Philippines Morning News For November 3

Philippines Morning News For November 3

Philippines morning news‘Government family-planning program to cut poverty, hasten economic growth’
Government efforts to accelerate the country’s entry into the so-called demographic dividend may soon get a boost once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants certificates of product registrations (CPR) to 51 contraceptives.

Government policies still worry EU businesses
Challenges in the business climate continue to hound European companies in the Philippines, with some of the current administration’s policies seen as more worrying bottlenecks in the past year.

Stamp tax on alcohol starts next year
The Department of Finance (DOF) is eyeing to begin the implementation of the stamp tax system on alcohol products starting January next year.

New rules on TNC operations out
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued new regulations governing the operations of transport network companies (TNCs) such as Grab and Uber as well as of their Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) providers or drivers.

Automation to make PHL business-friendly
THE country’s plunge to near-bottom in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) ranking prompted a readjustment of target and the enactment of a law as panacea to the fetters of doing business in the Philippines.

Ease of doing business expected to improve ‘drastically’ in 2-3 years
THE Philippines will effect “drastic” improvements in terms of ease of doing business (EODB) within two or three years, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said in response to a 14-place drop in the World Bank’s rankings.

Duterte says he won’t stop authorities to investigate his son and son-in-law
“I leave it to the independent agencies such as the (Commission on) Human Rights, which is making all the noise, and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation). If they are really guilty, then so be it. I have told you the same thing when I was still (Davao) mayor,” said Duterte.
Thai PBS 

Philippines ranks near bottom in internet speed — report
The Philippines ranked close to the bottom in terms of long term evolution (LTE) availability and speed, according to research firm OpenSignal.

Govt reduces business competitiveness goal
The National Competitiveness Council and the Trade Department downgraded their 2022 target for improving the business climate, after the country’s ranking in the World Bank’s ease of doing business report slid this year.
Manila Standard 

CoA calls for probe into P38.8B Malampaya fund
A SPECIAL audit office under the Commission on Audit (CoA) has recommended the immediate investigation of P38.8 billion in funds released from the government’s share in the Malampaya natural gas project off Palawan from 2004 to 2012, and file charges if needed.
The Manila Times 

Not all deficits are created equal
A celebrated playwright and coincidentally one of the founders of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), George Bernard Shaw once famously quipped, “If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.”

PNP denies drug war cash reward for cops
The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday maintained there is no cash reward system for police officers who have killed suspects in anti-drug operations.

Arrivals from South Korea exceed 1M in Jan-August
VISITOR arrivals to the Philippines grew by 10.6 percent to 4.47 million in the first eight months of the year.

Philippines reclaims ASEAN PMI lead
THE PHILIPPINES in October wrested from Vietnam the lead in Southeast Asia manufacturing activity that the former lost back in February, as local businesses began 2017’s last quarter with anticipation of greater demand at home, according to monthly tracking done by IHS Markit for Nikkei, Inc.

Deaths of innocents unavoidable in drug war — survey
Almost half of Filipinos agree that deaths of innocent civilians are unavoidable in the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, according to a recent survey conduct by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

1 million whistles so kids can sound alarm if they’re in danger
The government is planning to distribute one million whistles to children across the country this Christmas as part of the campaign to prevent violence against the youth.
Manila Bulletin

‘Drug war’s collateral damage inevitable’
ALMOST half of Filipinos believe it is inevitable that innocent individuals will get killed in the government’s anti-drug war, the latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed Thursday.
Manila Standard

Dole Japan recall 9,000 bunches of Philippine bananas after wire found inside
Dole Japan said Wednesday it will recall approximately 9,000 bunches of packaged Philippine bananas due to concerns they have been tampered with.
Fresh Plaza

Philippines have a chestnut which practically nobody knows
A report recently received from Danilo Tiu an experienced researcher, on his own research about a Philippine chestnut which practically nobody knows, to be found in many places in the Philippines.
Fresh Plaza

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