Philippines morning news for June 22

Philippines morning news for June 22

Philippines morning newsPH coronavirus cases climb past 30,000, death toll at 1,169
The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed past 30,000 on Sunday, June 21.
— Rappler

No proof $2.1-B Wirecard funds entered Philippine banks — BSP
Regulators have so far found no evidence that local banks are keeping the $2.1 billion missing from German payments provider at the center of a global accounting controversy.
— Philippine Star

PH again lands on global top 10 worst countries for workers
The Philippines once again landed on the top 10 list of worst countries for working people, according to the 2020 global rights index of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
— Rappler

50 OFWs who died of Covid-19 to be buried in Saudi Arabia
Malacañang on Sunday bared that the remains of some 50 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will be buried in the host country.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines seeks to resume exploration for oil and gas in South China Sea
THE Department of Energy (DoE) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are seeking ways to resume exploration in the West Philippine Sea as pandemic restrictions ease, citing the need to assert sovereignty in disputed waters.
— BusinessWorld Online

Bad Journalism: The Antithesis Of Democracy
In the same manner that “freedom of the press” is one of the pillars of democracy, the “rule of law” is also an important bedrock of democracy.
— The Asean Post

Retail sector growth tied to FDI by Congressional study
THE House of Representatives Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) said in a report that increased foreign direct investment (FDI) is required in order to sustain the growth of the retail sector.
— BusinessWorld Online

Coronavirus pandemic forces over 51,000 Filipinos to return to PH
Over 3 months since the coronavirus outbreak grew into a pandemic, more than 51,000 overseas Filipinos have returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday, June 21.
— Rappler

Gov’t to fund PH participation in ‘Solidarity Trials’ next year
The government has committed to set aside funds for the country’s participation in the “Solidarity Trials” launched by the World Health Organization to find an effective treatment for COVID-19.
— Tempo

Customs bureau destroys 11.2 tons of meds, food with no FDA approval
The Bureau of Customs on Saturday, June 20, destroyed 11.2 tons of medicines, food and other chemicals that have no Food and Drug Administration approval.
— Eagle News

Tourism contributes 12.7 % to GDP in 2019
The tourism sector’s higher contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019 underscores the crucial role of the industry not only to the economy, but also to employment generation as well, according to industry stakeholders.
— Philippine Star

288 patients enrolled for WHO trials for COVID cure
A total of 288 coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 patients have enrolled in the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trials, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
— Philippine Star

NG April borrowings rise 7-fold to P262.7B
GROSS borrowings of the national government in April grew nearly sevenfold to P262.747 billion as the state borrowed more from both domestic and foreign sources to finance the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Business Mirror

AMLC chief confident Philippines to avoid sanctions from dirty money laundering
The Philippines is likely to avoid sanctions from global watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) with the passage of the anti-terror bill, the Anti-Money Laundering Council said.
— Philippine Star

DepEd says over 13 million have enrolled for SY 2020-2021 so far
The total number of enrollees for school year 2020-2021 has reached over 13 million, as schools continued their remote enrollment of students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Eagle News

MSME loans reach P457 billion in end-April
Loans extended by Philippine banks to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) reached P457 billion as of end-April as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) urges financial institutions to lend more to the sector.
— Philippine Star

Month’s delay in class reopening means P96B-P134B economic toll
EACH month of delay in reopening of classes could cost the economy between P96 billion and P134 billion in lost income and economic activity, said an economist-lawmaker.
— Business Mirror

Virus blow to Philippine aviation felt hard on the ground
Don Martin Atilano, 28, was determined to pursue a career in aviation. But color vision deficiency limited his chances of becoming a pilot or a flight attendant, so he settled for the next best thing by landing a job in the industry’s ground handling services.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

MPTC wants cashless transaction in all its expressways
METRO Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) has proposed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) the implementation of a full-contactless toll collection system in its expressways.
— Business Mirror

2 die as tunnel collapses in Cebu
Two workers were buried alive in a tunnel that collapsed in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City yesterday morning.
— Philstar

Coronavirus drives Malawi tobacco farmers to the brink
During his 15 years as a Malawian tobacco farmer, Boniface Namate has had to overcome many difficulties growing the plant that is the country’s biggest export earner.
— Rappler

Government set to review COVID data this week
The government will review the data on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Metro Manila this week to determine whether to adjust quarantine measures in the capital region.
— Philippine Star

Over 88,000 OFWs in UAE seek aid, but funds only for 17,000
At least 88,585 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have applied for financial aid from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai , as they struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Credit raters to keep close eye on PHL recovery
THE country’s pace of recovery after the crisis will be a key consideration in sovereign rating assessment, according to credit raters.
— BusinessWorld Online

BIR sets new deadline for tax amnesty on delinquencies to Dec. 31
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has extended the deadline for the tax amnesty on delinquencies until the end of the year.
— ABS-CBN News

Pinoys’ local trips spending spells 22% of household bills
THE tourism sector’s contribution to the economy, as expressed in the gross domestic product (GDP), expanded to 12.7 percent in 2019, from 12.3 percent in 2018, latest government data show.
— Business Mirror

4.2M households to receive cash aid this week
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday said the payout of the second tranche of cash aid from the social amelioration program (SAP) would be completed within the week.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DTI says probing alleged abuse of PWD discount cards
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Sunday said it is investigating reports of alleged abuse of discount cards meant for Persons with Disability (PWD).
— ABS-CBN News

Gov’t threatens to take action vs cryptocurrency schemes claiming support from officials
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said it will take “legal and regulatory action” against digital-currency investment schemes claiming backing from government officials, including the Secretary of Finance himself.
— BusinessWorld Online

No more motorcycle taxis but private ‘angkas’ allowed soon
The government’s pilot study on motorcycle taxis expired in April so they are again deemed illegal unless Congress crafts a law that would allow them as a mode of public transportation, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Friday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Don t phase out traditional jeepneys amid pandemic, Robredo urges
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday urged the government not to phase out traditional jeepneys amid the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that it will further put struggling jeepney drivers at a disadvantage.
— GMA Network

Robredo calls for physical classes in COVID-free areas
Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to study the proposal to conduct face-to-face classes in areas where there are no reported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), citing the difficulty in implementing distance learning for students with special needs.
— Philippine Star

Philippines coal imports continue to rise
The Philippines continues to rely heavily on coal imports as it has consumed more imported coal than it produced last year, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).
— Philippine Star

Coronavirus death among overseas Pinoys nears 500
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Sunday that one more Filipino abroad was infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the number of persons overseas contracting the disease to 6,141.
— Philippine News Agency

450 stranded travelers to leave for Cebu, Iloilo on board PH Navy ship
At least 450 locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) in Metro Manila are set to leave for Cebu and Iloilo on Monday, June 22, on board a vessel of the Philippine Navy.
— Rappler

Palace says transport woes to be over by June 22
Malacañang is optimistic that transportation woes will be over starting Monday with the resumption of the operations of buses, modern jeepneys, and UV Express.
— Philippine Star

Piñol seeks lifting of ‘no backride’ policy in Mindanao
Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Saturday the government’s ‘no backride’ policy snags the economic recovery of the country.
— Philippine News Agency

DFA releases updates on travel bans, restrictions
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released Sunday infographics showing travel bans and restrictions in over 160 countries in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa.
— Philippine News Agency

Duque still enjoys Duterte’s trust despite Ombudsman probe –Go
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III still has the trust of President Rodrigo Duterte even as he is a subject of an Ombudsman investigation over issues related to the Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, Senator Bong Go said Sunday.
— GMA Network

UV Express units not yet allowed on roads on Monday –DOTr consultant
The deployment of UV Express units on Monday will not push through since the routes are still being determined by the Department of Transportation, DOTr road sector consultant Alberto Suansing said on Sunday.
— GMA Network

MMDA to place hazard markers on EDSA
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will place hazard markers along EDSA following reports of vehicular accidents involving concrete barriers.
— Philstar

Pandemic forces PH schools to slash varsity budget
Varsity sports absorbed a major blow amid the pandemic, with several Philippine school officials admitting they’re forced to cut the budget for sports programs.
— Rappler

Palace leaves UHC fate, issues hounding PhilHealth to Morales
Malacañang has deferred to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales to decide on the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act or Republic Act 11223.
— Philippine News Agency

Entrapment operation nets 2 Chinese, P21-M worth of face masks
Authorities have arrested two Chinese nationals and seized PHP21 million worth of face masks during entrapment operation in Taguig City, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

LIST: Which countries can Filipinos travel to during pandemic?
With no near end in sight to the coronavirus pandemic , countries continue to implement travel restrictions.
— Rappler

Use Subic airport for OFW repatriation efforts, Gordon urges
Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday urged the opening of the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) to accommodate flights for repatriated Filipino workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— GMA Network

WEF global poll: Filipinos spent most time on social media in ’19
FILIPINOS spent the most time on social-media networks in 2019, according to the latest Global Web Index (GWI) released by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
— Business Mirror

FaceApp potentially mining user data, NBI warns
The National Bureau of Investigation on Sunday warned Filipinos against the use of FaceApp which might be mining their information.
— ABS-CBN News

US urges PH to shun Chinese 5G network
As governments around the world reevaluate adoption of 5G networks being rolled out by Chinese tech giants due to security issues, the United States is enjoining its allies, including the Philippines, to consider alternatives offered by firms not influenced by China’s government.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Over half of labor force not covered by social security
MORE than half of the labor force, particularly those between 15 to 59 years old, are not social security members, according to a study released by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
— Business Mirror

Belated crime reports surge after lockdown
Police officials last month reveled in data suggesting a 61 percent drop in criminality when Luzon was under lockdown but fresh data now shows that the vaunted drop was only a Potemkin village that hid the crimes committed in private homes under strict quarantine.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

BI deports 7 Chinese fugitives
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported seven Chinese nationals, including fugitives from justice and those without the necessary permits and visas. The Chinese nationals were also placed under the bureau’s blacklist to perpetually ban them from reentering the Philippines.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Poe: Gov t officials delaying connectivity infra must be held liable
Government officials delaying the setting up of crucial connectivity infrastructures nationwide must be brought to account, Senator Grace Poe said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Aklan councilors want charges filed vs coronavirus positive BFP staffer
The councilors of Malay, Aklan urged acting town mayor Frolibar Bautista and two government agencies to file charges against a Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) staffer for allegedly breaching quarantine protocols and possibly endangering residents and frontliners after she tested positive for the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Lawmakers want review of disability benefits law amid ‘fake PWD’ allegations
Two House lawmakers over the weekend called on the health and interior departments along with the National Council on Disability Affairs to review the implementation of the law granting persons with disabilities discounts to clamp down on the proliferation of ‘fake PWDs.’
— Philippine Star

15 Metro Manila routes open for compliant modern jeepneys on June 22
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will open an initial 15 routes in Metro Manila for compliant modern jeepneys on Monday, June 22, as part of its efforts to gradually reopen public transportation in the capital region, which is under general community quarantine (GCQ).
— Rappler

Pangilinan: Provide more jobs, increase COVID testing
Senator Francis Kiko Pangilinan on Sunday, Father’s Day, called on the government to provide jobs for unemployed Filipinos, especially fathers, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— GMA Network

PNP to fast-track new COVID testing lab after recording 33 new cases
The national police is looking to expedite the construction of its second coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratory after its tally of cases reached 483 patients over the weekend.
— Philippine Star

PNP warns public about cockfighting, vows to punish rogue cops
The Philippine National Police on Sunday warned the public about engaging in illegal cockfighting amid community quarantine measures and vowed to penalize cops who are involved in such activities.
— GMA Network

Mining firms donate P30 million worth of rice to Palaweños
Mining firms Rio Tuba Mining Corp. (RTN), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp., and Coral Bay Nickel Corp. (CBNC) have donated a combined P30 million to purchase sacks of rice intended for the Palaweños.
— Philippine Star

Over half of women in PH, 4 other countries doing more household work due to pandemic
More than half of women in 5 countries, including the Philippines, say they have had to do more household work because of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

LOOK: Partial solar eclipse wows Pinoy sky-gazers
Filipinos were treated to the sight of a partial solar eclipse on Sunday afternoon as the moon covered a portion of earth’s view of the sun.
— GMA Network

Gov’t fine-tunes protocols for return of more LSIs
The government is “polishing” health and safety protocols for the return of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to their respective hometowns, Malacañang said over the weekend.
— Philippine News Agency

Army opens mental health center
The Philippine Army opened its Mental Health Resiliency Center (MHRC) at the Army General Hospital in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig over the weekend.
— Philstar

Palace leaves UHC fate, issues hounding PhilHealth to Morales
Malacañang has deferred to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales to decide on the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act or Republic Act 11223.
— Philippine News Agency

OFWs urged to venture into agriculture
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is urging overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to jumpstart any agriculture and fishery ventures should they decide to return home amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

House panel not keen to rush digital currency legislation
The House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries isn’t in a rush to approve bills proposing the country’s adoption of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).
— Manila Bulletin

IATF affirms exemption of PUVs from local curfews
Public utility vehicles (PUVs) no longer have to worry about curfews.This after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) affirmed exemption of PUVs from local curfew ordinances under Resolution No. 47.
— Philippine News Agency

Team PH sweeps Indonesia in FIBA Esports Open with 36-point romp
Team Pilipinas brought out the brooms against Indonesia as it swept the Southeast Asia Conference of the FIBA Esports Open with a resounding 71-35 win in Game 5 on Sunday, June 21.
— Rappler

Ilocos Sur turns 12 container vans into COVID-19 isolation facilities
The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS), through the PGIS COVID Action Center, has converted 12 container vans into isolation facilities which will accommodate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.
— Philippine Information Agency

Proposed increase in Boracay environmental fees needs further study-provincial board
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Aklan wants a further review and study of a new proposal to raise the environmental fee charged to tourists and guests to sustain the environmental and waste management programs in Boracay Island.
— Rappler

PPOC-Southern Leyte shares P500K to build Army’s new camp nearer to province
The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Southern Leyte will share some amount in the construction of the Philippine Army’s new camp in Mahaplag, Leyte which is now nearer to the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Go wants swifter digital transformation of government agencies
Sen. Bong Go is calling for swifter digital transformation of government agencies to make it easier for people to access various basic services online.
— Philippine Star

 

 

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