Philippines morning news for August 29

Philippines morning news for August 29

Philippines morning news

Unfriendly, not hostile: Navy drafting protocols for warship intrusions
Without the military muscle to match the occasional foreign warship wandering unannounced through its territorial seas, the Philippines is looking for ways to compel trespassers to leave without provoking an armed response.
— Rappler

PH, China to sign ₱14-B loan for Bicol railway during Duterte-Xi meet
The Philippines will sign another loan deal with China, this time to fund the construction of a railway line to the Bicol Region, a Transportation official said.
— CNN Philippines

3 dead, 63 missing after Philippine ferry blaze
Three people were dead, 63 others are missing and over 100 were rescued in the southern Philippines after a fire tore through a crowded ferry, while an uncertain number remained unaccounted for, authorities said Wednesday.
— Gulf News

Villar assures ‘no pork’ in DPWH’s P534.29 billion proposed allocation for 2020
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has assured the public that agency’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020 is “pork-free.”
— Business Mirror

Philippines dengue epidemic tops 200K, Measles in Pangasinan
The Philippines Department of Health recorded an additional 20,000 dengue fever cases during the week ending August 10, bringing the country total to well over 200,000 cases.
— Outbreak News Today

Lopez: No direct damage from US-China trade row, but protraction to hurt all
THE country’s trade chief has given assurances that the Philippines is shielded from any direct damage from the trade conflict between the United States and China, but admitted its protracted nature will take a toll on all economies.
— Business Mirror

‘August inflation eased to 2% on lower prices’
INFLATION likely eased further to 2 percent in August from 2.4 percent the month before on the back of reduced prices of rice, fuel and electricity, according to Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank).
— The Manila Times

Jenny exits the Philippines, leaves 1 dead
Tropical Storm Jenny exited the Philippines yesterday after sweeping through Central and Northern Luzon, killing at least one person.
— The Philippine Star

MICC review to cost government P20 million
THE six-month review of existing mining operations will cost the government P20 million and will be conducted by experts to be commissioned by the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
— Business Mirror

Duterte again hints at ‘very radical change’ coming
President Rodrigo Duterte has once again hinted that there will be “very radical change” in the government as it faces security challenges, including communist rebels and the illegal drug trade.
— The Philippine Star

House to approve 9 month-extension of 2019 budget validity
To make up for the delayed approval of the 2019 budget, a lawmaker said Wednesday the House of Representatives plans to extend its validity for nine months.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte’s office has highest confidential, intel funds in proposed 2020 budget
It’s no longer a surprise that the Office of the President (OP) gets a sizeable share of the pie when it comes to confidential and intelligence funds in the national budget.
— Rappler

21 PhilHealth officials face raps over WellMed accreditation
The National Bureau of Investigation has filed criminal cases against 21 officials and employees of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. for approving the accreditation of WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center despite allegations of fraudulent kidney treatments.
— The Philippine Star

NEA pushes P14.147-billion 2020 budget
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) is proposing a 2020 budget of P14.147 billion, of which P1.5 billion will go to the government’s total electrification program that includes the Sitio Electrification Program (SEP).
— Business Mirror

UHC may not be ready for PHL-wide rollout in 2020
THE Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday admitted that the new Universal Health Care (UHC) law may not be implemented nationwide next year.
— Business Mirror

Ramped up port infra to make PH Asean shipment hub
The Philippines needs to deliver port infrastructure in order to be at par with Singapore as a transshipment hub in Southeast Asia, Patrick Ronas, president of the Association of International Shipping Lines, said on Wednesday.
— The Manila Times

Gov’t mulls offering ‘prize bonds’ to investors
National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon said the country is studying issuing so-called prize bonds targeted to individual investors.
— Manila Bulletin

‘Amend Peza charter to make ecozones more competitive’
THE Philippine Economic Zone Authority has asked lawmakers to amend the Peza charter to improve the operations of economic zones and update the menu of fiscal incentives for locators.
— Business Mirror

House body amends public service law
THE HOUSE of Representatives’ Economic Affairs committee on Wednesday approved a bill that will limit the 40% foreign ownership cap on public utilities to electricity distribution and transmission as well as water distribution and sewerage pipeline systems, in effect opening up sectors like transport and telecommunications.
— BusinessWorld Online

‘Malaysia, Vietnam encroaching on Philippine EEZ too’
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it’s not only China that is encroaching on the 200-mile exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because Malaysia and Vietnam are encroaching too.
— The Philippine Star

PH Navy to get submarines, might lease HQ
For an archipelago with an enviable strategic location, the fact that the Philippines has one of the region’s most underequipped navies is lamentable, the Navy chief admitted, and he would willingly give up his office overlooking Manila Bay if it meant more boats, ships, and perhaps, a submarine or two.
— Rappler

DBM to release more money for rice fund
AFTER months of uncertainty, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said it will release the remaining P4 billion for a fund that will bankroll initiatives to help planters cope with the influx of cheap rice imports.
— Business Mirror

4 million bags of rice rotting in NFA depots
The National Food Authority (NFA) admitted on Wednesday that it has 4 million bags of imported rice stocked in its warehouses, the reason why it has not been buying palay (unmilled rice) from local farmers.
— The Manila Times

Marawi infrastructure projects to start in October
Despite ongoing clearing of debris and unexploded bombs in the main battle area, construction of infrastructure projects in Marawi will start in October.
— The Philippine Star

BARMM’s Finance ministry prepares to evaluate, consolidate budget proposal
THE DIFFERENT ministries of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are expected to submit their respective budget proposals by Aug. 30, which will then be evaluated and consolidated by the Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM).
— BusinessWorld Online

Chinese apology for Philippine fishing boat sinking lands as Duterte heads to Beijing
The owner of a Chinese ship involved in the sinking of a fishing boat in the contested South China Sea two months ago apologised to his Filipino counterpart on Wednesday, hours before Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was due to arrive in Beijing.
— South China Morning Post

The Philippines at the helm of ASEAN’s data protection initiative
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took a major step in harmonising regional data protection, privacy regulations and initiatives by launching the first ASEAN Data Protection and Privacy Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, with the Philippines at the helm.
— OpenGov

Duterte urges military to end communist insurgency now
Warning of “a little trouble” in the coming months, President Rodrigo Duterte urged the military to end communist insurgency stressing the government could not afford to pass it on to the next generation of Filipinos.
— Philippine News Agency

Govt implements protocol vs swine disease
The Agriculture Department on Wednesday asked the Crisis Management Task Force to vigorously implement the so-called “1-7-10 Protocol” to contain the spread of a “suspected disease” that inflicted several swine farms.

Vaccine scaremongers should be held accountable for measles outbreak –Drilon
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said vaccine scaremongers should not be allowed to get away for spreading fear about the measles vaccine that led to the outbreak of the contagious disease.
— GMA News

President Duterte leaves for China
President Rodrigo Duterte left for his trip to China on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The President left Manila for what would be his fifth visit to the Asian giant around 7 p.m.
— Eagle News

Philippines: Duterte, Misuari Agree to Form Committee to Bring Wider Peace to South
President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to set up a “coordinating committee” composed of government representatives and leaders of former Muslim guerrilla leader Nur Misuari’s armed group as part of wider efforts to bring peace to the southern Mindanao region, a presidential spokesman said Tuesday.
— Benar News

Judge in Sanchez conviction slams Panelo, Faeldon for ‘twisting’ GCTA law
The judge who convicted ex-mayor Antonio Sanchez to seven life terms lambasted a number of government officials for “twisting” the lower jail time for good behavior law to favor the rapist-murderer.
— CNN Philippines

Bill filed to stop abuse of terms of convicts’ release from prison
A bill was filed at the Senate on Wednesday (Aug 28) to prevent what its author, Sen. Richard Gordon, said was the abuse in computing good conduct time to set inmates free which became controversial following an attempt to cut short the jail time of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez from seven life terms to just 24 years.

Coke weathers Philippines tax with switch to 100 percent sugar
Coca-Cola’s “World Without Waste” campaign aims to recycle every can and bottle produced by 2030.
— ABS-CBN News

PAL offers over 3 million seats for ‘Ultimate Seat Sale 2019’
Up to 3 million seats were being offered at a cheaper price in the Ultimate Seat Sale 2019 of Philippine Airlines (PAL), the flag carrier announced Wednesday.

8 Philippine companies land on Forbes’ ‘Asia’s 200 Best Over A Billion’
Eight Philippine companies made it to Forbes magazine’s inaugural “Asia’s 200 Best Over A Billion 2019,” which lists top-performing listed companies in the Asia-Pacific region with revenues of $1 billion or more.
— The Philippine Star

11 firms offer to build Malolos-Clark railway
Local companies Megawide Construction Corp. and EEI Corp. and nine foreign groups submitted bids for the three contract packages under PNR Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark), the Transportation Department said Wednesday.

PH, Ireland start talks on avoiding double taxation
The Philippines and Ireland conducted the first round of talks on a proposed bilateral agreement to avoid double taxation on individuals and companies in both countries.

Family of inmates dismayed over suspension of GCTA processing
The family of some inmates up for early release dismayed over the suspension of the processing of the Good Conduct Time Allowance.
— CNN Philippines

New law allots funds for 5 national performing arts companies
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a new law earmarking funds for five national performing arts companies as part of the government’s efforts to support the training and development of the performing arts.
— Sun Star

These 9 names emerge as healthtech main players in the Philippines
Often being compared with Indonesia due to its similar geographical condition and population, the Philippines are where all eyes are looking at now.
— e27

UNHCR delivers gift of help to Sulu IDPs
In Sulu, 70-year-old Jumlay Undah breaks into a smile as she receives a small box with a few household items. After years of living in displacement, a little help goes a long way.
— ReliefWeb

Beware of false claims: BSP denies approving KAPA investment scheme
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Wednesday denied claims it has approved the investment scheme of Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. (KAPA).
— UNTV News

PRRD signs law on advanced energy, green building tech curriculum
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill requiring the creation of an advanced energy and green building technologies curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate students.
— Philippine News Agency

COA calls out MIAA for awarding 123 lease contracts without public bidding
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has awarded 123 lease contracts without public bidding in violation of existing laws, the Commission on Audit (COA) said.
— GMA News

Duterte signs law regulating fisheries profession
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law regulating the practice of the fisheries profession in the Philippines.
— GMA News

OPPO holds biggest market share in Philippines in Q2 2019 – analyst firm
OPPO won the second quarter of 2019 in terms of total smartphone shipment in the Philippines, according to analyst firm Canalys.
— Rappler


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