Philippines morning news for August 7

Philippines morning news for August 7

Philippines morning news

622 dengue deaths: Philippines declares national epidemic
Dengue-related deaths have gone up to 622 from January to July this year in the Philippines, prompting the Department of Health (DOH) to declare a national dengue epidemic.
— Gulf News

Duterte to invoke arbitral ruling in upcoming China trip
President Rodrigo Duterte will finally raise the arbitral ruling favoring the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute when he visits Beijing this month.
— CNN Philippines

‘Hanna’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa
“HANNA” has strengthened into a severe tropical storm as it lingered off the coast of Cagayan on Tuesday, the state-run weather bureau said.
— The Manila Times

Philippines’ inflation eases further to 2.4 pct in July
The Philippines’ headline inflation further eased to 2.4 percent in July 2019, the lowest inflation recorded since January 2017, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Senate panel to seek red tape reduction reports during budget hearings
THE Senate finance committee has asked government agencies to report on their efforts to reduce red tape during budget deliberations for 2020, its chair Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara said.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH factory output dips for 7th straight month
THE country’s manufacturing output, both in volume and value, declined for the seventh consecutive month, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Chinese bid to operate Subic islands shelved
A Chinese-controlled company earlier proposed to operate the Grande and Chiquita Islands on Subic Bay, but the project has been put on hold since May due to unresolved issues, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has confirmed.
— Business Mirror

Tax perks to select firms hit P1.12 trillion
The Philippines gave away an estimated P1.12 trillion in tax incentives and exemptions to a select group of 3,150 companies from 2015 to 2017, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— Manila Bulletin

Duterte gov’t to stamp PH map ‘with entire EEZ’ on China passports
What to do if a China passport that needs a Philippine visa stamp features the 9-dash line the Philippines rejects? Cover it with a stamp of the Philippine map with its “entire” Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
— Rappler

Signal No. 1 in Batanes, Babuyan due to Hanna
Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands were placed under Signal No. 1 due to Severe Tropical Storm Hanna (Lekima) on Tuesday evening, August 6.
— Rappler

Occidental Mindoro Residents Evacuate Due To Effects of Bagyong Hanna
Residents of Occidental Mindoro Evacuated Due To Effects of Bagyong Hanna Hundreds of residents in Occidental Mindoro have already evacuated to different evacuation centers due to the effects of Bagyong Hanna.
— Philippine News

No drop seen on Chinese tourist arrivals: DOT chief
No significant drop in the arrivals of Chinese tourists is seen as the Philippine government moves to augment the visa policy for China, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Dark Web connects PH to mass shootings in US, Filipino pols’ vanities
The dark corners of the Web are turning the Philippines into an international hub for internet trolling and operators of sites that make their life-changing impacts, like the massacre of 22 people in Texas, felt in as far as the United States, according to various reports gathered and studied by

Senators debate death penalty revival
Senators on Tuesday began debates on proposals to revive the death penalty in the Philippines, with minority Sen. Franklin Drilon making good on his promise to fight “tooth and nail” its reimposition.
— ABS-CBN News

NBI nabs 4 Chinese human traffickers, rescues 34 Chinese women
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Visayas arrested four Chinese nationals and rescued 34 other Chinese women they allegedly set up for prostitution in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
— CNN Philippines

House to save P20 M with plan to go ‘paperless’
The House of Representatives is aiming to save up to around P20 million as they plan to go paperless for the copies of the bills and resolutions being deliberated in the plenary, leaders of the chamber said Tuesday.
— GMA News

First Philippine Reits likely to be listed by year-end as government relaxes rules in decade-old law
The Philippines could see real estate investment trusts take off this year after the government amends a Reit law passed more than a decade ago, addressing investor concerns, say industry observers.
— South China Morning Post

DTI sees e-commerce share to GDP rising to 50% by 2022
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking to double, or to raise to 50 percent, the contribution of electronic commerce to the country’s economy by 2022, as more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and internet users engage in e-commerce.
— Philippine News Agency

House hopes all key measures pass without veto
THE House of Representatives hopes to avoid Presidential vetoes of bills approved by the 18th Congress by working more closely with the Cabinet and the Senate, according to two senior legislators.
— BusinessWorld Online

MMDA enforces yellow lane policy; traffic worsens
Buses took over almost all lanes on EDSA last week, prompting the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to strictly implement the yellow lane policy but inadvertently worsening the traffic since Monday.
— The Philippine Star

Economists expect 50 bps rate cut
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas may cut interest rates by at least 50 basis points more this year as telegraphed by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno due to easing inflation, according to debt watchers and economists of investment banks.
— The Philippine Star

DENR shuts down 10 establishments for polluting El Nido, Coron bays
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said 10 tourism establishments were issued cease-and-desist orders (CDO) for polluting Bacuit Bay in El Nido and Coron Bay in Coron, Palawan.
— Business Mirror

Duterte appoints Piñol as MinDA chair
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol as chairman of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

DTI sets ‘optimistic’ goals for e-commerce growth, to push further MSME adoption
THE government said Filipinos are growing increasingly confident in e-commerce transactions, and now believes the segment will be equivalent to about 40-50% of Gross Domestic Product by 2022, aided by an aggressive push to get small businesses to adopt the platform.
— BusinessWorld Online

New DA chief wants to double farmers’ income
NEWLY installed Acting Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar is targeting to double farmers’ income in five years and grow agriculture production by at least 3 percent annually in keeping with President Duterte’s directive of improving the lives of Filipinos.
— Business Mirror

Road map: 500,000 MSMEs to do online business by 2022
The government is eyeing to attract some half a million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to do business online by 2022 as part of the new road map on e-commerce aimed at digitalizing trade in the Philippines for the next three years.
— Business Mirror

2 Davao wildlife traders get 4 years, 30,000 fine
A municipal judge in Mati City, Davao Oriental, recently convicted two illegal wildlife traders to four years in prison and a fine of P30,000.
— Business Mirror

SSS unemployment insurance may soon open for displaced workers–DOLE chief
Qualified displaced workers may soon finally avail themselves of the unemployment insurance from the Social Security System (SSS) after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued the necessary guidelines for the proposal.
— Business Mirror

Report on Islamic State ‘raw intelligence,’ says Palace
The intelligence report saying that elements of the Islamic State (IS) are now in northern Luzon is still “raw intelligence” being vetted by the military and police, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines, Malaysia kick off joint naval exercise
In a bid to strengthen mutual cooperation, the Philippine Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy launched a combined bilateral training on Monday.
— The Philippine Star

Subscribe to sustainability: Nestle Philippines launches new subscription service with carton recycling option
Nestle Philippines has launched a Ready-To-Drink (RTD) Baon Subscription service which provides consumers with the option to return the packaging of delivered products to the company for recycling.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

‘I will never declare martial law, except in Mindanao’: Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has no intention of declaring martial law in Negros Island despite the spate of killings there.”Let us make it clear.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH to decide in two weeks on the use of Dengvaxia
The Department of Health (DOH) will decide within the next two weeks whether the government will reintroduce the antidengue vaccine Dengvaxia amid the rising cases of the mosquito-borne disease.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Mimaropa househelps get wage increase
THE NATIONAL Wages and Productivity Board announced a P1,000 monthly increase in the minimum wage for housekeepers in the Mimaropa region, which is made up of the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
— BusinessWorld Online

Improved business environment to boost manufacturing growth
The National Economic and Development Authority said in a statement on Tuesday that efforts to improve the business environment should be ramped up to help manufacturing grow, which is on a declining trend in 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

NCAA donates P100,000 to Batanes earthquake victims
The NCAA Management Committee (MANCOM) unanimously approved a cash donation of P100,000 for the victims of the twin earthquakes that hit Batanes on July 27.
— Rappler

SC imposes fines on Manila Water, Maynilad, MWSS for violation of law on domestic sewage collection, treatment, disposal
The Supreme Court has ordered Manila Water, Maynilad and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System to pay massive fines for violating the Philippine Clean Water Act.
— Eagle News

DENR intensifies mangrove rehab efforts in Calabarzon
The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) along the Calabarzon Region’s coastlines to help sustain the mangrove rehabilitation program.
— Philippine News Agency

Tourism tops Quezon dev’t strategies for 2019
The head of the Provincial Planning and Development Committee (PPDC) said on Monday they are making headway on tourism strategies across 39 towns and two cities in the province this year.
— Philippine News Agency

Dar to speed up rice competitiveness program
Barely 24 hours after his appointment, Agriculture Secretary William Dar immediately dealt with the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Program (RCEP) which has so far failed to ease the adverse impact of rice imports on local rice farmers.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DoF: Govt gave away P1.12T to firms
The government has posted an estimated P1.12 trillion of foregone revenues in tax perks awarded to select companies from 2015 to 2017, the Department of Finance (DoF) revealed on Tuesday.
— The Manila Times

Parents of sea mishap victim blame PCG, shipping firm
Parents of a school teacher who is a native of this town on Tuesday blamed the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the shipping firm for their son’s death in the Iloilo – Guimaras sea tragedy last Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t to build strategic communications training center
Speaking before government and private media in Eastern Visayas, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar announced the establishment of a Government Strategic Communications Training Center during the media forum on August 1, a day after the Dagyaw event in this city.
— Philippine Information Agency

Bulacan folk seek relocation as airport construction nears
Fishermen and their families who will be displaced by the construction of a P734-billion international airport here are hopeful they would be given relocation and livelihood.


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