Philippines morning news for February 24

Philippines morning news for February 24

Philippines morning news

Locsin: Filipinos on board Diamond Princess to be repatriated on Tuesday
The Filipinos on board the Diamond Princess will be repatriated on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said. Locsin made the announcement in a Tweet on Sunday, Feb. 23.
— Eagle News

China pursues crackdown on POGO workers, identifies violators
China said Sunday that it has obtained a list of Chinese nationals working for online gaming operations in the Philippines, in an ongoing effort to curb gambling and entities defrauding the country.
— GMA Network

PAO readies more cases as vaccine claims 13-year-old its 153rd victim
The Public Attorney’s Office said 153 children have now died after being given the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, with the death of a 13-year-old boy who had received a single dose of the controversial drug.

Retailers breaching SRP for 9 items face sanctions from DA
UNSCRUPULOUS retailers will now be penalized if they go beyond the set suggested retail prices (SRP) by the Department of Agriculture for various commodities starting today (Monday) as it seeks to curtail profiteering in the market.
— Business Mirror

Debt payments in Nov jump to P221.84B–BTr
THE government’s debt payments in November 2019 alone jumped to P221.844 billion on the back of increased amortization payments, data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed.
— Business Mirror

Singapore records first Covid-infected Pinoy
One Filipino national tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Singapore, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Albay bans pigs, pork products from Camarines provinces
The provincial government of Albay has closed its borders from the entry of live pigs and pork products from neighboring provinces Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur due to the threat of Africal swine flu (ASF).
— Rappler

49 quarantined in New Clark City cleared of COVID-19, sent home
The 49 people who were quarantined at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, were sent home on Saturday, February 22, after 14 days of isolation for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Rappler

PH gov’t urged to brace for tourism dip due to virus outbreak
House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel urged the government to brace for a drop in tourism resulting to loss of thousands of jobs due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that broke out in China, a major market in the Philippine hospitality industry.
— Rappler

Motorcycle taxis should not be allowed along expressways –solon
Motorcycle taxis should not be allowed to ply expressways like the North Luzon Expressway and South Luzon Expressway, a party-list lawmaker said Sunday.
— GMA Network

PH, China join hands vs. illegal gambling, telecom fraud
Beijing and Manila are working closely to combat illegal online gambling and telecommunication fraud in the Philippines, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

‘No impact’ on fuel supply if ‘onerous’ Chevron land rental not renewed – DOE
The Department of Energy (DOE) said there would be no impact on the country’s fuel supply if oil firm Chevron Philippines’ lease contract for a property in Batangas would not be renewed by the government.
— Rappler

Gov’t urged to draw up retooling, jobs plan amid Covid-19 threat
A lawmaker on Sunday urged the government to draw up an emergency skills retooling and jobs plan for thousands of workers facing retrenchment as the tourism and travel sectors struggle to reduce their capacities amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.
— Philippine News Agency

BSP now allows use of agricultural free patent as collateral
Farmers who have continuously occupied and cultivated tracts of agricultural public land may now tap the central bank’s peso rediscounting windows to avail of funds, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.
— The Philippine Star

DTI eyes safeguard duty on imported vehicles
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the government would need to put in place safeguard duty on imported automobiles to promote local manufacturing especially after Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) said it would shut down its Sta. Rosa plant in Laguna next month.
— The Philippine Star

PHL-South Korea FTA Seen finalized in April
THE free trade agreement (FTA) between the Philippines and South Korea is now expected to be finalized by April, as optimism toward a conclusion rose after the two parties revamped their lineup of negotiators.
— Business Mirror

Over 10,900 Reds, supporters neutralized in 2019 — AFP
At least 10,900 New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas and their supporters were neutralized in separate military and police operations last year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Philippines banks urged to stopfunding coal projects
Philippine banks have been urged to stop funding the coal industry after extending $6.3 billion worth of loans over the past three years.
— The Philippine Star

Capas, Tarlac mayor says he asked DOH to find other quarantine areas
Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan of Capas, Tarlac said Sunday that he appealed to the Department of Health to look for other quarantine areas aside from the New Clark City (NCC).
— GMA Network

Public will appreciate war on drugs thru harmonized data: PNP
An official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has emphasized the need to come out with harmonized data to help the public appreciate that the government is actually winning war against illegal drugs.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu Provincial Board approves shift to solar power in Capitol
The Cebu Provincial Board approved Monday, February 17, a resolution supporting the use of solar energy for the buildings inside the Capitol compound.
— Rappler

Solon urges gov’t to mass-produce face masks amid worldwide shortage
Anakalusugan party-list Representative Mike Defensor urged the government to consider mass-producing face masks amid the worldwide shortage of the protective covering due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019) outbreak.
— GMA Network

PRRD verified ‘pastillas’ scheme before relieving BI personnel
President Rodrigo Duterte was able to verify the existence of the collection of unauthorized fees among Chinese nationals working in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) through intelligence information.
— Philippine News Agency

Campus publications call for autonomy, protection of press freedom
Students from over 30 campus publications within Metro Manila and nearby provinces gathered on Saturday, February 22, to discuss the problems young journalists face at a time when press freedom is under attack.
— Rappler

Vico Sotto shuts down illegal Chinese restaurant in Pasig, says no to POGO
Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on Sunday, February 23, issued a stern warning against illegal businesses and workers, as he ordered the shutdown of a Chinese restaurant that lacked permits to operate from the city government.
— Rappler

More firms eye bidding for Manila subway contracts
MORE Japanese and local companies have shown their interest in two contracts under the first phase of the Metro Manila Subway Project which will be bid out in mid-March.
— BusinessWorld

More Filipino women in senior business roles
THE Philippines has topped the list of 32 countries in a global survey on the role of women in senior management. Read the full story.
— BusinessWorld

The low-key carnage of niche PH tech jobs
Financial services giant Wells Fargo, for one reason or another, broke the pattern of silence on the technology employment front.
— Manila Times

Object thrown at PNR train scars window, startles passengers
An object thrown at a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train as it traversed Muntinlupa City startled passengers and left a mark on the train’s fiberglass window, John Consulta reported Saturday on 24 Oras Weekend.
— GMA Network

Duterte says intel confirmed ‘pastillas’ scam within BI, scoffs at Trillanes anew over Bikoy mess
President Rodrigo Duterte said he was able to confirm, through intelligence information, the existence of the pastillas scheme within the Bureau of Immigration, in which Chinese nationals allegedly paid thousands of pesos in exchange for being escorted through the immigration process.
— GMA Network

Sereno slams silent Duterte critics as enablers
In a bold speech that accused President Rodrigo Duterte of killing the Philippine Constitution, former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed the silent critics as enablers of what she called an anti-reason and anti-science government.
— Rappler

Muslim, transgender profiling a form of discrimination – OVP
Amid reports of Muslim and transgender profiling by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Vice President Leni Robredo s spokesperson warned on Sunday that such police tactics were a form of discrimination under the law.
— GMA Network

Soil colonization seen effective to control banana disease
Soil biological colonization is seen effective to control the destruction of fusarium wilt of banana, popularly known as Panama disease, according to a farmer scientist in Davao del Norte.
— Philippine News Agency

De Lima marks 3rd year in ‘unjust’ detention
Monday, February 24, marks the 3rd year of Senator Leila de Lima’s detention over alleged drug charges.
— Rappler

Skills training for Taal evacuees resumes
Despite the lowering of Taal Volcano’s status to Level 2 (decreased unrest) since February 14, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) training for Taal evacuees continues despite some of its beneficiaries already returning to their homes.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov t to give P20-M to conflict-cleared barangays – Año
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año revealed that the government planned to give P20 million to barangays cleared of conflict and P1.5 million to areas threatened by conflict.
— GMA Network

Flight attendant who repatriated Pinoys from Wuhan was a former OFW
One of the flight attendants who helped repatriate Filipinos from Wuhan, China–the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak–used to be a migrant worker herself.
— GMA Network

BFP-8 chief calls the public to do their part to prevent fire incidents
The highest official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Eastern Visayas has called on the public to do their part in order to prevent the occurrence of fire incidents as the country commemorates the Fire Prevention Month next month.
— Philippine Information Agency

Lanao Del Sur youth urged to end culture of violence
Youth leaders from seven municipalities across Lanao del Sur were urged to help the government put an end to the culture of fear and violence in their communities during the Provincial Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) held here Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

Quirino MSME ordinance to benefit over 3,000 small entrepreneurs
With the approval of Provincial Ordinance No. 24, some Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) here which business capitalization does not exceed P100 million are assured of government support to ensure their continuing viability and growth.
— Philippine Information Agency

3 EDSA decongestion projects may be completed by the end of this year — DPWH
Three EDSA decongestion projects may be completed by the end of this year.
— Eagle News

Prostitution in the Philippines: What the headline-grabbers are not saying
Recent hearings in our legislatures on prostitution, taxation and immigration related to Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) are legitimate items to address.
— Manila Times

Filipino-Americans ‘fired up’ as Tagalog added to Nevada ballot
Manny Pacquiao, roast pig dinners and prayer services: Activists are using every tool possible to get the booming Filipino-American community in Las Vegas to the polls for Saturday’s Democratic nomination vote.
— Rappler

PSALM runs after IPPAs for P33.6-B unpaid accounts
The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) will continue its vigorous collection efforts to go after Independent Power Producer Administrators (IPPAs) with delinquent accounts totaling a whopping PHP33.62 billion following instructions from Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to pursue all legal remedies to compel these IPPAs to pay at once.
— Philippine News Agency



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