Philippines morning news for December 3

Philippines morning news for December 3

Philippines morning news

200,000 evacuated as Typhoon Kammuri lashes Philippines
The Philippines has evacuated 200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas due to fears of flooding and landslides, saying it would also shut its main international airport as a powerful typhoon made landfall.
— Aljazeera

Security officials verifying Chinese airship on PH-claimed reef
Malacañang on Monday deferred commenting on the reported sighting of a Chinese airship floating above the Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef) in the West Philippine Sea.
— Philippine News Agency

NAIA to be closed for 12 hours on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 due to Tisoy –MIAA
All of the NAIA’s terminals will be closed for 12 hours on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 due to the effects of Typhoon Tisoy, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Monday.
— GMA Network

Senate includes P20M fund for breathalyzers in 2020 national budget
The Senate has included a P20-million fund for the purchase of breathalyzers in the proposed 2020 national budget, Senate Grace Poe said Monday.
— GMA Network

PH factory output slips to 5-mo low
GROWTH in the country’s manufacturing sector “softened” in November as production and new orders increased at a weaker pace and employment levels failed to improve, according to an IHS Markit survey.
— Manila Times

Duterte sees negligence behind SEA Games preps
There was negligence in the preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games which the Philippines is currently hosting, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday.
— GMA News (video)

Magnitude 4.4 quake jolts Samar — Phivolcs
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Samar early Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
— Manila Times

Anti-polio vaccination in Zambo now 90% complete
The City Health Office has already reached 90 percent of its target to immunized through the conduct of “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” in this southern port city.
— Philippine News Agency

Over 89,000 people preemptively evacuated for Tisoy –NDRRMC
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 89,722 individuals or over 22,500 families have been preemptively evacuated across Regions V, VIII, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA as of 6 p.m. on Monday ahead of Typhoon Tisoy’s expected landfall over Sorsogon.
— GMA Network

PHL visitor receipts in January-September 2019 up 26%
REVENUE generated by the tourism industry from foreign visitors grew by 25.8 percent to some $7.3 billion (P379.6 billion) in the nine months to September 2019.
— Business Mirror

Excise tax on single-use plastic may hurt economy, groups warn
Stakeholders on Monday appealed to the House Committee on Ways and Means to consider the economic impact of the bill imposing excise tax on single-use plastic bags produced in the Philippines.
— Business Mirror

Gov’t pushes reform agenda
There is no turning back on the Duterte administration’s comprehensive reform agenda despite opposition by some sectors to a number of controversial measures necessary for the country’s rapid and inclusive growth, an economic manager said.
— Manila Bulletin

DA-BFAR declares start of three-month sardine-fishing ban in Zamboanga Peninsula
The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) declared on Monday the closure of the sardine-fishing season in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
— Business Mirror

ADB launches $50 million financing for broadband in remote islands
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed its first satellite financing agreement worth $50 million that will bring affordable broadband to countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia.
— The Philippine Star

Over 500 villages in Metro Manila prone to floods, landslides
THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday said that more than 500 barangay (villages) in 14 cities in Metro Manila are vulnerable to floods and landslides.
— Manila Times

Foreign chambers nix additional taxes on mining
Foreign businessmen in the country are against a plan to impose additional taxes on the mining industry, saying this would be counterproductive to government’s aim of increasing its revenue take from the sector.
— The Philippine Star

Quezon City bans single-use plastics
QUEZON CITY will ban single-use plastics and disposable materials in hotels and restaurants, the local government said in a statement.
— BusinessWorld

DA chief assures Pangasinan pork swine fever-free
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar has declared Pangasinan pork and pork products are free of the African swine fever (ASF) after some hogs in the province earlier tested positive of ASF.
— Philippine News Agency

P12-billion budget for Cebu province approved
The Cebu provincial board approved the P12-billion annual budget for 2020 on its 3rd and final reading on Monday, December 2.
— Rappler

PHL continues to dominate SEA Games with 38 gold medals
The Philippines continued to dominate the 30th Southeast Asian Games with 38 gold medals and a total medal haul of 67, with victories inspired by cheering from fans in the home court.
— Eagle News

Robredo defers release of anti-drug report due to ongoing SEA Games
Vice President Leni Robredo will release her report on the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign–the information she gathered during her 19-day stint as co-chair of the anti-drug panel–at the conclusion of the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games which ends on December 11.
— GMA Network

Maguindanao massacre case verdict out on December 19
The long-awaited verdict on the Maguindanao Massacre case will be out on the morning of December 19.
— GMA Network

Typhoon strands 5,300 passengers
MORE than 5,300 passengers were stranded in various ports in Southern Tagalog, Bicol Region, and in Western and Eastern Visayas as Typhoon Tisoy threatened more than a dozen provinces, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.
— Manila Times

Sandiganbayan convicts ex-QC treasurer over illegal collection of taxes
The Sandiganbayan Seventh Division has convicted former Quezon City treasurer Edgar Villanueva of graft charges over unlawful collection of real property taxes from Manila Seedling Bank Foundation, Inc. (MSBFI).
— GMA Network

DOT upbeat to hit target of 8.2M foreign tourist arrivals in 2019
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is confident that the country will meet its 8.2-million targeted foreign tourist arrivals by the end of 2019, citing the already high numbers of visitors for the first nine months of the year.
— Philippine News Agency

New Clark sports facilities not part of original proposal by MTD Berhad
The sports complex within New Clark City was not originally proposed by the Malaysian firm behind the facility currently in use at the 30th Southeast Asian Games, according to Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Vince Dizon.
— Rappler

Ilocos Sur intensifies checkpoint operation against ASF
The provincial government of Ilocos Sur has intensified checkpoint operations to sustain the status of the province as free from animal disease particularly the African Swine Fever (ASF).
— Philippine Information Agency

DOT launches tourism website offering SEA Games visitors some travel treats, tour packages
For the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is offering visitors of the event some travel treats as they launched a tourism website.
— GMA News

Bukidnon village declares CPP-NPA persona non grata
The village of Apo Macote in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, declared communist rebels “persona non grata” or unwelcome on Sunday, the military said.In a statement on Monday, the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) said Apo Macote has long been used by the New People’s Army (NPA) as a food supply route.
— Philippine News Agency

DOT launches website offering travel packages, promos for SEA Games participants
The Department of Tourism has launched a website with travel promos for participants of the 30th Southeast Asian Games who wish to take the opportunity to go around the country.
— Eagle News

Energy dept wants grid operator audited
THE Department of Energy (DoE) wants the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) to conduct an audit of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) to put to rest the security issues hounding the latter amid lingering fears that China could take over the country’s power grid.
— Manila Times

PH financial market on ‘risk-off’ condition
THE Philippine financial market has entered into a “risk-off” mode amid the synchronized slowdown in global growth, according to the country’s Financial Stability Coordination Council (FSCC).
— Manila Times

Palay production down 4.5% in July-Sept
THE country’s palay (unmilled rice) output went down by 4.5 percent to 3.05 million metric tons (MMT) in the third quarter of the year from 3.20 MMT in 2018, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
— Manila Times

Gov’t rejects PXP proposal to take over Malampaya
THE GOVERNMENT has rejected the unsolicited proposal of listed exploration company PXP Energy Corp. to take over the Malampaya gas exploration service contract, Energy officials said on Monday, explaining that the process is not allowed under existing rules.
— BusinessWorld

Construction of Makati subway to start this year
THE builder of the Makati City Subway Project is hopeful of completing the intracity railway a year ahead of schedule after obtaining an environmental clearance from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).
— BusinessWorld

E-payment transaction value rise to 20% of total in ’18
Combined efforts of both the government and the private sector to increase digital payments in the country have resulted in higher value of transactions that account for about 20 percent of the total as of 2018.
— Philippine News Agency

Entertainment City firms slam DOTr order to transfer flights
Entertainment City, a gaming and entertainment complex under the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, objected to the transfer of its chartered flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Sangley Airport in Cavite ahead of the set deadline for the transfer on May 31, 2020.
— Rappler

Sandigan affirms 90-day suspension vs. Mayor Ampatuan
The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division has upheld the 90-day suspension issued against Mayor Datu Sajid Islam Uy Ampatuan of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao, in connection with the P72-million malversation, graft and falsification of public documents charges filed against him.
— GMA Network

OGCC chief downplays predecessor’s New Clark City red flags
Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) chief Elpidio Vega is standing by the legality of New Clark City’s sports facilities, despite his predecessor raising serious legal concerns of the joint venture (JV) agreement.
— Rappler

3.5-magnitude quake hits Cotabato
A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck Cotabato early Monday, December 2.
— Eagle News

Iloilo City aims for fully digitized business permit transactions by 2020
THE ILOILO City hall is aiming to automate transactions by 2020, including the payment for business permits and other fees.
— BusinessWorld

Bulacan airport project groundbreaking being delayed — proponent
THE GROUNDBREAKING for the planned Bulacan airport that was planned for this month is being delayed after the government raised concerns about the contract, the project proponent told reporters on Sunday.
— BusinessWorld

Mining firms urged to collaborate with DOST on research and development
MINING companies are encouraged to work with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to come up with new innovations to help the local mining industry grow and be more competitive.
— BusinessWorld

DOT taps int’l media for PH promotion
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with international media to showcase the Philippines and boost tourist arrivals from different parts of the world.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao City to impose street parking fee by January; bicycle racks to be set up
THE DAVAO City government will start collecting street parking fees in January, initially covering seven major roads within the downtown area.
— BusinessWorld

PNP spox to public: Verify abduction incidents circulating on social media
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac on Monday reminded the public that information circulating on social media about abduction incidents should be verified first.
— GMA Network

Facebook takes down ‘Narinig ko sa UP’ over alleged ‘terrorism, criminal activity’
For the University of the Philippines (UP) community, Facebook’s takedown of the decade-old group ‘Narinig ko sa UP’ (Overheard at UP) was the end of an era.
— Rappler

PH Coast Guard suspends maritime activities due to Typhoon Tisoy
As a precaution against possible risks posed by Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended all maritime activities in areas with tropical cyclone wind signals .
— Rappler

Another bill seeking creation of PHL Judicial Marshal Service filed at Senate
Another bill has been filed in the Senate seeking the creation of the Philippine Judicial Marshal Service to safeguard the judiciary by securing its officers and personnel so they can do their jobs independently and without fear of retaliation.
— GMA Network

Duterte admits taking maintenance meds, says all people his age take them
President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted taking maintenance medication and undergoing daily checkup for vital signs, saying people his age usually take them.
— GMA Network

HIV cases soar in QC
The Quezon City government expressed alarm over the high number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the first seven months of the year. Data from the City’s health department showed that 505 new HIV cases were recorded from January to July this year. Only 19 of these were females.
— Manila Times

Mati City to release bonuses for employees
The city government of Mati in Davao Oriental will give huge bonuses for regular, co-terminus, contractual, and job order employees, Mayor Michelle Rabat said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

LTO summons doctor in viral road rage video
The Land Transportation Office yesterday summoned a doctor to explain his rude behavior towards a fellow motorist during a road rage incident caught in a video that went viral online.
— Tempo

PSA stages 25th Philippine Statistics Quiz reg’l championship
With the aim to assess the competency and skills of students in statistics, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) staged the regional championship of the 25th Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) held at the Conference Hall of the Department of Agricutlture (DA) on November 12, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Health workers in Ilocos Norte to get hazard pay before 2019 ends
Good news for the employees in the provincial government-owned facilities in the province of Ilocos Norte. Before the end of 2019, health workers from the Governor Roque B. Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital (GRASMH) and district hospitals in Ilocos Norte will be receiving hazard pay from August to December.
— Philippine Information Agency

Reds, not NTF ELCAC, peddling lies, misinfo: Parlade
A ranking official of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) dismissed claims that he was ordered out of a forum in Quezon City last November 27 to stop him from peddling lies and misinformation about militant groups.
— Philippine News Agency

6 PRO-7 cops sacked for grave neglect of duty
The chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) in Central Visayas on Monday announced the dismissal from service of six police officers over administrative charges.B
— Philippine News Agency

NoCot vice guv discourages cash aid to quake victims
Vice Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza has asked future donors to the earthquake-stricken areas here to donate materials for the temporary transitional shelters instead of giving cash assistance.
— Philippine News Agency

NAPOLCOM promotes 42 more policemen in Marawi siege
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on Monday announced that 42 more policemen have been granted special promotions due to their heroic deeds during the battle for Marawi City in 2017.
— GMA Network

Emotions run high as PH water polo ends 8-year medal drought
A silver medal from the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games meant the world to the Philippine men’s water polo team on Sunday night, December 1 as the Nationals ended an eight-year medal drought in the regional biennial meet.
— Rappler

PHISGOC suspends surfing event in La Union due to bad weather
The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) had suspended on Monday the schedule of surfing contest for the 30th SEA Games in the beach shores of Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union due to bad weather.
— Philippine Information Agency

 

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