Philippines morning news for June 24

Philippines morning news for June 24
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Cebu City goes on hard lockdown: All quarantine passes cancelled
Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has cancelled all quarantine passes issued to at least 250,000 city residents starting 10 p.m. on June 23.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines records 1,150 new COVID-19 cases; biggest single-day increase
The Philippine health ministry on Tuesday reported 1,150 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, the country’s biggest single-day increase in infections.

CDO invention bares potential to disinfect PPE
A locally-produced C-type ultraviolet light (UV-C) disinfection device has shown potentials that it can kill bacteria on personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly N95-type face masks.
— Philippine News Agency

5-month budget gap up 695 times to P562 billion
THE national government’s budget deficit for the first five months of the year ballooned to P562.2 billion, nearly 695 times as much as the previous year’s budget gap of only P809 million for the period.
— Business Mirror

Pooled testing eyed to hike capacity of Covid-19 labs
The Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) Laboratory Experts Panel is now studying pooled testing of specimens to maximize the testing capacity of laboratories nationwide, a Department of Health (DOH) official said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Amended currency swap deal takes effect, PHL can borrow up to $23B
THE amended Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization (CMIM) agreement took effect Tuesday, offering an improved currency swap arrangement and financial safety net among Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and the bloc’s regional partners.
— BusinessWorld Online

Central Visayas’ critical care capacity in ‘warning zone,’ says DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday, June 23, that the critical care capacity of Central Visayas is already in the warning zone.
— Rappler

PH feared to lose $6-B remittances
The Philippines stands to lose up to $6 billion in remittances this year as the COVID-19 pandemic that walloped the global economy might render about 400,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) jobless, Sen. Joel Villanueva said on Tuesday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

‘Too many are sick and dying’: Supreme Court defers deciding on prisoner release
The Supreme Court again deferred making a decision on the petition to release vulnerable prisoners on humanitarian grounds, as groups call for urgency because too many prisoners are now getting sick and dying.
— Rappler

Cebu Pacific cuts more jobs
Cebu Pacific, the country’s biggest budget airline, is implementing a second wave of job cuts as it fights to survive the new coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOH sees PH clinical trial for Avigan starting July
The Department of Health (DOH) plans to start the clinical trial of the Japanese flu drug Avigan as a treatment for COVID-19 by the second week of July.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Pandemic spending fails to impress in May
Government spending grew at a “disappointing” pace in May when the response to the coronavirus pandemic should have accelerated it further, worrying economists that the Duterte administration’s hesitation to boost spending risks delaying a much-needed economic recovery.
— Philippine Star

PH eyes safeguard measures on imported aluminum, steel products
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its three preliminary safeguard investigations on imported aluminum and steel products, indicating that the domestic industry has suffered due to a surge in imports.
— Philippine News Agency

Bayanihan Musikahan shifts gears to give livelihood to urban poor communities
After more than two months of nightly online concerts which raised over P131 million in donations, and providing food packs to more than 100,000 urban poor families, the Bayanihan Musikahan (BM) Coalition is now embarking on a new livelihood initiative …
— Rappler

NorMin economy loses P14.7-B amid pandemic
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in Northern Mindanao reported Tuesday that the region has already lost an estimated PHP14.7 billion since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic began.
— Philippine News Agency

23 more Filipinos abroad get coronavirus; total at 8,324
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) tallied another 23 overseas Filipinos who tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to 8,324 the total number of cases abroad as of Tuesday, June 23.
— Rappler

Workers who lost jobs permanently breach 90,000 mark
THE number of permanently displaced workers for almost the first half of the year has breached the 90,000 mark—the highest number of retrenched individuals in the last two years.
— Business Mirror

Palace eyes 50,000 COVID-19 daily tests despite failing to meet previous 30,000 goal
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said the government is now aiming for a COVID-19 testing capacity of 50,000 per day.
— Philippine Star

Gov t forms panel to study entry of foreigners amid COVID-19 threat
The Philippine government formed a panel that will study the possible entry of more foreigners amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

SC dismisses quo warranto petition vs ABSCBN Corp. for being moot
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 23, dismissed Solicitor General Jose Calida’s quo warranto petition against ABS-CBN Corp.
— Eagle News

PH foreign reserves surge to record-high $93.3-B in May
The country’s gross international reserves (GIR) level, based on preliminary data, rose by USD2.35 billion to USD93.29 billion as of end-May 2020 from the end-April 2020 level of USD90.94 billion.
— Philippine News Agency

100,000 Pinoys face repatriation
More than 100,000 Filipinos abroad are facing repatriation in the coming months after losing their jobs due to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, President Duterte said in his report to Congress last Monday.
— Philippine Star

Covid-19 spike in Cebu City not ‘second wave’: Duque
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Tuesday said the increasing number of infected individuals here is not considered a second wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Palace declares Manila Day a holiday
Malacañang has declared June 24 a special non-working day in Manila to allow its residents to celebrate the capital city’s 449th founding anniversary.
— Philstar

100 days in quarantine: Palace rules out easing of restrictions
After 100 days in quarantine, Filipinos still cannot expect a return to normality as the temporary government body handling the Duterte administration’s coronavirus response has decided to keep restrictions in place, even in areas considered low risk for infections.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Villanueva hits ‘lack’ of clear direction in PH COVID-19 fight
Sen. Joel Villanueva on Tuesday criticized the Duterte administration’s inability to effectively flatten the number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines as infections continue to increase.
— ABS-CBN News

PHL urged to switch to ‘resilient’ renewables after the pandemic
THE Philippines needs to grab the opportunity to power its grid post-pandemic with renewable energy, which have proved to be “resilient” despite the disruptions caused by the public health crisis, the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

Zamboanga Peninsula prepares for arrival of 5,000 deported from Malaysia
The Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease has adopted a health protocol for the arrival of 5,300 detained Filipinos in Malaysia who will deported in batches starting Tuesday.
— Philstar

Senate under ‘semi-lockdown’ as 2 employees test positive
The Senate building in Pasay City is under ‘semi-lockdown, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said, as two more employees tested positive for coronavirus.
— Rappler

Palace not surprised by Filipinos’ life expectation
Malacañang on Tuesday said it understands the Filipinos’ belief that their life would worsen in the next 12 months, considering the problems the country is still facing due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippine human capital: a long view of development, challenges
An important study on human capital development in the Philippines has recently been completed at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC.
— Philippine Star

Villanueva slams VIP treatment of POGOs, says none has come forward to settle taxes
Senator Joel Villanueva on Tuesday denounced the VIP treatment allegedly being given by the government to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) as he claimed that none has come forward yet to settle its tax obligations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— GMA Network

PNP records nine new COVID-19 cases as tally climbs to 516
The national police added nine more cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to its official tally, bringing its agency total to 516 patients.
— Philippine Star

Palace says probe of Duque to proceed despite Duterte’s words
President Rodrigo Duterte’s continued support for embattled Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will not influence the investigation of the Office of the Ombudsman on the alleged irregularities in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Restaurants allowed to operate until 9 p.m.
Diners are now allowed to stay and eat in restaurants up to 9 p.m. amid quarantine restrictions.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Foreigners may be allowed back for special projects
Foreigners are still not allowed to come to the Philippines for now, but the government has formed a body that will look into requests to ease the entry restriction on foreign nationals who work for state flagship projects.
— Philippine Star

43% of Filipinos see life worsening in 12 months
Four in 10 Filipinos expect their quality of life to worsen in the next 12 months amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
— Philippine Star

Health expert advises people to manage anxiety amid COVID-19
As the community quarantine due to corona virus 2019(COVID-19_ breaches the 100 – day mark, a health expert reiterates the advice to the public to continue managing their anxiety and depression as this could lead to a more serious health or psychological concern.
— Philippine Information Agency

Pandemic gives debt-loaded Philippine firms a headache
The era of cheap borrowing in previous years, which resulted in a pile of debt, is now creating financial strain in local companies.
— Philippine Star

Free Internet Load For 85,000 Makati Public School Students
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Philippines is gearing up for the “new normal” in education.
— Philippine News

NegOcc stores generally compliant with SRPs of basic, prime goods
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has observed that establishments in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are generally compliant with the suggested retail prices (SRPs) for necessities and prime commodities amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.
— Philippine News Agency

DENR seizes P3.2-M worth of threatened wood species
Joint operatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested four individuals after they were caught transporting several kilos of agarwood, a threatened and much sought-after tree species.
— Philippine News Agency

DA-PRDP hands in P55.3 million concrete FMR to Impasugong, Bukidnon
Farmers and residents of barangay Kibenton and Sitio Intavas, La Fortuna, Impasugong town, will now enjoy a new Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) as the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) officially turned-over the P55.3 million paved Kibenton-Intavas road on June 16.
— Philippine Information Agency

Hospital refutes online rumor that OVP sent it spoiled food
The Diliman Doctors Hospital in Quezon City on Tuesday refuted claims made by a Facebook user that the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo distributed spoiled food to its frontliners.
— GMA Network

Police apprehends 593 GCQ, MGCQ violators in Central Luzon
Police apprehended about 593 individuals in Central Luzon for violating the rules of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified GCQ. Police Regional Director PBGen.
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippines respects Trump s order freezing visas for foreign workers
The Philippines on Tuesday said it respects the decision of US President Donald Trump to ban the entry of foreign workers through the end of the year.
— GMA Network

MRT-3 to suspend operations on 4 weekends starting July
THE Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) said on Tuesday that it will be suspending its op­erations on four weekends from July to September to speed up rail replacement works which will boost the system’s running speed.
— Tempo

DA welcomes probe on P1.8-B overpriced fertilizer as irrigators question almost P1k urea price tag
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Tuesday it is open to any congressional investigation involving the allegedly overpriced fertilizers procured by the agency as part of its COVID-19 aid to affected farmers.
— GMA Network

Palace says no fashion show at Duterte s 5th SONA
No politicians and guests in stylish ensembles will strut the red carpet for President Rodrigo Duterte s State of the Nation Address (SONA) this year.
— GMA Network

CHED launches web-based platform for free college learning materials
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Tuesday, June 23, launched web-based platform PHL CHED Connect that provides free learning materials for college students.
— Rappler

CHR: Misogyny and victim blaming not protected by freedom of speech
Misogyny and victim blaming fluorish online because of a lack of government action on comments that encourage violence against women, the Commission of Human Rights said.
— Philippine Star

‘More harm than good:’ NCAA foreigner ban stays for Season 96
The NCAA remains steadfast in its decision to ban the inclusion of foreign student-athletes (FSAs) in its upcoming Season 96 early next year.
— Rappler

Filipino-American journalists send letter of support for Ressa, Santos, and Rappler
Filipino-American journalists banded together and sent a letter of support for Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr following their high-profile cyber libel conviction on June 15.
— Rappler

Hontiveros wants to delay tax on online vendors as BIR mulls extending registration
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday filed a resolution urging the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the implementation of a tax memo on online sellers until year-end, but the agency said taxmen are simply enforcing the law.
— Philippine Star

Bukidnon towns vow to embrace envi-friendly agriculture
Four vegetable-producing towns in Bukidnon have pledged to embrace well-planned market-oriented agriculture, which will give premium to environmental protection for sustainability, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 300,000 teachers undergo ICT training
Two months before the opening of school year 2020-2021, more than 300,000 public school teachers have undergone training on information and communications technology (ICT)-based teaching, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
— Philippine Star

P16-M crop insurance released to Negrense farmers
The Negros Occidental provincial government has released PHP16 million worth of indemnity claims granted by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) to farmers affected by calamities.
— Philippine News Agency

House probe sought on issues related to work-from-home setup during COVID-19 crisis
Members of the House Makabayan bloc have filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the issues related to work-from-home arrangement implemented in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
— GMA Network

Marawi LGU distributes PPEs, thermal scanners to religious leaders
The city government of Marawi distributed alcohol, face masks and digital ​thermal ​scanners to religious leaders in the city following the rise of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine Information Agency



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