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Anti-terrorism bill signed into law without amendments

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Friday signed the anti-terrorism bill despite widespread calls for a veto and further consultations on provisions that could infringe...

Gov’t to expand testing as cases top 40,000

THE GOVERNMENTaims to expand testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) even as it continues to struggle with meeting targets and the total number...

Restrictions on salon services, other activities eased

THE GOVERNMENT has further eased restrictions in areas still under the general community quarantine (GCQ) category, including salon and travel agency operations, sports activities,...

Palace to review bill versus terror before it lapses into a...

MALACAÑANG will review the anti-terror bill that Congress had passed, a week before it lapses into law.

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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.

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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.

Metro Manila will remain under general lockdown, Duterte says

MANILA and nearby cities will remain under a general lockdown until July 15, while a strict lockdown in Cebu City, where there has been a surge in coronavirus infections will be kept, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said late Tuesday.

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.

Permanent business closures estimated at 200, Labor dep’t says

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has tallied about 200 permanent business closures during the public health emergency, which imposed lockdowns that did not allow them to operate or impaired the mobility of suppliers and potential customers.

Coronavirus cases may top 60,000 by end-July

CORONAVIRUS infections in the country may top 60,000 by the end of July, with about 1,300 deaths, according to experts from the University of the Philippines.

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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.

POEA sets insurance requirement for OFW truck drivers

OVERSEAS workers driving trucks in Europe are now required to work only for employers that provide accident and vehicle insurance, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said.

Duterte clears Golden Broadcast franchise

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed a law that will renew the franchise of the Golden Broadcast Professionals, Inc. for another 25 years.

12 fishermen missing after collision with HK boat

THE PHILIPPINE Coast Guard sent search and rescue teams to look for at least 12 Filipino fishermen whose boat had collided with a Hong Kong vessel on June 28.

Regional Updates (06/29/20)

A HALT on the return of stranded residents to their hometowns has been enforced in more areas in the Visayas and Mindanao to manage the increasing number of coronavirus patients in localities with limited facilities.

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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.

Regional Updates (06/28/20)

A LAWMAKER is calling for the immediate passage of a bill that will establish a unified cashless collection system in tollroads, which has become more critical for minimizing physical contact as the coronavirus threat lingers.

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DATA BREACH notifications at universities and colleges reached 19 in the first six months this year, exceeding the 18 in full-year 2019, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) reported on Sunday.

Regional Updates (06/25/20)

JEEPNEYS WILL first be checked for road worthiness before being granted a permit to resume services, according to Palace Spokesperson Harry L. Roque.

COVID-19 cases top 33,000; 1,212 dead

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 778 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 33,069.

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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.

Job relief the priority for 2021 proposed budget estimated at P4.3...

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it is preparing a 2021 national budget of P4.3 trillion, with a particular focus on measures to address unemployment resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Duterte to visit troops inside military camps

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte will visit military camps around the country to check on soldiers, he said in a speech on Monday night.

#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.

Coronavirus cases near 31,000; death toll reaches 1,177

THE Department of Health reported 630 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 30,682.

Regional Updates (06/22/20)

Bohol holds ceremonial reopening of tourism in COVID-free Panglao; airport still closed A CEREMONIAL reopening of tourism establishments in Panglao was held June 22, but...

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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.

Work hours lost to pandemic equivalent to 305M jobs — ILO

THE global reduction in work hours due to the pandemic could be equivalent to the loss of 305 million jobs in the second quarter, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said.

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THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) is studying the possibility of using a plastic divider in motorcycle taxis as a health safety protocol against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

661 new COVID-19 cases brings total to 28,459 says DoH

The Department of Health (DoH) reported an additional 661 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on Friday, bringing the tally of positive cases to...

DPWH says BBB deadlines stay

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it won’t adjust its deadlines for big ticket projects under the Build, Build, Build program...

Despite calls to leave, Duque to stay on in DoH

The Department of Health (DoH) said Secretary Francisco T. Duque III will continue to lead the agency’s efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),...

COVID-19 cases near 28,000; palace denies hiding real case data

THE presidential palace on Thursday denied there was a government attempt to lie about the extent of coronavirus infections in the country, as cases neared 28,000.

IATF declares hunger reduction a priority

THE government task force dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak will seek to ensure the unhampered movement of goods while providing farmers with equipment to help ensure food security.

13,000 Filipinos still stranded in Luzon

MORE THAN 13,000 Filipinos remained stranded on the main Philippine island of Luzon, where various levels of lockdowns have been imposed to contain a coronavirus pandemic, according to the government.

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THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has formed two teams to investigate alleged anomalies committed by health officials, including Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, in the government’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

BIR preparing to tax streaming services, online merchants

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Wednesday it is laying the groundwork for taxing online service platforms and merchants including streaming services like Netflix.

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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.

House to probe delays in coronavirus cash aid

HOUSE of Representative leaders led by Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano want to investigate delays in the government’s distribution of cash aid to citizens affected by a coronavirus pandemic.

Cebu City is lone area under strict lockdown

CEBU CITY will be the lone area in the Philippines to be under an enhanced community quarantine starting June 16 as coronavirus infections there continued to surge, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

DoH reports 490 new COVID-19 infections

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 490 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 26,420.

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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.

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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.

Tracking system established for returning OFWs

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it developed a voluntary tracking system for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), which will require registration for beneficiaries to avail of government support programs.