Philippines morning news for August 5

Philippines morning news for August 5

Philippines morning newsDark ages: 13 million Pinoys still living without electricity
More than two million families consisting of 13 million Filipinos remain literally in the dark as they are still without electricity, the head of the Party-list Coalition in the House of Representatives said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Death toll in Iloilo sea tragedy hits 31
The death toll from three boats that sank off Iloilo last weekend has surged to 31 as rescuers continue to search for the missing, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
— The Philippine Star

Policy rate cut seen as inflation slows
INFLATION likely slowed further in July as food prices sustained a decline, analysts said in a poll, adding that this would give space for the central bank to resume trimming benchmark interest rates after “a prudent pause” in its June 20 policy review.
— BusinessWorld Online

Exemption sought for 9 cities from ecozone ban shares
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has requested anew the Office of the President (OP) to exempt nine cities in Metro Manila from the ongoing ban on new economic zones and to give ecozone developers with pending ecozone applications more time to complete their requirements.
— The Philippine Star

“Hanna” intensifies into tropical storm
Tropical Depression “Hanna” has intensified into a tropical storm.
— Eagle News

DOJ to probe almost-expired medicines in DOH warehouses
The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it will probe the storage of medicines that are about to expire in Department of Health (DOH) warehouses, following an audit report and a lawmaker’s recent plea.
— Rappler

Runaway population saddles PH
The country is saddled by a runaway population while the agricultural lands for food crops are getting smaller, President Duterte said during a recent agrarian reform event.
— Tempo

Duterte to hold bilateral talks with Xi Jinping; plans to watch Gilas Pilipinas’ first game in FIBA tilt
President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold a bilateral talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping this month, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador “Sal” Panelo said Sunday.
— CNN Philippines

GDP impact of budget delay carried over to second quarter — poll
ECONOMISTS expect gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second quarter to have picked up from the first-quarter expansion, driven primarily by stronger household spending amid slower inflation, but weighed down by residual impact of delayed enactment of the 2019 national budget that was signed in mid-April.
— BusinessWorld Online

DoF sets alcohol, e-cigarette tax law timeline to help fund UHC
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said it has set an internal deadline of 15-18 months to pass new legislation taxing alcoholic beverages and e-cigarettes, hoping for laws to be in place to fund Universal Health Care (UHC) before the 2022 election campaign heats up.
— BusinessWorld Online

First 18 months crucial for tax reforms — Dominguez
The Department of Finance (DOF) is hopeful that the remaining tax reform packages will be enacted into laws before 2021 as the government’s chief economic manager believes the political landscape could be different in the final year of the Duterte administration.
— Manila Bulletin

July inflation likely eased to 2.2-2.6% – analysts
HEADLINE inflation likely continued to decelerate last month on reduced food and fuel prices, which would allow the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to resume slashing interest rates, according to analysts polled by The Manila Times.
— The Manila Times

Chinese investors eye 3 PH isles
Chinese investors are targeting three strategic islands in northern Philippines for transformation into economic and tourism zones.

Davao City readies 500 hectares for durian farms to meet China demand
Farmers in Davao City’s upland Baguio district have started planting durian seedlings under a project that aims to develop an additional 500 hectares to meet growing demand for the fruit, particularly from China.
— BusinessWorld Online

LANDBANK targets agrarian reform farmers with P5-B loan program
LANDBANK of the Philippines (LANDBANK) said it has allocated P5 billion for a new loan program to assist Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in financing rice, corn, and high-value crop production, and the acquisition of small farm equipment.
— BusinessWorld Online

Samar is the third province under state of calamity in E. Visayas due to dengue spike
The province of Samar has declared a state of calamity Saturday after recording a surge of dengue cases in the area. Samar is the third province in Eastern Visayas to make the declaration following Leyte and Eastern Samar in July.
— CNN Philippines

Veto of bills prompts rewrite of House rules
WITH the number of bills that have been rejected by President Duterte, the leadership of the House of Representatives will review and revise its rules to expedite the approval of vetoed bills in the 18th Congress.
— Business Mirror

DOE reinforces contingency plan for energy facilities
The Department of Energy (DOE) is reinforcing and at the same time harmonizing the contingency plans of industry players and stakeholders so they can be efficiently prepped for the strike of disasters that may topple energy installations in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

Slap on wrist: Court orders ex-Iloilo congressman Syjuco, director to pay P17,000 each
Following their guilty pleas, ex-Iloilo congressman Augusto Syjuco Jr and former agriculture Western Visayas regional director Eduardo Lecciones were convicted by the Sandiganbayan of fraud in relation to a P4.3-million cash grant.
— Rappler

Davao 2nd top safest city in SEA
DAVAO City now ranks second as the top safest city in Southeast Asia, according to an online user-contributed survey site
— Sun Star

Anti-graft court: There’s enough evidence for graft case vs ex-MWSS deputy administrator
The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan ordered a former Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) official to present counter-evidence to rebut allegations he received double compensation in 2002.
— Rappler

Phl wi-fi: Slow, but deep penetrating
With its reported average internet connection speed of 5.5 Mbps, the Philippines has one of the slowest network transmission or data transfer rates in Asia, but it ranks 13th worldwide in the number of its internet users.
— The Philippine Star

2 more La Union towns ban coal
Two more municipalities in the province of La Union are now coal-free.
— Rappler

Drilon, Lacson want De Lima to join Senate sessions via teleconferencing
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Panfilo Lacson called on the chamber to allow detained Senator Leila de Lima to join their sessions through electronic communications.
— Rappler

Drug-free lifestyle for martial arts practitioners pushed
A healthy and drug-free lifestyle for all mixed martial arts practitioners.
— Philippine News Agency

Malaysia, PHL chiefs ink MOU
THE health departments of the Philippines and Malaysia have agreed to strengthen bilateral ties through collaborative activities for health care.
— Business Mirror

DTI eyes P50 M sales from Zamboanga trade expo
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expects to raise P50 million in sales from an ongoing trade expo focused on the Zamboanga Peninsula.
— The Philippine Star

Foreign POGO workers start paying taxes
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has so far collected P200 million out of an estimated P2 billion a month of taxes to be paid by foreign nationals working in the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO).
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte gives 58,387 CLOAs to farmers in Mindanao
A total of 58,387 certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) were distributed by President Duterte to 60,233 farmers under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said.
— Business Mirror

Flash floods affect nearly 8K residents in Bataan
Flash floods hit seven of 11 towns and one city in this province on Saturday, affecting nearly 8,000 families, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) reported on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Majority of Filipinos think it’s dangerous to publish anything critical of Duterte admin
A majority of Filipinos think it is risky to publicize criticism of the Duterte administration even if it is truthful, Social Weather Stations (SWS) President Mahar Mangahas said on August 3, Saturday.
— Rappler

Arming firemen to bolster campaign vs. criminality: PNP
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said plans of President Rodrigo Duterte to arm uniformed personnel of the Bureau of Fire and Protection will bolster law enforcement and help in maintaining peace and order.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon wants more competitive salaries for gov’t doctors
A lawmaker filed a measure which would exempt public hospital doctors from being covered by the Salary Standardization Law (SSL), thus making their salaries more competitive.
— GMA News

Smart makes first Asean 5G standalone video call
Smart Communications Inc. said it successfully made the first 5G standalone video call in Southeast Asia, using Nokia’s 5G SA equipment.

BSP to print 23 million IDs next year
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will produce 23 million of national IDs in 2020, based on indicative numbers prepared by BSP officials.
— Manila Bulletin

Kris Aquino ‘thanks’ Duterte for saying Marcos killed Ninoy
Kris Aquino thanked President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, August 3 for saying it was the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who was behind the murder of her father, the late Ninoy Aquino.
— Rappler

Groups seek unity, action to help end killings in Negros Island
After a spate of killings in Negros Island, advocates and various groups echoed on Thursday, August 1, the call to put an end to the senseless bloodshed.
— Rappler

De Lima wants Senate probe into P178-million loss of PH aerospace agency
Senator Leila de Lima has filed a resolution seeking a Senate investigation into the mounting losses of the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC), as the agency’s very existence continues to be questioned by different groups.
— Rappler

NHA to build houses for IP’s, ex-rebels
The National Housing Authority (NHA) will be downloading PHP60 million to the provincial government here for the construction of a housing project for the Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities and former rebels (FRs) in Talaingod town, in this province.
— Philippine News Agency

How non-timber forest products preserve living traditions in the Philippines
It takes mental precision to create intricate hand-woven patterns. To consistently do that is amazing.
— Rappler

Gatchalian calls for probe into PH greenhouse gas emissions
Senator Win Gatchalian wants the Senate to look into the status of the Philippines’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and nationally determined contribution (NDC), to ensure that the country meets its promise to reduce at least 70% of its emissions by 2030.
— Rappler

SWS: 59% of Pinoys feel free to speak up, even if against Duterte admin
Results of the Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey showed that 59% of adult Filipinos believe they can say anything they want without fear, even if it is against the Duterte administration.
— GMA News

Solon wants law schools to provide free legal services
A neophyte lawmaker in the House of Representatives wants private and government-funded law schools in the country to put up their respective pro-bono legal aid program as a way to help less-fortunate Filipinos.
— Manila Bulletin

Recto wants automatic membership of consumer reps in utility boards
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed a bill that would make it mandatory to have consumer representatives in the board of government regulatory bodies of utility services like water and transportation.
— Rappler


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