Philippines morning news for July 22

Philippines morning news for July 22
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Philippines morning newsImmigration bureau: Only foreign permanent residents can enter PHL starting Aug. 1
The Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday, July 21, clarified only foreigners with permanent or immigrant visas will be allowed entry into the country starting Aug. 1.
— Eagle News

Patients wait-listed as 206 of PGH’s 210 COVID-19 beds already occupied
Two hundred six of the Philippine General Hospital’s 210 beds set aside for COVID-19 patients are already occupied, its spokesman said on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

3 months after lockdown, poor Filipinos still hungry waiting for cash aid
“Gagastos tayo para sa Pilipino (We will spend for the Filipino),” President Rodrigo Duterte declared in an April 13 midnight address.
— Rappler

Palace: Philippines can’t afford to test all citizens for COVID-19
While it would be good to test all Filipinos for COVID-19, Malacañang said Tuesday the Philippines simply cannot afford it.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippines to ramp up coronavirus testing as Duterte warns of arrests
The Philippines said on Tuesday (July 21) it would ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus amid a sharp rise in infections and deaths since a lockdown was eased in June, while President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to arrest anyone not wearing a mask.
— The Straits Times

COVID-19 cases in PH breach 70,000-mark with nearly 2,000 new cases recorded
The total number of people in the Philippines infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has reached 70,764, according to the Department of Health.
— ABS-CBN News

Takeover plot vs ABS-CBN properties is against the law, legislator says
A plot to possess the land where ABS-CBN Corp. is headquartered is illegal and unconstitutional, a lawmaker said on Tuesday, after his colleagues bared plans to “take over” the Quezon City lot following their rejection of the company’s franchise renewal bid.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Lockdown cuts 5-month infrastructure spend by 12.2%
STATE infrastructure spending as of end-May declined by 12.2 percent year-on-year or P32.8 billion, partly because of the temporary suspension of construction activities due to the Covid-19 lockdowns.
— Business Mirror

TB cases down 20 percent in PHL but DOH chief is not at all elated
Tuberculosis (TB) cases in the Philippines in the first three months of 2020 has significantly gone down.
— Business Mirror

Virgin coconut oil ‘very promising’ in COVID-19 prevention: researchers
A study on the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) to prevent and manage the novel coronavirus disease yielded “very promising” results, 2 researchers said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Cebu bloodletting drive yields 321 bags
Massive bloodletting activities organized by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) and the Department of Health have resulted in the collection of a total of 321 bags of blood from various donors in Metro Cebu, a health official said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH reports downtrend in Dengue, other diseases under surveillance
The Department of Health Center for Health and Development – Cordillera (DOH – CAR) reported that Dengue and some other diseases being monitored by the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) are on a down trend.
— Philippine Information Agency

DoTr rejects call to drop ‘high-risk’ infra projects
THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Tuesday said it will continue to pursue massive infrastructure projects such as airports and railways, even as some economists warned these are at “high risk” of becoming non-viable due to the pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte orders arrest of people not wearing masks
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to be stricter in enforcing coronavirus measures and arrest anyone not wearing a mask.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PSG readying 360-degree security for Duterte at SONA
President Duterte will get a “360-degree” security shield when he delivers his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives’ Batasan Complex in Quezon City on Monday, Presidential Security Group (PSG) chief Col. Jesus Durante III said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

One year after, business wishlist of 27 items for Sona unchanged
IS this a sign of no progress? Business groups on Monday submitted to President Duterte the same legislative wishlist of 27 measures they relayed to him last year for his State of the Nation Address (Sona).
— Business Mirror

Manila testing two local herbs as supplements vs coronavirus
THE Philippines has added two medicinal plants to its list of therapeutic supplements in the treatment of patients with the coronavirus.
— BusinessWorld

Involuntary hunger among Filipino families climbs to 20.9% in July — survey
An estimated 5.2 million Filipino families found themselves without food to eat at least once in the past three months, new survey data suggests.
— Philippine Star

3 million kids eyed in new round of DOH s polio vaccination campaign
Health authorities are looking to vaccinate some three million children aged five and below in the latest round of the Department of Health s (DOH) polio vaccination campaign.
— GMA Network

Palace: Critical care capacity out of ‘danger zone’
The Philippines’ critical care capacity is no longer in the danger zone as there are more available hospital beds for patients infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Malacañang said Tuesday.
— Philippine Star

PH in talks with US drugmakers to secure COVID-19 vaccine, says Ambassador Romualdez
The Philippine government is coordinating with several American pharmaceutical companies so that it could have access to a COVID-19 vaccine once it’s ready, the country’s ambassador to the United States said today.
— Coconuts Philippines

Over 32K Zambo kids get anti-polio vaccine
The City Health Office here has vaccinated 32,685 children aged zero to 10 on Monday, the first day of the Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio.
— Philippine News Agency

Nearly 500 BuCor inmates have died since January 2020 -Guevarra
Close to 500 inmates in Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) facilities have died since the year started, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Nobody is expecting it to, but Palace says government can’t afford to test all Filipinos for COVID-19
Malacañang on Tuesday again said that the government is not capable of testing everyone for COVID-19, something that nobody expects it to do.
— Philippine Star

CDC, gov’t to start food security project in Pampanga
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has initiated a project to ensure food security in communities of the province amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Challenge lawmakers to pass anti-political dynasty bill instead, Roque tells Pangilinan
Sen. Francis Pangilinan should challenge his fellow lawmakers to pass the anti-political dynasty bill, Malacañang said Tueaday, after the opposition senator dared President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the measure as urgent.
— Philippine Star

Carpio: Cyber libel only has a one-year prescriptive period
Retired Supreme Court (SC) Justice Antonio Carpio said on Tuesday that the crime of cyber libel had a one-year prescriptive period, contrary to the decision of the trial court that convicted Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and a former researcher last month.
— GMA Network

Philippines to settle on weaker growth trajectory post-pandemic — ING
“Shell-shocked” consumers and stalled investments will disappoint the Duterte administration’s expectations of a quick economic bounce-back from the pandemic, forcing it to settle to a lower growth trajectory by the time it caps its six-year term in 2022, an investment bank said.
— Philippine Star

As Duterte orders arrest of people without masks, government scrambles to find space for detainees
Newly-arrested persons will now be brought to police station holding cells in a bid to stop COVID-19 from spreading in Bureau of Jail and Management Penology-managed jails.
— Philippine Star

Coronavirus test results required before flights to 4 int’l destinations: MIAA
Travelers are required to submit negative test results for the novel coronavirus before they are allowed to board flights to 4 international destinations, the Manila International Airport Authority said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News

Construction projects shrank 20 percent in Q1, PSA data show
Construction projects saw a contraction of over 20 percent in the first quarter, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

Sebastian wife hysterical; Boratong kin not sure it was he they buried
Without tipsters inside the national penitentiary, relatives of convicted drug lord Amin Imam Boratong, one of the inmates who died of COVID-19, would have brought home only his ashes.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

476 convicts die in BuCor custody in 7 months
Over the last 7 months, or from January to July 19, 2020, a total of 476 convicts died in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
— Rappler

Health Secretary Duque claims PH to surpass US in COVID-19 testing, targets 10 million by 2021
The Philippines will test a larger number of the population for COVID-19 than the United States, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a televised meeting today with government officials.
— Coconuts Philippines

BSP powers up small, medium-sized banks with reserve cut
Thrift, rural and cooperative lenders would be able to set aside around P10 billion more for lending by month’s end after the central bank slashed the amount of cash needed to stay inside their vaults in a bid to support business recovery from the pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Palace: Conduct of limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas allowed starting January 2021
The Palace on Tuesday, July 21, said the conduct of limited face-to-face classes will be allowed starting January 2021, although private schools that already started conducting the same in June 2020 will be allowed to continue.
— Eagle News

US aid to Philippines’ COVID-19 response amounts to nearly P1 billion
The United States government on Sunday said that it has given P978 million in COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines.
— Philippine Star

PNP confirms arrest of Kapa founder in Surigao Sur raid
The Police Regional Office in Caraga Region (PRO-13) confirmed the arrest of Joel A. Apolinario, the controversial founder of Kabos Padatoon or Kapa Community Ministry, who has been subject to manhunt following the release of several warrants of arrests for large-scale syndicated estafa.
— Philippine News Agency

Techno driven activities for 120th Civil Service anniversary slated
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of technology-driven activities and events will be held to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service.
— Philippine Information Agency

Taguig City being evaluated as potential agri-industrial site
TAGUIG CITY is being evaluated as a potential agri-industrial site because its location on the shore of Laguna de Bay could make it a landing spot for produce grown in Metro Manila’s southern and eastern hinterlands.
— BusinessWorld

For letting inmates die of COVID-19, Bilibid execs may face raps -Gordon
Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday said the officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) could face administrative cases related to the deaths of National Bilibid Prison inmates who supposedly got infected with COVID-19.
— GMA Network

Panelo dismisses Manila bishop’s call to file charges over objection to new anti-terror law
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Tuesday rejected the challenge of Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo to file charges against officials of the Catholic Church in the country.
— GMA Network

Report anti-competitive firms benefiting from crisis — PCC
THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is urging the public to report companies’ anti-competitive behavior to reduce the risk of businesses taking advantage of the crisis through price fixing.
— BusinessWorld

More than half of PHL firms uncertain of recovery: survey
MORE than half of companies in the Philippines are uncertain they can recover from the ongoing crisis, according to a survey on the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on enterprises.
— BusinessWorld

DOH to probe exec on travel medical insurance
The Department of Health (DOH) will look into allegations that a “lower ranking official” is taking advantage of foreign nationals with permanent resident visas who are returning to the Philippines in terms of insurance coverage.
— Philippine Star

DepEd: Parents who don’t want face-to-face classes for their children may opt for other learning modes instead
The Department of Education on Tuesday, July 21, said parents who do not want their children to attend face-to-face classes may opt for other forms of learning for the students instead.
— Eagle News

Apart from timing, Cha-cha for sake of investments, LGU revenues questioned
Fresh plans to amend the Constitution amid a pandemic need “further study,” although failure to do so appears unlikely to hinder local governments’ bid for a bigger share of state revenues nor its success would automatically invite more foreigners to invest in the country.
— Philippine Star

DOJ: Jaybee Sebastian’s death no effect in case vs De Lima
The death of convict Jaybee Sebastian, accused drug lord inside the New Bilibid Prison, does not affect the state prosecution’s case against Sen. Leila de Lima, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
— Philippine Star

Teachers’ group: Limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas for COVID-19 still “very dangerous” for students, teachers
A teacher’s group on Tuesday, July 21, hit the Department of Education’s recent recommendation to hold limited face-to-face classes in areas where there is a low risk for COVID-19, and which was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Eagle News

Gov’t troops, NPA rebels clash in Zambo Norte town
Government troops recovered war and propaganda materials from a lair of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) following a 10-minute firefight in the Zamboanga del Norte town of Siayan, officials said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Kids’ book on Cebu hero ‘Leon Kilat’ to be launched July 27
The first children’s book that narrates the heroism of Cebu’s historical figure Leon Kilat is set to be released on his 147th birthday on July 27.
— Philippine News Agency

OWWA XI to comply with local gov’t requirements for ROFs
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA XI) has reported that they have established communications with OWWA’s central office to only allow the travel of returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) once they have met the requirements of the City Government of Davao.
— Philippine Information Agency

PNOC-EC, DOE, private sector commit to tap indigenous renewable energy sources
The Department of Energy (DOE), and its corporate arm Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) as well as private sector energy stakeholders committed to tap indigenous sources to support the development of renewable energy and decrease the Philippines dependence on oil-producing nations.
— GMA Network

GSIS extends deadline for COVID-19 emergency loan until August 12
Present and former government workers receiving pension have until August 12 to file their application for “COVID-19 Emergency Loan” before the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) after the state pension fund extended the deadline for another month.
— Philippine Star

PNP COVID-19 cases reach 1564
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the Philippine National Police has reached 1564.
— Eagle News

Philippines COVID-19 recovery: New tax reform bill looks to help smaller F&B firms pay lower rates
The Philippines’ controversial new tax reform bill aims to help smaller local food and beverage pay lower taxes and stop larger firms from exploring existing system loopholes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak…but experts are warning implementation could be a minefield.
— Foodnavigator-asia

Hurling expletives, PH’s top diplomat tells opposition senator to ‘shut up’ about imported COVID-19 test kits
The Philippines’ top diplomat on Tuesday hurled expletives and told an opposition senator to “shut up” after the lawmaker questioned why the government appeared to favor imported coronavirus test kits that did not go through the same “rigid evaluation” compared to locally-produced units.
— ABS-CBN News

Vietnam an invaluable member of ASEAN Community: Philippine Ambassador
Vietnam is an invaluable member of the ASEAN Community and has actively shepherded a number of important initiatives and led efforts that continue to enrich the ASEAN agenda and experience, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN Ambassador Noel Servigon told the Vietnam News Agency’s reporter in Jakarta.
— Vietnamplus

Philippines mounts C130 flight to bring home 51 Filipinos from Indonesia
The Philippine Consulate General in Manado, Indonesia, along with the Philippine military brought 51 Filipino fishermen earlier stranded in Indonesia back to the Philippines.
— Rappler

DFA reports 9 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad; total now at 9,145
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said there were 9 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recorded among Filipinos abroad, raising the total to 9,145.
— ABS-CBN News

DTI proposes P83B incentive package for electric vehicle sector
The Department of Trade and Industry proposed an P83-billion incentive package to support the local manufacturing of electric vehicles.

More than 6M elementary, high school students fail to enroll during pandemic
Two days after the Department of Education (DepEd) wrapped up its extended enrollment period for school year 2020-2021, the numbers show that more than 6 million students from last year have failed to enlist.
— Rappler

BuCor officials may be liable over ‘doubtful’ drug convicts’ deaths: Gordon
Sen. Richard Gordon on Tuesday said several Bureau of Corrections officials may be held liable for “absolute misconduct” over reported deaths of several convicted drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
— ABS-CBN News

Regulation looms for online cigarette sales
ONLINE selling of so-called ‘sin’ products like cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, which the government relies on for tax revenue, will be subject to registration requirements to ensure only legitimate sellers get to use the platform, officials said.
— BusinessWorld

ASEAN Film Week features movie about Filipino Muslim
A film featuring a Muslim community in the Philippines is part of the ongoing 2020 ASEAN Film Week in Vietnam.
— Manila Bulletin

Deadline for motorcycle barrier extended to July 26: police
An inter-agency task force has extended the deadline for installing protective dividers for pillion riding on motorcycles to July 26, from July 20, police said Tuesday.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Unsafe and unnecessary: Motorcycle manufacturers question backrider ‘shield’
An industry group composed of the country’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers said the “backrider shield” approved by the government is unsafe and unnecessary.
— ABS-CBN News



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