Philippines morning news for April 8

Philippines morning news for April 8

Philippines morning news

‘Catastrophic’ situation in jails feared if ‘low-risk’ prisoners not released
Human rights groups said they fear it’s just a matter of time before the novel coronavirus affects jails in the Philippines – if it hasn’t yet afflicted prisoners.
— Rappler

Philippines extends COVID-19 lockdown, home quarantine to end-April
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday approved the extension of lockdown and home quarantine measures covering more than half of the population, a crisis panel official said, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

DOH reports 104 new COVID-19 cases bringing total to 3,764; deaths rise to 177
The Department of Health said that 104 new cases of COVID-19 were added in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in the country to 3,764.
— Eagle News

AirAsia cancels domestic, international flights until April 30
Budget carrier AirAsia is canceling all its international and domestic flights until April 30.
— Eagle News

PH aims to test 20,000 per day by April 27
Weeks after public clamor for wider testing grew, the government’s coronavirus task force mapped out the steps that it will undertake to increase COVID-19 testing in the country to 20,000 per day by April 27.
— Rappler

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Coronavirus triggers lower inflation at 2.5% in March 2020
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Inflation eased to 2.5% in March 2020, as oil prices plummeted in the world market due to the novel coronavirus , said the Philippine Statistics Authority on Tuesday, April 7.
— Rappler

GSIS grants 3-month moratorium on loan payments
The Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) on Tuesday announced the granting of a moratorium on loan payments of its members and pensioners, including housing loan amortization of borrowers.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t workers given until June 30 to file SALN
THE CIVIL Service Commission (CSC) on Tuesday granted public officials and employees a 60-day extension in filing their 2019 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN), supposedly due April 30.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines COVID-19 cases concentrated in Metro Manila, says Duque
Around 80 percent of the Philippines s 3,764 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases are from Metro Manila, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Govt draws money from ‘discontinued’ projects to boost Covid-19 fight
To fund government’s response against Covid-19, President Duterte said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has identified items that may be discontinued in the 2019 and 2020 General Appropriations Act amounting to P189.82 billion.
— Business Mirror

Production up in February, but ECQ to hit manufacturing in March
THE implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) would likely affect the overall production of the manufacturing output starting in March, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

Inflation eased to 2.5% in March
Inflation rate, or the movement in consumer prices, softened to 2.5 percent in March from 2.6 percent in February and 3.3 percent a year ago as the government started a Luzon-wide quarantine to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019.

Local carriers have to wait longer to resume flights
Local carriers may have to wait a little longer before they can resume passenger flights following the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine up to the end of the month.
— The Philippine Star

Palace freezes P30.824-billion infra projects, realigns fund to LGUs
President Duterte has approved the discontinuation of P30.824 billion worth of infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to fund the grant of financial assistance to local government units (LGUs).
— Business Mirror

Philippine growth to slow with lockdown extension: Fitch Solutions
Fitch Solutions said Tuesday it would lower its 4 percent growth forecast for the Philippines due to the extension of the Luzon lockdown to April 30.
— ABS-CBN News

PhilHealth sets COVID-19 package rates starting April 15
THE PHILIPPINE Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has set case rate packages for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, which will take effect April 15.
— BusinessWorld

Nearly 3 months after virus outbreak, DOH releasing PPE use guidelines
Nearly 3 months after the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday, April 7, said it was releasing guidelines on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for the public, especially the health workers.
— Rappler

Bayan Muna questions Duterte s claim of not having enough funds for COVID-19 response
Leaders of progressive group Bayan Muna on Tuesday questioned President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that there are not enough funds for the government’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency.
— GMA Network

South Korea donates rice to PHL
THE South Korean government recently donated 950 metric tons (MT) of rice to the Philippines for distribution to those affected by natural disasters and calamities last year.
— BusinessWorld Online

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Number of police officers infected with COVID-19 rises to 22
The number of police officers infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increased to 22, Philippine National Police spokesman Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Cebu’s new coronavirus case quashes hopes of containment
Cebu recorded a new coronavirus case on Tuesday, April 7, quashing early hopes that the province has contained the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

21 Filipino doctors have died due to COVID-19 –PHAP
A total of 21 Filipino doctors have died due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to data from the Private Hospital’s Association of the Philippines.
— GMA Network

Eastern Visayas confirms local transmission of coronavirus
The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Tuesday, April 7, that there is already local transmission of the novel coronavirus disease in the Eastern Visayas region following the infection of health workers who had contact with a positive case.
— Rappler

Villanueva pushes for wage subsidy to 5.7M workers in MSMEs
Around 5.7 million workers in the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) should be provided with wage subsidies as the country wrestles with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Senator Joel Villanueva said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Sotto pushes for ID system rollout for COVID-19 aid distribution
THE GOVERNMENT should fast-track the roll out of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) to address problems in granting aid under the Emergency Subsidy Program amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a senator said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Experts studying benefits of traditional Chinese medicine vs. COVID-19 –DOH
Traditional Chinese medicine is being studied by experts as a possible cure for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

DOH offers free telemedicine consultations to NCR residents
Metro Manila residents who wish to consult medical experts for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 primary care concerns may call the 24/7 hotline at 02-8424-1724 free of charge.
— GMA Network

34 more Filipinos abroad positive for coronavirus
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday, April 7, that 34 more Filipinos abroad tested positive for the coronavirus disease, raising the total number of cases to 569.
— Rappler

BARMM workers donate part of salaries for humanitarian aid
Workers of the Ministry of Labor and Employment in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOLE-BARMM) on Tuesday pledged to donate part of their April salaries for anti-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) relief missions.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte told to extend cash aid to middle class
A CONGRESSMAN wants all Filipinos except for the richest — 10% of the population — to get at least P1,000 each in cash aid during the month-long Luzon-wide lockdown that has been extended by two more weeks until April 30.
— BusinessWorld

1,400 OFWs from US, Middle East come home
ALMOST 1,400 Filipinos from the US, Kuwait and Qatar have come home amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic that has sickened 1.3 million and killed almost 75,000 people worldwide, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

NBI subpoena based on post griping about govt’s P2B business jet
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) issued a subpoena April 1 on a Filipino citizen based on a post on March 23 complaining about the government’s spending in the fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Family planning services uninterrupted by COVID-19 emergency -Duterte
Family planning services had not been interrupted even as the government was focused on the implementation of containment measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), President Rodrigo Duterte assured Congress.
— GMA Network

Philippine Red Cross launches app for rapid COVID-19 response
The Philippine Red Cross has launched a mobile application that would help Filipinos protect themselves from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

11 coronavirus deaths from Matina cockfight derby – DOH
Eleven of the 12 deaths due to COVID-19 in Region 11 were linked to a cockfight derby held at Matina Gallera, Davao City, from March 6 to 13, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
— Rappler

8 booked for violating North Cotabato ECQ
Police nabbed eight persons who played basketball in Alamada, North Cotabato on Monday amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) across the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Chinese groups donate medical supplies to Davao City
The city government here distributed medical supplies donated by various Chinese groups to hospitals in the region to be used by health personnel working to contain the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Over 80,000 poor Vizcayanos to get aid thru Social Amelioration Program
More than 80,000 poor villagers in the province are set to receive assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Information Agency

7,704 delegates in national DepEd events cleared of coronavirus
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, April 7, said that the 7,704 delegates in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) and National Festival of Talents (NFOT) held in March were cleared of coronavirus.
— Rappler

Don Bosco Mandaluyong’s bid to fabricate low-cost ventilators
Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC), a Catholic school in Mandaluyong known for its technical excellence, has been using its expertise in producing much-needed medical equipment for frontliners battling the spread of the coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

LandBank distributes cash aid to qualified PUV drivers
The Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) started releasing on Tuesday (April 7) cash aid totaling PHP33.408 million or PHP8,000 each to 4,176 Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers in the National Capital Region (NCR) to help them cope with the suspension of mass public transportation amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.
— Philippine News Agency

PCSO gives P3.5-M for Vizcaya hospitals to fight COVID-19
The Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO) has donated P3.5 million for two public hospitals in the province to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Byron Joseph Bumanglag, PCSO branch head said the beneficiaries were the Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital (NVPH) in Bambang town and the Region 2 Trauma and …
— Philippine Information Agency

121 Filipino migrants complete quarantine in Sibakil Island
The 121 returning Filipino migrants have completed the 21-day quarantine for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Sibakil Island, Lantawan, Basilan province, officials said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

21 arrested for holding illegal cockfight in Bulacan amid lockdown
Bulacan cops arrested 21 men on Monday, April 6, for holding illegal cockfight or tupada in Bulacan province in Central Luzon, violating physical distancing rules to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

Soldiers Will Donate Half of their Salary to Help Fight Against COVID-19
Soldiers Will Donate Half of their Salary as Additional to Funds Against COVID-19 Soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will donate half of their salary as additional to the funds to help fight against coronavirus.
— Philippine News

Supreme Court rules on e-filing extended to April 30
The Supreme Court (SC) rules on electronic filing , as well as electronic posting of bail, are also extended until April 30 to be in sync with the national government’s extension of the lockdown over Luzon to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Comelec suspends Palawan plebiscite due to coronavirus outbreak
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc approved the postponement of the May 11 plebiscite that would ratify the division …
— Rappler

High court extends COVID-19 orders
THE Supreme Court has extended the effectivity of COVID-19-related orders after President Rodrigo R. Duterte extended by two more weeks the Luzon-wide lockdown.
— BusinessWorld

PBA governors agree to shorten season due to pandemic
The PBA Board of Governors agreed on Tuesday to shorten the 45th season to one or two conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to affect the country.
— Tempo

WHO Philippines looking for consultants for COVID-19 info drive
The World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines is looking for three (3) individuals to provide communications support for the COVID-19 response, one each for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This is short-term, remote work.
— Rappler

Bangsamoro region positions 8 COVID-19 test centers
EIGHT medical facilities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are being positioned as testing laboratories for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including one each in its three island provinces.
— BusinessWorld

CBCP calls for pealing of church bells on April 8
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday called on parish churches to ring their bell on Wednesday in solidarity with the ecumenical service organized by the government.
— GMA Network

ADB, Phil Army partners for CoViD-19 relief efforts
The Philippine Army and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) partnered in COVID-19 relief response which aims to aid households during the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine.
— Philippine Information Agency

Barangay captain makes LGBTQ+ quarantine violators do lewd acts as punishment
As punishment for violating the curfew imposed upon the area, 3 LGBTQ+ people in Pandacaqui, Mexico, Pampanga were ordered to kiss each other and do a sexy dance in front of a minor on Palm Sunday, April 5.
— Rappler

Cayetano urges DSWD to set up regional hotlines
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to set up regional hotlines to increase its capacity to respond to concerns related to government efforts on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency.
— GMA Network

Groups decry violent dispersal of barricade vs mining firm in Nueva Vizcaya
Several environmental groups decried the violent dispersal of a barricade against the attempted entry of a foreign-owned mining company’s fuel tanks in Barangay Didipio, Kasibu town, Nueva Vizcaya.
— Rappler

SEC adds P2B to gov’t funds vs. COVID-19
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has remitted P2 billion to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr), as directed by the Department of Finance (DOF) to augment the government’s war chest against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

Cavite ‘one step away’ from operating own coronavirus test lab – Remulla
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said the province is one step away from full accreditation to operate its own coronavirus test lab.
— Rappler

Salceda proposes P1k to P2k COVID-19 cash subsidy to all Filipinos except those in the top 10%
As relief measure in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Filipinos should receive P1,000 to P2,000 in emergency cash assistance, except those belonging in the top 10 percent of the population.
— GMA Network

Hontiveros to file anti-discrimination bill for health workers
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday vowed to file a bill seeking to protect the health care workers from discrimination on the heels of reports of such acts prevailing amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in the country.
— GMA Network

‘Not time to keep score’: Robredo focuses on frontliners, not politics
The conference hall in Vice President Leni Robredo’s headquarters where she often holds press conferences is almost unrecognizable now. Boxes upon boxes lie in heaps across the floor. Most of the chairs have been pushed aside. Her staff are all wearing face masks as they go …
— Rappler

Conduct of risk-based testing for COVID-19 mulled in Region 1
The conduct of risk-based testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Region 1 has been recommended by the members of the Region 1 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 1 (RDRRMC-1).
— Philippine Information Agency

2 Abra former village chiefs gunned down just days apart
Two former barangay captains in Abra province in Northen Luzon were gunned down in separate incidents only 3 days apart.
— Rappler



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