Philippines morning news for August 1

Philippines morning news for August 1
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Philippines morning newsOver 130k cases of dengue reported as of mid-July — DOH exec
The Department of Health on Wednesday said that as of mid-July, they have already recorded more than 130,000 cases of dengue nationwide, almost double the number from that of last year.
— GMA News

Philippines protests ‘swarming’ of more than 100 Chinese vessels
The Philippines has “fired off” a diplomatic protest against China, following reports that more than 100 Chinese fishing vessels were spotted in recent days about a Philippine-administered island in the South China Sea.
— Aljazeera

Domestic liquidity expanded 6.4% in June–BSP
THE overall growth of cash circulating in the economy remained tame in June, as bank lending slowed during the period, according to data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— Business Mirror

Palace open to use of Dengvaxia
Malacañang on Wednesday said it was open to the use of Dengvaxia if there is a guarantee that it would stop the dengue outbreak.
— The Manila Times

PSC: Protocols in place to ensure proper use of P6-billion SEA Games funds
Safety protocols have been put in place to safeguard the government funds intended for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

PHP410-M allotted to relocate informal settlers from Intramuros
An official of the Intramuros Administration (IA) said on Wednesday a total of PHP410 million was allocated to relocate at least 500 informal settlers in the walled city.
— Philippine News Agency

DSWD seeks help to raise more awareness on human trafficking
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the lead agency in fighting against human trafficking spearheaded the commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in Zamboanga City on July 30, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

DFA to tighten grant of visa as Esperson sounds the alarm bells on influx of illegal Chinese
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday recommended the removal of visa upon arrival privilege for foreigners.
— Politiko

PCSO lost P250 million in lotto revenues since gaming shutdown
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Wednesday, July 31, said that the agency lost P250 million in lotto revenues since President Rodrigo Duterte’s verbal order to close all gaming schemes late last week.
— Rappler

DTI slaps safeguard duties on float glass on
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has ordered the application of provisional safeguard duties on clear and tinted float glass to mitigate the injury caused by increased imports to the domestic industry.
— The Philippine Star

Insurance groups link up to lobby IC to keep capitalization at P900 million
THE Philippine Life Insurance Association Inc. (Plia) has revealed that it will be working with the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association of the Philippines (Pira) in getting regulators to keep the capitalization requirement for insurance companies at P900 million.
— Business Mirror

Health dep’t eyes maximum retail prices for select drugs
THE GOVERNMENT could issue an order this year that will cap retail prices of select medicines, even as a group of drug manufacturers argued that such a move was unnecessary.
— BusinessWorld Online

Negros killings: Duterte mulls emergency powers
President Duterte is considering the use of emergency powers, including the declaration of martial law, to end the spate of killings in Negros Oriental.
— The Philippine Star

ERC: 13 million electricity users affected by SC ruling on CSP
MORE than 13 million electricity users will be affected by the Supreme Court decision that required all power-supply agreements (PSAs) forged after June 30, 2015, to undergo competitive selection process (CSP).
— Business Mirror

US to assist in upgrading school system in Bicol, Western Visayas
THE US government announced a partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) for a P2-billion project aimed to improve the reading, math, and socio-emotional skills of more than two million students.
— BusinessWorld Online

Itbayat infrastructure damage at P293M — DPWH; DoTr lines up port improvements
INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE cost from the July 27 earthquakes in Itbayat, Batanes is so far estimated at P292.85 million, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
— BusinessWorld Online

House seeks PhilHealth probe
MINORITY congressmen have sought an investigation of alleged corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
— BusinessWorld Online

Iloilo mayor gets 16 years for graft
Mayor Rufino Palabrica of Dingle, Iloilo has been found guilty of two counts of graft and may spend up to 16 years in prison.
— The Philippine Star

5G rollout in PH ‘limited’ – Fitch
Despite the publicized efforts of telecommunications companies (telcos) to roll out services powered by superfast Fifth Generation (5G) technology in the Philippines, Fitch Ratings presented a bleak outlook for its initial adoption.
— The Manila Times

PCSO focused on reforming STL, but won’t probe alleged corrupt officials and agents – exec
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will not conduct its own investigation on alleged “massive corruption” in the agency, but will instead work on reforming small town lottery (STL) operations, its vice president and general manager said on Wednesday.
— CNN Philippines

Some local officials linked to PCSO mess
Without naming names, Malacañang said some local government officials are involved in the corruption in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
— Tempo

Amid dengue outbreaks, Janette Garin wants Dengvaxia back in PH
Former health chief Janette Garin, who is not representative of the first district of Iloilo, wants the Dengvaxia vaccine be made available in the local market again to help address the ongoing dengue outbreaks in parts of the country.
— Rappler

Carpio: PHL should require warships passing through to turn on ID system
For Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the Philippines should require warships passing through the country’s territorial sea to keep their automatic identification system on.
— Eagle News

Lorenzana vows to improve facilities for troops in Pagasa Island
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the government will see to it that troops manning Pagasa Island will have better facilities in the coming months.
— GMA News

COA hits delays in implementation of P398-M PAGASA project
The Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) over delays in the implementation of a P398-million project meant to upgrade the state weather bureau’s data transmission that can be helpful in times of disasters.
— Rappler

SoCot alarmed over rising dengue cases among adults
Health personnel in South Cotabato have raised concern over the rising incidence of the deadly dengue fever among adults.
— Philippine News Agency

PCSO is missing P6B from STLs, and Supreme Court may step in
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is missing P6.034 billion from Small Town Lottery (STL) operations, dragging trial courts into the issue and prompting a Supreme Court review of injunctions issued thus far.
— Rappler

China Donates P10 Million To Victims of Batanes Earthquake
The Chinese embassy will be donating 10 million pesos for the victims of Batanes earthquake. The beautiful island of Batanes was devastated by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake last Saturday, July 27, 2019.
— Philippine News

DOLE E. Visayas continues anti-endo drive amid vetoed bill
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here will continue its drive against labor-only contracting and end-of-contract schemes even after President Rodrigo vetoed the security of tenure bill, an official said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

ARTA seeks immediate signing of IRR on use of movable assets as collateral
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is seeking the cooperation of government agencies to help improve the country’s international competitiveness ranking by hastening efforts to promote ease of doing business.
— Manila Bulletin

Employee perks, non-remittance of gov’t shares ailed PCSO for years
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has not remitted P8.4 billion worth of dividends to the national government since 1994, yet it was found to have spent over a billion pesos on perks for its officials and employees that auditors said were either irregular or excessive.
— Rappler

Philippines approves plan to build new Manila airport
The Philippines on Wednesday approved a plan to build a new airport near Manila, in a bid to ease congestion with the capital’s existing airport operating at full capacity.
— Gulf News

Mayor fears more damage if fish port is unrepaired
The local chief executive of Antique’s capital town of San Jose de Buenavista expressed apprehension on Wednesday that further damage will be incurred if the damaged riprap of the town’s fish port is left unrepaired in the coming weeks.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD raises bounty anew for capture of cops’ killers to P5-M
President Rodrigo Duterte has increased anew the bounty for the capture ‘dead or alive’ of those who killed four police personnel in Ayungon, Negros Oriental from PHP3 to PHP5 million, Malacañang announced on Wednesday night.
— Philippine News Agency

Why Philippine Startups Are Lagging, But Hope Is On The Horizon
The Philippines has not been on the radar for many investors in the region, but those who actually travel to Manila will find there are still opportunities to make money.
— Forbes

Manny Pacquiao pledges $1 million for construction of community college in the Philippines
Manny Pacquiao proved that he’s a gift that keeps on giving as the fighting Senator pledged 50 million pesos ($1 million), for the construction of Daraga Community College, during his visit in Albay on Saturday.
— Blasting News

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is partnering with the Philippines to help protect children from sexual exploitation and to identify and bring those who harm them to justice.
— The Asian Pacific Post

DSWD releases shelter aid for quake victims in Pampanga
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office here started on Wednesday the release of emergency shelter assistance (ESA) to those whose houses were either partially or totally damaged by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake last April 22.
— Philippine News Agency

NHA demolishes ‘illegal structures’ in Dumaguete
The National Housing Authority (NHA) demolished on Tuesday what it considered as illegal structures at the Banilad Plains View Housing Project in Barangay Banilad here after several attempts amid insistence of eight families they are the legal occupants of the lots.
— Philippine News Agency

PHO urges school, community clean-up drive to fight dengue
The Provincial Health Office here called on schools and communities to take precautions in the light of the increasing dengue cases in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Supreme Court may take action if irregularities found in PCSO court cases — Bersamin
The Supreme Court may come into the picture concerning lower court cases involving the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) if its review of status reports shows irregularities in judges’ actions, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said Wednesday.
— GMA News

Robredo’s Angat Buhay program gives P1.5-M aid to Batanes earthquake victims
Vice President Leni Robredo’s flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay has donated more than P1.5 million worth of food and other relief goods to residents affected by the Batanes earthquakes.
— Rappler

Isko Moreno signs law giving P1,000 monthly to students in Manila colleges
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signed a city ordinance giving P1,000 monthly to students in good standing enrolled in the Manila-funded colleges.
— Rappler

Guv pushes for blood donation campaign
Local government units (LGUs), health officers, blood donor recruitment officers and coordinators, and medical practitioners were urged to undertake intense blood donation drive.
— Philippine Information Agency

NGCP wants customers to shoulder P10.6-million damage from bad weather
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) wants to recover P10.6 million in expenses caused by rain from the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Depression Josie last year.
— Rappler

Iloilo City residents urged to try urban farming
A global eco-fashion advocate from this city is now leading a program seeking to engage residents in urban farming.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOcc agri office, state school to develop organic farm
A partnership to develop a 500-hectare organic farm is being proposed by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) with the Central Philippines State University (CPSU) based in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
— Philippine News Agency

COA: P20.3 billion budget for Free College law unused due to five-month delay of guidelines
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has failed to utilize P20.3 billion or half of the P39.9 billion of budget for the implementation of Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education or Free College Education law, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.
— GMA News

182K pupils in Bicol benefit from school-based feeding program
A total of 182,462 pupils from Kindergarten to Grade 6 in Bicol Region are recipients of the Department of Education (DepEd) School-Based Feeding Program for school year 2019-2020.
— Philippine News Agency


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Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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