Philippines morning news for June 30

Philippines morning news for June 30
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World Bank flags unmet goals in NCR wastewater project
THE project period for a Metro Manila wastewater collection and treatment management system is due to expire Tuesday with its main backer, the World Bank, noting that the project has yet to meet targets for the number of people reached, among others.
— BusinessWorld

Inflation benign, reserve ratio cuts still on the table — Diokno
BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said monetary authorities continue to view the inflation environment as stable over the next three years, a key consideration in the decision to reduce rates last week.
— BusinessWorld

Palace to POGOs: Pay taxes or leave the Philippines
Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) are free to leave the country if they do not pay taxes to the government, Malacañang said Monday.
— GMA Network

Hundreds displaced in flashfloods
Hundreds of residents fled from their homes as flashfloods hit a large portion of Digos City in Davao del Sur on Sunday night.
— Philstar

Iloilo hospital on lockdown
A hospital in Iloilo City has been placed on lockdown after six doctors tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
— Philstar

61% of coronavirus cases in C. Visayas ‘active’: DOH-7
At least 61 percent of the total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Central Visayas are considered “active cases”, the Department of Health (DOH)-Region 7 said.
— Philippine News Agency

‘No survivors found’ from PH fishing boat after collision, cargo ship agency says
The agency managing a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship on Tuesday said the vessel’s crew tried to search for survivors after it collided with a fishing boat off Mamburao town in Occidental Mindoro on June 28.
— ABS-CBN News

Scores of children killed in Philippines war on drugs –report
At least 129 children have been killed in the Philippines’ four-year war on drugs, most by police or allied assailants, but they may only represent a fraction of the toll, activist groups said on Monday.
— GMA Network

NTC to issue halt order vs. Channel 43 airing ABS-CBN TV Plus programs
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Monday committed to issue an alias cease and desist order to halt the operations of Channel 43, which ABS-CBN uses to broadcast its ABS-CBN TV Plus programs, following the expiration of the network’s franchise.
— GMA Network

COVID-19 cases in Philippines surge to 36,438 with 985 new reported cases
The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines soared to 36,438 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 985 more infections on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

PH winning fight vs. Covid-19: Palace
The Philippines is winning the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang said Monday, after the country defied the number of cases projected by a University of the Philippines (UP) study.
— Philippine News Agency

Coronavirus drives Philippines toward recession as Duterte’s 4th year ends
The coronavirus pandemic has derailed the global economy and caused huge declines in international markets and economic activities.
— Rappler

Cebu City is new PH epicenter of COVID-19
Cebu City has become the new epicenter of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines, replacing Metro Manila, due to the rapid increase in its number of infections, severe and critical cases, and deaths.
— Tempo

Ressa, Santos seek reversal of cyber libel conviction, cite 13 errors
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr filed on Monday, June 29, a motion for partial reconsideration, appealing to Manila Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa to reconsider her decision that convicted the journalists of cyber libel.
— Rappler

EU to roll out P359-M ARISE+ project in PH
The Philippines will soon benefit from the EUR6.4-million (PHP359 million) project of the European Union that targets to boost economic activities and help retaining jobs amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

France loans Philippines P14 billion for infrastructure, financial inclusion
The Philippines signed two agreements with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) worth €250 million or around P14 billion for infrastructure and financial inclusion projects to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Deployment of doctors to Cebu City suspended
The Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas on Monday indefinitely suspended a plan to send 40 rural doctors from the region to Cebu City to augment the city’s COVID-19 response efforts.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DOH seeks stricter measures amid spike of Covid cases in Caraga
The Department of Health in the Caraga Region (DOH-13) has called on the implementation of stricter health protocols as new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are recorded in the area.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH hails organ donors as modern day heroes
To celebrate the spirit of working together, the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday commemorated the National Organ and Blood Awareness Week by recognizing organ donors as modern day heroes.
— Philippine News Agency

400 Filipino deportees to arrive June 30 in Zamboanga City
A local official here has appealed to the national government to coordinate with the Malaysian government to request for a one-week deferment in the deportation of Filipinos via this city.D
— Philippine News Agency

Jan-May subsidies for GOCCs from NG breach P100-B mark
Subsidies received by government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) from the national government already breached the P100 billion-mark for the first five months of the year, a five-fold increase from only P19.658 billion in the same period last year.
— Business Mirror

Duterte to announce quarantine classifications for July 1 on June 30 — Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte will announce the new community quarantine protocols to be implemented starting July 1 on Tuesday, or the last day of June.
— Philippine Star

Staggered flights sought to avoid health workers’ burnout
The province of Negros Oriental through its Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is seeking the staggered arrival of sweeper flights ferrying returning residents here to avoid the burnout of its health workers.
— Philippine News Agency

ABS-CBN secures necessary rights over intellectual property work: lawyer
All necessary rights are secured by ABS-CBN Corp. for its intellectual property work, the broadcast network said Monday, amid allegations of denying its talents of royalties for their content.
— ABS-CBN News

Govt launches OFBank as digital-only, first branchless bank in PH
The Department of Finance (DOF) in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank), today launched the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) as a digital-only, first branchless Philippine government bank that allows clients to complete banking transactions anytime and anywhere across the globe.
— Philippine Information Agency

Stringent restrictions should remain in Cebu City -Galvez
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. backed the enforcement of stringent safety measures in Cebu City to stem the spread of COVID-19.
— GMA Network

ADB approves 26.5 mln USD loan to help Philippines boost revenue collection
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday said it has approved a 26.5-million-U.S. dollar loan to help local government units (LGUs) across the Philippines boost revenue by adopting new digital tools for local real property tax valuation and collection.
— Xinhuanet

Pampanga asks for MGCQ extension from July 1 to 15
Governor Dennis Pineda has requested the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for an extension of modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in the whole province from July 1 to 15, 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

Globe embarks on ‘aggressive’ cell site building ahead of third telco entry
As the third telco player is expected to have a technical launch next month, one of the Philippines’ existing telco duopoly is embarking on an “aggressive” cell site build-up next quarter to increase network capacity that has come under strain during lockdowns.
— Philippine Star

Bato: War on drugs continues amid pandemic
Former Philippine National Police chief and incumbent Senator Ronald Bato Dela Rosa on Monday said the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs will not be slowed down by the COVID-19 crisis.
— GMA Network

Dubai OFW in limbo over unpaid bank loan
A 71-year-old engineer who has spent his life working in the Middle East is now penniless, wheelchair-bound with a debilitating medical condition, and could not as yet go home to the Philippines to join his family because of a bank loan that has accrued to some 150,000 dirham (around P2.035 million)* over time.
— Rappler

Investigation of pilot, crew in March 5 PNP helicopter crash taking off soon
The crew of a helicopter that crashed while the chief of the national police was aboard will face an investigation into their possible liability for the incident.
— Philippine Star

COVID-19 crisis affects 5,208 MSMEs in Camiguin
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Camiguin tallied 5,208 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), which were affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 crisis in the five towns of the province as of May 15.
— Philippine Information Agency

Renewable fund to raise $2.5B for region’s recovery from pandemic
A RENEWABLE-ENERGY fund will invest more than $2.5 billion in Southeast Asian renewable energy projects to support the region’s recovery from the pandemic, with a focus on the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.
— BusinessWorld

DOH clarifies virus case doubling time, fatality rate in PH
Comparison between countries in terms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case doubling time and case fatality rate must be done carefully, a health official said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Coronavirus crash: Pandemic pushes stock market down in Duterte’s 4th year
The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), the benchmark that measures the performance of the local stock market, fared well at the start of the Duterte administration.
— Rappler

It’s Not That Bad: Roque says WHO data showing PH has highest COVID-19 cases inaccurate
Malacañang Palace today disputed the data of the World Health Organization (WHO) which showed that the Philippines has the fastest-growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Western Pacific region.
— Coconuts Philippines

Palace distances from proposal to rename NAIA
Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from the lawmakers’ move to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t suspends entry of LSIs in 5 areas
Malacañang on Monday said the entry of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) has been suspended in at least five areas due to the limited number of quarantine facilities that can accommodate them.
— Philippine News Agency

Poll: Pinoys to trim travel budgets with lower wages
DOMESTIC tourists will be trimming their vacation budgets, even as they are likely to visit “Sun and Beach” destinations that require plane rides, once Covid travel restrictions are lifted.
— Business Mirror

Recto slams travel fiasco at Manila North Harbor caused by sudden protocol changes
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Monday denounced the sudden changes in maritime travel protocols that caused some locally stranded individuals to camp out at Manila North Harbor.
— GMA Network

3 DOST projects designed to boost fight vs. Covid-19 underway
Three new projects designed to boost the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic are now underway, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

The resilient taxpayer: Not an ode
The longest busy season for income tax filing has finally come to a close. Amidst the sleepless nights and pandemic-induced stress, tax practitioners, tax authorities, and taxpayers alike can only remind themselves that the dictum “taxes are the lifeblood of the nation” rings ever more true.
— BusinessWorld

OFBank targets 2K daily account openings once lockdown eases
Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) targets to attract about 2,000 account openings daily once lockdowns around the world are eased and deployment resumes strongly.
— Philippine News Agency

DICT relaxes registration requirements for tower firms
THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has eased the documentary requirements for common tower providers as the country remains in a state of public health emergency due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— BusinessWorld

Departing POGOs told to settle taxes
THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) will still go after Philippine offshore gaming operation (POGO) companies that are leaving the country to make them pay their tax obligations, the Finance chief said.
— BusinessWorld

DOTr pushes toll interoperability for seamless travel
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has called for a speedy implementation of the interoperability of toll systems in order to bring fast, efficient and seamless travel to motorists.
— Philippine Star

ABS-CBN ‘fully compliant’ with DOLE directives on alleged violations, says labor exec
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday confirmed that ABS-CBN was fully compliant with directives it issued to the network with regards to its alleged violations of labor standards and occupational safety.
— GMA Network

Another 34 Filipinos abroad contract coronavirus; total at 8,467
The Department of Foreign Affairs reported that 34 more Filipinos tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases overseas to 8,467 as of Monday, June 29.
— Rappler

Mindoro sea collision to be resolved under PH admiralty laws
The collision between a Philippine fishing boat and a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel off the coast of Occidental Mindoro will be resolved under the country’s admiralty laws because the incident happened in Philippine territorial waters.
— Philippine Canadian Inquirer

Anti-terror law to ‘protect’ youth from NPA recruitment
A youth organization advocating for peace and development in Agusan del Norte has voiced support to the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, saying the measure will safeguard the young people from the influence and recruitment of the communist New People’s Army (NPA).
— Philippine News Agency

DA, Aboitiz team up for RE use in food production
The Department of Agriculture and the Aboitiz Group will optimize the use of renewable energy in pushing for urban farming in a bid to boost food production in the country.
— Philippine Star

PNP virus count hits 671
The number of police officers infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 has reached 671, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday.
— Philstar

PH has sufficient rice supply: Palace
There is no need to import additional rice because the Philippines has sufficient supply, Malacañang said on Monday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after the Philippine International Trading Corp.
— Philippine News Agency

Schools urged: Act on mounting complaints of sexual harassment by teachers
A non-government organization Monday called on schools and universities across the country to address mounting reports on social media of alleged harassment at the hands of teachers and faculty members.
— Philippine Star

LGU hires COVID- recovered frontliner to permanent status
A 23-year old frontliner from this town who recently recovered from the COVID-19 will be given permanent position in the municipal government.
— Philippine Information Agency

LTFRB still bent on jeepney modernization program amid COVID-19 crisis
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chair Martin Delgra III on Monday said the LTFRB was still pushing for the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program.
— GMA Network

NIA distributes incentives to farmers’ groups in C. Luzon
The National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-UPRIIS) has distributed remunerations to some 145 farmers’ organizations that helped in maintaining the irrigation canals in Central Luzon.
— Philippine News Agency

SEC-Cebu moves deadline of filing audited financial statements
The Securities and Exchange Commission-Cebu Extension Office is extending the deadline for the annual filing of audited financial statements (AFS) of corporations from June 30 to August 7, due to the reversion of the city to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
— Philippine News Agency

DepEd opens senior high school voucher program for 2020-2021
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, June 29, opened applications for its Senior High School Voucher Program for school year 2020-2021.
— Rappler

Just days after SAF deployment, joint task force alleges ‘significant improvement’ in ‘compliance’
In the three days that special forces have been deployed in Metro Cebu, the quarantine enforcement arm of the government’s coronavirus task force alleged that it has already seen “significant improvement” in the compliance of quarantine rules in the city.
— Philstar

5 German energy firms eye biz opportunities in PH
Five Germany companies are looking into business opportunities in the country through a virtual business-to-business (B2B) networking from June 30 to July 1.
— Philippine News Agency

PhilMech seeks P5.6-billion budget for 2021 to fund farm mechanization
THE Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) told Congress on Monday that it is proposing a P5.6-billion budget for next year to support mechanization programs under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
— BusinessWorld

Probe ordered on recovered gov’t-issued arms, ammo in Sorsogon
The police chief in the Bicol region has ordered an investigation into the arms and ammunition cache found by a civilian in an abandoned house in Bulan town on Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

Traditional PUJs resume ops in some areas
Traditional public utility jeepneys (PUJs) have resumed operations in some provinces and regions where public utility buses (PUBs) and other public utility vehicles (PUVs) are not enough to service commuters, Malacañang said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Año orders detention of Sulu cops who gunned down 4 soldiers
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the detention and disarming of all the Sulu cops who gunned down 4 Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) soldiers on Monday, June 29.
— Rappler



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