Philippines morning news for December 4

Philippines morning news for December 4

Philippines morning news

Typhoon Tisoy leaves trail of destruction across PHL
When the relative calm came after the heavy rains and strong winds of Typhoon Tisoy, damage and destruction greeted the residents of affected areas as some of them head back home.
— GMA Network

Duterte to ABS-CBN: ‘I will see to it that you are out’
President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed his threat to block the franchise renewal of television giant ABS-CBN.
— Inquirer.net

Media ask SC to allow live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case verdict
Several journalists’ groups and news outfits have asked the Supreme Court to allow the live coverage and streaming of the reading of the anticipated verdict on the Maguindanao massacre case on December 19.
— GMA Network

Salary increase in Philippines seen to outpace inflation in 2020
Filipinos’ salary increase is seen to be higher than the increase in prices of goods in 2020, according to a survey by professional technology services firm Mercer.
— Rappler

As land use act stalls, Duterte to issue executive order instead
With a National Land Use Act (NLUA) languishing in Congress, President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to issue an executive order related to land use in the meantime, said Malacañang.
— Rappler

‘Disastrous and untimely’: Philippines senate pushes for sugarcane development over industry deregulation
The Philippines senate is advocating for the development of the country’s sugarcane industry instead of overall deregulation, in the wake of various setbacks that have battered the sector in recent months.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

ADB grants $400-m loan to reduce PH jobless rate
The Asian Development Bank approved a $400-million policy-based loan to support the Philippine government’s efforts to reduce the number of out-of-school and unemployed young Filipinos―one of the factors impeding more inclusive growth in the country.
— Manilastandard.net

Congress rushing to approve budget before year ends
THE House of Representatives approved the proposed National Budget Bill for 2020 in record time last September 20 and immediately sent it to the Senate.
— Tempo

‘BSP policy easing may resume in Jan’
MONETARY policy easing in the Philippines could resume as early as January, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said.
— Manila Times

Duterte vows to take to court people behind allegedly onerous water concessionaire contracts
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, December 3, vowed to take to court the people behind the government’s contracts with water concessionaires that he said were disadvantageous to the people.
— Eagle News

PHL ranks lowest out of 79 countries in reading comprehension –global survey
The Philippines performed the poorest out of 79 countries in a reading literacy assessment conducted by the inter-government group Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
— GMA Network

House bill filed penalizing non-stop driving for 12 hours or more
A bill has been filed at the House of Representatives imposing penalties on public utility vehicles (PUVs) who allow their drivers to drive for 12 hours straight or more.
— GMA Network

New Chinese envoy to PH assumes post, vows ‘best is yet to come’
SENIOR Chinese diplomat, Huang Xilian, arrived on Tuesday to begin his post as China’s ambassador to the Philippines. Huang was former envoy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) based in Jakarta before he was assigned to serve as Beijing’s top diplomat in Manila.
— Manila Times

PH gov’t bans commercial fishing in Zamboanga
The Philippine government will temporarily ban fishing in Zamboanga peninsula as part of the conservation efforts in the region.
— Manila Bulletin

PHL firms’ outlook: fewer new hires, pay hike for staff
PHILIPPINE companies are expected to see a drop in new hires and an increase in pay for their existing employees next year, according to Mercer Total Remuneration Surveys (TRS).
— Business Mirror

Boracay posts P49.861 billion in tourism revenue in 10 months
Boracay’s tourism industry has generated a total of P49.861 billion in revenue as visitor arrivals aggregated to 1,742,459 in the first 10 months of 2019, or 151.76 percent higher than the recorded number of 692,124 travelers during the same period last year, according to the latest data from the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Region 6.
— Business Mirror

DA to spend P200 million for national seed park
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has set aside P200 million to establish the National Seed Technology Park, which is expected to help boost crops production, next year.
— Business Mirror

PCA nixes plan to lift ban on mature coconut exports
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has rejected a plan to lift the ban on the export of matured coconut.
— The Philippine Star

‘Tisoy’ batters Luzon, Visayas
More than 500,000 people sought refuge in evacuation centers as typhoon “Tisoy’ (international name Kammuri) destroyed homes and structures while passing through Luzon and the Visayas.
— Tempo

Several airports sustain damage from Tisoy –CAAP
Several airports in Luzon and the Visayas sustained damage from the strong winds brought by Typhoon Tisoy, the Civil Aviation Authority said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Typhoon Tisoy over West PH Sea, weather seen to improve December 4
Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) continued to weaken as it emerged over the West Philippine Sea late Tuesday evening, December 3.
— Rappler

Sotto defends Senate realignments in proposed 2020 budget
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday defended the realignments made by the Senate in the P4.1-trillion proposed national budget for 2020.
— GMA Network

258 families evacuate in Bataan
Most parts of this province experienced only moderate rains on Tuesday but two towns had earlier evacuated at least 258 families or more than 1,100 persons, as a precautionary measure in the wake of Typhoon Tisoy.
— Philippine News Agency

Lopez hopes for speedy passage of CITIRA bill
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hoping for the immediate passage of legislation lowering the corporate income tax rate and providing more incentives for companies, as stakeholders in the government sector seek a “win-win” type of support for industries.
— Philippine News Agency

Bacolod resident found dead following reported abduction
A Bacolod resident was found dead some 9 hours after he was reportedly taken by unidentified perpetrators on Monday night, December 2.
— Rappler

PH falls to Thailand in SEA Games 2019 beach volleyball
The Philippine women’s beach volleyball team surrendered to table-topper Thailand in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games action on Tuesday, December 3, at the Subic Tennis Courts.
— Rappler

Typhoon Kammuri (TisoyPH) kills two in Philippines, closes Manila airport
Typhoon Kammuri killed at least two people in the Philippines on Tuesday as it tore roofs of houses and forced the international airport in Manila to shut down.
— Eagle News

Evacuation of Manobo families worry Bukidnon officials
Local officials in the Bukidnon town of Quezon said they are worried about the conditions of the 76 Manobo residents who evacuated to another town following false reports that the military was going to bomb their village.
— Philippine News Agency

NHA to build 1.7K homes for Kidapawan quake victims
Residents from high-risk areas in Kidapawan City will be prime beneficiaries of housing units to be put up by the National Housing Authority (NHA), officials said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Mati City achieves 82% polio vaccination rate
The City of Mati Health Office (CHO) has achieved 82 percent of its target of under five-year-old kids to be vaccinated with the anti-polio vaccine in all 26 barangays, days before the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” ends on December 7.
— Philippine News Agency

Kidapawan City eyes tax relief for quake victims
To cushion the impact of the natural calamity that befell Kidapawan City, the local government is proposing a 20 percent tax relief to all real property taxpayers beginning January 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOr tourist arrivals up 13% in first 8 months of 2019
The number of tourist arrivals in Negros Oriental for the first eight months of this year is a 13.02-percent increase compared to the same period last year.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs law postponing 2020 barangay, SK polls
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday signed a law postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, originally scheduled for May 2020, to December 5, 2022.
— GMA Network

Watch: Just how typhoon Kammuri’s wrath intensified as it nears landfall in Oriental Mindoro
In this series of videos taken by Eagle News Service correspondent Jomike Solasco starting 10 a.m. of Tuesday, Dec. 3, until 10:25 a.m. of that same day, the strength of Typhoon Kammuri’s (TisoyPH) winds and rains can be seen intensifying as it nears landfall in Oriental Mindoro.
— Eagle News

‘Tisoy’ prompts 7,376 people to evacuate in Cebu
At least 7,376 individuals in 59 barangays of Cebu province were evacuated on Monday afternoon until early Tuesday morning due to Typhoon “Tisoy” (Kammuri).
— Philippine News Agency

Ex-Masbate town mayor gets 12 years over P26-M unliquidated cash advances
The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former mayor of Milagros town in Masbate to 12 years in prison for failing to liquidate P26.51 million in cash advances.
— Rappler

Humanitarian group ready to aid storm-hit communities
Global humanitarian organization World Vision said on Tuesday it is ready to extend aid to at least 2,000 families affected by Typhoon Tisoy.
— GMA Network

Duterte signs Go’s Malasakit Center law in Malacañang ceremony
A pet bill of President Rodrigo Duterte’s closest aide is getting special treatment – no less than a signing ceremony in Malacañang.
— Rappler

DOLE: Compressed workweek not mandatory, should not diminish employees’ benefits
Implementing a compressed workweek in the private sector is not mandatory and should not result in decreased benefits for the employees, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Passengers pin blame on airlines for flight woes
Passengers who found themselves stranded at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after several flights were canceled due to Typhoon Tisoy blamed their airlines for a lack of coordination.
— GMA Network

NGCP: Several transmission lines now “unavailable” due to “Tisoy”
Several transmission lines have been affected after Typhoon “Tisoy” battered Bicol Region, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said.
— Eagle News

704 families evacuated in Muntinlupa
MUNTINLUPA City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi on Tuesday ordered a pre-emptive evacuation of residents living near Laguna Lake in Muntinlupa and other flood-prone areas in anticipation of Typhoon “Tisoy.” In a statement, the city government said that at least 704 families or 2,454 individuals were evacuated as the city braced for strong winds and …
— Manila Times

Duterte threatens water firms: I will arrest you
President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Tuesday to sue individuals over what he believed were disadvantageous concession agreements entered by the government with water companies Maynilad and Manila Water.
— GMA Network

PCG retrieves unmanned floating yacht in Dumaguete
Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Dumaguete Station recovered a yacht drifting off Rizal Boulevard coming from Barangay Calindagan here amid bad weather on Tuesday afternoon.I
— Philippine News Agency

14-km traffic discipline zone up in Iloilo City
The 14-kilometer stretch of the Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue or commonly known as Diversion Road of this city will be designated as “Traffic Discipline Zone”.
— Philippine News Agency

OCD lauds efforts of LGUs in disaster preparedness
The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) lauded the efforts of the local government units (LGUs) for its readiness during disasters.
— Philippine Information Agency

Isabela transport coop get 15 modernized jeepneys
At least fifteen units of modernized jeepneys were turned over by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-2 and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)-Isabela to the First Isabela Bus and Van Operators Transport Cooperative held at Robinson’s Place Santiago City on November 28, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte reorganizes body monitoring compliance with visiting forces agreement
President Rodrigo Duterte has reorganized the body that monitors compliance with the provisions of a visiting forces agreement.
— GMA Network

Bicam meetings on 2020 budget to continue despite weather –Ungab
The Senate and the House of Representatives will push through with their bicameral conference committee deliberations on the 2020 national budget despite the serious weather conditions brought by Typhoon Tisoy.
— GMA Network

Duterte fills up 2 more SC vacancies with Bedan, USC justices
President Rodrigo Duterte has filled up two more vacancies in the Supreme Court with his latest appointments, leaving the High Court with only one empty seat up for grabs at least for this year.
— Rappler

Ex-OGCC chief refutes ‘go signal’ for New Clark sports hub
Former government corporate counsel Rudolf Jurado on Tuesday, December 3, refuted the claim that his January 2018 contract review gave the go signal for the multibillion-peso New Clark sports facilities in Capas, Tarlac.
— Rappler

National Scientist Edgardo Gomez, coral reef conservation champion, dies
National Scientist Edgardo Gomez, who pioneered research on the state of coral reefs on a national scale that sparked worldwide conservation efforts, died at the age of 81 on Sunday, December 1.
— Rappler

Church leader emphasizes inclusive dialogue for Mindanao peace
Going to the communities affected by the armed conflict and understanding the root causes of inequality is one of the ways to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao, a Catholic Church leader here said.
— Philippine News Agency

5 Zambo village workers positive for illegal drug use
Five utility and office personnel in a barangay here were found positive for illegal drugs use in a surprise drug testing on Tuesday, an official said.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t urged to release electric coops emergency fund
The power bloc at the House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the government to release the Electric Cooperatives Emergency and Resiliency Fund (ECERF) to provide support to electric cooperatives (ECs) adversely affected by Typhoon ‘Tisoy’.
— Philippine News Agency

Magat Dam delays water release due to minimal rainfall
The National Irrigation Administration-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-MRIIS) delayed the release of dam water from its reservoir as minimal rain showers have been reported in its watershed, an official said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Art group to donate painting proceeds to AFP orphans
A group of artists will stage an exhibit in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City from December 17 to 20, displaying paintings that depict heroism of the soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
— Philippine News Agency

 

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