Philippines morning news for May 19

Philippines morning news for May 19

Philippines morning news

‘Ambo’ leaves 5 dead, 50 injured in Samar
At least five people died and 50 others were injured when typhoon “Ambo” battered the island of Samar, a report from Police Regional Office 8 (PRO-8) based in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, this town, said Monday.
— Tempo

House takes back bill granting ABS-CBN provisional franchise to plenary
The House of Representatives on Monday returned to the plenary the measure granting ABS-CBN a provisional franchise until October 31, 2020 to accommodate additional interpellations and amendments from lawmakers.
— GMA Network

The needs of people begin to overshadow the need for airlines
Domestic and international travel bans resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have grounded more than 66 per cent of the world’s passenger aircraft leaving governments scrambling to prevent airlines from going out of business.
— AEC News Today

PH coronavirus cases climb to 12,718, deaths now at 831
The Department of Health announced 205 more coronavirus cases, pushing to 12,718 the total number of confirmed cases in the country as of Monday, May 18.
— Rappler

Super Spreaders: Coronavirus-positive OFWs to face charges for escaping quarantine
Several overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be charged for escaping quarantine facilities before learning that they were positive of the coronavirus, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Armand Balilo said yesterday.
— Coconuts Philippines

In House temporary franchise bill, gov’t to take 10% of ads in ABS-CBN
The House bill granting a provisional franchise to ABS-CBN would require the embattled media network to dedicate 10% of its paid advertisements to the government.
— Rappler

Senate OKs on 3rd reading bill seeking higher penalties for false testimonies outside court
With 20 affirmative votes, the Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill imposing longer jail terms for perjury committed outside courts such as false testimonies executed in Senate inquiries.
— GMA Network

Palace warns Metro Manila to be on lockdown again if coronavirus cases rise
Lamenting the sight of crowded malls and jam-packed roads as the capital region moved to a modified enhanced community quarantine, Malcañang warned the public it could impose strict lockdown measures once more should coronavirus cases increase.
— Rappler

Second wave of infection to stall recovery — Diokno
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said avoiding a second-wave or third-wave COVID-19 infection is key to a “U-shaped” economic recovery for the Philippines this year.
— Manilastandard.net

DOH says daily testing capacity now at 11,000
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it can conduct more than 11,000 Covid-19 tests a day from the previous 6,000 daily testing.
— Business Mirror

DOH allocates P18 million for clinical trials of Japan flu drug
The Department of Health (DOH) has allocated P18 million for the clinical trials of the Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his 8th weekly report on the implementation of the anti-COVID-19 response law, which he submitted to Congress on Monday, May 18.
— Rappler

Big-ticket projects safe from budget cut
BIG-TICKET projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DoTr) will not be affected by budget cuts, officials said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

Expect more thunderstorms – PAGASA
Filipinos should brace for frequent thunderstorms in the coming days, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

PHL, 7th-largest ADB borrower, has loans of $10.2 billion
THE Philippines is still one of the largest borrowers of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), according to the Manila-based multilateral development bank’s 2019 annual report.
— Business Mirror

House with ‘make or break’ decision on ABS-CBN franchise on or before Wednesday: Cayetano
If he could have it his way, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano wants the House of Representatives to make a decision on the broadcast franchise of ABS-CBN Corp. as soon as possible.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

‘Ambo’ damage to agriculture breaches P 1-B mark
Damage wrought by Typhoon “Ambo” on farmers and fisherfolk in the heavily affected areas has climbed to P1.14 billion from P185.83 million overnight.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte’s 8th weekly report to Congress on use of additional powers
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday submitted to Congress his eighth report on his use of additional powers in dealing with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Inquirer.net

Government gets P24 billion from local debt market
AS investors continue to be risk-averse, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) took the opportunity to borrow more from the local debt market after seeing lower rates across the board.
— Business Mirror

ABS-CBN urges Supreme Court to act vs NTC closure order immediately
ABS-CBN Corporation is making an appeal to the Supreme Court to act against the closure order of the National Telecommunications Commission.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Q1 fish harvest lowest in last 16 years–PSA
The country’s fisheries production in the first quarter of the year fell to its lowest level in 16 years of 980,730.72 metric tons (MT) as supply chain was disrupted by Taal Volcano eruption and Covid-19 pandemic.
— Business Mirror

DOLE issues guidelines for employers on ‘preservation of jobs’
As the country transitions into the new normal amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday issued guidelines for businesses and enterprises on the preservation of employment.
— Philippine News Agency

Filipino teachers feel the pinch
Filipino teachers in Thailand are struggling after schools nationwide closed weeks ago in attempts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Eastern Samar reels from impact of Typhoon Ambo
Local government officials in Eastern Samar have appealed for help as thousands of families continue to suffer the brunt of flooding days after Typhoon Ambo crossed the province.
— Philippine News Agency

ABS-CBN urges NTC to suspend proceedings to recall frequencies
ABS-CBN has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to suspend proceedings seeking to recall its assigned frequencies while its franchise renewal bills are with Congress and a petition is pending before the Supreme Court (SC).
— GMA News

Over 1,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in Manila
Over 1,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have been confirmed in Manila City as of Monday, May 18.
— Rappler

DILG not exerting extra effort for Cha-cha campaign amid COVID-19 crisis –Palace
Malacañang said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is focused on responding to the COVID-19 crisis following reports that the agency is still pushing for Charter change.
— GMA Network

To ‘prevent’ layoffs, DOLE allows employers to negotiate wage cuts
As work resumed under modified enhanced community quarantine , employers can now negotiate with their workers to slash their wages and benefits up to 6 months, according to Labor Advisory No. 17 issued May 16.
— Rappler

Palace calls Philippines, Province of China geotag fake news
Malacañang on Monday dismissed as “fake news” the Facebook location tag that referred to the Philippines as a province of China.
— GMA Network

Health workers with Covid-19 now 2,314; recoveries at 938
The total number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases among health workers has reached 2,314 after more than 100 persons contracted the disease.
— Philippine News Agency

Probe alleged overpriced PPE gears, test kits: solons
Several senators on Monday said the procurement of alleged “overpriced” personal protective equipment (PPE) and swab kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing must be investigated.
— Philippine News Agency

Next cash aid to benefit 20.3 million Households
More than 20 million individuals are expected to benefit from the second tranche of the government’s aid programs for sectors sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine Star

‘Escaped’OFW found, tests positive for COVID
An overseas Filipino worker, who escaped from a quarantine facility and was later found positive for coronavirus disease 2019, has been found and brought to a medical treatment facility.
— Philippine Star

Philippines’ first multi-mission frigate to arrive on May 23 -Navy
The Philippines first multi-mission frigate was expected to arrive in Zambales this week, having sailed from South Korea on Monday, the Philippine Navy announced.
— GMA Network

Gordon urges IATF to open more airports for repatriation flights of Pinoys
More airports in the country should be reopened only to accommodate repatriation flights for Filipino workers who are still stranded abroad, according to Senator Richard Gordon on Monday.
— GMA Network

459 more Filipinos set to come home amid crisis
MORE than 400 Filipinos from Saudi Arabia and Myanmar were set to arrive in Manila yesterday amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 4.8 million and killed about 317,000 people worldwide.
— BusinessWorld

Ayala pays P9.9 billion in taxes to ‘boost’ gov’t outbreak response
The Ayala Group said Monday it paid its taxes ahead of deadline to help beef up the government’s war chest against the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Philippine Star

Contact tracing up as NegOr doctor tests positive of Covid-19
Health authorities in Negros Oriental are now conducting contact tracing of all people who may have come into contact with a government doctor from here, who has tested positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Going into agriculture? DA has P2.5B in loans for MSMEs, returning OFWs
Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as well as returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) planning to venture into agriculture-related businesses can avail of loans from 3 government programs.
— Rappler

No basis for senators to inhibit from ABS-CBN deliberations -Drilon
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday said lawyer Larry Gadon’s call for several senators to recuse themselves from deliberation on ABS-CBN’s franchise had no merit.
— GMA Network

ABS-CBN pleads SC: Provisional franchise takes time, let us air now
Broadcast giant ABS-CBN filed an urgent reiterative motion before the Supreme Court on Monday, May 18, pleading to void the cease and desist order that was issued to the network and to let them go back on air as soon as possible.
— Rappler

18,355 inmates freed amid health crisis
A total of 18,355 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) have been released as of May 15 since the Supreme Court (SC) adopted measures to expedite the resolution of their cases to decongest jails and other detention facilities to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.
— Tempo

Thunderstorm advisory raised over southern M. Manila, other areas
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over southern Metro Manila and other areas.
— Eagle News

Metro Manila water shortage unlikely this year
Any risks of water shortage in Metro Manila this year is likely behind us as water regulators expect the capital’s main dam to remain within its minimum operating level this year.
— Philippine Star

DA-10 releases P32.7-M cash subsidy to ease MisOcc rice farmers
The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA RFO-10) has kicked off its second wave of Financial Subsidy to Rice Farmers (FSRF) distribution in Misamis Occidental on Wednesday, May 13, for 1,187 rice farmers in the municipalities of Aloran and Jimenez.
— Philippine Information Agency

DOH allows fresh medical graduates to engage in ‘limited practice’ vs COVID-19
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, May 18, said that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has signed Department Order 2020-0169, allowing medical graduates, who haven’t taken the licensure examination for physicians yet, to engage in limited practice during the fight against COVID-19.
— Rappler

DOF payouts reach beneficiaries faster with data, cashless systems
Cash aid distribution to formal workers is going faster than that in the informal sector, a clear benefit of complete records and technology use, although the finance department handling the program still missed its self-imposed deadline to reach targeted beneficiaries.
— Philippine Star

Go calls for intensified gov’t support for OFWs amid Covid-19
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has called once again on the government, particularly the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), to intensify support for affected overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), particularly those who want to return home amid coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Use Cha-cha roadshow fund for COVID-19 prevention measures –Binay
Government funds for roadshows promoting federalism must be redirected to COVID-19 awareness programs during the pandemic, according to Senator Nancy Binay on Monday.
— GMA Network

QC Hall of Justice on lockdown after worker suspected with COVID-19 dies
Quezon City’s Hall of Justice has been placed on lockdown from May 18 until further notice as its Office of Executive Judge verifies a report that a worker at the hall died of suspected COVID-19.
— Philstar

Duterte federalism campaign goes online during pandemic
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the Philippines, the Duterte government has migrated online its signature gathering campaign in support of revising the 1987 Constitution.
— Rappler

Palace: COVID-19 cases may surge if shoppers continue to ‘defy rules’
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that if the case doubling time shortens to two days, the country will run out of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients in a week or two.
— Philippine Star

23 barangay officials face criminal charges over cash aid distribution
Some 23 barangay officials are now facing criminal complaints over alleged anomalies in the distribution of cash under the government’s emergency subsidy program (ESP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Monday, May 18.
— Rappler

Manila City to have own Covid-19 testing laboratory
The city of Manila will soon have its own testing laboratory for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) at the Sta. Ana Hospital to further ramp up its testing capability.
— Philippine News Agency

Immunization a must even during pandemic –experts
The immunization of children against vaccine-preventable diseases should be balanced with the country’s efforts to protect the population from the coronavirus disease, health experts stressed.
— GMA Network

SB Corp. starts accepting loan applications of micro, small enterprises in GCQ areas
Micro and small businesses hit by the economic effects of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) may now apply for the government’s P1-billion loan program, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced Monday.
— GMA Network

Three Individuals In Los Baños, Laguna Died After Drinking “Lambanog”
Three people in Purok 5, Barangay Maahas, Los Baños, Laguna died after drinking distilled palm liquor or known as lambanog.
— Philippine News

PUVs ordered to keep list of passengers for contact tracing
As several regions ease restrictions and transition to general community quarantine (GTQ), the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) will require public utility vehicles (PUVs) to keep a list of all passengers they ferry.
— Rappler

‘No decision’ yet on mass testing in schools – DepEd
The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Monday, May 18, there is “no decision yet” on mass testing in schools.
— Rappler

COVID-19 pandemic makes Filipinos mindful of personal finances – survey
With the uncertainties brought about by the current crisis, Filipinos are now looking at various ways to address their personal finance concerns, making it the most read topic on the internet after enhanced community quarantine and health.
— Philippine Star

Government scrambles fund search for bigger DSWD cash aid
The decision to include 5 million more beneficiaries on the program appeared to have been made without identifying a fund source.
— Philippine Star

Governor orders temporary closure of Cavite malls for allegedly failing to impose social distancing
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla today ordered the temporary shutdown of all malls in his province after its owners allegedly failed to impose social distancing rules.
— Coconuts Philippines

DOCUMENT: DOH releases interim rules on return-to-work during pandemic
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday, May 17, issued interim guidelines for those returning to work in Metro Manila and other parts of the country that will be under a relaxed community quarantine.
— Rappler

Outdoor exercises in QC allowed only from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.; no team sports, group exercises allowed
Outdoor exercises in Quezon City are allowed only on selected hours during the modified enhanced community quarantine.
— Eagle News

Aboitiz to regularly test employees for coronavirus until 2021
The Aboitiz group will regularly conduct COVID-19 tests for employees who need to be physically present in their offices until 2021 to ensure a safe working environment.
— Rappler

‘Hard to replace’: Sinas to stay as NCRPO director, PNP chief says
PNP chief Archie Gamboa confirmed that Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas would retain his current post owing to his work in police programs against the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
— Philippine Star

More evidence needed to pin down QC cop who killed retired soldier, says police chief
The criminal case filed against Daniel Florendo Jr., the Quezon City cop who killed a retired soldier, has been sent back to investigators for lack of evidence, Philippine National Police Chief General Archie Gamboa announced today.
— Coconuts Philippines

Call for submission for anthology of literary works on COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. A wayward virus has not only cost lives, but also disrupted what we know to be normal and threatened our social fabric.
— Rappler

 

 

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