Philippines morning news for August 2

Philippines morning news for August 2

Philippines morning news

Lift ban on Dengvaxia, doctors’ group urges DOH
A doctors’ group on Thursday, August 1, renewed its call for the Department of Health (DOH) to lift its ban on the Dengvaxia vaccine to help stem dengue outbreaks in some regions of the country.
— Rappler

Govt targets over P4-T tax revenues by 2022
THE government aims to raise more than P4 trillion in revenues by the end of the Duterte administration in 2022, with the bulk expected to be collected from the government’s comprehensive tax-reform packages.
— The Manila Times

‘Sin taxes’ seen to raise P370 B in 5 years
The proposed bill raising taxes on alcohol, heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes is expected to raise close to P370 billion over the next five years, addressing funding gap for health care services, according to Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua.
— The Philippine Star

June infra, capital spending falls to P44B
THE delayed implementation of projects caused government infrastructure and capital spending to drop to P43.5 billion in June, the Department of Budget and Management said on Thursday.
— The Manila Times

DOF to propose higher taxes on e-cigs, vapes; juice flavors to be limited to two
The Department of Finance is proposing to raise taxes on electronic cigarettes and vapes to impose restriction for smokers on Thursday.
— Manila Bulletin

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Philippine manufacturing conditions post ‘moderate’ improvement in July
Factory activity growth in the Philippines picked up in July to post a “moderate” improvement in manufacturing conditions, as sales growth reached a six-month high and enabled “a solid increase” in production, according to the latest monthly survey by IHS Markit.
— The Philippine Star

Martial law? Duterte vows to do ‘something drastic’ to address PH violence
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday warned he would “do something drastic” to address the continuing lawless violence in the Philippines, following the spate of killings in Negros Oriental.

Dengue blue alert raised in Bicol
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) raised the region’s dengue alert level to code blue as cases in the region are now above the alert threshold, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Thursday said.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ, DSWD to build center for human trafficking victims
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) led on Wednesday the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a multi-purpose building that would house victims of human trafficking for their full rehabilitation and recovery.
— Philippine News Agency

House bill seeks P20k to P60k in minimum wages for media workers
Representatives of party-list group have filed a bill seeking to set minimum wages for media workers in the Philippines depending on their years of experience.
— GMA News

China acknowledges Philippines’ acceptance of ‘perfect’ MOU on oil exploration
The Philippines’ top diplomat confirmed that China has acknowledged receipt of his acceptance of Beijing’s terms of reference on the proposed joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea.
— The Philippine Star

PDEA: Manila declared top drug-infested city
The city of Manila has been declared as the top drug-infested city, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-National Capital Region director Joel Plaza said.

DOF: ‘Huge inequity’ in P441 B tax perks in 2017
The government had missed out on P441 billion worth of tax incentives that could have been rationalized in 2017, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.
— The Philippine Star

DoH faces probe on drug overstocking
SEN. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has filed a resolution calling for an inquiry into the overstocking of medicines by the Department of Health (DoH).
— The Manila Times

Duterte signs law on Solar franchise
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill granting legislative franchise to Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp., which is owned by Leandro Leviste, son of former senator Loren Legarda.
— The Manila Times

Don’t use dengue case spike for dengvaxia rehab–Gordon
SEN. Richard Gordon sounded the alarm against a “quick-fix” resort to another mass vaccination with Dengvaxia amid another rise in dengue cases, saying this could be an even worse “disaster” than the spread of the disease itself.
— Business Mirror

‘Noy: Tight embrace of China comes at steep price of freedom to protect PH interest
Growing Philippine trade relations with China could come at a steep price—the Philippines’ national interest, according to former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, citing his experience with China during his administration.

Philippine top brass breaks ranks to counter China
China’s push into Philippine-claimed waters has again riled the nation’s top brass, bringing into sharp relief the defense establishment’s skeptical view of President Rodrigo Duterte’s engagement policy.
— Spratly Islands

Solon to foreign companies: use local labor and materials
Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon is proposing to require foreign companies engaged in business in the country to use local labor and material resources.
— Manila Bulletin

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The Philippines to draft an Artificial Intelligence roadmap
The Philippine Government is crafting an artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap to improve productivity and economic growth as well as transform the country to be more globally competitive.
— OpenGov

DND says China presence in West Philippine Sea is like ‘squatting’
The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday insisted that the Philippines owns West Philippine Sea, and China’s presence in the area is tantamount to illegal settling.
— CNN Philippines

Facebook, Australia should help hold Duterte to account: Ressa
A high-profile critic of the Duterte government in the Philippines, who is facing up to 63 years in jail on what critics say are questionable charges, has called on Facebook to do more to stop the targeting of activists and journalists online.
— Financial Review

Philippines’ Metro Pacific’s hospital stake draws over a dozen potential buyers
Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPI.PS) has received interest from many potential buyers for a minority stake in its hospital unit, which could be valued at up to $2.5 billion in the largest healthcare deal in the Philippines.
— Reuters

Competition body speeds up PPP project checks
THE PHILIPPINE Competition Commission (PCC) has streamlined merger rules for solicited projects under public-private partnership (PPP), which is one of the financing modes for major infrastructure development.
— BusinessWorld Online

Manila to settle P230-million GSIS liabilities
Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso has agreed to the proposal of state pension fund Government Service Insurance System to create a task force that will immediately resolve the outstanding premium liabilities of the city government which has so far reached P230 million.

Congress vows to hasten bills for invigorating PHL business
THE chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means said the lower chamber will fast-track the deliberation of the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira) bill that lawmakers said would help remove uncertainties for investors.
— Business Mirror

Investments in electronics dip 24% on tax policy jitters
INVESTMENTS into the country’s top export industry have declined nearly 24 percent after the first five months, as semiconductor firms remain uncertain about expanding operations in the Philippines over the government’s plan to rationalize tax incentives.
— Business Mirror

PCSO donates P10 million to Philippine Red Cross
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Thursday has donated P10 million in financial aid for the National Blood Services of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
— Manila Bulletin

Farmers press for anti-dumping duties on undervalued rice imports
A FARMERS’ organization said persistent undervaluation of rice imports is depriving the agriculture sector of tariffs to fund upgrades to their farming technology, and urged the government to counter the undervaluation by resorting to anti-dumping duties.
— BusinessWorld Online

Palace: Duterte to consider proposal to end visa upon arrival privilege
President Rodrigo Duterte is open to the idea of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to end the country’s policy of issuing visa only upon arrival in the country for foreigners amid concerns on the influx of Chinese nationals in the Philippines.
— GMA News

Duterte to name 10 PCSO officials tied to corruption
Less than 10 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office officials will be unmasked by President Duterte for alleged corruption soon, a Palace official said yesterday, amid an ongoing inquiry into the State charity agency.
— Tempo

PACC to recommend P25-M threshold for plunder – Jimenez
THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Thursday will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the lowering of the threshold amount for plunder from P50 million to P25 million.
— The Manila Times

Ready, aim, fire! Duterte mulls arming firemen to help in peace keeping
After putting out the fire, firemen should now also look for criminals.

Philippine ride-hailing firm ‘sorry’ for likening service to sex
A popular ride-hailing firm in the Philippines issued a public apology Thursday after touching off a social media firestorm with a claim its motorcycle-based service was “like sex”.
— Gulf News

HPV vaccination now part of school-based immunization in Albay
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is now part of the school-based immunization in Albay.
— Rappler

Govt asked to get tough on illegal fishers
A group advocating the protection of the seas’ resources said there is a need to prosecute more illegal fishers caught in the Visayan Sea, one of the country’s richest fishing grounds.
— Manila Bulletin

Customs commissioner Guerrero, four others charged with usurpation of authority
Customs commissioner Rey Guerrero and four others are facing charges for usurpation of authority and for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and civil service regulations.
— Eagle News

Historic PHL-Indonesia maritime border treaty enters into force
The historic maritime boundary agreement between the Philippines and Indonesia, which delineates their overlapping Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), finally entered into force on Thursday more than two decades since it was first discussed by the two Southeast Asian nations.
— GMA News

‘Falcon’ destroys P277-M in Lanao Norte
Some PHP277 million worth of agricultural crops, structures, and properties were damaged in five Lanao del Norte towns when Tropical Depression Falcon swept through Northern Mindanao last month, according to reports by two government agencies.
— Philippine News Agency

NGCP wants to charge Luzon customers with P10M due to typhoon damages
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) plans to collect from its Luzon customers P10 million worth of damage cost incurred by the onslaught of Tropical Depression Josie to one of its facilities last year.
— GMA News

Terminal fees waived for students at CAAP airports
Students are exempted from paying terminal fees at airports operated and owned by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines starting Thursday, the transportation department said.
— ABS-CBN News

Philippine Church in anguish as lush lands become ‘killing fields’
Belligerents in Asia’s longest-running armed conflict have left residents on the Philippines’ fourth largest island terrorized over the last two weeks.
— UCA News

Dagupan City to extend P100-K aid to Batanes
The Dagupan City government is set to donate PHP100,000 to Batanes as a display of solidarity and support to victims of twin earthquakes on July 27, resulting in nine deaths.
— Philippine News Agency

Modus operandi of tourists being used as MJ couriers probed
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are conducting a probe on tourists as part of a syndicate that pays young people to visit Cordillera and bring back marijuana to Metro Manila.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte signs law for early detection of eye disorders in kids
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law establishing a program aimed at detecting eye disorders among kindergarten pupils and a funding facility for continuing research on eye diseases.
— GMA News

Palace downplays PCSO losses during lotto shutdown
Malacañang on Thursday downplayed the report of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) that it lost P250 million in lotto revenues as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to close gaming operations of the agency.
— GMA News

DOH7: Donate blood, help dengue patients
Due to the consistent rise of dengue cases in the country, Department of Health (DOH) secretary Francisco Duque declared national dengue alert to raise awareness and to create vigilance against the disease that has claimed lives in the past years.
— Philippine Information Agency

Isko to go after thieves preying on moving trucks
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said he will launch a crackdown on syndicates that steal goods from trucks passing through the city’s port area.
— Tempo

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region
The Armed Forces of the Philippines will train around 255 former combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to join government forces securing the Bangsamoro region.
— Rappler


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