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HEALTH WORKERS who are at the frontlines of the coronavirus fight may not get cash benefits if they fall critically ill or die from the disease without the passage of the proposed Bayanihan 2 law.

Chua says Public Service Act amendments top FDI priority

AMENDING the 83-year-old Public Service Act (PSA) will be a key milestone in capturing more foreign investment in the post-pandemic era, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said.

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THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has organized a ship that will bring home 97 Filipino seafarers stranded in another vessel docked in China.

Manila says it’s ready to protest Hong Kong sinking of fishing...

THE PHILIPPINES would file a diplomatic protest if investigations show that a Hong Kong vessel had deliberately sunk a Filipino fishing boat in its territorial waters, its top diplomat said on Wednesday.

1,500 Filipinos hit by pandemic come home

ALMOST 1,500 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have come home amid a global coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 10.4 million and killed more than 508,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

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THE PHILIPPINE capital does not need to revert to stringent lockdown measures and can just enforce localized quarantine in specific areas to contain the spread of the coronavirus, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Tuesday.

Local travels key to Philippine tourism recovery

DOMESTIC TRAVEL is key to the recovery of the Philippine tourism industry, which was among the hardest hit sectors during the Luzon-wide lockdown, according to the Department of Tourism.

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SENATORS ON Monday pushed for measures that will create and preserve jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic that has so far left 7.3 million Filipinos unemployed.

Gordon refiles vetoed bill creating Central Luzon investment hub

A MEASURE creating an investment and infrastructure hub in Central Luzon has been refiled in the Senate after similar legislation was vetoed in the last Congress.

Philippine COVID-19 infections top 34,000

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 1,006 new coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 34,037. The death toll rose to 1,224 after 12...

Duterte asks ASEAN to help ease tensions at sea

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday asked Southeast Asian leaders to avoid tensions in the South China Sea while the world fights a coronavirus...

Thousands of sailors docked in Manila cleared

More than 16,000 FIlipino and foreign sailors from cruise ships anchored at Manila Bay have been cleared of the coronavirus, according to the Bureau...

Less than half of 800,000 public teachers trained for new normal

LESS than half of the country’s 800,000 public school teachers have been trained for distance learning amid a coronavirus pandemic, leading senators to question the school system’s readiness to start online classes in August.

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A COURT in Olongapo City dismissed the inciting to sedition charge against a teacher who was arrested for a social media post offering a P50-million reward to anyone who kills President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

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.

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).

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THE OVERSEAS Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Wednesday asked the Senate for a P5 billion supplemental budget, citing that it is facing the risk of bankruptcy by the end of 2021.

600 more OFWs come home amid pandemic

ABOUT 600 more overseas Filipino workers (OFW) recently came home amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 9.1 million and killed more than 470,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/23/20)

MANILA MAYOR Francisco M. Domagoso (left) receives plastic furnishings donated by Grand Taipan Land Development, Inc. President Joeben Tai for the city’s quarantine facilities. As of June 22, Manila has 1,270 active coronavirus patients and 715 suspect and probable cases under monitoring. Over 600 from the city have recovered from the disease.

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THE SENATE committee on labor, employment and human resource development will push for a labor audit as 7.3 million Filipino workers have so far been displaced by the economic downturn due to the coronavirus crisis.

US patrols in South China Sea not linked to VFA, says...

THE Philippines’ top diplomat on Monday said the presence of three US Navy aircraft carriers in the South China Sea had nothing to do with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to keep a military agreement with Washington on the deployment of troops for war games.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL Palace on Monday said the executive department is collaborating with legislators for the passage of a law that will extend the President’s emergency powers for response measures on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Lending quotas for agriculture to be eased under Senate bill

A MEASURE amending the law setting quotas on bank lending to the agriculture and agrarian reform sectors has been filed in the Senate.

Senator wants shipping fees waived during calamities

A SENATOR has filed a bill that seeks to waive shipping fees for relief goods transported to areas under a state of calamity.

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HEALTH SECRETARY Francisco T. Duque should take a leave of absence while the Ombudsman is conducting an investigation on alleged irregularities in the Department of Health’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a senator said on Thursday.

US government worried about guilty judgment on journalists

THE UNITED STATES government has raised concerns about the conviction of a journalist critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for cyber-libel, saying the case must be resolved in favor of press freedom.

COVID-19 cases top 27,000; 1,108 dead

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 457 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 27,238.

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THE Department of Justice will submit to the Office of the President on Wednesday its comment on the anti-terrorism bill, which will become law with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature.

DoH wants P182.1-B budget for next year

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Monday said it was proposing a P182.1-billion budget for 2021 as it starts enforcing the Universal Healthcare law.

Court issues guilty verdict vs journalist critical of Duterte

A PHILIPPINE trial court convicted a journalist critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for cyber-libel, a verdict that could lead to six years in jail and one that critics view as a major setback for democratic rights in the country.

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MULTISYS Technologies Corp. needs at least half of the Philippines’ 109 million population to register to StaySafe.ph for the platform be fully effective as a health outbreak mitigation system, company Chief Executive Officer David Almirol Jr. said.

Senators buck plan to tax online sellers

SENATORS are unlikely to support a plan to tax online sellers while the country is in the middle of a novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a senator.

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THE GOVERNMENT may tap labor groups to augment its manpower for assisting returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said on Sunday.

10 million students enroll online amid COVID-19 pandemic

ABOUT 10 million students have registered for the school year scheduled to start in August, according to the Department of Education.

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THE HOUSE committee on agriculture and food will look into the poultry industry’s grievance over the government’s refusal to temporarily stop imports amid oversupply in the market.

DoT clearance required for hotels to reopen

THE Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) on Wednesday ordered hotels and other accommodation establishments (AEs) to obtain an authorization from the tourism department before resuming operations.

Measure that seeks to boost e-commerce market filed at Senate

A SENATOR has filed a bill that seeks to protect consumers from unscrupulous online traders and boost the country’s e-commerce market.

Canada donates P41M to help in Philippine fight versus COVID-19

CANADA has donated CA$1.1 million (P41 million) to help the Philippines fight a novel coronavirus pandemic.

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) plans to extend the period of its emergency employment program for informal sector workers who lost their livelihood due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

South China Sea code of conduct on track

TALKS ON the code of conduct in the South China Sea are “proceeding smoothly and effectively,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said on Tuesday, as the Philippines and China celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations.

Anti-terror bill now for Duterte’s signature

A BILL that seeks to expand the coverage of terrorist acts has been sent to the presidential palace for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said on Tuesday.

PHL, Japan exchange notes on 2 infrastructure projects

THE Philippine and Japanese governments signed diplomatic notes to formalize cooperation on two key infrastructure projects, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

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THE poultry sector has opposed the recommendation of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to continue poultry imports amid excess local supply.

Duterte told to seize China assets for reef damage in waterway

THE Philippines should seize China-owned assets in the country as payment for reef damage caused by its island-building activities in the South China Sea, a former top diplomat said on Monday.

35,000 Filipino sailors to come home amid global health crisis

AS MANY as 35,000 Filipino seafarers are expected to come home after being displaced by a novel coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.