Philippines morning news for June 19

Philippines morning news for June 19
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Philippines morning newsMass layoffs hit PH aviation industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the ground handling company of Cebu Pacific to lay off more than 1,000 employees, or a quarter of its workforce, in the single-largest retrenchment in the local aviation industry due to the health crisis.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Unctad report: FDI flows in PHL dip 24%; worse seen in 2020 with virus
Foreign direct investments (FDIs) that flowed into the Philippines last year declined by more than 24 percent and figures are seen to worsen this year with the coronavirus pandemic hurting Asia’s supply chains.
— Business Mirror

Over P54M worth of items seized for online selling violations –PNP-CIDG
Authorities have confiscated over P54 million worth of items from violations related to online selling in the past three months while most of the country is on lockdown.
— GMA Network

PH COVID-19 recoveries surpass 7,000 as total cases hit 27,799
The number of COVID-19 recoveries surpassed 7,000 as the Department of Health reported 270 recoveries on Thursday, June 18, as total virus cases in the Philippines reached 27,799.
— Eagle News

ADB revises forecast for PH economy: 3.8 percent drop in GDP
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees growth across developing Asia-Pacific falling to a 59-year low largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Philippines suffering a 3.8 percent drop in gross domestic product (GDP).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PSA data outlines extent of damage wrought by virus on PHL economy
Prior to the onslaught of the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the tourism sector was one of the pillars of the local economy, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

After Ressa conviction, lawmaker seeks 1-year prescription period for cyber libel
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez wants to amend the Cybercrime Law so it would explicitly state that the prescription period for cyber libel is one year only.
— Rappler

Some hospitals in danger of shutting down over unpaid PhilHealth claims, says group
The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) on Thursday said that some private hospitals have sounded the alarm over the possibility of stopping operations due to unpaid reimbursements by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
— GMA Network

Philippines still needs over 82,000 contact tracers
The Philippines still needs more than 82,000 contact tracers to boost the country’s effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Thursday.
— Philippine Star

Gov’t keeps debt-to-GDP ratio within 50%
The Philippine government will ensure the share of government debt-to-total output will not exceed 50 percent, Department of Finance (DOF) Assistance Secretary Jose Antonio Lambino II said Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Zambales fishers lament declining livelihood after Chinese dredger ran aground
The livelihood of fishermen in a barangay in Botolan, Zambales has suffered after a Chinese dredger ran aground 200 meters from shore last week due to bad weather.
— GMA Network

‘I’m scared to go to jail, I’m not as fearless as Maria’
On the eve of what would be a guilty verdict , Reynaldo Santos Jr slept very late.
— Rappler

Philippines urged to stick with superior pneumococcal vaccine PCV13
The Philippines should stick to pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 13 (PCV13) as it is superior to the PCV10, a health expert from El Salvador said.
— GMA Network

Face-to-face classes to be studied: Palace
While President Rodrigo Duterte has stood pat in his decision not to allow face-to-face (F2F) classes until a vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is developed, Malacañang on Thursday said that the proposal to hold F2F classes could still be studied for areas under the “new normal”.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace rejects plan to delay Universal Health Care implementation
Malacañang on Thursday thumbed down the plan of state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to delay the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act.
— Philippine News Agency

Lower sin tax yields to affect UHC funding only in 2022, DBM says
LOWER excise tax collections this year from so-called “sin” products like tobacco and alcohol will affect funding for Universal Health Care (UHC) two years down the line but will not affect budgets in 2021, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Manila RTC personnel to go under quarantine until June 30
Judges and court personnel at the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) will have to undertake quarantine procedures until June 30.
— Rappler

6,091 Filipinos overseas positive for coronavirus
The total number of confirmed Filipino coronavirus cases overseas rose to 6,091 on Thursday, June 18, after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 17 more Filipinos who tested positive for the disease.
— Rappler

Remittance drop seen to dent GDP by 0.4%
A POSSIBLE contraction in remittance inflows from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) due to the pandemic this year could further bring down gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.4%, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld Online

US to provide P126 million for Philippines basic education
The US will provide $2.5 million (about P126 million) to help the Philippines implement the basic education learning continuity plan amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the US embassy said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

Sangley airport proponents get fresh 90-day extension
Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. and its Chinese partner will get a fresh three-month extension for the submission of their post qualification requirements for the Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) project, which is among the many projects being delayed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Bank bad loans remain low despite pandemic
The level of soured loans continues to remain manageable despite the economic disruption as a result of the community quarantine put in place to fight the rise of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.
— Philippine News Agency

DFA repatriates 13 seafarers stranded in Amsterdam
The Department of Foreign affairs on Thursday said that 13 Overseas Filipino Workers who were stranded in Amsterdam’s Schiphol have been repatriated.
— Philippine Star

Project Ark tries pooled testing to reduce costs
Project Ark is funding a research initiative to determine how workers could avail themselves of the gold standard in COVID-19 testing by being tested in groups instead of individually.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

PhilHealth expects funding woes next year as pandemic affects collections
A tense back-and-forth between the Philippine presidential spokesperson and the chief of state health insurance firm, PhilHealth.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

Amid Covid impact, PHL Development Plan will have OFW chapter
AS the pandemic continues to affect millions across the globe, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the government will dedicate a separate chapter to migrant workers in the midterm update of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).
— Business Mirror

COVID-19 study sees hope in melatonin
The use of melatonin, a supplement usually taken to help people go to sleep, may help in the early recovery of COVID-19 patients with pneumonia and reduce fatalities among them, according to a study by a team of Filipino physicians and American scientists.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Locsin apologizes to UK over death of Briton in Cebu
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday apologized to the United Kingdom following the death of a British national who was allegedly turned away by a hospital in Cebu province amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

IATF retains restrictions on deployment of PUVs and ride-sharing bikes in NCR
Provincial buses, traditional jeepneys, and ride-sharing motorcycles may still not be allowed to operate in Metro Manila next week with the start of the second phase of the resumption of public transport in the region.
— Business Mirror

PHL to lag behind Asian peers in economic recovery
THE Philippines’ path to economic recovery faces headwinds, as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to rise and policy measures rolled out by the government are still “meager.”
— BusinessWorld Online

DA and DTI seek imprimatur to import 300,000 MT of rice
The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are now seeking authorization from President Duterte to push through with the government’s pending importation of 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice.
— Business Mirror

Filipinos urged to increase investments in gov’t securities
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has urged Filipinos to continue investing in government securities not only to benefit from the yields, but also help in the country’s program to lift the economy.
— Philippine News Agency

NHA cuts housing production goal by hefty 32% in 2020
Delays due to the unavailability of construction materials and restricted mobility of workers have prompted the National Housing Authority (NHA) to cut its mass housing production targets by 32 percent this year.
— Business Mirror

Palace ‘not surprised’ by SWS poll results: 83 per cent say quality of life ‘worsened’
A survey showing majority of Filipinos believe the quality of their lives has worsened in the past 12 months no longer came as a surprise for Malacañang.
— Manila Bulletin

Around 1.3 million households receive second tranche of SAP — Palace
About 1.3 million households have received subsidies under the second tranche of the government’s aid program for sectors affected by quarantine restrictions, Malacañang said Thursday.
— Philippine Star

Palace denies using late COVID-19 data
The Palace on Thursday denied using late COVID-19 data amid the country s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
— GMA Network

Gadgets not required for distance learning: DepEd-Bicol
The Department of Education (DepEd) regional office in Bicol on Thursday reminded all school heads, teachers, and school personnel to refrain from requiring learners to purchase gadgets and other information and communications technology (ICT) equipment for the ongoing remote enrollment and distance learning.
— Philippine News Agency

Zambo businesses monitored for health protocol compliance
Business establishments in Zamboanga City must comply to the minimum health standards implemented in the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as per government guidelines.
— Philippine Information Agency

D&L Industries sees gradual recovery as restrictions ease
D&L Industries, a manufacturer of specialty food ingredients, plastics, and oleochemicals, expects increased demand for its products starting this month as restrictions due to the pandemic gradually ease in the country, while its export business remains resilient.
— Philippine News Agency

SC greenlights prosecution of construction firm chief over Makati parking building
The Supreme Court (SC) has greenlighted the prosecution of Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation chief Efren Canlas for his supposed involvement in the alleged overpriced Makati City parking building.
— Rappler

16 foreigners arrested for ‘partying’ in Makati bar
Police arrested 16 foreigners who allegedly partied and violated social distancing rules inside a bar in Makati on Wednesday night, June 17.
— Rappler

BIATF urges tighter measures after surge in Covid-19 cases
Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) have called for tighter health protocol measures after a sudden increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) positive cases in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

Planned rice importation needs Duterte approval –Palace
The government s plan to import 300,000 metric tons of rice needed authorization from President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said Thursday.
— GMA Network

2 US Navy aviators rescued after ejecting over Philippine Sea
Two US Navy aviators were rescued after ejecting from their aircraft over the Philippine Sea on Thursday, officials of a US Navy aircraft carrier said.
— ABS-CBN News

MRT-3 on ‘regular operations’ after 15 workers contract COVID-19
The Metro Rail Transit rail line 3 will continue regular operations despite its depot personnel undergoing rapid antibody testing on Thursday after 15 workers of its maintenance provider tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
— Philstar

Gatchalian urges gov’t to assess plans to allow more public vehicles amid rise in COVID-19 cases
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday said the scheduled resumption of more public transportation modes in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas next week should be assessed and delayed if needed given the rising number of COVID-19 infections.
— GMA Network

PNP confirms 440 coronavirus cases in latest tally
The Philippine National Police tally of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases hit 440 in its latest tally.
— Philippine Star

Canada boosts pandemic assistance to PHL, Asean
THE government of Canada is providing more than CAD$1.1 million (approximately P44.5 million) as additional assistance to the Philippines to help counteract the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Business Mirror

BuCor COVID-19 cases rise to 301; 223 are inmates
The number of COVID-19 infections among the Bureau of Corrections inmates and personnel rose to 301, the Justice department said Thursday.
— Philippine Star

PNP-10: Travel authority no longer required in NorMin
Based on the latest omnibus guidelines from the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 no longer requires travel authority throughout the region.
— Philippine Information Agency

100 Pasig City employees regularized
On his 31st birthday, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto regularized the last 100 local government employees who have served the city as contractuals for more than two decades.
— Tempo

Salary for drivers, no more ‘boundary’ in PUVMP: DOTr
Drivers of public utility vehicles (PUVs) will no longer need to compete with each other on the road and will have stable earnings once the PUV modernization program (PUVMP) is implemented, an official of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
— Philippine News Agency

Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR
For nearly two hours, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana listened and argued with 4 former military and police generals pushing for the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 .
— Rappler

Pampanga rep asks schools to lower fees in shift to blended learning
A lawmaker has asked schools, particularly private institutions, to lower their miscellaneous fees and consequently their tuition fees as a whole as students across the nation begin to adjust to online learning under the new normal.
— Philippine Star

SBMA extends locators’ business permits for another 30 days
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has again extended the business permits of Subic Bay Freeport locators whose company registration had expired since the imposition of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in mid-March.
— Rappler

1.5K residents in Surigao Norte town to get livelihood aid
At least 1,500 residents of Sison, Surigao del Sur are set to be part of a communal livelihood gardening project that will provide them an income of PHP2,400 after 10 days of work.
— Philippine News Agency

DOST to provide eggs, ducklings, chickens to 6 regions
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) would be providing eggs, ducklings and chickens to six regions, to help augment food security and livelihood amid the pandemic, the agency announced on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

For Real? ‘Special suits’ could lead to possible return of motor taxis in PH
“Special suits” worn by drivers might lead to the return of motorcycle taxis on Philippine roads, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a virtual presser at Malacañang Palace today.
— Coconuts Philippines

7 Moro lawmakers want House probe into warrantless arrest of 2 Muslim traders
Seven Moro legislators are calling for a congressional probe into the alleged illegal warrantless arrest of two Muslim traders in San Andres Bukid, Manila about two weeks after Congress passed the controversial anti-terrorism bill .
— Rappler



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