Philippines morning news for September 2

Philippines morning news for September 2

Philippines morning news

Beijing tells Duterte its position on S. China Sea ‘not up for negotiation’
Beijing told visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that its position on the South China Sea was not up for negotiation, Manila’s spokesman said on Friday.
— Spratly Islands

P4.1-trillion budget bill withdrawn
The Duterte administration’s proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 has been withdrawn at the House of Representatives, Appropriations Committee chairman and Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab said on Sunday.

Health care, Bangsamoro laws among 2020 fiscal risks
THE interagency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) has flagged a number of measures and recently signed laws as the sources of fiscal risks for next year.
— The Manila Times

Duterte, Xi agree to ‘fast track’ code of conduct in South China Sea — Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to fast track the negotiations to finalize the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea.

Nine killed in Philippine air-ambulance crash
Nine people were killed when an air-ambulance plane crashed at a resort area near the Philippine capital on Sunday (Sep 1), sparking a fierce blaze and sending terrified locals fleeing, authorities said.

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Journalists still dying in the Philippines
The top official of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) in the Philippines recently told local media that the Duterte administration remains committed to ensuring the safety of journalists in the country.
— The Asean Post

DPWH to roll out P5.2-B Bangsamoro infra projects
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has lined up P5.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) under the department’s proposed 2020 national expenditure program.
— The Manila Times

Mystery hog disease struck 4 sites–DA
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said there are four sites tagged “ground zero” where scores of hogs were killed after the still unidentified swine virus struck backyard farms.
— Business Mirror

Duterte back in PHL after five-day “successful, highly productive” China visit
President Rodrigo Duterte is back in the country after his five-day visit to China, which the Palace described as “successful and highly productive.”
— Eagle News

Gov’t sets P100 billion for railways in 2020
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) plans to spend P100.6 billion for the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of railways in the Philippines in 2020.
— Rappler

Probe DoH, PhilHealth scams, House urged
A lawmaker on Sunday called on the House of Representatives to investigate the numerous controversies hounding the Department of Health (DoH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
— The Manila Times

DOH to launch synchronized polio vaccination shares
Starting October, the Department of Health (DOH) will conduct synchronized polio vaccination in Metro Manila to ensure that the country remains polio-free.
— The Philippine Star

House panel chair says proposed 2020 national budget was not prematurely filed for 1st reading
Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab on Sunday night said the 2020 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) could not be considered as prematurely filed.
— Manila Bulletin

PPA investing P300m in shipbuilding facility
State-run Philippine Ports Authority said it will spend P300 million to build a shipbuilding facility on a 10-hectare property to support the modernization of the domestic shipping industry.

Toads, fish and herbal tea used to fight dengue as epidemic spreads across the Philippines
Nearly two years after the Philippine government rejected the world’s first dengue vaccine, communities across the country are turning to toads, fish, bags of rice and herbal teas to fight a dengue epidemic that has so far killed about 900 people and infected 209,000 others.
— South China Morning Post

European businessmen found less keen on PHL FTA
ENTHUSIASM from businesses on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and the Philippines has waned since talks have stalled, a new survey said, although many still see the deal as important.
— BusinessWorld Online

Staff, funds lack to delay full UHC coverage
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said it may take three more years to fully implement the Universal Health Care (UHC) law due to lack of funds and personnel.
— Business Mirror

SM City Calamba hosts Foundation’s medical mission; 1,155 treated
A total of 1,155 residents from different barangays of the city have benefitted from the medical and dental mission conducted at SM City Calamba by SM Foundation.

Finance eyes renminbi bonds to bankroll new infra projects
The Finance Department plans to tap more renminbi-denominated concessional loans with flexible interest rates from China to fund infrastructure projects.

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Non-tariff measures eyed to protect agriculture sector
The Philippines will adopt stricter measures on the entry of imported goods as it eyes non-tariff measures as a major policy direction to protect the local agriculture sector.
— The Philippine Star

Tropical Depression Liwayway slightly intensifies, speeds up
Tropical Depression Liwayway slightly strengthened and accelerated on Sunday evening, September 1.
— Rappler

DAR turns over P2.4M worth of machineries to farmers in Catanduanes
The office here of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over Thursday, August 29, P2.4 million worth of farm machineries and equipment to farmer organizations in the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

COA blocks P1-billion claim for deal between PRA, Central Bay
The Commission on Audit (COA) blocked a P1-billion reimbursement claim after finding that a 2016 compromise deal between the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and Central Bay Reclamation and Development Corporation is illegal.
— Rappler

BuCor not elevating to Guevarra release orders for heinous crime convicts –DOJ Usec.
Even if there was a department order for it, the Bureau of Corrections has not been elevating to the office of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra the release order for heinous crime convicts for his review.
— GMA News

U.P., DOST institute set up joint lab for space tech
The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the Department of Science and Technology Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) unveiled two new buildings called the University Laboratory for Small Satellites and Space Engineering Systems Buildings (ULyS3ES) on Saturday, August 31.
— Rappler

House bill seeks incentives for OFW-owned businesses
A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking incentives for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) setting up businesses in the Philippines.
— BusinessWorld Online

Senate opens probe of convicts’ release
THE Senate has ordered Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Nicanor Faeldon to attend the inquiry into the questionable release of more than a thousand prisoners convicted of heinous crimes.
— The Manila Times

Alcohol industry wants fair treatment for all liquors
The country’s top distilleries are calling for the government to ensure equitable treatment on all types of alcoholic beverages under its proposed bill which aims to raise liquor taxes.
— The Philippine Star

BSP vows to help MSMEs gain access to credit
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has vowed to push for the legislation of measures and implementation of programs that will improve the access to credit of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
— Business Mirror

DoST touts food safety program as easing permit process
THE Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is pushing the benefits of its food safety program, which it said will help companies get on the permit and registration fast track.
— BusinessWorld Online

‘Forestry sector holds great promise for PHL economy’
Several problems, including unconducive investment environment, continue to hinder the development of the local forestry sector, which could help boost the country’s economic growth.
— Business Mirror

Palay, corn output down in Q2
Palay (unmilled rice) and corn production in the country posted significant reductions in the second quarter of 2019 mainly due to drop in harvest area and yield.
— The Manila Times

With rice harvest looming, warehouse space grows scarce
STORAGE IS expected to be a bottleneck for the rice industry during the harvest this month due to significant volumes of stock accumulated from the previous harvest, which traders can only sell at a loss because prices have dropped as a result of stiff competition from cheap imports, industry officials said.
— BusinessWorld Online

VACC slams Faeldon for declining to attend Senate probe into Sanchez’s release
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on Sunday slammed Bureau of Corrections chief Nicanor Faeldon for declining to attend the Senate inquiry into the alleged impending release of former Calauan, Laguna mayor Antonio Sanchez in view of the law on good conduct time allowance.
— GMA News

Boxing: Pacquiao launches his own crypto tokens
Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao launched his very own cryptocurrency on Sunday (Sep 1) at a free concert in Manila, where he serenaded more than 2,000 fans to drum up interest in the product.

Consumer Welfare Month short film contest calls for entries
The provincial office here of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is urging senior high school students in the province to join and submit entries for the nationwide short film competition on encouraging consumers and businesses to take action on consumer issues.
— Philippine Information Agency

Comelec urges deactivated, new voters to register for 2020 village, SK polls
The office here of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is calling all qualified to vote to register until September 30, 2019 for the May 11, 2020 barangay and SK elections.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte fires PIA chief Harold Clavite
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General Harold Clavite has been fired by President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Rappler

NCRPO logs decreasing crime rates during ‘ber’ months
Contrary to popular belief crime rates swell during the so-called “ber” months, latest data from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) indicates that it decreased for the last three years.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao Region farmers urged to plant ‘NextGen’ rice varieties
The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region (Region 11) urged rice farmers in the region to plant the next generation or ‘NextGen’ varieties.
— Philippine News Agency

DOE advisory board reevaluates renewable energy program
The failure to meet the renewable energy target capacity under the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) prompted an advisory council of the Department of Energy (DOE) to reevaluate the current road map for the country’s development of renewable energy resources .
— Rappler

No need to legislate ‘no homework’ policy – teachers’ group
A teachers’ coalition on Sunday pointed out that there was no need to legislate a prohibition against giving students take-home assignments.
— GMA News

BARMM adopts official flag as region’s first law
The Bangsamoro parliament has passed the region’s first law: an act adopting the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) official flag.
— Rappler


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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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