Philippines morning news for November 1

Philippines morning news for November 1

Philippines morning news

3rd quake hits South, landslides alert raised
Another strong earthquake hit Cotabato on Thursday morning, the third to hit the same area this month, sending people scrambling to open spaces seeking safety, as thousands of affected families are still reeling from the two previous earthquakes.
— Business Mirror

Infra spending surges in Sept.
The national government’s infrastructure spending accelerated in September this year in line with the Duterte administration’s catch-up program, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.
— Manila Bulletin

Increased government disbursements may boost Q3 GDP to 6.2%
Economic growth is seen to have accelerated to 6.2 percent in the third quarter as government spending picks up, according to London-based Capital Economics.
— The Philippine Star

At least five dead in Cotabato following 6.5-magnitude quake
At least five people died in Cotabato after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Mindanao on Thursday, Oct. 31.
— Eagle News

IAS: 70% of police disciplinary recommendations ignored from 2015-2017
Authorities took no action on 70% of the recommendations for disciplinary measures pitched by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Internal Affairs Service (IAS) from 2015 to 2017. Out of 567 recommendations for police dismissal, only 159 were implemented, according to an episode on GMA News TV’ Bawal ang Pasaway.
— GMA Network

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PRRD offers Robredo Cabinet position vs. drug menace
President Rodrigo Duterte is now offering Vice President Leni Robredo a Cabinet position to take over the administration’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte to attend ASEAN Summit in Thailand, skips Mindanao quake inspection
President Rodrigo Duterte will push through with his participation in the 35th ASEAN Summit in Thailand, leaving it up to local government units to lead response efforts in quake-stricken Mindanao.
— ABS-CBN News

PH pushes nuclear plan as Thailand, Vietnam waver
With Thailand and Vietnam backpedaling on their nuclear power ambitions, the Philippines is still getting headway to be the first in the Southeast Asian region to have an operating nuclear power facility.
— Manila Bulletin

BSP: October inflation likely at 0.5%-1.3%
Inflation in October could have fallen to as low as 0.5 percent, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said in its forecast on Thursday, due to lower rice and oil prices.

Money supply, bank loans up in September
Domestic liquidity or the money supply circulating in the financial system grew 7.7 percent year-on-year to P12 trillion in September, faster than the revised 6.3-percent expansion in August, as demand for credit remained strong, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Thursday.
— Business Mirror

System losses of power coops improve to 10.38% in 2018
Power distribution in the provinces has improved in the countryside as power coops reported lower system losses in the first half, according to data from the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
— The Philippine Star

Dominguez: PH to ask China, Asean neighbors to stop smuggling cigarettes
The Philippines’ fight against smuggled cigarettes would be brought to the shores of neighboring countries where these illicit products supposedly come from, the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team said.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Catch-up plan spurs N.G. spending to grow 39% to P415B in September
National government spending gained headway in its catch-up plan for the year as disbursements posted double-digit growth in September, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
— Business Mirror

‘Meat firms downsizing due to ban on pork products’
THE ban or restrictions on the sale and distribution of processed pork products is forcing some meat processing companies to downsize operations and lay off workers, the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (Pampi) said on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

Black market of Chinese-branded cigarettes emerging in PH
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is seeking the help and cooperation of China and member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to prevent the entry of illicit tobacco products into the country.

House leaders want to tax junk food, not salty product
EVEN before the Department of Health could draft and formally present its proposal to tax salty food, including dried fish, leaders of the House of Representatives have thumbed down the DOH’s plan, calling it inflationary.
— Business Mirror

BIR and Customs intensify drive vs contraband cigs
The Bureau of Customs has reported the seizure of 2,727 master cases of smuggled Cannon and Fort cigarettes with an estimated value of P95 million.
— Business Mirror

Pampanga jail lockdown after 2 prisoners escape
The Pampanga Provincial Jail has tightened its security measures and has temporarily canceled all programs, activities, and visitation rights after two prisoners escaped over the weekend.

Retiree Carpio wants to convince PRRD, 7 percent of Filipinos to assert arbitral ruling on WPS
Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said he wants to convince President Rodrigo Duterte to assert the arbitral ruling of the West Philippine Sea.
— Manila Bulletin

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Robust household loans failed to lift credit growth
Strong lending for household consumption due to easing interest rates failed to translate to faster credit growth as the increase in loan disbursements remained steady at 10.5 percent in September, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
— The Philippine Star

Duterte mobilizes relief efforts following temblor
The government is “on top of the situation” as President Duterte has mobilized a massive relief assistance effort for communities hit by the latest powerful earthquake in Mindanao, Malacañang said yesterday.
— Tempo

Duterte should resign, De Lima says; She “must be hallucinating,” Palace says
Senator Leila de Lima “must be hallucinating,” the Palace said on Thursday, Oct. 31.
— Eagle News

Earthquake damages hotel, 2 bridges, condo in Kidapawan, Davao cities
A hotel in Kidapawan City and two major bridges and a condominium in Davao City suffered early damage from a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck parts of Mindanao on Thursday morning, local authorities said.
— Manila Times

Unacceptable to make Marawi residents wait until 2021 to return – civic leader
Making residents of Marawi City’s most siege-devastated area wait until 2021, or another two years, before they can live in their homes is unacceptable, said Maranao civic leader Drieza Lininding.
— Rappler

Increased vigilance vs illicit cigarettes ordered
ILLICIT cigarettes from other countries would be under heightened vigilance by the Department of Finance (DoF) after the seizure of undeclared loose Chinese-branded tobacco products in Manila.
— Manila Times

Safeguards against rice imports urged anew
THE Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) on Thursday reiterated its position that putting in place safeguard measures on imported rice is the way to go to aid farmers who have been suffering from the continued drop in the prices of their produce.
— Manila Times

Cebu joins Baguio on UNESCO’s list of world’s 246 ‘creative cities’
CEBU CITY has been counted among the 246 UNESCO Creative Cities around the world, becoming the second Philippine city after Baguio to bag the recognition.
— BusinessWorld

SEC issues warning vs 4 ‘investment’ firms
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is advising the public against investing in four companies which have been operating without proper licenses.
— BusinessWorld

UN agency submits evaluation of PHL’s readiness for nuclear
THE International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday transmitted to the Department of Energy (DoE) its 19-point Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) on the Philippines’ preparedness for nuclear energy.
— BusinessWorld

Price-controlled drug list headed to Palace for approval
THE Department of Health (DoH) said it will submit its price-controlled list for 122 drugs this week for the approval of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
— BusinessWorld

Meat industry seeks DA help in lifting LGU bans
MEAT processors said the Department of Agriculture (DA) should discuss more comprehensively the causes of African Swine Fever (ASF) to increase the public’s understanding of how the disease spreads, as a counter to local government units seeking to ban the entry of their products.
— BusinessWorld

Cagayan province urges cancellation of sugar import lib
THE Cagayan provincial government called on the national government to cancel its plan to liberalize sugar imports, warning that such a measure could destroy the sugar industry.
— BusinessWorld

Prayer is best weapon vs. quake: Duterte
Following the series of earthquakes that struck some areas in Mindanao this month, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said prayer would be everyone’s best weapon against a strong tremor.Duterte made the statement in a chance interview in his hometown, Davao City, as he acknowledged that natural disasters cannot be …
— Philippine News Agency

500 Kapampangan farmers receive cash loans from Land Bank
About 500 farmers in the province benefitted from the PhP7.7-million cash loan given through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).
— Philippine Information Agency

Cebu City police chief relieved over MisOcc mayor’s slay
The top police official in Central Visayas on Thursday said that Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) chief, Col. Gemma Vinluan, was relieved of her post following the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to transfer the murder case of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
— Philippine News Agency

36 villages in Central Visayas now ‘drug-cleared’
A regional body tasked to oversee the government’s drug-clearing program has declared 36 villages in Central Visayas as “drug cleared”.Thessa Albaño-Tiuzen, deputy regional director of PDEA-7, said the Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing Program (ROC-BDCP) met on Tuesday (Oct. 29) to evaluate the …
— Philippine News Agency

Supreme Court stops order for PNB to deposit $4.4-M in Marcos ill-gotten wealth case
The Supreme Court has permanently stopped the Sandiganbayan from enforcing an order for the Lucio Tan-led Philippine National Bank (PNB) to remit to the government $4.4 million that is part of a still pending Marcos ill-gotten wealth case filed decades ago.
— GMA Network

Philippines: Purchases of Belgian potato products jump by 300%
According to industry experts, last year, the Philippines’s purchases of Belgian fries quadrupled to 30,000 tons, compared to some 9,000 tons imported in 2010.
— Fresh Plaza

Zybi Tech Inc. and JCI Manila initiate AFP conference on financial literacy
Zybi Tech Inc. in partnership with JCI (Junior Chambers International) Manila initiated a small conference at Bulwagang Reyes, CRSAFP in Camp Aguinaldo, which focused on financial literacy.
— Manila Times

PCOO chief launches ‘radio rehab’ in Butuan
In time with his visit and media engagement here, Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has turned-over the new broadcast equipment to Radio Pilipinas (RP) Butuan as part of the “Radio Rehab” program.
— Philippine Information Agency

Marcos Bridge in Marikina reopens in time for Undas
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reopened the Marcos Bridge in Marikina City on Thursday, October 31, in time for Undas and ahead of its initial target opening in April 2020.
— Rappler

Village chief killed by falling debris in Cotabato
A village chief in Makilala town, Cotabato, died after being hit by falling debris as another strong earthquake rocked the province and other parts of Mindanao on Thursday, October 31.
— Rappler

Duque wants national government control over health services in poor LGUs
Returning to the national government control over health care in poor local government units (LGUs) could address the “patchy” implementation of certain programs, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
— Rappler

Davao del Sur residents traumatized by earthquakes, aftershocks
Lala Enanoria, a resident of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, has had barely any sleep since a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck parts of Mindanao on October 16, followed by an even stronger tremor two weeks later, which brought death and destruction to her town.
— Rappler

BoC revives Balikbayan Box tracking agreement
THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) launched Wednesday a tracking system for balikbayan boxes going through stages of clearance at the agency as a measure to streamline operations and reduce “scams” in their processing.
— BusinessWorld

Same-sex marriage issue better left to Congress –Supreme Court
Arranging state recognition for same-sex relations is a job better left to Congress, the Supreme Court said as it took a path of caution in dismissing a same-sex marriage case it unanimously found to be deficient.
— GMA Network

Senators vow to prioritize bill creating department for disaster resiliency
Senators expressed belief Thursday that it is now time to prioritize bills seeking to create a department for disaster resiliency and emergency management to strengthen the country’s disaster risk reduction and management efforts.
— GMA Network

Filipino farmer’s cacao beans among top 20 in the world
A Filipino farmer’s cacao beans have been recognized among the top 20 in the world on Wednesday.
— The Philippine Star

Male farmworkers earn P25 more than female counterparts–survey
Male farmworkers earn an average of P25 more than their female counterparts nationwide, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data showed.
— Business Mirror

PH Gov’t, German uni sign agreement for the creation of Phil Studies program
Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), known as one of the largest and leading universities in Germany, has signed an agreement with the Philippine government for the creation of a Philippine studies program and the promotion of Philippine culture.
— Manila Bulletin

Thousands flock to cemeteries
Filipinos started flocking to cemeteries in Metro Manila yesterday to visit their dead ahead of the observance of All Saints’ Day.
— The Philippine Star


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