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House-to-house campaign vs COVID in CDO
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Cagayan de Oro city government is conducting a house-to-house campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Mayor Oscar Moreno ordered the city health office (CHO) to send field survey teams to check residents for flu-like symptoms or serious respiratory ailments. These measures are on ...

BSP has more room to cut rates
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The expected easing of inflation over the next few months due to soft global oil prices will give the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas more room to cut interest rates to boost economic activity amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak, according to BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno. Diokno said inflation may ease ...

RCBC raises P7 billion from debt market
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) raised P7.05 billion as it braved the domestic debt market amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. Horacio Cebrero, senior executive vice president and treasurer, said the strong demand from investors resulted in an order book more than twice ...

No new case in Baguio for 9 days
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- No new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case was recorded in this city for the ninth day in a row on Monday. The last confirmed case was on March 28, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said. "If this trend continues, the city can claim to have truly flattened the curve or reined in the insidious disease," Magalong said.

Laguna village councilman gunned down
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- A barangay councilman in Biñan City, Laguna was shot dead on Sunday. Melody Quijano, 39, was on a motorcycle on her way home from quarantine checkpoint duties when she was shot in Barangay Dela Paz at around 1:55 a.m. Quijano was pronounced dead on arrival at the Unihealth Hospital. Probers recovered six bullet shells ...

3 recover from COVID in Cagayan Valley
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- Three more persons infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Cagayan Valley have recovered and were discharged from hospitals yesterday. A director of a national government office, a native of this city based in Metro Manila, and an employee of the Department of Health (DOH) were ...

Pangasinan hospital closed as doctor gets COVID
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
TAYUG, Pangasinan, Philippines -- The Eastern Pangasinan District Hospital (EPDH) in this town was closed on Sunday night after a doctor tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The 33-year-old doctor is a resident of Binalonan ...

Aboitiz extends aid to Visayas, Mindanao
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-07
AboitizLand also turned over 2,000 surgical masks to the local government of Liloan in northern Cebu while Aboitiz food business unit Pilmico is also distributing 1,200 pieces of bread to frontline workers around Cebu for one month starting March 26 and also gave N95 masks and goggles to the provincial government of Leyte. The Aboitiz Group ...

Caloocan City to give ?1,000 to every household
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- Every household in Caloocan City is set to receive a P1,000 financial aid from the local government, mayor Oscar Malapitan said Tuesday. He said the city government has allotted a ?500-million fund to help all city residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, during the enhanced community quarantine.

CBCP calls on parish churches to ring bells for inter-faith prayer on Holy Wednesday
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines calls on parish churches to ring their bells on Holy Wednesday in solidarity with an interfaith prayer against the COVID-19 pandemic. CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles said that the simultaneous ringing of bells at 3 p.m. is "to signal the ...

Month-long state of emergency in Japan a wakeup call - analyst
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- Japan will enter a month-long state of emergency starting Tuesday- a wake-up call for the Japanese people, an analyst said. Seven affected prefectures will be under the state of emergency namely Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka. READ: Japan to declare state of emergency over ...

DOTr suggests scrapping MRT rehab for COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) - As the coronavirus pandemic continues, government may have to abandon some big-ticket infrastructure projects to fund the state's COVID-19 response. The Department of Transportation submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) a list of projects that may be dropped, among them the MRT ...

DOH eyes hiring 8,000 healthcare professionals to help in COVID-19 fight
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- The Department of Health is looking at beefing up manpower, some of whom may be deployed to quarantine sites, to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said on Tuesday. The secretary said the agency hopes to hire at most 8,000 health workers such as medical ...

Pasig City Children's Hospital to be used as COVID-19 referral facility
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Pasig City Children's Hospital (PCCH) on Tuesday was officially converted into a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) referral facility, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced. As a result, the Pasig City General Hospital's COVID-19 unit would move to PCCH. PCCH's pediatric unit will be transferred to PCGH. Additional health ...

Cayetano tells DSWD to set up regional hotlines to deal with cash aid queries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday called on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to set up a hotline per region to accommodate queries on the social amelioration program. According to Cayetano, a DSWD hotline per region is important since every situation is different for every region. "We are ...

US Embassy cancels scheduled visa interviews due to ECQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The US Embassy in Manila has canceled all immigrant and non-immigrant visa interviews scheduled between Tuesday until May 4 as the entire Luzon remains under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). In an advisory on Tuesday, the embassy said it would resume visa services "as soon as possible but are unable to provide a ...

Metro Manila mayors want to punish discrimination of health workers, COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- Metro Manila mayors are urging local government units in the region to pass ordinances punishing the discrimination of health workers and COVID-19 patients. The Metro Manila Council, composed of chief executives of the region, passed Monday a resolution recommending the passage of local ordinances ...

Metro Manila mayors want to punish discrimination of health workers, COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- Metro Manila mayors are urging local government units in the region to pass ordinances punishing the discrimination of health workers and COVID-19 patients. The Metro Manila Council, composed of chief executives of the region, passed Monday a resolution recommending the passage of local ordinances ...

Philippines stops deployment abroad of health workers
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Bernard Olalia said the agency has issued a governing board resolution suspending deployment of health workers overseas. "The deployment of healthcare workers is temporarily suspended until the national state of emergency is lifted and travel restrictions are lifted at the destination ...

Duque: Some 24,500 people tested for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- Around 24,500 people have been tested for coronavirus infection, but more tests should be done to get a "clearer picture" of the COVID-19 crisis in the country, a Cabinet official said Tuesday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told CNN Philippines' News Night that around 29,000 tests were conducted.

Lipa has three new COVID-19 cases, now highest in Batangas
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
BATANGAS, Philippines (The Filipino Connection) -- Three residents of Lipa City, all of whom have had previous contact with a COVID-19 patient, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Mayor Eric Africa said Tuesday. This brings the total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lipa City to 14, the highest in Batangas province. Three residents ...

Gov't to restart infrastructure work amid lengthened Luzon quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Public rail infrastructures have secured approval to restart "limited works" during the Luzon-wide community quarantine next week, providing a necessary boost to lagging economic activity as the Duterte government vowed to proceed with its infrastructure agenda. The approval, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said ...

Philippines Man Shot Dead By Police For Breaching Country's Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions
International Business Times - 2020-04-07
The 63-year-old man allegedly attacked officials in a drunken state at a coronavirus checkpoint after being cautioned for not wearing a face mask.

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that has raised radiation fears. Police said they tracked ...

Metro Manila mayors ask DSWD to restore original number of cash aid beneficiaries
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) - The Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine has been extended until April 30, and local chief executives in Metro Manila have urged the national government to provide relief to more Filipinos in need. The Metro Manila Council, composed of 17 mayors in the capital region, appealed to the Department of ...

PLDT HOME strengthens support for Filipinos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
Leading telecoms and digital service provider PLDT, Inc. reaffirmed its assurances to its customers that the company is exerting all efforts to continue providing vital communication services despite the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our customers need us now more than ever. Our internet services and solutions power homes and ...

DFA reports 10 more COVID-19 deaths of Filipinos abroad; toll now at 65
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Ten more Filipinos overseas have died due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday. DFA data shows that eight Filipinos died in the Americas while two died in the European region. This increased the number of overseas Filipinos who died due to the disease to 65.

More seafarers return to PH as COVID-19 pandemic persists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- More than 340 Filipino seafarers arrived Tuesday in the country as the Philippine government repatriates Filipino workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), 278 seafarers from five Carnival cruise ships as well as 24 Filipino crew members of Scenic Eclipse from Brazil ...

Rains may persist in northern Luzon due to northeast windflow -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines - A generally fair weather may be expected all over the country except for the extreme northern Luzon, which may experience rains due to the cloud bands up north. The ...

P30B in COVID-19 grant to reach cities, towns on April 8, says budget chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
Cities and municipalities will get their share of the P30.824-billion grant from the national government for COVID-19 response on Wednesday (April 8), Budget Secretary Wendel E. Avisado said. The guidelines on the specific amounts a city or municipality would receive, and how, will also be issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM ...

Manufacturing February pick-up likely a blip as lockdown poses danger
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Local manufacturing bounced back in February, but the recovery could prove to be short-lived as the lockdown of Luzon, which just got extended, forced businesses to close shops, including factories. The volume of production index-- a measure of factory output-- rose 3% in February, up from a 5.2% drop the month before ...

Early announcement of Luzon-wide quarantine extension crucial in helping flatten the COVID-19 curve, says IATF official
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- The government's "early announcement" of extending the Luzon-wide quarantine is crucial in helping slow the spread of the coronavirus, an official of the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 said. Dr. Tony Leachon, special adviser to the task force, commended what he called a "preemptive" move by ...

DOH says 12,000 more PPE sets arrived, up for distribution
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 12,000 procured sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) have arrived in the country and are scheduled for distribution to various hospitals, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday. In a virtual press briefing, Duque said the newly-procured PPE sets arrived last night and ...

MORE Power sees improved Iloilo power situation with P1.9-B upgrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
The availability of electricity in Iloilo City is expected to improve substantially once new utility firm More Electric and Power Corp. begins the rollout of its P1.8-billion modernization program for the distribution system of the largest city on Panay Island. In a statement, MORE Power president and COO Roel Castro assured Iloilo City Mayor ...

Independent petroleum firm provides free fuel for hospitals to help fight COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
Independent petroleum distributor SEAOIL said on Tuesday (April 7) that it will provide free fuel vouchers to hospitals for the use of their ambulances and frontliners who are involved in the fight against the COVID-19 disease. In a statement, the company said the fuel e-vouchers -- which will be given directly to the hospitals -- will be ...

BIR readies new tax deadlines as Luzon COVID-19 lockdown prolonged
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is moving forward tax deadlines that it had already extended to match the extension of the Luzon-wide lockdown against the COVID-19 pandemic to April 30.

Fake quotes of celebs, leaders praising Duterte hit social media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The spread of fake quotes credited to international celebrities, and even world leaders, about President Rodrigo Duterte is another virus to watch out for. The past month had seen a spike in fabricated statements from world leaders, Hollywood figures and even fictional characters, all of which sing praises for Duterte.

Cash being raised to fund Duterte's budget tinker
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
On paper, the government appears to be well-oiled to weather the health crisis. RA 11469 gave Duterte a far-reaching leeway to reallocate budgets originally approved by Congress before the year ...

Hontiveros to file bill seeking to penalize violence vs health workers, frontliners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said she would be filing a bill penalizing acts of violence and discrimination against health workers and frontliners as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. In a statement, Hontiveros expressed concern about the recent spate of violent ...

SMC unit donates supplies, food at PNP, AFP tollway checkpoints
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) - Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation has assured that its support for the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine for the duration of its extension until the end of April. A unit of the conglomerate, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) Infrastructure, said it will continue to provide military and ...

DOH says health facilities may ask cops to enforce quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- The health department is keen on tapping the police to enforce the quarantine protocol for uncooperative persons under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Dr. Mario Baquilod, director of the Department of Health in Mimaropa, in a virtual press conference on Tuesday, said health facilities may ...

Philippines Reports 14 New Coronavirus Deaths, 104 More Infections
New York Times - 2020-04-07
The Philippines' health ministry on Tuesday reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 104 additional infections. Deaths have reached 177 and total cases 3,764, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference.

What you need to know about the UP-developed coronavirus test kits
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines)-- After weeks of field trials, the country's first locally-developed test kits for COVID-19 detection finally received the green light for public use. The Food and Drug Administration last week issued a certificate of product registration for the GenAmplify(TM) COVID-19 rRT-PCR Detection Kit, the low-cost test kit ...

Asean think tank sees COVID-19 pushing 2020 PH GDP growth down to 4.5 percent
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
The regional economic think tank Asean+3 Macroeconomic and Research Office (Amro) has cut its 2020 growth forecast for the Philippines to 4.5 percent as the entire region reels from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Across Asean+3, including Asian economic powerhouses China, Japan and South Korea, regional growth was seen to drop ...

Philippines urged to relieve pressure on packed prisons to prevent 'catastrophic' health crisis
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines will face a disastrous health crisis in its packed prisons and jails in the coming weeks if it does not reduce overcrowding in detention facilities across the country, a human rights watchdog warned Tuesday. Cramped conditions and poor hygiene and sanitation make prisons and jails the most dangerous ...

Wuhan farmers struggle as crops wither from travel limits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
HUANGPI, China -- Stuck in the same bind as many other Chinese farmers whose crops are rotting in their fields, Jiang Yuewu is preparing to throw out a 500-ton harvest of lotus root because anti-coronavirus controls are preventing traders from getting to his farm near Wuhan, where the global pandemic started. Chinese leaders are eager to ...

Entire PH military donating parts of salaries for COVID-19 fight
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-07
MANILA, Philippines--The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) aims to raise up to P17 million from the salaries of every AFP member in the military payroll to be donated to the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Proceeds from the donations of the 140,000-strong AFP would go to the Office of Civil Defense, which would procure ...

Gov't readies ?600-B for COVID-19 response, but more than half funded with loans
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- The Philippine government plans to spend up to ?600 billion for its COVID-19 response, but more than half of the amount will be funded by loans, the Department of Finance said Tuesday. Finance Assistant Secretary Tony Lambino said the economic team has diverted some ?205 billion from the 2019 and ...

Filipinos from Malaysia end quarantine on remote Sibakel Island
philstar.com - 2020-04-07
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- The Filipinos from Malaysia who were quarantined on Sibakel Island off Basilan will be sent home after 21 days of quarantine without showing symptoms of COVID-19. The 121 Filipinos who left Malaysia aboard a motorlaunch crossed the border and were stranded on the vessel for about a week when they were barred from ...

Distribution of cash aid in Quezon City to begin two weeks from now or later
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7) -- Quezon City residents relying on cash aid from the government will have to wait at least two more weeks before receiving the money. City administrator Mike Alimurung said they are still working on the Social Amelioration Cards. These will be used to validate qualified beneficiaries of the cash grant ...

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