies’
The Department of Education in Davao Region (DepEd-11) has denied the application of the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao, Inc. (CTCSM) in the Davao de Oro town of Maco.
— Philippine News Agency

ABS-CBN shutdown deprives 3.129 million Filipinos of critical info amid pandemic- Sato
The shutdown of media giant ABS-CBN Corp deprives 3.129 million Filipinos of critical information and entertainment while struggling through the coronavirus pandemic, a lawmaker said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

Emergency powers vs Covid extended?
SENATORS on Monday firmed up a consensus backing the extension of President Duterte’s emergency powers to allow him to continue steering the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Business Mirror

DOLE order for manning agencies to pay for seafarers’ lodging hit
Manning agencies are objecting to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) order compelling recruitment and manning agencies to shoulder the board and lodging expenses of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), saying that such policy may lead to their bankruptcy.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘Mass transport fiasco could lead to resurgence of Covid cases’
A coalition of the country’s biggest labor unions on Monday said the national government’s failure to provide adequate public transportation on the first day of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in Metro Manila could lead to the resurgence Covid-19 cases in the region.
— Business Mirror

Jeepney drivers urge gov’t to allow them to ply routes as GCQ begins in M. Manila
A group of jeepney drivers in Tondo, Manila have resorted to begging to make ends meet for their families, as government continues to bar public utility jeepneys from plying their routes even with the shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) Monday in the National Capital Region (NCR).
— ABS-CBN News

PHL eyes $200-million World Bank loan to boost fisheries output
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday said it is eyeing a $200-million loan (P10.4 billion) from the World Bank to fund its program that seeks to improve the country’s fisheries output and protect its “blue economy” resources.
— Business Mirror

Coronavirus infections among Filipinos abroad top 5,200
The number of Filipinos abroad infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has breached 5,200 as 34 new cases were recorded,the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

House one step away from passing P1.3-trillion stimulus package vs pandemic
The House of Representatives passed on second reading the P1.3-trillion stimulus package aiming to help combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.
— Rappler

Anti-terrorism bill erodes human rights, worsens impunity –NUPL
The proposed anti-terrorism law will erode human rights and worsen the climate of impunity in the Philippines, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) warned on Monday.
— GMA Network

Taal update: Nine volcanic quakes, weak steaming monitored; alert level 1 still raised
Nine volcanic earthquakes were monitored at Taal within 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said on Monday, June 1.
— Eagle News

House should have cited NTC in contempt: 1987 Constitution framer
The House of Representatives should have cited in contempt the National Telecommunications Commission for skipping last week’s inquiry into ABS-CBN’s bid for a franchise renewal, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Ombudsman suspends operation of public assistance offices amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Office of the Ombudsman has indefinitely suspended its request for assistance function under the Public Assistance Bureau and the Public Assistance and Corruption Prevention Bureaus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— GMA Network

Teachers to receive P3,500 cash allowance in June – DepEd
The Department of Education said on Monday that teachers are set to receive a one-time P3,500 cash allowance each this June to be used for any teaching-related expenses for the entire school year.
— GMA Network

Philippines, Singapore ease lockdowns but here’s the difference
While the Philippines and Singapore are both easing their coronavirus lockdowns at the start of this month, the two countries are miles apart in stopping the spread of COVID-19 while their people are under quarantine.
— Rappler

Where are the promised 30,000 tests a day? The government’s moving targets
Nearly 3 months after quarantine restrictions were first put in place in the country, the Philippine government is still struggling to ramp up its capacity to test individuals for the coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

House approves bill seeking to increase limits on election spending
The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure increasing the limit of election campaign expenses per voter of candidates and political parties.
— GMA Network

52 health workers in Central Visayas positive for coronavirus
At least 52 health workers have tested positive so far in the Central Visayas, according to a bulletin released on Sunday, May 31, by the Department of Health Region 7.
— Rappler

House OKs P1.3-trillion ARISE bill for jobs protection, stimulus
THE proposed P1.3-trillion Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy (ARISE), which will be used to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the country, is now inching its way to become a law.
— Business Mirror

‘Forbes’ dubs PHL ‘rising star’ tourist site post-pandemic
THE Philippines was dubbed a “rising star” along with six other countries expected to win major tourist attention after the Covid-19 pandemic eases.
— Business Mirror

Sotto: Use money for contact tracers to treat COVID-19 patients instead
The projected multibillion-peso funding for the hiring of additional contact tracers — crucial to the Test, Trace, Treat strategy against COVID-19 — should instead be used to procure medicine and equipment for the treatment of those who have contracted the disease, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Monday.
— Philippine Star

COVID-19 ‘manageable,’ no need to give hazard pay to gov’t employees, says Roque
The Philippine government will no longer give hazard pay to its employees who will report for work during the general community quarantine (GCQ) because COVID-19 is supposedly spreading at a slower rate, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced today in a virtual presser.
— Coconuts Philippines

BSP cool to further loan payment extensions under Bayanihan Act
The Bangko Sentral ng PIlipinas (BSP) has indicated apprehensions to a further postponement in loan payments beyond this month once Congress decides to extend President Duterte’s emergency powers during the pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Number of health workers with COVID-19 rise to 2,606; recoveries now at 1,402
The number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 2,606, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday.
— GMA Network

Roque to UN exec: Necessary use of force not prohibited by State
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said the use of force on the citizenry is not prohibited by the State as long as it is “necessary” and “proportional”.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP reports over 1000 “fraudulent claims” from police pension fund
Over 1000 claims from the Philippine National Pension fund have been found to be fraudulent, the PNP reported on Monday, June 1.
— Eagle News

Gov’t repatriates 160 Filipinos from Japan
The government has recently repatriated over 100 Filipinos from Japan, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday, June 1.
— Eagle News

Duterte: PhilHealth reviewing new COVID-19 benefit package
A proposed update to the benefit package for COVID-19 testing has been submitted to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) board for evaluation, President Rodrigo Duterte told Congress on Monday.
— GMA Network

DOH claims small victory vs COVID
The Department of Health (DOH) yesterday said it had achieved a “small victory” in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Philippine Star

Banks to play key role in Philippines recovery
Local banks are expected to play a key role in the country’s post-coronavirus recovery process, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— Philippine Star

4M beneficiaries identified in SAP 2nd tranche
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday said the agency has already validated almost 4 million additional beneficiaries for the second tranche of the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).
— Philippine News Agency

Boracay swimming ban lifted
The municipal government of Malay in Aklan has allowed swimming in Boracay, but only for local residents.
— Philstar

51 percent of German firms holding back investments in PH, but not because of COVID-19
More than half of German companies are holding back their investments in the Philippines because they find the economy too restrictive, data showed.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

House OKs PCR testing for vulnerable sectors on 2nd reading
A proposed measure seeking to make coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing more accessible to vulnerable members of society is inching its way into becoming law at the House of Representatives.
— Philippine News Agency

COA questions validity of NHA’s P1.12-B compromise with R-II Builders
The Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the validity of the National Housing Authority (NHA) s P1.12 billion compromise agreement with private contractor R-II Builders, Inc. in connection with the Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project (SMRDP).
— GMA Network

ABS-CBN addresses supposed 50-year franchise ‘limit’, other allegations at House hearing
Embattled media giant ABS-CBN on Monday refuted allegations that it had violated the Constitution — including an assertion that the network had exceeded a 50-year limit on having a legislative franchise.
— Philippine Star

Angara sponsors Bayanihan Law 2 as Philippines COVID-19 battle continues
The passage of a bill seeking to authorize President Rodrigo Duterte to exercise necessary powers to effectively respond to the impact of COVID-19 in the next three months was sought in the Senate on Monday as the country enters the next phase of the battle with the pandemic: reopening the economy.
— GMA Network

Cebu City courts closed until June 5 after employee tests positive for coronavirus
The Cebu City Hall of Justice remains closed until June 5 after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus, Cebu City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Macaundas Hadjirasul said on Monday, June 1.
— Rappler

No untoward incident recorded on 1st day of GCQ -PNP
No major untoward incident was recorded during the first day of the general community quarantine in the National Capital Region, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday afternoon.
— GMA Network

Work from Home? Duterte to deliver coronavirus report from Davao City
Members of the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19 will be expected to fly to Davao City this week, where President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the country’s coronavirus response, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said today.
— Coconuts Philippines

Senators unanimously approve proposal to delay start of classes
Senators on Monday, June 1, unanimously approved on final reading a bill which seeks to give the President the power to start classes later than August during a state of emergency.
— Rappler

DA Bicol expedites indemnification for ASF affected farmers
The Department of Agriculture (DA) Bicol regional field office has already paid 39 backyard swine raisers from seven barangays of this municipality amounting to P960,000.00 as indemnification for the 192 hogs depopulated as part of the protocol to stem the spread of the African Swine Fever which has already affected 10 municipalities in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

As remote enrollment begins, Filipinos debate distance learning for students
Would you enroll your children in school in the middle of a raging pandemic?
— Rappler

Business groups ‘appalled’ as officials violate rules while Filipinos suffer
The Philippines’ biggest business groups slammed public officials violating health protocols, while ordinary citizens get arrested for being unable to conform to one of the most strict lockdowns in the world.
— Rappler

Man kills 2, wounds 4 over alleged septic tank feud in Davao City
A retired government employee allegedly shot dead two people and wounded four others after he confronted them over their stinking septic tank yesterday in Davao City.
— Coconuts Philippines

No need for quarantine pass under GCQ, except in critical areas, buffer zones – DILG
Starting Monday, June 1, residents in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) no longer need a quarantine pass to step out of their homes, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said in a statement Sunday, May 31.
— Rappler

7 undocumented Filipinos intercepted in Turtle Islands
Authorities have intercepted and placed under quarantine seven undocumented returning Filipinos in the Turtle Islands municipality, Tawi-Tawi, an official said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Kadiwa on Wheels’ generates P15-M in Davao Region
Department of Agriculture in Davao Region’s (DA-11) Kadiwa on Wheels has generated a total of PHP15.3 million after 49 days of operations in at least 32 barangays in this city.
— Philippine News Agency

Bato pushes bill to increase number of women police officers
A bill seeking to increase the number of women police officers in the Philippines was sponsored by Senator Ronald Bato Dela Rosa on Monday.
— GMA Network

PNR service delayed by hours due to obstruction
The operations of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) was delayed by hours on Monday due to an obstruction on its tracks.
— GMA Network

QC to launch online system for permit application, business renewal
The Quezon City government will launch a new system to allow for the online submission of applications for building permits and business licenses, the local government announced on Sunday, May 31.
— Eagle News

Transport woes mark Metro GCQ
The Armed Forces of the Philippines deployed at least 48 buses and trucks to transport hundreds of passengers who were stranded on the first day of the transition of Metro Manila to general community quarantine yesterday.
— Tempo

Groups mourn murder of urban poor leader
Several groups slammed the continuing attacks against activists and critics, after longtime Kadamay leader Carlito Badion was found dead in Ormoc City last Thursday, May 28.
— Rappler

‘Priceless investment’: Why PH telco Smart tapped Hyun Bin for new campaign
In a country where the latest K-drama isn’t just a novelty but a national obsession, it only made sense for Smart, one of two major telecommunication networks, to tap South Korean star Hyun Bin as the face of its latest campaign.
— Rappler

ABS-CBN volunteered, not forced to shut down operations –House leader
Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta on Monday insisted that ABS-CBN voluntarily, not forcibly, shut down its broadcast operations on May 5 after it was issued a cease and desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
— GMA Network

Navotas gov’t announces truck ban policies
The Navotas government has announced its truck ban policies, as Metro Manila shifts to a general community quarantine on Monday, June 1.
— Eagle News

As May ends, DSWD unable to release cash aid for 2nd tranche
Millions of poor families expecting to get their second tranche of cash aid in May from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) emergency subsidy program (ESP) were left waiting as the funds are still on hold.
— Rappler

oCot Covid-19 testing center to operate this week
The provincial government of South Cotabato is eyeing to start the full operation of its testing center for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Koronadal City within the week.
— Philippine News Agency

PLDT Enterprise lays groundwork for business resilience under ‘new normal’
The world has felt the negative effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the economy and society at large, pushing organizations and businesses to adapt to new ways of operating in order to survive.
— Rappler

PNP asked to probe source of info on identities of Covid-19 cases
The Negros Oriental Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) wants the police and other law enforcement authorities to investigate the circulation of information that revealed the identities of seven alleged positive coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Ursabia is new Philippine Coast Guard commandant
Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr. was appointed as the new commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard following the retirement of Admiral Joel Garcia after 35 years of service yesterday.
— Tempo



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