Philippines morning news for June 25

Philippines morning news for June 25
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6 areas in Visayas identified as emerging COVID-19 hotspots
New coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hotspots are emerging in parts of Central and Eastern Visayas after seeing a rise in number of infections, the Department of Health said.
— Philippine Star

DFA fears agency’s OFWs assistance funds to ‘run out’ in Aug. as COVID-19 crisis continues
A Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official on Wednesday said the agency’s fund intended to assist overseas Filipino workers could “run out” by August if repatriation efforts entailing chartering of flights continue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— ABS-CBN News

Bayanihan law expires today; no more emergency powers
The Bayanihan to Heal As One Act expires today, and with it President Duterte’s emergency powers to quickly procure medical supplies needed for the government’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Coronavirus: Philippines plans record S$119 billion 2021 Budget for post-pandemic recovery
The Philippine government is seeking a record 4.3 trillion peso (S$119 billion) Budget for 2021 focused on reviving a coronavirus-hit economy expected this year to shrink for the first time in two decades, a top official said on Wednesday (June 24).
— The Straits Times

PH coronavirus cases reach 32,295; death toll at 1,204
The Department of Health (DOH) announced that as of Wednesday, June 24, there are now 32,295 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Bago City evacuates 18 families as Mt. Kanlaon shows unrest
Some 18 families in Bago City, Negros Occidental were evacuated Tuesday night amid the activity of Mt. Kanlaon, which remains at Alert Level 1.Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said on Wednesday these residents were transferred to a school as a precautionary measure.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Great Lockdown’ to cripple Philippine economy — IMF
“A crisis like no other” would sink the Philippine economy to its worst contraction in 35 years, signaling a deeper fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that triggered the global “Great Lockdown” crippling economic activity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Wednesday.
— Philippine Star

Covid-19 expenses top funding priority of Bacolod City
The city government headed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia assured residents here on Wednesday that expenses related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are its top funding priority.
— Philippine News Agency

PH commits to signing RCEP trade pact by November
The Philippines has committed to sign an Asia-wide trade deal involving 15 countries by November.

Mayor shuts down Angeles City public market after vendor contracts COVID-19
The local government of Angeles City shuttered its main public market located at Barangay Pampang before noon on Wednesday, June 24, after a vendor tested positive for coronavirus.
— Rappler

DOH: Despite high single-day coronavirus case increases, most are ‘mild’
The Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday, June 24, that despite recent high single-day increases of coronavirus cases in the country, most of them are still mild cases.
— Rappler

Local fishers blame dredging for dwindling fish catch in Zambales
Dredging operations in the coastal waters of Zambales have depleted fish catch in the area, a national fishers group said Wednesday.
— Philstar

BOI sees investment numbers in rebound in 2nd half of 2020
THE Board of Investments (BOI) expects capital inflows to recover by the second half of the year, as commitments from foreign firms overseas, most of which are manufacturers, should be realized by then.
— Business Mirror

Guidelines out on ‘new normal’ at NAIA as more flights resume
Social distancing and the wearing of face masks are among the passenger flow guidelines for the “new normal” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

90,215 workers displaced since January — DOLE
A total of 90,215 workers from 3,189 establishments have been displaced nationwide since January, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
— Philippine Star

Aboitiz cuts jobs due to pandemic
The Aboitiz Group , one of the Philippines’ largest conglomerates, will be laying off employees due to the economic strains brought about by the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Davao City to offer free COVID-19 test for airline passengers
Two weeks since the resumption of domestic flights at the Davao International Airport, the city government is set to offer free COVID-19 testing for airline passengers who have arrived since June 8, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Wednesday.
— ABS-CBN News

DOH expecting further rise in COVID-19 cases, but says this won’t overwhelm PHL health system
The Department of Health said that it expects more COVID-19 cases in the coming days as lockdown protocols are eased and economic activity resumes.
— Eagle News

NFA releases 622,683 bags of rice during pandemic
The National Food Authority (NFA) has released 622,683 bags of rice from March 31 to June 19, 2020 for the calamity response of local government units (LGU) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

If pandemic persists, OWWA funds to be depleted end of 2021
The trust fund for overseas Filipino workers might be depleted by the end of 2021, if the current pandemic response continues, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Hans Cacdac said.
— Rappler

DOT allows 428 establishments in Ilocos Region to operate
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued a certificate of authority to operate (CAO) to some 428 accommodation establishments (AEs) in Region 1(Ilocos) as of Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

ADB grants MFI-NGO $30-M credit facility for micro-entrepreneurs
Microfinance institution and non-government organization (MFI-NGO) ASA Philippines Foundation has received the first tranche of the credit facility from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) amounting to USD10 million, which it will extend as loans to over 25,000 women-entrepreneurs owning small businesses which suffer from the economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Supreme Court fires Palace cameraman for unsolicited knee touch on female colleague
The Supreme Court fired and disqualified from ever joining government service a cameraman of Radio Television Malacañang (RTVM) over an incident in 2012 where a female colleague felt harassed because of unsolicited physical contact.
— Rappler

Prosecutors recommend murder, violation of anti-hazing law vs PMA cadets, doctors
Baguio state prosecutors recommended the filing of murder and violation of anti-hazing charges against military cadets and officers over the fatal hazing of Philippine Military Academy Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio in 2019.
— Philippine Star

Solon wants LTFRB abolished amid public transport woes
Senior Citizens party-list Representative Francisco Datol Jr. is pushing for the abolition of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) amid the transportation woes the public is experiencing.
— GMA Network

DoJ orders probe of missing $2.1 billion
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe people allegedly involved in the missing 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) of German payment company Wirecard AG.
— BusinessWorld

Several PMA cadets, others indicted over 2019 death of Darwin Dormitorio
The Baguio City Prosecutors Office has indicted several Philippine Military Academy cadets and others over the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio.
— Eagle News

Non-implementation of health care law a ‘criminal act’ — Roque
Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) chief Ricardo Morales would commit a “criminal act” if he does not implement the Universal Health Care law, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

Government urged to prioritize Pinoy workers in flagship projects
Sen. Risa Hontiveros asked the government to address rising unemployment by prioritizing the hiring of Filipinos, amid Malacañang’s pronouncement that it is looking into proposals to allow foreigners to come to the country and work in state flagship projects.
— Philippine Star

Cotabato City driver missing after positive Covid-19 rapid test
One of the more than 700 public utility drivers in the city who have availed of the rapid test for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) went missing after having been tested positive of the virus, the Cotabato City Health Services Office (CCHO) said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

27,400 more OFWs to come home in 3 weeks
MORE THAN 27,000 more Filipino workers from overseas were expected to come home amid a global coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
— BusinessWorld

‘Small amounts’ from Wirecard-linked person entered Philippines — DOJ
“Small” amounts of money entered local bank accounts of a person with ties to a German payments firm, escalating the Philippines’ probe of billions in cash missing on the company’s books that has spawned into a global accounting scandal.
— Philippine Star

Number of overseas Filipinos with coronavirus climbs to 8,351
The Department of Foreign Affairs counted 27 more Filipinos abroad who were positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases overseas to 8,351 as of Tuesday, June 24.
— Rappler

Job relief the priority for 2021 proposed budget estimated at P4.3 trillion
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it is preparing a 2021 national budget of P4.3 trillion, with a particular focus on measures to address unemployment resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
— BusinessWorld

Red Cross to put up Covid test sites in tourism hubs
WITH the international tourism industry facing its biggest slump due to the Covid-19 pandemic and anticipating a mad scramble to recover once travel restrictions are eased, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is set to put up molecular laboratories in the country’s tourism hubs to pave the way for the reopening of the tourism industry.
— Business Mirror

IATF to decide next week on request to allow certain classifications of FNs to reenter PHL
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is likely to decide next week on the request to allow foreign nationals (FN) with permanent visas and working on state flagship infrastructure projects to reenter the country.
— Business Mirror

PNP records 9th COVID-19 death
The Philippine National Police on Wednesday said that a 45-year-old police officer assigned in Central Visayas became its ninth virus fatality.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu to rearrange set-up of border control
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Tuesday ordered to rearrange the strict border control with the capital city, as Cebu province’s contribution to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s efforts in addressing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) contagion here.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH-Bicol conducts contact tracing for new Covid-19 case
The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol is calling on all passengers of Cebu Pacific Flight 5J 325 on June 18 to immediately coordinate with their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) after a passenger was confirmed positive of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Palace: Up to Duque to address calls to go on leave, resign
Malacañang is leaving it to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to respond to calls for him to go on leave while the ombudsman is probing alleged irregularities in his agency’s handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

PhilHealth chief Morales may face charges if he delays UHC implementation — Roque
Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales may face criminal charges if he delays the implementation of the Universal Health Care Act, Malacañang said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

PSE headquarters closes for 24 hours as employee gets coronavirus
Traders and employees of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) were sent home on Wednesday, June 24, as an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
— Rappler

Angara pushes for the strengthening of digital courses, careers in PH
To save the country’s economy and workforce from the effects of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Senator Sonny Angara has filed Senate Bill No. 1469 or the “National Digital Careers Act”.
— ABS-CBN News

Corn imports in MY 2020-2021 to reach 600,000 MT–Gain report
The country’s corn imports in market year 2020-2021 may rise by a fifth to 600,000 metric tons (MT) due to higher feed demand fueled by a 3-percent expansion in local poultry production, a Global Agricultural Information Network (Gain) said.
— Business Mirror

FDA warns of unlicensed hand sanitizers
With many unscrupulous individuals now making money from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration is urging the public to buy only hand sanitizers, topical antiseptics and topical antibacterial products that are licensed by the FDA.
— Philippine Star

15 QC cops fired after 6 POGO workers escape detention
A team of 15 Quezon City Police Distrct (QCPD) policemen were fired after 6 Chinese citizens who work for a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) escaped their custody on June 22.
— Rappler

PhilHealth, hospitals groups agree to settle alleged debt mess
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), hospitals groups and medical association have agreed to sit down and discuss ways to settle the alleged unpaid claims of hospitals from the state insurer.
— GMA Network

WATCH: Duque says Philippines not late in buying PPEs, other countries just ahead
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III explained the delayed procurement of personal protective equipment by saying there was a global shortage after other countries ordered PPEs sooner.
— Philippine Star

Ex-Wirecard COO Jan Marsalek may be in Philippines
The Department of Justice on Wednesday, June 24, said there are some indications that dismissed Wirecard chief operating officer Jan Marsalek is in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Pasig bakery suspended after employees spotted without face masks
Pasig City ordered the temporary closure of a local bakery after its employees were spotted without face masks, Mayor Vico Sotto said on Wednesday, June 24.
— Rappler

ASF-affected hog raisers in Pangasinan get aid from DA
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is distributing free-range chickens to hog raisers affected by the African swine fever (ASF) in the past months.
— Philippine News Agency

DA 6 partners with NFA to ensure food security amid pandemic
The Western Visayas regional field unit of the Department of Agriculture (DA RFU6) and the National Food Authority (NFA) joined forces in ensuring that Ilonggos have food on their tables amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

UN-Habitat contributes to strengthening Covid-19 Response of Marawi’s Incident Command Center
UN-Habitat continues the implementation of its initiative, Covid-19 Response as We Rebuild​ ​Marawi, by expanding its intervention towards the strengthening of the Incident Command Center (ICC) of Marawi City, signaled with the turnover of equipment to the City Government.
— Philippine Information Agency

Quarantine enforcers apprehend 40 drivers parking on bike lanes
At least 40 drivers of private vehicles have been apprehended for parking on bicycle lanes in Quezon City, the enforcement arm of the coronavirus task force disclosed on Wednesday.
— Philstar

House to probe BPO companies for unjust treatment of workers
A LAWMAKER has filed a resolution seeking to investigate companies including those in the outsourcing sector for unfair labor practices such as cutting wages due to slow Internet connection of workers who work from home amid a coronavirus pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Forum on Information and Democracy launches working group to fight ‘information chaos’
The Forum on Information and Democracy announced Wednesday, June 24, it had created a working group that would help respond to the problems related to online content, such as the epidemic of disinformation and misinformation and what the group terms as information chaos.
— Rappler

Cayetano: Activism in its truest, finest form when used to help solve country s problems
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday said that activism is in its truest and finest form when it is used to help solve the country’s problems, then alleged that critics of the anti-terror bill are allowing terrorists to hide in their ranks.
— GMA Network

Finance dep’t holding resources in reserve in case of second wave
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said it plans to keep spending “fiscally responsible” in case of a second wave of coronavirus infections and declared that the government will be able to finance the required measures if the next wave hits.
— BusinessWorld

SM in talks with partners for grocery delivery service
SM Investments Corp. on Wednesday said it is now in talks to develop a grocery delivery service, banking on the growth of e-commerce amid the quarantines imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.
— GMA Network

Manila to build new hospital
The Manila city government will start building a 10-story hospital near Ospital ng Maynila, one of the six district hospitals of the city.
— Tempo

POGOs to be investigated for alleged failure to pay taxes
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said there might be some truth to allegations made by Senator Joel Villanueva that only two Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) have paid their taxes in the past year.
— Coconuts Philippines

Returning OFWs priority as gov’t studies reentry of foreign workers
One of the government’s main considerations in the possible reentry of foreign workers into the Philippines is that they do not crowd out returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
— Rappler

DBM to submit documents on COVID-19 response to Ombudsman
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is set to handover documents related to the Ombudsman’s probe on alleged irregularities in the government’s COVID-19 response.
— GMA Network

DA s centralized procurement influenced drop in fertilizer prices, says official
The move of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to centralize procurement process has in fact helped fertilizer prices to go down, a top official of the agency said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

DILG: Olongapo mayor charged for “repeatedly” violating IATF rules, national policies
The Department of the Interior and Local Government has filed charges against Olongapo Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr. for allegedly “repeatedly” violating Inter-Agency Task Force rules issued to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and other national policies.
— Eagle News

DOJ asks NBI to set up system for monitoring false, malicious info on social media
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to set up a system for monitoring the spread of “false or malicious” information on social media to help future prosecutions.
— GMA Network

Netizens slam Cebu governor for shaming critics of steam inhalation
Netizens slammed Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for shaming doctors who criticized her advocacy to promote steam inhalation to ward off the coronavirus disease.
— Rappler

Jeepneys may return if transport options insufficient, says Roque
Jeepneys, long known as the king of Philippine roads, will return only if the current transportation options prove insufficient, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said today.
— Coconuts Philippines

Gov’t Backtracks: Bars to remain shut in general community quarantine
Bars will remain closed in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ), Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said today, shortly after the Philippine government’s COVID-19 task force announced that these booze joints could reopen.
— Coconuts Philippines

Villanueva: POGOs not paying taxes but still allowed to operate
Senator Joel Villanueva has again called out the government for its VIP treatment of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) which, he said, are still in business despite their continued non-payment of taxes.
— Rappler

Community commercial vegetable production pushed in AgSur town
As a way to help the affected sectors in the barangays during this coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the local government unit (LGU) of Trento in Agusan del Sur, in partnership with a private sector, has launched a Commercial Vegetable Production Farm in Barangay Manat of said municipality.
— Philippine Information Agency

Globe urges users to report spam messages, scams to them
Globe Telecom is urging its users to report spam messages and scams sent to them using a new tool they’ve set up for that purpose.
— Rappler

Miss Philippines Earth 2020 pageant pushing through in July
The Miss Philippines Earth 2020 will push through with its coronation night, which will be taped with each contestant staying in their respective homes and later aired over GMA 7 on July 5 at 10 am.
— Rappler

CHED refutes reports that limited face-to-face classes will be conducted in July
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday refuted reports that it will be pilot testing face-to-face classes starting July amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— GMA Network



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