Philippines morning news for August 27

Philippines morning news for August 27

Philippines morning newsP2.5-B USAID grant to help DOH, LGUs fight TB
The Philippines is among the five countries hardest-hit by the tuberculosis (TB) pandemic, along with Indonesia, China, Pakistan and India, which accounts for a quarter of cases, a World Health Organization (WHO) report on TB said.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

FOR 2019 BUDGET: Tax package to raise P37B
About a fifth of the P181.4 billion in revenues to be raised next year from the implementation of the government’s comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) will depend on the passage of Package 1B, which includes provisions in the first tax package that were not passed into law last year, government data showed.
— Malaya

Davao City records highest number of rape cases in Q2, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte’s Davao City has the highest number of rape cases among major cities in the country, a recent Philippine National Police record shows.
— Philippines Magazine

Exporters eye $36M sales from Paris exhibition
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) eyes to generate over $36 million export sales at the Salon International de I’Alimentation or SIAL 2018 in Paris on October 21 to 25 October.
— Malaya

Cal-Comp PHL in talks with SM to supply AI robots in malls
THE local unit of Taiwan’s New Kinpo Group (NKG) is currently in talks with the largest operator of shopping malls in the country for the roll out of artificial intelligence (AI) robotic products that can assist customers.
— BusinessWorld Online

ARMM builds houses for 12,000 families
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is constructing shelters for 12,000 poor families before it is replaced by a Bangsamoro political entity next year.
— The Philippine Star

No more beach parties when Boracay reopens
Parties on the beach will be prohibited when the island reopens in October after its six-month rehabilitation.
— TravelMole

Package 1B expected to generate P106.7B
Potential revenues from the proposed Package 1B of the government’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) could hit P106.7 billion by the end of 2021, data from the Department of Budget and Management showed.
— The Manila Times

Israeli firm to seal petroleum project in Duterte state visit
Israeli firm Ratio Oil Exploration Ltd. is targeted to seal its investment entry into the Philippine upstream petroleum industry during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel this September.
— Manila Bulletin

PH gets 38 booths at China expo in Nov.
The Philippines has secured at least 38 booths at the forthcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) after sorting its concerns with the organizers.
— Malaya

Oil’s surge clouds clean-air quest in emerging economies
OIL rebound from the biggest price crash in a generation is sparking another revival: the use of cheaper, dirtier fuel in Southeast Asia’s two most-populous nations.
— Business Mirror

Over 200 Filipino expats granted amnesty, sent home from UAE
A second batch of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has arrived in Manila after being repatriated from the UAE as a result of an ongoing amnesty programme.
— Times of Oman

PH-US FTA negotiation may hit a snag on Trump’s woes
Progress in the proposed Philippines-US free trade agreement might hit a snag given the political problem being faced by American President Donald Trump.
— Manila Bulletin

Avanceña bats for ‘child-minding’ centers nationwide
President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s partner, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, on Saturday suggested putting up “child-minding centers” nationwide to allow mothers to work full time.
— Philippine News Agency

Solutions to Manila’s infamous traffic jams may be underground and on the water
o ease traffic congestion in the Philippines’ main financial centre, there’s no way to go but underground and afloat, said businessman Antonio Tiu, who is leading a venture for one of two subway projects in the capital region.
— South China Morning Post

McDonald’s PH targets 1K new jobs by yearend
McDonald’s Philippines is targeting to generate 1,000 more jobs by the year-end to complement its robust expansion in the country.
— The Manila Times

Burglars take P5-M cash, gadgets from Pinoy Mecca pilgrims
STILL unidentified burglars victimized some Filipino pilgrims in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, who lost over half-a-million pesos in cash and other valuables.
— Business Mirror

High cost, poor quality
INFORMATION and communication technology (ICT) services in the country remain one of the most expensive in the Asia-Pacific.
— Panay News (media release)

Duterte orders soldiers: Kill enemies of the state
President Duterte has assured the military of his full support as he ordered soldiers to “destroy and kill” enemies of the state, particularly the Islamic State and al-Qaida terrorist groups.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Filipino female golfers pull off coup, deliver two gold medals deliver two gold medals
On the eve of National Heroes Day, three Filipina golfers joined the ranks of modern-day heroes as they delivered two gold medals during the 2018 Asian Games at the Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club course here on Sunday.

Sy firm to drill 12 new geothermal wells
At least 12 new geothermal wells had been committed to be drilled by the Sy-led Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (PGPC) for the 747-megawatt Tiwi and Makiling-Banahaw geothermal power plants in Albay and Batangas provinces.
— Manila Bulletin

PH Navy now capable of deploying ships overseas if needed
The recently-concluded “Rim of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) exercises has given the Philippine Navy (PN) the capability to deploy its ships overseas if needed.
— Philippine News Agency

Exports recovery seen in 2nd half
The Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) is optimistic on the recovery of the export sector in the second half of the year due to stronger demand for local products for the Christmas season.
— Malaya

Second package of tax reforms seen to increase electricity prices
A consumer watchdog warned the implementation of the second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law will increase power prices.

Absolut Distillers allots P1.1-B for RE expansion
A subsidiary of Tanduay Distillers Inc.(TDI) is alloting P1.1 billion in the next three years for the expansion of its renewable energy (RE) initiatives.
— The Philippine Star

India firms eye pharma plants in PH
SOME Indian companies are exploring the possibility of establishing pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in the Philippines, the top official of the local chapter of the Asean-India Business Council (AIBC) said.
— The Manila Times

PhilHealth told: Return P35m in ‘illegal benefits’
The Commission on Audit has ordered officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to refund P35.25 million in unauthorized benefits.

Filipino ISIS fighter, recruiter sanctioned by UN and U.S.
The United Nations and the United States government have blacklisted a Filipino national and two other men from Southeast Asia for recruiting people to join the Islamic State group or ISIS.
— CNN Philippines

With tighter rules, fewer OFWs sent to Kuwait
FEWER Filipino household service workers (HSW) are now bound for Kuwait as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) tightens its requirements for Kuwaiti recruiters and employers.
— Business Mirror

Chinese province to send business delegation to explore opportunities in the Philippines
The Heilongjiang provincial government in China is planning to send a delegation to the Philippines next year or in 2020 to explore business opportunities.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH, China to accelerate infra projects
MANILA and Beijing have affirmed their commitment to speed up the preparation and processes needed to ensure the timely implementation of the Duterte administration’s flagship infrastructure projects with financial support from China.
— Sun Star

Diabetes: Time’s running out
IN THE FACE of advancements in medical treatments and technology, diabetes remains a prevalent chronic disease that afflicts a huge number of Filipinos.
— Cebu Daily News


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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.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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