Philippines morning news for June 26

Philippines morning news for June 26

Philippines morning news

570,000 Philippines aviation jobs at risk — IATA
More than half a million Filipinos in aviation and its supporting industries could lose their jobs as economic uncertainty continues due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
— Philippine Star

Cebu City nurses planning to quit as hospitals see spike in COVID-19 cases
Nurses and other medical professionals in Cebu City are threatening to quit as private hospitals continue to admit an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, a doctor based in the Queen City of the South said today.
— Coconuts Philippines

Philippines retains Tier 1 in 2020 US human trafficking report
The Philippines ranks Tier 1, for the fifth year, in the latest trafficking report of the US government.
— GMA Network

People stranded in Metro Manila now need PCR test before heading to provinces
Locally-stranded persons would now have to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing before they are allowed to return to their provinces, Malacañang said Thursday.
— Philippine Star

COVID-19 cases top 33,000; 1,212 dead
THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 778 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 33,069.
— BusinessWorld

Cimatu orders 12 Cebu City barangays under total lockdown
Barely in his first week as overseer of the coronavirus response in Cebu City, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered a total lockdown of a dozen barangays here.
— Rappler

$1B in ‘hot money’ flees country in May
FOREIGN CAPITAL worth $1 billion exited the Philippines in May, the biggest net outflow in more than six years as the ongoing coronavirus crisis prompted investors to seek safer havens.
— BusinessWorld

US: Philippines remains a destination of foreign terrorists
While the government may have shown political will in enforcing security measures against terror threats, the country “remained a destination” for foreign terror fighters, according to the US State Department in its 2019 annual report on terrorism.
— Philippine Star

DOLE: 800k new grads dropped from labor force due to quarantine
Some 800,000 fresh graduates were not able to join the labor force this year due to quarantine restrictions throughout the country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Thursday.
— GMA Network

UN experts stress need to probe human rights situation in the Philippines
The gravity of the human rights situation in the Philippines has reached a point where “robust intervention” is needed from the United Nations (UN), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Lorenzana: China’s planned air defense zone in West PH Sea breaks rules
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China’s reported plan to establish an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, violates the rules-based order, and that Beijing should desist from it.
— Rappler

Gov’t said Filipinos are ‘pasaway’ and violate quarantine, but data show otherwise
In his latest speech, President Rodrigo Duterte blamed the rise in coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases in Cebu City over what he called a “complacent” populace.
— Philstar

Surigao solon warns return of drug trade amid pandemic
Surigao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers has warned the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the return of drug trade while the country is placed under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Bulacan village under total lockdown from June 25-July 3
A village in this town was placed under total lockdown after two residents tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).As stated under Municipal Executive Order No. 13, Barangay Panginay was put under total lockdown starting Thursday noon until the early morning of July 3.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines’ daily coronavirus testing capacity exceeds 50,000
The Philippines can run over 50,000 tests for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) per day, the country’s testing czar said Thursday as the government sought to ramp up testing to include non-medical frontliners.
— ABS-CBN News

National government to borrow P205 billion from PHL market
THE government is set to borrow more from the local debt market in July, eyeing a figure of P205 billion, higher than the P170 billion it programmed to borrow in June.
— Business Mirror

Duterte grants P500 daily allowance for gov’t workers in COVID-19 swabbing facilities
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a P500 daily allowance for government personnel who volunteered to work at the country’s coronavirus mega swabbing facilities.
— ABS-CBN News

Group reports conflict over land, ethnicity, religion in Bangsamoro
Peace-building nongovernment organization (NGO) International Alert Philippines (IAP) has expressed alarm over what it described as “raging conflicts” over land and natural resources in the Bangsamoro amid the Covid-19 pandemic in the last two months.
— Business Mirror

Philippines’ loans for COVID-19 response reach $5.76 billion
The Philippines has secured at least $5.758 billion (P288 billion) in loans from different lenders to finance the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Malacañang said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN News

Bicol tourism gradually reopens; safety measures in place
Tourist destinations and hospitality establishments in the Bicol region have gradually reopened after three months of closure due to the public health crisis arising from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Experts lament Philippines’ ‘militaristic’ approach vs. COVID-19 pandemic
A doctor teaching at the University of the Philippines said the government could improve its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response if it tapped public health experts.
— ABS-CBN News

SEC main office closed until June 30 as 4 workers get coronavirus
The main headquarters of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Pasay City will be padlocked starting June 26 until June 30, as 4 personnel tested positive for COVID-19 .
— Rappler

Red tide hits Eastern Visayas areas
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 8 on Thursday warned against eating, harvesting, and buying shellfishes in areas covered by two bays in Eastern Visayas due to red tide.
— Tempo

PH medical societies warn no evidence steam inhalation kills coronavirus
Philippine medical societies on Thursday, June 25, warned the public that the practice of “tu-ob” or steam inhalation has not been proven as an effective method to kill the coronavirus, rejecting to endorse it as a preventive measure against the highly-infectious disease.
— Rappler

BSP welcomes economy out of lockdown with surprise rate cut
The Bangko Sentral ng PIlipinas (BSP) surprised the market with an aggressive 50-basis-point cut to policy rates on Thursday, deepening monetary support to an economy coming out of stringent lockdowns in an attempt to bolster recovery.
— Philippine Star

DSWD says cash aid will continue after Bayanihan Act expires
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured Filipinos on Thursday, June 25, that the cash aid distribution for the emergency subsidy program (ESP) will continue even after the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act expires.
— Rappler

Hundreds of Angeles, Mabalacat cops undergo COVID-19 tests as 22 rookies found positive
About 660 police officers in Angeles City and Mabalacat City in this province underwent rapid and swab tests on Thursday, June 25, a day after 22 of their colleagues tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

Bill wants to remove Aquino name from international airport
THREE congressmen have filed a bill seeking to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as the Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas (Philippine International Airport).
— BusinessWorld

DOF further extends deadline for tax amnesty until Dec. 31
The Department of Finance (DOF) has issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 15-2020 further extending until end of December 2020 the deadline on availing of the tax amnesty for delinquencies under Republic Act (RA) No. 11213, and ensuring the timely processing of such applications by the relevant Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) offices.
— Philippine News Agency

Unlike Philippines, other ASEAN members retained face-to-face classes amid pandemic—COCOPEA exec
Other countries in the Southeast Asian region have started to allow face-to-face classes despite the continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike the Philippines which opted to defer physical interactions among learners and teachers, an official of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA) said on Thursday.
— GMA News

Remembering Digos City’s 1989 gruesome massacre
Thirty-one years have passed and yet the June 25, 1989 gruesome massacre is forever engraved in the heart and mind of Helen Dominguez who lost five members of her family on that fateful day.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP-Bicol nets 1,153 illegal gamblers since January
The campaign versus illegal gambling operations went on full throttle in Bicol from January to date with the arrest of 1,153 persons and the confiscation of nearly PHP200,000 worth of gambling bets, the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office said.
— Philippine News Agency

DOTr hikes subsidy for modern jeepneys to P160,000
In a bid to help public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and operators transition to modernized or standardized jeepneys, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will double the equity subsidy to buy new vehicles from P80,000 to P160,000.
— Philippine Star

Cases of violence vs women drop — PNP
Rape and other cases of violence against women and children went down by 55 percent during the community quarantine, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday.
— Philstar

Special permit required from traditional jeeps before operations resume next week
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday said operators of traditional jeepneys will have to get special permits from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) before they will be allowed to resume operations next week, according to Sandra Aguinaldo’s report on 24 Oras.
— GMA Network

Baby Boom: Almost 2 million Filipino kids to be born in 2021 due to lockdown
The COVID-19 pandemic will not just cause the deaths of hundreds of Filipinos but it will lead to the birth of more babies, too.
— Coconuts Philippines

DOF flags fiscal loopholes in bills creating sole OFW agency
Bills seeking to create a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers have “policy and impelementation issues” that, if passed into law, could create funding problems for the proposed agency and the entire government, the Department of Finance said.
— Philippine Star

Less than half of 800,000 public teachers trained for new normal
LESS than half of the country’s 800,000 public school teachers have been trained for distance learning amid a coronavirus pandemic, leading senators to question the school system’s readiness to start online classes in August.
— BusinessWorld

Negros Occidental halts entry of stranded residents from Cebu
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson halted the entry of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Cebu into this province following a spike in the number of COVID-19 infections here.
— Rappler

Nearly 8,400 Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus
Following 10 new cases reported, the Department of Foreign Affairs listed a total of 8,361 Filipinos abroad who were positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, June 25.
— Rappler

Davao City LGU endorses 6 additional flights
The City Government of Davao City has endorsed to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in Manila six flights more to serve Davao Region via Manila, Clark in Pampanga, and Iloilo City.
— Philippine Information Agency

DA says fertilizer auctions brought retail prices down
THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) said its centralized bidding system for fertilizer procurement helped bring retail prices for urea fertilizer below P1,000 per 50-kilogram bag.
— BusinessWorld

Only ‘roadworthy’ jeepneys are allowed to operate — Palace
Some traditional jeepneys may be facing the end of the road as not all of them will be allowed to resume operations.
— Philippine Star

DOH launches drug abuse helpline 1550
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday launched its Substance Abuse Helpline 1550 ahead of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.
— GMA Network

DA open to antitrust review of fertilizer bidding; insists procurement is above board
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday expressed openness to let its controversial bidding of P1.8-billion of fertilizers undergo an antitrust review.
— GMA Network

Manila coronavirus testing lab opens
Manila City’s own testing lab solely for the novel coronavirus began operations on Thursday, June 25, after receiving its license to operate on the same day from the Department of Health.
— Rappler

Justice rolls out for slain Surigao del Sur broadcaster
Rolly Mahilum, the prime suspect in the brutal murder of Surigao del Sur DXBF Prime Broadcasting Network manager and anchor Christopher Iban “Chris Rapido” Lozada (Lozada) in October 2017, was finally brought to trial.
— Philippine News Agency

SAF troopers, more soldiers to enforce Cebu City lockdown
The national coronavirus task force deployed more soldiers and police, including elite Special Action Force (SAF) troopers, to implement the lockdown in virus-hit Cebu City.
— Rappler

Fire incidents lessened in Davao Region
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP XI) has seen a reduction in fire incidents within the region due to their sustained efforts in campaigning for preventive measures in communities around Region XI.
— Philippine Information Agency

Robredo: ‘Complacent’ at the start, PH playing catch-up in COVID-19 fight
The Philippines is now playing catch-up in its coronavirus response efforts because the Duterte government did not act urgently before the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Thursday, June 25.
— Rappler

Malacañang denies using Covid-19 as excuse to phase out PUJs
Malacañang on Thursday denied that it is using the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic as an excuse to proceed with the phase-out of traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs).
— Philippine News Agency

Global Fund approves additional funding for the Philippines’s COVID-19 Response
The Global Fund (GF) in its notification letter sent to the Department of Health (DOH), as Chair of the Philippine Country Coordinating Mechanism (PCCM), approved the grant amounting to $1.5M as an additional investment for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response under the GF COVID Response Mechanism (C19RM).
— Philippine Information Agency

Police intimidate GMA reporter doing traffic report
Police intimidated a GMA News radio reporter on Thursday, June 25, after completing a live traffic report along Marcos Highway in Marikina City.
— Rappler

Poe, Hontiveros want internet allowance, laptops for teachers
Filipino teachers should receive internet allowance and laptops from the Department of Education (DepEd) if blended forms of learning would push through while the country deals with the COVID-10 pandemic, according to two senators on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Duterte signs good manners and right conduct law
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, June 25, signed into law a measure requiring Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education subjects to be taught from kindergarten to senior high school.
— Rappler

NCR construction materials retail price growth accelerates
THE growth in retail prices of construction materials in the National Capital Region (NCR) picked up in May, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

PMA Cadet Dormitorio’s family ‘dissatisfied’ with prosecutor’s resolution
The family of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet Fourth Class Darwin Dormitorio said they were “dissatisfied” with the Baguio City prosecutors’ resolution indicting 7 suspects but clearing 7 others in the cadet’s hazing which led to his death in September 2019.
— Rappler

DOH exec: UV light as disinfectant best in healthcare settings only
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said the use of ultraviolet (UV) light as a disinfectant is only appropriate in healthcare settings such as inside hospitals and clinics.
— GMA Network

60% of teachers yet to be trained for distance learning
Two months before the opening of the new school year, only 40% of the country’s 800,000 public school teachers have been trained for distance learning, prompting senators to express concern on the preparedness of the Department of Education.
— Philippine Star

Supreme Court to do pilot test for computerized Bar exams
The Supreme Court will be doing a pilot test to computerize the Bar examinations, according to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.
— Rappler

Education Dep’t urges PH private schools to defer fee increase
Private schools in the Philippines should defer fee increases in light of the financial and economic struggles brought about by the pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) appealed today.
— Coconuts Philippines

Ex-cop, 2 others killed in Quezon police raid
ANTI-kidnapping operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) killed a former policeman and two others in a raid on a farm in Tiaong, Quezon early Thursday morning.
— Tempo

 

 

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