Philippines morning news for March 23

Philippines morning news for March 23

Philippines morning news

Palace denies social media rumors Duterte will quarantine Philippines
Malacañang on Sunday said there was no truth to rumors circulating on social media that President Rodrigo Duterte will impose a nationwide lockdown next week to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat in the Philippines.
— GMA Network

Philippine banks roll-out relief to ease COVID-19 financial pain
Banks across the Philippines have begun rolling out a range of measures aimed at easing the financial pain the COVID-19 outbreak is causing households under government imposed lockdowns.
— AEC News Today

530 UST Hospital staff quarantined over COVID-19 exposure
Over 500 staff of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital were quarantined after they were exposed to positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the hospital administration said.
— GMA Network

PH coronavirus watch: Confirmed cases per hospital, as of March 22, 2020
Health authorities continue to ramp up efforts to detect possible cases of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.
— Rappler

DOH probing death of doctor allegedly due to patient s dishonesty
The Department of Health (DOH) is investigating reports that a doctor recently died after a patient lied about their medical condition and history of travel or exposure in relation to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a health official said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Whole-of-Nation Approach working in Eastern Visayas in the fight vs COVID-19
The whole-of-nation approach is very much apparent in Eastern Visayas as both the government and private sector work hand-in-hand to prevent the entrance/spread of the dreaded COVID-19 in the region.
— Philippine Information Agency

Hell on earth: The agonizing confusion over coronavirus testing in PH
Billie* sat alone in a white isolation tent of a small public hospital in Quezon City. It was hot and humid inside, not a single electric fan to keep the summer heat down.
— Rappler

Hearses carrying Covid-19 corpses may use ‘fast lanes’: PNP
Fast lanes have been allotted for hearses carrying cadavers of suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Coronavirus patients sent home as PH hospitals reach limit
As hospitals across Metro Manila are stretched to their limits, coronavirus-positive patients have been told to stay home.
— Rappler

Philippines reports 73 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths
The Philippines reported 73 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 380, the health ministry said on Sunday (Mar 22).
— CNA

PSE trading threshold adjusted to curb volatility
THE Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) is adjusting its trading threshold to reduce market volatility amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Go lauds PRRD for nod to gov’t workers’ hazard pay
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s order granting hazard pay to government workers who physically report for work while the enhanced community quarantine is being implemented to address the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

On-duty gov’t workers to receive daily hazard pay during quarantine
Government employees — regular, contractual, or casual positions — who continue to physically report for work amid the enhanced community quarantine will receive a daily hazard pay of as much as P500, Senator Christopher Lawrence Bong Go said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Health sector: Observe home quarantine, social distancing
The observance of strict home quarantine and social distancing can be of great help in a bid to combat the pandemic corona virus disease (COVID-19), according to the Antique Provincial Health Office (PHO).
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippine Navy, PCG man sea entry points amid Luzon quarantine
The Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard have deployed a task group to conduct maritime patrol off the waters in Manila amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
— GMA Network

CIDG nabs profiteers, hoarders of alcohol, sanitizers amid COVID-19 crisis
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) seized over P4.2-million worth of alcohol, hand sanitizers, and face masks during multiple police operations against hoarders and profiteers.
— GMA Network

Duterte not asking for emergency powers vs COVID-19 –Sen. Sotto
President Rodrigo Duterte is not requesting for emergency powers to address the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Senate President Vicente Tito Sotto III said Sunday, even as a draft bill allowed the country’s chief executive to take over of private-owned public utilities.
— GMA Network

Senate won t allow Duterte to take over businesses — Sotto
Perhaps one controversial provision in the bill [is] about the takeover of businesses but that won’t fly in the Senate.
— GMA Network

Gov t suspends issuance of visas to foreign nationals
The Philippine government is suspending the issuance of visas to all foreign nationals amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

Crime down in Metro Manila, Central Luzon in first days of lockdown
Crime was down in Metro Manila and Central Luzon during the first days of the lockdown or enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak , versus the same period in 2019, according to police.
— Rappler

Filipino scientists call on government to conduct mass testing for coronavirus
An alliance of more than 1,000 biologists, health experts, and other concerned individuals as well as 336 organizations in the Philippines have launched a petition calling on the national government to start mass testing for coronavirus.
— Rappler

Marines Plan to Retool to Meet China Threat
The Marine Corps is undertaking its most sweeping transformation in decades, pivoting from a focus on fighting insurgents in the Middle East to developing the ability to hop from island to island in the western Pacific to bottle up the Chinese fleet.
— Spratly Islands

SOLCOM to aid in anti-Covid-19 efforts but on guard vs. Reds
While doing everything they can to support the Enhanced Community Quarantine being implemented in Southern Luzon, a ranking Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) official said no efforts will be spared to ensure that communist terrorists will not be able to attack and commit atrocities against civilians and communities.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte eyes powers vs coronavirus
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants Congress to give him special powers to enforce measures to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that has sickened 380 people in the country, with 25 deaths.
— BusinessWorld

Economic recovery possible by 2021 — Diokno
THE GOVERNMENT could miss its growth target this year after Luzon was locked down to contain a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, even as growth is expected to pick up in the third quarter and recovery by 2021, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno.
— BusinessWorld

Region’s airlines are ‘hardest hit’
AIRLINES in Asia-Pacific countries, including the Philippines, have been hit the worst by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Australia-based Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
— BusinessWorld

Immigration bureau appeals for masks, gloves for staff
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday, March 22, appealed for help for its personnel in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Coronavirus-positive Filipinos in foreign countries, as of March 22, 2020
With the global spread of the novel coronavirus, Filipinos abroad are also in danger of catching the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Rappler

Unrestricted movement spreads Covid-19 ‘faster’: Palace
Restricting people’s movement in the entire Luzon would prevent the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Surigao del Sur under ‘preventive community quarantine’
The province of Surigao del Sur was placed under “preventive community quarantine” in response to the rising number of novel coronavirus cases through local transmission in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Gov’t eyes add’l aid for poor amid Covid-19 crisis
The government is now formulating additional programs for the informal sector to alleviate their situation amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and other areas that will last until April 12.
— Philippine News Agency

GSIS advances release of pension, extends loan payments
Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet assured the public that the state pension fund will extend all the necessary assistance to its members and pensioners.
— Philippine Information Agency

DILG releases list of hotlines for concerns, complaints vs implementation of enhanced community quarantine in LGUs
The Department of the Interior and Local Government has released hotlines the public can call for any concerns or complaints about the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in local government units.
— Eagle News

DSWD delivers food aid to Covid19-stricken LGUs
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has started delivering food and non-food essentials to local government units (LGUs) that have requested for augmentation support amid the enforcement of community quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Philippine News Agency

PCG assures unimpeded movement of goods amid quarantine restrictions
The Philippine Coast Guard on Sunday assured the public that the delivery of cargoes will be seamless despite their tight surveillance amid the enhanced community quarantine over Luzon.
— GMA Network

Who is taking stock of the economic toll?
Across Metro Manila and the urban centers of Luzon, these scenes are beyond depressing: Airplanes are idle on the hangars, watched over by security personnel with barely an idea of what these giant flying machines are worth and what commercial value each of the seats holds when the planes are soaring into the skies.
— Manila Times

GMA production talent tests positive for coronavirus
GMA Network confirmed on Saturday, March 21, that one of its production talents has tested positive for the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

Mesquite sailor serves in the South China Sea | News
Ensign Jason Causey, of Mesquite, logs the change of course on a speed board on the bridge wing aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) as the ship prepares to come alongside the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) prior to a replenishment-at-sea.
— Spratly Islands

Private firms launch drive for lockdown-affected Filipinos
LOPEZ-LED companies have donated P100 million to ABC-CBN Corp.’s fund-raising campaign that aims to help local government units provide food and basic necessities to families affected by the Luzon-wide lockdown, the media company said.
— BusinessWorld

Taxis, trikes no longer allowed to ply in Iloilo City
Taxis, tricycles and trisikads will no longer be allowed to ply in this city starting Monday, March 23, 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

Another Filipino coronavirus patient in UAE recovers
Another Filipino who contracted the novel coronavirus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recuperated, the country’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said on Saturday, March 21.
— Rappler

DOH confirms 2 positive cases in Davao City
The Department of Health in Davao Region (DOH-11) confirmed on Saturday night that two persons from this city tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Nueva Ecija LGUs impose lockdown
Two confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and the death of a patient under investigation (PUI) in this province have prompted at least 23 towns and cities to impose a lockdown Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

Coast Guard provides assistance to health workers, sick people
PCG personnel takes the temperature of a health worker before allowing him to ride on a PCG bus that will take her along with others to their work.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ricky Lee to hold free online writing workshops during Luzon lockdown
Veteran screenwriter Ricky Lee will be conducting free writing workshops beginning April 8, as the entire Luzon remains under lockdown.
— Rappler

Distressed OFWs allowed to stay in hotels during Luzon lockdown
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to the Philippines will be allowed to seek accommodation in hotels and similar establishments, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Sunday, March 22.
— Rappler

IN CHARTS: PH lags behind other countries in COVID-19 testing
The coronavirus disease, COVID-19, may prove to be our generation’s biggest public health crisis, bringing the world to its knees in just three months.
— Rappler

No coronavirus death in Angeles City, says mayor
The Angeles City government assured its residents that the city remains “COVID-19- free” after a patient confined at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) and classified as a “person under investigation” (PUI) passed away on Saturday, March 21.
— Rappler

Cebu imposes 24-hour curfew for students, elderlies
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has issued a new policy imposing strict home quarantine to all students and senior citizens aged 65 and above through round-the-clock curfew, in an effort to keep the vulnerable sector from the threat of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

PHL to receive 3000 COVID-19 test kits from Singapore
Singapore is donating 3000 coronavirus disease 2019 kits to the Philippines. This is according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who made the announcement in a Tweet on Sunday, March 22.
— Eagle News

Filipinos in Brunei, India test positive for coronavirus
Two Filipinos in Brunei Darussalam and India, respectively, tested positive for the coronavirus disease called COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Sunday, March 22.
— Rappler

Duque negative for Covid-19 – DoH
Health Secretary Francisco Duque tested negative of the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health (DoH) announced on Sunday.
— Manila Times

Matteo Guidicelli leads efforts to raise over P4M for families affected by lockdown
Actor and singer Matteo Guidicelli brought together some of his friends from the entertainment industry to hold a benefit show online called One Voice Pilipinas for families affected by the Luzon lockdown.
— Rappler

Upland Bataan village distributes food packs to residents
An upland barangay here has started distributing food packs and alcohol to alleviate the plight of villagers undergoing enhanced community quarantine due to the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Go thanks PRRD for declaring National Week of Prayer
Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go on Sunday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for declaring the fourth week of March as National Week of Prayer amid the government’s enhanced efforts to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Cinemalaya film festival postponed over coronavirus threat
The organizers of the 16th Cinemalaya Philippines Independent Film Festival announced on Saturday, March 21 that they’ve postponed the event, set in August, due to the coronavirus threat.
— Rappler

 

 

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