Philippines morning news for September 17

Philippines morning news for September 17
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PH, Chinese firms sign $1.1-B deals
Filipino and Chinese companies on Monday signed business agreements worth $1.1 billion. The agreements were signed during the Philippines-China (Chongqing) Trade and Investment Forum at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay …
— Manila Times

Power supply deficit seen
ONCE the Malampaya gas field goes offline in October, the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is seeing a power supply deficit of almost a thousand megawatts (MW) within its franchise area.
— Manila Times

DA: African Swine Fever cases in Bulacan, Rizal “may be considered outbreak but not epidemic”
-African Swine Fever cases in Rizal and Bulacan “may be considered an outbreak but not an epidemic.” This is according to the Department of Agriculture, which issued a statement on Monday, Sept. 16, days after the entry of ASF into the country was confirmed.
— Eagle News

OFW remittance up 7.2% to $2.9B in July
MONEY sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) surged in July, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed on Monday. In a statement, the BSP said personal remittances …
— Manila Times

Solon wants convicted drug lords banished to West PHL Sea
A party-list lawmaker on Monday proposed that detained drug lords who continue to lord it over inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) be exiled to an island in the West Philippine Sea.
— GMA Network

African swine fever outbreak contained, says agriculture chief
MANILA, Philippines – Agriculture Secretary William Dar appealed to media and the general public not to ignite fears regarding African swine fever (ASF) , as unverified reports could cause irreversible damage to the country’s P260-billion swine industry.
— Rappler

Travel, tourism, services now leading GDP growth
TRAVEL and tourism are today the biggest contributor to Philippine economic growth. It had long been the impression of many that the country’s development is largely the result of its commerce and industry and the output of its mines and its farms.
— Tempo

Palace: Lorenzana to probe Chinese telco-military deal
The Palace on Monday, Sept. 16, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was unaware of the deal between a Chinese telco and the military that would supposedly allow for the construction of telecommunications facilities inside military camps.
— Eagle News

Real estate exec sees office space deficit next year
An official of a leading real estate services company forecasts a deficit in office spaces in Metro Manila as early as 2020 with the strong demand, especially coming from Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO).
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte receives Chinese Communist Party officials in Malacanang
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday received officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Chongqing party chief Chen Min’er and other members in a courtesy call in Malacañang.
— GMA Network

Gasoline prices to jump by over P1 on September 17
MANILA, Philippines – Oil companies announced big-time hikes to be implemented on Tuesday, September 17.
— Rappler

Rare 1734 Map That Supported Philippines’ Claim On Scarborough Shoal Is Auctioned
A 285-year-old map of the Philippines has fetched 40 million Philippine pesos (about $800,000 USD) at an auction held at the Leon Gallery in Manila. The map has been described as the ‘mother of all Philippine maps’
— Spratly Islands

Palace welcomes teaching of martial law in UP
Malacañang on Monday supported the idea of teaching the language, literature and culture under martial law in the academe.
— GMA Network

PH bags Americas’ ‘first folk dance champion’ title
Bayanihan, the country’s official dance company, has surfaced as a victor in the international arena of folk dancing after it won the grand prize of the 1st Federation of International Dance Festivals (FIDAF) Brazil World Championship during the 15th International Folklore Festival in Nova Prata on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo urges senators to focus on corruption issues in GCTA probe
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday, September 16, said that senators should focus on corruption issues hounding the implementation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law instead of diverting the Senate probe from these issues.
— Rappler

Senate panel wants bigger 2020 budget for OVP
Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, Senate finance committee chair, promised on Monday, September 16, to endorse an increase to the proposed P673-million budget of the Office of the Vice President for 2020.
— Rappler

PDEA says use of ‘recycled drugs’ vs suspects still ‘rampant’
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) admitted that the practice of keeping portions of seized drugs to plant evidence against suspects is still rampant among law enforcement agencies.
— Rappler

Uy wins EY ASEAN Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Dennis Uy, chairman and president of Udenna Corporation has received the Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from EY Entrepreneur of the Year, the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs established by Ernst & Young Global Limited.
— Manila Bulletin

On 11th week as mayor, Joy Belmonte visits London for panel on HIV
MANILA, Philippines – On her 11th week as mayor of Quezon City, Joy Belmonte traveled to London in the United Kingdom, where she spoke on local government response to the Philippines’ human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic.
— Rappler

4.5-magnitude quake hits Surigao del Norte
-A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck Surigao del Norte on Monday, Sept. 16. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, of tectonic origin, hit 6 kilometers northwest of Burgos at 5:56 p.m Depth of focus was 6 kilometers.
— Eagle News

TD ‘Marilyn’ initial damage to agriculture at P12-M
Damages to agriculture, particularly to rice due to Tropical Depression “Marilyn”, now a low-pressure area, were placed at PHP12.12 million.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon questions ‘unprecedented’ increase in Duterte’s confidential, intelligence funds
Bayan Muna party-list Representative Ferdinand Gaite on Monday questioned what he called the unprecedented increase in the confidential and intelligence funds under the office of President Rodrigo Duterte for 2020.
— GMA Network

Joint DOJ-DILG panel given another 60 days to finish review of uniform policy and guidelines on GCTA accreditation
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año have given the joint Department of Justice and Department of the Interior and Local Government panel another 60 days to complete its work.
— Eagle News

Manila gets 2 unsolicited railway proposals
MANILA, Philippines – How about railways in the City of Manila?
— Rappler

Del Rosario urges PH gov’t to raise arbitral win to 74th UN General Assembly
MANILA–The country’s former top diplomat urged the Duterte government anew to bring up the Philippines’ legal victory against China over the South China Sea as world leaders gather at the 74th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Tuesday.
— Spratly Islands

POGOs dominate office demand
The Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) industry has dominated the country’s office demand in the first nine months of the year despite political headwinds facing the sector, Leechiu Property Consultants …
— Manila Times

Orange rainfall warning hoisted over parts of Zambales, Bataan
-An orange rainfall warning has been hoisted over parts of Zambales and Bataan. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said under the warning in Zambales in particular are Cabangan, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio, Castillejos, San Marcelino, Subic and Olongapo.
— Eagle News

Manila mayor Moreno threatens to close malls, stores selling stolen cellphones
Manila mayor Isko Moreno gave shopping malls in the city to clean their stalls of stolen cellphones which are being sold as second-hand mobiles.
— Eagle News

PH not haven for foreign fugitives: PACC
The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Monday attributed the arrest of three Chinese nationals wanted for fraud in their country to the “mutual commitment” of both the Philippines and China to fight corruption.
— Philippine News Agency

Fintech firms adopt code of conduct after spate of online shaming incidents
MANILA, Philippines – Government regulators and agencies, and financial technology (fintech) trade association formalized the adoption of a code of conduct for “responsible online lending” on Monday, September 16.
— Rappler

RHU weighing scales calibrated for accuracy
All weighing scales of the rural health units (RHUs) of the different municipalities were calibrated to ensure accurate weight of children.
— Philippine Information Agency

Supreme Court ‘sets precedent’ in allowing governor to serve ‘4th term’
The Supreme Court (SC), in a narrow 8-6 decision, has set a precedent after it allowed Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado to serve his 4th consecutive term which is generally not allowed under the 1987 Constitution.
— Rappler

Vietnam-Philippines South China Sea Interactions in the Headlines with Naval Activity
The latest interaction of the exchange highlighted the ongoing maritime collaboration between the two sides. Last week, Vietnam and the Philippines held another iteration of a bilateral naval exchange.
— Spratly Islands

More areas eyed for small-scale mining
THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it was seeks to declare six additional “Minahang Bayan” for use by small-scale miners in order to have them legalized.
— Manila Times

Enough with the ’emergency powers’ already
BACK on September 5, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made what can be assumed to be the administration’s request to Congress for “emergency powers” to be granted to President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Manila Times

40 Malabang farmers undergo training on organic veggie production
Forty (40) farmers from the municipality of Malabang have undergone a one-day training on Organic Vegetable Production conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) Lanao del Sur in Malabang Municipal Session Hall, recently.
— Philippine Information Agency

Conflict-affected farmers in Lanao Sur receive goats for livelihood
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Sept. 16 — The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) continues to deliver livelihood assistance to farmers in conflict-affected areas of Lanao del Sur.
— Philippine Information Agency

Davao City LGU gives cash assistance to flood victims
The City Government of Davao has started giving financial assistance to flood victims numbering 13,000 families since last week. Marilou Bermudo, chief of the City Social Services and Development Office said they do the distribution by batch, by purok, and by area initially releasing the assistance for victims in Tugbok.
— Philippine Information Agency

CIDG-7 bracing for influx of ‘GCTA-freed’ convicts
CEBU CITY – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 7 (Central Visayas) on Monday said it is bracing for an influx of convicts, who had earlier been released due to the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, as the 15-day deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for their surrender nears…
— Philippine News Agency

Why you should add this veggie to your kids’ breakfast ASAP
As a kid, I hated vegetables. No matter how hard my mother tried to explain that squash is good for the eyesight and that broccoli promotes healthy skin, she still couldn’t get me to eat them.
— Rappler

Almost 80,000 homes still without power a week after Japan typhoon
Almost 80,000 homes are still without power a week after a powerful typhoon battered eastern Japan, authorities said Monday, with sustained heavy rain prompting evacuation orders and hampering recovery efforts.
— Rappler

Humanitarian project brings clean water to Manila community
MANILA: The lively streets of Baseco can be dizzying to the unfamiliar eyes.



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