Philippines morning news for May 7

Philippines morning news for May 7
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Philippines morning newsPH trade drops in March due to Covid-19 restrictions: NEDA
The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic around the world and the resulting restrictions in production supply chains and global trade flow led to the decline in Philippine trade in March 2020, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t readies airport rules under new normal as cases top 10,000
THE government on Wednesday announced new rules for the so-called new normal at the country’s international and domestic airports, as the coronavirus infections topped 10,000.
— BusinessWorld

Economy to fall into recession in Q2, says FMIC
The Philippine economy can plunge into a recession starting in the second quarter and will take time to recover amid the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to report of First Metro Investment Corp.
— Philippine Star

Senate to probe gov’t coronavirus measures starting May 11
The Senate will convene into a committee of the whole to launch a probe into the coronavirus measures implemented by the executive branch starting May 11.
— Rappler

PH coronavirus cases breach 10,000; deaths reach 658
The coronavirus cases in the Philippines have breached 10,000, as the Department of Health (DOH) reports 320 new cases on Wednesday, May 6.
— Rappler

Duterte issues EO on Balik-Probinsya program
Duterte signed Executive Order 114 creating the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Council, which will provide overall direction in the implementation of the program and ensure compliance of government agencies involved.
— GMA Network

Battle vs. COVID-19 isn t won until vaccine is developed, public health expert cautions
The Philippines cannot declare that it has won the battle against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) until a vaccine is developed, a public health expert said Wednesday following reports that the country is flattening its curve of infections.
— GMA Network

House Minority Leader wants NTC abolished after ABS-CBN shutdown
House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr pushed for the abolition of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) after the agency ordered the closure of media network ABS-CBN.
— Rappler

’20 deficit to be around P1-T: DOF chief
Government expenditures for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is expected to increase the budget deficit to around PHP1 trillion this 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

House panel: Pandemic to hurt 30-million Filipinos’ jobs, livelihood
THE coronavirus disease pandemic could result in the possible unemployment of at least 30 million Filipinos—half the labor force—without the necessary economic stimulus interventions, the chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs said on Tuesday.
— Business Mirror

Government prepares for repatriation of 40,000 OFWs to stem 2nd wave Covid-19 spread
THE government is now taking additional precautions with the looming repatriation of 40,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to prevent a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in the country up to next month.
— Business Mirror

Uproar as Philippines Allow Chinese Online Gaming Centers to Reopen
The Philippines’ decision to allow China’s online gaming firms to resume their operations ahead of other local businesses has backfired.
— Chiang Rai Times

Cebu sitio placed under total lockdown
Due to the sudden surge of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the sub-village of Alaska in Barangay Mambaling here, Mayor Edgardo Labella on Wednesday ordered a sitio-wide total lockdown.
— Philippine News Agency

Makabayan bloc wants review of Universal Health Care Law
Members of the progressive Makabayan bloc have filed a resolution seeking to review the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law in light of the circular from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) increasing the premium contributions of overseas Filipino workers (OFW).
— GMA Network

Flat to slightly negative movement seen for PH’s Q1 GDP
Economists of First Metro Investment Corporation (FMIC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) forecast a “flat to slightly negative” change in the Philippines’ first quarter 2020 output as a result of the global pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace mulls supplemental budget to fund COVID plan
Malacañang is “very careful” about asking Congress for a supplemental budget to fund its coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 response efforts due to a lack of additional revenues, according to the Department of Finance.
— Philippine Star

Pinoys join blood drive for Italy
Filipinos joined the blood drive to help Italy’s coronavirus disease 2019 response.
— Philippine Star

DOH: Grant discounts for seniors’ vitamins
The Department of Health has issued an administrative order mandating drug outlets to give 20 percent discount and VAT exemption to senior citizens for their vitamin and supplement needs.
— Philstar

Lanao del Norte imposes fines for not wearing face masks
Anyone in Lanao del Norte caught not wearing face masks outside their homes may be fined up to P2,000 or imprisoned for six months.
— Philippine Information Agency

NBI probes 20 hospitals for refusing patients
The National Bureau of Investigation is investigating at least 20 hospitals for allegedly refusing patients who later died at the height of the enhanced community quarantine.
— Philstar

Over 11,000 ABS-CBN workers left defenseless during lockdown — labor groups
Labor organizations on Tuesday said that more than 11,000 employees employed by ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries are set to lose their main source of livelihood with no other short-term alternatives to turn to in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown.
— Philippine Star

Bill granting ABS-CBN new 25-year franchise filed in House
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez on Wednesday, May 6, filed House Bil No. 6694 seeking to grant ABS-CBN a new franchise valid for 25 years.
— Rappler

270 residents fly home to Davao City in a sweeper flight from Manila
DAVAO CITY – Another batch of returning residents of Davao City arrived Wednesday noon from Manila.
— ABS-CBN News

CAAP: No commercial flights yet
There is no notice yet for the resumption of commercial flights, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) region 2 said.
— Philippine Information Agency

Health workers with COVID-19 now 1,859; no new deaths reported
The number of health workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 1,859, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

PNP: ‘No pressing need’ for martial law because of COVID-19 pandemic
The PNP sees no pressing need to place the country under martial law due to the present emergency situation caused by COVID-19.
— Philippine Star 

GMA shares soar 24% as competitor ABS-CBN goes off-air
Shares of GMA Network jumped by almost 24% on Wednesday, May 6, a day after rival network ABS-CBN was ordered shut by the government.
— Rappler

Radio journalist shot dead in Dumaguete City
A radio reporter was shot dead by unidentified gunmen last night in the village of Daro in Dumaguete City.
— Coconuts Philippines

Duterte ‘completely neutral’ on ABS-CBN’s forced shutdown, says spokesman Roque
President Rodrigo Duterte is “completely neutral” on the issue of ABS-CBN’s shutdown, his spokesman Harry Roque said today in a television interview.
— Coconuts Philippines

ABS-CBN workers deemed ‘still employed’ despite network shutdown –DOLE
Employees of the country’s largest media network should stay put in their jobs despite ABS-CBN’s shutdown.
— Philippine Star

Antique’s capital town seeks to revert to ECQ
Six days after Antique was placed under general community quarantine (GCQ), this province’s capital town wanted to revert to an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t must continue vaccination program, says medical expert
THE GOVERNMENT should continue its immunization programs amid a Luzon-wide lockdown meant to contain a novel coronavirus pandemic, a medical expert said on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

Gordon wants harsher penalties for perjury committed in legislative hearings
The penalty for committing the crime of perjury during legislative hearings should be increased to give more teeth to the law and end the culture of lying under oath, Senator Richard Gordon said on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Bangsamoro region eyes local coronavirus testing within May
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said it was looking forward to having its own coronavirus testing facility within the month of May.
— Rappler

BARMM’s fund for Covid-19 reaches P1.9-Billion
The Bangsamoro Government, through its Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM), has already released some P1.9-billion worth of funds since the start of coronavirus diseases (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ex-CBCP head asks gov’t: Must we worsen poverty, unemployment with ABS-CBN closure?
The former head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines raised concern Wednesday on potential poverty and unemployment that might stem from the government closure of broadcaster ABS-CBN Corp.
— ABS-CBN News

16 military personnel quarantined on BRP Ang Pangulo
Sixteen military personnel, who are suspected carriers of the new coronavirus, are currently quarantined at the BRP Ang Pangulo pending results of their COVID-19 tests.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Blackout hits 18 towns in Abra
A power outage hit 18 of the 27 towns in Abra on Tuesday after a transformer of the Abra Electric Cooperative (Abreco) exploded.
— Philstar

Lower inflation to restore growth — NEDA
The economy is in a position to recover its losses and bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019, with the inflation rate on a downward trajectory, Acting National Economic and Development Authority director-general and Economic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said Wednesday.

Woman dies in Zambales fire
A police report said the body of Rosita Renolo, 79, was found in one of the bunkhouses used by 22 families.
— Philstar

Zambo Norte to establish 1st rural resettlement area
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said the province of Zamboanga del Norte has agreed to establish the first Rural Resettlement Model for informal urban dwellers who want to participate in the “Balik Probinsya, Balik Pag-asa” Program (BPBPP).
— Philippine News Agency

76 illegal POGO workers arrested in Makati
Cops from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) arrested 76 Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) workers in Makati City at around 11:30 am on Tuesday, May 5.
— Rappler

ABS-CBN shutdown a loss for Filipinos in remote areas and abroad — Migrante
Tens of millions are now without access to important news and information at a time when COVID-19 is ravaging the country, Migrante International said.
— Philippine Star

Palace says it’s ‘perfectly legal’ to stop migration of Filipino health workers
Stopping the migration of health workers to protect them from the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is perfectly legal, Malacañang said Wednesday.
— Philippine Star

Senate to hold hearings centered on COVID-19 updates next week
The Senate agreed on Wednesday to hold a series of hearings focusing on COVID-19 updates next week to provide policy direction in crafting the economic stimulus package and other legislative measures suitable for the country amid the global pandemic.
— GMA Network

Nearly 2,000 Filipinos overseas get coronavirus
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 38 more Filipinos were infected with the coronavirus, pushing the total number of confirmed cases among overseas Filipinos to 1,905 as of Wednesday, May 6.
— Rappler

Sans pandemic impact, agriculture still dives in first quarter
The farm sector took a dive in the first quarter due to low crop harvests and fishing ban meant to allow fishing locations to recover.
— Philippine Star

Broadcaster shutdown crosses dangerous line for Philippines: NGOs
The shutting down of the Philippines’ top broadcaster crosses a dangerous line in eroding the nation’s democracy and sends a warning to those who risk angering President Rodrigo Duterte, watchdogs said.

56 Chinese nationals arrested in Makati illegal gambling den
Fifty-six Chinese nationals were arrested in the village of Olympia in Makati City yesterday in an illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO).
— Coconuts Philippines

Stifling ABS-CBN deprives Filipinos of vital information, schools say
Academic institutions are taking a stand against the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) move to halt all broadcasting operations of media giant ABS-CBN at a time where Filipinos urgently need information during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Rappler

Public urged to take online agri-courses amid quarantine
The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) 1 (Ilocos) is encouraging people who are stuck in their homes this quarantine period to enroll in online agricultural courses.
— Philippine News Agency

Quarantined OFWs to be prioritized in mass testing
Over 20,000 overseas Filipino workers who have returned to the country will be the priority of the planned mass testing, the national government said.
— GMA Network

Duterte sorry, but water contract reviews to continue
While President Duterte already apologized, contracts held by Manuel V. Pangilinan and the Zobel brothers would still be revisited.
— Philippine Star

Manila LGU issues show cause orders vs 46 bgy officials for alleged irregularities in COVID-19 relief distribution
The city government of Manila has issued show cause orders to 46 barangay officials over alleged irregularities in the distribution of relief assistance and allowances amid the COVID-19 crisis.
— Eagle News

Soldiers to help run ‘mega swabbing center’ in Taguig
More soldiers are heading to the front lines of the battle against the novel coronavirus , this time as non-medical support staff at one of the government’s mega swabbing centers.
— Rappler

LTO extends expired licenses’ validity 2 months after lockdown
The Land Transportation Office has extended the validity of licenses that expired during the lockdown, for 60 days or two months after the implementation of the general community quarantine.
— Rappler

Air force, naval assets deliver 1-M pounds of COVID-19 supplies, equipment
Aircrafts and vessels of the Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy under the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have transported an estimated one million pounds (lbs) of essential supplies and equipment to help the government fight off the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
— Philippine Information Agency

In pandemic scramble, Duterte has one more job: Pick new SC justice
While in the scramble to contain the pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte has another important job to do – pick a new justice of the Supreme Court.
— Rappler

Linking farmers to consumers: Fruits, vegetables can now be ordered online as DA launches “eKadiwa” store
Consumers can now order their needed fruits, vegetables and other agricultural produce online and direct from the farmers and agripreneurs themselves.
— Eagle News

UST hospital apologizes over statement on delayed PhilHealth reimbursement
The University of Santo Tomas Hospital apologized to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) over a statement made on Sunday, May 3, saying the state insurer owed the hospital P180 million in expenses for patients in 2019.
— Rappler



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