Philippines morning news for July 17

Philippines morning news for July 17
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Philippines morning newsOver 33k active COVID-19 cases not in hospitals, DOH figures show
Over 33,000 active cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as of July 15 have not been admitted to hospitals, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed.
— GMA Network

Metro Manila risks reverting to strict lockdown as cases surge
THE presidential palace on Thursday threatened to put Manila and nearby cities back under a stricter lockdown if cases of the coronavirus that has sickened more than 61,000 and killed about 1,600 people in the Philippines continue to surge.
— BusinessWorld

DOH recommends flu, pneumonia shots to dodge COVID-19 complications
The health department recommends the use of flu and pneumonia vaccine to prevent complications from the novel coronavirus disease, an official said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Duterte to physically deliver 5th SONA in Batasang Pambansa amid pandemic: Sotto
President Rodrigo Duterte will physically deliver his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa on July 27, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN News

Half of DOH budget for COVID-19 response unaccounted for — think tank
As the country on Thursday logs another daily tally of over 2,000 new COVID-19 infections, the health department is facing more scrutiny for an alleged lack of support for hospitals and medical frontliners.
— Philippine Star

Comelec says P2.5B needed to flash counting of ballots through projectors in 2022 polls
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday said it needs an additional P2.5 billion to implement a Senate proposal to use projectors during the counting of ballots in the 2022 elections.
— ABS-CBN News

26% of businesses closed operations in June: DTI survey
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said Thursday 25.9 percent of businesses surveyed from June 4 to 17 have closed their operations, some of them temporarily.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines COVID-19 tally tops 61,000 with 2,498 new cases
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines topped 61,000 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,498 more infections–1,246 “fresh” or newly validated and 1,252 reported late–bringing the total to 61,266.
— GMA Network

31 Filipino workers in Kuwait dead of COVID-19, says embassy official
At least 31 overseas Filipino workers living in Kuwait have died of COVID-19, an official of the Philippine embassy at the Gulf country announced today in a virtual press briefing.
— Coconuts Philippines

Remittances plunge 16% in April
Remittances recorded a double-digit drop in April, the steepest decline in almost two decades as the global health crisis continues to displace more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— Philippine Star

23K OFWs in Kuwait displaced due to pandemic
The Philippine embassy in Kuwait on Thursday reported that around 23,000 Filipino workers have been displaced in the Gulf state due to the economic impact of coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Education, agriculture budgets suffer deeper cuts
THE government continued to slash the budgets of several departments, including education and agriculture, with funds being redirected for its coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response.
— BusinessWorld

Drug war: 67 killed during quarantine
Sixty-seven suspects have been killed in the government’s war on illegal drugs during the community quarantine.
— Philstar

Cashless push gains traction as 5-M more Filipinos own accounts
Five million more Filipinos opened accounts in financial institutions such as banks in two years ending 2019, laying evidence a slow industry push toward a more cashless society is finally gaining traction and likely accelerated further due to lockdowns.
— Philippine Star

Palace: Gov’t can force quarantine for mild cases
The government has the power to quarantine people with mild symptoms of COVID-19, Malacañang said on Wednesday amid an outcry against police plans to take sufferers from their homes and put them in state-run isolation centers.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Poultry, allied sectors: We lost P95 billion from chicken meat imports
THE local poultry sector and its allied industries, including ihaw-ihaw (barbecue) stalls, have lost nearly P95 billion in revenues last year due to chicken meat imports, based on the estimates disclosed in an open letter by over 50 industry players.
— Business Mirror

59 more Filipinos abroad fall ill with COVID-19; total nears 9,000
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday 59 more Filipinos abroad caught COVID-19, raising the total tally of overseas infections among Philippine nationals to 8,974.
— ABS-CBN News

PDEA: 5,722 killed in drug war
At least 5,722 drug suspects were killed and P34.18-billion worth of “shabu” (crystal meth) was seized under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) showed.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Don’t interfere in PH affairs, Palace tells US lawmakers calling for repeal of anti-terror law
American lawmakers should not interfere in the Philippines’ domestic affairs, Malacañang said Thursday after at least 45 US congressional representatives called on the Duterte administration to repeal the new anti-terror law.
— ABS-CBN News

Legarda seeks environmental sustainability initiatives at ASEAN
House Deputy Speaker Antique Rep. Loren Legarda has urged member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to vigorously push for initiatives seeking to promote environmental sustainability and resilience to sustain their socioeconomic gains and reduce poverty.
— Manila Bulletin

DSWD discovers 81,000 duplicate aid beneficiaries
Around 81,000 beneficiaries affected by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have received social amelioration benefits from the government more than once.
— Business Mirror

DBM: P14.3B in funds for Office of President, OVP, other agencies diverted to COVID-19 response
More budget cuts were inflicted upon agencies—including the offices of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo—in June, as the government scrambled to secure more funds for COVID-19 response before the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act expired.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manpower shortage is ‘biggest challenge’ in coronavirus testing: official
A shortage of personnel remains the “biggest challenge” to the Philippines’ coronavirus testing drive, an official leading the effort said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN News

Zamboanga City reverts to GCQ
The local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has issued new guidelines after the city reverted to general community quarantine (GCQ) effective Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Senate to pass Bayanihan 2 on final reading a day after 5th SONA: Sotto
The Senate will pass the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) bill on third and final reading a day after President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his 5th State of the Nation Address on July 27, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Thursday.
— ABS-CBN News

Labor group files 9th petition vs Anti-Terrorism Act
A labor group and several leaders of the sector filed Thursday the 9th petition questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act before the Supreme Court.
— ABS-CBN News

Cayetano calls for socio-political, economic change to loosen grip of oligarchs
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday called for a change in the country’s socio-political and economic system in order, he said, to loosen oligarchs’ hold on many sectors of the society.
— GMA Network

DOLE ‘one-stop shop’ to help displaced workers, including thousands from ABS-CBN
The labor department is set to establish a one-stop shop where retrenched workers, including those who lost their jobs because of the shutdown of ABS-CBN, can seek employment opportunities, Malacañang said Thursday.
— Philippine Star

DOH reports manageable levels of active COVID-19 cases in R-XI
The Department of Health Davao Center for Health Development (DOH DCHD) has assured that Region XI is currently facing manageable levels of active coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) despite a recent rise in cases.
— Philippine Information Agency

PNP reports 37 more COVID-19 cases; total now at 1,335
The total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases within the Philippine National Police (PNP) increased to 1,335 on Thursday after 37 more personnel tested positive for the illness.
— GMA Network

DOH urges random rapid tests for workers every 2 weeks
The health department urges businesses to screen their workers randomly for the novel coronavirus through rapid tests every 2 weeks, an official said Thursday, as the country continued to restart the economy with relaxed lockdowns.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippines province launches online action centre
Governor Dakila Carlo E. Cua has launched the Quirino Province Online Action Centre (QPOAC) in the region to ensure that the provincial government can be reached 24/7.
— OpenGov

MICE allowed under MGCQ at 50% capacity: DOT
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) can be held in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) but only at 50-percent capacity.
— Philippine News Agency

PH gets credit rating affirmation from Moody’s
The Philippines continues to defy trends after Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday affirmed its Baa2 rating with stable outlook on the country, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said.
— Philippine News Agency

Some Manila residents disregard mask, distancing requirements; Mayor Isko warns violators
Several Manila residents were seen on Thursday ignoring social distancing measures and the proper wearing of face masks in public places as a precaution against COVID-19.
— GMA Network

US lawmakers ask Duterte to repeal anti-terror measure
US LAWMAKERS have asked the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to repeal the country’s newly signed Anti-Terrorism Law, which they said arms the state to stifle dissent.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte softens position on jailing water company officials
PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte said he will proceed with amending the contracts of both Metro Manila water concessionaires, but walked back earlier threats of imprisonment for the companies’ executives.
— BusinessWorld

PEZA seeking to attract investors with aid of current locators, foreign chambers of commerce
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) said it is hoping to tap current locators to attract new investment via promotion efforts coursed through the various foreign chambers of commerce.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte eyes purchase of high-flow nasal cannula for COVID-19 patients -Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to look for funds that will be used to purchase high-flow nasal cannula devices to aid oxygen-deprived COVID-19 patients.
— GMA Network

Peasant groups wary of potential abuse in ‘Oplan Kalinga’
Two peasant groups slammed the planned implementation of ‘Oplan Kalinga’ — a program to transfer coronavirus patients from their homes — calling it “another militarist measure” in a time when programs such as free mass testing are needed.
— Philippine Star

Senate lines up bills on economic stimulus
THE Senate has lined up measures that seek to aid business recovery amid a coronavirus pandemic and opening up the economy to more foreign investment when it opens its second regular session later this month.
— BusinessWorld

Limited face-to-face classes mulled in low-risk areas
Months after President Duterte declared “no vaccine, no classes,” the government is considering proposals to allow the conduct of limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas under the most lenient modified general community quarantine.
— Philippine Star

Visa expects payments industry to retain 70% of lockdown users after emergency ends
AROUND 70% of Filipinos that used digital payment channels during the lockdown will likely continue to do so, Visa, Inc. said, citing the results of a study.
— BusinessWorld

Around 3.2M beneficiaries receive 2nd tranche of COVID-19 cash aid –DSWD
As of July 16, the DSWD has disbursed the emergency subsidy for 3.2 million beneficiaries with an equivalent amount of P19.4 billion, said DSWD Undersecretary Danilo Pamonag said during the hybrid hearing of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability.
— GMA Network

Appeals court orders dismissal of ‘insufficient’ libel case vs Failon
The Court of Appeals ordered the dismissal of a libel case filed against broadcaster Ted Failon and others by Francis Tolentino, now a senator.
— Philippine Star

Gov’t recently repatriates 410 Filipinos from Lebanon
The government has repatriated over 400 Filipinos from Lebanon, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday, July 16.
— Eagle News

DPWH-Caraga reports major infra gains amid pandemic
Amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, the Department of Public Works and Highways in the Caraga Region (DPWH-13) said it has achieved significant accomplishments in major infrastructure projects in the area.
— Philippine News Agency

PCG says 83 of 313 personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered
The Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday, July 16, reported 313 of its personnel have tested positive for COVID-19.
— Eagle News

Digital platforms to access retail treasury bonds backed
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) supports the recent move of the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) of the Philippines to explore digital platforms in allowing investors to access investments in retail treasury bonds (RTB).
— Philippine News Agency

Globe not cutting ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei
Globe Telecom Inc. won’t abandon its partnership with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. despite growing unease about Chinese tech firms among Western nations, saying the equipment from the tech giant is crucial to the telecommunications giant’s network expansion plans.
— Philippine Star



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