Philippines morning news for October 30

Philippines morning news for October 30

Philippines morning news

6 killed in 6.6 quake
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted Southern Mindanao Tuesday, claiming the lives of at least six persons and injuring hundreds of others. Two students remained missing beneath the rubble as rescue workers sifted through the remnants of dozens of collapsed structures.

PHL situation worsens as it remains in top 5 of countries enabling impunity in journalist deaths — report
The Philippines, which has the largest number of unsolved killings, has been among the worst five countries nearly every year since the index was first published in 2008.
— GMA Network

More than P750B lost in PHL economy every year due to non-communicable diseases –WHO
A report on Tuesday revealed that the Philippine economy is losing P756.5 billion every year due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
— GMA Network

Meat processors to boycott domestic pork as ASF measure
MEAT processors said they will not purchase pork from domestic farmers to assure the public about their products’ safety amid an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in hog farms around Luzon.
— BusinessWorld

ADB calls for infrastructure investment levels of 5% of GDP
DEVELOPING ASIA, including the Philippines, needs to invest at least 5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in infrastructure to sustain economic growth, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a statement Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte’s foreign trips in limbo due to health condition – Palace
The upcoming foreign trips of President Rodrigo Duterte remain in limbo due to his health condition, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Duterte’s push for ‘clean coal’
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has come under fire for referring to a newly-opened coal-fired power plant as “clean”, raising concerns about the country’s focus on renewable energy in the face of its increasing energy needs.
— The Asean Post

Jica to fund P69.065-billion infrastructure projects to boost PHL’s investment posture
The Japanese government is funding P69.065 billion worth of road and bridge projects nationwide to help the Philippines increase investments and create more jobs.
— Business Mirror

Duterte mulls gov’t takeover of Maynilad, Manila Water if water shortage escalates
If water shortage hits emergency levels, a government takeover of Metro Manila water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water may be among the actions President Rodrigo Duterte would take.
— Rappler

Major economic boost seen from addressing key diseases
THE government will save nearly P800 billion yearly by investing in the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCD), factoring in the economic growth boost over the next 15 years.
— BusinessWorld

Agriculture dep’t views permits as means for easing rice imports during harvest
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will impose “stricter” rules for the issuance of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearances (SPSICs), signaling its intent to manage the inflows of imported rice during harvest season, when farmers are vulnerable to price swings when additional volumes enter the market.
— BusinessWorld

Excise tax seen reducing alcohol consumption by as much as 20% — researchers
INCREASING the excise tax on alcohol products is expected to reduce consumption by as much as 20% in four years with possibly life-saving consequences, “save lives,” a public health consultancy said.
— BusinessWorld

Palace ignores call to nix Sino oil deal
Malacañang on Monday said the country will proceed with its oil joint venture with China, ignoring a call from Vice President Leni Robredo for Beijing to first recognize Manila’s sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea.

Fifth Meeting of the China-Philippines Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea
The People’s Republic of China and The Republic of the Philippines convened the 5th meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea (BCM) on 28th October 2019 in Beijing, China.

Duterte’s war on inflation hammers Philippine farmers
Harvest time in the Philippines usually lifts the spirits of the country’s 2 million rice farmers, but this year the mood in the agricultural heartlands north of Manila is gloomy.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Philippines renews zero tariff bid for bananas entering Japan
Agriculture Secretary William Dar has reiterated the Philippines’ request to Japan to lower the tariff imposed on Philippine bananas.
— Fresh Plaza

Manila, QC top Metro cities with most number of child laborers, DOLE report says
Majority of the child laborers who were profiled by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) this year in Metro Manila worked as vendors or helpers.
— Business Mirror

Robredo to Duterte: Don’t be ‘onion-skinned’ over the drug war
Vice President Leni Robredo told President Rodrigo Duterte he should not be too sensitive whenever she criticizes his violent war on drugs.
— Rappler

DOT sees surge in domestic, foreign tourists for Undas 2019
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is anticipating a surge of local and foreign visitors in the upcoming observance of All Saints’ Day this year.
— Philippine News Agency

NCIP vows to increase engagement, direct gov’t projects to IPs
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) chairman Allen Capuyan on Tuesday pledged to bridge and to strengthen the coordination between communities and government agencies in linking the latter’s projects and programs for IPs.
— Philippine News Agency

Fuel tax hike caused ‘minimal increase’ in poverty incidence
THE TAX REFORM program’s fuel excise tax produced a “minimal increase” in poverty incidence while increasing economic activity, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said, citing the results of its research studies.
— BusinessWorld

DSWD readies aid for quake victims in Soccsksargen
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12 (Soccsksargen) on Tuesday assured assistance for victims of the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that rocked the area and other parts of Mindanao.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM health authorities confirm 2nd polio case
Health authorities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) confirmed Tuesday a case of polio in Datu Piang, Maguindanao even as they continue validating a report of another polio case.
— Philippine News Agency

PH, China conclude ‘productive’ 5th BCM meeting in Beijing
The Philippine and Chinese governments have agreed on Monday to address its disputes in the South China Sea (SCS) on a “positive and constructive attitude” as they both exchanged views on the general conditions on the ground in its fifth meeting for the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on SCS (BCM).”
— Philippine News Agency

Brillantes: PET decision to seek Robredo, Marcos comment on VP protest ‘abnormal’
Former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr hit the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), for its decision to seek the comment of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr in the recount of votes from 3 pilot provinces in the vice presidential electoral protest.
— Rappler

Can Duterte ‘surrender’ all anti-drug powers to Robredo?
After being fed up with criticism, President Rodrigo Duterte decided to “surrender” his powers to enforce his landmark anti-drug campaign to opposition leader and Vice President Leni Robredo.
— Rappler

Makati Subway to get extra $332-million funding from Chinese firms
The Makati Subway project, a brainchild of Mayor Abby Binay, secured an additional $332 million from two Chinese firms for its initial construction.
— Rappler

Desalination, recycling tech could address water shortage – Gatchalian
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said on Tuesday that the government needed to seriously consider adopting desalination and water recycling technologies to address the water shortages in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
— GMA Network

PH, China eye marine research, protection in South China Sea
The Philippines and China are eyeing possible cooperation in the areas of maritime research, protection, and fisheries cooperation in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday, October 29.
— Rappler

DTI sets price increase on selected basic, prime commodities
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Pangasinan has set new adjustments on suggested retail prices (SRPs) of selected basic necessities and prime commodities in view of the increasing cost of raw materials.
— Philippine Information Agency

CHR concerned over alleged ‘faked’ approval, consultation from IPs to push Kaliwa Dam project
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed concern over alleged faked consultation and approval from affected indigenous communities to push through the construction of Kaliwa Dam.
— GMA Network

Palace: Duterte’s drug czar offer a ‘rare opportunity’ for Robredo to show mettle
“The ball is in her court. But if I were in her place, I will accept because this is a rare opportunity for a critic…to show her mettle and at the same time helping the government,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said at a news conference.
— GMA Network

Northern Mindanao police chief sacked, suspended from service
The police chief of Northern Mindanao was sacked from his post on orders of Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa.
— Rappler

Business establishments, schools close in Cagayan de Oro after quake
Shopping malls and government offices were closed and classes suspended in this port capital of Northern Mindanao following a Magnitude 6.6 earthquake here Tuesday morning.
— Manila Times

Angat dam’s elevation up slightly – Pagasa
THE water level at Angat dam, the primary source of domestic supply in Metro Manila, slightly increased, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

DOH reached polio vaccination target – Duque
The Department of Health (DOH) said it reached its target for the catch-up vaccination campaign against polio conducted in various parts of the country in October.
— Rappler

Six firms pick up bid documents for Sangley Airport upgrade
CAVITE GOVERNOR Juanito Victor C. Remulla on Tuesday said five Philippine companies and one Chinese firm have expressed interest in expanding Sangley Airport, upgrading it to international gateway status.
— BusinessWorld

Criminals recruiting ‘mules’ for fund transfers
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) warned the public about criminals recruiting “mules” to facilitate their illicit fund transfers, adding that such accomplices are liable under money-laundering rules.
— BusinessWorld

Inflation seen hitting 1.1% in Oct
THE country’s inflation is forecast to accelerate to 1.1 percent in October from 0.9 percent in September on account of higher fuel and power prices, an economist said on Tuesday.
— Manila Times

PH Infradev bags $332M for Makati subway project
LISTED Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc., the proponent of the Makati Subway project, has secured $332 million from Chinese firms to help finance the $3.7-billion mass transportation system.
— Manila Times

BSP invests $150M in green bonds
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has invested $150 million in the green bond fund earlier launched by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said. In a text message to reporters on Tuesday, Diokno noted the invested amount was sourced from the country’s gross international reserves (GIR).
— Manila Times

Senate Finance panel vice-chairman readies bill modernizing the gov’t budget system
THE MEASURE that will modernize the government’s budgeting system, which failed to hurdle the 17th Congress, will be refiled in the Senate.
— BusinessWorld

2nd batch of China projects moving south
SIX bilateral accords – for two major infrastructure projects and for donations of communications, customs inspection equipment, rehabilitation projects for Marawi, and phytosanitary requirements for avocado exports – were signed last week by Philippine and Chinese officials, witnessed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and China Vice Premier Hu Chunhua.
— Tempo

Gov’t makes full award of bonds, opens tap facility on strong bids
THE GOVERNMENT fully awarded the P20 billion in Treasury bonds (T-bond) it auctioned off yesterday, and decided to open the tap facility for another P20-billion offer due to strong liquidity.
— BusinessWorld

Villar sees cash doleout OK over safeguard duty
SEN. Cynthia Villar supports the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) decision to provide cash assistance to local farmers instead of imposing safeguard duties on imported rice to arrest the continued drop palay (unmilled rice) prices. “Kasi ang tingin nila kaya natin e.
— Manila Times

Some 135 surviving families of victims of NPA purging in Leyte, target of ELCAC convergence
Some 135 surviving families of the victims of the Inopacan purging of the New People’s Army in the 1980s, from Baybay City, Mahaplag and Inopacan, all in Leyte, are the target of help from the various government agencies under EO 70.
— Philippine Information Agency

DTI names six initial focus areas for upskilling
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it has identified six priority sectors for upskilling employees in a program it is carrying out in partnership with the Singapore government.
— BusinessWorld

2 senators want GMRC restored in basic educ curriculum
Two senators on Tuesday pushed for the inclusion of the teaching of Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and other character-building activities in the curriculum of the K to 12 program.
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE tells employers to observe Nov. 1 and 2 holiday pay rules
The Department of Labor has issued the guidelines for compensating workers who will work on November 1 (All Saints’ Day) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day).
— GMA Network

CamSur government capacitates PDRRMC members, conducts ICS training
Forty (40) participants from various national government agencies, communications groups and other members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) convened at the Provincial Capitol Convention Center, Cadlan, here, for a 3-day Basic Incident Command System (ICS) Training. …
— Philippine Information Agency

Bill creating Department of Water Resources to be passed by year-end -Cayetano
The House of Representatives aimed to pass the measure creating the Department of Water Resources before the end of the year, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Tuesday.
— GMA Network


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