Philippines morning news for July 20

Philippines morning news for July 20
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Philippines morning newsStill no changes to protect health workers vs. COVID-19 in the workplace –nurses group
There have been almost no changes made to better protect health workers against COVID-19 in the workplace since the pandemic started, a nurses group said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Is PH winning or losing vs coronavirus? DOH says fight far from over
The fight against COVID-19 is far from over, a health official said Saturday, so it isn’t yet time to say with certainty that the country is either winning or losing the so-called war against the pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

Court orders gov’t to answer anti-terror lawsuit
THE Supreme Court has given the government 10 days to comment on four lawsuits seeking to stop it from enforcing an expanded law against terrorism that critics said allows the state to stifle dissent.
— BusinessWorld

Palace hits critics for ignoring ‘rest of Covid-19 data’
Malacañang on Sunday hit critics for only paying attention to the increase in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the country while ignoring the rise in recoveries and decline in deaths.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines records 58 coronavirus deaths, 2,241 new cases
The Philippines’ health department on Sunday reported 58 deaths related to COVID-19 and 2,241 additional infections of the new coronavirus.
— Reuters

Gov’t nurses get overdue pay hike as COVID-19 persists
Government nurses may now avail of their much-needed pay hike, a senator said Sunday following the release of a memorandum circular on their wage increase.
— ABS-CBN News

Aklan dengue cases down by 87 percent
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here reported an 87 percent decrease in the number of dengue cases in the province from January 1 to July 11, of this year.
— Philippine Information Agency

Put charter change proposal on lockdown, ‍opposition solons urge
Opposition lawmakers scored the latest attempt to tinker with the Constitution as just another bid to lift term limits and urged the Duterte administration to quarantine the charter change (cha-cha) proposal of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DFA: Overseas Filipinos repatriated due to COVID-19 hit 90,000
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday said that 11,688 more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returned home, raising the total number of repatriated citizens to 90,497.
— ABS-CBN News

After claiming win over virus Roque admits one life lost is one too many
Following an earlier declaration that the country was winning against the illness due to fewer deaths, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Sunday said “one life lost is one too many” in the country s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

COVID-19, China policy may dent Duterte rating
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s popularity may get dented for the first time by his pro-China policy combined with his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a political analyst.
— BusinessWorld

Mass testing pushed to revive Philippine economy
Allies of President Duterte in the House of Representatives have called on Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to launch mass testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to resuscitate the country’s battered economy.
— Philippine Star

Coconut oil credited for making provincial jail COVID-free
Virgin coconut oil or VCO is being credited for making the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) free of coronavirus disease 2019 as the city battled the COVID-19 pandemic in April and May.
— Philippine Star

Locsin blames virus surge on ‘health bureaucrats’
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. blames the resurgence of the new coronavirus in the Philippines on “health bureaucrats,” who, he claims, have wasted the gains of the lockdown imposed in March to halt the spread in the country of the COVID-19 pathogen.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOH accredits 4 more labs for COVID-19 testing, total now at 89
There are now 89 laboratories nationwide licensed to conduct independent testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after four more received accreditation, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.
— GMA Network

LSIs stranded for 5 months aching to be with families
Several locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who have been stuck in Metro Manila for five months are in better living conditions but still ache to be reunited with their families in the province.
— GMA Network

45 Pinoy fishermen repatriated from Indonesia
The government of Indonesia has repatriated at least 45 Filipino fishermen who have been detained in Bitung City in Manado, North Sulawesi.
— Philstar

DFA: Macau, 2 other countries lift travel ban on Filipinos
This week, the DFA received reports that three additional countries/territories have already lifted the inbound travel ban on Filipinos, subject to medical protocols on arriving passengers.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t repatriates another batch of OFW remains from Saudi
Another batch of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and other causes in Saudi Arabia arrived Sunday in Pasay City.
— Philippine News Agency

Group warns of public health system breakdown
The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) yesterday warned of a possible breakdown of the public health system as the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues.
— Philippine Star

Philippines defends anti-terror law before US Congress
The Philippines’ foreign ministry has told the US Congress that political freedoms and human rights will be respected as concerns linger over an anti-terrorism law that takes effect on Saturday (Jul 18).

COVID-19 Impact On Mental Health Of Filipinos
On 11 March, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak as a pandemic due to the exponential increase in the number of cases in more than 100 countries.
— The Asean Post

Palace: Patients can avail of health services of other LGUs if local hospitals full
Patients can avail of medical services offered by other local government units if the health capacity of their areas have been filled up because of rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, Malacañang said.
— Philippine Star

House execs want sanctions vs ABS-CBN
As mass actions in support of ABS-CBN mounted, pro-administration lawmakers dug their heels in over their rejection of the network’s application for a new franchise and called for more sanctions against the network, including a nearly P2-trillion fine and the seizure of its sprawling headquarters in Quezon City.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Recto wants salaries of other health professionals equal to nurses
Senator Ralph Recto on Sunday proposed to equalize the salaries of health workers in the government with the wages received by nurses, urging that those receiving measly compensation be given rightful pay raises.
— GMA Network

DILG: Over 69000 contact tracers deployed nationwide
Over 69,000 contact tracers have been deployed nationwide as part of the government’s efforts against COVID-19.
— Eagle News

State agencies draw down 93% of cash allocations in H1
State agencies utilized P1.72 trillion worth of notices of cash allocation (NCA) in the first half of the year as they moved to implement programs that address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
— Philippine Star

10th plea filed vs anti-terrorism law
Another group of leftist activists, including former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo, filed with the Supreme Court on Sunday the 10th petition against Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued a pastoral letter against what it described as an “infamous” and “rushed” law.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Power restored in Marawi’s ground zero
Power has been restored in Marawi City’s ground zero or the main battle ground of government forces and Maute militants in 2017.
— Philstar

Tourism recovery to be gradual; small firms struggling to survive
THE recovery in the tourism industry will be gradual and will depend on how well governments arrest the spread of infection, though the industry is expected to report significant losses over the full year, according to the International Institute of Finance (IIF).
— BusinessWorld

Cebu City council OKs cemetery for COVID-19 fatalities
The Cebu City Council approved a resolution on Friday on the establishment of a cemetery for victims of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
— Philstar

Pandemic threatens to burst Philippines’ online gaming bubble
WITH the twin global gaming centers of Macau and Las Vegas bleeding millions of dollars daily as casinos stand empty, the much smaller online gaming industry in the Philippines was supposed to benefit as gamblers logged into live-streamed bets to scratch the itch.
— Business Mirror

Nurse laments plight of health workers in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila
A health care worker at San Lazaro Hospital on Saturday deplored the slow paced action of the hospital management regarding the provision of protective equipment.
— ABS-CBN News

DFA repatriates 707 Filipinos from Saudi Arabia
The Department of Foreign Affairs has repatriated over 700 overseas Filipinos from Saudi Arabia. The DFA said the 707 Filipinos were composed of 353 OFWs from Riyadh, and 354 Filipinos from Jeddah.
— Eagle News

44 petitioners ask SC to void anti-terrorism law for curtailing civil liberties
Just a day after the anti-terrorism law took effect, 44 activists and citizens filed another petition against it on Sunday, sayingthe law is unconstitutional and can be used to curtail civil liberties.
— Philippine Star

QR code, eGov facility payments soar
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said cashless transactions via the national quick response (QR) code and the government electronic payment (EGov Pay) facility continues to gain traction as it ramps up efforts to transform the Philippines into a cash-lite economy.
— Philippine Star

PCOO pushes for inclusion of FOI bill in priority legislation
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is pushing to have the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of “urgent” measures this year.
— Philippine News Agency

7K warned for violating motorcycle pillion riding policy
Over 7,000 motorcycle riders across the country have been given warnings since the government allowed pillion riding only for married couples or live-in partners on July 10, the Joint Task Force Covid Shield (JTF Covid)) revealed on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Open Access bills remain languishing in Congress
The Open Access in Data Transmission bill, considered by the World Bank and businesses as critical piece of legislation for economic growth, but which would remove the power of Congress to grant franchises to build and operate a network, has been languishing in Congress.
— Manila Bulletin

Petron extends fuel subsidy for DOTr Free Ride until July 31
Petron Corporation, an oil company that has partnered with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to help the transportation needs of medical front-liners amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) health crisis, has extended its fuel subsidy for participating vehicle units in the Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program until July 31.
— Philippine News Agency

Asean project to help small businesses hit by pandemic
Asean Business Advisory Council (BAC) Philippines chair Joey Concepcion promises a faster, easier and cheaper access to mentorship as part of efforts to support micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) hit by the pandemic through his legacy project, Asean Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (Amen), supported by the different Asean countries during a stakeholders meeting on July 17.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

VP Robredo says gov’t yet to implement her COVID-19 proposals
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said the virus response and aid measures she proposed to Malacañang last month have yet to be implemented, contrary to the remarks of Malacañang that her suggestions have been enforced and were “nothing new.”
— ABS-CBN News

PNP reports 46 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 1,538
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday reported 46 additional cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among its police officers, bringing the total number to 1,538.
— GMA Network

Senate to block Cha-Cha, plan to cut term limits
MOVES TO AMEND the 1987 Constitution amid a coronavirus pandemic won’t prosper in the Senate, an opposition lawmaker said on Sunday, warning of an alleged plot to delay the 2022 presidential elections and remove term limits.
— BusinessWorld

PNP: Peace and order nationwide stable on first day of anti-terrorism law
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday said the peace and order in the country remains stable with the continued decrease in crime incidents.
— GMA Network

PH’s tallest airport control tower to rise in Clark
The Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) is set to build the country’s newest Airport Control Tower, said to become the tallest in the country at 54 meters.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH says UP-developed test kits now ready for commercial use
The Department of Health on Sunday said the COVID-19 test kit developed by the University of the Philippines has been approved for commercial use.
— GMA Network

Court quashes PECO appeal on Iloilo asset expropriation
A local court has quashed Panay Electric Co.’s appeal to reconsider an earlier order to have its properties expropriated to the new power utility in Iloilo City, as businesses expressed confidence the Razon-led More Electric and Power Corp. would continue to provide transparent and reliable service in the area.
— Philippine Star

Enrollment rate lowest in BARMM, Cordilleras
Six out of every 10 students in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) have enrolled for the upcoming school year.
— Philstar

Panelo hits CBCP letter criticizing gov t, says it violates separation of church and state
President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo on Sunday said the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ latest pastoral letter, which criticizes the government, “appears to have” violated the doctrine of the separation of church and state as mandated by the Constitution.
— GMA Network

Manila FAME 2020 trade show canceled in favor of digital
THE Department of Trade and Industry’s export promotion arm is cancelling the 71st Manila FAME trade show as it shifts to digital promotion activities.
— BusinessWorld

No new Covid-19 infections, deaths among Pinoys abroad: DFA
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday reported no new confirmed case and no new fatality due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among Filipinos abroad.
— Philippine News Agency

Rural banks increase health and agriculture lending
LOAN DISBURSEMENTS by rural banks to essential sectors such as health and agriculture rose during the pandemic, the industry association said.
— BusinessWorld

Bong Go urges agencies to use UP-developed COVID-19 test kits
Senate Committee on Health chair Senator Bong Go on Sunday called on concerned government agencies to utilize the testing kits developed by the University of the Philippines.
— GMA Network

Work on Marawi Central Fire Station to begin this week
The construction of the Marawi City Central Fire Station will commence this week following its groundbreaking rites held on Thursday, July 16.
— Philippine Information Agency

Parañaque launches online courier service for government transactions
The Parañaque City government has launched online courier and processing services for government transactions.
— Philstar

Quezon City cites isolation facilities in high recovery rate
The Quezon City government has attributed the city’s high recovery rate to the Hope isolation facilities, where coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients with mild symptoms and suspected cases are admitted and properly taken care of until they test negative.
— Philstar

Filipinos’ trust in China, United States decline: SWS
Filipinos’ trust in China and the United States have declined, based on a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations.
— ABS-CBN News

29 held for birthday bash at Quezon City bar
Twenty-nine persons, including a 17-year-old boy, were arrested for violating general community quarantine guidelines after they allegedly held a birthday celebration at a restobar in Quezon City on Friday night.
— Philstar



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