MB Daily News Update

Published April 15, 2021, 4:45 PM

by Manila Bulletin

As the pandemic continued to hit hard the local economy, President Duterte has turned to the mining industry to boost economic recovery.

The nine-year moratorium on new mining permits has finally been lifted while authorities were directed to rationalize the revenue-sharing scheme.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on April 12, 2021.

Apart from the mining issue, the country’s surging coronavirus cases, the use of AstraZeneca vaccines, and the controversial lower tariffs on pork imports are included in the list of top stories on Thursday afternoon, April 15, 2021.

  1. The country may see a resurgence of mining operations after the President allowed the grant on new mineral development deals.
  1. The country’s drug regulators now endorse the resumption of the use of AstraZeneca vaccines.
  1. Vaccine diplomacy at work.
  1. The President will address the nation for the second time this week.
  1. The government is stepping up testing, tracing, and isolation efforts to fight the COVID-19 case spike.

More than a million Filipinos have so far been given free inoculations.

Here’s a guide on how to manage side effects from COVID-19 vaccination.

  1. Will the President recall his EO on lowering tariffs on pork imports?

The debate over pork imports at reduced tariffs continues.

  1. The pandemic lockdown in NCR Plus has displaced over a million workers.
  1. The transportation department offers free ride for health frontliners and other essential workers.

Hospitals must test health workers regularly or else face some legal trouble.

  1. The country’s mental health policies are still inadequate to protect people with the condition, according to the Commission on Human Rights.
  1. Singer Gary Valenciano is studying whether or not he will use Ivermectin.
  1. Bless Angel Locsin and her big heart.
  1. No Metro Manila film festival this summer.
  1. Your next beach destination.
  1. Scream for ice cream.