Philippines morning news for March 4

Philippines morning news for March 4

Philippines morning news

In Hong Kong, Filipino domestic workers lose jobs over coronavirus outbreak
As the 2019 novel coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, an increasing number of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong have lost their jobs after employers fired them over mounting concerns spurred by the global health crisis.
— Rappler

DFA to repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid coronavirus outbreak
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday, March 3, announced it will repatriate 148 Filipinos from Macau amid the continued global spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

P22.7B in ‘dirty money’ laundered in PH — Gordon
SEN. Richard Gordon on Tuesday bared that since September 2018, at least 47 Filipinos and Chinese had laundered over $447 million or P22.69 billion in “dirty money” into the country.
— Manila Times

PH has enough tools to sustain growth — DoF
THE Department of Finance is optimistic on the sustained Philippine economic expansion this year amid domestic and global headwinds, saying the government has enough tools to propel rapid and inclusive growth.
— Manila Times

‘A mess’: Coronavirus economic impact on Philippines worse than projected
The government’s economic managers are set to issue a more dire assessment of the novel coronavirus ‘ impact on the Philippine economy , as the deadly virus further spreads around the globe.
— Rappler

BI bars entry of 242 illegal alien workers amid ongoing revamp
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has denied the entry of some 242 illegal foreign workers, amid an ongoing revamp within the bureau involving 800 employees linked to the pastillas scheme.
— Business Mirror

COVID-19 prompts Fitch to cut growth forecast
INTERNATIONAL think tank Fitch Solutions has cut its growth forecast of the Philippine economy for 2020, as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is likely to affect four of the country’s main economic streams.
— Business Mirror

Manila eases Korea ban, vows not to restrict travel
THE Philippines has partially lifted its travel ban on South Korea and won’t restrict travel to other countries amid a novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the presidential palace.
— BusinessWorld

Boracay tourist arrivals decline by 40% due to coronavirus
Tourist arrivals on the island of Boracay declined significantly in February, amid travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus . From the 172,695 visitors in January, the number dwindled by 40% to 103,834.
— Rappler

Comelec to take on campaign overspending allegation vs. Duterte if asked formally
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will take on allegations of campaign overspending against President Rodrigo Duterte if it receives a formal request for investigation of the matter, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez has said.
— GMA Network

Filipinos most satisfied with Senate, least happy with Duterte Cabinet
Among the top government institutions in the country, Filipinos are most satisfied with the Senate, and least happy with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet, according to the results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey held in December 2019 but released only on Tuesday, March 3.
— Rappler

Duterte: US reaching out after Philippines terminated VFA
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the United States has reached out to him following his decision to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement.
— GMA Network

Duterte: Don’t be president if you can’t kill
For one to be president, one must know how to kill, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday evening, March 3.
— Rappler

Report shows ‘deliberate’ trade misinvoicing still a problem for Philippines
THE Philippines was one of the largest sources of illicit trade-related flows in 2008 to 2017 among developing countries transacting with advanced economies, according to a report by Washington-based think tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI).
— BusinessWorld

Duterte prescribes ceiling for rising drug prices
ERLINDA ANTONIO (not her real name), 57, commutes for two hours and waits in line to buy medicines for her benign breast tumor at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, where drugs are sold for a fraction of their cost.
— BusinessWorld

DBM pushes reforms for use of public funds
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is implementing various reforms to improve government agencies’ utilization of public funds and make them prime movers of economic growth.
— Manila Times

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of March 3, 2020
Health authorities continue to ramp up their efforts to detect possible cases of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Satisfaction poll proves Robredo’s ICAD stint was productive -OVP
The three percent increase in Vice President Leni Robredo’s net satisfaction rating proved that the public was satisfied with the work she had done as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs (ICAD), the Vice President’ Office said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Customs boosts monitoring, intel vs entry of ‘dirty money’ into PH
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) is instituting new measures to strengthen its monitoring and intelligence capability on the reported entry into the country of “dirty money” that runs to billions of pesos.
— Manila Times

PRRD shrugs off US’ concern over his drug war
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday brushed aside the concern of the United States (US) on the supposed extrajudicial killings associated with his administration’s intensified crackdown on illegal drugs.
— Philippine News Agency

BSP committed to ease growth risks – Diokno
The central bank remains committed to its mandate of maintaining stability in the sectors that support the country’s economic growth, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gov. Benjamin Diokno said on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

Philippines credit rating unaffected by wider budget gap — DOF
A wider fiscal deficit incurred by the country in 2019 will not hurt the country’s credit rating as it provided stimulus that propelled economic growth last year, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— The Philippine Star

Pastillas scheme: Travel firms linked to fake passports for Sino tourists
Travel agencies offer manufactured passports, birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, and ‘pastillas’ services to Chinese nationals entering the Philippines, said Senator Risa Hontiveros.
— Manilastandard.net

AirAsia cancels four PH-Korea services amid COVID-19 threat
Air Asia Philippines said Tuesday it canceled several flights between the Philippines and South Korea amid the coronavirus disease 2019 threat.
— Manilastandard.net

AMLC probing 12 cases of ‘dirty money’ from illegal wildlife trade
THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is investigating a dozen cases of money laundering involving high-profile subjects involved in the illegal wildlife trade.
— Business Mirror

Fraud, other economic crimes still ‘high’ in the Philippines — survey
Economic crimes like fraud and corruption remain prevalent in the Philippines, with asset theft being the “most disruptive” to local businesses as the country lags behind its international peers in adopting technologies to combat such incidents, a new survey released Tuesday found.
— The Philippine Star

Security guard in San Juan mall hostage drama to face multiple raps
NATIONAL Police chief General Archie Gamboa on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the police handling of a hostage incident at a shopping mall in Greenhills, San Juan City, where a disgruntled security guard shot a colleague and held hostage some 31 other people during the almost 9-hour drama.
— Business Mirror

Zambo Water firm commissions 21 production wells
The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has commissioned all its 21 production wells to augment water supply here amid the continuous decline of water level at the diversion weir due to the prolonged drought.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte completing list of officials to be fired from BI
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he will be completing the list of Bureau of Immigration officials who will be fired for corrupt practices.
— GMA Network

Palace assures Metro Manila will have enough water supply this year
THE NATION’S capital will have “enough water” supply, at least this year, the Palace said on Tuesday citing an assurance from the Environment chief.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte studies proposals to tap nuclear energy
President Rodrigo Duterte is reviewing proposals to add nuclear energy to the Philippines’ energy sources, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday, March 3.
— Rappler

Indigenous communities assured of assistance with declaration of Dakeol Forest as critical habitat
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (IP) communities in Dakeol Forest have been assured of livelihood support as protective measures are put in place with the planned declaration of part of the woodland as critical habitat.
— BusinessWorld

Ex-Nayong Pilipino execs charged with graft, indirect bribery over free Jeju trip
Ombudsman Samuel Martires has filed graft and indirect bribery charges against former Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Inc. officials for accepting free transportation to and accommodation in Jeju Island, South Korea from a private firm pending negotiations on a lease contract involving the same firm.
— GMA Network

Rogue bus drivers banned on Metro Manila roads starting Mar. 9
Metro Manila’s major roads will be rid of delinquent bus drivers starting Monday, March 9, after a ban on such drivers was agreed on by bus operators and the government.
— Philippine News Agency

Court clears 2 ex-Makati execs of graft raps
The Sandiganbayan has acquitted two former Makati City officials charged along with former Mayor Elenita S. Binay in connection with a PHP72-million government contract in 1990 for furnishing of the New City Hall of Makati.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Unconstitutional’ anti-terrorism bill targets dissenters, not terrorists – Colmenares
National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers chair Neri Colmenares said the controversial anti-terrorism bill being pushed in the House of Representatives was essentially designed to target dissenters, not terrorists.
— Rappler

More changes needed to achieve gender equality in Philippines –Palace
Malacañang on Tuesday said much more needs to be done to achieve gender equality in the Philippines even as it hailed the contributions of Filipino women to the nation.
— GMA Network

Chinese vessels likely to stay near Pag-asa Island, says Esperon
China will likely continue occupying space in the West Philippine Sea by deploying what appear to be fishing vessels near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr said on Tuesday, March 3.
— Rappler

House approves bill granting more paid leaves to employees
The House of Representatives passed a bill that would increase the number of paid leaves of employees from the current 5 days to 10 days.
— Rappler

Novel coronavirus outbreak: Where Filipinos can and can’t travel
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world, travelers need to make additional considerations when it comes to making their travel plans.
— Rappler

Bohol guv wants equitable budget share for C. Visayas projects
Governor Arthur Yap on Tuesday said the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Visayas should fight for an equitable share of the Central Visayas provinces in the national budget for projects with local significance.
— Philippine News Agency

DAR-Surigao Sur beneficiaries get over P25-M aid in 2019
The Department of Agrarian Reform in the province of Surigao del Sur (DAR-SDS) facilitated the release of PHP25.175 million worth of livelihood assistance to 33 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from 25 Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in 12 municipalities of the province.
— Philippine News Agency

No plan to cancel Bangus Festival unless gov’t orders definitive ban on events
THE DAGUPAN City government plans to carry on with its biggest annual celebration, the Bangus Festival, unless the national government issues a directive for a complete ban on public gatherings amid the coronavirus threat.
— BusinessWorld

NFA to spend P14.6 billion for palay procurement
The National Food Authority is spending nearly P15 billion to purchase local palay (unhusked rice) this year as the government ramps up procurement to help farmers cope with declining palay prices.
— The Philippine Star

Gender diversity: PH ranks first
The Philippines ranked first overall in gender diversity from among 10 Asian countries, having the most number of female industry leaders in the region and the smallest gap in pay between women and men.
— Manilastandard.net

Amid rise in price, DA allots P4.9 billion for palay procurement from farmers
The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday said the National Food Authority (NFA) will buy at least P4.9 billion worth of palay (unmilled rice) from local planters this dry season.
— Business Mirror

1 soldier, 2 IS-inspired group members killed in Maguindanao clashes
A SOLDIER and two members of a local Islamic State-inspired group died in clashes in two Maguindanao towns on March 2, the military reported on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Thailand coach Chris Daleo interested in Gilas job
Veteran head coach American Chris Daleo, who has enjoyed recent success in the Thailand basketball scene, expressed his desire to apply for the head coaching position of the Philippine men’s national team on Tuesday, March 3.
— Rappler

Here to stay: Isko Moreno declares Arroceros as ‘permanent forest park’
Arroceros Forest Park , the so-called last lung of Manila City, is officially here to stay.
— Rappler

Malacañang satisfied with handling of Greenhills hostage crisis
After 30 people were held hostage by a former security guard at a Greenhills shopping mall, Malacañang on Tuesday, March 3, expressed overall satisfaction with way police and the San Juan local government handled the crisis.
— Rappler

Ex-NPA rebels get livelihood aid in NoCot
A total of 29 former communist rebels in North Cotabato received a total of PHP3,449,000 livelihood assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP).
— Philippine News Agency

Quality education, not revolution: Surigao Sur tribal leader
A tribal leader has welcomed the government’s plan to put up a school in an upland village in the Surigao del Sur town of Lianga that the military considers a hotbed for the communist insurgency.
— Philippine News Agency

Driver s license exam to be translated to regional languages
Land Transportation Office s (LTO) driver s licensure exam will be made available in English, Filipino or the language most common in a particular region.
— GMA Network

Firms urged to adopt flexible work scheme to save jobs
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday called on private companies affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) threat to implement flexible working scheme to save jobs particularly in the tourism sector.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOcc police to organize fitness camp for obese cops
The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) will organize an in-house fitness camp starting next week for overweight police officers to help them reach their ideal body mass index (BMI).
— Philippine News Agency

 

 

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