Philippines morning news for June 3

Philippines morning news for June 3

Philippines morning news

No decision yet on inbound travel restrictions on foreigners -Palace
Though COVID-19 confinement measures were eased this week, the government had yet to decide on whether to lift inbound travel restrictions on foreigners.
— GMA Network

More health workers to resign if gov’t fails to address their concerns – group
More nurses and doctors might resign out of fear of acquiring the novel coronavirus disease if the government would continue to ignore health workers’ concerns, a group warned Tuesday.
— Inquirer.net

Philippines’ Duterte U-turns on scrapping of US troop deal
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended his decision to scrap a two-decade-old troop deployment agreement with the United States due to political and other developments in the region, his foreign minister said on Tuesday (Jun 2),
— CNA

New rules await passengers as flights resume in 8 PH airports
Commercial flights are set to resume in at least eight airports in the country this week as the country relaxes travel restrictions, but passengers should brace themselves for more waiting time and a host of new health protocols.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘Reject this’: Human rights lawyers up in arms vs ‘repressive’ anti-terror bill
Human rights lawyers are up in arms against the anti-terror bill which President Rodrigo Duterte has just certified as urgent.
— Rappler

Roque: ‘No draconian provisions’ in Anti-Terror Bill inspired by US, UK laws
Malacañang on Tuesday defended the chief executive’s call to the House of Representatives to fast-track the passage of a bill seeking to toughen up country’s anti-terrorism policies, a move feared to make the human rights situation in the Philippines worse.
— Philippine Star

COVID-19 infections in Philippines approach 19,000 with addition of 359 cases
The total number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases in the country approached the 19,000-level Tuesday as the Department of Health announced 359 additional infections.
— Philippine Star

DOH finds duplicates in list of COVID-19 positive test results during validation
Many of COVID-19 positive test results being validated by the Department of Health (DOH) were found to be duplicates, an official said Tuesday, as the agency seeks to clear the backlog in possible confirmed cases.
— ABS-CBN News

Inbound tourism receipts plunge 61% in January-May 2020; LGUs still cautious
DESPITE their having been placed under the more relaxed modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) status, many provinces and regions are still wary of accepting tourism business.
— Business Mirror

PHL posts $448-million BoP surplus in March
THE country’s Balance of Payments (BoP)—or the summary of the Philippines’ transactions with the rest of the world—still yielded positive numbers in March despite the onset of restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) during the month.
— Business Mirror

Expert proposes P32-billion ‘solution’ to solve Metro Manila’s traffic woes
THE solution to Metro Manila’s transportation woes could only be a P32 billion worth experiment away, according to a US-based transportation expert.
— Business Mirror

House approves COVID-19 anti-discrimination bill on 3rd reading
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed on third and final reading House Bill No. 6817, which seeks to protect persons who are confirmed, suspect or probable coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
— ABS-CBN News

‘Covid-19 to swell jobless numbers to 4.5 million in 2020’
THE coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will swell the number of Filipinos losing their jobs this year to 4.5 million, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

Gov’t spent P14 billion on protective gear, testing kits
The government has spent over P14 billion to buy more personal protective gear, testing kits and medical equipment to beef up its response against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine debt hits P8.6 trillion in April
OUTSTANDING DEBT rose by 1.4% to P8.6 trillion as of end-April, as the government issued more domestic securities and obtained additional foreign loans to fund its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Royal Caribbean faces lawsuit from Filipino crew member stuck on ship
Filipino crew members still stranded on ships have taken legal action in the US federal court in a desperate bid to speed up their repatriation.
— Travelmole

DOH: ‘Fresh, late’ case classifications to continue until backlogs cleared
The Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday, June 2, that it will continue to classify cases as fresh and late until laboratories have cleared their validation backlogs.
— Rappler

Senators slam DOTr’s ‘poor planning, lack of foresight’ for commuters
Senators on Tuesday, June 2, called out the Department of Transportation for poor planning and lack of foresight, as many commuters were stranded due to insufficient mass transportation when Metro Manila shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ).
— Rappler

Inflation seen holding steady in May
INFLATION likely remained stable in May, despite an uptick in some food items and a slight recovery in pump prices, according to analysts.
— BusinessWorld Online

House OKs on 2nd reading P1.5-trillion infra spending bill vs pandemic
A bill that would allot a P1.5-trillion fund for infrastructure projects in rural areas for the next 3 years may soon hurdle the House of Representatives.
— Rappler

House OKs bill splitting Maguindanao into two provinces
Maguindanao is closer to being split into two smaller provinces.
— Philstar

ASEAN states should follow Indonesia, invoke Hague ruling vs China – Carpio
Retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio urged Southeast Asian nations to invoke the 2016 Hague ruling against China’s claims in the South China Sea, as he lauded Indonesia’s recent move to do so.
— Rappler

Buildings with 2 or more COVID cases face lockdown
Buildings that have at least two occupants with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be placed under lockdown.
— Philippine Star

Covid-19 death rate drops to 1.6 per day: DOH
The country’s number of deaths due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to lessen, plummeting to an average of 1.6 per day by the end of May, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

SC junks Gadon case vs ABS-CBN, but hardly a win for still shut network
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 2, gave lawyer Larry Gadon a dressing down while throwing out his petition against ABS-CBN, but this development has no impact whatsoever on the pressing request of the network to go back on air as soon as possible.
— Rappler

4.0-magnitude quake strikes off Davao Occidental
A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Davao Occidental on Tuesday, June 2.
— Eagle News

Business groups, exporters want corporate income tax cut to 20% by 2025
BUSINESS GROUPS and exporters are asking Congress to consider a longer transition period from the current tax incentives system and to accelerate the corporate income tax cut, in an effort to restore fiscal certainty to investors amid the pandemic.
— BusinessWorld Online

DOH leans on Covid-19 labs for faster results, fresher, clean data
THE Department of Health (DOH) has ordered licensed laboratories to speed up the submission of test results to ensure a more precise collation, validation and reporting of Covid-19 data as it needs to address the current backlog of 1,168 test results.
— Business Mirror

Low pressure builds up near Aurora
A low pressure trough has been seen east of the country, but is not expected to develop into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Tuesday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu Pacific to launch special domestic flights for stranded passengers, OFWs
Local airline Cebu Pacific will launch special domestic flights starting Wednesday, June 3, to bring home stranded passengers and returning overseas Filipino workers to their hometowns.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippines: ‘Grab’ partners with government to deliver fresh farm produce
As a part of the Philippines Department of Agriculture’s (DA) initiative to support local farmers amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the cab hailing platform Grab will be providing on-demand delivery directly to the doors of consumers in Manila.
— Fresh Plaza

DOH: Data validation nearly done, problems not unique to PH
As it winds up its verification of confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health (DOH) claims it is close to seeing the true scale of the outbreak in the country.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Gov’t urged to shift public transport system to service contracting
The government should overhaul the decades-old system on how bus and jeepney operators make money as part the country’s public transport modernization program to better serve commuters.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PH keeps restrictions on religious mass gatherings despite easing of lockdowns
Religious mass gatherings will remain prohibited in the Philippines despite the easing of community quarantine restrictions across the country, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippines still world’s second largest pineapple exporter
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Philippines remained the world’s second-largest exporter of fresh pineapples in 2019, with total shipments of over 600,000 metric tons.
— Fresh Plaza

38 of 42 labs submit complete line lists, daily accomplishment reports to DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said 38 of the 42 certified and operational laboratories nationwide have submitted complete line lists and daily accomplishment reports as of June 1, paving the way for the clearing of case validation backlogs.
— GMA Network

‘Doing nothing is more fatal’: Bike group defends improvised lanes after MMDA takedown
On the first day of general community quarantine (GCQ) on Monday, June 1, bright orange 6-liter plastic bottles stood along Commonwealth Avenue. A group of advocates for bike-friendly roads and cities, Bikers United Marshalls initiated this temporary bike lane meant to protect bicycle commuters. They also distributed reflectorized vests to ensure bikers’ visibility on the road.
— Rappler

Senators dismayed no health worker has yet received P1-M death, P100-K sickness benefits
Several senators expressed dismay on Tuesday after learning that not a single health worker affected with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been able to receive the sickness and death benefit that was indicated in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
— GMA Network

Health workers with COVID-19 now at 2,669; recoveries now at 1,438
The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported that 63 more healthcare workers have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as of June 1, bringing the total to 2,669.
— GMA Network

Duterte’s ‘draconian’ anti-terror Bill alarms activists in Philippines
Lawyers and human rights activists in the Philippines have raised the alarm over a new anti-terrorism bill pushed by the President Rodrigo Duterte, warning of draconian and arbitrary provisions that could be abused to target his detractors.
— CNA

Improving business sentiment to lift BOP position
The Philippines posted a lower balance of payment (BOP) surplus last March at USD448 million against the previous month and the year-ago levels, but an economist forecasts better figures in the near term on improved investors’ sentiment.
— Philippine News Agency

Lapid seeks probe on Philippines internet connectivity
Sen. Lito Lapid is seeking an inquiry on the status of the country’s internet connectivity and relevant parameters as many offices rely on work-from-home arrangements to limit the movement of employees amid the easing of quarantine protocols starting this week.
— Philippine Star

Filipinos near artillery attack sites in Libya urged to relocate
The Philippine Embassy in Libya on Tuesday advised Filipinos to temporarily relocate from areas under artillery attacks, including the Tripoli International Airport.
— Philippine News Agency

SSS extends contribution payment deadline anew to June 15
The Social Security System (SSS) announced on Tuesday it is extending the deadline of contribution payments until June 15.
— GMA Network

Spike in urban poverty temporary, real problems are in countryside — NEDA
THE Increase in urban poverty as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is not expected to last, but the countryside represents longer-term problems, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said.
— BusinessWorld Online

CHR calls on DOTr to lift ‘discriminatory’ train ban on senior citizens
The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday urged the Department of Transportation to lift its train ban on senior citizens.
— Philippine Star

PLM gives students a year to settle unpaid tuition fees
Acknowledging the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on families, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) will give students one year to settle unpaid tuition and other fees for the second semester of academic year 2019-2020.
— Rappler

NegOcc allots P100-M for infectious diseases facility
The Negros Occidental provincial government has allotted PHP100 million for the construction of an infectious disease facility at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City.
— Philippine News Agency

DA NorMin activates QRT to act on fall armyworm infestation
The Department of Agriculture (DA)-10 activates its Quick Response Team following a reported infestation of fall armyworm (FAW) in the region.
— Philippine Information Agency

Gov’t adds more stations to Metro Manila subway
THE Metro Manila subway will now have 17 stations, after the Transportation department decided to expand the original plan to include more stations.
— BusinessWorld Online

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over Tarlac, Bataan, other areas
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over Tarlac and other areas.
— Eagle News

Commentary: PPPs key to infrastructure building amid pandemic
The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has laid bare critical gaps in our country’s infrastructure.
— Philippine Star

Despite inadequate transportation, MMDA says commuters ‘forgot’ quarantine rules at GCQ’s onset
In the wake of chaos reported among Metro Manila’s motorways for throngs of commuters who could not find rides, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority claimed Tuesday that this was because commuters forgot the rules and regulations set to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
— Philippine Star

144 stranded Filipino nationals repatriated from India
A total of 144 stranded Filipinos have been repatriated from India in May, the Embassy of India in Manila said on Monday, June 1.
— Eagle News

Philippine shares bounce to 6,000 as lockdown eases
The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) climbed back to the 6,000 level, as the economy started to wake up after months of hibernating due to the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Rent grace period set at 30 days after firms reopen
BUSINESSES have been granted a 30-day grace period on rent payments counting from the date businesses are permitted to operate, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

PSC gets 90% fund cut from Pagcor in April
As Philippine gambling was put to a halt until May 2020, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) only received P9 million for its montly remittance from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) in April.
— Rappler

42% of medical front-liners with coronavirus are nurses: DOH-7
The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 7 (Central Visayas) on Tuesday said 23 of the 55 health workers who have contracted coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while serving the front lines during the pandemic are nurses.
— Philippine News Agency

Coronavirus-infected overseas Pinoys now 5,230
The number of overseas Filipinos with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) abroad has reached 5,230 after 12 new cases were confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

BOC-Cebu collects P453-M surplus despite ECQ
Despite the two-month lull in the movement of commerce due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Bureau of Customs-Port of Cebu posted a surplus collection of PHP453.350 million in the first five months of this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Sotto defends Bayanihan Law after constitutionality challenged
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday defended the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which Congress passed in a marathon session last March to expedite the government’s COVID-19 response.
— GMA Network

Except you, Metro Manila: Dine-in options now allowed in MGCQ areas
Ever had mixed feelings about things that were once a clear-cut good thing?
— Coconuts Philippines

DAR distributes over 7K aid packages to NegOcc farmers
More than 7,000 aid packages were distributed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to farmer-beneficiaries in Negros Occidental amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

Bayanihan Law 2 must give small tourism businesses a boost –Tolentino
Small enterprises at tourist spots in the Philippines must be included as recipients of the economic assistance to be reaped by the tourism sector under the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One law, according to Senator Francis Tolentino on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

SEC-Bicol reminds biz owners on filing of annual reports
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Bicol is reminding business owners on the deadline for the filing of annual reports of corporations, particularly the annual financial statements (AFS) and general information sheet (GIS).
— Philippine News Agency

Big business scrambles for revival plan as coronavirus rewrites its future
WHILE the economic consequences of the global coronavirus crisis remain unclear, this black swan is shaking up both corporate and consumer behavior in a big way.
— BusinessWorld Online

80 Albay town residents avail of ‘Balik Probinsiya’ program
At least 80 locally stranded individuals (LSIs), all residents of this town are now in their home town after they have availed of the government’s “Balik Probinsiya” program.
— Philippine Information Agency

No session extension if our Bayanihan Law 2 version adopted -Sotto
Congress’ session need not be extended beyond this week if the House of Representatives adopted the Senate’s version of the Bayanihan Law 2 which is being tackled on the floor in a bid to foster economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Phl Embassy in Malaysia to open on June 10 after lifting of lockdown measures
Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose said that the Philippine embassy there is expected to open on June 10 as the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia expires on June 9.
— Eagle News

EU offers children’s films, virtual astronomy to Filipino kids
The European Union Delegation in the Philippines (EU) is offering Filipino children with access to children’s films, online storytelling, and virtual star- and moon-gazing event on Friday (June 5) and Saturday (June 6).
— Eagle News

CHR brands anti-terror bill ‘highly intrusive,’ open to abuse
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Tuesday, June 2, raised several concerns over the proposed anti-terror bill that critics fear is being railroaded into law.
— Rappler

DOTr pushes private sector to provide transpo for workers amid GCQ
After over two months of lockdowns, the government on Tuesday again asked the private sector to provide transportation services to employees given the limited options available under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
— GMA Network

PNR service delay caused by garbage dumped on rails –official
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) explained Tuesday that the hours of delay experienced by passengers on Monday was due to garbage dumped on rails.
— GMA Network

Life After Lockdown: Move to digital a huge trial for courtrooms, law enforcement agencies
he COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to adopt new ways of living and conducting business, but the reduced physical interactions do not mean essential institutions like the legal and justice system can stop working.
— Philippine Star

DOLE mulls asking for additional funds for OFW cash aid program
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday said there is a possibility that it will ask for another round of fund augmentation for its cash assistance program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic amid high number of applicants.
— GMA Network

Government urged to address commuters’ woes in shift to GCQ
Senators Risa Hontiveros and Nancy Binay on Tuesday urged the government to address the chaotic state of public transport as Metro Manila eases into a general community quarantine (GCQ).
— Philippine Star

POC to prioritize Olympians if vaccine is ready
Filipino athletes who have earned berths to the Tokyo Olympics will be tops on the priority list of recipients once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available, according to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) leadership.
— Tempo

Lawyer prepares draft bill decriminalizing abortion, earns support and condemnation
A woman’s rights lawyer publicly announced last week that she had prepared a proposed draft bill that would seek to decriminalize abortion in the country, a move that earned her massive praise as well as criticism.
— Coconuts Philippines

DA prepares for wet season planting
The Department of Agriculture is enhancing its preparations for the wet cropping season this June.
— Philippine News Agency

Galvez hails Western Visayas’ Covid-19 response
Secretary Carlito Galvez, chief implementer of the National Action Plan on Covid-19, has commended Western Visayas ( Region 6) on its response efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Displaced workers in film industry to receive P5k cash assistance amid COVID-19 threat–FDCP
Workers who lost their jobs amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will receive P5,000 to P8,000 in aid, according to Diño.
— GMA Network

Pandemic delays Cebu’s plans to replace Cebuano with English in teaching
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s plans of replacing Cebuano with English as medium of instruction in the province’s schools may be delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

Solon denies anti-terror law amendments prioritized over COVID-19 response
PBA party-list Representative Jericho Nograles on Tuesday denied that the House of Representatives prioritized the passage of the proposed amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Law over other measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
— GMA Network

SBMA eases gate restrictions but keeps strict health protocols
Access to the Subic Bay Freeport was relaxed starting Monday, June 1, as more businesses resumed operations under general community quarantine (GCQ), but the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said strict health and safety measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease will remain in force.
— Rappler

Over 2M cash aid applicants register with DSWD’s ReliefAgad app
More than two million potential beneficiaries have registered for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s social amelioration program through its ReliefAgad application.
— GMA Network

DSWD hopes to complete distribution of second tranche of cash aid within June
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) hopes to finish the distribution of the second tranche of cash aid to low-income families this month, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Newly-appointed PCG chief outlines crucial functions of Coast Guard amid public health emergency
Newly-appointed Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr. emphasized the role of the PCG in ensuring the health and safety of the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Eagle News

Failing to set himself on fire, man arrested for allegedly sparking Mandaluyong blaze
A 34-year-old man who allegedly tried to torch himself was arrested last night after the fire department accused him of starting yesterday’s blaze which engulfed the village of Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City.
— Coconuts Philippines

Hotels need DOT nod to continue operations under MGCQ
The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) on Tuesday underscored the need for all accommodation establishments (AEs) to secure a DOT Certificate of Authority to Operate prior to the resumption of operations under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
— Philippine News Agency

Region 8 school principals to draft continuity plans
The Department of Education (DepEd) in Eastern Visayas has asked the heads of the region’s more than 4,000 schools to come up with their learning continuity plan amid the health crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

Man turns over Burmese python pet to DENR when it grew 10 feet long after 2 years
A man who kept a Burmese python as a pet for two years turned over the reptile recently to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Davao City after it grew to a length of 10 feet.
— Eagle News

Gay Association Offers Free Produce For Families Affected By GCQ
This gay association did an initiative to help amid crisis A gay association extended help amid the COVID-19 pandemic by offering free produce for affected families during the General Community Quarantine.
— Philippine News

 

 

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