Philippines morning news for August 28

Philippines morning news for August 28
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PH speeds up infra dev’t; H2 GDP seen rising to 6.4%
The government is fast-tracking the implementation of priority infrastructure projects, as it redoubles efforts in public spending to boost the economy in the second semester and the next few years.
— Philippine News Agency

Neda sets completion of evaluation, approval of infrastructure flagship projects
The national government is keen on completing the evaluation and approval of all its listed infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs) by the end of the Duterte administration, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

House panel OKs tax reform package
The House of Representatives’ committee on ways and means on Tuesday approved Package Four of the Duterte administration’s comprehensive tax reform program, which deals with capital income taxation.
— Manila Standard

‘Build, Build, Build’ to shield Philippines from US-China trade war impact – Oxford Economics
The Philippines’ ambitious plan to roll out more big-ticket infrastructure projects through the “Build, Build, Build” program will shield the domestic economy from a global slowdown partly caused by trade tensions between the US and China, UK-based Oxford Economics said.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

EU envoy to gov’t: Drug war creates ripples outside of Philippines
A top foreign diplomat has reminded the Philippine government that its war against illegal drugs has overseas effects.

Philippines has third highest measles rate — WHO
The Philippines was named third among several countries most affected with measles in the world over the past year as the number of cases continues to spike worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
— The Philippine Star

Excess fat? Senators question need to create OFW department
This remark from a labor official triggered a long discussion on why there is a need to create a separate department that would ensure the protection and welfare of Filipinos overseas.

China might seize Scarborough Shoal, Spratly Islands as it develops missiles — think tank
China’s People’s Liberation Army might be encouraged to take control of the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, as well as parts of the Spratly Islands, as the country grows its missile arsenal, according to an Australia-based think tank.
— The Philippine Star

E.U. envoy ends 4-year ‘exciting’ PHL stint
NEARING the end of his tour-of duty in the Philippines, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) Franz Jessen described his four-year stint as “exciting,” as it coincided with the transition of a new government.
— Business Mirror

Tougher penalty against wildlife trafficking sought
A proposed amendment to Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, will impose a stiffer penalty for wildlife traffickers who seem to have brushing off penalties and fines under the law, officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.
— Business Mirror

Govt OKs P187M for hog industry
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will release P187 million to help hog raisers affected by the unexplained deaths of pigs, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.
— The Manila Times

D.A. gets P187 million to fight animal diseases
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved its request for more funds to beef up government efforts to keep at bay animal diseases that could cripple the Philippine livestock industry.
— Business Mirror

EU to Philippines: No funds given to NGOs with communist links
The European Union (EU) said on Tuesday, August 27, that it did not provide funding to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) supposedly serving as fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
— Rappler

‘Pass Citira bill, ease restrictions to boost FDI’
LOOSENING economic restrictions and passing the second package of the government’s tax reform program would help increase foreign direct investments (FDI) in the country, economic managers said on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Logistics in PH highest in Asean
THE Philippines remains the most expensive in terms of logistics costs compared to its Southeast Asian neighbors.
— The Manila Times

Gov’t wants mining firms to pay higher fees for mine wastes
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is planning to require all mining companies in the country to pay higher mine waste and tailing fees as part of the amendments in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Philippine Mining Act or the Republic Act (RA) 7942 the agency is now pushing for.
— Manila Bulletin

SEC flags KAPA’s ‘disinformation campaign,’ renews warning vs investment scams
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday renewed its warning against investment scams amid what corporate regulators called a “disinformation campaign” by a non-stock and independent religious corporation accused of orchestrating a fraudulent investment scheme.
— The Philippine Star

Police: Sabah-based Indonesians Facilitated Travel of Suicide Bombers
The Indonesian couple who killed 23 people in suicide bombings in the southern Philippines in January travelled there with the help of two Indonesian nationals based in Sabah, Malaysia, police said Monday.
— Benar News

Philippines has ‘weak capability’ to defend own waters — Lorenzana
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday admitted that the Armed Forces of the Philippines has a “very weak capability” to respond to intrusions in its waters.
— The Philippine Star

PhilHealth operations to become fully digital in 2 to 3 years
Operations of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is expected to be fully automated in the next two to three years, according to its president and chief executive officer, Ricardo Morales.

Philippines says another 25 bps rate cut coming by end-2019
The Philippine central bank will make another 25 basis point cut in policy rates before the end of the year as it expects prolonged global monetary easing, its governor said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

‘Jenny’ prompts preemptive evacuation in Aurora province
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) here on Tuesday ordered the local disaster management units to conduct preemptive evacuation of residents living in low-lying areas as Tropical Storm “Jenny” (Podul) may make a landfall in this province either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
— Philippine News Agency

Bill seeks to bar persons convicted of corruption from public service
A measure that would disqualify persons convicted of corruption from holding public office, even while an appeal is pending, has been filed in the House of Representatives.
— GMA News

P69-B pension fund for AFP retirees, war veterans proposed
The Department of National Defense (DND) is proposing a P69-billion budget to fund the pension given to retirees of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and war veterans for 2020.
— GMA News

PH economy ‘well insulated’ from negative dev’ts overseas: Diokno
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno on Tuesday reiterated that while the domestic economy feels the impact of negative developments overseas, it remains “well insulated”.
— Philippine News Agency

PCOO exec presses LGUs to pass FOI ordinance
A ranking official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Tuesday enjoined local government units (LGUs) in the country to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) ordinance that will provide the public easy access to information.
— Philippine News Agency

Angat now above operating level; gradual hike in allocation seen
The Angat Dam water level continues to recover but the facility’s water allocations for Metro Manila and irrigation are unlikely to soar soon.”Increase in Angat’s allocations will be gradual,” said Bea Soriano, National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Policy and Program Division engineer.
— Philippine News Agency

Defending its budget, DPWH says 18 contractors blacklisted
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) blacklisted at least 18 contractors in a bid to reduce corruption in the wake of the alleged anomalies that hounded its 2019 budget.
— Rappler

Task force on media security vows safety of PH journalists
The top official of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFOMS) on Tuesday said the Duterte administration remains committed to ensuring the safety of journalists in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon prods House to augment OVP budget for 2020
Cagayan De Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez is urging the House of Representatives to increase the budget of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) to allow it to continue its programs and project for communities.
— GMA News

SC affirms dismissal of ex-Marines chief over P36-M allowance anomaly
The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the dismissal and perpetual disqualification from public office of former Philippine Marine Corps commandant retired Major General Renato Miranda for the anomalous disbursement of P36.7 million in clothing and equipment allowance in 2000.
— GMA News

PPP Center to assist Iloilo City on projects
The Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP Center), an attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), will assist the Iloilo City government on three projects.
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippines to study economic impact of halting online gambling
The Philippines’ anti-money laundering body is studying the scope of the country’s online gambling industry to determine the impact on the economy if it stopped operating, its chairman said on Tuesday (Aug 27).

House panel OKs DPWH’s P534 B proposed budget for 2020
The House appropriations committee approved Tuesday the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) P534.3 billion proposed budget for 2020 after more than three hours of deliberations.

Philippines Considers Issuing ‘Prize Bonds’ to Individual Investors
Individual investors of Philippine government bonds may soon get prizes.
— Bloomberg (paywall)

Sotto clears Bong Go from violation of ‘parliamentary courtesy’ for firing back at Lagman
Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said on Tuesday that Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘’Bong’’ T. Go did not violate the time-honored ‘’parliamentary courtesy’’ between the Senate and the House of Representatives when he hit back at Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.
— Manila Bulletin

P7M allocation for Cebu City ID gets budget committee’s OK
The P7 million proposed budget for the printing and distribution of a new Cebu City Identification Card (ID) will be included in the proposed P2.5 billion supplemental budget (SB) covering the last months of 2019 of Mayor Edgardo Labella’s administration.

Building for the future: Transport projects under ‘Build, Build, Build’ to ease commuter struggles
The MRT has been the subject of many jokes and the pun is anything but fun when talking about commuter experience.
— CNN Philippines

DPWH seeks help from World Bank for PH’s earthquake resiliency program
Public Works and Highways officials recently met with the World Bank to seek support for the projects aimed to further improve the Philippines’ earthquake resiliency.
— Manila Bulletin

Manila Water signs 250-m euro loan with Bank of China
East zone concessionaire Manila Water Company Inc. said Tuesday it signed a 250-million-euro term-loan facility to support capital expenditures.

Building officials face raps for preventing police probe
The Makati City police will file charges of illegal detention and obstruction of justice against building officials in Parañaque City who reportedly stopped them from investigating an alleged kidnapping.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Convicted ex-mayor Sanchez ordered released August 20, family says
The children of former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez on Tuesday said their father has been up for early release last week, but things suddently changed.
— CNN Philippines

DBM to propose new pay hike scheme for gov’t workers in October
The Budget department will propose a new set of salary increases in October that will grant a raise for all government workers worth at least 10 percent of their current monthly pay.
— CNN Philippines

DOJ starts probe on recruitment of student-activist
The Department of Justice on Tuesday started its investigation into criminal charges against a congresswoman and officers of militant youth group Anakbayan over the recruitment of a senior high school student.
— GMA News

With Gadon in tow, consumer advocate claims Trillanes tried to use him vs. Paolo Duterte
A consumer advocate claimed that former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tried to use him to destroy the reputation of the President’s son Paolo Duterte.
— GMA News

CAAP eyes putting gender-neutral restrooms in all airports
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) eyes to have gender-neutral restrooms in all 42 commercial airports it manages, an official said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

NHCP turns over government-funded restored churches
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will formally turn over to the Diocese of Dumaguete three government-funded church restoration projects in Lazi, Siquijor and in Dauin and Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

OFWs run to Supreme Court to contest mandatory SSS contributions
Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) filed a petition with the Supreme Court on Tuesday, August 27, seeking to nullify the requirement for them to pay Social Security System (SSS) contributions.
— Rappler

Senators urge PNP seriously look into alleged KAGUBAK death-squad
Senators on Tuesday urged the Philippine National Police to seriously investigate the anti-communist group Kawsa Guihulnganon Batok Komunista (KAGUBAK) and ensure the safety of the personalities included in the group’s hit list.
— GMA News

Govt pushes massive replanting of coconut to boost rural income
The Agriculture Department on Tuesday called for massive replanting of coconuts trees to bring back productivity and increase the income of families dependent on the sector.

Philippines ready to host ASEAN Para Games
Over 2,500 athletes and team officials from 11 countries will see action when the Philippines plays host to the ASEAN Para Games 2020.?
— The Philippine Star


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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

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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