Philippines morning news for December 26

Philippines morning news for December 26

Philippines morning news

PH growth to rise above 6% in 2020
THE Philippine economy is likely to recover and grow by more than 6 percent next year on the back of sustained public and private consumption, Deutsche Bank said.
— Manila Times

Foreign work permits exceed 100,000 in 2019, led by POGOs
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said the number of foreign work permits it issued this year is nearly five times the 2018 total, with the influx of workers for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) accounting for much of the growth.
— BusinessWorld

Ursula’ batters Visayas; 2 dead
At least two people died in Leyte province while thousands spent their Christmas Eve in evacuation centers when Typhoon “Ursula” (international name “Phanfone”) unleashed its wrath in Eastern Visayas Tuesday night.

Gov’t raising excise tax on oil products in 2020
Excise taxes on petroleum products will further increase in January 2020 in the third year of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.

NDRRMC: Over 5,000 people evacuated due to Ursula
More than 5,000 people have been evacuated in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) and MIMAROPA following the effects of Typhoon Ursula, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday evening.
— GMA Network

Duterte grapples with Chinese Golden Goose’s illegal eggs
It came to a point that he had to borrow money from loan sharks — a couple of Chinese nationals like himself — so he could continue betting while at the Solaire Resort and Casino, the tallest hotel in the Manila Bay area near the Philippine capital.
— BusinessWorld

Monetary Board approves rules for Islamic banking framework
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) is set to issue the implementing rules for the country’s Islamic banking law after the Monetary Board (MB) approved two circulars outlining the licensing framework and discussing Shari’ah governance principles, a senior official said.
— BusinessWorld

Higher taxes on luxury, ‘non-essentials’ pushed
The state-run National Tax Research Center (NTRC) is backing proposals in Congress to slap excise taxes on more luxury and “non-essential” items just as most of the Philippines’ neighbors in Asean do.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Fast-track rehab of Marawi City, group tells govt
The Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch (MRCW) has called on the government to fast-track the rehabilitation plan for Marawi City that was devastated two years ago.
— Business Mirror

BSP seen resuming rate, RRR cuts in Q1
DBS Bank Ltd. of Singapore said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is expected to resume its easing cycle by slashing interest rates and further lowering the reserve requirement ratio as early as the first quarter of next year.
— The Philippine Star

Solon eyes taxing POGOs to fund P10k teachers’ pay hike clamor
Public school teachers have been unrelenting in their push for a pay hike of P10,000 per month.
— Philippine Information Agency

FDA finds high levels of methanol in lambanog that downed dozens in Laguna
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday confirmed that the lambanog samples that killed 11 people in Rizal, Laguna have tested positive for high levels of methanol.
— GMA Network

Communists rebuke military: Ceasefire attacks initiated by gov’t troops
Communist leaders denied that their armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), violated the holiday ceasefire, saying that attacks in 3 provinces were defensive moves in the face of sustained operations by government troops.
— Rappler

Angat Dam still below target level, says PAGASA
The water level at Angat Dam is still below the target level of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), state weather bureau PAGASA said.
— GMA Network

Typhoon Ursula downs mobile services in parts of Visayas, Southern Luzon
Mobile and internet services became unavailable in parts of the Visayas and Southern Luzon due to the damage brought by Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) .
— Rappler

Survey: Debt of households shrank to all-time low in Q4
Filipino households have more to spend for their holiday festivities and other necessities this year, as a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’s (BSP) survey showed that the average local household’s debt-to-income ratio hit an all-time low.
— Business Mirror

BARMM launches Bangsamoro Job Portal
Job seekers in the Bangsamoro region can now submit their resumés online following the launching of the Bangsamoro Job Portal at the Bangsamoro Government Center in Cotabato City on Monday, December 23.
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippines considering nuclear energy
Nuclear energy might be coming to the Philippines soon after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts concluded an eight-day mission in December to review the country’s infrastructure development for nuclear power.
— The Asean Post

Service sector gains 4 million jobs between 2012 and 2018
SERVICE SECTOR jobs increased by more than four million between 2012 and 2018, led by professional scientific and administrative support workers, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) said.
— BusinessWorld

Energy dep’t to require more firm contracts for reserve power
THE Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a circular that will require half of the supply contracted as reserve power to be on a “firm” basis in which the grid operator has a binding agreement to source its requirement from a power generation plant.
— BusinessWorld

Peza seeks to dispel investors’ Citira jitters
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) is planning to launch 10 programs next year to dispel the uncertainty created by a bill that sought to rationalize fiscal incentives given to economic zone locators.
— Business Mirror

PIDS: Bottlenecks hinder e-commerce growth in PHL
Incompatible computer systems and the high costs of developing and maintaining systems are fast becoming the primary bottlenecks in the growth of e-commerce in the country.
— Business Mirror

Banks told to deal only with registered forex, money changers
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reminded banks and financial institutions to only deal with registered foreign exchange dealers, money changers as well as remittance and transfer companies as the country continues to step up its anti-money laundering efforts.
— The Philippine Star

Japan, UK, PH team up for crucial coastal study
To come up with technologies that support sustainable coastal communities, science agencies from Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines have crafted a framework for multi-funder cooperation among the three countries.

US-PH ties good amid ban on de Lima accusers: Locsin
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday categorized as “perfect” the relationship between the United States and the Philippines amid the possible travel ban on Filipino officials and a US Senate resolution condemning the government over the detention of Senator Leila de Lima.
— Philippine News Agency

8 road sections closed due to Typhoon Ursula
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday reported that eight road sections in the Cagayan Valley region, Western Visayas, and Eastern Visayas are not passable to all types of vehicles affected by Typhoon Ursula.
— Philippine News Agency

Lanao Sur guv calls for quick action on police chief’s slay
Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. has urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to hasten the immediate arrest of the perpetrators behind the killing of Master Sgt. Amen L. Macalangan, officer in charge (OIC) of the Binidayan Municipal Police Station.
— Philippine News Agency

House panel okays modernization of Navotas Fish Port Complex
The House Committee on Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources has approved a bill seeking to improve, rehabilitate, and modernize the 43-year old Navotas Fish Port Complex in a span of five years.
— Manila Bulletin

FALSE: ‘Photo’ of unfinished footbridge ‘during Aquino administration’
An unfinished footbridge in a photo published by Facebook page Raffy Tulfo Updates on December 21 is supposedly a project left by the previous Aquino administration.
— Rappler

Christmas not compatible with Reds’ ideals, AFP exec says
Christmas and its Christian ideals are incompatible with the mindset of communist rebels, a ranking official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines(AFP) said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

PCSO releases P89M for calamity-hit areas in Q4 2019
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released P89 million to aid communities affected by calamities from October to December this year.
— GMA Network

PNP taps drone pilots
The Philippine National Police has tapped a pool of policemen to fly drones procured for operations and disaster response.
— Tempo

President thanks Tunisia for helping Filipinos exit Libya
President Duterte has expressed gratitude to the Tunisian government for assisting Filipinos exiting Libya and relayed his desire to work closer with the North African country on the issue of migrant workers.
— Tempo

Duterte lauds OFWs in Saudi
President Duterte thanked overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia for their hard work, loyalty to the country, and support to the government and said he wants them to be home with their loved ones during the holidays.
— Tempo

No major untoward incident on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day — PNP
The PNP finds Christmas Eve and today to be generally peaceful and orderly with no major untoward incident reported, the PNP said in a statement.
— GMA Network

1 person electrocuted during ‘Ursula’ onslaught in Leyte
One person died in Abuyog, Leyte after he was electrocuted at the height of Typhoon Ursula’s onslaught in the province, its governor confirmed on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Stranded passengers at Manila port ask for food, water amid canceled trips due to Ursula
Stranded passengers who were bound for different provinces in Visayas and Mindanao asked for assistance in meeting their need for food and water as they wait for maritime trips to resume at a seaport in Manila.
— GMA Network

Duterte invites Saudi’s king, crown prince to visit PHL
President Rodrigo Duterte has invited Saudi Arabia’s royals to visit the Philippines as the two nations marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.
— GMA Network

Did Marcoses really win? Sandiganbayan justice chides PCGG in P200-B case
The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan recently dismissed a P200-billion forfeiture case against the Marcoses, with the ponencia saying the Court cannot order the return of their assets to the treasury, but did the Marcos family actually win the case?
— Rappler

827 ex-con surrenderers released after GCTA mess, says DOJ
Over 800 of the more than 2,000 former prisoners who went back behind bars on orders by President Rodrigo Duterte have been released, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.
— GMA Network

Trade Secretary Lopez studying Recto tax bill
TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez is studying an exporter-supported bill proposing to immediately reduce corporate income tax from 30%.
— BusinessWorld

Senate panel approves bamboo industry dev’t bill
THE Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship has approved a bill institutionalizing the development of the Bamboo industry, a measure backed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
— BusinessWorld

26 distressed Pinoys from Lebanon return home on Christmas Day
Twenty-six distressed Filipinos arrived in Manila from Lebanon on Wednesday, Christmas Day, as their host country continues to face financial woes.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte to visit kids with cancer in Davao
President Rodrigo Duterte will not end the year without visiting the cancer-stricken kids at the House of Hope here, an official said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

2 stabbing incidents, shooting in NorMin on Christmas Day
Although the Police Regional Office in Region 10 (PRO-10) reported no casualties of firecracker related injuries, it said that a person died and another was injured in separate stabbing incidents on Christmas Day.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOcc cops bring Christmas cheer to kids, less privileged
Policemen from various stations and units under the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) have brought Christmas cheer to the people they serve by organizing parties and gift-giving activities for them this December.
— Philippine News Agency

Tagle asks for prayers for people affected by ‘Ursula’
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful to pray for the people who are affected by Typhoon Ursula.
— Philippine News Agency

Taguig affirms commitment to PH cinema
The Taguig City government hosted for the very first time the Metro Manila Film Festival’s star-studded Parade of Stars last Sunday, affirming its commitment to Philippine cinema.
— Tempo

Pacquiao among Forbes’ top 10 richest athletes of decade
Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has cemented his status as one of the wealthiest sports icons of his time after making it to Forbes’ top 10 list of richest athletes of the decade.
— Rappler

JoyRide PH needs 3,500 more to reach 10,000 biker limit
New motorcycle taxi service provider JoyRide PH already has 6,500 bikers onboard, which allows it to take in only an additional 3,500 more to meet the technical working group’s (TWG) 10,000-biker limit.
— Rappler


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