Philippines morning news for March 30

Philippines morning news for March 30
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Plane explosion in Philippines kills eight, including two foreigners
A medical evacuation plane exploded during take-off in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing all eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian, officials said.
— Reuters

Cayetano urges house to house aid distribution for COVID-hit households
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano suggested that national and local governments distribute cash and non-cash assistance to households affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic house to house.
— GMA Network

Philippines reports 343 additional coronavirus cases, three new deaths
The Philippine health ministry on Sunday reported 343 new coronavirus cases, marking the country’s largest daily increase in infections, and three additional deaths.
— Reuters

DOH condemns attacks on healthcare workers
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday decried reports of harassment and discrimination against healthcare workers who are leading efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— GMA Network

7 more, including 13-year-old girl, recover from COVID-19
The number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines rose to 42 on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported seven more recoveries
— GMA Network

BARMM traced 37 Filipino attendees to Tabligh gathering in Malaysia
The Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force (BARMM-IATF) on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has traced and verified 37 of the initially identified 196 Filipino attendees to a Tabligh (Islamic preachers) gathering held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late February 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

Crashed aircraft at NAIA encountered technical problem – initial reports
The medical evacuation flight, bound for Tokyo/Haneda in Japan reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 06, the CAAP said in a statement.
— GMA Network

Gov’t to give P1M to health workers who die in fight vs. Covid-19
A total of PHP1-million will be given to all health workers who die while fighting the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic under Republic Act 11469 or Bayanihan to Health as One Act.
— Philippine News Agency

DSWD readies aid for vulnerable sectors affected by Covid-19
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assured it will provide social amelioration measures amounting to PHP5,000 to PHP8,000 for two months to families belonging to vulnerable sectors affected by the enhanced community quarantine amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis as mandated by Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”
— Philippine News Agency

Stipends available to grantees in SUCs, LUCs amid Covid-19
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) on Sunday said the release of funds for the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) Program to grantees in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and CHED-recognized local universities and colleges (LUCs) for academic year 2019-2020 will continue amid the quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

District hospital in Batangas shuts down, 100 frontliners quarantined
The district hospital in San Jose town in Batangas province was shut down after health workers were exposed to a patient who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

Covid-19 death toll climbs to 71, cases now 1,418
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 343 additional cases positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,418.In its 4 p.m. case bulletin, the DOH also reported seven new recoveries, bringing the total number of recovered cases in the country to 42.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace: Surge in COVID-19 cases due to increase in testing kits available
As the manufacture and supply of testing kits become available, plus the establishment of additional COVID-19 testing centers, there are more people being tested nor than before, necessarily the hitherto unknown cases of COVID-19 have surfaced hence the galloping increase in number, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
— GMA Network

Immigration bureau downsizes operations at NAIA
The Bureau of Immigration has downsized its operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
— Eagle News

Singapore donates 40,000 more coronavirus test kits to PH
Singapore has donated another 40,000 tests kits to the Philippines to aid health officials in combating the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.
— Rappler

DOH: Faulty coronavirus test kits ‘from private foundation,’ not China
Hours after China denied being the source of faulty test kits in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) followed suit on Sunday, March 29, saying these kits were supposed to be given by a private foundation and not the Chinese government.
— Rappler

First line of defense? ‘Not doctors, but people staying home’
In the Philippines’ battle against the spread of the coronavirus , medical workers must not be considered as the first line of defense but the last.
— Rappler

DOH: 4 hospitals ready for full-scale virus testing, 30 labs to follow
The Department of Health (DOH) said on Saturday, March 28, that the 4 sub-national laboratories have been given the go-ahead signal and are now ready to do full-scale testing of coronavirus.
— Rappler

OWWA-1 offers free service to stranded OFWs amid Luzon-wide ECQ
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the Ilocos Region provides free transportation to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Philippine Information Agency

‘Airworthy’ Lionair plane delivered med supplies day before crash –CAAP
The medical evacuation aircraft that figured into an accident on Sunday evening even brought medical supplies to Iloilo a day earlier, airport authorities said.
— GMA Network

Two foreign nationals, six Filipinos onboard Lionair plane
Two foreign nationals and six Filipinos were among those killed in an accident involving a medical evacuation flight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday evening.
— GMA Network

OVP, fashion designer partners to start mass production of PPEs
The Office of the Vice President together with fashion designer Mich Dulce will begin the production of the first medically-reviewed and open-sourced personal protective equipment (PPE).
— GMA Network

Revilla’s staff member passes away due to COVID-19
The staff member of Senator Bong Revilla who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 has passed away.
— Eagle News

Gov’t employee, 3 others nabbed for selling overpriced alcohol in Bacolod
Four people, including a government employee and a village watchman, were arrested on Sunday, March 29, in Barangay Villamonte in Bacolod City for allegedly selling overpriced ethyl alcohol.
— Rappler

Balanga City exec succumbs to Covid-19
This city’s administrator died of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) based on the test result from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) released on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

3rd patient under probe for Covid-19 dies in Dumaguete
Another patient under investigation (PUI) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has died at a private hospital here.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu guv orders all borders with Cebu City closed
As the Department of Health (DOH)-Region 7 on Saturday reported 18 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Cebu City out of the total 25 cases recorded in Central Visayas, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Sunday ordered the closure of boundaries shared by some localities with the city.
— Philippine News Agency

NoCot hospitals get weekly supply of ‘lechon manok’ from Piñol
The staff of several hospitals in North Cotabato will receive from the chief of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) five free “lechon manok” or roasted chicken weekly starting Sunday, March 29.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH lists benefits for volunteers in fight vs coronavirus
A day after apologizing for the P500 daily allowance it initially offered to volunteer health care workers, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Sunday, March 29, a list of benefits for volunteers responding to the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Covid-19 cases in PH to go up sans Luzon-wide quarantine: Palace
The implementation of month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon has helped the government prevent the further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country, Malacañang said on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

55 more Filipinos abroad hit by coronavirus; total rises to 335
At least 55 more Filipinos abroad have contracted the novel coronavirus disease, raising the total number of overseas cases from 280 to 335.
— Rappler

Joint task force will be stricter on curfew violators
Authorities said on Sunday, March 29, they will continue arresting those who violate curfew during the lockdown in Metro Manila and Luzon, in response to appeals from local government units (LGU) for them to be stricter with enforcement.
— Rappler

DFA: 370 Filipinos repatriated from Italy
Over 300 Filipinos from three cruise ships docked in Italy have arrived in the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday, March 28.
— Eagle News

Adverse economic consequences are likely to be felt as COVID-19 persists – NEDA-10
Health is not the only crisis resulting from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but non-health consequences as well according to Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10.
— Philippine Information Agency

Rizal Memorial, Philsports eyed as temporary medical facilities
]Government sports facilities under the Philippine Sports Commission such as the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and Philsports Complex may be turned into temporary medical facilities to help decongest hospitals fighting the coronavirus.
— Rappler

Overcrowding marks Pampanga ‘market schedule’ rule
The 14-hour, per week window period imposed by the provincial government here resulted in the complete disregard of the physical distancing protocol encouraged in the ongoing Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine.
— Rappler

Philippine NGO launches simulator of coronavirus infections
Non-profit organization Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) launched a free-to-use COVID-19 simulator developed by its members, particularly scientists and creatives.
— Rappler

2,000 solo parents in Makati to receive P1,000 in aid amid coronavirus lockdown
Some 2,000 solo parents in Makati City will receive financial aid and food packs from the local government to help them during the duration fo the enhanced community quarantine .
— Rappler

Making PPEs: donations sought
A SHORTAGE of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for medical frontliners can put our healthcare workers at risk during the pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

BARMM allots ₱155-million to LGUs’ quick response fund on COVID-19
The Bangsamoro Government’s Office of the Chief Minister (OCM-BARMM) has allotted a total of ₱155 million to Local Government Units (LGUs) all over the Bangsamoro region to intensify their efforts in containing the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Philippine Information Agency

PUI from Manila is Bicol’s 4th Covid-19 case
A 60-year old female from Albay province was the fourth person who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) a day after three persons in Bicol were confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) in the region to be infected with the virus.
— Philippine News Agency

AFP won’t dignify Reds’ claims of massive military losses
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not dignify the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorists’ claim that they have inflicted over 1,000 casualties to the military during the course of 710 actions in 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

Zambales records 1st coronavirus fatality
The Zambales Provincial Heath Office (PHO) confirmed the province’s first death from the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

PSC venues to serve as temporary medical facilities
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) facilities will soon be turned into temporary medical facilities to help decongest hospitals as the war against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) rages with infections reaching over 1,418 as of Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t agencies ordered to list hospitals, facilities for possible takeover
Four government agencies are tasked to create a list of establishments that will possibly be covered for takeover of operations under the Bayanihan Law.
— Rappler


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