Philippines morning news for May 11

Philippines morning news for May 11

Philippines morning newsNAIA to resume international arrivals starting May 11
Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will reopen to inbound international flights starting Monday, May 11, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said in a notice to airmen (NOTAM) on Saturday, May 9.
— Rappler

Early easing of ECQ in Metro could result in 1,700 deaths by June – study
Researchers warned that based on mathematical forecast, a premature easing of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region (NCR) may result in 1,700 deaths by June.
— Rappler

Coronavirus cases in PH climb to 10,794, with 719 deaths
The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines rose to 10,794 on Sunday, May 10.
— Rappler

Accountability sought over NTF-ELCAC ‘black propaganda’ vs ABS-CBN, Rappler’s Ressa
Within days of the commemoration of World Press Freedom Day, journalists and media groups condemned what they said was black propaganda being peddled by the government’s anti-communist task force against members of the media, including broadcast giant ABS-CBN.
— Philippine Star

Whether ECQ or GCQ, Metro Manila mayors want single policy after May 15
The mayors of the 16 cities and one municipality that comprise Metro Manila decided not to recommend whether to lift or extend the enhanced community quarantine, or lockdown, when it lapses on May 15.
— Rappler

Anti-communist task force, PCOO spread false claims on ABS-CBN franchise
The Palace communications team late Saturday night washed its hands of a social media post claiming, incorrectly, that ABS-CBN’s “request for franchise renewal was disapproved” because of legal issues raised against the network.
— Philippine Star

Magnitude 5.4 quake off Occidental Mindoro shakes Metro Manila
A tectonic earthquake off the coast of Lubang in Occidental Mindoro with a magnitude of 5.4 was felt all the way to Metro Manila and some areas in Calabarzon.
— Philstar

Metro Manila Council chief sees another lockdown extension
Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, chair of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), has expressed confidence that the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) would support the call of 10 of the 17 mayors in the metropolis to extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the capital region until May 30.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Agriculture fishery exports reach $ 1.31 billion in Q1
Exports of agriculture and fishery products grew by 12 percent to $1.31 billion in the first quarter even as the country’s total outbound shipments dropped during the period.
— Philippine Star

Insurance firms seek regulatory relief
INSURANCE COMPANIES are asking the Insurance Commission (IC) to “ease up” on some regulatory requirements to temper the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry.
— BusinessWorld

Roque says private schools can open earlier than August, provided there is no “face-to-face” interaction
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that private schools can still open in June if they would want to, provided there would be no face-to-face interaction among students and teachers.
— Eagle News

LTO extends validity of vehicle registration, licenses
The Land Transportation Office will extend the validity of vehicle registrations as well as licenses and permits under their jurisdiction for 60 days upon the resumption of work after the easing of the coronavirus disease 2019 lockdown.
— Philippine Star

Vaccine drive falters, DOH vows catch-up
LESS than 10 percent of targeted children were immunized against the usual top killer diseases, as some areas in the country are placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or general community quarantine (GCQ), according to an official of the Department of Health (DOH).
— Business Mirror

GDP seen contracting 5% in Q2
The Philippine economy will likely contract by 5 percent year-on-year in the second quarter on the assumption that the enhanced community quarantine would be lifted by May 15, according to a bank economist.
— Manilastandard.net

Travel restrictions remain, BI clarifies
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Sunday clarified that travel restrictions would remain although inbound flights carrying Filipinos and their families would be allowed to return beginning on Monday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PHL ‘clean’ record in anti-piracy list may lead to trade deal with US—DTI
The Philippines has bolstered its chances of negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States after staying out of the US government’s watch list on counterfeiting and piracy for seven straight years, according to the country’s trade chief.
— Business Mirror

Asia’s next coronavirus flashpoint? Overcrowded, neglected prisons
All across Asia , and around the world, people have been urged to keep a safe distance and maintain good personal hygiene amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— South China Morning Post

Navy maintains West Philippine Sea patrols amid COVID-19 response
The Philippine Navy on Sunday assured the public that its sailors and marines would continue to secure the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) despite the naval service’s commitment to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) response.
— GMA Network

Cagayan lifts ban on liquor sale
Drinking in public places is still banned, but sale and consumption of liquor has been allowed in Cagayan.
— Philstar

Cusi to seek joint exploration talks with China in West Phl Sea
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi wants to further discuss joint exploration efforts in the West Philippine Sea with his Chinese counterparts once the enhanced community quarantine is lifted.
— Philippine Star

Pandemic slashes remittance lifeline as overseas Filipino workers lose jobs
MELBA ARBOSO, 34, failed to send P6,000 to her family last month after she temporarily lost her job as a spa attendant amid a lockdown in the Kingdom of Bahrain where almost 4,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus.
— BusinessWorld

GOCC subsidies reach P10.49 billion in February
The national government extended P10.49 billion in subsidies to state-owned corporations in February to provide funding support to their programs and projects, according to the Bureau of the Treasury.
— Philippine Star

UA&P: 2 million job loss may cost economy P200 billion
The 2 million Filipinos who may be bound to lose their jobs would cost the economy some P200 billion, as the pandemic would drastically cut their consumption this year, according to local economists.
— Business Mirror

Pagasa reminds public to drink more water as heat nears dangerous levels
State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) recorded blisteringly high temperatures in several stations across the country throughout the weekend.
— Philstar

Reds using ABS-CBN closure to sow divisiveness: exec
The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) is using the franchise issue of embattled ABS-CBN as a chance to divide Filipinos who need unity amid fight against the dreaded coronavirus diseases (Covid-19), an official said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Galvez: Gov’t procures 3 million PPE sets worth P20 billion for June-August
National Task Force COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr on Saturday, May 9, said that the national government is stockpiling on personal protective equipment (PPE) as the coronavirus pandemic is expected to persist until 2021.
— Rappler

PH can still be upper-middle income in 2022 despite pandemic – NEDA
Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua said the coronavirus pandemic has not dashed the country’s hopes of reaching upper-middle income status in 2022.
— Rappler

Almost all POGOs have unpaid taxes, says BIR chief
The Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR) has advised Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to take seriously the government’s new rules on tax payments after the agency noted that only a negligible number of POGOs have made efforts to comply with the regulations issued last week.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

US repatriates over 600 citizens in PH amid coronavirus pandemic
The US Embassy in the Philippines said their citizens and lawful permanent residents located across the Philippines were flown back to the US via “coordinated special flights with Philippine Airlines.”
— ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN grateful for public support as network bats for franchise renewal
Since regulators handed a cease and desist order on ABS-CBN’s broadcast operations last May 5, supporters of the network have flooded social media with messages of solidarity.
— ABS-CBN News

Exporters to solons: pass stimulus bill ASAP
EXPORTERS are pleading with lawmakers to approve within May the multibillion-peso stimulus bill filed in Congress, citing the desperate need for a rescue for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) after two months of Covid-induced lockdowns disrupted operations.
— Business Mirror

1M workers to benefit from gov’t emergency employment program
Approximately one million workers belonging to the informal sectors of the economy will benefit from the government’s emergency employment program as the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said on Sunday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Gov’t to allow BIR-registered, tax-compliant POGOs to resume operations
The Bureau of Internal Revenue said it issued strict regulations on the reopening of Philippine offshore gaming operations and their service providers.
— Manilastandard.net

LTFRB to cut NCR bus routes from 96 to 29, beyond ECQ
AS part of the “new normal,” the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation on Sunday announced that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will rationalize the land-based transport system for Metro Manila by removing overlapping routes in the country’s capital.
— Business Mirror

Higher ECQ power demand, summer heat cause outages
Manila Electric Co.is facing unprecedented power interruption woes as Metro Manila and nearby provinces undergo strict quarantine measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Rice prices going up, traders say
As the summer palay harvest season draws to a close and the lean rice months are fast approaching, prices of the country’s staple grain have started to rise.
— Philippine Star

Declare now, pay later
To give credit where credit is due, the government has come up with several good financial stimulus programs for MSMEs.
— Philippine Star

How the Philippines can prepare for the COVID-19 Vaccine
At least 102 organizations around the world are working to develop and test vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus causing COVID-19. The first COVID-19 vaccine candidate entered human clinical testing on March 16, 2020, just 2 months after the genetic sequence of the virus was released.
— ABS-CBN News

LPA off Mindanao develops into tropical depression
The low-pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao has developed into Tropical Depression (TD) “Ambo,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Videoconference hearings lead to release of 4,683 prisoners in a week
At least 4,683 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) were released in a span of one week through videoconference hearings as the Philippines faces the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

DTI hopeful on FTA with US
The Department of Trade and Industry is hopeful the Philippines’ exclusion from the US government’s counterfeiting and piracy watchlist will help push talks for a bilateral trade deal as well as allow the country to continue to enjoy benefits under the US’ trade preferences scheme.
— Philippine Star

DFA: No new Covid-19 cases, deaths among overseas Filipinos
No new cases and fatalities due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) were recorded by the country’s foreign service posts, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH: COVID-positive health workers now 1,991; no new deaths in over a week
The number of healthcare workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 1,991, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Philippines now has 26 COVID-19 testing centers –DOH
There are now 26 testing centers for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the Philippines after two more facilities received accreditation, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Masked criminals are target
The Philippine National Police is mapping out preemptive actions against criminals who may take advantage of the “face mask” rule to hide their identities while engaging in illicit activities.
— Tempo

Cotabato City implements weekly ‘no movement day’
The streets of Cotabato City were empty on Sunday, the first day of the enforcement of a weekly “no movement day” in the regional capital as a coronavirus containment measure.
— Philstar

China donates more testing kits, PPEs to Philippines –DFA
China on Sunday donated at least 150,000 testing kits and 18,000 disposable overalls for medical frontliners in the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
— GMA Network

Sotto wants expanded nationwide mass testing for COVID-19
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Sunday pushed for expansion of the mass testing coverage for the COVID-19 disease, as Filipinos anticipate the relaxation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in select areas to general community quarantine (GCQ).
— GMA Network

COA questions Davao Oriental’s P37-million cash donations
The provincial government of Davao Oriental is facing questions from the Commission on Audit (COA) over its release of cash donations amounting to P37.65 million in 2019.
— Rappler

Bohol launches P700-M stimulus package
The provincial government of Bohol braces for the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic with a PHP700-million economic stimulus program dubbed as “We Survive As One Bohol” plan.
— Philippine News Agency

Olympian’s Workouts Feed Philippines Families
Filipina weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz noticed live-streamed concerts were collecting money for coronavirus relief and was struck by inspiration: why not raise funds with an online workout?
— The Asean Post

Philippine jails get medical, teleconferencing equipment
The European Union has provided detention facilities in the Philippines with P2.9 million worth of medical and teleconferencing equipment in support of efforts to address the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
— Philstar

BARMM eyes ‘distance education’ for next school year
Education officials in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are keen on carrying out the distance education program or online learning for the school year 2020-2021.
— Philippine News Agency

Pasig City starts road works for add’l bike, sidewalk lanes
The local government of Pasig is now working on the additional pop-up bike lanes and sidewalk extensions within the city.
— Philippine News Agency

Cycling organizer promotes bicycles as transportation mode amid virus
AS THE COUNTRY girds for the “new normal” brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the ideas being floated is to promote cycling as a mode of transportation, something the organizers of Le Tour de Filipinas support.
— BusinessWorld

Palace: Duterte remains fit amid COVID-19 fight
Malacañang assured the public yesterday that President Duterte is in good shape as he leads the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Tempo

Isabela Brgy. Chairman, DSWD Official Face Charges for SAP Corruption
A barangay chairman and a DSWD social worker will face charges after several complaints of SAP corruption were filed.
— Philippine News

Eleazar: Crime rate went down by 61% during ECQ; curfew should be part of new normal
Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Sunday said the crime rate went down during the enhanced community quarantine, and added that curfew implementation should be included under the new normal in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— GMA Network

Chinese biotech firm opens coronavirus testing lab in Pampanga
Chinese biotech firm BGI group opened a new laboratory in San Fernando, Pampanga to help boost the country’s coronavirus testing capacity.
— Rappler

ADB-funded COVID testing lab to start operations
A new laboratory for testing COVID-19 infections in Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga will start operations today, the Asian Development Bank said.
— Philippine Star

Types of private construction now allowed under ECQ
Malacañang announced that types of private construction are now allowed even in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) .
— Rappler

Barbers proposes limiting barangay population to 15,000
Surigao Del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers has filed a measure limiting the population of every barangay to 15,000 in all urban areas of the country in a bid to speed up the delivery of services to residents.
— GMA Network

Cop missing as boat sinks off Antique
A police officer was reported missing while two of his colleagues and two Philippine Coast Guard personnel were rescued when their boat sank in the waters off Caluya town in Antique on Friday.
— Philstar

Gov’t promises to be stricter going after POGO taxes
Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) will have to pay the correct taxes before they are allowed to resume operations during the quarantine period, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Saturday, May 9.
— Rappler

Volunteer group raises funds to cover shortage of PPE in Leyte
As communities deal with the shortage of personal protective equipment during the pandemic, a group of students and alumni from Visayas State University (VSU), an academic insitution located in Baybay City in this province found a way to help.
— Rappler

 

 

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