Philippines morning news for August 8

Philippines morning news for August 8

Philippines morning news

LGUs urged to follow ‘4S strategy’ to curb spread of dengue
Local government units (LGUs) must follow the “Enhanced 4S Strategy” to swiftly prevent the spread of mosquito-borne disease after the declaration of a national dengue epidemic, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday.
— Inquirer.net

Sandiganbayan junks P102-billion forfeiture case vs former President Marcos, wife, others
The Sandiganbayan has junked the P102-billion forfeiture case against former President Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda and others.
— Eagle News

Despite risk warnings, Garin insists dengue vaccine can prevent outbreaks
Former health chief and now Iloilo 1st district Representative Janette Garin insists that the use of Dengvaxia can be a “preventive measure” against impending dengue outbreaks.
— Rappler

PH trade gap narrows in June to $2.47 B
The country recorded a narrower trade deficit in June this year after imports contracted during the month while exports slightly rose, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.
— Manila Bulletin

First seven months of 2019: Drop in dengue cases in Central Visayas recorded
The Central Visayas Office of the Department of Health (DOH-7) says dengue cases in the entire region has been decreasing every month within the year 2019 despite the head office’s declaration of a national epidemic.
— CDN

PHL foreign reserves reach $85.18B as of end-July
The Philippines’ gross international reserves (GIR) expanded to P85.18 billion as of end-July 2019 on the back of the central bank’s foreign exchange operations.
— GMA News

Batanes braces for ‘Hanna’ as it continues to recover from quake
The northernmost province of Batanes is preparing for the impact of Typhoon Hanna, just days after it was hit by twin quakes which killed eight people.
— CNN Philippines

DOH warns of dengue epidemic peaking in October
The Department of Health (DOH) warned Wednesday that the dengue epidemic might reach its peak by October with as much as 10,000 new cases breaking out a week.
— Manila Bulletin

DOJ gathering info on online message board 8chan
The Department of Justice is gathering information on an online message board that is linked to mass shootings abroad and which is allegedly being run from the Philippines.
— Eagle News

Army ends offensives vs. BIFF in Maguindanao
The military here announced Wednesday the termination of surgical operations against the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao, paving the way for the return of internally-displaced persons back to their homes.
— Philippine News Agency

PSA: Q1 GDP still at 5.6%
DESPITE revising the growth rates of the country’s economic sectors, state statisticians on Wednesday kept the official economic growth figure for the first quarter at 5.6 percent.
— The Manila Times

NorMin among regions with high dengue cases in PH
Northern Mindanao has consistently registered a high number of dengue cases in the last five years, an official of the Department of Health-Region 10 (DOH-10) said.
— Philippine News Agency

100 Zambo families affected by road project up for relocation
The city government said it will relocate some 100 families whose houses would be affected by the opening of road projects, an official said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Tourism stakeholders weigh value of having Chinese tourists; only 8.2% got visas on arrival
TOURISM stakeholders in destinations like Boracay Island underscored the economic benefits of the growing number of Chinese tourists in the country, even as some government officials, lawmakers and netizens clamored for tighter visa rules for the market.
— Business Mirror

Salceda: House committee to approve higher tax on alcohol next week
Supporters of the administration in Congress are eyeing the swift passage of two priority tax measures at the House of Representatives next week.
— Business Mirror

COA flags PhilHealth’s P14.3 B bond investments
The Commission on Audit (COA) has flagged the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for placing the government fund at risk over questionable investments in corporate bonds amounting to P14.34 billion.
— The Philippine Star

Senate panel calls for review of oil deregulation
THE Senate energy committee has backed the Energy department’s call for greater transparency in the pricing of petroleum products by proposing a review of the oil deregulation law, after a court blocked the agency’s circular that required oil companies to “unbundle” fuel prices.
— BusinessWorld Online

Weak import-export data seen to linger
THE weak Philippine import and export performance in June will likely linger and could worsen until the US-China trade tiff is resolved, according to local economists.
— Business Mirror

Party-list lawmakers seek P28.5-billion allocation for rural electrification
Party-list lawmakers are urging their colleagues in the House of Representatives to channel P28.5 billion for rural electrification.
— Business Mirror

Common tower policy to push through — DICT
The government is pushing through with the issuance of a common tower policy, with comprehensive rules and guidelines governing passive telecommunications infrastructure sharing in the country, after previously thinking twice about its need.
— The Philippine Star

P123.4 billion TDF tenders signal liquidity is still in the market
TENDERS made to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) term deposit facility (TDF) of P123.414 billion showed that there is still liquidity in the market resulting from the move of the Monetary Board (MB) to cut reserve requirement ratios (RRR).
— Business Mirror

CamSur PDRRMC raises blue alert status for dengue
A province-wide simultaneous clean-up drive starting this Friday, Aug. 9 and eight (8) Sundays thereafter will be part of the intensified dengue preventive effort agreed during the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) emergency meeting held yesterday, Aug. 6 at the Villa Del Rey Function Hall, Capitol Complex here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Agriculture production contracted 1.27% in Q2
Agriculture production shrank 1.27 percent in the second quarter year-on-year, pulled down by lower rice, corn, coconut and sugarcane harvests amid the prolonged El Niño dry spell.
— Manilastandard.net

Grab, PCUP team up to give jobs to 10,000 urban poor folk
SUPER app Grab has partnered with the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) to provide livelihood opportunities to at least 10,000 members of urban poor communities.
— Business Mirror

Only 21% of women in Philippines have savings — study
Six out of 10 Filipinas manage their own household’s budget, but only two of 10 are able to put money into savings, according to a study commissioned by Insular Life Assurance Co. Ltd. (InLife).
— The Philippine Star

Wearing of life vests mandatory
THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has reminded operators of small vessels to strictly require passengers to wear life vests following the capsizing of three boats in the Guimaras Strait where at least 31 people died.
— The Manila Times

Duterte Youth party-list retains Cardema as nominee despite disqualification
The Duterte Youth party-list still nominated Ronald Cardema as its first nominee even though the Comelec First Division already disqualified him as a nominee due to being overage.
— GMA News

Over 200 OFWs attends digital literacy training in Singapore
More than 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have acquired additional knowledge about the digital world after participating in the training workshop in Singapore on Aug. 4 this year.
— Philippine News Agency

North Cotabato to host 2-day investment fair
To attract more investors and promote the local products of Arakan Valley Complex (AVC) and the municipality of Tulunan, the North Cotabato provincial government is set to hold a 2-day AVC Investment Fair here on Sept. 19-20 this year.North Cotabato Governor Nancy A.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Bato’ vows clampdown on Leftist groups recruiting minors
Neophyte Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa yesterday vowed to clamp down on all Leftist groups recruiting minors to be part of their activities as members and fighters.
— Tempo

Christian churches fear more PNP, AFP in Negros may mean more deaths
A major group composed of Christian churches expressed fear that the plans of the government to increase the number of law enforcers to address the ongoing violence in Negros Island will make matters worst.
— Rappler

Supreme Court affirms jail sentence vs Drilon critic in libel case
The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the jail sentence of journalist Manuel Boy Mejorada, a critic of Senator Franklin Drilon who was convicted of libel.
— Rappler

Davao Region LGUs launch cleanup drive vs. dengue
Several local government units (LGU) in Davao Region launched a massive cleanup drive amid the increasing cases of dengue.
— Philippine News Agency

Iloilo sea tragedy: DOTr chief orders preventive suspension of Coast Guard, MARINA officials
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday ordered the preventive suspension of Philippine Coast Guard and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) officials in the wake of the Iloilo sea tragedy which left 31 dead.
— CNN Philippines

Duterte’s Rejection of Post-INF American Nukes is Consistent With His Non-Aligned Foreign Policy
Not since Rizal has The Philippines produced a major national figure who prioritises internal development over aligning with one or multiple external powers as is the case in respect of President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Eurasia Future

Lacson, Dela Rosa: No to ‘unli’ divorce for PH couples
Unlike in other countries where spouses can file for divorce as many times as they want, that option for ending a troubled marriage should be available only once for couples in the Philippines, according to two lawmakers.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ceza, SBMA: Still no deal to let China develop PH islands
Two government agencies that earlier entertained Chinese-led projects on three strategic islands in northern Philippines have begun to distance themselves from the big-ticket investments after concerns about national security were raised.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

DepEd-12 orders anti-dengue lessons in schools
The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 (Socssksargen) has ordered the integration of anti-dengue measures in classroom instructions in local public schools in the wake of the national epidemic declared by the Department of Health (DOH).
— Philippine News Agency

Petron says TRAIN law encouraged illegal business activities
Petron Corporation said the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law not only hurt its earnings, it also spawned illegal activities in the oil sector.
— Rappler

SC gives green light for filing of new charges vs Aquino over ‘SAF 44’ massacre
THE Supreme Court en banc lifted its temporary restraining order (TRO) against the arraignment and trial of former president Benigno Aquino 3rd for “usurpation of authority” over the death of 44 police commandos in Maguindanao four years ago, Manila Times sources said on Wednesday.
— The Manila Times

Filipino designer finds ‘missing’ dress on Miss Universe bet Gazini Ganados
After years of looking for his missing dress, Filipino international designer Lesley Mobo was surprised to have found the dress online and being worn by Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados.
— The Philippine Star

NegOcc sends P1-M financial aid to Batanes
The Negros Occidental provincial government has extended financial assistance worth PHP1 million to Batanes after the province’s town of Itbayat was struck by major earthquakes last July 27.
— Philippine News Agency

PH agrees to reduce tariff on Korean vehicles
The Philippines is willing to reduce the tariff on completely built-up vehicles from South Korea to as low as zero as both countries continue negotiations over a bilateral free trade agreement, sources said Wednesday.
— Manilastandard.net

Zambo Sur hospital implements ‘no balance billing’ policy
The Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center (ZDSMC) said it has started implementing the “No Balance Billing (NBB)” policy in consonance with the Universal Health Care program of Malacañang.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH-Bicol reminds local authorities on proper fogging
After the declaration of a national dengue epidemic by the Department of Health (DOH), authorities here reminded local officials and other health institutions on the standard use and proper fogging procedures.
— Philippine News Agency

PHL, Indonesian armies vow to strengthen cooperation vs. terrorism
Officials of the Philippine Army and their Indonesian counterparts on Wednesday agreed that cooperation between the two countries must be maintained and intensified in order to combat terrorism.
— GMA News

Imee Marcos wants gov’t to postpone barangay, SK elections to 2023
Neophyte Senator Imee Marcos said she wants the government to postpone the 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to January or February 2023.
— Rappler

Ecumenical groups condemn sedition charges vs bishops, priests
Various ecumenical groups expressed condemnation of the sedition charges filed against 8 members of the Catholic clergy in relation to viral videos that tagged President Rodrigo Duterte and his family in the illegal drugs trade in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Majority of Filipinos want Comelec to continue automated polls – survey
MAJORITY of Filipinos want the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to continue the use of automated voting system in future elections.
— The Manila Times

SC lifts TRO on conduct of Mamasapano trial
The Supreme Court has lifted the temporary restraining order it had issued on the conduct of the Mamasapano trial at the Sandiganbayan.
— Eagle News

 

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